University Letter

Volume 39, Number 23: February 8, 2002


Steering Committee Named For NCA Accreditation Self-Study, Visit

UND Posts Record Spring Semester Enrollment Of 11,224

Conference Examines Ag Technology For Rural Development



Chemist Presents “Isocyanides As Chameleon Ligands”

INMED Pow Wow Set For Saturday

Speaker Discusses Oxidative Stress On Kidney Monday

Welsh Harpist Visits Museum

Biologist Presents Colloquium On Cocaine And Alcohol

Graduate Committee Meets Monday

Memorial Union Director Candidates Visit Campus

Take Part In Leadership Workshop Series

Conflict, Change And Civility Are Topics At Theology For Lunch Program

Discover A Healthier U At Wellness Expo Feb. 13

Study Abroad Sessions Set For Wednesdays

Everyone Invited To February English Lecture Series

Psychology Faculty Candidate Discusses “Transactive Memory And Gender”

Chiara Quartet Celebrates American Music

Community Invited To Folk Dance Feb. 17

Get Tickets Now For Feast Of Nations

TRIO Day Includes Reunion, Sacajawea Portrayal

English Invites All To “Decriminalizing Plagiarism” Round Table

“Disaster As A Political Variable” Is Feb. 26 Faculty Lecture Series Talk

Tickets For Founders Day Now On Sale

IRB Meets March 1; Agenda Items Due Soon

Golf Seminar Scheduled For March 8, 9

Dakota Conference On Rural And Public Health Set For March 20-22 In Fargo

Summer Registration Program Runs June 3 To July 12



Do Not Use UND Long Distance For Personal Calls

Nutrition Clinic Opens

Annual Steam Shut Down For Maintenance Is May 15 And 16

Presidents Day Holiday Hours Listed For Chester Fritz Library, Health Sciences Library, Memorial Union

UND Receives Communication Awards

U2 Lists Workshops

Credit Union Plans New Building



Online Program Helps Students In Large Lecture Courses



Death Of Russell Peterson Announced

Remembering Corliss Greer



Scholarly Activities Committee Awards Travel Funds

Department Of Energy Announces Laboratory Partnerships Program

EPSCoR Invites “Mini-Proposals”

Guidelines Detailed For Faculty Research Seed Money Awards

Applications Invited For Dissertation Assistantships Competition

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


Steering Committee Named For NCA Accreditation Self-Study, Visit

The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting body for UND, will conduct a site visit in October 2003. The University will seek continuing accreditation for a 10-year period.

In preparation for the self-study report and the site visit, a steering committee has been appointed. Committee members are: Dean Dan Rice, Education and Human Development; Dean Joseph Benoit, Graduate School; Alice Brekke, director, budget office; John Bridewell, aviation; Dean Jeremy Davis, law; Dean Dennis Elbert, Business and Public Administration; Lillian Elsinga, dean of students; Al Fivizzani, biology; Greg Gagnon, Indian studies; Sara Hanhan, associate provost; Alice Hoffert, associate vice president for enrollment management; Mary Kweit, political science and public administration; Melinda Leach, anthropology; Randy Lee, law; Ken Ruit, anatomy and cell biology; Richard Schultz, electrical engineering; Margaret Shaeffer, teacher education; Matt Brown, student body president; and Donna Brown, graduate student.

To assist with preparations, five subcommittees will gather information about the university and prepare sections of the self-study report. Many units on campus will be asked to provide information for the self-study report. When asked for such information, please respond in a full and timely way to facilitate the work of these groups. The self-study report must be completed several months in advance of the actual site visit. If you have questions about NCA and these processes please contact one of the following: President Kupchella, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Ettling, or Dan Rice, chair of the steering committee. You may also visit the NCA web site at – Charles Kupchella, President.

UND Posts Record Spring Semester Enrollment Of 11,224

The University has posted the largest spring semester enrollment in its history with 11,224 students.

The record number is up 786 (7.5 percent) from the 2001 final spring count of 10,438. This year’s final tally includes 170 students taking courses by correspondence only. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education now requires that correspondence students be included in the official enrollment counts. UND’s official enrollment for this academic year is 11,764. All of North Dakota’s state universities and colleges take their official enrollment snapshot at the end of the third week of the fall semester.

“We are very pleased with this record enrollment,” said President Kupchella. “It is the result of a lot of effort by our faculty and staff who are working hard to help meet the University’s goals in our strategic plan.” Kupchella said enrollments were up in just about every category, but cited increases in the number of transfer students (444, up 181 from last year) and graduate students (1,630, up 140) in particular.

UND’s total undergraduate enrollment is up 651 from last year (9,178 compared to 8,527). Virtually every college within the University grew, led by the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (up 200 to 1,471), the College of Arts and Sciences (up 158 to 2,564), the Graduate School (see above), the College of Business and Public Administration (up 99 to 1,500), the College of Education and Human Development (up 43 to 949) and the School of Engineering and Mines (up 19 to 589).

UND’s students come from just about every state and from some 50 nations. The growth came from just about everywhere, but particularly in the number of students from North Dakota (up 357) and its neighbors: Minnesota (up 101), Montana (up 27) and South Dakota (up 26).

UND officials are also pleased with the quality of its new students, said Alice Hoffert, associate vice president for enrollment management: “The average ACT for the incoming freshmen in this fall’s class was 23.1. This compares to a national average for all incoming freshmen across the country of 21.0. Not only are we able to attract and retain more students, their academic potential as a class as demonstrated by this standardized test has also increased.”

– Robert Boyd, Vice president for Student and Outreach Services.

Conference Examines Ag Technology For Rural Development

The Internet, satellite and information technologies have forever changed our lives, both at home and work. But what role do these new technologies play in agriculture? This is the topic of a conference sponsored by U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan and the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC) Thursday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Clifford Hall.

Agricultural Technologies for Rural Development will explore how new technologies can be used by farmers and ranchers in the region to optimize agricultural production and efficiency and to increase profits. The one-day event is open to the public. Admission is $15, which includes lunch. To register or for more information visit or call 1-800-777-5068 or 701-777-2663.

“Farmers and ranchers are now using global positioning system (GPS) units on their tractors and combines and downloading satellite photos of their land off the Internet to improve the management and precision of their farm and ranch operation,” said Dorgan. “This conference will examine innovative technology products and services on the market farmers and ranchers can use now to increase farm profits, and preview new technology products and services now in development.”

Dorgan said the event will include major presentations from executives of the country’s leading agricultural technology companies and from farmers and ranchers in the region who already use satellite and other information technologies in their day-to-day farm operations. The event will also feature a display of cutting edge agricultural technologies by the companies and laboratories that created them and tips on how to get started using these powerful information resources for farm and ranch management.

“Agriculture requires constant decisions in ever-changing circumstances. The more information a producer has, the wiser his or her decisions can be. Satellites are providing entirely new kinds of information that can be incorporated into successful farm and ranch management,” said George Seielstad, Director of the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium. “We’re delighted at this chance to showcase the technologies that will guide agriculture’s future as we enter the 21st Century.”

A complete conference agenda can be found at:


Chemist Presents “Isocyanides As Chameleon Ligands”

The department of chemistry will host Mikhail Barybin, University of Kansas, who will give a seminar at noon Friday, Feb. 8, in 138 Abbott Hall.

Dr. Barybin will present “Isocyanides as Chameleon Ligands: From Unusual Mononuclear Systems to Supramolecular Ensembles.” He graduated with his B.S. in chemistry in 1994 from the Russian Academy of Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Minnesota, working with John Ellis, and did postdoctoral studies at MIT with Kit Cummings. He is an inorganic chemist, with interests in molecular design of organometallic materials, electron delocalization in low valent systems, and magnetism. – Department of Chemistry.

INMED Pow Wow Set For Saturday

The INMED student organization will hold their 20th annual pow wow Saturday, Feb. 9, at the north ballroom of the Alerus Center. Registration for dancers/singers begins at 10 a.m., with the first grand entry to be held at 1 p.m. A traditional meal will be held at 5 p.m. and a second grand entry will be at 7 p.m. The INMED Student Organization Pow Wow is free and open to the public. – Jan Gunderson, Librarian, Indians into Medicine.

Speaker Discusses Oxidative Stress On Kidney Monday

Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics will hold a seminar at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in 3933 (Physiology Conference Room) Medical Sciences. “Oxidative Stress and Nitric Oxide in the Kidney” will be presented by William Welch, professor of internal medicine, Division of Nephrology, Georgetown University School of Medicine. Everyone is welcome. – Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.

Welsh Harpist Visits Museum
Catrin Finch, royal harpist to His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, will perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10. A free talk on the program will be given at 1 p.m. by Anthony Thein (Mayville State University), artistic director of the Museum’s concert series.

Tickets are $12 for adult members of the Museum and $15 for non-members; students and military are $5, and children middle-school age and under are admitted free.
Finch’s program will include “Prelude from Violin Partita No. 3” and “Giga from Violin Partita No. 2,” by J. S. Bach, “Pour la Harpe” by Claude Debussy, “Suite pour harpe” by Jean Francaix, “Santa Fe Suite” by William Mathias, “Torre Bermeja” by Isaac Albeniz, “Spanish Dance No. 1" by Manuel De Falla and “The Moldau” by Bedrich Smetana.
Prince Charles heard Ms. Finch perform at his 50th birthday party in 2001 at Buckingham Palace and soon after appointed her as his royal harpist. During her two-year tenure, she performs at a number of events for the Prince, who reestablished this post, last filled by an appointment in 1871 by Queen Victoria.

Prior to this appointment, Finch won first prize in the 2000 young concert artists international auditions, which included a prize of $5,000, and debuted in New York, Boston and Washington in the young concert artists series. She was also awarded two special prizes: the Princeton University concert prize and the Orchestra New England soloist prize.

Catrin Finch was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, of an English father and a German mother, was educated at a Welsh language school and is bilingual.

At age 10 Finch was invited to play at the 1990 world harp congress in Paris, and as the principal harpist of the national youth orchestra of Great Britain she was the youngest member to perform at a BBC promenade concert at Royal Albert Hall. After several local festivals and eisteddfods, Finch left Wales at age 16 to attend London’s Purcell School.
After winning numerous national award competitions, Ms. Finch was awarded first prize at the Lily Laskine international harp competition in Paris. The prize included a new Salvi harp and numerous solo engagements throughout Europe, including her debut recital at London’s Wigmore Hall. Other awards include the Marisa Robles harp prize at the 1999 royal overseas league music competition in London, prizes in the Wales National Eisteddfod Festival and world harp festival competitions, and a career grant from the Victor Salvi Foundation.

She currently studies with Skaila Kanga at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
The Concert Series continues Sunday, March 3, at 2 p.m. with a performance by Xiaohan Wang, pianist and finalist in the 2001 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. Dr. Anthony Thein will give a talk on the program at 1 p.m.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. at the weekend. The Museum Café is open weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. at weekends.
For more information, please call 777-4195. – North Dakota Museum of Art.

Biologist Presents Colloquium On Cocaine And Alcohol

The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium at which Sally Pyle (Biology) will present “Cocaine, Alcohol, and the Developing Nervous System: Can’t Find My Way Home,” at noon Monday, Feb. 11, in 102 Nursing Building. Everyone is welcome. – Department of Psychology.

Graduate Committee Meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 11, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from Feb. 4.

2. The department of pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics requests a change ofprogram title for the (1) pharmacology and toxicology program and (2) physiology program to pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics and a prefix change from PHY to PPT.

The department of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics requests the following course changes: PPT. 501, replaces PHTX 501; PPT 502, replaces PHY 502; PPT 503, replaces PHY 503; PPT 505 replaces PHY 505; PPT 511 replaces PHTX 511; PPT 512 replaces PHTX 512; PPT 521 replaces PHY 521 and PHYTX 521; PPT 523 replaces PHY 523; PPT 525 replaces PHY 525; PPT 526 replaces PHY 526; PPT 527 replaces PHY 527; PPT 528 replaces PHY 528, PPT 529 replaces PHY 529; PPT 590 replaces PHY 590 and PHTX 590, PPT 999 replaces PHTX 999; PPT 591 replaces PHY 591; PPT 996 replaces PHTX 996; PPT 998 replaces PHTX 998. The department also requests the following three new courses: PPT 530 Advanced Neurochemistry; PPT 535 Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorders; PPT 540 Molecular Neuropharmacology.

3. Request for new certificate program from the department of geography: Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences.

4. Approval of Graduate faculty nominations.

5. Report from the constitution committee chair, Barry Milavetz.

6. Matters arising.

Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Memorial Union Director Candidates Visit Campus

The University is conducting a search for the position of director of the Memorial Union. The search committee will bring two finalists to campus. They are:

David Swenson from Pomona College, Claremont, Calif., who presently serves as associate director of the Smith Campus Center and Student Programs, and Gregory T. Wilkins from Florida International University, Miami, who presently serves as assistant director for operations.

Resumes are available for review at Disability Support Services, 190 McCannel Hall, 777-3425. The search committee has scheduled campus interviews; please note and plan to attend sessions pertaining to you.

David Swenson, Monday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m. to noon, open meeting with university faculty and staff, renovation committee, building tenants, Housing and Facilities, Swanson 10-12; 3 to 4 p.m., presentation by candidate, open to all campus community, River Valley Room, Memorial Union; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., open session for students, Alumni Room, Memorial Union.

Gregory Wilkins, Thursday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m. to noon, open meeting with university faculty and staff, renovation committee, building tenants, Housing and Facilities, Swanson 10-12; 3 to 4 p.m., presentation by candidate, open to all campus community, Swanson 10-12; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., open session for students, Alumni Room, Memorial Union.
We look forward to campus input. – Deb Glennen, chair, Memorial Union Search Committee.

Take Part In Leadership Workshop Series

The Leadership Workshop Series will be held at 3 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 28 to March 25, in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union. The schedule follows:
Feb. 11, “Proactive Student Leadership,” Matt Brown, student body president; Feb. 25, “Core Values in Leadership,” Capt. Kari Welter, United States Air Force unit admissions officer, Detachment 610, UND Air Force ROTC; March 4, title to be announced, Kathleen Jones, instructor, Management; March 18, title to be announced, Hal Gershman, Grand Forks business leader; March 25, “The Art of Caring Leadership,” Gordon Henry, vice president for student affairs emeritus.

Cynthia Thompson, Leadership Coordinator, Memorial Union.

Conflict, Change And Civility Are Topics At Theology For Lunch Program

The Campus Ministry Association and the Conflict Resolution Center are co-sponsoring the February series of Theology for Lunch. The four sessions will focus on conversations about conflict, change, and civility. Tom Fuchs and Linda Hendrikson of the Conflict Resolution Center will lead the discussions. A free meal is provided each week. Theology for Lunch will begin at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays, February 12, 19, and 26, in the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, across University Avenue from the Chester Fritz Library. Additional information may be obtained from any of the Campus Ministry Association members: Christus Rex, Newman Catholic Center, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, and United Campus Ministry. – Jerry Bass, United Campus Ministry.

Discover A Healthier U At Wellness Expo Feb. 13

Discover a healthier U at the Wellness Expo on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Take advantage of a creative array of interactive exhibits offering health screenings, fitness assessments, games, healthy food samples, door prizes, demonstrations, and giveaways. The Wellness Expo is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Student Health Services and Healthy UND. Contact Kelly Gefroh or Jane Croeker at 777-2097 for details. – Kelly Gefroh, Student Health Services.

Study Abroad Sessions Set For Wednesdays

Study Abroad sessions will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Feb. 13 session will spotlight study in Spain. The study abroad information sessions are open to students, faculty, staff, and parents. They are intended to educate the UND community on study abroad exchanges/programs. – Office of International Programs, 777-4231.

Everyone Invited To February English Lecture Series

The February events for the English department lecture series, held at 4 p.m. in 116 Merrifield Hall, are: Thursday, Feb. 14, Kim Donehower, “Literacy Choices in an Appalachian Community”; Tuesday, Feb. 19, Barbara Morrison, “Mapping the Sacred on Mt. Koya: Image and Meditations in the Shingon Buddhist Tradition”; and Thursday, Feb. 28, Lori Robison, “An ‘Imperceptible Infusion’ of Blood: Sentimental Discourse and the Reinscription of Race in Iola Leroy.” – Kathleen Dixon, English.

Psychology Faculty Candidate Discusses “Transactive Memory And Gender”

The psychology department will hold a colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in 302 Corwin-Larimore Hall. Traci Craig, experimental psychology faculty candidate, will present “Transactive Memory and Gender.” Everyone is welcome. – Department of Psychology.

Chiara Quartet Celebrates American Music

The Chiara String Quartet, back from a second prize win in the international young concert artists auditions in New York, will present the third concert of their 2001-2002 series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. “American Beauty” is the theme of the program, which contains music either written by Americans or inspired by America.

Celebrating the richness and diversity of our great nation, the program starts with the “First String Quartet” of Charles Ives. This insurance salesman from Connecticut wrote extremely inventive music that put turn-of-the-century (the 20th Century, that is) America on the map in the music world, a world that had previously been dominated by European composers. The piece is filled, almost humorously, with many different American folk and hymn tunes, a favorite source of inspiration to Ives.

Also on the program is a brand-new work that the Chiara Quartet premiered this summer by Peruvian-American composer Gabriela Lena Frank. Titled “Leyendas [Legends]: An Andean Walkabout,” the piece tells stories of life in the Andes Mountains. Composer Frank, wishing to better know her family’s past, traveled to South America to record the folk music of Perú, Argentina, and Bolivia. In the piece, the members of the Chiara Quartet are asked to imitate the sounds of many different instruments, including Andean flutes and guitars.

The program ends with the beloved “String Quartet in F major” by Dvorak, known to most as “The American.” Inspired by a trip to the United States, the Czech composer wrote this piece as a kind of love letter to our country. It is music that prizes beauty above all, and so it seems a fitting end to a program of “American Beauty.”

Tickets are $15, $5 for students, and are available by calling the Greater Grand Forks Symphony box office at 777-3359. – Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

Community Invited To Folk Dance Feb. 17

North Country Fiddle and Dance will hold a community/faculty/student folk dance Sunday, Feb. 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Sons of Norway Lodge, 1401 9th Ave. S. Seth and Brennan Leigh, folk and country vocal duo, and North Country String Band, will present a 2 p.m. concert. Donations will be taken at the door. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, North Country Fiddle and Dance, 773-3850.

Get Tickets Now For Feast Of Nations

The 40th Annual Feast of Nations will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16. The Feast of Nations is the major cultural event annually conducted by the International Student Organization and the Office of International Programs. Its primary purpose is to provide the international students with an opportunity to share their cultural experience as well as to show appreciation for the warm welcome given by the members of the surrounding community.

Traditionally, the event has taken place in the Grand Forks Civic Center, but this year it has a new home at the Ramada Inn. The event will feature a candlelight dinner with international dishes and multicultural entertainment performed by international students. The highlight of the event will be a performance by Licanantay, a dynamic group of Andean, Latin American musicians. Doors open at 5.30 p.m., dinner will commence at 6.30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 for students and $17 for non-students. Because our venue this year is smaller, there will be a reduced number of tickets available than in previous years. Advance reservations are required, book early to avoid disappointment. Call the International Centre at 777-4231 for details and reservations. – Joanna Hagerty, Immigration Specialist, International Programs.

TRIO Day Includes Reunion, Sacajawea Portrayal

TRIO Programs will hold TRIO Day Wednesday, Feb. 20. A special portrayal of Sacajawea will be performed by Jeanne M. Oyawin Eder, director of Native Studies, College of Arts, University of Alaska at Anchorage, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Sacajawea was the young girl who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the Pacific Coast from 1804-1806. She was an unofficial guide and interpreter of the party, traveling with her French-Canadian husband, Toussaint Charbonneau, and her infant son, Jean Baptiste. Eder will lead the audience through an examination of the myth about Sacajawea’s life.

Jeanne M. Oyawin Eder completed a Ph.D. in history from Washington State University, majoring in American and public history. She has an M.A. in history from Montana State University at Bozeman, and a B.A. from Carroll College, Helena, Mont. Along with her position as director of Native Studies, Eder is a consultant for the Missouri Historical Society and the national Lewis and Clark bicentennial exhibit that will tour the United States from 2003 to 2006. She served on the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Planning Committee for five years. The presentation of Sacajawea grew out of what she saw as a need for an accurate portrayal of this woman.

An alumni reunion will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. on the third floor of McCannel Hall. Invitations are extended to TRIO Alumni, TRIO staff, community members, UND supporters and other TRIO programs. This is a time to come together and celebrate our journeys - past, present, and future. Join us for dessert, door prizes, and memories. For more information call 777-3427. – TRIO Programs, 777-3427.

English Invites All To “Decriminalizing Plagiarism” Round Table

Kim Donehower (English) will lead a round-table discussion on “Decriminalizing Plagiarism” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in 301 Merrifield Hall.Is assigning a paper an invitation to academic crime? Is there an alternative to the research-paper-police? Discussion will center on how “plagiarism” fits into a student’s process of writing and re-writing in developing a paper, recognizing that using and attributing sources is neither easy, obvious, nor automatic. Of course there are papers written with intent to deceive, but far more numerous and more subtle are curricular and pedagogical matters that effect daily teaching. Round-table members include Kathleen Dixon (English), Galen Geer (Writing Center), Debra Maury (Languages), and James Mochoruk (History), who will give brief presentations followed by a general discussion. “Decriminalizing Plagiarism” is sponsored by the English department’s composition committee, who invite students, staff and faculty throughout the university to join in the discussion. -- Elizabeth Hampsten (English) for the Composition Committee.

Disaster As A Political Variable” Is Feb. 26 Faculty Lecture Series Talk

“Disaster as a Political Variable” is the next talk in the faculty lecture series. Mary Grisez Kweit (Political Science) will give the lecture Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 4:30 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. A reception begins at 4 p.m., and a question and answer period will follow the talk.

Mary Grisez Kweit
The chair and professor of political science and public administration, Dr. Kweit’s research has focused on the impact of participation on local government. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she received both the M.A. and the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining UND’s faculty in 1977, she taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Glassboro State College, the College of William and Mary, and the University of Virginia.

Kweit was chosen as a UND summer research professor in 1980 and 1984, and has received many other honors and awards. In 1998, she was elected to a three-year term on the executive council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Kweit has written a number of articles in scholarly journals and has co-authored a number of books: Concepts and Methods of Political Analysis, Implementing Citizen Participation in a Bureaucratic Society, Public Budgeting, and two editions of People and Politics in Urban America.. She has teaching expertise within political behavior, concept and methods, and American government with a focus on Congress and the Presidency.

Kweit also served half-time as director of International Academic Affairs from 1990 to 1995, and as the chair of the department of Political Science and Public Administration from 1996 to 1998.

The last lectures in the faculty series will be Tuesday, April 9, when Robert W. Lewis, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus talks about “Life with Hemingway, or, Riding Papa’s Coattails on the Academic Express.”

Tickets For Founders Day Now On Sale

Tickets for the annual Founders Day banquet are now on sale. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The pre-banquet social will begin at 5:45 p.m. with musical entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. The banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Founders Day program will recognize 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, and service will be presented to faculty members and departments.

Tickets for the banquet can be purchased through the campus mail. Every UND employee recently received a flyer describing the Founders Day celebration and the ticket purchase procedure. 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 $10 each. A limited number of seats are available.

Please call Tammy Anderson 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. – Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.

IRB Meets March 1; Agenda Items Due Soon

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, March 1, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Feb. 19. 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 the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, Feb. 12.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting. – Will Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

Golf Seminar Scheduled For March 8, 9

The Dakota Chapter of the P.G.A. will hold the 2002 Dakota P.G.A. Golf Seminar Friday, March 8, from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, March 9, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hyslop Sports Center. The seminar is presented in cooperation with UND and benefits the Fighting Sioux golf team.

The Dakota Chapter Golf Professionals have designed this seminar to accommodate players of all skill levels, including beginners. All golfers will benefit from the emphasis on sound swing fundamentals, golf coaches will improve their teaching skills, and young players will learn the rules of golf as well as course management skills.

Seminar coordinators are Leo Marchel, P.G.A. professional, and Rob Stiles, UND Men’s golf coach. The seminar will include basic swing fundamentals, short game techniques, iron game, individual video tape session, “Rules of Golf” class, equipment and course management class, and an individual club fitting session. In addition, there will be a specific curriculum designed especially for golf coaches. This program will help coaches deal with common problems experienced by their team members. We will “teach the coaches to teach.”

For questions or further infomation, call Leo Marchel at 772-3912 or Rob Stiles at 777-2155. The registration fee is $30 for students, $40 for adults. – Rob Stiles, Men’s Golf Coach.

Dakota Conference On Rural And Public Health Set For March 20-22 In Fargo

“Rural and Public Health: Connecting Vision, Values and Technology,” is the theme for the 2002 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health Wednesday through Friday, March 20-22, at the Fargo Holiday Inn.

The annual conference is an interdisciplinary forum for rural health care providers, public health professionals, researchers, teachers and those interested in improving health care services in rural areas.

Keynote speakers include: Terry Dwelle, North Dakota state health officer; Dena Puskin, director of the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Val Schott, president of the National Rural Health Association and director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health; Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health; and Faye Wong, president of the American Public Health Association and director of the Youth Media Campaign, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

A pre-conference session, planned for Wedneday, March 20, will focus on the Rural Medicare Hospital Flexibility (FLEX) program. This session is offered especially for rural hospitals that have either been certified as critical access hospitals (CAH) or are interested in the CAH program.

Topics to be presented include: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Youth Media Campaign, problems and resources of American Indian elders, the Schroeder Middle School incident, rural mental health issues, health insurance portability and accountability, HIV/AIDS, attitudes and behaviors of migrant farm workers with diabetes, body jewelry design and removal, North Dakota health care workforce issues and options, North Dakota Senior Info-Line/On-Line Information and Assistance, pain management, the Center for Health Promotion and Translation Research, reducing prenatal risk, the master of public health degree program, family-centered care, chronic illness management and the community access program.

A foundation resource center will be provided by the Center for Rural Health to distribute information from a multitude of private foundations and federal agencies. Center staff members are available to answer questions and offer advice.

Members of the North Dakota congressional delegation or their representatives will present national health policy information during the Congressional update portion of the agenda on March 21.

The event is sponsored by the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and its Center for Rural Health, Department of Community Medicine and Department of Family Medicine; North Dakota AIDS Education and Training Center; UND College of Nursing and Resource Center on Gerontology; Altru Health System; North Dakota Academy of Physician Assistants; North Dakota Primary Care Association; North Dakota Public Health Association, and North Dakota State University, College of Pharmacy.
Continuing education credit is available. Applications have been submitted to organizations representing nursing home administration, nursing, social work and other health professions. A reduced registration rate is available through March 6.

For more information, please contact: Brenda Keller, UND Division of Continuing Education, Office of Conference Services, P.O. Box 9021, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9021; call (701) 777-2663 or 1-800-342-8230; fax 701/777-6401, or e-mail: – School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Summer Registration Program Runs June 3 To July 12

Getting Started 2002, the summer advisement and registration program for incoming freshmen, has been scheduled to begin Monday, June 3, and run through Friday, July 12, with no program Thursday and Friday, July 4 and 5. Getting Started 2002 will run Monday through Friday, from approximately 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The breakdown of the dates are as follows: June 3-4: Presidential scholars; June 4-5: outstanding high school leaders; June 7 and 10, pacesetters; June 11: honors and integrated studies; June 21 and July 3: pre-freshman academic experience; and June 12 to July 12: all others. Incoming freshmen are required to pre-register for the Getting Started program, which will be held in the Memorial Union, second floor. For further information, please contact me. – Kacie Jossart, Getting Started Coordinator, Student Academic Services, 777-6131.


Do Not Use UND Long Distance For Personal Calls

I would like to remind faculty and staff that the UND long distance network is to be used only for conducting university business. The policy states that use of the University of North Dakota long distance networks for personal calls or non-university business may result in disciplinary action, termination of employment and/or personal liability. State and federal regulations also do not permit this type of activity even if the employee reimburses the university.

On the UND campus, long-distance calling cards for personal use can be purchased either at UND Telecommunications or the University Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Many retail establishments located off-campus also sell long-distance calling cards. – Robert Gallager, Vice President for Finance and Operations.

Nutrition Clinic Opens

The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Clinic will open again this spring as a complimentary service to students, faculty and staff with certain nutrition issues. The Nutrition Clinic will be open Tuesday and Thursday from Feb. 4 through April 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

Juniors majoring in dietetics will provide nutrition counseling to students, faculty and staff. Topics that may be addressed in this service include: healthy eating, sensible weight management, nutrition and physical fitness, healthy meals for children, and cardiovascular risk reduction. These students are not prepared to counsel on complex issues such as diabetes, eating disorders, gastrointestinal diseases, cardiovascular disease, etc. These problems will be referred to Altru Health Systems or another health care facility in the vicinity. In addition, department faculty will supervise all clinic operations. All information and records will be kept confidential and will be destroyed at the end of the semester.

If you are interested in participating in nutrition counseling call Sandy at the Nutrition Clinic for an appointment at 777-2539, or stop by Room 20 in O’Kelly Hall. – Julie Gothman, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Annual Steam Shut Down For Maintenance Is May 15 And 16

The annual steam shut down for maintenance work has been scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16. Steam heating and cooling will be shut off around 12:01 a.m. May 15 to begin maintenance and repair of the equipment. Steam service should be restored during the evening of May 16. As a result, there will be no hot water in buildings that have steam-heated water heaters. Also, steam run air conditioners in Upson II, Witmer, Nursing, Wilkerson, and Starcher Halls will be unavailable for the duration of the steam shut down. The above time has been proposed to minimize inconvenience to the University community. We thank you for your cooperation. – Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

Presidents Day Holiday Hours Listed

Presidents Day, Feb. 18, Is Holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Feb. 18, will be observed as Presidents 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, Personnel Services.

Chester Fritz Library:

Presidents Day weekend hours for the Chester Fritz Library are: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 18 (Presidents Day), 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health Sciences Library:

The Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences will be open the following hours for Presidents Day weekend: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 to 6 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to midnight. – April Byars, Health Sciences Library.

Memorial Union:

The Memorial Union hours for Saturday through Monday, Feb. 16-18, Presidents Day holiday weekend are: computer lab will be open 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday, and open 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday. Building hours for Friday are 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m., closed Saturday and Sunday, and open Monday from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. All other offices will be closed Saturday through Monday, Feb. 16-18. The following hours for Friday, Feb. 15, are: Lifetime Sports Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; U-Turn C-Store, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Subway/TCBY/Juiceworks, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; administrative office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Student Academic Services, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Dining Center, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Credit Union, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; passport I.D.s, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.

UND Receives Communication Awards

UND received three awards for communication achievements from district VI of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) at the annual conference in St. Louis in January. More than 1,200 entries were judged from universities and colleges in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. CASE is an international association of education advancement professionals, including alumni administrators, fund raisers, university relations managers and staff, publications editors, and government relations officers.

The following awards were received by UND:

In feature photography category, first place for a photograph titled “Hoarfrost,” by Chuck Kimmerle, Office of University Relations.

In external audience tabloid-newsletter category, second place for “UND Dimensions” tabloid-size newsletter, produced by Office of University Relations.

In single student recruitment publication category, third place for “First Look” Recruiting Brochure, produced through Enrollment Services Office and Office of University Relations and designed by FlintSimmons Advertising Agency.

Jim Penwarden, Associate Director, University Relations.

U2 Lists Workshops

Following are workshops offered through the University Within the University (U2) program. There are still openings in the following U2 workshops scheduled for the next two weeks. Please join us!

Access 00, Level I: Feb. 11-15, 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. (16 hours total), 361 Upson II. Introduces Access and databases. Create tables, queries, forms, reports, and relationships. Import and export interface. Instructor: Jim Malins, Information Technology Systems and Services.

Bloodborne Pathogens, An Ounce of Prevention: Feb. 12, 10 a.m. to noon, 235 Rural Technology Center. Because of the increase in hepatitis and HIV cases in the past decade, it is important that persons who work around potentially infectious materials know how to protect themselves. This workshop will help provide information on what bloodborne pathogens are, and how risks of exposure can be reduced. Presenter: Sherri Pallen, Safety and Environmental Health.

Defensive Driving: Feb. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. 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 take away points from your driving record. Instructor: Mark Johnson, Safety and Environmental Health.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Supervising, But Were Afraid to Ask: Feb. 13, 9 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. When do you pay overtime? What if I don’t have the budget for overtime? An employee’s probation is ending but there are problems with his/her performance, what do I do? I have two employees and one says that I treat them differently, what do I do? Who is eligible for donated leave? These questions and more will be answered by a panel on how to deal with employment issues at the University. Question and answer format. Presenters: Joy Johnson, Diane Nelson, Desi Sporbert, Personnel Services.

Creating a Web Page using HTML: Feb. 20, 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 22, 8:30 to noon (6 hours total), 361 Upson II. Learn how to create a Web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links. Instructor: Doris Bornhoeft, Information Technology Systems and Services.

When Domestic Violence Comes to the Workplace: Feb. 20, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. We know that real life problems affect job performance and responding to domestic violence is “good business.” Join us in exploring ways for supervisors to respond effectively to this important issue. Presenter: Marlene Miller, Community Violence Intervention Center.

Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact the University Within the University office by phone at 777-2098; fax 777-2140; e-mail, or mail to Box 7131. To register online, go to Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number,Social Security number (for first time registrants, please provide), and e-mail address, and the title and date of the event. -- University Within the University.

Credit Union Plans New Building

The Credit Union plans to add a second location, and will construct a new building with drive-up facilities at 1575 17th Ave. S. (next to Trophy House). Stop in our office in the lower level of the Memorial Union to see plans for our new building.
Be sure to ask about our low loan rates on cars, trucks, and recreational vehicles. New cars are as low as 5.9 percent APR.

The 64th annual meeting was held Jan. 24. Leo Saucedo and Marsha Nelson were re-elected to the board of directors and Linda Maszk was elected to serve on the credit committee. The officers for the year are as follows: Leo Saucedo, president; Frank Slater, vice president; Marsha Nelson, secretary; Margaret Myers, treasurer; and Tom Wiggen, member. – Marney Kresel, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.


Online Program Helps Students In Large Lecture Courses

Large introductory lecture courses are part of university life. Mark Grabe, a professor of psychology who teaches one of those courses, has been working for years to make the learning environment more personal for students. “We give our least-experienced students an impersonal learning environment that isn’t interactive,” he says. “But our biggest chance of making an impact is in these large courses.”

The answer to the problem? Technology. Dr. Grabe has developed a technology-enhanced study environment for students in large psychology lecture classes. Composed of online study tools, the program allows users to review each chapter, study for exams, check lecture notes, take notes online, and ask questions. It is customized for each professor and textbook.

Dr. Grabe, who is interested in both learning problems and technology, received a grant through a University technology fund to help develop the program. He has placed several thousand multiple-choice, psychology review questions online. The password-protected system offers review questions for each chapter, and the program adapts to the student. For example, if a student answers a query incorrectly, the user cannot hit the “back” button to try again. Instead, a message appears, detailing where to find the answer in the textbook, and subsequent questions focus on areas that need more study.

Chapter summaries and course lecture notes are also online. A new feature allows users to take notes online, then e-mail them to their account. Students can also ask general questions, which are posted to a discussion board.

Students are expected to have their textbooks and notes at hand when they use the program, and to take notes, says Grabe. This approach helps users think and study more effectively, and increases awareness of areas that need more focus.

“I think it makes learning a more active process,” he says. He places lectures online before class, and says many students print out the lecture and bring it to class. “It’s both good and bad,” he says. “Students find the access valuable, and it reduces writing time and allows them to concentrate on the lecture. . . . But you never know how they will use the tools.” That’s an interesting but frustrating reality check, he says.

Grabe pays close attention to how the program is used. For research purposes, he classifies users as those students who spend at least one hour online for a specific exam. About 30 to 40 percent use the program at this level, and those students tend to score higher on the tests, he says.

Grabe tracks student use for a couple of reasons: he wants to ensure that it helps students learn, and it’s part of his research. He’s interested in how students use the system. “Do people who look at the notes and use it actively benefit the most?” he asks. “This is the real world, this isn’t lab research. I’m interested in what students will do.” It can be frustrating. Students sometimes don’t use the program the way he thinks they should. “I have to deal with what students do,” he says. “You can’t sit in a lab and separate yourself from the students.”

The program is fairly sophisticated, says Grabe, and goes beyond what one would find in course management programs such as Blackboard and HTML-ez. He hopes that it can one day be used as a basis to guide commercial applications. His next project is to develop a similar program for another department.


Death Of Russell Peterson Announced

It is with regret that we announce the death of Russell Peterson, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus of the Center for Teaching and Learning (now Education and Human Development). Dr. Peterson died Feb. 1 in Cannon Falls, Minn. He was 79. A full obituary will appear in next week’s University Letter after his former colleagues have had time to write remembrances of him. — Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

Remembering Corliss Greer

Corliss Greer, laboratory supervisor with Student Health Services, died of cancer Jan. 26 at home in East Grand Forks. She was 50.

Corliss Riskey was born Feb. 17, 1951, to Chester and Frances (Feltman) Riskey in Grafton, where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1969. She married Donald Raaum on May 30, 1972, in Grafton. She graduated from UND in 1973 with a degree in medical technology. She worked for the United Hospital lab (now Altru Health Systems) until 1980. In 1982, she joined the staff at Student Health Services. She married W.A. Greer Jan. 31, 1985, in Grand Forks.

“I remember Corliss as a loving, compassionate, caring, fair, friendly, responsible and knowledgeable individual,” said Linda Palmiscno, medical office manager, Student Health Services. “She was non-judgmental and had a smile for everyone. Corliss was the kind of person you gave a helping hand to because you wanted to, not because you felt obligated.”

“Corliss was a true professional who possessed superior talents in her area of expertise, the medical laboratory,” said Corinne Nelson, nursing supervisor, Student Health Services. “She always had a kind, compassionate spirit, and a devotion to Student Health Services teamwork.”

“With ever-changing government involvement, supervision of the laboratory became more challenging,” said Mary Lou Wavra, clinical laboratory scientist, Student Health Services. “Corliss, along with her staff, wrote up procedures and added more quality control and quality assurance programs to make the Student Health laboratory a top-notch department. Even though Corliss was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, she continued to work right up until December 2001. She was well-respected by her peers and thought of as a very courageous and strong person.”

“I miss Corliss,” said Peggy Molstad, account technician, Student Health Services. “She was a joy to work with. She was totally unbiased and could truthfully tell you how she felt about things. She comforted you when you most needed it, and wouldn’t admit that she herself needed consoling. I am thankful to have been her friend.”

She is survived by sons, Chad (Tina) Raaum, Burnsville, Minn., and Matthew Greer, East Grand Forks; daughters, Janessa Raaum and Kerry Tuura, both of Grand Forks; two grandchildren; her mother, Grafton; two sisters, Karen Thompton, Tampa, Fla., and Lynette (Vernon) Senger, Fargo; and a brother, Ronald (Gay), Minto, N.D.
She was preceded in death by her father; children, Jeremy, Kevin, Justin and Nicole; and a brother-in-law, Art Thompton. – Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from Linda Palmiscno, Corinne Nelson, Mary Lou Wavra, and Peggy Molstad, all from Student Health, and the Grand Forks Herald.


Scholarly Activities Committee Awards Travel Funds

The Senate scholarly activities committee received 37 requests for domestic travel funds and one request for foreign travel funds in the January call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting of Jan. 23:

Domestic Travel Awards: Donna Altepeter (Accounting and Business Law), $264; Tammy Bailey (Social Work), $324; Daniel Biederman (Economics), $321; Gaye Burgess (Theatre Arts), $326; Tar-Pin Chen (Physics), $330; Robert Dosch (Accounting and Business Law), $264; Dee Ann Ellingson (Accounting and Business Law), $264; Fredricka Gilje (Statewide Psychiatric Nursing Education Program), $450; Marcia Gragert (Nursing Practice and Role Development), $488; Bryon Grove (Anatomy and Cell Biology), $379; Devon Hansen (Geography), $432; Eva Houston (Social Work), $477; Terry Huffman (Sociology), $372; Bette Ide (Family and Community Nursing), $488; Mark Jendrysik (Political Science and Public Administration), $250; Sukhvarsh Jerath (Civil Engineering), $403; Ju Kim (Physics), $300; Scott Korom (Geology and Geological Engineering), $235; Assion Lawson-Body (Information Systems and Business Education), $392; Jeong Wan Lee (Finance), $520; Stacy Leeds (Law), $386; Susan Nelson (Marketing), $428; David Perry (Social Work), $477; Ty Reese (History), $467; Elizabeth Rheude (Music), $282; Claudia Routon (Languages), $325; Richard Schultz (Electrical Engineering), $345; William Schwalm (Physics), $295; Joann Segovia (Accounting and Business Law), $264; Sean Snaith (Economics), $321; Kathryn Thomasson (Chemistry), $435; Jack Weinstein (Philosophy and Religion), $410.
Foreign Travel: Paul Sum (Political Science and Public Administration), $628.

– Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.

Department Of Energy Announces Laboratory Partnerships Program

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced a program, “Building EPSCoR State-National Laboratory Partnerships,” which supports collaborative energy-related science and engineering research between DOE laboratory scientists and university faculty members in EPSCoR states.

To obtain the required ND EPSCoR letter of endorsement, submit an abstract and budget to one of the EPSCoR offices or via e-mail to David R. Givers, assistant project director (, by noon

Wednesday, April 10.

After obtaining institutional approval following the prescribed campus administrative procedures for grant submission, the original and five copies of the preapplication should be sent by the PI directly to DOE prior to 4:30 p.m. E.S.T., April 17.

Complete application instructions are available at – David Givers, Assistant Project Director, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.

EPSCoR Invites “Mini-Proposals”

The EPSCoR Foundation and the University of South Dakota, with funding from the NSF EPSCoR program, invite applications in the form of consulting support mini-proposals from EPSCoR states to request consulting and technical assistance in the development of projects and proposals aimed at competing in NSF Centers and other large-scale, multi-investigator competitions.

Selected mini-proposals from this CDI review will receive consulting and technical assistance related to: the initiation of EPSCoR research team-led NSF Centers and other large-scale, multi-investigator programs, and the infusion of competitive EPSCoR research teams into existing NSF Centers in EPSCoR and non-EPSCoR states.

NSF programs under consideration for initiation and infusion assistance include (but are not limited to) the following: (In addition, some support is available for initiation of and infusion into Centers and other large-scale, multi-investigator programs administered by other federal agencies.)

• Science and Technology Centers (STCs)
• Engineering Research Centers (ERCs)
• Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSECs)
• Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSECs) and large-scale competitions
• Physics Frontiers Centers
• Information Technology Research (ITR) Initiative large-scale competitions
• Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI)
• Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE) large-scale competitions
• Long-Term Ecological Research Centers (LTERs)
• Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP) large-scale competitions
• Integrated Graduate Education Research and Traineeship (IGERT) Program
• Centers for Learning and Teaching (CLTs)
• Math and Science Partnerships program (MSP)
• Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
• Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRCs)
• and other similar programs.

Beginning with this first call for mini-proposals, CDI plans to hold similar competitions twice a year to maximize access to project resources and to maintain flexible assistance plans.

Each approved mini-proposal will receive a unique package of consulting and technical assistance developed via interactions between principal investigators in the EPSCoR states and the CDI senior associates. The CDI senior associate and affiliated consultants will work directly with the EPSCoR research teams providing various kinds of assistance activities, including:

• Reviewing and strengthening proposal drafts
• Helping identify disciplinary consultants and/or current directors of successful awards in the target NSF Centers program
• Helping identify potential collaborators and securing commitments to participate in the project
• Helping identify and secure national experts for friendly consultation and assistance prior to formal submission to NSF
•Advising on responses to NSF reviewer concerns and proposal addenda requested by the NSF
• Promoting commitments from NSF Center Program Officers and NSF EPSCoR staff to co-fund competitive projects that meet NSF merit review standards
• Assisting principal investigators in negotiating collaborative arrangements and financial support associated with Centers infusion to allow EPSCoR groups to extend their activities and collaborate with existing Centers
• Assisting principal investigators and NSF EPSCoR state directors secure necessary commitments from the institution and state

Application Process

Research teams in EPSCoR states are encouraged to submit – via their NSF EPSCoR State Directors – electronic copies of mini-proposals (for up to five candidate projects per state) to Rand Haley,, on or before the deadline of March 15, 2002. Reviews will begin in early March, and applicants will be notified on or before April 5, 2002.

CDI is prepared to offer short-term consultation and assistance to projects preparing proposals for Centers and other large-scale programs with deadlines in the immediately upcoming months (February-April 2002) as CDI gears up for its first mini-proposal competition. Please contact us to discuss such arrangements. In addition, flexibility exists in the CDI project for states to submit requests for assistance throughout the year if a major opportunity presents itself as the result of a special NSF competition or where program deadlines are not compatible with the timing of CDI’s calls for mini-proposals.

Evaluation Criteria

Each mini-proposal will be reviewed by subject matter experts associated with CDI in consultation with outside experts, to the extent possible subject to available resources. Evaluation decisions will be multi-faceted, but fundamentally focused on the potential of projects to be developed into successful Centers initiation or infusion proposals to NSF large-scale programs. For projects that do not currently demonstrate such likelihood of success – but which are promising candidates for future development – CDI senior associates will provide feedback to the states, including a discussion of useful activities that would strengthen future efforts.

Proposals should include:

1. A cover page containing the title of the research project, the anticipated target program (for initiation or infusion), a preliminary list of all current and potential investigators/collaborators, and a short abstract of the project\

2. A no more than four page mini-proposal outlining the project and including:

• A description of candidate area
• The project’s scientific/technical goals and objectives
• A list of current support
• The nature of anticipated consulting and technical assistance needs
• A list of known timelines and target project submission dates

Inquires related to this call for mini-proposals should be directed to: Rand Haley, CDI Project Manager, EPSCoR Foundation, 1420 New York Avenue, NW – Suite 710, Washington, DC 20005; telephone: 202/737-7399; fax: 202/639-0713; e-mail:

Will Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

Guidelines Detailed For Faculty Research Seed Money Awards

Award Period: Starting May 1, 2002 (12-18 month duration)
Deadline for submission: March 18, 2002

The faculty research seed money committee distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any department of the University. The purpose of these grants is to enhance the ability of faculty to successfully apply for research or project funding from national entities, including governmental agencies or private foundations. The maximum funding for individual investigators in this funding period is $24,000 (which represents 10 percent of the currently available funds).

Applicants must have a tenure-track or a continuing, permanent full-time faculty appointment at UND.
Faculty who have previously received funds from the seed money committee must have a final report on file with the Office of Research and Program Development one month prior to the application date.

Faculty who have previously received funds from the seed money committee and who wish to apply for additional support must present evidence that they have submitted a related extramural research proposal since receiving committee funds. (An extramural application is one submitted to an agency or foundation outside UND. Thus, for example, proposals sent to the following are not extramural: UND Instructional Development, NRI, ORPD, and North Dakota EPSCoR.) The new application must describe how the previous seed money award was used and what applications or publications resulted.

Review Criteria:
Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose members are appointed by individual departments. Proposals must be clear, of high quality, and be designed to develop a project or provide preliminary data for one or more extramural grant proposals.

Higher priority will be given to:

• Proposals with high potential for producing successful extramural applications
• Applicants who have not received recent funding from the seed money committee
• Applicants with a demonstrated record of research or academic accomplishment
• Projects that can be completed in 12 to 18 months

Lower priority will be given to projects from investigators who have significant and/or continuous funding, unless the request is required to begin a project not currently supported. Projects will not be supported if they were previously submitted to an extramural agency but were declined funding because of lack of scientific, technical or academic merit. However, higher consideration will be given to those projects previously submitted to an external agency if the purpose of the seed money application is to address reviewers’ comments, to improve the chance that a revised extramural application will be successful.

Application Format:

The application should be prepared to convince and be understood by a general audience, only some of whom may be proficient in the applicant’s area. The following headings and page limitations apply:

1. Cover Page

target subcommittee
principal investigator’s name, department, college
proposal title
amount requested
beginning and ending dates of the project
agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted

2. Research or project plan

Include: aims, background, significance, approach, methods
Format: three pages maximum, one inch margins, single spaced, not to exceed six lines per linear inch
(The three-page limit for the project plan will be strictly enforced. Proposals exceeding the limit will be returned without review. Appendices circumventing this limit will be discarded.)

3. Detailed budget (including justification)
4. Biographical sketch (two pages maximum)
5. Current and pending grant support (title and short description, agency, requested amount)

6. Historical grant support (including national, private and seed money awards)

7. List of extramural applications submitted but not funded (include past three years)

8. Statement of intent to submit extramural application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested, request for proposal or agency’s mission statement if available)


9. The budget should be for a maximum of 12-18 months

10. The total budget may not exceed $24,000 direct costs.

11. No funds may be requested for travel to professional meetings to present results.

12. Projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.

Proposal Sections and number of copies to submit:

Behavioral Sciences (10)
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Educational Leadership
Educational Foundations and Research
Physical Education and Exercise Science
Statewide Psych-Mental Health
Teaching and Learning

Biological Sciences (8)
Anatomy and Cell Biology
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Microbiology and Immunology
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics

Engineering and Technology (8)
Aviation and Aerospace Sciences
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Industrial Technology
Mechanical Engineering

Health Sciences (11)
Community Medicine
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Dietetics
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy

Humanities and Fine Arts (8)
Philosophy and Religion
Theatre Arts

Physical Sciences (8)
Atmospheric Sciences
Geology and Geological Engineering
Space Studies

Professional Disciplines (7)
Information Systems and Business Education
Practice and Role Development (Nursing)

Social Sciences (9)
Family and Community Nursing
Indian Studies
Political Science and Public Administration
Social Work


Deadline: All applications must be received no later than Monday, March 18.

Please indicate the subcommittee to which the proposal is being submitted. Also, determine the number of copies required for that section (listed in parentheses on accompanying page).

Submit the original plus the appropriate number of copies of your proposal to:

William Gosnold, Interim Director
Office of Research and Program Development
University of North Dakota
Box 7134
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Kevin Young (Microbiology and Immunology), Chair, Faculty Research Seed Money Committee.

Applications Invited For Dissertation Assistantships Competition

Dissertation research assistantships, sponsored by North Dakota EPSCoR, are designed to increase the number of Ph.D. degrees awarded in North Dakota in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics, and to increase the number of proposals competitive for funding from the National Science Foundation. The RFP is posted online at Proposals are due to one of the EPSCoR offices on or before noon April 5, 2002.

It is anticipated that up to five dissertation assistantships will be awarded to each of the research universities beginning on or about July 1, 2002. The selection committee at each university consists of the dean of the graduate school, the principal research administrator, and two members of the ND EPSCoR steering committee.

Please direct your questions to me. – David Givers, Assistant Project
Director, N.D. EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo, (701) 231-7516 or

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


Grants support local progressive social change activities that expand and protect civil liberties and civil and human rights; increase opportunities for the poor, disenfranchised, immigrants and people of color; and enhance and expand community involvement in, and control over, economic and environmental decisions affecting members community members. Contact: P.O. Box 148, Lincoln, MA 01773. Deadline: None.


Grant Program–Areas of interest include youth, rehabilitation, biomedical research, child welfare, major cultural institutions, hospitals and health care, social services, alcohol and drug abuse, father absence and responsible fatherhood, and education. Deadline: None. Contact: Joseph S. Dolan;,


Type B, AC, and G Research Grants–Support for research related to the petroleum field. Deadline: None. Contact: Lawrence A. Funke,; (Type B), (Type AC), (Type G).


Dissertation Grants Program--support for research on fundamental educational issues, with a priority for education of poor, urban, or minority students and for mathematics and literacy education. Additional topics may include cultural and linguistic diversity, alternative forms of educational assessment, school persistence, early childhood education, contextual factors (individual, curricular, and school related) in education, materials (curriculum) development, school reform, and the quality of educational institutions. Deadline: 3/15/02. Contact: OERI Research Grants,

Research Grants Program–See above for areas of interest. Deadlines and Contact: See above or


Graduate & Undergraduate Fellowship Awards–Support for biomedical age-related research projects. Deadline: None. Contact: North Carolina State University, Department of Biochemistry;;


Public Interest Policy Graduate Student Internship Program–Interest policy areas pertain to: children, youth, and families; aging; women; lesbian/gay/bisexual concerns; ethnic minorities; AIDS; disabilities; media; and crime and violence. Deadline: 3/15/02. Contact: Office of Public Policy, 202/336-6062;;


Research Grants–Support for research projects in thyroid function and disease. Contact: Sandra M. McLachlan, 703/998-8890;; Deadline: 2/28/02 (Preproposals); 5/10/02 (Applications).


Grants support exhibitions, catalogues and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. Deadlines: 3/15/02, 9/15/02. Contact: Pamela Clapp, 212/387-7555;


Research Grants–Support to develop educational material and programs, define and expand APIC’s body of knowledge, or create a pool of resources (materials, programs, and content experts) for APICS members. Contact: Florence Anderson,, Deadline: None.


Janssen-Ortho Studentship Award–Support for research in antimicrobial resistance. Deadline: 3/15/02. Contact: CIDS Secretariat, 613/260-3233;;

Safe Drinking Water/CFID Grant Award–Support for student research in safe drinkingwater in Canada and internationally. Deadline and Contact: See above.


Research Fellowships–Support for prevention of cancer through scientific research and education. Deadlines: 3/15/02, 9/15/02. Contact: 703/836-4412;;


Research Grants–Support for projects focused on fundamental knowledge needed to develop alternative methods to the use of whole animals for safety/hazard evaluation, risk assessment, and efficacy testing. Deadline: 3/15/02 (Preproposal Abstracts). Contact: CAAT Grants Coordinator, 410/223-1693;;


Clinical Hypotheses in Neuroimmunology–Research on the interaction between the nervous system and the immune system. Deadline: 3/06/2002. Contact: Donnis Glover,;


Genomes to Life–Support for research from large, well-integrated, multidisciplinary research teams to develop experimental and computational capabilities to enable a predictive understanding of behavior of microbes and microbial communities of interest to the DOE. Deadline: 3/1/02 (Letter of Intent); 5/7/02 (Application). Contact: David Thomassen, 301/903-9817;;

State Energy Program Special Projects–Support to assist states to: accelerate deploymentof energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, facilitate acceptance of emerging and underutilized energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and increase responsiveness of Federally funded technology development efforts to private sector needs. Deadline: 3/15/02. Contact: Eric W. Thomas, 202/586-2242;


Computational and Information Sciences–Topics include: military extensible markup language, information science and technology, information assurance and survivable communications, fuzzy logic, Combat Service Support (CSS) technology applications, atmospheric modeling and simulation, database technology, software engineering, information infrastructure, technology for Course of Action (COA) analysis, battlefield environmental research, scalable computational sciences, knowledge management and business intelligence systems, and information technology. Deadline: None. Contact: U.S. Army Research Laboratory, 919/549-4375;


Senior Scholar in Aging Program–Support for research in the basic biological and clinical sciences relevant to understanding aging processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. Contact: Richard L. Sprott, 301/657-1830;; Deadline: 3/13/02 (Letters of Intent), 8/16/02 (Applications).

Senior Scholar Program in Global Infectious Disease–Support for basic molecular biological research on parasitology and infectious diseases that result from microbial, protozoan, or viral pathogenesis. Deadline and Contact: See above.


Research Travel Grants Program--Support for research in the holdings of the Gerald R. Ford Library. Contact: Grants Coordinator, 734/741-2218;; Deadline: 3/15/02.


Educational Foundation Research Grants--Funding for applied research projects related to the shopping center industry. Priorities for 2002 are tourism, growth management and the evolution of retail. Deadline: 3/11/02. Contact: 646/728-3800; fax 212/589-5555.


Clinical Research Grant Applications–Support for research designed to improve treatment of patients with vascular disease. Deadline: 3/1/02. Contact: Carrie B. Gorfinkle, 978/526-8330 x-111;;


Research Opportunities in Physical Sciences: Physical Sciences Ground-Based and Flight Research. Deadlines: 3/8/02 (Combustion Science), 4/1/02 (Fundamental Physics), 6/3/02 (Materials Science), 9/3/02 (Biotechnology, Special Focus), 12/2/02 (Fluid Physics). Contact: Bradley M. Carpenter, 202/358-0826;;


Technology Opportunities Program–Grants to promote digital network technologies; topics include lifelong learning, community and economic development, government and public services, safety, health, and culture and the arts. Deadline: 3/21/02. Contact: Stephen J. Downs, U.S. Department of Commerce, 202/482-2048;;


Mathematical Models of Cytokine/Chemokine Networks in HIV Associated Lung Disease (RFA-HL-02-009). Deadlines: 3/12/02 (Letter of Intent); 4/12/02 (Application). Contact: Hannah H. Peavy, 301/435-0222;;


Basic and Applied Stem Cell Research for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases (RFA-AR-02-003). Deadline: 2/20/02 (Letter of Intent); 3/20/02 (Application). Contact: Bernadette Tyree, 301/594-5032;;


Research on Adult and Family Literacy (RFA-HD-02-004). Contact: Peggy McCardle, 301/435-6863;; Deadlines: 4/15/02 (Letter of Intent); 5/15/02 (Application).


Development of Technologies for Saliva/Oral Fluid Based Diagnostics (RFA-DE-02-002). Deadlines: 3/11/02 (Letter of Intent); 4/11/02 (Application). Contact: Eleni Kousvelari, 301/594-2427;;


Inhalant Abuse: Supporting Broad-Based Research Approaches (RFA-DA-02-002). Contact: Charles Sharp, 301/443-1887;; Deadlines: 3/12/02 (Letter of Intent); 4/10/02 (Application).

Modifying and Testing Efficacious Behavioral Therapies to Make Them More Community Friendly (RFA-DA-02-006). Contact: Cecelia L. McNamara, 301/402-1488;; Deadlines: 3/11/02 (Letter of Intent); 4/11/02 (Application).


Educational Innovation Program–Funds for development of educational activities in the computer sciences for undergraduate education. Only one proposal per institution will be accepted in any one year; therefore, please contact ORPD if you are interested in submitting a proposal to this program. Deadline: 3/12/02. Contact: Anthony Maddox, 703/292-8980;;


International Joint Research Grant Program–Support to promote advancement of the international level of industrial technology and enhancement of international researcher exchange. Areas of interest are nanotechnology, materials and information technology, energy (related to power generation, efficient use) global environment, and international standard development. Deadline: 3/13/02. Contact: Secretariat, Research Funding & Fellowship Department, Telephone +81-3-5952-0071;;

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