Volume 40, Number 26: March 7, 2003  

UND, North Dakota Public Radio Announce Deal

North Dakota Public Radio will continue to operate the University of North Dakota’s radio stations under a new agreement signed this week.

The action by UND President Charles Kupchella and North Dakota Public Radio Director Bill Thomas replaces an earlier agreement negotiated in 1998 that included KUND-FM (89.3) and its translators in Devils Lake, Crary, Lakota and Thief River Falls in the organization’s statewide network.

The agreement now also includes KFJM-FM (90.7) and KFJM-AM (1370), which together were formerly known as Northern Lights Public Radio. In July 2002 the University ended all direct involvement in radio, citing prohibitive costs. North Dakota Public Radio then stepped in to operate the stations, pending the formal agreement.

Thomas said that although the name “Northern Lights Public Radio” would no longer be used, the station would sound much as it did before, with announcer Mike Olson back on the air and other familiar programs returning. It is hoped, he said, that some of the station’s unique programming will eventually be made available to the network. Olson will continue as station manager.

Kupchella, noting it would have cost UND as much as $200,000 a year to continue the status quo, cited the deal as an example of the kind of partnering that is crucial if the community and the state are to prosper and grow in difficult times.

“Although all parties immediately agreed to the new arrangement in principle, it was not an easy process to untangle all of the legal and regulatory complications,” Kupchella said. “We especially thank Bill Thomas and his public radio team and our own Jim Shaeffer, dean of outreach programs, and Barry Brode, director of television, for all the hard work.”

Kupchella said UND will assist in the transition with a one-time allocation of $40,000. It will continue to provide the currently budgeted $15,000 a year in Work Study funds to allow students to work at the station and will absorb about $26,000 a year toward costs attributed mostly to the operation of the studio and transmitter. With the permission of individual donors, UND also has transferred its radio-related fund raising records to North Dakota Public Radio.

Besides programming, managing and operating the stations for UND, North Dakota Public Radio will reimburse UND for certain electrical and circuit costs, maintain the equipment, carry appropriate insurance, and perform required inspections and tests.

Thomas said that as part of the North Dakota Public Radio network, UND will receive seven announcements each week and on-air recognition 12 times per day.

“We also look forward to collaborating with UND faculty and staff, and the Grand Forks community in developing public radio in the community and ultimately sharing programming with the entire state,” he said.

– Charles Kupchella, President, and Bill Thomas, North Dakota Public Radio.


Memberships Encouraged For North Dakota Museum Of Art

Dear Faculty and Staff,

In the next few days many of you will be receiving a letter urging you to support the North Dakota Museum of Art by becoming a member. I have approved the use of payroll addresses for this purpose because of my sincere appreciation for the work of the North Dakota Museum of Art and for the advantages it offers to our students, faculty and staff.

This fine facility was once an entity of the University of North Dakota, starting as an art gallery on the third floor of the UND Memorial Union, before moving to its present quarters in 1989. In 1981 the Legislature made the Museum the official art gallery of the state of North Dakota. Over the years, the Museum has become nationally and internationally recognized as a leader among small rural contemporary art museums. The Museum has been independent of the University since 1996; however, we recognize the need to help the Museum raise the funds necessary to operate and continue to bring exceptional programming to our campus. The North Dakota Museum of Art is an invaluable asset to the University of North Dakota and its students, as well as to the people of North Dakota. Please consider membership or a contribution to ensure its ongoing success.

– Charles Kupchella, President.


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.

T he program opens with a welcome from President Charles Kupchella at 9 a.m. The schedule and speakers are:

9:05 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.

10 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.

11 a.m., Randy Hatzenbuhler, president of Medora Foundation. He serves on several volunteer boards including Greater North Dakota Association New Economy Committee and the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Foundation. Hatzenbuhler is also a CPA.

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.


Thursday International Nights Feature Bulgaria, Thailand

The International Programs Office holds international nights each Thursday at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The March 6 program features Bulgaria and the March 13 program highlights Thailand.

– International Programs.


Music, Theatre Arts Offer Mozart “Brooklyn-Style”

The Departments of Music and Theatre Arts invite you to enjoy “Cosi fan tutte,” an opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m., in the Hughes Fine Arts Center.
You’re invited to Despina’s Italian Social Club! Join us for Mozart Brooklyn-style as two made men try to convince their Don that their girlfriends are faithful. Disguises, intrigue, and madcap adventure follows. The performance is in English with spoken dialogue.

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students. Presented by the UND Departments of Music and Theatre Arts.


Graduate Committee Meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 10, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from March 3.
2. Program review procedures.
3. Status of assessment on the UND campus (Ken Ruit).
4. Matters arising.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Campus Climate And Complexion Conference Set For 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 women and various populations at UND. The conference, titled “Campus Climate and Complexion: A Conversation for Change,” is set for Tuesday, March 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

This conference is open and free to all. You may attend any session throughout the day as your schedule permits.

Registration is required only for the free luncheon. Space is still available for the luncheon. To register for the luncheon, please contact Wendelin Hume, 777-4115, wendelin.hume@und.nodak.edu. Registration has been extended to Friday, March 7.

Keynote speakers include: Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, vice president of minority affairs, 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 is as 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 speaker, 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): Kay Mendick, Women’s Center, moderator; Rusty Barcelo, vice president of minority affairs, University of Washington; Michael Loewy, Counseling; Kim Porter, History; and Chris Stoner, graduate student, English. 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch and keynote speaker Bernice Sandler, “Warming the Chilly Climate: Strategies for Women and Institutions”; 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., Campus Climate Panel, “Warming the Climate at UND”: Wendelin Hume, Women Studies, moderator; Jean Chen, Office of Instructional Research; Kathryn McCleery, Art; and Judy Haney, Experiential Learning and Non-Profit Leadership. 2:15 to 2:30 p.m., break; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., wrap-up panel: Heidi Kippenhan, Office of Admissions, moderator; Charles Kupchella, president; Sally Page, Affirmative Action; Bernice Sandler, senior scholar, Women’s Research and Education Institute; and Martha Potvin, dean, College of Arts and Sciences. 5:30 p.m., dinner and discussion (dinner on your own at the Blue Moose).

– President’s Office and PAC-W.


UND Hosts D-11 Swimming, Diving Championships

UND is hosting the 2003 NCAA Division II National Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Tuesday through Saturday, March 11-15.

We encourage the whole University to come and watch this great event and support the swimming and diving programs.

Tuesday, March 11: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - diving only.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 12-15: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., swimming; 2 to 4:30 p.m., diving; 6 to 9:30 p.m., finals of swimming and diving.

Tickets are available at the door and are $9 for the morning session and $10 for the evening session.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, that would be great! Please e-mail Celeste Putizer and she will contact you. Position openings are timing, hospitality and host. Her e-mail is celeste_putzier@und.nodak.edu.

– Mike Stromberg, Ralph Engelstad Arena.


2003 Founders Day Video Airs On Channel 3

The video tribute shown at the 2003 Founders Day Banquet held on Thursday, Feb. 27, will be replayed on cable Channel 3. This short video presentation focuses on the founding of UND in 1883 and recognizes faculty and staff members retiring from UND this year.

The video will be shown on cable 3 at 1 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. on March 11, 12, and 13.

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


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. Mark your calendars and please attend.

– Facilities.


Presentation Considers “Designing A World That Works”

Dr. David Orr, professor and chair of the Environmental Studies Program at Oberlin College in Ohio, will present “Designing a World that Works” as part of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment Distinguished Speaker Series.

The talk will be held Thursday, March 13, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The public also is invited to a reception preceding the talk at 3 p.m.

Dr. Orr is perhaps best known for his pioneering work on environmental literacy in higher education and his recent work in ecological design. He raised funds for and spearheaded the effort to design and build the $7.2 million Adam Joseph Lewis Environmental Studies Center at Oberlin College. The building was described by the New York Times as “the most remarkable” of a new generation of college buildings and was selected as one of 30 “milestone buildings in the 20th century” by the U.S. Department of Energy.

The Environmental Studies Center functions as an ecosystem not unlike a forest of soils, trees and other living organisms. Much of its energy is derived from sunlight. An ecologically engineered system that combines elements of conventional wastewater technology with the purification processes of a natural wetland restored at the center treats and then recycles the building’s water. The center’s design also incorporates energy-efficient lighting, heating and appliances, and recycled or locally produced building materials to enhance its sustainability and minimize environmental impacts.

Dr. Orr is the author of three books and has published 120 articles in scientific journals, social science publications, and popular magazines. He is contributing editor of Conservation Biology.

– Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.


Flood Information Open House Set For March 18

The city of Grand Forks will host an informational open house on Tuesday, March 18, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Forks Herald Community Room (alley entrance). The engineering department will be available to answer individual and neighborhood questions regarding this year’s anticipated flood fight and to update citizens on the progress of the permanent flood protection project. Topographical maps will be available for viewing individual properties. Early attendance is encouraged if individual assistance is desired. If you plan to attend, please be sure to park on the street and not in the Herald lots.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for Cindy Voigt, City of Grand Forks.


“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.


Spring Yoga Classes Begin March 25

Spring yoga classes begin Tuesday, March 25, at the Lotus Meditation Center. Classes are held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening for beginners and mixed levels, and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for intermediates. The seven-week session ends May 8. A summer session will be held from June 3 through July 24. The cost for the seven classes is $52.50. Register early as space is limited. Call Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 to register or e-mail dyanre@aol.com.


Summer Tuition Waiver Nominations For Grad Students Due March 31

This is just a reminder that 2003 summer tuition waiver nomination forms for graduate students are due March 31. The nomination forms were sent out to departments in December, and are also available on the Graduate School website under “Graduate Forms.” Students who will have summer assistantships do not need to be added to the nomination list. (They receive waivers with their appointments.) The form is at: http://www.und.edu/dept/grad/GSForms.htm.

Some of the criteria for nominating a student include:

1. The student must have been a graduate assistant in spring 2003.

2. The student must be in good academic standing (ex.3.0 GPA, etc.)

The number of available waivers is based on last summer’s enrollment. Students receiving a waiver will be notified by the end of April 2003.

– Jennifer Stam-Stangl, Assistantships/Fellowships Coordinator, Graduate School.


UND Medical Students To 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 on Saturday, April 5, at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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. The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 26.

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.

Kinsey Shultz, second-year medical student, is the 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, P.O. Box 9037, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037; call (701) 777-4305, or e-mail kshultz@medicine.nodak.edu.


Theatrical Event, Production Of “Laramie Project” Set For April 8-12

The University of North Dakota’s seventh theatrical event and its production of “The Laramie Project” are scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday, April 8-12. The event is a series of educational fora designed to encourage audiences to confront the issues featured in this landmark play, written by Moises Kaufman and the members of Tectonic Theatre Project. This year’s event is sponsored by the Department of Theatre Arts, UND School of Law, Women Studies Program, and a grant from the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee.

Event speakers include: Cathy Renna, news media director for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation of New York, who will hare of her experiences coordinating media in the 1998 Matthew Shepard case in Laramie; Heather Sawyer, senior staff attorney based in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal in Chicago, who will discuss employment and AIDS discrimination for gay and lesbian people; Lara Schwartz, senior counsel for the Human Rights Campaign of Washington, who assisted in writing the federal hate crimes bill and the Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act. These scholars/activists will deliver lectures, participate in symposia with UND scholars, and lead post-show discussions of “The Laramie Project.” Chastity Bono and former North Dakota Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp have also expressed interest in participating in this year’s event.

“The Laramie Project” is a “stunningly effective piece of interconnected monologues, which shows the people of Laramie wrestling with the aftermath of a horrific event that made them question their beliefs that ‘it can’t happen here’ [. . .] The savage killing of Matthew Shepard has become a symbol of the struggle against intolerance. This touching, poignant, and ultimately life-affirming piece vividly brings that struggle to life.”

– Department of Theatre Arts.


Harlem Globetrotters Bring Great Basketball, Family Fun To Grand Forks On April 9

Come out and salute basketball’s newest Hall of Famers when the Harlem Globetrotters play at the Ralph Engelstad Arena on Wednesday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $16 and are available through Ticketmaster by calling (701) 772-5151. Tickets are also available at Hugo’s and Marshall Fields stores, or online at ticketmaster.com. The Globetrotters are teaming up with Burger King for the 2003 Harlem Globetrotters “Reclaiming the Game” World Tour.

“According to 2002 Q ratings, the Harlem Globetrotters are the nation’s most popular team. With our induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame this past September and last year’s record attendance, we are turning our attention to bring ‘the love of the game’ back to professional sports,” said team owner and chair Mannie Jackson. “We are reclaiming leadership by returning to the days of championship basketball and setting standards for others to follow.”

As generations share a new Globetrotter experience with their children, they will experience old school fun with a new flavor, including:

• Introducing several new and amazing ball-handling routines before every game.

• Introducing special Hall of Fame logo merchandise that will be available to fans.

• At the conclusion of every game, fans are invited to meet the players for a 30–minute “meet and greet” session; each child has an opportunity to meet a Globetrotter.

• The team will renew its commitment as “Ambassadors of Goodwill” by continuing to visit schools, hospitals and youth-based organizations. In the last nine years the organization has donated over $10 million to local and national charities.

For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters and to purchase team merchandise, visit the team’s official website: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.

Burger King is the title sponsor of the Globetrotters World Tour, Fall College Tour and Summer Youth Basketball Camps. The Globetrotters have entertained more than 120 million fans in 117 countries in the team’s 76-year history, and this year will play more than 300 games in the United States and abroad. Founded in 1954, Burger King has more than 11,000 locations in all 50 states and 58 countries and territories around the world.

– Ralph Engelstad Arena.


Spike Lee To Be Kick-Off Speaker For Multicultural Awareness Week

The Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC) will sponsor filmmaker/author Spike Lee on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium as the kickoff speaker for Multicultural Awareness Week, April 14-17.

This event will be initially open to only UND students. UND student tickets can be picked up March 3-14 free of charge with a valid UND student ID at the Chester Fritz Auditorium between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets are general admission with one ticket per UND student ID, one ID per person. Any remaining tickets will go on sale March 17 to UND staff, UND faculty, and the general public (ticket prices to be determined). For more information, contact MAC at 777-4378.

Spike Lee has recently completed the film, “Jim Brown: All American.” He won critical acclaim for “Malcolm X,” “Clockers,” and “Do the Right Thing.” He has also been deeply involved with music videos for artists such as Miles Davis, Tracy Chapman, and Michael Jackson. Furthermore, Lee has authored six books, including his current “Best Seat in the House.” His career has not only been highly profitable and successful, but also has helped launch the careers of several young African American actors.

– Multicultural Awareness Committee.


May Workshop Encourages Reflection On Teaching

“Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Workshop for Mid- and Late-Career Faculty” will be offered this May. Rather than focusing on “how-to,” this workshop will encourage deeper reflectiveness about teaching, the close examination of accumulated experience, and a focus on how to use that experience to energize and possibly reshape the next phase of growth in teaching.

During six morning sessions spread through two weeks in May (19, 21, 22, and 27, 28, 29), faculty participants will gather to read, discuss, and reflect on issues of common interest. Two kinds of activities will be unique to this workshop:

1. Each participant will work on a self-selected reflective project, with projects varying according to individual needs and interests.

2. Each participant will have the opportunity (individually or in pairs) to bring a question to the group that will focus the work during a particular time segment, as a way of sharing expertise and ensuring that intensive attention is given to the issues of specific concern.

Stipends of $600 (less payroll deductions) will be paid to participants. To apply for the workshop, please submit a brief application (one page or less) containing the following information:

1. What would you like to gain from the group?

2. What can you bring to the group? Think in terms of knowledge, experience, expertise, interests.

3. What kind of project might you undertake, or what question might you explore? (You will not be tied to your original idea at this point.)

4. How long have you been teaching? (You can decide for yourself whether you are mid- or late-career, but balance within the group would be helpful.)
For more information, contact Joan Hawthorne (777-6381) or joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu). For full consideration, applications should be received by Thursday, March 27.

– Joan Hawthorne, WAC/WC Coordinator.


Faculty Invited To Lunch With General Education Study Team

Last March, we reported on the first year of a long-term study of general education at UND. In conjunction with this study, 10 specially trained faculty, funded by the Bush grant, have been conducting regular interviews with a group of 100 UND students, whom they will follow throughout the students’ careers at UND. In the interviews, students are encouraged to talk about what they’re learning – more specifically, how and where they are learning the content and thinking skills we want them to learn as part of the University’s stated philosophy of general education.

With another year’s interviews completed and analyzed, it’s now time to share additional data from the study. At this luncheon discussion meeting, team members will report on what they’ve learned since last year and invite your questions and comments on the ongoing study.

To register, call Jana Hollands (777-4998) by noon Monday, March 10.

– Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.


Faculty, Departments Receive Awards At Founders Day Banquet

The University celebrated the 120th anniversary of its founding Thursday, Feb. 27, with a banquet and awards ceremony.

The highlight of the annual Founders Day banquet is the faculty and department awards for excellence in teaching, research and service. UND presented more than $23,000 in awards, made possible by the UND Foundation, Fellows of the University, and UND.

Eight faculty and four departments were honored with awards at Founders Day this year:

David Lambeth, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and interim department chair, UND Foundation/McDermott Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service, $2,500 and a plaque;

Patrick O’Neill, professor and chair of economics, UND Foundation/Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Individual Excellence in Teaching, $2,000 and a plaque;

Warren Jensen, associate professor of aviation, UND Foundation Faculty Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching, $2,000 and a plaque;

Ralph Koprince, associate professor of languages, UND Foundation Faculty Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching, $2,000 and a plaque;

Margie Hansen, clinical associate professor of family and community nursing, UND Foundation/Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Graduate or Professional Teaching Excellence, $2,000 and a plaque;

Joan Hawthorne, coordinator of Writing Across the Curriculum and the Writing Center, University Writing Program, UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding Faculty Development and Service, $2,000 and a plaque;

Jody Rada, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology, UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research, $1,000 and a plaque;

Jay Meek, professor of English, UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research, $1,000 and a plaque;

Joseph Hartman, associate professor of geology and geological engineering and senior research advisor for the Energy & Environmental Research Center, Sigma Xi Award, cash award and medallion;

Humanities and Integrated Studies, UND Foundation/McDermott Award for Departmental Excellence in Teaching, $2,000 and a plaque;

School of Communication, Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Service, $2,000 and a plaque;

Department of English, Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, $1,000 and a plaque;

Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, $1,000 and a plaque;

UND also honored 32 retiring faculty and staff, and 33 faculty and staff members who have served the University for 25 years.

Those honored for 25 years of service to UND:

Nora Amann, administrator, Center for Rural Health; Byron Anderson, assistant grounds foreman, Facilities; Suzanne Belyea, assistant director, Housing Office; David Bowen, assistant to the dean, College of Business and Public Administration; Michael Dohman, laundry manager, Facilities; Sandra Donaldson, professor of English; Dominga “Josie” Fernandez, building services manager, Facilities; Charles Fjeld, business analyst, Higher Education Computing Network – Student Information Systems; Mark Grabe, professor of psychology and department chair; Ronald Guthmiller, academic maintenance specialist, Facilities; Debra Haley, associate director of marketing, outreach and administrative resources, Energy and Environmental Research Center; Mary Dawn Howard, salad department, Dining Services; James Jerombeck, building services technician, Facilities; Kathy Klemisch, administrative secretary, Department of Information Systems and Business Education; David Knittel, stockroom manager, Department of Chemistry; Roxanne Korynta, administrative officer, Office of Medical Education; Julie Lind Kosmatka, office manager, Department of Computer Science; Nadine Kotowicz, Online Dakota Information Network (ODIN) technical support and service, Information Technology Systems and Services; Sandra Krom, administrative assistant, Department of Pediatrics; DeLaine McGurran, administrative assistant, University Children’s Center; Douglas Munski, professor of geography; Lee Nelson, technology coordinator, College of Nursing; George O’Neill, associate professor of neuroscience; Sally Page, affirmative action officer and affirmative action lecturer in management; Cathy Perry, administrative officer, Department of Pathology; Lorna Pesek, administrative secretary, Department of Internal Medicine; Judy Rosinski, shuttle bus coordinator, transportation department; Mary Jane Schneider, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Indian Studies and department chair; Cynthia Stoller, account technician, Grand Forks Family Practice Center; Janice Swanson, cashier/clerk, Dining Services; Paul Tollefsrud, building services technician, Facilities; Lee Troutman, administrative assistant, Office of University Relations; Deborah Vonasek, library associate, acquisitions, Chester Fritz Library.

Retired and retiring faculty and staff:

Emilia Anderson, data input operator, Accounting Services; Virginia Ballintine, medical laboratory technician, Human Nutrition Research Center; Doris Benson, building services manager, Facilities; Sandra Benson, clinical associate professor of nursing; Derril Bring, academic custodial staff manager, Facilities; Martin Brown, programmer analyst, Department of Atmospheric Sciences; Ronald Bruski, boiler operator, Facilities; Robert Coulthart, carpenter, Facilities; Sharon Eckes, dining room attendant, Dining Services; Janice Ferguson, building services technician, Facilities; Perdean Flesche, family housing maintenance supervisor, Facilities; Veriena Garver, admissions and records officer/office manager, Office of the Registrar; Alice Goschen, radiologic technologist, Student Health Services; Sara Fritzell Hanhan, associate professor of early childhood education and associate provost, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs; Ronald Hegg, materials management supervisor, Central Receiving; Arlene Helgeson, administrative secretary, Student Affairs, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Karen Holte, academic librarian, Chester Fritz Library; Patrick Hurley, research associate, Department of Atmospheric Sciences; Delores Jacobson, administrative officer, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations; Alfred Langer, warehouse manager, Dining Services; Earl Mason, professor of civil engineering; Sandra Moore, receptionist, Dining Services; Mavis Ness, information processing specialist, Office of University Relations; Jan Nowok, research scientist, Energy and Environmental Research Center, and adjunct professor of Physics; B. Seshagiri Rao, professor of Physics; Ardis Rolland, dietary research technician, Human Nutrition Research Center; Fred Schneider, professor of anthropology; Mary Jane Schneider, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Indian Studies and department chair; DeLoris Smith, library associate, Energy and Environmental Research Center; Donald Spicer, systems mechanic, Facilities; Mahlon Thompson, equipment operator, Facilities; Vivian Thompson, building services technician, Facilities.


Facilities Awards Day Features Golden Hammer, Other Presentations

Honors for long and outstanding service were presented at the recent Facilities Awards Day.

The Golden Hammer Award, recognizing outstanding leadership, loyalty, innovation, dedication and integrity, was presented to three individuals – two from within the Facilities Department and one from outside. The Facilities recipients were Wayne Carl, carpet specialist, and Laura Thoreson, business manager. Also receiving the Golden Hammer Award was Frank Argenziano, special projects coordinator and facilities manager for the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

The John Meagher Ecology Award was presented to Glinda Crawford, professor of sociology, in recognition of her leadership in the creation and planting of the Soaring Eagle Prairie Garden south of the Chester Fritz Library, as well as other environmental efforts.

The Outstanding Safety Award for an individual was presented to Madelin Johnson, building services technician, whose quick action in reporting overheating in an elevator mechanism in Johnstone Hall prevented a fire. Departmental Safety Awards were presented to Aerospace Maintenance, Central Warehouse, Communications Center, Electronics, Food Service Maintenance, Laundry, Lock Shop, Medical Maintenance, Steam Plant, Systems, and the Tool Room.

Five individuals were recognized for 25 years of service to the University: Byron Anderson (Grounds), Josie Fernandez (Auxiliary Services), Mike Dohman (Laundry), Ron Guthmiller (Academic Maintenance), and Paul Tollefsrud (Auxiliary Services).

Four retired Facilities members were on hand to receive honors: Perdean Flesche (Family Housing Maintenance), Derril Bring (Academic Building Services), Don Spicer (Systems), and Bob Coulthart (Residence Hall Maintenance).

-- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.


Spring Break Hours Listed

Chester Fritz Library: 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.

Library of the Health Sciences: Spring break hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are: Friday, March 14, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 15, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 16, closed; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, March 22, 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 23, 1 p.m. to midnight. – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

Thormodsgard Law Library: Hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library for the next two weeks are: Saturday and Sunday, March 15-16, closed; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours resume Sunday, March 23. – Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Thormodsgard Law Library.

There’s No Overnight Parking At UND Airport Lot Over Spring Break

With spring break fast approaching, please remember “overnight” parking is not available in the UND Airport parking lot. Any vehicle parked there between the hours of 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. will be impounded at the owner’s expense. The Grand Forks Municipal Airport furnishes extended parking at a reasonable rate. Thank you. Have a safe break. – Traffic Division.

Memorial Union:
Memorial Union hours for spring break, March 14-23, are:

Lifetime Sports Center: Friday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Copy Stop: Friday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, closed.

U-Turn C-Store: Friday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Subway and TCBY/Juice Works: Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Little Caesars: Friday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Administrative office: Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Craft Center/Sign & Design: Friday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, closed.

Student Academic Services: Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dining Center: Friday, March 14, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, closed.

Barber Shop: Friday, March 14, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Credit Union: Friday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Traffic Division: Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Passport ID’s: Friday, March 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, closed.

University Learning Center: Friday, March 14, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Computer labs: Friday, March 14, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Building hours: Friday, March 14, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday through Friday, March 17-21, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Memorial Union will be closed weekends. Normal hours resume Monday, March 24, at 7 a.m. Late night access resumes Monday, March 24.


Legislative Update

Following are some highlights of the Feb. 24-28 legislative proceedings regarding higher education, courtesy of the North Dakota University System.

Senate Appropriations Hears NDUS Overview

A University System overview was presented to the Senate Appropriations Committee Feb. 28.

Dr. Richard Kunkel, State Board of Higher Education vice president, recapped 2001-03 board and system accomplishments, specifically actions aligned with 2001 legislative actions and the Roundtable on Higher Education.

Kunkel’s comments were followed by a presentation by private sector proponents of the University System and the Roundtable on Higher Education, including Bruce Furness, mayor of Fargo, N.D.; Dennis Hill, executive vice president of the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives; Roger Reierson, president of Flint Communications and chairman of the New Economy Initiative. All are members of the Roundtable on Higher Education. Guy Moos, president of Baker Boy Supply, and past chairman of GNDA, also praised the system’s contributions to revitalization of the state’s economy.

The Chancellor and NDUS office staff reviewed the system’s 2003-05 budget and legislative priorities.

Additional comments were provided by Chris Frost, president of the North Dakota Student Association. Henry Riegler, chair of the Council of College Faculties, presented the Faculty and Staff Compensation Report.

An HB1003 subcommittee has been formed; members are Sen. Holmberg, committee chair, and Sens. Robinson and Kringstad.

SBHE Voices Support, Opposition to Bills
At a Feb. 26 meeting, the SBHE reviewed its position on key legislation at crossover. Changes to the board’s position on bills and resolutions include:

Now Supported . . .
HB1043: While the SBHE supports change of the IT plan submission date, the board is concerned about changes in composition of the State Information Technology Advisory Committee.
HCR3056: The board supports a Legislative Council study of the affordability of liability insurance for medical providers.

Now Opposed . . .
HB1405: The SBHE no longer supports the exemption of some vehicles from the state motor pool because it may result in increased fees for use of state fleet vehicles.
SB2042: The board opposes a provision in the amended bill that restricts the University System’s ability to make IVN available to other educational and nonprofit users.
SB2282: The SBHE opposes amendments to this bill which changes the membership of the medical school advisory council.

College Internship Resolution Heard in House Education Committee
SCR4020, a resolution encouraging state agencies to provide college internships, was heard in the House Education Committee Feb. 26. The committee took no action.

NDUS Racial Issues Resolution Heard, Fails
SCR4034, a resolution to direct the study of racial issues within the NDUS, was heard in the Senate Education Committee Feb. 26.
Sen. Linda Christenson said certain conditions on campus create a hostile environment that should be the subject of a Legislative Council study. The resolution failed in the Senate Feb. 27.

Senate Education Committee Votes “Do Pass” on HB1124
On Feb. 26, the Senate Education Committee voted “do pass” on HB1124, a bill to permit room and board fees for summer programs on college campuses if high school credit is awarded. The committee then referred the bill to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
HB1124 was amended in the House to require waiver of these fees for parents who cannot afford them.

ITD Appropriation Bill Heard in Committee
HB1022, the ITD budget bill, was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee Feb. 27. Engrossed HB1022 includes $16.4 million in revenue bonding authority for the NDUS share of the ConnectND project.

The SBHE opposes proposed reductions to the Executive Budget for information technology, per engrossed HB1022 legislative intent. The board is concerned about the component of this bill that would require audits of IT management, planning, etc., as well as the additional cost of responding to audit requests and reports. The board also opposes the engrossed HB1022 limitation on providing wide-area network and telecommunications services to the private sector, charitable organizations and non-profit entities where it affects partnerships.

NDUS Chancellor Larry Isaak provided testimony in support of the board’s position on HB1022. A subcommittee has been formed; members are Sen. Holmberg, committee chair, and Sens. Schobinger and Robinson.

Capital Bonding Bill Heard in Committee
HB1023, the capital bonding bill which includes energy improvement projects at UND and NDSU, was heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee Feb. 27.

Darin Scherr, state energy engineer, presented information about energy projects at UND and NDSU. A subcommittee will review and recommend changes to the bill; members are Sens. Christman, Kringstad and Krauter.

Additional testimony on NDUS major capital projects were presented in HB1003 hearings beginning Feb. 28.

Senate Education Committee Hears “Diploma Mill” Bill
HB1068, which relates to the issuance, manufacture and use of false academic credentials, was heard by the Senate Education Committee Feb. 26.

The SBHE supports this bill that would make it a misdemeanor to either issue or use false academic credentials.

The committee is concerned the bill might impact some legitimate corporate training. Also, a representative of home schools expressed concern the bill would prevent home schools from issuing credentials.

A subcommittee was appointed to examine unresolved issues and report back next week.

For more information, visit www.ndus.edu and click on “Reports and Info.”

– Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the North Dakota University System.


Please Note Software License Updates

Once again it is time to notify users that the last day for submitting site license software requests for this fiscal year will be June 20, 2003.

Below are the yearly product renewal cycles:
ESRI products are from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.
Autodesk/AutoCad is Oct. 15, 2003, through Oct. 14, 2004.

PC-SAS: Please be aware of changes to the PC-SAS licenses. The current year’s contract with PC-SAS expired on Feb. 28, 2003. Beginning March 1, 2003, you will be able to renew your current PC-SAS licenses. Once again, the PC-SAS license for this year’s contract has no license fees.

New and renewed licenses must still be ordered on the regular ITSS Software Licensing Order Form. Please keep in mind that licenses that are not renewed will cease to function by the end of May and renewing your license is the only way to keep PC-SAS functioning.

When ordering/renewing, please let us know which version you would like to install or renew by making a note in the comment section of the order form. There are six CDs in the 8.2 installation media set. If you wish to have an older version, contact our office and we will see if we are able to obtain the appropriate setinit. In most cases only the current versions are sent.

If you have questions regarding software licensing, please contact me at Carol.hjelmstad@mail.und.nodak.edu or 777-3171.


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.

What is the current status of the ConnectND project?
In its Feb. 21 report, the Project Oversight team reported:
• The overall project is on time and on budget, most open issues have been resolved;
• While there is a good probability that most of the project deliverables will meet dates – some schedule, resource or scope changes may be needed at this time;
• There are no scope issues at this time; and
• There are currently no risks impeding the project at this time.

How is ConnectND being implemented?
Under the leadership of a State Executive Steering Committee (co-chaired by Donna Thigpen, president, Bismarck State College and Pam Sharp, interim director, Office of Management and Budget) and with the help of our implementation partner, MAXIMUS, the project is being implemented using a five-phased approach:
1. Initiation – complete
2. Design – 99 percent complete
3. Development – through March 15, 2003
4. Migration – October 7, 2002 to May 15, 2003
5. Post Production – October 7, 2002 to August 29, 2003

When will ConnectND be implemented?
Project team managers have finalized initial rollout schedules for state agencies and higher education institutions. However, these schedules are subject to change as we work through implementation specifics within the state agency (OMB, Attorney General’s Office, Highway Patrol, and Department of Human Services) and higher education (Mayville State University and Valley City State University) pilot sites. These schedules are organized according to the three major functional areas of the project: Student Administration, Financials, and Human Resources. In addition, the schedule contains the current status of the Portal implementation.

Following is the UND schedule:

Student Administration (campus community)*
Recruitment and admissions: 2003 - July - December
Financial Aid: 2004 - March - June
Student Records: 2004 - March - June
Student Financials:2004 - March - June
Accounts Payable: 2004 - January - June
General Ledger: 2004 - January - June
Purchasing: 2004 - January - June
Grants Management / Project Cost: 2004 - January - June
Accounts Receivable / Billing: 2004 - January - June
Asset Management: 2004 - January - June
Inventory: 2004 - January - June
E-Procurement: 2004 - April - September
Budgets: 2004 - April - September
Human Resource Management System*
Core Human Resources: 2004 - January - June
Benefits: 2004 - January - June
Flexible Spending Accounts: 2004 - January - June
Payroll: 2004 - January - June
Time and Labor: 2004 - January - June
Benefits Administration: 2004 - April - September

* All time frames are based on a calendar year and are subject to change. Each implementation is preceded by 30- to 60-day testing and training period and followed by a 90-day post production period. During the post production period, implementation issues are resolved and incorporated into the system; if implementation issues cannot be resolved in that timeframe, delays in subsequent implementation may occur.

For more information go to www.nodak.edu/connectnd.

– This information provided by Jean Blonigen, ConnectND project.


New Reserved Parking Space Set In Swanson Lot

Five spaces soon will be reserved in the Swanson/Memorial Union parking lot for patients of Student Health and UND Sports Medicine. These five spaces are located in the southwest corner of the lot. A special permit will be issued to you from them to identify your need to park there. If you have any questions, please call our office at 777-3551. Thank you.

– Traffic Division.


Submit 2002 FlexComp Claims By March 26

You are reminded that if you have money remaining in your FlexComp medical spending account and/or dependent care spending account for the plan year ending Dec. 31, 2002, you have until March 31, 2003 (90-day IRS regulation) to submit any claims incurred in the 2002 plan year (January 1 to December 31). After that time, any remaining balances will be forfeited.

Vouchers should be received in the Payroll Office no later than Wednesday, March 26, for adequate processing time.
If you have any questions regarding this matter, please feel free to call Heidi Strande, Payroll Office, at 777-4423. Thank you in advance for your prompt attention.

– Payroll Office.


“State Of Grand Forks” Address Available On City Website

Grand Forks Mayor Michael R. Brown’s “State of the City” address is now available on the city’s web site at www.grandforksgov.com.

The “State of the City” address outlined the significant events of the past couple of years, identified community issues, and defined a vision and a plan for the future, including an aggressive shift in tax policy. “We are very proud of our accomplishments and I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Brown.

The mayor’s address will also be rebroadcast on Cable Channel 3 at 1:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, and Thursday March 6.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for Kevin Dean, City of Grand Forks.


Next Edition Of Studio One Features Weight Watchers, Native American Health Issues

A leader from Weight Watchers will speak this week’s edition of Studio One. For more than 40 years, Weight Watchers has helped to counter the nations’ growing obesity problem. Together with the American Cancer Society, Weight Watchers sponsors the Great American Weigh In, created to inform the public about what they can do to improve their health. Also on the next edition of Studio One will be the topic of Native American health. Compared to the general public, Native Americans have a higher risk of serious illness and premature death. Cynthia Lindquist-Mala will explain the overlying causes and talk about Native American health problems.

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 Cable Channel 3 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.


Note Corrections And New U2 Workshops Listed For March

For the University Within the University Spring 2003 Newsletter, please make note of the following CORRECTIONS:

Under the Sponsor of “Payroll Office”:

For the all-day NDPERS Pre-Retirement Education Program scheduled for April 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.., with a $15/employee registration fee, allowing you to bring your significant other, please note the corrected registration deadline: Registrations are due Wednesday, March 12, (one week later than published).

For the NDPERS Retirement Plan workshop scheduled for April 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m.., with no charge to attend, allowing you to bring your significant other, please note the corrected deadline to submit a retirement benefit estimate request: Requests are due Wednesday, March 12, (three weeks earlier than published). Correct room number: 235 at Rural Technology Center.

For the NDPERS Retiree Health Insurance workshop scheduled for April 16, 1:30 to 3 p.m., the correct room number should be 235 at Rural Technology Center.
Under the Sponsor of “University Within the University”:

For the workshop: It is a Simple Question: Do You Want to Survive?, scheduled for April 23 at Swanson”Hall, Room 16-18, the correct time is 9 to 10:30 a.m. (not in the afternoon as published on the front page under “New Titles”).
Below are U2 Workshops for the Week of March 24-28. Visit our Web site for additional workshops for Spring 2003.
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online at 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 about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Word XP, Intermediate: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, March 24, 26, and 28, 9 a.m. to noon (nine hours total), 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Word Beginning. Create and modify a template, create styles, work with columns, sections, and advanced tables; add graphics, create mail merge documents, labels, and envelopes; manage documents. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

GroupWise 5.5, E-Mail: Monday, March 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Find out how to compose e-mail, add attachments, use the address book, customize GroupWise, and handle mail. Presenter: Tracy Uhlir, ITSS.

Creating a Web Page Using HTML: Tuesday and Thursday, March 25 and 27, 9 to 11:30 a.m. (five hours total, 361 Upson II. Learn how to create a Web page with hyper-text markup language, graphics, and links. Presenter: Doris Bornhoeft, ITSS.

Defensive Driving: Tuesday, March 25, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Note: Bring your driver’s license to this workshop. Also, immediate family members are welcome to attend and also need to be pre-registered. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a monthly basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. This workshop may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and may also remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Mark Johnson, Safety and Environmental Health.

Windows XP: Tuesday and Thursday, March 25 and 27, 1 to 4:30 p.m. (seven hours total), 361 Upson II. Windows orientation, work with programs and documents, organize files, work with windows, create an efficient work environment, use control panel features, use Windows applets, optimize system resources, find information. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

Forms, Forms, and More Forms: Tuesday, March 25, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Room 17, Swanson Hall. Do students ask you questions such as: “Have I completed my GER’s?” or “How many credits do I have left in my major?” Helpful tools will be provided to aid you in the advising process to answer questions such as these and more. Presenter: Sommer Herring, Student Academic Services.

GroupWise 5.5, Calendar: Wednesday, March 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Prerequisite: GroupWise 5.5: E-Mail. Learn how to schedule appointments and recurring events, look at someone else’s calendar, create folders, and archive your mail. Presenter: Tracy Uhlir, ITSS.

-- Sarah Bloch, Program Assistant, University Within the University (U2).


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.


FIDC Announces January, February Awards

The following faculty members were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in January and February:

January: Gaye Burgess (Theatre Arts), “Mid-America Theatre Conference,” $525; Nolan Long (Music), “American Choral Directors Association National Convention,” $750; Paul Sum (Political Science), “Instructional Materials: Bringing Down a Dictator,” $161.95; Anne Walker (Teaching and Learning), “40th Annual International Learning Disabilities Association Conference,” $552.50; Marjorie Bock (Teaching and Learning), “40th Annual International Learning Disabilities Association Conference,” $552.50.

February: Michael Blake (Music), “Jazz Vibraphone Study,” $600; Gail Ingwalson (Teaching and Learning), “Tomorrow’s Teachers Today: A Symposium on Middle Level Teacher Preparation,” $585; Angela Koppang (Educational Leadership), “Learning and the Brain: Using Brain Research to Leave No Child Behind,” $495; Charles Robertson (Aviation), “14th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning,” $550.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID website (listed under “Academics” on the UNDInfo page.)

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The next deadline is Friday, March 14.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID’s Flexible Grant program.

For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact Libby Rankin, director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu.


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.

Young Investigator Fellowship Grant Program–Support for junior faculty at or below the level of assistant professor to encourage careers in breast cancer research and cure. Areas of relevant research may be, but are not limited to, etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies, prevention, and clinical studies. Deadline: 4/11/03. Contact: 203-861-0014; info@breastcanceralliance.org; http://www.breastcanceralliance.org.

Support for national and local programs that improve the lives of children through education, recreation, career counseling and other social services. Contact: 310-342-5000; http://www.cpk.com/about/foundation.cfm. Deadlines: 3/31/03, 9/30/03.

Funding for educational programs in ecology. Programs areas are: Learning in the Real World, Grants to School Communities and Related Organizations, Center for Ecoliteracy Activities. Deadlines: 4/15/03, 10/15/03 (Letter of Inquiry). Contact: Misa Koketsu, fax 510-845-1439; http://www.ecoliteracy.org/pages/letterofinquiry.html.

Funding for projects to improve understanding of the biology of pediatric brain tumors; improve treatment of childhood brain tumors; reduce or ameliorate tumor or treatment related sequelae; heighten public awareness of childhood tumors; and improve the lives of children with brain tumors. Deadline: 4/15/03. Contact: Jeanne Young, 301-515-2900; cbtf@childhoodbraintumor.org; http://www.childhoodbraintumor.org; http://www.childhoodbraintumor.org/CBTFGRANTAPPLICATIONCRITERIA2003.doc.

Brain Tumor Research Grants support basic science research on pediatric brain and CNS tumors. Priority will be given to new research which relates to: understanding signaling systems involved in mitogenesis, survival, and cell death for pediatric tumors; or, fully characterizing the phenotypic and genetic alterations that are unique to benign and malignant pediatric brain tumors. Deadlines: 4/14/03 (Preapplication); 7/1/03 (Application). Contact: 212-448-9494; info@cbtf.org; http://www.cbtf.org/grant_info.html.

AmeriCorps National Program Grants support programs that meet community needs in the areas of education, public safety, environment, homeland security, and other human needs. Deadline: 4/15/03. Contact: AmeriCorps*National, 202-606-5000; sryan@cns.gov; http://www.americorps.org/resources/guidelines2003.html.

Experimental and Innovative Training–Support for projects designed to develop new types of training programs and new and improved methods of training rehabilitation personnel so there may be a more effective delivery of rehabilitation services by State and other rehabilitation agencies. Deadline: 4/15/03. Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 877-433-7827; edpubs@inet.ed.gov; http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-4550.htm.

Advanced Countermeasures for Insider Threat (SOL BAA 03-02-FH)--Funding for research addressing innovative solutions to mitigate the insider threat to Intelligence Community systems and networks, with a focus on document control. Deadline: 4/15/03. Contact: Gloria Golden, Gloria_M_Golden@= nbc.gov; http://ideasec.nbc.gov/ecprod/owa/ec$cbd.sypfirstcount?P_SERVER_ID3=3D

Breast Cancer Research Program—Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Partnership Training (HPT) Award–Support for collaborations between multiple investigators at an HBCU/MI and a collaborating institution with established investigators in breast cancer research to create an environment that fosters breast cancer research and in which HBCU/MI faculty investigators receive training toward establishing successful breast cancer research careers. Contact: Commander, 301-619-7079; cdmrp.pa@det.amedd.army.mil; http://cdmrp.army.mil/bcrp/03bcrp/hbcumi_pta_pa.doc. Deadlines: 4/3/03 (Preproposal); 8/7/03 (Full Proposal).

Support to conduct an Environmental Professional Intern Program to provide-on-the-job training for graduate and undergraduate students interested in careers in the environmental area. Deadline: 4/17/03. Contact: Linda K. Smith, 202-564-2602; smith.linda@epa.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-3238.htm.

J.-Louis Levesque Fellowships/Shire BioChem Fellowships/Armand-Frappier Fellowship–Support for candidates interested in postdoctoral studies in one of the IINRS-Institut Armand-FrappierÆs fields of specialisation: immunity, infectious diseases and cancer, environmental toxicology and biotechnology, and molecular pharmacochemistry. Deadline: 4/17/03. Contact: Ginette Dery, 450-687-5010 x5303; http://www.fondation-afrappier.qc.ca/Concours_b_postdoctorales.html.

The Heckman Travel Grant provides support for undergraduate, graduate, or postdoctoral scholars to conduct research using materials from the Library at St. John’s University. Contact: Matthew Heintzelman, 320-363-2795; MHEINTZELMA@CSBSJU.EDU; http://www.hmml.org/resources/stipend.html. Deadlines: 4/15/03, 10/15/03.

HIV Services Planning Grants support efforts to plan for provision of high quality comprehensive 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.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships (junior investigators) and Major Research Grants (senior investigators) support projects directly related to Krabbe disease or other leukodystrophies. Eligible studies may investigate new treatment approaches, or study basic mechanisms related to these diseases. Areas of relevant research include, among others: gene therapy; myelin development; neurodegeneration and transplantation; developmental neurobiology and molecular biology. Special consideration will be given to newborn screening research. Contact: Marybeth Weltjen, 877-984-4673; marybeth@huntershope.org; http://www.huntershope.org/grant/call.html. Deadline: 4/15/03

Support for completion of a graduate thesis or essay on the history and culture of Virginia before 1700. Applicants may be candidates in any relevant discipline; e.g., History, American Studies, Literature, Archaeology, Anthropology, Fine Arts, etc., as long as their research is devoted substantially to Colonial Virginia before 1700. Deadline: 4/15/03. Contact: Anne Tyler Netick, Chairman, Fellowship Committee, 9601 Adkins Road, Charles City, VA 23030; http://www.jamestowne.org/Fellowship.htm.

The Gustav O. Lienhard Award ($25,000) is presented annually to recognize individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health care services in the U.S. There are no eligibility restrictions. Contact: Susanne Stoiber; 202-334-1506; hppf@nas.edu; http://www.iom.edu/iom/iomhome.nsf/Pages/lienhard+home. Deadline: 4/17/03.

Interdisciplinary Science in the NASA Earth Science Enterprise--Support for participation in NASA Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) Earth Observing System (EOS) interdisciplinary research and analysis activities. Proposals should contain cross-cutting, interdisciplinary research spanning and integrating across discipline areas addressed by the Enterprise. The ESE mission is to develop a scientific understanding of the earth system and its responses to natural or human-induced changes in order to improve prediction of climate, weather and natural hazards. Deadlines: 3/14/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/1/03 (Proposal). Contact: Woody Turner, 202-358-1662; Woody.Turner@hq.nasa.gov; http://research.hq.nasa.gov/code_y/nra/current/NRA-03-OES-03/index.html.

Dissertation Awards for Doctoral Candidates for Violence-Related Injury Prevention Research in Minority Communities support research in a wide spectrum of disciplines, including epidemiology, medicine, biostatistics, public health, law and criminal justice, and the behavioral and social sciences, to prevent and control injuries more effectively. Deadlines: 4/08/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/8/03 (Application). Contact: Nancy Pillar, 770-488-2721; nfp6@cdc.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-3033.htm.

Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (Project EXPORT - Establishing Comprehensive Centers) (RFA-MD-03-003), Establishing Exploratory Centers (RFA: MD-03-002), and Centers of Excellence–Resource Related Research Grants (MD-03-001)--Support to establish comprehensive centers to focus on health disparities research, community outreach, and training in order to strengthen research and training infrastructure for minority health and health disparities research and training and provide resources for development of innovative partnership models between academic institutions and community groups/organizations. Research that explores a broad array of determinants of disparities in minority health and health disparities is encouraged as well as that which addresses a full range of health promotion approaches with prevention or reduction of health disparities. A comparison of characteristics of the programs can be found at http://www.ncmhd.nih.gov. Contact: Tommy L. Broadwater, 301-402-1366; broadwat@od.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-03-003.html; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-03-002.html; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-03-001.html. Deadlines: 3/28/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/22/03 (Application).

Humanities Focus Grants support projects to improve formal humanities education in the U.S. from kindergarten through college and university. Grants provide educators with the opportunity to consider significant humanities topics and map institutional directions for teaching the humanities. The grants are particularly appropriate for first-time applicants. Deadline: 4/15/03. Contact: Division of Education Programs, 202-606-8380; education@neh.gov; http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/hfg.html.

Avant-Garde Masters Grants--Cash grants for laboratory work to preserve significant examples of America’s avant-garde film heritage. Deadlines: 3/31/03 (Initial Letter); 5/1/03 (Application). Contact: 415-392-7291; grants@filmpreservation.org; http://www.filmpreservation.org/grants_projects_avant-garde.html.

Lung Tissue Research Consortium: Tissue Processing and Distribution Center (HR-04-09)--Support to serve as a Tissue Processing and Distribution Center (TC) for a 5-year multi-center research program, the Lung Tissue Research Consortium (LTRC). The LTRC will facilitate histopathological research of pulmonary diseases by collecting lung tissues from donors and preparing and distributing collections of tissue specimens to researchers within and outside the Consortium. The RFP will be available at the website below on approximately 3/15/03. Contact: Joanne Deshler, 301-435-0340; jd52g@nih.gov; http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/funding/inits/index.htm#rfp.

Determination of All Functional Elements in Human DNA (RFA-HG-03-003)–Support to participate in a Research Network that will conduct a pilot project to test and compare methods for identifying all functional elements in a limited (~1%) region of the human genome. Emphasis will be on identification and verification of transcription units, including associated cis-regulatory elements, but projects using existing methods for identification of other sequence-based functional elements are also encouraged. Contact: Elise Feingold, 301-496-7531; Elise_Feingold@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-03-003.html. Deadlines: 4/13/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/13/03 (Application).

Technologies to Find Functional Elements in Genomic DNA (RFA-HG-03-004)–Support for applications to develop new and improved technologies for efficient, comprehensive, high-throughput identification and verification of all types of sequence-based functional elements, particularly those other than coding sequences, for which adequate methods do not currently exist. Deadlines and Contact: See above or http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-03-004.html.

Funding for Core Centers for Musuloskeletal Disorders (AR-03-004) to provide resources for established, currently funded investigators, often from different disciplines, to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to common research problems in musculoskeletal disorders and to ensure greater productivity than from separate projects. Examples of research areas include, but are not limited to: Regulation of skeletal growth and remodeling by systemic and local factors; diagnostic markers of skeletal remodeling; genetic basis of skeletal morphogenesis, growth, and disease; mechanisms of bone repair and regeneration, including fracture healing; development of techniques for growth plate repair, reconstitution of large defects, and limb lengthening, including use of autografts and allografts, and distraction osteogenesis; and mechanisms of cartilage repair and regeneration, including chondroprogenitor cell biology, genetics, and biomechanical signaling; development of techniques for chondroprotection and repair of the articular surface, including gene therapy approaches. Contact: Julia B. Freeman, 301-594-5053; freemanb@exchange.nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-03-004.html. Deadlines: 4/13/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/13/03 (Application).

Funding for Skin Diseases Research Core Centers (AR-03-003) to provide resources for established, currently funded investigators, often from different disciplines, to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to common research problems in skin diseases and ensure greater productivity than from separate projects. Examples of research areas include, but are not limited to: stratum corneum: biochemistry, structure, function; epidermis: differentiation, keratinization, cellular constituents; dermal-epidermal junction: structure, functions, diseases; skin as an immunological organ; autoimmune skin diseases; dermis: structural components, diseases; and molecular genetics and epidemiology of skin diseases. Deadlines and Contact: See above or http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AR-03-003.html.

Centers for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research (RFA-ES-03-004)–Support for Centers to conduct multidisciplinary, basic and applied research in combination with community-based research projects on environmental threats to children’s health and translate those research findings to public policy, community needs, and information for the health care community and the general public. Contact: Gwen W. Collman, 919-541-4980; collman@niehs.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-03-004.html. Deadlines: 4/16/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/16/03 (Application).

School Safety Technology Solicitation–Support for research, development, and evaluation of effectiveness of new or commercially available technologies designed or used to create safer school environments. Technology developers and researchers are encouraged to work creatively with school law enforcement officers and other school safety officials as they develop proposals in response to the solicitation. Special interest areas are: Crime Prevention Technologies; National Assessment of School Safety Technology; and Crime Preparedness and/or Intervention Technologies. Deadline: 3/26/03. Contact: Steve Schuetz, 202-305-8697; scheutzs@ojp.usdoj.gov; http://www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles1/nij/sl000606.txt.

Science and Technology Solicitation--Support for research, development, and implementation proposals that will produce innovative technologies or pertinent knowledge for the benefit of law enforcement and corrections personnel. Applicants may submit a proposal under any topic of their choosing. Deadline: 4/2/03. Contact: 202-616-6500; askncjrs@ncjrs.org; http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/nij/sl000607.pdf.

Clinical Trial Planning Grant (PAR-03-051)--Funding for organization of activities critical for successful implementation of high-risk, complex, or large-scale clinical trials to evaluate treatments for neurological disorders. Deadlines: 4/15/03, 8/15/03, 12/15/03. Contact: John R. Marler, 301-496-9135; jm137f@nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-051.html.

Funding for Rare Diseases Clinical Research Centers (RDCRCs) and a Data and Technology Coordinating Center
(DTCC), which will form the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (RR-03-008) in order to facilitate clinical research in rare diseases. Deadlines: 4/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 4/29/03 (Application). Contact: Giovanna M. Spinella, 301-402-4336; spinellag@od.nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-03-008.html.

Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowships (OAR) provide educational experiences to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and national policy decisions affecting those resources. Graduate students are matched with “hosts” in the legislative or executive branch, or appropriate associations/institutions in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one-year fellowship. Deadline: Applications must be submitted to the local Sea Grant program by the deadline set in the announcement (usually early to mid-April). Applicants from states not served by a Sea Grant program should obtain further information by contacting the Knauss Fellows Program Manager at the NSGO. Contact: Nikola Garber, 301-713-2431 x124; Knauss nikola.garber@noaa.gov; http://www.nsgo.seagrant.org/Knauss/Application2004.htm.

Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering (COBASE)–Funding for individual American specialists to establish new research partnerships with colleagues in Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS). Proposals are accepted for collaborative research in all fields of basic science supported by NSF. Project Development and Initiation Grants support American specialists who wish to host and/or visit their CEE or NIS colleagues in order to initiate research projects and prepare collaborative research proposals for submission to NSF. Special focus areas are Social Sciences and Central Asia. Contact: 202-334-2644, ocee@nas.edu; http://www7.nationalacademies.org/dsc/OCEE_Grants_Index.html. Deadlines: 4/14/03, 8/25/03.

NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence at FDA—Faculty at FDA and NSF/FDA Scholar-in-Residence at FDA—Postdoctoral Fellowships–Support for science, engineering, and mathematics faculty and fellows to conduct research at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The programs comprise interagency partnerships for investigation of scientific and engineering issues concerning emerging trends in medical device technology. Deadline: 4/14/03. Contact: D. Helen Gill, 703-292-8910; hgill@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03525/nsf03525.htm.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)\–Funding for projects to increase the number of students pursuing and receiving associates or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Two types of awards are offered under this program: Type I: Efforts aimed at implementing strategies to increase the number of students pursuing and obtaining STEM degrees; and Type II: Proposals for educational research projects. Deadlines: 4/10/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/22/03 (Application). Contact: Susan Hixson, 703-292-4623; shixson@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03548/nsf03548.htm.

The NRL-Wide Broad Agency Announcement (SOL BAA 03-01), available at the website below, lists a broad range of research topics. Deadlines: None (Initial Proposal); 12/31/04 (Closing Date). Contact: Michelle Nicholl, 202-767-6263; nicholl@contracts.nrl.navy.mil; http://heron.nrl.navy.mil/contracts/baa.htm.

Future Leaders of the World Fellowship–Support for recent college graduates to develop interpersonal, organizational, public relations, and writing skills while learning about current problems faced by nations around the world, including the U.S., as a result of overpopulation. Deadline: 4/15/03. Contact: Devinka Peiris, 202-544-3300 x121; dpeiris@populationinstitute.org; http://population.newc.com/teampublish/71_363_1101.CFM.

Support for programs that assist in development, demonstration, and commercialization of technology to improve production performance of the nation’s natural gas and petroleum stripper wells. Focus areas are: reservoir remediation, characterization, and operation; well-bore clean-up; and surface and collection optimization. Contact: Joel L. Morrison, 814-865-4802; swc@ems.psu.edu; http://www.energy.psu.edu/swc/proposal.shtml. Deadline: 4/18/03.
-- William Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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