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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 51: August 12, 2009

Top Stories
President, First Lady to participate In Casselton parade
Medicine receives $15.9 million for INBRE research program
Events to Note
Annual staff information session is Aug. 18
Final performances of the musical HAIR to be held this week
Art & Wine Walk to take place Aug. 15
Sushi class offered at Culinary Corner
Doctoral examination set for Allison Herlickson
Surplus item sale open to public
Hilton Garden Inn hosts faculty and staff social Aug. 20
You're invited to Run for a Reason
Institutional Review Board meeting is Sept. 2
Engineering announces new appointments and promotions
UND Aerospace graduates twenty ROTC cadets from helicopter training program
M.D. class of 2013 begins studies
Online courses offered for fall
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Employee Self-Service assistance offered today through Friday, Nov. 1
Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies expands services
Chester Fritz Auditorium announces 2009-10 season
Fall interim hours listed for Law Library
Museum Cafe announces new menu
UND Bookstore is seeking employees
Internal job openings listed
NSF program announcements released
Note new external grant proposal guidelines
In the News
UND history professor on PBS's History Detectives
Wayne Swisher appointed full-time to The Graduate School
NASA approves funding for UND lunar project
Center for Rural Health receives funding to support rural hospitals
In Remembrance
John Mering remembered
President, First Lady to participate In Casselton parade

President Robert Kelley and First Lady Marcia Kelley will participate in the 2009 Cass County Summerfest Grand Parade in Casselton, N.D., beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Summerfest organizers will attempt to break the world record for the most fire trucks in a parade. The record is 159, achieved April 28, 2006, in Oberdiessbach, Switzerland. Casselton's application has been approved by Guinness Book of World Records. Planners hope to attract 200 fire trucks for their parade.

The Kelleys will ride in one of the UND's North Dakota-made Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) electric vehicle, which they also rode in the Park River parade this year, to celebrate the town's quasquicentennial (125th anniversary), and last year for the Sheyenne parade, which celebrated that town's quasquicentennial at the same time that UND celebrated its 125th year.

The four-day event in Casselton begins Wednesday, Aug. 13, and ends Saturday, Aug. 16. A schedule of activities is available at:
-- Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, 777-4317,

Medicine receives $15.9 million for INBRE research program

North Dakota will receive $15.9 million over five years for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program aimed at increasing research opportunities, investigators and resources in biomedical research.

Health and the environment are the focus of research conducted under the North Dakota IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program. Half of the budget will be used to support research projects at predominantly undergraduate institutions in the state.

The statewide network will be administered by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in collaboration with North Dakota State University. Major projects will be led by researchers at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Dickinson State University, Mayville State University, Minot State University, Turtle Mountain Community College and Valley City State University.

"This marks a major accomplishment for North Dakota," said interim vice president for health affairs and interim dean Joshua Wynne of the UND medical school. "It will advance the level of scientific inquiry throughout the state and encourage students to pursue meaningful and productive careers in the biomedical sciences."

Don Sens, INBRE principal investigator and a professor in the Department of Pathology at the UND medical school, said the program provides a broad range of benefits in biomedical research and science education encompassing research universities, baccalaureate institutions and tribal colleges across North Dakota.

"North Dakota INBRE's goals complement Senator Byron Dorgan's Red River Valley Research Corridor initiative," he said. "It improves the collaborative research environment between UND and NDSU and extends this network to include other colleges and universities across the state. It also compliments workforce training in the biosciences."

The Institutional Development Awards (IDeA) program under the NIH National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) assists states such as North Dakota that have historically received relatively little research funding from the NIH. The objective is to develop an infrastructure that supports biomedical research, creates opportunities for students to pursue careers in biomedical research and assists researchers in becoming more competitive for NIH funding.

North Dakota’s INBRE emphasizes capacity building at undergraduate institutions within the state. The goal is to improve North Dakota's research competitiveness by increasing the number of students who continue their education at a research university - such as UND or NDSU - where they can receive advanced training in biomedical research fields. To do this, INBRE funds research projects at the four-year schools and support their faculty through mentors and facilities at UND and NDSU.

-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Director, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

Annual staff information session is Aug. 18

The annual staff information session ("get the latest information and make sure you're prepared to help students") will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 9:30 to noon in Gamble Hall, room 1. Pick up of materials is 9:30 to 10 a.m. and speaker presentations will begin at 10 a.m. sharp.

Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the session is focused to prepare us to serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.

Short briefings will cover financial aid, fee payment and business office, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, parking ramp, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, immigration matters, registration, Help Table, tutoring, Writing Center, U Card and IDs, the emergency notification procedures, Memorial Union, Student Health, and UND Police.

Everyone is welcome. Come at 9:30 a.m. to be sure you have collected all the handouts and are ready for the presentations at 10 a.m.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services,, 777-3791

Final performances of the musical HAIR to be held this week

Join this Crimson Creek Players this week as they present the final week of the American tribal love-rock musical, HAIR, Tuesday, Aug. 11, through Saturday, Aug. 15.

Just in time to usher in the dawning of a new age in America, Crimson Creek invokes this classic rock musical and explodes it on to a new generation. A celebration of life, a love letter to freedom, and a passionate cry for hope and change, HAIR features some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage, including “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Let the Sun Shine In.”

HAIR: The American Tribal Rock Love Musical, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermott, is the first rock musical, and is one of the most adventurous, outlandish, and ultimately profound musicals ever.

Join the Tribe, a group of long-haired, politically active hippies, as they gather in this musical “be-in," unrestricted as it is by all the conventions of typical Broadway musicals. As the first and most successful of the rock musicals, HAIR possesses timelessness and a meaning that outlives the era of “flower power,” and provokes you to take part in this celebration of life.

HAIR is directed by Chris Berg (Great American Trailer Park Musical, Lucky Stiff) and musical director Matt Strand (Chicago, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd). Original choreography crafted by Laura Dvorak-Berry (North Dakota Ballet Company, Minnesota Dance Ensemble), and the production is produced by Benjamin Klipfel (Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, Sweet Charity, Great American Trailer Park Musical).

Tickets are $18/15 and are available in advance at 777-4090 (group discounts for parties of 10 or more).

This production contains harsh and vulgar language, simulated drug use, and brief rear nudity. HAIR is intended for mature audiences. Walk-up discounts are available for parties who dress in “60's style hippie clothing.” HAIR is sponsored, in part, by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre,, 777-4090

Art & Wine Walk to take place Aug. 15

The North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau are pleased to present the Art & Wine Walk on Saturday, Aug. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The Walk takes place on the third Saturday of the month, May through October.

Stroll through downtown and view artwork by local artists at galleries while enjoying wine or non-alcoholic refreshments. Most artwork is available for sale, and artists will be on-hand to discuss their work. The Art & Wine Walk is a great way to experience downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, view artwork by regional artists, and learn about the businesses downtown.

The Art & Wine Walk begins between 1 and 4 p.m. at the Blue Moose Bar & Grill in East Grand Forks or GuestHouse International in Grand Forks. Maps can be purchased for $10 at either location. At participating businesses, maps will be stamped (wine consumption is not required to receive a stamp). Maps can be turned in at the closing reception at the Empire Arts Center to enter a drawing for a gift basket of prizes donated by participating businesses. The closing reception will also feature a champagne tasting at the Empire Arts Center, 5 p.m., sponsored by Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops. Patrons over 21 will receive a wristband, allowing participation in wine tasting. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult receive free admission.

Art & Wine Walk 2009 event dates are Aug. 15, Sept. 19, and Oct. 17.

The events are sponsored by the North Valley Arts Council and the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Empire Arts Center, the Blue Moose Bar & Grill, GuestHouse Town House & Muddy Rivers, Clear Channel Radio, Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops, and Gilly’s Bar & Grill.

To learn more, visit To participate as a hosting business or an exhibiting artist, please contact the North Valley Arts Council at (701) 777-6120 or
-- Nicole Derenne, Executive Director, North Valley Arts council,, 701-772-3710

Sushi class offered at Culinary Corner

Have you seen sushi but never really ventured to try it or maybe you love it and want to know how to make it yourself? Either way, join us and learn how to make your own sushi. There will be a demonstration on Monday, Aug. 17, 5:30 p.m. in the Culinary Corner at the Wellness Center. Learn how to make some basic rolls, and ingredients will be provided for you to create your own unique sushi.

Cost: $12/person
Register online at Click on Nutrition and Culinary Corner. Space is limited.
-- Karina Wittmann, Coordinator of Nutrition , Wellness Center,, 777-0769

Doctoral examination set for Allison Herlickson

The final examination for Allison Herlickson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 24, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is: An Examination of Differences in Levels of Job Satisfaction, Burnout, and Counselor Self-Efficacy Between Prison and Community Psychologists: The Effects of Personality and Work Environment. Kara Wettersten (Counseling Psychology & Community Services) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Surplus item sale open to public

The University is offering items for sale to the public by set price or sealed high bid at the Central Receiving Building, Door #2, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 19. Items that may be included in the sale are: coil condenser units, fireplace inserts, ceiling fans, 16' x 7' garage door, desks, chairs, TVs, tables, misc. furniture, file cabinets, misc. electronic equipment, misc. electrical equipment, etc.
-- Doug Norgard, Facilities Central Warehouse Storekeeper, Facilities,, 777-3125

Hilton Garden Inn hosts faculty and staff social Aug. 20

Join us at the Hilton Garden Inn for complimentary appetizers and door prizes Thursday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Dahl Ballroom of the Hilton Garden Inn. Compliments of the Hilton Garden Inn Grand Forks/UND.
-- Ciara Mills, Director of Sales, Hilton Garden Inn,, 701-738-2051

You're invited to Run for a Reason

Run for A Reason, a 5k run and warrior challenge, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. A partnership of UND Army ROTC, the UND Wellness Center, and the North Dakota National Guard, the run will benefit the Northern Valley Honor Flight, helping to pay to transport WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial.

There will be awards after the events, food and fun activities for all to participate in following the completion of the run and warrior challenge. Please visit the UND Wellness Center website at to view the form about the event and event registration.
-- John Hoffarth, UND Army ROTC, 218-791-0442.

Institutional Review Board meeting is Sept. 2

UND's Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, in 404 Twamley to consider all research proposals submitted to the IRB Office before Friday, August 21.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Friday, Aug. 14. Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.
-- Kathy Smart, Chair, Institutional Review Board,, 777-4279

Engineering announces new appointments and promotions

I am proud to announce the following recent and much deserved appointments and promotions in the School of Engineering and Mines as of July 1:

Forrest Ames - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Deb Austreng -Director of Alumni and Corporate Relations
Scott Korom - Director of Geological Engineering Program
Michael Mann - Associate Dean for Research
Richard Schultz - Director of the Jodsaas Center for Engineering Leadership and Entrepreneurship

These individuals have been serving the school with tireless optimism and remarkable focus on excellence. In these new positions, they will be assuming even greater roles in the advancement of the School of Engineering and Mines.
-- Hesham El-Rewini, Dean, School of Engineering & Mines,, 777-3412

UND Aerospace graduates twenty ROTC cadets from helicopter training program

Twenty Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets graduated earlier this week from a four-week helicopter flight training program at the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace). This ROTC class followed 18 West Point cadets who graduated June 30 from the UND Aerospace helicopter flight training program.

Each training day consisted of academic studies and hands-on flight instruction. Each graduating cadet earned a student pilot certificate and logged 18.5 hours of helicopter flight time.

“This is our fourth ROTC class,” said Al Palmer, director of flight operations, UND Aerospace. “This is a unique program, and these students come from all over the United States.”

This initiative is a continuation of an agreement established in 2003 between UND and the Army to train West Point and ROTC cadets to fly helicopters. To date, UND has trained nearly 200 West Point and ROTC cadets.

UND Aerospace is a world-renowned center for aerospace learning, nationally acclaimed achievements in collegiate aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies, and computer science applications. Its mission—“Working together, we will be leaders in creating, preserving, and delivering the highest quality education, research, and services in aerospace and related sciences for our university, our state, and the worldwide aerospace community”—is achieved by upholding the core values of safety, professionalism, loyalty, integrity, caring leadership, and excellence.

Through the assistance of more than 500 faculty and staff members, more than 1,500 students from around the world, and myriad programs and projects, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is setting the pace for the future of flight.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

M.D. class of 2013 begins studies

Sixty-six first-year medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2013, started their journey last week to become physicians at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The students, 24 men and 42 women, range in age from 21 to 38 years, with the average age of 24. They come to medical school with work experience in an array of fields and academic degrees in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, zoology, psychology and exercise science. One student holds a Ph.D. degree, one has earned a law degree, and some hold various master’s degrees. Seventy-six percent of the students are from North Dakota.

“The Class of 2013 is a group of exceptional students, reflecting the high academic standards of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. They also enter medical school with a variety of impressive health care and humanistic activities to their credit,” says Judy DeMers, associate dean for student affairs and admissions.

Medical students’ first week is dedicated to orientation, including introduction to the four-year, patient-centered curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on the students’ new roles and expectations of them as health care professionals.

Orientation concluded with the White Coat Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Alerus Center, when students received their first white coats, the physician’s traditional garment, which were donated by the North Dakota Medical Association.

They recited the Oath of Hippocrates, an ancient vow to uphold basic professional principles.

Keynote speaker for the ceremony was Jon Tingelstad, M.D., chair of UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ National Advisory Council. He addressed “Words that Begin with the Letter ‘P.’”
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Director, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

Online courses offered for fall

Faculty and staff, as you interact with students returning to campus, we ask for your support with informing students about online course options. Students may still enroll in online courses for the fall semester.

With online courses, students can take the classes they need with the flexibility they want. UND offers both semester-based, online courses and enroll anytime (independent study) courses.

Semester-Based Online Courses
• Tuition is charged at the North Dakota resident tuition rate per credit. Additional course and/or program fees may apply.
• Online course tuition is not covered under UND’s tuition cap for full-time students.
• Financial aid may be used with semester-based courses.
• Online courses are not eligible for any tuition waiver programs at UND.
• Students register in Campus Connection (search location field by “online” or “onlinegrad”)

Enroll Anytime (Independent Study) courses
• Students have nine months to complete their course.
• Tuition is charged at the North Dakota resident tuition rate per credit. No additional fees apply.
• Online course tuition is not covered under UND’s tuition cap for full-time students.
• Financial aid may not be used with open enrollment courses.
• Online courses are not eligible for any tuition waiver programs at UND.
• Students may register at anytime through:

Online courses at UND offer the same high-quality education as traditional, on-campus courses and are written and taught by UND faculty members. UND’s online courses mirror those offered on-campus and a student’s transcript will look no different than that of students who completed a traditional, on-campus course.

For more information check out:
-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-6374

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

Duplicating Procedures
Aug. 18, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Badlands Room
Learn what is offered at Duplicating Services (like color and wide format printing), the process of online job submission, and how to create PDFs. Presenters: Sherry Metzger & Shawn Leake

Microsoft Office Excel 2007: Level 1 (Beginning)
Aug. 18, 19, and 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to explore the Microsoft Office Excel 2007 environment and create a basic worksheet; perform calculations; modify a worksheet; format a worksheet; print workbook contents; and manage large workbooks. Presenter: Heidi Strande

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
Aug. 25, 11 to noon, Upson II, Room 361
Learn how to access the detailed information your department needs in order to have access to Facilities Discoverer reports. This training includes information on how to access the detail and summary information that breaks down the Facilities charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson

Defensive Driving
Aug. 25, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12
This workshop is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Employee Self-Service assistance offered today through Friday, Nov. 1

Employees who need additional assistance in accessing and using Employee Self-Service can receive one-on-one assistance, Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Carnegie, Room 7. Bring your questions and userID's and passwords, if you have them.
-- Payroll.

Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies expands services

To maximize resources and enhance support for instructional technology needs at UND, the Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies (CILT) and the Instructional Design/Support Staff from the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) have merged. The new department retains the name, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies, under the direction of Lori Swinney, and will report directly to Joshua Riedy, Chief Information Officer, through the Provost’s office. This merger provides a unified “one‐stop‐center” offering instructional and classroom technology services, support and tools to students, faculty and staff.

The Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies’ mission is to collaborate with the University community to provide support for students, faculty and staff in the pursuit of innovation and excellence in teaching and learning with technology.

For more information on our expanded services and contact information visit
-- Lori Swinney, Director, Center for Instructional & Learning Technologies,, 777-3569

Chester Fritz Auditorium announces 2009-10 season

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is proud to announce its 37th season of bringing high quality entertainment to the region. With a wide variety of shows, this season promises something for everyone.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound – Sept. 25 (on sale now)
Defending the Caveman – Oct. 24 (rescheduled from March, on sale now)
Click, Clack, Moo – Nov. 1
Lord of the Dance – Nov. 4
Southern Fried Chicks – starring Etta May – Nov. 8
UND Steel Drum Band – Nov. 9
Tonic Sol-fa – Nov. 23 (on sale Aug. 15)
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker – Dec. 10 (on sale now)
An Intimate Christmas with Lorie Line – Dec. 19 (on sale Aug. 3)
Dallas Brass – Feb. 5
‘Til Death Do Us Part – Late Nite Catechism 3 – Feb. 9
The Wedding Singer – Feb. 18
Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing – Feb. 21
Passing Zone – April 8
Cabaret – April 20

Descriptions, pricing and performance times can be found at

Tickets for most shows will go on sale Monday, Aug. 24, at 9 a.m. Get your tickets at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone 800-745-3000 or online at For information only call the Chester Fritz Box Office at 701-777-4090 or 800-375-4068.
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium,, 777-2170

Fall interim hours listed for Law Library

Fall interim hours for the Law Library are
Saturday - Sunday (Aug. 15-16) - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Thursday (Aug. 17-20) - 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday (Aug. 21) - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday (Aug. 22-23) - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday - Thursday (Aug. 24-27) - 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday (Aug. 28) - 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday (Aug. 29) - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday (Aug. 30) - 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Monday - Thursday (Aug. 31 - Sept. 3) - 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday (Sept. 4) - 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 777-3482

Museum Cafe announces new menu

Summer Beet Salad
Chilled beets with fresh basil and parsley, tossed with balsamic vinegar dressing, arranged on a bed of baby greens and topped with roasted walnuts and crumbled goat cheese.

Tuna Nicoise Garden Tomato Salad
A garden fresh tomato, stuffed with albacore tuna, kalamata olives, and sweet onions in nicoise vinaigrette.

Green Pea Soup with Tarragon

SANDWICHES served with side of fruit:
Egg Salad Sandwich
Egg salad with capers and sprouts served on New England brown bread.

Vine tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil pesto served on a toasted baguette.

Grape Chicken Salad
Baked lemon chicken breasts, celery, sweet red onions, and grapes mixed in a light mayonnaise dressing and served on a croissant.

Cranberry Turkey Sprout
Sliced smoked turkey with a cranberry cream cheese spread, sprouts, and walnuts on potato bread.

Baked Vegetable Casserole
Slices of fresh tomatoes and zucchini sprinkled with garlic, basil, and Parmesan cheese. Served with cheese bread stick.

Cheesecake: Raspberry White Chocolate, Carmel, or Chocolate

Museum Café hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11 to 2 p.m. Take-out available • UND billing accepted • 777-4195
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

UND Bookstore is seeking employees

UND Bookstore is currently recruiting energetic people to fill temporary positions at our store during peak times. Positions may become permanent. The bookstore is gearing up for our grand opening, as well as the start of school. We seek to fill positions within the time frame of 8 a.m. to 10 to 11 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays to start as early as Aug. 10. Positions are available in all areas of the store. Interested individuals should stop by the bookstore and complete an application.
-- Bookstore, Management, UND Bookstore,, 777-2746

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 Coordinator (located in Minot) Center for Rural Health, #10-043
COMPENSATION: $30,000 plus/year



POSITION: Administrative Secretary, College of Nursing, #10-044
COMPENSATION: $22,000 plus/year


NSF program announcements released

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. Thus, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for any of the programs, please let us know ASAP ( or or phone 777-4278.

Math and Science Partnership (MSP), Program Solicitation #09-507,

Research in Disabilities Education (RDE), Program Solicitation #09-508,

Alliances for Broadening Participation in STEM (ABP), Program Solicitation #09-515,

Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST), Program Solicitation #09-506,

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), Program Solicitation #09-509,

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Program Solicitation #09-513,

Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE), Program Solicitation #09-510,
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4278

Note new external grant proposal guidelines

In order to expedite processing of grant proposals, Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) requests that the following guidelines be followed:

1) The transmittal form, which can be found on the RD&C webpage at, should be used for ALL proposals to external funding agencies.

2) Federal and UND regulations require that Conflict of Interest forms be on file for Principal Investigators (PI) of proposals submitted to external funding agencies. UND has recently approved a new policy on Conflict of Interest. The policy and forms can be found at PIs must also submit Form 1, the “Financial Interests Disclosure Document” to the Division of Research annually, or more frequently if their status changes during the year.

3) In order to ensure that correspondence from granting agencies is received by the Division of Research in a timely manner, regardless of changes in personnel, please use the following e-mail address for Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, on all external grant proposals:

4) As part of its commitment to research development at UND, the Division of Research frequently provides matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies. In order to properly monitor the amounts and sources of matching funds provided for these proposals, principal investigators requesting matching funds for proposals to external funding agencies must complete a “Division of Research Matching Funds Request Form,” which can be found on the Division of Research webpage at:

This form is to be used when requesting matching funds from the Vice President for Research and Economic Development or Research Development and Compliance. Please note that matching funds will be provided by only one of these offices. All requests for matching funds should be submitted to Research Development and Compliance.

5) Lead time of no less than five working days prior to the proposal deadline is required for internal processing in Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) and RD&C. This lead time is especially important at this time due to a significant increase in the number of proposals submitted and awards received, an increase in workload since implementation of ConnectND, an increase in oversight responsibilities concerning Federal and State regulations on a variety of issues, and the time required to successfully submit proposals electronically (especially those submitted via or

We understand that occasionally this policy cannot be honored, and we will continue to process all proposals as efficiently as possible with the intent of meeting deadlines.

6) Two copies of the proposal in final form must be presented to GCA for processing. One of those copies will be retained in RD&C, the other will be returned to the Principal Investigator (PI) for submission to the funding agency (i.e., the PI will then not be required to send a copy to RD&C after the proposal is processed). The proposal must not be modified after it is processed through G&C & RD&C.

7) Proposals to be submitted electronically through or other portals may be delivered to RD&C physically on a CD or flash memory drive, or they may be sent electronically as an email attachment. In the latter case, send the email to both and This will ensure that RD&C staff have access to the proposal when B. Milavetz is unavailable.

8) Grant proposals involving multiple PIs/departments/colleges will require signatures from each participating PI/department/college and may require multiple transmittal forms.

9) Grant proposals involving multiple Principal Investigators and Indirect Costs, particularly if the Principal Investigators are from multiple colleges and departments, must include a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) indicating how Indirect Costs will be distributed. A template MOU can be found on Research Development and Compliance’s website (

Following these policies will help UND maintain compliance with State and Federal regulations concerning sponsored programs, and allow the Division of Research staff to better assist Principal Investigators with applications, particularly with electronic submission of proposals. If you have any questions, contact RD&C at 777-2890 or

UND history professor on PBS's History Detectives

UND history professor Eric Burin will be featured on the PBS television show History Detectives on Monday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. (CDT).

The episode showcases his research on the African colonization movement, a time in U.S. history from the early 1700s to late 1800s during which efforts were undertaken to send black Americans back to Africa.

An expert on Liberia, Burin was interviewed to discuss why some 19th century black Americans moved to the African colony, and to solve the mystery of whether one Florida man ever achieved his dream of emigrating there.

In 2005, Burin authored "Slavery and The Peculiar Solution: A History of the American Colonization Society." It is based on his extensive archival research and a database of 16,000 ACS emigrants. The book provides insights on the origins, intentions, activities, and fate of the colonization movement.

According to PBS, History Detectives explores “the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.” The program is hosted by four historical investigation experts who specialize in architecture, popular culture, sociology, archeology, collectibles and genealogy.

PBS says the team employs “traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork” to provide “insights into our national history.”

For more information, visit the History Detectives website:
-- Patrick Miller, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-5529

Wayne Swisher appointed full-time to The Graduate School

Wayne Swisher has been appointed to a full-time position as Associate Dean of The Graduate School. Wayne has previously served as a part-time Associate Dean. Swisher will continue his work with program assessment and expand his role to assist dean Joseph Benoit with matters involving students pursuing non-thesis options in their degree programs.

Please note Wayne Swisher's change of postal address is now The Graduate School, Stop 8178 or Twamley Hall, Rm 414.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, The Graduate School,, 777-2524

NASA approves funding for UND lunar project

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has approved funding for a UND next-generation lunar exploration system project. The three year $741,109 grant comes through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The principal investigator for the project is Paul Hardersen, and the science principal investigator is Pablo de Leon, both of UND Space Studies.

“Successful competition with NSF and NASA indicates the highest levels of creativity and thought,” said President Robert Kelley. “This grant is recognition at the highest levels of UND’s ground-breaking work in this area. It signals that we're going to be leaders in the research that's going to take us back to the Moon.”

Phyllis Johnson, UND’s new vice president of research and economic development, agreed that the NASA grant indicates a clear understanding among federal officials involved in space exploration that UND has demonstrated expertise, unique facilities, and institutional commitment to the country’s space effort.

“Clearly, UND is at the forefront of work that will take us back to the Moon and, eventually, to Mars,” Johnson said.

The NASA grant will support the design and development of a three-part system: a lunar rover; inflatable modular habitat units; and a lunar exploration suit. All three will be part of a coordinated system that will share capabilities. The project will be housed in UND’s Space Suit Laboratory, part of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace).

“This is excellent news and will certainly accelerate space systems research in North Dakota,” said Hardersen, a planetary geologist and associate professor in space studies. Hardersen also is director of the North Dakota NASA EPSCoR and of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium.

“Our mission is to develop state-of-the-art space suit components and a fully integrated lunar exploration system,” said Pablo de Leon, NDX project director and research associate in the Department of Space Studies. De Leon, an aerospace engineer from Argentina, led the widely tracked NDX-1 Mars planetary exploration technology effort that was partly funded by NASA through the Consortium.

“This newly funded lunar exploration system project is the first major success in our targeted efforts to develop truly long-lasting and effective space research programs in North Dakota,” Hardersen said. “UND space studies will reap major benefits from this work by involving students directly in the lunar exploration suit/rover project and by developing a hardware capability in the department.”

The three-year funding also will allow UND Aerospace to continue to advance part of its mission of creating new knowledge, in this case pushing the space exploration boundaries in space suit technology, said Paul Lindseth, associate dean of UND Aerospace.

All of the systems described in the grant will be built at UND and NDSU with assistance from the North Dakota College of Science and Dickinson State University, de Leon said. Additionally, the project will include participation and contributions from the Boeing Company, Cirrus Aircraft, ILC Dover, Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Packet Digital, and Paragon Space Development Corporation. Of these companies Cirrus, GEM, and Packet Digital are North Dakota-based hi-tech companies which will provide opportunity for regional economic development, de Leon said.

“Workforce development was a key part of our proposal, and I believe strongly in the hands-on teaching mission that this represents,” said de Leon, who has worked extensively with students in past and ongoing space technology programs, including the planetary exploration suits and UND’s unique space flight simulators.

The N.D. NASA EPSCoR program is supported with matching funds from the North Dakota legislature to build research infrastructure in the state.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

Center for Rural Health receives funding to support rural hospitals

For the 11th consecutive year, the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received funding to support rural hospitals through the North Dakota Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program.

The CRH has received a grant in excess of $636,000, which is an increase of approximately 3 percent from the previous year. Funds from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy are used by the CRH to administer the North Dakota Flex program, a state-based partnership that works with and assists rural hospitals to stabilize and sustain their local health care infrastructure.

“In North Dakota, we use partnerships between the federal government, the state and rural hospitals to strengthen and improve the rural health care infrastructure,” said Marlene Miller, CRH Flex program director. “Specifically, we combine grant dollars and community development techniques to help Critical Access Hospitals address local and area needs.”

Since it began in 1998, the North Dakota Flex program has provided nearly $4 million directly to rural hospitals, which has benefited about 120 rural communities. In addition to grants, the Center for Rural Health uses Flex funds to provide technical assistance to rural providers for performance improvement planning, staff surveys, and leadership development. These services help facilities look at their community’s needs and assist them with their planning activities.

“Funds have been used in very meaningful ways,” said Miller. “In North Dakota, funds have been used in the areas of health information technology, quality improvement, strategic planning, hospital finance, leadership development, board training, trauma system support and emergency medical services.”

The Flex Program relies on each of the state’s hospitals to ensure its success. “Working collaboratively is at the heart of the Flex Program, and North Dakotans are known for working well together, sharing scarce resources, and providing quality care to our rural citizens,” said Miller. Eight rural hospital administrators from across the state form the Flex Program Advisory Committee, and they provide advice on the program’s goals and activities.

The Center for Rural Health’s Flex program operates in partnership with the North Dakota Healthcare Review, Inc., the North Dakota Healthcare Association and the North Dakota Department of Health.
-- Denis MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-3300

John Mering remembered

John Vollmer Mering, age 78, Tucson, Ariz., died on Monday, Aug. 3. John was born in 1931 in Kansas City, Mo. He attended Pembroke County Day School in Kansas City. He graduated from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1953, and he received his Doctorate of Philosophy in History from that institution in 1960. The title of his dissertation, which he completed under the direction of Professor Lewis Atherton, is "The Whig party in Missouri." Mering's book with that same title appeared in 1967. From 1954 to 1956, he served as a lieutenant in the Artillery of the United States Army. In 1969, Mering came to Tucson as a Professor of History at the University of Arizona, where he remained until he became Professor Emeritus in 1993. Between 1960 and 1969, he held faculty positions at UND and the University of Florida. In 1954, he married.

John's survivors are his four children, Clay Westfall Mering and his wife, Laurie of Tucson; Ellen Curtis Mering of Tucson; Margaret Vollmer Mering and her husband, Duncan Case of Lincoln, Neb.; and Sallie Rollins Mering and her husband, Steve West of Corvallis, Ore.; his three grandchildren are Alden, Vatika and Eli. Mering's parents were Clara Vollmer Mering and Ray Delaplane Mering of Kansas City, Mo. and Great Bend, Kan. Mering's two living sisters are Jean Quinn of Kansas City and Virginia McDonald of Miami Lakes, Fla. Memorials may be made to St. Philip's, or to the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad Street, 18th floor, New York, NY 10004,