sought for UND experts directory
President Charles Kupchella is asking faculty and researchers
to help “populate” the newly redesigned online
UND experts directory. Created by the Office of University
Relations, the web site is one of several ways in which
UND will showcase its expertise and at the same time provide
access to service. It will also be a resource that will
allow colleagues, the media, and the public in general to
connect to expertise on campus. The UND Experts Directory
can be accessed at http://www.und.edu/experts. The site
currently spotlights academic units and stand-alone research
centers, but it will soon be modified to include non-academic
The retooled web site now features a searchable database.
For example, type in “gene” and the following
names (added during various test phases) pop up in the database:
David Bradley, Ann Flower, Mahesh Lakshman, John Martsolf,
Peter Meberg, Roger Melvold, Darrin Muggli, Matthew Nilles,
The process for getting into the database is simple. The
online submission form is designed to allow faculty and
researchers to cut and paste from their vita, or, if you
prefer, type in fresh material. In addition to basic information
(name, title, contact information, etc.), the form allows
you to include information under the following categories:
- Education, Publications, Consulting
- Research, Grants, Special
- Presentations, Patents, Works in Progress
To participate, faculty and researchers can go to http://www.und.edu/experts/submit
and begin filling in the form. Note that you will be asked
to provide your NAID number (which will be kept confidential).
This will allow you to modify your entry at a later date.
Faculty members, for example, may want to update their entries
when they provide their October supplements.
Reminder to complete
harassment training program
We thank those who have completed harassment training.
If you have not yet completed the training, please do so
immediately. This training is required for all faculty and
staff, graduate students who teach, and students who supervise
others in support of UND’s efforts to promote a respectful
campus community for everyone. If you have any questions
regarding how to access the training program, please contact
the Office of General Counsel at 777-6345. Thanks for your
– Charles Kupchella, president.
candidate visits campus March 4
The third candidate for the position of provost and vice
president for academic affairs will visit the University
March 4, according to Martha Potvin, dean of the College
of Arts and Sciences and chair of the search committee.
The schedule follows:
Sona Karentz Andrews, vice provost, academic affairs, University
Thursday, March 4:
9-10 a.m. — Meeting with department chairs and campus
3:30 p.m. — Open reception, talk and Q&A, North
Dakota Museum of Art.
4:30 p.m. — Meeting with faculty, North Dakota Museum
Sona Karentz Andrews
Ph. D., Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1981 (geography)
M. A., Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 1977 (geography)
B. A., Worcester State College, Worcester, Massachusetts,
The vice provost for academic affairs at the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 2003, Sona Karentz Andrews
has served at UW-Milwaukee as associate vice chancellor
of academic affairs (2001-2003), assistant vice chancellor
of academic affairs (1995-2000), and as professor (1994-present)
and associate professor (19988-1994) of geography. She spent
2000-2001 as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow
at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. She served as an assistant
professor of geography at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,
from 1981 to 1988.
At UW-Milwaukee, she is responsible for all campus personnel
decisions, including faculty recruitment, hiring, and development.
She initiated an employee professional development program
and is credited for the University being ranked sixth best
place for women to work by Milwaukee Magazine in 2003. She
developed UW’s first technology plan and has been
instrumental in instituting practices that have helped the
institution attract and retain diverse faculty and staff.
She works closely with the deans of all schools/colleges
on matters related to budget, curriculum, and new initiatives.
She has served as a board member for Wisconsin Women in
Higher Education Leadership and is the state coordinator
for the American Council on Education Fellows, has served
on the editorial boards of academic journals in her field,
and has received grants totaling more than $630,000. Presently
she is a committee member in Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Barbara
Lawton’s Fund Raising Task Force on Wisconsin Women
= Prosperity Initiative.
Andrews is interested in interactive mapping, tactual mapping
for people with sensory impairments, and Geographic Information
Systems (GIS). In addition to a number of publications,
Andrews is the author of “Beyond Seeing and Hearing:
Teaching Geography to Sensory Impaired Children An Integrated
Based Curriculum Approach,” and cartographer for the
“Minnesota Travel Companion: A Guide to History Along
Minnesota’s Highways” and “Wisconsin Travel
Companion: A Guide to History Along Wisconsin’s Highways.”
Dobney discusses issues facing UND
Frederick Dobney, one of three candidates for the position
of provost and vice president for academic affairs, addressed
some of the issues facing UND during a recent public talk.
Dobney earned his bachelor’s degree in history in
1966 from Baylor University and his doctorate, also in history,
from Rice University in 1970. Currently a professor of history
at Western Michigan University, Dobney served as Western
Michigan’s provost and vice president for academic
affairs from 2000 to 2002. He served as executive vice president
and provost and professor of social sciences at Michigan
Technological University from 1993 to 2000, and has worked
at Washington State University, Loyola University, and St.
Louis University. His teaching field include American technology,
recent American history, and U.S. presidential elections.
In his public talk, Dobney said the biggest problem facing
UND is a projected decrease in North Dakota high school
graduates between now and 2018: an estimated drop of 30
percent. In contrast, North Carolina’s graduates are
expected to soar by 33 percent. Dobney said the challenge
will be to capture enough out-of-state students to maintain
the institution. Faculty, he said, must be involved in planning
for UND’s future.
Dobney reviewed options to address the problem:
- Increase the number of North Dakota high school graduates
that go on to college. However, he said, the state already
has one of the highest rates in the country of students
who attend college.
- Enroll a larger percentage of high school graduates
than other institutions in the state.
- Recruit more outstate students, although Minnesota
is projected to raise just one percent, and neighboring
states are also expected to have decreasing numbers of
high school grads.
- Recruit more international students at the undergraduate
level. Michigan, he said, has done this successfully with
branch campuses in other countries.
- Offer more courses and programs online.
- Reduce course offerings and the number of faculty.
- Keep programs but downsize, which will have the effect,
he said, of “bleeding the programs into mediocrity.”
Another issue facing UND, Dobney said, is the balance between
teaching and research. With a recently added vice president
for research, UND has emphasized the increasingly important
role of research at the institution. However, he noted,
there is no comparable vice president for instruction. UND
needs to convey to teaching faculty that they’re valued.
Remaining student-centered while growing research is a challenge,
Dobney said, adding that there is no easy solution.
It seems we demand more of faculty each year, Dobney said,
enumerating teaching, research, service, advising, governance,
graduate supervision, fundraising, alumni cultivation, recruiting,
assessment, and economic development roles. Faculty are
under siege, and no longer appear to be held in the high
esteem they enjoyed some 60 years ago.
Faculty salaries are low, Dobney said, asking how can we
convince faculty to continue to exhibit enthusiasm and optimism.
The answer is for administration, students, and the community
to respect and appreciate faculty and believe that what
faculty do is important to society.
Dobney said that he’s optimistic that universities
as we know them will continue to exist. “We play a
huge role in the education of 18-22 year-olds,” he
said, citing universities as a bridge from the teens to
adulthood. Though there will be “nibbling at the edges,”
universities will remain and need to be more nimble and
responsive in a time of rapid change.
UND is an excellent institution, he said, with first-rate
faculty and good facilities, and no problems money can’t
solve. To fully embrace the future, UND must be aggressive.
You can blame circumstances or change them, he said.
Dobney then took questions from the audience, the answers
to which are summarized below.
- Faculty cannot do everything, he said. Goals must be
defined, and departments must figure out how to accomplish
them. He recommends capitalizing on strengths, and allowing
good researchers to teach less so that good teachers can
teach more. Division of labor, he said, is the answer.
“We need to stop thinking of faculty as renaissance
scholars,” he said. We can’t do everything
well. Each faculty member, he said, should play a role
to strengthen the department and university. The key is
to reward both teaching and research
- When asked if his previous answer redefined scholarship,
Dobney said every faculty member must be involved in scholarly
activity, including teachers. “Scholarship keeps
you alive intellectually,” he said.
- One faculty member asked if the research agenda competes
with the scholarly agenda. Dobney said he advocates a
division of labor in each department that includes having
senior faculty in undergraduate classrooms. “Scholarship
reinforces and revitalizes the educational enterprise,”
he said, adding that not every college can contribute
equally to the research mission.
- When asked how assessment and reallocation took place
at Western Michigan, Dobney said that the president decided
to pursue centers of excellence. The university could
not, he said, invest equally in everything, and they identified
units which would receive special funding to achieve the
next success level. It worked there, he said, and might
work here. At Michigan Tech, each area gave back one percent
of their budget for reallocation, which was plowed into
other areas. This, Dobney said, makes an institution anemic,
and reallocation can only succeed when everyone works
together. Institutions need to agree how to approach a
program and approve a process, then implement a rational
process. The faculty, he said, need to be part of this.
- One faculty member asked Dobney about his career path,
which has run the gamut from classroom to the position
of provost and VPAA. Presently, Dobney is in the classroom
and applying for another provost position. Dobney said
he went “from the frying pan to the fire from Michigan
Tech to Western.” The president there, he said,
was young and had not served as a faculty member, dean
or provost, and Dobney thought his experience could help
the new president run the university. However, Dobney
said, the president wanted a “yes man,” and
the two did not get along. Though Dobney supported his
president publicly, he protested the firing of deans and
began job-hunting. After Dobney was offered a presidency
in the State University of New York system, the president
said he’d recommend Dobney for an interim presidency
after he, the president, left. Dobney accepted, and three
weeks later was fired. Dobney said he is somewhat hesitant
about returning to administration, but thinks he’d
make a good provost who has a lot to offer in the right
- The use of technology in the classroom is growing, Dobney
said, and its applicability to different disciplines varies.
Team learning is important.
- Dobney said he views general education as an important
component of a liberal arts education. His view is that
a graduate from an institution should be distinguished
by certain traits. The general education curriculum here,
he said, is too varied, and the curriculum should be more
prescriptive. “Identify the characteristics you
want and assign the courses,” he said, citing goals
for students to be computer literate, able to write and
speak, and possess a general knowledge of the great works.
“I’m not convinced a long list ensures that
they learn what you want.”
- Regarding the university pay scale, Dobney congratulated
faculty on raises of 5 and 7 percent. But, he said, when
looking at the starting salaries, that increase is not
impressive. The fact that faculty compensation is 20 percent
below the median is a major problem. He said there is
a tradeoff when it comes to faculty salaries: choose to
hire more people at lower salaries, or fewer people at
higher salaries. It’s a tough choice, he said, but
he’d rather invest money into salaries until they
reach a reasonable level.
– Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter.
Coultrap-McQuin discusses values, commitments, challenges
at open forum
Susan Coultrap-McQuin, one of three candidates for the
position of provost and vice president for academic affairs,
discussed her values and commitments as well as challenges
facing higher education at an open forum Feb. 23.
She currently serves as dean of the College of Social and
Behavioral Sciences at Minnesota State University-Mankato,
a position she has held since 1995. She earned her bachelor’s
degree in English and French from Iowa State University
in 1969, and her doctorate in American studies from the
University of Iowa in 1979. She has worked at the University
of Maryland European Division, Michigan State University,
and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Her research expertise
is in 19th century women writers and their publishers, feminist
ethics, women’s studies, higher education, and teaching.
In her talk, Coultrap-McQuin said she believes there is
a place in higher education for all types of institutions,
public and private, and that she is deeply committed to
public education. Each person who desires access to higher
education should be able to receive an affordable, high-quality
education. Education, she said, must both prepare students
to both live an intellectually rich life and make a living.
She also believes that institutions of higher education
have a responsibility to create and share knowledge, and
help the world solve problems. State-supported institutions
are obligated to help their communities increase their quality
of life. UND, she said, embodies that mission: quality,
affordable education, active in research, and a partner
enhancing both social and economic life in the region.
It’s a cliché, Coultrap-McQuin said, to say
that institutions of higher learning must focus on student
learning. She believes that it is the central mission of
the institution. “Students deserve the best possible
education we can give them.” Public institutions,
she said, must provide students with the context to encounter
different viewpoints and experiences, and to learn from
peers, faculty, staff, and administrators. She believes
higher education should offer rich diversity, cultural opportunities,
and an environment in which everyone is constantly learning.
She enumerated six challenges facing higher education today,
and said that institutions must meet those challenges strategically
and optimistically. One can, she said, find opportunities
in those challenges. Her list is detailed below:
- Decreased funding: North Dakota, she said, has come
through funding decreases more successfully than many
other states, But funding will always be tight, and universities
must become even more efficient. They need to defend their
expenditures. People are skeptical of providing tax monies
for higher education, she said, and this will likely not
change. A forward-looking institution can respond by improving
internal business processes, seeking new revenue sources
(external grants and contracts), looking at new ways to
provide education, and increasing fundraising efforts.
- Market orientation: Coultrap-McQuin said there has been
a shift in funding: rather than provide monies directly
to institutions, dollars are funneled to students via
grants and loans. This has encouraged a “consumer”
attitude in students, who demand customer satisfaction
and assert the right to complain about expectations, rewards,
and grades. From her perspective, Coultrap-McQuin said,
there is a wide disconnect between the consumer and academic
viewpoints. The solution, she said, is not to try to change
the attitudes of students, but to explain to students
why we do what we do. We need to build partnerships between
the academic and student services areas to meet student
needs, and to develop different pedagogical approaches
such as applied and experiential learning.
- Competition for students: For-profit providers such
as the University of Phoenix, Coultrap-McQuin said, have
found new audiences of students. UND needs to do this
too, in light of projections of decreased students over
the next decade. We need to provide education at different
times and at different sites. She also cited ranking services,
such as U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings.
“People assume that these are a measure of quality,”
she said, but they are not a measure of what students
are learning. Institutions need to consider how they appear
in the rankings, and initiate a dialogue about what makes
quality education: student success, learning styles, depth
of learning demonstrated by students, critical/creative
thinking skill. Faculty need to be up-to-date, engaged,
and committed to student learning. Institutions need to
implement better assessment techniques and to create greater
visibility for academic excellence.
- Demographic shifts: New student populations differ ethnically
and by age. All institutions want to attract a diverse
body, Coultrap-McQuin said, but many are under-prepared
to retain these students and meet their expectations.
We need to examine and meet the curricular, social, cultural,
and learning styles of these students. Similarly, we need
to recruit more diverse faculty. To meet these challenges,
she suggests partnerships between academic affairs and
student services, welcoming diversity, and forming partnerships
with the broader community.
Changing technology: Today’s students have grown
up with computers and video games. As a result, they have
become visual learners and non-linear thinkers, many with
fewer reading, writing, and logic skills. They often lack
some computer literacy skills, and we need to help them
with this and their critical thinking skills. Institutions,
she said, need to build in technology learning outcomes
and change pedagogical strategies. Teaching in different
ways can ensure that students are prepared for lifelong
learning and online courses.
Fragile civil society: The belief that a liberal arts education
teaches the foundation of a democratic society is not necessarily
true anymore, Coultrap-McQuin said. Many people today tend
to pull back from civil engagement and remain disengaged
from the larger community. There is a lot of antisocial
information online, she said, that emphasizes personal gain
over social responsibility. All institutions, she said,
need to begin thinking more deeply and fully about ways
to help students become engaged in the civic life of the
community. Campuses, she said, should model civic engagement
and show students a model of civil society.
In closing, Coultrap-McQuin said that the challenges may
be difficult, but are not discouraging if institutions hold
to their core values of access, affordability, and excellence
in teaching and services. “I see opportunity where
others see no hope.” UND, she said, is well positioned
to address these challenges, citing our strategic planning
initiative. “It’s time to move the institution
from good to great, and face the challenges,” she
Coultrap-McQuin then took questions from the audience,
answers to which are summarized below.
- The provost’s role in helping increase research
is crucial, she said, especially when allocating resources.
That person will lead the deans and colleges to clarify
expectations, make mentoring possible, and work on faculty
development and collaboration. New faculty, she said,
have high levels of energy and the drive to do research.
This can re-energize senior faculty.
- When asked about her work ethic and commitment to the
job if she is named provost, Coultrap-McQuin said she
already works hard at her job as dean. She is aware, she
said, of how much time a provost’s job can take.
She loves working in higher education, and finds it energizing
to have the opportunity to work with faculty and administrators
to shape the future. She has a strong work ethic, but
believes that community and family are also important,
and would hope to role model a balanced life.
- When asked how the initiatives she’s been involved
in at her previous post would apply to UND, she enumerated
- Increased the amount of experiential learning in the
classroom, sent students to professional conferences,
and encouraged undergraduate research.
- Recruited more diverse faculty.
- Increased the amount of research and commitment to research
through mentoring and developing funding sources.
- Built a donor base for the college and university.
- Bring together interdisciplinary research opportunities
to the community. For example, she said, one could bring
together government, organizations, the school district,
and police department to do such things as surveys, historic
preservation, community planning, and enhancing libraries.
- When asked how she would address the problem of encouraging
faculty who previously have not done much research, she
said that each faculty member in higher education came
with the skills to do research. New faculty, she said,
can often re-energize senior faculty and departments.
She believes in developing collaborative opportunities
and encouraging people with similar interests. She also
said she would pay attention to faculty interests and
encourage them. Some people who haven’t published
can be up-to-date in their reading and have developed
teaching theories, and she would encourage them to present
- Regarding the centrality of research, Coultrap-McQuin
said that she would promote a clear understanding of research
expectations so faculty members aren’t surprised
by a strong emphasis on research. She followed up on a
similar question by saying that expectations can change
over time, and a new person ought not to change the rules
but should quickly bring about a change. Her solution,
she said, would include being clear on the importance
of research, supporting and encouraging departments, and
moving resources to support research.
- One faculty member mentioned that the tradition at UND
is one of bottom-up faculty governance, and that each
department has defined their teaching and research missions,
then asking where administration stood on this tradition.
Coultrap-McQuin said she doesn’t yet know. In her
campus visit, there has been a lot of discussion about
the increasing importance of research and support for
research, as well as research that increases economic
development. As the institution changes, she said, everyone
needs to be involved in that change. A top-down message
should be an opening opportunity for dialogue about enhancing
research and how colleges and departments can prioritize.
- In response to the above, one faculty member asked two
questions: Where will the resources to support research
come from? And who will teach? Coultrap-McQuin said that
she can’t yet answer the first question because
she hasn’t seen budgets. Money, though, can be moved
to support priorities. Regarding teaching, she said it’s
important for students to encounter full professors at
the beginning of their academic careers. But she would
shift some teaching to graduate students and part-time
faculty. Using graduate students, she said, doesn’t
necessarily create a bad learning environment.
- One faculty member asked about unfunded mandates in
higher education. Coultrap-McQuin said it is her strong
belief that if you ask people to do something, you need
to make it possible to do it. She would look for more
efficiencies. For example, some related services could
be combined, and centers of learning could be enhanced.
What’s important, she said, is that the president
has a vision to move the institution toward a future with
more prominent research. The provost must determine the
steps to support that goal.
- When asked how she’d reallocate monies, she said
she has a process: understand the problem, discuss it
with those involved, and put an allocation process in
place. She would examine the size, circumstances, support,
and technology in making a decision.
- Her view of the general education requirements is that
a strong general education program would clarify what
students are supposed to learn and would be built around
learning outcomes. She would like to see a GE program
that students take because it’s exciting and engaging,
and believes that each institution should put its own
stamp on requirements. Rethinking general education could
be done in a couple of ways: through the deans council
and the colleges, or with a cross-section of people across
campus studying the issue. General education, she said,
should be discussed in a strategic way and should come
through the academic units.
- Professional schools are important, she said, as is
a liberal arts foundation. The provost should promote
interaction and understanding between the liberal arts
and professional schools.
– Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter.
sponsors scholarly forum
A panel discussion, “Proof in the Discipline”
will open the graduate school’s scholarly forum at
9 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl
with Jim Williams (theatre arts), Jack Weinstein (philosophy
and religion), and Katherine Sorenson (graduate student
in mathematics). Using theatre arts’ production of
the play “Proof” as a springboard, this panel
will explore the concept of what constitutes a proof within
various disciplines. “Proof” runs all week at
7:30 p.m. from March 2-6 in the Burtness Lab Theatre.
The forum begins in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl at
10 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, and at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday and
Thursday, March 3 and 4. All presentations will be held
in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. On Tuesday, March
2, the English department is launching a mini symposium
titled, “The Pleasures of the Text” and “The
Passions of the Text,” from noon to 3:30 p.m. in the
Lecture Bowl. Following the mini symposium, Mary Burgan
will give a keynote address, “Literature and Everyday
Life: Pianos, Maps and Microbes.” Dr. Burgan is with
the American Association of University Professors and Professor
of English, Indiana University.
Wednesday, March 3, a panel of women and their supporters
in the sciences will discuss the themes that the play “Proof”
introduces. This will be followed by student and faculty
presentations. At noon, the department of atmospheric sciences
will present their research, followed by a keynote lecture,
“Hurricanes and Climate” given by Kerry Emanuel,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Thursday, March 4, a special lecture presented by Robin
Wright will be given in the River Valley Room of the Memorial
Union. Dr. Wright will be interested in talking to faculty
and graduate teaching assistants about the scholarship of
teaching. Following the lecture, presentations by students
and faculty will be held in the Lecture Bowl. At 1 p.m.
a discussion focusing around the play “Proof”
will be led by Elisabeth A. Holland, National Center for
For additional information about the forum, please contact
the graduate school at 777-2786 or go to www.und.edu/dept/grad.
A complete schedule is posted.
— Cynthia Shabb, assistant dean, graduate school.
honor AAUP secretary
Mary Burgan, general secretary of the American Association
of University Professors, will be on campus Monday and Tuesday,
March 1 and 2, for the graduate school’s scholarly
forum. A reception for her will be held Monday, March 1,
from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room, Chester Fritz
This will be an informal gathering to talk about governance
issues on university campuses and the necessary role AAUP
continues to play nationally. The AAUP has been the voice
of the profession for many years, a champion of academic
freedom and an advocate for faculty rights and responsibilities.
Please stop by and meet Dr. Burgan. There will be coffee
and cookies and good talk. And do join us at her keynote
speech on Tuesday, March 2, in the Lecture Bowl at 3:30
– Sandra Donaldson, English.
focuses on “The Pleasures of the Text”
In recognition of the English department’s designation
as UND’s best research department at last year’s
Founders Day ceremony, the graduate school has invited the
department to present a three-hour symposium Tuesday, March
2, and to invite a speaker to deliver a keynote address
following the symposium.
You’re invited to the English department’s
symposium on “The Pleasures of the Text,” a
celebration of the meaning, value, and fun of reading –
and studying – literature.
Part 1: The Pleasures of the Text
Noon to 12:20 p.m., “The Joy of Texts: A Reading
Performance of Writers on Reading.” English department
faculty and students will read celebrations of the glory
of books and readings written by, among others, Elizabeth
Barrett Browning, John Keats, John Milton, Adrienne Rich,
Wallace Stevens, and William Butler Yeats. English lecturer
and actor Darin Kerr will perform Garrison Keillor’s
“Your Book Saved My Life, Mister.”
12:30 to 1 p.m., “Great Reading Experiences: Reports
from the Field.”
1 to 1:20 p.m., “Great Reading Experiences,”
1:20 to 1:40 p.m., break.
Part II: The Passions of the Text
1:40 to 3 p.m., A panel of conference papers from English
faculty and graduate students.
1:40 to 2 p.m., Kim Donehower (assistant professor), “Passionate
Readers: Autodidacts and the Pleasures of the Text.”
2 to 2:20 p.m., Amy Watkin, “Exploring the Inclusion
of Rasselas in Jane Eyre.”
2:20 to 2:40 p.m., Leslie Werden, “The Masking of
Queen Elizabeth in Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth.”
2:40 to 3 p.m., Brian Schill, “Negating the Negative:
Punks, Christians, and the Sublime.”
3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mary Burgan, “Literature and Everyday
Life – Pianos, Maps, and Microbes.” Dr. Burgan
is the general secretary of the American Association of
University Professors (AAUP) and former professor of Victorian
literature and chair of English at Indiana University. Her
writing focuses on 19th century literature and social history.
Dr. Burgan’s book, Illness, Gender, and Writing: The
Case of Katherine Mansfield, is published by Johns Hopkins
University Press. She also has written extensively on professional
issues arising from her experiences as department chair,
her work with disciplinary organizations, and her position
as general secretary of the AAUP.
Burgan’s talk will explore the fascinations of literary
research, focusing on her own work as a Victorianist –
which includes publications on the topics listed in her
subtitle. The talk is meant to be accessible and interesting
to a broad range of audiences.
Our thanks to Dean Joey Benoit and the graduate school
for the invitation to arrange this symposium and for their
strong support in planning and funding it.
– English department.
The theatre arts department will present “Proof”
by David Auburn. This 2001 Pulitzer Prize recipient and
winner of the Tony Award for the Best Play on Broadway will
perform at the Burtness Lab Theatre Tuesday through Saturday,
March 2-6. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
“Proof” is about the daughter of a famous yet
unsound mathematician who has to confront her own heredity
when a mathematical proof never before solved is found in
her father’s papers. Since its premiere, this thought-provoking
and gripping drama has been produced throughout the country
in unprecedented revivals. Although this is just Auburn’s
second play, the story has resonated with audiences, and
generated discussion about the inequities of women in sciences
as well as heredity of mental illness.
In conjunction with the production, the graduate school
will feature two panels during its scholarly forum March
2-4. On Tuesday, March 2, the forum will present a panel
discussion on the concept of “proof” in society.
On Wednesday, March 3, a discussion on women in science
will also be featured. Both panels begin at 9 a.m. in the
Memorial Union. Theatre arts will also present a guest speaker,
Elizabeth A. Holland, a biogeoscientist who will discuss
issues relevant to the production of “Proof,”
at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 4.
For box office and reservation information, call 777-2587.
Free reserved parking on campus is available the evening
– Theatre arts.
“Teaching as Scholarly Work”
Robin Wright, associate dean of the College of Biological
Sciences and professor of genetics, cell biology and development
at the University of Minnesota, will share her experiences
in this scholarship of teaching, reflecting on her work
with graduate students and graduate faculty members alike.
She will speak as part of the scholarly forum Thursday,
March 4, at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Her
talk is tentatively titled, “Teaching as Scholarly
Work: Research Rigor Applied to Teaching Methods and Assessment.”
Dr. Wright will share her experiences in the scholarship
of teaching, reflecting on her work with graduate students
and graduate faculty members alike. There will also be time
Graduate students, deeply involved in the research that
will earn them an advanced degree, can lose sight of the
fact that a critical feature of the academic career for
which they are preparing is teaching. A growing area of
interest among graduate faculty and graduate students is
how to bring the same kind of scientific rigor and scholarship
to our teaching classes as we do to our research.
All interested students and faculty are invited to attend;
refreshments will be provided.
– Jon Jackson, anatomy and cell biology, and Libby
Rankin, director of instructional development.
speaks on Arabic alphabet and experiences in Jordan
On Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. in 116 Merrifield Hall,
Michael Beard will deliver the next English department colloquium,
“Ta is for ‘Talisman.’” The paper
comes from a work in progress about the esthetics of the
Arabic alphabet. Each chapter discusses a different letter
(ta is the 16th). Each chapter of the book will discuss
the shape of the letter and list the loan words in European
languages and key words which begin with that letter. And
each chapter has to include a story.
Prof. Beard is the co-editor of the journal, Middle Eastern
Literatures (formerly Edebiyat) and of the series “Middle
East Literature in Translation” for Syracuse University
Press. His most recent book is a translation (with Ahmad
Karimi-Hakkak) of the Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami’s
book Walking with the Wind (Harvard Film Archive, 2001).
Upcoming English department colloquia include Elizabeth
Hampsten, “An Exhibition of Prison Art in Uruguay,”
March 11; Burt Thorp, “The World’s Longest Poem:
A Brief Account,” April 8; and Sherry O’Donnell,
‘“Don’t Wait for Your Funeral to Order
Our Buns’: Social Semiotics of a Small Town Bakery,”
April 29. All colloquia are at 4 p.m. in 116 Merrifield
Hall, and everyone is welcome to attend.
– Joyce Coleman, English.
planned for Walter Ellis
A memorial service for Walter Ellis, professor of history,
who died Jan. 12, will be held at the North Dakota Museum
of Art at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Please come and join us
as we celebrate the life and accomplishments of this truly
remarkable individual. His obituary is available at http://www.und.edu/dept/our/uletter/01232004.html#35.
— Jim Mochoruk, associate professor and chair of
Shuzo Takahashi will present a colloquium, “An Introduction
to Elliptic Curves,” Friday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. in
309 Witmer Hall. Refreshments will be served in 325 Witmer
Hall at 2:30 p.m.
The talk will discuss the connections between elliptic
curves, Fermat’s Last Theorem, and modern cryptography.
Dr. Takahashi has degrees in mathematics and philosophy,
and is currently in the mathematics department at the University
of Arizona. He is a candidate for a mathematics faculty
– Bruce Dearden, mathematics.
NIH Roadmap will
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Roadmap for Medical
Research initiatives are designed to speed the movement
of research discoveries from the bench into practice for
the benefit of the public. The NIH is presenting a webcast
for briefing on the implementation and future directions
of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. NIH Director Elias
A. Zerhouni and other key NIH leaders will provide specific
updates on requests for applications and other initiatives
currently in circulation, describe future opportunities,
and answer questions about the NIH Roadmap’s three
themes: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the
future, and re-engineering the clinical research enterprise.
The webcast will be held Friday, Feb. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.,
and can be viewed live at http://www.nihroadmap.nih.gov
— NIH Roadmap Briefing. No advance registration is
If you are unable to participate in the webcast, materials,
speaker presentations, and a synopsis will be available
on the NIH Roadmap web site following the briefing. For
an orientation prior to the session, please visit the NIH
Roadmap web site at http://www.nihroadmap.nih.gov.
— William Gosnold, interim director, research and
host annual science day for children
Fifth- and sixth-grade students from throughout the region
are invited to attend the annual Elementary School Science
Day Saturday, March 27, at the School of Medicine and Health
The event features a hands-on approach to learning, and
is open to any child who wishes to participate. It is hosted
by the UND chapter of the American Medical Student Association
(AMSA); organizers request a non-refundable $2 fee and preregistration
form for each child. Registration deadline is Friday, March
Participating students may choose to attend either the
morning (8 a.m. to noon) or afternoon (1 to 5 p.m.) session.
Medical student-supervised activities, designed to stimulate
children’s interest in science, will focus on human
health and anatomy, use of computers in medicine to learn
about organ function and disease, awareness of the dangers
of tobacco use, and various projects to demonstrate scientific
principles. An age-appropriate talk on AIDS is open only
to those with parental consent.
Barbara Swenson, second-year medical student, is project
coordinator. For more information or to request a registration
form, contact her, c/o Office of Public Affairs, UND School
of Medicine and Health Sciences, PO Box 9037, Grand Forks,
ND 58202-9037; call (701) 777-4305, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
— School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
The Public Relations Student Society of America will give
a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina
Monologues” as part of the V-Day 2004 college campaign
at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, Empire Arts Center, downtown
V-Day is a worldwide movement to stop sexual violence against
women and girls, and to proclaim Valentine’s Day as
the day to celebrate women and demand the end of abuse.
For more information on this event, please contact Tiffiny
Dunn at email@example.com or Shelle Michaels at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Jan Orvik, editor, for PRSSA.
Prison opens at Museum
“Snow Country Prison: Interned in North Dakota”
opens at Museum Sunday, Feb. 29, and is followed by a symposium
Monday, March 1.
Sunday, Feb. 29
3 p.m., Exhibition opens to the public.
4 p.m., Keynote address, John Christgau. Twenty years ago
Christgau wrote the defining book about North Dakota’s
Fort Lincoln, Enemies: World War II Alien Internment. Enemies,
which was recommended for the National Book Award, poses
serious questions about the rights of immigrants in an American
democracy, then and now. The book is available in the Museum
Shop; Christgau will sign books following the lecture.
5 p.m., Buffet dinner for all guests (suggested donation
6 p.m., Film screening led by Satsuki Ina, featuring Fort
Lincoln Internment Camp (KVLY Fargo), “Conversation
With A German Internee, Fort Lincoln” (Kurt Peters),
“Children of the Camps,” and “From A Silk
Cocoon Trailer” (still in production).
Monday, March 1
4 to 6 p.m., Symposium with participants John Christgau,
Karen Ebel, Satsuki Ina, Isao Fujimoto, Robert Nebel, followed
by wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Symposium participants (in addition to keynote speaker
John Christgau) are:
Karen Ebel, daughter of Max Ebel, who was interned in Ft.
Lincoln from May 1943 to June 1944.
Isao Fujimoto, a long-time professor at the University
of California, Davis, founded the Asian American Studies
program and the UC Davis Graduate Program in Community Development.
Satsuka Ina is the producer and project director of “Children
of the Camps,” a one-hour documentary that captures
the experiences of six Americans of Japanese ancestry who
were confined as children to internment camps during World
Robert Nebel was interned at Fort Lincoln.
This project is supported in part by the North Valley Arts
Council and the City of Grand Forks, the Nash Family Foundation,
Ecolab Inc., Robert and Virginia Dunnigan, Otto Bremer Foundation,
North Dakota Humanities Council, North Dakota Council on
the Arts, Bismarck Tribune, University of North Dakota,
Xcel Energy Foundation, Grand Forks Herald, Barbara Nakano,
United Tribes Technical College and the American Indian
The exhibition continues through April 11.
–- North Dakota Museum of Art.
Of English Music” showcased Sunday, Feb. 29
The Grand Forks Master Chorale and the Oak Grove Lutheran
Concert Choir will join forces for “An Evening of
English Chorale Music,” Sunday, Feb. 29, 7 p.m. at
United Lutheran Church. A reception follows in the church
The Master Chorale, a 40-plus-voice auditioned choir under
the direction of Michael J. Weber with accompanist Lacey
Oar, will feature the works of William Byrd, Henry Purcell,
George Fredric Handel, Charles V. Stanford, Benjamin Britten,
Edward Elgar, R. Vaughan Williams, and John Rutter.
The Oak Grove Lutheran Concert Choir, under the direction
of Paul Barta, will feature several pieces by his brother-in-law,
Grand Forks composer and member of the Grand Forks Master
Chorale Daniel Pederson.
Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Senior citizens
get a break at $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and students
get the best deal: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets
are available through the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office,
777-4090. The Master Chorale is supported in part by the
North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Myra Foundation.
The Master Chorale is a member of the North Valley Arts
Michael J. Weber, associate professor of music at NDSU,
came to the there from the vocal division at Salisbury University,
Salisbury, Md. He currently directs the NDSU University
Chorus and the NDSU Madrigal Singers. He has extensive experience
as a music director, conductor and stage director for numerous
musical theatre productions in Texas, California, and North
Dakota. He holds degrees from UND, California State University,
Fullerton, and the University of Arizona.
Lacey Oar, accompanist, is a senior at UND, majoring in
aviation management. A Central Valley School graduate, she
began playing piano at the age of 6, and has studied with
David Worth and Sergio Gallo. Oar has won several prestigious
area music contests, including the Greater Grand Forks Symphony’s
Young Artist Solo Competition in 2001, as well as the 2000
Fargo-Moorhead Symphony’s Young Artist Solo Competition.
She is a five-time winner of the piano competition at Scott’s
Music Fine Arts Studio, where she teaches lessons. In addition
to the Master Chorale, Oar is accompanist for the United
Lutheran Church Choir in Grand Forks.
Paul Barta received his Bachelor of Science in vocal music
education and master’s of music in choral conducting
from NDSU. Barta is in his first year as director of music
at Oak Grove Lutheran School. Along with his current position,
Barta is a member of the 188th Army National Guard Band
out of Fargo. He has served with this organization for six
years as a saxophone player.
— Grand Forks Master Chorale.
will show video on early Christianity
The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., presents
its Sunday video series at 1:30 p.m. On Feb. 29, they will
show From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, part one
of a two-part PBS documentary on early Christianity. April
4 will feature From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians,
part two of the documentary. There is no charge, and the
programs are open to all.
– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center.
meets March 1
The graduate committee will meet Monday, March 1, at 3:05
p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Approval of minutes.
2. Request for change in program requirements for the physician
3. Formation of a summer doctoral fellowship subcommittee:
Need two-three members of the graduate committee.
4. Matters arising.
— Joseph Benoit, graduate dean.
On Monday, March 1, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall, Vasyl
Tkach will present “Molecular Phylogenetics of Parasites:
From Identification of Pathogens to Understanding Their
Ecology and Evolution.” Dr. Tkach is an assistant
research professor in biology and a candidate for the disease
ecology position here.
On Friday, March 5, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall, Gregory
Ebel will present “Ecology and Phylogeny: Impacts
of Complex Transmission Cycles on Arbovirus Evolution and
Disease Emergence.” Dr. Ebel is a research scientist
at the Wadsworth Center Arbovirus Laboratory in Albany,
N.Y., and is also a candidate for the disease ecology position.
– Biology department.
seminar held March 2
The spring aviation safety seminar is set for Tuesday,
March 2, at 7 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium. Capt. Al Haynes
will present “The Story of United Flight 232.”
Haynes, a retired United Airlines captain, has accumulated
over 27,000 flight hours in various commercial aircraft.
On July 19, 1989, United Airlines Flight 232 departed Denver
at 2:09 p.m. At 3:16 p.m., the flight crew notified Minneapolis
that the number two engine aboard their DC-10 had failed,
and the aircraft was marginally controllable. Because of
the flight crew’s actions, many lives were saved.
Capt. Haynes will speak of his experiences, focusing on
the heroics of the Sioux City, Iowa incident.
The seminar, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored
by the Aviation Safety Association, Odegard School of Aerospace
Sciences. Questions may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
— Odegard School.
to attend summer fun job fair
The recreation and leisure services program and career
services/cooperative education will host the summer fun
job fair Tuesday, March 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., second
floor, Memorial Union. The fair provides an opportunity
for local, regional, and national organizations to recruit
summer employees. The fair is open to anyone interested,
but is especially targeted to UND students of any major
looking for a “fun” summer job or internship.
Many employers will conduct interviews the day of the fair.
Please encourage students to attend, and feel free to share
this information with anyone who may be looking for summer
Contact Leann Kaiser, recreation and leisure services,
777-2502, leann.Kaiser@mail.und.nodak.edu, www.und.edu/dept/rls/summer.htm
for more information.
On Teaching group
meets March 3
“When Students Need Help With Writing...” is
the topic for the next meeting of the On Teaching discussion
group, which will be held Wednesday, March 3, from noon
to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. We’ll
begin by hearing from Mark Magness (integrated studies faculty
and writing center consultant) and Jesse Veeder (undergrad
writing consultant) about the kinds of “help”
they might offer to writers within the writing center. Then
we’ll consider what an individual faculty member can
and should do for his/her own students who struggle with
writing. Can changing the structure of the assignment help,
or does that just mask the problem? Can a teacher make a
difference via one-on-one work with a writer, or is the
job too big for that kind of intervention? What if it’s
a serious, advanced student, maybe even a grad student -
how can that student’s needs be met? (As a faculty
member outside of English, do you find yourself wondering
if this is really “your” problem?)
To register for lunch (provided by instructional development)call
777-4998 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch reservations
must be received by noon Monday, March 1.
– Joan Hawthorne, writing across the curriculum.
workshop is March 3
The Memorial Union leadership workshop series will hold
its final session Wednesday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in the Memorial
Union Leadership Inspiration Room. Steve Edwards will present
“Thinking Outside the Box.” For more information,
call 777-2898 or e-mail email@example.com.
— Memorial Union.
diversity in the workplace
Students are encouraged to attend a panel discussion on
“Diversity Issues in the Workplace,” Wednesday,
March 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial
Union. The panel discussion is in support of the 10th Annual
College of Business and Public Administration business conference,
titled “Global Perspectives.” Panel members
will represent companies related to health care, technology,
research, aerospace, and more. Students will hear local
area employers discuss some of the opportunities and challenges
that confront organizations with a diverse workforce. It
will be an interactive discussion, allowing students in
the audience to ask questions of panel members. The goal
of the session is to help students better understand why
it’s important for them to learn about diversity and
interact with different cultures. The panel discussion offers
them an opportunity to hear, from an employer perspective,
what they can expect when they enter the job market. We
also hope they can take away things they can do to help
them be more marketable in their job search. The business
conference is an annual event sponsored by the College of
Business and Public Administration student council (BPAC).
It was initiated in 1995 and is intended to enhance students’
education by giving them the opportunity to listen to and
interact with prominent members of the business community.
The panel discussion is a partnership between COBPA and
the Memorial Union.
For more information, call me at 777-4703.
– Tony Trimarco, director, Memorial Union, and panel
for Global Perspectives Week
The College of Business and Public Administration Student
Council presents Global Perspectives Week March 3-5. The
Wednesday, March 3, Diversity panel, River Valley Room,
Memorial Union, 5:30 p.m.. Learn how area business leaders
approach diversity in the workplace (co-sponsored by the
Thursday, March 4, Business Bowl, Room 1, Gamble Hall,
3:30 p.m. Cheer on your favorite CoBPA department.
Friday, March 5, 10th annual College of Business and Public
Administration Business Conference, Burtness Theatre, 9
a.m., welcome; 9:05 a.m., Lucy Dalglish, executive director
of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press
and former trial lawyer; 10 a.m., Anita Bender, vice president
of the Northern Trust Company; 11 a.m., Dale Morrison, partner
with Fenway Partners and former CEO of Campbell Soup Company;
noon, Leo Ledohowski, president and CEO of Canad Corporation.
Everyone is welcome. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
This event is sponsored by the CoBPA student council and
funded in part by the CoBPA and the UND Alumni Association
– Jan Orvik, editor, for CoBPA student council.
set for Nadine Edgerson
The final examination for Nadine Edgerson, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership,
is set for 1 p.m. Friday, March 5, in Room 208, Education
Building. The dissertation title is “African American
Female Professors’ Experiences in an Historically
Black College and University Organizational Culture.”
Daniel Rice (educational leadership) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.
for March 4 University senate meeting
The University Senate will meet Thursday, March 4, at 4:05
p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising
from the minutes.
3. Question period.
4. Annual report of the student academic standards committee,
Nancy Krogh, chair.
5. Annual report of the administrative procedures committee,
Nancy Krogh, chair.
6. Annual report of the intellectual property committee,
Richard Schultz, chair.
7. Report from the curriculum committee, Judy Bruce, chair.
8. Senate scholarly activities committee membership, James
9. Probation/suspension/dismissal policy, Eleanor Yurkovich,
senate academic policies and admissions committee.
10. Council of College Faculties resolution regarding the
SBHE request for support for the Economic Development Roundtable,
Curt Stofferahn, Council of College Faculties.
11. Report from the committee on committees on the slate
of candidates for election to Senate committees, Al Fivizzani,
12. Proposed policy on faculty pursuit of advanced degrees,
Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.
— Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University
education’s civic mission is topic of teleconference
The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience
and Students in Transition production, “Promoting
the Public Good: Fulfilling Higher Education’s Civic
Mission,” is scheduled for Thursday, March 4, noon
to 2 p.m., in the United Hospital Room, Medical School building.
The teleconference is sponsored by student outreach services,
career services, and TRIO programs. Does your campus value
the civic purposes of higher education? Is service integrated
into the academic curriculum? Are you encouraging your students
to look beyond the classroom and become vital participants
in their communities? Does civic engagement play a role
in your intentional student experience? This teleconference
will take you on a journey that explores the moral, social,
and political aspects of these concepts. Join our national
panel as they begin the teleconference conversation by discussing
the importance of civic engagement in today’s society,
share successful programs, and provide guidance in creating
campus and community partnerships.
– TRIO programs.
will address storm water prevention plans
The Federal Clean Water Act established storm water requirements
to control the direct discharge of pollutants into waters
of the state. Under delegation from EPA and the North Dakota
Department of Health, the City of Grand Forks, University
of North Dakota and Grand Forks County have been given responsibility
for regulating the discharge of storm water from their jurisdictions
to the Red River and the English Coulee which flows through
the City of Grand Forks.
A public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 8,
at City Hall Council Chambers, 255 N. Fourth St., at the
regularly scheduled council meeting.
This notice has been issued to inform the public about
the upcoming meeting so that they may provide comments on
the storm water pollution prevention plans. Specific questions
on any aspect of the city’s, county’s, or University’s
storm water pollution prevention plan may be directed to
the contacts listed below.
For further information about the city plan, contact Mike
Shea, environmental coordinator, City of Grand Forks, P.O.
Box 5200, Grand Forks, ND 58206-5200, (701) 746-2713. For
the county plan, contact Carol McMahon at 780-8412, and
for the University plan contact Paul Clark at 777-3005.
Spring yoga classes
Spring yoga classes begin Tuesday, March 9, at the Lotus
Meditation Center. Classes are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
evenings for beginners and mixed levels and at 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays for intermediates. The cost for single classes
is $10; the full eight-week session costs $65. For more
information or to register, call Dyan Rey, instructor, at
772-8840 or 777-2257 (message only) or e-mail email@example.com.
Classes continue through May 6; a summer session will follow.
– Dyan Rey, art.
Art Odyssey trip to Houston
Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art,
will lead a group to Houston, Texas, March 11-14, for a
weekend immersion in the contemporary art scene. The group
will visit galleries and artist studios, museums and sculpture
parks. The studio visits are being arranged by the curator
of contemporary art at the Houston Fine Arts Museum. In
the evenings people are free to book plays or concerts on
Over the past 10 years, Reuter has taken groups to such
places as Mexico City, Montreal, New York and Vancouver.
Last year they went to Philadelphia.
This year’s trip coincides with the opening of FotoFest,
a biennial, city-wide event that encompasses over 70 photography
exhibitions. FotoFest has a long record of introducing Latin
American artists into the United States.
The only requirements to join the group are an interest
in art, especially contemporary art. Each individual pays
their own expenses plus $100 to the Museum. Hotel reservations
at the Crown Plaza are $112 per night based upon double
Participants should plan to arrive in Houston in time for
dinner at the Bayou Club, as guests of a Houston family
interested in supporting the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Call 777-4195 for more information.
– North Dakota Museum of Art.
can register online for grant writing seminar
Online registrations are now being accepted for the grant
writing seminar Friday, April 30, in Fargo, sponsored by
the North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network
(BRIN). The seminar is designed for science faculty interested
in submitting grants to the national Institutes of Health
(NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). The registration
deadline is Thursday, April 1. The eight-hour seminar, conducted
by Grant Writers Seminars and Workshops, will be held in
conjunction with the North Dakota Academy of Science annual
meeting April 29-30 at the Ramada Plaza Suites and Conference
Center in Fargo. For registration materials and additional
information, please visit the North Dakota BRIN web site
— Patrick Miller, Public Information Professional,
North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network.
U2 lists workshops
Below are U2 workshops for March 8-19. Visit our web site
for additional workshops in March, April and May.
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone,
777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/.
Please include workshop title and date, name, department,
position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and
how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering
in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of
Prevent Harassment, Promote Respect: (instructor led),
March 8, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Room 312, Education Building.
Presenter: Gerry Nies.
HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML: March 9 and 11, 9
to 11:30 a.m. (five hours total). Learn how to create a
Web page with Hyper-Text, Markup Language, graphics, and
Save on Taxes, Save for Retirement, Invest in SRAs: March
9, 4 to 6 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union, OR March
10, 10 a.m. to noon, 10-12 Swanson Hall. This presentation
will provide information on TIAA-CREF SRAs. You do not have
to be on TIAA-CREF to participate in this tax saving program.
Presenter: Molly Melanson, TIAA-CREF.
Inventory Control, Property Insurance and Surplus Property
Procedures: March 12, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial
Union. Discuss insurance coverage of equipment, procedure
for equipment transfers, deletions, completing annual inventory
audit, and procedures for disposing and selling University
property. Presenters: asset management and surplus property.
Employee and Non-Employee Travel Policies and Procedures,
and Food Purchase Approvals: March 17, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial
Room, Memorial Union. Brush up on the procedures to follow
for employee ticket authorizations, direct billing of airline
tickets and employee travel expense vouchers, as well as
on the travel procedures to follow for non-employees, students
and nonresident aliens. Presenters: accounting services
and dining services.
— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University
within the University.
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new faculty teaching seminar
Monday, March 1, is the deadline for applications to this
year’s new faculty teaching seminar. This program,
funded by the Bush faculty development grant, will bring
a cohort of 10 faculty with less than three years full-time
teaching experience together with Bush Teaching Scholars
to focus on issues related to teaching and course development.
The program will begin with a six-day colloquium spanning
two weeks in May (see dates below). In the colloquium, we
will raise and discuss questions about student learning
that grow out of our own teaching and learning experiences.
We will consider what it means to engage students actively
in their own learning and will explore ways of assessing
and documenting that learning.
By the end of the colloquium, each faculty member will
have sketched out plans for a course they will teach in
Beginning in August, the group will meet at least four
more times to share ideas and materials, report on progress,
and share results of the teaching experience. The final
meeting will be in January 2005.
To support their participation in this project, each teaching
colloquium participant will receive a stipend of $1,000
— half to be paid at the end of the May workshop and
half the following January, when the final project report
The 2004 summer colloquium will run from Wednesday, May
19, through Friday, May 21, and from Monday, May 24, through
Wednesday, May 26.
Exact meeting times have not yet been determined, but since
there will be outside reading and preparation, applicants
should not have other commitments during this time. Meetings
during the following year will be arranged to accommodate
For further information and instructions on how to apply,
see the instructional development web site at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/OID.
— Libby Rankin, professor of English and director,
performance evaluations due March 1
Annual staff employee performance evaluations are due Monday,
March 1. The “performance management plan” form
is available electronically as either a WordPerfect or Word
document. To receive your copy via e-mail, contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Word document version
may also be found online at www.humanresources.und.edu/Forms/forms.html.
If hard copies are preferred or if you have questions, please
call us at 777-4361. Please review and discuss the evaluation
with the employee and return the signed forms to human resources,
Box 8010, no later than March 1.
– Diane Nelson, director, human resources.
unavailable part of March 6
On Saturday, March 6, beginning at 5 a.m., the UND telephone
switch will be brought down to install a new processor.
The procedure is expected to take approximately two hours.
During those two hours, the telephone switch will be out
of service, and no calls to campus phones with the 777 prefix
can be placed or received. Any calls in progress at 5 a.m.
will be disconnected. Installation of the new processor
will prepare the campus for future enhancements. This upgrade
will not affect any of the current dialing procedures or
features or voice mail. However, during the time the telephone
switch is down, voice mail will not be accessible to retrieve
or leave messages.
We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may
– Lois MacGregor, telecommunications.
from the general ledger will be purged
We are required to purge the previous fiscal year’s
general ledger detail transactions on an annual basis. This
purge will occur Friday, March 26, for the FY 2003 purge
(July 1, 2002 to June 30, 2003). After the purge is completed,
you will not be able to do online inquiries of detail transactions
on GL70 (04, 06, 08), GL7B, and GL53. Summary data will
continue to be available for the 15 previous fiscal years.
– Allison Peyton, accounts payable manager, accounting
on equal opportunity/ affirmative action statement
In the spring of 2003, the University senate passed a resolution
asking that a committee be formed to review the UND equal
opportunity/affirmative action policy statement and procedures
for complaints of discrimination or harassment.
Committee members are: Leigh Jeanotte (American Indian student
services), chair; Wendy Hume (criminal justice and women
studies), recorder; Leif Bergerud (student representative);
M.C. Diop (multicultural student services); Julie Evans
(legal counsel); Kay Mendick (women’s center); Sally
Page (affirmative action); and Faythe Thureen (languages).
Since October 2003, this committee has been reviewing the
document and suggesting changes, with the goal of making
it more effective and accessible.
The purpose of this message is to invite members of the
university community to examine the document and provide
input into the revision process.
The document, “Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination
or Harassment,” can be found in the Code of Student
Life and the Faculty Handbook. It can also be accessed and
downloaded at www.und.edu/dept/aao/Pol.htm
Thank you in advance for your assistance in reviewing a
policy that responds effectively to the needs of UND’s
Please respond by Monday, March 1, to Leigh Jeanotte, American
Indian Student Services, Box 8274, 777-3296, email@example.com
— Leigh Jeanotte, chair, and Wendy Hume, recorde
to provide flight training to Saint Louis University-Parks
The Aerospace Foundation, a non-profit corporation that
serves as a link between industry and the John D. Odegard
School of Aerospace Sciences, will lease its Aviation Information
Management System (AIMS) and technical support services
to Saint Louise University-Parks College (SLU-PC) of St.
The AIMS system was developed to assist in the management
of aerospace flight training operations. The software consists
of tools which manage flight records, academic records,
scheduling, dispatch, invoicing, aircraft maintenance history,
and aircraft parts inventory. AIMS can also be configured
for distant training locations with different training requirements.
Parks College has a fleet of 34 aircraft and simulators,
47 instructors and 200 flight students. Parks conducts flight
training out of the St. Louis Downtown Airport in Cahokia,
For more information contact the foundation at 777-4740.
– Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
software showcased at international conference
Software developed at the University was presented at the
21st World Conference on Open and Distance Education in
Hong Kong last week.
The software, named HTMLeZ, was developed to facilitate
teaching and communications via the Internet. The project
name is derived from the acronym for Hyper Text Markup Language,
the authoring language used to create documents on the World
Wide Web. It was developed at the AeroSpace Network, a support
division of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
Although originally designed as an educational tool, the
software has commercial applications as well. ASN has recently
signed an agreement to provide its patent-pending HTMLeZ
software to Education Development Center Inc., an international
non-profit organization headquartered in Newton, Mass.
The North Dakota State Legislature has designated ASN as
a Center of Excellence in Multimedia Technology. This designation
provides state funding to stimulate local economic activity
and job creation. “This funding is already beginning
to pay off,” said Henry Borysewicz, ASN director.
“HTMLeZ has the potential to generate resources for
UND and the region. North Dakota can become an educational
software provider, rather than just a consumer.”
The Aerospace Foundation is working with the UND Center
for Innovation to develop, commercialize, and market the
– Odegard School.
Center for Rural
Health receives grants to improve rural health care
The Center for Rural Health recently received two grants
totaling $541,000 to improve health care in rural North
The grants, $230,000 for the Rural Access to Emergency
Devices (RAED) program and $311,000 for the Small Hospital
Improvement Program (SHIP), were funded through the Office
of Rural Health Policy of the U.S. Health Resources and
Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services.
The RAED grant will be used to purchase and place automatic
external defibrillators (AEDs) in eligible rural areas and
to train first-responders and members of the lay public
in the proper usage of the AEDs.
The partner organizations working with the CRH in this
program include the Division of Emergency Medical Services,
North Dakota Department of Health, North Dakota Healthcare
Association, and the North Dakota Emergency Medical Services
For 2004, the CRH has received more than 110 applications
representing 472 organizations requesting 280 AEDs. Organizations
are encouraged to submit a group application to the CRH
because the local community benefits when many groups work
The second grant, the Small Hospital Improvement Program
(SHIP), assists small hospitals with reimbursement, information
technology, and improving the quality of care.
CRH, which administers the grant, will fund 32 rural hospitals.
– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
for Beyond Boundaries conference
The University and the conference planning committee invite
you to present at the third annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating
Technology into Teaching and Learning Conference, Sept.
23 and 24, Memorial Union.
The conference is designed to promote and encourage discussion
about innovative practices using technology in teaching
and learning, offer networking opportunities for higher
education professionals in the region, identify major themes
and issues occurring in the e-learning field, discuss current
successes and challenges involved in integrating technology
for effective teaching and learning in higher education,
and share current research and gain skills that are helpful
in integrating technology in teaching and learning.
The conference theme is “Beyond Boundaries,”
which highlights regional faculty and administrators’
experiences and successes using technology in various learning
environments. Conference sessions should present information
applicable to those with beginner, intermediate and advanced
knowledge about e-learning. Topics should be targeted at
audiences involved in higher education, such as higher education
faculty, undergraduate and graduate level students, higher
education administrators, distance education professionals,
curriculum designers, instructional and information technology
support specialists, librarians, and student service representatives.
Present at the Beyond Boundaries Conference and discuss,
share and explore new working relationships that can be
of assistance to you as we progress with technology in education.
Presenters will receive a 25 percent discount off the conference
registration fee, which includes admittance to all sessions
and exhibits, continental breakfasts, lunches, refreshments
and the evening reception. National experts Casey Green
and David Lassner will share their insights into integrating
technology into higher education.
For more information on how to submit a proposal, please
visit www.beyondboundaries.info, or contact conference services
at 777-2663 or toll free at 866-579-2663. All proposals
must be submitted online and are due Wednesday, March 31.
Please share this information with your colleagues. We
look forward to reviewing your proposals.
– Jennifer Raymond, coordinator, conference services,
The Energy Survey, 10 multiple choice questions created
by students and faculty at UND measures your interest and
willingness to help fund projects that would make the UND
campus more environmentally friendly.
Two $25 gift certificates from Scheel’s Sporting Goods
will be randomly awarded to participants.
Navigate to http://www.undeerc.org/energysurvey to participate.
— Jan Orvik, editor, for Kevin Harrison, graduate
trail maps available
Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to
get in shape for spring? Want to become renewed and invigorated
when outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.
The physical wellness subcommittee along with Rick Tonder,
associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running
trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one
mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be
interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails
are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine
loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.
Maps are available at the Wellness Center,Memorial Union,
and online at www.und.nodak.edu and the Wellness Center
home page at http://wellness.und.edu/wellness.
Obseity and poor fitness are serious health crises in America.
College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk
at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on
– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee.
for wellness task groups
The healthy UND coalition invites all students, faculty,
and staff to join in making this a “healthy campus”
The coalition is a campus-wide organization whose goal
is to promote wellness in all seven dimensions. At its Oct.
30 meeting, members decided to focus on three of the 10
leading health indicators from the report “Healthy
Campus 2010.” The areas chosen were physical activity,
mental health, and overweight and obesity.
Task groups are now being formed to address each of these
areas. The role of each task group will be to plan and implement
activities that will focus awareness and education on these
topics for students and the rest of the campus community.
A fourth task group is being formed to look at worksite
wellness. This task group will develop a concept paper on
how the University could design a program to address wellness
in the workplace.
We invite you to take action to promote wellness on our
campus by joining one of the task groups, which will meet
about every two weeks. The task groups are being coordinated
and supported by the wellness department, student health,
and the counseling center.
Please e-mail Megan Rice to volunteer for one of the task
groups: physical activity, mental health, overweight and
obesity, or worksite wellness. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Wellness center.
Items for sale
to public on bids
The University is offering for sale to the public on a
sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer
equipment, electric stoves, fluorescent lights, and other
miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the central receiving
warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will
be taken between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through
Thursday, March 1-4.
– Lee Sundby and Evelyn Albrecht, central receiving.
Successful fund-raising has enabled the staff senate to
provide UND student scholarships for dependents of benefited
staff. Scholarship criteria and an application form are
available at www.und.nodak.edu/org/undss. We encourage you
to ask your dependent children to apply.
The staff senate takes pride in its efforts to raise money
for these scholarships through cookbook sales, fourth annual
“31 Days of Glory Raffle,” payroll deductions,
and donations. Through continued fundraising efforts, we
hope to offer these scholarships annually.
We thank you for your past support of the staff senate
and look forward to your continued support in future endeavors.
– Staff senate.
Following is information on the ConnectND project, which
will replace the current administrative system. For more
information, visit www.nodak.edu/connectnd. For information
on ConnectND at UND, visit www.und.edu/cnd.
Hearing voices of PeopleSoft experience
They’ve been there, done that, and they are continuing
to do it. Implementing PeopleSoft systems, that is.
Tom Scott, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Rick Chlopan,
Kentucky Community & Technical College System, shared
perspectives during a ConnectND workshop. Both emphasized
the importance of training and ongoing and open communications
to generate acceptance of the systems, and the value of
support from the top. They also urged minimizing customizations
and avoid building a system like the old one.
“The biggest task is managing the change, making
the change as comfortable as it can be,” said Scott,
who had tacked four paper targets with simulated bullet
holes onto the back of his shirt to illustrate the negative
reactions that can be expected of a project that affects
Chlopan encouraged using a key member at each school as
a conduit to disseminate information because faculty and
staff will be more comfortable dealing with folks they know.
Both guest speakers eventually experienced positive results
on their campuses and are continuing to work with software
Scott listed enhanced query library and reporting methods,
absence of long lines of students needing service, centralized
communication, greater collaboration between campus units,
strengthened help desks and self-service opportunities for
Chlopan said following an upgrade of systems for the fall
2003 semester the Kentucky colleges experienced a January
student registration where “performance was just perfect.”
— Jan Orvik, for the ConnectND project.
Studio One lists
Sales representative Jared Hutton will explain the use
of inoculants for crops on the next edition of Studio One
on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Hutton will share how an inoculant
is used as an alternative to spray fertilizer. He says the
benefits include lower costs for farmers as well as the
elimination of chemical runoff into our lakes, rivers and
Also on the next edition of Studio One, in many automobile
accidents, it’s not the crash that causes serious
injury. Loose items such as cell phones, groceries, and
CDs can become deadly projectiles. We will hear simple ways
to lower the risk.
Studio One is an award-winning news and information program
produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center.
The program airs live at 5 p.m. on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays.
Rebroadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., and 11
p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television
airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also
be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis, the
Portland, Ore. Metro area, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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will not run in University Letter
We are approaching the end of the year of our conversion
from the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) system
to Community of Science (COS). COS, which has been provided
by the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education for
all campuses, offers more extensive search capabilities
than SPIN in addition to a variety of other services. The
following text from the COS home page offers a brief description
of the system:
“Community of Science, Inc. (COS) is the leading
Internet site for the global R&D community. COS brings
together the world’s most prominent scientists and
researchers at more than 1,600 universities, corporations
and government agencies worldwide. COS provides tools and
services that enable these professionals to communicate,
exchange information and find the people and technologies
that are important to their work.
“These services include: COS Expertise, the database
of detailed, first person profiles of more than 480,000
R&D professionals; COS Funding Opportunities, the largest
source of grant information on the Web; COS Abstract Management
System, an online publishing solution for universities and
professional societies; and customized access to a range
of professional reference databases including U.S. patents,
MEDLINE, AGRICOLA, and GeoRef, among others.”
For many years, ORPD staff have selected representative
samples from funding opportunities for a variety of academic
areas from the SPIN and COS systems, and we have published
them in the University Letter. However, the number of funding
opportunities that are available greatly exceeds the number
we can publish each week. We are concerned that faculty
seeking research opportunities may miss them simply because
they do not see something of interest in the University
Letter. Consequently, as of July 1, 2004, we will change
from listing a few samples of opportunities to encouraging
faculty to subscribe to COS to receive announcements by
e-mail or to conduct frequent searches for research opportunities
using the COS system. For faculty who would like help transitioning
to COS, ORPD will offer regularly scheduled workshops in
the use of COS beginning in March 2004. Please check the
University Letter for the time and place for the workshops.
A set of instructions for using COS can be found on the
ORPD web page: http://www.und.edu/dept/orpd/. To access
the instructions, select funding search instructions on
the web page.
— Will Gosnold, interim director, research and program
Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional
information, contact the Office of Research and Program
Development at 777-4278 or Shirley.email@example.com.
Portions of the following data were derived from the Community
of Science’s COS Funding OpportunitiesTM which is
provided for the exclusive use of the University of North
Dakota and may not be republished or made available outside
the University of North Dakota in any form except via the
COS Record ShareTM on the COS website.
AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION (APHA)
APHA-GlaxoSmithKline Partnership for Healthy Children Awards
honors programs that: affect the health of children; collaborate
with state health departments and state public health associations;
and are well-integrated into the community or demonstrate
effective policy development or advocacy programs. Contact:
American Public Health Association, 202-777-2742; firstname.lastname@example.org;
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL (CDC)
Office on Smoking and Health - NCCDPHP (SBIR)–Support
to collect, analyze, and disseminate data relating to the
effect of cigarette smoking on human health and develop
methods for improved information related to smoking and
health. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Sharron
Orum, 770-488-2716; email@example.com; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#sol.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER) Innovation
Pilots–Support to pilot and test new ideas and integrate
innovation into everyday worklife to make OSWER programs
more efficient, effective, and user-friendly. Deadline:
4/16/04. Contact: Brigid Lowery, 202-566-0198; firstname.lastname@example.org;
HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (HRSA)
Title IV: Grants for Coordinated HIV Services and Access
to Research for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth: Youth
Services Initiative (CSWICY:YSI)–Support to foster
and expand systems of health care and social support services
for youth (age 13 to 24) at risk for or infected with HIV
in order to identify infected youth and enroll them in HIV
primary care. Deadline: 4/1/04. Contact: Wayne Sauseda,
301-443-0493; email@example.com; http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/HHS/HRSA/GAC/HRSA-04-048/Grant.html.
NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI)
Cohort Studies in Cancer Epidemiology–Support for
population-based epidemiologic or survivorship cohort studies
characterized by cohort design and direct costs of $500,000
or more in any one study year. Deadlines: 5/1/04 (Letter
of Intent); 6/1/04 (Application). Contact: Sandra L. Melnick,
301-435-4914; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-011.html.
Competing Continuation SBIR/STTR Phase II Grants for Cancer
Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment–Support to continue
the process of developing products for commercialization
that ultimately require approval of a federal regulatory
agency, and clinical evaluation up to “proof of principle”
demonstration, generally only through a Phase II clinical
trial. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Rosemary
S. L. Wong, 301- 496-9360; email@example.com; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-047.html.
Quick-Trials for Novel Cancer Therapies–Rapid access
to support for pilot, Phase I, and Phase II cancer clinical
trials as well as patient monitoring and laboratory studies.
Deadlines: 4/9/04, 8/9/04. Contact: Roy Wu, 301-496-8866;
Small Business Grants for Identifying Molecular Signatures
of Cancer–Support for multidisciplinary collaborations
between the small business community and cancer researchers.
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Min H. Song,
301-402-4185; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-013.html.
NATIONAL CENTER FOR COMPLEMENTARY AND ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Postdoctoral Research Training in Complementary and Alternative
Medicine–Support for research training in specified
areas of biomedical and behavioral research related to complementary
and alternative medicine. Deadlines: 4/5/04, 8/5/04, 12/5/04.
Contact: Nancy J. Pearson, 301-594-0519; email@example.com;
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH (NCEH)
National Center for Environmental Health (SBIR)–Research
topics include, but are not limited to, environmental health/anti-chemical
terrorism - rapid field tests for human exposure; detection
of human exposure to aflatoxins and other mycotoxins from
food or as chemical warfare or terrorism agents; rapid field
tests or continuous monitors for arsenic in drinking water;
and rapid field tests for iodine levels in urine and salt.
Contact: Sharron Orum, 770-488-2716; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#sol.
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES
Consultation Grants enable organizations whose projects
are in the early stages of development to confer with scholars
or experienced public humanities programmers to help place
the project on a firmer humanities footing. Deadlines: 4/7/04,
9/16/04. Contact: National Endowment for the Humanities,
202-606-8267; email@example.com; http://www.neh.fed.us/grants/guidelines/public-consult.html.
Humanities Focus Grants provide support for joint study,
outside experts, workshops on scholarly issues and related
curricular questions, and planning. Deadline: 4/6/04. Contact:
Division of Education Programs, 202-606-8380; firstname.lastname@example.org;
NATIONAL HEART, LUNG AND BLOOD INSTITUTE (NHLBI)
Development of Diagnostic Screening Test for Salt Sensitivity
(SBIR/STTR)–Support to develop a non-invasive or minimally
invasive, rapid, and practical diagnostic screening test
for salt sensitivity of blood pressure. Deadlines: 4/1/04,
8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Winnie Barouch, 301-435-0560;
NATIONAL HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE (NHGRI)
to develop novel technologies that will substantially reduce
the cost of genomic DNA sequencing. Contact: Jeffery A. Schloss,
301-496-7531; jeff_Schloss@nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-04-002.html.
Deadlines: 3/15/04, 9/14/04 (Letter of Intent); 4/15/04, 10/14/04
Near-Term Technology Development for Genome Sequencing–Support
Revolutionary Genome Sequencing Technologies — the
$1000 Genome–Support to develop novel technologies
that will enable extremely low-cost genomic DNA sequencing.
Deadlines.and Contact: See above and: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-04-003.html.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES (NIAID)
Advanced Technology (SBIR-AT-NIAID)–Support for: development
of vaccines, biologics, drugs, and prevention strategies
for infectious and immunologic diseases, allergy, and transplantation;
development of vaccine, biologic, and drug delivery systems;
or development of assays and therapeutic monitoring systems
for clinical and vaccine trials and improved diagnosis of
infectious, allergic, and immunologic diseases. Contact:
Gregory Milman, 301-496-8666; email@example.com; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AI-03-049.html.
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/2/04, 12/1/04.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Competing Continuation Awards of SBIR/STTR Phase II Grants
for Device Assessment or Preclinical Studies–Support
to continue assessing and improving devices or conducting
preclinical studies of drugs or devices that ultimately
require clinical evaluation, approval of a federal regulatory
agency, and continuing refinements to durable medical equipment
designs. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Louis
A. Quatrano, 301-402-4221; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-085.html.
Longitudinal Study of Estrogen and Progesterone Effects
on Biomarkers of Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Status
During the Menstrual Cycle–Support for a longitudinal
cohort study to determine the pre-menopausal cyclic relationship
between oxidative stress biomarkers and hormonal fluctuations
in order to analyze their effect on women’s reproductive
health and disease. Deadline: 2/23/04 Contact: Robert Stallings,
301-496-6965; email@example.com; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HD-04-006.html.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY
Expanded Awards for SBIR-AT-NIDDK—Support for research
pertaining to diabetes; endocrine and metabolic diseases;
nutritional disorders, obesity, and digestive diseases;
and kidney, urologic, and hematologic diseases. Deadlines:
4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Carol Renfrew Haft, 301-594-7689;
Type 1 Diabetes - Rapid Access to Intervention Development
(T1D-RAID)–Support to move novel molecules and
concepts from bench to bedside more rapidly and effectively,
including, for example: production, bulk supply, GMP
manufacturing, formulation and toxicology. Deadline: 4/1/04.
Contact: Myrlene Staten, 301-402-7886; T1D-RAID@niddk.nih.gov;
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES (NIEHS)
Support for Studies to Evaluate Toxic and Carcinogenic Potential
of Cell Phone Radio Frequency Radiation. Deadline: 4/8/04.
Contact: Marilyn B. Whaley, 919-541-2712; firstname.lastname@example.org;
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES (NIGMS)
MARC Faculty Predoctoral Fellowships allow faculty who have
had three years of full-time employment at a minority or
minority-serving institution and who lack a research doctorate
degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) the opportunity to obtain a
Ph.D. or equivalent in the biomedical or behavioral sciences.
Contact: Adolphus P. Toliver, 301-594-3900; email@example.com;
Deadlines: 4/5/04, 12/5/04.
MARC Faculty Senior Fellowships allow faculty at minority
or minority-serving institutions to update research skills
or move into new areas of research through a one-year period
of intensive research training and experience in a state-of-the-art
research environment. Deadlines andContact: See above or
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
Competing Continuation Awards of SBIR Phase II Grants for
Pharmacologic Agents and Drugs for Mental Disorders–Support
to continue developing pharmacologic agents for brain research
related to mental disorders, including research aimed at
discovering new drugs for these disorders. Contact: Margaret
Grabb, 301-443-3563; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-173.html.
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Pharmacologic Agents and Drugs for Mental Disorders (SBIR)–Support
to develop novel pharmacologic agents for brain research
related to mental disorders, including research aimed at
discovering new drugs. Contact: Michael Huerta, 301-443-3563;
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE
Individual Postdoctoral NRSA Fellowships in AIDS Research–Support
for research and career development of individuals in one
of the basic sciences relevant to NeuroAIDS or in clinically
oriented research. Contact: Michael Nunn, 301-496-1431;
Deadlines: 4/5/04, 8/5/04, 12/5/04.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DEAFNESS AND OTHER COMMUNICATION
Small Grant Program–Support for pilot research likely
to lead to a subsequent individual research project grant
application. Research must be on one or more of the following
areas: hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, or
language. Deadlines: 4/22/04, 7/15/04, 11/15/04. Contact:
Amy Donahue, 301-402-3458; Donahuea@nidcd.nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-062.html.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)
SBIR/STTR Phase II Competing Continuation Awards–Support
for advanced stage development of pharmacological treatment
agents for drug and nicotine abuse and dependence. Deadlines:
4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Cathrine Sasek, 301-443-6071;
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Bioengineering Nanotechnology Initiative (SBIR)–Support
for projects on nanotechnologies useful to biomedicine.
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Ed Monachino,
301-496-1550; email@example.com; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-125.html.
Bioinformatics Education (SBIR/STTR)–Support to develop
new educational curricula and tools to facilitate teaching
bioinformatics to high school and college students, and
genomics, genetics, and bioinformatics approaches to understanding
human biology and disease to physicians. Deadlines: 4/1/04,
8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Bettie J. Graham, 301-496-7531;
Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (SBIR/STTR)–Areas
of interest are: Communication (training tools); Health
Care and Epidemiology (software and hardware for hand-held
data input and analysis devices; databases and other tools
to study patterns of cancer care); New Technology (instrumentation
to facilitate early detection and screening, including telemedicine
and remote medical imaging, and bioengineering technology,
including nanotechnology); Geographic Information Systems
(simple, low-cost mapping software); Human Genomics (tools
and technology for health care providers). Deadlines: 4/1/04,
8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Connie Dresser, 301-435-2846;
Chemical Screens for New Inducers of Fetal Hemoglobin (SBIR/STTR)–Support
for research and development of new drugs to increase fetal
hemoglobin levels for treatment of beta-chain hemoglobinopathies
such as sickle cell disease (SCD) and Cooley’s anemia
(CA; beta-thalassemia). Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Contact: Pankaj Qasba, 301-435-0050; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Development and Clinical Testing of Biochemical Markers
(SBIR/STTR)–Support to develop effective biochemical
markers for early diagnosis and treatment of alcohol dependent/abuse
patients and for identification of individuals who have
a predisposition for alcoholism. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04,
12/1/04. Contact: Karen P. Peterson, 301-451-3883; email@example.com;
Development of PET and SPECT Ligands for Brain Imaging
(SBIR)–Support for commercial development of novel
radioligands for PET and SPECT imaging in the human brain,
and to incorporate pilot or clinical feasibility evaluation
in preclinical studies, model development, or clinical studies.
Contact: Margaret Grabb, 301-443-3563; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine Research (SBIR/STTR)–Support
for research on pregnancy and perinatology; developmental
biology, genetics, and teratology; and mental retardation
and developmental disabilities. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04,
12/1/04. Contact: Louis A. Quatrano, 301-402-4221; email@example.com;
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control - NCCDPHP (SBIR)–Support
for comprehensive cancer surveillance, epidemiologic, health,
and behavioral science research, communications, and program
services to reduce illness and death associated with cancer.
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Sharron Orum,
770-488-2716; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#sol.
Division of Diabetes Translation - NCCDPHP (SBIR)–Support
for applied research on assessing the burden of diabetes,
prevention and early detection of diabetes, treatment of
its complications, improving quality of and access to diabetes
care, and developing and evaluating new approaches to improve
care for persons with diabetes. Deadlines and Contact: See
Division of Reproductive Health - NCCDPHP (SBIR)–Support
to promote optimal reproductive and infant health and quality
of life by influencing public policy, health care practice,
community practices, and individual behaviors through scientific
and programmatic expertise, leadership, and support. Deadlines
and Contact: See above.
Environmental Disease Pathophysiology Program (SBIR/STTR)–Support
for research and training focused on identification, assessment,
and mechanism of action of agents in the environment that
are potentially harmful to human health. Deadlines: 4/1/04,
8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Jerrold J. Heindel, 919-541-0781;
Health Services Research on Alcohol-Related Problems (SBIR/STTR)–Support
to expand knowledge and improve delivery of alcohol treatment
and prevention services. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Contact: Karen P. Peterson, 301-451-3883; email@example.com;
Individual Predoctoral National Research Service Awards
for M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships are awarded by the National Institutes
of Mental Health, DrugAbuse, Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism,
and Environmental Health Sciences to individuals for research
training in specified areas of biomedical and behavioral
research. Potential applicants should contact the appropriate
Institute office, listed under INQUIRIES in the full announcement
at the website below, to obtain current information about
program priorities. Deadlines: 4/5/04, 8/5/04, 12/5/04.
Contact: Walter Goldschmidts, 301-443-3563; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Innovative Technologies for Enhancing Function for Individuals
With Disabilities–Support for research that facilitates
rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities resulting
from injury and disease. Contact: Louis Quatrano, 301-402-4221;
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
(IGERT)–Support to establish innovative new models
for graduate education and training in a fertile environment
for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary
boundaries. Deadlines: 4/29/04
(Preliminary Proposal); 10/29/04 (Full Proposal). Contact:
Lenore Clesceri, 703-292-8696; email@example.com; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04550/nsf04550.htm.
Knowledge Integration Across Distributed Heterogeneous Data
Sources (SBIR/STTR)–Support to develop innovative software
for addressing integration of distributed cross-disciplinary
data sources into coherent knowledge bases for biomedical
research. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Bret
Peterson, 301-435-0758; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-001.html.
Longitudinal Analysis of Complex Survey Data (SBIR/STTR)–Support
for research pertaining to modeling with complex sample
data. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Karen
P. Peterson, 301-451-3883; email@example.com; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#sol.
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
(NCBDDD) (SBIR)–Support for projects that promote
optimal fetal, infant, and child development; prevent birth
defects and childhood developmental disabilities; enhance
quality of life and prevent secondary conditions among children,
adolescents, and adults who are living with a disability.
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Lisa T. Garbarino,
770-498-3979; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/funding/sbir.htm#sol.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
(SBIR/STTR)–Support for hypothesis-, design-, technology-,
or problem-driven research relating to discovery, design,
development, translation, and assessment of new knowledge
in biomedical imaging and bioengineering. Deadlines: 4/1/04,
8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Todd Merchak, 301- 496-8592; email@example.com;
The National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer
Award (NDPA) was established to fund investigators of exceptionally
creative abilities and diligence, for 5 years, to allow
them to develop and test far-ranging ideas. Awardees are
expected to commit the major portion of their effort to
activities supported by the NDPA. It will not support ongoing
research projects or expand funding of persons already well
supported. Deadline: 4/1/04. Contact: NIH, firstname.lastname@example.org;
National Research Service Awards for Senior Fellows support
individuals with at least 7 years of research experience
beyond the doctorate, who have progressed to the stage of
independent investigator, to take time from regular professional
responsibilities for training to increase their scientific
capabilities. Deadlines: 4/5/04, 8/5/04, 12/5/04. Contact:
See the complete announcement at the following website for
a listing of contacts in participating centers/institutes:
Phase II Competing Continuation Awards (SBIR/STTR)–Spport
to continue development of products that require approval
of a federal regulatory agency (e.g., Food and Drug Administration),
including, but not limited to, medical implants, drugs,
vaccines, and new treatment or diagnostic tools that require
FDA approval. Contact: Michael-David ARR Kerns, 301-496-9322;email@example.com;
4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Predictive Test Systems for Safety Evaluation Program (SBIR/STTR)–Support
to develop, standardize, and validate sensitive and specific
new and novel tests or batteries of tests to provide faster
and cheaper alternatives to the use of standard rodent and
rabbit toxicity tests, i.e., assays for carcinogenicity,
immunotoxicity, reproductive or developmental toxicity,
dermal toxicity, neuro or other organ system toxicity including
acute local and systemic toxicity. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04,
12/1/04. Contact: Jerrold J. Heindel, 919-541-0781; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Probes for Microimaging the Nervous System (SBIR)–Support
for research and development of probes that generate signals
detectable by one or more imaging modality. Deadlines: 4/1/04,
8/1/04, 12/1/04. Contact: Margaret Grabb, 301-443-3563;
Promoting Adherence to Medical, Pharmacologic, and Behavioral
Treatments (SBIR/STTR)–Support to develop programs
to implement effective interventions and evaluate their
implementation; or professional education courses or web-based
training modules on interventions and to monitor their effectiveness.
Contact: Karen P. Peterson, 301-451-3883; email@example.com;
4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for
Individual Postdoctoral Fellows support training within
the broad scope of biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research.
Deadlines: 4/5/04, 8/5/04, 12/5/04. Contact: See the complete
program announcement at the website below for a list of
contacts in participating institutes/centers: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-067.html.
Single Molecule Detection and Manipulation (SBIR/STTR)–Support
for research on technology and methodology related to detection
and manipulation of single molecules. Deadline: 4/1/04.
Contact: Catherine Lewis, 301-594-0828; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins (SBIR/STTR)–Support
for studies to solve the structures of membrane proteins
at atomic resolution and develop tools needed to solve these
structures. Contact: Peter C. Preusch, 301-594-5938; email@example.com;
Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Systems and Methods for Small Animal Imaging (SBIR/STTR)–Support
for research and development related to devices, methods,
and imaging agents for investigation of biological and disease
processes in small animals. Deadlines: 4/1/04, 8/1/04, 12/1/04.
Contact: Brenda J. Korte, 301-451-4772; firstname.lastname@example.org;
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI)–Support
for scientific research on effectiveness of educational
interventions (defined as educational practices, strategies,
curricula, or programs) in preK-12 science and/or mathematics
as they are implemented in varied school and home settings
with diverse student populations. Deadlines: 4/1/04 (Letter
of Intent); 5/10/04 (Full Proposal). Contact: C. Sloane
Finbarr, 703-292-5146, email@example.com; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04553/nsf04553.txt.
Mathematical Sciences: Innovations at the Interface with
the Sciences and Engineering (NSF 04-538)–Support
for fundamental research in mathematics and statistics,
and integration of mathematical and statistical research
across the full range of science and engineering disciplines.
Initial emphasis will be on mathematical and statistical
challenges posed by large data sets, managing and modeling
uncertainty, and modeling complex nonlinear systems. Innovative
educational activities that foster closer connections between
research and education in the mathematical sciences will
also be supported. Deadlines: 4/7/04, 11/15/04. Contact:
National Science Foundation, http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04538.
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)–Support for any
one or combination of the following: research, technology
transfer, and/or commercialization; workforce education
and/or training; and establishing infrastructure to accomplish
or enable innovation. Deadlines: 3/10/04 (Letter of Intent);
5/17/04 (Full Proposal). Contact: John C Hurt, 703-292-5332;
Research in Biogeosciences 2004 (NSF 04-535)–Support
for studies concerned with microbial processes. Focus I
emphasizes understanding microbial processes affecting geological
materials; Focus II emphasizes methods for study of geomicrobial
processes. Deadline: 4/1/04. Contact: Rachael Craig, 703-292-8233;
Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Awards support
research on brain cancer. Contact: Kay W. Verble, 904-273-8755;
TECH MUSEUM OF INNOVATION
The Tech Museum Awards Program honors innovators and visionaries
from around the world who are applying technology to profoundly
improve the human condition in the categories of education,
equality, environment, health, and economic development.
Deadline: 4/5/04. Contact: Tech Museum of Innovation, 408-795-6338;
WOODROW WILSON NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION
Practicum Grants support humanities Ph.D. students who have
created public scholarship internships, engaging their scholarship
in a context outside of college teaching and research. Deadline:
4/2/04. Contact: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation,
609-452-7007; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.woodrow.org/phd/Practicum/practicum_grants_faq.html.
— William Gosnold, interim director, research and
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