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ISSUE: Volume 42, Number 3: September 10, 2004
Hoeven announces EDA grant for entrepreneur center
Help the Center for Innovation celebrate 20 years
Ceremony will commemorate Sept. 11
Lecture will discuss Sitting Bull photos
Space studies will host star parties
Lotus Center holds intro to meditation
Graduate committee meets Sept. 13
Items for sale to public on bids
On Teaching discussion series begins Sept. 14
Celebrate new applied economics master’s Sept. 15
Fall leadership workshop series planned
Panel will discuss higher ed leadership
Higher ed board meets Sept. 16-17
Tour de Forks, Sharon Lambeth walk/run set for Sept. 19
From space to seniors: faculty lecture will focus on bone changes in microgravity
Master Chorale holds “Just Desserts” fundraiser concert Sept. 21
All invited to attend third annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning
Reba McEntire to play at the Ralph
Doctoral examination set for Wilmer Beachey
U2 workshops for Sept. 27 through Oct. 1
Family Connections Conference will focus on children with special needs
Saturday recruiting events listed
Burtness Theatre begins 32nd season
Please return campus quality surveys
University Senate elects 2004-2005 leadership
Info provided on developmental leave requests
Student health receives accreditation
Please return faculty/staff directory forms
Please announce Truman Scholarship opportunity
Join a fall faculty study seminar
Memorial Union offers telephone event line, please note correct number
Old Main Marketplace will open in October at the Union
University Children's Center has openings
35mm cameras sought
Nutrition Research Center seeks volunteers for new study
Women sought for menopause study
Campus walking trial maps available
ND EPSCoR announces infrastructure improvement awards
July grant recipients named
Bill of Rights affects research subjects
Regulated waste policy detailed
IBC lists policy for proposals involving recombinant DNA, bio-hazardous materials

Hoeven announces EDA grant for Entrepreneur Center

Gov. John Hoeven, along with University of North Dakota (UND) and U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) officials, has announced the approval of a $750,000 public works grant to the UND Center for Innovation Foundation of Grand Forks.

The federal EDA grant will be used to complete construction of the new Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, a $3.8 million multi-tenant lab and office facility for entrepreneurs in the UND Tech Park. The 20,000-square-foot tech incubator will be located adjacent to the current Skalicky Tech Incubator that was built in 1996. The Center for Innovation will operate both incubators.

“The EDA investment of $750,000 for the new Entrepreneur Center will help emerging tech entrepreneurs create high-quality, better-paying jobs for students, graduates and residents of North Dakota,” Hoeven said. “Leveraging these federal funds with our Centers of Excellence funding commitment will drive a more vibrant economy for our state and enhance excellence in education on our campuses.”

Additional funds committed to the project include $1.75 million from Duraflex entrepreneur Ray Rude of Stanley, N.D., and $500,000 from aerospace entrepreneur James Ray of Sun Valley, Idaho.

As the North Dakota economy and job base become more focused on technology and innovation, a second tech incubator on the UND campus increases in value. “This new facility will play a key role in boosting the growing entrepreneur community in North Dakota,” said Bob Olson, Director of the Denver Regional Office EDA. “The economy will become even more diverse with high-tech, high-growth ventures that team up with the talent and technology at UND, and the EDA is pleased to support these kinds of efforts.”

Construction on the facility began April 21 and will be completed by year-end. Upon completion, the facility is expected to support 15-20 new startups each year creating employment for 260 to 400 people over the next seven years.

“The EDA investment in this second tech incubator means North Dakota will have state-of-the-art infrastructure to support innovation and tech entrepreneurs,” said Bruce Gjovig, Director and Entrepreneur Coach for the Center for Innovation. “The Entrepreneur Center will have new capabilities that our current tech incubator does not, including a wet lab for biotech and engineering entrepreneurs, server farm for IT entrepreneurs, and private space for those entrepreneurs dealing with sensitive intellectual property.”

There is also a James C. Ray Idea Lab planned that will offer state-of–the-art web casting, videoconferencing and conference space dedicated to the innovation and entrepreneurship process. The center will be an entrepreneur community space for emerging and successful entrepreneurs, their advisors and private investors, Gjovig said.

The Center for Innovation Foundation is a public, non-profit foundation that is managed by a board of trustees made up of successful entrepreneurs. The foundation serves as a link between successful entrepreneurs and the Center for Innovation and its Tech Incubators to encourage and foster new ventures, tech entrepreneurship and private investment in the region.

Charles Kupchella, UND president, said, “With this $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, we continue to round out a partnership involving the university, state government, federal government and the private sector. The private sector takes the form of both the established private sector in the form of the impetus provided by Mr. Ray Rude and Mr. James Ray, and the emerging private sector that the Center for Innovation is here to support.

“The Ina Mae Rude Center will long stand as an example of what can be done through partnerships between and among individuals and organizations having a common goal. It will also obviously provide support for innovation, commercialization and economic development long into the future.”

The Center for Innovation helps entrepreneurs, students and researchers launch new ventures, technologies and products; develop business and marketing plans; access the talent at UND; and secure sources of venture financing. It manages the Skalicky Technology Incubator which hosts 18 entrepreneur ventures employing about 80 people, half with advanced degrees.

The center also was among the first technology and manufacturing entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation, and has helped launch more than 380 new ventures and technologies since it was formed in 1984. The Center for Innovation has received four national awards for achievement and excellence in technology entrepreneurship.

EDA serves as a venture capital resource to meet the economic development needs of distressed communities throughout the United States. EDA’s mission is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.

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Help the Center for Innovation celebrate 20 years

Join us Thursday, Sept. 9, as we celebrate 20 years of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Center for Innovation. The birthday open house will be held at the Skalicky Tech Incubator from 4 to 6 p.m.

During the birthday celebration, you’ll have an opportunity to visit with the center staff, learn about the center, share some birthday cake and take a hard hat tour of the new construction of the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center.
For more information please visit www.innovators.net. Everyone is welcome.

– Center for Innovation.


Ceremony will commemorate Sept. 11

Monday, Sept. 13, at 11 a.m., a ceremony will take place in which President Kupchella, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Bob Boyd, and Student Body President Jordan Schuetzle will speak.

The ceremony, which will take place in front of the Memorial Union by the flagpoles will commemorate those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and those troops deployed overseas.

It is open to everyone. If you have any questions, please contact Jessie Thorson at 777-3135 or 777-4377.

-- Student government.


Lecture will discuss Sitting Bull photos

The Indian studies department is sponsoring Markus Lindner, who will present “Family, Politics and Show Business – The Photographs of Sitting Bull,” 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, in 116 Merrifield Hall. Lindner, a doctoral student in cultural anthropology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, works freelance at the Museum der Weltkulteren, Frankfurt, Germany. He received his M.A. in 2000 with a thesis on pictorial representations of Sitting Bull, on which his lecture is based. He is now working on his doctoral thesis about tourism on the Standing Rock Reservation.

The Hunkpapa Lakota generally known as Sitting Bull (1831-1890) is one of the most notorious Native Americans of all times. In his time, he was among the most photographed Native Americans – a fact made even more remarkable considering that most of the pictures were taken during the 1880s. The historical and ethnographic analysis of his collection, however, has lagged far behind Sitting Bull’s popularity. This lecture will present all known photographs of Sitting Bull with their historical background – the last years of Sitting Bull’s life between the exile in Canada, Buffalo Bill’s “Wild West,” the negotiation of the “Great Sioux Agreement,” and the Ghost Dance.
Please join us.

– Indian studies.


Space studies will host star parties

The space studies department will host a series of public star parties in September and October to raise public awareness of astronomy and the department’s plans to build a professional observatory. Star parties will begin at 8 p.m. each Friday in September and October at the observatory site near Emerado. Visitors will be able to use the telescopes and learn about fund raising efforts for the new $2 million observatory.

Directions to the UND observatory: Take Highway 2 west out of Grand Forks for approximately 10 miles. At mile marker 346, turn left onto a gravel road. After passing several homes and crossing railroad tracks, turn right at the T-intersection. Drive one-half mile and take the first left. The observatory will be about one-half mile down the road on the left.

Please call me at 777-4896 with any questions.

– Paul Hardersen, assistant professor, space studies.


Lotus Center holds intro to meditation

The Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave., will hold an introduction to meditation session Sunday, Sept. 12, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Participate in a series of exercises that demonstrate basic concepts and benefits of meditation. Tea and discussion will follow.

– Lora Sloan, Lotus Meditation Center.


Graduate committee meets Sept. 13

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Sept. 13, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Approval of minutes.
2. Change in program requirements for occupational therapy.
3. Appointment of member to the classroom and scheduling committee.
4. Strategic planning.

— Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Items for sale to public on bids

The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed, high-bid basis the following: older computer equipment and other miscellaneous items. They may be seen at the central receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the University campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Sept. 13-16.

– Lee Sundby and Evelyn Albrecht, central receiving.


On Teaching discussion series begins Sept. 14

The On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series gets under way Tuesday, Sept. 14, with a session on “Engaging Students in Large Classes.” Featured presenters will be Jim Antes (psychology), Brett Goodwin (biology), and Mark Jendrysik (political science).

The session will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union. All faculty are welcome. To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands, 777-4998, by noon Friday, Sept. 10.

Topics and dates for other fall sessions are:

s Wednesday, Sept. 29, noon to 1 p.m., “Problem-Based Learning: Examples from UND.”

s Thursday, Oct. 14, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., “How to Win a Teaching Award.”

s Tuesday, Nov. 2, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., “Creating Cognitive Dissonance.”

s Wednesday, Nov. 17, noon to 1 p.m., “What Makes a Good Graduate Advisor?”

— Libby Rankin, instructional development, 777-4233.


Celebrate new applied economics master’s Sept. 15

Please join us in celebrating the new Master’s of Science in Applied Economics program Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Remarks will be given by President Charles Kupchella, Dean Joseph Benoit, Dean Dennis Elbert, and Lloyd Blackwell. Refreshments will be provided.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Fall leadership workshop series planned

The fall 2004 leadership workshop series will be held Wednesdays at 3 p.m. through Oct. 20 in the Badlands Room at the Memorial Union. The schedule follows:

Sept. 15: “Things I Wish I Had Known About Being a Leader Before I Became One,” Bob Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services;

Sept. 22: "What is Leadership?" Tony Trimarco, director, Memorial Union;

Sept. 29: “Diversity and Leadership,” to be announced;

Oct. 6: “Thinking Outside the Box,” Steve Edwards;

Oct. 13: “The Art of Having Difficult Conversations,” Dan Bjerkness;

Oct. 20: “Volunteering - One Step Closer to Your New Career.”

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any part of the series, and we ask that faculty and staff inform their students of the upcoming presentations. The series is offered free of charge and pre-registration is not necessary.
It is sponsored by the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Call 777-2898 for further information.

– Jenni Glick, project coordinator for leadership development.


Panel will discuss higher ed leadership

“What You Don’t Know About Higher Ed Leadership: And How to Find Out,” a lunch panel presentation by the 2003-04 participants in the President’s Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar, is set for 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in the Badlands Room, Memorial Union. The panel, composed of Joan Hawthorne, Mark Jendrysik, Laura Driscoll, Sherrie Fleshman, Jean Chen, and Cindy Juntunen, will discuss challenges and opportunities in higher education leadership. You are particularly encouraged to attend if you are thinking about applying for the 2004-05 Issues in Higher Education Seminar. Box lunches will be provided to those who sign up by Monday, Sept. 13.

– Victoria Beard, associate provost.


Higher ed board meets Sept. 16-17

The State Board of Higher Education will meet Thursday and Friday, Sept. 16-17, at Lake Region State College, Devils Lake. An agenda is posted several days before the meeting at www.ndus.edu under State Board of Higher Education.

– Jan Orvik, editor.


Tour de Forks, Sharon Lambeth walk/run set for Sept. 19

The Tour de Forks Bike Ride and Sharon Lambeth 5K Memorial Walk/Run is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 19. Opening ceremonies are set to begin at 1:30 p.m. with the biking and the 5K walk/run to follow. All events will start and finish at Lions Park (adjacent to Century Elementary) in Grand Forks. Cost for the event is $20 for adults, $10 for students, and the family rate is $50. Each participant will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Proceeds from the Tour de Forks support the Grand Forks Breast Cancer Coalition.

All funds raised in support of the Breast Cancer Coalition are used to pay for mammography services. Grand Forks Breast Cancer Coalition provides mammograms to women ages 40 and 50 who have no health insurance or cannot afford to pay for a mammogram. If need for assistance is established, a woman pays only $5 for her mammogram.
Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women. Over 200,000 new breast cancer cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. In the U.S. today, there are more than two million breast cancer survivors, and every woman is at risk.

Registration forms are available at Altru’s WorkLife Center, UND Family Practice Center and Student Health Center. For more information, contact Megan Johnston at mjohnston@medicine.nodak.edu, Julie Jeske at 780-2444, or log on to www.altru.org.

— Jan Orvik, editor, for Megan Johnston, medical student.


From space to seniors: faculty lecture will focus on bone changes in microgravity

A biological and medical perspective on bone changes in space, with possible implications to understanding bone changes here on Earth, is the topic of the first speaker in the 2004-05 faculty lecture series.

Warren Jensen, associate professor of aviation in the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, will deliver “Bone Physiology in Microgravity Conditions: A Discussion of Limiting Factors in Human Exploration,” Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. A 4 p.m. reception precedes the lecture.

The alteration of bone mass under low gravity affect astronauts who participate in any space-faring mission that leaves this third rock from the sun. Practically every mission from the Earth — from low-earth orbit to extended missions, such as years worth of traveling to Mars — is affected by a change in bone mass.

“The more we understand the physiology of bone metabolism, the more we understand how to potentially slow the process of bone loss,” said Jensen. His findings come from research performed on NASA astronauts, such as those that participated in the shuttle program. “Reversing bone mass loss is very difficult,” Jensen said. “Learning about the deterioration of bones in space will be important for the continuation of human space exploration.”

Moreover, understanding the effect of microgravity on bones may help in learning about ailments found here on Earth. Osteoporosis, a major health problem with the elderly, is a progressive loss of bone density. Since astronauts encounter a significant degree of bone loss in space, space researchers like Jensen could add light to current medical and scientific information.

The UND faculty lecture series is planned by Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, who hold UND’s highest honor for faculty. The series is funded by the office of the president.

Jensen was born in Grafton, N.D., but raised near the Canadian border, in Cavalier. He started his formal education at the University of North Dakota with a program in pre-medicine, went to medical school at the University of California, and then practiced medicine in Cavalier as a resident. Before he came back to UND to teach, he participated in aerospace medicine residency training with NASA.


Master Chorale holds “Just Desserts” fundraiser concert Sept. 21

The Grand Forks Master Chorale, under the direction of Michael Weber, will start its 22nd season with its annual fundraising “Just Desserts” concert, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art.

The Master Chorale will offer a glimpse of its upcoming season with an evening of sumptuous desserts, light entertainment and a raffle of prizes, including tickets (in some cases season tickets) to the Chester Fritz Auditorium, Empire Arts Center, Fire Hall Community Theatre, Grand Forks Master Chorale, Greater Grand Symphony Orchestra, North Dakota Museum of Art, UND Department of Music, UND Department of Theatre, two chances to win a concert by 4bLoWzErO; various packages from King’s Walk, Manvel River’s Edge, Ray Richards Golf Course, and a golf package with golf balls, tees, sports towels and golf umbrella from Jim Donahue and American Family Insurance; earrings from Badman Arts; gift cards or certificates from Grizzly’s and Eagle’s Nest; various stay packages from Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn, Lakeview Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn and Seven Clans Casino and Water Park; and other prizes.

To order tickets, send your name, the number of tickets you want, and your phone number to mjohnson@gra.midco.net.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale schedule for the rest of the year includes:
Sept. 21 — “Just Desserts” concert at the North Dakota Museum of Art, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 — “Saints and Sinners” fall concert at Wesley United Methodist Church, 7 p.m.
Dec 11 — Christmas Concert at United Lutheran Church with the Grand Cities Children’s Choir.
Dec. 12 — Christmas Concert at United Lutheran Church with the Grand Cities Children’s Choir.
March 5 – Masterworks Concert, Fargo/Moorhead.
March 6 – Masterworks Concert at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Grand Forks.
April 21-24 — Concert with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, NDSU Concert Hall.
May 8 – Spring Concert at the Masonic Center with Red River High School.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale is supported through grants from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, the City of Grand Forks through a regranting program through the North Valley Arts Council, and a partnership with Minnesota Public Radio.


All invited to attend third annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning

The third annual Beyond Boundaries Conference: Integrating Technology into Teaching and Learning, will be held Thursday and Friday, Sept. 23 and 24, in the Memorial Union.

Keynote addresses are:

“Beginning the Third Decade: From Great Aspirations to Assessment and Accountability,” by Kenneth C. Green, founder/director, The Campus Computing Project, Encino, Calif. The arrival of microcomputers in the early 1980s launched two decades of great aspirations for the role of information technology in higher education. The literature provides a paper trail (now a digital trail) documenting the aspirations, expectations, and even the occasional follies regarding the role and trajectory of IT in the campus community. The third decade of the much discussed “computer revolution in higher education” marks an important transition from aspirations to assessments and accountability in which the campus community will have to document the impact and benefit of IT on teaching and learning, on campus services and on operations. Learn what’s ahead and what to expect in the “third decade.”

“Why Bother with Instructional Technologies?” by David Lassner, chief information officer, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. It is easy to integrate technology into a course; it is harder to understand and demonstrate why our faculty and institutions should bother. This presentation shows how technology can help faculty and their institutions address the compelling challenges in higher education today: extending access to underserved populations, improving student outcomes with accountability and reducing costs. Or all of the above!

For a full schedule, visit www.beyondboundaries.info. You may also download a copy of the Beyond Boundaries registration brochure from the Beyond Boundaries web site.

Full conference registration is $100 (includes materials, continental breakfasts, lunches, evening reception and access to the exhibit hall) if you register on or before Friday, Sept. 17. Student fees are $50. Space is limited, so register early. Registration forms are now available at www.beyondboundaries.info. You may register online or call UND office of conference services at 777-2663 or 866-579-2663 (toll free) to register with a credit card. UND interdepartmental billings are accepted. Please complete the registration form, the ID billing form and send both forms to conference services at campus box 9021.

The conference is sponsored by the University of North Dakota, PeopleSoft and Blackboard.

For more information, contact the office of conference services at 777-2663 or 866-579-2663, or e-mail conferences@mail.und.nodak.edu (attn: Beyond Boundaries).

– Jennifer Raymond, coordinator, conference services.


Reba McEntire to play at the Ralph

Ralph Engelstad Arena will present Reba McEntire on Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m.

Reba McEntire became the first country female artist to sell five million albums of one release since Patsy Cline. She has now sold more than 48 million albums in her career, and to date has released 45 albums. Her most recent album, Room to Breathe, has found success with the singles, “I’m Gonna Take That Mountain,” and “Somebody.”

“Somebody” became her 22nd No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. With this chart topper, she broke the record for longest span of No. 1 hits by a female country performer. Her string of No. 1 hits stretches from Oct. 2, 1982, when “I Can’t Even Get the Blues” went No. 1 to “Somebody” on July 26, 2004. Recently McEntire has been receiving great reviews for her starring role in the hit Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and launching her successful new WB Network sitcom, Reba. Now, for the first time in two years, she will be touring.

Her tour benefits Habitat for Humanity, an organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. She has been involved in Habitat for more than 10 years, and recently partnered with Whirlpool. Along with each home comes a brand new refrigerator and range from Whirlpool. For more information on Habitat for Humanity visit www.habitat.org.

Ticket prices are $69, $59, $45, and $35. They are also available at 772-5151 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

— Ralph Engelstad Arena.


Doctoral examination set for Wilmer Beachey

The final examination for Wilmer D. Beachey, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning: higher education, is set for 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 27, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is “A Comparison of Problem-Based Learning and Traditional Curricula in Baccalaureate Respiratory Therapy Education.” Richard Landry (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


U2 workshops for Sept. 27 through Oct. 1

Below are U2 workshops for Sept. 27 through Oct. 1. Visit our web site for additional workshops in September, October and November. 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.

Access XP, Beginning: Sept. 27, 29 and Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II (nine hours total). Introduces Access and relational databases. Create a database, work with tables, queries, forms, reports, and establish relationships. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Performance Evaluations and Progressive Discipline: Sept. 28, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

Annual Reporting Update: Sept. 28, 10 to 11:30 a.m., 361 Upson II. This workshop will 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 who will be involved with annual reporting the opportunity to become acquainted with the available web template and various reports. There have been slight additions/revisions to the template, so some of the material will be new. Presenters: Carol Drechsel and Carmen Williams.

The Basics of IRB Review: Sept. 28, 1 to 4 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. All researchers planning to conduct human subject research are required to complete training. The workshop covers research ethics, federal regulations, and UND policies regarding human subject research. It will also review the institutional review board (IRB) forms and procedures. The workshop will include two case studies, a quiz and time for questions. Presenter: Renee Carlson.

Diversity in the Workplace: Sept. 29, 8:30 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Are you prepared for the emerging changes in the workforce and in the provision of products and services? As the workplace becomes increasingly global, management and employees are faced with complex cultural issues that are not easily resolved. A multi-ethnic workforce creates surprising and often unforeseen problems that require delicate handling to keep valuable employees happy and productive. Via the Web, an organization can target its products and services to virtually any market: African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, baby boomers, gays, older people, soccer moms, and etc. These diverse groups have identifiable needs and increasing buying power. Today’s successful organizations actively avoid discrimination based on race, age, gender, ethnic background, religion or sexual orientation. This presentation will make you more aware and sensitive to the cultural diversity of the modern workplace.

Themes and objectives:
• To identify existing and emerging diversities in the workplace
• To understand cultural dynamics in the workplace
• To learn to respond to cultural diversity in a positive manner.

Presenter: Chuck Motis, St. Alexius Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Defensive Driving: Sept. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 16-18 Swanson Hall. This workshop is required by state fleet for all employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Mark Johnson.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Sept. 29, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Most people take prescribed medications responsibly. However, the abuse of prescription drugs is a serious public health problem that has been around for a long time. It not only affects the young and elderly, but is also becoming an increasing problem due to employee impairment in the workplace. This presentation will discuss how to safeguard you and your family members against becoming addicted to prescription drugs. It will also help you to identify signs of prescription drug abuse in the home, community and work environments.

This presentation meets North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance Risk Management Program requirements for substance abuse training for supervisors.

Themes and objectives:
• To identify the most commonly abused prescribed medications
• To understand factors contributing to prescription drug abuse
• To learn how to deal with prescription drug abuse

Presenter: Chuck Motis, St. Alexius EAP.

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


Family Connections Conference will focus on children with special needs

The North Dakota Family Connections Fall Conference: When Children Have Special Needs will be held at the Doublewood Inn in Bismarck Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 30, Oct. 1 and 2.

The conference seeks to strengthen new ties and enhance family support by bringing together families with children who have delays, disabilities and chronic mental or health needs and the professionals who support those families. It will include four pre-conference sessions, three keynote addresses, roundtable discussions and over 20 concurrent sessions throughout the three-day event.

Scheduled to present is Stanley D. Klein, a clinical psychologist, educator, and founder/director of DisABILITIESBOOKS in Brookline, Mass. He also serves as the series editor for the People with Disabilities Press. Dr. Klein will present “Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Want All Parents to Know,” which highlights essays written by successful adults with many different disabilities, including one essay by Pat Danielson from Grand Forks. The essays describe something these adults wished their own parents had read or been told while they were growing up. Klein illustrates how successful adults who have lived the disability experience can serve as role models and provide essential information about the possibilities for children with disabilities.

Attorney Gary Thune, Pearce & Durick Law Firm, Bismarck, and special education director Ralph Charley, Souris Valley Special Services, Minot, will address the practical and legal implications of Section 504 and I.D.E.A., and how parents, educators and administrators need to work together to provide education for all children in the 21st century.
Closing keynote speaker Sean Brotherson, extension family science specialist, NDSU, Fargo, will discuss how fathers play a special role in the life of a child with special needs. He will cover practical ways for father to care for and connect with children who have special needs.

Throughout the NDFC conference, participants will learn new strategies, tools, processes, and programs that will address family support issues. Topics include: early intervention, intervention, education, building community, health care and family support. More than 100 professionals and 50 families from North Dakota and the surrounding area are expected to attend.

Families, educators, early interventionists, family support specialists, social workers, childcare workers, child developmental specialists, legislators, therapists, administrators, counselors and other professionals who provide support to families are encouraged to participate in this event. Continuing education credits for educators, social workers, counselors and CEUs will be available for additional fees (pending approval).

Cost to attend the ND Family Connections Fall Conference is just $50 (professional or family member) and $10 for each additional family member. The early bird registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 22. Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.

To register or for more information, contact the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities at 1-800-233-1737 or e-mail amiller@minotstateu.edu. You may also visit the Fall Family Connections website at for the most up to date information and to register.

The conference is planned by Family Voices of ND, ND Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, ND Association for the Disabled, ND Center for Persons with Disabilities, ND Department of Human Services, ND Department of Public Instruction, ND Protection & Advocacy Project, ND State Improvement Grant, Path ND, Inc., Pathfinder Family Center, Inc., The Arc Upper Valley, UND Center for Rural Health Family-to-Family Network and UND Office of Conference Services.


Saturday recruiting events listed

Enrollment services appreciates your willingness to participate in the recruitment activities that are planned throughout the year. As you plan your year’s activities, please consider this summary of the main Saturday events for which your assistance is requested. Please mark your calendars – more specific details will precede each event. You’ll notice that our Saturday large-group activities are focused around just three weekends throughout the year in an attempt to minimize extra workload for faculty and staff.
Saturday recruitment events:

Oct. 9, fall open house (audience: mainly high school seniors); Jan. 29, spring open house (audience: mainly high school juniors and transfer students); April 9, transfer student getting started, hosted by student academic services (audience: transfer students needing advisement and course registration).
Thanks for your assistance.

– Kenton Pauls, director of enrollment services.


Burtness Theatre begins 32nd season

The theatre arts department announces its 32nd season of live theatre for campus and community with three main stage productions at the Burtness Theatre. Celebrating a wide diversity and range of drama – classical and contemporary — plays include William Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman, and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. The season will also include two evenings of 10-minute plays, and a showcase production as part of the underground theatre productions at the Burtness Lab Theatre.

All’s Well That Ends Well is a comedy that follows sage, passionate, and witty women who guide the young Helena in her quest for love and happiness. Is the ending happy? This is one of the bard’s “problem plays” for the audience to resolve. The season opener begins at the Burtness Theatre Tuesday, Oct. 26, through Saturday, Oct. 30.
Following Shakespeare is the recent Broadway hit Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman. A pool of water will appear in the Lab Theatre for this visually stunning adaptation of Ovid’s tales of love. Updated with a humorous sensibility, these myths offer a refreshing look at our contemporary lives. Metamorphoses will run Tuesday, Feb. 22, through Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Burtness Lab Theatre.

The season will close with the contemporary classic, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. Running Tuesday, April 19, through Saturday, April 23, this play is a hauntingly beautiful story of a mother raising two daughters in a community that rejected her as a loon. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds is a Pulitzer Prize-winning play about familial love, jealousy, and one daughter’s hope for the future. The production will be in the Burtness Theatre.

All performances start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $6 with a student I.D. Free reserved parking is available on campus. For more information and reservations please call the Burtness Theatre box office at 777-2587.

– Burtness Theatre.

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Please return campus quality surveys

Faculty, staff, and administrators in the 11 North Dakota state colleges and universities have been sent a campus quality survey sponsored by the North Dakota University System to obtain information for the December 2004 accountability measures report. This report will provide information for state policy makers, the North Dakota University System, and our campus to continually improve the quality of education and services. The UND institutional review board has approved this study (Project Number: IRB-200408-031).

After the completed survey forms are collected at each individual campus, they will be sent directly to Performance Horizons for tabulations and report generation. Please be assured that your responses will be held in confidence and anonymity will be preserved. No individual’s response will ever be identified in any report. If you have already completed and returned the survey to us, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, please take a few minutes and do so now. While we know that this is a busy time of year, we would like to ask for your help to complete the questionnaires and return it in the self-addressed intercampus envelope to us on or before Monday, Oct. 5.

If you have misplaced your survey form or have questions about this project, please contact Jean Chen, assistant director of institutional research, at 777-2265. Participation from our faculty, staff, and administrators is very important to the success of this study. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

– Carmen Williams, director, institutional research.


University Senate elects 2004-2005 leadership

Jim Grijalva (law) was elected 2004-2005 chair of the University Senate at that body’s Sept. 2 meeting. The Senate also elected Sue Jeno (physical therapy) as vice chair/chair elect.

Dan Erickson (languages) and Susan Nelson (marketing) were elected for two-year terms as faculty representatives on the committee on committees. Jan Moen (sociology) was elected to a two-year term as faculty representative, and Student Body President Jordan Schuetzle was elected to a one-year term as student representative on the Senate executive committee. The executive committee, which establishes the agenda for meetings of the University Senate and acts in the Senate’s place when necessary between meetings, also includes new chair Jim Grijalva, vice chair/chair elect Sue Jeno, secretary Nancy Krogh (registrar), immediate past chair Walter Tschacher (languages), Al Fivizzani (biology, now in the second year of his two-year term as faculty representative), Tom Petros (psychology) from UND’s delegation to the Council of College Faculties, and Interim Provost Martha Potvin.

– Nancy Krogh, University registrar and secretary, University Senate.


Info provided on developmental leave requests

Eligible faculty and staff who wish to apply for developmental leave projects during the 2005-06 academic year may submit proposals to the faculty member’s chair and dean or the staff member’s administrative supervisor. Faculty and staff who expect to submit an application should discuss their plans with the appropriate supervisor(s) prior to formally submitting a proposal. Developmental leaves are funded from existing resources in the departments and colleges.
Developmental leave applications and copies of the State Board of Higher Education Policy 701.2 governing developmental leaves are available on the Office of Academic Affairs web site, www.und.edu/dept/vpaa/acadaffr/AAForms.html. Please consider the following before applying for a developmental leave:

  • At least six years of regular service should have elapsed since one’s initial appointment or since the last developmental leave.
  • A final report addressing the outcomes of the previous leave must have been filed. These reports indicate the likelihood the candidate can successfully accomplish the proposed plan of work.
  • A substantive tangible product is the ultimate expected outcome.
  • The proposed project should not be the subject of an earlier developmental leave.
  • The proposed project should benefit significantly from, or would not be possible without, the developmental leave.
  • Developmental leaves to take place locally must clearly address the reasons why the proposed work could not be done elsewhere.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Involve significant travel elsewhere;
  • Have some support (financial or otherwise) from another source (or institution).

Other guidelines:

  • Normally, a maximum of two faculty per academic department may take leave concurrently.
  • Requests for one year of support should normally involve two consecutive semesters.
  • Faculty who are on developmental leave should refrain from participating in departmental governance and on committees.
  • Faculty planning to apply for a developmental leave should consult with the departmental chairperson and the dean of the college before submitting a proposal.

Applications will be reviewed at the college and/or administrative supervisory level. All proposals are due in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on or before Nov. 15. The applications will also be reviewed by the Council of Deans, the provost, and the president. Final approval of the proposals must await the approval by the State Board of Higher Education of UND’s 2005-06 salary budget.

– Martha Potvin, interim provost and vice president of academic affairs.


Student health receives accreditation

Student health service has met all the criteria for laboratory accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories which apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. Student Health Service has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to students on the campus.

COLA is a non-profit physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

Approved by the federal government, it is sponsored by the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, the College of American Pathologists, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Association.

– Student health service.


Please return faculty/staff directory forms

Please return faculty/staff directory forms. It is important for cross-campus communication that employee names be included in the UND Directory with office and department addresses and telephone numbers. Directory forms for the 2005 Directory of Faculty, Staff and Students were sent to all departments. Additional forms are available at University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731, or at www.und.edu/dept/our/directory .

The deadline for returning forms is Friday, Sept. 10; the new directory will be sold across campus starting in the second week of October. Thanks for your assistance.

- University relations.


Please announce Truman Scholarship opportunity

Juniors interested in a career in public service at the federal, state, or local level are urged to apply for the 2005 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The scholarship award covers eligible educational expenses up to $30,000 for the senior year and up to three years of graduate study. While students majoring in political science and other social sciences are encouraged to apply, so are juniors majoring in other areas. Examples of other disciplines that could lead to a career in public service include chemistry, engineering, foreign languages, mathematics, and computer science.

The University has had 10 Truman Scholars since the establishment of the scholarship in 1977. Previous UND winners have gone on to study at prestigious graduate and professional schools such as Harvard, Michigan, Minnesota, and Syracuse.

Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship should contact Mark Jendrysik, associate professor of political science and public administration, 265 Gamble Hall, for information. Call 777-3540 or e-mail mark_jendrysik@und.nodak.edu. Prospective applicants should also see the Truman Scholarship Foundation’s web site at www.truman.gov for additional information.


Join a fall faculty study seminar

Faculty study seminars (FSS) offer an opportunity for faculty to meet with a small group of colleagues sharing an interest in teaching and learning. Each group is organized around a recent book, provided for participants by the Office of Instructional Development. Groups typically meet four times during a semester, first for a planning session, and then to discuss readings at a pace and on a schedule determined by group members. Study seminars for Fall 2004 are:

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain

There are lots of books on effective teaching, but few of them are really outstanding. This new book from Harvard University Press is one of the best books on teaching we’ve come across recently. The jacket copy describes the book this way:

What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators.

In stories both humorous and touching, Ken Bain describes examples of ingenuity and compassion, of students’ discoveries of new ideas and the depth of their own potential. What the Best College Teachers Do is a treasure trove of insight and inspiration for first-year teachers and seasoned educators alike.

The Art of Changing the Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching by Exploring the Biology of Learning by James E. Zull

Zull, professor of biology and director of the teaching center at Case Western Reserve University, begins by pointing out that “learning is about biology.” This fact has tantalized educators but failed–until recently–to result in much in the way of knowledge that’s applicable in the classroom. This new book offers food for thought to those who are interested in applying science to the problems of learning, and it does so in language that’s accessible to the non-scientist. Zull intersperses brain biology with anecdotes about real students, which he uses to illustrate brain-learning connections. Understanding the biology of learning, Zull believes, could help faculty see why favorite strategies work and make simple changes that would further improve learning.

To sign up for one of these faculty study seminars, contact Joan Hawthorne at joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu or 777-6381. Mention the book you’d like to read, and include a copy of your fall semester schedule. Your group will begin meeting later this month.

– Joan Hawthorne, coordinator, Writing Across the Curriculum.


Memorial Union offers telephone event line. Please note correct number

For the convenience of our patrons, the Memorial Union has installed a telephone event line for meetings/events that are scheduled in the Memorial Union. Call 777-0369 to learn about events, times, and rooms.

The event line is available Monday through Thursday; Friday will also include weekend events. The recording will be updated daily between 7:30 and 8 a.m., Monday through Friday.

The event line telephone number is 777-0369. If you have questions please call the central scheduling office at 777-3928.

– Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.


Old Main Marketplace will open in October at the Union

Old Main Marketplace, the new dining services food court, is on track to open the first week of October in the Memorial Union.

Anchored by two franchises, A&W All American Food and Sbarro Pizzeria, the marketplace will offer a remodeled environment with an emphasis on quick service and wide variety. In addition to the franchises, self-branded concepts — Dakota Deli, World Market, and an extensive Grab n’ Go area — will complete the marketplace layout.
The A&W menu includes a variety of favorites including hamburgers, coney dogs, and root beer floats. New York style pizza by the slice and pasta are Sbarro Pizzeria’s specialties. Dakota Deli offers made-to-order sandwiches, wraps and soups featuring North Dakota products from Cloverdale meats and Baker Boy breads. The World Market will serve Asian entrees including made-to-order noodle bowls, a variety of appetizers, and combination meals. Greg Gefroh, new executive chef, developed the Asian entrees and deli menus.

This is the first time that the University has purchased licensed franchise operations. The marketplace, with approximately 8,000 square feet, will seat 226.

There is easy access to the Old Main Marketplace for customers from the Greater Grand Forks area. Free 30-minute parking is located in the front of the Memorial Union daily, and currently, parking is free after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.


University Children’s Center has openings

The University Children’s Center has openings for children 2 ½ to 5 years old. The center is located at 525 Stanford Road (the University’s Community Center Building). Children are cared for in small groups by teachers with degrees in early childhood education or a related field. A day at the University Children’s Center includes a USDA approved breakfast, lunch, snack, a choice of rest or nap time, group activity, outdoor play and center time. Parents are always welcome to be part of this day.

For additional information, please call 777-3947. You may also visit our web site at www.childrenscenter.und.edu.

— Jo-Anne Yearwood, director, University child care services, University Children’s Center.



35mm cameras sought

The technology department needs 35mm cameras in good operating condition for student use. If you or your department has an older camera that you no longer use, please consider donating it. Cameras may be delivered to our main office in 135 Starcher Hall or sent to Box 7118. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 777-2197 or e-mail Lynda_Kenney@und.nodak.edu. Thank you.

– Lynda Kenney, technology department.


Nutrition Research Center seeks volunteers for new study

The USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is looking for healthy women, ages 21-51, to participate in a 16-week zinc study. This study will determine the amount of zinc our bodies absorb and require from food.
Meals and beverages will be provided by the Center for eight weeks and six days. Earn $1,344.

The study is open to smokers. Participants must not be regularly using medications other than birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.

Participants must not have been pregnant in the past year. Pregnant women are not eligible for this study.
For more information, call (701) 795-8396 or apply online at www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov.

— Brenda Ling, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.


Women sought for menopause study

If you are between 42 and 65 years old and interested in contributing to the science of menopause, helping to identify methods to reduce symptoms, and getting free test results that include nutritional analysis, body composition, foot reflexology treatment(s), and blood examination (hormone profile, assessment for insulin resistance/diabetes), you have an opportunity to participate in a study about menopause.

Very few studies have documented the impact of menopause on women. This study will look at nutritional intake, physical activity patterns, and medical history in relation to menopause.

Benefits include free nutritional analysis of your food intake, free body composition analysis, free foot reflexology treatment (some women will receive multiple treatments), and free laboratory tests (about half of the sample).
We are seeking female employees between 42 and 65 years of age who are going through or have gone through non-surgical menopause and have not had gynecological surgery (partial or total hysterectomy, or tubal ligation). You should not be treated for diabetes or for cancer; or be treated with prescription steroids (for example, Prednisone).

If you participate, you will complete questionnaires about menopause, your medical history, and your dietary intake; participate in an interview about your physical activity; agree to have body measurements taken; agree to receive one or more foot reflexology treatments; and agree to have blood drawn (about half of the sample); and spend between 3 and 6 ½ hours of your time, spread over a six-month period.

The study will be conducted at the College of Nursing and Student Health Service. To sign up or for more information, call Heidi Schneider at the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment, 777-2719.

– Donna Morris, principal investigator, nursing.


Campus walking trail maps available

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

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

Maps are available at the Wellness Center and Memorial Union and online 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 the trails.

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

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Grants & Research

ND EPSCoR announces infrastructure improvement awards

North Dakota EPSCoR/ASEND (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research/Advancing Science Excellence in North Dakota) infrastructure improvement awards at UND for the 2004-2005 academic year include new faculty startup awards, doctoral dissertation assistantships, and graduate assistantships.

New faculty startup awards

Manohar Kulkarni (mechanical engineering), $40,000; Rugao Liu (anatomy), $90,000; Juana Moreno (physics), $35,000; Alexei Novikov (chemistry), $75,000; Thad Rosenberger (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics), $25,000; Vadim Rygalov (space studies), $50,000; Rebecca Simmons (biology), $25,000; Vasyl Tkach (biology), $75,000; and Julia Zhao (chemistry), $50,000.

Doctoral dissertation assistantships starting the 2004 fall semester were awarded to Shankar Kumar Karki (chemical engineering), $34,886; Shaleen B. Korch (microbiology), $34,886; and Victor Foin Waingeh (chemistry), $34,886. Their advisors are Michael Mann, Thomas Hill, and Kathryn Thomasson, respectively.

Graduate assistantships starting the 2004 fall semester were awarded to Jason Anderson (computer science), $31,037; and Jay Peterson (computer science), $31,037. The advisor for both students is Ronald Marsh.

ND EPSCoR is a federally and state funded program designed to improve the ability of university researchers to compete more effectively for federal, regional, and private research grants in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

– Richard Schultz, EPSCoR.


July grant recipients named

The Office of Research and Program Development congratulates the following faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of July 2004:

Anthropology, Dennis Toom, Greg Wermers; ASEND/EPSCoR steering committee, Roger Melvold; atmospherium, Bruce Smith; aviation instruction, Bruce Smith; biology, Brett Goodwin, Sally Pyle; rural health, Allen Allery, Patricia Moulton; chemical engineering, Edward Kolodka; chemistry, Harmon Abrahamson; Chester Fritz Library, Wilbur Stolt; EERC, Daniel Daly, Thomas Erickson, Kevin Galbreath, Jay Gunderson, John Harju, Joseph Hartman, Steven Hawthorne, Michael Holmes, John Pavlish, James Sorenson, Edward Steadman, Chad Wocken, Ye Zhuang; family medicine, Mary Ann Laxen, William Mann, Roger Schauer; flight operations and training, Bruce Smith; Human Nutrition Research Center, James Penland; information systems and business education, Sandra Braathen; microbiology and immunology, Kevin Young; nursing, Elizabeth Nichols, Eleanor Yurkovich; nutrition and dietetics, Janice Goodwin; medical education, Douglas Jackson; pediatrics, John Martsolf; pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics, Joseph Benoit, Jonathan Geiger; psychology, Thomas Petros, Richard Ferraro; social work, Dixie Evans; surgery, Scott Garrett, Mary Ann Sens, Donald Sens, Seema Somji, John Todd; teaching and learning, Lynne Chalmers; TRIO, Neil Reuter.

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


Bill of Rights affects research subjects

As a research subject you have the right . . .

s To be fully informed about the research you are asked to decide whether or not to participate.

s To be told about all the risks or discomforts that may occur if you decide to participate.

s To be told of any benefit from participating in the research.

s To be free of pressure when considering whether or not to participate in the research.

s To decide not to participate in the research or to change your mind about participation after the research has started.

This decision will not affect your relationship with the institution.

s To privacy and confidentiality. The investigator will safeguard the confidentiality of research data to prevent the disclosure of your identity to non-authorized persons.

s To ask questions about the research before, during and after participation in the research.

s To maintain all your rights and privileges as a citizen. No waiving of any legal right is implied or intended by your participation in research.

s To receive a copy of the signed and dated consent form.

If you have questions, please ask the investigator. In addition you may contact the Institutional Review Board, which is concerned with protections of research subjects, at 777-4279. – Office of Research and Program Development.


Regulated waste policy detailed

To ensure that regulated waste is disposed of properly, the institutional biosafety committee requires that all members of the University community who generate regulated waste have in place a disposal plan which conforms with federal regulations. Regulated waste as defined by the federal government includes, but is not limited to, human body fluids and tissues and items contaminated with human body fluids or tissues such as needles, syringes, and scalpels, whether generated during medical procedures, research or teaching. Anyone who is generating regulated waste within the University and does not have a disposal plan in place or is unsure of whether regulated waste is being generated by their activities or is being disposed of properly must contact the safety office.

– Thomas Hill (microbiology and immunology), chair, institutional biosafety committee.


IBC lists policy for proposals involving recombinant DNA, biohazardous materials

The institutional biosafety committee (IBC) requires that any research, teaching, or other activities which utilize recombinant DNA or involve the use of biohazardous research material be subject to a University review process and that these activities must be approved by the IBC prior to their initiation. The IBC is the only authorized University committee which can give approval to projects and activities involving recombinant DNA and bio-hazardous research material. The IBC will follow the NIH guidelines for recombinant DNA and biohazardous material research in deter-mining the suitability of projects and activities and will provide an explanation of any decision not to approve a project or activity. Any project or activity not approved can be revised and resubmitted to the IBC for consideration.

All faculty or staff who plan on using recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials for research, teaching, or other activities must submit an original and 15 copies of the completed signed application form to the IBC. The IBC will then consider the application at its earliest convenience.

For grant applications submitted to more than one funding agency, it will only be necessary to submit one application to the IBC prior to submission to the granting agencies. One copy of all submitted grant applications utilizing recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must be submitted to the IBC.

Any changes to an approved project with respect to recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must receive IBC approval prior to their use. Anyone considering the use of recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials should contact the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 77 7-4279, for a copy of the NIH guidelines, the recombinant DNA review form and other pertinent information. Forms are also available on ORPD=s web site at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd. New forms are currently being developed and will be added to the IBC web site in the near future. At that time, all IBC principal investigators will be asked to re-evaluate and update their projects to be sure they have submitted the correct form.

— Thomas Hill (microbiology and immunology), chair, institutional biosafety committee.

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