|President Kupchella names Gary Johnson interim vice president for research|
President Kupchella announced that Gary Johnson has been named interim vice president for research. Johnson has served as assistant vice president for research and co-project director of North Dakota EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) since August 2005. He also was responsible for public relations and marketing of the UND research enterprise, and assisting the vice president for research in special projects such as the North Dakota Centers of Excellence for Economic Development and the Red River Valley Research Corridor initiatives.
From November 2002 to July 2005, Johnson served as executive officer of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, which includes the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, and as professor in the Earth System Science and Policy graduate program. Johnson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography and political science at UND, and the Ph.D. in geography, regional economics, and remote sensing at Indiana State University. This is Johnson’s second appointment at UND. From 1966 to 1976 he held tenure in the Department of Geography, serving as chair during the 1975-76 academic year.
Johnson spent 28 years in government, including NASA and NOAA and the United Nations Environment Programme, and industry, including aerospace contractors Lockheed Martin and Hughes, working nationally and internationally primarily on remote sensing systems that track worldwide climate and ecosystems affecting agriculture and environmental quality. He spent four years in Thailand at the Asian Institute of Technology.
The son of Edwin and Marcia Johnson of rural Carson, (now Bismarck) N.D., Johnson and his wife Diana (Grandpre) Johnson, have a daughter, Tracy, of Rapid City, S.D., and a son, Robert, of Columbia, Mo.
In FY 06, UND received more than $94 million in external support for sponsored program activities and had research expenditures totaling more than $81.2 million. At the end of fiscal year 2006, the University’s research portfolio included $315 million in total ongoing and committed accounts. University researchers submitted a record 974 proposals to external agencies for a value of $255 million during the year.
The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) led UND units in awards received with record funding of $32.2 million in FY06. Other leading UND units include the School of Medicine and Health Sciences with $19.8 million of awards received, followed by the College of Nursing at $4.9 million, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at $3.7 million, and the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment at $3.1 million, which among other things manages the DC-8 sub-orbital research laboratory.
UND's research activity is centered in the colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Education and Human Development, College of Nursing, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, School of Engineering and Mines, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The University operates a number of research units, which among others include the Energy & Environmental Research Center, Center for Rural Health, Center for Innovation, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, Bureau of Governmental Affairs, Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research, and the Social Science Research Institute. The University works closely with the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Geological Survey.