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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 68: April 24, 2007

Top Stories
U.S. News & World Report ranks medical school fifth in nation
Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 12
Events to Note
Retirement reception honors Richard Crawford today
Encuentro musical ensemble features flamenco dance
Doctoral examination set for Elaine LaPlante
Doctoral examination set for Christen G. Herrick
Instructional Development director candidate makes presentation
Tomorrow is Denim Day
Janet Ahler to speak April 26
President of Alaska Conservation Solutions will discuss global warming April 26
Philosophy and religion colloquium is April 26
Attend "Breaking Indigenous Stereotypes" this Thursday
Catherine Fenselau to present Abbott Lectures
PPT/COBRE seminar is April 27
Social work lecture on complexity theory is April 27
English literary society seeks books for sale
Master Chorale, UND Concert Choir present Masterworks Concert
Biology hosts scholarship award ceremony May 4
Reception honors Mike Holmes May 4
Doctoral examination set for Lata Balakrishnan
Women Studies offers evening class
Biomass workshop is May 15-16
Moviemaking Camp for Youth offered this summer
More information available on general education proposal
2007 Merrifield Award deadline approaches
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists travel grant application deadline
Geology seeks fossil volunteers
Submissions needed for student welcome binders
Testing planned for UND's fire hydrant system
Law library extends hours
EERC Waffle plan could have reduced 1997 flooding
Studio One features beer tax, comic book creator
Printing Center will close May 2 for inventory
Updated nonresident aliens payment policy listed
Donated annual leave requested for Renae Tholkes
Surplus viewing will not be held April 26
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials
Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner
Retreat to the Wellness Center
Join faculty/staff golf league
Internal job openings listed
U.S. News & World Report ranks medical school fifth in nation

The U.S. News and World Report has ranked the School of Medicine and Health Sciences as one of the best in the nation for its commitment to rural medicine.

The ranking, released in the 2008 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools by U.S. News and World Report on newsstands this month, is based on results of a survey of medical school deans and senior faculty members at 125 U.S. medical schools.

"This recognition reaffirms our role as a national leader in the education and training of physicians for rural practice," said H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs at UND, "and our commitment to quality, accessible rural health care. We are pleased to be viewed as a model for how medical education and practice can best be carried out in a rural, sparsely populated state."

The UND medical school offers medical students a third-year experience in rural communities through its Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) Program. Its faculty and staff also conduct research on rural health care issues.

This is also a particular honor for the school's Rural Assistance Center (RAC), the only one in the entire nation, he said. Operated through the Center for Rural Health, RAC serves as an international clearinghouse for information on rural health issues; its personnel field requests from every state in the union and several foreign countries.

In the Best Graduate Schools survey, the UND medical school ranked behind (in descending order from first-ranked) University of Washington, the University of New Mexico, East Tennessee State University and the University of Iowa. In past years, UND has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, usually ranking in the top five in the area of rural medicine.

The magazine also reported the rankings of the top medical schools in areas such as research and primary care, and demonstrated commitment to women's health, family medicine, AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, geriatrics, internal medicine and pediatrics. -- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Volunteers sought for spring commencement May 12

We invite you to serve as a “Green Vest" volunteer at UND’s spring commencement Saturday, May 12, at the Alerus Center. Volunteers assist by seating guests, helping organize graduates in the assembly room, and by greeting visitors.

Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the Alerus Center Ballroom by noon. Most volunteers will be able to leave shortly after the ceremony begins, by approximately 2 p.m. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by about 4 p.m.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office at 777-2724 or send an e-mail message to Terri Machart at to let us know if you will be able to participate or if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your help.
-- Fred Wittmann, Director, Office of Ceremonies & Special Events,, 777-2724

Retirement reception honors Richard Crawford today

Richard Crawford, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biology, will retire at the end of 32 years as a faculty member at UND. During this time, he has established himself as an expert in avian wildlife management and restoration ecology. He and his students have studied birds in their natural habitats around the globe. Recently he has focused his studies on the ecology of native prairies.

Please join us in wishing Rich and Glinda Crawford well during a reception beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Crawford's teaching and scholarship has been recognized by his being named Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor in 1997 and receiving the Thomas J. Clifford Award for outstanding research in the same year. He also has been recognized for his teaching and service by receiving the B.C. Gamble and UND Alumni Award in 1983 and received the North Dakota Award from the North Dakota Chapter of the Wildlife Society in 1992. He served as president of this group and is an elective member of the American Ornithologists' Union.

Crawford completed his undergraduate education at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) followed by a M.A. degree in zoology in 1969 at the same institution. After two years of service as a medic in the Army, he entered the doctoral program at Iowa State University and received a Ph.D. in wildlife biology in 1975. He joined the biology faculty at UND in 1975.

Rich is married to Glinda Crawford, professor emerita of sociology and environmental studies, who retired after 30 years on the UND faculty. They live with their daughter, Melanie, formerly an elementary teacher in Grand Forks, and share a commitment to organic food production and gardening and living lightly on the land. They also are committed to maintaining and restoring native prairie habitat.

Crawford's primary teaching responsibilities at the undergraduate and graduate level have been in the areas of ornithology and wildlife biology. He also has been a major force in the direction and supervision of the undergraduate fisheries and wildlife biology degree program. He has served as advisor to 10 Ph.D., one D.A, and 30 M.S. students as well as many undergraduate students.

The research efforts of Crawford and his students have resulted in the publication of 67 journal articles for which he is author or co-author and an additional significant number of publications from his students for research efforts supervised by him. His research and that of his students has been supported by a variety of funding agencies, most notably the National Science Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Federal Highway Administration and N.D. Department of Game and Fish. In addition, the research of his students has been supported by the Delta Waterfowl Research Station and the Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources.

He served as chair of the biology department on two different occasions, and has served on virtually every committee within the department and also on many significant college and university committees as well.

He has been involved in the development and direction of other academic programs on campus. He served on the founding committees for academic programs in peace studies, women studies and environmental studies: the sole faculty member on campus to serve in this triple capacity. Throughout his time at UND, he has been a member of the Institute of Ecological Studies and has served as its director.

Rich, Glinda and Melanie will relocate to a small, 40-acre farm in north Missouri near where Rich and Glinda grew up. They plan to implement ideas to assist themselves and others to live a more sustainable lifestyle. He plans to continue his hobbies of bird watching, woodworking and reading. They will be missed in our community! — Ike Schlosser, professor and chair of biology.

Encuentro musical ensemble features flamenco dance

A musical ensemble, Encuentro, wil perform a fiery blend of traditional flamenco and world music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Encuentro provides a glimpse into diverse musical cultures in an innovative experience. Featuring some of the most talented artists performing flamenco guitar, singing, and dance, Encuentro is a powerhouse experience which takes the listener from the most delicate melody to a rabblerousing stunning crescendo. Encuentro features flamenco dance at its best! Experience the intricate rhythms of Andulcian culture fused with percussion instruments from the Caribbean, Africa, and South America as they blend cante jondo (deep song), guitar, and dance into an artistic experience of rare intensity. Many of the artists have lived for years in Spain, studying the art form of flamenco while deepening their understanding of its historically rich cultural heritage. Encuentro is a ensemble of musicians, singers, and flamenco dancers comprised of featured national and international performers. This exciting and dynamic performance is funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee.

Encuentro has performed in such venues as the John Anson Ford Theatre in Hollywood, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angles, and the Fountain Theater, also in Hollywood, Calif. Performance is focused on rhythm, guitar, voice and dance based on traditional flamenco from Andalucia, the southern province of Spain. Although Encuentro is strongly rooted in flamenco, the group is not limited to this complex art form, but incorporates many musical and artistic forms in a natural flow. A variety of instruments have been featured in performances, including the sitar (a Hindustani classical stringed instrument), flute, guitar, African and Cuban percussion instruments, and upright bass. Members of Encuentro have collaborated with a wide variety of artists incorporating hip-hop, poetry, modern dance, Native American dance and song, jazz, Latin American music, and even traditional painting and graffiti. Elena and Gabriel Osuna along with Vicente Griego participated in the production ”The Roots Of Hip-Hop,” in which they performed on many occasions in New Mexico as well as in New York City.

Individual members have performed and thrilled audiences in various locations around the globe that include Madrid, Seville, and Granada Spain, Cairo, Japan, Germany, Paris, Canada, and Mexico. In the United States, performance venues include Los Angles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington State, Oregon, Seattle, Dallas, New Mexico, and New York. Encuentro members have performed in many university and college settings that include the University of Missouri, California State University at Long Beach, and the University of New Mexico, and several Encuentro artists have been in-residence artists at numerous other colleges and universities that include Stephens College (Columbia, Mo.), Pomona College in California, University of Southern California, and the University of California in Los Angles. Their work with university and college students brings them close to emerging youth cultures and music, and at the same time, allows them to impart the richness and diversity of Flamenco dance and music to American youth.

Many awards and accolades have been won and achieved by individual performers in Encuentro, including first place winner of the Flamenco Expo Competition of Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque 2005 (Elena Osuna), Choreographer Fellowships from the California Arts Council (1995) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1995), Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Artistic Excellence, and the John Simon Gugenheim Foundation (La Tanya), touring performances with Grammy Award Winning Ozomatli, Cristina Aguilera, Cypress Hill, and Kanye West (Gerardo Morales Deharo), Flamenco Festival at the University of New Mexico and with Yjastros Flamenco Company (Ricardo Anglada), and a variety of films and network television appearances with Andy Garcia, Don Knotts, Claude Atkins, and John Wayne (Juan Talavera).

The up-coming dance performance will feature various palos (dance forms) and compás (musical meter or rhythm) that include Tango Guitano, Solea por Buleria (solo dance form), Alegria (joy or happiness), and Solea (deeply traditional and passionate dance form). Interspersed between fiery dance performances, the audience will be enthralled with intense, vibrant, and furious guitar ensemble work and solo performances, as well as with lyrical, sonorous singing and chanting. Encuentro has thrilled audiences around the country and abroad with their depth, intensity, and emotionally profound artistic performances of dynamic Flamenco dance forms and music. -- Marcia Mikulak, anthropology.

Doctoral examination set for Elaine LaPlante

The final examination for Elaine LaPlante, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, in 206 Education Building. The dissertation title is "Social Issues Surrounding the Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome: Perceptions of Parents and Teachers." Lynne Chalmers (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Christen G. Herrick

The final examination for Christen G. Herrick, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in 316 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "A Single-Subject Investigation of the Effectiveness of Transitional Objects in Reducing Self-Injurious Behaviors." Kara Wettersten (Counseling Psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Instructional Development director candidate makes presentation

The search for a new director for the Office of Instructional Development is under way. The search committee selected two candidates to make public presentations and meet the UND community. The second session will be held in the East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library, and will feature Margaret Zidon (Teaching and Learning) Wednesday, April 25, from 2 to 3 p.m.

Please come and discuss the future of instructional development at UND. Your feedback on the candidates will be appreciated. -- Harmon Abrahamson (chemistry), search committee chair.

Tomorrow is Denim Day

Wednesday, April 25, is the last Wednesday of the month, so that means it's Denim Day. Pay your dollar to your building coordinator, enjoy wearing your denim, and know all proceeds go to charity. If you need posters or buttons, give me a call.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Janet Ahler to speak April 26

Educational Foundations and Research present Janet Ahler who will address "The Impact of Immigration on Bilingualism Among Indigenous American Peoples" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in Room 6, Education Building. Participants may brown bag, and coffee will be served.

President of Alaska Conservation Solutions will discuss global warming April 26

Alaska and North Dakota share similar problems caused by global warming and the many solutions necessary to solve these problems. Average temperatures are on the rise; we are losing critical wetland habitat at an alarming rate, which threatens migratory waterfowl; and Arctic sea ice, which helps cool the earth, has lost an area about the size of Texas.

Avoiding the most severe consequences from global warming is possible and depends not only on the actions of governments and industries; it also depends on simple and cost-effective actions of many people.

Deborah Williams, president of Alaska Conservation Solutions, will describe the causes and consequences of global warming and outline beneficial solutions at noon Thursday, April 26, at Clifford Hall Auditorium, Room 210. The presentation, "Global Warming: The Greatest Threat," will also be webcast live at for the benefit of those who cannot attend in person.

Williams received her B.A. from Pomona College, summa cum laude, with a concentration in biology and economics. She graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and was the principal founder and co-editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

In 1994, she received a Presidential appointment and became the Special Assistant to the Secretary of Interior for Alaska. She advised the Secretary about managing over 220 million acres of national lands in Alaska, and worked with Alaska tribes and others associated with the Department's broad natural and cultural resource jurisdiction. Currently, Williams is president of Alaska Conservation Solutions, an Anchorage, Alaska organization devoted primarily to addressing global warming.

For more information, contact Karen Katrinak, Center for People and the Environment, at 777-2482, or

Philosophy and religion colloquium is April 26

The Department of Philosophy and Religion will present a colloquium by William Henderson, Royal D. Alworth Jr., Institute for International Studies, University of Minnesota Duluth, at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in 300 Merrifield Hall. He will discuss "David Hume’s Treatise of Human Nature: Shaping the Social and Economic Imperative.”

For a complete schedule of the Department of Philosophy and Religion colloquium, visit or, for more information regarding this lecture, contact Jack Weinstein at, or call 777-2887.

Attend "Breaking Indigenous Stereotypes" this Thursday

Help to promote diversity by attending “Breaking Indigenous Stereotypes” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Facilitators are Janet Moen, professor of sociology and peace studies, and Chris Mato Nunpa, associate professor of American Indian studies at SMSU. Participants will discuss causes and effects of native stereotypes, and learn about issues relating to slavery and genocide.
-- Kerry Kerber, Associate Dean of Outreach Programs, Division of Continuing Education,, 777-4624

Catherine Fenselau to present Abbott Lectures

This year’s chemistry department Abbott Lectures will be given Thursday and Friday, April 26 and 27, by Catherine Fenselau, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland.

Fenselau will give two lectures: the first presentation, titled “Airborne Microorganisms: Detect to Protect," will be given Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in 101 Abbott Hall, and is intended for a scientifically-interested general audience. A reception will follow in 232 Abbott Hall. She will also present a scientific talk, “Proteomics: The Genome was Easy," at noon Friday, April 27, in 138 Abbott Hall. All are welcome to both lectures.
-- Kim Myrum, Information Processing Specialist, Chemistry Department,, 777-6789

PPT/COBRE seminar is April 27

Giulio Taglialatela, associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, will present a seminar titled, "Involvement of Calcineurin in the Neurotoxic and Behavioral Consequences of Amyloid Beta,” at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, in Room 3933, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Taglialatela was invited through the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.

Any questions regarding this seminar can be addressed to Thad Rosenberger at 777-0591. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Dawn Halvorson, Administrative Clerk, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-4293

Social work lecture on complexity theory is April 27

Please join the Department of Social Work for a special lecture on chaos and complexity theory for community development, presented by Ralph Woehle from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. In January, Dr. Woehle attended a two-week workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology studying various types of theories. He has been studying complexity theory for the past six years. Everyone is invited to attend.

English literary society seeks books for sale

Adelphi, the English undergraduate literary society, will hold a used book sale in the first floor hallway of Merrifield Hall Monday and Tuesday, April 30-May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds will support the club's activities throughout the year. Please support the club by attending the sale and/or donating books. Anyone wishing to donate books should contact Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English) at 777-6391 or
-- Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, English,, 777-3238

Master Chorale, UND Concert Choir present Masterworks Concert

The Grand Forks Master Chorale and the UND Concert Choir will team up for "An Evening of Romanticism" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks. The Masterworks Concert features works by Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Edward Elgar, Gustav Holst, and Morten Lauridsen. Advance tickets of $25 for a family, $12 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium and at 777-4090.

Applied to music from roughly the 1820s until 1910, Romanticism was characterized by an emphasis on emotion and great freedom of form. It attained its fullest development in the works of German composers. Many romantic composers, including Brahms, worked in small forms that are flexible in structure, such as prelude, intermezzo, nocturne, ballad, and cappriccio, especially in solo music for the piano. Another romantic contribution was the art song for voice and piano.

"This is a bittersweet concert for us. We are saying goodbye to an outstanding artistic director in Jon Nero. He is finishing up his doctorate and will pursue his career in higher education. Jon has done an excellent job for us. We’ll miss his talent, his fine artistic sensibility, and his easy-going but task-oriented directing style,” said Peter Johnson, Master Chorale development director.

“The good news, though,” said Johnson,” is that we’ll introduce our new artistic director at this concert. We are very excited to have Joshua Bronfman, UND director of choral activities, joining us as our artistic director and conductor. In fact, you’ll get a sneak peek at Josh directing the Master Chorale for the first time publicly at the May 3 concert when he takes the baton for one piece.”

Bronfman said the opportunity to direct an auditioned community group like the Master Chorale is a dream come true for him. He first became impressed by community groups as a teenager in Oregon when he heard a group perform “Les Chanson des Roses” by Morten Lauridsen. He decided that one day he would sing with such a group, and later upgraded the dream to directing a community choir. That connection to “Les Chanson des Roses” prompted him to choose the piece for this concert.

The concert will also be bittersweet in that the Master Chorale and the UND Concert Choir will join to perform “In Remembrance” in honor of the students killed at Virginia Tech April 16. The piece was suggested by Bronfman as a fitting tribute to the students.

Jon Nero is in his second year as artistic director of the Grand Forks Master Chorale. He has been working toward a D.M.A. in choral conducting at NDSU since the fall of 2004. His duties at NDSU have included directing choirs and teaching music courses for music majors and non-majors. Nero was also the choral director for the Northern Ambassadors of Music European tours in 2003 and 2005. Prior to coming to NDSU, Nero taught vocal music at the elementary and secondary levels in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Sara Bloom, accompanist for the Grand Forks Master Chorale, earned a Bachelor of Science in music education and the Master’s of Music in piano performance from the University of North Dakota.

Joshua Bronfman is director of choral activities at UND, where he directs the Concert Choir and Varsity Bards. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting, choral literature and choral methods. Bronfman’s scholarly interests include Swedish choral music, particularly that of Sven-David Sandström, and undergraduate choral conducting pedagogy. In 2005 he was selected as a Conducting Fellow for the Eric Ericson Masterclass in the Netherlands, where he directed the Netherlands Chamber Choir and Netherlands Radio Choir. Bronfman is currently completing his Ph.D. in choral music education and choral conducting at Florida State University, studying with Andre Thomas, Rodney Eichenberger, Judy Bowers, and Clifford Madsen. He received his master’s degree from Oregon State University, and his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. Prior to pursuing his advanced degrees, Bronfman was a music specialist in Oregon where he taught at the elementary and middle levels. -- Grand Forks Master Chorale.

Biology hosts scholarship award ceremony May 4

The biology department will host a scholarship award ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the East Asian Room, Chester Fritz Library. Seventeen scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students in biology as part of two UND alumni gifts. The biology department invites all members of the University community, along with friends and families of the recipients, to join us in this recognition of student achievement. Refreshments will follow.

Oshel/Whittaker Scholarship --
Sandra Oshel Whittaker (BA -1958; MA -NDSU- 1967) Sioux Award, 1987 and Dr. James O. Whittaker (UND Faculty-1956 - 1959) Professor Emeritus, The Pennsylvania State University, are providing 10 awards in the amount of $5,000 each to students in biology in hopes the students will be able to concentrate full-time on their academic achievement. The scholarship grants are given by them with love and respect in honor of their daughter, Dr. Kellie L. Whittaker (Ph.D. Molecular and Developmental Biology, The California Institute of Technology, 1998) and their late parents, Earl L. and June H. Oshel and Grace Darby.

2007 recipients of the Oshel-Whittaker Scholarship are:
* Graduate students: Kyna Hogg, Thad Manuwal, Jay Schroeder, Ritika Upadhaya, and Fawn Wasin Zi
* Undergraduate students: Megan Fettig, Justin Mauch, Jenifer Ness, Eric Strand, and Tiffany Youngquist

Albert and Kathryn Weber Scholarship
Albert and Kathryn Weber were pioneers in North Dakota, living in Bismarck when it was still part of the Dakota Territory. They stressed the importance of learning and the value in pursuing higher learning. Thus, it was assumed that all of the children should have college educations or the equivalent. Through the attendance of their children at UND, they knew many UND faculty members, including Dean Wilhelm Bek and professors A.G. Leonard, O.G. Libby, Walter Moran, Arthur Saiki and the biologist G.C. Wheeler.

Four of their six children attended UND, including Neal Weber who studied biology and chemistry at UND (B.S. 1930, M.S. 1932) and went on to receive a M.S. degree in 1933 and Ph.D. degree in 1935 in biology from Harvard, and Karl Weber, (B.S. in chemistry, 1937, and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1941.

Drs. Neal and Karl Weber established this endowment in memory of their parents, Albert and Kathryn Weber. The endowment honors, in perpetuity, these North Dakota pioneers by investing in the education of North Dakota students and building a greater University of North Dakota.

2007 recipients of the Albert and Kathryn Weber Memorial Scholarship are: Jessica Boger, Whitney Dickson, Brianna Goldenstein, Jamie Hiltner, Rory Manke, Patrick Odens, Raul Torres.
-- Ike Schlosser, professor and chair of biology.

Reception honors Mike Holmes May 4

Please join us in saying farewell to Mike Holmes, field safety manager, who will be leaving UND for a new position in Miles City, Mont. An open house will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, 0 at the campus safety and security office, second floor, Auxiliary Building. -- Safety Office.

Doctoral examination set for Lata Balakrishnan

The final examination for Lata Balakrishnan, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in Clifford Haugen Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Characterization of Histone Acetylation during SV40 Transcription." Barry Milavetz (biochemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School,, 777-4005

Women Studies offers evening class

This summer go around the world and never pack a suitcase. In A&S 299 - Women Globally, you will learn about the lives of women around the world. How do their lives differ from women in the United States? What policies impact their choices? What can we learn from their culture? The class textbook will guide our inquiry, in addition to our own research, class speakers, and films. The class is held May 14 through June 22, Monday through Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m., for 3 credits.
-- Kathy Coudle KIng, Sr. Lecturer, Women Studies Program,, 777-6395

Biomass workshop is May 15-16

The Energy & Environmental Research Center has released the preliminary program for the upcoming Biomass ’07: Power, Fuels, and Chemicals Workshop, which includes an exciting lineup of speakers from across the United States and Canada. The Biomass ’07 Workshop is slated for May 15–16 at the Alerus Center, and is open to the public.

This year’s preliminary program features four main sessions and will cover topics including trends and opportunities in biomass utilization, fuels and chemicals from biomass, biomass for heat and electricity, and new innovations for biodiesel production.

Key presenters include Gerson Santos-Leon, director of R&D, Abengoa Bioenergy, Chesterfield, Mo.; Kevin Kephart, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.; and Spencer Swayze, manager of Business Development for Ceres, Inc., Thousand Oaks, Calif. BBI International President and CEO Mike Bryan will also present a luncheon keynote address.

Representatives from other companies such as Xcel Energy; ICM, Inc.; Cargill Emissions Reduction Services; the National Biodiesel Board; and Archer Daniels Midland will also be presenting.

“North Dakota and biomass are like the perfect match — they simply belong together,” said Biomass ’07 Technical Director Chris Zygarlicke. “The EERC has been working hard to develop technologies for affordable biofuels, green chemicals, jet fuel, and distributed energy from biomass. We will be joined by experts from around the country in discussing the state of biomass.”

EERC Director Gerald Groenewold said, “These are the people involved in all aspects of renewable fuel development, from growing it to utilizing it. I don’t know of a better venue related to cutting-edge research and renewable fuels,” he said. “The response to this event is proof of the relevance of the EERC’s world-class renewable energy programs, business relationships, and EERC-derived technologies.”

The EERC expects attendance of over 300 people, with current registrants representing 92 organizations, 22 states, nine countries, and two Canadian provinces. The workshop exhibit show will feature more than 30 of the leading companies in the biomass industry.

Organizing sponsors include the EERC, BBI International, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services.

For up-to-date program information, to register, or to reserve exhibit space, log on to or contact the workshop registrar at 777-5246. -- EERC.

Moviemaking Camp for Youth offered this summer

For the second year, the English and visual art departments will offer the Moviemaking Camp for Youth June 4-15 for ages 12-18. This year, participants can choose the screenwriting camp, production camp, or both.

Week 1 – Screenwriting, June 4–8, 3 to 5 p.m., Merrifield Hall, will be taught by senior lecturer Kathy Coudle King, who has written nine screenplays, winning top honors in a number of nationally recognized screenwriting contests. A graduate of New York University’s dramatic writing program, she enjoys working with youth interested in writing scripts. Screenplay format, realistic dialogue, believable characters, and studying the art of the dramatic arc will all be covered in this 10-hour camp. King will also share ways students can get their work into the hands of producers. Note: Only scripts developed and/or polished during this camp will be considered for production the following week. Cost is $65 for 10 hours of instruction, which includes text book and handouts.

Week 2 – Production and post-production, June 11-15, 1 to 5 p.m., will be taught by award-winning independent filmmaker Christopher Jacobs. He has produced, directed, and written a number of scripts over the years, in addition to teaching film studies and production at UND. He will cover pre-production considerations, camera operation, shooting, directing, lighting, and sound. Once the movies are shot, he will take participants into the editing lab where they will have a chance to edit their version of a short movie using Final Cut software. Again, only scripts developed in Week 1 will be eligible for production in Week 2. Cost is $115 for 20 hours of hands-on instruction.

All equipment will be provided, including digital cameras, sound equipment, computers for editing and the software. The textbook for the course will be included in the cost of the camp, and every participant will receive two free tickets to the premiere at 2 p.m. June 24, at the Empire Theatre. Interested individuals will also have the opportunity to act in the movies. So, make your movie debut this summer. The first five people to sign up for the camp will receive a free “Get Reel” baseball cap. Camp is limited to a total of 20 people. To register, go to and click on “Summer Camp.” Questions? or 777-6395.
-- Kathy Coudle King, Sr. Lecturer, English,, 777-6395

More information available on general education proposal

Due to faculty requests for more information about the new general education proposal, the General Education Task Force web site now contains a "frequently asked questions (FAQ)" section as well as the committee's minutes, ideas it considered and voted upon, and other additional materials. Answers for questions such as how the new general education program will be implemented can be found in the FAQ. Discussions and votes taken during the proposal formation process, as well as goals and features discussed, can be found in the minutes section. Information on general education at other universities, collected and researched by the task force, can be found under "General Education Programs." Additional information on the three new goals in the general education proposal can be found in the forthcoming issue of "On Teaching."

To ensure that all faculty have read the proposal, hard copies will be mailed to all faculty early this week. The General Education Task Force is working with the Student Senate and the Dakota Student to get information on the proposal out to students. The proposal will be discussed at the next University Senate meeting Friday, May 4.

The web page is located at:

The minutes and ideas considered are located at:
-- Anne Walker, Associate Professor, Teaching & Learning, Provos General Education Task Force,, 777-3162

2007 Merrifield Award deadline approaches

Faculty are asked to remind students that all papers to be considered for the annual Merrifield Competition Award must be submitted to the Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. The $1,500 UND scholarship provided by the Alumni Association and Foundation is awarded annually, based upon a competitive review of original research papers that utilize primary resource materials held in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library. More information concerning research criteria and paper guidelines is available in Special Collections, located on the library's fourth floor.

Papers this year will be juried by Sandy Slater, head, Special Collections, and the following faculty members: Carl Barrentine, humanities and integrated studies; David Flynn, economics; Anne Kelsch, history; and, Yvette Koepke-Nelson, English. Brochures that outline the competition guidelines are also available from these faculty members.
-- Sandy Slater, Head, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-4625

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists travel grant application deadline

Tuesday, May 1, is the final deadline for submission of Senate Scholarly Activities Committee travel grant applications for fiscal year 2006-2007. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2, 2007, and Sept. 15, 2007.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. Although the SSAC encourages submission of travel requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants.

Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance, 404 Twamley Hall (Edna Twamley Room), 777-4278, or on RD&C's home page (on UND's home page under "Research"). Please feel free to contact RD&C (777-4278) for information or guidance when preparing your application.
-- B. P. Bandyopadhyay, Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Mechanical Engineering,, 7-3844

Geology seeks fossil volunteers

The paleontology program in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering is seeking volunteers to help in fossil work. We are looking for students or other folks to process fossils for use in theses, dissertations, and publications. Presently, we are working on fossil shells from India from the end of the Cretaceous Period (about 66 million years ago). Other projects are also available depending on the talents of the volunteers. Volunteers can start immediately. Course credit can be provided for students on a more formal basis. If interested, please contact me.
-- Joseph Hartman, Associate Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering,, 777-5055

Submissions needed for student welcome binders

Do you have information that you’d like new students to know? If so, we are again seeking information from departments and organizations to add to our Welcome Weekend student binder. This binder is given to all new students in the fall and is full of flyers, information sheets and welcome letters from various departments and organizations. We encourage you to use this binder as a means of communicating with the newest members of UND’s community.

If you are interested in submitting a flyer, e-mail your document (PDF document is preferred) to Please include your UND fund and department number and contact information. Upon receiving your request, we will contact you to verify your submission and the color for your copies. Starting in July, we will then send your original to Duplicating Services and 2,000 three-hole punched copies will be billed to your account.

For more information, please contact me.
-- Heather Kasowski, Special Projects Coordinator, Enrollment Services,, 7.6468

Testing planned for UND's fire hydrant system

A comprehensive testing program for all fire hydrants located on the UND campus is planned for 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., May 14-May 17, and again May 21, if additional time is required. Approximately 80 hydrants will be flow tested. UND facilities and safety staff, and Grand Forks firefighters will participate in this effort. Any questions or concerns should be directed to me.
-- Timothy Lee, Fire Safety and Security Coordinator, Safety and Security,, 70-777-3341

Law library extends hours

Extended exam hours for the law library follow.
Monday, April 30 through Saturday, May 5, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, May 6, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, May 7, Thursday, May 10, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 11, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 12, noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 13, closed.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 7-3482

EERC Waffle plan could have reduced 1997 flooding

The Energy & Environmental Research Center has announced that soon-to-be-published results regarding the EERC’s Waffle storage plan indicate that had Waffle storage been in place during the 1997 flood, the peak flows in the Red River could have been reduced by up to 5 feet in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, enough to prevent the dikes from being overtopped. The decrease in peak flows could be further enhanced with minor changes to roads and other infrastructure.

Other points along the Red River would also have experienced significant reductions in peak flood crests as a result of Waffle storage. EERC results indicate that up to a 4.5-foot drop in peak flows could have occurred in Fargo. Waffle modeling results predict as high as a 59 percent reduction in peak flows within various tributaries of the Red River.

“This would have saved many homes and businesses in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and averted much of the $2 billion in flood-related damages accrued in 1997,” said EERC Senior Research Manager Bethany Kurz. “Overall, the utilization of Waffle-type storage would have significantly reduced flood levels throughout the entire basin,” Kurz said.

The Waffle project, which the EERC launched in 2002, is the largest, most comprehensive evaluation of an innovative, basinwide flood mitigation strategy ever conducted for the Red River Basin. The main goal of the project, initially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), was to determine the feasibility of utilizing a basinwide system for temporary storage of floodwater in the basin to help mitigate large, springtime floods.

Described as “the blinding flash of the obvious,” by EERC Director Gerald Groenewold, champion of the Waffle concept and the person who coined the term “Waffle,” the strategy provides basinwide flood protection for farmsteads, small towns, and urban areas.

“The Waffle concept was developed in the wake of the most devastating climatic event to hit our valley in recent history,” Groenewold said. “The Waffle received its name because, just as squares on a waffle hold syrup, the grid work of existing roads in the region can be used to store water.”

The storage areas, roads, and drainage structures would act as a network of channels and control structures to temporarily store water until the flood crest passes. The Waffle could also benefit landowners and farmers during dry periods to provide soil moisture needed during the early part of the growing season. Results demonstrated a higher rate of frost removal from soils in areas of water storage. As a result, moisture levels in the soils were higher and lasted longer into the growing season compared to nonflooded areas. This could provide a means of replenishing groundwater supplies during periods of drought.

“Because water, mainly in the form of snowmelt, is stored where it falls and drainage is controlled, the Waffle not only slows springtime runoff rates, but also reduces the total runoff volume by allowing some of the stored water either to evaporate or soak into the soil,” said EERC Associate Director for Research John Harju.

This controlled drainage would also save many county roads. Following major flood events, some counties spend upwards of $1 million to repair damaged roads from washouts. By helping control springtime runoff and reducing total runoff volumes, the Waffle could help prevent widespread infrastructure damage. One landowner witnessed this benefit downstream of the Waffle’s Lake Bronson field trial site, one of four demonstrations conducted during the course of the study. “This was the first time I can remember that the road going to my house was not flooded,” he said.

According to an extensive landowner survey, about 46 percent of landowners/farmers in the Red River Basin would be interested in participating in the Waffle storage program. Another 30 percent were undecided.

“The Waffle plan, if implemented, could offer long-term security from floods like the one in 1997 and provide necessary augmentation to conventional flood mitigation measures to combat even larger floods,” said EERC Senior Research Advisor, Ed Steadman. “This added protection is critical for the region, since most areas are largely unprepared to deal with floods like those that have occurred historically.”

Accounts from the spring of 1826 indicate a flood occurred with flows 30 percent larger than 1997 in Grand Forks/East Grand Forks and 42 percent larger in Winnipeg. A flood with flows 50 percent greater than the 1997 flood would overtop the current Grand Forks levees; however, with the augment provided by Waffle storage, the water level would be reduced to 56 feet, well below the 59-foot level of the current dikes.

“The Waffle project results facilitate overall understanding of basinwide flood protection and provide the framework for a flood prevention model that could be implemented globally,” Groenewold said. “It is the key to the long-term economic vitality of our region.”

The final results from the Waffle study will be published and released by mid-July. -- Energy & Environmental Research Center.

Studio One features beer tax, comic book creator

Learn why some feel a tax on beer may be a good idea on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. About 90 percent of alcohol consumed by underage youth in the United States is through binge drinking. One nationally active student group, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), is petitioning for a beer tax in North Dakota. The group hopes the tax will help reduce binge drinking, while the revenue generated will help with educational efforts. Hear more about this topic on Studio One.

Also on the show this week, hear from the creator of the comic book series “Zot!” Cartoonist Scott McCloud began creating comic books in the 1980s; however, he is best known as a comic theorist. McCloud has written several books about the definition, history, and vocabulary of comics. Hear from McCloud about his work on the next edition of Studio One.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center,, 777-3818

Printing Center will close May 2 for inventory

The Printing Center will be closed Wednesday, May 2, to conduct annual inventory.
-- Lowell Brandner, Director, Printing Center,, 777-2544

Updated nonresident aliens payment policy listed

The Foreign National Information Form must be completed before the nonresident alien can receive any form of payment for services. The nonresident alien will need to also provide a copy of both sides of their I-94 Form Arrival and Departure Record (a small white card inside their passport), and a copy of their U.S. Visa from their passport. These forms must be returned before any check can be issued by the accounts payable department. The Foreign National Information Form is located on the payroll office web site at

For additional information on services provided by nonresident aliens, please see the complete policy at the accounting services web site:
-- Carl Iseminger, accounting services.

Donated annual leave requested for Renae Tholkes

The Chester Fritz Library is requesting donated annual leave for Renae Tholkes, library associate, to care for an ill family member. Donated leave forms are available on the Payroll Office web site. Please send the forms to Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library, Stop 9000. Your response to our request is appreciated. -- Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries.

Surplus viewing will not be held April 26

Surplus viewing will not be held Thursday, April 26, due to annual physical inventory.
-- Jacque Brockling, FCW Supervisor, Facilities,, 777-3033

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials

Specials at the Museum of Art Cafe follow.
April 24, Entrée: Chicken Stir Fry; Soup: Potage of Lentil
April 25, Entrée: Veggie Stir Fry; Soup: Potage of Lentil
April 26, Entrée: Beef, Chicken or Veggie Stir Fry; Soup: Tuscan Cannellini Bean
April 27, Entrée: Sushi; Soup: Tuscan Cannellini Bean
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner

This week's winner in the Old Main Marketplace Food Court lunch giveaway is Leslie Morris from TRIO Programs. Congratulations, Leslie! If you are interested in a chance at free lunch, stop by the food court and drop your business card at the cashier. Drawings take place weekly.
-- Larry Cronin, General Manager, Old Main Marketplace,, 7-0438

Retreat to the Wellness Center

Have your summer retreat at the Wellness Center. Provide a unique experience for your team while preparing for the next academic year.

Wellness retreat package includes:
* Meeting room with LCD projectors, connection for PowerPoint, DVD/VHS feeds, and microphone.
* Conduct your meeting or take a break in the spin room.
* Have a strengthening break with exercise for your desk.
* Enjoy a healthy breakfast, lunch and/or snack while you meet.

Participants: Up to 32*, half day, $90; full day, $175.

Participants: 33 plus, half day, $180; full day, $350.

Option for both:
Breakfast, $5 per person, lunch, $8 per person, snack, $4.50 per person.
*Capacity dependent on room set-up needs.
-- Vanessa Langlie, Marketing Assistant, Wellness Center,, 777-Well

Join faculty/staff golf league

This league is available to all employees who work for UND, including spouses. This is an individual league, without teams. It is for fun, and everyone is welcome to play. Tee time is 6:30 p.m. Mondays, nine holes a day. It will last for 12 weeks, starting May 21 and ending Aug. 6.
There will be a 9- or 18-hole tourney Sunday, August 12, beginning at 1 p.m.
- men vs. men
- women vs. women
- handicap established during league
- must play at least seven weeks to qualify for tourney
Rain days will not be made up.

Other Contest:
- closest to the pin on #4
- longest drive on #6
** One for the men
** One for the ladies
- the cost is $1 for each event
- winner takes all at the end of the day
- you pay at the tee box before you hit

The Cost:
- $10 per round
- season pass is $220 plus free usage of the driving range
- league fees will be $20
** this will be used for prizes for the tournament at the end of the year
** the payout will be 100 percent (prize payout is just an example, percentage could change)
*** 60 percent first place
*** 25 percent second place
*** 15 percent third place
- the amount the payout will depend on the number of participants
- the men and ladies entrance will be separated

Sign up now!
-- Dustin Hetletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course,, 777-3500

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS Health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.


POSITION: Research Scientist/Engineer, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #07-286
DEADLINE: (I) 4/30/2007
SALARY:$50,000 - $100,000

POSITION: Server Administrator, ITSS, #07-280
DEADLINE: (I) 4/26/2007
SALARY: $36,000 - $45,000

POSITION: Project Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, #07-283
DEADLINE: (I) 4/26/2007
SALARY: $28,000 - $34,000

POSITION: Field Safety Manager, Safety Office, #07-276
DEADLINE: (I) 4/25/2007
SALARY: $30,000-$36,000


POSITION: Account Technician (M-F, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.), Aerospace Sciences, #07-284
DEADLINE: (I) 4/27/2007
SALARY: $10.50 - $12.00

POSITION: Account Technician, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #07-282
DEADLINE: (I) 04/26/2007
SALARY: $24,960-$31,200

POSITION: Access Services Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, 07-277
DEADLINE: (I) 4/25/2007
SALARY: $16,000 - $16,500

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.


POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun -Fri, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) Facilities, #07-279
DEADLINE: (I) 4/25/2007
SALARY: $16,640 - $20,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician - LEAD (Custodial, Sun-Fri 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) Facilities, #07-278
DEADLINE: (I) 4/25/2007
SALARY: $18,000 - $22,000
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621