Volume 40, Number 28: March 21, 2003
Comments Sought On Centers Of Excellence Criteria
Centers Of Excellence Criteria Listed
Emerging Centers Of Excellence
Research Council Membership List

34th Annual Writers Conference Is March 24-29
Psychology Colloquium Considers “Self Regulation”
Graduate Committee Meets Monday
March 25 Talk Explores Regensburg Exchange Program
Doctoral Examination Set For Henry Roehrich
March 27 Teleconference Discusses First-Year Seminars
Reception Will Honor Lee Troutman
DreamWeaver User’s Group Meets March 27
Women’s Center Hosts “Meet And Eat”
Sisters Of The Holy Rock Perform At The Fritz
Epidemiologist To Discuss Health Issues, Environment
Time Out Wacipi Celebration Set For March 31-April 6
Lecturer Will Discuss Performance-Enhancing Technologies
Spike Lee Tickets On Sale To General Public
May Workshop Offered For Mid-, Late-Career Faculty
March 31 Is DeadlineFor Colloquium On Teaching Proposals

Midterm Student Evaluations Available
Summer Graduate Professorships Available
Deadline Extended For Graduate Teaching Internships
David Belgarde Named Acting IVN Director
Legislative Update
U2 Lists Workshops
Please Recycle Laser, Inkjet Cartridges
Children Needed As Research Participants
Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month
Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


President Kupchella Seeks Comment On Center of Excellence Criteria

One of the aims of UND’s Strategic Plan is to expand and strengthen the University’s commitment to research and creative activity, both as a means of enriching the learning environment and as a driver for economic development. Among the strategies to achieve this end is the establishment of at least six centers of excellence in research and scholarship. More recently, Sen. Dorgan proposed a Red River Valley Research Corridor with the purpose of expanding the capacity to engage in high-level funded research development and commercialization of science and technology along the Red River Valley. The research corridor proposal is anchored upon the existing strengths and potential of the state’s two research institutions and calls for the establishment of six centers of research excellence at each institution as well as the establishment of four joint centers of excellence in which UND and NDSU together have the potential and the critical mass to sustain excellence in research. Finally and most recently, Gov. Hoeven proposed new state appropriations for the creation of centers of excellence. Here, the primary aim is to leverage state resources to an appropriate level of funding that would lead to significant economic development impact; for example, the creation of a center of excellence that would foster the expansion of knowledge-based industries that would lead to more and better paying employment opportunities for the people of North Dakota.

While the research centers of excellence proposed by Sen. Dorgan and by Gov. Hoeven focus to a large extent on commercialization and economic impact, the University continues to focus primarily on excellence in research and scholarship in defining UND centers of excellence. Thus, the University Research Council has proposed criteria for designation as a UND Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship that have relevance to all of the institution’s disciplines. One of the guiding principles in developing the criteria presented here is that UND center of excellence designation would serve as a clear proclamation to external parties and organizations of a unique strength of the University of North Dakota, that is, one with national and international recognition. A draft of these criteria is provided here for your review.

Please note also the proposed criteria for designation of Emerging Center of Excellence, which would position an existing center for university assistance in achieving full Center of Excellence designation.

Your comments on the proposed criteria are welcome. Please direct your feedback to the Office of the Vice President for Research, Box 8367, peter_alfonso@mail.und.nodak.edu, on or before April 11, 2003.

– Charles Kupchella, President.


UND Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship Criteria

The University of North Dakota Strategic Plan and the Red River Valley Research Corridor concept document call for the establishment of Centers of Excellence, at least six located at the University of North Dakota and four collaborative centers with North Dakota State University. The following are criteria for designation as UND Centers of Excellence in Research and Scholarship. The designation of UND Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship will be made by the President upon the recommendation of the Vice President for Research and the University of North Dakota Research Council.

1. A Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship must be recognized as a center by the State Board of Higher Education.

2. A Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship must have appropriate staff and infrastructure in place to support its mission. Normally, a Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship would consist of approximately ten staff, which might, for example, include eight researchers-scholars and two support personnel.

3. A Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship must demonstrate a consistent record of extramural funding or other significant indices of scholarship. Depending on the discipline(s) represented in the Center, a Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship would normally generate annual funding of $500,000 over a consecutive five-year period, or generate comparable external recognition or awards for creative achievement on an annual basis over a consecutive five-year period.

4. A Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship must have a developed strategic plan to meet its objectives. Normally, the strategic plan would address the research goals set forth in the University of North Dakota Strategic Plan

5. A Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship must be able to demonstrate the potential for long-term sustainability. In order to retain the Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship designation, a Center must successfully complete a five-year review and be redesignated by the President.

6. A Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship must have national and international recognition. Normally, a Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship would represent a discipline or families of disciplines that reflect a unique strength of the University of North Dakota. A UND Center of Excellence in Research and Scholarship should generate two publications, awards, or other creative activities per professional staff per year over a consecutive five-year period.


Emerging Centers of Excellence

Established centers not yet qualifying under the criteria set forth here may be designated as emerging centers of excellence in research and may be eligible for possible future funding opportunities designated to help the center achieve full “Center of Excellence” designation. Criteria for emerging centers include:

1. Meet four of the six criteria for Centers of Excellence

2. Clearly have a potential to achieve full status within three years.

3. Have (a) locational advantage(s) or other strategic, i.e., special alignment with Higher Education Roundtable goals, the UND Strategic Plan, the Red River Valley Research Corridor, or UND’s service or teaching/learning mission.


Research Council Membership List

Peter Alfonso (Chair), Vice President for Research. Box 8367; Joseph Benoit, Graduate School. Box 8178; Steven Benson, Energy and Environmental Research Center, Box 9018; Alice Brekke, Budget Office, Box 8233; Gerald Combs, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Box 9034; Jane Dunlevy, Anatomy,Box 9037; Richard Duquette, City Hall, P.O. Box 5200, Grand Forks, ND 58201; Manuchair Ebadi, School of Medicine and Health Sciences,Box 9037; John Ettling, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Box 8176; Albert Fivizzani, Biology, Box 9019; Robert Gallager, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations, Box 8379; Ahmad Ghassemi, Geology, Box 8358; William Gosnold, Office of Research and Program Development, Box 7134; Gerald Groenewold, Energy and Environmental Research Center, Box 9018; Cindy Jutunen, Counseling, Box 8255; Mark Krauseneck, Grand Forks Regional Development Corporation, 600 DeMers Ave., Suite 501, Grand Forks, ND 58201; Glenda Lindseth, Nursing, Box 9025; Henry Lukaski, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center, Box 9034; John Madden, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Box 8040; Kathleen McLennan, Theatre Arts, Box 8136; Roger Melvold, Microbiology, Box 9037; Barry Milavetz, Biochemistry, Box 9037; James Mochoruk, History, Box 8096; Theron Nelson, Finance, Box 7096; Leon Osborne, Regional Weather Information Center, Box 9007; Kathryn Rand, Law School/Legal Aid, Box 9003; David Schmidt, Grants and Contracts, Box 7306; George Seielstad, Earth System Sciences Institutional Research, Box 9007; William Sheridan, Biology, Box 9019; Kathy Smart, Center for Instruction and Learning Technologies, Box 7098; Wilbur Stolt, Chester Fritz Library, Box 9000; David Tilotta, Chemistry, Box 9024; John Watson, School of Engineering and Mines, Box 8155; H. David Wilson, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Box 9037; Ralph Woehle, Social Work, Box 7135; Loren Wold, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics,Box 9037; Eleanor E. Yurkovich, Nursing, Box 9025


"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.


Psychology Colloquium Focuses on "Self Regulation"

The psychology department will present a colloquium by Natalie Ciarocco, Case Western Reserve University, at 3 p.m. Monday, March 24, in 202 Nursing Building. The title of her talk is “The Role of Self-Regulation in Interpersonal Functioning.” Everyone is welcome.

– Department of Psychology.


Graduate Committee Meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 24, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from March 3, 2003.

2. Review of revised thesis/dissertation style manual.

3. Post-master’s certificate program in psychiatric and mental health nursing. This certificate was approved by the Graduate Committee in August, but has since gone through revisions because of review by the University Curriculum Committee.

4. Nursing is requesting the following:

Clinical Practicum. They had no prerequisites and now wish to add the following: Successful completion of N500, 510, 511, 523, 526, 530, 532,556,and 586.
Request for prerequisites for Nursing 523: Health Promotion through the Lifespan from N556 and 586 or consent of instructor to N510, 556, 586 or consent of instructor.

5. Review of Section 1-8.3 of the faculty handbook.

6. Matters arising.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Exchange Programs With University Of Regensburg Is Topic Of March 25 Talk

Philipp Namberger and Damon Runyon will discuss UND’s exchange program with the University of Regensburg, Germany, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, in the Community Room at 4000 Valley Square, 4000 24th Ave. S. Enter and park on the north side of the southeast three-story wing. The talk is free and open to the public.

Namberger, an exchange student from Regensburg, is attending UND and working as a teaching assistant in the languages department. Runyon, a business major, spent last year as a UND exchange student in Regensburg. They will describe the exchanges and their experiences and will respond to questions. Exchange students from German-speaking countries who attend area schools are also invited.

The talk is sponsored by the Greater Grand Forks “Deutsche Kinder” chapter of the Germans from Russia Heritage Society. Bill Lamb, chapter president, will preside at the business portion of the meeting. Nominations will be sought for the chapter’s 2003 Germans from Russia award. For more information, call me at 775-4739.

– Herbert Boswau, Retired, German.


Doctoral Examination Set For Henry Roehrich

The final examination for Henry Charles Roehrich, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 26, in 208 Education Building. The dissertation title is “Working With Adult Learners at Community Colleges: An Exploratory Assessment of Perceived Faculty Training Needs.” Katrina Meyer (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

Members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Teleconference Discuesses First-Year Seminars March 27

TRIO Programs is sponsoring a national teleconference, “Moving Toward Excellence: Assessing and Institutionalizing First-Year Seminars,” Thursday, March 27, from noon to 2 p.m. in 210 Clifford Hall. The teleconference is produced by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, University of South Carolina.

Even though first-year programs have been found to improve student persistence and academic performance, not every campus has been able to create the type of program that can achieve these aims. This discussion centers on the barriers educators may face in establishing or institutionalizing first-year seminars and on using assessment to develop a successful program for your campus. We invite you to join the discussion to hear what campuses are doing to overcome institutional barriers and boost their students’ success. – TRIO Programs.


Reception Will Honor Lee Troutman

A retirement reception will be held for Lee Troutman, administrative assistant with University Relations, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in the Edna Twamley Room, Twamley Hall. Troutman has been with the University since 1977, and worked in the Office of Research and Program Development for two years before moving to University Relations in 1979. Please join us in wishing her well.

– Office of University Relations.


Dreamweaver User's Group Meets March 27

The Dreamweaver User’s Group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday March 27, in 371 Upson II Hall. The program will be Macromedia Contribute. Bring a brown bag lunch if you wish; everyone is welcome.

– Doris Bornhoeft, ITSS, and Jan Orvik, University Relations.


Women's Center Hosts "Meet & Eat"

The Women’s Center meet and eat program at noon Thursday, March 27, will be “Local Women of Indomitable Spirit.” Mary Margaret French Frank and Elizabeth Anderson will share some of their life experiences. Frank is a former Grand Forks librarian. Anderson, who owned “Bit of Norway,” worked as a telegraph relief agent at 13 different stations from 1946-1946. Everyone is welcome; lunch will be provided by the Women’s Center.

– Women’s Center.


Sisters Of The Holy Rock Perform At Fritz

The Sisters of the Holy Rock will perform at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Saturday, March 29, at 7 p.m. Dressed in their traditional black-and-white habits, the Sisters of the Holy Rock from Winnipeg present their own “Sister Act,” which is fun for the whole family. The group has a repertoire of more than 40 numbers loaded with harmony and choreography. This is the first time the Sisters will perform in the United States; they are one of the most sought-after groups in the Winnipeg area. The show is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Forks, and all proceeds will benefit local youth organizations. Tickets, at $10 each, may be purchased by contacting the Chester Fritz box office or Rob Carolin at the UND Alumni Association, 777-2611.

– Rob Carolin, UND Alumni Association, for Kiwanis Club.


Epidemiologist Will Discuss Health Issues, Environment

Devra Davis, a world-renowned epidemiologist who will be in Grand Forks for the Writers Conference, will take part in “Gathering: A Conversation with an Epidemiologist on Health Issues and the Environment” from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1405 9th St. South. Coffee and tea will be served from 9 to 9:30 a.m. The gathering will be hosted by an informal group of individuals who wish to learn about these issues.

The gathering is for anyone who wishes to explore the potential relationship between local/regional health issues and the environment with Dr. Davis. The conversation will focus on participant questions and solutions for change.

At the Writers Conference, Davis will give a reading from her book, When Smoke Ran Like Water: Tales of Environmental Deception and the Battle Against Pollution, at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29. She will take part in a panel discussion at noon Thursday, March 27. The book was a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award.

Davis, an epidemiologist and researcher on environmental causes, has 170 published articles in periodicals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Lancet, and Scientific American. See her web sites at www.Heinz.cmu.edu/researchers/faculty/ddavis.html and www.whensmokeranlikewater.com.

For more information on the gathering, contact me.

– Glinda Crawford, Department of Sociology, 777-3750.


Time Out Wacipi Celebration Set For March 31-April 6

The 34th annual Time Out Wacipi Celebration, hosted by the UND Indian Association, is set for Monday, March 31, through Sunday, April 6.

Events include the American Indian Students Services 25th anniversary banquet and honoring feast at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Hilton Garden Inn. Tickets are $10, with limited seating available. Tickets, which will be sold on a first come, first served basis, may be purchased at 317 Cambridge St.

The UNDIA basketball tournament is set for Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6. Deadline for registration is Monday, March 31; contact Roxanne at 795-7851, 777-6291, or at Roxanne247@yahoo.com.

The Wacipi Celebration is set for Friday through Sunday, April 4-6, at the Hyslop Sports Complex. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Friday and closes at 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, contact the UND Indian Association at 777-6291. – UND Indian Association.


Lecturer Will Discuss Performance Enhancing Technologies

Tara Magdalinski, University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, will give a guest lecture, “Performance Technologies: Enhancing the Natural Body,” at noon Tuesday, April 1, in the International Centre. She will outline the public debate surrounding performance enhancing technologies — both physical and chemical — which captivated the Australian media in the months leading up to the 2000 Olympics.

Dr. Magdalinski will be in Grand Forks for two weeks to strengthen the collaboration between the University of the Sunshine Coast and UND. Magdalinski will share her insights on the nature of sports and culture with UND students through her guest lecture and classroom visits, and will give presentations at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. A senior lecturer in Australian and cultural studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast, she has published widely in the area of sports studies, focusing most recently on the cultural construction of performance enhancement. She recently co-edited With God on Their Side: Sport in the Service of Religion, a collection that examines the role of sports in the maintenance of religious identity.

In the two years since cooperation began between the two universities, UND has sent nearly 40 students to study at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

– International Centre.


Spike Lee Tickets on Sale to General Public

Film maker/actor Spike Lee is scheduled to speak at the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14. He is the kick-off speaker for Multicultural Awareness Week, April 14-17.

Lee has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most valuable and influential film makers in the past decade. He will discuss his journey as a pioneer of African-American films/film makers, and talk about what drives him. The event is sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee.

General admission tickets are available for $10 to the general public, and $7.50 for UND faculty and staff and persons 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. UND students can still pick up one free ticket per valid UND student ID, one ID per person. For more information, please contact MAC at 777-4378.

– Susan Johnson, Coordinator, Student Organizations.


May Workshop Offered for Mid, Late Career Faculty

“Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Workshop for Mid and Late Career Faculty” will be offered six mornings: Monday, May 19; Wednesday and Thursday, May 21 and 22; and Tuesday through Thursday, May 27-29. Rather than focus on “how-to,” this workshop will encourage deeper reflection about teaching, the close examination of accumulated experience, and consideration of how to use that experience to energize and possibly reshape the next phase of growth in teaching.

Two activities will be central to this workshop:

1. Participants will work on self-selected reflective projects (these could include development of a reflective teaching portfolio, drafting an essay for possible publication, etc.).

2. Participants will bring questions to the group that focus the work during particular time segments, which will provide opportunities to share expertise as well as ensuring that concentrated time is spent onissues important to individual participants.

Stipends of $600 (less payroll deductions) will be paid to participants. For more information about how to apply for the workshop, please contact me. For full consideration, applications should be received by Thursday, March 27.

– Joan Hawthorne, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, 777-6381, joan_hawthorne@und.edu.


Reminder of March 31 Deadline for UND Colloquium on Teaching Proposals

Don’t forget that the deadline (Monday, March 31) is approaching for an opportunity to share your innovative teaching ideas with your UND colleagues! The Office of Instructional Development and the Bush Foundation are sponsoring an all-campus colloquium on university teaching, to be held Friday, Sept. 19, at the Memorial Union. The colloquium will provide an opportunity for faculty to engage in discussion about the scholarship of teaching and learning at the University. The featured keynote speaker will be Thomas Angelo, author, speaker and professor of education at the University of Akron, known especially for his work with Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs). Other events include panel sessions that will present the activities and accomplishments of UND faculty and programs funded by the Bush Grant (2000-2003), and concurrent sessions that will highlight faculty scholarship around teaching from across campus.

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

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

Please submit proposals by Monday, March 31, to Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development, Box 7104, 777-4233, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu, or Melinda Leach, Anthropology, Box 8374, 777-3697, melinda_leach@und.nodak.edu.

Proposals should include name(s) and titles of presenters, department/unit, telephone and e-mail address, presentation title, a 1-2 paragraph description of presentation (including structure, objectives, content, etc.), A/V equipment requirements, and whether you have a preferred presentation time on September 19 (10:30-11:45, 1:30-2:45, or either).

Notification of proposal acceptance will be provided by April 30, 2003.

– Libby Rankin, Instructional Development, and Melinda Leach, Department of Anthropology.


Midterm Student Evaluations Available

This is a good time to schedule a spring semester SGID (a midterm process for receiving student feedback while there’s still time to use what’s learned). If you are teaching a new course, teaching somewhat differently in an existing course, or simply interested in receiving student input regarding their learning, please contact Jana Hollands at the Office of Instructional Development, 777-4998 or jana_hollands@und.edu to schedule an SGID. For more information about the process, call me at 777-6381.

– Joan Hawthorne, Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator.


Summer Graduate Professorships Available

Summer graduate professorships for the eight-week 2003 summer session are available. The stipend will be $6,000, and the expectation is that those faculty awarded grants will be involved full-time in research for the period of the award. Awardees will also be expected to work with their graduate students. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 31, at noon.

Conditions: To be eligible, a faculty member must hold a full-time, nine-month appointment at the University for the academic year 2002-2003 and must intend to be here during the academic year 2003-2004. In addition, the grantee must be a current member of the UND graduate faculty and a member of a department offering graduate programs. A successful applicant will be expected to devote full time to this appointment from June 11 through Aug. 3, 2003, and be present at the University unless research needs require working elsewhere. (In all such cases, an explanation should be made in the grant application.) It is expected that the summer research experience will include working with graduate students. Recipients of the 2002 graduate research professorship are not eligible.

Application: Go to www.und.edu/dept/grad/GSForms.html and look under faculty/staff forms.

Review Procedure: Applications will be reviewed and grantees selected on the intellectual merit of the proposed program. Some weight will be given to whether and how well-integrated the program is with the activities of graduate students. Curriculum development proposals are not eligible. The faculty committee that evaluates the proposals are from a variety of disciplines. They expect the proposal to be comprehensible to those outside the field.

Deadline: The application signed by the department chair must be submitted to the Graduate School no later than Monday, March 31, at noon. Awards will be announced April 8.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Deadline Extended for Graduate Teaching Internships

The North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) has extended the application deadline for its graduate teaching internship (GTI) program. The program provides $12,000 graduate teaching internships in the sciences for one semester during the 2003-2004 academic year.

Applications from NDSU and UND students will be accepted until all nine positions for the 2003-2004 academic year have been filled. Application materials are available from the North Dakota BRIN Web site at www.medicine.nodak.edu/brin.

North Dakota BRIN supports the GTI program to provide intensive teaching experiences for advanced graduate students enrolled in the sciences at UND and NDSU. Graduate students will receive $12,000 for one semester to develop their teaching skills and enhance their resumes. An intern will teach in the sciences for one semester at a participating North Dakota baccalaureate institution or tribal college.

Interns assigned to serve science teaching at a tribal college will also be eligible for a $2,000 room and board supplement.

Approximately 20 hours/week of teaching service (including laboratories, course preparation, teaching, and other academic service) is expected.

Up to nine positions are available for the 2003-2004 academic year, primarily in the subject areas of biology (including microbiology), chemistry, and physics. Most of the GTI assignments will be for the spring semester, 2004.

Interns are sought from the graduate programs at both NDSU and UND. Preference will be given to applicants who are nearing completion of their doctoral degrees, although applications will be considered from all graduate students in the sciences. Graduate credit is being arranged from NDSU or UND for this service.

For further information contact: Donald Schwert, NDSU, 231-7496, donald.schwert@ndsu.nodak.edu, or Kathy Sukalski, UND, at 777-4049, sukalski@medicine.nodak.edu.

– Patrick Miller, Public Information Professional, North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, School of Medicine & Health Sciences.


David Belgarde Named Acting Director of IVN

David Belgarde has been named acting director of the North Dakota Interactive Video Network (IVN) in the absence of Jerry Rostad, who has been called to active duty by the U.S. Navy.

Belgarde, who started as a technician with the IVN program when it was founded in 1990, will also continue to serve in his capacity as network manager. He has a degree in computer systems technology from the State College of Science in Wahpeton.

Rostad, a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve, has been assigned to work as a public affairs officer with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. The length of his Navy mobilization hasn’t been determined.

– Bob Jansen, Communications Coordinator, NDUS Common Information Services, NDSU.


Legislative Update

Following are some highlights of the March 10-14 legislative proceedings regarding higher education, courtesy of the North Dakota University System.

House Defeats Anti-Affirmative Action Measure. The house defeated on a 37-52 vote HCR3067, a resolution proposing a constitutional amendment that would prohibit discrimination and preferential treatment in public employment, public education and public contracting. A California constitutional amendment with nearly identical language approved by voters a few years ago has been interpreted to prohibit affirmative action programs. The State Board of Higher Education (SBHE) did not have an opportunity to consider its position on this resolution; however, during the 2001 legislative session, the board opposed a similar bill. Chancellor Isaak presented the joint constitutional revision committee with information summarizing the potential negative impact of this measure on the University System.

House Hears Bill To Change Medical School Advisory Council Membership. SB 2282, a bill which would change the membership of the medical school advisory council, was heard in the house appropriations committee. Sen. Kilzer, the sponsor of the bill, offered amendments to the bill which would further change the composition of the medical school advisory committee. These amendments addressed most of the concerns raised by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Committee Seeks Consensus on Nursing Education Requirements. The senate human services committee heard HB1245, a bill that removes specific nursing education requirements from state law and requires the State Board of Nursing to establish these requirements. The committee is working on amendments that are intended to gain consensus among all major constituents.

House Education Committee Hears Scholars Program Bill. SB2200, a bill to expand the selection criteria for Scholars Program eligibility, has been heard in the house education committee, which recommended “do pass.”
For more information, visit www.ndus.edu and click on “Reports and Info.”

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


U2 Lists Workshops

Below are U2 workshops for the week of April 1-11, 2003. Please visit our web site at www.conted.und.edu/U2/ for additional workshops in March, April and May.

Register and reserve your seat: 777-2128, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online at www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include: (1) workshop title/ date, (2) name, (3) department, (4) position title (5) box number, (6) phone number, (7) e-mail, and (8) how you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us to better plan for materials and room arrangements.

Records Management 101, April 1, 9-11 a.m. (Tuesday), 10-12 Swanson Hall. Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of records around you? Can you find the information you need to do your job effectively? Do you have records that are from the prehistoric ages, and do you want to get rid of them (legally)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to this hands-on workshop to learn practical tips that you can start using today. Presenter: Sara Bolken, records manager, legal counsel.

New! The Basics of IRB Review, April 1, 12:30-4 p.m. (Tuesday), 16-18 Swanson Hall. All researchers planning to conduct human subject research are required to complete training. The workshop covers research ethics, federal regulations, and UND policies regarding human subject research. It will also review the Institutional Review Board (IRB) forms and procedures. The workshop will include two case studies, a quiz, and time for questions. Presenter: Cindy Rerick, Office of Research and Program Development.

What Every Employee Should Know About Workers Compensation, April 3, 1-2:30 p.m. (Thursday), 211 Rural Technology Center. This class is designed to create a better understanding of the purpose of the North Dakota Workers Compensation Bureau. The process of filing a claim will be reviewed. Concepts such as work restrictions, claims management, compensability, and communication between all parties will be included. Time will be allotted for questions. Presenter: Claire Moen, Safety and Environmental Health.

Annual Reporting Update, April 3, 9:30-11 a.m. (Thursday), 361 Upson II. This is a workshop to familiarize campus units with the new web application for submitting annual reports via the web, as well as previewing and printing the report. Presenters: Carol Drechsel and Carmen Williams, Institutional Research.

NEW! Creative Desktop Publishing with PageMaker, April 4 and 11, 9 a.m. to noon (six hours total), 235 Starcher Hall. Fee: $60 (Compare to $170 off-campus). Gain knowledge in the use of PageMaker 6.5 to create visually appealing posters, flyers, newsletters and more. Learn this popular desktop publishing technology using a hands-on approach. Participants: please bring project ideas to complete. Presenter: Lynda Kenney, Industrial Technology.

Access XP: Beginning, April 7, 9 and 11, 8:30-11:30 a.m. (nine Hours Total; Monday/Wednesday/Friday), 361 Upson II. Introduces Access and relational databases. Create a database, work with tables, queries, forms, reports, and establish relationships. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

Annual Reporting Update, April 7, 1:30-3 p.m. (Monday), 361 Upson II. This is a workshop to familiarize campus units with the new web application for submitting annual reports via the web, as well as previewing and printing the report. Presenters: Carol Drechsel and Carmen Williams, Institutional Research.

Your Rights as a Staff Employee, April 8, 1-3 p.m. (Tuesday), 305 Twamley Hall. Learn about your rights as a staff employee by discussing the following: “at will” employment, due process, and the grievance and appeal process. Understand the best way to approach an issue or condition with your supervisor. Learn what your options are as an employee. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert, Human Resources.

Excel XP: Beginning, April 8, 9, and 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m. (nine hours total; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday), 361 Upson II. Introduces Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

Defensive Driving, April 9, 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Wednesday), 211 Rural Technology Center. Note: Bring your driver’s license to this workshop. Also, immediate family members are welcome to attend and need not pre-register. 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: Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health.

Inventory Control, Property Insurance and Surplus Property Procedures, April 9, 9-11 a.m. (Wednesday), River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Discuss insurance coverage of equipment, procedure for equipment transfers, deletions, completing annual inventory audit, and procedures for disposing and selling University property. Presenters: Allison Peyton (Accounting Services), Lee Sundby (Surplus Property), and Jason Uhlir (Safety and Environmental Health.

Social Security and Medicare Programs, April 9, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Wednesday), 211 Rural Technology Center. Note: significant other/ partner welcome to attend; please register guest. Presenter: Howard Kossover, manager, Regional Social Security Administration Office.

– Judy Streifel Reller, U2 Program Coordinator.


Please Recycle Laser, Inkjet Cartridges

Thanks to everyone for sending in your empty printer cartridges for recycling. From the response we received, it appears there was a need for this program. Laser Tek Services, Inc. remanufactures these cartridges for resale. Please continue to send your cartridges to Facilities, Box 9032. If you have any questions, please contact me at 777-4878.

– Janice Troitte, Facilities.


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.


Denim Day is Last Wednesday of Month

It’s the last Wednesday of the month – that means March 26 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and “go casual.” All proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services, for the Denim Day Committee.


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.

Alternatives Research Grant Program–Support for research to encourage utilization of alternatives to traditional uses of laboratory animals in basic research, testing, and education. Deadline: 4/30/03. Contact: 952-949-2409; ardfcl@aol.com; http://www.ardf-online.org.

Support for projects in cultural heritage and economic independence. Contact: 212-640-5661; http://home3.americanexpress.com/corp/philanthropy/howtoapply.asp. Deadline: None.

Initiation Grant–Support for exploratory research in the following areas: advanced personal-mobility concepts; new environmentally friendly materials that increase performance and reduce weight and costs; new personal-mobility propulsion systems, such as fuel cell and beyond; devices that provide a new level of travel safety and security for the public; and new insights into understanding humans in tangible ways, as well as effective technology solutions that will enable machines to emulate and enhance human functions. Deadlines: 4/21/03 (Preproposal); 6/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: http://www.hondacorporate.com/america/index.html?subsection=guidelines.

Conservation Grants fund hands-on, action-oriented projects that directly enhance water quality, habitat and/or sport fish populations. Deadline: None. Contact: Johanna DeGroff, 703-519-9691; jdegroff@asafishing.org; http://www.fishamerica.org/images/guidelines.pdf.
Research Grants support projects with regional or national implication, especially national model projects, thereby making a bigger impact on the sport of fishing. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Naval Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program–Support for scientists and engineers in research areas such as computer science, artificial intelligence, plasma physics, acoustics, radar, fluid dynamics, chemistry, materials science, optical sciences, condensed matter and radiation sciences, electronics science, environmental sciences, marine geosciences, remote sensing, oceanography, marine meteorology, space technology, and space sciences. Contact: Tim Turner, 202-331-3514; t.turner@asee.org; http://www.asee.org/nrl/default.cfm. Deadline: None.

Funds are provided to nonprofit organizations that are led by or support adults with disabilities. Interest areas are: education, advocacy, and the arts. Contact: Deborah Lewis, 626-398-8840; executivedirector@ela.org; http://www.ela.org/grants/grants_bottom.html. Deadlines: 5/1/03, 11/1/03.

Support to promote human rights and create opportunities for economic and social justice. Deadline: None. Contact: 651-227-8036; obf@bremer.com; http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/bremer/guideln.htm.

Funding for education, community service, the arts and humanities, civic and public affairs, human services and medicine/science. Deadline: None. Contact: 713-523-6867; bfi@brownfoundation.org; http://www.brownfoundation.org/guidelines/.

Support for innovative, high-impact, low-overhead projects focusing on education and information dissemination, community investment, preventive health services, hunger and homelessness, and medical research. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Marti Mossawir, 310-727-4041; candle_foundation@candle.com; http://www.candle.com/www1/cnd/portal/CNDportal_Channel_Master/0,2179,2683_2935,00.html.

Price Fellowships for HIV Prevention Leadership provide an opportunity for nongovernmental organization (NGO) leaders to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and learn about HIV prevention at the national level. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Maestro Evans, 404-639-0960; http://www.cdcfoundation.org/programs/fellowships/price.html.

Public Interest Internship Program–Support for undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical students. The focus is on health and nutritional issues, disclosing deceptive marketing practices, dangerous food additives or contaminants, and flawed science propagated by profits. Contact: 202-332-9110 x116; jcaputo@cspinet.org; http://www.cspinet.org/job/internship_2002.html. Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled.

Support in the areas of arts and culture; civic and community betterment; education; health and human services; and hunger, nutrition, and food safety. Contact: Nancy Peck, 402-595-4000; nancy.peck@conagrafoods.com; http://www.conagrafoods.com/leadership/community_guidelines.jsp. Deadlines: 4/30/03, 7/31/03, 10/31/03, 1/31/04.

Support for improvement of contraceptive choice and development of contraceptives that reduce transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted pathogens. Deadline: None. Contact: Eastern Virginia Medical School, 703-524-4744; info@conrad.org; http://www.conrad.org/conrad_guide.html.

Learn and Serve America: School-Based Competitive Programs–Support to create new service-learning programs or to replicate existing models, and train teachers, administrators, adult volunteers, service-learning coordinators, and students in service-learning. Programs this year are: Linking History, Civics, and Service; Community, Higher Education, and School Partnerships; and U.S. Tribes and Territories. Deadline: 4/29/03. Contact: 202-606-5000 x117; http://www.learnandserve.org/resources/guidelines03.html.

Funding for projects designed to protect the environment, promote cultural diversity, empower people to meet their basic needs, and rely on volunteer efforts. Deadline: None. Contact: 651-426-8797; cottonwood@igc.org; http://www.cottonwoodfdn.org/howapply.html.

Denmark: Odense Chair in American Studies–Funding to lecture at the graduate and advanced undergraduate levels and assist with tutorials and thesis advising in American studies. Preferred specializations include: American studies (especially with an interdisciplinary focus), American history, American literature, political science, cultural studies (art history, music history, film history), religion, ethnic studies, economics, and business administration. The professor will be affiliated with the Center for American Studies, a cross-disciplinary research center. Contact: Daria Teutonico, 202-686-6245; dteutonico@cies.iie.org; http://www.cies.org/ab_dc/. Deadlines: 5/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 8/2/03 (Full Application).

Finland: Bicentennial Chair in American Studies–Support to teach one survey course, a seminar in American studies, supervise graduate theses, conduct research-sharing groups, and assist in curriculum development. Preferred specialties are American studies, including American history; political science; cultural studies (such as art history, music history, film history); sociology; and international relations.   Deadline and Contact: See above.
Germany: Distinguished Chair in American Studies–Support to teach graduate seminars and one lecture course, and participate in research in American studies. Specializations of interest are American studies with particular interest in economics and business, political science, law, American history, philosophy (pragmatism) or American social sciences. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Hungary: Laszlo Orszagh Chair in American Studies–Award to teach lecture or seminar courses, and direct research at graduate and undergraduate levels. Applications are accepted from any of the disciplines comprising American studies, including, but not limited to, history, art history, philosophy, literature, African-American culture and literature, political science, sociology, and religion. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Netherlands: Walt Whitman Chair in American Culture Studies—Junior or Senior Scholars–The grantee will also participate in ongoing research. Specializations sought are American literature, communications (such as television studies), music, art history, theater, and related areas of American culture studies. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Poland: Chair in American Studies/Literature–Support to teach courses, direct research, and offer lectures or seminars at the undergraduate and graduate levels in American studies or literature. Specializations sought are: American media and society, American film, media and culture, popular culture, history of advertising, television or print media, 19th century literature; 20th century literature, including women’s, ethnic, modern, and postmodern literature; literary theory and criticism; gender and queer studies. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Turin Chair in Environmental Policies and Legislation–A distinguished lecturing/research award in environmental studies. Specializations sought are international cooperation in environmental policies and legislation with particular attention to management and planning of protected areas and cultural landscapes required. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Support in the areas of science, health and education. Current areas of emphasis are in immunology and neuroscience research and in K-12 education, particularly the training of arts educators. Deadline: None. Contact: 212-223-4040; danainfo@dana.org; http://www.dana.org/grants/guidelines.cfm.

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program–Funding for distance learning and telemedicine projects serving rural America, with a focus on end-user equipment and critical assistance in making modern telecommunications technology, which provides enhanced learning and health care services, affordable and available to rural citizens. Contact: Marilyn J. Morgan, 202-690-4493; http://www.usda.gov/rus/telecom/dlt/dlt.htm; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-4949.htm. Deadlines: 5/2/03 (Grants); 7/31/03 (Loans or Combination Loans/Grants but these are processed on a first-come, first-serve basis).

Chemical Industry of the Future--Support for research and development of technologies to reduce energy consumption, enhance economic competitiveness, and reduce environmental impacts of the domestic chemical industry. Deadline: 4/30/03. Contact: Seb Klein, 208-526-1901; kleinsm@id.doe.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-1332.htm.

Support for the Meteorology Component of the Atmospheric Science Program (ASP) with Focus on Vertical Transport and Mixing, including the Climate Change Research Program, the Global Change Research Program, and the Administration’s goals to understand meteorological processes associated with air quality and climate change. Deadlines: 4/28/03 (Pre-Application); 6/3/03 (Formal Application). Contact: Rickey Petty, 301-903-5548; Rick.petty@science.doe.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2002/02-31931.htm.

Funding to advance education (including adult education), medical research (especially the work of the Doheny Eye Institute), and religion; or improve the health and welfare of the sick, aged, incapacitated, and to aid the needy. Contact: 213-488-1122; doheny@dohenyfoundation.org; http://www.dohenyfoundation.org/dohenyfoundation.htm. Deadline: None.

Grants are made in the fields of the arts, education, health and social services, as they pertain to children, young adults, and the family. Deadlines: 4/1/03, 8/1/03. Contact: 1234 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43205-1453; Telephone 614-251-4000.

Areas of interest include: environment, crisis of human overpopulation and reproductive freedom, Native Americans, arts, education, medicine, and human services. Deadline: None. Contact: Diane M. Allison, 203-226-6498; efa@efaw.org; http://www.efaw.org/page6.html.

The Scholar Research Programme supports research projects in all areas of neuroscience that pertain directly or indirectly to schizophrenia and mental disease, and for protection of the environment. Deadlines: 5/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 10/1/03 (Application). Contact: Robert Alain, 514-843-5112; http://www.ejlb.qc.ca/ehtml/prog.html.

Support for initiatives in the areas of power, buildings, transportation, and the US Clean Energy Program. Contact: 415-561-6700; energyfund@ef.org; http://www.energyfoundation.org/documents/ef_application_form.doc; http://www.energyfoundation.org/applications.cfm. Deadline: None.

Advanced Scientific Research Grants support postdoctoral research in the physical and biological sciences. Deadlines: 5/1/03, 8/1/03, 11/1/03. Contact: Huyler C. Held, 260 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Small Business Innovation Research Program--Support for highway related research. Research topics are: visual and quantitative representation of right of way land acquisition estimates within multiple natural hazard environments; enhancing usability of an intersection collision avoidance simulation model; fiber optic sensor system for internal relative humidity of concrete; development and use of native plant sods for erosion and sediment control on highway construction projects; real time Linux operating system software for advanced traffic controller to host traffic control software; and computer-design system for pavement repair. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Joseph Henebury, 617-494-2051; henebury@volpe.dot.gov; http://www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/sol03/index.html.

Areas of interest include, but not limited to, education, arts and humanities, health, and community service. Deadline: 4/28/03. Contact: Mary Scott, Grants Coordinator, P.O. Box 20124, Greensboro, NC 27420; Telephone: 336-574-8699.

TransCoop Program: Transatlantic Cooperation in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Law, and Economics--Support for collaborative research between German, U.S. and/or Canadian scholars in the humanities, social sciences, law and economics. Applications from the natural sciences, including engineering and the life sciences, may be considered if the research topic has a plausible link to the humanities and social sciences. Deadlines: 4/30/03, 10/31/03. Contact: U.S. Liaison Office, 202-783-1907; avh@bellatlantic.net; http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/programme/stip_aus/transcoop.htm.

Support for Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowships in Abortion and Reproductive Health for social science and public health researchers. Candidates are sought from the following disciplines: demography, public health (epidemiology, health policy, and allied fields), public policy, sociology, medical and social anthropology, social psychology, economics, political science, and area studies. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Sarah Jane Holcombe, 415-502-4086; sholcombe@ibisreproductivehealth.org.

Olive W. Garvey Fellowships are awarded to students and junior faculty members through a competitive essay contest on the meaning and significance of economic and personal liberty. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Carl P. Close, 510-632-1366; CClose@independent.org; http://www.independent.org/garvey.html.

The Research Grants Program supports research directed at prevention of birth defects. Appropriate subjects include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies relevant to the sponsor’s mission. Deviations from reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects, i.e. preconceptional events, perinatal course and premature births, are also appropriate subjects. Contact: Research_Grants@modimes.org; http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/691_1447.asp. Deadlines: 4/30/03 (Letter of Intent); 9/15/03 (Application).

The Osternig Master’s Grant Program funds Master’s students studies addressing issues important to healthcare of the physically active, to include basic science, clinical and educational studies. Proposals in all topic areas will be considered. Deadlines: 5/1/03, 11/1/03. Contact: Michael R. Sitler, 215-204-1950; sitler@astro.temple.edu; http://www.natafoundation.org/pdfs/Master%27s%20finall.pdf.

Institutional Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program–Support for training programs providing clinicians with the necessary information and training to enable them to design, implement and manage all phases of cancer clinical trials research. Deadlines: 5/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 6/1/03 (Application). Contact: Lester S. Gorelic, 301-496-8580; lg2h@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-00-063.html.
Small Grants Program for Cancer Epidemiology–Support for research relating to cancer epidemiology with a primary focus on etiologic cancer research. Awards are intended to support pilot projects, testing of new techniques, or development of innovative projects that could provide a basis for more extended research. Deadlines: 4/21/03, 8/20/03, 12/22/03. Contact: Virginia Hartmuller, 301-594-3402; hartmulv@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-010.html.

Small Business Innovation Research Program--Support for research on highway safety. The current area of interest is development of a restorable vehicle occupant safety system. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Joseph Henebury, 617-494-2051; henebury@volpe.dot.gov; http://www.volpe.dot.gov/sbir/sol03/index.html.

Innovation Grants for AIDS Research–Support to bring new, scientifically challenging and untested ideas into AIDS research. Areas of interest are: Therapeutics Discovery; Microbicide Discovery; and Pathogenesis Research. Deadlines: 5/1/03, 9/1/03, 1/2/04. Contact: Nabila M. Wassef, 301-435-3751; nwassef@niaid.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-046.html.

Membrane Properties: Exploration of Sperm/Microbe Susceptibility–Support for research exploring similarities between membranes of spermatozoa and pathogens, and properties that contribute to differential fusibility of membranes at the molecular level. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Steven Kaufman, 301-496-4924; sck@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-00-067.html.

Affiliative Behaviors and HIV/STD Prevention–Support for basic behavior and social science as well as subjective, expression, autonomic, and neuropsycholgical components that deal with affiliative behaviors and their relationship to HIV/STD prevention. Deadlines: 5/1/03, 9/1/03, 1/2/04. Contact: Willo Pequegnat, 301-443-6100; wpequegn@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-071.html.

Mechanisms of HIV Dementia and Other CNS Diseases–Support to study potential common immunological and inflammatory mechanisms involved in the etiology of HIV-1 associated dementia and neurodegenerative and/or autoimmune diseases of the nervous system. Deadlines: 5/1/03, 9/1/03, 1/2/04. Contact: A.P. Kerza-Kwiatecki, 301-496-1431; ak45w@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-00-065.html.

Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Research Centers (RFA-AG-03-006) designed to support and conduct research on AD, and serve as shared research resources that will facilitate research in AD and related disorders and distinguish them from the process of normal brain aging and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Deadlines: 4/30/03 (Letter of Intent); 5/28/03 (Application). Contact: Creighton H. Phelps, 301-496-9350; phelpsc@nia.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AG-03-006.html.
National Institute on Aging Institutional Training Awards–Support to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals training for careers in specified areas of aging research. Deadline: 5/10/03. Contact: Robin A. Barr, 301-496-9322; rb42h@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-057.html.

Individual Predoctoral Kirschstein - National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowships for Minority Students (F31)–Spport for minority students to undertake training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree; the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree; or other combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in the biomedical, behavioral sciences, or health services research. Deadlines: 5/1/03, 11/15/03. Contact: Walter T. Schaffer, 301-435-2687; ws11q@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-069.html.
The goal of the Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds is to recruit highly qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds to serve as clinical researchers, using loan repayment as an economic incentive. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: 866-849-4047; lrp@nih.gov; http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about/intramural/index.htm#Clinical.

Instructional Materials Development (IMD)--Funding for projects that develop high-quality, research-based instructional and assessment materials that enhance knowledge, thinking skills, and problem-solving abilities of all students, as well as incorporate recent advances in disciplinary content, research on teaching and learning, and instructional technologies. Deadlines: 5/1/03 (Preliminary Proposal); 8/26/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: John Bradley, 703-292-5091; jbradley@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03524/nsf03524.htm.

Support for environmental work that is action-oriented; builds public involvement and support; is strategic; focuses on root causes; and accomplishes specific goals and objectives. Deadlines: 4/30/03, 8/31/03. Contact: Shannon Rowan, 800-638-6464; http://www.patagonia.com/enviro/grants_app.shtml.

Basic Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Projects–Support for basic laboratory research projects with potential to advance basic scientific research in brain tumors. Preference is given to studies with direct relevance to pediatric brain tumors. Contact: 828-665-6891; research@pbtfus.org; http://www.pbtfus.org/grants/2003BASI.htm. Deadline: 5/1/03.

Joel L. Fleishman Fellows in Civil Society–Support for leaders from domestic non-profit organizations, international non-governmental organizations, foundations, government, socially responsible businesses, and other civil society groups to spend 4 weeks at the Institute. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Amy Hepburn, ahepburn@duke.edu; http://www.pubpol.duke.edu/centers/civil/index.html.

Applied Social Issues Internship Program--Support for college seniors, graduate students, and first-year postdoctorates to conduct social issues research in cooperation with a community or government organization, public interest group or other not-for-profit entity that will benefit directly from the project. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Lorraine Gutierrez, 202-216-9332; awards@spssi.org; http://www.spssi.org/ASIflyer.pdf.
The Louise Kidder Early Career Award recognizes a social issues researcher who has made substantial contributions to the field early in his/her career and has demonstrated potential to continue such contributions. Deadline: 5/1/03. Contact: Joshua Aronson, awards@spssi.edu; http://www.spssi.org/Kidder_flyer.pdf.

Tech Museum of Innovation Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity–Cash prizes to recognize people, companies or organizations which develop or use technology in creative ways to solve global challenges. Categories are: health, education, environment, economic development, and equality. Contact: The Tech Museum of Innovation Awards, 408-795-6338; techawards@thetech.org; http://www.thetech.org/techawards. Deadlines: 5/2/03 (Nominations); 6/6/03 (Applications).

Program on Nonviolent Sanctions and Cultural Survival–Support to address non-violent situations of conflict, principally those within rather than between countries, in order to understand their nature and capabilities of non-violent actions in support of human rights and civil liberties. Deadline: 4/30/03. Contact: Program Coordinator, 617-495-5580; pns@wcfia.harvard.edu; http://www.wcfia.harvard.edu/ponsacs/program.htm.

Grants-in-Aid and Research Grants support research in the life sciences. Emphasis is on support of young scientists at the beginning of their careers and senior scientists who wish to move into new fields of interest, but consideration is given to applicants of all ages. Funding is given in areas of basic biological research not heavily supported by Federal agencies or other foundations with specialized missions. Current interests are in basic research in neurobiology, defined as follows: invertebrate and vertebrate (excluding clinical) neurobiology, specifically investigations of neural mechanisms involved in sensory, motor, and other complex functions of the whole organism as these relate to behavior. Deadlines: 4/15/03, 10/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 6/1/03, 9/1/03 (Applications). Contact: Catherine Thomas, 561-655-4474; email@whitehall.org; http://www.whitehall.org/grants/.

Support is given in the fields of education, health and human services, science, and the arts. Goals are: to strengthen civil society and its institutions; work for a world that is environmentally self-sustaining; educate family members and others in the values and practices of philanthropy, community service, and stewardship; and build a sense of community among ourselves and with the world we share. Deadline: None. Contact: 440-331-6350; info@WBinghamFoundation.org; http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/bingham/guide.html.


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