|UND Space Studies celebrates 40th anniversary of lunar landing|
America's leap to the Moon was completed 40 years ago this month when Apollo 11 Mission Commander Neil Armstrong took those first human steps onto the lunar surface. Not far behind was Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11's Lunar Module pilot. Apollo 11 was launched on July 16 and splashed down on July 24, 1969.
The 20th century may be remembered as the time when humanity first got off the home planet, said David Whalen, associate professor and chair of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Department of Space Studies.
The Apollo 11 mission fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the Moon by the end of the 1960s, which he expressed during a speech given before a joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961.
"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth," Kennedy said.
A space flight training simulator based on the Apollo capsule sits in UND's Spacecraft Simulator Facility, along with another simulator that's based on SpaceShipOne.
Less than 20 years after that lunar adventure, John D. Odegard, founder and first dean of Center for Aerospace Sciences (now the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences), invited Aldrin, the second man to walk on the Moon, to come to UND to help organize a space education program. A space flight training simulator-entirely designed and built at UND and based on the Apollo capsule that went to the Moon-is fully operational in UND's Spacecraft Simulator Facility, along with another simulator that's based on SpaceShipOne.
The Department of Space Studies-launched in 1987-was the first interdisciplinary space education program in the world. Aldrin's contributions included recommending the appointment of David Webb, a member of the 1985-1986 Presidential Commission on Space, to design the space studies program and to serve as the first chair of the department.
Since then, with a series of stunning accomplishments, such as the NDX-1 Mars planetary exploration suit and its one-of-a-kind space flight simulator center, Space Studies has become widely known and respected as "the little department that could" in one of the highest tech and most complex fields around.
"We have lots of real-time students online literally all over the world," said Whalen, Space Studies chair. The past few years, space studies has attracted an averaged 20 news students annually wanting to minor in space studies, Whalen said.
For planetary geologist Paul Hardersen, associate professor of space studies and a member of UND's elite asteroid team, space studies is an exciting, dynamic, and sometimes gripping discipline. Hardersen also is director of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium.
"We have a relatively small space studies department, but it has a strong reputation largely based on its being a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary department," Hardersen said. "We have people in the policy field, in management, in engineering, and in science. So instead of us being known in just one field, for example physics, we're known in multiple fields. And that expands the base of people who are exposed to us, and that helps us grow our reputation."
That bodes very well for the future of space studies at UND.
"Fact is, NASA isn't going to go away," Hardersen said. "Most of us in this business realize that, barring some unforeseen revolutionary event, we're never again going to see the kinds of dollars pumped into NASA's budget that we saw during the days of the Apollo program."
UND's Department of Space Studies is thriving and looks to a promising future, Whalen said.
"We're doing very well-it's a relatively small department, but in the top five at UND as far as the number of graduate degrees awarded on an annual basis," Whalen said.
For sure, Whalen said, there'll be plenty of opportunities for budding space scientists-and for UND's space studies program, where they can prepare for those exciting, out-of-this-world careers.
Space flight simulators and space suits at UND
UND Space Studies program, together with the NASA-funded North Dakota Space Grant Consortium recently unveiled a SpaceShip One-based space flight simulator-the second of two unique-to-UND training units-in the Spacecraft Simulator Facility.
"This is really terrific for us," said Pablo de Leon, an aerospace engineer from Argentina who is research associate in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Department of Space Studies and principal investigator of the space flight simulator project.
"Now we are doubly unique in the country in being the only university having two fully operational space flight simulators available for students," said de Leon, who also leads the University's path-finding ND-X space suit research, design, and building program.
UND's Space Studies Department is also home to a one-of-a-kind college-based space and planetary exploration suit design and construction lab. The suits are designed, built, and tested by de Leon and a team of students.
Formally the UND-National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Planetary Space Suit Design Team, the group is led by de Leon, who helped to design several experimental space suits. De Leon manages the North Dakota Experimental (NDX) planetary exploration suit project, which includes students - some of whom have already scored space-related jobs at NASA and in the space industry - and faculty advisors from UND, North Dakota State College of Science, Turtle Mountain Community College, North Dakota State University, and Dickinson State University.
"This was one of the most innovative and creative proposals that we funded under the competition," said NASA Space Grant manager Diane DeTroye.
At its core, the NDX project is, in fact, about designing, building, and eventually deploying a real-life space suit to be used by future astronauts as they explore new worlds, said de Leon.
Hardersen pointed out that the collaborations going on within the NDX project are key to the consortium's overall objectives.
"One of the successes of the consortium is providing opportunities for students at our two-year and tribal colleges to be involved in research projects that are typically not available at their respective institutions," Hardersen said.
And that, ultimately, is what UND Space Studies is all about: a continuing voyage to the future.
A few notable facts about UND Department of Space Studies
*Founded in 1987 by Center for Aerospace Studies Dean John D. Odegard
* Home to many unique "firsts": first university with a NASA-funded space- and planetary exploration suit design and construction lab. The first suit NDX-1 was designed for use on the surface of Mars; the next suit, NDX-2, is being designed for use on the Moon.
--UND also is the first university to field two fully operational space flight simulators, one based on a NASA Apollo capsule, the other based on SpaceShip One, the world's first privately owned successful space vehicle.
--Another major first: UND Space Studies participates in designing, building, and delivering AgCam to the International Space Station. AgCam is operated from the student-run Science Operations Center (SOC) on the UND campus.
*Space Studies operates a free, Internet-based four-telescope astronomical observatory that includes three optical units and one radio telescope.
*Space Studies has the country's only fully accredited online space studies master's degree program.
*Space Studies graduate student Vishnu Reddy, a noted asteroid hunter, discovers an asteroid and gets it officially named "North Dakota," presenting an International Astronomical Union certificate to N.D. Gov. John Hoeven earlier this year.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|UND eclipse team in China this week to Webcast longest solar eclipse of the 21st century|
With a widely popular reputation for fun interactive Webcasts of major solar system events, UND astrophysicist Tim Young and computer scientist Ron Marsh have traveled to Wuhan, China, to set up for a live Webcast of the July 21 total solar eclipse.
With the UND Webcast, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a rare, major solar system event. At close to 7 minutes, this'll be the longest total solar eclipse this century; it won't be surpassed in duration until June 13, 2132, Young said. On average, total solar eclipses happen about twice in three years, he said.
“This eclipse’s shadow will pass over India, China, and into the Pacific Ocean in the course of 3.5 hours,” said Young, an associate professor of physics. “The cast shadow of the Moon will cover a path of totality of about 100 miles wide, but from any one place on the Earth, viewers have only a maximum of six and a half minutes in total darkness. In Wuhan we will have five and half minutes of totality.”
The UND SEMS (Sun Earth Moon System) eclipse team’s Web site is linked to NASA’s eclipse Web page (see Useful links below).
“This is a public outreach project that promotes science thinking and understanding,” Young said. “These events are very rare and offer an opportunity to educate the public.”
This is the team’s 13th astronomical Webcast. Young and Marsh are well-known for their pioneering and widely watched solar eclipse Webcasts which can be viewed at www.sems.und.edu (click on “Past/future Webcasts). The team will have a live camera feed, a chatroom, and an audio dialog.
“We will try to answer questions viewers have during the eclipse, but as we get into totality, we will let the sounds of the people experiencing the eclipse take over,” Young said. “We are also producing podcasts that will include interviews of people that experienced the eclipse.”
To watch the eclipse you need to remember that China is 13 hours ahead, Young said. That means the eclipse begins at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, for Webcast viewers in the U.S. Midwest. Maximum eclipse will occur at 8:24 p.m. that evening and will last for 5 minutes. During totality, the UND eclipse team will try to image the solar corona, flares, prominences, and, of course, the silhouette of the new Moon.
Blog, Webcast, chatroom, and podcast:
NASA’s eclipse Web site: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/TSE2009/TSE2009.html
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-6571
|NDMOA concert in the sculpture garden is July 21|
A Museum of Art concert featuring Knick Knackerson and the Minglers, with Luie Lopez III opening, is July 21, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and take their place in the sculpture garden. Food and drinks are served, plus root beer floats.
Knick Knackerson and The Minglers bring a blend of updated roots, rock and country. The Minglers are a Winnipeg-based music outfit with a constantly changing line-up. Easily drifting through many different styles of music, the Minglers new brand of alt country can only be described as eclectic. The Minglers’ music features bold instrumentation and teeters unpredictably between the genres of contemporary and old timey.
Tickets: $5 in advance, $7 at the door.
-- Matthew Wallace, Director of Rural Arts Initiative , NDMOA, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4195
|Doctoral examination set for Emilia Boeschen |
The final examination for Emilia Boeschen, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 2 p.m., July 22, Memorial Room at the Memorial Union. The dissertation title is: Examining the Cognitive and Somatic Manifestations of Competitive State Anxiety in Special Olympics Athletes. Dr. Cindy Juntunen (Counseling Psychology & Community Services) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, email@example.com, 777-4005
|The musical HAIR explodes on the Empire Arts Center stage, August 4-15|
The Crimson Creek Players are proud to bring the Tony Award-winning musical experience, HAIR, to the Empire Arts Center stage, August 4-8 and 11-15.
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.
While HAIR is not a “story-book musical” in the conventional sense, it does follow the Tribe as they rally against racism, homophobia, sexism, and most importantly, war. Indicative of this tribal hippie mentality is free expression and drug use. HAIR follows the Tribe’s leader, Berger (Doug Chavis), and his best friend Claude (Jared Kinney) as the latter is forced to decide between burning his draft card or ending up in Vietnam.
HAIR originally opened on Broadway on April 29, 1968 at the Biltmore Theatre during a truly tumultuous time. Just weeks earlier, Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, and Robert Kennedy would be assassinated less than two months later. Six months later, the show would begin a two-year run at the Aquarius Theatre in Los Angeles. Ted Neely, an original cast member of that production, stated recently on “CBS Sunday Morning” that there were numerous bomb scares throughout the run of the show. Currently, HAIR has a revival currently playing on Broadway that received eight Tony Award nominations (winning for “Best Revival of a Musical”), eight Drama Desk Award nominations, and received the Outer Critics Circle Award for “Outstanding Revival of a Musical.”
In 1969, our country witnessed numerous anti-war movements, including the “National Moratorium” demonstration that involved hundreds of thousands of people all over the country, and one in Washington, D.C. with almost half a million demonstrators. It was also the year of the legendary rock concert Woodstock, which took place from August 15-17 in Bethel, NY. The Crimson Creek production of HAIR will close exactly 40 years after this historic concert opened.
HAIR is directed by Chris Berg (Great American Trailer Park Musical, Lucky Stiff) and musical director Matt Strand (Chicago, Cabaret, Sweeney Todd). Original choreography skillfully 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).
Crimson Creek’s HAIR will run August 4-8 and 11-15, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks, ND.
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.
HAIR features 20 of the Upper Midwest's top performers and is the must-see production of 2009.
In celebration of the spirit of HAIR, a “Human Be-In” will be held in Town Square, Thursday, July 30, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join the cast of HAIR, the North River Ramblers, and Amazing Grains Food Co-op for an evening of fun and frivolity, including hula-hooping, henna tattoo painting, tye-dying, hemp tying, music and more. This event is free and open to all ages.
For more information, visit http://www.ggfct.org.
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4090
|One-day sale set at UND Bookstore Thursday|
The UND Bookstore will hold a sidewalk sale this Thursday, July 23. The one-day-only sale is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Stop by the bookstore for big savings.
-- Marie Mack, Trade Book Manager, UND Bookstore
|UND partners with Minnesota Twins for UND Day at the Dome|
UND is hosting "UND Day at the Dome" August 29 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The event is open to UND alumni, students, future students, families, supporters and friends.
The event features reduced price tickets, a free pre-game ballpark lunch, UND President Robert O. Kelley throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, the UND Varsity Bards singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh inning stretch, UND Deans and faculty, and the Twins playing the Texas Rangers.
The pre-game picnic begins at 3 p.m. in the picnic area (Gate D) of the Metrodome and the game begins at 6:10 p.m. Special reduced ticket prices are $15 (face value $22) for upper club and $24 for lower reserved (face value $33). The Twins will donate a portion of each ticket sold to support UND.
"I can't imagine a more pleasant site than seeing the Minnesota Twins red, white and blue coupled with University of North Dakota green. There is no question that UND is in the heart of Twins Territory and we can't wait to host the University's contingent at the Metrodome this Summer," said UND graduate Dave St. Peter, the President of the Minnesota Twins.
UND President Robert O. Kelly adds, "This is a great way for UND to involve our Twin Cities friends, alumni, and students with our outstanding faculty in a fun atmosphere. The fact that the President of the Twins is a UND graduate makes this partnership even more logical. We look forward to seeing our UND friends from all over 'Twins Territory' at the Metrodome on August 29."
Tickets are available by calling 800-33-TWINS (89467). For more information regarding the UND Day at the Dome, visit the UND Alumni Website at http://www.undalumni.org and follow the UND Day at the Dome link or contact Mitch Kluska of the Twins at 612-375-7436.
|Step Out walk to fight diabetes is October 24|
Step Out to Fight Diabetes, formerly America's Walk for Diabetes, is about changing the face of diabetes in our country by raising funds to help find a cure and by walking a few miles to bring a greater awareness to this devastating disease.
Gather your friends and family to walk and raise funds for Step Out to Fight Diabetes in your city. Together, we can crush this epidemic. Tens of thousands of people in North Dakota and Minnesota have diabetes, and the numbers continue to grow.
This year’s Grand Forks event is at the Alerus Center on Saturday, October 24. Join us in this important fundraising event. The Team Captain kickoff is set for September 1 at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks.
To register for this event, please visit the American Diabetes Association Step Out website: www.diabetes.org/stepout or call the North Dakota ADA office 701-234-0123, ext. 6684. See you there. Join our fight against Diabetes.
-- Eric Johnson, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine, email@example.com, 777-3811
|Denim Day is July 29|
Since it's the last Wednesday of the month, July 29 is Denim Day. Pay your coordinator your $1 and enjoy going casual.
If you need buttons or posters, let me know. As always, all proceeds to charity.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3791
|Governor Hoeven seeks nominations for public service award|
The Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service recognizes the outstanding work performance of our state employees and their contributions to their agencies, professions and communities. I encourage you to nominate your fellow state employees for this award, acknowledging their commitment to excellence in serving the citizens of our great state.
Nominations will be accepted from the legislative, judicial and executive branches of state government. Nominees must be employed a minimum of half time with one full year of employment. More than one employee can be nominated from an agency or department, but each nomination form must include only one individual. Employees can be nominated in one of the following six categories of excellence:
4. Office Support
For more information about the award and to submit nominations online or print a nomination form, you can visit the Council of State Employees Web site at www.nd.gov/cose. All nominations must be completed on the form provided. Award recipients will be announced and recognized at a special awards luncheon during State Employee Recognition Week in September.
Nomination deadline: Friday, August 7
Submit nominations online at: www.nd.gov/cose
Send nominations to:
The Office of the Governor, Attn: Jody Link
600 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505
FAX: (701) 328-2205.
Please direct questions to Jody Link: (701) 328-2203
|UND launches first-of-its-kind major in unmanned aerial systems|
Starting this fall, the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Odegard School) Department of Aviation will offer a new major—the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics degree with a major in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The new major was approved by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education in May.
This is the first UAS major of its kind in the country and is being offered to meet the increasing demand for qualified UAS pilots and sensor operators in this rapidly growing field, said Kenneth Polovitz, assistant dean of the Odegard School.
“We have already received tremendous interest in this new major from both currently enrolled aviation students and prospective students,” Polovitz said.
The major is built upon the department’s commercial aviation major and includes courses in unmanned aircraft systems, UAS support ground systems, communications and control, and sensor systems operations. Additionally, the major curriculum includes aviation safety, human factors, and crew resource management as they pertain to unmanned aircraft operations.
The program also will provide education that promotes the sensitivity of, and appreciation for, the complexities associated with the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the current aviation environment. The program leverages both the school’s and the department’s capabilities developed over more than 40 years in crewed aviation while adding to them the lessons learned from the past five years of UAS research at UND.
“We want to educate professionals for the unmanned aircraft industry capable of developing and managing future programs,” said Ben Trapnell, associate professor and principal developer of the new major. “Work done with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as the Department of Defense and numerous industry representatives has given us a strong picture of what the industry needs today, as well as a view of where it is heading.”
The degree likely will undergo changes as regulatory conditions warrant, Trapnell said.
“We feel that a collaborative effort will help the FAA develop standards for UAS pilot training and certification,” he said.
Billions of dollars are expected to be spent by the Department of Defense and other agencies in the next few years to field the number of pilots and systems needed to meet operational demands. Growth within the civilian industry is expected to keep pace as the issues of airspace integration are overcome, Trapnell said.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-6571
|UND named Division I All-Academic track team by USTFCCCA|
The UND women's track and field team has been named a 2009 Division I Women's All-Academic Track and Field Team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
UND combined for a 3.440 cumulative grade point average during the 2008-09 academic year, which ranked 12th among the 130 Division I teams honored by the USTFCCA.
To be nominated, teams must achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Earlier this summer, UND placed nine student-athletes on the 2009 Great West All-Academic Winter/Spring Team, while juniors Brittany Brenny (Staples, Minn.) and Kristi Dahlheimer (Anoka, Minn.) earned ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors.
-- Jayson Hajdu, Media Relations Director, Athletics, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2985
|University Within the University (U2) lists new classes|
MS Office 2007-How Will It Affect You?
July 29, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Upson II, Room 361
Become familiar with the dramatically different user interface in Office 2007 applications: The Ribbon. Learn how to recognize the new file formats for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Access 2007 documents. Learn about the file format compatibility issues between Office 2007 files and earlier Office versions. Find out how to install the free Office Compatibility Pack for opening and editing Office 2007 files in earlier Office versions, and how to save Office 2007 files in the earlier version (Office 97-2003 file format). This is an informational presentation, not a hands-on session. Presenter: Heidi Strande
Licensed Logo Vendors
August 4, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Medora Room
Step-by-step instructions for ordering trademarked items. Presenter: Sara Satter
Room Scheduling 101: Helping Us Help You
August 5, 10 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Brush up on room scheduling processes and procedures to understand how to schedule your room correctly the first time so you don’t pay the price during the semester. This session includes a demonstration on the new Ad Astra Online room schedule viewer, how to use it, and why. There will also be some discussion on the new feature in Ad Astra for decentralizing scheduling events within the room scheduling software and how decentralizing event scheduling may help your department. Presenters: Kayla Hotvedt & Marge Ricke
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education, email@example.com, 777-0720
|ELS Language Center in search of host families for international students|
The ELS language Center is looking for host families for international students studying English as a second language. Participating students want to stay with Grand Forks-area hosts as they learn English and culture in English speaking homes. They'll eat meals with their host families and participate in the "life" of the home. It's a great experience for any household.
Each host family will receive $500 each four week period. Host families will need to provide a private bedroom, private or shared bathroom, meals (not lunch except on weekends)and transportation to and from O'Kelley Hall at UND (access to Grand Forks City Bus is fine).
-- Kristin Pauls, Homestay Coordinator, ELS, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-746-1013
|Employee parking permits are available|
It is now time to renew all employee parking permits. The current permits expire on August 30. The application to renew your permit is available on the Parking Office website at www.parking.und.edu. Fill out the application and mail it to the Parking Office at Stop 8368. If paying by cash, you must bring the application and payment to the Parking Office, Memorial Union lower-level. Do not send cash through inter-campus mail.
New permits may be displayed upon receipt. Ramp access will only be accessible by use of your 2008-09 permit until September 1, when your 2009-10 permit is activated.
The permit fees for each lot are identified on the Employee Parking Permit Application. Payment options are included on the application. The Parking Office no longer accepts credit card payments.
If you have any questions, please contact our office at 777-3551.
-- Tim Lee, Parking Services Manager, Parking & Traffic, email@example.com, 777-3655
|UND Athletics Speakers Bureau is created|
The UND Athletic Department Speakers Bureau is composed of coaches, administrators and staff members who are available to motivate, educate, inspire, and entertain your group as speakers at civic, professional, educational, and other public venues.
The UND Athletics Speakers Bureau is a free service to civic, professional and educational entities. If you are looking for our speakers to talk at a "for profit" or "fund-raising" activity, we can work with you on an individual basis regarding fees.
Our department speaking dates are limited so flexibility in a speaker and topic will be up us to accommodate your request. Please keep in mind practice, competition and camps will take priority over any speaking event.
This form must be completed two weeks prior to event.
-- Max Huber, Director of In-Game Management and Group Sales, Athletic Total, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2234
|Donated sick leave requested for Jan Smith|
Sick and annual leave donations are sought for Jan Smith, nurse practitioner at the Center for family Medicine in Minot. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available on the Payroll Office website. Go to www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on forms.
|Note changes to mileage and in-state lodging rates|
Rates for mileage and in-state lodging were changed during the past legislative session. Both of these changes will take effect August 1.
Senate Bill 2064, Section 1d allows the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to establish an in-state lodging rate not to exceed 90 percent of the rate established by the United States General Services Administration, plus applicable state and local taxes. At the time of this writing, 90 percent of the GSA rate for lodging in North Dakota is $63. The GSA may periodically change the rate for lodging and OMB will adjust the in-state lodging rate accordingly during the biennium.
Senate Bill 2064, Section 7, 1c changes the mileage reimbursement to that established by the United States GSA. At the time of this writing the rate was 55 cents per mile, however, the GSA may change the rate several times during the biennium. Again, both of these changes will be effective for travel occurring August 1 and after.
If you have any questions please contact any of the following:
Bonnie Nerby, Accounting Services Auditor at 777-2966 or email@example.com
Allison Peyton, Director of Accounting Services at 777-2968 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Carl Iseminger, Accounting Services Assistant, Accounting Services, email@example.com, 777-4131
|UND historian puts archeology on high-tech fast track in Cyprus research project|
University of North Dakota historian William “Bill” Caraher returned recently from another successful season of archeology on the island nation of Cyprus.
“We finished our seventh season of fieldwork in the coastal zone of Pyla Village near Larnaka,” said Caraher, the multidisciplinary team’s leader and high technology guru. “This was our second season of excavation and the largest and most complex to date with over 30 students—including three UND graduate students—and colleagues from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Cyprus.”
Since 2003, the Pyla Koutsopetria Archeologic Program (PKAP) team has worked under Caraher’s direction; the team includes R. Scott Moore from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and David K. Pettegrew of Messiah College.
The goal of the PKAP project: find out how folks lived, worshipped, and did business from the Late Bronze Age to the end of the Roman Empire, a period spanning 1200 B.C. to 700 A.D. The project also trains students how to do field research in a traditional discipline like history with high-tech applications ranging from relational databases to global positioning system (GPS) gear and ground-penetrating radar.
The Pyla-Koutsopetria research area—now part of a British military base—was a harbor and commercial area throughout antiquity, Caraher said.
The goal of the PKAP fieldwork is to collect data without disturbing the archaeological remains protected beneath the surface. The results include the discovery of what may be a previously unknown ancient shrine and an extensive Roman settlement, all from periods dating as far back as 600 B.C., Caraher said.
The seven seasons of PKAP fieldwork have revealed a dynamic and wealthy Mediterranean landscape filled with towns, fortifications and religious centers. The careful documentation of this material is particularly important as more of the Cypriot coastline is developed.
PKAP researchers this summer used intensive survey, remote sensing, and excavation to document this rich archaeological landscape. Over a five-week season, the PKAP team opened six trenches on sites at Vigla, Koutsopetria, and Kokkinokremos, Caraher said.
“The trenches on the prominent coastal height of Vigla produced significant evidence of a Greek settlement from around 400 B.C.,” Caraher said. “An imposing fortification wall surrounded domestic quarters whose collapsed mud brick walls sealed valuable ceramic material on the floors.”
These buildings may have been the houses for mercenary forces positioned to protect a vulnerable stretch of coastline near the cosmopolitan city of Kition, or perhaps the homes of local residents who had settled in fortified villages during politically unstable times, Caraher said.
In conjunction with the excavation work, the PKAP team conducted 10 days of geophysical survey with ground penetrating radar in collaboration with Beverly Chiarulli of the Arcaheological Services Laboratory at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Caraher said.
PKAP in multi-media mode
Finally, the PKAP team continued its commitment to a multi-media approach to archaeological research.
“We were joined in the field by an experienced documentary filmmaker, Ian Ragsdale of Big Ape Productions and Ryan Stander, a photographer in the UND Masters of Fine Arts program,” Caraher said.
“These projects represent an important aspect of reflexive fieldwork, as well as a commitment to public outreach through new media delivered over the Web,” Caraher said.
The newly created UND Working Group in Digital and New Media will contribute to the production of Ragsdale’s documentary and facilitate a digital exhibit of Stander’s photographs.
Various members of the PKAP team blogged regularly on PKAP sponsored blogs, tweeted from the field on a PKAP Twitter feed, and produced a dozen podcasts.
“As one of the first Mediterranean archaeological projects to blog from the field, it has drawn thousands of readers from around the world who have seen this unique perspective on the inner workings of Mediterranean archaeology,” Caraher said.
“It’s really exciting to be involved in this hands-on project with students,” said Caraher, who as tech guru handles a lot of the GPS and geographic information systems (GIS) for the project . “We use these systems intensively to ensure that we leave no area uncharted and to document the location of artifacts.”
All of PKAP’s field work was completed with the permission and cooperation of Director of the Cyprus Department of Antiquities Pavlos Flourentzos.
The 2009 season΄s fieldwork was funded by grants from UND, the Institute of Aegean Prehistory, and generous private donors. The team also enjoyed the generous assistance of the Estate Manager of the British Sovereign Area – Dhekelia Garrison, the Larnaka District Archaeological Museum, and the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, Caraher said.
For more information Contact William “Bill” Caraher, assistant professor, History, 777-6379, firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-6571
|North Dakota EPSCoR announces awards, grants|
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the 2009 Doctoral Dissertation Assistantship (DDA) awards at UND.
ND EPSCoR’s DDA awards are designed to increase the completion rate of Ph.D. students enrolled in science, engineering, and mathematics (the so-called “STEM”) disciplines at North Dakota’s research-intensive universities. Because of the close connection of outstanding graduate students and the competitiveness of North Dakota researchers for receiving merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies, the DDA awards are expected to have very high impact.
DDA support is available for up to 24 months to enable doctoral students to dedicate their time exclusively to dissertation research. Applications are made by the students with supplemental information provided by their advisors, along with endorsement from their Graduate Program Director and Department Chair.
Two competitive awards were made at UND. The review committee was very impressed by the overall quality of the proposals and noted that funding limitations precluded some otherwise deserving proposals from being awarded.
The 2009 DDA students, their departments and faculty mentors, and the topic of their approved research proposals are as follows:
* Carrie John, biochemistry, advisor Julia Zhao, “The Development and Application of Fluorescent Nanomaterials for Trace Determination of Analytes.”
* Erandi S. Gunapala, physics, advisor Kanishka Marasinghe, “A Study of the Atomic Structure of Vitreous Rare Earth Phosphates Using High Energy X-ray Diffraction and Neutron Diffraction Techniques.”
ND EPSCoR Announces UND IIP Collaborative SEED Pilot Program Awards
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) has announced the IIP Collaborative SEED Pilot Program awards at UND.
ND EPSCoR’s SEED awards are designed to increase multidisciplinary research collaborations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics disciplines that would result in competitiveness for large-scale national awards. Since an increasing amount of research in STEM areas is multidisciplinary and collaborative, these awards will foster these activities both within UND and between UND researchers and researchers at NDSU.
Two competitive collaboration awards involving three UND researchers will be funded for approximately $198,000. The two-year Collaborative SEED awards made are as follows:
* Forrest Ames, mechanical engineering, collaborating with Yildirim Bora Suzen, NDSU mechanical engineering, “Measurements and Predictions of Heat Transfer, Transition, and Aerodynamic Loss at Low Reynolds Numbers in High Speed Flows.”
* Sima Noghanian, electrical engineering, collaborating with Edward Sauter, UND School of Medicine, Surgery Department, “Development of an Accurate Breast Phantom based on Breast Tissue Measurements.”
For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the Collaborative SEED Pilot Program, please contact Mark. R. Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, 777-2492, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Jeffrey Kappenman has been named director of the Center for UAS Research|
Jeffrey Kappenman has been named director of the Center for UAS Research, Eduction and Training at the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. In his position, Kappenman will provide leadership, oversight and coordination of all UAS related efforts within the Center. He will work with University, government and industry leaders to promote economic development as it relates to Unmanned Systems and increase the competitiveness of the Center to enhance its value for partnering with the private, government and university sectors.
Jeff has expertise in Army UAS development, operations and training and will provide the knowledge and experience needed to continue the growth of this new program within the Odegard School, said Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School. He learned how to fly in our Epoch Pilot program over 30 years ago and is looking forward to returning to his aviation roots to help us succeed in this endeavor.
Kappenman graduated from UND in Aeronautical Studies and has recently retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army after 26 years as the director of UAS, where he was responsible for the coordination for all combat development activities associated with UAS. He is recognized in the Department of Defense as the Army's expert in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He also has a master's degree in national security affairs, from the U.S. Army War College, and has attended many military command and staff schools while in the service.
-- Jane Olson, Assistant to the Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, email@example.com, 777-2645
|UND extends athletic director Faison's contract through 2012|
UND has extended Athletic Director Brian Faison's contract through June 2012, UND President Robert O. Kelley announced today.
"Brian has done a superb job in his first year as our athletic director. He has provided steady, calm, articulate leadership, which is evident throughout our Athletics program. A result has been a number of winning seasons and a major conference championship. Brian has also demonstrated a commitment to developing student athletes and their coaching staffs. I'm very proud of our students' academic performance, and I know that Brian shares that pride and commitment to academic excellence. We very much look forward to Brian's leadership as we progress as a Division I institution," said Kelley.
Kelley noted that during his first year, Faison:
* Guided UND through its first year of Division I transition, restructuring the department and introducing new administrative initiatives to meet the demands of the transition.
* Successfully negotiated a ten-year agreement with the Alerus Center for football.
* Secured conference affiliation with the Great West Conference providing conference homes for 16 of UND's 18 varsity sports. Men's and women's hockey compete in the WCHA.
* Enhanced UND's statewide profile through community outreach initiatives and an expanded UND Sports Network.
Some other milestones during Faison's first year:
* Annual giving to the Fighting Sioux Club set a record.
* North Dakota student-athletes continued their tradition of academic excellence: twelve student-athletes were named Academic All-District and a record six student-athletes were named Academic All-Americans by ESPN The Magazine; two student-athletes received NCAA Post-Graduate scholarships; 80 student-athletes received conference academic honors.
* Student-athletes provided 5,595 hours of community service.
* Football had the largest season opening crowd in UND football history; football set a record for average attendance; women's hockey finished seventh in the nation in average attendance, men's hockey finished second in the nation in average attendance.
* Men's hockey won the MacNaughton Cup (WCHA regular season champions), women's basketball went undefeated at home, men's basketball had their first winning season in three years, and volleyball went from a record of 6-23 last year to 24-8.
-- Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, 777-4317, firstname.lastname@example.org
|UND english professor on team that publishes new letters by Elizabeth Barrett Browning|
A collection of largely never-before-published letters by famed 19th-century poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning is documented in a new volume by a team of Browning scholars, including UND’s Dr. Sandra Donaldson.
The work, titled "Florentine Friends," presents 232 letters the Brownings wrote to aspiring writer Isa Blagden, a Eurasian daughter of an English banker, between 1850 and 1861. As co-editor, Donaldson, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English, helped complete the volume with a team led by Philip Kelley and comprising Scott Lewis, Edward Hagan and Rita S. Patteson.
Donaldson said her work on the letters that make up the new volume began as early as the 1980s.
Separately, in 2006, Donaldson was awarded a Scholarly Editions grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project to produce a new edition of poems and prose of Barrett Browning.
A major figure of nineteenth-century literature, Barrett Browning is known for the series of poems titled "Sonnets from the Portuguese," which includes "'How do I love thee?" But she was better known during her time as a powerful political poet, addressing such issues as child labor in factories and mines, the abolition of slavery, the growth of democracies and women's rights. As a young woman, she was a scholar of classical and contemporary languages and literatures and throughout her life engaged in a voluminous correspondence with other writers and thinkers.
She and husband Robert Browning lived the 13 years of their married life together in Italy at the time of its struggle to become an independent nation, a period known in Italian as the "Risorgimento."
The Brownings had been settled in Florence, Italy for nearly three years when they met Blagden, who would come to occupy a unique place in the Brownings’ circle by virtue of her intimacy with both poets. According to one contemporary, only Isa was "admitted into the mysteries of their inner thoughts.”
In this new volume, Elizabeth’s letters chart her growing affection for Blagden. They also shed new light on Elizabeth’s intellectual and emotional commitment to the Risorgimento. Of particular interest are her thoughts on the French Emperor, Napoleon III, who is admired by both friends. Other subjects discussed in Elizabeth’s letters include spiritualism, women’s issues, her son and her poet husband, as well as the Brownings’ poetry.
"They really are lovely letters -- and very informative about current events at the time," Donaldson says.
During these years, the Brownings published what are arguably their greatest works: "Aurora Leigh" (Elizabeth) and "Men and Women" (Robert). Meanwhile, Isa contributed articles and poems to periodicals, and in March 1861, published her first novel, "Agnes Tremorne."
Robert’s letters to Isa, though few in this volume, reveal a warmth and spontaneity, that, in his correspondence, he reserved for her alone.
The editors have included: an introduction, a provenance of the manuscripts from which the letters were transcribed; a chronology; comprehensive annotations; a family tree of Isa and her relatives the Brackens; a bibliography of her works, manuscripts, and letters; and a reproduction of the contents of Elizabeth’s carte-de-visite album: 51 photographs of people associated in some way with the Risorgimento.
The Volume, published by Wedgestone Press of Winfield, Kan., and Armstrong Browning Library in Waco, Texas, is available now.
-- David L. Dodds, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-5529
|UND journalism professor returns from UNESCO-sponsored study in Asia|
Richard Shafer, journalism professor in the UND Department of English, recently returned from Asia, where he traveled on a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) grant. Shafer studied the feasibility of a new UNESCO-sponsored international journalism curriculum, which is designed to further the application of mass media as a tool for development in lesser developed nations.
Shafer also presented a co-authored paper critiquing the new UNESCO curriculum at a conference sponsored by UNESCO and the Asian Institute of Journalism in Manila and visited his former Peace Corps site on Jeju Island, Korea, where he served from 1973 to 1976.
While in the Philippines, Shafer conducted graduate and undergraduate journalism seminars and interviewed journalism faculty at several universities. A second co-authored paper, "An Overview of Contemporary Central Asian Mass Media Research" was delivered at the Media, Democracy and Governance: Emerging Paradigms in the Digital Age Conference sponsored by the Asian Media Information Centre (AMIC) in New Delhi, India, on July 15.
Shafer has lectured and conducted research on the media and development since he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 1987 on the role of the press in social change and development. Since then, he has conducted journalism seminars and workshops in the Philippines, India, Singapore, Nepal, Malaysia, and Vietnam, as well as throughout Central Asia and Eastern Europe for the Fulbright program, the George Soros Foundation, the International Center for Journalism and other sponsoring agencies.
His book, Journalists for Change, is still used in mass media courses throughout the Philippines.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|UND faculty receive 2009 Bush Foundation grants|
The Bush Foundation announced this week announced that 11 artists from North and South Dakota-including three UND faculty members-will share $49,290 in Dakota Creative Connections grants for projects designed to both develop new ideas and support current endeavors.
The UND recipients are:
* Heidi Czerwiec, assistant professor of English and co-director of the UND Writers Conference, received a $5,000 grant to work on developing and refining her sonnet sequence "Self-Portrait as Bettie Page" in preparation for publication at the Sewanee Writers Conference and West Chester University Poetry Conference.
* Kathleen Coudle-King, senior lecturer in English, received a $6,000 grant to travel to small towns in North Dakota and Minnesota to interview residents; King is gathering information to expand her one-act play "Ghost Town" into an evening-length work.(www.dakotalit.com, $6,000 grant)
* Michael Wittgraf, professor and chair of the UND Department of Music, received a $5,930 grant to compose a new work using KYMA X software in quadraphonic and stereophonic sound for premiere by the UND Concert Choir.
Dakota Creative Connections grants provide artists with project support ranging from $3,000 to $6,000. The grants can be used for travel, study and research; artist residencies and retreats; equipment and materials; and/or short-term projects. Recipients were chosen by a regional panel of five artists and curators who met in Jamestown, N.D. over a two-day period in June. For more information on the Bush Foundation, see www.bushfoundation.org
Michael Wittgraf: www.und.edu/instruct/wittgraf/
Kathleen Coudle King: www.dakotalit.com/
Dakota Creative Connections: www.bushfellows.org/artist/dakota-creative-connections
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-6571
|UND recognized for a 35-year partnership in support of the U.S. Armed Forces|
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) will recognize UND at the Department of Defense Worldwide Education Symposium for a partnership that has provided members of the U.S. Armed Forces with flexible education opportunities for the past 35 years. The Symposium will be held in Atlanta, Ga., at the end of July.
Director of DANTES, Jeff Cropsey, stated, “The opportunity to continue one’s education is a primary reason for most people to join the military or continue to serve.”
When DANTES was established in 1974, one of its assigned missions was to facilitate the appropriate use of self-study and independent study courses and programs. UND offers nearly 90 independent study, undergraduate courses that allow military personnel to enroll at any time, work at their own pace, and take up to nine months to complete each course. Military personnel may also earn their bachelor’s degrees in General Studies or Social Science through independent study. UND has offered independent study courses through correspondence by mail since 1910.
UND announced its support for military by offering U.S. Armed Forces veterans a university education at a cost equivalent to the tuition charged to North Dakota residents.
-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, Continuing Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6374
|Ben L. Collins remembered|
Ben L. Collins, Ph.D., passed away peacefully on July 10 at the age of 87. He was born June 10, 1922, to the late Benjamin L. and Ruth Kohn in Newark N.J. Ben joined the Merchant Marines shortly after Pearl Harbor. After the war, Ben resumed his education, receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of California, his master's degree from UConn, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of New Mexico. Ben devoted his life to education, teaching at various colleges, including Peru State College (Nebraska), University of Meintz (Germany), University of Maryland (European division), University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, Parson's College (Fairfield, Iowa), and finally spending almost twenty years at UND, where he retired from full time teaching. Even in his retirement he continued to teach part time in various colleges in Palm Beach County.
Ben particularly enjoyed the theatre, reading, boating, and poetry. He will be missed more than we can say.