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VOLUME 40, NUMBER 41: July 25, 2003
President Kupchella will give “State of the Universityaddress Sept. 17
Volunteers needed to serve as “green jackets” for summercommencement
Faculty, administrative staff invited to participate in summer commencement
University Letter lists summer schedule
Grade report forms available July 29
All invited to run/walk for peace
Dakota Science Center hosts “DigNubia”
Meeting will discuss uses for new room at Union
Bookstore plans sidewalk sale
Museum of Art announces Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil exhibit
Lotus Center holds classes in Theravadan, Tibetan practices
“Space on the Prairie” conference set for Aug. 10-11
Aug. 18 staff information session covers student help topics

Kenneth Ruit named assistant provost for University assessment
Pamela Kalbfleisch named School of Communication director
Jonathan Geiger named chair of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics
Greg Greek will head family medicine residency program
Robert Sticca named director of surgery residency
Erik Mansager named director of Counseling Center
ConnectND corner
Steam shutdown set for Aug. 12, 13
Candidates sought for State Employee Compensation Commission
U2 workshops listed for Aug. 19-28
Fritz Library lists intersession hours
Health Sciences Library lists summer hours
More recipes needed for Staff Senate cookbook
Denim Day is last Wednesday of month
Children needed as research participants
Volunteers sought for study of women's bone health
Women invited to participate in new nutrition study
Temporary help needed for book rush

Faculty awarded FIDC grants
Research, grant opportunities listed


President Kupchella will give “State of the University” address Sept. 17

President Charles Kupchella will give his annual “State of the Unviersity” address and convene a meeting of the University Council at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.


Volunteers needed to serve as “green jackets” for summer commencement

Your help is requested for the summer commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 8, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. “Green jacket” volunteers assist by seating guests, helping organize our graduates, and greeting campus visitors who attend the ceremony.

Commencement begins at 3 p.m., and all volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 1:30 p.m. for a short briefing and to receive their assignments. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 4:30 p.m.

Please contact Tanya Northagen in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or e-mail tanya.northagen@mail.und.nodak.edu by Friday, Aug. 1, to let us know if you will be willing to participate. Please feel free to call if you have any questions.

– Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.


Faculty, administrative 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. 8, at 3 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Participants 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 Tanya Northagen in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 by Wednesday, July 30, or send an e-mail message to tanya.northagen@mail.und.nodak.edu 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 E. Kupchella, President.


University Letter lists summer schedule

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

– Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, 777-3621, jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.

events to note

Grade report forms available July 29

The grade report forms for summer session will be available in the Registrar’s Office for pickup by the department offices beginning at noon Tuesday, July 29. The procedures to follow and deadlines will be noted in a memo attached to the report forms.

If you need more information, please call 777-2694.

– Mike Cogan, Associate Registrar.


All invited to run/walk for peace

The Community Violence Intervention Center will hold a run/walk for peace Saturday, July 26, at the Bronson property. A 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk, and 1K kiddie fun run will raise funds for the Light of Hope Shelter. This event is open to everyone, so please join us for this fun-filled day of friendly competition to help raise money for individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and sexual abuse.

For more information on registration or volunteering, please contact Heather at 746-0405 or heatherbevic@yahoo.com.

– Janet Sundquist, Campus Coordinator, Community Violence Intervention Center.


Dakota Science Center hosts “DigNubia”

The Dakota Science Center will host a National Science Foundation traveling exhibit, “DigNubia: Exploring the Science of Archaeology,” beginning July 28. Visitors can discover the wonders of ancient pyramids of the Northern Sudan region of Africa through hands-on activities. Children and adults can spend time rebuilding the walls of the pyramid chapel based on the ancient writing on the wall. Learn to write your name in hieroglyphics and decipher the pictures found on the pyramid walls written 2,000 years ago. The lab will give visitors insight into the work done on items collected from archaeological dig sites. For more information about DigNubia, visit www.dakota-science.org.

DigNubia is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday until Aug. 22. Exhibit hours from Aug. 23 to Sept. 21 are 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only. Admission to this interactive exhibit is included with your admission to the Dakota Science Center. Fees are $5 for each adult, $3 for each student, or $10 for a family. To schedule a group tour, call 795-8500. The Dakota Science Center is located at 308 S. Fifth St., Grand Forks.

– Dawn Botsford (Student and Outreach Services), for the Dakota Science Center.


Meeting will discuss uses for new room at Union

The Memorial Union is entering its final stages of renovation. One feature that will be available to the campus community is a large, multi-purpose room on the first floor that can be used for various types of programs. The room will accommodate a variety of seating and display configurations, will be connected to the new coffee and snack shop and Internet café, and will be the new centerpiece for evening student programming. A meeting is set for Thursday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to noon, in Swanson Room 10/12 to discuss the room’s features and how various campus departments can use and schedule the room. This will be a great addition to campus and could fit well into your plans as the fall semester approaches. Departments interested in learning more about new Memorial Union programming options can attend. For questions, contact me.

– Tony Trimarco, Director, Memorial Union, 777-4703.


Bookstore plans sidewalk sale

The UND Bookstore will hold its annual sidewalk sale Thursday and Friday, July 31 and Aug. 1, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Come find great savings on bargain books, featuring a large children’s section, and UND imprinted clothing. Campus Catering will be serving hot dogs, burgers, chips, pop, and fresh-baked cookies both days from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

– University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.


Museum of Art announces Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil exhibit

An exhibition by conceptual artists Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil is set for Aug. 3 through Sept. 28, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Sunday, Aug. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Ann Hamilton and Michael Mercil are a married couple who both teach at the Ohio State University. Michael Mercil was born in 1954 in Crookston, Minn. He was raised in Minnesota and North Dakota where his parents and siblings still reside. Ann Hamilton was born in 1956 in Lima, Ohio.

Hamilton and Mercil have collaborated together with the New York-based landscape architecture firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates on several large public projects, including the award-winning Allegheny Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, Pa., and a new park (under construction) in Battery Park City in Manhattan.

Ann Hamilton creates sensory environments that combine sound, text, video, and photography with enormous accumulations of material substance. Her ephemeral, process-orientated installations disclose the traces of their making — the gesture of stacking 48,000 blue work shirts and pants, the rhythm of the hand laying a field of 750,000 copper pennies in honey — to create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites.

Whether inhabiting a building four stories high or confined to the surface of a thimble, the genesis of Hamilton’s art extends outward from the primary projections of the hand and mouth. Her attention to the uttering of a sound or the shaping of a word with the hand places language and text at the tactile and metaphoric center of her installations.

The sculptures, drawings and installation works of Michael Mercil often propose a geography of American culture through things commonly found in or around our homes (for example: furniture, pails, ladders, trunks). This emphasis on objects from the realm of “the common, the low and the ordinary” derives, in part, from his reading of New England philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, as well as from the “ready-made” examples of 20th century avant-garde artist Marcel Duchamp.
For the North Dakota Museum of Art, Mercil will produce — together with a number of three-dimensional objects — a group of new, large-scale drawings on wallpaper and plywood panels that use, as source materials, texts and illustrations from early farmer’s almanacs, carpenter’s manuals and popular quilt pattern books, and messages transcribed from Shaker “gift” drawing. The spatial relation between individual works on the gallery wall and floor will reinforce the conceptual intent of their varied metaphysical allusions, practical advisings and poetic metaphors.

Hamilton will exhibit a selection of pinhole photographs from her ongoing series titled “Face to Face.” When taking these photographs Hamilton places a tiny camera inside her mouth and uses her lips for the camera shutter. Her mouth thus becomes, in effect, an eye. In this exchange of one sensory organ for another, the orifice of speech becomes a vehicle for sight. The resulting horizontal image exposes the outline of Hamilton’s open lips as a shape resembling an eye, wherein the centered photographic subject replaces the pupil. In the relationship between image and word, Hamilton’s work, like Mercil’s, reveals a close reading of Emerson, who in his essay “Circles” wrote, “The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end.”

Their upcoming exhibition at the North Dakota Museum of Art will be the first to juxtapose and focus up on the individual studio practices of both Hamilton and Mercil. For the upper level of the museum the artists will join together to create a new collaborative work.

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

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Lotus Center holds classes in Theravadan, Tibetan practices

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will host Sandra Hammond, head of the Center for Skillful Living in Urbana, Ill., who will give instruction in Theravadan and Tibetan practices and discuss how they relate to each other. A visiting teacher at the Lotus Meditation Center, she has been teaching meditation since 1997 and is a retired psychotherapist who co-founded the Boston Family Institute in the 1960s.

On Sunday, Aug. 3, at 2 p.m., she will conduct instruction, and a question-and-answer forum.

On Monday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m., she will focus on sitting with instruction and discussion.
These events are free of charge and open to all. For more information contact Tamar at 772-2161.

– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center.


“Space on the Prairie” conference set for Aug. 10-11

A two-day conference, “Space on the Prairie,” sponsored by the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium and Space Studies, will be held Sunday and Monday, Aug. 10-11. Ten undergraduate students from UND, NDSU, Bismarck State College, and Williston State College will give poster demonstrations to the public describing their summer research projects at UND and NDSU, and engage in discussions with visiting NASA center representatives. Gov. Hoeven will be the guest speaker at the luncheon Monday.

The conference will be video-linked through the North Dakota Interactive Video Network (NDIVN) system (http://www.ndivn.nodak.edu) throughout all North Dakota higher education institutions, including two-year and tribal colleges, some K-12 schools, and the State Capitol. This will allow real and virtual interaction between the conference participants, North Dakota students and educators, as well as state education leadership. The conference will also be webcast through space.edu (UND space studies distance education web portal) to space studies graduate students around the country.

The NDSG Consortium was awarded $95,000 after submitting a proposal to NASA titled, “North Dakota Space Training and Research (ND StaR). ND StaR was prepared in response to NASA’s Space Grant College and Fellowship Program initiative, “Aerospace Workforce Development Competition,” which seeks to enlarge and enhance the resource pool of higher education graduates and faculty who stay connected or become involved with NASA as employees, contractors or principal investigators. The main goal of ND StaR is to enhance and enlarge the body of students from diverse backgrounds in North Dakota who consider a space-related postgraduate or career path.

ND StaR’s objectives include focusing resources on the non-research public institutions, increasing the diversity of students exposed to cutting-edge research and training, and disseminating the results of the initiative across North Dakota. Fellowship awardees were assigned to a specific project supervised by staff at UND or NDSU. Within the first month of inception of ND StaR, a summary list of potential projects was published and distributed to appropriate institutions of higher education in the state. Each fellowship project had a link to an appropriate NASA center or enterprise, and each student and advisor team has the opportunity to visit and interact with NASA counterparts.

The schedule follows:

Sunday, Aug. 10, Buchli Room, Hilton Garden Inn, 6 to 8 p.m., reception for ND StaR fellowship recipients, parents and research advisors and for NASA EPSCoR research recipients. Hosts are Shan de Silva, director of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium and chair of the Space Studies Department and Lynette de Silva; Bruce Smith, dean of the J.D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, and Ann Smith; and Suezette Rene Bieri, assistant director of the North Dakota Space Grant Consortium, and Michael Jacobs.
Monday, Aug. 11, Buchli Room, Hilton Garden Inn, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., buffet breakfast; 8:30 a.m., introductions by Shan de Silva; 8:45 a.m., welcome by Charles Kupchella, president of UND; 9 a.m., ND StaR oral research presentations: Scott Backman, “The New UND Observatory: Plans for a 1-meter Class Telescope for Research and Statewide Educational Outreach”; Ben Bieber, “CubeSat Spacecraft Bus”; Aric Brackel, “Volcanism on Mars”; Nathan Grenz, “Estimating Cardiac Viscoelastic Properties”; Eric Hanson, “Reforming Fuel Cells That Require Hydrogen for Opposition”; Sarah Kavli, “Deployable Greenhouse Integration Issues”; Michael Kindel, “Developing Wind Technologies”; Andrew Newman, “Analysis of Radar and In Situ Measurements of Snowfall”; Jonathan Renner, “Silicon Carbide Armor Applications”; Kevin Zimmerman, “Anaerobic Waste Treatment Systems.”211 Rural Technology Center, 10 to 11:30 a.m., technology demonstrations/poster demonstrations: ND StaR fellowships recipients, NASA EPSCoR research recipients, FIRST robotics teams, rocket team, high- altitude balloon project, NDSU moon buggy, UND solar car, ZAMBONI.

Buchli Room, Hilton Garden Inn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., buffet lunch, introduction by Charles Kupchella, speaker is North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven.

120 Gamble Hall, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., NASA center presentations (broadcast on IVN and space.edu). Introductions by Shan de Silva, representative from Kennedy Space Center (invited) and representative from Johnston Space Center (invited); 2:45 to 4 p.m., round table discussion, “Space on the Prairie: Opportunities and Challenges” (broadcast on IVN and space.edu). Moderator is Shan de Silva, participants are Peter Alfonso, vice president for research; Bruce Smith, Linda Butts, North Dakota Department of Commerce (invited); Sen. Ray Holmberg, chair of the North Dakota Senate appropriations committee; Eliot Glassheim, North Dakota legislator and Grand Forks City Council member; representative from Kennedy Space Center (invited); representative from Johnston Space Center (invited).

The conference is open to the public without charge except for the luncheon, which costs $15. To pre-register, contact Suezette Bieri at 777-4856.

– Odegard School.


Aug. 18 staff information session covers student help topics

The annual staff information session (motto: get the latest information and make sure you’re prepared to help students) will be Monday, Aug. 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Gamble 3 (note new location this year). Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the staff information session helps us serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.

Short briefings will cover academic advising, financial aid, fee payment, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, bookstore, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, help table, Learning Center, Writing Center, campus passports and IDs, Greek life, Memorial Union, Student Health, and UND Police.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

– Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services.


Kenneth Ruit named assistant provost for University assessment

Kenneth Ruit has been named assistant provost for University Assessment, a part-time position effective July 15. He will continue his duties as director of graduate education and associate professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Ruit has also held teaching and research positions at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., and Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.

Ruit earned his bachelor’s degree in 1983 from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill., and his doctorate in 1989 from Loyola University. In 2002, he was awarded a Bush Teaching Scholarship at UND.

-- John Ettling, Provost.


Pamela Kalbfleisch named School of Communication director

Pamela J. Kalbfleisch has been named the new director of the School of Communication.
She comes to UND from the University of Wyoming, where she has been a professor in the department of communication and journalism and twice was elected chair of UW's Faculty Senate.

The editor of the International Communication Association serial publication, Communication Yearbook, Kalbfleisch is best known nationally and internationally for her research on communication in mentoring relationships, deceptive communication, and gender.

“Pamela is a top-notch teacher and internationally recognized scholar,” said Martha Potvin, dean, College of Arts and Sciences. “She will be a strong advocate for the breadth of communication disciplines both on the UND campus and in the national arena. Her track record at building support and consensus with faculty, and her leadership experiences within her profession bode well for success as director.”

Kalbfleisch earned her bachelor’s degree in communication from Boise State University in 1978, her master’s degree in speech communication from the University of New Mexico in 1979, and her doctorate in communication from Michigan State University in 1985.

Kalbfleisch is a native of southern Idaho where she worked as a newscaster in several radio stations and as a news stringer for United Press International. Her father, Paul Kalbfleisch, was a graduate of the first radio-television school in Kansas City, Mo., and was actively involved in southern Idaho television and broadcasting. The Kalbfleisch family farm produced sugar beets, beans, barley and wheat.

– Martha Potvin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.


Jonathan Geiger named chair of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics

Jonathan Geiger has been named chair of pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics effective July 1.
An alumnus of the medical school, he earned a master’s degree in 1975 and doctorate in 1982, both in physiology. He replaces Edward Carlson, professor and chair of anatomy and cell biology, who has been serving as interim chair.

In joining UND, Geiger leaves his post as director of the division of neurovirology and neurodegenerative disorders at St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre and professor of pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, where he has been on the faculty since 1984.
His research, which is focused on chronic neurodegenerative disorders, revolves around energy stores in the brain and roles they play in regulating physiological functions such as sleep, as well as neural cell life and death as occurs with acute and chronic neurodegenerative disorders.

“We searched for two years before we identified someone we felt would be an outstanding leader for this most important department,” said Dr. H. David Wilson, dean of the medical school and vice president for health affairs at UND. “Dr. Geiger is an outstanding scientist and teacher and, in my opinion, another ‘star’ leader for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.”Geiger has won numerous awards, including the University of Manitoba’s Presidential Outreach Award (twice); the University of Manitoba Research Merit Award; the Medical Research Council of Canada Scientist Award, and the Rh Institute Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in Health Sciences.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Geiger is president and co-founder of the Centre for (the study of) Substance Use in Sport and Health, an award-winning organization devoted to helping people make informed decisions about substance use.

– H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Greg Greek will head family medicine residency program

Greg Greek has been named director of the Grand Forks family medicine residency program, effective July 1.
Greek has been serving for 11 years in the program, first as assistant and later as associate director. He replaces Larry Halvorson, who after six years as director will step down to focus on patient care and teaching activities. Greek was selected after a national search.

As director, Greek is responsible for the three-year family medicine residency program based at the UND Family Practice Center, where a total of 19 resident-physicians are training to become certified family physicians.

After earning the M.D. degree at the UND School of Medicine in 1985, Greek took residency training in the program he now heads. He practiced for several years in Crookston prior to accepting an appointment with the Grand Forks Family Practice Center in 1992.

Originally from Mohall, N.D., he earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology and a master’s degree in microbiology at UND prior to enrolling in the UND medical school.

He is a past president and board member of the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians.

– H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Science.


Robert Sticca named director of surgery residency

Robert Sticca has joined the School of Medicine and Health Sciences as director of the surgery residency program and vice chair of the department of surgery.

Sticca, who is also director of surgical oncology and an associate professor in the department, is responsible for the education and training of resident-physicians in general surgery, a five-year program conducted primarily at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fargo. He also serves as a liaison to the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer and as a member of Altru’s cancer committee.

He practices general surgery and surgical oncology at the Altru Health System. His clinical research interests are in gastrointestinal cancers and melanoma; he previously served as a principal investigator in clinical research trials for vaccines in several types of cancers.

Born in Carlisle, Pa., and raised in Massachusetts, he comes to the medical school from the Greenville, S.C., Hospital System where he held the positions of surgical residency program director and associate director of surgical education.

His background also includes military service; he was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps and a major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, serving in the Desert Storm conflict and receiving the Meritorious Service Medal.

Sticca earned an associate’s degree, magna cum laude, in liberal arts from Springfield (Mass.) Technical Community College in 1976 and a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, magna cum laude, in 1979 from the University of New Hampshire where he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

He completed the M.D. degree at the University of Connecticut in 1984 and went on for residency training in general surgery at Boston University and a fellowship in surgical oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.

– H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Erik Mansager named director of Counseling Center

Erik Mansager has been named director of the University Counseling Center effective Aug. 1. He earned his B.A. in humanities from St. Thomas Seminary College in Denver, and his master’s degree in marriage and family counseling at the University of Arizona. He earned his doctorate in psychology at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium. His specialty is the psychology of religion, and he has more than 20 years experience providing therapy and education to abused children, adolescent substance abusers and their parents, as well as mediating acrimonious divorces. Dr. Mansager has worked as the clinical supervisor of adolescent substance abuse counseling services in Frankfurt, Germany, directed residential services at the nation’s first crisis nursery (Tucson’s Casa de los Niños), and directed psychological services at St. John’s Seminary College in California. He has just arrived at UND from St. John’s where for the past year he has served as the interim academic dean. He has written articles, book chapters, and training manuals; his most recent publications focus on the interface of humanistic spirituality and psychology. He is a certified clinical mental health counselor and certified master addiction counselor, and was in the first cohort to be recognized as a Diplomate of Adlerian Psychology from the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.

Mansager was born in Montevideo, Minn.; his parents were natives of Minot, N.D., and Colton, S.D. He grew up near Tucson. He has two grown children.


ConnectND corner

Following is information on the ConnectND project, which will replace the current administrative system. For more information, visit www.nodak.edu/connectnd.
Legislators studying IT structure.

The Legislature has budgeted up to $350,000 this interim period for an information technology organizational study, which will examine IT structure and programs in North Dakota, and an information technology management study, comparing other states and their structures with North Dakota.

This effort is moving quickly. A consultant’s report is due to the interim information technology committee by Oct. 1. Scott Kost, Techwise Solutions LLC, has been hired by the committee as consultant manager to oversee the process. In addition to those reports, the North Dakota University System chancellor and the NDUS chief information officer must provide a report to the committee regarding coordination of information technology between the state Information Technology Department and higher education.

ConnectND is an example of how state government and higher education information technology services collaborate; additional means of working together are being explored.

The interim information technology committee is chaired by Sen. Larry Robinson; the vice chair is Rep. Bob Skarphol. Other committee members are: Sens. Randel Christmann, Randy Schobinger, Tom Seymour and Rich Wardner; Reps. Eliot Glassheim, Keith Kempenich, Ken Svedjan, Robin Weisz and Lonny Winrich; and Curt Wolfe, state chief information officer.

– Jan Orvik, for the ConnectND project.


Steam shutdown set for Aug. 12, 13

The annual steam shutdown has been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 12 and 13.
Steam heating and cooling will be turned off around 12:01 a.m. Aug. 12 to begin maintenance and repair of the steam distribution system and the steam plant equipment. Steam service should be restored during the evening of Aug. 13.

There will be no hot water in buildings with steam-heated water heaters. In addition, steam-run air conditioners in Upson II, Witmer, Nursing, Wilkerson, and Starcher Halls will be shut off for the duration of the steam shutdown.

The above dates were chosen to minimize inconvenience to the University community. Thank you for your cooperation.

– Facilities.


Candidates sought for State Employee Compensation Commission

The director of the Central Personnel Division in Bismarck has called for the election of three state employees to the State Employee Compensation Commission (SECC). The SECC makes recommendations to the governor on appropriate levels of state employee compensation and fringe benefits. As of Oct. 1, 2003, two classified (broadbanded) positions and one nonclassified (nonbanded) position will be vacant; Central Personnel is seeking candidates.

Any eligible employee who wishes to become a candidate for one of the open positions should contact Central Personnel for a petition form, which must be returned to Bismarck by Aug. 6, with at least 100 signatures of eligible state employees. The election will be held in September. Petition forms may be obtained by calling (701) 328-3293, e-mailing mvosberg@state.nd.us, or writing the Central Personnel Division at 600 E. Boulevard Ave., Dept. 113, State Capitol - 14th floor, Bismarck, ND 58505-0120. Please call UND’s Office of Human Resources if you have questions at 777-4361.

– Diane Nelson, Director, Office of Human Resources.


U2 workshops listed for Aug. 19-28

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 19 - 28.

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: Aug. 19-21, 9 a.m. to noon (nine hours total), 361 Upson II Hall. 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.

Don’t Get Burned . . ., Aug. 19, 1:30 to 3:30 p.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: Jason Uhlir and Mike Powers, safety and environmental health.

Hiring and Firing: Aug. 21, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Seating is limited, register early. Learn what constitutes a legal hire as well as a legal termination of an employee. Presenter: Desi Sporbert.

Records Disposal Procedures: Aug. 27, 3 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. During this workshop you will learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, and discuss why it’s necessary to document. You will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, it’s easier to do than you think, and now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Sara Bolken, UND records manager, 777-6797.

– Julie Sturges, U2 Program Assistant, University Within the University.


Fritz Library lists intersession hours

Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for summer intersession Friday, Aug. 8, through Monday, Aug. 25, are: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed, with the exception Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23 and 24, 1 to 4:30 p.m.

– Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.


Health Sciences Library lists summer hours

The hours of the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences for July 21 through Aug. 3 are: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Hours for Aug. 4-10 are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Fall semester hours begin on Monday, Aug. 11. Operating hours are: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

– April Byars, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences.


More recipes needed for Staff Senate cookbook

The Staff Senate fundraising scholarship subcommittee is extending the deadline for submitting recipes for the Staff Senate cookbook. More representation from UND staff and faculty is needed to prepare another cookbook. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships and future projects of Staff Senate.

Please be a part of creating the next Staff Senate cookbook by submitting your favorite recipes via the Staff Senate website (www.und.nodak.edu/org/undss) under cookbook information. You can submit your form by printing a hard copy of the form and sending it to Beth Kasprick, Box 9040, or electronically to beth.kasprick@mail.und.nodak.edu. Complete instructions can be found on the website.

Along with your recipe(s), include your full name, department, and number of years at UND. Extended deadline for submitting recipes is Friday, Aug. 1.

Thank you for your assistance.

– UND Staff Senate Fundraising/Scholarship Subcommittee.


Denim Day is last Wednesday of month

Wednesday, July 30, is the last Wednesday of the month and thus Denim Day. So, pay your dollar, wear your button, and enjoy wearing your casual duds. As always, all proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I’ll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

– Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.


Children needed as research participants

Tom Petros (psychology) is seeking to recruit children between 7 and 12 years of age to participate in a study of the effect of time of day on tests of planning, problem solving, and sustained attention. The study takes 60-90 minutes to complete. The testing will occur from 8 to 10 a.m. or 3 to 5 p.m., on weekends or after school, or on school holidays. Your child will be asked to take a short vocabulary test, and be asked to solve problems and participate in a test of sustained attention on a personal computer. You as the parent will be asked to complete several short questionnaires about your child’s typical behavior, eating patterns and sleeping patterns. Your child will be paid $10 for their participation in the study. The scores from your child’s testing will be completely confidential and will not be associated with your child’s name. Children who participate must not be taking any medication, except that for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). If you and your child are interested in scheduling a time to participate or in finding out more about the study, please call me.

– Tom Petros, Professor of Psychology, 777-3260.


Volunteers sought for study of women’s 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!
For more information, call (701) 795-8181 or visit www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov/volopp.htm.

– Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Women invited to participate in new nutrition study

A new bone health study at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center will determine how protein from meat interacts with the calcium in food and if the interaction affects bones.

Current advice to the public for the prevention of osteoporosis is to consume more calcium but to limit the intake of protein. Recent findings are challenging this view. Dietary protein may have a constructive role in bone metabolism.

We are seeking healthy postmenopausal women ages 50-80 for study. Participants can be on hormone replacement therapy, have had no menses for three years and do not regularly use medications. Open to smokers.

Maximum weight requirements: if 5' tall, 179 pounds max; if 5’2", max 191 pounds; if 5’4", max 203 pounds; if 5’6", 216 max; if 5’8", max 230 pounds; if 5’10", max 243 pounds.
Participants can earn $2,185. 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.


Temporary help needed for book rush

The University Barnes & Noble Bookstore is seeking temporary part-time help during the upcoming book rush season. Interested applicants should contact the bookstore by calling 777-2746 or stop by to pick up an application.

– University Barnes & Noble Bookstore.


Faculty awarded FIDC grants

The following faculty members were awarded Faculty Instructional

Development Committee (FIDC) grants in May: Mary Cutler (theater arts), “Shakespeare’s Text for Actors and Directors,” $750; Audrey Glick (communication sciences and disorders), “Diagnostic Testing Within Clinical Instruction in CSD Coursework,” $508.72; Evguenii Kozliak (chemistry), “Assessing the Quality of Teaching for Chemistry 115/116,” $812; Melinda Leach (anthropology), “Video and Equipment for Anthropology Classes,” $1,210; Andre Lebugle (languages), “French Instructional Videos,” $410.

The following faulty member was awarded an FIDC grant in June: Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research), “Instructional Videos for Use in Philosophical Foundations of Education,” $469.35.

The following faculty member was awarded an FIDC grant in July: Lynda Kenney (industrial technology), “Graphic Arts Teacher Institute at Central Missouri State University,” $400; and “Instructional Materials for IT Courses and Interdisciplinary Studies majors in Graphic Design and Photography,” $626.24.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or for 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 website (listed under “Academics” on the UND home page.)

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 next deadline is Friday, Aug. 15.
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, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu.


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.

Child Care Research and Evaluation—Child Care Research Collaboration and Archive (CCRA)–Funding to launch and operate the Child Care Research Collaboration and Archive, a knowledge management and support system for the child care field. Contact: Sylvia Johnson, 202-401-4529; syjohnson@acf.hhs.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-17395.htm. Deadline: 8/25/03 (Letter of Intent strongly encouraged).

Child Care Research and Evaluation—Evaluation of Promising Models and Delivery Approaches to Child Care Provider Training–Support to identify and test a training model and alternative delivery approaches that show promise for improving performance of child care providers. Deadline and Contact: See above.

Grants for Health Services Dissertation Research support research undertaken as part of an academic program to qualify for a doctorate. Areas of interest are health services research related to: improvements in health outcomes at the clinical and system levels; strengthening quality measurement and improvement including use of evidence-based practice information and tools; identifying strategies to improve access, foster appropriate use, and reduce unnecessary expenditures including research on the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and characteristics of primary care practices; methodological advances in health services research, especially cost-effectiveness analysis; and ethical issues across the spectrum of health care delivery. A special focus is on health issues related to priority populations including racial and ethnic minorities, women, children, older adults, low income groups, individuals with special health care needs, including individuals with disabilities and individuals who need chronic care or end-of-life health care. Deadlines: 9/15/03, 1/15/04, 5/1/04. Contact: Greta Drott, 301-594-3421; gdrott@ahrq.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-00-076.html.

Funding for Pilot/Preliminary Studies to determine feasibility of conducting a study of interactions of biological and behavioral variables which would result in a larger and more expensive research project. Research topics are: factors influencing transitions in drinking patterns and behavior; effects of moderate use of alcohol on health and well-being; mechanisms underlying behavioral and biomedical effects of alcohol; and biobehavioral/interdisciplinary research on the etiology of alcohol misuse. Deadlines: 9/1/03, 2/1/04. Contact: Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, 410-821-7066 x11; info@abmrf.org; http://www.abmrf.org/grantguide.pdf.

Research Project Grants support research to develop new knowledge in a wide range of topics relevant to alcohol use and misuse. Deadlines: See above. Contact: See above.

Allied Health Travel Scholarships provide up to $750 in reimbursed expenses for the best abstracts accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Deadline: 9/19/03. Contact: Abstract Awards, 414-272-6071; info@aaaai.org; http://www.aaaai.org/members/grants_awards/aaaaigrantsawards/allied_health_travel.stm.

Young Investigators Awards are made to graduates/participants of residency programs within the past three years, medical students, and Ph.D. candidates for original manuscripts and abstracts summarizing any problem related to cardiovascular disease. Deadline: 9/10/03. Contact: Young Investigator Awards Committee, 800-253-4636 x672; http://www.acc.org/about/award/awardopps.htm.

Research Grants Program–Support for educational policy-related research proposals using NCES, NSF, and other national data bases. Research topics cover a wide range of policy-related issues including but not limited to: school persistence and career entry; teachers and teaching, including supply, quality, and demand; policies and practices related to achievement; policies and practices that influence student and parental attitudes; contextual factors (individual, curricular, and school related) in education; education in middle schools; educational participation and persistence (kindergarten through graduate school); at-risk students; early childhood education; U.S. education in an international context; school finance; materials (curriculum) development, research and informal science education; undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education; supply (pipeline) of students taking mathematics and science courses from K-12; research career development; quality of educational institutions; and methdological studies. Deadlines: 9/5/03, 1/10/04. Contact: Jeanie Murdock, 805-964-5264; jmurdock@aera.net; http://www.aera.net/grantsprogram/subweb/RGFly-FR.html.

The John and Barbara Heffer Travel Fund provides travel funds to initiate research with an inviting institution. The 2003 topic is “Age Dependent Seizure Induced Injury.” Areas of interest include the role of immune responses, effects of brief seizures and characterization of injury. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: Heffer Travel Fund, 860-586-7505; info@aesnet.org, http://www.aesnet.org/member_services/travel_fund.cfm.

Ph.D. Post-Doctoral Awards support postdoctoral basic scientists with a research interest in urologic or related diseases and dysfunctions. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: Kym Liddick, 410-468-1812; kym@afud.org; http://www.afud.org/research/res_application.html.

Endoscopic Research & Outcomes & Effectiveness Awards provide support for physicians to conduct research in gastrointestinal endoscopy both within and outside of academic centers. Deadline: 9/5/03. Contact: American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 630-573-0600; foundation@asge.org; http://www.asge.org,

Peter Reeds Memorial Young Investigator Awards recognize outstanding research in macronutrient metabolism accomplished within five years of receiving a Ph.D. or completing residency training. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: Anne Meyers, 301-530-7050; meyersa@asns.org; http://www.asns.org/invitation.html.

Epilepsy Research Awards for Outstanding Contributions to the Pharmacology of Antiepileptic Drugs are intended to recognize and stimulate research leading to better clinical control of epileptic seizures. Deadline: 9/15/04. Contact: American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 301-530-7060; info@aspet.org; http://www.aspet.org/public/awards/epilepsy_award.html.

Holland America Line-Westours, Inc. Research Grants fund projects in the travel and tourism field. Contact: Verlette Mitchell, 703-739-2782; scholarship@astahq.com; http://www.astanet.com/education/scholarshipa.asp. Deadline: 8/29/03.

Pfizer Centennial Travel Awards in Basic Science Parasitology provide support for individuals with doctoral-level degrees to travel to laboratories in the tropics to pursue studies in molecular, cellular or immunological aspects of parasitic diseases. Contact: Centennial Travel Award Committee, 847-480-9592; astmh@astmh.org; http://www.astmh.org/funding.html. Deadline: 9/1/03.

MindAlert Awards recognize innovations in mental fitness programming for older adults. Contact: Susan Markey, 415-974-9632; smarkey@asaging.org; http://www.asaging.org/Awards/awardsframe.cfm?awardurl=mindalert. Deadline: 9/15/03.

Support for projects focusing on U.S. national policy which affect both foreign and domestic policy concerns. Domestic areas of interest are: the influence of private money in politics and its effect on who runs for public office, who wins, and in whose interest they govern; and the imbalance of power in society more generally, emphasizing issues of economic equity and worker rights at home and abroad. The foreign policy focus is on issues that are particularly influenced by U.S. policy in the western hemisphere; U.S. policy toward Cuba is a central concern, as well as human consequences of globalized production. Deadlines: 9/1/03, 3/1/04. Contact: Bernadette Roberts, 202-822-9193; http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/arca.

The Cogan Award recognizes researchers 40 years of age or younger who have made important contributions to research in ophthalmology or visual science. Contact: Barbara Hollis, 240-221-2940; bhollis@arvo.org; http://www.arvo.org/AwardsFunding/awdnom.asp. Deadline: 3/2/04.

The Charitable Giving Program provides awards to organizations which use creativity and imagination to help America’s children succeed in life, neighborhoods flourish and communities prosper. Contact: Bank of America Foundation, 888-488-9802; http://www.bankofamerica.com/foundation/index.cfm?template=fd_funding. Deadline: 9/1/03.

The Renal Discoveries: Extramural Grant Program promotes the study of kidney disease, including its pathophysiology and treatment options. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: Renal Discoveries, 847-473-6991; http://www.baxter.com/doctors/renal_therapies/research/egp/index.html.

The Tony Cox Community Fund provides support to encourage AIDS organizations and local cable systems to work together in joint community outreach efforts, or to produce and distribute new, locally focused HIV/AIDS-related programs and public service announcements. Deadline: 9/12/03. Contact: Jesse Giuliani, 212-459-1547; jesse@cablepositive.org; http://www.cablepositive.org/programs-tonycox.html.

Research Fellowships (postdoctoral) and Research Grants (instructor, assistant professor level, or more senior researchers who have shifted their area of interest toward primary and secondary cancer prevention) support research and education proposals in the following categories: basic, clinical, translational and applied research on cancer prevention; education programs in cancer prevention; early detection projects; and behavioral intervention projects. Contact: Programs Department, 703-836-4412; Andrea.Untrojb@preventcancer.org; http://www.preventcancer.org/researchers/guidelines.cfm. Deadlines: 9/15/03, 3/1/04.

Research Grants are provided to established investigators to encourage development of new information that contributes to understanding cystic fibrosis. Deadline: 9/2/03. Contact: Office of Grants and Contracts Management, 301-951-4422; grants@cff.org; http://www.cff.org/research/files/Final%20Research%20Grant.pdf.

The Francois Fiessinger Scholarship Fund recognizes excellence in Ph.D. or post-doctoral environmental research and education. Contact: Michael J. Cagney, mcagney@erefdn.org; http://www.erefdn.org/scholar.html. Deadline: 9/1/03.

Research Grants provide support to investigators in the early stages of their careers for cutting-edge research into the causes of epilepsy. Deadline: 9/3/03. Contact: Research Department, 301-459-3700; grants@efa.org; http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/research/Research_Grants_Application.pdf.

Funding for projects and/or programs in the areas of international peace, reproductive health and rights, and western water. Deadlines: 9/1/03, 2/1/04. Contact: General Service Foundation, info@generalservice.org; http://www.generalservice.org/HowtoApply2.htm.

The Research Grant-in-Aid Program provides grants to doctors and scientists for research to improve the lives of glaucoma patients. Contact: Glaucoma Foundation, 212-285-0080; info@glaucomafoundation.org; http://www.glaucomafoundation.org/info.php?i=5. Deadline: 9/1/03.

The Rural Health Outreach Grant Program supports programs to expand access to improve quality of essential health care services, including preventive and emergency services, through development of health care networks in rural areas. Deadline: 9/12/03. Contact: Lilly Smetana, 301-443-0835; lsmetana@hrsa.gov; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2002_register&docid=02-20021-filed.

Long Term Fellowships 2004 enable postdoctoral fellows to obtain training in a new area of research in outstanding laboratories in another country. Fields supported range from molecular and cellular approaches to biological
functions to higher brain functions. All levels of analysis and all scientific enquiries of a fundamental character are supported, including research in methodology or the study of analogues or models of biological activity. Individuals with training in physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science or engineering are encouraged to utilize HFSP fellowships to obtain training in the life sciences. Deadline: 9/4/03. Contact: Bureaux Europe, Telephone: 33 3 88 21 51 27; fellow@hfsp.org; http://www.hfsp.org/how/appl_forms_LTF.htm?group=How.

The Pilot Research Program funds research in the following areas: etiology of interstitial cystitis; epidemiology of the disease; neurophysiology; serum or urine markers; potential interstitial cystitis treatment modalities; pregnancy and interstitial cystitis; and pain management. Contact: Pilot Research Program, 301-610-5300; icamail@ichelp.org; http://www.ichelp.com/research/TheICAPilotResearchProgramGrantApplication.html. Deadline: 9/15/03.

Fellowships for Research in Japan—Short-Term Program allow senior investigators to travel to Japan to participate in discussions, attend seminars, and give lectures, in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Contact: Kojimachi Office, Telephone: 81-3-3263-1721; http://www.jsps.go.jp/e-inv/short2004.htm. Deadlines: 9/12/03, 5/14/04.

Fellowships for Research in Japan—Long-Term Program provide support to professors and postdoctoral researchers for cooperative research, in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, at Japanese universities and research institutes. Deadline: 9/12/03. Contact: Foreign Fellowship Division, Telephone: 03-3263-2480; http://www.jsps.go.jp/e-inv/long2004.htm.

Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers assist young foreign researchers wishing to conduct research in Japan. Deadlines: 9/12/03, 5/14/04. Contact: Foreign Fellowship Division, Telephone: 81-3-3263-3444; http://www.jsps.go.jp/e-fellow/appli_long.html.

Active Living Policy and Environmental Studies Program New Investigator Awards support dissertation or postdoctoral research to examine relationships among characteristics of natural and built environments, and personal levels of physical activity. Priority topics are: Physical Activity and Community Environmental Characteristics; Use of Parks and Recreation Facilities for Physical Activity; and Impact of Changes in Community Environments or Policies on Participation in Physical Activity. Deadline: 9/2/03. Contact: Julie Weitzel; 619-260-5539; jweitzel@projects.sdsu.edu; http://www.rwjf.org/publications/publicationsPdfs/cfp-ALPES.pdf.

The Active Living Policy and Environmental Studies Program supports investigator-initiated research to identify environmental factors and public and private policies that influence physical activity within communities and population. Priority areas are listed above. Deadline: 9/2/03 (Brief Proposal). Contact: See above.

Dissertation Research Awards are made to candidates in the health and social sciences for research on breast health and breast cancer. Deadlines: 8/15/03 (Electronic Abstracts), 8/29/03 (Electronic Applications), 9/2/03 (Hard Copy Application). Contact: Dianne R. McDonald, 888-300-5582; grants@komen.org; http://www.komen.org/grants/download/RFAFY2004DISS.pdf.

Imaging Technology–Support to explore and develop new methods utilizing advanced imaging technology to improve diagnostic methods for breast cancer. Deadlines and Contact: See above or http://www.komen.org/grants/download/RFAFY2004IMG.pdf.

Population Specific Research Projects–Support for innovative projects studying prevention and control of breast cancer within specific populations at risk for the disease. Areas of interest include cancer prevention and control, behavioral science research, epidemiology, and health service delivery programs. Deadlines and Contact: See above or http://www.komen.org/grants/download/RFAFY2004POP.pdf.

Postdoctoral Fellowships support research in the areas of breast cancer research, public health, or epidemiology. Deadlines and Contact: See above or http://www.komen.org/grants/download/RFAFY2004PDF.pdf.

Support for Basic, Clinical, or Translational Research on breast cancer. Focus areas include: Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Detection and Diagnosis; Prognosis; Risk, Prevention, and Epidemiology; Local Treatment; Psychosocial Treatment; Systemic Treatment; and Tumor Cell Biology. Deadlines and Contact: See above or http://www.komen.org/grants/download/RFAFY2004BCTR.pdf.

Sustainable Forestry Grants support projects in the area of sustainable forestry. Contact: Patrick de Freitas, inquiry@lairdnorton.org; http://www.lairdnorton.org/lnefapplypg.htm. Deadlines: 9/12/03 (Letters of Inquiry), 10/14/03 (Completed Proposals).

Grants for Researchers in Residence enable researchers to work in the Foundation’s collections at the Centre for Research and Documentation in Montreal, Canada. Deadline: 8/31/03. Contact: Langlois Foundation, 514-987-7177; info@fondation-langlois.org; http://www.fondation-langlois.org/e/programmes/bourses.html?fdl.

Two-Year Fellowship: Lymphoma Basic, Translational and Clinical Research–Support for fellows or junior faculty at or below the level of Assistant Professor who hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Research may be laboratory or clinic based. Areas of research include, but are not limited to: etiology, immunology, genetics, therapies, and transplantation. to encourage applicants to pursue careers in lymphoma research. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Lymphoma Research Foundation, 212-349-2910; researchgrants@lymphoma.org; http://www.lymphoma.org/site/DocServer/04_Fellowship_Instructions.doc?docID=841.

Research Prizes in Developmental Biology recognize research that has profoundly advanced the science underling the understanding of birth defects. Contact: Michael Katz, 914-997-4555; mkatz@marchofdimes.com; http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/691_1442.asp. Deadline: 9/15/03.

Worldwide Grant Program–Support for projects to help people in need, such as, but not limited to: volunteer
emergency services, emergency food or shelter groups; service to shut-ins, handicapped or disabled persons, retarded citizens, organizations providing mental health services (including alcohol and drug dependency programs), services to the blind, etc.; social service organizations, programs for youth, senior citizens or at-risk groups; programs that support business and economic research, encourage major initiatives in the field of health
promotion, or increase the knowledge base or principles upon which the financial services industry depends; and other unique and unusual opportunities for uplifting programs. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: Lauren Tolan-Arenas, 847-692-6378; ltolan@mdrt.org; http://www.mdrtfoundation.org/grants/grantprograms.html.

Support for basic studies in the field of glycoconjugates to promote world-wide progress in glycoscience. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: Mizutani Foundation for Glycoscience, Telephone: 81-3-3246-0224; info@mizutanifdn.or.jp; http://mizutanifdn.or.jp/e_invite.htm.

Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation Request for Applications–Support for research which will lead to a major advance understanding the cause of MS or to development or improvement of therapy for MS. Contact: Samuel K. Ludwin, 416-922-6065; info@mssoc.ca; http://www.mssociety.ca/en/research/researchfunding.htm. Deadline: 9/1/03 (Letter of Intent).

Awards Program–Awards, spanning a range of scientific disciplines listed at the website given below, recognize outstanding achievements in science. Deadline: 9/12/03. Contact: Awards Program, NAS, 202-334-1602; awards@nas.edu; http://www.nas.edu/nas/awards.

Public Welfare Medals recognize distinguished contributions in the application of science to the public welfare. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www4.nationalacademies.org/nas/nasaward.nsf/NominationPub/Awards_Nominations.

NASA 2003 Small Business Technology Transfer Program Solicitation (SBIR/STTR) and NASA 2003 Small Business Innovation Research Program Solicitation (RFP—SBSA). Areas of interest are listed in the complete solicitation available at the website below. Deadline: 9/9/03. Contact: SBIR/STTR Support Office, 301-937-0888; sbir@reisys.com; http://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/sbirsttr2003/solicitation/index.html.

The goal of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program is to provide a strong foundation for clinicians and scientists to train in the field of cancer prevention and control. Fields of study are cutting-edge basic science laboratory studies, epidemiologic and behavioral research, clinical cancer prevention, and ethics of public health and prevention. Contact: Douglas Weed, 301-496-8640; dw102i@nih.gov; http://www.nci.nih.gov. Deadline: 9/1/03.

Preclinical Toxicology & Pharmacology of Drugs Developed for Cancer, AIDS and AIDS Related Illnesses (SOL N01-CM-37039-19)–Support for pharmacology and toxicology studies, the data from which must be suitable for filing with the Food and Drug Administration as part of Investigational New Drug Applications. Deadline: 9/17/03. Contact: Diane Stalder, 301-435-3822; ds88b@nih.gov; http://rcb.nci.nih.gov.

Rapid Access to NCI Discovery Resources (RAND)–NCI will make available to academic investigators, on a competitive basis, the discovery, and early preclinical development contract resources of NCI’s Developmental Therapeutics Program. Examples of tasks that may be requested include: production/characterization of molecular target proteins; high-throughput screening (HTS) assay development; natural product isolation/characterization; synthesis of combinatorial libraries; computer modeling, early pharmacology and in vivo efficacy studies. Deadlines: 9/1/03, 3/1/04 (Letter of Inquiry); 10/1/03, 4/1/04 (Application). Contact: Office of Associate Director, Developmental Therapeutics Program, RAND, 301-496-8720; RAND@dtpax2.ncifcrf.gov; http://dtp.nci.nih.gov/.

Scientific Achievement Awards—Senior Investigator Awards honor investigators whose body of work has advanced the field of gambling-related research. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Christine Reilly, 617-432-0297; Christine_Reilly@hms.harvard.edu; http://www.ncrg.org/research/awards.cfm.

Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellows Program–Funding for full-time residence fellowships at the International Forum for Democratic Studies (the Forum) in Washington, D.C. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Program Assistant, Fellowship Programs, 202-293-0300; fellowships@ned.org; http://www.ned.org/forum/reagan-fascell.html.

Planning Grants for Museums, Libraries or Special Projects (Division of Public Programs) are used to refine the content and interpretive approach of projects in order to prepare them for implementation. Categories are Libraries and Archives, Museums and Historical Organizations, and Special Projects, which may include reading or film discussion series, lectures and symposia, as well as related exhibitions, publications, brochures, or websites. Deadline: 9/16/03. Contact: Division of Public Programs, NEH, 202-606-8269; publicpgms@neh.gov; http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/public-planning.html.

Development of Innovative Approaches to Enhance Vision Health Communication–Support for research to create, develop, and evaluate health communication strategies aimed at translating vision research advances into improved health. Deadline: 11/12/03. Contact: Maryann Redford, 301-451-2020; maryann.redford@nei.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-EY-03-002.html.

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

Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinical Trials Group (SOL RFP-NIH-NIAID-DMID-04-09)–Support to conduct clinical trials to test safety and efficacy of interventions aimed at prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Brenda Brooks, 301-435-2765; bb76n@nih.gov;

Support for research on the Role of Musculoskeletal Microvasculature in Fitness and Disease. Contact: Richard W. Lymn, 301-594-5128; LymnR@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-104.html. Deadlines: 10/1/03, 2/1/04.

Pediatric Critical Care Scientist Development Program–Funding to develop resources to speed the transfer of knowledge gained through studies in basic science to clinical applications that improve acute care and long-term outcomes for children with serious illness and injury. Contact: Carol Nicholson, 301-435-6843; nicholca@mail.nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-03-015.html. Deadlines: 9/17/03 (Letter of Intent); 10/16/03 (Application).

National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grants support development of training programs for highly skilled, interactive scientists in the field of dental, oral and craniofacial research. Contact: James A. Lipton, 301-594-2618; James_Lipton@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-00-116.html. Deadline: 9/10/03.

Career Enhancement Awards for Stem Cell Research allow investigators to obtain training to appropriately use stem cells in their research. Deadline: 10/1/03. Contact: Judith Podskalny, 301-594-8876; jp53s@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-02-069.html.

Environmental Justice: Partnerships for Communication–Funding for research aimed at achieving environmental justice for socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved populations in the U.S. The main objective is to establish methods for linking members of a community, who are directly affected by adverse environmental or occupational conditions, with researchers and health care providers and to create partnerships that can address environmental and occupational health problems and develop appropriate research and policy strategies to impact public health. Deadlines: 9/17/03 (Letter of Intent); 10/17/03 (Application). Contact: Shobha Srinivasan, 919-541-2506; sriniva2@niehs.nih.gov;http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-03-007.html.

Studies to Evaluate the Toxicologic and Carcinogenic Potential of Alpha-Pinene and Vinylidene Chloride in Laboratory Animals Via Inhalation for the National Toxicology Program (NIH-ES-0319). Deadline: 8/29/03. Contact: Marilyn Whaley, 919-541-0416; whaley@niehs.nih.gov; http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/rcb/rfp.htm.

NIGMS Centers of Excellence in Complex Biomedical Systems Research–Support for fundamental inquiries focused on cell biology and biophysics, genetics and developmental biology, and human physiology in the areas of trauma, burn, inflammation, and multiorgan failure, and pharmacology and anesthesiology. Deadlines: 9/3/03 (Letter of Intent); 10/14/03 (Application). Contact: James J. Anderson, 301- 594-0943; andersoj@nigms.nih.gov;http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-03-009.html.

Change of Receipt Date for the NIMH Research Career Award for Transition to Independence (PAR-01-065). New Deadlines: 9/18/03, 2/18/04 (Letter of Intent); 10/17/03, 3/17/04 (Applications). Contact: Walter L. Goldschmidts, 301-443-3563;wgoldsch@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-01-065.html.

HIV/AIDS and the Severely Mentally Ill–Support to stimulate investigator-initiated research that targets persons with severe mental illness either before or after HIV infection. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: David M. Stoff, 301-443-4625; dstoff@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-080.html.

Secondary Analysis of Existing Alcohol and HIV/AIDS Data Sets–Support for secondary analysis of existing data sets with the goal of advancing knowledge about relationships between alcohol use and the risk, progression, and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Deadlines: 9/1/03, 1/2/04, 5/1/04. Contact: Michael Hilton, 301-402-9402; mhilton@niaaa.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-132.html.

Centers for the Development of Medications to Treat Drug Dependence–Support for research to identify, evaluate, and develop safe and effective medications for treatment of cocaine, methamphetamine, club drug, opiate, and cannabis related disorders, including substance use (abuse and dependence) and substance-induced disorders such as substance withdrawal and intoxication. Contact: Jamie Biswas, 301- 443-8096; jb168r@nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DA-04-003.html. Deadlines: 9/15/03 (Letter of Intent); 10/14/03 (Application).

The Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training & Extern Program allows students to gain professional experience with the Public Health Service early in their education. Applicants must have completed at least one year of study in medical, dental, or veterinary school; or at least two years of study in a professionally-accredited baccalaureate program in one of the following disciplines: dietetics, engineering, medical record administration, physician assistant training; nursing, pharmacy, sanitary science, computer science, dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, or therapy (e.g., occupational, physical, speech-language pathology and audiology); or be enrolled in a master’s degree or doctoral program in a health-related field. Deadline: 5/1/04. Contact: JRCOSTEP, 301-443-6324; http://www.usphs.gov/html/jrcostep.html.

Tools for Collaborations that Involve Data Sharing–Support for proposals to develop tools and techniques to harness data generated by collaborations among researchers. Contact: Gregory K. Farber, 301- 435-0778; gf48a@nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-134.html. Deadlines: 8/15/03, 6/15/04 (Letters of Intent); 9/15/03, 7/15/04 (Applications).

Community-Based Habitat Restoration Projects–Support for proposals to implement grass-roots habitat restoration projects that will benefit living marine resources, including anadromous fish. Deadline: 9/12/03. Contact: Robin J. Bruckner, 301-713-0174; Robin.Bruckner@noaa.gov;

Arctic Research Opportunities—Arctic Natural Sciences Program–Support for research and data analysis in the Arctic in glaciology and in atmospheric, biological, earth, and ocean sciences. Deadlines: 8/30/03, 2/15/04. Contact: Jane Dionne, 703-292-7427; jdionne@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03574/nsf03574.htm.

Arctic Research Opportunities—Arctic Research and Education–Support for research and education activities in concert with funded research grants and agreements through supplement requests or separate proposal requests for new ventures in arctic research and education. Proposals may include formal or informal education or outreach to students K-12 and higher or to the broader public. Deadlines: 8/30/03, 2/15/04. Contact: Charles Myers; 703-292-8029; cmyers@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03574/nsf03574.htm.

Arctic Research Opportunities—Arctic Research and Policy–Support to make arctic data and information more readily available to researchers. Deadlines and Contact: See above.

Arctic Research Opportunities—Arctic System Science (ARCSS) Program–Support for projects to advance the scientific basis for predicting environmental variability and change on a time scale from seasons to centuries, to facilitate better decision-making by Arctic stakeholders, and to enable formulation of policy options in response
to anticipated impacts of global change. This includes observational studies as well as those that predict and analyze consequences of environmental variability and global change important to stewardship of renewable resources and development of decision and policy options for resource managers and residents. Contact: Neil Swanberg, 703-292-8029; nswanber@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03574/nsf03574.htm. Deadlines: 8/30/03, 2/15/04.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates—Sites–Funding to initiate and conduct undergraduate research participation projects for students. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Directorate for Education and Human Resources, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03577/nsf03577.htm.

Educational support and grants for projects that bring transforming energy and new life to communities and the world. Deadline: 8/31/03. Contact: New Earth Foundation, 928-204-1151; admin@newearthfoundation.org; http://www.newearthfoundation.org/newearth/application.html.

Support for projects to advance non-lethal capabilities in peacekeeping, anti-terrorism, policing, humanitarian assistance, and noncombatant evacuation operations, and to provide the U.S. military and law enforcement agencies with access to research professionals. Deadline: 8/20/03. Contact: Non-Lethal Technology Innovation Center, 603-862-4540; ntic@unh.edu; http://www.unh.edu/ntic/RFP03.htm.

Research Starter Grants in Informatics provide funding for research that supports career development of scientists engaged in computational and experimental research to integrate cutting edge information technology with advanced biological, chemical, and pharmacological sciences in: Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, and Biological pathways. Deadline: 9/2/03. Contact: Eileen McCarron, 202-572-7756; EMCCARRON@phrmafoundation.org; http://www.phrmafoundation.org/awards/informatics/starter.phtml.

Sabbatical Fellowships in Informatics provide support to mid-career scientists engaged in a multidisciplinary research training program that will create or extend their credentials in informatics. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www.phrmafoundation.org/awards/informatics/sabbatical.phtml.

Senior Research Fellowships in Biomedical Science in Australia provide support for biomedical scientists with a research-based doctoral degree in a scientific or medically related discipline, and with an established, documented post-doctoral track record. Contact: Peta Tearle, Telephone: 02 9848 3401; Peta.l.Tearle@pharmacia.com; http://www.pharmacia.com.au/foundation/application_form.asp. Deadline: 8/26/03.

Reproductive Biomedicine Fellowships support advanced study in the physiology and biochemistry of reproduction on the campus of Rockefeller University. Deadline: None. Contact: Fellowship Secretary, 212-327-8731, cbr-fellowship-info@popcbr.rockefeller.edu; http://www.popcouncil.org/opportunities/biofellowships.html.

Bayer/GlaxoSmithKline Research Fellowship in Erectile Dysfunction–Support for research in erectile dysfunction. Deadline: 8/15/03. Contact: Sue O’Sullivan, 847-517-7225; sueo@wjweiser.com; http://www.smsna.org.

Research Fellowships are awarded to young scientists, often in their first appointments to university faculties, for research in the fields of chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, physics, and computational and evolutionary molecular biology. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Gwen Knowles, 212-649-1649; Knowles@sloan.org; http://www.sloan.org/programs/scitech_fellowships.shtml.

Abe Fellowship Program–Funding for American and Japanese postdoctoral research on contemporary policy-relevant issues of pressing global concern. Deadline: 9/1/03. Contact: Social Science Research Council, 212-377-2700 x423; abe@ssrc.org; http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/abe/.

Funding for research and social action projects that focus on understanding and finding solutions to a broad array of social problems, especially research that supports and promotes necessary social change. Contact: Prentice Zinn, 617-426-7172 x-307; pzinn@grantsmanagement.com, http://www.grantsmanagement.com/sifguide.html. Deadlines: 9/15/03 (Concept Letter); 11/1/03 (Full Proposal).

Open Spaces, Sacred Places Grants Program–Funding for projects such as community parks, healing gardens, pocket parks, overlooks, public art, greenways, recreation paths and bay buffers. Deadlines: 9/1/03, 3/1/04 (Letters of Inquiry); 10/1/03, 4/1/04 (Full Proposals). Contact: TKF Foundation, 410-263-1056; info@tkffdn.org; http://www.tkffdn.org/tkf/programs.shtml.

Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR)–Topics included are: forests and related resources; plant production and protection; animal production and protection; air, water, and soils; food science and nutrition; rural and community development; aquaculture; industrial applications; marketing and trade; and wildlife. Deadline: 8/29/03. Contact: Charles F. Cleland, SBIR Program, 202-401-4002; SBIR@csrees.usda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/sbir/ProgramSolicitation.htm.

Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace: Senior Fellowships–Funding for projects related to preventive diplomacy, ethnic and regional conflicts, peacekeeping and peace operations, peace settlements, post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation, democratization and the rule of law, cross-cultural negotiations, U.S. foreign policy in the 21st century, and related topics. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Jennings Randolph Program, 202-429-3886; rprogram@usip.org; http://www.usip.org/fellows/srfellows.html.

Tyler Prize–Nominations are sought from individuals, universities, research institutions, and their members for the Prize, which is awarded

for research/projects in environmental science, energy and medicine which conferred great benefit upon mankind. Deadline: 9/15/03. Contact: Linda Duguay, 213-740-9760; tylerprz@usc.edu; http://www.usc.edu/admin/provost/tylerprize/nominat.html.

Whitley Award Scheme–Support for projects/research on nature conservation issues and sustainable development, as well as individual wildlife species preservation projects. Contact: Whitley Laing Foundation, Telephone: 020 7229 7554; info@whitleyaward.org; http://www.whitley-award.org/Articles/projects/GeneralApplicationInfo.html. Deadline: 9/15/03.

Wolf Foundation Prizes in the Sciences and Arts are given to outstanding scientists and artists for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples. Science areas of interest are: agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, and physics. Art areas of interest are: architecture, music, painting and sculpture. Contact: Yaron E. Gruder, 972-9-955 7120; wolffund@netvision.net.il; http://www.aquanet.co.il/wolf/wolfnomn.html. Deadline: 8/31/03.

Smuts Visiting Fellowships in Commonwealth Studies 2004-2005 support research at Wolfson College. Areas of interest are Commonwealth Studies, including the Commonwealth related aspects of archaeology, anthropology, economics, history, human geography, law, literature, oriental studies, sociology, politics and social psychology. Contact: Secretary, Smuts Memorial Fund, Telephone: 01223 338396; kfw20@admin.cam.ac.uk; http://www.cam.ac.uk. Deadline: 8/28/03.

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


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