University Letter

Volume 39, Number 28: March 15, 2002

Nominations, Applications Sought For Vice President For Research


Next U Senate Meeting Is April 4

Graduate Committee Meets March 18

Broadway Musical, “Titanic” Plays At Chester Fritz

March 19 Meeting Discusses Proposed Graduate Faculty Constitution Changes

Scientist And Plant Physiologist Presents Robert Massee Lecture

Study Abroad Sessions Set For Wednesdays

Retirement Reception Honors Elmer Morlock

Scientist Discusses “Chaos, Games And Fractal Movies”

Grade, Transfer Policies To Be Discussed At Senate Forum

Gerald Combs Is Sigma Xi Speaker

International Centre Hosts Thursday Cultural Programs

Nursing Convocation Set For March 22

Geography Forum Features ‘State Health Department Info Systems’

Fog Forecasting Is Focus Of Atmospheric Sciences Seminar

Tenor Todd Queen To Perform At Guest Recital

Summer Fun Job Fair Is March 26

“Teaching Women’s Issues Across The Curriculum” Is Topic Of Next Faculty Lunch Discussion

Curriculum Committee Meets March 28

Medical Students To Host ‘Science Discovery Day’ For Elementary Students

Theatre Arts Presents “The Crucible”


Upcoming U2 Workshops Listed

Student Employment Week Is April 1-6

Call For Conference Proposals On “Prizing Diversity”

Leave Donations Sought For Wendy Mayer

Northern Lights Public Radio Spring Fund Drive Just Around The Corner

Items For Sale To Public On Bids


Remembering Diane Carl


EPSCoR Calls For New Equipment Proposals

Changes To Faculty Research Seed Money Program Detailed

July, August, September Awardees Listed

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


Nominations, Applications Sought For Vice President For Research

Applications and nominations are invited for the new position of vice president for research at the University of North Dakota. The vice president for research will be a major academic leader with responsibility for fostering energetic and successful research, scholarship and creative activity in the sciences, engineering, arts and humanities. He/she will be the senior official responsible for leadership and management of technology transfer activities and regulatory compliance of research and scholarship. The individual will report directly to the university president, be a member of the president’s cabinet and participate in all major campuswide decisions affecting the university. Sought is a creative, people-oriented individual with a vision to enhance our efforts for external funding in support of research, scholarship and technology transfer. The individual selected will develop strategic relationships, long-term strategies, and mechanisms to facilitate a successful enterprise. He/she will work closely with the vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty and the University’s liaison in Washington.

The University of North Dakota, founded in 1883, has more than 11,000 students in physical and natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, aerospace sciences, engineering, medical sciences, nursing, fine arts, business, law, education and human development. The graduate student enrollment is 1,500 per semester with 350 master’s and 40 doctoral degrees awarded per year and is expected to grow as directed by UND’s strategic plan. The University currently acquires over $40 million annually in external research programs with an initial goal of $100 million. UND is a vibrant, comprehensive institution with a rich history located in a safe and friendly community of 60,000 people.

Additional information about the University is available at

Preferred qualifications include experience in administration, a substantial record of research, success in securing extramural funding, and a Ph.D. or similar credentials. Strong commitments to interdisciplinary research, to undergraduate and graduate research, and to building partnerships with government, industry, professions, and the community are especially desirable.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations are strongly encouraged. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of the applicant’s philosophy of university-based research, and names and addresses of three references should be sent to:

Dr. H. David Wilson
Chair, Vice President for Research Search Committee
University of North Dakota
P.O. Box 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
e-mail: (701) 777-3021

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants with special needs or disability accommodation requirements should make the request with the Search Committee Chair.

The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

– H. David Wilson (Vice President for Health Affairs), Chair, Vice President for Research Search Committee.


Events To Note

Next U Senate Meeting Is April 4

The University Senate will meet Thursday, April 4, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, March 21. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted. — Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.


Graduate Committee Meets March 18

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 18, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from February 25, 2002.

2. Request for change in program requirements to the Master of Science (non-thesis) option in chemistry.

3. New Ph.D. program request that will be jointly sponsored and operated by the history faculties of North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. Request for new courses: History 501: Methods of Historical Research; History 513: World History Seminar; History 592: Graduate Readings in World History.

4. Program review status of Teaching and Learning.

5. Report on the progress of the Constitution Committee by Barry Milavetz.

6. Matters arising.

-- Joseph N. Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Broadway Musical, “Titanic” Plays At Chester Fritz

The Broadway musical, “Titanic,” will play at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Eighty-nine years after the R.M.S. Titanic first set sail, the legend of the Titanic has become a remarkable theatrical event. One by one, the lives and yearnings of the Titanic’s crew, staff and passengers unfold against an awesome backdrop of monument and majesty. Book your passage today for this masterpiece that swept the 1997 Tony Awards for best musical, best book, best score, best orchestrations and best sets. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office or through Ticketmaster at 772-5151 or It is sponsored by Alerus Financial. – Betty Allan, Event and Program Coordinator, Chester Fritz Auditorium.


March 19 Meeting Discusses Proposed Graduate Faculty Constitution Changes

Members of the Graduate Faculty Constitution Committee, a subcommittee of the Graduate Committee, invite you to attend an informational meeting about preliminary changes to the constitution on Tuesday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Library East Asia Room. Any questions about the constitution, including membership and the academic areas represented on the Graduate Committee, will be welcome. Draft copies of the Graduate Faculty Constitution will be available at the Graduate School in 416 Twamley on Monday, March 18. Please call Staci Matheny at 777-2786 if you have questions. Refreshments will be served. -- Cynthia Shabb, Graduate School.


Scientist And Plant Physiologist Presents Robert Massee Lecture

The 2002 Robert Massee Lecture will be presented by Ross Welch, lead scientist and plant physiologist at the U.S. Plant, Soil and Nutrition Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Cornell University, at noon Wednesday, March 20, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The title of his lecture is “Farming for Health: Agricultural Technologies to Improve Human Nutrition.”

Dr. Welch is internationally recognized for his expertise in the availability of micronutrients in food crops. His research is directed toward increasing health-promoting substances such as selenium, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc and iodine in fruits, nuts and vegetables while reducing the accumulation of toxic heavy metals such as cadmium. His collaborators include colleagues in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Egypt, and Turkey. – Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Study Abroad Sessions Set For Wednesdays

Study Abroad sessions will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesdays in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The March 20 session will spotlight study in Greece.

The study abroad information sessions are open to students, faculty, staff, and parents. They are intended to educate the UND community on study abroad exchanges/programs. – Office of International Programs, 777-4231.


Retirement Reception Honors Elmer Morlock

After 34 years of dedicated service to UND, Elmer Morlock, support services, Information Technology Systems and Services, is retiring. A 1961 UND graduate, he joined the Computer Center (ITSS) in 1968 and has been with us ever since. Please join us to wish Elmer all the best at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center Wednesday, March 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. – Information Technology Systems and Services.


Scientist Discusses “Chaos, Games And Fractal Movies”

A Mathematics Department colloquium talk, “Chaos, Games and Fractal Movies,” will be presented by Robert Devaney of Boston University at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in 309 Witmer Hall. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in 325 Witmer Hall. Dr. Devaney received his undergraduate degree from Holy Cross College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

He is an internationally recognized mathematician in the area of dynamical systems and is well-known for his lively lecture style. Everyone is welcome. – Thomas Gilsdorf, Professor of Mathematics.


Grade, Transfer Policies To Be Discussed At Senate Forum

The University Senate will hold a forum at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Room 7, Gamble Hall. The ad hoc senate transfer policy committee will present a proposal for a change in the University transfer policy, and the Admissions and Academic Policies Committee will hold a forum on the proposed changes to the incomplete, in progress, and grade change policies. The University community is welcome to attend. Please take this opportunity to learn more about these policies and voice your opinion. -- Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.


Gerald Combs Is Sigma Xi Speaker

Sigma Xi will meet on Thursday, March 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 101, Abbott Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 4 p.m. in the lounge off the atrium at the west side of Abbott Hall.

It’s our chapter’s honor to welcome the new director of the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Dr. Gerald Combs. His talk is titled: “Rediscovering Rickets.”

Dr. Combs is an international authority on the trace element selenium and mineral deficiency diseases. Prior to coming to GFHNRC earlier this year, he was a professor of nutrition at Cornell University where his research has taken him throughout the world. His talk will focus on his work on childhood rickets in Bangladesh.

Please come to meet and welcome Dr. Combs to UND and to attend his talk on this fascinating subject. – John Wagner, Department of Physics.


International Centre Hosts Thursday Cultural Programs

The International Centre will host cultural programs at 7 p.m. Thursdays in the Centre, 2908 University Ave. The March 21 program will feature Ukraine. Everyone is invited. – Office of International Programs, 777-4231.


Nursing Convocation Set For March 22

Healthcare professionals will explore “Nursing: Science and Research” at the seventh annual College of Nursing spring convocation Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ramada Inn.

The convocation will feature a keynote address from Clarann Weinart, director of the office of research and scholarship, and director, Center for Research on Chronic Health Conditions in Rural Dwellers at Montana State University. She is also a Sigma Theta Tau international distinguished lecturer and serves on its board of directors. Dr. Weinert will discuss research and identify some of the characteristics and the factors that stimulate and nurture a professional career in research.

Her talk will be followed by a panel discussion on research. The panelists include: Julie Anderson, UND assistant professor; Bruce Davidson, UND graduate nursing student in rural health; Gina Esslinger, Altru research coordinator; and Sara Schelkoph, Altru staff nurse.

Sophomore nursing students will be recognized at the convocation, which is open to the public.


Geography Forum Features ‘State Health Department Info Systems’

Ann Fritz, an environmental scientist with the North Dakota Department of Health, Division of Water Quality, will present a noon forum in the Geography

Department on Friday, March 22, in 368 Clifford Hall. The title of her talk is “Geographic Information Systems at the North Dakota Department of Health.” Please contact the Geography Department at 777-4246 for more information.


Fog Forecasting Is Focus Of Atmospheric Sciences Seminar

Ryan Knutsvig, a graduate student in the atmospheric sciences master’s program, will present a seminar, “The Use of Artificial Intelligence Methods in Improved Visibility Forecasting for Surface Transportation,” Friday, March 22, at 3 p.m. in 111 Ryan Hall. Knutsvig received his B.S. in meteorology from UND in 1998 and is expected to earn his master’s degree in May. The Odegard School’s Atmospheric Sciences Department is hosting this seminar, the fourth in a series. It is free and open to the public.

From 1994 through 1999 fatal airplane crashes in the United States averaged 399 per year. Over the same period, the average number of fatal motor vehicle crashes was 37,530 per year with 583 per year related to fog. Improved fog forecasts could help to reduce the rate of fatal vehicle crashes, but before fog forecasts can be effective for travelers, the forecasts must be location- and time-based with greater highway specificity.

This research explores the feasibility of using artificial intelligence methods to aid in fog forecasting for surface transportation. The lack of weather observations, especially visibility, along highways makes forecast initialization and verification difficult. An evaluation of the use of data collected from airport observations to support highway fog forecasting applications is presented. This work is in conjunction with ongoing research into effective decision support systems for improved surface transportation weather decision-making. – Deb Lazur, Regional Weather Information Center.


Tenor Todd Queen To Perform At Guest Recital

The University of North Dakota Department of Music announces a guest voice recital by tenor Todd Queen at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

A professor at Colorado State University, Dr. Queen is an active performer and instructor. His upcoming engagements include opera roles with the Fort Collins Opera and recitals for Bemidji State University and the University of Wyoming. Dr. Queen recently performed the tenor roles in Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” with the Utah Valley Chorus and the Southwest Symphony. While living in North Dakota and teaching at North Dakota State University, Dr. Queen performed with the Grand Forks and Fargo-Moorhead Symphonies and the Fargo-Moorhead Civic Opera.

The highlight of this recital is a complete performance of the song cycle “Dichterliebe” (“A Poet’s Love”) by Robert Schumann. A set of 16 songs, this work chronicles a poet’s emotional journey in and out of love. The cycle is not a narrative; therefore, each song is a musical snapshot of the poet’s experience. The sensitive and heart-rending music of Schumann unifies the cycle into a dramatic whole. Dr. Queen will also perform classical music from Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio, “The Creation,” lyrical arts songs composed by Henri Duparc, and “Dancing Moon,” a delightful song cycle composed by David King in 2000. Dr. King is also the pianist for the recital.

The recital is free to the public. Please contact the UND Music Department for more information at 777-2646.


Summer Fun Job Fair Is March 26

The recreation and leisure services program and career services/cooperative education are sponsoring the summer fun job fair Tuesday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Employers will be present to interview and recruit students for summer positions with their organizations. Employers have been invited from summer camps, state parks, national parks, resorts, community parks and recreation agencies, YMCAs, environmental programs, campus programs, plus many more. This is a great opportunity for employers to meet students as well as for students to look for fun and educational summer jobs. The summer fun job fair is open to anyone seeking summer employment. If you would like more information, please contact Leann Kaiser at 777-2502. Hope to see you March 26.


Teaching Women’s Issues Across The Curriculum” Is Topic Of Next Faculty Lunch Discussion

On Tuesday, March 26, the On Teaching box lunch discussion series will focus on “Teaching Women’s Issues Across the Curriculum.” Designed especially for faculty who are interested in using gender as an analytical framework for teaching, the session will feature a panel of UND instructors who make women’s experience central to their teaching. Coordinators are Barbara Handy-Marchello and Anne Kelsch (History).

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Friday, March 22. – Libby Rankin, Professor of English and Director, Office of Instructional Development.


Curriculum Committee Meets March 28

The University Curriculum Committee will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in 305 Twamley Hall to review the request from the Colleges of Education and Human Development and Arts and Sciences to terminate the bachelor of science in elementary education and music. Anyone interested in the proposal is invited to attend. Thank you. – Connie Borboa (Registrar’s Office) for University Curriculum Committee.


Medical Students To Host ‘Science Discovery Day’ For Elementary Students

Members of the local American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will host the annual Science Discovery Day Saturday, April 6, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The event, which emphasizes “hands-on” learning in science and health, is open to fifth- and sixth-grade students for a $2 non-refundable fee per person. The deadline to register is Monday, March 25.

In each session, topics are designed to stimulate children’s interest in science. They will focus on human health and anatomy, use of computers in medicine, awareness of the dangers of tobacco use, various science projects, and the STATS (Students Teaching AIDS to Students) project.
In order to accommodate as many children as possible, two sessions – morning and afternoon – will be offered. Registration is set for 8 to 8:45 a.m. for the morning session and 1 to 1:45 p.m. for the afternoon session. Participants choose to attend the morning or afternoon session. Parents and teachers are welcome, but not required, to attend. Adult supervision is provided throughout the day.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is located at 501 N. Columbia Road. Participants may park and enter at the south entrance to the building.
For more information or to register, contact Rimon Bengiamin, second-year medical student, at P.O. Box 9037, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037, e-mail: or phone (701) 777-4305.


Theatre Arts Presents “The Crucible”

The Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to present “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller. Gaye Burgess, assistant professor of theatre arts, directs this classic play about the Salem witch trials at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 11-13, and 18-20.

Burgess is working with choreographer Kim Epifano, who has worked for 20 years in the San Francisco Bay area as a teacher, performer, choreographer, and collaborator. Burgess and Epifano take the concept of persecution and combine a postmodern world with the Puritan world. With the addition of a chorus, UND’s production of “The Crucible” provides a new theatrical interpretation of this timely piece. It is as relevant today as when it first premiered in 1953.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for UND students with ID. For ticket information, please call the Burtness Theatre Box Office at 777-2587. For more information about “The Crucible” or Kim Epifano, please call Bethany Froelich at 777-4075.

Epifano’s work is funded through a grant from the National College Choreography Initiative. The NCCI was made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Target Stores, Marshall Field’s and Mervyn’s with support from the Target Foundation. – Department of Theatre Arts.



Upcoming U2 Workshops Listed

Following are workshops offered through the University Within the University (U2 program). Check out the listings for many learning opportunities.


Responsibilities and Accountability of Purchasing: March 21, 10 to 11 a.m., Governor’s Room, Memorial Union. Find out who is responsible for the process of purchasing, obligations of process time, receiving acceptance, payment, product use, maintenance, insurance, and on to final disposal. Presenter: Linda Romuld, Purchasing.

Inventory Control, Property Insurance and Surplus Property Procedures: March 26, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Discuss insurance coverage of equipment, procedures for equipment transfers, deletions, completing annual inventory audit, and procedures for disposing and selling University property. Presenters: Pat Hanson, Payroll; Lisa Josephs, Accounting Services; and Lee Sundby, Surplus Property.


ITSS classes are held in 361 Upson II, and require a working knowledge of Windows or a Windows class. Enrollment is limited to 12 in most cases. A $10 manual is optional for Access (Levels II and III), Excel, Power Point, Windows, and all Word and WordPerfect classes. The cost for an Access Level I manual is $16. Instructors: Tracy Uhlir, GroupWise; Rose Keeley, TSO and PageCenter; Doris Bornhoeft, E-mail, HTML, and Netscape; Jim Malins, all other classes.

Access 00, Level III: March 18, 20, and 22, 9 to 11:45 a.m. (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Access 00, Level II. Introduces data access pages for the Web, macros, and advanced database management; explores user-defined modules and Visual Basic.

Creating a Web Page Using HTML: March 19, 8:30 to 11 a.m., and March 21, 8:30 to noon (six hours total). Learn how to create a Web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links.

Word 00, Level II: March 19, 20, and 21, 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Word, Level I. Gain a solid foundation in the use of menu bars, buttons, boxes, headers and footers, page numbers, columns, charts and tables.

Windows: March 26, 27, and 28, 9 to 11:45 a.m. (eight hours total). Discover how to modify the environment, multi-task, and manage files with Windows 98.


Academic Advising as a Tool for Retention: March 19, 10 to 11 a.m., Room 16-18, Swanson Hall. Who are the students that we work with? What are their goals? Academic advising can be a strong component to student success – so what we do or don’t do matters! Presenter: Lisa Burger, Student Academic Services.


Electricity, What You Don’t Know Might Shock You: March 21, 2 to 4 p.m., Governor’s Room, Memorial Union. Many people are injured and even killed by electricity every year. This workshop provides basic information for those “non-electricians” forced to work around electrical equipment. Presenter: Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health.

Defensive Driving: March 27, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This workshop is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, have received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Instructor: Greg Krause.


Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact Amy Noeldner at the University Within the University office by phone, 777-2128, fax, 777-2140, e-mail,, or mail to Box 7131. To register online, go to Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number, Social Security number (for accurate record keeping), and e-mail address; the title and date of the event; and the method of payment (ID billing, personal check, or credit card number and expiration date) if the event has a fee. – Amy Noeldner, University Within the University.


Student Employment Week Is April 1-6

The week of April 1-6 has been designated as Student Employment Week. The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers, as educators, to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to our campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students. Please say “thank you” to your student employees (a special treat or lunch is nice). – Cathy Jelinek, Federal Work-Study Clerk.


Call For Conference Proposals On “Prizing Diversity”

The Collaboration for the Advancement of College Teaching and Learning invites proposals from faculty, staff, and students for concurrent sessions related to the theme of its fall 2002 conference, “Prizing Diversity: Practical Approaches for Engagement in a Multicultural World.” The conference is set for Friday and Saturday, Nov. 15-16, in Bloomington, Minn. The deadline for proposals is April 15.

The Collaboration especially encourages proposals for sessions that will stimulate dialogue, reflect diverse perspectives, and involve student presenters or co-presenters. Registration is free for undergraduate presenters. Faculty and staff presenters may receive registration and travel funding from the Office of Instructional Development.

To learn more about the conference, see the Collaboration Web site at or call the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325. – Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.


Leave Donations Sought For Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer, medical laboratory technician at the Human Nutrition Research Center and a 22-year employee at UND, is currently on leave to assist in caring for her husband who is on medical leave. It is anticipated that Wendy will soon exhaust her accumulated vacation and sick leave. The University has a leave sharing program that allows an employee to donate a portion of leave to another employee. In Wendy’s case, as it is her spouse who is ill, the leave donated must be vacation hours. If you would be interested in making a donation, please see Jean Hager or myself in State Administration at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center.

Guidelines for donation include:

• when donating vacation leave hours, the donating employee must retain a vacation leave balance of at least 40 hours.

• all leave must be donated in full-hour increments.

Please feel free to contact me at 795-8403 if you have questions. – Jean Altepeter, Business Manager, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Northern Lights Public Radio Spring Fund Drive Just Around The Corner

As the weather cools down, Northern Lights Public Radio is getting fired up for its Spring Fund Drive March 18-24. Northern Lights Public Radio (NLPR) is a public radio station that broadcasts from the University of North Dakota and offers local, regional, and national commercial-free programming. The station broadcasts on KFJM FM (90.7) and KUND AM (1370) as well as Grand Forks Cable Channel 3 and Residence Life Cinema Channel 17.

It is more important now than ever that NLPR meets the financial goals set for the Spring Fund Drive. The January 2001 merger of NLPR and the UND Television Center has provided stability and growth for the radio station. However, another highly successful fund drive is needed to continue on this path. Now is the time for listeners to take action and make an investment in local public radio. During the week of March 18-24, supporters can make a pledge and become a member by calling (701) 777-2400 or 1-800-248-5356. UND employees can choose to make a pledge through a payroll deduction program.

NLPR not only serves the Greater Grand Forks community but also works with UND students to enhance their learning through hands-on experience in the areas of announcing, programming, production/operations, and marketing. NLPR strives to provide students with valuable experience and professional development that will benefit them after they graduate.


Items For Sale To Public On Bids

The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, study carrels, dorm-type refrigerators, stainless steel cabinet and table, and several other miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, March 18-21. – Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.


In Remembrance

Remembering Diane Carl

Diane S. Carl, collection officer in the Business Office, died March 5 of cancer. She was 59.
Diane Lickteig was born Feb. 3, 1943, to Don and Jamie (Trulson) Lickteig in Grand Forks. She grew up and graduated from high school in East Grand Forks. She married Roger Carl on Sept. 29, 1969, in Grand Forks. She had worked in the UND Business Office for 21 years.

“Diane, or ‘Lady Di,’ as I used to call her, did remind me so very much of the famous princess,” observed Mary Anderson, fee billing assistant. “She was a kind, gentle woman who had a warmth that came with her quick smile. Her passion for enjoying life’s simple things was a big part of who she was. She was artistic and creative, and she loved to laugh. She had a way of making everyone feel special.

“Before her cancer, Diane battled rheumatoid arthritis, which she had most of her life,” Anderson continued. “I always admired the way she never complained or felt sorry for herself. I can still hear her saying, ‘Oh well, stuff happens – deal with it!’ She will be missed so very much, but her spirit will remain with us always.”
“As a collector, Diane worked closely with the students,” said Wanda Sporbert, bursar. “She genuinely cared about the students, and they felt her concern. During her extended illness, students and parents contacted our office to see how she was doing and to offer their encouragement. With her quiet, calm demeanor, Diane was a leader in the office. She was proud to be a UND employee, and her positive attitude affected those around her.”

“Diane loved the excitement of preparing for fee payment and also the chance to see the students again,” said Loretta Prather, assistant bursar. “Diane had many interests and hobbies, including reading, gardening, knitting, crocheting and sewing. She sewed hats and knit caps to be given to cancer patients who had lost their hair after chemotherapy. Diane was a very conscientious and caring co-worker, and a very good role model.”

“Diane was always on an even keel,” recalled Heidi Smart, fee billing assistant. “During peak times of the year when work increased and student traffic was high, she always kept her cool. Nothing riled her. She was our stabilizer, our reality check.

“Diane had a calming, soothing quiet way about her,” Smart continued. “She was an animal lover, particularly dogs. She had wonderful luck – I used to think – with the different dogs she had over the years. But then I realized that it wasn’t luck. She made them into perfect pets by how she treated them: again, that kind, calm, soothing, warm manner of hers.

“She was a great advisor, confidante and friend by being the ultimate listener. A warm, nurturing soul. She loved gardening and flowers ... she could make just about anything: sew without a pattern, bake from scratch. She did things for others that went without recognition because she never looked for praise or expected any.
“I have never known anyone else like her,” Smart said. “She was one of a kind. Caring, warm, smiling, nurturing, soothing, true friend, listener, and so much more. She was among those rare people who realized the full potential of their hearts.”

She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Kristi Rubash, Grand Forks; a sister, Donna (Jerry) Voiss, Grand Forks; and her stepfather, Nick Amundson, Bend, Ore.

She was preceded in death by her parents.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, with information from the Grand Forks Herald and from the colleagues of Diane Carl in the Business Office.


Grants and Research

EPSCoR Calls For New Equipment Proposals

ND EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) invites proposals from tenure-track researchers in the sciences, mathematics and engineering to address one of our most critical research needs: the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment. Applications in response to this RFP are due in one of the ND EPSCoR offices by noon Wednesday, March 27. Following an internal review, award announcements will be made on or about April 3.

For more information, visit the EPSCoR web page at – David Givers, Assistant Project Director, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.


Changes To Faculty Research Seed Money Program Detailed

The University Senate recently approved the following changes to the faculty research seed money program:

1) the Department of Biology was moved from the “biological sciences” discipline to the “physical sciences” discipline;
2) two disciplines have been renamed: “biological sciences” is now “basic medical sciences,” and “physical sciences” is now “mathematics and natural sciences.”

These changes are effective immediately. -- William Gosnold, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.


July, August, September Awardees Listed

The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the months of July, August and September 2001:

Administration and Finance (Medical School): Randy Eken; Anatomy and Cell Biology: Jody Rada; Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Cedric Grainger, Paul Kucera; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: Siegfried Detke; Biology: Christopher Austin, Richard Crawford, Steven Kelsch, John LaDuke, Peter Meberg, Robert Newman, Rick Sweitzer; Center for Innovation: Sheila Hanson; Chemistry: Harmon Abrahamson, Kathryn Thomasson; Chester Fritz Library: Patricia Berntsen, Randy Pederson; Communication Support Services: Darin Lee; Community Medicine and Rural Health: Mary Amundson, Brad Gibbens; Conference Services: Dawn Botsford; Counseling: David Whitcomb; Earth System Science Institute: George Seielstad; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Charlene Crocker, Daniel Daly, Bruce Dockter, Grant Dunham, Kurt Eylands, Carol Grabanski, Doug Hajicek, Joseph Hartman, David Hassett, Steven Hawthorne, Loreal Heebink, Ann Henderson, John Hurley, Phillip Hutton, John Kay, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Carolyn Lillemoen, Stanley Miller, Thomas Moe, Mark Musich, Erin O’Leary, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Wesley Peck, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, John Richter, Butch Riske, Darren Schmidt, Richard Schultz, Michael Swanson, Jeffery Thompson, Ronald Timpe, Gregory Weber, Ye Zhuang, Christopher Zygarlicke; Education and Human Development: Gregory Gagnon, Daniel Rice; English: Jane Kurtz; Facilities: Paul Clark; Family Medicine: William Mann; Geology and Geological Engineering: Philip Gerla, William Gosnold, Scott Korom; Human Nutrition Research Center: Jean Altepeter; Information Systems and Business Education: Sandra Braathen; INMED: Eugene DeLorme; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Michael Poellot; Law School: B.J. Jones, Larry Spain; Management: William Dougan; Microbiology and Immunology: Ann Flower, Kevin Young; Native American Programs: Alan Allery, Leigh Jeanotte; Office of Research and Program Development: Carl Fox; Nursing: Dean Gross, Ginny Guido, Susan Midthun, Elizabeth Tyree; Pathology: Wayne Bruce, Ruth Paur; Pediatrics: John Martsolf; Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics: Colin Combs, Manuchair Ebadi, Eric Murphy, Matthew Picklo, James Porter, Jun Ren; Physical Therapy: Peggy Mohr; Political Science and Public Administration: Mary Kweit; Regional Weather Information Center: Leon Osborne; SBDC: Wally Kearns, George Youngerman; School of Communication: Lucy Ganje; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; Social Work: Thomasine Heitkamp, Michael Jacobsen; Social Work - CFSTC: Tara Muhlhauser, Sally Tobin; Student Health Services: Alan Allery; Teaching and Learning: Lynn Chalmers, Mark Guy; TRIO: Neil Reuter.

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


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


Support for basic science research on pediatric brain and CNS tumors. Deadline: 4/15/02 (Preapplication), 7/1/02 (Application). Contact: 212/448-9494;;


Chemical Industry of the Future--Support for cost-shared research and development of technologies which will reduce energy consumption, enhance economic competitiveness, and reduce environmental impacts of the domestic chemical industry. Deadline: 4/24/02. Contact: Seb Klein, 208/526-1901;;

Development of Technologies and Capabilities for Natural Gas Infrastructure Reliability--Support for energy research and development (R&D) related activities that promote efficient and sound production and use of fossil fuels (coal, natural gas, and oil), with a focus on transmission systems, distribution systems and technologies which clearly affect both areas. Deadline: 3/22/02 (Preapplication). Contact: Mary Gabriele, 304/285-4253;;—02NT41446. 


Safe School Technology Solicitation–Support for research and development of new technologies and evaluation studies of technologies already in use, in order to create safer school environments. Deadline: 4/24/02. Contact: Ann Marie Boyer, 800/421-6770;


Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award for Excellence in Bench to Bedside Research--Support for physician-scientists who have well-established clinical research programs with direct links to basic research for research in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of disease. Deadline: 4/25/02. Contact:;


Major Research Grants, Pilot Research Grants, and Post-Doctoral Fellowships–Support for projects directly related to Krabbe disease or other leukodystrophies. Deadline: 4/15/02 (Major and Post-Doctoral); None (Pilot). Contact: Terry Adamczyk, 877/984-4073;


Establishement of Specific Pathogen Free Rhesus and Pigtailed Macaque Colonies (RFA-RR-02-005). Deadlines: 3/25/02 (Letter of Intent), 4/25/02 (Application). Contact: Jerry A. Robinson, 301/435-0744;;


Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities & Training (Centers of Excellence)--Support for promotion of minority health and/or other health disparity research; building research capacity for health disparities research in minority serving and other designated institutions, and promotion of participation of health disparity groups in biomedical and behavioral research and prevention and intervention activities, etc. (RFA-MD-02-001). Support to strengthen infrastructure for minority health and other health disparities research and training and provide resources to assist in development of innovative partnership models and help facilitate single or multi-site research projects in areas of research relevant to specific populations of interest (RFA-MD-02-002). Support to strengthen infrastructure for minority health and other health disparities research and training, provide resources for development of innovative partnership models, and facilitate single or multi-site research projects in areas of research relevant to specific populations of interest (RFA-MD-02-003). Deadlines: 4/24/02 (Letter of Intent), 5/24/02 (Application). Contact: Jean L. Flagg-Newton, 301/402-1366;;,, or


Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (Project Export) (RFA-MD-02-002). Deadlines: 4/24/02 (Letter of Intent), 5/24/02 (Application). Contact: Jean L. Flagg-Newton, 301/402-1366;;


Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (Haart) Cardiovascular Toxicities (RFA: HL-02-028)--Support for research to elucidate how nucleoside reverse transciptase inhibitors (NRTI), non-nucleoside reverse transciptase inhibitors (NNRTI), and/or protease inhibitors (PI) affect development of cardiovascular disease. Deadlines: 4/1/02 1/20/03 (Letters of Intent); 4/29/02, 2/19/03 (Applications). Contact: Mariana Gerschenson, Heart and Vascular Diseases, 301/435-0515,; Lynne M. Mofenson, Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal AIDS, 301/435-6870;;


Develop Live Attenuated Dengue Viruses for Use as Vaccines in Humans. Deadline: 4/18/02. Contact: Michael R. Mowatt, 301/496-2644;;


Administrative Supplements for Research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells (NOT-NS-02-010)–Support to foster basic and applied research on human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) and allow investigators not currently working on hESCs to join the field. Deadline: 4/15/02. Contact: Arlene Y. Chiu, 301/496-1447;;


Harold White Fellowships--Support to work on materials in the Library’s collections. Contact: Graeme Powell, Telephone (02) 6262 1258;;; Deadline: 4/30/02.


Internet Access to Digital Libraries Grants (RFA-LM-02-001). Contact: Valerie Florance, 301/496-4223;; Deadlines: 4/26/02 (Letter of Intent), 5/24/02 (Application).


Advanced Technological Education (ATE)–Support for curriculum development; preparation and professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; internships and field experiences for faculty, teachers, and students; and other activities; focuses on education of technicians for the high-technology fields. Contact: Elizabeth J. Teles, 703/292-4643;; or Gerhard L. Salinger, 703/292-5116,; Deadlines: 4/24/02 (Preliminary Proposal), 10/16/02 (Full Proposal).

International Digital Libraries Collaborative Research and Applications Testbeds–Funding for the U.S. portion of collaborative digital library projects which will contribute to fundamental knowledge required to create information systems that can operate in multiple languages, formats, media, and social and organizational contexts. Deadlines: 4/27/02 (Letter of Intent), 5/27/02 (Full Proposal). Contact: Stephen M. Griffin, 703/292-8930;;

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP)–Funding for planning and pilot efforts aimed at developing strategies which will lead to an increase in students pursuing and receiving associates or baccalaureate degrees in established or emerging fields within STEM fields. Contact: Division of Undergraduate Education, 703-292-8670,; Deadlines: 4/12/02 (Letter of Intent), 6/3/02 (Full Proposal).

Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER)--Support for small-scale exploratory work in all fields of science, engineering, and education normally supported by the NSF. Projects should be untested or novel ideas, ventures into emerging research areas, research requiring urgent access to resources, or efforts likely to catalyze innovative advances. Deadline: Varies with programs; contact appropriate directorate. Contact: Small Grants for Exploratory Research, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230; 703/292-8243.


Support for research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in a broad range of disciplines including computer science, earth sciences, engineering, environmental sciences, life sciences, mathematics, physical sciences, and related scientific disciplines. There is no deadline for the following research opportunities.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Postdoctoral Research Associates Program. Contact: Bonnie DeJarnette, 865/241-4832;;

Advanced Short-Term Research Opportunities. Contact: See above or

Post-Master’s Research Participation Program. Contact: See above or

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Rockville/Bethesda, Maryland. Contact: Linda McCamant, 865/576-1089;;

Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Washington, D.C. Contact: See above or

Center for Veterinary Medicine, Rockville, Maryland.--Research concerning food additives and drugs given to animals. Contact: See above or

Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Rockville, Bethesda, Maryland. Contact: See above or

National Center for Toxicological Research. Contact: See above or

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Contact: See above or

National Exposure Research Laboratory, Athens, Ga. or Cincinnati, Ohio.--Research in environmental areas. Contact: Tom Richmond, 865-576-2194;;

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region Five, Chicago, Illinois. Research related to environmental and physical science concerns. Contact: See above or

National Risk Assessment Research Laboratory, Cincinnati, OH; Research Triangle Park, NC; Ada, OK; or Edison, NJ. Research related to environmental and physical sciences concerns. Contact: See above or

National Laboratory of Medicine Faculty Program, Bethesda, Maryland. Contact: Elizabeth Kittrell, 865/241-3319;;

National Library of Medicine Postdoctoral Program. Contact: See above or

National Library of Medicine National Center for Biotechnology Information Scientific Visitors Program–Opportunities for faculty, postdoctoral and research scientists to participate in informatics research and training programs. Contact: See above or


Ship Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Systems Science and Technology Division--Support for research in solid mechanics (mechanics of metals and mechanics of composites), structural acoustics, structural dynamics, computational mechanics, control of dynamic systems, dynamics of electric power networks, control of electric power systems, and control of acoustic and non-acoustic signatures. Contact: Albert J. Tucker, 703/696-4714;; Deadline: None.

Processes and Prediction Research Program--Support for processes and prediction research of relevance to naval operations, including Environmental Optics, Physical Oceanography, Biological and Chemical Oceanography, Ocean Modeling and Prediction, Marine Geology and Geophysics, High Latitude Dynamics, and Marine Meteorology and Atmospheric Effects. Contact: Melbourne Briscoe, 703/696-4120;; Deadline: None.


Special Opportunities in Science Awards--Support for research projects that enhance science research or bear on the infrastructure of science. Contact: 520/571-1111;; Deadline: None.


Support in the fields of medical research, veterinary and animal sciences, wildlife research and preservation, health services, higher education, community organizations and the arts and humanities. Deadline: None. Contact: 210/271-3691; 700 N. St. Mary’s Street, Suite 1200, San Antonio, TX 78205.


Charles E. Culpeper Biomedical Pilot Initiative–Areas of interest are health, molecular genetics, bio-engineering, molecular pharmacology and health services. Deadline: None. Contact: Linda Jacobs, 212/812-4200;;


Support for health care and medical research; and education and social responsibility, including Ronald McDonald House. Contact: Grants Manager, 630/623-7048; Deadline: None.


Grants for pediatric medical research in areas of critical illness that have been insufficiently researched or investigated. Contact: 801/240-2838;,7078,,00.html. Deadline: None.


Support for pilot studies for research important to prevention and treatment of cerebral palsy and improvement in the quality of life of persons with disabilities due to cerebral palsy and related developmental brain disorders. Deadline: None. Contact: Medical Director, 800/872-5827;;


Medical Research and Materiel Command--Areas of interest are infectious diseases, HIV, combat casualty care, telemedicine and advanced technology, military operational medicine, medical biological defense, and medical chemical defense. Contact: Medical Director, 301/619-7631; Q&A.BAA@DET.AMEDD.ARMY.MIL;; Deadline: None.


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the Naval Research Laboratory--Research to improve basic understanding of atmospheric processes and develop information systems that analyze, simulate, predict, and interpret the structure and behavior of these processes and their effects on Naval systems. Deadline: None. Contact: 303/497-8649;;


Support for high-quality basic and applied research on youth development, program evaluations, policy analyses,
research syntheses, and communications research. Deadline: None. Contact: Grants Coordinator, 212/752-0071;;

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