University Letter
VOLUME 40, NUMBER 37: May 30, 2003
Faculty promotions announced
Tenure granted to faculty members
University Letter lists summer schedule
Criteria listed for centers of excellence
Ray Rude donates to Entrepreneur Center of Excellence
Air Force presents free Tops in Blue concert
Doctoral examination set for Comstock
North Dakota Professional Communicators plan conference on campus June 6-7
SAS users invited to meet
Meth awareness seminar will be held at Chester Fritz Auditorium
Nordic summerfest planned for June 21
Summer arts camps for children offered by Museum
Getting Started program will be held at Gamble Hall and Burtness Theatre
Minnesota Wild return to “The Ralph” this fall for preseason play

ND EPSCoR invites applications for state steering committee chair
Applicants sought for leadership/administrative development programs (second call)
Submit changes to Code of Student Life by June 13
Schweigert serves on Intercollegiate Athletic Committee
Four new certificate programs offered
Duplicating rates will increase July 1
Printing Center will close June 11 for inventory
Health sciences library lists hours
CILT will not videotape classes over summer
Host families sought for international students
Beware of e-mail scams
Museum hosts Thorarin Snowfield exhibit
ConnectND corner
Please note software license updates
Surplus items available for departmental use
U2 workshops listed for June 4-9
Some U2 workshops canceled
Denim Day applications now available
Chinese student group raising funds to fight SARS
Summer Datebook of activities attached; more items sought

Remembering Rob Pearson
Remembering Jerry Olson
NSF EPSCoR large scale initiatives workshops planned
Research and grant opportunities listed


Faculty promotions announced

President Kupchella approved promotions in rank for the following individuals effective Aug. 16.
To professor: Ronald Brinkert, physical education and exercise science; Larry Burd, pediatrics; Alan King, psychology; Jeong Lee, finance; Patrick Luber, art; Helen Melland, nursing; Richard Millspaugh, mathematics; Jody Rada, anatomy and cell biology; Dan Rice, educational leadership; Richard Vari, pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics; Ralph Woehle, social work.

To associate professor: David Abbott, neuroscience; David Carlson, neuroscience; Bruce DiCristina, criminal justice; Kim Fink, art; Mark Jendrysik, political science; Stacy Leeds, law; Linda Olson, community medicine; Anil Potti, internal medicine; Kathryn Rand, law; Alan Romero, law; Michael Wittgraf, music.

To assistant professor: Mark Romanick, physical therapy.

To clinical associate professor: Stephanie Christian, nursing.

To clinical assistant professor: Bonnie Odermann, nursing

– Charles Kupchella, President.


Tenure granted to faculty members

The State Board of Higher Education has granted tenure to the following faculty members for the 2003-2004 academic year.

College of Arts and Sciences: Kim Fink, art; Dorothy Keyser, music; Sally Pyle, biology; Michael Wittgraf, music.
College of Business and Public Administration: Mark Jendrysik, political science and public administration.
School of Engineering and Mines: Forrest Ames, mechanical engineering.
School of Medicine and Health Sciences: Elizabeth Burns, family medicine.

– Charles Kupchella, President.


University Letter lists summer schedule

University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Publication dates are: June 13 and 27, July 11 and 25, Aug. 8, 22, and 29. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published.

If you will be away for the summer and wish to suspend your paper or electronic subscription until fall, please contact me.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, 777-3621,


Criteria listed for centers of excellence

The following criteria will be used to designate UND centers of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity. The application process is expected to begin early in the fall semester and further details will be forthcoming at that time. The criteria are presented here for your information and planning purposes. Please contact the office of the vice president for research with your inquiries.

UND Center of Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity


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, scholarship, and creative activity. The designation of UND center of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity 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 UND center of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity must have national or international recognition and should reflect a strength of the University of North Dakota.
2. A UND center of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity must demonstrate a consistent record of extramural funding or other significant indices of scholarship.
3. A UND center of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity must have a developed strategic plan to meet its objectives.
4. A UND center of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity must be able to demonstrate the potential for long-term sustainability.
5. A UND center of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity must have appropriate staff and infrastructure in place to support its mission.
6. After meeting the above five criteria, the unit will be designated as a UND center of excellence in research, scholarship, and creative activity contingent on the unit being recognized as a center by the State Board of Higher Education.

Emerging Centers of Excellence

Established centers not yet qualifying under the criteria set forth here may be designated as emerging centers of excellence 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 UND centers of excellence and scholarship or creative activity.
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.

– Peter Alfonso, Vice President for Research, University of North Dakota, 103 Twamley Hall, PO Box 8367, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8367, (701) 777-6736.


Ray Rude donates to Entrepreneur Center of Excellence

The North Dakota Center for Innovation Foundation has raised 90 percent of the funds needed to build a new entrepreneur center attached to the tech incubator, thanks to the governor of North Dakota, the North Dakota Legislature and entrepreneur Ray Rude. The North Dakota Legislature recently approved the governor’s proposal to fund North Dakota centers for excellence, with $800,000 allocated for a new entrepreneur center at UND for emerging and successful entrepreneurs, entrepreneur interns, their advisors, and private investors. The new entrepreneur center will cost up to $3 million. Ray Rude, native of Stanley and creator of the Duraflex diving board, will provide a $1.5 million gift toward the entrepreneur center named for his late wife, Ina Mae Rude. She died in 2001 after 45 years of marriage and partnership in entrepreneur endeavors. The Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center will be adjacent to the rural technology incubator, and will provide space for 50 additional emerging entrepreneurs with innovative ideas, successful entrepreneurs serving as mentors and advisors, student entrepreneurs, and private investors interested in opportunities and helping startup ventures and innovators.

Another donor has pledged $300,000 toward the entrepreneur center; efforts continue to raise the remaining $300,000 for the project. The project is expected to be bid later this year, and if the needed funds are secured in time, completion of construction is anticipated in 2004.

The Center for Innovation Foundation is a public, non-profit foundation which is managed by a board of trustees who are successful entrepreneurs. The foundation serves as a link between successful entrepreneurs, UND, and the Center Innovation and its rural technology incubator to encourage and foster new ventures, innovation and tech entrepreneurship.

– Bruce Gjovig, Director, Center for Innovation.


Air Force presents free Tops in Blue concert

The United States Air Force Services presents “Soaring with Eagles,” a musical tribute to a century of flight, by Tops in Blue. The concert will be held Sunday, June 1, at 7:30 p.m., in the Alerus Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is free.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.


Doctoral examination set for Comstock

The final examination for Clay E.S. Comstock, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biology, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, June 5, in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is “The Role of Phosphorylation on the Stability of the Type I alpha Regulatory Subunit of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase.” John Shabb (biochemistry and molecular biology) is the committee chair.
Members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


North Dakota Professional Communicators plan conference on campus June 6-7

“Communication, Technology and Our Future” is the theme of this year’s North Dakota Professional Communicators (NDPC) spring conference. The annual meeting, conference and awards ceremonies will be Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, at the Rural Technology Center. Three presenters will lead discussions about how technology is changing the rules for communications professionals.

Conference workshops are: “The Future of Technology in Open Records and Meetings in North Dakota” by North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem; “Professional Advice on Desktop Publishing” by Scott Telle, owner and lead designer of Ad Monkeys in Grand Forks; and “The Future of the Public and the News Media” by Gary Gilson, a 33-year veteran of the news business and executive director of the Minnesota News Council.

Conference registration and a reception begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 6. A panel discussion, “The Future of Communications in North Dakota,” about the results of the NDPC survey, will follow the 6:30 p.m. student awards banquet. Registration continues at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 7. The NDPC annual business meeting and continental breakfast begin at 8 a.m. Workshops are planned for Saturday morning. Luncheon will be served at 12:30 p.m., after which the professional awards will be presented.

For further information, call me.

– Shannon Gullickson, School of Communication, 777-4976.


SAS users invited to meet

The second SAS users group informal meeting will be Wednesday, June 11, noon to 1:30 p.m. in 371 Upson II Hall. If you were not at the first meeting, please feel free to join us now. There will be a demonstration using PC-SAS help and any other tips and trips you want to share. Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. If you are interested in this information but unable to attend, please contact me.

– Carmen Williams, Institutional Research, 777-2456.


Meth awareness seminar will be held at Chester Fritz Auditorium

The Northern Occupational Safety and Health Association will host a free methamphetamine awareness seminar Thursday, June 12, at 3 and 6:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Speakers Barb Whelan and Judy Stellon will discuss “Meth in Our Communities” and “Meth Lab Basics.” The seminar is sponsored by Chester Fritz Auditorium, RDO Foods, Lunseth Plumbing & Heating, American Crystal Sugar, Dr. Fleissner, Valley Employee Services, and the N.D. Safety Council.

Area businesses are invited to participate and share in this learning experience. The best way to stay in control is by keeping yourself and your employees up-to-date and informed.

– Jason Uhlir, for Northern Occupational Safety and Health Association.


Nordic summerfest planned for June 21

The UND Nordic Initiative committee will host a Nordic summer fest focusing on “Bridging the Gap,” Saturday, June 21, 5 p.m. to dark, in the Grand Forks Town Square, DeMers Ave. and Third St. The summer fest will feature Nordic culture and heritage.

Events include dancing, music, videos, crafts, wreath making, booths, book signing by Rakel Erickson, a visit from the delegation of our sister city of Saarsborg, Norway, genealogy, trip planning, maypole, and bonfire, festive food, and more. For more information, call Shelle Michaels at 777-9424.

– UND Nordic Initiative.


Summer arts day camps for children offered by Museum

Register today for the North Dakota Museum of Art summer arts camps for children. The camps, in their sixth year, provide children an opportunity to build with their imaginations while working with professional artists. Children will have fun creating their own masterpieces while learning the basic elements of art. Each camp features a different artist and art experience.

“Wild and Crazy Art” with Duane Penske, features playful two- and three-dimensional art pieces. Local artist Dyan Rey will conduct “Draw, Paint and More,” where children ages 9-12 will learn elements of art while working in many kinds of media. “Nature and Art” with Sue Fink, local artist and education director at the Museum, will use nature as a source of inspiration for artistic creations. If your children loved the fish in the Museum sculpture garden, they will be interested in “Public Art” with Adam Kemp. Last summer Kemp and the children in the camp created an undersea fantasy land, and will do something just as exciting this summer. And finally, in “Puppet Making,” children will have an opportunity to learn about and create all kinds of puppets — hand, rod, shadow puppets and more — with Kim Fink, local artist and art professor at UND.

Sessions run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., except for “Puppet Making,” which will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. They begin Monday, July 7, and end Friday, Aug. 8. Four of the camps are offered for children ages 6-12. “Draw, Paint and More” will be for older children, ages 9-12.

Classes are limited to 20 students. Space is limited, so register before the Wednesday, June 25, deadline. A full refund will be made if your child withdraws before June 25. Costs are $85 per week for members and $95 for non-members. Children must bring a lunch; morning and afternoon snacks are provided. We will not be responsible for children after 3:15 p.m. A limited number of full or partial scholarships are available, and you may register your child or find out how you can sponsor a child by calling the Museum at 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Getting Started program will be held at Gamble Hall and Burtness Theatre

The dates for Getting Started 2003, an advisement and registration program for new freshmen, are Monday, June 9, through Friday, July 18, in Gamble Hall and Burtness Theatre.

Getting Started is a program to which new first year students, admitted for the fall 2003 semester, are invited to come to campus for advisement and registration. Program activities begin at 7:45 a.m. and include a welcome to the University, campus and community videos, a higher education presentation, housing, financial aid, business office, and student affairs presentations, mathematics and foreign language testing for students, and individual academic advisement and registration. There is also a simultaneous separate program for the families to receive information about the adjustments involved in sending a student to college. The day usually concludes around 3 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the Getting Started 2003 program, please contact me at 777-2117 or

– Sommer Herring, Student Academic Services.


Minnesota Wild return to “The Ralph” this fall for preseason play

The Minnesota Wild will return to Grand Forks this fall to play the St. Louis Blues in a preseason game at Ralph Engelstad Arena Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

The contest will mark the second consecutive season that Minnesota has played a preseason game in North Dakota. Last season the Wild defeated the Atlanta Thrashers 3-2 in overtime. This year’s game features Western Conference rivals which both advanced to the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs. St. Louis finished in second place in the Central Division with a 41-24-11-6 record (99 points). Minnesota set a franchise record with 95 points during the 2002-03 season and a 42-29-10-1 record, advancing to the Western Conference Finals in just its third NHL campaign.

The Minnesota Wild have three former UND players on their roster, including Brad Bombardir (‘90-‘94), Curtis Murphy (‘94-‘98), and Travis Roche (‘99-‘01). St. Louis Blues young stars include University of North Dakota standout Jeff Panzer (‘98-‘01) and the 2003 Hobey Baker award winner, Peter Senja from Colorado College.

Ticket information will be announced at a later date

– Ralph Engelstad Arena.


ND EPSCoR invites applications for state steering committee chair

The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR), a North Dakota University System program, seeks a qualified individual for the position of chair of the ND EPSCoR state steering committee. The committee oversees all federal EPSCoR/IDeA programs in North Dakota.

As stipulated in the ND EPSCoR bylaws, the chair shall be selected from eligible individuals at the University of North Dakota since the current project director is from North Dakota State University. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will be selected from senior faculty members with a familiarity with the ND EPSCoR programs and a record of extramural research funding.

The responsibilities of the chair of the state steering committee include the following:

1. Serve as an ex-officio member of the steering committee.
2. Serve as chief executive officer of ND-EPSCoR. The chair shall prepare the agenda and preside over meetings of the steering committee. The chair shall have those powers and duties usually assigned to the office as well as additional duties as conferred or imposed by the steering committee.

The chair will be appointed for a three-year term by the steering committee.

Applicants should submit a letter of application indicating interest in and qualifications for the position along with current curriculum vitae. Written nominations of individuals are encouraged. Please send applications and nominations to the ND EPSCoR Chair Search Committee at the UND EPSCoR office, 415 Twamley Hall, Box 7093.

Review of applicants will begin Monday, June 23.

– Al Fivizzani (Biology), ND EPSCoR Chair Search Committee.


Applicants sought for leadership/administrative development programs (second call)

The president’s office and the President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) are co-sponsoring a set of professional development programs for a third year, in 2003-04. The purpose of these programs is to provide opportunities for faculty and staff at UND to (1) gain a wider perspective on issues, policies, and circumstances affecting decisions in higher education and (2) prepare for potential leadership and administrative positions within the University. Although the program is open to both men and women, special emphasis is placed on the importance of the development of women for leadership and administrative work.

Issues in Higher Education Leadership Program

The Issues in Higher Education Leadership Program is designed for faculty and staff interested in a broad view of leadership in higher education and will be available to approximately six individuals each year (at least 50 percent women; at least 50 percent faculty). During the course of the academic year in which participants are enrolled, each participant will attend at least one national higher education conference and at least one meeting of the North Dakota Board of Higher Education as part of a team. Throughout the year, the participants will take part in a monthly brown-bag luncheon discussion series. Participants will be expected to organize a campus forum on a higher education topic of their choosing the following fall. In addition to travel expenses, each participant will receive a $250 stipend.

Administrative Internship Program

The Administrative Internship Program, also sponsored by the president’s office and PAC-W, is designed for faculty and staff interested in additional administrative work. It will be available to approximately eight individuals each year (at least 50 percent women; at least 50 percent faculty). The president’s office will accept expressions of interest from administrators who wish to sponsor interns. Internship projects may also be initiated by prospective interns. A panel will serve as the review body to select interns and work with the president’s office to match applicants with appropriate internship projects and mentors. The timing and length of the internships will vary. Opportunities for informal networking with other interns will also be provided to this group through monthly brown-bag luncheon sessions. Each intern will receive a stipend of $500 to $1,000, the actual amount depending on the length of the internship project.

Summer Professional Development Opportunities

Up to two individuals will receive support to participate in a national level summer professional leadership institute in 2004, such as those at Byrn Mawr and Harvard. This program is for individuals already in administrative roles who want to expand the breadth of their experience in anticipation of moving to another level of responsibility.
Application Process and Deadlines

To request an application form for any of these programs, call Lisa Moore in the Provost’s office at 777-2167 by Friday, May 30. Final applications, consisting of a short form with appropriate endorsements by supervisors, mentors, etc., will be due June 15.

– Sara Hanhan, Associate Provost.


Submit changes to Code of Student Life by June 13

Anyone who submits changes to the Code of Student Life should provide these proposed changes to the dean of students by Friday, June 13. Please submit changes electronically to

– Jerry Bulisco, Associate Dean of Student Life.


Schweigert serves on Intercollegiate Athletic Committee

Lowell Schweigert, ‘78, is an intercollegiate athletic committee representative for the UND Alumni Association. He was appointed to the committee in January when Tim O’Keefe, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation, stepped down as a representative. Schweigert is appointed for a three-year term, ending in 2005. According to provisions established by the University Senate, Schweigert is eligible for three consecutive terms.

Schweigert, a Zeeland, N.D., native, holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and coaching from UND. He lettered in both football and baseball while at UND and has served as president of the Letterwinners Club and Sioux Boosters. Schweigert is a financial advisor with UBS Paine Webber in Grand Forks where he resides.

– Alumni Association.


Four new certificate programs offered

Certificate programs in the Division of Continuing Education has added four new online certificate courses: AutoCAD Management, Graphic Design, CICSO-CCNA, and Security+ (Network and Host). Please contact Becky Rude at 777-4269 for more information, or e-mail to request a flyer.

– Becky Rude, Division of Continuing Education.


Duplicating rates will increase July 1

Duplicating rates will increase from $.017 to $.019 per copy for white 20 lb. 8 ½ x 11 paper as of July 1. The cost increase is due to higher paper costs.

– Sherry Metzger, Duplicating Services, 777-3736.


Printing Center will close June 11 for inventory

The Printing Center will be closed Wednesday, June 11, for inventory, and will reopen Thursday, June 12.

– Printing Center.


Health sciences library lists hours

Library of the Health Sciences hours for summer 2003 are: Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, closed.

– April Byars, Health Sciences Library.


CILT will not videotape classes over summer

The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies will not accept classroom videotaping requests for summer session courses. Video duplication for instructional purposes will continue.

– Kathy Smart, Director, CILT.


Host families sought for international students

The American Language Academy at UND is seeking host families for international students. You provide a private, furnished bedroom, all meals, a way to get to and from school, enthusiasm for other cultures, and welcome the student as a part of your family. You receive a rewarding multi-cultural experience and $1,200 for each eight-week session. Families are need by Tuesday, June 3.

We especially need someone to host a 23-year old Japanese male for eight to 16 weeks. He will arrive in Grand Forks June 1 to begin classes June 2. If anyone is interested please call Patricia Young or Diane Olson at 777-6785 or 777-6784.

-- Patricia Young, Administrative Assistant, American Language Academy.


Beware of e-mail scams

With the recent increase of e-mail scams, we would like to offer some tips to deal with them. Please remember that if it “sounds too good to be true,” it probably is. You should never share your personal information with anyone with whom you are not familiar. When you receive an e-mail scam, you can report it to the Information Technology Systems and Services Help Desk. Please include the full e-mail message and the full e-mail header information. Due to the various e-mail clients available and the different ways to get the header information, you may contact us and we will assist you in getting the header information. We will collect the information and pass it along to our security administrators, who will contact the ISP of the sender of the scam e-mail.

Please contact the UND ITSS Help Desk with questions, 777-2222,


Museum hosts Thorarin Snowfield exhibit

A retrospective of paintings depicting early Icelandic life by the late North Dakota Icelandic artist Thorarin “Tote” Snowfield is on exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art through July 20. The exhibition was organized by Laurel Reuter, director of the Museum, and Clyde Burkholder, a free-lance curator who grew up in Langdon and now lives in Nebraska.

Thorarin Snowfield’s parents, Magnus and Gudbjorg Snowfield, immigrated from Iceland to Manitoba, Canada, and then settled in the Icelandic community of Mountain, N.D., where Thorarin was born in 1897. Snowfield was one of the youngest of seven children, and his parents moved wherever necessary to help their children get a good education. From 1926 to 1930, they lived in Fargo, where he created hand-drawn movie posters promoting silent movies for the Fargo Theatre.

Snowfield studied at the Arts Students League and the National Academy of Design in New York City as well as the Minneapolis Art School. While studying in Minneapolis where his two younger brothers were attending law school, Snowfield supported himself as a sign painter. When the Great Depression hit, he went to work under the Works Projects Administration (WPA) as a painter.

In the mid-thirties, Snowfield returned to North Dakota and settled in Cavalier. In 1948, he moved to Langdon and painted landscapes and people of the region, supported himself by maintaining vending machines. Snowfield’s art reflects the style of landscape painting during the first decades of the 20th century in the United States. His paintings were primarily collected by family members and neighbors, or traded for goods and services. Local physicians, the mail carrier, the owner of the dry goods store, all came to own his work. No secondary market existed for his paintings, thus the exhibition is being collected from those original owners. Snowfield, who died in 1977 just a few months short of 80, is the only known painter of early Icelandic life in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive in Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. For more information, please call 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


ConnectND corner

Following is information on the ConnectND project, which will replace the current administrative system. For more information, visit

Thigpen to turn over steering committee gavel

Bismarck State College President Donna Thigpen has chaired the higher education executive steeering committee since ConnectND’s inception 18 months ago. She is stepping down from the ConnectND role to put more time into a capital fundraising campaign at BSC. Lee Vickers, president of Dickinson State University, will take over the committee’s reins in July.

Thigpen announced the change during a May 9 meeting of the executive steering committee. A day earlier, student representative Josh Askvig expressed to the State Board of Higher Education his appreciation on behalf of North Dakota University System students for Thigpen’s ConnectND work.

Pilot sites enter post-production period, other locations plan for implementation

With the initial pilot implementations under way at the Office of Management and Budget, Mayville State University, Valley City State University, and the North Dakota University System board office (human resources management systems only), those sites enter a 90-day post-production period. During this period, project teams continue to examine records, make necessary changes, develop standardized productions, and fine tune security procedures. Also, the higher education team, state team and MAXIMUS have begun planning for the next phases of implementation.

The information technology department, the state’s data center, will begin detailed discussions with higher education regarding the shared data environment.

– Jan Orvik, for the ConnectND Project.


Please note software license updates

The last day to submit site license software requests for this fiscal year will be June 20.

Below are the yearly product renewal cycles:

ESRI products are from July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.

Autodesk/AutoCad is Oct. 15, 2003, through Oct. 14, 2004.

PC-SAS: The current year’s contract with PC-SAS expired on Feb. 28. Renewals began March 1. There are no license fees.

New and renewed licenses must still be ordered on the regular ITSS software licensing order form. Please keep in mind that licenses that are not renewed will cease to function by the end of May. Renewing your license is the only way to keep PC-SAS functioning.

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

If you have questions regarding software licensing, please contact me.

– Carol Hjelmstad, ITSS, or 777-3171.


Surplus items available for departmental use

The University is offering for departmental use, at no charge, the following items: older computer equipment, one light wood table (6’x3'), one light wood table (5’6"x3'), various sizes of wood and metal desks, black cushioned chairs, muted gold stacking chairs, one wood cabinet (5’8"h x 2’6" w x 2’2" d, could be used to house a TV), one large two-door metal cabinet (one side glass door with shelves, one side solid door for hanging coats), one sturdy open-metal shelf (8' h x 2' w x 1' d), one gray lateral file cabinet, and one green five-drawer file cabinet. These may be seen at the central receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus.

– Lee Sundby and Evelyn Albrecht, Central Receiving, 777-3125.


U2 workshops listed for June 4-9

Below are U2 workshops for June 4-19. Visit our web site for additional workshops.

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

Records Management 101: June 4, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of records around you? Is it sometimes hard to 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, UND records manager, 777-6797.

Laboratory Safety: June 5, 2 to 4 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory. Presenter: Greg Krause, safety and environmental health.

HTML, Creating a Web Page Using HTML: June 16 and 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m. (five hours total), 361 Upson II Hall. Learn how to create a Web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links.

Employee Privacy and the Law: June 17, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall, Limited seating, register early. How far can an employer go in making decisions on issues related to privacy in the workplace? Presenter: Desi Sporbert, human resources.

Annual Reporting 101: June 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II Hall. This will familiarize campus units with the new standardized format for the annual reporting process. This hands-on workshop is a repeat from last year to give new employees, who will be involved with annual reporting, the opportunity to become acquainted with the available web template and various reports. We will also go over the basics of using Excel interactive tables. Presenters: Carol Drechsel and Carmen Williams.

-- Julie Sturges, U2 Program Assistant.


Some U2 workshops canceled

The following U2 workshops have been canceled due to upgrade of the computer lab:
Word XP: Advanced, June 10-12
Excel XP: Advanced, July 15-17
Access XP: Advanced, July 22-24
HTML: Creating a Web Page Using HTML, July 22 and July 24

– Julie Sturges, U2 Program Assistant.


Denim Day applications now available

Application forms for charities seeking Denim Day funding are now available by calling Karen Cloud, 777-2618. The deadline for applying is Friday, Aug. 15. Following the deadline, applications will be reviewed and charity selections will be made. Since the UND community represents a wide variety of beliefs and convictions, we can not entertain requests from political, religious or pro-life/reproductive rights organizations. Help support your favorite charity by picking up an application now.

– Karen Cloud (Chester Fritz Library), Deniim Day Charity Selection Committee.


Chinese student group raising funds to fight SARS

A campaign has been initiated by the UND Chinese Students and Scholars Association to facilitate monetary donations from individuals and organizations wishing to help in the war against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

For more information about this campaign, you can visit our web site, The following information is about how you can donate:

Please bring or mail your monetary donations to: Office of International Programs, UND International Centre, 2908 University Ave., Grand Forks, ND 58202; phone 777-4231; fax, 777-4773.
Make checks out to: Chinese Student and Scholar Association (memo: anti-SARS donation). Be sure to leave us your name, address or e-mail, so that we may let you know exactly how your money was used. We will be collecting money from now until June 19; your donation will be highly appreciated.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, for Haibiao Zhang, Chinese Student and Scholar Association.


Summer Datebook of activities attached; more items sought

A complication of UND and some community summer activities and events is included in the June through August issue of Datebook; which is attached to this issue of University Letter. Submission of additional listings is encouraged. They may be submitted to the Office of University Relations, phone 777-2731, 411 Twamley Hall, or An updated version of UND events is available online at

JUNE 2003

Sun., June 1 - TOPS IN BLUE CONCERT, United States Air Force Services presents "Soaring with Eagles," a musical tribute to a century of flight, Alerus Center, 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; admission is free.

Sun., June 1, through Fri., June 6 - GIRLS STATE, UND campus.

Mon. through Fri., June 2-6, GRAND FORKS DANCE PROJECT 2003, North Dakota Ballet Company Studio, 9 a.m.; call 746-6044 for more information.


Mon., June 9, through Fri., July 18 - GETTING STARTED PROGRAM, Memorial Union, but back-up rooms will be available if the construction noise interferes with presentations and testing; call Academic Services at 777-2117 for more information.

Tues. through Sat., June 3-7 - THEATRE, "Pump Boys & Dinettes," presented at 2 p.m. on June 7 and 7:30 p.m. the rest of the days, Empire Arts Center; call 746-0210 for more information.

Tues. through Thurs., June 3-5, GRANTWRITING WORKSHOPS, "Grantwriting: Getting the Results You Want" uses a proven model to make your fund-seeking successful. Two locations: Tues., June 3, Ramkota Inn in Bismarck, and Thurs., June 5, at Doublewood Inn in Fargo. Contact UND Conference Services at 777-2663 for more information.

Wed., June 4 - INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING, 305 Twamley Hall, 3 p.m.

Thurs., June 5 - DOCTORAL EXAMINATION for Clay E.S. Comstock, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in biology, Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2 p.m.

Thurs. through Sat., June 5-7 - YOGA CLASSES, summer session for beginners and mixed level practitioners on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and intermediate level on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m., Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave.; contact Dyan Rey at 772-8840 for more information.

Fri. and Sat., June 6-7 - CONFERENCE, North Dakota Professional Communicators, "Communication, Technology and Our Future," Rural Technology Center; call Shannon Gullickson at 777-4976 for more information.

Sat., June 7 - SHRINE CEREMONIAL PARADE, downtown Grand Forks, 9 a.m.; call 772-7125 for more information.

Wed., June 11 - MEETING, second SAS users' group, 371 Upson II Hall, noon to 1:30 p.m.; feel free to bring a brown bag lunch; there will be a demonstration using PC-SAS help and any other tips and trips you want to share; call Carmen at 777-2456 for more information.

Wed. June 11, through Mon., Jan 12,2004 - NIH REGIONAL SEMINAR hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Md. Seminar provides information about the funding process. Registration information can be found online at Contact Will Gosnold at 777-4280 for more information.

Thurs., June 12 - FREE METHAMPHETAMINE AWARENESS SEMINAR hosted by the Northern Occupational Safety and Health Association, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3 and 6:30 p.m.

Sat., June 14 - FLAG DAY: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE, Fourth Street and DeMers Town Square; call (701) 780-9416 for more information.

Sat. and Sun., June 14-15 - GRAND CITIES ARTFEST, downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 14 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 15; call (218) 791-8333 for more information.

Mon. through Wed., June 16-18 - AN INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC LIFE COURSE, a two-day program to assist new students transition to a college learning environment. Students register for classes on Day Three of this program. Contact Student Academic Services at 777-2117 or go to for more information. (Also June 25-27)

Sat., June 21 - NORDIC SUMMER FEST focusing on "Bridging the Gap," Grand Forks Town Square, DeMers Ave. and Third St., 5 p.m. to dark. The fest will feature Nordic culture and heritage. Call Shelle at 777-9424 for more information.

Sun., June 22, through Sat., Aug. 2 - 31st ANNUAL FIGHTING SIOUX HOCKEY SCHOOLS. Five sessions at the Ralph Engelstad Arena; call 777-3103 for registration or go online at

Mon., June 23 - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION for Institutional Review Board clinical proposals requiring clinical medical subcommittee and full board review.

Tues., June 24 - SUMMER MUSIC SERIES with Jim Popejoy, North Dakota Museum of Art, 7 p.m.; call 777-4195 for more information.

Wed. through Fri., June 25-27 - AN INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC LIFE COURSE, a two-day program to assist new students transition to a college learning environment. Students register for classes on Day Three of this program. Contact Student Academic Services at 777-2117 or go to for more information.

Mon., June 30 - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Institutional Review Board proposals requiring full board review.

JULY 2003

Through Sat., Aug. 2 - 31st Annual Fighting Sioux Hockey Schools, Engelstad Arena. For registration call 777-3103 or go online at

Through Fri., July 18 - Getting Started Program. The location will remain in the Memorial Union, but back-up rooms will be available if the construction noise interferes with presentations and testing. Contact Academic Services at 777-2117 for more information.


Through Sun., July 20 - ART EXHIBIT, WWII North Dakota Interment and POW Camps, North Dakota Museum of Art.

Thurs., July 3 – LAST DAY TO FILE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL of thesis or dissertation in the Graduate School.

Fri., July 4 - HOLIDAY, Independence Day.

Mon., July 7, through Fri., Aug. 8 - SUMMER ARTS CAMPS FOR CHILDREN, North Dakota Museum of Art; call 777-4195 for more information.

Wed.., July 9 – INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING, 10/12 Swanson Hall, 3 p.m. Contact Renee Carlson at 777-4279 for more information.



Thurs., July 17 - LAST DAY TO SUBMIT FINAL COPY of thesis or dissertation to the Graduate School.

Mon., July 21 - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION of Institutional Review Board clinical proposals requiring clinical medical subcommittee and full board review.

Mon., July 28 - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION of Institutional Review Board proposals requiring full board review.

Mon., July 28, through Fri., Aug. 1 - "BUZZ ON BIZ," academy for youth entrepreneurship sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration. A hands-on approach for students entering the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Tuition cost is $45. Contact Karen at 777-2663 for more information.

Thurs., July 31 - LAST DAY TO FILE FINAL REPORTS on degree examinations and independent study completion in the Graduate School.


Through Friday, Aug. 1 - "BUZZ ON BIZ," academy for youth entrepreneurship sponsored by the College of Business and Public Administration. A hands on approach for students entering the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Tuition cost is $45. Contact Karen at 777-2663 for more information.

Through Saturday, Aug. 2 – 31ST ANNUAL FIGHTING SIOUX HOCKEY SCHOOLS, Engelstad Arena. For registration call 777-3103 or go online at

Wed., Aug. 6 - INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING, 10-12 Swanson Hall, 3 p.m.; call Renee Carlson at 777-4279 for more information.

Fri., Aug. 8 - SUMMER COMMENCEMENT AND OFFICIAL GRADUATION DAY, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Programs at 777-2724 or refer to the web page at

Tues., Aug. 12 - GRADES DUE AT NOON.

Tues. and Wed., Aug. 12-13 - STEAM SHUT DOWN, annual maintenance.

Thurs., Aug. 14, through Fri., Aug. 22 - HOCKEY PRO CONDITIONING CAMP, Engelstad Arena.

Mon. through Wed., Aug. 18-20 - NORTH DAKOTA TOUR FOR NEW UND FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Programs at 777-2724.

Tues., Aug. 19 - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION, Institutional Review Board clinical proposals requiring clinical medical subcommittee and full board review.

Fri., Aug. 22, through Mon., Aug. 25 - NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION.


Tues., Aug. 26 - DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION, Institutional Review Board proposals requiring full board review.



Remembering Rob Pearson

Robert E. “Rob” Pearson, building services technician with facilities, died May 14 in Altru Hospital. He was 41.
Robert Edward Pearson was born Sept. 14, 1961, in Devils Lake, N.D., to Edward and Jan (Schroeder) Pearson. He lived with his family at Lawton, N.D., until moving to Grand Forks in 1968. He graduated from Red River High School in 1980.

He married Cathie Hanson June 10, 1989, in Grand Forks. He worked for Valley Memorial Homes and Grand Forks Public Schools before joining the University in December 2001, where he worked in the aerospace area.

Well-liked by his co-workers, he enjoyed swimming and camping, and was known for his good sense of humor and hard work. He is survived by his wife; mother, Jan (Juel) Hilde, Grand Forks; children, Jessica Bahre, Jeremy (Tina Ness) Pearson, Victoria Bahre, Joshua Pearson, and Chantel Pearson, all of Grand Forks; a granddaughter, Sage Pearson, Grand Forks; and brother, Scott (Cathy) Pearson, Grand Forks.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward; and his grandparents.

– Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from Char Bratvold (facilities), and the Grand Forks Herald.


Remembering Jerry Olson

Jerry Olson, retired photographer for the former Academic Media Center and University Relations, died May 15 in Altru Hospital. He was 61.

Gerald Don Olson was born Oct. 18, 1941, in Grand Forks to Donald and Dorothy (Warren) Olson. He graduated from Central High School and served in the U.S. Navy for four years, then attended UND and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Calif. He worked for the University for 30 years in both University Relations and the Center for Instructional Technologies (then Academic Media Center). He often mentored young photographers at CILT, helping them to develop their potential. He retired in 1999.

After retirement, he began an online photography business, Western Echoes, where he sold his work, which was also displayed in some local art galleries. He enjoyed painting, playing piano, created computer artwork and graphics, reading, cats, and planting flowers.

“Jerry was a remarkable individual: talented, creative, and opinionated,” said Dick Larson (University Relations).

“Fundamentally a shy person, he nonetheless made a lasting impression on nearly everyone who met him and worked with him. And it was almost always a favorable impression.

“Jerry had strong opinions and was not restrained by ‘a foolish consistency,’ as the philosophers might put it. But he was good-hearted about arguing his views. He had a playful nature that often found expression in his pictures, cartoons, jokes, and songs. At the same time, he was a perfectionist. He sought the ‘holy grail,’ whether it be in photographic printing, the quality of a lens, or the performance of a piece of music. The famed pianist Van Cliburn was one of the artists who performed at the Chester Fritz Auditorium during its inaugural season. When I asked him what he thought of the performance, Jerry exclaimed, ‘He missed notes!’

“His output in photography alone, for both the University and his own personal work, was immense. But he had a huge number of other interests and avocations: painting and cartooning, humor, reading (particularly science fiction), cinema (especially animation), the piano, music (new age, classical, and popular through the 1950s), flowers and gardening, computers, and cats. And yes, there was always the quest for the truly great hamburger.”

He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Olson, 3601 11th Ave. North, Grand Forks, ND 58203.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from Richard Larson and Kathy Smart (CILT).


NSF EPSCoR large scale initiatives workshops planned

EPSCoR Centers Development Initiative (CDI), an EPSCoR foundation initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, has announced a series of workshops that will help EPSCoR researchers become more competitive for large-scale NSF programs.

This is an important initiative, and North Dakota researchers and research administrators may investigate the funding opportunities available through CDI. Information is at
An EPSCoR large-scale biological sciences workshop will be held July 21-22, in Alexandria, Va. Its purpose is to explore biological sciences research strength in the EPSCoR community and discuss strategies for successfully competing for and partnering with NSF BIO centers and large-scale projects. NSF programs to be targeted are: assembling the tree of life, biocomplexity in the environment, biological databases and informatics, frontiers in integrative biological research, and plant genome research.

An EPSCoR materials research science and engineering workshop is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 4 in the Washington, D.C. area, and an EPSCoR sensors research workshop is tentatively set for Oct. 20-21, also in the Washington, D.C. area.

– David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.


Research and grant opportunities listed

Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 or

Grant Program for Large Conference Support–Support for conferences that help to enhance quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health services, and access to such services, through establishment of a broad base of scientific research and transfer of knowledge about improvements in clinical and health systems practices, prevention of diseases and other health conditions. Deadlines: 10/1/03, 2/1/04, 6/1/04. Contact: See program announcement at

Support to act as the Coordinating Center for AHRQ Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics Program. CERT’s legislative mandate is to conduct state-of-the-art research to increase awareness of new uses of drugs, biological products, and devices; ways to improve effective use of drugs, biological products, and devices; and risks of new uses and combinations of drugs and biological products. Contact: Lynn Bosco, 301-594-2416;; Deadlines: 6/23/03 (Letter of Intent); 7/24/03 (Application).

Funding for otolaryngic allergy research, with priority given to: studies of clinical interest to AAOA which utilize AAOA techniques, and basic science and clinical pilot studies ($5000 or less) which can generate preliminary data to support applications to larger funding sources. Pilot project themes may include: testing techniques, incidence of specific allergies, use of allergy in disease management, and specific therapeutic interventions. Deadlines: 6/30/03, 12/31/03. Contact: 202-955-5010;;;

The Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research recognizes an individual scientist for his/her seminal contributions in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, or behavioral science investigations in cancer prevention research that have had a major impact or created new directions in the field. Deadline: 7/11/03. Contact: Sheri Ozard, 215-440-9300 x114;;

Research Opportunity Grants for Beginning and Senior Investigators provide rapid, one-time funding for novel ideas or urgent problems with immediate human benefit. Areas of interest are preclinical, epidemiology, or clinical research, including cancer control, health policy, health services, and psychosocial and behavioral research. Deadline: None (Letter of Intent). Contact: Extramural Grants Department, 404-329-7558;;

Post Doctoral Grant Awards–Support for beginning investigators for innovative research on the prevention, etiology, or treatment of cancer by dietary or nutritional methods. Priorities include: nutrition of the mother, fetus, neonate and young child, and lifelong cancer risk; energy intake and expenditure, body composition, body weight, physical activity and cancer risk; and projects focusing on nutrition and cancer in the developing world, and countries in transition from developing to developed economic status. Deadlines: 7/1/03, 12/17/03. Contact: 202-328-7744;

Junior Research Fellowship–Support for Ph.D. candidates to pursue dissertation research in India. Areas of interest include all aspects of Indian history, culture and contemporary life. Deadline: 7/1/03. Contact: 773-702-8638;;

Support for projects directly concerned with identification of, mechanisms of, or treatments for tinnitus. Deadlines: 6/30/03, 12/31/03. Contact: Pat Daggett, 800-634-8978 x215;;

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Program–Funding for Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia projects in the areas of program development, education and training, applied research, and public policy. Deadlines: 7/2/03, 1/5/04 (Preliminary Application); 7/31/03, 2/4/04 (Full Application). Contact: 414-224-6464;;

Support to enhance education of K-12 children throughout the U.S. Curricular and school reform initiatives and preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers are of particular interest. Contact: Robert L. Kirkpatrick, Jr., 860-638-5026; Deadlines: 6/30/03 (Letters of Inquiry for grants up to $35,000); 11/15/2003 (Proposals for grants up to $10,000).

Support, primarily in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, for projects in the following areas: education, human services and health, and arts and humanities. Deadlines: None (Required Letter of Intent); 7/1/03, 11/1/03, 3/1/04 (Full Proposal). Contact: 612-227-0891;;

Scholar Award--Support for development of biomedical and biochemical scientists as independent investigators in the cancer field. Contact: 212-455-0520;; Deadline: 7/1/03.

National Research Initiative Integrated Program–Support for research, extension and education grants in the following areas: Functional Genomics of Agriculturally Important Organisms; Air Quality; Human Nutrition and Obesity; Animal and Plant Biosecurity; and National Training Program for Agricultural Homeland Security. Priority will be given to projects that are: multistate, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary, or that integrate agricultural research, extension, and education. Contact: NRI Integrated Program, 202-401-5048; Deadlines: 6/30/03 (Letter of Intent; 7/30/03 (Application).

Microbial Risk in Drinking Water (NCER)--Support for approaches for estimating microbial risk. Areas of interest are: Development of indices or classification schemes, or actual risk characterizations based on data collection and analysis, that indicate relative degrees of potential risk from pathogens in source water, pathogen passage through treatment barriers, or vulnerability of a distribution system to pathogen intrusion or growth; or epidemiology studies of ground water or surface water-based systems that generate data to indicate attributable risk from pathogens in distribution systems. Contact: Cynthia Nolt-Helms, 202-564-6763;; Deadline: 7/10/03.

Major Research and Development Project Funding–Support for large, integrated projects that will benefit the Victorian Dairy Industry and require funding exceeding $250,000 per annum over 3-5 years. Contact: Carol Bate, Telephone 03 9606 1900;; Deadline: 6/20/03.

Strategic Grants for Organizations–Areas of interest are: art, science and technology; emerging regions; the environment; and digital heritage. The Foundation’s mission is to: promote contemporary artistic practices that use digital technologies to express aesthetic and critical forms of discourse; encourage interdisciplinary research and sustain development of projects calling for co-operation between people from a variety of fields, such as artists, scientists, technologists and engineers; and render public the results of research supported by its programs. Because only one submission per organization is accepted each year, please contact ORPD if you are interested in applying to this agency. Deadline: 6/30/03. Contact: Dominique Fontaine, 514-987-7177;;;

Leading Educators to Applications, Research and NASA-Related Educational Resources in Science II (Learners II) (SOL CAN-03-LTP-01)--Funding for innovative information technology products for delivery of NASA content directly to learners via various venues such as museums, science centers, and other learning environments. Deadline: 6/16/03. Contact: Lynne Hoppel, 301-286-3035;;

Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program)–Support for physicians involved in care of minority cancer patients who are available for treatment and cancer prevention and control clinical trials research. Deadlines: 6/16/03 (Letter of Intent); 7/14/03 (Application). Contact: Worta McCaskill-Stevens, 301-496-8541;;

Development of Medical-Specialty Specific Antimicrobial Resistance Educational Materials—Internet-Based Educational Module--Funding to develop and evaluate a comprehensive educational program for the medical specialty of Hospitalists that will employ multiple delivery methods, including an electronic educational module, sessions at national meetings, and publications in a specialty-related journal. Deadline: 6/27/03. Contact: Deborah Workman, 770-488-2085;;

Preservation and Access Education and Training Programs--Support for education and training programs at the national or regional (multi-state) level that focus on care, management, and creation of intellectual access to library, archival, and material culture collections. Grants are also made to support regional preservation field services that provide surveys, consultations, workshops, reference services, and informational materials to the staff of institutions responsible for the care of humanities collections. Deadline: 7/1/03. Contact: Division of Preservation & Access, 202-606-8570;;

Preservation and Access Research and Development Grants (Division of Preservation and Access)--Support for research and development projects that advance the nation’s capacity to preserve and provide access to humanities resources. Projects that would enhance use of digital technology for broadening access to and ensuring long-term availability of cultural resources are particularly encouraged. Deadlines: 7/1/03, 10/1/03. Contact: See above or

Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research Opportunities - Addendum to PA-03-080–Support for basic research on SARS as an emerging infectious disease, including, but not limited to: pathogenesis, immunity, treatment, prevention and diagnosis. Contact: Linda Lambert, 301/496-5305;; Deadlines: 10/1/03, 2/1/04, 6/1/04.

Production and Testing of Anthrax Recombinant Protective Antigen (RPA) Vaccine (RFP-NIH-NIAID-DMID-03-29)--Support for advanced development and production of a vaccine to protect the general U.S. population against inhalation anthrax when administered in an immunization series of not more than 3 doses. Deadline: 6/30/03. Contact: Elizabeth J. Osinski, 301-402-6289;;

Fetal Basis of Adult Disease: Role of the Environment–Support for research on the effect of in utero exposures that cause permanent functional changes that are not overtly, grossly teratogenic yet result in increased susceptibility to disease/dysfunction later in the life span. The announcement encourages application of new high-throughput functional-genomic, metabonomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic technologies to pursue an understanding of these
effects. Deadlines: 7/10/03 (Letter of Intent; 8/12/03 (Application). Contact: Jerry Heindel, 919-541-0781;;;

Supplements for the Study of Complex Biological Systems–Supplemental support for active investigator-initiated grants for research on new quantitative approaches to the study of complex, fundamental biological processes. Deadlines: 7/1/03, 11/1/03, 3/1/04. Contact: James C. Cassatt, 301-594-0828;;

Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Small Grants Program–Support for research in: biotechnology, process measurements, surface and microanalysis science, physical and chemical properties, and analytical chemistry. Contact: William F. Koch, 301-975-8301;;; Deadlines: 6/30/03, 9/30/03.

Biospecimen Resources for Aging Research–The NIA Virtual Repository provides a central portal from which investigators can access information about human biospecimen repositories associated with extramural and intramural studies supported by the NIA. The homepage ( contains short descriptions of participating studies, with links to more in-depth descriptions, contact information, and study homepages. Non-human biospecimen resources are available through the aged rodent tissue bank ( and the Obesity, Diabetes, and Aging Animal Resource (ODAAR), which supports a colony of aged, obese and/or diabetic rhesus monkeys and an associated biospecimen repository. For information, contact Dr. Barbara C. Hansen, Contact: Nancy L. Nadon, 301-402-7744;;

Role of Neuroimaging in Aphasia Rehabilitation–Support for studies that examine the potential of neuroimaging technology in rehabilitation of patients with aphasia (in adults, typically defined as language problems from stroke). Deadlines: 7/3/03 (Letter of Intent); 7/29/03 (Application). Contact: Judith A. Cooper, 301-496-5061; Judith_Cooper@NIH.GOV;

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers—Planning Grants and Center Proposals--Support to plan or establish joint industry/university research centers. Deadlines: Planning: 6/30/03, 12/31/03 (Letter of Intent); 9/30/03, 3/3/04 (Full Proposal); Centers Proposals are due 18 months after award of a planning grant. Contact: Alex Schwarzkopf, 703-292-8383;;

Living Stock Collections–Support for long- and short-term activities related to collection of living organisms. Contact: Gerald Selzer, 703-292-8470;; Deadline: 7/1/03 (Target Date).

Research Fellowships in Japan (Short or Long-Term; Postdoctoral or Short-Term Postdoctoral) support visits of one week to two years to Japanese universities and inter-university research institutes, and over 170 Japanese national laboratories, public corporations, non-profit research organizations, and prefectural research institutions. Researchers in the biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences should note that the National Institutes of Health ( and the Social Science Research Council ( also nominate researchers for JSPS fellowships.  Individuals not eligible for NSF, NIH, or SSRC nomination may apply directly to JSPS. Information concerning direct application should be requested from the potential host researcher or JSPS ( Contact: 703-292-8704;; Deadline: None.

The National Medal of Science, the nation’s highest honor for scientists and engineers, is given to individuals deserving of special recognition by reason of outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, engineering, or social and behavioral sciences. Deadline: 6/30/03. Contact: Susan E. Fannoney, 703-292-8096;;

Public Television Program Fund–Support for program ideas in many genres, including documentary, performance, cultural/public affairs, children’s and animation, that illuminate the Native American experience. Projects must be intended for national public television broadcast. Contact: 402-472-3522;; Deadline: 7/7/03.

Economic Security and Development Grants Program–Support for projects to alleviate poverty and help low and moderate-income families attain long-term economic security and self-sufficiency. Areas of interest are : Economic development; Pension/Retirement Security reform; Asset building; Healthcare; Living Wage campaigns; Income Support; Welfare/Workfare reform; Corporate Accountability; Microenterprise development; Tax Reform; Union democracy; Workforce development/Job Training; Childcare; and Budget Priorities. Contact: Michele Lord, 212-764-1508;; Deadline: 7/1/03 (Letter of Intent).

Senior Scientist Visiting Fellowship–Funding for scientists to work at a Norwegian research institute. Deadlines: 6/15/03, 9/15/03, 2/15/04. Contact: Telephone 47 22 03 70 00;;;

Domestic Public Policy Research Fellowship Program–Support for postdoctoral faculty members to conduct research and writing on domestic public policy issues. Priority areas are: school reform, income support, child and youth development, family environment; non-governmental approaches to social policy; public finance, including tax and Social Security policies; public management, regulatory policy, and the political process. Deadline: 7/3/03. Contact: 203-222-6222;;

Student Fellowships provide support for Canadian students enrolled in master’s or doctoral programmes to conduct research in India towards their degree. Areas of interest are the humanities and social sciences, including management, education and law. Deadline: 6/30/03. Contact: India Studies Programme, 403-220-7467;;

Funding to help bridge the gap between those who create ideas and those who use them. The Society supports practical basic and applied research on topics that are of concern and interest to the Society’s mainstream membership. Deadline: 6/30/03 (2-Page Inquiry); 12/1/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: Judy Ramey, 206-543-2588;;

Community Action Grant for Service Systems Change (Phase II)–Support for consensus building, infrastructure development, and training activities for organization and delivery of services to children with serious emotional disturbances, adults with serious mental illness, and those with co-occurring substance disorders. Deadline: 7/8/03. Contact: David Morrissette, 301-443-3653;;

Dissertation Grants support data analysis on substance abuse service issues. Deadline: 7/2/03. Contact: Sarah Q. Duffy, 301-443-8565;;;

Nature of Learning Start-Up Grants–Support for start-up expenses of projects designed to establish a process and framework that organize and mentor local partnerships to enhance the Refuge System’s education priorities. Contact: Deborah McCrensky,; Deadline: 6/30/03.

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


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