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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 43: June 11, 2008

Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Pamela K. Beck
Mother's Room dedication is June 11
Introduction to nanoscience, nanotechnology workshop set for June 11-13
Nanophotonics expert delivers public talk June 12
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is June 13
Aerospace camp offers intro to aviation, taste of college
Summer concerts in Museum garden begin June 24
"Native American Women and the Power of Quilting" is June 16
Kidwind teacher workshop is June 16-17
U2 presents grammar workshop with Don Piper as presenter
TIAA-CREF consultant on campus June 17-19
Doctoral examination set for Sonia Marrone
Conflict Resolution Center offers conference discounts
Grand Forks Combat Stress Support Group meets July 8
U2 lists workshops
New emeritus faculty named
Faculty promotions announced
19 faculty receive tenure status
NASA awards atmospheric sciences $257,000
Nursing receives scholarship funding for students
UND medical school expands options for nursing mothers
EVA Airlines returns to Grand Forks
Surplus items for sale to public
AAUW seeks used books, media materials
Museum Cafe lists soups, specials
Dakota Deli lists summer lunch specials
Internal job openings listed
In the News
H. David Wilson wins prestigious Commonwealth Award
UND anatomist to serve on national committee to revise, upgrade anatomy lexicon
UND researcher managing North Dakota portion of Earthscope's USArray
Robert Kunze receives two awards
Alumni Association, UND Foundation announces internal promotions
Doctoral examination set for Pamela K. Beck

The final examination for Pamela K. Beck, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Exploring the Effects of Mentoring on Two First-Year Elementary Classroom Teachers." Sherryl Houdek (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School ,, 777-4005

Mother's Room dedication is June 11

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will officially dedicate and open its new Mother's Room at 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, June 11. Everyone is invited to Room 5512, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as Rob Beattie, chair of family medicine, presents a plaque to Beth Burns in appreciation for her yearlong efforts leading a group to establish the Mother’s Room for faculty, staff, and student use. Please feel free to invite any other people who would be available and interested in attending this informal gathering. The Mother's Room was created to serve new mothers who want to keep learning and working on campus. The Mother’s Room will provide a secure place for breastfeeding faculty, staff, and students to use.

Women interested in using the room may contact their department chair or Susan Splichal at 777-3274 or

Introduction to nanoscience, nanotechnology workshop set for June 11-13

The third nanoscience and nanotechnology workshop for science teachers in middle and high schools is scheduled for June 11-13 at the UND physics department. By 2015, the United States government estimates, there will be a need for 2 million nanotech workers. Yet, no nanoscience curriculum exists in the middle or high schools of North Dakota. PHYS 900, Our Nanoworld: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, will provide an overview of the new field of nanoscience for science teachers in all disciplines who want to introduce this field into their classes.

The program will include a public lecture on nanoscience by Steve Smith, South Dakota School of Mines, an expert on nanophotonics. This public lecture will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 138 Abbott Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn about this new field of science that the U.S. Government has identified as the third-highest national funding priority.

The two-credit workshop is offered through the Professional Development for Educators Program of the Division of Continuing Education, UND. Tuition, due June 11, is $100, and it includes a nanoscience experiment kit that will go with teachers back to their schools. A National Science Foundation award will cover the cost of tuition, and lodging (UND housing) to eligible participants. For more information about how to become eligible, please contact Juana Moreno ( To pre-register, contact the Department of Continuing Education at 701-777-4814 or toll-free at 1-866-261-3677.

More information is also available at
-- Juana Moreno, Assistant Professor, Physics,, 777-3517

Nanophotonics expert delivers public talk June 12

Steve Smith, associate professor of physics and director of the nanoscience and engineering Ph.D. program at the South Dakota School of Mines and associate research professor of physics at the Colorado School of Mines is an expert on nanophotonics. Dr. Smith will deliver a public talk on "Nanoscience for Energy Research and Development" at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in 138 Abbott Hall. This is a great opportunity to learn about this new field of science that the U.S. Government has identified as the third-highest national funding priority.

The abstract of his talk is the following:
Modern science is increasingly called on to engage in research with significant impact on the needs of society at large. One area which seems to occupy the minds of most people today, and is agreeably of high importance, is the cost-efficient production and storage of energy. Unfortunately, most technologies relating to this are well developed, and engineering breakthroughs in the cost and/or efficiency of energy sources do not appear forthcoming. Of the current energy technologies, solar energy and bio-fuels are the least developed, and therefore may have the greatest potential for significant advances. However, significant gains in our understanding of the processes involved, and in our ability to construct new materials and devices, will be required. In this talk, Dr. Smith will describe how nanoscience and nanotechnology may play an important role in furthering the development of these technologies. He will survey some of the accomplishments of nanotechnologists in imaging and manipulating matter one atom at a time, and how these accomplishments may lead to cleaner, cheaper alternative energy in the future.

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics seminar is June 13

Robert Vassar, Northwestern University, The Feinberg School of Medicine, will present a seminar, "The Role of BACE1 in Alzheimer’s Disease," at 1 p.m. Friday, June 13, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine.

This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics,, 777-6221

Aerospace camp offers intro to aviation, taste of college

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is sponsoring the 25th International Aerospace Camps being held June 15-22 and July 13-20. Students from across the United States will visit the Grand Forks facilities to experience real-life situations in the exciting world of aviation in conjunction with a taste of college. Both camps are at full capacity; however, waiting lists are available for next year.

This unique camp is open to teenagers (ages 16-17) and offers aviation enthusiasts a chance to attend ground school, log flight time, and learn about the various careers within the aviation industry. The amount of actual flight training makes this summer adventure unique. The sky becomes a college classroom where students fly and log time with flight instructors with six different launches, simulator session, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight, cross-country flight, night flight, and an aerobatic flight. They also study flight planning in accordance to a structured college curriculum. They reside in UND residence halls and eat with current UND students at Wilkerson Hall. “This "seminar” really gives the students a realistic taste of the aviation industry and a university,” said Ken Polovitz, assistant dean at the Odegard School. “While flying and classroom activities will remain the focus of the curriculum, the campers will be able to experience what our aviation students experience on a daily basis. The campers will be getting a true taste of college.”

For more information about the 25th annual UND International Aerospace Camps, contact Ken Polovitz at 701-777-3561, 800-258-1525, or
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace communications,, 777-4761

Summer concerts in Museum garden begin June 24

The North Dakota Museum of Art announces its second annual Summer Concerts in the Garden series. There will be five concerts throughout the summer in the Museum’s sculpture garden. Adult tickets are $5, children 12 and under are free.

The public is invited to bring a lawn chair or a blanket and claim a place in the sculpture garden. Museum chef Justin Welsh will run the BBQ grill. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be available for purchase, plus soda, chips and salad. In addition, beer and wine will be served. In the event of rain, the concerts will be moved into the galleries of the Museum.

This year’s concerts are sponsored by HB Sound and Lights, The Rite Spot Liquor Store, Summit Brewery of St. Paul, MN, and Economy Plumbing. The schedule is as follows:

Jazz on Tap with Brazilian jazz performers Selmara and Brian Rydell, June 24, 7 to 9 p.m.
The long-established Grand Forks trio, Jazz on Tap, has been performing more than 10 years. Performing members include founding guitarist and composer Kris Eylands, bass Bob Cary, and percussionist Mike Blake. Selmara is a Brazilian jazz singer and Brian is trained in Brazilian jazz music.

Knick Knackerson and the Minglers, opening act – North River Ramblers, July 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m. The North River Ramblers is a local, well-established group known for their unique folk-bluegrass style. The band is made up of James Feist, Montana Kris, and Twiddlin’ Josh Driscoll.

North River Ramblers and Knick Knackerson and the Minglers have agreed to play as a benefit for the Museum to ensure the continuance of this musical series. The Museum wishes to thank them for their generosity.

Paul Peterson with Matt Strand, Tom Wogsland, Mike Blake, and John Behling, July 22, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Paul is a St. Paul based jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger who performs regularly with the Nova Jazz Orchestra, Century College Big Band, sHorn hortZ, and CC Septet. He will be accompanied by local favorites Matt Strand (bass), Tom Wogsland (trombone), Mike Blake (drums), and John Behling (guitar).

Mary Marshall, Aug. 8, 7 to- 8:30 p.m. Mary Marshall experiments with introducing a new performance practice for jazz, which utilizes conventional classical forms. She believes that jazz is becoming stale in its present state and is an advocate for the new Jazz Expansion form.

Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, Aug. 26, 7 to 10 p.m. Back by popular demand! Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome is the regions newest and hottest classic rock/horn band. Formed in 2007, this twelve-piece group (six horns, keyboards, bass, drums, guitar, male and female vocals) performs the best of classic horn band hits. PTFS will delight its audience with everything from James Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Jamiroquai, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Janice Joplin to Amy Winehouse.

For more information visit or call 777-4195. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive, Grand Forks.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art,, 777-4195

"Native American Women and the Power of Quilting" is June 16

The Women’s Fund Advisory Committee welcomes Birgit Hans, professor and chair of the Indian studies department, to speak at the Women’s Fund Lecture Series, a program designed to raise awareness and discuss issues which affect women in our region and throughout the country. Dr. Hans' lecture is titled “Native American Women and the Power of Quilting.”

The lecture is at 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, in the Idea Lab of the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, Center for Innovation. A reception will follow to meet and visit with Dr. Hans. The event is free; all are welcome.

Hans specializes in American Indian literature and oral traditions, and teaches writing and history courses. She is also interested in historical and contemporary quilting, particularly star quilts. She received her doctorate in English from the University of Arizona in l998. She has published extensively; her newest book, "D’Arcy McNickle’s The Hungry Generations: The Evolution of a Novel," was released by the University of New Mexico Press in the spring of 2007.
-- SuAnne W. Frasier, Womens Fund Director, Community Foundation,, 772-4288

Kidwind teacher workshop is June 16-17

A Wind Energy: Science and Technology Workshop will be held Monday and Tuesday, June 16 and 17, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in 141 and 156 Starcher Hall. You are invited to visit the workshop to see the activities for wind energy at the middle/high school levels.

From the grain grinders of ancient Holland to the wind farms being constructed around North Dakota, wind power has captured the public imagination with its simplicity and elegance. Dig deeper into the wind and introduce your students to the science and technology behind the fastest growing energy resource in the world.

This course will appeal to middle/high school science and technical education teachers who are interested in renewable energy, physics, engineering and design. No knowledge of wind energy is required to attend the course. In this two-day course, participants will learn the basic principles behind wind energy and how to introduce students to wind energy concepts using standards-based activities in an engaging, hands-on manner. This course will also include a tour of the LM Glasfiber’s wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Grand Forks. We will also explore renewable energy research taking place at the Energy & Environmental Research Center.

LM Glasfiber, Dakota Resource Council and the Grand Forks County Citizens Coalition (affiliate of Dakota Resource Council) and the Department of Technology are sponsoring this course; LM Glasfiber is providing funding for this course. For more information on the workshop (directions, agenda and speaker information) on our project call 651-325-8149 or visit
-- C. Ray Diez, Associate Professor, Technology,, 777-2198

U2 presents grammar workshop with Don Piper as presenter

Grammar: Some Common Errors (NEW)
June 17, 1 to 3 p.m., Idea Lab, Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center
Many people will judge you by the quality of your writing and your speaking just as they may judge you on how appropriately you dress. Grammar evolves over time. (Some might argue that it devolves.) Many customs that were followed carefully even a few generations ago now are ignored or violated deliberately. However, unless you actually want to try to be a “trend-setter,” you probably should try to follow the standard rules and customs of writing. This presentation is based on the assumption that you do want to write everyday documents in an acceptable and correct manner and that you would like help to avoid making many very common and glaring errors that may embarrass you. Presenter: Don Piper.

To register online visit:; email:; or by phone at 777-2128.
-- Kathy Williams, U2 Program Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education/U2 Program,, 74266

TIAA-CREF consultant on campus June 17-19

Schedule an individual appointment with a TIAA-CREF consultant to discuss your personal financial situation on a confidential basis. They will be available to discuss how to help meet your financial goals with products, such as mutual funds and annuities, or other financial matters you may have. A consultant will be on campus June 17-19.

Doctoral examination set for Sonia Marrone

The final examination for Sonia Marrone, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Conference Room, American Indian Center, 315 Princeton St. The dissertation title is "A Behavioral Health Intervention for Decreasing Weight Gain in First Year University Students." Jeffrey Holm and Nancy Vogeltanz-Holm (educational leadership) are the committee chairs. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School,, 777-4005

Conflict Resolution Center offers conference discounts

The Conflict Resolution Center offers special deals for UND students and employees during their 20th anniversary conference.

Saturday, June 21, 20th anniversary conference, $25 for UND students and $75 for staff/faculty. (Regular price is $125.) Join us at the EERC Saturday, June 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for "Transforming Communities Where We Live, Work, and Play."

There is something for everyone in this conference; it’s not just for mediators. Go to our schedule on the Web for your selection:

Also check out our special summer symposium training opportunities.
* June 16-20, Pre-conference: "Workplace Mediation Seminar," UND students, staff and faculty can attend for only $300 (regular price is $875). Learn skills for transforming conflict into productive interaction at work.
* June 23-26, Post-conference offerings, two days with Joseph Folger, Temple University on team development. Hear a new approach to developing team work by international presenter, author of the "Promise of Mediation," and consultant to many Fortune 500 companies. Fast paced, interactive, and informative, Dr. Folger applies a relational worldview to the art of team building for new and innovative ideas for your workplace and organizations.

Two days with Judith Saul (Community Dispute Resolution, Ithaca, N.Y.) and Scott Sears, Cornell University, on "Relational Facilitation: The Art and Practice of Leading Groups Responsively." Learn new ideas and skills for supporting the work and relationships of groups for anyone who is involved in groups, including civic engagement, political groups, and religious organizations to environmental groups, workplaces, and charitable organizations. Learn the skills and techniques to set up and prepare for group decision-making through to final consensus building.

The cost of the post conference offerings is $425 each or $800 if you attend both. It is a rare opportunity to attend high caliber training by such experienced and knowledgeable trainers as these. Please register online for all offerings by calling the CRC at 777-3664 or online at

Grand Forks Combat Stress Support Group meets July 8

The Combat Stress Support Group is a joint partnership of the Grand Forks County Veterans' Service Office, the Airman and Family Readiness Center at Grand Forks Air Force Base, and the UND Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services. It was offered last year on a limited basis as a "pilot program" to all area veterans, active duty members, and their adult family members. Lessons learned from those initial sessions have been used to develop the current program.

The Combat Stress Support Group is intended to be an information and resource referral network for current and former military members and their families. The support group was developed in response for a growing need to help meet the issues and concerns facing this ever expanding population in our area. At the same time, it was created to respond to the confusion surrounding terms such as acute stress, delayed stress, PTSD, and other forms of stress reaction to combat for all family members whether "down range" or while at home. Therefore, the focus of the Combat Support Group will be to present key issues and concepts within the context of deployment psychology and at the same time serve as a referral resource for the attendees. It is open and free to any adult and their family regardless of how long ago the individual served in the military.

The first session for 2008 will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the County Building, sixth floor. It is free to military members/veterans and their adult family members. i.e., not for agency staff. Please let your clients and referral sources know.

-- Earl Beal, assistant professor, Department of Counseling Psychology and Community Services, 777-2635 or .

U2 lists workshops

The University within the University (U2) lists the following workshops.

F&A Costs (indirect costs) (NEW)
July 16, 2 ti 3 p.m., United Hospital Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Science
It is the policy of the University of North Dakota to recover full F&A costs (indirect costs) as defined by our federal negotiated rate agreement. But, do you ever wonder why the University is so adamant about this policy? This training session will focus on answering that question by addressing other questions such as (1) what are F&A costs; (2) what do the F&A costs pay for; (3) what if some sponsors limit the amount of F&A costs we can ask for; (4) why do we have different F&A cost rates for different activities; and (5) how often does the F&A cost rate change. Presenter: Corey Graves.

Safe Online Practices - Protecting Your Identity and Securing Your Computer**
June 17, 9 to 11 a.m.
This workshop will provide the information needed to help you protect your identity and computer while online. Presenter: Brad Miller.

Grammar: Some Common Errors (NEW)
June 17, 1 to 3 p.m., Idea Lab, Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center
This presentation is based on the assumption that you want to write everyday documents in an acceptable and correct manner and that you would like help to avoid making many very common and glaring errors that may embarrass you. Presenter: Don Piper.

Train the Trainer in Ergonomics**
June 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Auxiliary Services Conference Room
This is an introductory class that focuses on the ergonomic program at UND. All supervisors who are responsible for reporting work-related injuries should attend. Individuals who are exposed to repetitive motions, heavy lifting, cold weather on a consistent basis, and extended computer work should also register. This class is mandatory for all supervisors. At the session, information will be distributed that is to be shared with supervised employees in all departments. Campus Safety and Security maintains a data base of all who have enrolled in the class. UND administration supports this initiative. New supervisors and all other interested employees are welcome to attend this presentation. If you have already taken this course, your name is already entered into the data base. Presenter: Claire Moen.

Defensive Driving
June 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state 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: Eric Pearson.

Proposal Budget and Budget Justification (NEW)
June 18, 2 to 3 p.m., United Hospital Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
This training session will focus on (1) the difference between the budget and the budget justification; (2) what costs are normally allowable and what costs are normally unallowable; (3) proper budget and budget justification forms; (4) figuring personnel expenses and percentage of effort; (4) including a subcontract in your budget; and (6) calculating F&A costs (indirect costs). Presenter: Corey Graves.

Reverse Mortgages (NEW)
June 19, 3 to 4:30 p.m., Room 10-12, Swanson Hall
This is valuable information for anyone wanting information on reverse mortgages for themselves or other family members or friends. Sponsored by The Village Family Service Center. Presenter: Marybeth Vigeland, financial counselor and reverse mortgage counselor, Village Family Service Center.

Running, Reading, and Reconciling Key Finance Reports in PeopleSoft (NEW)
June 19, 9 to 11 a.m., Room 9, Gamble Hall Lanterman Center
This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft in order to run, read, and understand PeopleSoft financial reports. Troubleshooting tips and tools to help you resolve budgeting errors will also be provided. This session includes hands-on practice activities. Prerequisites: 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. Presenter: Tom Swangler.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 online:, Email:, or phone: 777-2128. Please include: (1) workshop title/date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position, (5) stop number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) how you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Kathy Williams, U2 Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education/U2 Program,, 74266

New emeritus faculty named

The following have been granted emeritus status:

College of Arts and Sciences: Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry for Thomas Ballintine (1975-2007); Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Art for Brian Paulsen (1973-2007).

College of Business and Public Administration: Professor Emeritus of Economics for David Ramsett (1970-2007).

College of Education and Human Development: Associate Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning for Beverly Uhlenberg (1983-2008).

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Associate Professor Emeritus of Aviation for Allan Skramstad (1991-2008).

School of Engineering and Mines: School of Engineering and Mines Dean Emeritus for John Watson (2001-2008).

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Professor Emeritus of Pathology for A. Wayne Bruce (1975-2007); Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for David Lambeth (1977-2008); Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology for Roger Melvold (1997-2007).

Faculty promotions announced

The following promotions will take effect Aug. 16:

To full professor: Graeme Dewar, physics; Virgil Benoit, languages; Evguenii Kozliak, chemistry; David Pierce, chemistry; Kimberly Porter, history; Richard Schultz, electrical engineering; Wayne Seames, chemical engineering; Irina Smoliakova, chemistry; Lothar Stahl, chemistry; Michael Wittgraf, music.

To associate professor: Brett Goodwin, biology; Emanuel Grant, computer science; Sherryl Houdek, educational leadership; Wen-Chen Hu, computer science; Margaret Moore Jackson, law; Eunjin Kim, computer science; Edward Kolodka, chemical engineering; David Lawrence, philosophy and religion; Iraj Pouli Mamaghani, civil engineering; Peter Schumacher, aviation; Nabil Suleiman, civil engineering; Vasyl Tkach, biology; Benjamin Trapnell, aviation; Eric Wolfe, English; Baike Xi, atmospheric sicneces; Thomas Zeidlik, aviation.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences:

To full professor: Renee Mabey, physical therapy.

To associate professor: James Beal, family and community medicine; Sue Jeno, physical therapy; Mark Romanick, physical therapy; Brij Singh, biochemistry and molecular biology.

19 faculty receive tenure status

The following faculty have been approved for tenure by the State Board of Higher Education.

College of Arts and Sciences: Brett Goodwin, assistant professor, biology; David Lawrence, assistant professor, philosophy and religion; Claudia Routon, assistant professor, languages; Eric Wolfe, assistant professor, English.

College of Business and Public Administration: Steven Dennis, professor, finance; Lynda Kenney, assistant professor, technology.

College of Education and Human Development: Sherryl Houdek, assistant professor, educational leadership.

John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Emanuel Grant, assistant professor, computer science; Wen-Chen Hu, assistant professor, computer science; Kimberly Kenville, associate professor, aviation; Eunjin Kim, assistant professor, computer science; Jun Liu, assistant professor, computer science; Santhosh Seelan, professor, space studies.

School of Engineering and Mines: Saleh Faruque, associate professor, electrical engineering; Edward Kolodka, assistant professor, chemical engineering; Iraj Poulimamaghani, assistant professor, civil engineering; Nabil Suleiman, assistant professor, civil engineering.

School of Law: Bradley Myers, associate professor, law.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Brig Singh, assistant professor, biochemistry and molecular biology.

NASA awards atmospheric sciences $257,000

Xiquan Dong and Baike Xi, atmospheric sciences, have received a new award from NASA to validate NASA satellite data. The satellite is used to measure cloud properties and the transfer of solar and terrestrial radiation through the atmosphere. Drs. Dong and Xi will use ground-based observations to retrieve cloud properties for comparison to the satellite data. This is a two-year award with a total of $257,000 from March 2008 to March 2010.
-- Karen Ryba, director of communications, aerospace,, 777-4761

Nursing receives scholarship funding for students

The College of Nursing has received a $119,000 grant from the United States Department of Health and Human Services to help alleviate the state’s health professional shortage. The funds are part of the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Program and will be awarded to students for the 2008-2009 academic year.

This federal program provides scholarships to nursing, nutrition and dietetics students who are either educationally disadvantaged, such as graduating from a rural, under served high school, being the family's first college graduate and/or financially disadvantaged.

“These awards come late in the summer, just as students are grappling with the looming costs of going to school,” notes Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “For some students, it makes the difference in whether or not they can stay in school. We are very excited about this critical financial support for our students.”

The College of Nursing also received funding from this program in 2007.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, College of Nursing,, 701-777-4526

UND medical school expands options for nursing mothers

Until this month, some nursing mothers working as students, faculty or staff at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences had difficulty finding a place to breastfeed or pump milk for their infants. One woman was even pumping in a tiny, dark closet in a co-worker’s office because she didn’t have a private office of her own. When a few mothers and expecting mothers found out about this inconvenient situation, they decided to take action.

Now, a new “Mother’s Room” on the fifth floor, Room 5513, of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences is dedicated to nursing mothers and offers them privacy, refrigerated storage and peace of mind. "It makes it a more family-friendly environment for students, staff and faculty," said Elizabeth Burns, professor of family and community medicine at UND and leader of the mother’s room project.

The space is the result of a yearlong process by Burns and a committee of advocates from the medical school to find a suitable, private location at the facility and create a university-approved policy for the space as well as the users. Some departments have offered students private space in years past, including the Office of Student Affairs and Financial Aid, which also has assisted in arranging video transmission of lectures to nursing mothers. The new policy will apply to all students, faculty and staff.

Naomi Lelm, a project coordinator with the Rural Assistance Center, has had two children while working at the medical school, and said it was hard to find places to pump that were private and on campus. She said that if nursing mothers don't have a room or office to go to, they feel trapped.

“It’s a constant struggle to find balance. Having a supportive work environment can make all the difference in the success of a breastfeeding mother, both in the workplace and as a mother providing for her child,” Lelm said.

Burns said the process of returning to work or school can be challenging for nursing mothers. It is difficult to balance long hours in class or at work with child care.

"We wanted to help the transition back to work be as convenient as possible for the mothers," she said. "It's a challenging time for mothers to be at work or in school."

In creating a room to serve new mothers who want to keep learning and working on campus, the UND medical school is joining the UND College of Nursing in serving as a model for other schools in the nation that are striving to improve facilities and working environments for women. The College of Nursing has a mother’s room, as well.

"It is our hope that more facilities in the community, and around the country, will create spaces like the mother’s room," said Kristine Sande, project director for the Rural Assistance Center and a member of the mother’s room committee. "It is a family-friendly initiative to do."

Women interested in using the room may contact Susan Splichal at (701) 777-3274 or
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871

EVA Airlines returns to Grand Forks

The UND Aerospace Foundation, the not-for-profit business arm of the Odegard School, welcomes the return of EVA Airlines of Taipei, Taiwan, to Grand Forks for pilot training through a five-year partnership. The first group of pilots from Evergreen, now named EVA Airlines, graduated from the UND Aerospace program in July 1990. Now, 18 years later the first class of 15 students arrived on June 3 to begin their ab initio pilot training.

Al Palmer, director of Flight Operations said, "It's great to be working with EVA Airlines again. I am extremely proud of our previous EVA graduates. They were the first ab initio trained pilots for EVA. UND Aerospace looks forward to a long relationship with EVA Airlines."

Surplus items for sale to public

The University is offering for sale to the public by set price or sealed high bid the following items: pool table, ping pong table, generator, windows, door units, 1974 and 1975 Toro 72, 3,000 gallon water tanks, 500 gallon tanks, meat slicers, grinder, Lindberg furnace, Calcomp Tech Jet 720 Designer, electron microscope, scale, furniture and other miscellaneous items. These items will be sold and bids taken at the Central Receiving building, Door 2, between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 11.
-- Jacque Brockling, Facilities Central Warehouse Supervisor, Facilities, jacquebrockling@mail, 7-3033

AAUW seeks used books, media materials

The American Association of University Women is collecting used books and working CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, records, and games from now through mid-October. Please drop off at 2420 Ninth Ave. N., Grand Forks, or call 772-0247, 772-1622, or 795-9808.
-- Dianne Stam, Executive Assistant, Alumni Association & Foundation,, 777-6760

Museum Cafe lists soups, specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists the following soups and specials.

June 11-13: Thailand Week
Soups: Tom Yum / Pork Satay Soup
Wednesday- Thai Green Curry Pork with Pumpkin
Thursday- Thai Steamed Fish Curry
Friday- Panaeng Goong

June 16-20: Greece and Middle East
Soups: Cretan Vegetable Stew/ Moroccan Lamb Stew
Monday- Chicken and Olive Tangine Style
Tuesday- Tuna with Chermoula
Wednesday- Lamb Kebabs
Thursday- Fattoush
Friday- Salata Eliniki

June 23-27: Italy and Spain
Soups: Minestrone alla Romagnola / Chicken Pesto Soup
Monday- Gnocchi
Tuesday- Polenta and wild mushrooms
Wednesday- Chicken Livers with Sherry Glaze
Thursday- Catalan Salt Cod Salad
Friday- Chicken Marsala

The Museum Café is open weekdays 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

Dakota Deli lists summer lunch specials

Old Main Marketplace in the Memorial Union announces its summer lunch specials. Mondays: Seven-inch individual Sbarro cheese pizza for $2.29 or a seven-inch individual Sbarro meat or veggie pizza for $2.69. Tuesdays: A&W Coney Dog, medium fries and a fountain drink for $2.99. Wednesdays: Dakota Deli Round Sandwich, chips or veggies, and a fountain drink for $3.25. Thursdays: $5 foot-long Dakota Deli sub sandwich. Friday: One slice of Sbarro pizza, garlic roll and fountain drink for $4.09.
-- Jeff St. Michel, Assistant Director, Dining Services,, 777-3823

Internal job openings listed

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

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


POSITION: Outreach Advisor (10 month position), Educational Opportunity Center/TRIO, #08-366
COMPENSATION: $26,400 plus/year

POSITION: Research Specialist, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, #08-363
COMPENSATION: $35,000 plus/year

POSITION: Head of Faculty Services, Law Library #08-357
COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience


POSITION: Aircraft Technician, Aerospace Aircraft Maintenance, #08-368

POSITION: Avionics Technician, Aerospace Aircraft Maintenance, #08-367
COMPENSATION: $42,500 plus/year

POSITION: Research Instrumentation Technician, Energy & Environmental Research Center #08-360
COMPENSATION: $35,000 plus/year


POSITION: Administrative Assistant, (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) Engineered Surfaces Center #08-362
COMPENSATION: $15.00 plus/hour


POSITION: Plumbing Shop Supervisor, Facilities, #08-373
COMPENSATION: $45,000 plus/year

POSITION: Cook (variable schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services #08-372
COMPENSATION: $10.03 plus/hour

POSITION: Building Services Technician - Lead (Sunday – Friday, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m.) Facilities #08-371
COMPENSATION: $20,000 plus/year

POSITION: Courier, Campus Postal Services, #08-369
COMPENSATION: $19,000 plus/year

POSITION: Baker (12 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., flexible weekends), Dining Services, #08-361
COMPENSATION: $10.29 plus/hour

H. David Wilson wins prestigious Commonwealth Award

H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, recently was named as recipient of the coveted Commonwealth Award by the University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Association for 2008.

In his award letter, Bill Hoppenjans, chair of UK’s Alumni Awards Committee, said that Dr. Wilson, a pediatrician and pediatric infectious disease specialist, got the prestigious award “in recognition of your work in pediatrics…and your remarkable accomplishments throughout the nation.

“Your achievements have earned for you the immense respect of your peers,” Hoppenjans said.

For his part, Wilson says peer recognition is very rewarding.

“The positive judgment of your peers is always most welcome,” said Wilson, who currently serves as chair of Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges, which accredits all U.S. medical schools.

Wilson was named dean of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in 1995 and UND vice president for health affairs in 2001. According to President Charles Kupchella, the vice president title reflects the leadership role Wilson plays in the implementation of the University’s strategic plan, particularly with respect to expanding research, increasing external funding, and broadening UND’s public service commitment in the area of health promotion.

The UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, one of the smallest medical schools in the country, has made an outsize reputation for its patient-centered curriculum and its family medicine and rural health programs.

A native of Illinois, Wilson graduated from Wabash College in Indiana and received his M.D. from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. His specialty training is in pediatric infectious diseases, done at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. Before coming to UND, he was a faculty member and associate dean at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.

The Commonwealth Award will be formally presented to Dr. Wilson at a banquet and awards ceremony Oct. 10 in Lexington, Ky.

UND anatomist to serve on national committee to revise, upgrade anatomy lexicon

Jon Jackson, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, has been appointed by the Board of the American Association of Anatomists (AAA) to serve on its Anatomic Terminology Committee. The announcement was made at the recent experimental biology meeting in San Diego, where Jackson co-led a symposium on the use of medical imaging in anatomic education.

Jackson will serve a three-year term on the committee, which will review and revise all of the terminology used in the major disciplines of anatomic science and published in Terminologia Anatomica. The Terminology Committee of the AAA is represented on the Federation of International Committee on Anatomic Terminology.

Jackson was appointed to the committee because of his experience in anatomy and history of science education, as well as his work in the public understanding of science. He also serves in a leadership capacity with the other two major North American anatomic scientific organizations, the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society.

Founded in 1888 for the advancement of anatomical science, the AAA is the professional home for an international community of biomedical researchers and educators working on anatomical form and function in imaging, cell biology, genetics, molecular development, endocrinology, histology, neuroscience, forensics, microscopy, physical anthropology, and numerous other exciting and developing areas.

UND researcher managing North Dakota portion of Earthscope's USArray

Will Gosnold, professor of geology and geological engineering, is managing the North Dakota component of the USArray project, designed to study the structure of the North American continent and bring clarity to exactly what’s inside the Earth’s interior.

“There is so much that is unknown about the Earth’s interior,” said Gosnold. While scientists do have a general idea about the Earth’s innards, the USArray project is using a group of broadband seismometers, which will be placed in a regular grid pattern around the nation. Gosnold will locate optimal sites for installation of the seismometers in North Dakota.

USArray, made up of many universities and part of a bigger study of the planet called Earthscope, allows for Gosnold and his team of four students to present a North Dakotan seismological “single point of view” within the North American continent. The project, Gosnold says, will bring the additional needed knowledge of the Earth’s interior that “will be used for the next 30 to 40 years.”

During the previous 30 years of the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor’s research, he has worked at solving riddles in a variety of geophysical fields such as gravity, heat flow, plate tectonics, and climate change. The USArray provides a new opportunity for him to work with the graphs, data sets and maps that depict the world’s seismic signals. These signals, such as the earthquakes caused by planet motions and shifts, continually change the land we live on.

Taking two UND graduate students and two North Dakota State University undergraduate students, who have excelled in both geology and mathematics, Gosnold is giving the budding professionals “an experience of a lifetime.” Both Vladimir Zivkovic and Matthew Burton-Kelly from UND, and Anna Nystrom and Nicholas Low from North Dakota State University started training for the project in Omaha, Neb., May 19. They learned how to identify optimal sites for the 37 seismometers planned for installation in North Dakota, beginning in 2009. The students will contact and work with landowners, who will also participate as hosts for the seismic stations for at least two years.

The project allows the landowners to be part of the team in their role as host for the seismometers. During the following years, many seismologists will work to interpret the data that will be gathered in this project. The people that do help would be part of a national project based in Washington D.C., made of related non-profits and universities. Those people with the appropriate land available will be helping not only Gosnold, but other scientists learn about the secrets of the very ground we walk on and the occasional rumbling it makes.

Robert Kunze receives two awards

Robert Kunze, shift supervisor of aircraft maintenance at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, won the Federal Aviation Administration’s General Aviation Aircraft Technician Award of the Year and the North Dakota Professional Aviation Mechanics’ Association “Mechanic of the Year” award.

Dan Kasowski, director of maintenance, said, “The first word that comes to mind when asked about Kunze is “attitude.” He has one of the most positive professional attitudes of anyone I have ever had the opportunity to work with or supervise. No matter what the situation, how large or difficult the work load, he always has a positive approach. He has the respect of all employees who work for him and his professionalism and personal performance set the pace for others to follow.”

A native of Valley City, N.D., Kunze has over 29 years experience as an aviation maintenance technician. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1974 and served in various positions including B-52 crew chief, certified master instructor for a variety of aircraft maintenance courses, production supervisor for KC-135R aircraft maintenance, quality programs/budget manager, support branch section chief, and facilitator responsible for orientation of incoming new Air Force maintenance staff at Grand Forks Air Force Base. After 24 years of service he retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant.

Kunze has been employed with UND Aerospace since 2000. He received his airframe and powerplant airman’s certificate in 2001 and his inspection authorization in 2004, progressing from line mechanic to his current position as maintenance shift supervisor.

In addition to an extensive list of schools and awards while in the U.S. Air Force, Kunze has completed numerous aviation manufacturer’s technical schools as well as in-house programs at UND Aerospace. He has furthered his personnel management skills through completion of the National Guard Joint Executive Council Leadership Development Course, as well as completed the Airline Pilots Association Advanced Aircraft Accident Investigation Course. For each of the previous five years Kunze has completed the requirements for the Ruby, Silver and Gold FAA maintenance awards.

During his tenure at UND Aerospace, Kunze has become well respected within organization for his ability to mentor his maintenance shift staff, while providing the leadership necessary to ensure consistent, safe, reliable aircraft maintenance.

Kunze, along with his wife Linda and their family, reside in Grand Forks.

Alumni Association, UND Foundation announces internal promotions

The UND Alumni Association and the UND Foundation announce the following promotions.

DeAnna Carlson Zink, ’86, and Laura Block, ’81, have each been promoted to the status of associate executive vice president. Their titles will now read as follows:

DeAnna Carlson Zink, associate executive vice president, chief development officer

Laura Block, CPA, CFP, associate executive vice president, chief financial officer

Carlson Zink is chief development officer for the UND Foundation, leading a team of 12 fundraising professionals on behalf of the University of North Dakota. In her four years in this role, the organization has channeled more than $25 million in direct support to the University. Carlson Zink has worked in various capacities with the organization since graduating from UND with a BBA in management in 1986.

Block, chief financial officer, has worked with the organization since 2006. She has successfully led efforts to best structure the inner workings of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation, as well as open financial reporting communication between the UND Foundation, the University and our generous donors. Block is a 1981 UND graduate with a BSBA in accounting, and is also a Certified Professional Accountant and Certified Financial Planner.