staff invited to participate in summer commencement
Faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march
in academic regalia in the summer commencement ceremony
Friday, Aug. 6, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
Faculty and administrators should assemble in the rehearsal
room in the lower level of the Auditorium by 2:30 p.m. University
marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their
places in the procession.
Please contact the office of the vice president for student
and outreach services at 777-2724 by Friday, July 30, or
send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org
if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number
of seats can be reserved.
I encourage participation by faculty and administrative
staff to help make this a memorable occasion for our graduates,
their families, and friends.
– Charles Kupchella, president.
Web server has
Reminder: The www.und.edu web server was upgraded May 21.
If you haven’t updated your web pages since then,
you will need to make some changes to your publishing software
(e.g. WS_FTP, DreamWeaver). Instructions are located at:
— Doris Bornhoeft,Information Technology Systems
and Services, and Jan Orvik, University Relations.
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.
lists summer schedule
University Letter will be published every other week during
the summer. Publication dates are: 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
– Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter, 777-3621,
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honor Nancy Poole
A reception in honor of Nancy Poole will be held Thursday,
July 15, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Pro Shop of Ray Richards
Golf Course. Nancy retired from her position as clubhouse
manager June 30. Please join us in thanking Nancy for her
service to UND and wishing her a happy retirement.
– Wallace Bloom, manager, Ray Richards Golf Course.
Center to hold yard sale Friday
The Dakota Science Center is holding a yard sale Friday,
July 16, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in their parking lot at
308 S. Fifth St. Desks, file cabinets, lamps, chairs, microwave
oven, dishes, and a lot more stuff will be sold. A short
program about butterflies will be presented in the butterfly
garden at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stop in to shop and learn!
If you have non-clothing items to contribute to the sale,
please drop them off at the Center between 5 and 7 p.m.
on July 14 and 15. Call the Center at 795-8500 with any
questions or to learn more about summer science programs
– Dawn Botsford (Student and Outreach Services),
for the Dakota Science Center.
set for four candidates
The final examination for Gregory Gibson, a candidate for
the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology,
is set for 10 a.m. Friday, July 16, in 318 Montgomery Hall.
The dissertation title is “Emotional Intelligence
and Performance in a Graduate School Counseling Program.”
Kara Brita Wettersten (counseling) is the committee chair.
The final examination for Rhanda B. Clow, a candidate for
the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology,
is set for Tuesday, July 20, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The
dissertation title is “Experiential Career Exploration:
Qualitative Examination of a Group-Based Intervention.”
Cindy Juntunen (counseling) is the committee chair.
The final examination for Cheryl L. Halcrow, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning,
is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in Room 208, Education
Building. The dissertation title is “The Perceived
Function and Effectiveness of a Math Learning Center.”
Myrna Olson (teaching and learning) is the committee chair.
The final examination for Jennifer Lamoureux, a candidate
for the Ph.D. degree with a major in microbiology and immunology,
is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, in the United Hospital
Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The
dissertation title is “Experimental Polychondritis:
Induced vs. Spontaneous.” David Bradley (microbiology
and immunology) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, Graduate School.
Empire Arts Center
hosts “Summer Sounds”
The Empire Arts Center will host a new live music series
titled “Summer Sounds,” giving local and regional
artists an opportunity to be heard and seen on the stage
of the Empire. The shows will run Mondays, July 19 and 26
and Aug. 23.
All shows start at 7:30 p.m.
The July 19 concert will consist of a classic rock band,
Bonifide from Grand Forks; Nic Garcia, a guitarist from
Grand Forks; and Dorothy Fix, a duo from Fargo known for
organizing the Fargo Winter Festival and the Erie Dam Music
The show of July 26 will feature Prairie Rose, Grand Forks,
a trio playing music that ranges from bluegrass to country,
rock to classic standards, followed by Stu Trio from Grand
Forks, performing jazz and bossa nova. Elena Harris, a musician
from Voronezh, Russia, and currently living in Grand Forks,
will sing Russian folk songs as well as some popular jazz
and blues songs in both English and Russian.
The Aug. 23 show will close “Summer Sounds”
with performances by Touchwood, a three-part punk band from
Cayuga/Cogswell, N.D.; The Shmelbys, a punk/emo/alternative
band from East Grand Forks, Minn.; and Tones of Emotion
from Gilby, N.D. , who play emo and “happy punk rock.”
Tickets for “Summer Sounds” are $5 for general
admission and $4 for students, and will be available at
the Empire Arts Center before the shows. For more information
please call 746-5500.
– Jan Orvik, editor, for Empire Arts Center.
will honor Elizabeth Nichols
Faculty and staff from the College of Nursing will host
a farewell reception for Dean Elizabeth Nichols on Wednesday,
July 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center.
The campus community is invited. Dean Nichols was recently
named the new dean of nursing at Montana State University.
Dr. Nichols, who has been at UND for nine years, received
her master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing from
the University of California at San Francisco and a Master
of Arts in political science from Idaho State University.
Prior to becoming the dean of nursing at UND, she served
as chair of nursing at Idaho State University and dean of
nursing at University of Wyoming. During her tenure at UND,
she has been instrumental in advancing nursing education,
including the creation of a nursing doctorate in 2002. Her
vision for nursing has allowed the college to expand undergraduate
enrollment; move the RN-to-BSN program to a distance-delivered
program; begin three new specializations at the master’s
level, including a distance-delivered program in nursing
education; and expand research initiatives within the college.
Under her leadership, the college has become part of an
international program to develop primary care curriculum
and training programs in Third World countries. She is respected
as a leader in nursing throughout the state, serving on
a variety of health initiatives at local and state levels
and most recently as the president of the North Dakota Nurses
– College of Nursing.
Environmental Research Forum to be held at EERC
The 65th Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF)
quarterly meeting will be held at UND’s Energy and
Environmental Research Center (EERC) on July 21 and 22.
The theme of the meeting is greenhouse gases, which have
the potential to effect global climate change.
PERF is a group of representatives from the petroleum industry
involved in joint venture research and development for a
cleaner, healthier environment. PERF provides a forum for
members to collect, exchange, and analyze research information
about technology related to the petroleum industry. Since
its inception in 1986, PERF members have completed more
than 90 such joint research projects. PERF includes members
from 18 corporations, including Amerada Hess, BP, ChevronTexaco,
ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Petro Canada, Shell, Total,
and Unocal, among others.
“It’s a great honor to host the PERF summer
meeting,” said EERC Director Gerald Groenewold. “This
prestigious group of engineers, scientists, and managers
represents many fields whose work through PERF is focused
on pollution prevention and safety, as well as personal
concern for the environment.”
“During the meeting, the EERC will have the opportunity
to discuss with PERF members management of greenhouse gases,
such as carbon dioxide (CO2), which will directly benefit
the EERC’s Plains CO2 Reduction Partnership, one of
seven regional centers in the United States focused on reducing
carbon dioxide emissions,” said John Harju, EERC associate
director for research.
The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, and
will include topics such as carbon- trading concepts and
platforms, measurement and verification, carbon dioxide
(CO2) behavior, capture and separation technologies, and
value-added uses for CO2 such as enhanced oil recovery.
Attendees of the meeting will tour EERC facilities beginning
at 1:45 p.m.
Highlighted speakers include Ed Steadman, EERC; Theresa
Takacs, ExxonMobil; Karin Ritter, American Petroleum Institute;
David Fischer, Fischer Oil & Gas Inc.; Joe Cross, ConocoPhillips;
Malcolm Wilson, Petroleum Technology Research Centre; Steve
Hawthorne, EERC; Anthony DiNicola, Unocal; Lynn Helms, North
Dakota Industrial Commission; Haroon Kheshgi, ExxonMobil,
and Helen Kerr, BP.
To register or for further information, contact Anne Fiala
at (701) 777-3119 or email@example.com. For a complete
agenda, hotel, and travel information, log onto www.perf.org.
PERF meetings are hosted by members on a rotational basis
and held every three to four months.
SAS users invited
There will be a SAS users group informal meeting from 11
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, in 311 Upson II. This
will provide a chance to get together with your peers to
share tips and tricks using SAS. There will be a demonstration
using PC-SAS ODS styles. Feel free to bring a brown bag
lunch. If you are interested in this information but unable
to attend, please contact me.
– Carol Drechsel, Institutional Research, 777-2487.
to present at poster session
The 12th annual Science, Engineering and Mathematics Undergraduate
Poster Session is set for 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug.
3, in the Memorial Union Ballroom at NDSU. A picnic will
ND EPSCoR is hosting the session. Undergraduates from all
North Dakota universities and tribal colleges are invited
to present a poster. Registration begins at 9 a.m.
More information is available at www.ndepscor.nodak.edu/news/index.htm;
see the ND EPSCoR web page for RSVP instructions
– David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU.
due for Aug. 4 IRB meeting
The institutional review board will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday,
Aug. 4, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals
submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development
before Monday, July 26. Proposals received later will be
considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.
Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical
medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board.
Proposals for these projects are due in ORPD Monday, July
Minutes from the meeting will be available in the ORPD
approximately one week after the meeting.
– John Madden (communication sciences and disorders),
chair, institutional review board.
Space on the
Prairie conference set for Aug. 8-9
The NASA North Dakota Space Grant Consortium (NDSGC) will
sponsor the Space on the Prairie Conference on Sunday and
Monday, Aug. 8 and 9, at the Hilton Garden Inn and Rural
Technology Center. The conference will showcase the various
high school/university research and technology projects
that have been funded by the NDSGC and NASA EPSCoR, including
the summer research of 11 ND STaR (North Dakota Space Training
and Research) undergraduate students.
The keynote speaker at the noon luncheon will be Lt. Gov.
Jack Dalyrmple. Also in attendance will be Dr. Brad Weiner,
director of the the division of higher education at NASA
headquarters, and Dr. Gregg Buckingham, university affairs
officer at Kennedy Space Center. The Congressional delegation
has been invited. The conference agenda has not been finalized.
The conference is open to the academic community and to
the general public. Cost of the luncheon is $15. Pre-registration
is preferred. Please call Suezette Rene Bieri in the Department
of Space Studies at 777-4856 to register or to receive additional
information on the conference.
– Space Studies.
sought for public scholarship retreat
Faculty interested in the development of public scholarship
at UND are invited to participate in a retreat Thursday,
Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rural Technology Center.
Public scholarship is a term that has been used nationally
to describe research and creative activity for public or
community purposes. The idea for a retreat grew out of faculty
discussions on public scholarship during the spring semester.
The retreat will provide an opportunity for discussion of
a mission, organizational and financial support, and programming
ideas for a UND public scholarship program.
For more information or to reserve a space at the retreat,
please contact me.
– Lana Rakow, experiential learning project, 777-2287,
invited to take part in Welcome Weekend
Faculty and staff members are invited to assist at Welcome
Weekend for new students. Total time commitment is approximately
three to five hours. A planning session is set for Thursday,
Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon in the River Valley Room, Memorial
During the planning session, you will first meet with a
student ambassador to plan for your small group session
on Saturday afternoon. At the conclusion of that session
you will receive a T-shirt to be worn during the sessions
You are also invited to a picnic lunch for all Welcome
Weekend participants (faculty, administrators, and students)
on the lawn of the Twamley/Library Quad (12:15 to 1 p.m.).
Staying for lunch is optional, but this is a good opportunity
to meet students, other faculty members, and administrators.
On Saturday, Aug. 21, from 12:45 to 3 p.m. or from 1:45
to 4 p.m., you are invited to the opening and small group
sessions at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.
Please wear the UND T-shirt you were given on Thursday.
Faculty will be introduced as a group during the Welcome
Weekend opening sessions, 1 to 2 p.m. or 2 to 3 p.m.
At 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., you will meet your student ambassador
and small group of new students on the lawn of the auditorium
to conduct the small group sessions on academic life at
UND that you helped plan in the Thursday planning session.
These sessions are a key part of Welcome Weekend.
Thank you for considering participation in this important
event. If you have any questions or need more information,
please feel free to contact me by e-mail at Brittany.firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Enrollment Services.
Bush Artist Fellows
program sets informational meetings
Applications for the 2005 Bush Artist Fellows program will
be available Monday, Aug. 2. Artists may apply in four categories:
literature (including poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction),
scriptworks for stage and screen, film/video, and music
composition. All artists interested in applying are encouraged
to attend an informational meeting.
At the meetings, Program Director Julie Gordon Dalgleish
will present an overview of the Bush Artist Fellows program,
discuss the guidelines and eligibility for the 2005 applications
and answer questions. A one-hour meeting will be held Tuesday,
Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art.
The Bush Artist Fellows Program provides artists with significant
financial support that enables them to further their work
and their contribution to their communities. Fellows may
decide to take time for solitary work or reflection, engage
in collaborative or community projects, or embark on travel
or research. Artists may use a Bush Artist Fellowship in
many ways: to explore new directions, continue work already
in progress, or accomplish work not financially feasible
otherwise. Up to 15 fellowships of $44,000 each will be
awarded in 2005. Application deadlines for the 2005 categories
are: literature, Oct. 22; scriptworks and film/video, Oct.
29; music composition, Nov. 5.
To be eligible to apply, an artist must be at least 25
years old at the time of application and a resident of Minnesota,
North Dakota, South Dakota or the 26 counties of western
Wisconsin that lie within the Ninth Federal Reserve District.
Applicants must have lived in one of these states for at
least 12 of the 36 months preceding the application deadline.
Students are not eligible.
Separate preliminary panels are convened for each category
to review application materials and select finalists. Final
selection of fellows is made in April 2005 by an interdisciplinary
For more information about the Bush Artist Fellows program,
the information meetings or to request an application, please
contact Kathi Polley, program assistant, at the Bush Foundation,
651-227-5222 or 1-800-605-7315, or email@example.com.
Applications may also be requested by writing: Bush Artist
Fellowships, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E-900, St. Paul,
MN 55101, or downloaded from the Bush Foundation web site,
— Nicole Darenne, North Valley Arts Council.
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named records manager
Please welcome Christopher Austin as the new records manager
for the University. He comes to the University from the
Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Silverdale, Wash.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer information
systems from Chapman University. He replaces Sara Bolken,
who left the University last year.
As the records manager, Austin will continue to develop
the University’s comprehensive records management
program and assist all members of the University community
with ongoing issues regarding records management, retention,
and disposition. Please remember, a record can be in paper
and electronic formats. To help him with this task, each
academic and administrative department should have a records
coordinator who is familiar with the current filing configuration.
This person will serve as a liaison between the department
and Austin. Now is the time for departments to deal with
records disposition, so please make sure that your department
is represented. All new and current records coordinators
should contact Austin, via e-mail, as soon as possible and
no later than July 31, 2004.
Austin is a member of the Office of General Counsel and
reports to Julie Evans, general counsel. The Office of Records
Management is located in 2E O’Kelly Hall. Austin can
be contacted by telephone at 777-6797, by e-mail at Austin@law.und.edu,
through the records manager’s web page at http://www.und.edu/dept/records/,
or through intra-campus mail directed to Box 8196.
– Julie Ann Evans, general counsel.
director of internal medicine residency program
David Theige of Fargo has been named director of the internal
medicine residency program at the School of Medicine and
Health Sciences southeast campus, based in Fargo.
After earning his M.D. degree from UND in 1985, Theige
went on to complete internal medicine residency training
in the UND program he now directs.
He has been a member of the medical school faculty since
1989, when he joined the school as clerkship director in
internal medicine. He also served as president of the national
clerkship directors’ organization from 1988 to 1999.
He has served as assistant dean for clinical education
and director of clinical education. Most recently, he has
filled the role of program director for the transitional,
one-year, residency program and assistant program director
of the internal medicine residency program.
– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
for cell phone policy
All University-related cellular phone service and usage
agreements must be coordinated through Telecommunications
and the Purchasing Office. NOTE: All cellular phones purchased
by University departments are to be used for conducting
University business only.
The University, through cooperative purchasing efforts
with the State of North Dakota, participates in the cellular
telephone contract currently held with Cellular One. This
contract provides special pricing and, most importantly,
the availability of minutes with other cellular phone users.
Information regarding this contract can be found at www.cellularonewest.com/NorthDakota.asp.
The department should contact Cellular One directly at 1-800-497-0634
to obtain the phone type and plan that meets their service
needs. Then contact Telecommunications at 777-3932 with
If departmental cellular phone service needs cannot be
fulfilled by Cellular One under the state contract and another
provider may meet those needs, the department must request
exemption from the state contract by contacting Telecommunications.
Exemption to the state contract may be authorized if Cellular
One is unable to provide coverage to a required area/location,
or a specific specialty service/feature is not offered that
is required for departmental operation or research. Exemptions
will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Telecommunications
with written notification of approval or denial provided
to the requesting department.
The Purchasing Office will process approved exemptions
for cellular phone contracts from the alternate provider.
The department must submit a requisition to Purchasing with
the Telecommunications-approved exemption form and the contract
or agreement from the alternate provider. Purchasing will
have the contract or agreement reviewed by legal counsel*
as required by State Board of Higher Education policy. Following
legal counsel review, the contract will be signed by a Purchasing
Office buyer and a blanket purchase order issued.
All existing cellular phone service contracts with alternate
providers must be reviewed by the department prior to the
contract anniversary and honoring any contract extensions.
All contract extensions must follow the procedure outlined
above, as coverage and features offered by the Cellular
One state contract may change and exemptions may no longer
* All contracts, vendor agreements, software license and
other documents containing terms and conditions binding
the University of North Dakota require the approval and
signature of designated University personnel.
— Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and
longer available through software licensing
As PeopleSoft implementation inches closer, we have been
re-evaluating some of the products offered by the HECN software
licensing program. One of these products is Corel WordPerfect.
Because Microsoft Office is the only office productivity
package supported by ConnectND, we will no longer offer
Corel WordPerfect through the software licensing program.
Please note: You still will be able to acquire WordPerfect
licenses through the NDSU Varsity Mart. If you need contact
information, please call the Information Technology Systems
and Services help desk at 777-2222 or Craig Cerkowniak at
Use web instead
of directory assistance
To avoid paying directory assistance charges, currently
$1.99 per call, consider using the Internet instead when
you need a telephone number. At www.dexonline.com, Qwest
provides a comprehensive and current online telephone directory
for business, residential, government and toll-free numbers.
Another source is www.att.com/directory. Several other web
sites are also available.
– Lois MacGregor, Telecommunications.
Museum will host
Lewis & Clark exhibition
The North Dakota Museum of Art has been invited to host
the country’s premier Lewis and Clark exhibition,
“Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark and the
Revealing of America.” Organized by the Library of
Congress where it opened in July 2003, the exhibition will
tour to Omaha, Grand Forks, and Seattle, bringing rare documents,
art works from both the European and the Indian worlds,
and spectacular maps to three states along the Lewis &
Clark trail. It will open on Nov. 14 and continue through
Jan. 9, 2005.
“Rivers, Edens, Empires” features the expedition
of the Corps of Discovery as the culminating moment in the
quest to connect North America by means of a waterway passage.
Like so many other exploration stories, the Lewis &
Clark journey was shaped by the search for navigable rivers,
inspired by the quest for Edens, and driven by competition
Thomas Jefferson was motivated by these aspirations when
he drafted instructions for the Corps of Discovery, sending
them up the Missouri River in search of a passage to the
Pacific. Writing to William Dunbar just a month after Lewis
& Clark began their expedition, Jefferson emphasized
the importance of rivers in his plan for western exploration
and national expansion: “We shall delineate with correctness
the great arteries of this great country.” River highways
could take Americans into Eden, Jefferson’s vision
of the West as the “Garden of the World.” And
those same rivers might be nature’s outlines and borders
for empire. “Future generations would,” so the
president told his friend, “fill up the canvas we
The Library of Congress used its unparalleled collections
to launch this exhibition focusing on western exploration.
The library is home to William Clark’s maps, including
the 1803 annotated map that the Corps of Discovery took
on their journey. The library is also the repository for
Thomas Jefferson’s papers and holds important documentation
about his enduring interest in exploring the western portion
of North America, including instructions to Meriwether Lewis
for the journey, Jefferson’s secret message to Congress
requesting funding for the journey, and his speech to the
Indian chiefs (representing the Osages, Missouri, Otos,
Panis, Cansas Ayowais, and Sioux) on their historic visit
to Washington, D.C., in January 1806.
The exhibition and its national tour are made possible
through funding from the U.S. Congress. That funding was
secured by the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Congressional
Caucus and its co-chairs, Sens. Conrad Burns, Larry Craig,
and Byron Dorgan, and Reps. Doug Bereuter and Earl Pomeroy.
Local funding for presenting the show in North Dakota is
still being sought to cover such expenses as shipping and
courier services, travel for up to five installation personnel
from the Library of Congress, upgrading the North Dakota
Museum of Art facility to meet climate control standards,
and costs to install the exhibition in the Museum’s
The Museum will organize a symposium for the general public
in conjunction with the opening that will include historians,
cartographers, and other scholars. The Museum’s education
department is already accepting requests for tours. In addition,
outlying schools that wish to take part in more extended
activities through the Museum’s Rural School Initiative,
including pre- and post-tour activities, are encouraged
to call 777-4195 for more information.
– North Dakota Museum of Art.
Hockey ink deal with Octagon
Ralph Engelstad Arena and USA Hockey officials have agreed
to terms with Octagon, a sports marketing firm, to handle
television procurement and sponsorship sales for the 2005
IIHF World Junior Championship.
Octagon, one of the world’s leading sports and event
marketing companies, has global expertise in consulting,
representation of athletes and personalities, event management,
property representation, television rights and television
production. Octagon’s track record includes involvement
with ESPN, naming rights of both the New England Patriots
and Tennessee Titans new stadiums, and the development and
introduction of the Gravity Games.
Ralph Engelstad Arena, both in Grand Forks and Thief River
Falls, USA Hockey, and Octagon will be presenting the 2005
World Junior Hockey Championship. For more information visit
www.octagon.com or www.theralph.com.
— Ralph Engelstad Arena.
EERC powers microturbine
with oil field gas
The Energy and Environmental Research Center has begun
a demonstration project to determine the economic viability
and environmental advantage of generating power using a
30-kilowatt microturbine fueled with sour (impure) natural
gas often produced along with oil.
The project is being demonstrated at an oil field in Newburg,
N.D., operated by Amerada Hess Corp., an international petroleum
company with 461 active wells in North Dakota. A Capstone
MicroTurbine, supplied by Interstate Power Systems, has
been installed and is providing power to run water pumps
used in the oil recovery process.
“The turbine has 30 kilowatts of power capacity now,
with the potential of producing 300 kilowatts from a sour
gas pipeline in the future, which could provide significant
cost savings,” said Darren Schmidt, EERC research
manager. By comparison, a 30 kilowatt capacity is enough
to supply power to about six to 10 homes, Schmidt said.
“Future uses of microturbines are being explored
in this demonstration project,” said John Harju, EERC
associate director for research. “There is a large
volume of sour gas around the country that is not readily
marketable because of quality or quantity constraints. By
utilizing this byproduct natural gas, there is a dual benefit
of generating on-site power for oil recovery while at the
same time minimizing emissions by as much as 75 percent.”
The Amerada Hess field produces a sour gas (less than 1.5
percent sulfur) from oil production. The project will determine
whether the turbine can operate when exposed to these high-sulfur
conditions. Because of a patented air-bearing technology,
Capstone’s MicroTurbine is the only turbine designed
specially to tolerate fuel impurities such as
“This is providing an opportunity to demonstrate the
feasibility of using what is otherwise a problematic waste
material and turning it into a valuable fuel resource,”
said Gerald Groenewold, EERC director.
The project is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy
National Energy Technology Laboratory, the North Dakota
Department of Commerce Division of Community Services, and
Amerada Hess. Work will be completed in January 2005.
The project was a topic of discussion at the workshop on
Improving Electrical Energy Efficiency in Exploration and
Production Operations on June 22 in Bismarck. For more information,
please visit the web site at www.un
Library grants 2004 Merrifield Competition award
The Chester Fritz Library has granted the 11th annual Merrifield
Competition award to Matthew Leiphon. The Merrifield Award
includes a $1,500 scholarship and recognizes outstanding
scholarly research in historic documents held in the Library’s
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Leiphon’s research paper, “Party of Discontent?
North Dakota, the Nonpartisan League and the World War I
Political Experience,” examined several manuscript
collections, including the papers of William Langer, William
Lemke, John Hagan, Kate Richards O’Hare, and A.C.
Townley. Leiphon graduated from UND with a B.A. in political
science and history. The son of Francis and Kim Leiphon,
he graduated from Devils Lake High School in 1999. Leiphon
plans to pursue a law degree.
A five-member jury reviewed the research papers submitted
for the 2004 competition. These included Sandy Slater, head
of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections;
Kim Donehower, assistant professor of English: Greg Gagnon,
associate professor of Indian Studies; Anne Kelsch, assistant
professor of history; and Patrick O’Neill, professor
of economics. The research papers were judged on quality
of research, clarity and writing skill, and the extent to
which the author investigated primary sources.
The Merrifield Competition is named in honor of Webster
Merrifield, UND’s first University librarian of record
and president of the University from 1892 to 1909. A grant
from the UND Alumni Association and Foundation enables the
library to hold this annual competition.
— Sandy Slater, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special
Collections, Chester Fritz Library.
listed for Aug. 2-20
Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 2-20. 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
Excel XP, Beginning: Aug. 2 and 4, 9 a.m. to noon, 361
Upson II (nine hours total). Explore Excel basics, edit
worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work
with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set
display and print options. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.
Excel XP, Intermediate: (limited seating), Aug. 9 and 11,
9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Prerequisite:
Excel Beginning. Work with templates, filter and sort data,
import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze
and share data. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.
Word XP, Beginning: Aug. 16, 18, and 20, 9 a.m. to noon,
361 Upson II (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.
DMP Protocol and Work Force Safety (Workers Compensation):
Aug. 17, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. The Designated
Medical Provider guidelines are part of the North Dakota
State Risk Management Program with Work Force Safety (workers
compensation). It is important for employees to have a clear
understanding of these policies in the event they suffer
a work-related injury. The class also provides an excellent
opportunity for supervisors to become more familiar with
the policy. The UND safety director and work force safety
coordinator will make the presentation and be available
for questions. Presenters: Claire Moen and Jason Uhlir.
Annual Reporting Update: Aug. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson
II. This is a workshop to familiarize campus units with
the web application for submitting annual reports via the
web template, as well as previewing and printing the web
report. This hands-on workshop is a repeat from last year
to give employees involved with annual reporting the opportunity
to become acquainted with the available web template and
various reports. There have been some slight additions/revisions
to the template, so some of the material will be new. Presenters:
Carol Drechsel and Carmen Williams.
Fire Safety and Prevention, What You Need to Know: Aug.
19, 9 to 11 a.m., 128 Ryan Hall. This course will cover
issues related to fire and life safety. Fires are emergencies
that can be devastating to individuals at both the workplace
and home. In addition to learning about basic fire safety
principles, participants will receive instruction and hands-on
experience in the use of portable fire extinguishers. Presenters:
Mike Powers and Jason Uhlir.
— Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University
within the University.
offers 36 new certificate programs
The Division of Continuing Education now offers 36 new
certificate programs. Designed for career entry or advancement
as well as personal enrichment, courses are available online
and offer a certificate of completion. Enrollment may begin
at any time, and completion times vary for each course.
They include travel agent training, Microsoft Office specialist,
legal nurse consultant, records management, eBusiness, certified
bookkeeper, web database developer, and more. Other certificates
offered through UND include graphic design, real estate,
dietary manager, Webmaster and paralegal. A complete list
is available on the web site at www.conted.und.edu/ceus.
— Continuing Education.
trail maps available
Enjoy walking? Feel stressed and need a break? Want to
get in shape? Want to become renewed and invigorated when
outside? Check out the new walking trails on campus.
The physical wellness subcommittee, along with Rick Tonder,
associate director of facilities, has created 14 walking/running
trails for the UND campus. The trails, approximately one
mile in length, cover most regions of campus and can be
interconnected for a 5-10 mile walk. Three of the trails
are indoor routes for year-round use. The School of Medicine
loop even includes stair climbing to increase the workout.
Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial
Union and online through the UND home page at www.und.nodak.edu
and the Wellness Center home page at http://wellness.und.edu/wellness.
Obesity and poor fitness are health crises in America.
College campuses are not immune. Let’s lower the risk
at UND. Get active, get fit, and get healthy. See you on
– Matt Remfert, co-chair, physical wellness subcommittee.
for nutrition/memory study
In collaboration with James Penland of the Grand Forks
USDA Human Nutrition Research Center and Patricia Moulton
of the UND 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 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
– Tom Petros, professor of psychology.
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 is more effective
in protecting bones compared to calcium alone in postmenopausal
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
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
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for tribal college science coordinator position
Applicants are sought for the position of tribal college
science coordinator. This recruitment is made on condition
and in anticipation of an award establishing an IDeA Networks
of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) in North Dakota.
The mission of the North Dakota INBRE will be to build
biomedical research capacity by serving universities and
tribal colleges within the state. The science coordinator
position will be a full-time five-year NIH-funded position
with a starting salary range of $40,000 to $48,000 plus
fringe benefits. The coordinator will be responsible for
hands-on, daily implementation of INBRE-sponsored science
enhancement initiatives across five tribal college campuses
within North Dakota. The coordinator will report to the
executive director of the North Dakota Association of Tribal
Colleges (NDATC) in Bismarck but may be based elsewhere,
including at a tribal college campus. The coordinator will
be expected to travel extensively among INBRE institutions
within North Dakota.
- Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in science or
science education-related area.
- Sensitivity and responsiveness to the missions of the
participating tribal colleges.
- Significant knowledge and experience with reservation
- Knowledge of Native American people, history and culture
Submit cover letter, resume and contact information for
three references to: ND Association of Tribal Colleges,
c/o North Dakota INBRE, 501 N. Columbia Road, PO Box 9037,
Grand Forks, ND 58203.
Send electronic submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a complete job description visit: www.medicine.nodak.edu/brin.
For more information on NDATC visit: www.ndatc.org.
The NDATC does not discriminate on the basis of disability,
race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin.
– North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure
for Homeland Security Centers program
The Homeland Security Centers program broad agency announcement
(BAA) invites eligible institutions, partners, and groups
of investigators to form consortia capable of mounting a
sustained and innovative research and education effort in
the area of behavioral and social aspects of terrorism and
counter-terrorism. Proposals should address multidisciplinary,
collaborative research and education. The successful proposal
will develop a model for generating the future workforce
that embraces homeland security issues.
The Science and Technology Directorate of the Department
of Homeland Security deals with the security of the United
States on weapons of mass destruction, disruption and effect.
Thus, outcomes derived from the research and education of
this center should emphasize applications related to domestic
security while reflecting on the international context of
terrorism. Also, approaches to develop the future intellectual
capital and workforce necessary to respond to the challenges
raised in this BAA should be broadly integrated across all
lines of research.
It is anticipated that there will be one award of $4 million
per year for three years, including direct and indirect
The complete announcement can be found at the following
The letter of intent due date is July 30; applications
are due Sept. 30.
— Barry Milavetz, interim director, Research and
sought for COBRE grants
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has issued
a solicitation for proposals for “Centers of Biomedical
Research Excellence (COBRE).” This program provides
support for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program
to foster health-related research and increase the competitiveness
of investigators at institutions located in states with
historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards
from the NIH. The University of North Dakota is eligible
for these grants. Three years ago, a proposal from UND’s
School of Medicine and Health Sciences involving several
faculty researchers was awarded $10 million.
The purpose of the COBRE program is to (1) enhance
the ability of investigators to compete independently for
complementary NIH individual research grants or other external
peer-review support, and (2) augment and enhance an institution’s
biomedical research infrastructure through establishment
of a multidisciplinary center, led by a peer-reviewed, funded
investigator with expertise central to the research theme
of the proposal. The application must have a thematic scientific
focus in a specific research area, such as neuroscience,
cancer, structural biology, immunology, or bioengineering,
and may use basic, clinical or both research approaches
to attain the goals of the proposed center. The center is
intended to support investigators from several complementary
disciplines. The research focus of COBRE encompasses the
full spectrum of the basic and clinical sciences and includes
cellular and molecular biology, biophysics and biotechnology,
genetics and developmental biology, pharmacology and others.
The principal investigator must have an active biomedical
or behavioral research program that receives NIH, NSF or
other peer-reviewed support in the scientific area of the
center. Each COBRE program should include three to five
research projects that stand alone, but share a common thematic
scientific focus. Each research project should be supervised
by a single junior investigator who is responsible for ensuring
that the specific aims of that project are met.
Applicants must request project periods of five years and
may request a budget for direct costs of up to and no more
than $1.5 million per year, excluding facilities and administrative
(F&A) costs on consortium arrangements. The applicant
may request additional direct costs in year one only of
up to $500,000 as a one-time expenditure for alteration
and renovation of laboratory or animal facilities.
Because UND may submit only one application to the program
at this time, a committee will conduct an internal review
of preproposals. Preproposals should address the following
- Cover page listing the project name, collaborators,
contact person, total budget amount.
- Biographical sketches (no more than two pages) of the
principal investigator and junior investigators who will
participate in the proposal.
- An overall research plan to justify support of a multi-disciplinary
COBRE program for five years.
- Succinct descriptions of three to five proposed projects.
- Detailed budget (including expected cost share amounts
- A clear definition of the nature and extent of research
collaboration, including a brief explanation of the necessary
administrative, fiscal, and scientific aspects of the
- A description of the research and research training
or career development goals and capabilities of the proposed
- A description of the infrastructure for conducting studies
aimed at developing a nationally competitive biomedical
Preproposals (an original plus five copies) should be no
more than six pages in length (excluding cover page, biographical
sketches and budget pages) using a reasonable format (one-inch
margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are
due in the Office of Research and Program Development by
4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 9. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals
will conform to the guidelines included in the program announcement
which can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-04-007.html.
If you would like to receive a hard copy of the announcement,
please contract Shirley Griffin in ORPD at 777-4278 or email@example.com.
The NCRR deadlines for the program are Sept. 22 for the
letter of intent and Oct. 20 for the full proposal.
The program will use the NIH exploratory grant award mechanism
— Barry Milavetz, interim director, Research and
FIDC grant awardees
The following faculty members were awarded Faculty Instructional
Development Committee (FIDC) grants in April, May and June.
April: Matthew Cavalli (mechanical engineering), 2004 NSF
Case Studies in Science workshop at the State University
of New York-Buffalo, $690.40; Margaret Moore Jackson (law),
workshop for new clinical law instructors, $629; Dexter
Perkins (geology and geological engineering), 2004 NSF Case
Studies in Science workshop at the State University of New
York-Buffalo, $750; Janet Schauer (family and community
nursing), instructional materials for Nursing 387: Family
in the Community, $89.95;
May: Carl Barrentine (humanities and integrated studies),
instructional materials, $196.66; Bette Ide and Julie Anderson
(nursing), applications in biostatistics for the health
June: Royce Blackburn (music), national conference of the
National Association of Teachers of Singing, $551; Jeff
Carmichael (biology), educational forum at the annual meeting
of the Botanical Society of America, $750; Michael Loewy
(counseling), annual meeting of the American Psychological
FIDC grant proposals may be directed toward purchase of
instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences,
or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal,
call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines
and materials or find the necessary information on the OID
web site (listed under “Academics” on the UND
home page at www.und.edu.
Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic
year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty
Instructional Development Committee. The deadline is Friday,
Aug. 13, at noon.
Instructional or professional development projects that
fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through
OID’s flexible grant program. For further information,
or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final
proposal, contact me.
– Libby Rankin, director, Office of Instructional
Development, 777-3325, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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