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VOLUME 41, NUMBER 19: January 16, 2004
University sets new spring enrollment record
Founders Day banquet tickets now on sale
events to note
UND hosts Honor Band, Choir, Orchestra Festival
Barn dance set for Jan. 17
Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association presents concert Jan. 18
Museum hosts photography lecture and exhibit
Nichols delivers next Faculty Lecture Jan. 20
Forums will focus on “The American Indian Experience”
Jan. 22 is volunteer recruitment day
Paleontologist will give two talks Jan. 23
Alumni Association reunions and events listed
Photography on exhibit at Myers Gallery
Agenda items due for Feb. 5 U Senate meeting
Hultberg Lectureship set for Feb. 5
Proposals due for Feb. 6 IRB meeting
Feast of Nations tickets on sale now
Graduate School’s scholarly forum is March 2-4

Business office moves to Union for fee payment Jan. 22, 23
Summer professional development opportunities available
Holiday hours listed for Martin Luther King Day
ConnectND corner
Annual staff performance evaluations due March 1
Renew “A” and service parking permits now
KIDS COUNT! newsletter available online
Clinic begins toddler language program
Music offers piano, guitar, Musikantz lessons
U2 lists workshops for Jan. 26 - Feb. 3
Items for sale to public on bids

Walter Ellis, 1943-2004
Remembering Connie Heil

Regulated waste policy detailed
IBC lists policy for recombinant DNA, biohazardous materials
Regulations detailed for human subjects research
New faculty scholar award applications due Feb. 17
Applications invited for research writing fellowships
Research, grant opportunities listed

University sets new spring enrollment record

The University posted a record first day enrollment for a spring semester, and numbers will continue to climb for three more weeks. UND’s first day count of 11,633 is an increase of 3 percent (336) over last spring’s 11,297 opening day number.

Other recent spring semester opening day counts:
2002 – 10,474
2001 – 9,940
2000 – 9,637

The first day number is an early “snapshot” of the enrollment picture. A final spring enrollment figure will be available after the third week of classes and historically is several hundred students higher than the opening day number. Last spring’s final enrollment was 11,921.

The largest ever enrollment was this fall with 13,034 students. Spring enrollment is always lower, mainly because of winter commencement.

Fueling this spring’s increase is a 15.2 percent jump in graduate school numbers over last spring’s first day numbers: 1,740 compared to 1,510 on opening day last year – an increase of 230. But particularly impressive is the 56 percent spike in doctoral students: 362 compared to 232 on opening day last year.

“I am pleased that the enrollment of the UND Graduate School continues to increase,” said Graduate School Dean Joey Benoit. “The rise in the number of doctoral students on our campus this semester is primarily driven by the addition of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program to the graduate school. As of today, this program has become the largest doctoral program on our campus. Tom Mohr and the faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy are to be commended for developing this new and highly successful program within the graduate school.”

“The graduate school and academic departments continue to do an excellent job in creating new degree programs, particularly new doctoral programs, that meet the needs of our students and our state,” said President Charles Kupchella. “The continued growth of the graduate school is a key component in UND’s Strategic Plan – one that will have ramifications in other areas of the University, such as enhancing our research enterprise.”

Top ten doctoral programs by enrollment (Spring 2004): physical therapy, teaching and learning, educational leadership, counseling psychology, psychology, chemistry, English, engineering, nursing and microbiology (tied).

Top ten master’s programs by enrollment (Spring 2004): space studies, business administration, educational leadership, nursing, special education, social work, counseling, physical therapy, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy.

The increase in graduate students is in keeping with UND’s Strategic Plan, which calls for the University to beef up its graduate school enrollment to 1,650. UND is already ahead of the curve, with 1,790 enrolled on the opening day of this spring semester, and 1,894 for a final enrollment this fall (this is the official 2003-04 enrollment for the graduate school).


Founders Day banquet tickets now on sale

The 2004 UND Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, with a theme that commemorates the visits of U.S. presidents to UND. The pre-banquet social and music by the Faculty Brass Quintet will begin at 5:45 p.m., with the banquet at 6:30 p.m.

The Founders Day program features the recognition of faculty and staff with 25 years of service to UND; retired and retiring faculty and staff with 15 or more years of service to the University will also be honored. Awards for outstanding teaching, research, advising, and service will be presented to faculty members and departments.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased via campus mail. Every benefited UND employee recently received a flyer describing the Founders Day celebration and ticket purchase procedure; please use the order form from that flyer to purchase tickets. Departments may reserve tables by using the order form or by calling the number listed on the flyer. Tickets are $12.50 each. A limited number of seats are available, so reserve tables and order tickets soon.

Please call Tanya Northagen in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 if you have questions or if you would like an additional copy of the ticket order form. The order form can also be accessed at www.und.edu/dept/divsos/foundersday/.

— Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.

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UND hosts Honor Band, Choir, Orchestra Festival

The music department will host the 19th annual Honor Band, Choir and Orchestra Festival Friday through Sunday, Jan. 16-18. This festival will feature 340 high school students from throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, selected from more than 750 who auditioned in the fall. While these students are on campus, they will participate in rehearsals and master classes and present a concert.

As part of the festival, two concerts will be open to the public. The first, Friday, Jan. 16, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, will showcase ensembles from the UND music department. The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby at 7:30 p.m. prior to the concert, which will begin at 8 p.m. Featured will be the Concert Choir and the Allegro Women’s Choir, both conducted by Anthony Reeves; the Varsity Bards, conducted by Rebecca Raber; and the Wind Ensemble, James Popejoy, conductor. The Steel Band, also directed by Mike Blake, will perform in the lobby for a reception immediately following the concert. There is no admission charge.

On Sunday, Jan. 18, the Honor Band, Honor Choirs, and Honor Orchestra will present their concerts at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Tickets for this event are $5 for adults, $2 for students/senior citizens, or $10 per family, and are available at the door. The Mixed Honor Choir will be conducted by Director of Choirs Anthony Reeves. Matthew Mehaffey, director of choral activities at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., will lead the Women’s Honor Choir. James Popejoy, director of bands, will conduct the Honor Band, and Eric Lawson, professor of strings, will lead the Honor Orchestra. The four ensembles will combine for a finale performance of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

For more information about this performance, contact the music department at 777-2644.

– James Popejoy, music.


Barn dance set for Jan. 17

North Country Fiddle and Dance will hold a community barn dance without the barn. Live music will be provided by North Country String Band and Friends Saturday, Jan. 17, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Grand Forks Senior Citizens Center, 620 Fourth Ave. S. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, 773-3850.


Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association presents concert Jan. 18

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association presents the Murasaki Duo in concert Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art. The ensemble includes cellist Eric Kutz, formerly of Grand Forks, and his wife, pianist Miko Kominami. Tickets ($5-$15) are available at the box office at 777-7090 or at the door beginning one hour before performance time. The program includes Stravinky’s Suite Italienne, Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Piazzolla’s Grand Tango and Edvard Grieg’s Sonata in A minor.
Since its founding in 1996, the Murasaki Duo has been dedicated to performing the cello and piano literature as chamber music. They have performed throughout the United States and Canada, and won recognition as one of the leading ensembles of their genre.

A highly-regarded chamber musician, Eric Kutz spent four years as cellist of the Chester String Quartet, which was in residence at Indiana University South Bend. In 1997 he traveled to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as a visiting artist, performing new chamber works by American composers. He has been broadcast live on WQXR and WNYC, as well as PBS television’s Live from Lincoln Center. Kutz has appeared frequently in the cello section of the New York Philharmonic and is a member of the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago.

Kutz received his bachelor’s in music magna cum laude from Rice University; his master’s and doctoral degrees are from the Juilliard School in New York. He is presently assistant professor of music at Luther College.

Miko Kominami gave her New York solo debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall after winning the 1996 Artists International Award. Since then, she has played throughout North America, including New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Toronto. She has also appeared as soloist in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Indiana University South Bend Philharmonic, and this spring will make her debut with the Danbury Symphony in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. She has received a Canada Council Arts Grant and first prize at the 1996 Concerto Soloists’ Competition in Philadelphia.

Ms. Kominami holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the Juilliard School, as well as the piano performance certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. She is currently a piano faculty member at Luther College, and is the principal keyboardist of the Cedar Rapids Symphony.

As part of a City of Grand Forks/NOVAC sponsored symphony residency, Kutz will remain in Grand Forks for a week to offer lessons, conduct master classes and visit local classrooms. On the weekend of Jan. 24 and 25, he will join the Greater Grand Forks Symphony at the Empire Arts Center to play Dvorak’s Cello Concert.

— Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.


Museum hosts photography lecture and exhibit

A children’s photography collection will be on exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, and continuing through Feb. 22. The photographs are the result of PH15, a workshop that puts cameras in the hands of teenagers from some of the most violent and impoverished barrios in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

An informal lecture will be given during installation from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, by Guillermo Hart, a United States PH15 program collaborator. Jim Dow, Hart’s mentor and long-time friend of the Museum, will give a slide presentation on his New York City project, a photographic journal of the current art scene in New York. Dow has been working with the Museum for many years, photographing folk art throughout North Dakota.

We are always gratified that University staff and students use the Museum as a resource for discussions and written assignments. Please invite your students to share this special preview and meet and hear Dow and Hart. There is no admission charge and refreshments will be served.

The project began in August 2000 when photographer Martín Rosenthal met a group of children from the shantytown who wanted to learn photography. Rosenthal leads the workshop with the volunteer collaboration of photography students and professionals. By learning how to see and show the different realities in their lives, children are taught to explore everything surrounding them and to express their own viewpoint. The workshop provides a venue for developing identity that contributes to improving the children’s social and cultural conditions. It helps them take ownership in the place where they live, to discover new places and interact with the environment.

So far, the project has included 35 children. Today the group includes nine teenagers aged 13-26. Another 23 children signed up this year, but they are on hold due to the lack of resources.

This exhibition is supported by a grant from the North Valley Arts Council and the City of Grand Forks, with additional support from Clear Channel Radio, Leighton Broadcasting, and Bernard and Marcia O’Kelly.

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. There is no admission charge.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Nichols delivers next Faculty Lecture Jan. 20

College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Nichols will deliver “Where Have All the Nurses Gone? Or, When I Press the Call Button, Will Anyone Come?” Tuesday, Jan. 20, as the next talk in the Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. A reception begins at 4 p.m., and a question and answer period follows the lecture.
Two other speakers will deliver faculty lectures this semester, 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl with receptions beginning at 4 p.m.

  • Randy Lee, professor of law, “Pandering to the Risk-Averse in These Entrepreneurial Times: The Legislatures Choose Sides,” Tuesday, Feb. 17;
  • Katie McCleery, professor of art, “Carved in Brick: Outsider Art From Inside the University,” Tuesday, April 13.

The Faculty Lecture Series was active from 1954 to 1988 and was resurrected in 1997. More than 200 faculty members have delivered talks about their work to colleagues, students and friends as a part of the University’s most venerable lecture series. The goal is to enhance UND’s academic atmosphere by showcasing the scholarly lives of several faculty selected from across campus. The lectures aim to present, with depth and rigor, the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty members. The series is funded through the Office of the President.

Elizabeth Nichols
Dean of UND’s College of Nursing since August 1995, Elizabeth Nichols is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Accreditation Review Council for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. She earned the Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1974. She earned the M.S. in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, in 1970 and the B.S. in nursing (cum laude) from San Francisco State College in 1969. She also earned the M.A. in political science from Idaho State University in 1989. She attended the Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College and HERS, Mid-America, in 1984, and was an American Council on Education Fellow with the University of Maine System in 1990-91. Nichols is currently President of the North Dakota Nurses Association

In addition to earning the Jo Eleanor Elliott Leadership Award from the Western Institute of Nursing in 1994 and the HBO Scholar of infoRmatics in 1993, she has been listed in Who’s Who in America (1991), 2000 Women of Distinction in America (1990), International Leaders in Achievement (1989), Who’s Who in the West (1985), and Who’s Who in American Nursing (1984). She has also been elected to fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing (1982) and the Gerontological Society of America (1982).

Nichols co-authored the book, Transitions in a Woman’s Life (Springer Publishing Company, 1989) and has written or co-authored several book chapters, as well as many articles in refereed journals.


Forums will focus on “The American Indian Experience”

Beginning in January and leading up to the 35th annual University of North Dakota Indian Association powwow in April, UND has scheduled a series of book discussions and forums on the topic of “Exploring the American Indian Experience.”
The events, sponsored by the American Indian Programs Council and a number of campus and community entities, are free of charge and open to the public. The schedule:

  • Jan. 22 and Feb. 23: Discussion of “The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey” by Joe Starita, 7 to 9 p.m. in Barnes & Noble University Bookstore. Birgit Hans, associate professor of Indian studies, will discuss this account of four generations of an American Indian family from South Dakota that, according to critics, offers a unique glimpse into Lakota culture from the 1870s to the 1990s.
  • Jan. 29: Community forum, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Forks Herald community room. Greg Gagnon, associate professor of Indian studies, will discuss “The Setting of the American Indian Experience,” exploring the history and common beliefs of and about American Indian culture.
  • March 1: Community forum, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Forks Herald community room. Jim Grijalva, associate professor of law, will discuss “Current Issue in Indian Country,” which range from state-tribal jurisdictions and demographics to treaties and gambling casinos.
  • April 1: Community forum, 7 to 9 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Brian Gilley, assistant professor of Indian studies, and Russ McDonald, associate research director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at UND, both of whom will be involved in the UNDIA powwow on April 2-4 at the Hyslop Sports Center, will explain the role of tradition in modern powwows. Dancers and musicians will perform and explain the significance of various aspects of the powwow and of American Indian dancing.

More information about the events and the availability of the Starita book is available at www.conted.und.edu/AIE.


Jan. 22 is volunteer recruitment day

The Greater Grand Forks Directors of Volunteer Services (DOVS) and Volunteer Bridge are co-sponsoring volunteer recruitment day Thursday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dakota lounge and conference rooms, Memorial Union. Local agencies will be available to speak with students about volunteer opportunities in the community. Students who need volunteer hours for their major or are interested in volunteering are invited to attend. Faculty members are encouraged to mention volunteer recruitment day in class.

– Linda Rains, Memorial Union.


Paleontologist will give two talks Jan. 23

On Friday, Jan. 23, Distinguished Paleontological Society Lecturer Linda Ivany will present two lectures in Leonard Hall. The first, at noon in the Lecture Bowl (Room 100), is titled “The Paleogene Greenhouse-to-Icehouse Transition in Antarctica – Climate and Ecology in a Shallow Marine System.” This talk is a case study from the Eocene of Antarctica, examining the relationship between climate change and ecological and evolutionary change in a shallow marine molluscan fauna. The second, at 3 p.m. in 109 Leonard Hall, is “The ABCs of Paleobiology – Insights About the Geochemistry of Accretionary Biogenic Carbonates.” She will cover a number of geochemical applications to paleobiological (and biological) research, discussing primarily light stable isotopes and high-resolution sampling of accretionary biogenic carbonates. Dr. Ivany will give examples of her own research and mass extinctions, paleoclimate and paleoenvironments, and life histories of organisms. She is an assistant professor in the department of earth sciences at Syracuse University. Both talks are open to the public. Please contact me for more information.

– Joseph Hartman (geology and geological engineering), joseph.hartman@und.nodak.edu, 777-5055.


Alumni Association reunions and events listed

Following is a calendar of Alumni Association reunions and events across the country. If you’re traveling in the area, please consider attending. All events provide great opportunities to meet your alumni and share the story of your college. You’ll be able to work with members of our development team in each location.

Feel free to contact Nancy Nelson at 777-3678 to find out who’s attending these events or to set up a lunch/dinner meeting with alumni as your travel schedule allows.

Mark your calendars and plan to join Tim O’Keefe, Alumni Association executive vice president, and staff of the Alumni Association as they visit alumni across the U.S.

Jan. 24, Phoenix satellite party (plus hockey satellite parties across the U.S.), Coach & Willie’s, 412 S. Third St., Phoenix, 5 p.m. party time, 6:05 p.m. game time.

Jan. 24, Minneapolis pre-game party (plus hockey satellite parties across the U.S.), 5 to 7 p.m. party time, 7:05 p.m. game time.

Jan. 24, Mesa, Ariz., open house, UND Aerospace Flight Training Center, Williams Gateway Airport, 5755 South Sossaman Road, Mesa, 1 to 3 p.m.

Feb. 6-7, Basketball alumni weekend, UND.

Feb. 12, UND fun night (young alumni event), Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment, Minneapolis, 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 14-15, Las Vegas hockey party and reunion brunch, Imperial Palace. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. social, 5:05 p.m. game time; Sunday, 11 a.m. brunch.

Feb. 23, Marco Island, Fla., reunion dinner, Olde Marco Island Inn and Suites, 100 Palm Street, Marco Island, 6:30 p.m. cocktail social, 7:15 p.m. dinner.

Feb. 28, Sun Lakes, Ariz., golf scramble and reunion dinner, Oakwood Country Club, 24215 S. Oakwood Blvd., Sun Lakes, 11:30 a.m. registration, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, 6 p.m. social.

April 25, Los Angeles Reunion Brunch, Newport Beach Country Club, 11 a.m. social, 11:45 a.m. brunch.

May 1, Sioux-per gala and auction, Ralph Engelstad Arena.

May 10, Seattle golf scramble and reunion dinner, Bear Creek.

May 26-28, Alumni Days, UND.

July 26, Colorado Springs golf scramble and reunion dinner, The Country Club of Colorado, 125 E. Clubhouse Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo., 11:30 a.m. registration, 1 p.m. shotgun start, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner.

Oct. 13-16, Homecoming, UND.

2004 Sioux-per Swing Golf Tournaments
Tuesday, June 1, Rolla, N.D., Rolla Country Club; Thursday, June 3, Park River, N.D., North Valley; date TBA, Twin Cities, Minn., Heritage Links, Prior Lake; Monday, July 12, Grand Forks Men’s, Grand Forks Country Club; Wednesday, July 14, Rugby, N.D., Rugby Country Club; Thursday, July 22, Detroit Lakes, Minn., Detroit Country Club; Monday, July 26, Devils Lake, N.D., Town and Country Country Club; Wednesday, July 28, Football Letterwinners, Twin Cities, Minn., Legends; Monday, Aug. 2, Bismarck—Hawktree Golf Course; Thursday, Aug. 12, Grand Forks Women’s, Grand Forks Country Club.

If you would like more information on these events, please contact Nancy at 777-3678 or Barb at 777-4078 to register.

Be sure to visit www.undalumni.org often for the most up-to-date event information.

– Nancy Nelson, off-campus event coordinator, Alumni Association and Foundation.


Photography on exhibit at Myers Gallery

The Col. Myers gallery in Hughes Fine Arts Center features an exhibition of 49 photographs by Les Skoropat of Fargo. His black and white-toned photos are made using conventional cameras and film but printed and scanned with computer technology. Skorpat will give a gallery talk Thursday, Jan. 29, at 2 p.m. The exhibit runs through Thursday, Jan. 29.

– Brian Paulsen, art department.


Agenda items due for Feb. 5 U Senate meeting

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Feb. 5, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Jan. 22, and may be submitted electronically to Nancy.Krogh@mail.und.nodak.edu. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate.


Hultberg Lectureship set for Feb. 5

The 17th annual Hultberg Lectureship series, “Integrating Diversity into the Workplace,” will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. It is presented by the College of Business and Public Administration.
The Hans and Susanna Hultberg Lectureship was established by their daughter, Clara E. Anderson, through the University of North Dakota Foundation. Clara, a Washburn native, graduated from the College of Business and Public Administration in 1928. This endowed lectureship is established because of the love and encouragement Clara received from her parents and her interest in stimulating both challenges and opportunities for women in business.

Each year prominent women alumni from the College of Business and Public Administration bring their leadership and experiences to the University community through this event. This year’s topic, “Integrating Diversity into the Workplace,” includes diversity issues that encompass more than just people of color; but include diverse ideas, beliefs, religions, sexuality, age, gender, those challenged physically or mentally, and others.
Speakers are:

Linda Butts, director of economic development and finance for the State of North Dakota, Bismarck. She is the first woman to hold the title of director of econonmic development and finance in North Dakota.

Before entering state government, Butts was a small business owner in Carrington; her company was twice named Outstanding Woman Owned Business. A certified public accountant, she worked as an auditor for Eide Helmeke and Charles Bailly in Fargo. In 1994 she served as co-chair for the state’s delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business. She has served on several boards and commissions including the Greater North Dakota Association.

She and her husband, Alan, have two grown children and reside in Bismarck.

Sara Garland, president of the Greystone Group, Washington, D.C. She is a government relations and public affairs consultant with expertise in the federal appropriations process. A 27-year veteran of Capitol Hill, Garland’s experience includes senior positions with Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), the late Sen. Quentin Burdick (D-ND), and former Congresswoman Margaret Heckler (R-MA).

Garland received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UND. She has served as a member of the advisory neighborhood commission of the District of Columbia and serves on the boards of the Council for a Livable World-PeacePAC, Agency for Instructional Technology, and chairs the Energy and Environmental Research Center Foundation. A former television reporter and college instructor, Garland is a recipient of the American Society of Association Executives’ Government Relations Award as part of a team representing America’s public television stations, and is listed in Who’s Who in American Politics. Married to Kim E. Uhl, she has three children.

Kim Lattu, vice president and director of corporate audit at Cargill, Minneapolis. Kim (Vossler) Lattu joined Cargill Inc. as an accounting trainee when she graduated from the University in 1978 with an accounting major. She has worked in numerous businesses and functional areas during her career at Cargill including corporate audit; corporate financial reporting; Cargill Steel and Wire – Brookville, Ohio; Cargill Ferrous International; Caprock Industries – Amarillo, Texas; human resources – compensation; travel services; and the controller’s department. She was named the vice president and director of corporate audit in November 2002.

Lattu is on the board of governors for the Twin Cities Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. She is a CPA and CMA.

She and her family reside in Chanhassen, Minn. Her husband, Steve, is also a Cargill employee and is the vice president and controller for Horizon Milling. They have two daughters. She grew up in Wishek, N.D.
Kay Walter, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Minneapolis. She attended the University from 1994 to 1998, earning a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. She was hired by Coopers & Lybrand in October of 1997 and commenced her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in September 1998, after the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand in July 1998.

Since joining PwC, Kay has served numerous clients throughout the country in both audit and consulting capacities. She is a member of PwC’s national consumer finance practice and specializes in serving lending organizations that originate mortgage, home equity and other consumer finance products. Additionally, she teaches various courses, iincluding PwC’s new hire training as well as industry-specific classes.

She graduated from Libertyville High School, Libertyville, Ill., in 1994 and resides in Minneapolis.

— College of Business and Public Administration.


Proposals due for Feb. 6 IRB meeting

The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Jan. 27. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in ORPD Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Notes from the meeting will be available in the ORPD approximately one week after the meeting.

– John Madden (communication sciences and disorders), chair, institutional review board.


Feast of Nations tickets on sale now

The 42nd annual Feast of Nations is Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Alerus Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m. Featured performers are the Caribbean band Rockalypso and the Hispanic Dance Theater. Join us for a great international dinner and cultural performances by UND students at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Call 777-4231 for more information.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Natalia Popikova, president, International Organization.


Graduate School’s scholarly forum set for March 2-4

The graduate school is sponsoring a campus-wide scholarly forum Tuesday through Thursday, March 2-4. The purpose of this forum is to allow the University to highlight scholarly activities and provide a venue to share research with students and colleagues. This year, we are pleased that Mary Burgan, general secretary of the American Association of University Professors and former professor of Victorian literature and chair of English at Indiana University, will give a keynote address Tuesday, March 2, at 3:30 p.m. A second keynote address by Kerry Emanuel, professor of meteorology in the program of atmospheres, oceans, and climate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology will be held Wednesday, March 3, at 3:30 p.m. Both speakers will present in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

Presentations, exhibits and/or performances from faculty and students are encouraged. Deadline for submission of abstracts is Monday, Feb. 16. For submission forms and guidelines go to www.und.edu/dept/grad and look under “In the Spotlight.”

Please contact the graduate school if you have any questions regarding the forum.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Business office moves to Union for fee payment Jan. 22, 23

The business office will be working with students attending the spring 2004 semester Jan. 12-23. The primary responsibility of the business office tellers will be fee payment assistance to the students. Due to increased student traffic during this time period, you can expect lines at the teller windows. During fee payment, Jan. 22 and 23, the business office will be closed. All students should be directed to the Memorial Union Ballroom. Departmental deposits will be accepted at a teller window, second floor Twamley Hall, from 2 to 3 p.m. only on these days. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a representative from your department, and will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these two days, contact Sandi Brelie at 777-3080 by noon Friday, Jan. 16. Due to the high amount of telephone traffic during the weeks surrounding fee payment, contacting the business office staff may be easiest through e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

— Wanda Sporbert, business office.


Summer professional development opportunities available

The PAC-W presidential leadership program supports up to two individuals each year to participate in a national-level summer professional leadership institute, such as those listed below at Harvard and Bryn Mawr. This program is for individuals already in administrative roles who want to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to another level of responsibility.

To apply for consideration, please send an application letter and expression of interest explaining your administrative background, which program you wish to attend, and why (two pages maximum). Send to victoria.beard@mail.und.nodak.edu or Box 8176. Application deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 20. Harvard Summer 2004 Leadership Development Programs, http://www.ppe.gse.harvard.edu/highered/index.html

1. Leading Transformation and Change (MLE) - June 20 to July 2. Designed for skilled, experienced administrators – deans and directors, provosts and vice presidents – who will help their institutions adapt to a changing future. Increase your capacity to lead and manage change, develop effective strategy, and evaluate the impact of new initiatives.

2. Management Development Program (MDP) - June 20 to July 2. Designed for deans, directors, and other administrators who are good at leading their units – and who want to get even better. Gain useful ideas about the critical management issues you’re facing, including budgeting, human resource management, planning, and effective leadership.

3. Institute for Educational Management (IEM) - July 25 to Aug. 6. Designed for the most senior-level administrators. Examine critical leadership issues at colleges and universities. Learn effective approaches to balancing internal and external leadership roles, leading in a changing context, articulating a powerful vision for your institution and enlisting others in that vision.

Bryn Mawr Summer Institute - June 27 to July 23

Offers women administrators and faculty intensive training in education administration. The curriculum prepares participants to work with issues currently facing higher education, with emphasis on the growing diversity of the student body and the work force.

— Victoria Beard, associate provost.


Holiday hours listed for Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day observed Jan. 19
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Jan. 19, will be observed as Martin Luther King Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. – John Ettling, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library:
The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the Martin Luther King holiday: Saturday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 18, closed; Monday, Jan. 19 (Martin Luther King Day), 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health sciences library:
Martin Luther King holiday hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are: Friday, Jan. 16, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 17, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 19, 1 p.m. to midnight. – April Byars, health sciences library.

Law library:
Thormodsgard Law Library hours for Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19, are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Jane Oakland, circulation manager, Thormodsgard Law Library.

Information technology systems and services will close for the Martin Luther King holiday at 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 19, and reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20. – Marv Hanson, associate director, ITSS.


ConnectND corner

Following is information on the ConnectND project, which will replace the current administrative system. For more information, visit www.nodak.edu/connectnd.

NDUS user information available online

The NDUS training and documentation web site is accessible through the ConnectND home page at www.nodak.edu/connectnd. Resources include documents and WebEx recorded tutorials for clearing caches and cookies on the Internet Explorer browser; creating mail merges, templates, and generating letters and other macros; illustrating faculty usage of class schedule, class roster and grading features; and showing how a student registers for class.

The site also contains information on viewing WebEX recordings, schedules for live weekly training sessions using WebEX, links to free online PeopleSoft tutorials and the NDUS training and documentation plan.

More materials and training resources will be made available as they are developed. Although information like directions for clearing browser caches and cookies is applicable to anyone, some of the training and documentation is targeted for specific functions like generating letters and spread sheets.

– Jan Orvik, for the ConnectND project.


Annual staff performance evaluations due March 1

Annual staff employee performance evaluations are due Monday, March 1. The “Performance Management Plan” form is available electronically as a WordPerfect or Word document. To receive your copy via e-mail, contact us at human.resources@mail.und.nodak.edu. The Word document version may also be found online at www.humanresources.und.edu/Forms/forms.html. If hard copies are preferred or if you have questions, call us at 777-4361. Please review and discuss the evaluation with the employee and return the signed forms to human resources, Box 8010, no later than March 1.

– Diane Nelson, director, human resources.


Renew “A” and service parking permits now

Please make sure you have renewed your service vehicle placards and red “A” permits. They expired Dec. 1. If you have not renewed the “A” permit yet, come to the parking and traffic division office in the Memorial Union. To renew the service vehicle placard, bring your expired service vehicle placard to Rose Hanson at the Auxiliary Service Building for validation. If you have any questions, please call our office at 777-3551. Thank you.

– Sherry Kapella, parking and traffic division.


KIDS COUNT! newsletter available online

North Dakota KIDS COUNT! has a new publication called Inform, which is designed to provide quick facts about children’s health and well-being. The Inform fact sheets will be distributed electronically at www.ndkidscount.org/publications.htm. Feel free to share the fact sheet or the web address in newsletters and with educators, businesses, parents and others whom you feel would appreciate receiving Inform.

Volume 1, No. 1 of Inform, “The Go-To Place,” is intended to give you an overview of how to access existing resources. The second fact sheet, focusing on child care, will be released within a couple of weeks.

We hope that you find this information of value in your efforts to serve the children and families of North Dakota. Our goal is to offer facts about some of the critical issues facing children and families throughout the state. We would appreciate your suggestions regarding future topics; please e-mail us at ndkidscount@yahoo.com with your suggestions.

– Helen Danielson, coordinator, and Richard Rathge, executive director, ND KIDS COUNT!, NDSU.


Clinic begins toddler language program

The UND Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is starting a new program this semester for toddlers 22 to 36 months old. The toddler language circle will be a small group, language-based program for both typically developing young children and those who are at risk or who are delayed in their language development. Speech, language and pre-literacy skills will be encouraged with parents as an integral part of the program. The curriculum will provide opportunities for language learning that are embedded within typical routines and contexts experienced by young children in natural environments. Each session will be 90 minutes in length (9:30 to 11 a.m.), Mondays and Wednesdays following the academic calendar, and will be located in the Stanford Center (N.D. Vision Services/School for the Blind). Cost for the program is $150 for the semester plus a $10 snack fee; fee adjustment may be requested if needed. Please call Polly Alfonso at 777-4808 or Mary Jo Schill at 777-3727 for more information. Enrollment deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 21, with sessions beginning Monday, Feb. 2.

– Polly Alfonso, project coordinator, rural health.


Music offers piano, guitar, Musikantz lessons

The music department’s community music program is offering piano and guitar lessons this semester. For more information on piano call Jeff Dasovick at 777-2829. For information about guitar lessons for children or adults, call Stig Hansen at 772-7856.
Musiktanz, the music program for pre-school children in which they and their parents sing, play instruments, listen, move to music, and do pre-reading music activities, will be offered starting Thursday, Jan. 22. This program is designed to build fundamental music skills and a love of music. To register or to obtain a brochure, call Paul at 777-2830.

— Barbara Lewis, associate professor of music.


U2 lists workshops for Jan. 26 – Feb. 3

Below are U2 workshops for Jan. 26 through Feb. 3. Visit our web site for additional workshops in February.
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Lifesteps®, Weight Management Program, 15-week class: Choose one: Monday sessions*, Jan. 26 to May 10, 12:15 to 1 p.m. or Friday sessions*, Jan. 30 to May 14, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.(see date exceptions below), 16-18 Swanson Hall. Presenters: Brenna Kerr, licensed registered dietitian and Amanda Wiggins, wellness program assistant. Sponsor: Wellness department. Fee, $45, includes instruction by health professionals and program materials. Limited enrollment per section. Significant others are eligible to enroll. Registrations are complete when payment is received. Refunds will not be issued.
Trained health professionals conduct the sessions and show you proven weight management techniques. Your personal Lifesteps notebook contains hundreds of ideas for making new eating and exercise habits part of your daily life. Handouts, activities, and sample menus provided in weekly group sessions show you how you can enjoy foods you love, achieve the weight you want, and maintain a level of exercise that’s right for you.

This class is designed for people wanting to lose 10 to 50 pounds. If people need to lose more than 50 pounds to reach a “desirable” weight (one that would decrease their health risks significantly), they are encouraged to set up one-on-one sessions with Brenna Kerr through the Wellness Center.

Date Exceptions:
No class Monday, Feb. 16. Changed to Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:15 to 1 p.m.
No class during spring break (March 15-19).
No class Friday, April 9. Changed to Wednesday, April 7, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
* Limited to 20 participants per class.

Excel XP, Intermediate: Jan. 26, 28, and 30, 1 to 4 p.m. Prerequisite: Excel XP, Beginning (nine hours total), 361 Upson II Hall. Work with templates, filter and sort data, import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze and share data. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Defensive Driving: Jan. 27, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record.

Mainframe Computer Usage and Monthly Reports, Jan. 28, 9 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II Hall. Find out how to use the mainframe uniform accounting system, various screens, and computer printouts. Presenters: accounting services, grants and contracts office.

Position Budget Maintenance: Jan. 29, 9 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II Hall. The workshops are designed for departmental personnel who process notice of appointments/revisions, staff position requisitions. You will gain new position requests and add or delete funds to positions, the tools to access information to maintain a more accurate position budget file and assist in more timely processing of the payroll forms. This is a hands-on workshop, and authorization to the following CICSB (main frame) screens are necessary: PB70, PB75, PB80, PB90, PB95, BD40, GL19, GL70, GL53, NA90 and NA75. Presenters: Cindy Fetsch and Cherie Stoltman.

Defensive Driving: Feb. 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. Presenter: Officer Tom Brockling. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record.

Resolving Campus Conflict Through Mediation: Feb. 3, 1 to 3 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center, or Feb. 26, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Great workshop for any UND staff, faculty, or even students to attend! Begins with a presentation of what mediation is about and how it can improve relationships, both working and personal, as well as the overall campus climate. Information on the “when, why, and who” can use this free service will follow. Presenters: Kristine Paranica and Cheryl Stolz.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University within the University.


Items for sale to public on bids

The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, large electronic score board, metal desks, and other miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the central receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 20-23. We are closed Monday, Jan. 19.

– Lee Sundby and Evelyn Albrecht, central receiving.


Walter Ellis, 1943-2004

It is with great regret that the Department of History announces the death of Walter Ellis, associate professor of history, on Monday, Jan. 13, in his hometown of Birmingham, Ala. Dr. Ellis, a specialist in ancient history, had been with UND since 1992. The funeral will take place in Birmingham on Saturday, Jan. 17, and a memorial service will be held here on campus later in the month.

– Jim Mochoruk, chair, history.


Remembering Connie Heil

Connie Heil, accounting/budget specialist, Energy and Environmental Research Center, died Jan. 8 of cancer. She was 42.

Connie Marie Heil was born Jan. 27, 1961, in Rugby to Marvin and Cecelia (Kuntz) Heil. She graduated from Rugby High School in 1979 and from UND in 1983. She began working at the bursar’s office (now the business office) at the University in March 1984, and then moved to the EERC in October 1988.

Connie lived with cancer the last 10-plus years,” said Deborah Johnson, financial services manager at EERC. “Her strength and determination to enjoy life outside of all the medical challenges was amazing to all who knew. The accounting office at EERC was livelier and more complete when Connie was here. She made sure her work was finished on time, often working her medical appointments into her work schedule rather than the other way around. I will always remember Connie’s beautiful smile and sparkling eyes.”

“When people ask me about Connie, I tell them of her unwavering courage and her amazing spirit,” said Trish Belker, travel coordinator at EERC. She was so much more than a co-worker. She was a kind and loving friend. Her eyes could light up a dark room whenever she talked about her friends and family, especially her three nephews. They were truly the love of her life.

“I know that Connie was put on this earth to remind us how precious life is and how important it is to really live each day to the fullest. I thank God for bringing her into my life and will cherish every moment that we spent together. The stars in the sky will be twinkling a little brighter, and I know that she will forever be smiling down on us.”

“Connie was an inspiration to all that knew her,” said Sue Bartley, human resources, EERC. “She especially touched my heart because she was strong, confident, a true friend, loving, caring, and driven. I will miss her, but know that she will never be forgotten.”

Diane Skean, an accountant with EERC, wrote the following poem:

Connie’s Angel
If I could be your guardian angel
And gather all your kind deeds
I’d plant them all in life’s garden
Like so many flower seeds.
And If I could be your guardian angel
And take your worry and pain
I’d banish them all to the heavens
And let them fall back as rain.

For with each and every rain
The promise of life does spring
And life’s garden just planted
Would bloom fit for a king.

Connie Heil is survived by her parents, Grand Forks; brother, John (Jill) Heil, Littleton, Colo., and their son, John Michael; a sister, Sheila (Jeff ) Gerszewski, Grand Forks, and their children, Cody and Tyler; and a grandmother, Justina Heil, Rugby.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Pius Heil, and grandparents, Julius and Mary Kuntz.

— Jan Orvik, editor, with information from Sue Bartley, Deborah Johnson, Trish Belker, and Diane Skean, all EERC, and the Grand Forks Herald.


Regulated waste policy detailed

To ensure that regulated waste is disposed of properly, the institutional biosafety committee requires that all members of the University community who generate regulated waste have in place a disposal plan which conforms with federal regulations. Regulated waste as defined by the federal government includes but is not limited to human body fluids and tissues and items contaminated with human body fluids or tissues such as needles, syringes, and scalpels whether generated during medical procedures, research or teaching. Anyone who is generating regulated waste within the University and does not have a disposal plan in place or is unsure of whether regulated waste is being generated by their activities or is being disposed of properly must contact the safety office.

– Barry Milavetz (biochemistry and molecular biology), chair, institutional biosafety committee.


IBC lists policy for recombinant DNA, biohazardous materials

The institutional biosafety committee (IBC) requires that any research, teaching, or other activities which utilize recombinant DNA or involve the use of biohazardous research materials be subject to a University review process and that these activities must be approved by the IBC prior to their initiation. The IBC is the only authorized University committee which can approve projects and activities involving recombinant DNA and biohazardous research material. The IBC will follow NIH guidelines to determine the suitability of projects and activities, and will provide an explanation of any decision not to approve a project or activity. Any project or activity not approved can be revised and resubmitted to the IBC for consideration.

All faculty or staff who plan on using recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials for research, teaching, or other activities must submit an original and 15 copies of the completed signed application form to the IBC. The IBC will consider the application at its earliest convenience.

For grant applications submitted to more than one funding agency, it will only be necessary to submit one application to the IBC prior to submission to the granting agencies. One copy of all submitted grant applications utilizing recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must be submitted to the IBC.

Any changes to an approved project with respect to recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must receive IBC approval prior to their use. Anyone considering the use of these materials should contact the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, for a copy of the NIH Guidelines, the recombinant DNA review form and other pertinent information. Forms are also available on ORPD’s web site at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

— Barry Milavetz (biochemistry and molecular biology), chair, institutional biosafety committee.


Regulations detailed for human subjects research

The institutional review board (IRB) must review and approve any research carried out at the University that involves human subjects or participants before that research can begin. An IRB review is mandated by the federal government to protect human subjects and is subject to federal regulations and monitoring. The federal regulations are available on the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) web page at www.und.edu under research. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education and UND policies also require completion of this review process.

The required documents are available on the ORPD web page. As you prepare your proposal for submission, please be sure to address all relevant items listed on the proposal form. When reviewing proposals, IRB members use the checklist to determine whether each item that applies to your proposal is addressed properly. Also, please phrase your proposal in “educated layman’s” terms so that it is understandable to IRB members who may not have a technical knowledge of your field.

You can submit your proposal to ORPD in 105 Twamley Hall or mail it to ORPD, Box 7134. Based on the nature of your research, your proposal either will be reviewed by an individual board member or by the full IRB. Should a full board review be necessary, the IRB coordinator will contact you to explain the process and requirements. You will be assigned a reviewer in either case, and you should feel free to discuss your proposal with the reviewer if you have any concerns or questions. Should revisions be necessary, you will receive a written request to make the changes and resubmit your proposal. The IRB makes every effort to review proposals in a timely manner. The review process may take several weeks, however, and researchers therefore are urged to submit proposals well in advance of the proposed start date.

Before you can begin your research, you must complete an educational program on human subject protection. The UND IRB now has three options for fulfilling the educational requirement. The first is an Internet-based set of modules sponsored by the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) and the University of Miami. The CITI course consists of a group of modules encompassing the history of the IRB system, the regulations governing human subjects research, and topics specific to areas of particular importance, controversy or complexity. Each module has a quiz associated with it. The researcher should choose the track that best fits his or her type of research, either biomedical research or social/behavioral research. The IRB determined that modules 1-12, 14-16 must be taken by all investigators. Registration for the modules is accessible at the URL http://jaguar.ir.miami.edu/~citireg/forms/citi.jsp. Those registering for the course will receive a password by e-mail, generally within 24 hours. Specific UND requirements are listed on the UND institutional page on the course site. Other educational options include attending an IRB basics workshop or reading the IRB researcher handbook and taking a short answer quiz. Please contact the IRB coordinator for more information. In addition, principal investigators must provide a list of the key personnel involved in the project to ORPD so the office can maintain records of those individuals that have completed training. If you any have questions about the approval process, please contact the IRB coordinator at 777-4079.


New faculty scholar award applications due Feb. 17

New faculty scholar awards are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be January 2001 or later). The SSAC anticipates that new faculty scholar awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Up to three awards of $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded; one competition will be held for this award each year.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, is the deadline for submission of new faculty scholar award applications to the Senate scholarly activities committee. The committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects, or support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences is not allowable under this program.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications must include the completed application form, letter of support from the departmental chair, the applicant’s resume, and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and seven copies must be submitted to the office of research and program development prior to or on the published deadline.

Application forms are available at ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on ORPD’s web site (found under “Research” at www.und.edu).

— James Hikins (communication), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee.


Applications invited for research writing fellowships

Faculty are invited to apply for $1,000 research fellowships to facilitate writing proposals for external funding. Offered through the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) and the University Writing Program, a limited number of faculty in teams of two (faculty proposal writer and mentor) will engage in a 10-session one hour each) writing workshop beginning Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. The goal of the workshop will be for each faculty writer to complete a research proposal, with the assistance of a mentor, suitable for submission to an external sponsor.

To apply:

  • Submit an application as a faculty team (writer and mentor) to ORPD of no more than two pages describing your research/scholarly activity idea.
  • Identify the organization you will target for funding.
  • Discuss the significance of your research/scholarly activity and its potential impact on your career, department, college/school, and UND.
  • Indicate your availability and commitment to attend at least nine of the 10 workshop sessions.
  • Be sure to include the name and expected contribution of the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your mentor for this fellowship. (Mentors must agree to attend at least five sessions and be available to assist you in writing and developing your proposal outside the workshop. Mentors will also receive $1,000 stipends.) If you need help locating a mentor, contact Will Gosnold at ORPD, 777-4280, will.gosnold@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Selection criteria:

  • Potential for completing a draft proposal by Monday, May 17.
  • Significance and impact of proposed research/scholarly activity.
  • Potential for funding by proposed sponsor.
  • Evidence of commitment by writer and mentor.
  • Participant must be the P.I. on the external proposal.

Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 27. Submit application to ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall or e-mail will.gosnold@mail.und.nodak.edu.

— Will Gosnold, interim director, research and program development.


Research, grant opportunities listed

Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 or Shirley.griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Portions of the following data were derived from the Community of Science’s COS Funding OpportunitiesTM which is provided for the exclusive use of the University of North Dakota and may not be republished or made available outside the University of North Dakota in any form except via the COS Record ShareTM on the COS website.

Trainee Travel Awards are made to residents and postdoctoral fellows to subsidize travel to the 2004 Experimental Biology meeting. Deadline: 2/27/04. Contact: American Federation for Medical Research Foundation, 978-927-8330; afmr@prri.com; http://www.afmr.org/awards.html.

Fellowship Awards, Publication Grants, and other awards are made for studies in the archaeology, architecture, history, language and art of the Mediterranean. Contact: M. Aylwin Cotton Foundation, Telephone +44 (0) 1481-724136; info@cotton-foundation.org; http://www.cotton-foundation.org/fellowshipawards.html. Deadline: 2/29/04.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Clinical Fellowship Program–Support for individuals committed to careers in mental health and/or substance abuse with specialization in the delivery of services to ethnic and racial minority groups. Deadline: 2/28/04. Contact: CSWE Minority Fellowship Program,703-683-8080; mfp@cswe.org; http://www.cswe.org/programs/MFP/GuidelinesMHSACFP.htm.

Fellowships support postdoctoral research in the clinical and laboratory aspects of the primary immune deficiency diseases or related areas that further the goals of the Foundation. Contact: Tamara Brown, 1-800-296-4433, ext. 211; tb@primaryimmune.org; http://www.primaryimmune.org/med_programs/research_fellows.htm. Deadline: 2/28/04.

Environmental Grants support studies of environmental issues, such as air quality and global warming. Deadlines: 2/27/04, 6/30/04. Contact: Steven and Michele Kirsch Foundation, 408-278-2278; questions@kirschfoundation.org; http://www.kirschfoundation.org/how/environmental/environment.html.

Grants support projects with potential to make a genuine, effective contribution to the advancement of education for women. Deadline: 2/28/04. Contact: Linda K. Nevlin, 618-467-2370.

Cultural Competence and Health Disparities Academic Awards provide support to develop core curricula and other educational materials that will increase the overall knowledge and skills of medical students, house staff, and other professionals, including practicing physicians on the ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, linguistic, and other factors that contribute to health disparities, and on culturally competent approaches to mitigating these disparities. Deadlines: 1/23/04, 9/19/04 (Letter of Intent); 2/23/04, 10/19/04 (Application). Contact: Héctor Ortega, 301-435-0202; ortegah@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-012.html.

Murine Atlas of Genitourinary Development–Support for projects that will contribute to an anatomical and gene expression atlas of the developing murine GU tract (Murine Atlas of GU Development, MAGUD). Deadlines: 2/18/04 (Letter of Intent); 3/18/04 (Application). Contact: Betsy Wilder, 301-594-7717; ew136e@nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-042.html.

Murine Atlas of Genitourinary Development - Database–Support for research to: develop a low resolution gene expression atlas of all genes expressed within the developing murine GU tract, perform high resolution anatomic gene expression studies using available or newly generated molecular tools, and produce an integrated, continuously updated database that will provide the entire research community with access to the data as it is generated. Deadlines and Contact: See above and http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-04-006.html.

Curriculum Development Award in Interdisciplinary Research–Support for development of innovative courses, curricula, and educational approaches designed to train interdisciplinary scientists in emerging areas of biomedical, behavioral, and quantitative sciences. The focus is on preparing undergraduate, predoctoral, or postdoctoral candidates, or combinations of these, to conduct research in team settings that are highly interdisciplinary and collaborative and to train future leaders who can catalyze the integration of multiple disciplines. Deadlines: 1/27/04 (Letter of Intent); 2/24/04 (Application). Contact: Alison E. Cole, 301-594-3349; colea@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-04-003.html.

Equipment Supplements to NIGMS MBRS SCORE Grants–Supplements to Continuous Research Excellence (SCORE) grants to acquire laboratory equipment. Contact: Derrick C. Tabor, 301-594-3900; tabord@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-05-003.h Deadlines: 1/23/04 (Letter of Intent); 2/23/04 (Application). tml.

Proteomics in Aging and Age-Related Disorders–Support for projects that advance research to identify and quantitate protein expression patterns, post-translational modification of proteins, and protein-protein interactions that may change in cells or tissues as a direct result of the aging process or age-related pathology. Projects that take advantage of various animal models of aging and of age-related human disease, and focus on cells or tissues of aging physiological systems, such as the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, immune, endocrine, and nervous systems, are encouraged. Deadlines: 1/23/04 (Letter of Intent); 2/23/04 (Application). Contact: Bradley C. Wise, 301-496-9350; wiseb@nia.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-04-006.html.

Targeted Integrative Research in Drug Abuse and HIV/AIDS in Pregnancy–Support for innovative research that targets, integrates and informs scientific knowledge on unique aspects of clinical care, prevention interventions, and drug abuse treatment for drug-using pregnant females and females of childbearing age. Deadlines: 2/17/04 (Letter of Intent); 3/17/04 (Application). Contact: J.C. Comolli, 301-402-0630; Jcomolli@nida.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-04-010.html.

Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology–Funding for research and development in computational science and technology that will support rapid progress in areas of scientific opportunity in biomedical research. Deadlines: 2/24/04, 6/24/04, 10/24/04. Contact: James Cassatt, 301-451-6446; jc12b@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-03-044.html.

Exploratory Centers (P20) for Interdisciplinary Research–Support for planning activities for groups of researchers to develop interdisciplinary research strategies to solve significant biomedical or behavioral research problems (e.g., study design, pilot research). Deadlines: 1/30/04 (Letter of Intent); 2/24/04 (Application). Contact: Greg Farber, 301-435-0778; gf48a@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-04-002.html.

Highly Dependable Computing and Communication Systems Research (HDCCSR) (NSF 03-557)–Support for projects promoting the ability to design, test, implement, evolve, and certify highly dependable software-based systems. Deadline: 2/27/04. Contact: Frank D. Anger, 703-292-8912; fanger@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf03557.

Human and Social Dynamics: Competition for FY 2004 (HSD)–Support for research-focused, education-focused, infrastructure-focused, and exploratory projects. Topical emphasis areas are Agents of Change; Dynamics of Human Behavior; and Decision Making and Risk; resource-related emphasis areas are Spatial Social Science; Modeling Human and Social Dynamics; and Instrumentation and Data Resource Development). Contact: See the complete announcement at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04537/nsf04537.htm. Deadlines: 3/3/04 (Letter of Intent); 3/30/04 (Full Proposal).

Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology: SBIR/STTR Initiative–Funding for research and development in biomedical computational science and technology to support rapid progress in areas of scientific opportunity in biomedical research. Deadlines: 2/24/04, 6/24/04. Contact: James Cassatt, 301-451-6446; jc12b@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-03-044.html.

Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with the Sciences and Engineering–Support for fundamental research in mathematics and statistics, and integration of mathematical and statistical research across the full range of science and engineering disciplines. Deadlines: Vary by competition category; see the solicitation at the website below for detailed information. Contact: See the solicitation at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04538/nsf04538.txt.

Sensors and Sensor Networks (NSF 04-522)–Support for research and education in the area of advanced sensor development in order to advance fundamental knowledge in engineering of materials, concepts, and designs for new sensors; networked sensor systems in a distributed environment; terrestrial, atmospheric, and aquatic environmental analysis; integration of sensors into engineered systems; and interpretation and use of sensor data in decision-making processes. Deadline: 2/26/04. Contact: Filbert J. Bartoli, 703-292-8339; fbartoli@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04522.

— Will Gosnold, interim director, research and program development.

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