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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 35: May, 2006

Medical commencement ceremony, awards brunch are May 6

Fifty-four senior medical students will receive the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree during the Saturday, May 6, medical school commencement ceremony.

Open to the public, the event begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The ceremony will be officiated by UND President Charles Kupchella and Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean H. David Wilson; State Board of Higher Education member Beverly Clayburgh of Grand Forks will deliver greetings from the board.

The keynote address will be delivered by Jon Allen, assistant dean for the medical school’s Northeast Campus, associate professor of internal medicine and 1984 M.D. graduate of the UND medical school. His address is titled, “Eagles, Robins and Pigeons.” The invocation and benediction will be delivered by Rev. Patrick O’Brien, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oakes, N.D., and father of graduate Katie O’Brien.

Special recognition will be given to Justin Horner, a member of the M.D. Class of ’06 and the first medical school graduate to also earn the Master of Public Health degree through a joint program with the University of Minnesota (U of M). John Finnegan Jr., professor and dean of the School of Public Health at the U of M, will deliver remarks regarding this special program.

Ten physician-faculty members have been invited to participate in the ceremony and accept the Dean’s Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty. They are (by community):

  • Bismarck — Edward Fogarty, III, clinical assistant professor of radiology; Brian Hebert, clinical associate professor of internal medicine; Parag Kumar, clinical associate professor of pediatrics; Shari Orser, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Chatree Wongjirad, clinical assistant professor of clinical neuroscience.
  • Fargo — Kenneth Christianson, clinical assistant professor of clinical neuroscience.
  • Grand Forks — Ramon Anel, clinical assistant professor of internal medicine.
  • Jamestown — David Muhs, clinical associate professor of family medicine.
  • Minot — Thomas Carver, clinical associate professor of pediatrics.
  • Valley City — Luis Garcia, clinical assistant professor of surgery.

The ceremony will be broadcast over UND-TV (Channel 3 on Grand Forks cable system) at 12:30 a.m., noon and 8:30 p.m. May 9, 10, 11 and 12. A videotape or DVD of the ceremony may be purchased through the Dean’s Office (777-3021 or e-mail

Outstanding students and faculty members will be recognized during an awards brunch set to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Memorial Union. Tickets may be purchased through the dean’s office (777-3021 or

— School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Prototype Mars space suit to be unveiled Saturday

A team of North Dakota college students is set to unveil a brand new space suit at a rugged, Mars-like North Dakota Badlands test site this week. The multi-institution group comprises students and their faculty advisors from UND, the North Dakota State College of Science, Turtle Mountain Community College, North Dakota State University, and Dickinson State University.

“Our college students here in North Dakota can do amazing things — this project showcases this local talent with a cutting-edge, high-tech project,” says Shan de Silva, chair of UND space studies, director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)-North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, and principal investigator on the space suit project. “A lot of people thought we were crazy to undertake this project — but its success unequivocally testifies to the hard work, perseverance, creativity, and ingenuity of North Dakota’s young people.”

Project manager Pablo de Leon, an aerospace engineer and veteran space suit designer, says the multilayered North Dakota Experimental Planetary Space Suit is entirely and meticulously hand-crafted by students with a variety of skills, including a team at the State College of Science that machined to exacting tolerances the rings that join various parts of the suit together. The project was funded last year by a $100,000 NASA aerospace workforce development grant, following a proposal that was identified by NASA officials as one of the top three of the 52 submitted.

“A space suit is essentially a self-contained spacecraft,” says de Leon, who coordinated the student teams. “But it’s not rocket science to build it—what it takes is a lot of very painstaking work — really, it’s more of an art than engineering.” He notes, for example, that all of the composite parts, including the molds for components such as the suit’s torso, were fabricated by hand by a team of UND students. The suit is a prototype for the next generation of planetary suits that NASA will need to realize its vision. Several patents have already been applied for.

Student “astronauts” this week will don the suit and put it through rigorous paces in the rough Badlands terrain that resembles the rocky surface of Mars, de Leon explains.

“This is really a big team effort and the success is a testament to the talented human capital here in North Dakota,” says de Silva. “There really isn’t anything that we can’t accomplish here when we set our minds to it — and we’re really eager and ready to be part of a future national space exploration effort.”

The public is invited to view the prototype Mars suit (weather permitting) at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 6, at the test site near Fryburg, N.D. Directions to the test site: From 1-94, take Exit 36 (the Fryburg exit) and turn north; turn left on the frontage road, and follow this road to a y-intersection, and stay left. The test site is on the east side of the road just past a ranching operation. It is 7.5 miles from 1-94 to the test site.


Law commencement activities scheduled for May 13

The law school will hold its commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
The commencement speaker is Stuart Hanlon, criminal defense attorney, San Francisco. Hanlon earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia College in 1970 and his J.D. at Hastings Law School in San Francisco in 1975. He began a partnership with Tony Tamburello, and they continue to practice together today in San Francisco.

Nationally recognized as a criminal defense attorney, Hanlon has extensive experience with trying more than 100 homicide and federal narcotics related trials. He has represented several well known criminal defendants, including members of the Symbionese Liberation Army, fugitive Sara Jane Olson aka Kathleen Soliah, alleged Asian gang leader Cuong Tran, and Korean immigrant Chol Soo Lee who was falsely accused of a gang related killing.
He was lead attorney in a 23 year struggle on the case of Black Panther leader Elmer Geronomo Pratt. Author Jack
Olson wrote a book titled Last Man Standing, highlighting the Pratt case and Hanlon’s involvement.

Hanlon received the California attorneys for criminal justice president’s award, the Southern California ACLU conscience award, and was named California’s “Lawyer of the Year” in 1997 and 2000. Over the past four years, Hanlon has mentored high school students interested in criminal law.

The ceremony will be recorded and telecast via tape-delay on Grand Forks cable channel 3. Telecast times include May 16-19 at 8 a.m., and May 22-26 at noon and 8:30 p.m.

A posthumous degree will be presented to the family of Jason Raeser, a member of the UND School of Law Class of 2006. He was born April 18, 1968, graduated from Beulah, N.D., High School and completed a degree in chemistry from NDSU in 1990. Prior to attending law school, Raeser was a senior chemist and development chemist for Sherwin-Williams Co. and received the Sherwin-Williams Innovator Award for New Product Development.

As a member of Law Review, his law review note was considered by the North Dakota Supreme Court’s Joint Procedures Committee. In the spring of 2005, Raeser received an award for Academic Excellence. He passed away last year from a pre-leukemia syndrome.

In recognition of their classmate, the class of 2006 will use their class funds to establish a scholarship in honor and memory of Jason Raeser. In addition, the class will provide a gift to the existing Randy H. Lee Memorial Scholarship Endowment held within the UND Foundation. The late Professor Lee had a profound effect on the lives of the members of the Class of 2006.

– Law school


Retired general is commencement speaker; Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors named

Gen. Lance W. Lord, a UND graduate who retired in April as commander of the Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., will be the main speaker at General Commencement Saturday, May 13, 1:30 p.m. in the Alerus Center. President Charles Kupchella will preside.

More than 1,500 students are eligible to cross the stage during three commencements this spring, most of which will go through the general commencement on Sunday.

UND will award the honorary Doctor of Letters to Lord and two others: A. Bart Holaday and Rod Rohrich.
Lance W. Lord

Gen. Lance Lord retired in April 2006 after serving as commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of Air Force space and missile systems, he oversaw a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensured the combat readiness of the nation’s ballistic missile force. He led nearly 40,000 space professionals who provide combat forces to the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command.

Gen. Lord entered the Air Force in 1969 as a graduate of Otterbein College. While assigned to the Minuteman ICBM Missile Wing at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, he earned a master’s degree in industrial management from UND in 1972. He has also attended the Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and Capstone Course, National Defense University.

Gen. Lord returned to the Grand Forks Air Force Base to command the 321st Strategic Missile Wing from February 1989 to May 1990. He commanded the space wing responsible for satellite launch and ballistic missile tests, served as commandant of the Squadron Officer School, commander of the 2nd Air Force, commander of Air University, and director of education for the Air Education and Training Command. Prior to assuming his most recent position, Gen. Lord was the assistant chief of staff for Headquarters U.S. Air Force.

In his position as commander of Space Command, Gen. Lord was instrumental in the establishment of the Space Education Consortium, a collaboration of colleges pursuing space education and research activities. UND is in the enviable position of being the only member of this consortium that offers a graduate degree program in space studies provided solely via distance education.

In addition to numerous decorations, Gen. Lord has been honored with the Air Force Distinguished Achievement Award, the Thomas D. White Space Trophy, and the Air Force Association’s Bernard Schriever Award, James Hartinger Award, and Jimmy Doolittle Fellow Award.

A. Bart Holaday

A Jamestown native, Holaday graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1965 with a degree in engineering science. He then was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, earning a master’s degree in 1968 in politics, philosophy and economics. He graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1975 and earned CFA designation from the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

As managing director of Brinson Partners and UBS Asset Management, he oversaw investments of $18 billion in venture capital, buyouts, timber, oil and gas, and real estate. Prior to his retirement in 2001, Holaday helped design and oversee the spin out of UBS Assets Management Private Markets Group into an employee owned company, Adams Street Partners. He continues to serve on the Adams Street board of directors.

In 1991 Holaday was a founding member of the Investor’s Circle, a group of socially conscious investors seeking to encourage private equity investing on the basis of social dividends as well as economic return.

In 1997 Holaday and his wife Lynn founded the Dakota Foundation. Focusing on projects in his former home state of North Dakota and his current home state of New Mexico, the Foundation funds small entrepreneurial nonprofit organizations that blend financial discipline and creative thinking to address social problems. One of these projects is a University Entrepreneur Seed Fund Initiative with UND’s Center for Innovation, providing college students or recent graduates with assistance in meeting startup costs for their ventures.

Holaday has served on the boards of directors of Jamestown College, Walden University, and the UND Center for Innovation. He has funded scholarships at Jamestown College for North Dakota business students and at Exeter College, Oxford University, for outstanding graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Rod J. Rohrich

An internationally recognized educator and physician, Rohrich is professor and chair of plastic surgery, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. He holds the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery and the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

A native of Zeeland, N.D., Rohrich graduated from NDSU and then attended the UND School of Medicine, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Medicine in 1977. He earned his M.D. from Baylor University College of Medicine. After general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center, he did further training in pediatric plastic surgery at Oxford University in England. He completed a hand and microvascular fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and, in 1986, joined the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern.

Rohrich has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national research, teaching, and service awards. An innovative educator and scientist, he holds a patent on a new breast implant and has developed educational models for bringing emerging technology to plastic surgeons. He is editor in chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the leading journal in the field. He has also served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the largest organization of Board certified plastic surgeons in the world.

Rohrich has been a visiting professor to over 150 national and international societies and has delivered more than 1,000 scientific presentations on all aspects of plastic surgery. He has published four textbooks, more than 300 peer review articles, and 30 chapters on plastic surgery. His research interests span the entire field.

Rohrich has been included as one of The Best Doctors in America since 1996. He has been honored by both the UND and NDSU alumni associations, and as a Notable North Dakotan in 1998. In addition to his many professional activities, he is involved in civic affairs, including the American Cancer Society, the Save the Children Foundation, and arts and music organizations in Dallas.

Through his foundation, for which he serves as president, Rohrich established an endowment that provides a scholarship to a UND medical student with a rural North Dakota background and an interest in primary care.

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships

UND will award three Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorships, the highest award for faculty. An endowment established by the late UND benefactor Chester Fritz provides for a cash stipend and a medallion to be worn on ceremonial occasions.

  • Edward Carlson compiled a spectacular 25-year record as chair and professor of anatomy and cell biology. Colleagues describe Carlson as a creative investigator, a superb award-winning educator, and a highly effective administrator. A widely-published researcher with more than 180 papers and abstracts, Carlson is known for his work in the morphometric analysis of cellular and extracellular ultra-structure, especially as applied to models of diabetic retinal and kidney ailments.
  • Will Gosnold, who joined the geology and geological engineering faculty in 1982, has been that department’s most prolific author, according to engineering Dean John Watson’s letter of nomination. Moreover, Watson notes, “his publication and research record is the strongest in the department,” while “his commitment to teaching has been exemplary, and his service to the University is legion.” Gosnold has published research on tectonics, petroleum formation, heat flow, gravity, geothermal energy, flood prediction/frequency, and climate change. Gosnold, who was director of UND’s Office of Research and Program Development (now called the Office of Research Development and Compliance) from 2001 through 2004, has won the Sigma Xi and UND awards for excellence in research and has been very successful in getting grants to support his work.
  • Mark Hoffmann is, according to the letters supporting his nomination for the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship, a quintessential researcher who has “clearly contributed to advancing the department of chemistry at UND” which won the 1999 departmental excellence in research award. Hoffmann at that time also was lauded with an individual award for outstanding scientific research. Moreover, he has been a dedicated teacher, often taking on graduate students who may not be a perfect fit for the department and turning them “into scientists who go on to successful careers.” Most exemplary, according to Arts and Sciences Dean Martha Potvin, are Hoffmann’s contributions to basic research and facilitating the research agenda at UND. Hoffmann’s research group was the first to solve the “intruder state” problem in the multireference perturbation theory description of electron correlation in molecules. This seminal work has led to the application of new analytical techniques in catalysis, combustion studies, and in atmospheric research. Hoffmann’s group is one of only five or so globally that consistently advances hyrbrid perturbational-variational methods in molecular electronic structure theory.

Faculty and administrative staff invited to participate in general spring commencement

Faculty and administrative staff are invited to march in the general commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, at the Alerus Center. Faculty and administrative staff who will wear academic regalia are asked to report to the Hawk Room, and then assemble in the Ballroom no later than 1 p.m. For easiest access to the Hawk Room, enter the Alerus Center through door No. 6 on the east side of the building. Staff volunteers and student marshals will be on hand to help all processional participants.

Faculty members recently received a letter from Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs, inviting them to participate in the ceremony. As outlined in that letter, faculty members are asked to contact their dean’s office by May 10 to confirm their plans to participate in the ceremony.

Administrative staff members are also cordially invited to march in the commencement processional in academic regalia. During the ceremony, administrative staff will be seated with the faculty of the college representing the discipline of their highest academic degree. Those planning to participate should contact Terri Machart in the vice president for student and outreach services office at 777-2724 by May 10 to confirm their plans.

Please call 777-2724 with any questions.

— Charles Kupchella, president


Sioux Shop holds May Madness sale

The third annual Ralph Engelstad Arena Sioux Shop May Madness sale is Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The entire store will be on sale. Save on brand name items from Nike, Roots & J. America. Come and check out the $5, $10, $15, $20 and $25 tables. The Ralph Engelstad Arena Sioux Shop has something for everyone!

– Ralph Engelstad Arena


Summer at UND program offers courses, activities

The Summer at UND program offers a wide range of courses and activities for the community during the summer months. Nearly 400 courses for academic credit are available during summer sessions, which begin May 15 and June 26. Class sizes are smaller and some courses are held in the evenings to accommodate students’ schedules.

Here is a preview of summer events happening at UND from May 1-15:

  • May 4-7, 50 Years of UND Baseball, various times and locations across campus.
  • May 6, Medical school commencement ceremony, 1:30 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • May 7, Antique to Chic, 3 to 5 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art.
  • May 8-12, Mold Technician/Consultant workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena.
  • May 11, Train the Trainer workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Old Ralph Engelstad Arena.
  • May 12, Northwest Technical College graduation, 11 a.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • May 13, Law School commencement, 10 a.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • May 13, Nancy Pasley dance recital, 6 p.m., Chester Fritz Auditorium.
  • May 15, 40 Hour Civil Mediation seminar, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Union River Valley Room.

For more information about Summer at UND program, to register for summer sessions, or to view a calendar of events, visit If you have additional questions on summer credit courses, call the summer sessions office at 777-6284. For questions on events/activities, contact the summer events office at 777-0841.

– Summer events office


Biology seminar set for May 5

William Conner, biology department, Wake Forest University, will give a biology seminar Friday, May 5, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. His topic is “Moths, Bats, and Acoustic Communication in Predator Avoidance.”

Conner earned his doctorate from Cornell University, and is a professor of biology at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. His laboratory studies animal communication, and he is interested in how communicative signals are produced, travel through the environment, how they are detected, how the receiver responds to them, and ultimately how they have evolved. The tiger moths he studies provide a diversity of interaction and allow a comparative approach to many evolutionary questions. His field studies take place in North Carolina, Florida, mainland Ecuador, and the Galápagos Islands.

– Biology


Mathematics hosts High School Math Day

The math department will host the first Sonia Kovalevsky High School Mathematics Day for young women in grades 9-12 and their math teachers from schools in the rural areas of North Dakota and Minnesota. The event will take place Friday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The girls will listen to a keynote speaker and a panel of women with degrees in mathematics who now have careers/professions involving mathematics, both inside and outside of academia. The girls will take part in workshops and a problem-solving contest, and they will take a small campus tour ending with a viewing of the star show at the planetarium.

The keynote speaker is Virginia (Ginny) Rains, a 2001 UND graduate with a degree in mathematics who lives in Bremerton, Wash., and works at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) in Keyport. Her job involves working as project lead for a division that performs in-service engineering and logistics support to fielded combat and weapon systems in the U.S. Navy. Three of the panel speakers have also graduated from UND with master’s degrees: Corinne Jacobson, Colleen Kummet, and LuAnn Johnson (statistician at Human Nutrition Lab).

— Cheryl Halcrow, mathematics


Greg Gagnon to speak at geography forum

On Friday, May 5, the geography department will host a forum with guest speaker Greg Gagnon from the Indian studies department. His talk is titled, “Changing the World – Several Stereotypes at a Time.” The forum will be at 3 p.m. in 157 Ireland Hall, and all are welcome.

– Kevin Romig, geography


Third Street Gallery hosts artist exhibition, reception

On Saturday, May 6, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Third Street Gallery, 28 South Third St., will host a public exhibition opening reception for “Collected. Controlled. Contained.” by local artist Sara Christensen Blair. At the reception, which is free and open to the public, she will be available to discuss her work. She resides in Grand Forks, after moving from Chicago where she attended the Chicago Institute of Art. In 2004, she graduated from UND with a Master of Fine Arts. She has exhibited in the Red River Valley at both the Plains Art Museum and the North Dakota Museum of Art, where she is in the permanent collection. Other honors include being a finalist in 2006 for the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship and Best of Show Award at the Contemporary Women Artists XIII, MadArt Gallery in St. Louis, Mo.

For more information call 775-5055 or contact.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Third Street Gallery


Enjoy jewelry party at the North Dakota Museum of Art

Antique to Chic, a jewelry party, will be held Sunday, May 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and all proceeds will benefit children via scholarships, art supplies, and programming. The event will be centered around a costume jewelry sale. Inexpensive everyday fun costume jewelry will be offered for sale and more valuable items will be available for raffle and silent auction. Live music will be performed by Project 24 and refreshments will be served.

There is no admission for this casual Sunday afternoon event.

For more information, please contact Sue or Brian at the North Dakota Museum of Art at 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Empire holds Bluegrass Festival

The Prairiegrass Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave., Saturday, May 6, 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium and all Ticketmaster locations for $10, or at the door an hour before the show.

Prairiegrass, a relatively new bluegrass group from the Red River Valley, is hosting the Bluegrass Festival, which will feature Prairiegrass and four other bands from the region. The performing groups in addition to Prairiegrass include: Prairie Rose, Spiritwood Creek, Seth Mulder and the Goose River Boys, and the Polk County String Band. The groups represent a wide array of bluegrass music and styles.

For more information, contact Mark at the Empire Arts Center at 746-5500 or by e-mail at


Music students will give recital

Two music students will perform a recital Sunday, May 7, 7 p.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 2315 Library Circle.

Pianist Joan Karner, local piano instructor, will perform works by Chopin, Griffes and Sinding. Violinist Amy Boese, a music education major, will play a concerto by J.S. Bach and a sonata by Schubert, accompanied by Greg Schultz. Tenor Bruce Fischer, a music graduate student, will sing selections by Purcell, Mendelssohn, Barber, Wolf, Faure, Haydn and Dvorak accompanied by Karner. Fischer will also present movements from J.S. Bach’s “Lute Suites,” as well as hymn arrangements on classical guitar.

This recital is free and open to the public; a reception will follow. Childcare will not be provided.
For more information, contact the church office at 772-3452 during office hours.

– Music


Pediatrician will give anatomy lecture May 8

Steven Abrams, professor of pediatrics-neonatology at the Baylor College of Medicine and USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Houston, Texas, will give a lecture Monday, May 8. He will present “Update on the Use of Human Milk for Premature Infants” at noon in Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. This special lecture concludes the spring seminar series for the anatomy and cell biology.

For more information, contact me at 795-8423.

– Curtiss Hunt, adjunct professor of anatomy and cell biology), and research biologist, USDA ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Web presentation will focus on building a national digital library

The Chester Fritz Library will host an EDUCAUSE sponsored web presentation on building a National Science Digital Library, Monday, May 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 108, Chester Fritz Library.

For more information, visit

Since 2000, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) core integration team has been creating the infrastructure for a digital library of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics resources. That library now contains more than a million resources from approximately 100 collections.

In this talk, Dean Krafft, NSDL core integration principal investigator, will give a short overview of the NSDL’s history, community, and participants. He will also talk about the technical underpinnings of NSDL 1.0, a library built on metadata harvesting, and describe some of the challenges encountered.

For the past year, the project has been working on NSDL 2.0, a new version of the library built on the Fedora repository architecture. For the last part of the talk, Krafft will describe this new library architecture and explain how it supports creating context for science resources, how it enhances the selection and use of library materials, and what these capabilities mean for users of the NSDL.

Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries


Retirement reception will honor Cec Volden Lambeth, Bette Olson

The nursing practice and role development faculty and staff invite you to join us for a retirement reception in honor of Cec Volden Lambeth and Bette Olson, Monday, May 8, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. A program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Please come and congratulate them on their retirement.

– Nursing


Doctoral examination set for Tedros Tesfay

The final examination for Tedros Tesfay, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in geology, is set for 10 a.m. Monday, May 8, in 109 Leonard Hall. The dissertation title is “Modeling Groundwater Denitrification by Ferrous Iron Using PHREEQC.” Scott Korom (geology) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Retirement reception will honor Audrey Glick

The communication sciences and disorders department invites the campus community to a reception honoring Audrey Glick, who is retiring after more than 30 years on the faculty. Please join us in wishing her well Wednesday, May 10, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni House.

– Communication sciences and disorders


Retirement reception will honor Neil Reuter

A reception which celebrates the accomplishments and honors the retirement of Neil Reuter, director of TRIO programs, will be held at the UND Alumni House Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. During 35 years of service at UND, Reuter has been instrumental in building a network of five UND TRIO programs which provide educational access to students from all walks of life. Please come and wish him the best in his retirement.

– TRIO programs


IVN presents “Smart Videoconference Meetings”

IVN will offer, as a follow-up to its February presentation, another free seminar, Smart Videoconference Meetings, Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 4:15 p.m. over video, 120 Gamble Hall.

Topics to be addressed include choosing the proper media for meetings, group interaction for meetings and demonstration of IVN features to assist with meeting planning. In addition, presenters will share their tips and tricks for effective videoconference meetings.

Although the seminar is free, registration is required. Those interested in attending can e-mail June Piper, IVN at by Tuesday, May 9.

— Cheryl Thompson, IVN instructional support specialist


Communication students will present research results

You are welcome to attend a research panel presented by the participants of a graduate student seminar in Advanced Research Methods in Communication, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in 228 O’Kelly Hall.

Topics are:

  • “Youth Vote: Examining the 2004 Presidential Elections Newspaper Coverage,” by Sorin Nastasia;
  • “Communicating Through Computer-Mediated Social Networks: A Content Analysis of New Users’ Profiles at,” by Megan Tollefson;
  • “Getting Personal about Online Dating: A Content Analysis of Gay Personal Ads,” by Chad Thomas;
  • “Historical Change and Sexual Identity: A Qualitative Study Among North Dakota Native American Men,” by Loren Schwarzwalter;
  • “Indian Sports Logos and Racial Stereotyping: A Survey of Native American College Students,” by Michael Eshkibok.

The seminar explores the relationship between theory, methodology, and research practice and focuses on contemporary methods utilized in communication research.

– Tatyana Dumova, communication


Pro Musica holds 25th concert

The 25th Grand Forks Pro Musica concert takes place at First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St., Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Keith Jackson of West Virginia University is featured trombonist with Robert Brooks (UND marching band) on trumpet, Christopher Anderson at the organ, and Lisa Anderson on piano. Works include music by Steven Sudduth, band director at ND’s Dickinson State University, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn, David Fetter (of Peabody), Wes Ward (of Pittsburgh), Croatian composer/conductor the late Stjepan Sulek, and Joseph Turrin whose opera, The Scarecrow, is being performed across the USA this spring. The concert is open to the public and is produced to increase awareness and funding for North Dakota’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, housed at First Presbyterian of Grand Forks.

– Music


Master of Fine Arts exhibition runs through May 12

The 25th Grand Forks Pro Musica concert takes place at First Presbyterian Church, 5555 S. Washington St., Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Keith Jackson of West Virginia University is featured trombonist with Robert Brooks (UND marching band) on trumpet, Christopher Anderson at the organ, and Lisa Anderson on piano. Works include music by Steven Sudduth, band director at ND’s Dickinson State University, Franz Liszt, Richard Wagner, Felix Mendelssohn, David Fetter (of Peabody), Wes Ward (of Pittsburgh), Croatian composer/conductor the late Stjepan Sulek, and Joseph Turrin whose opera, The Scarecrow, is being performed across the USA this spring. The concert is open to the public and is produced to increase awareness and funding for North Dakota’s Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ, housed at First Presbyterian of Grand Forks.

– Music


U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for May 17-23. Visit our web site for more.

  • Fiscal Year-End Procedures: May 17, 9 to 11 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The workshop will cover fiscal year-end procedures for the business office, accounting services, grants and contract administration, payroll and purchasing.
  • Records Disposal Procedures: May 18, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
  • The ABC’s of Fire Extinguisher Use: May 18, 2 to 3:30 p.m., 55 Wilkerson Hall. This class will describe the different types of fire extinguishers, what the rating system used on extinguishers means, when to consider using a fire extinguisher, and class participants will be given the opportunity to use an extinguisher in a controlled setting. Information gained in this class will be applicable to the work place, home and motor vehicles. Presenter: Tim Lee.
  • Defensive Driving: May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Greg Krause.
  • Fall Protection Policy: May 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Presidents Room, Memorial Union. This workshop provides requirements for conventional fall protection systems, and provides requirements necessary to safeguard against falls for work activities that make conventional fall protection systems infeasible or when the use of such systems would create a greater hazard. Presenter: Mike Holmes.

Reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail,; or online, Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant


Lights! Camera! Action! UND to offer moviemaking camp

The English and art departments are offering a two-week moviemaking camp June 12-23 for students who will be in grades 9 to 12 next fall. In small groups, participants will be involved in all aspects of creating short, digital movies: writing, directing, shooting, as well as time spent in an editing lab. The camp will culminate in the world premiere screening of the finished movies June 23 on campus.

Session times are roughly 1 to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Camp directors are Christopher Jacobs and Kathy Coudle King. Jacobs is an independent filmmaker, writer, and film historian. King has won national awards for her screenplays. Both individuals teach writing in the English department.

Early bird registration of $160 ends May 12, after which the cost will be $180. A limited number of partial scholarships may be available for students who write a letter expressing their need and include a writing sample. This can be sent to the English department, Box 7209 at UND, c/o Summer Moviemaking Camp.

For information, or to register, call summer events at 777- 0841 or contact the directors for questions relating to the content of the camp: or


Space available in some children’s art camps

Limited space is still available for the Children’s Art Camp, and registration will continue until all camps are filled. Cost for each camp is $100 for Museum members and $110 for non-members. Some scholarships based upon need are available. No places will be held, so prepare to pay at time of registration. You can also register by phone with a credit card.

Camps are taught by different artists, assisted by adult staff. They run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. On Friday afternoons the children hold a reception for parents and friends.

The camps and artists are:

  •  June 19-23, Art City Creatures and Dolls, Jennie O’Keefe;
  •  June 26-30, Wind-powered Whirligigs, Greg Vettel;
  •  July 10-14 (full), Four-Legged Friends, Adam Kemp;
  •  July 17-21 (full), Drawing Marathon, Gretchen Bederman;
  •  July 24-28, Prints and Murals On the Move, Jeanne O’Neil;
  •  July 31-Aug 4 (full), Crazy Characters from A to Z, Sheila Dalgliesh.

For more information call 777-4195. The Museum is located on campus across from Twamley Hall; sign up takes place at the Museum. The camps will be held at Hughes Fine Arts Center.

– North Dakota Museum of Art


Freshman registration dates listed

Freshman Registration (Getting Started) – an advisement and registration program for new freshmen – has been set for June 5 to July 14. Admitted students must make a reservation to attend the program based on their admission date by going online to Students admitted prior to Feb. 5 can go online starting April 10, and students who were admitted after Feb. 5 can go online starting April 24. For more information on the program, log on to

— Angie Carpenter, academic advisor, student academic services


UND focuses on bringing more people to campus over summer

The University wants to bring more people to campus during the summer months. Under a new initiative from President Charles Kupchella, UND will better utilize campus resources, increase the number of visitors to the campus and Grand Forks, and create enriched learning experiences for the community.

“Compared to the rest of the year, the campus has been underutilized during the summer. We are looking for campus and community-based organizations who can partner with us to host events and programs here at UND,” said Kerry Kerber, associate dean of continuing education and co-chair of the president’s Summer Programs and Events Council. Kerber said Kupchella formed the council to be a proactive group that could help improve the quality and quantity of courses and programming on campus each summer.

“We also hope that by promoting what UND offers in the summer, we will help promote Grand Forks and economic development. If parents come to town to drop off their kids for a camp, hopefully they also go shopping and grab a bite to eat. The more people who come to UND in the summer, the better off the whole community is,” said Kerber.
UND has always offered hundreds of courses as well as other activities for the public during the summer, such as youth camps, specialized workshops, and sporting and cultural events. However, this will be the first summer that UND has pursued a concentrated effort to increase the number and variety of summer offerings and to coordinate their promotion.

“Our goal is to encourage and support new summer programs and courses in order to grow summer enrollment at UND. We want to show off our beautiful campus and make full use of our exceptional facilities,” said Diane Hadden, director of summer sessions and SPEC co-chair.

As part of its mission, SPEC recently awarded seven summer programs with nearly $19,000 in grant funds. The grants will be awarded annually to help cover the development, marketing and start-up costs for courses or activities held during the summer on the UND campus.

The 2006 grant recipients are:

  • Buzz on Biz Entrepreneurship Youth Camp, Sandra Braathen, associate professor of business and public administration;
  • cScibot Lego Robotics Camp, Ronald Marsh, associate professor of computer science;
  • Mini-Society Entrepreneurial Camp, Barry Striegel, mini-society instructor and trainer, Center for Innovation;
  • Our Nanoworld: Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Workshop, Juana Moreno, assistant professor of physics;
  • Summer Moviemaking Camp for Teens, Kathleen King, senior lecturer, English;
  • Summer Writing Camp for Teens, Kathleen King, senior lecturer, English;
  • The Red River Chamber Music Festival, Eric Lawson, assistant professor of music.

In addition to providing funding, SPEC launched a new web site, The site lists all summer courses and provides a calendar of events for activities held on campus between May 1 and Aug. 31.

For more information about Summer at UND go to, or contact the summer sessions office at 777-6284 for summer course offerings, or the summer events office at 777-0841 for non-credit event information.


Primary care draws nearly half of new docs

Primary care specialties remain the most popular fields for senior medical students who will receive the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in commencement ceremonies this week at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Nearly half (45.3 percent) of the 54-member M.D. Class of 2006 have chosen to pursue residency training in primary care fields, which are family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics or combined medicine-pediatrics programs beginning this summer, according to Judy DeMers, associate dean for student affairs and admissions.

“We are very proud of the outstanding students we have educated over the past four years, and very pleased so many have elected to pursue medical specialties that are most needed in North Dakota,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the UND medical school. “We know they will represent the University and the state well as they continue on their journey as knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate physicians.”

Medical school graduates generally pursue three to five years of residency training in order to become eligible for certification in the medical specialty of their choice.

Pediatrics is the most popular specialty among this year’s graduating medical students — nine will pursue that specialty, followed by surgery (eight), family medicine (seven), internal medicine (seven) and obstetrics-gynecology (five), DeMers said.

The graduates will pursue 14 different specialties and will spend the first year of residency in 16 states, she said.

“Most of our students seem to prefer the Upper Midwest,” DeMers noted, “with 13 selecting Minnesota programs, followed by 11 in North Dakota, five in Iowa and four in Michigan.”

Commencement ceremonies are planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The event, open to the public, will feature keynote speaker Jon Allen, assistant dean for the medical school’s Northeast Campus, associate professor of internal medicine and a 1984 M.D. graduate of the school. He is originally from Mohall, N.D.


Gilsdorf awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Tom Gilsdorf has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2006-2007 at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (National Technical Institute of Mexico) in Mexico City. The topics of his studies are locally convex spaces, and ethnomathematics. This is his second Fulbright Scholarship.

– Mathematics


UND helping introduce pre-engineering curriculum at Central, Red River High Schools

Central and Red River high school technology students have been collaborating with UND mechanical engineering students on engineering design projects as part of the initial implementation of a pre-engineering curriculum within the Grand Forks high school technology classes. Their assignments: to design a multi-temperature beverage container or a below-the-knee prosthetic device.

The design project activity originated in the classrooms of Pat Compton and Nate Carlson, high school teachers at Red River and Central, respectively. They are in the first phase of implementing a nationally recognized pre-engineering curriculum into their technology classes developed by the non-profit organization, Project Lead the Way ® (PLTW).

Compton and Carlson attended training seminars offered by PLTW and have implemented the first of six courses in the curriculum, Introduction to Engineering Design. In addition to the coursework, the high school students have partnered with UND mechanical engineering students to complete machine designs, culminating in the production of a prototype of their design and discussion and review of the design elements.


UND seeks national flying title

The UND Flying Team will travel to The Ohio State University in Columbus to compete against 29 of the nation’s top flying programs from 11 regions around the country for the national championship title in the National Collegiate Flying Association’s Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference May 8-13. If successful, the Flying Team would win their 14th national championship in the last 21 years.

– Aerospace


Final exam schedule available online

The final examination schedule for the 2006 spring semester is available online at the registrar’s web site under Schedule of Courses – 2006 Spring Semester at

— Ray Pospisil, assistant registrar


PeopleSoft grade entry is ready

Final grade rosters will be available for grade entry starting May 3. Please be sure to select the final grade roster (not the midterm roster) for entering grades. Written procedures have been sent to departments. Grades are due no later than noon May 16.

– Ray Pospisil, assistant registrar


Law library lists exam hours

Extended exam hours for Thormodsgard law library are: Wednesday, May 3, (Reading and Review Day), 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Thursday, May 4, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 5, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, May 6, 7:30 a.m. to midnight (note early opening); Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 8-11, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 12, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 13 (commencement), noon to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 14, closed.

— Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library


Chester Fritz Library lists summer hours

Summer hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library, May 15 through Aug. 4, are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library


UND-Canada activities sought

The Canadian Experience Task Force would appreciate your assistance in identifying activities which now exist between UND and colleague institutions in Canada as well as courses, lectures, field trips currently at UND which have significant Canadian content.

The task force is also interested in knowing about faculty with academic contacts and interests in Canada of all types. Please communicate information to or contact Virgil Benoit, chair, Canadian Experience Task Force, 777-4659,

— Virgil Benoit, languages


Submit summer programs for free publicity

Are you planning a non-credit event at UND this summer? Do you want free publicity for your summer program? List your event information at or call 777-0841.

We are currently marketing the summer web site, so submit your information now to take part in the prime marketing time.

More reasons to submit your event information:

  •  Free publicity
  •  Potential to reach a larger audience
  •  Post your summer brochure
  •  Potential resource for participants

If you have any questions, please visit, or contact Sara Satter at 777-0841.

– Summer events office


Are you using the same materials next term?

If you are using the same textbooks as this term, we need to hear from you by Thursday, May 4. We can buy books back from your students, and give them back half the selling price of the book. And, we can begin sourcing additional used books so next term’s students will have more used books available to buy.

Are you using the same textbooks? Contact Tina Monette, textbook manger, 777-2106 or Bridget Patullo, textbook supervisor, 777-2748 or submit your order online by going to

Again, thank you very much for all your help. We are looking forward to a great buyback.

– Michelle Abernathey, general manager, Barnes & Noble at UND


Departmental deductibles increase next fiscal year

In July 2005, the University of North Dakota changed its property insurance deductible from $2,500 to $5,000. The decision was in the best interests of the University, based on our insurance loss history, and saved money from reduced insurance premiums.

Effective July 1, 2006, the departmental deductible will increase to $500 for departments that experienced a loss despite having implemented good risk management principles. The balance of the deductible is paid from a fund administered by the campus risk manager. Departments that experience losses because they do not practice good risk management principles are responsible for the entire $5,000 deductible.

Good risk management principles include, but are not limited to: locking doors, securing valuables in locked storage areas, securing small electronic equipment (computers, projectors, TV’s, etc.) so that they can’t be easily removed, use of surveillance equipment, etc.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact campus safety and security at 777-3341.


Information provided on airline seat assignments

Effective April 24, 2006: Recently, Northwest Airlines introduced coach choices paid seat assignments. For a non-refundable fee of $15 per segment, customers can confirm reserved aisle and exit row seats at or at a Northwest self-service, check-in kiosk 24 hours prior to departure.

UND policy considers the seat assignment fee to be an expense associated with a “personal preference” which is not reimbursable. UND policy states that employees may be reimbursed for the actual airfares for coach and super saver fare rates only. Any seat assignment fees are the responsibility of the traveler and should be paid personally and not charged to the UND travel card. If you have questions, please contact accounting services at 777-4131.

– Accounting services


Note correction on rental car insurance

In a Feb. 6 memo, the campus community was directed to purchase liability and collision/comprehensive insurance provided by rental car agencies when renting in foreign countries and Florida, Alaska, Hawaii, and California. This has created problems in travel expense reimbursement.

For that reason, we have reviewed this insurance directive from the N.D. risk management division. Effective immediately:

  • s When renting a vehicle in a foreign country, purchase only the liability insurance offered by the rental agency.
  • s When renting a vehicle in the USA, do not purchase insurance of any kind. The coverage is through the State of North Dakota Risk Management Fund, Risk Management Division, 1600 East Century Ave., Suite 4, Bismarck, ND 58503; phone (701) 328-7581. If you have damage to a rental car, contact campus safety and security as soon as possible at 777-3341 or fax the information to 777-4132.

We are sorry for any confusion this has caused. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us at 777-3341. – Campus safety and security.


University Letter will become twice-weekly online publication

On May 15, the weekly University Letter and the daily (or more) mass e-mails will be combined into a twice-weekly e-mail and online news service sent to every e-mail holder on campus. This will actually increase the number of people who receive University Letter, make access to news more convenient and timely, and reduce duplication. It will also eliminate confusion between University Letter and the daily mass mails, as well as reduce e-mail clutter.
You will receive an e-mail detailing University Letter contents, with each story linked to the online edition of University Letter. Just click on the title of an article that interests you to be taken to that story. You’ll also have the option to print just one story or the entire issue.

Information providers will submit their information via an online form. This will increase consistency and allow information to appear online in a searchable format.

Watch for information next week on how to submit articles.

– Jan Orvik, editor


University Children’s Center continues summer program registration

Register your children for the University Children’s Center summer program. We offer:

  • Fun, educational care continues at UCC for children 2-5 during the summer months.
  • An active summer program for school-aged children (ages 6-12). Children of students, faculty, staff, and Grand Forks community members are all welcome.
  • The school-aged program offers lots of outdoor play, daily art activities, and an emphasis on exploring the

UND campus. In recent years, children have taken trips to the North Dakota Museum of Art, UND Aerospace, the Memorial Union, Sherlock Park, and to local swimming pools. Trips planned for this summer include visits to UND dining services, Target bakery, the UND craft center, Chester Fritz Library, Grand Forks Public Library and much more.

Student Rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $20


Faculty, staff and Greater Grand Forks community rates Pre-School Toddler
Full Day
Half Day
Head Start children (arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m.), $21

The University apartment resident (UAR) discount of $2 per day or half day still applies.

For additional care (hourly rate), $4

Please contact UCC at 777-3947 for information and registration materials.

– University Children’s Center


Break free from tobacco

Is your health going up in smoke? Break free from tobacco!

Cost of smoking-related diseases: lung cancer, $34,150; heart disease, $34,414; chronic bronchitis, $7,436; emphysema, $9,095.

* Dollar amount based on average cost per episode from 2003 BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota claims.

How much is smoking costing you?

  • 1/2 pack per day: $44/month, $524/year; $33,146-20 years*; $98,668-30 years*
  • 1 pack per day: $87/month; $1,048/year; $66,292-20 years*; $197,336-30 years*
  • 1 1/2 packs per day: $131/month; $1,571/year; $99,438-20 years*; $296,005-30 years*
  • 2 packs per day: $175/month; $2,095/year; $132,584-20 years*; $394,673-30 years*

* Amount based on principal and interest compounded at 10% annually.

Contact your local Public Health Department for information on smoking cessation programs in your area.

For more information, visit the NDPERS web site: or visit the BCBS HEALTH eCHOICES web site:

— BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota


BlueCross offers free health programs

BlueCross BlueShield offers a variety of free health programs.

  • MyHealthConnection program
    BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota is pleased to introduce Health Dialog, a provider of personalized employee health management programs. Whether it’s losing weight or dealing with diabetes, Health Dialog may help you enhance your health through the MyHealthConnection program. The program is available at no cost to you. Through Health Dialog, you have access to health coaching, education and support for your questions on general health, chronic conditions or significant medical decisions you face. We would like to highlight some of the services they provide.
  • Health coaching
    You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a personal health coach. Health Dialog’s health coaches are caring health care professionals who will help you understand your health conditions. You can reach these specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists and dietitians at 1-800-658-2750. Call anytime 24 hours a day, seven days a week — at no charge to you. Health coaches provide information and support on a range of health care issues, including: general health information, support for preventive care, treatment decisions and test results, preparation for a test or procedure, understanding a diagnosis, and interpreting symptoms.

    Health coaches do not provide medical advice, and they do not replace your doctor or other health care providers. However, they will prepare you to have productive discussions with your doctor.

    Likewise, health coaches can send you information about health conditions, treatment options, procedures and tests. When appropriate, a health coach can mail a video program for you to keep at no charge. Videos topics include treatment choices for knee and hip osteoarthritis, coronary artery disease, uterine fibroids, back pain, prostate cancer, breast cancer and other conditions.
  • Health Dialog web tools
    The Dialog Center,, gives you access to a wide variety of health information. Some of the health access tools include:
    • How’s Your Health survey: Complete your health survey and receive a personalized health status report. Your report will identify the areas that you are doing well in managing your health, indications of possible health issues you might be having, areas that you may want to discuss with your doctor and resources that may help you manage your own health better.
    • Healthwise Knowledgebase: This up-to-date, easy to understand encyclopedia will give you in-depth information on more than 1,900 clinical topics. That includes medical tests and medications.
    • Health Crossroads: Whether you’re at a decision crossroads for benign prostatic hyperplasia, benign uterine conditions, breast cancer, coronary artery disease or prostate cancer, this tool can assist you. You’ll find in-depth, clear information about treatment or screening options as well as their pros and cons, tips for working with your doctor to make the best decision for you, and other health care decision-point topics. Medical terms are defined, so you can discuss your condition with greater confidence.

Your health is our No. 1 goal. Take your first step today and contact a Health Dialog health coach, take the “How’s Your Health” health survey or check out the other Health Dialog web tools. You’re on your way to reaching your health goals.

— BlueCross BlueShield of North Dakota


Children sought for psychology study

We are seeking children ages 7-14 to participate in a psychology study. Children are needed with a diagnosis of ADHD, reading disorder, Asperger’s, or no psychological diagnosis. Your child will be paid $25. If interested or have additional questions, please contact Tom Petros at 777-3260.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology


Volunteers sought for body composition study

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking men and women, age 18 and over for a body composition study. The assessment will last approximately 90 minutes and volunteers could earn up to $40.

This study will identify a valid field (non-laboratory) method for measuring body composition. Body composition is used to describe the amount of muscle, bone, fat, and water in the body. Body composition assessment is useful for identifying risk factors for chronic disease. For example, excess body fat increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure, and low bone mineral density may increase the risk for osteoporosis.

The study is open to people who are:

  • Non-smokers;
  • Weigh less than 350 pounds;
  • Shorter than 6 feet, 3 inches;
  • Women must not be pregnant or lactating;
  • Have no known condition that may affect body composition or body water balance, such as cancer, kidney disease, or liver disease;
  • Have no metal or plastic inserts, such as hip or knee replacements;
  • Have no known condition that affects your breathing, such as asthma or lung disease;
  • Not taking any diuretics (water pills) or medications that influence body water or lung function(e.g. beta-agonists).
    Volunteers are required to:
  • Wear tight-fitting clothing, such as spandex;
  • Will not consume caffeine, not participate in physical activity, and not shower/bathe/sit in a shower four hours before testing;
  • Will not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to testing;
  • Refrain from eating two hours before testing or eat only a light meal two hours before testing;
  • Men will shave beard on the day of testing; mustaches and goatees okay.

If you would like an application for this study, please call Dorothy Olson at (701) 795-8396 or (800) 562-4032; or apply online by going to or

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center


Members sought for parent focus groups

We are recruiting parent focus group participants. Parents (either mother or father who typically provides children’s meals) who have a child aged between 3 to 5 years with a body mass index above 85th percentile, who understand English are invited. Participants in the focus group will discuss their physical activity and eating patterns, beliefs, and parents’ roles in children’s activities. Parents who stay for the entire group meeting (approximately two to three hours) will receive a $50 gift certificate. Further information can be obtained by calling Lek Seal at 777-4544.

– College of Nursing


Adult volunteers sought for pesticide study

Adult volunteers are sought for a study on “Occupation Type, Pesticide Exposure, and Neuropsychological Function:

The Case for Agricultural Workers,” by Ric Ferraro, psychology.

  • Purpose: To examine if some occupations (farmers vs. non-farmers) are more risky than others and how pesticide exposure possibly contributes to this increased risk. Farm-related occupations are commonly exposed to various pesticides, yet little is known how this exposure impacts neuropsychological (i.e., thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, memory) performance. This performance may be worse in those who are at a higher risk for pesticide exposure. Also, the aging process may increase as a result of this exposure risk. Thus, participants across a wide age range (35 to 74 years of age) will be tested.
  • Participants: Farmers will be defined as those with a documented history of an occupation that involves chronic pesticide exposure (e.g., farmer, farm worker, agricultural/livestock/grain farmer, aerial pesticide applicator). Members of this group will also have performed farm or farm-related work for one week in the previous month. Chronic pesticide exposure will be defined as three consecutive workdays and exposure cannot be the result of accidents, safety violations, or weather. Non-farmers will be defined as those who have never performed farm work and have an occupation that is not related to farming (e.g., nurse, secretary, school teacher). A total of 25 to 30 farmers and 25 to 30 non-farmers are needed for this initial study and all must be between the ages of 35 to 74, have normal or corrected-to-normal vision and must also be able to transport themselves to the psychology building, Corwin-Larimore Hall. Each participant will receive $50 for their time and effort and the entire experiment will last approximately one hour. Each participate will receive a random subject number and all analyses will be at a group level rather than at the individual level as a way to increase confidentiality.
  • Testing: Participants will read and sign a consent form, followed by a series of paper and pencil tests of neuropsychological functioning (background questionnaire, mood scale, anxiety scale, vocabulary test, mini-mental status examination, digit symbol, Boston naming test, and immediate/delayed logical memory). Participants will also fill out a pesticide exposure questionnaire and will be required to supply a urine sample. With the assistance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, Ga., the urine sample will be analyzed for metabolites of herbicides (including 2, 4 D), organophosphorus pesticides (including chlorpyrifos), and the pyrethroid insecticides, and will also pick up the most commonly used agricultural pesticides.
  • Importance: The paper and pencil data will be correlated with the pesticide exposure and urine data to see if, as mentioned earlier, occupations that result in pesticide exposure are related to worse neuropsychological test performance and if this exposure results in what could be termed premature aging. The farm and non-farm groups will be compared using statistical analysis.

T o volunteer, contact me. – Ric Ferraro, psychology, (701) 777-2414;


Volunteers sought for breast health study

We are recruiting women who are interested in participating in a study to develop methods to detect breast cancer early.

The purpose of the study is to identify normal and tumor specific proteins of breast fluid obtained from nipple aspiration that may be useful in the future to detect early breast cancer. The study is recruiting women, 35 years or older, who have no known breast disease. The study is also recruiting women, 35 years or older who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or a lump that may be breast cancer, or had mammography that is suggestive of breast cancer.

Women must be able to read and understand English, not have been pregnant for at least two years, not planning a pregnancy, and who have not breastfed for two years. To participate, either with or without a breast cancer diagnosis, women must be otherwise healthy. The study requires one to two clinic visits in Grand Forks. Parking or taxi/bus voucher provided. On completion of the study, a $50 payment will be mailed.

Further information can be obtained by calling the nurse investigators at the UND College of Nursing: Chandice Covington at 777-4553 or Sun-Mi Chae at 777-4323.

– Nursing


Volunteers sought for memory study

The psychology department is recruiting volunteers to participate in a study testing memory. Volunteers must be 30 years of age or older and will be paid for a one-hour commitment. If you are interested, please call (701) 610-6429 to leave a voice mail with your name and phone number. Please state that the message is for the memory study. A researcher will contact you to set up an appointment. Lead researchers for this study are Ric Ferraro and Lisa Bemus.

– Psychology


Child volunteers sought for attention, problem-solving study

We are recruiting children between 7 and 14 years of age to participate in a study of the effect of time of day on tests of planning, problem solving, sustained attention, and reading comprehension. The study takes between three and 3 1/2 hours to complete, and will occur 9 a.m. to noon or 3 to 6 p.m. on weekends, after school, or on school holidays at the University. Your child will be asked to complete several measures of memory, reading, and problem solving. You, the parent, will be asked to complete an interview regarding your child’s current behavior, and several short questionnaires about your child’s typical behavior and sleeping patterns. Your child will be paid $25 for participation in the study.

The scores from your child’s testing will be completely confidential and will not be associated with his or her name. We are interested in comparing group differences tested at various times of day. Children should not have a psychological diagnosis or a diagnosis of ADHD and/or a reading disorder. We are also looking for children who have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. Children who participate must not be taking any medication at the time of testing. If you are and your child are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me at 777-3260.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology


Campus walking trail maps available

Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.

The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder, associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails are indoor routes for year-round use. The
School of Medicine loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.

Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial Union and online at
Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America. College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on the trails.

– Wellness Center, 777-6476

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