Volume 40, Number 25: February 28, 2003  

“Unsatisfactory Progress” Forms Due March 14
“Unsatisfactory Progress Report” forms are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Friday, March 14. Because the deficiency file will be created at this time, all reports that have not been delivered to the Office of the Registrar by noon on March 14 will not be accepted, thus becoming the responsibility of the faculty member/department. Please adhere to the following procedures to ensure that accurate and adequate information is transmitted to students.

1. The departmental office picks up forms Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, and transmits them to teaching faculty through routine procedures.

2. Faculty complete a form for each class section.
NOTE: Forms for all sections are to be completed and returned. If no students are deficient, the blank sheet must be signed and returned. It is considered verification that the instructor considers no students to be deficient at this time.

3. If the form includes names of students who have never attended class, mark them as failing. This information should initiate action by the student to correct any error in registration prior to the last day to drop (Friday, April 4).

4. If a student is attending a class and the name is not listed on the deficiency form, it is an indication that the student’s registration is in error. The student should not be allowed to continue attending the class, but should be directed to the Office of the Registrar to correct the problem.

5. The “Unsatisfactory Progress Report” forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the Office of the Registrar no later than noon Friday, March 14. The deficiency file will be created at this time. Because of this, we will be unable to accept deficiencies after the deadline. “Unsatisfactory Progress Reports” will be mailed to the students during the week of March 17.

6. DO NOT SEND THROUGH THE MAIL. Please return forms, in a secure manner, directly to the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call our office at 777-2712. – Office of the Registrar.


Regional Weather Information Center Student Broadcasters On Prairie Public’s RiverWatch Show
Prairie Public Television will air a segment titled “Meet Your Weather Forecasters” as part of RiverWatch’s half-hour 2003 premiere show on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 9:30 p.m. and again on Friday, Feb. 28, at 8:30 p.m. RiverWatch, a multimedia flood information and education project, will begin nightly television flood updates on Monday, March 3, on Prairie Public Television. The five-minute reports will air Monday through Friday at approximately 9:58 p.m. (CT).

The Regional Weather Information Center (RWIC) employs seven UND students responsible for preparing the daily weather updates for Prairie Public Television. Students involved in the RWIC broadcasting activities are: John Randall, a graduate student in the atmospheric sciences master’s program from Cando, N.D.; NaDean Schroeder, double major in atmospheric sciences and communication from Maple Lake, Minn.; Matthew Benz, an atmospheric sciences major from Eden Prairie, Minn.; Aaron Swanson, an atmospheric sciences major from Rush City, Minn.; Eddie Chamberlain II, an elementary education major with a minor in atmospheric sciences from Lake Elmo, Minn.; Robert Parrish, an atmospheric sciences major from Andover, Minn.; and William Ison, a communication major with a minor in atmospheric sciences and geography from Forest Lake, Minn. “With over two million viewers across three states and two Canadian provinces, this clearly is one of the most visible opportunities for our students and the university,” said Leon Osborne, director of the Regional Weather Information Center.

Additional information on RiverWatch can be found online at www.riverwatchonline.org. – Deb Lazur, Regional Weather Information Center.


Four Days Of Hockey Set At Ralph Engelstad Arena
Coming off a record-breaking attendance tournament in 2002, the Boys State High School Hockey Tournament is back at “The Ralph.” In addition to the state tournament, UND will host Minnesota-Duluth in a very important, final regular season home hockey series. With both hockey events taking place during the same weekend, nearly 50,000 hockey enthusiasts are expected.

Event schedule follows:
Thursday, Feb. 27, noon, Grand Forks Central (No. 1 East) vs. Devils Lake-Cando (No. 4 West); 2:30 p.m., Bismarck Century (No. 2 West) vs. Grafton-Park River (No. 3 East); 6 p.m., Grand Forks Red River (No. 2 East) vs. Bismarck (No. 3 West); 8:30 p.m., Minot (No. 1 West) vs. West Fargo (No. 4 East). Friday, Feb. 28, noon, consolation; 6:30 p.m., semi-finals. Saturday, March 1, noon, consolation championship (Olympic arena; use Olympic entrance for noon game); 1:05 p.m., UND vs. University of Minnesota-Duluth (note time has changed from 2:05 p.m.); 5 p.m., third place, followed by championship game. Sunday, March 2, 2:05 p.m., UND vs. UMD.

Doors open one hour prior to each high school game series and doors open 90 minutes before each UND game.
Spectators for the March 1 consolation game being played in the Ralph Engelstad Arena Olympic Center are asked to park in the non-paved lot on the northeast side of the Arena (use 10th Avenue or Gateway entrance).

Spectators for this game should use the north entrance to the Olympic Center. Shuttle service will be available from Lot 10 (Memorial Stadium) starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday and running every few minutes through the UND game. Consolation spectators are urged to use this convenience.


Other Attractions
Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle, the man who lost 245 pounds by eating Subway brand sandwiches, will be on hand at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Saturday, March 1, to drop the puck at the UND-UMD game and sign autographs.

A Fan Fest, including skill games the whole family can enjoy, will be ongoing throughout Saturday on the main concourse of the arena.

Tickets for the UND-UMD game are available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for the North Dakota State High School Tournament are available at the Ralph Engelstad Arena Box Office during the tournament.

Visit Ralph Engelstad Arena online at www.theralph.com. – Ralph Engelstad Arena.


Thursday International Night Features China
The International Programs Office holds international nights each Thursday at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Feb. 27 program features China. This event will explore how UND’s Chinese program can prepare people for a future in China. It has six parts:

1. Why China is so attractive (presented by Haibiao Zhang);

2. How the American government and American companies do business in China and how American people work in these agencies or companies? (presented by Nancy Jressler);

3. How UND’s Chinese programs prepare students and faculties’ future in China? (presented by Victoria Beard);

4. Music performance (presented by violinist Donilyn Bergman);

5. Your English name in Chinese (by Chinese students and faculty, and Chinese kids); and

6. Chinese food from a local restaurant.
– International Programs.


Bioterrorism Response, Work Of A K-9 Unit Featured On Next Edition Of Studio One
Bioterrorism Response Coordinator Wendy Opsahl will explain how important it is for Americans to stay informed and prepared on this week’s edition of Studio One. As a result of the attacks of Sept. 11 and the threat of war looming over us, public health officials are working to prepare the nation for possible terrorism attacks. Individual states have received federal grants to implement a nationwide bioterrorism response plan, including a public service advertising campaign. Also on the next edition of Studio One, we will explore how dogs are a vital part of police work. The partners in a K-9 unit develop a special bond by going through extensive training together.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. The program airs live at 5 p.m. on Cable Channel 3 in Greater Grand Forks on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7, 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. – Studio One.

  LEEPS Lectures Feature The Rocky Mountains
The next presentation in the Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Sciences (LEEPS) Lecture Series will feature Emmett Evanoff of the University of Colorado-Boulder. He will present “The Ups and Downs of the Concept of Late Cenozoic Uplift of the Southern Rocky Mountains and Adjacent Great Plains” on Friday, Feb. 28, at noon in 100 Leonard Hall. He will also present “A Tale of Two Distal Volcaniclastic Sequences in the Central Rocky Mountains - The Middle Eocene Bridger Formation and the Upper Eocene and Lower Oligocene White River Sequence” at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, in 109 Leonard Hall. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome. – Department of Geology and Geological Engineering.
  Geography Forum Considers “Waffle” Flood Plan
The next Geography Forum Series presentation, set for Friday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. in 370 Clifford Hall, will feature Bethany Bolles, research scientist with the UND Energy and Environmental Research Center. Her topic will be “The Waffle Concept: Distributed Basinwide Water Storage for Flood Mitigation.” Faculty and students are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Judson Edwards at 777-4590. – Department of Geography.

2003 Northern Plains Clarinet Symposium And PianoFest Set For Feb. 28 - March 1
The UND Department of Music is hosting the Fifth Northern Plains Clarinet Symposium and annual PianoFest Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 - March 1, in the North Dakota Museum of Art and the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Nationally and internationally known artists, including clarinetists Elizabeth Rheude (UND, Elsa Verdehr (Michigan State University), Alan LaFave (Northern State University), Keith Lemmons (University of New Mexico), Maxine Ramey (University of Montana), and Lori Ardovino (University of Montevallo); and pianists Sergio Gallo (UND), Clauden Chen (University of Manitoba), and Charles Horton (University of Manitoba) will present solo and chamber music recitals, and coach students in master classes. Students, parents and teachers from high schools and universities in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Manitoba will be in attendance. Except for the evening concert, all events are free. For additional information, contact Elizabeth Rheude, associate professor of clarinet and symposia co-coordinator at 777-2823.

The schedule follows:

Clarinet Symposium, Friday, Feb. 28 – 2 p.m., recital, Elizabeth Rheude; 3 p.m., recital, Alan LaFave and Maxine Ramey; 4:30 p.m., master class for college students; 7:30 p.m., recital, Verdehr Trio. Saturday, March 1 – 9:30 a.m., recital, Keith Lemmons and Lori Ardovino; 11 a.m., master class for college students; 2:30 p.m., pre-solo contest coaching sessions for high school students.

PianoFest, Friday, Feb. 28 – 10 a.m., master class, Claudia Chen; 1:30 p.m., student recital; 2:30 p.m., recital, Claudia Chen; 3:30 p.m., master class, Charles Horton; 7:30 p.m., recital, Verdehr Trio. Saturday, March 1 – 10 a.m., master class, Zeynep Ucbasaran; 1:30 p.m., recital, Zeynep Ucbasaran.
– Music Department.


Bookstore Announces Sidewalk Sale, Other Events
Please note these upcoming events at the University Bookstore: Saturday, March 1 – author signing with Janice Houska, noon to 2 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday, March 5-6 – Indoor Sidewalk Sale! A large assortment of bargain books has been brought in for the event, including a special buy of $1 bargain books. Select imprinted UND and Fighting Sioux apparel and gift items will be 25 to 75 percent off. Select school and office supplies will be 25 to 75 percent off.

Saturday, March 8 – author signing with James Robert Doster Jr. and James W. Thomasson, 10 a.m. to noon.

Saturday, March 15 – author signing with Roxanne Henke, noon to 2 p.m.
– University Bookstore.


Leadership Workshop Considers Ethics, Values
Kris Compton will present “Ethics and Values: Are They Still Important” on Monday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union, as part of the Leadership Workshop Series to be held each Monday through March 24. The Leadership Workshop Series is sponsored by the Memorial Union. Faculty, please announce this event to students. The workshop is free and open to the entire university community.

Future presentations include: “Diversity” by Doreen Yellow Bird and “Personal Mission and Vision Statement” by Craig Knudsvig.

For more information, call 777-3928 or e-mail leadership@und.nodak.edu. – Hursha Ramaiya, Project Coordinator for Leadership Development, Memorial Union.


Graduate Committee Meets Monday; Agenda Announced
The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 3, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in Twamley Hall, Room 305. The agenda is:

1. Approval of the minutes from the meetings of Feb. 3, 10 and 24.

2. Industrial Technology requests approval to offer graduate credit for Industrial Technology 451, 433 and 353 (all undergraduate courses).

3. Computer Science requests the following curriculum changes:
A. Change course description for Computer Science 546, Computer Graphics.
B. Change prerequisites and course description for Computer Science 551, Distributed Operating Systems.
C. Change course title of Computer Science 566, Applied Computing Project, to Software Engineering Project, and change prerequisites.
D. Change course description of Computer Science 543, Advanced Artificial Intelligence.
E. Change grading of Computer Science 537, Graduate Cooperative Education, from regular grading to S/U grading only.
F. Request for a new course: Computer Science 562: Formal Specification Methods.
G. Request the name “Applied Computing Track” be changed to “Applied Software Engineering Track,” and that track requirements be modified as well.

H. Replace Computer Science 536, Compiler Design, with Computer Science 565, Advanced Software Engineering, in Part 1 of the core requirements.

4. Geology requests changes in the mathematics portions of the admission requirements for the master’s degree programs in geology and the Ph.D. in geology. Currently, one semester of analytic geometry and calculus is required for the M.A. degree and an entire sequence for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Geology proposes changing this to one semester of calculus for the M.A. degree, and two semesters of calculus and at least three credits in statistics, computer programming or advanced mathematics for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.

5. Mathematics requests approval to offer graduate credit for Mathematics 479, Topics in Mathematics Education.

6. Counseling requests the following curriculum changes:
A. Change the title of Counseling 518, Group Dynamics, to Group Therapy and Process, and change the course description.
B. Change the course description and prerequisites for Counseling 568, Personality Assessment.
C. Change the course description and prerequisites for Counseling 569, Cognitive Assessment.
D. Change the course description and prerequisites for Counseling 580, Counseling Practicum.
E. Change the course description of Counseling 583, Field Work.
F. Change the program requirements for the master’s degree in counseling and the Ph.D. in counseling psychology to add theories of personality development as a prerequisite for admission.

7. Matters arising.
– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


“Flexible Grading” Is Topic For Next On Teaching Discussion
“Flexible Grading” is the next topic in the On Teaching Faculty Lunch Discussion Series, scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union.

In this session, we’ll talk about the purpose of grades and hear from Dexter Perkins (Geology), who has been working out flexible grading plans for his courses over the past several years. He’ll explain how he came to use this system of grading, comment on its advantages and disadvantages, and give specific examples of how it works in his classes.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands (777-4998) by noon Friday, Feb. 28. – Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.

  Biology Hosts U Of Washington Scholar For Seminar
The Department of Biology will host a seminar by Dr. Ignacio T. Moore, University of Washington, on Thursday, March 6, at 12:30 p.m. in Starcher Hall, Room 141. The title of his presentation will be announced later. – Biology Department.

UND Business Conference Set For March 6
The ninth annual UND Business Conference, “Network ... for Success!”, is set for Thursday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Burtness Theatre. It is open to all students, faculty, and interested community members. The program opens with a welcome from President Charles Kupchella at 9 a.m. The schedule and speakers are:

10 a.m., Mary Fischer, director of marketing for Midwave, a technology consulting services enterprise in Minneapolis and one of the “50 fastest-growing private companies.” She leads all aspects of corporate branding and development of product and service offerings.

11 a.m., Mark Larson, chief executive officer of Digi-Key Corp., Thief River Falls, Minn. Digi-Key has been lauded as one of the “top 10 best companies to work for” in the electronics industry.

1 p.m., Rebecca Yanisch, former Minnesota commissioner of trade and economic development. In that position, she led the administration’s efforts to enhance Minnesota’s global competitiveness by supporting new and expanding business, workforce development, international trade, and tourism.

2 p.m., Steve Linehan, president and chief executive officer of Radiologix, Inc., Dallas, Texas. Radiologix is the leading provider of financial and technical information and management services for radiology service networks.

This conference offers a wonderful opportunity to network and to learn from these business professionals! Faculty are asked to share this information with their students. – Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for Hursha Ramaiya, College of Business and Public Administration Student Council.


Agenda Announced For March 6 U Senate Meeting
The March meeting of the University Senate is set for Thursday, March 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

1. Announcements.
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 Summer Sessions Committee. Graeme Dewar, chair.

7. Report from the Curriculum Committee. Doug Marshall, chair.
8. Report from the Committee on Committees on the slate of candidates for election to Senate committees. Mary Askim, chair.
9. Proposed guidelines for faculty engaged in employment controversy with the University. Standing Committee on Faculty Rights.
10. Resolution on the Senate Restructuring and Reallocation Committee. Standing Committee on Faculty Rights.
11. Proposed change in the faculty resignation policy. Standing Committee on Faculty Rights.
– Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.


Youth Orchestra Spring Concert Is March 9 At The Empire
The world premiere of a new work by UND composer Michael Wittgraf will be featured at the Spring Concert of the Greater Grand Forks Youth Orchestras on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center. The concert will include performances by the Youth Symphony, an ensemble for musicians in high school and college, and the Junior Symphony, which includes middle school strings players. This marks the first time that the eight-year-old Youth Symphony has played its own commissioned work.

The Youth Symphony is a regional orchestra funded and administered by the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association. The program has more than doubled in size since its initial concert in the fall of 1995 and since its move, four years ago, to the UND Music Department. Today, its 64 members come from over a dozen cities and towns in the Grand Forks area and include 14 UND students. James Popejoy, UND’s director of bands, is now in his third year as conductor of the Youth Symphony. The repertoire for Sunday’s concert includes works by Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Wagner and Edward German.

The Greater Grand Forks Junior Symphony is conducted by Jonathan Larson, the orchestra director for Moorhead High School. Like the Youth Symphony, the Junior Symphony is also regional. The concert repertoire includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile and an excerpt from Gustav Holst’s “Brook Green Suite.” In the concert finale, over 90 musicians will take the stage when the Youth Symphony and Junior Symphony join forces to play Gliere’s “Russian Sailor’s Dance.”

Michael Wittgraf, composer-in-residence with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony this year, has written an eight-minute piece titled “Prelude.” Dr. Wittgraf says that the piece “incorporates traditional elements as well as some quasi-improvisation that lets the performers compose as they play.” A member of the UND music faculty, Dr. Wittgraf has won numerous awards for his compositions. Last May, his chamber work “The Mutable Lens” was premiered in Grand Forks by the Chiara String Quartet, and this fall, he won a joint commission by the National Symphony and Kennedy Center for the Arts to compose a string quartet inspired by the explorations of Lewis and Clark. That piece will be performed this spring in North Dakota by members of the National Symphony during their North Dakota residency.

Tickets to the concert may be reserved by phone at (701)777-4090. Information about the Youth Orchestra Program is available at (701)777-3707 or by e-mail at ggfso@und.nodak.edu. – James Popejoy, Department of Music.


Campus Climate And Complexion Conference Is March 11
The President’s Office and the President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) are sponsoring a conference designed to examine and discuss the campus climate for various populations at UND. The conference titled, “Campus Climate and Complexion: A Conversation for Change,” will be held Tuesday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

This conference is free and includes lunch. Space is limited and preregistration is required. To request a registration form, please contact Wendelin Hume, 777-4115, wendelin.hume@und.edu. Registration forms were due Friday, Feb. 21.

Keynote speakers include: Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, vice president of minority affairs at the University of Washington, and Bernice Sandler, senior scholar at the Women’s Research and Education Institute in Washington, D.C.

The conference will also serve as the kickoff to the 2003 higher education leadership and administrative internship programs as well as an introduction to the UND safe zone project. The complete conference schedule follows: 8:30 to 9 a.m., check-in; 9 to 9:15 a.m., PAC-W (2003 leadership program); 9:15 to 9:30 a.m., presidential welcome; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., keynote: Rusty Barcelo (campus complexion); 10:30 to 10:45 a.m., break; 10:45 to 11:45 a.m., campus complexion panel (safe zone project); 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch and keynote: Bernice Sandler (campus climate for women); 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., campus climate panel; 2:15 to 2:30 p.m., break; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., wrap-up panel; 5:30 p.m., dinner and discussion (dinner on your own at the Blue Moose). – Susan Johnson, Memorial Union.

  Campus Key Meeting Set For March 12
The campus-wide key meeting will be held in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union on Wednesday, March 12. The inventory packet pickup time will be from 9 to 10 a.m. with the actual meeting beginning at 10 a.m. sharp and running until approximately 11:30 a.m. We have a few new things to talk about this year and some new policy changes. Please attend and mark your calendars. – Facilities.

Financial Planning For Women Is Focus Of March 12 Program
Women just want to have fun – and financial stability! American Express Financial Advisors Inc. will present “Smart Women Finish Rich” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore. The presenter will be Debbie Albert. Please R.S.V.P. by calling (701) 746-5429, option 4.

American Express Financial Advisors Inc. Member NASD. American Express Company is separate from American Express Financial Advisors Inc. and is not a broker-dealer.


“Art & Science” Is Theme Of 34th Annual Writers Conference March 24-29
“Art & Science” is the theme of the 34th annual Writers Conference March 24-29. Speakers at this year’s conference include an O’Henry award winner, a Lambda literary award winner and a Pulitzer Prize winner. All events are free and open to the public.

This year’s guest speakers:
• Presidential Lecturer Oliver Sacks is a world-renowned neurologist, humanist and author. His works have been adapted into several formats: his best-selling “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat” has been adapted into both a play and an opera, and the Penny Marshall film “Awakenings” is based on his work with the drug L-DOPA on postencephalitic patients in 1969. “Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood,” his latest book, looks back at wartime London and his early passion for chemistry.

Thomas Disch, an art critic for the Weekly Standard, has won both Hugo and Locus awards for his 1998 book “The Dreams Our Stuff is Made of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World” and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism for “The Castle of Indolence: American Poetry Today.” Disch has published major fiction, short stories, poetry, criticism, children’s book, libretti, plays and interactive software.

Pattiann Rogers is making her second appearance at the UND Writers Conference. Rogers has been widely praised as one of the best poets in America. Nobel Laureate for Chemistry Ronald Hoffman has said, “I’ve never seen nature observed as closely, nor transfigured by human language, as in Pattiann Rogers’ poetry.” Rogers lives in Colorado with her husband, a retired geophysicist.

Julia Whitty is active both as a writer and a documentarian. Her fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, Story, Ploughshares and Zoetrope and have won several awards, including an O’Henry Award and Bernice Slote award for fiction. Whitty’s documentary work for PBS, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, BBC and A&E has also won many honors, including Emmy and Cable Ace awards. Her collection of short stories, “A Tortoise for the Queen of Tonga,” is Whitty’s first book.

Rafael Campo, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has appeared on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” His poetry, “The Other Man Was Me,” and memoir, “The Poetry of Healing: A Doctor’s Education in Empathy, Identity, and Desire,” have both received Lambda literary awards. Campo’s latest collection of poetry, “Landscape with Human Figure,” has recently been published by Duke University Press.

Devra Davis is an internationally known epidemiologist now serving as visiting professor of public policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz School and is also senior advisor to the World Health Organization. Davis’ book, “When Smoke Ran Like Water,” was a finalist for a 2002 national book award. She has also held the position of scholar in residence at the National Academy of Sciences.

Alison Hawthorne Deming received the American Academy of Poets’ Walt Whitman award for “Science and Other Poems.” Other awards include creative nonfiction’s Bayer award for science writing for her essay “Poetry and Science: A View from the Divide.” Deming is currently director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Natalie Angier is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such works as “Woman: An Intimate Geography” and more recently, “The Beauty of the Beatly and Natural Obsessions,” both of which were named New York Times notable books. Angier’s “The Canon: What Scientists Wish that Everybody Knew About Science,” will soon be published by Houghton Mifflin.

Ted Mooney has received grants from both the Ingram-Merrill Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Mooney has published three novels, “Easy Travel to Other Planets,” “Traffic and Laughter,” and “Singing into the Piano,” and has had fiction published in Esquire, Granta and The New American Review. He is currently senior editor of Art in America.

Schedule of Events: Unless otherwise noted, all events will take place in the Memorial Union.
Monday, March 24: 5 p.m., new work by Grand Forks writers, Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Tuesday, March 25: 8 p.m., Oliver Sacks, “Uncle Tungsten: Reflections on a Chemical Boyhood,” Presidential Lecture, Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Wednesday, March 26: 10 a.m., student and public readings; noon panel, “Art & Science,” Natalie Angier, Ted Mooney, Oliver Sacks, Julia Whitty, with Jeanne Anderegg, moderator; 4 p.m., Julia Whitty; 8 p.m., Natalie Angier.

Thursday, March 27: 10 a.m., student and public readings; noon panel, “Science Fact/Science Fiction,” Natalie Angier, Devra Davis, Thomas Disch, Ted Mooney, Julia Whitty, with Al Fivizzani, moderator; 4 p.m., Ted Mooney; 8 p.m., Thomas Disch.

Friday, March 28: 10 a.m., student and public readings; noon panel, “Science as Cosmology,” Alison Hawthorne Deming, Thomas Disch, Pattiann Rogers, with Martha Potvin, moderator; 2 p.m., alumni panel: “Is there live after my English major?”; 4 p.m., Alison Hawthorne Deming; 8 p.m., Pattiann Rogers.
Saturday, March 29: 10 a.m., student and public readings; noon panel, “Science & Poetry,” Rafael Campo, Alison Hawthorne Deming, Pattiann Rogers, with Tami Carmichael, moderator; 2 p.m., Devra Davis; 8 p.m., Rafael Campo.

  Student Employment Workshop Set For March 27
A student employment workshop will be offered Thursday, March 27, in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library. This workshop is designed to assist the person in each department who is the focal point for student employment. If you are the one who calls Job Service or Financial Aid with your student employment openings, we encourage you to attend. Sessions are available at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Please call Cathy at 777-4411 to reserve a spot. – Dennis Junk, Student Financial Aid.

Proposals Invited For All-Campus Colloquium On University Teaching
The Office of Instructional Development and the Bush Foundation are sponsoring an all-campus colloquium on university teaching, to be held on Sept. 19 in the Memorial Union. The colloquium will provide an opportunity for faculty to engage in discussion about the scholarship of teaching and learning at UND. The featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas Angelo, author, speaker, and professor of education at the University of Akron, known especially for his work with Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs). Other events include panel sessions that will present the activities and accomplishments of UND faculty and programs funded by the Bush Grant (2000-2003), and concurrent sessions that will highlight faculty scholarship around teaching from across the campus.

We invite proposals for the concurrent sessions, each of which will be 75 minutes in length. Sessions may include panel discussions, forums, workshops, round tables, posters, or individual presentations. Presenters might want to propose a topic and format for an entire session, a 20-minute presentation within a session, a poster, or perhaps an idea for a theme or issue that could be developed into a panel with the assistance of the colloquium organizers.

Appropriate topics for any of the above session formats might include, for example: innovative teaching approaches (e.g., experiential/service learning, active learning, problem- or case-based learning); assessment of student learning in courses; the journey to effective assessment of programs; classroom research; engaging and motivating students; the purpose and nature of a university education; innovative curricular design (e.g., interdisciplinary collaboration), etc.

Please submit proposals by March 31, 2003. Proposals should include names and titles of presenters, department/unit, telephone and e-mail address, presentation title, a one-to-two paragraph description of the presentation (including structure, objectives, content, etc.), A/V equipment requirements, and whether there is a preferred presentation time on Sept. 19 (10:30 to 11:45 a.m., 1:30 to 2:45 p.m., or either).

Notification of proposal acceptance will be provided by April 30, 2003. For further information, please contact Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development, 777-4233, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu, or Melinda Leach, Anthropology, 777-3697, melinda_leach@und.nodak.edu.


Bush Planning Committee Seeks Faculty Input
The Bush Grant Planning Committee is seeking input on plans for an extension of the current Bush faculty development grant focused on innovative teaching and assessment.

Interested faculty are invited to join us for lunch and discussion on Friday, Feb. 28, at the International Center. The session will run from noon to 2 p.m., but if your schedule doesn’t allow that much time, you’re welcome to come when you can.

Before the session, we will send out a rough description of some of the activities we are considering for the second phase of the grant. In addition to getting your reactions to these proposed activities, we are interested in hearing other ideas about how to get faculty engaged in innovative teaching and assessment.

We will need to do some planning ahead of time, so please call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 to let us know you will be coming. When you call, please say what time you expect to arrive, and be sure to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. – Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.


Presentation Proposals Sought For “Integrating Technology” Conference
The University of North Dakota and the conference planning committee invites you to present at the second annual Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning Conference, set for Oct. 23-24 in UND’s Memorial Union.

The conference planning committee is currently accepting proposals for concurrent sessions as well as “technology tidbits,” a five-minute showcase featuring the latest technology used in classrooms. We encourage you to share your knowledge, research and experience with other faculty and administrators in the region by submitting a proposal.

For more information on how to submit a proposal, please visit www.beyondboundaries.info. You may also contact UND Office of Conference Services at 777-2663 or 800-342-8230. All proposals must be submitted online and are due Friday, March 28.

Please share this information with your colleagues. We look forward to reviewing your proposals. – Conference Services, Division of Continuing Education.

  Fritz Library Lists Spring Break Hours
Following are the hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library over the spring break: Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16, closed; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 22, closed; Sunday, March 23, 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Answers To Common Questions About Travel And Amex Corporate Card Cancellation
As a result of the University’s termination of the American Express Corporate Card Program, Accounting Services has received questions regarding mechanisms available for travel reimbursement during the transition to a employee travel program. Below are the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

When is the last date that the employee’s American Express Corporate Card should be used?
No transactions should be charged to the employee’s corporate card after Feb. 14, 2003.

Can airline tickets be directly billed to UND so that the employee does not need to pay personally?
Yes. A completed Ticket Authorization form should be submitted to Accounting Services. The employee may make arrangements with any local travel agency (refer to the Yellow Pages for agencies located in Grand Forks/East Grand Forks). The local travel agencies have been provided information to directly bill the University for employee’s airline tickets. Accounting Services will charge the departmental fund via an interdepartmental billing.

Although we encourage employees to follow our direct billing procedure above, an employee may personally purchase the airline ticket (with their personal credit card or cash). If purchased personally, a Ticket Authorization form is not required. Upon returning from his/her trip, the employee may request reimbursement by submitting a Travel Expense Voucher for all travel expenses, along with a paid invoice for the E-ticket or the passenger coupon for a paper ticket.

A request for approval for reimbursement of the airline ticket prior to travel may be submitted in writing to Bonnie, Accounting Services, Box 8356, or by e-mail to bonnie_nerby@mail.und.nodak.edu. This request should include justification as to why the direct billing process was not used.

How should the employee pay for lodging expenses?
Employees should pay for their lodging expense personally (cash or personal credit card) and be reimbursed upon return. In most instances, if the employee submits his/her travel Expense Voucher in a timely manner, the employee will receive his/her reimbursement check prior to the employee receiving his/her credit card statement. During this interim period, employees may also submit two Travel Expense Vouchers per month; one for the first half of the month and one for the last half of the month.

If an employee is not able to pay for lodging expenses personally, a Direct Billing of Lodging form should be submitted prior to travel. The employee will be required to provide justification as to why he/she is not able to follow the normal procedures. These requests will be reviewed and approved/disapproved on a case-by-case basis. It is the employee’s responsibility to inquire with the lodging establishment as to whether they will direct bill the University.

How can the employee receive their reimbursement shortly after returning from travel?
Travel Vouchers should be submitted as soon as possible upon return. Employees should ensure that the form has been completed correctly and that all required receipts have been attached. This will present any vouchers from being returned for incomplete/incorrect information. Travel Vouchers are normally processed within five working days of receipt.

During this interim period, Accounting Services will allow employees to submit two Travel Expense Vouchers per month; one for the first half of the month and one for the last half of the month. This should be used when the expenses during the first half of the month are significant.

In addition, for those employees that have incurred significant travel expenses, the employee may request that reimbursement be processed within one to two days by indicating “RUSH” on the Travel Expense Voucher. Rush requests should be avoided whenever possible.

When will a new corporate card program be available?

Although, a specific date cannot be provided at this time, the University is working very hard to research available options to best meet employees’ travel needs.

What are employees required to do with their American Express Corporate cards?

The employee should cut his/her card in half and return it in a sealed envelope to Accounting Services, Box 8356. If a department returns cards for several of their employees in the same envelope, please provide a list of employees in the envelope of returned cards.

We appreciate your assistance and flexibility during this period of transition to a new employee travel program. Accounting Services will work with employees to meet their travel needs whenever possible. If an employee has specific travel needs that have not yet been addressed, please contact Bonnie, Accounting Services at 777-2966.

– Lisa Heher, Cash and Investments Manager, Accounting Services.


U2 Workshops Listed For March 18-20
University Within the University now has their spring 2003 workshops posted at their website at: www.conted.und.edu/U2/ (note: the second forward slash is needed).

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, and how you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

A Woman’s Money, A Woman’s Future: Tuesday, March 18, 4 to 6 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center; OR Wednesday, March 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Sioux Room, Memorial Union. This presentation targets women’s issues through four “life-stages” and highlights why planning is critical. Topics include the importance of participating in an employer plan, taking advantage of tax-deferred investing, choosing appropriate investments products, things to consider if suddenly single, and how to leave a legacy to heirs. Presenter: Molly Melanson, TIAA-CREF, sponsored by Payroll Office.

Laboratory Safety: Thursday, March 20, 9 to 11 a.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. Learn general safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Greg Krause, Safety and Environmental Health.
-- Sarah Bloch, Program Assistant, University Within the University.

  U Website Offers Dual-Career Couples Information
The University has posted a special page on its website of interest to the spouses or partners of prospective faculty or staff who are considering employment at UND. The “Dual-Career Couples” site provides links to information about job openings at UND, in the city and region. See http://www.und.edu/employment/dualcareer.html. All appropriate units are encouraged to provide a link to the Dual-Career Couples site. Call UND Web Master Jan Orvik at University Relations (777-2731) if you need help in doing so. – Charles Kupchella, President.
  Support Group Helps Those Affected By Deployment
The University Counseling Center is sponsoring a deployment support group. The group is designed to assist UND students dealing with either their own or a loved one’s deployment. Topics such as loneliness, finding supportive networks, juggling school and family obligations, and others will be discussed in a caring, confidential setting. The group runs on Thursday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the UCC, 200 McCannel Hall. If faculty have students to refer, or for further information, contact Rhandi Clow or Kathy Gallagher at 777-2127.
  Children Needed As Research Participants
Tom Petros (psychology) is seeking to recruit children between 7 and 12 years of age to participate in a study of the effect of time of day on tests of planning, problem solving, and sustained attention. The study takes 60-90 minutes to complete. The testing will occur from 8 to 10 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m., on weekends or after school, or on school holidays. Your child will be asked to take a short vocabulary test, and be asked to solve problems and participate in a test of sustained attention on a personal computer. You as the parent will be asked to complete several short questionnaires about your child’s typical behavior, eating patterns and sleeping patterns. Your child will be paid $10 for their participation in the study. The scores from your child’s testing will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your child’s name. Children who participate must not be taking any medication, except that for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you and your child are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me. -- Tom Petros, Professor of Psychology, 777-3260.
  Practice Your Spanish At The “Spanish Table”
The Spanish Table invites you (students, faculty, staff, community members) to practice your Spanish in an informal atmosphere on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. at the Blue Moose. We will meet there through February and March, except March 18. For further information please contact me. – Claudia Routon, 777-4660 or claudia_routon@und.nodak.edu.
  More Recycling Will Save Money
We can save money by increasing recycling! Our recycling contract is a fixed monthly fee, so we could double what we put in the recycling stream and still not increase our costs one penny! On Jan. 1, 2003, our fees for refuse at the city landfill increased from $23 to $27 per ton. If we continue to landfill at our current rate, our costs this year could increase by $3,600. We need everyone’s help to be a part of the University’s Recycling Program and to make sure that everything that can be recycled gets recycled. If you aren’t recycling now, would you consider it to save both money and natural resources? If you already recycle but know someone who doesn’t, please encourage them to start. You may contact me at 777-4878, if you have any questions. – Janice Troitte, Recycling Coordinator.

Results Of Faculty/Staff Campus Quality Survey Announced
A campus quality survey of faculty, administrators and staff conducted last fall as one of the North Dakota University System’s “accountability measures” indicates that 69 percent of UND’s workforce are “very satisfied” (18 percent) or “satisfied” (51 percent) with their employment. Twelve percent are “neutral,” 16 percent are “somewhat dissatisfied,” and 3 percent are “not satisfied at all.”

The survey also indicates that 72 percent of the workforce believes that UND’s overall quality is “excellent” (18 percent) or “good” (54 percent). Twenty-one percent assessed UND’s quality as “average,” 5 percent as “below average,” and 2 percent as “inadequate.”
The survey, expected to be repeated in two years, dealt mostly with the “performance gaps” between employee perceptions of “how it should be” and “how it is now.”

The five smallest performance gaps are as follows:
1. “I know what is expected of me (smallest gap).”
2. “The institution uses state and national data to compare its performance with that of other institutions.”
3. “Professional development training programs are available to assist employees in improving their job performance.”
4. “Faculty and staff take pride in their work.”
5. “This institution listens to its students.”

UND employees see the top three largest performance gaps between the University (and in two cases the North Dakota University System) as:
1. “Employees are rewarded for outstanding job performance (largest gap).”
2. “There are effective lines of communication between departments.”
3. “The North Dakota University System involves employees in planning the future.”
4. “North Dakota University System employees are empowered to resolve problems quickly.”
5. “Administrators recognize faculty and staff when they do a good job.”

UND’s highest-ranked program, service or activity was “payroll services,” the lowest-ranked was “parking for faculty and staff.”

Those interested in more details of the study — including national benchmark comparisons and breakdowns by four different job categories (support/classified staff, faculty, department chair, and administrative/professional) — should go to the website of the Office of Institutional Research.


Legislative Update
Following are some highlights of the Feb. 17-21 legislative proceedings regarding higher education, courtesy of the North Dakota University System.

NDUS Budget Bill Approved by the House
The House passed, as amended, HB1003, the NDUS budget bill, Feb. 19, on a vote of 80-11.

In the engrossed (amended) version, the NDUS budget was reduced from $371.2 to $361.8 million, eliminating $9.4 million in combined general fund and Student Loan Trust Fund revenues from the Executive Budget as recommended by Gov. Hoeven.

In addition, the NDUS will have to internally reallocate or fund from other revenue sources the $17.5 million cost to continue for oeprations funded from state general fund and tuition income, which was not funded in either the Executive Budget or the House Budget. In addition, the NDUS will have to internally reallocate or fund from other revenue sources another $32.3 million for cost to continue for other operations not funded from state general fund or tuition sources. Cost to continue includes: continuation of FY03 salary increases; non-operating inflation, including utilities; employee health insurance premium increases; and 2 percent annual salary increases.

House Additions to the Executive Budget:
Increased funding for EPSCoR, $1,000,000
Increased funding for professional liability insurance for UND Medical School, $1,850,000
Increased funding for the UND Nordic Initiative and for marketing the World Junior Hockey Tournament, $100,000
Increased funding for MaSU for improvements in Old Main, $50,000
Increased base funding for UND Medical School, $395,000
Total Increases, $3,395,000

House Reductions from the Executive Budget:
Reduces funding for campus extraordinary repairs, ($76,000)
Reduces funding for campus capital projects, ($1,651,629)
Reduces funding for board initiatives, ($100,000)
Reduces funding for Centers for Excellence, ($3,000,000)
Removes funding for student internship programs (HB1019 includes $1.0 million), ($2,000,000)
Reduces funding for operations for the campuses, UND Medical School and NDSU Forest Service, ($5,867,371)
Removes funding for salary increases for the NDUS Office and Forest Service, ($54,419)
Total Reductions, ($12,749,419)
Net Reduction, ($9,354,419)

The budget includes $5 million in state funding for EPSCoR, up $1 million from the 2001-03 appropriation. $2 million is provided for the Centers of Excellence, down from the $5 million in the Executive Budget. (The 2001-03 budget did not include funding for Centers of Excellence.)
In addition, the bill extends until June 30, 2005, the “flexibility with accountability” legislation passed by the 2001 Legislative Assembly. The House allocated funding for operations and capital assets back to each campus. The Executive Budget had pooled this funding at the system level for allocation by the SBHE.
Likewise, the Executive Budget had pooled funding for all student grant and aid programs at the system level for allocation by the board. This funding was specifically appropriated to each program in engrossed HB1003.

House Passes Amended Capital Bonding Bill
HB1023, the capital bonding bill, was passed, as amended, by the House Feb. 19 on a vote of 55-36. Engrossed HB1023 includes bonding authority for energy savings improvement projects at UND and NDSU. Utility savings resulting from these improvements will be used to repay the bond debt.

House Amends, Passes ITD Budget Bill
The House passed, as amended, HB1022, the state Information Technology Department’s appropriation bill, Feb. 19 on a vote of 72-17. Engrossed HB1022 includes several items that will impact higher education.
The Executive Budget included $20 million in bonding authority for the ConnectND project. The debt repayment was to be prorated between higher education and state agencies. Engrossed HB1022 appropriates $3.6 million in state general fund dollars for ConnectND. This funding, combined with the $7.5 million appropriated by the 2001 Legislative Assembly, is intended to cover the state’s share of software implementation costs. The revenue bonding authority has been reduced to $16.4 million with all debt service to be the University System’s responsibility. Further analysis will be required to determine the impact of this change on the University system.
Engrossed HB1022 also includes a section of legislative intent stating that 2003-05 general fund appropriations for information technology expenditures in agency and institution budget bills are to be reduced by a total of $12,760,136. The specific amounts will be reduced from each agency or institution appropriation prior to the conclusion of the legislative session.
This bill also calls for the addition of two state auditors to conduct information technology compliance reviews of information technology management, planning, standards and policies.

Nursing Bill Amended, Passed by House
HB1245, a bill related to licensed practical nurse (LPN) and registered nurse (RN) definitions and licensure requirements, was passed, as amended, by the House Feb. 19 on a vote of 65-27. The engrossed HB1245 removes specific nursing education requirements from state law and requires the State Board of Nursing to establish these requirements.

For more information, visit www.ndus.edu and click on “Reports and Info.” – Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the North Dakota University System.


ConnectND Corner
Each week, we will feature information about the ConnectND project, which will replace our current administrative systems. For more information, visit www.nodak.edu/connectnd.

Payroll Implementation to Begin this April

One of the key benefits of the PeopleSoft system is that it ensures common setup and uniform definitions and usage across the enterprise, thus establishing a uniform base of information.
Another of the key benefits of PeopleSoft is the flexibility it provides in establishing business processes. One of the most significant examples of this flexibility was the decision for state government to retain its already unified monthly payroll cycle, while the University System chose to unify its previously disjointed payroll system using a semi-monthly cycle with an eight-day lag.

State government and NDUS payroll teams are currently working on:

State Government (Central Payroll):

• Preparations are accelerating for the April implementation of statewide payroll, which will include more than 70 agencies and nearly 10,000 employees.

• The core HR project team is made up of staff from OMB, ND Public Employees Retirement System, and our implementation consultant, Maximus. In addition, more than 40 Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from state agencies will continue to play a key role in validating conversion data, final system testing, and assisting with further user training.

• Initially in April, state government PeopleSoft implementation will encompass all of the current central payroll system agencies. The Bank of North Dakota will be added during the summer.

North Dakota University System:

• Chancellor Isaak has issued a letter to all North Dakota banks and credit unions explaining the University System’s staggered implementation of its payroll schedule change. The chancellor encourages the financial institutions to work with the approximately 6,500 NDUS employees impacted to ensure that the timing of any payments or automatic withdrawals coincides with the new payroll schedule.

• Project staff is currently working with campus payroll personnel to determine the best method of notifying banks and credit unions outside of North Dakota.

• Mayville State University and Valley City State University, the NDUS pilot sites, along with the NDUS Board Office will begin to move to the new payroll schedule in April. Other campuses will follow sometime during calendar 2004.

This payroll implementation will replace that run under the Higher Education Computer Network (HECN), placed into operation in 1980.

For more information go to www.nodak.edu/connectnd. -- This information provided by Jean Blonigen, ConnectND project.


Applications Invited For Research Seed Money
The University Senate invites applications for faculty research seed money awards. The deadline for submission is 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 31. Program details follow.

Description: The Faculty Research Seed Money Council (the “Council”) distributes funds to support projects by faculty in any Department of the University. The goal of the Seed Money Program is to raise the level of faculty scholarship at the University of North Dakota. An additional goal is to enhance the ability of the faculty to submit successful extramural grant applications.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a faculty appointment at UND.

Review Criteria: Proposals will be subject to competitive review and ranking by discipline-related subcommittees whose member are chosen by individual departments. The review committee will prioritize requests for funding by evaluating each request for its merit as a scholarly project. This will include a consideration of the originality of the project, its significance as a contribution to the relevant discipline, the intent of the submitting scholar to publish in a peer-reviewed journal or otherwise professionally share the results of the project, and (where appropriate) the likelihood that the project will result in a successful request for external support of future scholarship.

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

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

• Detailed Budget (including justification)

• Biographical Sketch (two pages maximum)

• Current and Pending Grant Support (title and short description, agency, requested amount)

• Historical Grant Support at UND (including national, private and seed money awards)

• List of Extramural Applications Submitted But Not Funded (include past three years)

• Statement of Intent to Submit Extramural Application (title, agency, time period, funds to be requested). Where support is requested for a project that will not serve as the basis for an extramural application, then potential future sources of external funding should be listed.

• The budget should be for a maximum of 12 to 18 months.
• Award amounts may range from $1,000 to $40,000.
• Projected expenditures must be reasonable, justified and directly related to the project.

Submission - Deadline: All applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 31.
Please indicate the subcommittee to which the proposal is being submitted. Also, determine the number of copies required for that section (listed in parentheses on accompanying page).

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

Faculty Research Seed Money Council
c/o ORPD, Twamley Hall, Room 105
Campus Box 7134
Attn: Review Committee (________)
Faculty Research Seed Money
Proposal Sections (# copies to submit)
Composition of Evaluation Committees


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

Basic Medical Sciences (7): Anatomy and Cell Biology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Pathology.

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

Health Sciences (11): Community Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Occupational Therapy, Pediatrics, Physical Therapy, Surgery.

Humanities and Fine Arts (8): Art, English, History, Languages, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Theatre Arts.

Physical Sciences (9): Atmospheric Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Geological Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Space Studies.

Professional Disciplines (7): Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Business Education, Management, Marketing, Practice and Role Development (Nursing).

Social Sciences (9): Anthropology, Economics, Family and Community Nursing, Indian Studies, Law, Political Science and Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology.
– Warren Jensen (Aviation), Chair, Faculty Research Committee Seed Money Council.


North Dakota BRIN Signs Up As BioMed Central Member
The North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) has signed up as a BioMed Central Institutional Member. This will enable researchers at all 11 participating North Dakota institutions to publish their research for free in any of BioMed Central’s 90 peer-reviewed, open access journals.

The two research universities, four baccalaureate institutions and five tribal colleges participating in the North Dakota BRIN used their combined buying power to purchase the membership, a cost-effective solution for smaller research departments that may only have a handful of researchers.

In a similar deal, the consortium also purchased BioMed Central’s full range of biology and medicine subscription products, including Faculty of 1000, an online research evaluation service for biology.

The library consortium was one of the four key goals of North Dakota BRIN with the intent to establish a statewide consortium of libraries to coordinate wider access to electronic resources, including journals, databases and software. The BRIN exists to “develop an infrastructure that supports increased biomedical research in the state” and was made possible by the award of a three-year, $6 million grant to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

BRIN awards are designed to “enhance biomedical research capacity among academic institutions and research institutions within the state”. The ultimate aim is to make these states more competitive in applications for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding.

BRINs are NIH funded. In a program launched in October 2001, the NIH allocated 24 grants totaling $45 million to 23 states and Puerto Rico. These states are those with a less than 20 percent success rate in applying for NIH grants, or those who have received on average less than $70 million in NIH funding between 1995 and 1999. The BRIN scheme is one half of the Institutional Development Award (IdeA) Program established in 1993. IDeA is run by The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), the part of NIH responsible for ensuring that essential tools and resources are available to NIH-supported investigators across the United States. Twenty-four BRINs are active from Alaska to Wyoming, Hawaii to New Hampshire. It is hoped that they will follow North Dakota’s lead in becoming BioMed Central members and that other small-library consortia will consider this to be a way forward to better serve their research communities.

For further information about BioMed Central please contact Mark Bevan (mark.bevan@biomedcentral.com or Tel: +44 20 7631 9947) or visit our website http://www.biomedcentral.com/.

BioMed Central (http://www.biomedcentral.com) is an independent online publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to the peer-reviewed biological and medical research it publishes. This commitment is based on the view that open access to research is essential to the rapid and efficient communication of science. In addition to open-access original research, BioMed Central also publishes reviews and other subscription-based content. – Patrick Miller, Public Information, North Dakota BRIN.

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

Funding to improve the teaching of science, mathematics and technology; increase internet access and relevant programming for the disadvantaged; increase personal involvement in the community; remove barriers to economic self-sufficiency; and enhance the experience of art and culture for all. Deadlines: 4/1/03, 7/1/03, 11/1/03, 1/1/04 (Letter of Inquiry ). Contact: Veronica Theobald, 952-917-0118; Veronica_Theobald@adc.com; http://www.adc.com/aboutadc/adcfoundation/howtoapply/guidelinesus/.

William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center Residencies–Support for writers (including playwrights, screenwriters, fiction and non-fiction writers, and poets), painters, sculptors, and composers, for one-month periods. Deadline: 4/1/03. Contact: 212-226-2020; http://www.pipeline.com/~jtnyc/albeefdtn.html.

Summer Fellowship Medical Student Grants support research in: physiology of allergic diseases, pharmacology of allergy and inflammation, basic cellular and molecular immunology, AIDS, as well as other topics pertinent to understanding allergic and immune mechanisms of disease. Deadline: 4/1/03. Contact: Jerome Schultz, 414-272-6071; jschultz@execinc.com; http://www.aaaai.org/members/grants_awards/aaaaigrantsawards/aaaai_summer_fellowship_medical_student_grant.stm.

J.K. Lilly Social Service Awards support development of programs to improve diabetes education and care for minorities or medically underserved populations. Deadline: 4/1/03. Contact: Julie Finney, 312-601-4803; jfinney@aadenet.org; http://www.aadenet.org/Grants_Awards_Scholar/lillysocialservice.html.

Increasing Expertise in Geriatrics for Surgical and Related Medical Specialties–Funding for specialty-specific initiatives to develop, initiate and evaluate programs designed to increase education for residents in geriatrics aspects of their disciplines. Target specialties include: anesthesiology; emergency medicine; general surgery; gynecology; opthalmology; orthopaedic surgery; otolaryngology; physical medicine and rehabilitation; thoracic surgery; urology. Deadline: 3/31/03. Contact: Amy Tam-Liao, 212-308-1414; atamliao@americangeriatrics.org; http://www.americangeriatrics.org/hartford/2003GESR_brochure.shtml.

The Research And Project Grants Program supports educational and research projects that ensure continued growth and opportunities for the industry, for employees, and for the benefits of guests. Deadlines: 4/1/03, 9/1/03. Contact: 202-289-3100; ahlef@ahlef.org; http://www.ahlf.org/research/application.asp.

Secretary’s Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention–Cash prizes for graduate/undergraduate student, single discipline and interdisciplinary papers describing innovative health promotion or disease prevention projects. Contact: 301-443-5798; http://bhpr.hrsa.gov/interdisciplinary/innovations.htm. Deadline: 3/21/03.

Grants support projects that provide independent analyses of key issues faced by the credit union movement and consumers of financial services. Preference is given to researchers who have an established track record in research, however junior faculty may also apply. Deadlines: 3/31/03, 9/30/03, 6/30/03. Contact: Bill Kelly, 608-262-5002; bkelly@bus.wisc.edu; https://wiscinfo.doit.wisc.edu/ccur/regrants.htm.

SDFS--Grant Competition to Prevent High-Risk Drinking and Violent Behavior Among College Students–Funds to develop or enhance, implement, and evaluate campus-based high-risk drinking and violent behavior prevention strategies. Deadline: 3/31/03. Contact: Richard Lucey Jr., 202-205-5471; richard.lucey@ed.gov; http://frwebgate6.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=231388388220+0+0+0&WAISaction=retrieve.

Cultural and Religious Pluralism in Uzbekistan and the U.S.–Support to conduct an exchange program with Uzbekistan. Deadline: 4/11/03. Contact: Brent Beemer, 202-401-6887; bbeemer@pd.state.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-2924.htm.

International Visitor Program Assistance Awards support development and implementation of International Visitor Programs. Participants are current or potential foreign leaders in government, politics, media, education, science, labor relations, NGOs, the arts, and other key fields. Contact: Janet B. Beard, 202-401-9810; jbeard@pd.state.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-1463.htm. Deadline: 3/31/03.

Kyrgyz Republic Educational Partnerships Program in Cultural and Comparative Religious Studies–Support for mutually beneficial partnerships which contribute to development of instruction in comparative religion, cultural studies/history, computer science and English at the Bishkek Islamic Institute in the Kyrgyz Republic. Deadline: 4/1/03. Contact: Jonathan Cebra, 202-619-5289; jcebra@pd.state.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-2925.htm.
Uzbekistan Educational Partnerships Program in Cultural and Comparative Religious Studies–Support for mutually beneficial partnerships which contribute to development of instruction in comparative religion, cultural stud-ies/history, and English at educational institutions in Uzbekistan. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-980.htm.

Broad Agency Announcement for Combating Terrorism Technology (SOL DAAD05-03-T-0023)–Funding for innovative research and development projects. Mission areas include Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures (CB) and Investigative Support and Forensics. Contact: Julia Vincenti; 410-278-2387; julia.vincenti@sbccom.apgea.army.mil or DAAD05-03-T-0023Questions@tswg.gov; www.bids.tswg.gov. Deadline: The BAA will be available from the website above after 2/28/03.

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)–Support for military health-related research under four mechanisms: Investigator-Initiated (basic or clinical military-relevant studies); New Program Project (to establish a multidisciplinary program); Existing Program Project (continuation of a multidisciplinary program); and Advanced Technology (advanced development of a military health-related product or technology). Topic areas are listed in the BAA at the website listed below. Contact: Patricia Evans, 301-619-7354; help-proposals-cdmrp@cdmrp.org; http://www.usamraa.army.mil/pages/doc/FY03-PRMRP_BAA.doc. Deadlines: 2/28/03 (Recommended On-Line Letter of Intent), 4/3/03 (Last Date, Letter of Intent); 4/17/03 (Full Proposal).

Postdoctoral Study Grants provide training and support for researchers under 35 years of age in the following areas: ethnology and psychology: nature and development of cognitive processes in man and animals, both ontogenetic and phylogenetic; neurobiology: neurobiological bases of cognitive processes, their embryonic and post-natal development, and their elementary mechanisms; anthropology-ethnology: cognitive aspects of representation of both natural and cultural environments; analysis of their construction principles and transfer mechanisms, and; analysis of the forms of social organisation and their technlogical systems (knowledge, know-how, transfer mechanisms), and human paleonthology-archaeology: origin and evolution of the human brain and human artefacts. Contact: Secretariat de la Fondation Fyssen, Telephone 33 (0)1 4297 5316; http://www.fondation-fyssen.org. Deadline: 3/31/03.

Molecular Mechanisms of Dyskinesias in Parkinson’s Disease–Support for research focused on building on the knowledge and expertise of neuroscientists and clinicians working in fields that could potentially impact under-standing of levodopa-induced dyskinesias and finding ways to prevent or ameliorate them. Deadlines: 3/20/03 (Letter of Intent); 3/18/03 (Application). Contact: Grand Central Station, 212-509-0995 x227; research@michaeljfox.org; http://www.michaeljfox.org/research/pdf/FINAL%20DYSKINESIA%20RFA.pdf.

Support for demonstration and research programs in prevention of family dysfunction, such as prevention of teenage pregnancy and infant mortality and morbidity, infant mental health and early childhood development; Jewish charities; and the arts and educational television. Deadlines: 4/1/03, 9/1/03 (Arts Organiza-tions); None (All Other Proposals). Contact: Joan W. Harris, 312-621-0566.

Ryan White Care Act Capacity Building Grants support planning efforts to strengthen organizational infrastructure and enhance capacity to develop, enhance or expand high quality HIV primary health care services in rural or urban underserved areas and communities of color. Deadline: 4/4/03. Contact: Sylvia Trent-Adams, 301-443-2177; strent-adams@hrsa.gov; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-20021-filed.

Research Tools Development Grants support development of innovative tools for use in life science research, including discovery, development, and commercialization. Contact: David A. Odelson, 760-476-6140; david.odelson@invitrogen.com; http://www.invitrogen.com/content.cfm?pageid=10. Deadlines: 4/1/03, 8/5/03, 12/2/03.

Support for projects committed to developing a more humane and rewarding society, in which people have a greater ability and opportunity to determine directions for the future. Areas of interest are: Environment, Social, and Jewish/Israel. Deadline: 4/1/03. Contact: Charlotte Talberth, 505-995-8802; info@levinsonfoundation.org; http://www.levinsonfoundation.org/Bhow2.html.

The Junior Fellows Program gives fellows an opportunity to explore the Library’s unique collections, and exposes them to career opportunities available at the Library. Deadline: 4/4/03. Contact: Junior Fellows Program Coordinator, 202-707-5330 ; jrfell@loc.gov; http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/jrfell/2003app.html.

Reproductive Rights Coalition and Organizing Fund Grants Program–Funding for implementing grassroots organizing strategies or other collective approaches to improve access to reproductive health services including abortion, contraception, pre-natal care, well-baby care and comprehensive sexuality education. Contact: Pat Jerido, 212-742-2300 x328; info@ms.foundation.org; http://www.ms.foundation.org/RRCOF03RFP.pdf. Deadline: 4/11/03.

Henry A. Murray Dissertation Award Program–Support for research on some aspect of “the study of lives,” concentrating on issues inhuman development or personality for populations within the U.S. Research concerned with the life experiences of racially or ethnically diverse populations is encouraged. Priority will be given to projects that draw on the Center’s data collection. Deadline: 4/1/03. Contact: Grants Administrator, 617-495-8601; mrc@radcliffe.edu; http://www.radcliffe.edu/murray/grants/diss-hamurray.htm.

Molecular Targets for Cancer Drug Discovery: SBIR/STTR–Support to promote full use of the base of knowledge of cancer biology for cancer-related target validation and drug discovery and development for treatment and prevention. Deadline: 4/1/03. Contact: Suresh K. Arya, 301-496-8783; aryas@exchange.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-021.html.

Small Business Grants for Identifying Molecular Signatures of Cancer (SBIR, STTR) (PA-03-013)–Support for studies on the identification of molecular signatures in human cancer. Applicants should propose application of existing comprehensive molecular technologies to the discovery of DNA, RNA, or protein signatures in human specimens. A major goal of this PA is to foster multi-disciplinary collaborations between the small business community and cancer researchers. Deadlines: 4/1/03, 8/1/03, 12/1/03. Contact: Min H. Song, 301-402-4185, ms425z@nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-013.html.

Grants for Acute Care, Rehabilitation and Disability Prevention Research—Research activities supported are: develop and evaluate protocols to provide onsite interventions in acute care settings or linkages to off-site services for patients at risk of injury or psycho social problems following injury; develop and apply methods that can be used to calculate population-based estimates of the incidence, costs, and long-term consequences of spinal cord injury (SCI) and non-hospitalized traumatic brain injury (TBI); and identify methods and strategies to ensure that people with TBI and SCI receive needed services. Contact: Cheryl Maddux, 770-488-2759;afx0@cdc.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-3035.htm. Deadlines: 3/7/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/8//03 (Application).

Grants for Dissemination Research of Effective Interventions to Prevent Unintentional Injuries—The focus of research sought is to determine what methods and factors influence successful adoption of safety practices or safety policies by individuals, organizations, or institutions. Research should examine strategies for promoting uptake, widespread adoption and maintenance of effective interventions and programs. Consideration will also be given to current grantees who submit a competitive supplement requesting funding to enhance or expand existing projects, or conduct pilot studies. Contact: Van King, 770-488-2751; vbk5@cdc.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-3025.htm. Deadlines: 3/10/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/8/03 (Application).

Grants for Violence-Related Injury Prevention Research: Intimate Partner Violence and Sexual Violence—Support for investigator-initiated research that will help expand and advance understanding of violence, its causes, and prevention strategies. Research themes are: evaluate strategies for disseminating and implementing evidence-based interventions or policies for prevention of intimate partner violence and sexual violence; evaluate efficacy, effectiveness, and cost effectiveness of interventions, programs, and policies to prevent intimate partner violence and sexual violence; and identify shared and unique risk and protective factors for perpetration of intimate partner violence and sexual violence and examine relationships among these forms of violence and others such as child maltreatment, youth violence, or suicidal behavior. Contact: Angie Nation, 770-488-2719; aen4@cdc.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-3034.htm. Deadlines: 3/10/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/8/03 (Application).

Knowledge Integration Across Distributed Heterogenous Data Sources (SBIR/STTR)–Support for small businesses to develop innovative software for addressing integration of distributed cross-disciplinary data sources into coherent knowledge bases for biomedical research. Contact: Bret Peterson, 301-435-0758; bretp@ncrr.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-001.html. Deadlines: 4/1/03, 8/1/03, 12/1/03.

Mechanisms of Chemical Toxicity–Funding for studies on mechanisms of carcinogen and mutagene activity to support interpretation of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) animal toxicity results and relate these mecha-nisms to the etiology of cancer, teratology, and reproductive damage. The RFP should be available at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/rtb/rfp.htm in late February. Deadline: Estimated proposal receipt date is early April. Contact: Carolyn Flowers, 919-541-0425; flowers3@niehs.nih.gov.

MARC Faculty Predoctoral Fellowship–Support for research training opportunities for faculty of minority/minority serving institutions to enhance their research skills in biological and biomedical sciences, including mathematics. Deadlines: 4/5/03, 12/5/03. Contact: Adolphus P. Toliver, 301-594-3900; tolivera@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-048.html.

Increasing Understanding and Control of Battering and Batterers–Funding for research and evaluation on batterers and battering. Specific areas of interest include: rigorous program evaluations, accounting for change in batterers, methodological and measurement development, responses to battering, research to inform program development and cost-benefit analysis. The focus is on violence against women. Deadlines: 3/7/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/10/03 (Full Application). Contact: 800-421-6770; tellnij@ncjrs.org; http://www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles1/nij/sl000604.txt.

Small Grants Programs--Precision Measurement Grants Program–Support to conduct significant, experimental research in the fundamental measurement or determination of fundamental constants. Deadlines: 3/24/03 (Abbreviated Proposal); 6/20/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: Peter J. Mohr, 301-975-3217; mohr@nist.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-4129.htm.

NSF seeks to establish a National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), an integrated national network of user facilities to support future infrastructure needs for research and education in the nanoscale science and engineering field. Deadlines: 4/7/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/16/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: Lawrence Goldberg, 703-292-8339; lgoldber@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03519/nsf03519.html.

David E. Rogers Fellowship Program–Funding for first-year medical students to conduct a project during the summer between first and second years of medical school. Deadline: 3/28/03. Contact: Lorraine A. LaHuta, 212-822-7244; rogers@nyam.org; http://www.nyam.org/grants/rogers/index.shtml.

Edwin Beer Research Program in Urology and Urology-Related Fields–Support for studies in urology and urology-related fields. Deadlines: 4/1/03 (Preliminary Proposal); 9/15/03 (Full Application). Contact: Program Coordinator, 212-822-7204; beer@nyam.org; http://www.nyam.org/grants/beer/index.shtml.

Health Literacy Initiative--Scholar Awards Program–Support for research to advance understanding of health literacy. There is particular interest in identifying tools and methods needed to improve health literacy, and measuring the impact of such interventions. Applicants will be considered from a variety of fields, including (but not limited to) education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, and social work. Because only one award will be made per institution, please notify ORPD if you are interested in applying. Deadline: 3/21/03. Contact: 888-457-3033, http://www.kiassoc.com/ScholarAwardsGuidelines.pdf.

Health Literacy Initiative--Visiting Lecturer Grants Program–Funding to host an expert in the field of health literacy as a guest lecturer. Contact: 888-457-3033; http://www.kiassoc.com/VisitingLecturerGuidelines.pdf. Deadline: 3/14/03.

Humanities Fellowships--Program for Study of Globalization, Culture, and Social Transformation, at the Centro de Investigaciones Post-Doctorales (CIPOST)in Venezuela, are available to study the importance of the cultural dimension in socio-political processes, promoting development of transdisciplinary focuses. Contact: Daniel Mato, 212-869-8500; globalcult@reacciun.ve; http://www.rockfound.org/Documents/529/RFbroch03_04.pdf. Deadline: 4/1/03.

Support for national programs in human welfare, including programs for families and children in crisis, economi-cally or culturally disadvantaged, physically or mentally challenged, and community development programs, programs helping those struggling with systemic effects of illiteracy, hunger, poverty and homelessness; and education, including programs that raise the level of educational effectiveness, innovative programs to enhance quality of instruction, family learning opportunities, and school involvement projects. Major initiatives include family and workplace literacy, and distribution of prepared and perishable food. Deadlines: 3/31/03 (Local Proposals); 9/1/03 (National Proposals). Contact: President, 404-828-6374; kjacob@ups.com; http://www.community.ups.com/community/resources/foundation/grantguide.html.

-- William Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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