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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 41: June 03, 2009

Top Stories
President Kelley appoints new VP for Research and Economic Development: Phyllis E. Johnson
Eighteen West Point cadets arrive at UND Aerospace for helicopter training
UND Flying Team bags 15th national championship
Events to Note
Getting Started program continues through July 10
Moviemaking camp for adults ends June 12
Photographer Michael Berman to speak at museum
Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (CGAR) annual meeting is June 10-11
Lecture capture solution demonstration is June 11
International Symposium on Restorative Justice is June 15-19
Burgers on the Boulevard Grill open June 11 and 18
Women Studies seeks director
Fourth annual Brain Bee winners announced
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Help is needed for campus sustainability
2008 Campus Quality Survey is now available online
Note new ID air travel requirements
City to work on railroad crossings
Museum Cafe announces weekly menu through Friday, June 5
Donated sick leave requested for Pam Burkes
NSF proposals sought to improve graduation rates in STEM areas
NSF seeks preproposals for major research instrumentation
Teaching & learning database will be compiled
President Kelley appoints new VP for Research and Economic Development: Phyllis E. Johnson

Dr. Phyllis Johnson has been named the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at UND, President Robert O. Kelley announced Monday, June 1. Johnson will start her duties Aug. 1.

"I'm pleased that Dr. Phyllis Johnson is joining the leadership team at UND. She brings a wealth of experience in managing a large, complex research organization, which will be important as she helps provide direction for the University's growing research enterprise," said Kelley. He said Johnson's expertise will also be invaluable as she defines the added responsibilities for economic development and helps the University refine its approach to managing intellectual property.

"This is my dream job. I think my greatest scientific contributions have been made through facilitating the research of people who are much smarter than me. To be able to do that in my home state of North Dakota, and at the institution that gave me the foundation for my career, is tremendously exciting," said Johnson.

Dr. Phyllis E. Johnson
A Grafton, N.D., native who grew up in Grand Forks and earned degrees from UND, Dr. Phyllis Johnson is currently a research associate with the Smithsonian Institute, where she works with scientific policy and represents the U.S. government at an international level regarding scientific collections. She also is adjunct assistant professor at the University of Maryland College Park.

Until 2008, Johnson served as director of the Beltsville Area USDA Agricultural Research Service. She managed a broad range of research, from entomology to genomics to remote sensing. She was responsible for a $135 million budget and staff of 1,200, including more than 300 doctoral-level scientists. The flagship Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (BARC), which includes the U.S. National Arboretum, is the largest and most comprehensive agricultural research center in the world. She led the USDA in biofuel and biobased product utilization since 1999, and has received three White House awards for these activities. Under her leadership, BARC has won multiple awards. She was co-chair of a federal interagency working group developing science policy related to scientific collections as critical national research infrastructure. She represents the U.S. government on this topic internationally.

Before joining the Beltsville ARS, Johnson served as acting area director and associate director, Pacific West Area, USDA, ARS; research leader for nutrition, biochemistry and metabolism, USDA ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (HNRC); clinical instructor in internal medicine at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences; research chemist and Research Leader, Grand Forks HNRC; and a lab instructor at the University of Mary, Bismarck.

Johnson earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from UND in 1971, her doctorate in physical chemistry from UND in 1976, and did postdoctoral work at the Grand Forks HNRC.

Johnson is active in community and national organizations, and was the first woman to be named president of a Sons of Norway district.

Johnson’s late husband, Robert S. T. Johnson, was also a UND alum. She has two children and six grandchildren.
-- Peter Johnson, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations, University Relations,, 777-4317

Eighteen West Point cadets arrive at UND Aerospace for helicopter training

Eighteen West Point cadets arrived at UND this week to begin a four-week helicopter flight training program. UND’s Aerospace summer helicopter training curriculum for the Army comprises in-class academic studies and hands-on flight instruction. At the completion of their training at UND, the Army cadets will have earned a student pilot’s certificate and logged 18.5 hours of flight time.

“We are proud to have the West Point cadets attend our program again this summer,” said Mike Krotz, chief helicopter flight instructor. “The vital energy and contributions they bring to UND Aerospace is well received, and we look forward to further opportunities in the future.”

A group of 20 Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from colleges around the country begin their helicopter training program here July 7.

This initiative is a continuation of an agreement established in 2003 between UND and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to train West Point and Army ROTC cadets to fly Army helicopters. UND Aerospace is honored in assisting the Academy by supporting its mission, instilling the values of duty, honor and country, while promoting professional excellence. To date, UND has provided helicopter flight training to a total of 179 cadets from West Point and Army ROTC.

For more information, Contact Mike Krotz at 777-7848 or
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-6571

UND Flying Team bags 15th national championship

The UND Flying Team captured its 15th national championship with a total of 469 points—an all-time National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) record and 71 points ahead of the runner up—at the NIFA SAFECON competition in St. Louis last week. The team picked up its trophy at the NIFA awards banquet last Saturday.

“The NIFA National Championship is equivalent to the NCAA Championships for athletics,” said Bruce Smith, dean of UND Aerospace. “It is a benchmark for measuring the overall excellence of our college's academic and flight operations activities, said Bruce Smith, dean of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

This year’s win was the UND Flying Team’s 15th in 25 SAFECON competitions. UND Flying Team co-captain Ryan Guthridge also nailed down SAFECON’s National Top Pilot Award, earning 107 points, including first place in the short-field landing accuracy event. The 2009 SAFECON competition was hosted by Parks College, a division of St. Louis University.

“This was one of those magical teams that seldom comes along,” said Jim Higgins, UND Aerospace associate professor and the team’s lead coach. “The team had extraordinary senior leadership, an abundance of natural talent, and a work-ethic not often seen. I am very proud of our complete team effort.”

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach placed second with a score of 398 points and Western Michigan University was third with 291 points. The previous scoring record was 466 points, set by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott in 2005.

NIFA was formed before World War I to develop and advance aviation education; to promote, encourage and foster safety in aviation; to promote and foster communications and cooperation between aviation students, educators, educational institutions, and the aviation industry; and to provide an arena for collegiate aviation competition.

The competition gives student pilots a chance to meet and practice their skills academically and in flight events; it’s where the class learning rubber meets the tarmac.

In addition to winning the National Championship and the co-captain’s top pilot award, the team also received several individual honors: William Gardner (Seattle, Washington) captured first place in the simulated comprehensive aircraft navigation event. Ryan Perrin (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota), also one of the Co-Captains, was second in overall team scoring with 69 points.

Competing members of the 2009 National Championship UND Flying Team were: Brandon Anderson (Savage, Minn.); David Edmonds (Hollis, N.H.); Adam Fisel (Waconia, Minn.); William Gardner (Seattle, Wash.); Aaron Guffey (New Columbia, Pa.); Ryan Guthridge, Co-Captain, (Aurelia, Iowa); Erik Johnson (Rosemount, Minn.); Jamie Marshall (Huron, S.D.); Louisa Millar (Wenatchee, Wash.); Andy Paluch (Elma, N.Y.); Ryan Perrin, Co-Captain, (Brooklyn Park, Minn.); Cindy Pro (Prior Lake, Minn.); Kyle Schurb (Rosemount, Minn.); Joel Thomas (Joshua Tree, Calif.); and Greg Weseman (Idaho Falls, Idaho). Flying Team coaches are Jim Higgins, Lewis Liang, Jered Lease, Mark Johnson, and Gary Ebel.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer, University Relations,, 777-6571

Getting Started program continues through July 10

Freshman Getting Started 2009, an advisement and registration program for new freshmen, will continue through July 10. All students must have a reservation to attend and all session reservations are scheduled on a first-come first-served basis. All reservations should be made on-line at

Freshman Getting Started 2009 is a two-day program to which new first year students, admitted for the Fall 2009 semester, are invited to come to campus for advisement and registration. Program activities begin on the first day at 8:30 a.m. and include a welcome to the university, housing, financial aid, student account services, student affairs, and general information presentations, along with mathematics placement testing for students. Day two begins at 8 a.m. and consists of language placement testing, individual academic advisement and registration, obtaining their student ID and ordering textbooks. There is a separate program for the families of students that runs simultaneously in which they receive information that assists in the adjustments involved in sending a student to college. The program usually concludes around noon on day two.
More information on the program can be found online at
If you have any questions regarding the program please call the Student Success Center at 777-2117.
-- Angie Carpenter, Assistant Director of Programs, Student Success Center,, 777-3910

Moviemaking camp for adults ends June 12

Have you ever wanted to make a movie? Or maybe you just want to jazz up your home videos? Then again, video presentations are becoming a big part of business, web design, and education. Do you have the skills and knowledge it takes to produce your own?

This 2-week evening camp will not only teach you the nuts and bolts of screenwriting, but you will also learn to direct, shoot, edit, properly light and optimize sound elements in your digital movies.

Week one, taught by Kathy Coudle-King, will focus on proper script format, story structure, and dialogue.
June 1-5, 6 to 8 p.m., $80

Week two, taught by Christopher Jacobs, will focus on producing the indie digital movie from start to finish.
June 8-12, 6 to 9 p.m., $125 - Register for both for $185

Then walk down the red carpet at the end of July when we screen your movie shorts on the big screen.

Go to and click on Summer Camps to register. Space limited.
-- Kathy Coudle-King, Sr. Lecturer, English & Women Studies,, 777-2787

Photographer Michael Berman to speak at museum

Please join us for an opening reception for the current exhibition, The History of the Future, and gallery talk by one of the artists, Michael Berman on Wednesday, June 10, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The reception will immediately follow the book signing for Brian Paulsen at 7 p.m.

Michael Berman, photographer in the current exhibition, The History of the Future, has been photographing the harsh and often fatal landscapes of the US-Mexico border regions for fifteen years. Berman will speak about his work and how immigration will shape and has shaped the future.

According to Berman, "There is something tricky to my biography ... I work in a cycle ... where I photograph for a few years ... print images ... and then use the photographs in installations and drawings. You will probably catch the cycle of life and death ... of well ... it seems to me to be the big one, and worth attention. What this means is most of my work is ephemeral and has a complexity innate to the work ... but hard to pin down in Biographies and in the art world ... I do engage the art world at times ... so these are the things that get saved. What drives me is a simple question - What is the purpose of the things I make - that is - What is the purpose of art."

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the UND campus in Grand Forks. Museum hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum shop is open during Museum hours. The Museum Café is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

Center of Excellence for General Aviation Research (CGAR) annual meeting is June 10-11

The 2009 annual meeting of the Center of Excellence for General Aviaton Research (CGAR) will be hosted by UND Aerospace from June 10-11 in the Clifford Hall auditorium. CGAR is a consortium of leading universities in the field of general aviation, of which UND Aerospace is a founding member. The consortium addresses the critical needs of general aviation through focus applied research, education, and technology transfer, in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and industry. There will be a series of presentations by researchers from around the country during the two days of the meeting. Presentations will touch upon subjects like Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aircraft Safety, and Aviation fuels. There will also be a demonstration of new technology such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

To register for the meeting, go to For further details on the program please contact Debbie Landeis at or 777-2935.
-- Debbie Landeis, Admin. Secretary, UND Aerospace,, 777-2935

Lecture capture solution demonstration is June 11

Please join us for the upcoming lecture capture solution demonstration in Gamble Hall, room 7.

June 11 - 9 a.m. Podcast Producer

The demonstration is open to all faculty and staff who are interested. Please attend to help us develop a lecture capture recommendation for the campus. For more information, please contact Dave Bell or Dara Faul.

Dave Bell - 701-777-3568,
Dara Faul - 701-777-6795,
-- Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies/ITSS

International Symposium on Restorative Justice is June 15-19

The Conflict Resolution Center will host an International Symposium on Restorative Justice June 15-19. It will focus on Pathways for Restoring Community, featuring Kay Pranis, Restorative Justice Pioneer, Minnesota Department of Corrections

The Schedule follows:
June 15-17
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 3 day Training - $300
The Circle Process: Embracing Community
by Kay Pranis & Gwen Chandler Riveres
This course is intended to provide training to facilitate the Circle Process as well as gain an understanding of the foundation, values and key structural elements for designing and construction of peacemaking circles.

June 17
7 to 9 p.m. - Early Registration, Special Presentation - Free
Special Native American Spiritual Presentation - Hopper-Danley Spiritual Center in the heart of campus

June 18
8 to 11:15 a.m. - $35
Framework and Principles of Restorative Justice
Paul Redekop, Menno Simons College & University of Winnipeg, joined by Kay Pranis

June 18
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - $10
Native American Cultural Perspectives Presentation/Lunch
Tony DePerry-Ojibwe Tribal Elder, Wisconsin, on indigenous ways

June 18
12:45 to 5 p.m. - $35
What Works With Youth and Encouraging Youth Accountability
Multiple Presentations

June 19
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - $35
The Promise of Restoration and Reconciliation for Policing, Probation, and the Adult Criminal Justice System
Multiple Presentations

Package Discounts
Entire Week June 15-19 - $400
Events June 18-19 only - $100
Student Rate - $15 per session on June 18-19
*Luncheon on June 18 not included - $ 10

The Program is presented by the CRC wth assitance from the Tribal Judicial Institute. To register, please contact the Conflict Resolution Center at 777-3664 or
-- UND Conflict Resolution Center

Burgers on the Boulevard Grill open June 11 and 18

UND Dining Services will open a quick lunch grill outside of Stomping Grounds University Place on Thursday, June 11, and Thursday, June 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.(weather permitting). Hamburgers, brats, chicken and veggie burgers will be grilled fresh to order. You may also purchase side salads, beverages and chips. Enjoy patio seating outside or cool air-conditioning inside University Place. Parking available on Stanford Road.

Grilled Hamburger - $1.50
Grilled Cheeseburger - $1.75
Veggie Burger - $1.75
Brat - $1.50
Mesquite Chicken - $1.50
-- Jeffrey St. Michel, Assistant Director, Dining Services,, 777-3823

Women Studies seeks director

The Women Studies Program invites applications for the position of Women Studies Director for a three-year appointment. The position reports directly to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The Women Studies Program currently offers an undergraduate minor; a major is available through the Interdisciplinary Studies program. This is an exciting time for the program. The affiliated faculty members are currently considering the expansion of program offerings, alignment of the program with the new general education essential skills requirements, and greater engagement with the community. We are seeking an individual with the potential to lead the program in the next phase of growth and visibility.

Applicants should have experience teaching relevant courses and a scholarly or creative agenda that has a significant gender component. Responsibilities involve working collaboratively with Women Studies faculty and the Executive Committee to plan and guide the program, including preparing course schedules, supervising support staff, evaluating the program's courses and curriculum, preparing the annual report, representing the program as a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Council, strategic planning and working toward the goals of the strategic plan, teaching one women studies course in addition to senior study and service learning, and convening monthly meetings of Women Studies committees. The ideal candidate will provide leadership across the campus, supporting and encouraging scholarly activities and teaching by and about women. Successful experience leading faculty-driven initiatives or administering an academic program is desirable.

Compensation will include course replacement funding, summer salary and limited clerical support.

Please send a description of your vision and qualifications for this position, along with a CV, sample of publications or other relevant materials, and the names and affiliations of three people who would provide a reference for you. Send these materials to Women Studies Program, Mail Stop 7113, by June 22. For questions or further information, please contact Sandra Donaldson ( or Lana Rakow (
-- Janet Rex, Coordinator, Distance Education Services, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-4641

Fourth annual Brain Bee winners announced

The Fourth Annual Northeast North Dakota Regional Brain Bee was held at the UND School of Medicine on April 23. The Brain Bee is a high school neuroscience competition (oral question and answer format), covering topics such as brain anatomy, development, function, disorders and treatments, and research advances.

Results: Phil Brockman, a homeschooled student, won first place. He will represent North Dakota in March 2010 at the National Brain Bee in Baltimore, Md. Second place went to Ken McGurran and Dixie Holland placed third. McGurran and Holland are seniors at Grand Forks Central.
-- Karen Cisek, Science Outreach, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 701-775-8916

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

ABC’s of Fire Extinguisher Use
June 8, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Auxiliary Services, Conference Room
This class will describe the different types of fire extinguishers, what the rating system used on extinguishers means, and when to consider using a fire extinguisher. Class participants will be given the opportunity to use an extinguisher in a controlled setting. Information gained in this class will be applicable to the work place, home and motor vehicles. Presenters: Jeff Misialek & Eric Pearson

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
June 9, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., 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

MS Office 2007—How Will It Affect You?
June 10, 9:30 to 11 a.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

Defensive Driving
June 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
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: Jeff Misialek

Running, Reading, & Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft
June 18, 9 to 10 a.m., Gamble Hall, Lanterman Center, Room 9
Prerequisite: Must have previously attended either a “Budgets Overview Inquiry” or “Budget vs. Cash Inquiry” U2 session and must have a PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module.
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Important tips will be provided to help you recognize why, when, and how to reconcile revenue and expense transactions posted to your funds. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Tom Swangler
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Help is needed for campus sustainability

Your ideas are needed to help the Campus Sustainability Committee identify what has been done, is being done, and could be done to reduce greenhouse gas production on the campus. Please send information and ideas to Larry Zitzow ( or Martha Potvin (
-- Martha A. Potvin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 777-2749,

2008 Campus Quality Survey is now available online

UND employees may recall being invited to complete the Performance Horizons Campus Quality Survey this past fall. The results are in, and a report is available online. Visit to view the results. Five hundred employees participated in the survey, for a 21 percent response rate. Results include 76 percent of employees reporting they are satisfied overall with their employment at UND and 77 percent of employees report they have an above average overall impression of quality at UND.

For questions about this survey, please contact Sue Erickson at 777-2265.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research,, 777-4358

Note new ID air travel requirements

Please note new ID requirements for travel. Airline passenger travel documents must be an exact match to passenger identification documents.

Important Information - Effective May 15
In March, the TSA announced implementation of the Secure Flight Program, which shifts pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to the TSA and carries out a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission.

Under Secure Flight, airlines (and travel agents) will gather a passenger's full name, date of birth, and gender when making an airline reservation. The idea behind Secure Flight is to eliminate the possibility of a passenger being mistakenly delayed due to a similar name of someone on the TSA’s watch list. By providing the additional data elements of gender and date of birth, Secure Flight will be even more effective in helping prevent misidentification of passengers.

Beginning May 15, tickets must be issued in the passenger’s full name as it appears on the government identification they will be using to fly. If the driver’s license and passport have different names, the name on the ticket should match exactly to the identification they will use on the specific trip. This means middle name or initial, and anything else noted on the identification, including things such as “Jr.”

In the near future, small differences between the passenger’s ID and the passenger’s reservation information, such as the use of a middle initial instead of a full middle name or no middle name/initial at all, will not be an issue for passengers. Over time, passengers should strive to obtain consistency between the name on their government issued ID and the travel information they use for booking flights. The goal is to eventually, by early 2010, require an exact match. Also note, as of August 15, passengers will need to include their date of birth and gender when booking reservations.
-- Carl Iseminger, Accounting Services Assistant, Accounting Services,, 777-4131

City to work on railroad crossings

The City of Grand Forks would like to inform residents that Burlington Northern/Santa Fe railroad will be working on several railroad crossings in Grand Forks. This week, work will begin on the railroad intersections at 2nd Ave. N., 7th Ave. N., and 10th Ave. N. Residents should be prepared for potential detours throughout the week at these intersections.

The work is expected to be complete by 5 p.m. Monday, June 8, weather permitting.
-- City of Grand Forks

Museum Cafe announces weekly menu through Friday, June 5

SANDWICHES, Served with fruit and kettle chips
- Turkey and Provolone Panini
- Albacore Tuna Salad Sandwich
- Salmon BLT

- Caprese Pita Pizza with Basil Pesto
- Hawaiian Pita Pizza

- House Salad
- Mandarin Orange Chicken Salad
- Mediterranean Pasta Salad

- Chicken Corn Soup

- Pretzel with Honey Mustard: $1.50

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

Donated sick leave requested for Pam Burkes

Sick and annual leave donations are sought for Pam Burkes, College of Business and Public Administration. She thanks you in advance for your generosity. Please send a donated leave form to Shannon Smidt, Stop 8098. For a form, go to, then click on forms.
-- Shannon Smidt, Finance and HR Coordinator, College of Business and Public Administration,, 777-4579

NSF proposals sought to improve graduation rates in STEM areas

The National Science Foundation has announced a solicitation for the STEP program (NSF 08-569; deadline Sept 29, to NSF). We are allowed one proposal from the UND. This program is to improve graduation rates in the STEM areas. I have been contacted by one department interested in submitting a proposal, but would like to give all eligible departments an opportunity to make a case for a submission. If you are in a STEM department, I encourage you to examine this RFP and seriously consider applying. In addition, I suggest you partner with one or more departments.

The Office of Research will consider pre-proposals as a screening mechanism for the UND submission. The pre-proposal should include:

1. The area of STEM targeted.
2. Participating departments and faculty.
3. Strategies planned to increase STEM graduation rates.
4. Short-term pre-funding costs (infrastructure improvement) and long-term financial support plan/need after the grant is over.
5. How your plan supports the mission of UND in the STEM area targeted.

Some of these requirements are also elements required by the RFP. Please confine your response to 4 pages. Send pre-proposals to Barry Milavetz ( by July 1.
-- John C. La Duke, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4278

NSF seeks preproposals for major research instrumentation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a call for MRI proposals under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Please refer to NSF 09-561 at for detailed information.

The MRI Program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Computer systems, clusters of advanced workstations, networks, and other information infrastructure components necessary for research are encouraged. Awards for instrumentation generally range from $100,000 to $6 million.

An institution may submit up to three proposals to the MRI program. Up to two proposals may be for instrument acquisition. If an institution submits three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:

● Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
● Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
● Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
● Impact on the university’s mission as a whole
● Detailed budget. (Correction: The following sentence included in the original announcement does not apply: Please be aware that the University will be required to provide 30 percent in matching funds this year [see Section V, B of the solicitation for help calculating the needed match]).

Preproposals should be no more than 5 pages in length using a reasonable format (1 inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 15. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

Contact RD&C (7-4278 or for the complete NSF MRI an-nouncement, or download it at:
-- John C. La Duke, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Research Development and Compliance,, 777-4278

Teaching & learning database will be compiled

The Office of Instructional Development is compiling a bibliography and database of articles on the scholarship of teaching and learning. The bibliography will be hosted on the OID website and will serve as a useful database for UND faculty.

If you have published anything related to teaching and learning, either connected to your field or otherwise, please e-mail the publication information to me at If available, please include a PDF or Word formatted version of the article, or a hyperlink. Additionally, it would be useful if you would include key search terms for your article so that the bibliography can be easily searched by your colleagues.

I would appreciate if I could receive these articles by June 15th. More information will be available at the OID website. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.
-- Shane Winterhalter, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, Writing Program ,, 777-6381