Posted: May 20, 2013 6:49 PM by MSU News Service
Betsy Palmer, an associate professor of education at Montana State University, passed away Monday as a result of injuries sustained in a landslide while traveling in Nepal, university officials announced Monday.
Palmer was in Nepal leading a group of 16 students on a course offered through the University Honors Program at MSU. None of the students were injured in the landslide. The university is working with the U.S. Embassy, Senator Max Baucus' office and emergency transport services in Nepal to expedite the students' return to the United States.
Palmer and the students were on an extended trek to a remote village in the Arun River Valley in the Himalayas as part of "Great Expeditions," a University Honors Program course.
Palmer, who taught statistics and research methods courses, came to the university in 2001. Through MSU's adult and higher education program, she also taught courses that focused on college student research and theory, student services, and college curriculum and teaching.
Palmer spent the 2011-2012 academic year conducting research in Nepal. In May of 2012, she received the MSU Department of Education's Outstanding Research Award.
Palmer leaves behind a husband and two children.
A university memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Photo above is from the MSU website.