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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 22: February 3, 2006

Centers of Excellence Commission approves $4.5 million for UND

The Centers of Excellence Commission approved $4.5 million for UND projects Jan. 31, pending approval by the State Board of Higher Education, the North Dakota Economic Development Foundation, and the North Dakota Legislature Budget Section.

The largest project, $3.5 million to help fund a 60,000 square foot Center of Excellence in Life Sciences and Advanced Technologies secured facility, received the most funding of any project. The facility would be built on an 80-acre Research Enterprise and Commercialization Park that is being planned through a UND, City of Grand Forks and Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation partnership.

Another project, to develop a center for unmanned aerial vehicle and simulation applications, was approved for $1 million. Both projects have significant private-sector support and could create 225 jobs.

The University is also seeking about $1.6 million from the Grand Forks Growth Fund to develop the new research park on city-owned land in the Industrial Park.

The commission approved $9 million to fund six projects throughout the University System that link university technology with private investment. Other projects were funded at NDSU, Valley City State University, and Williston State University. In a previous round, the commission allocated another $9 million, $2.5 million of which went to the EERC to build a hydrogen technology lab. A third round is set for April.

- Jan Orvik, editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald


Lockheed Martin to provide University with UAV

Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors will provide UND with access to an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) as part of $1 million of in-kind support for UAV studies. The UAV project received $1 million from the North Dakota Center of Excellence Commission for Economic Development, pending further approvals from state agencies. The grant will facilitate the transfer of UAV research and development at the University to promote private sector UAV-industry job growth in Grand Forks. Lockheed Martin’s in-kind support will include providing specialized training of UND students who are actively pursuing UAV studies; providing access to UAVs developed by Lockheed, including the Sky Spirit vehicle; providing technical consulting and technical information; providing documentation to assist students in specific projects, courses, or curriculum; and providing access to ground control station(s) for specific UAVs.

The UAV Center of Excellence at UND will provide the conduit for private industry to bring new UAV – and related business ventures to North Dakota.

– Odegard School


Lecture will be taped for C-SPAN’s “Book TV”

Steven Andrew Light and Kathryn Rand will present a lecture on their first book, Indian Gaming and Tribal Sovereignty: The Casino Compromise. The lecture, Friday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. in the School of Law Baker Courtroom, will be taped by C-SPAN’s “Book TV” for future broadcast. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Published in fall 2005 by the University Press of Kansas, the book provides the clearest and most complete account to date of the laws and politics of Indian gaming. From Connecticut to California, American Indian tribes have entered the gambling business, some making money and nearly all igniting controversy. The image of the “casino Indian” is everywhere. Light and Rand explain how Indian gaming has become one of today’s most politically charged phenomena: at stake are a host of competing legal rights and political interests for tribal, state, and federal governments. As Indian gaming grows, policymakers struggle with balancing its economic and social costs and benefits. Light and Rand emphasize that tribal sovereignty is key to understanding Indian gaming law and politics and guiding policy reform. Their book offers a practical approach to policy reform, with specific recommendations for tribal, federal, state, and local policymakers.

Steven Andrew Light is an associate professor of political science and public administration. He earned his B.A. in political science from Yale University in 1990 and his Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in 1999.
Kathryn Rand is Floyd B. Sperry Professor of Law and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993 and her B.A. in Anthropology from UND in 1990.

Together, Light and Rand founded and are co-directors of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy, a component of the Northern Plains Indian Law Center at the School of Law. The institute is the first and only university-affiliated research institute dedicated to the study of Indian gaming. They have delivered papers at national and international conferences and have published articles on tribal gaming and tribal sovereignty. In April 2005, Rand and Light testified on Indian gaming regulation before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. Their second book, Indian Gaming Law and Policy, was published in January 2006 by Carolina Academic Press.

– Law school


UND launches Native aging journal

The University has launched the Journal of Native Aging and Health to publish scholarly articles that address aging, health and related issues for Native Americans.

“This journal focuses on care for our elders and helping them age in as healthy a manner as possible,” said Pamela Kalbfleisch, journal editor and director of the School of Communication. “We want to make a difference in the healthy aging of Native elders.”

“Before now, there hadn’t been a scholarly journal addressing Native elder health issues,” said Alan Allery, director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging at the Center for Rural Health. “Through this journal the science of healthy aging for our Native elders can be shared with those who are treating them and providing them services to make their programs more effective.”

The inaugural issue highlights research on chronic diseases and functional limitations, nutrition-related health concerns for American Indian and Alaska Native elders and the need for dementia screening and assessment in middle-aged and elderly Native Americans. It also presents a view of dignified aging, titled “Listening to the voices of our elders.”

The Journal of Native Aging and Health is supported by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Center for Rural Health, the School of Communication and the National Resource Center on Native American Aging. For more information on the journal call 777-2673, e-mail or visit


Faculty Q&A: Rand and Light on eavesdropping and presidential powers

Editor’s note: Kathryn Rand is Floyd B. Sperry Professor of Law and associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Law and teaches a constitutional law series. Steven Light is associate professor of political science and public administration at the School of Business and Public Administration; American constitutional law is among the courses that he teaches.

Q. President George Bush headed into his State of Union address with a hefty, and in some quarters increasingly unpopular, antiterrorist agenda. Civil libertarians and other civil rights and legal experts, in particular, are worried about the President’s call for the unfettered use of the ultrasecret National Security Agency and other spymasters to eavesdrop without warrants on American citizens both here and abroad.
By what authority can the White House grant the National Security Agency to eavesdrop, without a warrant, on Americans? What control can Congress exercise over NSA?

The NSA program authorized by the Bush administration allows the agency to intercept international telephone and Internet communications by American citizens and legal residents without court approval. Although in many ways the argument that “the whole world changed” on September 11, 2001, continues to hold sway among politicians and the public (sometimes, perhaps, rightfully so), it is important not to sweep away the various contexts in which a current debate over domestic surveillance should take place.

The president’s power is at its greatest when he acts with the authorization of Congress and is at its weakest when he acts in contravention to Congress’s direction.

The president still has constitutional authority to act without Congress’s approval, but he must rely on his exclusive powers, rather than those powers that are shared with Congress. President Bush has claimed that Congress implicitly authorized the NSA domestic spying program through, at least in part, the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Although the FISA requires court warrants for wiretaps (it allows for warrantless wartime domestic electronic surveillance, but only during the first 15 days of a war), the Bush administration has suggested that the safeguards of the NSA program are not dissimilar to those of the FISA and are justified by today’s “different world,” including Congress’s authorization of the use of “all necessary and appropriate force against” al-Qaeda in the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Presidents consistently have sought to expand the sphere of executive authority, particularly during crisis or wartime.

President Lincoln decided to blockade southern ports and imposed military commissions over the civilian court system during the Civil War. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, by executive order, imposed curfews and ordered the “evacuation” and internment of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans during World War II.

The current President Bush, by several executive orders, designated people suspected of aiding and abetting terrorism as “enemy combatants,” approved the use of military tribunals, and okayed the NSA’s domestic eavesdropping program. These are just a few examples. Presidents have justified their actions on the grounds of constitutional or statutory grants of authority as well as the argument that their actions were taken “by necessity” to protect the American people.

Rand: Some constitutional scholars, on the other hand, have argued that the FISA expressly prohibits the NSA domestic spying program, requiring the president to resort to his exclusive constitutional powers to defend the program — and it is fairly clear that the president does not have exclusive power to regulate electronic surveillance within the U.S.

Q. What does this mean in legal terms as far as regular citizens are concerned?

Light: The Fourth Amendment states that warrants authorizing search or seizure may not be obtained without probable cause. In the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that this requirement embraces an individual right to privacy that includes protections against government eavesdropping through electronic surveillance. The federal National Security Act of 1947 banned domestic operations by the intelligence community.

Yet when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 1978, it did so in response to revelations of the federal government’s widespread domestic surveillance programs of perceived dissidents during the political crucible forged by the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam.

FISA also could be read as a response to the Supreme Court’s expansion of constitutional protections under Chief Justice Earl Warren and the political “law and order” movement symbolized by the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and advanced by the Nixon administration.

FISA recognized that even threats to domestic security did not allow abrogation of the Fourth Amendment’s fundamental protection against warrantless surveillance.

FISA provides that electronic surveillance must by “authorized by statute” and created a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to determine whether surveillance is merited and to award a warrant. FISA is one of three federal statutes that allow domestic electronic surveillance, two of which have to do with criminal wiretaps.

Rand: The constitutionality of the NSA program, in all likelihood, turns on whether Congress has authorized the program implicitly through the FISA and the AUMF. This issue likely will be resolved in the courts; at least two complaints have been filed by the ACLU and the Center for Constitutional Rights in federal court.

Q. Is there any precedent in U.S. law that might be used to limit the NSA’s domestic electronic spying?
Light: The constitutional rights arguably implicated here-the First Amendment’s right of free speech and the Fourth Amendment ’s right against surveillance (“search and seizure” of communications) without a lawfully obtained warrant-are bedrock.

They may be read alongside another fundamental constitutional principle: the separation of powers that was intended to prevent any one branch of the federal government from gaining too much power over the others. In a time of crisis or its aftermath, some folks tend not to think too critically about the long-term implications of increased government power — both in terms of diminished individual rights and liberties and in terms of expanded and relatively unchecked executive authority.

Some of the strongest supporters of domestic wiretapping are going to be the very same people who otherwise might argue that “that government which governs least, governs best.” This suggests that our internal ideological inconsistencies often are most apparent when we are faced with questions not just of the size and scope of government, but what its purpose should be.

In this case, some would argue the purpose of the president’s authorization of the NSA’s domestic surveillance program is valid given the imperatives of protecting society from terrorist acts; this justifies the purpose of the program and smoothes over the possible inconsistency between believing that the government should maximize individual freedoms and the government should engage in such intrusive measures.

Others would say that executive power has been enlarged at the expense of individual rights and liberties, undermining the very values the president and NSA are charged with protecting and securing.

Q. What’s your view, in terms of the Constitution, regarding the unfettered use of NSA to spy on Americans at home?

Rand: Americans’ opinions on domestic spying can show support for the NSA program, or can affect the likelihood that Congress might pass new authorizing legislation, but cannot expand the president’s powers under the Constitution. Even if a majority of Americans support the program, its constitutionality will still turn on interpretation of the FISA and AUMF, as well as the powers granted the president by the Constitution.

Light: The transparency of government action is a necessity when it comes to holding public officials and institutions accountable to the people.

The principle of popular sovereignty upon which this nation was founded rests on the fundamental premise that “we the people” should be able to chart the course for America’s future.

One way we can do that is through access to good information about what our government is doing.
Another expectation we might have is that our elected representatives in Congress will act as a check on executive authority. A third vehicle for accountability is the judicial branch - our courts should prevent the government from trampling on individual rights and liberties.

Through FISA, Congress authorized the NSA and other agencies to exercise a lot of power, and mostly in secret. But the law is on the books, it establishes an outer perimeter for domestic surveillance, and it contains a warrant requirement. Some measure of accountability at least remains a possibility if not a probability.

Should the president be able to circumvent these measures through a series of secret executive orders about which both Congress and American people are intended to be unaware, and which removes the warrant requirement?

And is it “good enough,” from a constitutional perspective, to suggest that the AUMF simply granted the president blanket authority to do so?

Rand: Domestic spying is a political issue as much as it is a legal issue. Public opinion certainly has the power to affect government action.

Recent polls reflect Americans’ tolerance for warrantless electronic surveillance to fight terrorism, as well as their concerns that aggressive antiterrorism tactics infringe civil rights and civil liberties.

A New York Times/CBS News poll found that over half of respondents supported eavesdropping without warrants “in order to reduce the threat of terrorism,” but 70 percent did not support warrantless eavesdropping on “ordinary Americans.” Nearly 2/3 of respondents were concerned about losing civil liberties as the result of the Bush administration’s antiterrorism measures.

Q. It seems that part of this issue of domestic spying and right of the White House to OK warrantless spying turns on the definition of “suspected terrorist”; does this, or should this, make a difference?
Rand: The line between “suspected terrorists” and “ordinary Americans” is not an easy one to draw.
The point of protecting the individual rights of all people, even when they are suspected of heinous crimes, is to ensure that government does not trample on the rights of “ordinary Americans” when they — perhaps unjustly — are accused of similar acts. In the U.S., we safeguard constitutional rights through specific restrictions on government, rather than trusting government not to abuse its power.

The danger always is that “ordinary Americans” may find themselves under suspicion and stripped of the civil liberties that they were willing to give up when they thought someone else was the target of the government’s suspicion.

– University relations


Paul Kucera to speak at geography forum

Paul Kucera (atmospheric sciences) will speak at the geography forum Friday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. His talk is titled, “Precipitation Research in the Northern Plains.” The forum is held in 157 Ireland Hall, and all members of the UND community are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

– Kevin Romig, geography


Seminar will focus on wild turkeys, GIS

Sharon Goetze will present a biology seminar lecture at noon Friday, Feb. 3, in 141 Starcher Hall. Her topic is “Wild Turkey Management and Geographic Information Systems.”

Goetz is the wild turkey biologist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, stationed with the Farmland Wildlife and Populations Research Group in Madelia, Minn. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Coe College and her master’s in environmental and forest biology from the State University of New York. Her research interests include the ecology of northern wild turkey populations, upland game management, and hunter attitudes.
The seminar will be hosted by Brett Goodwin; everyone is welcome.

– Biology


Robinson Lecture honors published faculty, staff

The librarians and staff of the Chester Fritz Library invite all members of the UND community to attend the 15th annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). Mark Hoffmann will present “Computational Chemistry: Towards an Understanding of Molecules That Don’t Obey Simple Rules?” The ensemble Vivo will provide music, and a reception will follow Dr. Hoffmann’s presentation.

Hoffmann attended Northwestern University and received his bachelor’s degree with a double major in astronomy and chemistry in 1980. He continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley, earning his doctorate in physical chemistry in 1984. His dissertation focused on the development of new methods for the description of molecular electronic structure. He joined the chemistry department in 1988 and was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and professor in 2000. Since 2003, he has served as department chair. Hoffmann’s research interest in the development of new theoretical methods for molecular electronic structure has been complemented by an interest in unusually bonded and peculiarly reactive molecules. Recently, the development of quantum chemistry algorithms, that take into account high performance computer architectures, has received increasing attention in his research group. He is the author of approximately 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and is the co-editor of one book. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Physical Society, and reviews manuscripts for journals as well as proposals for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Petroleum Research Foundation. He has been an invited speaker at many national and international research conferences, and was the co-organizer of a weeklong symposium at an ACS national meeting in 2001.

The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Elwyn B. Robinson’s book, A History of North Dakota. Professor Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the history faculty. The lecture, together with the library’s compilation of a bibliography of faculty and staff publications and creative activity, is designed to recognize the scholarly accomplishments of the UND community.

— Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries


Global Visions film series continues

The anthropology Global Visions Film Series will bring an exciting array of films to the community of Grand Forks. All films are free and open to the public and are held Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union.

Global Visions Film Series is currently the only venue in Grand Forks to show independent films from a wide variety of contemporary film makers from around the world. Last fall, the series presented films from Japan, England, Iran, India, and Pakistan. This spring, the series continues with films from a variety of global settings. The goal of the series is to offer the community a place to see international films that address the diversity of creative ideas people have in exploring the human condition. We want to give the community and students the opportunity to think and question how people solve real-life events from relationships to war, to hunger, to violence and love. These films talk about being human.

The second film of the series, Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7. It is the true story of a Bohemian St. Francis and his remarkable relationship with a flock of wild green-and-red parrots. Mark Bittner, a homeless street musician in San Francisco, falls in with the flock as he searches for meaning in his life, unaware that the wild parrots will bring him everything he needs. The film celebrates urban wildness, Bohemian and avian, and links the parrots’ antics to human behavior. A surprise ending ties the themes together and completes Mark’s search for meaning.

While the first two films in the series are produced and directed by American film makers, the third film, The Return, is by Russian filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev. The Return won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival in 2003, and explores the relationship between a father and his two estranged sons in a power psychological drama, richly filmed as a stark, mysterious Russian tale.

Additional films to be shown (dates to be scheduled) include Brava Gente Brasileira, A Wedding for Bella, Primo, and the Agronomist.

— Anthropology


Please encourage students to attend study abroad fair

The spring study abroad fair is set for Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

The study abroad fair showcases the study abroad programs available for our students and includes UND programs and those provided through affiliated providers. Students can explore their study abroad options and talk with program representatives, past students, and the education abroad staff.

Please encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity. Your support and encouragement is extremely important.

In addition, any faculty members who are directing programs abroad are encouraged to advertise programs by reserving a table at the fair. Please RSVP to, 777-3301 or, 777-4756, to reserve a space and to address any questions. Experienced student representatives from your programs are welcome and tables can be left unattended.

– Mindy McCannell-Unger, education abroad advisor


Seminar will focus on media and the mind

The social work department, in cooperation with others, will host David Walsh to present “The Impact of Media on the Developing Mind,” at a day-long seminar Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Walsh is president and founder of the National Institute on Media and the Family based in Minneapolis, Minn. Psychologist, educator, and author he has emerged as one of the world’s leading authorities on parenting, family life and the impact of media on children and teens. He has written eight books, including the national best seller, Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen.

The cost is $25 and includes lunch. To register call the Parent Information Center at (701) 787-4216. There is also an evening event, the night before, for parents at Central High School, at 6:30 p.m. The evening event is free of charge.

This event is for parents, educators and community professionals. Continuing education units and certificates will be provided. Other sponsors include the Parent Information Center, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area.

For more information, call Thomasine Heitkamp at 777-4950.

– Social work


Annual key meeting is Feb. 8

The campus-wide key meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union at 9 a.m. The key inventory packets will be ready for pick-up prior to the meeting at 8:30 a.m. All persons responsible for issuing keys should attend.

— Larry Zitzow (facilities), chair, key policy administration committee


Theology series focuses on end-of-life

Please join the Campus Ministry Association for free lunch and conversation as they host the spring semester Theology for Lunch series, “Preparing the Next Generation for End-of-Life Issues,” Wednesdays, Feb. 1-22, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Newman Center. The following individuals will share their reflections based on their vocation: Feb. 8, Paul LeBel, law school dean; Feb. 15, Lynn Lindholm, philosophy and religion; Feb. 22, Campus Ministry Association panel.

Bring a friend and enjoy the Theology for Lunch experience.

– Lisa Burger (student academic services), on behalf of Campus Ministry Association


Women grads to speak at 19th annual Hultberg Lectureship Feb. 9

“Balancing Demands” is the theme of the 19th annual Hultberg Lectureship Series presented by the College of Business and Public Administration. The lecture will be held Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl on the second floor of the Memorial Union.

This year’s lecture features four women graduates from the UND College of Business and Public Administration.

  • Kari Benson Owens, managing director, Spherion, Miami, Fla.
  • Mary Nicholson Ketterling, general manager and chief financial officer, Spirit Lake Casino & Resort, St. Michael, N.D.
  • Deb Eblen, Great Plains software consultant, Eide Bailly Technology Consultants, Fargo, N.D.
  • Melissa Martin, controller at Cargill Marine and Terminal, and lead financial manager at Export Grain, Minneapolis, Minn.

Each year prominent female alumni from UND bring their leadership and experiences to the University community through this event.

Kari (Benson) Owens graduated in 1990 with a dual major in management and records management. She started her career with Metro Traffic School in Miami, Fla. In 1995 she joined Spherion and now holds the position of managing director where she oversees 11 recruiters. Owens has been a Performance Winner seven times and Circle of Excellence winner twice for being among the top 10 percent producers for Spherion.

Mary (Nicholson) Ketterling received her bachelor’s in accountancy in 1992 and master’s in administration in 1995. In high school, Ketterling worked to open new store locations for a Midwest restaurant chain and turned that job into a career in hospitality. She currently is general manager for Spirit Lake Casino & Resort in St. Michael, N.D. and chief financial officer. She directs the operations of the entire gaming and resort property, and oversees a staff of 425.

Deb (Koenig) Eblen graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s in accountancy. After starting her career with Arthur Anderson in Minneapolis and Eide Bailly in Fargo, N.D., Eblen returned to UND to get her bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2001. She started her position with Eide Bailly Technology Consulting as a Great Plains consultant in December 2005, and supports accounting systems for a wide variety of clients in six states.

Melissa (Stevenson) Martin has worked with Cargill, Inc. since graduating in 1993. She has worked in Des Moines and Minneapolis, and frequently returns to UND campus to recruit students for Cargill. She currently works in the areas of grain exporting, oilseed processing and water transportation.

Hans and Susanna Hultberg immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s, and all four of their children attended UND. The lectureship was established by their daughter, Clara E. Anderson, who graduated from the College of Business and Public Administration in 1928.

— College of Business and Public Administration


IVN to sponsor seminar on effective video conference meetings

IVN will sponsor a free seminar Thursday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on how videoconferencing can make a positive impact on meetings, which in turn makes them run more effectively. This seminar will provide tips on how videoconferencing can save you time, energy, and money by making meetings more productive.

This seminar is recommended for University System personnel, higher education administrative offices and departments, state agencies, and other groups who conduct meetings regularly over IVN.

Presenters will provide practical tips using videoconferencing for meetings, how to transition face-to-face meetings to videoconference meetings, considerations for operational issues, meeting basics, and technology and an online resource for running effective meetings.

To register, e-mail with the names of people attending. This event will be held in 120 Gamble Hall. Registration deadline is Monday Feb. 6.

— Cheryl Thompson, IVN instructional services specialist, 231-7876


Women’s Center hosts program Feb. 9

Celebrate Black History Month Thursday, Feb. 9, with the Women’s Center “Meet, Eat and Learn” at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., noon to 1 p.m. Yolanda Mathews, an undergraduate student from Los Angeles, will share her story of growing up in the Projects of LA, her service in the Army, being a mother, and returning to college as an older than average student. Lunch is provided.

— Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center


Celebrate Saudi Arabia Thursday night

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., hosts cultural nights at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Join us Feb. 9 to celebrate the culture of Saudi Arabia. Everyone is welcome.

– International programs, 777-6438


Group will discuss medical missions Feb. 9

The UND Christian Medical and Dental Association will host “A Taste of Medical Missions,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Join us for an evening of inspirational stories and international cuisines. Medical professionals from throughout the state will share their unique experiences while practicing in foreign medical missions, including riding bareback on camels through the Middle East deserts, surviving the South African Apartheid, watching poverty-stricken communities fight through epidemics, and more. This event will shed light on the desperate need for medical help overseas. Come and sample a variety of ethnic dishes from our international buffet. This free event is open to the public, and student groups are encouraged to attend. For reservations, please e-mail

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Holly Scherber, second year medical student


Toby Keith will play the Ralph

Toby Keith’s Big Throwdown Tour II with special guest Joe Nichols and Scott Emerick will be at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at the REA box office, all Ticketmaster locations, at (701) 772-5151, or online at

– Sommer Lockhart, marketing director, Ralph Engelstad Arena


Twin Cities gospel choir performs Feb. 11

The Chester Fritz Auditorium presents the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, featuring Robert Robinson, the soloist who performs with Lorie Line and is referred to as the “Pavarotti of Gospel.” They will be at the Chester Fritz Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz box office or through Ticketmaster, (701) 772-5151 or

– Betty Allan, Chester Fritz Auditorium


Faculty trio to present concert

A faculty chamber music ensemble will present a concert at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m.

The ensemble, comprised of Jeff Anvinson, classical guitar; Sharon Boschee, flute; and James Popejoy, vibraphone, will present a program featuring various duo combinations as well as music for the full trio. Musical styles ranging from classical to contemporary to jazz will be included in the program by such composers as Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joseph Haydn, Murray Houllif, Ernst Mahle, and Joaquin Rodrigo. The ensemble will also present performances of two new works written especially for the ensemble by Jeff Anvinson. The faculty trio have been selected to present a concert at the 2006 North Dakota Music Educators Association Conference in March. This concert is a preview of that performance.

Jeff Anvinson is a music lecturer who teaches music theory, aural skills, applied guitar, classroom guitar, guitar pedagogy, and directs the guitar ensemble. He holds a master’s degree in music from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in music education from UND. He performs regularly throughout the region with the guitar and vibraphone duo Pluckstruck, and as a frequent accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists.

Sharon Boschee, flute instructor, also maintains a private flute studio and teaches band in the Grand Forks Public Schools. She is a member of the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and plays with the Boschee/Anvinson flute and guitar duo. Boschee has studied with Immanuel Davis, Debora Harris, Roger Martin and Michael Polovitz, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from UND. She is an active adjudicator, and is on the faculty at the International Music Camp during the summer.

James Popejoy, director of bands and associate professor of music, conducts the Wind Ensemble and University Band, and teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, instrumental literature, instrumental rehearsal techniques, and jazz pedagogy. He serves as director of graduate studies in music and advises the UND CMENC chapter. He holds a bachelor’s in music education from Central Missouri State University, master’s degree in conducting from the University of Iowa, and a doctorate in conducting from the University of North Texas. He is a member of the executive boards for NDMEA and NDNBA, and performs regularly throughout the region with the guitar and vibraphone duo Pluckstruck.

– Music


Flu pandemic is focus of next dean’s hour

A possible avian flu pandemic will be the focus of the next Dean’s Hour lecture at noon Monday, Feb. 13, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Grand Forks Public Health Director Don Shields and James Hargreaves, an infectious disease specialist at Altru Health System, will present the talk, “If it Comes, Will We be Prepared?” The talk is free and open to the public and will be held in the Reed Keller Auditorium at the medical school’s Wold Center, 501 North Columbia Road.  Lunch will be provided for all attendees.

Shields, a board certified healthcare executive, heads the Grand Forks Public Health Department which provides a full range of public health services including disaster support and recovery services, disease control, environmental health, family health, health promotion and wellness programs for the residents of the city and county of Grand Forks. He also serves as a clinical instructor of community medicine for the UND medical school.

Hargreaves leads the infectious disease department at Altru Health System and specializes in the prevention, control and research of infectious disease. He also serves as associate professor of internal medicine, clinical associate professor of community medicine and executive program director for BORDERS Alert and Ready at the medical school.

This presentation will be broadcast at the following video conference sites:  Southeast Campus room 225, Southwest Campus conference room A and Northwest Campus office.  It can also be viewed at and through Internet video conferencing on desktop computers through the medical school’s CRISTAL Recorder (call 701-777-2329 for details).

The Dean’s Hour lecture series is a forum for the discussion of health care, medicine, research, education and related issues of the day. 


TRIO Programs celebrate National TRIO Day Feb. 14

“40 Years of TRIO” is the theme for the celebration of National TRIO Day at UND Tuesday, Feb. 14. The event will feature an awards luncheon to honor TRIO students and alumni, as well as University and community members supportive of TRIO’s mission to provide equal educational access to disadvantaged populations. The luncheon will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Other TRIO Day activities will include fish philosophy motivational training for TRIO students. The Division of Student and Outreach Services will sponsor fish philosophy sessions for staff on Tuesday, Feb. 14, and Wednesday, Feb. 15.
TRIO Day honors students who have succeeded in college with the support of TRIO Programs. Since 1965, more than 10 million Americans have benefited from TRIO pre-college and college programs.



Program discusses disability, higher ed

Affirmative action and disability support services are co-sponsoring an audio conference, “Disability Cases with Big Impact for Higher Education,” Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 303 Twamley Hall. To register, contact University Within the University (U2), 777-2128, This program is recommended for university counsels, student affairs administrators and academic affairs administrators involved in the disability accommodation process. There is no cost to attend.

– Affirmation action


Nordlie Lectureship is Feb. 16

The biochemistry and molecular biology department will host the second lecturer in the Robert C. Nordlie Lectureship at noon Thursday, Feb. 16, in United Hospital Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Our lecturer will be Robert Harris, distinguished professor, Showalter Professor of Biochemistry, and former chair of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University Medical School. He is internationally recognized for his studies of metabolic regulatory mechanisms and their relationship to the complications of diabetes and obesity. For more information, see He will present “Role of the Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex in Regulation of Blood Glucose.”

The lectureship was established in 2000 upon Dr. Nordlie’s retirement with an endowment with contributions from past students and colleagues. Nordlie joined the faculty at UND in 1962 as the medical school’s first James J. Hill Research Professor. His 38-year career included serving as chair of biochemistry and molecular biology for 17 years. He is recognized as an outstanding educator and scholar, and is internationally recognized for his work on metabolic enzymes and the maintenance of blood glucose levels. The lectureship serves as an ongoing recognition of Dr. Nordlie’s success and contributions to UND.

Please mark your calendars and join us in our continued recognition of Dr. Nordlie as well as welcoming Dr. Harris for this event.

For more information please feel free to contact me.

– James Foster, biochemistry and molecular biology (


Doctoral examination set for Laura Driscoll

The final examination for Laura Driscoll, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is “University of North Dakota and Its Nine Peer Institutions: Governance Structure and Operational Comparisons.” Donald Piper (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


“Supervolcanoes!” to ignite faculty lecture series

Take a trip not only across the country, but around the earth and throughout the solar system, when Shanaka de Silva, space studies chair, erupts on to the podium with “Supervolanoes!”, the next segment of the faculty lecture series, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art, with a 4 p.m. reception beforehand.

“Supervolcanoes are the most intense natural events on the earth,” said de Silva. “Eruptions of these supervolcanoes are similar to the impact of a 1.5 kilometer diameter asteroid on the earth’s surface. Such an eruption would likely result in global changes to the environment.”

An example of a supervolcano is only a few states away. Most of Yellowstone Park is on one of the largest super-volcanoes in the world...and it’s active. If it ever erupts, North Dakota is in the danger zone for falling ash.

People should take away “a new appreciation of the scale, potential impact and what we understand about these phenomena,” said de Silva. He will talk about the dynamics of how supervolcanoes work and describe their potential effect on climate. To do this he will examine supervolcanoes in the geologic record — the past record of events kept in the very fabric of the Earth.

He won’t just talk about Earth’s supervolcanoes. Part of the journey will take you to places beyond the very ground you walk on. “Supervolcanoes are not limited to the Earth,” de Silva explained, “Most volcanism is on Jupiter’s moon Io and even early Mars volcanism would be of the supervolcano type.” Prometheus, a supervolcano on Io, has been active on every observance of the Jovian moon, which has been going on for the past 20 years.

Originally schooled in England’s Southampton and Open Universities, de Silva spent three years at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston before moving into academia. He has been teaching in the U.S. for 15 years. Before coming to UND, de Silva taught Geology and Astronomy at Indiana State University.

Beyond his work as chair of space studies, de Silva has time for NASA’s North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, “A lot of my efforts are put into Science Technology Engineering and Math education and training efforts in North Dakota.”


Founders Day banquet tickets available

Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now on sale. This year’s event will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The pre-banquet social with musical entertainment will begin at 5:45 p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The annual Founders Day banquet commemorates the founding of UND in 1883, and recognizes 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, service, and advising will be presented to faculty members and departments. The theme of the banquet this year will be “Building Toward UND’s 125th Anniversary.”
Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the campus mail. UND employees recently received a flyer describing the Founders Day celebration and the ticket purchase procedure. This information is also available under the Founders Day link at . Please use the order form from that flyer to purchase your tickets. Departments may reserve tables by using the order form or by calling the number listed on the flyer. Tickets are $15 each; a limited number of seats are available.

Please call Terri Machart in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 if you have questions.

— Fred Wittmann, ceremonies and special events


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops through Feb. 15. Visit our web site for additional workshops.

  • Power Point XP, Intermediate: Feb. 7, 9, and 10, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite: Power Point Beginning. Create custom design templates, create presentation special effects, interface PowerPoint with Excel and Word, publish to the web, review and broadcast presentations. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
  • Defensive Driving: Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. 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. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.
  • The Basics of IRB Review: Feb. 9, 1 to 4 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. All researchers planning to conduct human subject research are required to complete training. The workshop covers research ethics, federal regulations, and UND policies regarding human subject research. It will also review the institutional review board (IRB) forms and procedures. The workshop will include two case studies, a quiz, with time for questions. Presenter: Renee Carlson.
  • Coffee, Cookies and Catered Events, Oh My! (UND Catering: Not Just Doughnuts!): Feb. 10, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn to plan an event from start to finish, discover what’s new in catered events, learn how to successfully complete the forms to request catering services, learn menu planning from the catering experts, and how to take your catered event to the next level. Presenters: Diane Brenno and Cheryl Weber.
  • Financial Records Organization: Feb. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union. Learn what to keep, for how long, and where. Prepared forms and lots of helpful instruction will make this task easier than it sounds. This step-by-step guide to organizing your financial records will give you peace of mind and security. Presenter: Marybeth Vigeland, certified consumer credit counselor, The Village Family Service Center.
  • Disability Cases with Big Impact for Higher Education: Feb. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 303 Twamley Hall (limited seating). To support students most effectively, plus keep your institution in legal compliance, you must stay up to date on disability cases and legal trends. Hosted by Jo Anne Simon, an expert on disability law and well known speaker on higher education disability issues, LRP’s new 90-minute audio conference is a must for DS providers, as well as university counsels, student affairs administrators and academic affairs administrators involved in the accommodations process. You and your staff will learn from recent legal cases and trends regarding students in clinical settings and internship settings, the effect of high stakes testing on institutions’ policies, the misapplication of conduct/honor code policies on accommodation provision, when students with disabilities must be given a second chance, how to deal with the ever-evolving dance of whether a person with diabetes, depression or epilepsy has a disability under the ADA, and more. Plus, you’ll get guidance on some of the biggest issues you’re facing, including 11th Amendment immunity and evidentiary matters related to disability determinations, and the role of state and local laws on higher education and standardized testing accommodations. You not only receive guidance on how recent court rulings impact your duties but also the practical implications of the rulings - so you can lessen the chance that your institution will end up in the courtroom. And you learn why it’s important to not jump to conclusions based on any one court case. Time is allotted for Q&A, so you can ask any specific questions you have.

Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, 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.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program


Career fair set for Feb. 28

Career Services will host the annual spring career fair Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hyslop Multipurpose Gym.

– Beth Blessum, event coordinator, career services


Scholarly Forum is Feb. 28-March 2

The graduate school will hold the campus-wide scholarly forum Feb. 28 to March 2. Richard Flagen, professor of chemical engineering and environmental engineering at California Institute of Technology, will give the keynote address Wednesday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. He will be hosted by the chemical engineering department.

Presentations, exhibits and/or performances from the campus community are encouraged. For submission forms and guidelines go to and look under “Upcoming Events.”

Please contact the graduate school at 777-2786 if you have any questions regarding the forum.

– Graduate school


IRB meeting rescheduled for March 3

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) meeting scheduled for Friday, Feb. 3, has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the research development and compliance before Tuesday, Feb. 21. 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 RD&C Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the RD&C approximately one week after the meeting.

– Kara Wettersten (counseling), chair, institutional review board


Gateway computer offers tech support line

Gateway Corp. is one of the University’s primary computer suppliers, and has placed the University at level II support. If you have to call computer tech support at Gateway, use the following number instead of the number on the side of your computer. Our support number is 1-888-888-2040 and our pin number is 60377. This number should be used for all Gateway computers that are under warranty. If you need further assistance, please contact the ITSS help center at 777-2222 or e-mail

— Terry Cultice, desktop support/computer lab manager, information technology systems and services


Candidates sought for state employee compensation commission

The director of human resource management services in Bismarck has called for the election of one state employee to the state employee compensation commission (SECC). The SECC makes recommendations to the governor on appropriate levels of state employee compensation and fringe benefits. One nonclassified (nonbanded) position is vacant, and human resource management services is seeking candidates at this time.

Any eligible employee who wishes to become a candidate for the open position should contact HRMS for a petition form and return it by March 1, with at least 100 signatures of state employees eligible to vote. The election will be held in April. Petition forms may be obtained by calling (701) 328-3293, e-mailing or writing Human Resource Management Services at 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Dept 113, State Capitol-14th Floor, Bismarck, ND 58505-0120. Please call UND human resources if you have questions, 777-4361.

— Diane Nelson, director, human resources


New web site will list summer activities

The Summer Programs and Events Council is collecting information from all existing UND providers of non-credit summer programs or events held on campus. The information will be placed on a new web site to be launched April 3, and will serve as a vehicle to market, communicate, and promote credit and non-credit summer programs to the Grand Forks community and beyond.

Faculty and staff coordinating a non-credit program or event at UND between May 1 and Aug. 31, 2006, are asked to submit their information online at by Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Note: Faculty and staff responsible for credit activities need not fill out this form; all credit activity information is recorded and compiled by the registrar’s office.

Why submit information?

  • You will have an opportunity for free publicity as summer programs will be strategically marketing this web site throughout the spring and into the summer.
  • Your event has the potential to reach a much larger audience.
  • Your participants will be able to use the summer programs web site to easily verify and clarify any questions they may have or, if available, print out a brochure on the event.

What is a non-credit activity?

For purposes of this web site, non-credit activities are programs or events that are not offered for academic credit from UND. Examples include, but are not limited to, workshops, musical and theatrical performances, and camps for kids.

Summer programs or events attaching general Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) are still considered a non-credit activity.

Committee meetings and appoints will not be listed on the web site.

If you have questions, please visit or contact me at 777-0441.

– Julie Bean, summer events program specialist


Mini-grants available for summer courses, programs

Are you planning an event at UND this summer but lack funding? Do you plan to develop a new summer course but need financial resources? Consider applying for a mini-grant through the newly formed Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC). SPEC’s Start-up Mini-Grant Program will fund deserving proposals for:

  1. The expansion of existing 2006 credit or non-credit summer programs/courses
  2. Or the development of new 2006 credit or non-credit summer programs/courses.

Through the mini-grant program, the council wants to create positive learning experiences for the citizens of the Red River Valley Region and beyond by extending the resources of the university. The mini-grant funds will help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for programs and courses held at UND during the summer months.

Examples include camps for kids, academic classes that can be completed in the summer months, or any special event designed for the community. Quality, creativity and “out of the box” ideas are encouraged when developing new programs.

All interested UND faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals. The UND Start-Up Mini-Grant Program Application can be found at: Application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6. Recipients will be announced Tuesday, Feb. 21.

For more information on the mini-grant program, contact Diane Hadden, director of summer sessions (credit activities), 777-6284, or Kerry Kerber, associate dean, continuing education (non-credit activities), 777-4264,


University Letter will become twice-weekly online publication

On May 15, the weekly University Letter and the daily (or more) mass e-mails will be combined into a twice-weekly e-mail and online news service sent to every e-mail holder on campus. This will actually increase the number of people who receive University Letter, make access to news more convenient and timely, and reduce duplication. It will also eliminate confusion between University Letter and the daily mass mails, as well as reduce e-mail clutter.

You will receive an e-mail detailing University Letter contents, with each story linked to the online edition of University Letter. Just click on the title of an article that interests you to be taken to that story. You’ll also have the option to print just one story or the entire issue.

Information providers will submit their information via an online form. This will increase consistency and allow information to appear online in a searchable format. We will keep you updated as plans progress.

- Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter


W-2 forms have been mailed

W-2 forms were mailed to employee local/home addresses on Jan. 27. Please allow the U.S. Post Office at least a week to deliver your W-2.

The forms were mailed to local/home addresses to eliminate the need to hand-sort past employees from current employees. A hand-sort would have further delayed the receipt of your W-2. Hopefully, we will be able to make some changes to the program, which will enable us to use campus mail for distribution next year.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding that you have all shown during this time. Thank you!

— Payroll


Volunteers sought to take part in breast health study

We are recruiting women who are interested in participating in a study to develop methods to detect breast cancer early.

The purpose of the study is to identify normal and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid obtained from nipple aspiration that may be useful in the future to detect early breast cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years or older, who have no known breast disease. The study is also recruiting women, 35 years or older who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer, or had mammography that is suggestive of breast cancer.

Women must be able to read and understand English, not have been pregnant for at least two years, not planning a pregnancy, and who have not breastfed for two years. To participate, either with or without a breast cancer diagnosis, women must be otherwise healthy. The study requires one to two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.

Further information can be obtained by calling the nurse investigators at the College of Nursing: Sun-Mi Chae at 777-4557 or Chandice Covington at 777-4553.


Volunteers sought for selenium study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, age 18 and over, for a year-long study that will determine the effects of lower doses of selenium in raising blood plasma selenium concentrations.
Selenium is a mineral, similar to sulfur, found in almost all foods, but in higher concentrations in fish, meat, and wheat products.

Results of studies with animal tumor models and human clinical trials suggest that selenium can prevent tumors if consumed at levels greater than nutritional requirements. Current trials in the U.S. and Europe are evaluating the anti-carcinogenic potential of long-term supplementation of 200 micrograms of selenium per day.

If it is possible to increase plasma selenium concentrations with less than 200 mcg. of selenium per day, then it is possible that supplementation can be accomplished through diet rather than a pill.

Participants will live at home and continue to enjoy their favorite foods and drinks (with minor restrictions) and they could earn up to $300.

During the course of the study, participants will take a daily pill containing 0, 50, 100, or 200 micrograms of selenium. Every month, they will stop by the nutrition center to get weighed and to pick up supplements. Every three months, they will have blood drawn, provide a urine sample, be weighed and return a questionnaire.

The study is open to smokers and non-smokers. Women must not be pregnant or lactating. Individuals must not have chronic liver or kidney disease and have not taken nutritional supplements containing more than 100 micrograms of selenium within the last six months. They also are not allowed to give plasma donations during the study. Prescription medication during the study will be decided on an individual basis.

If you would like an application for this study, please call Dorothy Olson at 795-8396 or (800) 562-4032; or apply online by going to

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory study

In collaboration with James Penland of the Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and Patricia Moulton of the UND Center for Rural Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age 21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to participate in a study of the effects of nutritional status on age differences in memory performance. The study takes about three hours to complete. The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition Research Center in Grand Forks. You will be paid $25 for your participation.

Your scores will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your name; you will be given a subject number and your name will not be used. Participation will be limited to those without any previous history of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. If you are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me at 777-3260. Please note the correct number.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology


Adult volunteers sought for pesticide study

Adult volunteers are sought for a study on “Occupation Type, Pesticide Exposure, and Neuropsychological Function: The Case for Agricultural Workers,” by Ric Ferraro, psychology.

Purpose: To examine if some occupations (farmers vs. non-farmers) are more risky than others and how pesticide exposure possibly contributes to this increased risk. Farm-related occupations are commonly exposed to various pesticides, yet little is known how this exposure impacts neuropsychological (i.e., thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, memory) performance. This performance may be worse in those who are at a higher risk for pesticide exposure. Also, the aging process may increase as a result of this exposure risk. Thus, participants across a wide age range (35 to 74 years of age) will be tested.

Participants: Farmers will be defined as those with a documented history of an occupation that involves chronic pesticide exposure (e.g., farmer, farm worker, agricultural/livestock/grain farmer, aerial pesticide applicator). Members of this group will also have performed farm or farm-related work for one week in the previous month.

Chronic pesticide exposure will be defined as three consecutive workdays and exposure cannot be the result of accidents, safety violations, or weather. Non-farmers will be defined as those who have never performed farm work and have an occupation that is not related to farming (e.g., nurse, secretary, school teacher). A total of 25 to 30 farmers and 25 to 30 non-farmers are needed for this initial study and all must be between the ages of 35 to 74, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and must also be able to transport themselves to the psychology building, Corwin-Larimore Hall. Each participant will receive $50 for their time and effort and the entire experiment will last approximately one hour. Each participate will receive a random subject number and all analyses will be at a group level rather than at the individual level as a way to increase confidentiality.

Testing: Participants will read and sign a consent form, followed by a series of paper and pencil tests of neuropsychological functioning (background questionnaire, mood scale, anxiety scale, vocabulary test, mini-mental status examination, digit symbol, Boston naming test, and immediate/delayed logical memory). Participants will also fill out a pesticide exposure questionnaire and will be required to supply a urine sample. With the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Ga., the urine sample will be analyzed for metabolites of herbicides (including 2, 4 D), organophosphorus pesticides (including chlorpyrifos), and the pyrethroid insecticides, and will also pick up the most commonly used agricultural pesticides.

Importance: The paper and pencil data will be correlated with the pesticide exposure and urine data to see if, as mentioned earlier, occupations that result in pesticide exposure are related to worse neuropsychological test performance and if this exposure results in what could be termed premature aging. The farm and non-farm groups will be compared using statistical analysis.

To volunteer, contact me.

– Ric Ferraro, psychology, (701) 777-2414;


Children’s Center offers full-time child care

The University Children’s Center has part-time openings for toddlers (2-3 year olds) with additional full and part-time openings available for 3-5 year olds.

The center, located on campus at 525 Stanford Road, offers child care for children ages 2-5. Children are cared for in small groups by teachers with degrees in early childhood education or a related field. A day at the University Children’s Center includes a USDA approved breakfast, lunch, snack, a choice of rest or nap time, planned large and small group activities, and opportunities to play outdoors. Parents are always welcome to join their children for part of the day.

Student Rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $20


Faculty, staff and Greater Grand Forks community rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $21

Academic year registration fee, $30
Summer registration fee, $20

The University Apartment resident (UAR) discount of $2 per day or half day still applies. For additional care (hourly rate), $4

For more information, please call 777-3947. You may also visit the UCC web site at

— Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University Children’s Center


Club offers belly dancing lessons

Do you want to try something new? Get a great workout while gaining confidence with how your body looks? The UND Belly Dancing Club offers free lessons every Monday night at 9:30 p.m. in the Wellness Center, third floor aerobics room, Hyslop Sports Center.

You may contact club advisor Shelle Michaels at or instructor Samantha McLean at for more information.


Staff Senate lists activities

The Staff Senate collected calling cards for the University of Southern Mississippi/Gulf Coast Campus, which was affected by the hurricanes this fall. They donated 9,651 calling minutes for the staff council at the University of Southern Mississippi/Gulf Coast.

Staff Senate selected the Grand Forks County Foster Care Program to receive gifts during the holiday season. Staff Senators were able to provide gifts for 100 local area foster kids with the assistance of other campus organizations. The gifts were given anonymously and delivered to the County Building downtown for distribution.

The Staff Senate scholarship fundraiser, 31 Days of Glory, resulted in $5,300 for scholarships at UND. They provided
15 UND student scholarships for the 2004-05 academic year, which are now available through the student financial aid office.

Money was raised via cookbook sales, the fifth annual “31 Days of Glory Raffle,” payroll deductions, and donations.

– Staff Senator


NDPEA raffle to aid hurricane survivors

Chapter 41 of the North Dakota Public Employees Association, which represents faculty and staff, will hold a raffle for a team-signed UND men’s hockey jersey and a team-signed UND men’s basketball jersey to benefit the American Federation of Teachers Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. Tickets are $1 or six for $5 and will be on sale at the Memorial Union Feb. 16, between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and at the Fighting Sioux hockey games against Minnesota-Duluth on Feb. 17 and 18. AFT has a long history of helping its members financially in times of crisis, including after the Grand Forks flood of 1997. The fund’s goal is to raise $3 million to assist 15,000 AFT members affected by hurricanes in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas in 2005. NDPEA thanks the athletic department for its cooperation in this project. For more information, contact NDPEA’s Grand Forks office at 775-2061.

— Carol Hjelmstad, Information technology systems and services

University Relations
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