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ISSUE: Volume 46, Number 39: May 20, 2009

Top Stories
Letter from UND President Robert O. Kelley concerning the decision by the State Board of Higher Education
Karen Nyberg gets second trip to the International Space Station
Events to Note
Art Camps for Children accepting applications
RefWorks training offered by libraries May 21
Playhouse Disney Live! to perform at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on November 15
Final VP candidate focuses on opportunity
UND to offer online master of science in early childhood education
New courses offered in the College of Business and Public Administration
Reflecting on Teaching conference: Call for proposals
University Within the University (U2) lists new classes
Summer yoga classes offered at Lotus Center
Intro cScibot summer camps are full
Final issue of 2009 Legislative Review available
Parking ramp will be closed until May 22
There is still time to sign up for Olli@und
Smith Hall walking bridge is closed for removal and replacement work
May 25 is Memorial Day holiday
Chester Fritz Library announces hours for Memorial Day weekend
Chester Fritz Library announces summer hours
Library of the Health Sciences announces Memorial Day weekend and summer hours
Law Library announces Memorial Day weekend hours
International Centre summer hours start May 16
Payroll forms manual available
Mothers' rooms now available on campus
Staff Senate Recognition Committee thanks all who donated to local food shelf
Center Director position available at ELS Language Centers
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists deadlines
Sunrise selected to host National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program
In the News
Staff recognized for years of service
UND's Gordon to be Featured with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madeleine Albright and Elie Wiesel for U.S. Holocaust Museum's 'Voices on Antisemitism' Series
Studio One receives 21 awards from journalism associations
Studio One now telecast in Colorado Springs
American Physiological Society names local nursing student as Undergraduate Research Fellow
UND engineering student teams receive Freeman awards for original, innovative technology
Letter from UND President Robert O. Kelley concerning the decision by the State Board of Higher Education

Dear Campus Community:

Today, Thursday, May 14, the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education passed the following unanimous motion:

"Consistent with the terms and conditions of the October 26, 2007 Settlement Agreement entered into with the NCAA, the Board directs UND officials to retire the 'Sioux' nickname and logo, effective October 1, 2009. Full retirement of the nickname and logo shall be completed no later than Aug. 1, 2010. In the event a new nickname and logo is adopted by UND, they shall not violate the NCAA policy regarding Native American nicknames, mascots and imagery.

UND is further directed to undertake actions consistent with the Settlement Agreement to protect its intellectual property rights in the 'Fighting Sioux' nickname and mark. UND is further directed to address the imagery at Ralph Engelstad Arena and other venues pursuant to the terms, conditions and timelines set forth in the Settlement Agreement.

This directive shall be suspended, if, prior to October 1, 2009 the following should happen:

1. The Standing Rock Sioux tribe and the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe give namesake approval consistent with the terms of the Settlement Agreement; and
2. The namesake approval be binding upon the tribes for a period not less than thirty (30) years."

We are mindful that there is a nearly 80-year tradition with our nickname and related logos. We honor that tradition, which has brought us national honor and distinction, as well as national championships and an outstanding record of student athletes as scholars. I want to be clear that I believe our athletes and our athletic teams -- athletic directors, coaches and related staff -- have used the nickname and logo with great honor and respect, and with a tremendous sense of pride.

Many alumni and fans have been staunch supporters of our athletic programs, and many have been proud of the nickname and logo. Among those was Ralph Engelstad, a former UND hockey goalie, who, with his wife, Betty, made many gifts to UND and built a magnificent arena that bears his name. We appreciate their legacy of generous support, which continues through The Engelstad Family Foundation and the management team of the Ralph Engelstad Arena.

Now is the time for all of us -- no matter what our previous or current position -- to come together for the benefit of the University, for our students, and for our student athletes.

If an agreement is not reached with the Standing Rock Sioux and the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribes prior to Oct. 1, I will call on ALL members of the University community -- both on and off campus -- to work with me, administrators, faculty, staff and students, to create new traditions based on our continued and shared vision of academic and athletic excellence and success.


Robert O. Kelley

Karen Nyberg gets second trip to the International Space Station

UND alumna and astronaut Karen Nyberg has been assigned to the crew of space shuttle mission STS-132, targeted for launch in April 2010. STS-132 will deliver the Russian-built Mini Research Module (MRM1) to the International Space Station (ISS).

Navy Captain Ken Ham will command the shuttle Atlantis for this 11-day mission. Navy Cmdr. Tony Antonelli will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are Navy Capt. Steve Bowen, Nyberg, Garrett Reisman, and Piers Sellers. STS-132 will be the second spaceflight for Nyberg, who served as a mission specialist on STS-124 in May 2008.

Nyberg is a 1994 summa cum laude UND mechanical engineering grad and was selected to be a NASA mission specialist in 2000. Nyberg, who also holds a doctorate and a master's degree from the University of Texas in mechanical engineering, earned top UND honors in addition to her academic achievement, including the School of Engineering and Mines Meritorious Service Award for 1991-92 and the Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2004.

On her first shuttle mission, Nyberg and her six colleagues delivered and installed the Japanese Pressurized Module, nicknamed “Kibo,” to the ISS. She was the first person to operate all three ISS robotic arms while conducting experiments.

Nyberg was born in October 1969 in Parkers Prairie, Minn. After graduating as valedictorian at Henning High, near Vining, Minn., she went to UND. She completed graduate space suit research at the University of Texas at Austin. While at UND, she was selected as a cooperative education intern with NASA.

After completing her doctorate in 1998, Nyberg began working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in crew and thermal systems. She was selected as a mission specialist by NASA in 2000 and worked in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch.
-- Juan Pedraza, University Relations, 777-6571,

Art Camps for Children accepting applications

The Summer Arts Camps for children offered by the North Dakota Museum of Art are filling quickly. The following camps have openings:

June 29 - July 3, One, Two, Three Print
July 6 - 10, Close-Up Painting
July 20 - 24, It's So Easy Being Green
July 27 - Aug 1, Animal Zoo
August 3 - 7, Mosaic Madness and More

Camps allow youth to imagine and create alongside a professional artist. Each camp brings a new project and a new artist. No experience is needed.

Call the Museum for details or to register. Or visit the Museum's website for these and other children's programs.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

RefWorks training offered by libraries May 21

RefWorks, a web-based citation management service, has been licensed for all students and faculty at UND. RefWorks gathers reference citations, inserts them into a research paper or manuscript, and creates a bibliography. Many library online databases can automatically export references directly into RefWorks.

A RefWorks representative will be on campus on May 21 to do hands-on training. RefWorks Fundamentals training will be at 9:30 a.m. in the Library of the Health Sciences, library classroom, and at 1 p.m. in Chester Fritz Library, room 108. RefWorks advanced training will be offered at 3:15 p.m. in Chester Fritz Library, room 108.

To register for training or to get help on using RefWorks call the Chester Fritz Library at 777-4629, or the Library of the Health Sciences at 777-3993. To create an account and begin using RefWorks, go to the RefWorks login page at from any campus computer.
-- Randy Pederson, Head, Library Systems, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-4643

Playhouse Disney Live! to perform at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on November 15

Playhouse Disney Live!, the live touring stage production featuring favorite characters from four shows in Disney Channel's popular Playhouse Disney program block for preschoolers, is coming to Grand Forks this November. Tickets for performances at Ralph Engelstad Arena go on sale Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m.

Playhouse Disney Live! brings characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Handy Manny and My Friends Tigger & Pooh together on the same stage, creating interactive moments for children and their families. The original storyline follows this colorful cast as they set off in their own unique ways to create and contribute songs and music for an unforgettable musical party at Mickey's Clubhouse.

As a special bonus, at each performance, one lucky family will be chosen to win a ZippityT Full-Body Learning System from LeapFrog.

Ticket information for the Ralph Engelstad Arena Performance:
Date: Sunday, November 15
Show Time: 1 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $14.50 / 19.50 / $27.50 / $41.50
Ticket Outlet/Phone/Internet Info: Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office, on-line at, or by calling 1-800-745-3000
-- Chris Semrau, Director of Events / Media Relations, Ralph Engelstad Arena, 777-4379

Final VP candidate focuses on opportunity

John Sladek, professor of pediatrics and neuroscience at the University of Colorado and a candidate for the position of vice president for research and economic development, focused on opportunities for UND at his public forum May 18.

Sladek has been in his present position since 2007. Prior to that, he was president and CEO of California Lutheran University from 2006 to 2007. He served as vice chancellor for research and professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of Colorado from 2001 to 2006. At Chicago Medical School, he served as professor and chair of neuroscience from 1991 to 2001, and professor of neurology from 194 to 2001. He also served as an assistant professor of anatomy there from 1971 to 1973. From 1973 to 1982, he was at the University of Rochester, where he served as assistant professor of anatomy from 1973 to 1977, associate professor of anatomy from 1977 to 1982, professor of brain research from 1982 to 1985, Kilian & Caroline Schmitt Professor from 1987 to 1991, and professor and chair of neurology from 1982 to 1991.

In his forum talk, Sladek used PowerPoint slides to illustrate opportunities at UND. He said he was “impressed by the numbers” for grants, applications, and awards, all of which have increased. He said these are good trends, and tech transfer numbers are also rising. “This speaks well of the institution,” he said. He added that he is impressed by the people at UND, naming examples from UND Discovery Research Magazine and Dimensions.

He said that sources of support are comparable to similarly sized universities, and that 60 percent federal funding is quite good. However, funding for just 1 percent from foundations seems a bit low to him. He suggested forming relationships with foundations that could open doors to future funding, for example, the Alzheimers Association.

Awards by unit, he said, also look impressive, and have risen dramatically. “I am impressed, and I’m not just saying that because I’m a candidate,” he said.

Sladek addressed friction between the sciences and humanities, saying that he had followed the accounts of other candidates in the Grand Forks Herald. The National Endowment for the Arts, he said, has a $360 million grants budget, and can award up to $150,000, he said, citing a $20,000 award Notre Dame received for dance, $10,000 to Northern Michigan for a powwow, $30,000 to SUNY Buffalo for an art park, and others.

“I feel strongly about the link between arts and science,” he said, and added that he and his wife have endowed scholarships for students who major in the arts with minors in the sciences. He added that the National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded $347,000 to Indiana University for North American endangered recordings, and said that UND could apply for such grants to preserve American Indian history and other initiatives. “I want to look for opportunity in all disciplines across campus,” he said.

Sladek said he is impressed that seed dollars are available at UND. “That can make a big difference,” he said, when developing a new program. Sladek said that he sees opportunities to develop more synergies on campus, to attract new companies, and to develop new and global initiatives. He said he would also celebrate successes, such as the grant Jefferson Vaughn received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to immunize cattle against mosquitoes. That $10,000 grant could grow to $1 million if the project succeeds.

Regarding economic development, Sladek said that’s where the government, university, and private industry intersect. He said North Dakota’s workforce is comparable to adjoining states, but the decreasing population, especially children, does concern him. It could counter an industry’s desire to be here, he said. He added that he’s impressed by the startups at the Center for Innovation, and that technology transfer is on the upswing. “It’s important to have components in place for economic development,” he said, citing, the workforce, technology, experts, and University resources. For economic development to take place, he said, you have to get the right people to the table. He cited several quotes from Yogi Berra, including “If people don’t want to come out the ballpark, how are you going to stop them?”

Sladek said he has experience founding a research office, which he did in Colorado. He has had continuous federal funding since 1974. He said he loves the creative arts, plays the saxophone, bikes, and enjoys the outdoors and photography.

He then took questions from the audience, the answers to which are summarized below.

One audience member noted that Sladek has a relationship with President Kelley, and asked how he would handle making decisions that the president wouldn’t like. Sladek responded that he has known President Kelley since they were both anatomy chairs in the 1980s, and have developed a good relationship. He said they got to know each other well when Kelley was dean of health sciences at Wyoming, and Sladek chaired the INBRE grant. He said he was impressed with Kelley and how forward thinking he was. He added that he saw leadership qualities in him then.

In a follow-up, Sladek said he understands and respects the chain of command, and would fully support the president. “I don’t see any difficulties,” he said, adding he has no intentions of moving up from vice president. “We have a good working relationship,” he said, and his job would be to find research synergies as well as private, foundation, and traditional support.

He would like to maintain a lab and continue his research, though Sladek said it might not be practical. From discussions, he said that it would take around a 125 or 150 percent effort. “It’s a big job,” he said. In a follow-up, he said has had a research lab since 1982, and had four NIH grants when he went to Colorado. He has had one new grant funded, and one is close to being funded. That grant is for Downs Syndrome research, for which he has a passion, he said.

Undergraduate student research is vitally important, Sladek said, adding he’s had several undergraduates rotate through his lab. He said it require buy-in to develop an office of undergraduate research, and it would be nice to provide stipends if grant money were available.

The humanities are the core element of any liberal arts institution, Sladek said. “This is a liberal arts campus that happens to have first-rate research.” Sladek said he supports the humanities and arts, and cited his daughter, who planned to attend medical school and took a photography class. “That one course changed her life,” he said. “She decided to become a photographer.” He said he would help humanities research by scanning available grants, promote local culture, and support artists in residence. He said he has an affection for the humanities. “I love history,” he said, “but I’m not good at it.” He said he would promote opportunities in non-science fields.

One faculty member said there is a need for funding time to write and think in the humanities. Sladek said he purposely didn’t discuss the service component of the research position because of time. He cited an opportunity to document the Native American culture. “Is the expertise and interest available on campus?” Regarding the interest in release time or summer salaries for writing, Sladek said it was the first time he’d heard such a request, but would be open to supporting it if he could find funding, as long as it would enhance the campus.

Regarding the intersection of faculty as scholars and faculty startups, Sladek said he supports faculty as scholars. If startups are a part of that, he would support them. Although many startups never reach fruition, he said, it is important to have that opportunity. He said his support would not overlook the academic mission, and would take into account how much time it takes to promote a new technology.

To a follow-up question on preserving the academic mission, Sladek said the vice president is not the manager of units. He said he could lead discussions and follow the leadership of the president, who has clearly indicated that he wants economic development. That, however, would not be a primary component of the University, and he would not expect less scholarship.

If he were to be named vice president, Sladek said he would spend his first 100 days being a good listener. “Inquisitiveness is important,” he said. “This is a large, diverse liberal arts campus with strong research and a visionary president.” He said he would learn about tensions, learn who’s who, determine interest, motivation, and synergy. “I would study the academy.”

Sladek said he was born and raised in Chicago, and is less interested in geography than academic mission. He said he tends to be an optimist: “Most Chicago Cubs fans are!”

Sladek said that many universities are led by scientists, including this one. He said that if he were to be named vice president, “I wouldn’t be the president. He sets the tone and vision. Vice presidents are campus leaders who implement the policies the president wants.” The vice presidents can only do so much, he said. “It’s the academy that drives the University.”
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

UND to offer online master of science in early childhood education

Starting this fall, UND will offer the state’s first online master’s degree in early childhood education.

“The Early Childhood Education master’s degree from the University of North Dakota is being offered nationwide because of the quality of the program, cost, and because graduates have given positive feedback about the program over the years,” said Dr. Glenn Olsen, professor and chair of UND’s Department of Teaching and Learning.

The online degree typically takes 18 to 24 months to complete. To graduate, students must complete 33 credits. The program is designed for working adults who are unable to complete a traditional, on-campus program. The online program may be completed on a full or part-time basis from anywhere in the world. Tuition for online courses is charged at the North Dakota resident rate regardless of where the student lives.

Olsen commented, “The online delivery has been in the planning stages for several years, and we have the resources and expertise in online development and teaching to support the growth of graduate students. We look forward to many positive experiences with students around the country and the world.”

Students pursuing this degree come from a variety of work settings including public and private schools, Head Start programs, child development and child care centers, and other programs relating to the education of young children.

Job growth is expected, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to a push to improve early childhood education in many states by offering full-day kindergarten and universal preschool programs. These programs, along with projected higher enrollment growth for preschool age children, will create many new jobs for preschool teachers.

For more information about the degree, contact UND Online & Distance Education at or 1-800-342-8230.

About UND College of Education & Human Development
The College of Education and Human Development at UND is among the largest and most extensive colleges of its kind between Minneapolis and Seattle. The College possesses an excellent reputation in the region and boasts highly reputed and popular academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, productive and innovative faculty and staff, extensive network of distance programs, and a talented and diverse student body.
-- Jennifer Swangler, Assitant Director to Marketing, Continuing Education,, 777-6374

New courses offered in the College of Business and Public Administration

The College of Business and Public Administration is pleased to announce two new course offerings for Fall semester 2009, available to all graduate and undergraduate students at UND.

The graduate course, Entrepreneurship Strategy (Mgmt 575), will be taught by Dr. Jeffrey Stamp and will explore entrepreneurial theory and strategic actions taken by entrepreneurs to gain competitive advantages in the marketplace. The course will involve the study and investigation of cases and business plans developed by entrepreneurs and what strategies can be utilized to change outcomes. This course is open to all UND graduate students who are interested in the entrepreneurial process and who wish to pursue business ventures during their career. For more information about the course, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Stamp at 777-3116 or via email at:

The second available course offering is a special topics course in Renewable Energy Economics (BADM 395). This course does not have any required prerequisites and is available to all UND undergraduate majors. The course will explore the fundamentals of renewable energy economics, a recent phenomenon that will drive vital changes in the energy industry in 21st century. The course will also introduce students to various sources of renewable energy and discusses their economic impact and the potential for enhanced investor wealth. This course may be of particular interest to science, engineering, and business students who are interesting in green energy and seek to understand how to benefit financially from next-generation renewable energy projects. Dr.Yong Hou will serve as the course instructor and students may register through standard registration procedures. Any additional questions about the course and its content can be addressed to Dr. Hou at 777-3116 or via email at

The College of Business and Public Administration offers 15 undergraduate and 4 graduate degree granting programs from nine academic departments. The College of Business and Public Administration is also host to two bureaus and two outreach divisions: the Bureau of Governmental Affairs, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, as well as the Center for Innovation and the Small Business Development Center. The college enrolls an average of 1,750 undergraduate and 170 graduate students per year and carries accreditation endorsements from the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and the National Association of Industrial Technology (NAIT). The College of Business and Public Administration has been nationally rated by Entrepreneur magazine and Princeton Review as one of the Top 10 best schools for undergraduate programs in Entrepreneurship for the past three years.

For more information, check out
-- CK Braun-Schultz, Director, External Relations, College of Business & Public Administration,, 777-6937

Reflecting on Teaching conference: Call for proposals

The Office of Instructional Development and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs are sponsoring Reflecting on Teaching: An All-Campus Colloquium on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), to be held on Friday, October 16 at the UND Memorial Union. The all day colloquium will provide an opportunity for faculty from across campus and the Northern Plains region to engage in discussion about their research on teaching and learning in concurrent panel discussions, forums, workshops, round tables, and individual presentations.

The featured keynote speaker will be John Tagg, Professor of English at Palomar College and a Core Faculty Member with The Collaboration’s Institute for Academic Innovation. Mr. Tagg is co-author, with Robert Barr, of “From Teaching to Learning: A New Paradigm for Higher Education,” (Change, 1995) which launched a nationwide discussion of the mission of higher education. Tagg has authored several books on teaching and learning, including The Learning Paradigm College (2003). He serves on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning.

We invite proposals for the concurrent sessions, each of which will be one hour and fifteen minutes in length. Presenters might want to propose a topic and format for an entire session, a 20 minute presentation within a session, or perhaps an idea for a theme or issue that could be developed into a panel with the assistance of the colloquium organizers.

Appropriate topics for any of the above session formats might include, for example: innovative teaching approaches (e.g., experiential/service learning, active learning, problem or case-based learning); assessment of student learning in courses; the journey to effective assessment of programs; classroom research; engaging and motivating students; the purpose and nature of a university education; innovative curricular design (e.g., interdisciplinary collaboration), etc.

Please submit proposals by May 22 to Anne Kelsch, Office of Instructional Development, Box 7104, 7-4233,, or Melinda Leach, Anthropology, Box 8374, 7-3697,

Proposals should include name(s) and titles of presenters, department/unit, telephone and e-mail address, presentation title, a 1-2 paragraph description of presentation (including structure, objectives, content, etc.), technology requirements, and whether you have a preferred presentation time (8:30-11:30, 2:00–4:30, or either).

Notification of proposal acceptance will be provided by June 5.
-- Melinda Leach, Associate Professor, Anthropology,, 777-3697

University Within the University (U2) lists new classes

GroupWise 7.0: Intermediate
May 28, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., Upson II, Room 361
Students will work with advanced message options; set mail properties; customize message headers; use Web Access interface; create and use rules to automate e-mail responses; set access rights; and work in depth with the Junk Mail folder and archive feature. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Legal Issues for Supervisors
May 28, 9 to 11 a.m., Participants will identify the federal and state statutes that impact their roles, discuss UND policies and procedures in relation to federal and state law, and look at situations that may require legal consultation. Presenters: Desi Sporbert and Joy Johnson.
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education,, 777-0720

Summer yoga classes offered at Lotus Center

Summer Yoga classes will begin June 16 at the Lotus Meditation Center and will continue until August 20th. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. For information contact Dyan Rey at 772-8840 or
-- Dyan Rey, Adjunct lecturer, Visual Art,, 701-772-8840

Intro cScibot summer camps are full

Both Intro camps for the cScibot Lego Robotic Camps are full. They will be held July 27-31 and August 3-7, Monday through Friday, from 1 to 3 p.m. There are still a number of open spaces in the advanced camps which run the same dates as above from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The registration form is available on the website at Please print the release form and include with your registration form. Please call our office at 777-4107 if you have any questions or need more information.
-- Annette Glennon, Administrative Assistant, Computer Science,, 777-4107

Final issue of 2009 Legislative Review available

You can access the final issue of the 2009 Legislative Review - A Look at Higher Education in Weeks 17 and 18: April 27 through May 8 - by opening the attached file or clicking on the following web link:

Parking ramp will be closed until May 22

The parking ramp will be closed for yearly spring cleaning until May 22. The skywalk and towers will be open if you choose to park in the surface lot east of Columbia Rd (lot 10). For the summer, this lot converts to a G zone, so any space with a current permit will work. We apologize for any inconvenience this needed work my cause.
-- UND Parking and Enforcement.

Smith Hall walking bridge is closed for removal and replacement work

The Smith Hall walk bridge over the English Coulee is currently not accessible. Contractors are removing the bridge and preparing the footing to receive a new walk bridge. The new bridge will be much wider and have a concrete deck. This will allow for better snow removal. However, it will take the contractors approximately three weeks to complete the work.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please use the Fox Memorial Bridge during this time.
-- Larry Zitzow, Director, Facilities Management

There is still time to sign up for Olli@und

The summer semester for Olli@UND starts June 1. Space is available in Visual Communication, IMPACT (Women can learn the tools needed to protect yourself against an assailant), The Holocaust and other Crimes Against Humanity, Gardening, The Bible as Literature, T'ai Chi Chih, John Adams, Ballroom Dancing (don't worry of you don't have a partner - male or female - we need you), Machining and Pottery. Olli@UND offers non-credit courses for individuals 50 years and better. But we don't discriminate against age. If you're under 50 and still want to learn and share experiences with other people, then Olli@UND is for you. It's a fabulous value for 12 contact hours. Check out our website at Please call if you have any questions regarding a specific course.
-- Connie Hodgson, Coordinator, OLLI/DCE,, 777-4840

May 25 is Memorial Day holiday

Monday, May 25, will be observed as a Memorial Day holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.
-- Paul LeBel, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library announces hours for Memorial Day weekend

Chester Fritz lists hour for the Memorial Day weekend:
Saturday, May 23, The Library will be closed
Sunday May 24, The Library will be closed
Monday May 25 (Memorial Day), open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
-- Laura Eider, Central Services Clerk, Chester Fritz Library,, 777-2189

Chester Fritz Library announces summer hours

Chester Fritz Library lists summer hours in effect Monday, May 18 through Friday, August 7:
Monday - Thursday - 7:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday the library will be closed,
Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
-- Laura Eider, Central Services Clerk, Chester Fritz Library,, 70177702189

Library of the Health Sciences announces Memorial Day weekend and summer hours

The Library of the Health Sciences hours for Memorial Day weekend are:
Thursday, May 21 - 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 22 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 23 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday and Monday, May 24-25 - closed

Summer hours begin on Tuesday, May 26.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday - closed
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences,, 777-3893

Law Library announces Memorial Day weekend hours

Memorial Day weekend hours for the Law Library are:
Saturday, May 23 - Closed
Sunday, May 24 - Closed
Monday, May 25 - Closed
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library,, 777-3482

International Centre summer hours start May 16

The International Centre hours of operation for summer begin on May 16:

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
noon to 8 p.m.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs,, 777-6438

Payroll forms manual available

The payroll forms manual has been updated and is available on the forms page of the payroll website. Please use this to assist in filling out the forms you will be submitting to Payroll. It is a line-by-line guide of each form. If you need more assistance, please call payroll, and we will be happy to help you.
-- Joanne Goldade, Payroll Specialist, Payroll,, 777-2156

Mothers' rooms now available on campus

Mothers' rooms are available across campus to help support new moms as they return from leave. The spaces provide a private area for mothers to nurse or use a pump, and are located at 5517 School of Medicine, 203B Nursing, 400B Twamley Hall, 390 Northern Plains Behavioral Research Building, and W205 at EERC.

UND recognizes the health benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of working mothers to the University community. All mothers in the UND community are welcome to use the rooms. The newest, in 400B Twamley Hall, is available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and a sign-up sheet is in the room to help coordinate use of the space. If you need more information, please contact Vanessa Peterson at
-- Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations.

Staff Senate Recognition Committee thanks all who donated to local food shelf

The Staff Senate Recognition Committee would like to thank all who brought non-perishable food items and/or cash donations to the Annual Spring Fling Staff Appreciation Luncheon. This year, four large boxes of non-perishable food items and $117.50 in cash donations were donated to the Salvation Army. Thank you for supporting Staff Senate and our local food shelves.
-- Cheryl Widman, Co-Chair, Staff Senate Staff Recognition Committee, Human Resources,, 777-4370

Center Director position available at ELS Language Centers

Position: Center Director of ELS Language Centers - Grand Forks, North Dakota

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Responsibilities: Reporting directly to the District Director, the Center Director will be responsible for:
• operating the Language Center
• promot¬ing and maintaining an atmo¬sphere conducive to a pleasant work environment for employees and a pleasant study environment for students
• keeping informed as DSO of regulatory requirements and policies and ensuring that the Center is in compliance, following related ELS procedures
• establishing and maintaining relationships with host institution and Cooperative schools in the area
• developing and im¬plement¬ing customer service and public relation/promotional activities that will result in growth at the Center
• overseeing Special Programs, including English for Executives, Super-Intensive English Program and Summer Programs

• College graduate, with MA preferred. Courses in business management, cross-cultural awareness, counseling, and ESL preferred
• Minimum 3 years managing an ESL or educational program with full supervisory responsibilities, including hiring and evaluating personnel
• Cross-cultural or international experience and experience in sales and fiscal management preferred
• Service oriented, having the ability to relate well to a wide range of cultural groups, and be willing and capable of promoting "ELS" to prospective and current clients
• Goal-oriented, a hands-on manager, and able to identify the need for - and initiate - action plans to continuously improve the services provided

Application deadline: May 22

Start date: June

Fax or email applications to:
Elaine Matyi
District Director
ELS Language Centers
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Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists deadlines

The deadline dates for grant applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) for the 2009-2010 academic year are listed below. Please note that the deadlines for Travel Applications are different than those for Research and Creative Activity, Publication, and New Faculty Scholar Awards.

Tuesday, September 15, for travel September 16-January 15, 2010
Thursday, October 15, for Research/Creative Activity or Publication grants
Friday, January 15, 2010, for travel January 16, 2010-April 30, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010, for Research/Creative Activity or Publication grants and New Faculty Scholar Awards
Friday, April 30, 2010, for travel May 1, 2010-September 15, 2010

Late applications will not be accepted. Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance, 105 Twamley Hall, 777 4278, or on RD&C's home page (on UND's home page under "Research"). The forms are revised frequently, therefore, please obtain an up-to-date form from RD&C or the website. Over the summer, please feel free to contact RD&C (777 4278) for information or guidance when preparing your application.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology,, 777-4278

Sunrise selected to host National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program

UND science and engineering faculty of the Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education (SUNRISE) group have been selected to host a new National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates program based on chemistry-focused undergraduate research that contributes to the advancement of sustainable energy technologies.

For the next three years, this $216,000 grant, under the direction of PI Evguenii Kozliak, UND Professor of Chemistry and co-PI Wayne Seames UND Professor of Chemical Engineering, will provide primary funding for a 10-week summer program where undergraduates students from around the United States conduct research and attend weekly program sessions, with an emphasis on publication-quality research projects and the improvement of oral and written communications skills. NSF will support eight undergraduate students for 10 weeks of summer research at UND. Supplemental funds from other sources will allow SUNRISE to host 16 students this summer. 2009 participants come from six nondoctoral institutions: Truman State University, Alma College, Manchester College, Cal Poly Pomona, San Jose State, and South Arkansas plus UND.

In selecting UND, the review panel stated that “the research described in the proposal was found to be well conceived, well funded, topical, and certain to be of interest to undergraduates. The collaboration between scientists and engineers was notable. The prior work of a related UND REU program was judged to be highly successful, especially in regard to publications with participants. The proposed program seems highly likely to equip scientists and engineers to deal with issues concerning global supply and demand of energy.”

Staff recognized for years of service

Staff recognized for years of service
The annual staff recognition ceremony is held to honor UND staff who have completed consecutive years of service at the University in increments of five years. The following were this year's recipients:

5 years:
Sara Anderson, Alumni; Brian Baier, Chester Fritz Library; Steven Barnes, Flight Operations; Laurie Bartholomew, Student Health Services; Barron Blue, Facilities - Housing Maintenance; Jamie Boe, Dining Vending; Karen Borsvold, Dining Retail; Linda Campbell, Graduate School; Nathan Clough, Continuing Ed/Outreach Support; Janet Dallman, Physical Therapy; Theresa Devine, University Children's Center; Anastasia Dobroskok, EERC; Kathleen Douthit, Payroll; Gabe Durand, Desktop Solutions; Jana Elberg, Minot CFM; Susan Erickson, Institutional Research; Chad Everson, Flight Support Services; Christina Fargo, Registrar; George Finn, Facilities; Gregory Gefroh, Dining Residence; Jan Gierman, ITSS; Frederick Gietzen, Dean's Office Eng; Cheryl Gilbertson, Athletic; Joseph Glenn, ITSS; Annette Glennon, Computer Science; Kwangsoo Han, Chester Fritz Library; Laura Hillebrand, Telecommunications; LouAnn Hoffert, Student Health Services; Kayla Hotvedt, Registrar; Maxine Johnson, SW Campus – Bismarck; Brenda Keller, Continuing Ed/Outreach Support; Lisa Kelsey, Student Health Services; Janelle Kilgore, Student Financial Aid; Benjamin Klipfel, Theatre Arts; Joseph LaPorte, Facilities; Naomi Lelm, Rural Health; Scott Lima, Television; Joshua Mason, EERC; Joni McEnroe, Physical Edu & Exercise Science; William McMillian, Facilities - Housing Maintenance; Roger McWilliams, Wellness Center; Barbara Merrill, Alumni; Marlene Miller, Rural Health; Victoria Morrissette, Counseling Center; Cindy Murphy, Dining Vending; Kylie Nissen, Rural Health; Neil Nowatzki, Academic Support Services; Silvan Nygaard, Human Nutrition Center; Debbie Parkos, Flight Operations; Michelle Rivard Parks, School of Law; Shelly Pecka, Dean of Students; Jason Peterka, Facilities; Vanessa Peterson, Registrar; Raymond Pospisil, Registrar; Cynthia Prom, Budget Office; Laura Raymond, EERC; Jamie Rerick, Career Services; Carol Ritchie, Minot CFM; Kimberly Ruliffson, Wellness Center; Katherine Sagstuen, Social Work; John Seibel, Facilities; Corey Shock, Facilities; Jane Sims, Continuing Ed/Outreach Support; Conrad Smith, Academic Support Services; Dennis Stangl, TRIO Programs; Wendy Stark, Flight Operations; Richard Steinke, Flight Support Services; Millie Strang, Dining Retail; John Toay, Facilities; Eric Walter, Information Resources; Tamera York, Dining Residence; Patricia Young, Continuing Ed/Outreach Support

10 years:
Daniel Anderson, Facilities; Tammy Anderson, Dean's Office Eng; Tricia Anderson, Facilities; Cynthia Beiswenger, Internal Auditing; Stephanie Blair, Center for Innovation; Mario Borboa, Information Resources; John Bratton, Facilities; Janice Brodina, Dining Residence; James Buckhouse, Dining Support Services; Chad Carlson, Flight Support Services; Robert Clausen, Flight Operations; Janie De La Cruz, Facilities - Housing Maintenance; Kenneth Drees, Biology; LaRae Foerster, EERC; Diane Fore, University Police; James Hagen, Flight Support Services; Paul Haukebo, Flight Support Services; Patrick Hill, Chester Fritz Auditorium; Tejinder Kaur, Chester Fritz Library; Janice Lewis, Facilities; Laurie McHenry, Thormsgaard Law Library; Michael Melby, Flight Operations; Linda Morken, Facilities - Housing Maintenance; Julie Nelson, Academic Support Services; Lacey Niceswanger, EERC; Douglas Osowski, ITSS; Michael Reidhammer, University Printing Services; Virginia Rieger, Housing Residence; Jeremy Roesler, Flight Operations; Sandra Routier, Chemistry; Stacy Sailer, Microbiology & Immunology; Darren Schmidt, EERC; Kim Schmidt, Student Affairs & Admissions; Sharlette Seelan, Housing Residence; Margaret Smith, Anatomy & Cell Biology; Bradley Stevens, EERC; Anthony Trimarco, Memorial Union; Michelle Urseth, University Police; Dawn Witherite, Dining Residence; Elizabeth Wold, Academic Support Services; Pamela Yon, Aviation; Marlene Zimmerman, Bismarck CFM

15 years:
Mary Ayers, School of Law; Saitip Bekkedahl, Facilities; Anita Brazier, Information Resources; Cynthia Carlson, Minot CFM; Clara Chambers, EERC; Glenn Christiansen, Facilities; Terrance Cultice, ITSS; Dale Drake, Facilities; David Driscoll, Facilities; Marie Fontaine, Facilities; Suzanne Gandrud, Nursing; Debrah Glennen, Disability Support Services; Timothy Heinley, Student Health Services; Beverly Hopman, Athletic; Corrinne Kjelstrom, Campus Safety & Security; Elizabeth Lamb, Disability Support Services; Tobe Larson, EERC; Richard Mitchell, Facilities; John Pavlish, EERC; Patti Reimer, EERC; Orlynn Rosaasen, Dining Support Services; Helmer Rugroden, EERC; Vonnie Sandland, Neuroscience; Sara Schempp, Facilities - Housing Maintenance; Carol Schimetz, EERC; Shannon Smidt, Dean's Office College BPA; James Smith, Facilities; Mary Jo Sturman, Civil Engineering; Kristi Swartz, Continuing Ed/Outreach Support; Tami Swiers, Economics; Victoria Swift, Information Resources; Melissa Walski, Admin Support Services

20 years:
Thelma Abbott, Athletic; Gene Berglund, Facilities; Denise Bischoff, VP for Academic Affairs; Lowell Brandner, University Printing Services; David Brekke, EERC; John Czapiewski, Human Nutrition Center; Kevin Danielson, ITSS; Nile Davidson, Facilities; Vicki Dawes, Student Health Services; Connie Diede, Internal Medicine; Katherine Ebertowski, Center for People and Environment; Donna Ellertson, Disability Support Services; Thomas Erickson, EERC
Steven Evanson, EERC; Teresa Evanson, Continuing Ed/Outreach Support; Kurt Eylands, EERC; Dawn Frovarp, Human Nutrition Center; Rebecca Garman, Human Nutrition Center; Shirley Griffin, Research Dev & Compliance; Dianne Hamre, Library Health Sciences; Karen Harrington, General Counsel; Matthew Heher, Facilities; Ann Henderson, EERC; Sharon Hensrud, Communication; Marco Holter, Facilities; Edwin Koble, Facilities; Debra Kroese, Pharm/Physiology & Therapeutics; Barbara Kueber, Human Nutrition Center; Debora Landeis, Admin Support Services; Donald Larson, Information Resources; Sheena Larson, Flight Support Services; Ron Lauinger, ITSS; Laurie Mager, Telecommunications; Rhonda McDaniel, Family Medicine; Jack McLaughlin, Facilities; Debbie Merrill, Facilities; William Moore, Flight Support Services; Jacqueline Nelson, Human Nutrition Center; Timothy Nikle, Facilities; Carolyn Nyberg, EERC; Peggy O'Connell, Chester Fritz Library; Wayne Parkin, Facilities; Linda Quamme, EERC; Chester Rose, Facilities; Linda Sander, Academic Support Services; Judith Schumacher, Human Nutrition Center; Ramesh Sharma, EERC; Heidi Smart, Student Account Services; Kevin Spivey, ITSS; Desmond Sporbert, Human Resources; Cindy Stromme, Counseling Center; Terry Thompson, Facilities - Housing Maintenance; Eric Thorell, Facilities; Diane Thureen, Flight Operations; Richard Tonder, Campus Capital Projects & Plan; Janice Troitte, Facilities; Phyllis Vold, Affirmative Action; James Weber, Facilities; Lowell Zolondek, Facilities - Housing Maintenance

25 years:
Nancy Adsero, EERC; Mike Collings, EERC; Rodger Copp, Academic Support Services; Gary Ebel, Admin Support Services; Mary Lou Feilen, Facilities; Cindy Filler, Alumni; Linda Fleck, Bismarck CFM; Michelle Graba, Rural Health; Ruth Grzadzieleski, Family Medicine; Steven Hawthorne, EERC; Melanie Jensen, EERC; Carolyn Keegan, Student Financial Aid; Nancy Krom, Institutional Research; Brenda McCauley, Graduate School; Mary McLaughlin, EERC; Randolph Middleton, Facilities; Nancy Nelson, Alumni; Jill Novotny, VP Student & Outreach Services
Marsha Oss, Accountancy; Cynthia Pariseau, Dining Retail; Vicki Robertson, Payroll; Diane Roney, Surgery; Kelly Sander, Flight Operations; David Schmidt, Grants & Contract Admin; Cheryl Schreiner, Dean's Office A & S; Tracey Steffes, Obstetrics/Gynecology; Laurie Kim Young, Anatomy & Cell Biology

30 years:
Sandra Ahonen, Neuroscience; JoAnn Albrecht, Purchasing; Charles Blair, Facilities; Alice Brekke, VPFO; Randy Eken, Dean's Office Med; Joan Erickson, Chester Fritz Library; Galen Gasink, Facilities; Linda Giedd, Dining Residence; Bonita Hoverson, Human Nutrition Center; Shelly Kain, Facilities; Vernon Kary, Facilities; Barbara Kjemhus, Facilities; Ronald Kulas, EERC; Mary Beth McGurran, Pathology; Mary Metcalf, Transportation; Kathleen Monley, Dean's Office Med; Tara Nelson, Enrollment Services; Annette Rieder, Electrical Engineering; Karen Senger, Duplicating Services; Cheryl Stjern, Human Nutrition Center; Rosemary Thue, VP for Research; Fredrick Wittmann, VP Student & Outreach Services

35 years:
Frank Argenziano, Flight Operations; Lonna Augustadt, SW Campus – Bismarck; Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students; Marvin Hanson, ITSS; Alice Hoffert, AVP for Enrollment Mgmt; Cynthia Iverson, Library Health Sciences; Leigh Jeanotte, American Indian Student Services; Janet Lucht, EERC; Kay Mendick, Women's Center; Patricia Nies, Enrollment Services; Dana Siewert, Flight Operations

40 years:
Shelby Harken, Chester Fritz Library; Wayne McCormick, Dining Residence; Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union; Elizabeth Wilkens, Dining Residence

45 years:
Dennis Gunderson 45 Facilities
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations,, 777-3621

UND's Gordon to be Featured with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Madeleine Albright and Elie Wiesel for U.S. Holocaust Museum's 'Voices on Antisemitism' Series

UND Law Professor Gregory S. Gordon, a highly-sought expert on war crimes and international human rights law, will be featured, along with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and famed Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel, on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Web site, beginning, Thursday, May 21, on a special podcast for the "Voices on Antisemitism" series.

Gordon, an assistant professor of law at UND, helped to prosecute the landmark "media" cases in Rwanda, as a legal officer and deputy team leader in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Gordon and his colleagues were able to prove that hate speech, broadcast over the radio and printed in newspapers, was directly linked to the genocide of the Tutsi people. The "media" cases were the first international post-Nuremberg prosecutions of radio and print media executives for incitement to genocide.

For this work on the cases, Gordon received a commendation from former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno for "service to the United States and international justice." Gordon believes that the lessons learned in Rwanda could be applied today, in Iran and elsewhere, to prevent these incitement tactics from taking hold.

Gordon's podcast will add to the series' already amazing collection of voices, elaborating broad-ranging perspectives about modern anti-Semitism and hatred. Some of the other podcasts include accounts by Harvard Professor of Law Alan Dershowitz, Princeton Professor of Religion Cornel West and Hollywood actor Daniel Craig.

The series can be accessed on the internet at:

The series is made possible by generous support from the Oliver and Elizabeth Stanton Foundation.

Gregory S. Gordon
At UND, in addition to teaching human rights and international law, Gordon offers classes in criminal law and criminal procedure. He's also director of the University's Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS). His efforts, as CHRGS Director, have led to several recent visits to UND by heroes and survivors of horrific periods in history, including Gunnar Sonsteby, leader of the Norwegian resistance against Nazism during World War II and arrester of the infamous Vidkun Quisling; Dr. Fred Lyon, a retired Minneapolis physician and native of Berlin, Germany, where he was persecuted by Nazis and witnessed first-hand the terror of the Kristallnacht Pogrom (Night of Broken Glass); and Martin Weiss, a Nazi death-camp survivor. CHRGS also brought "Camp Darfur" to campus - an interactive simulation of a Darfuri refugee camp that brings to life the voices of genocide survivors.

The UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies holds the world's first computer database of Nuremberg War Crimes archives related to the Nazi occupation of Norway. The center also is also involved in a project to compile electronic documentation of "Red Terror" human rights crimes committed in Ethiopia during the notorious "Derg" regime.

Gordon earned his bachelor's degree (summa cum laude) and Juris Doctor at the University of California at Berkeley. Next, he served as law clerk to U. S. District Court Judge Martin Pence, D-Hawaii, and later, as a litigator in San Francisco. Following his service on the Rwanda "media" cases, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice, dealing with white-collar tax crimes and helping to bring down narcotics trafficking rings. The DOJ also sent Gordon to Sierra Leone, Africa to conduct a post-civil war justice assessment for the department's Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training.

In 2003, he joined the DOJ Criminal Division's Office of Special Investigations, where he helped investigate and prosecute Nazi war criminals and modern human rights violators.

Gordon has been featured on C-SPAN, Voice of America, NPR, BBC and Radio France Internationale as an expert on war crimes prosecution and has lectured on that subject at the U.S. Army J.A.G. School, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Museum and Library and to members of the British and Canadian Parliaments. He has been honored to share the dais at conferences with former U.N. Ambassadors Andrew Young and Richard Holbrooke as well as former Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues David Scheffer.

On behalf of the Ethiopian government, he has trained high-level federal prosecutors in the capital city of Addis Ababa. His scholarship on international criminal law has been published in leading international journals, such as the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and the Virginia Journal of International Law. He also has presented his work at institutions such as Yale University, Georgetown University Law Center and Emory University.
-- David L. Dodds, Writer/Editor, University Relations, 777-5529,

Studio One receives 21 awards from journalism associations

UND’s live television production, Studio One and its students received 21 awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Northwest Broadcast News Association and the North Dakota Professional Communicators for quality work over the 2008/2009 academic year. The live television show is produced weekly by staff and students each semester. “We have talented interns and it’s great that they’re recognized for their efforts over the past year,” says Executive Director, Monte Koshel. Visit: for full news release and complete list of awards.
-- Suzanne Irwin, Marketing Director, Studio One,, 777-3818

Studio One now telecast in Colorado Springs

Studio One, UND’s award winning news and information show will be telecast in Colorado Springs, Colo. on Cable Channel 19.

Comcast 19 creates a television show produced by high schools in the Colorado Springs area. “When I was approached with the idea of having Studio One as a part of our programming, I thought it was a great idea,” says 20 TV Producer and UND Alum, Cory Morlock. “Studio One does things the right way and it’s an excellent opportunity for our students and community to see what our high school students are working towards,” explains Morlock.

“It’s exciting when we get into any new market, but Colorado Springs is a fantastic addition,” says Studio One Executive Producer, Monte Koshel. “We are excited because Studio One Alum, UND Alumni and possible future students living in that area can now watch the program.” Studio One’s weekly live show can be viewed across the state of North Dakota, in Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. With this additional Colorado Springs market, the program has nearly four million potential viewers.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. Studio One will be telecasting in the Colorado Springs market during its fall season. The first show can be seen starting September 25, 2009 on Comcast Channel 19. Rebroadcasts will be on Fridays at 5 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. The program can also be seen by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck, Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Suzanne Irwin, Marketing Director, Studio One,, 777-3818

American Physiological Society names local nursing student as Undergraduate Research Fellow

The American Physiological Society (APS) has awarded Christine Seames, nursing student at UND, a 2009 Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Fellowship winners spend the summer in the laboratory of an established scientist and APS member. Now in its 10th year, this program aims to excite and encourage students about careers in biomedical research. In 2009, 51 applicants vied for the 24 research positions.

Seames will be working in the laboratory of Dr. Cindy Anderson, interim associate dean of research and assistant professor at the UND College of Nursing, on Anderson’s research to study vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women from the rural, northern plains.

The research project involves biochemical analysis to determine relationships between maternal nutrient status and peri-natal outcomes. Christine will complete experiments on placental tissue to identify differences in nutrient transport in women with hypertension in pregnancy and those who had normal blood pressure. She has been involved in this project for one year, participating in recruitment and data collection. Now she will be involved in the analysis and interpretation of data.

Selection of Fellowship participants was based upon academic merit, the perceived quality of the proposed experience and the availability of appropriate faculty mentors. Special consideration was given to applicants whose socioeconomic background, access to educational opportunities, and other life experiences suggest that they would especially benefit from this type of program.

Each fellow receives a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses during the 10-week fellowship. Fellows also will receive an additional $1,300 in travel funds to present their research at the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting, which is expected to attract nearly 14,000 scientists.

The Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships program is sponsored by the APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee and funded by the APS Council. To find out more about APS log onto
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 701-777-4526

UND engineering student teams receive Freeman awards for original, innovative technology

Award winners include students from Fargo, Grand Forks, Tioga, and Wahpeton, N.D.; Arden Hills, Apple Valley, Minneapolis, Moorhead, and Pequot Lakes, Minn.; The Woodlands, Texas; and Armenia.

A device that enables a helicopter to hover in place using a vision-based autopilot was judged to be the most innovative engineering design by a team of judges in the annual Freeman Innovative Design Competition at UND’s School of Engineering and Mines (SEM).

The first place cash award of $1250 was presented to Armen Mkrtchyan, senior in electrical engineering for his ViSAR, a vision-stabilized autonomous system for rotorcraft. The device consists of a single camera onboard the helicopter that is used to estimate its altitude and the position. The system could be used to autonomously control the helicopter either indoors or when global positioning system (GPS) data is unavailable. Mkrtchyan is from Armenia.

The second place award of $750 went to a team of chemical engineering students for their process for liquefied petroleum gas recovery from North Dakota’s Bakken Formation. Team members are: John Degenstein, The Woodlands, Texas; Raymond Dobratz, Fargo, N.D.; James Foster, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Christopher Longie, Tioga, N.D.

Tied for third place were civil and mechanical engineering projects. Andrew Tischleder, a senior in civil engineering from Apple Valley, Minn, developed a public water system for Hidden Valley, Ariz., which has no public water system. He also developed a water conservation plan using recycled water systems to reduce the amount of drinking water being used for irrigation and landscaping.

A system to collect solar energy from thin film attached to manufactured windows and turn it into electrical energy was researched for feasibility by a team of mechanical engineers, including Ian Dickmeyer, Pequot Lakes, Minn; Eleanor Gillespie, Minneapolis, Minn.; Michael Grimestad, Moorhead, Minn.; Gregory Krayer, Arden Hills, Minn.; Shawn Tisher, Wahpeton, N.D.; and Nicholas Graziano, Grand Forks, N.D.

Andrew Freeman was noted for his creativity and visionary leadership of the electric utility industry. An endowment was established in 1996 by Minnkota Power and others to honor Freeman. The interest earned by the endowment funds the annual awards, which are given in Freeman's name to individuals or teams of UND students participating in outstanding senior design projects that exhibit open-ended, innovative design work.
-- Cheryl Osowski, outreach coordinator, UND School of Engineering and Mines, 777-3390,