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ISSUE: Volume 41, Number 40: June 25, 2004

Grand Forks family medicine residency program teachers and residents will stay
Reminder to complete harassment training program
University Letter lists summer schedule

Farewell bash will honor Scott Lowe
Rummage sale will benefit Tomi Roinila
“Buzz on Biz” camp set for July 26-30
Aerospace offers campers an introduction to aviation
Doctoral examinations set for four candidates
Reception will honor David Teets
Correct deadlines listed for graduate school
Dakota Science Center hosts camps
U2 workshops listed for July 12-22

Pay lag set for June 15; advance deadline extended
Payroll lag will take place
New dates set for ConnectND “go-live”
History department named regional center for oral history
James Petell named tech transfer officer
Barry Milavetz named interim ORPD director
Dean Dienslake named adult re-entry coordinator
Holiday hours announced
Registrar’s office will close from 8 to 9 a.m. for training
Wind monitoring program reaches six-month benchmark
Jim McKenzie receives PAC-W book award
Applicants sought for Carnegie program
Please return harassment training form
Faculty, staff need new ID card
Donated leave sought for Michelle Anderson
U community required to comply with air conditioning policy
Volunteers sought for alcohol/memory study
Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory study
Human Nutrition Center seeks volunteers for study
Campus walking trail maps available
Denim Day is last Wednesday of month

Remembering Ludwik “Louie” Kulas

May grant recipients named
Funding opportunities will not run in University Letter as of July 1
Research, grant opportunities listed


Grand Forks family medicine residency program teachers and residents will stay

Patient care and teaching activities will continue uninterrupted at the Grand Forks family practice center, and its faculty and all but one of the resident-physicians will remain in the family medicine residency program, under a joint agreement reached June 14.

The center, located south of Barnes and Noble bookstore on the UND campus, is open and operating under its normal schedule; services have not been and will not be interrupted.
The agreement, aimed at resolving differences between the center’s faculty and UND administration, has been presented to and approved by the dean of the UND medical school, H. David Wilson. It is the result of deliberations by an advisory committee which has been studying problems at the center for the past three months.
Six faculty members will remain on staff, see patients and teach 18 resident-physicians in the three-year program which prepares board-eligible family physicians. The faculty members are: Greg Greek, Larry Halvorson, James Burrell, Kim Konzak-Jones, William Mann and Catherine Yeager.

This agreement allows current resident-physicians to stay and complete their education in the program they chose for training. During this time, an advisory committee will meet on a regular basis and provide input on the operations of the center.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Reminder to complete harassment training program

We thank those who have completed harassment training. If you have not yet completed the training, please do so immediately. This training is required for all faculty and staff, graduate students who teach, and students who supervise others in support of UND’s efforts to promote a respectful campus community for everyone. If you have any questions regarding how to access the training program, please contact the Office of General Counsel at 777-6345. Thanks for your cooperation.

– Charles Kupchella, president.


University Letter lists summer schedule

University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Publication dates are: June 25, July 16 and 30, Aug. 13, 20, and 27. 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, jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.

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Farewell bash will honor Scott Lowe

A farewell to Grand Forks bash for Scott Lowe (philosophy and religion) is set for Friday, June 25, at Babylon Events Center, 9 N. Third St. Doors open at 7 p.m. with entertainment by Floating Life (they’re surprisingly loud), featuring Joe Bailey, drums; Carolyn Glimm, vocals; Lin Glimm, vocals; Maury Finney, sax; Steve Finney, guitar and vocals; Mark Kulack, bass and vocals; Molly Lowe, vocals; Scott Lowe, guitar and vocals; and miscellaneous guests.

The band plays promptly at 8 p.m. We respect your bedtime! Guests under 21 are allowed; smoking is not permitted. Admission is free.

Missed Woodstock (the real one)? Don’t actually remember much about JFK? Well, here’s your chance to get in on the ground floor for once!

– Don Poochigian, philosophy and religion.


Rummage sale will benefit Tomi Roinila

A benefit rummage sale will be held for Tomi Roinila, youth hockey coach, Friday and Saturday, June 25 and 26, at the Blue Line Hockey Arena west of Red River High School. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will go toward medical expenses.

– Judy Klaus, Children’s Center.


“Buzz on Biz” camp set for July 26-30

Parents with children entering grades 6-8: Does your child have an interest in owning and operating a business someday? Would they like to get a “jump start” on learning what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? If so, they are invited to attend the fifth annual “Buzz on Biz” camp, presented by the College of Business and Public Administration.

The camp will run July 26-30, Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon, Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (campers make their own pizza and sell it to the public), and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (graduation is from noon to 1:30 p.m.).

Campers will learn how three young businessmen made their dreams of owning their own business come true. From Smoothie Rhombus to the Rhombus House of Pizza, they are carving a slice of life! Campers will make their own pizza and sell it to the public on Thursday.

Cost is $50, which includes access to the Buzz on Biz guide, snacks, graduation ceremony/luncheon, and a Buzz on Biz T-shirt.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 30. Space is limited, so register early.

Visit http://business.und.edu/biz/ or call UND Conference Services at 777-2663.

– Jennifer Raymond, continuing education.


Aerospace offers campers an introduction to aviation

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences is sponsoring the 21st International Aerospace Camp through June 28 and another camp from July 6-14. Sixty-five campers from across the United States will visit the campus during each camp to experience aviation and a taste of college.

Open to teenagers ages 16-17, the camp offers aviation enthusiasts a chance to attend ground school, log flight time, and learn about the various careers within the aviation industry. The amount of actual flight training makes this summer adventure unique. The sky becomes a college classroom where students fly and log time with flight instructors with six different launches – simulator session, Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight, cross-country flight, night flight, and an aerobatic flight. They also study aerodynamics, reside in residence halls and eat with current students at Wilkerson Hall.

For more information about the 21st annual international aerospace camps, contact Ken Polovitz at 777-2561. – UND aerospace.


Doctoral examinations set for four candidates

The final examination for Jennifer R. Brendle, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, in Room 210, Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “Validation of a Quantitative Measure to Assess Schema Content Associated with Social Anxiety.” F. Richard Ferraro (psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Nova Marie Griffith, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, in Room 210, Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “Biculturalism and Stress-Coping Among Northern Plains American Indian College Students.” Doug McDonald (psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Jason A. McCray, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, in Room 210, Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is “The Effects of Exposure to Images of the Male Muscular Ideal on Body Image and Muscularity Concerns in Men.” Alan King (psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for K. Amy Phillips, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 1, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is “Intercultural Knowledge and Skills in Social Service Work with Refugees: Perspectives from Providers and Recipients.” Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school


Reception will honor David Teets

A reception in honor of Dave Teets will be held Wednesday, June 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the aviation maintenance conference room area. He is retiring from his position as aircraft maintenance technician on July 2, and has been with aerospace since October 1991. Please join us in thanking him for his service to UND and in wishing him a happy retirement.

– Lesli Riskey, aircraft maintenance, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.


Correct deadlines listed for graduate school

Some dates have been listed incorrectly in the academic catalog and other resources. The corrections follow.
Thursday, July 8, is the last day to file a preliminary approval of thesis or dissertation form in the graduate school.
Thursday, July 22, is the day a final copy of thesis or dissertation is due at the graduate school.
Thursday, July 29, the final report on candidate form is due at the graduate school.

— Cynthia Shabb, graduate school.


Dakota Science Center hosts camps

The Dakota Science Center will host the following camps and workshops to challenge and excite children with new wonders and discoveries of science.

Bugs, Butterflies and Botany Camp: Students will collect a variety of butterflies and other insects and discover the interdependence of insects and plant life. Classes will be held at the Central Middle School butterfly garden and in the school science laboratory. Camp for grades 1-3 is scheduled for July 12-15; camp for grades 3-6 is scheduled for July 26-29. Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $75.

Great Things Happen When Art Meets Science is a workshop designed for grades 7-9 and will be held Aug. 9-13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local artist Adam Kemp will teach and guide students as they paint an environmental mural on the UND campus. Cost for this workshop is $75.

Engineers and Inventors Camp is designed for grades 6-8 and runs Aug. 16-20 from 8 a.m. to noon. This camp, in collaboration with the UND School of Engineering and Mines, will be held on campus. It will create an awareness of the importance of math and science in future career choices, and involve young people with hands-on activities through some of the newest technologies the science and engineering fields have to offer. Remote sensing, digital imaging, 3D design and prototyping, environmental protection, and robotics are just a few of the experiences planned for the week. Activities are designed to build confidence, creativity and motivation to learn. Participants will work with engineering and science student mentors during the week-long camp. The cost is $75.

To register for any of these camps or workshops, call Dakota Science Center at 795-8500, or visit us at 308 S. Fifth St., Grand Forks, ND 58201. For more information visit our web site at www.dakkota-science.org.

— Dawn Botsford (vice president for student and outreach services office), for Dakota Science Center.


U2 workshops listed for July 12-22

Below are U2 workshops for July 12 through July 22. Visit our web site for additional workshops in July and August.
Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Word XP, Beginning: July 12, 14, and 16, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II Hall (nine hours total). Learn basic features of the program: create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, add tables, use templates and wizards, proof a document, set display and print options, and mail merge wizard. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Defensive Driving (limited seating): July 14, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.

Laboratory Safety: July 19, 9 to 11 a.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.

Creative Desktop Publishing with PageMaker (limited seating): July 20, 21, and 22, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (nine hours total), 235 Starcher Hall. Gain knowledge in the use of Adobe PageMaker page layout and design software to create visually appealing posters, flyers, newsletters and more. Learn this popular desktop publishing technology using a hands-on approach. Participants are encouraged to bring project ideas to the workshop. Presenter: Lynda Kenney, technology.

— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University within the University.

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Pay lag set for June 15; advance deadline extended

The payroll advance request deadline has been extended to June 30, 2004. Please submit your form to the payroll office, Box 7127, as soon as possible. The pay lag set for June 15 will take place as scheduled. If you have any questions, please call 777-4226.

– Payroll office.


Payroll lag will take place

The payroll lag set for July 15 will take place as scheduled. Salaried employees, graduate students and medical residents will not receive a paycheck unless you submitted a request for a payroll advance.

You should have received a memo from the payroll office stating the deadline for requesting the advance has been extended to June 30. Please return the memo to payroll confirming whether or not you are requesting an advance.
Also, you may have received a letter from a local banking institution offering services to help you deal with the payroll lag. Please note that the payroll advance from the University is an interest-free option.

– Finance and operations.


New dates set for ConnectND “go-live”

Here are new tentative UND “go-live” schedules for most modules of ConnectND:
Fall 2004: recruit, admissions, and campus community modules.
January 2005: student records and financial aid modules.
July 2005: student financials module.

To be determined: Human resource management systems and finance systems.


History department named regional center for oral history

The history department was recently selected as a regional center for oral history education by the Consortium of Oral History Educators (COHE). COHE serves to encourage educators, K-16, to use oral history in their classrooms. COHE’s mission includes the development and implementation of professional standards and ethics for student oral history research, the stimulation of quality student oral history research, the promotion of research in the field of oral history as an educational methodology, the encouragement of oral history curricula, publications, educational materials, and computer software, as well as the recognition of the accomplishments of educators implementing exemplary oral history instruction.

Named as the director of COHE’s Great Plains Regional Center is Kim Porter, associate professor of history. Porter also serves on COHE’s national board of directors.


James Petell named tech transfer officer

A proteomics expert and registered patent agent with six U.S. and several foreign patents of his own, as well as a background in corporate and academic biochemistry research, biotech business start-ups, and planning for and protecting intellectual property rights – has become the University’s first director of the office of technology transfer and commercialization.

James Petell started June 21 and has brought a wealth of experience to the new position, said Peter Alfonso, vice president for research. Alfonso said Petell’s diverse background in research and in transferring that research to the marketplace made him an ideal candidate. Petell also has experience drafting U.S. and foreign patents, negotiating licensing agreements, and directing intellectual property strategy. He will be located in the vice president for research office in Twamley Hall.

Petell’s 14 years in corporate research includes co-founding his own company, FemtoLink Biotechnologies; serving as manager of intellectual property and regulatory for ProfiGen; and serving as global R&D leader, among other positions, at Dow AgroServices. Petell also served as research assistant professor and director of the Colucci Memorial Liver Research Facility at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.

Originally from Vermont and upstate New York, Petell holds the B.S. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa, the Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at San Diego, and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, N.Y. He has more than 30 publications in referred journals and invited book chapters. Petell and his wife, Rhonda, have a 15-year-old son, Christopher, and a 10-year-old daughter, Jennifer.

– Peter Alfonso, vice president for research.


Barry Milavetz named interim ORPD director

Barry Milavetz (biochemistry and molecular biology) has been named interim director of research and program development. One of his duties is to review all grant proposals and contracts submitted to external agencies, and if they meet with University policies, sign for the University. In signing, the interim director attests to University compliance with all assurances required by funding agencies. When preparing grant proposals, please use Barry Milavetz as the signing authority for the University. Thank you for your cooperation in this time of transition.

– Office of research and program development.


Dean Dienslake named adult re-entry coordinator

Dean Dienslake joined the staff of the Memorial Union June 16 as coordinator of adult re-entry student services. He earned a master’s of education degree in community counseling and an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from North Dakota State University.

This new position is designed to support adult re-entry students. Dienslake will collaborate with other units of the University to create an awareness of the needs of re-entry students, help them benefit from the University’s total educational process, assist in the University’s effort to attract and retain qualified re-entry students, advise and mentor re-entry students on the processes involved in becoming a student at UND, and refer students for counseling and other services as needed.

The adult re-entry center is located on the third floor of the Memorial Union, adjacent to the Craft Center. Dienslake’s office is located in 327 Memorial Union.

The University community is encouraged to refer students to this new resource. Contact Dienslake at 777-3228, deandienslake@mail.und.nodak.edu or send information through intracampus mail to Box 8385. – Bonnie Solberg, associate director, Memorial Union.


Holiday hours announced

Monday, July 5, is holiday
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, July 5, will be observed as Independence Day holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. – Martha Potvin, interim vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, personnel services.

Chester Fritz Library:
Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library over July 4 weekend are: Saturday, July 3, closed; Sunday, July 4, closed; Monday, July 5, 5 to 9 p.m. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health sciences library:
Library of the Health Sciences hours for June 1 through July 17 are:
July 4 weekend: Friday, July 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, July 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, July 4, closed; Monday, July 5, closed.

Hours through July 17: Monday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed. – April Byars, health sciences library.

Law library:
Independence Day holiday hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library are: Saturday, July 3, closed; Sunday, July 4, closed; Monday, July 5, 1 to 5 p.m. – Jane Oakland, circulation manager, Thormodsgard Law Library.

Memorial Union:
The Memorial Union will be closed Saturday through Monday, July 3-5. Operating hours for Friday, July 2, are:
Administration office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; athletic ticket office, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; barber shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; computer labs, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; craft center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; credit union, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; dining center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; union food cart, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; food court, closed for renovation; Internet café and loading dock, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; lifetime sports center, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; parking office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; passport I.D., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; post office, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; stomping grounds, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; student academic services, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; student health promotions, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; U snack C store, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; union services, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; University learning center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; building hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Summer hours resume Tuesday, July 6. – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.


Registrar’s office will close from 8 to 9 a.m. for training

The registrar’s office will be closed for PeopleSoft training from 8 to 9 a.m. through Friday, July 2. The need for additional training time will be evaluated after that, but we anticipate returning to normal hours on Monday, July 6.

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar.


Wind monitoring program reaches six-month benchmark

Seven sites selected to participate in the 2003 North Dakota Anemometer Loan Program (NDALP) have successfully completed six months of wind monitoring. NDALP was established to promote regional economic development by increasing wind energy development in North Dakota. In October 2003, the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) installed the wind-monitoring systems around the state of North Dakota and began collecting wind resource data.

Individuals selected to participate in the program from more than 350 applicants include Father Thomas Graner, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Rolette; Mayor Mike Rudnick, the City of Anamoose/City of Drake; Steve Gefroh, Linton Industrial Development Corporation, Strasburg; Loren DeWitz, Tappen; Roger Rasch, Hazen; James Heinert, Hebron Economic Development Corporation, Hebron; and Larry Jacobson, Grenora.

Based on the limited amount of data currently collected, all the NDALP sites, except one, would be considered good wind sites, with two sites averaging greater than 17 miles-per-hour over the monitoring period.

The program is funded by the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services, and equipment was provided by Wind Powering America and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). North Dakota was selected to participate in a national Anemometer Loan Program (ALP) in 2001, when Wind Powering America loaned ten 20-meter wind-monitoring systems, called anemometers, to the state; North Dakota is one of 15 states currently participating in the program.

The anemometers, valued at about $1,500 each, were loaned to the sites for a 12-month period and monitored free of charge. They are being used to provide qualitative, prospecting-type wind data as well as public education opportunities.

More information on the 2003 NDALP monitoring sites can be found at www.undeerc.org/wind/states/ND.asp.

— Energy and Environmental Research Center.


Jim McKenzie receives PAC-W book award

The President’s Advisory Council on Women (PAC-W) has honored James McKenzie (English) with the book award for his many efforts, on campus and off, to promote an atmosphere of opportunity and respect for women. His efforts at inclusion, his feminist perspective, and his dedication to providing service to UND and the community are admirable. He will select $500 worth of books at the bookstore to benefit the University.

– Wendelin Hume (criminal justice and women studies), chair, PAC-W.


Applicants sought for Carnegie program

The 2004 Carnegie scholars program is seeking applications from scholars whose study relates to Islam in the U.S. and/or abroad, with particular attention to international peace and security, strengthening U.S. democracy, educational reform in the U.S., and international development in Africa. For more information on the application process, please contact victoria.beard@mail.und.nodak.edu. Deadline is early September 2004.

– Victoria Beard, associate provost.


Please return harassment training form

This is a reminder to those part-time UND employees who received, in March 2004, a set of training documents covering issues of harassment. Along with these documents was a harassment training acknowledgment statement. The acknowledgement was to be signed and returned to the affirmative action office by April 15. If you have not already returned it, please do so immediately. Thank you.

– Charles Kupchella, president.


Faculty, staff need new ID card

With the new ConnectND PeopleSoft software implementation taking place this summer, all students, faculty and staff will receive a new ID number to replace the current NAID number. All current cardholders will require a new ID card.
If you are leaving campus for the summer, please stop by the campus passport ID office to take a new photo before you leave campus. All faculty and staff will be required to update photos before July 1. The new ID card will be available this fall. Thank you for your patience and willingness to support this project.

The campus passport ID office is temporarily located in 10 Swanson Hall Concourse. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the phone number is 777-2071.

– Teresa Blilie, campus passport ID office.


Donated leave sought for Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson, building services technician who has worked in McVey Hall and the Memorial Union, is in need of donated leave. If you are able to donate any leave, it can be sent to Patti at facilities, Box 9032. The forms are available at human resources, 313 Twamley Hall, 777-4361, www.und.edu/org/hr.

— Gracie Dahl, facilities.


U community required to comply with air conditioning policy

The University has developed an air conditioning policy to ensure proper sizing, proper installation, adequate wiring, and total electrical load.

The electrical load on the campus continues to grow as the demands for electricity grow. As this load increases, so does the cost. In order to not reduce other services (due to the increased costs) the load is managed. Your help is needed to help keep costs down.

Window air conditioning unit policy

All purchases of window air conditioning (AC) units to be placed in University facilities must be reviewed and approved by facilities. Window air conditioning units that are currently in place are maintained by the facilities department at no cost to the department. When facilities determines the unit is no longer serviceable, the cost for a replacement unit is the responsibility of the department.

Installation of AC units in University facilities will be in accordance with the following procedure:

Requests for AC units shall be submitted on a project request to facilities for review and approval according to the following criteria:

  • Wall mount and window AC units must have an ACEEE-EER (energy) rating of 10.
  • Unit BTU capacity will be sized for the space
  • Electrical requirements will be determined.
  • Installation and electrical wiring costs will be the responsibility of the department (this cost will vary by building and wiring needs).

AC units will not be removed for the winter and reinstalled in the spring unless requested by the department with a charge to the department for this service. Prior to a move, facilities will determine if storage space is available.

— Facilities.


Volunteers sought for alcohol/memory study

Volunteers are sought for a research study investigating the impact of alcohol on memory. Participants, who must be males over age 21, will receive extra credit in a psychology course or $20. The project is overseen by psychology faculty Tom Petros and Ric Ferraro.

– Brent King, psychology graduate student, 795-9728, brent.king@und.edu.


Volunteers sought for nutrition/memory study

In collaboration with James Penland of the Grand Forks USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and Patricia Moulton of the Center for Rural Health, we are recruiting younger adults, age 21 to 35, and older adults, age 60 to 80, to participate in a study of the effects of nutritional status on age differences in memory performance. The study takes about three hours to complete. The testing will occur at the Human Nutrition Research Center laboratory in Grand Forks.

You will be paid $25 for your participation.

Your scores will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your name; you will be given a subject number and your name will not be used. Participation will be limited to those without any previous history of a stroke, multiple sclerosis, or Parkinson’s disease. If you are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call Brian VanFossen at 777-9925.

– Tom Petros, professor of psychology.


Human Nutrition Center seeks volunteers for studies

The Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is conducting the following studies.
Minerals and bone health

Osteoporosis affects 28 million Americans and costs over $14 billion annually. Half of women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.

Researchers at the USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center want to know if taking minerals, such as copper and zinc, with calcium supplements are more effective in protecting bones compared to calcium alone in postmenopausal women.

Participants will receive calcium and multivitamin supplements free for two years. In addition, they will receive either a copper/zinc supplement or a placebo. Follow-up tests can be done in Grand Forks or Fargo, depending on participants’ choice of location.

Postmenopausal women, ages 51-80, are encouraged to take part in this study. Medications that do not interfere with calcium absorption, such as synthroid and statins, are acceptable.
Participants can earn $750.

Healthy men and women, ages 18 to 45, are needed for a beef/selenium nutrition study.
Beef is the primary source of selenium in North America. Dietary intake of selenium decreases the risk of colon cancer, whereas red meat consumption may increase the risk. Previous studies in animals have demonstrated that selenium from beef is in a form that is exceptionally easy to absorb and well utilized.

For this 15-week study, participants will eat meals and drink beverages provided by the Center. They must be nonsmokers and take no prescribed medications other than birth control pills for women. Participants can earn up to $2,240.

For more information, call (701) 795-8396 or visit www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov/volopp.htm.

– Brenda Ling, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Campus walking trail maps available

Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to get in shape? 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 through the UND home page at www.und.edu and the Wellness Center home page at http://wellness.und.edu/wellness.

Obesity and poor fitness are serious 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.

– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee.


Denim Day is last Wednesday of month

It’s the last Wednesday of the month – that means June 30 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and go casual. All proceeds go to charity, of course. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, enrollment services, 777-3791, for the denim day committee.


Remembering Ludwik “Louie” Kulas

Ludwig “Louie” Kulas, professor emeritus and former chair of accountancy, died June 16 at his home in Grand Forks. He was 81.

Ludwik Kulas was born July 9, 1922, on a farm east of Warsaw, N.D., and graduated from nearby Minto High School in 1938. He attended Aaker’s Business College and graduated from UND in 1943 with a bachelor’s degree. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 as a first lieutenant and gunnery officer on three U.S. destroyers.
He married Dorothy Schiller on July 1, 1946, and then joined the UND accounting department as an instructor. He rose through the ranks to become a full professor in 1959 and chair of his department in 1971. During his 42 years of teaching, he was honored with every major teaching award offered by UND. He earned a law degree from UND in 1951 and was a Certified Public Accountant. He was well-known for his dedication to students and their success.
Along with teaching, in 1949 he formed an accounting firm together with the late R.D. Koppenhaver (accounting) and President Emeritus Tom Clifford. Specializing in income taxes and auditing, the firm operated on weekends and evenings. He was active in civic and professional organizations, and served as president of the North Dakota Society of Certified Public Accountants from 1962 to 1963. He was elected to the Grand Forks City Council in 1970 and served as its president for 20 years.

Upon his retirement in 1988, the UND Alumni Association awarded him the Sioux Award, its highest honor. He remained active with the city and University, and did basic accounting for some UND fraternities. He served as a trustee for St. Michael’s Church from 1985 until declining health forced him to step down in 2002. He and Dorothy enjoyed fishing for bluegills and following UND athletics.

He is survived by his wife; children, L. Joseph (Babs), Minneapolis; Timothy, Minneapolis; Ronald (Mary), East Grand Forks; Mary Kay Kempf (Tom), Fargo; and John, Grand Forks; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers, James (Lim), Springfield, Va.; Dennis, Grand Forks; and Roger (Norma), Gladstone, Mich. He was preceded in death by his parents; stepmother; one sister, Eryka; brothers Bert, Ernest, and Freddie; and one grandchild.

Memorials are preferred to Bridge Builders Foundation at St. Michael’s Grade School, 520 Sixth St. N., Grand Forks, ND 58203, or to the UND Ludwik Kulas Scholarship Fund.

— Jan Orvik, editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald.

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May grant recipients named

The office of research and program development congratulates the following faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during May 2004:

Academic affairs and information resources, Robert Rubeck; anthropology, Dennis Toom; atmospheric sciences, Xiquan Dong, Michael Poellot; biochemistry and molecular biology, Masaru Miyagi, Roxanne Vaughan; biology, Richard Crawford, Rick Sweitzer; Center for Rural Health, Sue Offutt, Mary Vogeltanz-Holm; chemical engineering, Wayne Seames; chemistry, David Pierce; Earth System Science Institute, George Seielstad; EERC, Steve Benson, Tera Buckley, Donald Cox, Bruce Dockter, Grant Dunham, Kurt Eyelands, John Gallagher, Gerald Groenewold, Jay Gunderson, John Harju, David Hassett, Loreal Heebink, John Hendrikson, Michael Holmes, John Hurley, Alena Kubatova, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, John Pavlish, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Lucia Romuld, Jaroslav Solc, Evert Sondreal, Daniel Stephan, Bradley Stevens, Michael Swanson, Jeffrey Thompson, Chad Wocken, Christopher Zygarlicke; English, Kim Donehower; electrical engineering, Saleh Faruque; geology and geological engineering, William Gosnold; geography, Paul Todhunter, Bradley Rundquist; law school, Candace Zierdt; mailing services, Darin Lee; Mechanical Engineering: Forrest Ames, Scott Tolbert; pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics, James Porter; Regional Weather Information Center, Leon Osborne, Bruce Smith; School of Medicine and Health Sciences, H. David Wilson; social work, Peter Tunseth; space studies, Michael Gaffey, Paul Hardersen; surgery: Scott Garrett, Donald Sens, Mary Ann Sens, Seema Somji; teaching and learning: Margaret Shaeffer; TRIO: Neil Reuter.

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, office of research and program development.


Funding opportunities will not run in University Letter as of July 1

We are approaching the end of the year of our conversion from the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) system to Community of Science (COS). COS, which has been provided by the ND State Board of Higher Education for all campuses, offers more extensive search capabilities than SPIN in addition to a variety of other services. The following text from the COS home page offers a brief description of the system:

“Community of Science, Inc. (COS) is the leading Internet site for the global R&D community. COS brings together the world’s most prominent scientists and researchers at more than 1,600 universities, corporations and government agencies worldwide. COS provides tools and services that enable these professionals to communicate, exchange information and find the people and technologies that are important to their work.

These services include: COS Expertise®, the database of detailed, first person profiles of more than 480,000 R&D professionals; COS Funding Opportunities™ the largest source of grant information on the Web; COS Abstract Management System™ an online publishing solution for universities and professional societies; and customized access to a range of professional reference databases including U.S. Patents, MEDLINE, AGRICOLA, and GeoRef, among others.”

For many years, ORPD staff have selected representative samples from funding opportunities for a variety of academic areas from the SPIN and COS systems, and we have published them in the University Letter. However, the number of funding opportunities that are available greatly exceeds the number we can publish each week. We are concerned that faculty seeking research opportunities may miss them simply because they do not see something of interest in the University Letter. Consequently, as of July 1, we will change from listing a few samples of opportunities to encouraging faculty to subscribe to COS to receive announcements by e-mail or to conduct frequent searches for research opportunities using the COS system.

For faculty who would like help transitioning to COS, ORPD will offer regularly scheduled workshops in the use of COS beginning in March 2004. Please check the University Letter for the time and place for the workshops. A set of instructions for using COS can be found on the ORPD web page: http://www.und.edu/dept/orpd/ To access the instructions, select Funding Search Instructions on the web page.

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, Office of Research and Program Development


Research, grant opportunities listed

Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Portions of the following data were derived from the Community of Science’s COS Funding OpportunitiesTM which is provided for the exclusive use of the University of North Dakota and may not be republished or made available outside the University of North Dakota in any form except via the COS Record ShareTM on the COS website.

Biomedical Research Grants provide seed monies to research mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. Clinical Patient Care Research Grants provide seed monies for traditional clinical studies examining methods for improving patient care and treatment for lung disease. Social-Behavioral Research Grants support epidemiological and behavioral studies examining risk factors affecting lung health, including studies concerning ethical, legal, and economic aspects of health services and policies. DeSouza Research Awards support clinical, laboratory, or epidemiological research relating to one or more of the following: bronchiectasis; infection with atypical Mycobacteria, particularly Mycobacterium Avium; and infection with Nocardia species. Career Investigator Awards support career development of established independent investigators conducting studies related to lung disease biology, traditional clinical studies related to patient care and behavioral and psychosocial matters relevant to lung disease. Lung Health Dissertation Grants provide pre-doctoral support for students with an academic career focus and/or nurses pursuing doctoral degrees. Areas of particular interest to the ALA are: psychosocial, behavioral, health services, health policy, epidemiological, biostatistical and educational matters related to lung disease. Senior Research Training Fellowships support MDs /Ph.D.s entering the 4th and 5th year of research fellowships. Areas of particular interest to the ALA are: adult pulmonary medicine, pediatric pulmonary medicine and lung biology. Deadline: 9/1/04. Contact: Evita Mendoza, 212-315-8793, emendoza@lungusa.org; Ray Vento, 212-315-8788, rvento@lungusa.org; www.lungusa.org.

Research and Study Abroad–Support for research or study in one or more Scandinavian country. Contact: American - Scandinavian Foundation, 212-879-9779; info@amscan.org; http://www.amscan.org/asfsis_1.pdf. Deadline: 11/1/04.

Career Development Awards and Research Fellowship Awards provide support to prepare for a career of independent basic or clinical investigation in the area of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis research. Deadline: 11/1/04. Contact: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 212-685-3440; info@ccfa.org; http://www.ccfa.org/science/research/researchfunding.

Economic Development Strategies that Support Environmentally-Friendly Development–Funding to identify and describe specific economic development strategies that create and retain jobs and improve the tax base and quality of life while supporting smart growth development. Contact: Mary Kay Santore, 202-566-2859; santore.marykay@epa.gov; http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/EPA/OGD/GAD/ECONDVL-04/Grant.html. Deadline: 7/19/04.

FY2005 Food Quality Protection Act/Strategic Agricultural Initiative Program–Support for research to reduce exposure to toxic pesticides through adoption of farm pest management practices that transition away from use of high-risk pesticides. Deadline: 7/27/04. Contact: Audrey Moore, 732-906-6809; moore.audrey@epa.gov; http://www.fedgrants.gov/Applicants/EPA/OGD/GAD/EPA-GRANTS-060204-001/Grant.html.

Preserving and Providing Access to Records–Support for projects/programs to preserve and make available for use records that further understanding and appreciation of American history. Deadline: 10/1/04. Contact: Daniel Stokes, 202-501-5610; daniel.stokes@nara.gov; http://www.archives.gov/.
Publishing Historically Significant Records Relating to the History of the U.S.–Support to publish historical documents important for comprehension and appreciation of U.S. history. Topics range from politics and the military to business history, reform efforts, and the arts. Deadline: 10/1/04. Contact: Timothy Connelly, 202-501-5610; timothy.connelly@nara.gov; http://www.archives.gov/.

Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET)–Support for collaborative research using simulation and other modeling techniques to describe the impact of cancer interventions (i.e., primary prevention, screening, and treatment) in population-based settings in the U.S. Contact: Eric Feuer, 301-496-5029; rf41u@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-05-018.html. Deadlines: 9/14/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/14/04 (Application).

Diet, Epigenetic Events, and Cancer Prevention–Support for nutrition and epigenetic experts to collaborate to study bioactive food compo

nents with cancer preventative properties, and examine key epigenetic events in cancer processes so that investigators can begin to establish linkages between epigenetics, methylation pattern, and tumor incidence/behavior. Deadlines: 10/1/04, 2/1/05, 6/1/05. Contact: Sharon A. Ross, 301-594-7547; rosssha@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-099.html.

Innovative Technologies for Molecular Analysis of Cancer (SBIR/STTR)–Support for highly innovative, high-risk, cancer-relevant technology development projects associated with molecular analysis of cancer. Deadlines: 9/17/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/18/04 (Application). Contact: Gregory J. Downing, 301-496-1550; downingg@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-05-006.html.

Novel Technologies for In Vivo Imaging–Support for development, optimization, and delivery of innovative image acquisition and enhancement methods, including high-risk/high-gain research on technologies. Contact: Guoying Liu, 301-496-9531; guoyingl@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-095.html. Deadline: 10/1/04.
Phased Application Awards in Cancer Prognosis and Prediction–Support for research to evaluate utility and pilot application of new strategies for determining prognosis or predicting response to therapy. Contact: Tracy G. Lugo, 301-496-1591; lugot@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-102.html. Deadline: 10/1/04.
Rapid Access to Intervention Development (RAID)–Support for rapid movement of novel molecules and concepts from the laboratory to the clinic for proof-of-principle clinical trials. Deadlines: 8/1/04, 2/1/05. Contact: RAID, 301-496-8720; raid@dtpax2.ncifcrf.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-04-019.html.

SBIR/STTR: Circulating Cells and DNA in Cancer Detection–Support for projects to develop novel technologies for capturing, enriching, and preserving exfoliated abnormal cells and circulating DNA from body fluids or effusions and to develop methods to concentrate these cells and DNA for cancer biomarker detection. Deadlines: 1/17/05, 5/16/05, 9/14/05 (Letter of Intent); 2/14/05, 6/13/05, 10/12/05 (Application). Contact: Sudhir Srivastava, 301-496-3983; ss1a@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-06-001.html.

CAM Practitioner Research Education Project Grant Partnership–Support to increase quality and quantity of research content in complementary and alternative medicine curricula. Deadline: 9/15/04. Contact: Nancy J. Pearson, 301-594 0519; pearsonn@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-097.html.

General Clinical Research Center Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Program–Support for projects using General Clinical Research Center resources to pursue clinical research investigating Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Deadlines: 10/1/04, 2/1/05, 6/1/05. Contact: Martin Goldrosen, 301-594 2014; goldrosm@nccam.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-087.html.

Collaborative Research Grants support original research in the humanities undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that because of its scope or complexity requires additional staff and resources beyond the individual’s salary. Deadline: 11/3/04. Contact: Peter Scott, 202-606-8400; info@neh.gov; http://www.neh.fed.us/.

Cellular and Genetic Discovery Toward Curative Therapy in Myeloproliferative Disorders (MPD)–Support for new cellular and genetic markers associated with origin and progression of myeloproliferative disorders (MPD) that can be applied to future development of novel therapeutics with curative intent. Deadlines: 1/16/04 (Letter of Intent); 2/16/04 (Application). Contact: Jean Henslee-Downey, 301-435-0078; downeyj@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-034.html.

Clinical Proteomics Programs–Support for systematic, comprehensive, large-scale validation of existing and new candidate protein markers appropriate for routine use in diagnosis and management of heart, lung, blood, and sleep diseases. Deadlines: 9/17/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/14/04 (Application). Contact: Pothur R Srinivas, 301-435-0550; ps241q@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-019.html.

Community-Responsive Interventions to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk in American Indians and Alaska Natives–Support for 5-year studies in American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN) populations to test effectiveness of behavioral interventions to promote adoption of healthy lifestyles or improve behaviors related to cardiovascular (CV) risk, such as weight reduction, regular physical activity, and smoking cessation. Contact: Jared B. Jobe, 301-435-0407; JobeJ@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-023.html. Deadlines: 9/22/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/22/04 (Application).

Cultural Competence and Health Disparities Academic Awards support development of core curricula and educational materials to increase overall knowledge and skills on ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, linguistic, and other factors that contribute to health disparities, and on culturally competent approaches to mitigating these disparities. Deadlines: 9/19/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/19/04 (Application). Contact: Héctor Ortega, 301-435-0202; ortegah@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-012.html.

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS): Seeking Cure Through Discovery on Pathogenesis and Disease Progression–Support for basic research focused on understanding genetic and cellular processes associated with MDS. Deadlines: 1/16/05 (Letter of Intent); 2/16/05 (Application). Contact: Jean Henslee-Downey, 301-435-0078; downeyj@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-033.html.

Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) in Hemostatic and Thrombotic Diseases–Support for research on diseases and functions related to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of thrombotic and bleeding disorders. Deadlines: 8/24/04 (Letter of Intent); 9/21/04 (Application). Contact: Pan Ganguly, 301-435-0070; gangulyp@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-016.html.

Specialized Centers of Clinically Oriented Research (SCCOR) in Transfusion Biology and Medicine–Support for development and application of new knowledge essential for improved safety, efficacy, and availability of blood, blood components, and plasma derivatives, and to transfer these research findings into clinical evaluation and application. Deadlines: 8/17/04 (Letter of Intent); 9/21/04 (Application). Contact: Luiz H. Barbosa, 301-435-0075;

BarbosaL@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-018.html.
Support to establish and maintain Specialized Centers for Cell-Based Therapy (SCCT) for Heart, Lung, and Blood Diseases and Data and Coordinating Centers to perform preclinical and clinical studies for cell-based therapy. Deadlines: 8/21/04 (Letter of Intent); 9/21/04 (Application). Contact: John W. Thomas, 301-435-0065; ThomasJ@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-017.html.

Intellectual Property Rights in Genetics and Genomics–Support to study the role of laws and policies regarding intellectual property rights in genetics and genomics research and development, and the effect of such laws and policies on progress in these fields and on commercialization, drug development, health care delivery, and public health. Contact: Jean E. McEwen, 301-402-4997 (until 6/28/04), 301-496-7531 (after 6/28/04); jm522n@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-04-004.html. Deadlines: 10/21/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/18/04 (Application).

Career Development Grants in Occupational Safety and Health Research–Support to gain experience in a new research area and/or one in which additional experience will add to the applicant’s research capabilities. Contact: Susan B. Board, 404-498-2512; sboard@cdc.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-105.html. Deadlines: 10/1/04, 2/1/05, 6/1/05.

International Collaborations in Infectious Disease Research (ICIDR)–Support for collaborative research that will lead to prevention, amelioration, and/or improved treatment of tropical infectious diseases. Deadlines: 9/13/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/13/04 (Application). Contact: Elizabeth S. Higgs, 301-402-8372; eh63a@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-04-017.html.

Small Grant Program for New Investigators–Support to facilitate entry of new investigators into areas of research of interest to the NIAMS. Deadline: 10/22/04. Contact: Alan N.Moshell, 301-594-5017; alan_n_moshell@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-002.html.

Medical Rehabilitation Research Infrastructure–Support to create a national network of research cores to provide access to collateral expertise in biomedical, behavioral, and/or psychosocial fields that is particularly relevant to current opportunities in medical rehabilitation research. Contact: Robert Stretch, 301-496-1485; stretchr@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-04-005.html. Deadlines: 10/18/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/16/04 (Application).

Support to establish a Data Coordinating Center for the National Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network to maintain a registry of pediatric critical illness so that accurate epidemiology and trends in pediatric critical care may be tracked nationally. Contact: Carol E. Nicholson, 301-435-6843; nicholca@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-04-015.html. Deadlines: 7/9/04 (Letter of Intent); 8/9/04 (Application).

Funding to establish Cystic Fibrosis Research and Translation Core Centers to support development and testing of new therapies for Cystic Fibrosis, and foster collaborations among institutions with a strong existing research base in CF. Deadlines: 10/18/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/18/04 (Application). Contact: Catherine McKeon, 301-594-8810; cm67w@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-04-008.html.

Non-Invasive Methods for Diagnosis and Progression of Diabetes, Kidney, Urological, Hematological and Digestive Diseases–Support to detect, characterize, diagnose, identify persons with predisposition to, or monitor treatment of, diseases of interest to the NIDDK. Deadline: 10/1/04. Contact: Maren R. Laughlin, 301-594-8802; ml33q@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-088.html.

Support to establish Centers for Polycystic Kidney Disease Research to conduct interdisciplinary research using complementary and integrated approaches to study polycystic kidney disease. Contact: Marva M. Moxey-Mims, 301-594-7717; mm726k@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-04-011.html. Deadlines: 2/15/05 (Letter of Intent); 3/15/04 (Application).

Support to establish Centers of Excellence in Molecular Hematology to bring together clinical and basic science investigators conducting hematologic diseases research. Contact: David G. Badman, 301-594-7717; db70f@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-04-015.html. Deadlines: 10/15/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/16/04 (Application).

Support to establish Clinical Nutrition Research Unit Core Centers to facilitate collaboration between basic science and clinical investigators from relevant disciplines conducting research related to nutritional sciences, obesity, and related disorders. Deadlines: 10/18/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/18/04 (Application). Contact: Carolyn W. Miles, 301-451-3759; cm294e@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-04-016.html.
Support to establish PKD Research and Translation Core Centers for basic and clinical research to improve therapies for polycystic kidney disease. Contact: Marva M. Moxey-Mims, 301-594-7717; mm726k@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-04-012.html. Deadlines: 2/15/05 (Letter of Intent); 3/15/04 (Application).

Support to establish Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers to bring together investigators from relevant disciplines to enhance and extend effectiveness of research related to digestive diseases and their complications. Deadlines: 10/18/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/16/04 (Application). Contact: Judith Podskalny, 301-594-8876; jp53s@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-04-014.html.

The Fetal Basis of Adult Disease: Role of the Environment–Support to use new high-throughput functional- genomic, metabonomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic technologies to pursue understanding of latent effects of in utero environmental insult. Deadlines: 7/10/04 (Letter of Intent); 8/12/04 (Application). Contact: J. Patrick Mastin, 919-541-3289; mastin@niehs.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-104.html.

Exploratory Center Grants for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research–Support for multi-investigator teams to conduct pilot research using human embryonic stem cells (HESC). Contact: Marion M. Zatz, 301-594-0943; zatzm@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-05-004.html. Deadlines: 9/20/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/19/04 (Application).

Funding to create Large-Scale Centers for the Protein Structure Initiative to conduct research to determine unique protein structures. Deadlines: 9/10/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/15/04 (Application). Contact: John C. Norvell, 301-594-0533; norvellj@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-05-001.html.

Funding to establish Specialized Centers for the Protein Structure Initiative for methodology and technology development and new ideas and approaches for protein production and structure determination for classes of challenging proteins. Deadlines: 9/10/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/15/04 (Application). Contact: John C. Norvell, 301-594-0533; norvellj@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-05-002.html.

Innovations in Biomedical Computational Science and Technology–Support for innovative research in biomedical computational science and technology. Deadlines: 10/24/04, 2/24/05. Contact: James Cassatt, 301-451-6446; jc12b@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-03-044.html.

Mental Health Research Education Grants—Support to develop mechanisms to foster development of mental health researchers through creative and innovative educational programs, particularly physician, underrepresented minority, pediatric and geriatric scientists. Programs focused on preparing researchers in cross-disciplinary integration and/or translational research of social, basic behavioral, neuroscience, clinical and services research, and programs that will prepare investigators to address issues related to health disparities are encouraged. Contact: Debra Wynne, 301-443-3563; dwynne1@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-02-087.html. Deadline: 11/1/04.
mRNA Profiling of the Major Mental Disorders: Exploiting Postmortem Human Tissue Through Gene Array Technology–Support to initiate or expand use of gene array profiling technology in studies of human postmortem brain tissue. Deadlines: 7/19/04 (Letter of Intent); 8/17/04 (Application). Contact: Douglas L. Meinecke, 301- 443-1692; dmeineck@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-05-005.html.

Individual Postdoctoral NRSA Fellowships in AIDS Research–Support for research and career development of individuals with a commitment to research careers in NeuroAIDS, in one of the basic sciences relevant to NeuroAIDS or in clinically oriented research. Deadlines: 8/5/04, 12/5/04. Contact: Michael Nunn, 301-496-1431; mn52e@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-087.html.

Epidemiology of Drug Abuse–Support for a broad range of epidemiologic research on drug use, abuse, and dependence. Deadline: 10/1/04. Contact: Yonette Thomas, 301-402-1910; yuthomas@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-100.html.

Funding to establish Developmental Centers for Translational Research on the Clinical Neurobiology of Drug Addiction with a strong clinical/human neurobiology focus and capability to integrate preclinical/animal studies. Deadlines: 10/18/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/17/04 (Application). Contact: L. R. Stanford, 301-402-3869; lstanfor@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-05-003.html.

Characterization, Behavior and Plasticity of Pluripotent Stem Cells–Support for studies on characterization, behavior and plasticity of human and non-human stem cells, regulation of their replication, differentiation, integration and function in the nervous system, and identification and characterization of normal and tumor stem cells. Deadline: 10/1/04. Contact: Arlene Y. Chiu, 301-496-1447; chiua@ninds.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-101.html.
Cross-Disciplinary Translational Research at NIH–Support for research that will have a practical impact on treatment and prevention of drug abuse through development of new research technologies based on existing basic and/or clinical research knowledge, and technology transfer knowledge. Contact: Allison L. Chausmer, 301-402-5088; achausme@nida.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-109.html. Deadlines: 10/1/04, 2/1/05, 6/1/05.

Environmental Justice: Partnerships for Communication–Support to promote health research, education and intervention programs that address improved ways to serve low income, immigrant, and minorities who may be disproportionately exposed to environmental and occupational stressors. Contact: Shobha Srinivasan, 919-541-2506; sriniva2@niehs.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-04-007.html. Deadlines: 10/17/04 (Letter of Intent); 11/17/04 (Application).

Heterogeneity of Fat Depots: Underlying Basis and Association with Morbidity–Support for studies to increase understanding of interactions among cell populations in order to identify biomarkers of changes in cellular physiology and metabolism brought on by the obese state, which are associated with development of co-morbidities such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, and hypertension. Deadline: 10/1/04. Contact: Carol Renfrew Haft, 301-594-7689; cr84g@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-098.html.
Innovative and Exploratory Research in Digestive Diseases and Nutrition–Support for research using highly novel approaches to important areas of digestive diseases (including associated cancers) and nutrition research. Contact: Jose Serrano, 301-594-8871; js362q@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-108.html. Deadlines: 10/1/04, 2/1/05, 6/1/05.

International Research Scientist Development Awards provide support for postdoctoral biomedical, social, and behavioral scientists in the formative stages of their careers to conduct research in, or extend research into, developing countries. Deadline: 2/18/05. Contact: Rachel A. Nugent, 301-496-8733; nugentra@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-058.html.

Long-Term Weight Maintenance: Basic and Clinical Studies–Support to investigate mechanisms underlying weight stability and/or weight regain after intentional weight loss, as well as clinical studies investigating the role of behavioral, nutritional, exercise, or other interventions in enhancing long-term weight maintenance. Contact: Susan Z. Yanovski, 301-594-8882; sy29f@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-092.html. Deadline: 10/1/04.

Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award with Emphasis on the Applications of Genomic or Proteomic Technologies–Support for career development of clinicians who intend to engage in patient-oriented research involving application of the knowledge, tools, technologies, and approaches of genomics and proteomics to the study of diseases in order to develop effective therapeutic interventions. Contact: Bettie J. Graham, 301-496-7531; bettie_graham@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HG-03-006.html. Deadline: 10/20/04.
Mid-Career Investigator Awards in Patient-Oriented Research allow clinician investigators to have protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and act as research mentors for clinical residents, clinical fellows and/or junior clinical faculty. Deadlines: 10/1/04, 2/1/05, 6/1/05. Contact: Robin Barr, 301-496-9322; rb42h@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-107.html.

Novel Approaches to Study Polymicrobial Diseases–Support to develop innovative approaches that will contribute to understanding mechanisms that impact virulence of infections involving two or more microorganisms or strains of microorganisms (with the exception of HIV) (i.e., to consider the fact that many diseases are caused by synergistic and inhibitory interactions of bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi). Contact: Dennis F. Mangan, 301-594-2421; Dennis.Mangan@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-093.html. Deadline: 10/1/04.

Reducing Barriers to Symptom Management and Palliative Care–Support for research directed at developing and testing interventions to reduce or overcome barriers to delivery of appropriate symptom management and palliative care to patients suffering from disease and/or treatment-related sequelae. Contact: Ann O’Mara, 301-496-8541; omaraa@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-05-013.html. Deadlines: 8/24/04 (Letter of Intent); 9/24/04 (Application).

Research Partnerships for Improving Functional Outcomes–Support for basic, applied, and translational multi- disciplinary research addressing biological, behavioral, medical, and/or psychosocial research problems related to rehabilitation or health maintenance of individuals with acute or chronic disease. Contact: Michael Weinrich, 301-402-4201; mw287k@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-077.html. Deadline: 10/13/04.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows–Postdoctoral fellowships in fields related to the mission of the NIH institutes and centers. Contact: Robin Barr, 301-496-9322; rb42h@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-067.html. Deadlines: 8/5/04, 12/5/04.

Silvio O. Conte Centers for Neuroscience Research–Support to provide a unifying framework for pursuit of basic neuroscience research relevant to mental health and mental illness. Deadline: 10/20/04. Contact: Laurie S. Nadler, 301-443-3563; lnadler@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-02-121.html.
Silvio O. Conte Centers for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders–Support for integration and translation of basic and clinical neuroscience research on severe mental illnesses. Deadline: 10/20/04. Contact: Steven J. Zalcman, 301-443-1692; szalcman@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-02-122.html.

Silvio O. Conte Centers to Develop Collaborative Neuroscience Research–Funding for interactive research projects and cores to serve them. Deadline: 10/20/04. Contact: Laurie S. Nadler, 301-443-3563; lnadler@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-02-123.html.

Testing Tobacco Products Promoted to Reduce Harm–Support for multi-disciplinary research on potential reduced-exposure tobacco products, both smoked and smokeless, through interplay of basic, biological, and behavioral research, surveillance, and epidemiology. Deadline: 10/1/04. Contact: Mirjana V. Djordjevic, 301-496-8584; djordjev@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-103.html.
Women’s Reproductive Health Research Career Development Program–Support for research and transfer of findings that will benefit the health of women. Contact: Estella Parrott, 301-496-6515; ep61h@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-04-014.html. Deadlines: 7/27/04 (Letter of Intent); 8/27/04 (Application).

Applied Mathematics–Support for mathematics research motivated by or having an effect on problems arising in science and engineering. Deadline: 11/2/04. Contact: Henry A. Warchall, 703-292-4861; hwarchal@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/progdesc/2004/mps/1266.html.
Arctic Research Opportunities–Support for research to gain a better understanding of the Earth’s physical, biological, geological, chemical, social and cultural processes, and interactions of ocean, land, atmosphere, biological, and human systems in the Arctic. Deadline: 8/30/04. Contact: Jane V. Dionne, 703-292-7427; jdionne@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04587/nsf04587.htm.
Computing Research Infrastructure (CRI)–Support for acquisition, development, enhancement, and operation of research infrastructure that enables discovery, learning, and innovation in all computing fields supported by CISE. Deadlines: 7/26/04 (Letter of Intent); 8/23/04 (Application). Contact: Darleen L. Fisher, 703-292-8950; dlfisher@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04588/nsf04588.htm.
Discovery Corps Fellowships (DCF)–Support for postdoctoral and professional development models combining research expertise with professional service. Applicants will describe plans to leverage research expertise through projects addressing areas of national need. Deadline: 12/14/04. Contact: Katharine J. Covert, 703-292-4950; kcovert@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04591/nsf04591.htm.

EarthScope: Science, Education, and Related Activities–Support to conduct scientific research associated with EarthScope and activities that further the scientific and educational goals of EarthScope. Contact: Kaye Shedlock, 703-292-8556; kshedloc@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04589/nsf04589.htm. Deadlines: 8/24/04, 7/16/05.
Geospace Environment Modeling (GEM)–Support to develop general circulation models (GCMs) to describe global dynamics of the magnetosphere and how the magnetosphere interacts with the solar wind and ionosphere. Contact: Kile B. Baker, 703-292-8519; kbaker@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2002/nsf02122/nsf02122.htm. Deadline: 10/15/04.
Microbial Observatories (MO) and Microbial Interactions and Processes–Support for research to discover and characterize novel microorganisms, microbial consortia, communities, activities and other novel properties, and to study their roles in diverse environments. Deadline: 8/23/04. Contact: Matthew D. Kane, 703-292-7186; mkane@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04586/nsf04586.htm.
Postdoctoral Fellowships in Polar Regions Research–Support for training and research on any aspect of scientific study of the Antarctic and/or the Arctic, including travel grants so persons may first visit prospective sponsoring scientists at their organizations. Deadlines: 9/2/04, 9/7/05 (Travel); 3/2/05 (Fellowship). Contact: Bernhard Lettau, 703-292-8033; blettau@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04566/nsf04566.htm.
Statistics–Support for research to develop and improve statistical theory and methods, including research in statistical methods that involve applications to any area of science and engineering. Deadline: 11/2/04. Contact: Roger Berger, 703-292-4884; rberger@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/progdesc/2004/mps/1269.html.

Artist-in-Residence Program–Support for artists to serve the school age population. Contact: North Dakota Council on the Arts, 701-328-3954; comserv@state.nd.us; http://www.state.nd.us/arts/grants/grants.htm. Deadline: 11/1/04.
Lewis and Clark Community Grant Program–Support for performances, exhibitions, murals, workshops and special events relating to the Lewis and Clark Expedition Bicentennial. Deadline: 11/1/04. Contact: See above.

— Barry Milavetz, interim director, research and program development.

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