University Letter

Volume 40, Number 4: September 20, 2002


Wireless Laptops Available For Check Out At Library


Atmospheric Sciences Researcher Presents Seminar

Medical School Interment Ceremony Set For Sept. 20

UND Hosts 23rd Writers Conference In Children’s Literature

Graduate Committee Meets Sept. 23

UND Prints Will Tour State, Area

Faculty Lecture Series Talk Sept. 24 Explores Religion Without God

Participants Invited To Genomics, Bioinformatics Conference

WAC Discusses “What Makes Writing Good?”

Faculty Asked To Announce Interview Practice Day

Kathleen Dixon Presents First English Department Lecture Series Talk

Explore The World At International Night

Chester Fritz Library To Hold Book Sale

Biologist Discusses Conservation Of Natural Resources In China And Wisconsin

“Celebrating Jean” Is Monday At Museum

Graduate Faculty Meet Oct. 1

ALANA Fall Feast Now Set For Oct. 2

NDSU Offers MPI Workshop

Children’s Education Conference Held On Campus

U Community Invited To Join Diabetes Walk

Sen. Dorgan Encourages Student Participation In Tech Conference

‘Medical School For The Public’ To Focus On The Brain



Please Return Campus Quality Surveys

Applications Due For 2003-04 Developmental Leaves

Fall Faculty Study Seminars Offered

Encourage Students To Apply For Rhodes Scholarship

Applications Invited For Truman Scholarship

Phi Beta Kappa Members Invited To Participate In Meetings

Students Are Responsible To Notify Faculty Of Absences

New Grant Officers Hired

Web Page Owners Need To Change Passwords

Studio One Lists Features

Note Post Office Parking Changes

Campus Catering Offers New Menu Items



Research Seed Money Proposals Should Include Title Page

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


Wireless Laptops Available For Check Out At Library

The Chester Fritz Library has three wireless laptop computers available for student check out and use inside the library facility. Students may check out the laptops at the periodicals desk on the first floor for two hours and use them anywhere in the library. They will be available one hour after the library opens each day.

The library is now equipped with a wireless network which accepts signals from a transmitter inside the laptop. Students will be able to move throughout the library and have access to the campus networks and the Internet through the portable laptops. The laptops will provide the same access as computers connected through traditional network cabling. “Students will be able to sit in a carrel or work at a desk and access library and Internet resources without worrying about connecting to a wall connection. They can move from floor to floor as they use library resources in conjunction with resources found on the Web,” said Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries.

Funding for the laptops and the wireless system was put together by Jim Shaeffer, interim chief information officer, who said, “Students at UND have had access to wireless technology in specific colleges like the Odegard School and the Law School; I am excited about this project because wireless will now be available in the library, a public area for our students. Having wireless available in this type of public area provides an opportunity for the University to expand wireless capabilities and to learn more about the technology while providing students with wireless experience.”

In addition to the wireless laptops, wireless cards will be available in the library for check out to the aviation students who have leased laptops as part of the aerospace studies program. The aerospace laptops have been configured to use the wireless cards in the library and will provide students the opportunity to expand the use of their machines on campus. The students may check the wireless cards out at the periodicals desk on the first floor of the library. The cards must be used in the library facility.

New wireless networks have been installed in the Chester Fritz Library and the Memorial Union. Other areas using wireless technology include the School of Aerospace Sciences and the School of Law. The wireless network is expected to expand on campus as more students bring laptops to campus and as the technology matures. – Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries.


Events to Note


Atmospheric Sciences Researcher Presents Seminar

David Delene, assistant research professor, will present a seminar on “Variability of Aerosol Optical Properties from Long-Term Surface Monitoring Station Data” Friday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. in 111 Ryan Hall.

Atmospheric aerosols affect the earth’s radiative balance in several respects; one of these is by directly scattering and absorbing incoming solar radiation. The perturbation of the earth’s radiative balance resulting from the scattering and absorption caused by anthropogenic aerosols has been termed direct aerosol radiative forcing and has been estimated globally to be similar in magnitude but opposite in sign to global greenhouse gas forcing. Satellite platforms provide opportunities to map aerosol properties on regional to global scales; however, the determination of aerosol radiative forcing from satellites requires assumptions about the chemical, microphysical, and optical properties of the aerosols because satellites do not measure several important aerosol properties. Therefore, uncertainties in satellite-retrieved parameters can result from variability in aerosol properties that are assumed to be constant in retrieval algorithms.

The Odegard School’s atmospheric sciences department will host a series of seminars throughout the semester. These seminars are free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome. – Atmospheric Sciences Department.


Medical School Interment Ceremony Set For Sept. 20

An interment service has been set for l:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, to honor the memory of those who donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Family members and friends are invited to attend the service at Memorial Park Cemetery, Gateway Drive and Columbia Road, as we pay respect and recognize donors who resided throughout North Dakota and northern Minnesota.

The medical school arranges for this ceremony once every three years to inter the cremated remains of donors. Relatives of the donors have been personally invited. Faculty, staff and students are expected to be in attendance.

The service will be officiated by the Fr. Raymond Courtright of St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center and Kathy Fick, campus minister at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, at UND. The service is open to the public. Those attending should use the 10th Ave. N. entrance off Columbia Road; signs will be posted designating exact location.

For more information, please contact Denelle Kees, manager of the deeded body program in anatomy and cell biology, 777-3377. – School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


UND Hosts 23rd Writers Conference In Children’s Literature

The 23rd Annual Writers Conference in Children’s Literature will be held on campus Saturday, Sept. 21. Guest faculty members will be Kent L. Brown Jr., editor in chief and publisher at Boyds Mills Press / Highlights, Inc.; Barbara Joosse, award-winning author of 24 children’s books, including “Mama, Do You Love Me,” which has sold over a million copies; Carol Fisher Saller, acquiring editor for Cricket Books and author of recent biographies on the lives of Florence Kelley and George Washington Carver; and Scott Treimel, New York literary agent for children’s book authors and illustrators, who has sold rights to Peanuts and Garfield and lists as clients “major award-winning authors, darn funny picturebook writers and illustrators.”

A pre-conference reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the UND Museum of Art. At this event, Scott Treimel will speak on the topic “Agenting: What’s It All About?”

The conference is sponsored by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and the Department of English.

For registration information, contact conference directors Ursula Hovet or Faythe Thureen at the department of English, 777-3321.


Graduate Committee Meets Sept. 23

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Sept. 23, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Approval of minutes from Sept. 16 meeting.

2. Elementary education program review (submitted by Barry Milavetz).

3. Request by the counseling department to change the frequency of the following courses. COUN 515: Research Methods; COUN 517: Psychological Testing; COUN 518: Group Dynamics; COUN 519: Career Counseling; COUN 531: Psychology of Women, Gender and Development; COUN 532: Multicultural Counseling; COUN 568: Personality Assessment; COUN 569: Cognitive Assessment. This request was already approved by the Graduate School since frequency offered was the only change.

4. Consideration of graduate faculty nominations.

5. Matters arising.

Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


UND Prints Will Tour State, Area

“Works Under Pressure: An Exhibition of Fifty Years of Printmaking and Drawing” from the collections of the University of North Dakota is exhibiting at St. Cloud Visual Art Center, Sept. 23 to Oct. 23; Dickinson State University Gallery, Nov. 1-30; and Bismarck State College Galleries, Feb. 15 to March 31, 2003. The exhibit has already been shown at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

“Works Under Pressure” is a diverse exhibition of more than 40 prints and drawings, spanning 50 years of printmaking and drawing from four important collections at UND. It is comprised of works from the North Dakota national print and drawing exhibition competition, which ran from the late 1950s until it went into hiatus in 1993; current works from the Col. Eugene E. Myers discovering graphic artists trust (administered by the UND Alumni Association); the UND press, a collection of student and faculty printers; prints for visiting artists at the North Dakota Museum of Art or the UND art gallery; and works from the permanent collection of the art department.

This exhibition gives the viewer a good taste of the history of printmaking from the early 1960s to the present. All major print media is represented here: relief printing (including wood engraving, woodcut and linocut), lithography, etching (including drypoint and metal engraving), monoprinting and finally drawings in charcoal, graphite and mixed-media.

This exhibit has something for everyone. With many different ideas, styles and aesthetics, it offers a rich cultural history of printmaking and drawing. – Kim Fink, Assistant Professor of Printmaking, Art.


Faculty Lecture Series Talk Sept. 24 Explores “Religion Without God?”

Scott Lowe, professor of philosophy and religion and peace studies, will kick off the 2002-2003 Faculty Lecture Series with: “Marx, Mao and China’s Modern Struggle for the Millennial Kingdom: Religion Without God?” at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl Tuesday, Sept. 24.

The reception starts at 4 p.m.; the lecture begins at 4:30 p.m.
Lowe earned his bachelor’s degree in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Michigan in 1972. He later received his doctorate in the history of Asian religions at the University of Iowa in 1987.

Lowe has been studying and teaching religion for 22 years, the past 13 years at UND. He has also taught at the University of Iowa, South Dakota State University and Hope College. Lowe has published two books, 15 articles and chapters and has given more than 40 lectures at local churches, museums, schools, and hospitals. From 1996 to 2000, Lowe served as philosophy and religion department chair.

The Faculty Lecture Series seeks to cultivate a stronger academic atmosphere on campus by showcasing the scholarly lives of several faculty selected across the disciplines. The lectures aim to present with some depth and rigor the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty. In presenting the products of their scholarship, the lecturers will share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.

Other lectures this year:

Tuesday, Nov. 19: “Earthquakes, Lightening Rods and the Almighty: Religion and Science in Colonial Boston,” John Ettling, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Tuesday, Jan. 21: faculty lecture presented by Sandra Donaldson, professor of English.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: “Of Mice and Men,” Roger Melvold, professor and chair of microbiology and immunology.

Tuesday, April 15: Faculty lecture presented by David Lambeth, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology.



Participants Invited To Genomics, Bioinformatics Conference

ND BRIN, Library of the Health Sciences and NDSU invite participants to the second annual Virtual Conference on Genomics and Bioinformatics, “Sharing Knowledge with the World,” at NDSU Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 24-26.

The organizer, Willy Valdivia Granda, plant pathology, NDSU, explains that the conference is an advanced environment for the exchange and discussion of information related to innovations of the post-genomic era. Since genomic research has led to an explosive rate of data accumulation and to a shift in the way biological research is conducted, the conference features high-profile researchers and educators working actively in the development of new applications in the areas of genomics and bioinformatics. While genomic technologies offer an enormous scientific potential to understand genome functions, structure and interaction, the increasing amount of data generated present new challenges for biologists, sociologists, mathematicians, computer scientists and biological modelers. Therefore the main goals of the conference are:

1) Transcend geographical and economical barriers to the exchange of ideas that facilitates the interaction and collaboration among scientists and educators around the world.

2) Address the benefits and limitations of the newest developments in post-genomic technologies.

3) Explore the social and ethical implications of genomic and bioinformatic research.

4) Establish new ways to introduce high school community about today’s multidisciplinary science.

Please see the conference program at

The session at UND will be held in the Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences, Library Classroom 1300 K in the Karl Christian Wold BioInformation Resources Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. See for registration details. You do not need to attend every session, but can attend those of most interest to you.

Contact Judy Rieke,, for further information on the UND session.


WAC Discusses “What Makes Writing Good?”

“What Makes Writing Good?” will be the topic for the Wednesday, Sept. 25, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) discussion group meeting, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. In order to have a shared basis for discussion, participants who sign up to attend will receive (by mail or e-mail) copies of three very short student papers prior to the meeting. We’ll see the degree to which faculty from various disciplines reach agreement about what’s “good” in student writing, and we’ll look for shared language that allows us to communicate with each other – and with students – about those traits.

To register for lunch (provided by the WAC program), call 777-4998 or e-mail <>. Lunch reservations must be received by noon Monday, Sept. 23. – Joan Hawthorne, WAC Coordinator.


Faculty Asked To Announce Interview Practice Day

Career Services asks for your assistance in announcing to students our practice interviewing and networking day, Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Students can sign up for practice interview times at Career Services, 280 McCannel Hall, 777-3904. It offers a great opportunity to practice interviewing with representatives from local and regional companies. Please dress appropriately and bring your resume. – Mark Thompson, Director, Career Services/Cooperative Education.


Kathleen Dixon Presents First English Department Lecture Series Talk

The first lecture in the English Department lecture series is “Deploying Identity for Democratic Ends on Jan Publiek (A Flemish TV Talk Show).” The lecture will be given by Kathleen Dixon (English) on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in 116 Merrifield Hall. – English Department.


Explore The World At International Night

Come explore the world during international nights, 7 p.m. Thursdays at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Thursday, Sept. 26, will feature India. Come enjoy international cuisine, learn about different cultures and make new friends. The programs are sponsored by the vice president for academic affairs, the UND Foundation and the International Organization. – Office of International Programs.


Chester Fritz Library To Hold Book Sale

The Chester Fritz Library will hold its annual book sale in the main reading room of the library (second floor) on the following dates: Thursday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Books will be sold for 50 cents (soft cover) and a dollar (hard cover). There will also be a table of special books (prices as marked). – Mary Drewes, Chester Fritz Library.


Biologist Discusses Conservation Of Natural Resources In China And Wisconsin

The biology department presents speaker Jeb Barzen on Monday, Sept. 30, noon in 141 Starcher Hall. He will discuss “Conservation of Natural Resources on Private Lands in China and Wisconsin.” Barzen is a biologist with the International Crane Foundation. The host for this seminar is Rich Crawford, 777-4673. – Department of Biology.


“Celebrating Jean” Is Monday At Museum

Jean Holland, storyteller and associate professor emeritus of pathology, will tell her stories at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Everyone is invited to attend this first event in the Museum’s reader’s series for the 2002-2003 season. There is no charge, and refreshments will be served. Come ready to listen to some good tales and have a few questions on hand to ask our storyteller.

Holland was an associate professor of pathology from 1949 to 1985. She has been a volunteer at the Museum since 1985.

Bonnie Sobolik, development director at the Museum, describes Jean as “a Renaissance woman,” and says, “If anybody has ever found the Fountain of Youth, Jean has.”

The Museum is located on Centennial Drive. Please call (701) 777-4195 for more information. – North Dakota Museum of Art.


Graduate Faculty Meet Oct. 1

The graduate faculty will meet Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Agenda items include the graduate faculty constitution, Graduate School annual report, and any matters arising. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


ALANA Fall Feast Now Set For Oct. 2

The ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, Native American) Fall Feast will be held Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave. Please note the change of date. – Multicultural Student Services.


NDSU Offers MPI Workshop

NDSU Information Technology Services, as part of its initiative to support high performance computing and IT facilitated research activities, is sponsoring local participation in a workshop on “Parallel Programming with MPI.” The MPI workshop is sponsored by the Alliance Partners for Advanced Computational Services.

One of the basic methods of programming for parallel computing is the use of message passing libraries. These libraries manage transfer of data between instances of a parallel program running (usually) on multiple processors in a parallel computing array. The objective of the workshop is that attendees will be able to write and execute parallel codes using MPI.

MPI is one of the key enabling technologies that allows high peformance computing facilities to be constructed using low cost commodity components. Since MPI has emerged as a standard scheme for parallel computing, a program or simulation using MPI allows programs to run on multiple architectures ranging from Beowulf style clusters to large tightly coupled multi-processor machines from Cray or Silicon Graphics.

Programming in MPI is not essential to use these packages. Basic knowledge in the MPI programming model is helpful in understanding optimization and performance issues when simulation runs are prepared and executed. The course will also be helpful in providing users with basic training and logistical issues on how MPI parallelized programs are executed and controlled.

The workshop will be presented at NDSU in IACC 422 over four Thursdays in October (Oct. 3, 10, 17, and 24) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The instructor will be David Ennis, Ohio Supercomputer Center. NDSU will be one of over a dozen sites worldwide to participate.

There is no charge to attend the workshop at NDSU but we do ask that all attendees register by Monday, Sept. 30. To obtain more information please go to:

To register scroll down to the registration section. – Information Technology Systems and Services.


Children’s Education Conference Held On Campus

The 25th anniversary celebration of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children conference will be held on the UND campus on Oct. 4 and 5. Keynote speakers will be Margie Carter and Deb Curtis, early childhood education advocates who have worked for 25 years as teachers, directors, education coordinators and college instructors. They have co-authored five books and worked on several videos together. They are passionate about childhood and the people who care for and teach young children. The keynote addresses and workshops are active and fun, based on the sensible idea that teachers need to be taught in ways that are consistent with how we want them to teach young children.

Other conference topics will include infant/toddler care, preschool and school age care, discipline, working with special needs children, presented by early childhood professionals from around North Dakota.

The North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children, Grand Forks chapter, along with the North Dakota Head Start Association is sponsoring this conference. An anniversary reception will be held on the evening of Friday, Oct. 4, with the theme, “A Harvest of Talent.” Local artisans will display their work.

For conference information contact Jo-Anne Yearwood (conference committee co-chair) at the University Children’s Center, 777-3947.
Following the conference, local individuals can remain current in the field of early childhood education by attending the monthly meetings of the Grand Forks Chapter of NDAEYC. These meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Contact Dawnita Nilles at 780-8229 for locations and training topics. – Jo-Anne Yearwood, Children’s Center.


U Community Invited To Join Diabetes Walk

America’s Walk for Diabetes will be held Saturday, Oct. 12. The walk starts in University Park, moves along 6th Ave. to the bike path, north to Gateway Drive, east to Columbia Road and back to the park (approximately two miles). The walk is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.; however, UND football fans can walk at 9 a.m. to allow enough time to walk and get to the UND/Bison game in Fargo.

Stacie Varnson in the VP Office of Academic Affairs is coordinating a team of walkers from UND. If you’re interested in walking and raising money for diabetes, please contact her at 777-4901 or She will send you a brochure with a sponsor form to solicit donations. You can also find out more information at

There are an estimated 6,099 people with diabetes in Grand Forks and Polk Counties with 310 new cases of diabetes diagnosed each year. You can help by walking, sponsoring a walker or volunteering on Oct. 12. Call Stacie Varnson at 777-4906 or Dawn Botsford at 777-6393 if you have any questions or want to participate. – Dawn Botsford, Continuing Education.


Sen. Dorgan Encourages Student Participation In Tech Conference

A letter from Senator Dorgan to UND faculty:

Dear College Professor:

I wanted to update you on a conference I’m organizing that I think would make for an excellent learning opportunity for your students.

On October 14 and 15, I am hosting the fourth annual Upper Great Plains Technology Conference and Trade Show with the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo Moorhead. The two-day event will be held at the Fargodome.

The conference will feature innovative technologies and look at their impact on our everyday lives. The event will include four major keynote speakers, a two-day trade show and in-depth workshops on technologies affecting business, medicine, community and home. The expo will also feature a special section where students from across the region will demonstrate their research. College students with a valid student ID can attend the event at no cost. Free student admission does not include meals offered to paid attendees during some keynote sessions.

My reason for moving the event from the spring to the fall was to make it easier for college and high school students to attend. I believe the event will be a good learning experience for college students, particularly those majoring in business, engineering, or computer science. Students can attend both days of the event or choose the presentations that most interests them. I hope you will consider having your students attend portions of the event as a class assignment.

If you have questions or need additional information when planning a school field trip, please contact me at or call my office at 202-224-0237. Additional information can be found on the conference web page,
Best wishes on the new school year.



Byron L. Dorgan
U.S. Senator


‘Medical School For The Public’ To Focus On The Brain

“Exploring the Human Brain” is the focus of a six-week course offered to the public by faculty members of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences through its new “Medical School for the Public” beginning Oct. 15.

This “Medical School for the Public” course, meeting from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, is the first offered by the medical school. It will be an informative and entertaining public education program designed to familiarize participants with medical terminology, increase their knowledge of medicine, and provide insights into medical research.

The course is intended for adult learners who want to deepen their understanding of the structure and function of the human nervous system, with an emphasis on recent, cutting-edge developments.

All sessions will be taught by medical school faculty members who are recognized, some of them nationally, as leading teachers, physicians and researchers in their respective fields.

A hands-on approach with preserved specimens will characterize the learning experience in the first session, titled “Knowing Your Brain,” which will lead students to an understanding of how the brain is studied clinically using state-of-the-art imaging techniques.

Other sessions are:

Weekly sessions, from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays, begin Oct. 15 and continue for six weeks at the Clinical Education Center of the University Health Facility, just south of Barnes and Noble on the UND campus at Sixth Ave. N. and Hamline.

Participants will not have homework assignments or take tests, but will be asked to complete evaluation forms at the end of the course. Those who attend every session will receive certificates of completion on the final class Nov. 19.

Enrollment is limited. A non-refundable $30 fee covers the cost of materials. Registrations are due Oct. 4. Fees will be accepted at the first class session. For more information, please call Linda Olson at 701-777-3800 or e-mail:

”Medical School for the Public” is patterned after “mini-medical school” programs which have been conducted by other medical schools around the country. Organizers praise such programs as an effective means of offering the public a view into how medical education is conducted and conveying the newest information and knowledge about human health.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



Please Return Campus Quality Surveys
Faculty, staff, and administrators in the 11 North Dakota state universities have been sent a campus quality survey sponsored by the North Dakota University System to obtain information for the December 2002 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.

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, would you please take a few minutes and do so now. While we know that this is a busy time of year, we would liketo ask for your help to complete the questionnaires. We have extended the timeline to accept surveys through Friday, Sept. 27.

If you have misplaced your survey form or have questions about this project, please contact Jean Chen, 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, Office of Institutional Research.


Applications Due For 2003-04 Developmental Leaves

Eligible faculty and staff who wish to apply for developmental leave projects during academic year 2003-04 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 requests for developmental leaves should discuss their plans with their chairpersons, deans, and/or supervisors prior to formally submitting their proposals. Developmental leaves which are approved must be funded within existing departmental and college resources; thus, it is likely that some very sound proposals may not be approved for budgetary reasons.

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. Following presidential approval, applicants will be given notice of an approved or disapproved developmental leave. Confirmed and final approval of the proposals will be dependent upon the University’s 2003-04 salary budget being approved by the State Board of Higher Education.

Developmental leave applications and copies of the State Board of Higher Education Policy 701.2 governing developmental leaves are available in the Office of Academic Affairs, 302 Twamley Hall. Forms are also available at — John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.


Fall Faculty Study Seminars Offered

Faculty study seminars (FSS) provide an opportunity for faculty with common interests to meet a limited number of times (usually four) in a focused book discussion group. Each FSS is organized around a teaching-related text that we provide for interested faculty. Group members decide together whether to read the entire book, how much to read at a time, when to meet, and whether supplemental materials are needed.

Three groups are planned for fall, based on the following texts: The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions by Peter Seldin; Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt; and Discussion as a Way of Teaching: Tools and Techniques for Democratic Classrooms by Stephen D. Brookfield and Stephen Preskill.

For more information or to participate in any of this fall’s FSS groups call or e-mail Joan Hawthorne (777-6381 or as soon as possible so that book orders can be placed. Indicate which book you want to read, provide a phone number and e-mail address, and include information about your schedule for late September or early October (the likely time for an initial meeting). You’ll be contacted in advance of the first meeting of your selected group. – Joan Hawthorne, WAC Coordinator.


Encourage Students To Apply For Rhodes Scholarship

Faculty are asked to urge seniors with exceptionally strong academic qualifications to apply for the Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes to allow able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University. Proven intellectual and academic achievement of a high standard is the first quality required of applicants, but they will also be required to show integrity of character, interest in and respect for their fellow beings, the ability to lead, and the energy to use their talents to the full. An applicant must be a citizen of the United States, must be at least 18 but not more than 24 years of age by Oct. 1, 2002, and must have sufficiently advanced academic standing to assure completion of a bachelor’s degree before Oct. 1, 2003. Students who are interested in applying should contact Mary Kweit of political science and public administration, 265 Gamble Hall for more information (or call 777-3548 or e-mail Prospective candidates should also see the Rhodes Scholarship web site at for additional information. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 11. Mary Kweit, Political Science and Public Administration.


Applications Invited For Truman Scholarship

Juniors interested in a career in public service at the federal, state, or local level are urged to apply for the 2003 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 government 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 Professor Mark Jendrysik, political science and public administration, 265 Gamble Hall for information and applications (or call 777-3540 or e-mail Prospective applicants should also see the Truman Scholarship Foundation’s web site at for additional information. – Mark Jendrysik, Political Science and Public Administration.


Phi Beta Kappa Members Invited To Participate In Meetings

Members of the UND faculty and staff who, while students here or elsewhere, were elected to membership in and were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa are asked to identify themselves to the UND chapter so they may participate in its affairs. Please inform me by phone at 777-4085 or by e-mail at The UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities for the year.

Initiations will take place in early December and April. Please watch for further announcements. – Ellen Erickson, (Assistant Provost), Secretary-Treasurer, UND Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.


Students Are Responsible To Notify Faculty Of Absences

This is a reminder that students are responsible for contacting each of their faculty members regarding their absence from class. Lines of communication between student and faculty are enhanced with contact between the parties involved. If a faculty member requires justification, it is their prerogative to request that from the student. – Jerry Bulisco, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs.


New Grant Officers Hired

Grants and contracts administration has hired Wayde Anderson and Wendy Warner as grants and contracts officers. The additional staff was hired to allow the office to respond to increased demands as a result of more sponsored project funding. This has resulted in a change of sponsoring agencies handled by each of the grant officers. Please refer to our web site at for the detailed listing. We ask for the University community’s patience while this transition is made and invite you to stop in to meet Wayde and Wendy. – Sally Horner, Grants and Contracts Administration.


Web Page Owners Need To Change Passwords

We are increasing security on the UND web site. When student web page developers and other employees leave the University, departmental web passwords often remain the same. This makes your web site vulnerable to hacking, and compromises other sites on the UND server.

We are making two changes. First, we ask everyone who is responsible for web pages on the UND web server to change their passwords by Monday, Sept. 30. New passwords should be six to eight characters with at least one numeral. Second, we ask those responsible for web site development to sign an “acceptable use of information agreement.” Please sign the document and return it to ITSS, Box 9041, by Monday, Sept. 30.

Instructions for changing passwords can be found at If you are unable to change your password online, call Jan Orvik at 777-3621 and request a manual password change. We will need your web URL, login name, and the new password. Please use the telephone, not e-mail or fax. If you are no longer responsible for maintaining your department or individual web site, please pass this information along to the person who currently has those duties. If a student, co-worker or other web developer also has access to your account, they must sign a copy of the acceptable use form. Departments and individuals who have not changed their password and returned the signed agreement form by Sept. 30 will lose access to the site and will be unable to make changes to their web pages.

We realize that many departments have difficulty maintaining sites. ITSS and University Relations offer training and assistance for University-affiliated web sites on the UND server. Feel free to call Jan at 777-3621 to request help. We also offer easily updated templates which require no knowledge of html. Watch your U2 bulletin for class dates and times, or call 777-3621.

Thank you for your assistance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. – Doris Bornhoeft, User Services, Information Technology Systems and Services, and Jan Orvik, Web Manager, University Relations.


Studio One Lists Features

Wellness promotion coordinator Jerel Brandt will share information on the history and future of wellness centers on this week’s edition of Studio One.

The department of wellness is the outreach service for campus that targets seven dimensions of wellness. Brandt will explain why universities around the nation are providing wellness facilities to students and how they are effective in promoting physical, emotional, environmental, spiritual, social, intellectual, and occupational well-being.

Also on the next edition of Studio One: Since the attacks of September 11, many airlines have experienced financial problems. We’ll learn how one airline has turned their cutbacks into an opportunity to help aviation students.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs Studio One on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Melissa Conner, UND Studio One Marketing Team.


Note Post Office Parking Changes

Please note these parking changes by Twamley Hall. The 10-minute parking space in the Twamley post office drive has been moved to the Twamley lot in front of the Armory and has been changed to 30-minute parking. It has been expanded to three spaces. Please use these spaces when visiting the postal service. Do not use the post office drive, because it will interfere with postal delivery trucks. These changes were effective Wednesday, Sept. 18. Thank You! – Parking and Traffic Office.


Campus Catering Offers New Menu Items
We are pleased to announce the debut of “Catering Creations.” This is a fun, year-long program offering new menu items from campus catering.

Each month we will feature a new meal and specialty sandwich. September is “Taste of Tuscany” with chicken parmigana served on a bed of fettucini noodles; the specialty sandwich is pastrami on a French roll. Other menu items include chili in a bread bowl, pork chops served with pasta and flame roasted vegetables, plus turkey salad and chicken fajita wraps.

These entrees taste wonderful and you will find the prices very reasonable. Specialty sandwiches may also be purchased at the Twamley Snack Bar and the Medical Science food cart.

Try these tasty new selections for your next lunch or catered event. Call Cheryl at 777-2256 for more information or see the all the new menu items on our website at – Diane Brenno, Manager, Campus Catering.

Grants and Research

Research Seed Money Proposals Should Include Title Page

Faculty research seed money application addendum: Last week’s University Letter omitted the request that all applications include a title page. Please include the following information on all applications: Target discipline-related subcommittee which should review the application: Principal Investigator’s name, signature, department and college; proposal title; amount of funds requested; beginning and ending dates of the project; agency to which extramural proposal will be submitted. – Jan Goodwin, Chair, University Senate.


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


Mellon Post-Dissertation Fellowships--Funding for dissertation research on any topic relevant to the Society’s library collections and programmatic scope (e.g., American history and culture through 1876). Applicants may be from such fields as history, literature, American studies, political science, art history, music history, and others relating to America in the period of the Society’s coverage. Deadline: 10/20/02. Contact: Caroline Sloat, 508-755-5221;;


amfAR Fellowships--Support for basic research (not clinical studies) of postdoctoral investigators with limited experience in the field of HIV/AIDS so they may redirect or embark on a career that field. Deadline: 10/23/02.
Contact: Kent Cozad, 212-806-1696;;

amfAR Short Term Travel Grants–Support for travel to, and study, specialized training, or biomedical HIV/AIDS-related research at another institution. Deadline and Contact: See Above.

amfAR Targeted Research Grants–Support for a one-year biomedical science or HIV/AIDS-related investigation. Deadline and Contact: See Above.

amfAR Targeted Research Grants-Novel Viral Cellular Targets–Funding to study novel viral and cellular targets critical to HIVreplication and use of combinatorial libraries to screen for inhibitors of Vif and RNaseH. Specific research areas include: gene and gene products of HIV that have been neglected in drug development, cellular targets in HIV drug development, and development of high assays to enable screening for candidate anti-HIVcompounds. Deadline and Contact: See Above.


Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry--Grants for training programs in primary care medicine and dentistry (e.g., Residency Training, Faculty Development, Predoctoral Training, Academic Administrative Units, Physician Assistant Training and Pediatric Dentistry). Contact: Shane Rogers, 301-443-1467;; Deadlines: Residency Training: 10/21/02; Faculty Development: 11/18/02; Predoctoral: 10/28/02; Academic Administration: 1/6/03; Physician Assistant: 11/12/02; Pediatric Dentistry: 10/30/02.


Jean Monnet Fellowships–Support for post-doctoral research by recent doctors in the early stages of their professional career or established academics wishing to spend a sabbatical at the Institute. Topics are: comparative research in a European perspective; research on European Communities or a topic of interest for development of Europe; fundamental research, that relates to an innovative subject of importance in one of the disciplines contributing to development of Europe’s cultural and academic heritage. Deadline: 10/25/02. Contact: Andreas Frijdal, Fax: 39-55-4685-444;;


University Research for the High Temperature Superconductivity Program–Funding for university projects in partnership with a national laboratory in support of the High Temperature Superconductivity Program. Deadline: 10/25/02. Contact: Elizabeth Dahl, 208-526-7214;;


Traveling and Visiting Fellowships--Visiting fellowships support visits to Australia for periods long enough to transfer skills, knowledge and techniques which will lead to better management, sustainable use and conservation of land, water and vegetation resources in Australia. Contact: Chris Louis, Telephone: (02) 6263 6003;;; Deadline: 10/25/02.


J. Robert Oppenheimer Research Appointment–Support for individuals within 5 years of completion of their doctorate to pursue independent research of their own choice at the laboratory. Deadline: 10/24/02. Contact: 505-667-0872;;


Initiative to Develop Education Through Astronomy and Space Science (IDEAS) Grant Program–Funding for education and public outreach projects in science education that feature active collaboration between astronomers/space scientists and formal education/informal education professionals. Deadline: 10/25/20.
Contact: Space Telescope Science Institute;;


In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers (ICMICS) (RFA-CA-03-015)–Support for studying cancer non-invasively, and in many cases, quantitatively. ICMICs will facilitate interaction of scientists from a variety of fields such as, but not limited to: imaging sciences, chemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, pharmacology, physics, computer science, biomedical engineering, immunology, pathology and neuroscience, and provide resources to conduct multidisciplinary research. Contact: Anne E. Menkens, (301) 496-9531;;, Deadlines: 10/21/02 (Letter of Intent), 11/25/02 (Application).


Cooperative Research for the Development of Vaccines, Adjuvants, Therapeutics, Immunotherapeutics, and Diagnostics for Biodefense (RFA-AI-02-026)–Support for investigator-directed cooperative research grant applications that will lead to the development of new Vaccines, Adjuvants, Therapeutics, Immunotherapeutics or Diagnostics focused on NIAID category A-C pathogens. Contact: Katherine Taylor, 301-496-705;; Deadlines: 10/25/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/26/02 (Application).


Clinical Trial Planning Grant (PAR-02-119)–Support for organization of activities critical for successful implementation of clinical trials in areas within NIAMS’ mission. Contact: Deborah Ader, (301) 594-5032;; Deadlines: 10/24/02, 6/24/03.


Clinical Trial Planning Grants to Guide and Improve Timing, Intensity, Duration and Outcomes of Pediatric Critical Care and Rehabilitation Therapeutic Interventions in Childhood Cardiopulmonary Arrest (RFA-HD-02-026)–Support for clinical trials focused on evaluating timing, intensity, duration and outcomes of pediatric critical care and rehabilitation interventions for childhood cardiopulmonary arrest. Deadlines: 10/31/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/25/02 (Application). Contact: Carol E. Nicholson, (301) 435-6843;;


Pilot Clinical Trials in the Epidemiology, Prevention and Treatment of Respiratory Failure in Children (RFA-HD-02-027)–Support for clinical studies designed to enhance understanding, prevention and treatment of respiratory failure in children. Deadlines: 10/31/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/26/02 (Application). Contact: See Above or

Population Research Infrastructure Program (RFA-HD-02-021)–Funding for infrastructure grants in support of population research to enhance quality and quantity of population research and develop new research capabilities to advance such research through innovative approaches. A central goal is to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation in population research. Two types of awards will be made: full-fledged Research Infrastructure Awards and Developmental Awards (to support development and demonstrate feasibility of programs that have high potential for advancing population research). Contact: Christine Bachrach, (301) 496-9485;; Deadlines: 10/20/02 (Letter of Intent), 11/20/02 (Application).


Network on the Neurobiology and Genetics of Autism: Collaborative Programs of Excellence in Autism (CPEA) Data Coordinating Center (RFA-HD-02-015). Contact: Lisa Freund, (301) 435-6879;; Deadlines: 10/25/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/26/02 (Application).


Restoration of Orofacial Tissues: A Biomimetic/Tissue Engineering Approach (RFA-DE-03-004). Deadlines: 10/20/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/20/02 (Application). Contact: Eleni Kousvelari, 301-594-242;;


National Cooperative Drug Discovery Groups For The Treatment of Mood Disorders or Nicotine Addiction (NCDDG-MD/NA) (RFA-MH-03-008)–Funding to participate in a program to accelerate innovative drug discovery, development of pharmacologic tools for basic and clinical research in mood disorders or nicotine addiction, and, in the case of mood disorders, development and validation of models for evaluating novel therapeutics. Deadlines: 10/25/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/26/02 (Application). Contact: Linda Brady, (301) 443-5288;;


Pathological Gambling: Basic, Clinical and Services Research (PA-98-106)–Support for investigator-initiated research relevant to NIMH programs that will advance basic, clinical and services research concerning pathological gambling, as well as enable more effective clinical assessment, prevention and treatment. Deadlines: 10/19/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/16/02 (Application). Contact: Jim Breiling, 301-443-3527;;


Neuroscience Scholars Program (RFA-NS-03-002)-Funding to provide research and related experiences for undergraduate, graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows and other junior scientists from minority groups to broaden their skills and enhance their career development opportunities. Contact: Gayathri Jeyarasasingam, (301) 496-3102;; Deadlines: 10/21/02 (Letter of Intent); 11/21/02 (Application).


Pathobiology of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (RFA-DE-03-005)–Support for cross-cutting, integrative research aimed at delineating mechanisms underlying etiology and pathogenesis of orofacial structures associated with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJDs). Deadlines and Contact: See above or

Tools for Genetic Studies in Zebrafish (PAR-02-142)–Support to exploit the power of mutagenesis screening in zebrafish in order to detect and characterize genes, pathways, and phenotypes of interest in development and aging, organ formation, behavior, and disease processes. Contact: Lorette Javois, 301-496-5541;; Deadlines: 10/21/2002 (Letter of Intent); 11/19/02 (Application).


Nanoscale Exploratory Research–Support for exploratory, high risk, high quality nanoscale science and engineering research with high potential for innovation. Deadline: 10/24/2002. Contact: Karolyn Eisenstein,;


Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSEC)–Centers will address major opportunities and challenges in the research theme of manufacturing processes at the nanoscale, which includes innovative manufacturing methods, processes and tools. Centers as a whole will span the range from exploratory research, focused on discovery, to technology innovation and will involve a disciplines such as engineering, mathematics, computer science, the physical sciences, earth science, and biological sciences. Contact: See Above. Deadlines: 10/24/02 (Preproposals); 2/14/03 (Full Proposals).

Nanoscale Science and Engineering Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NSE)–Support for interdisciplinary, fundamental research and to catalyze synergistic science and engineering research and education in emerging areas of nanoscale science and technology, including: biosystems at the nanoscale; nanoscale structures, novel phenomena, and quantum control; device and system architecture; design tools and nanosystems specific software; nanoscale processes in the environment; multi-scale, multi-phenomena modeling and simulation at the nanoscale; manufacturing processes at the nanoscale; and studies on societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering. Deadline: 10/24/02. Contact: Karolyn Eisenstein,;

Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education (NUE)–Funding to integrate nanoscale science and engineering into undergraduate curricula. Deadline: 10/24/02. Contact: See Above.


Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program–Support for projects providing basic or advanced training leading to an academic degree in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation. Priority areas: rehabilitation technology; vocational evaluation and work adjustment; rehabilitation of mentally ill individuals; undergraduate education in rehabilitation services; specialized personnel for rehabilitation of visually impaired/blind individuals; rehabilitation of individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing; and job development/placement services to individuals with disabilities. Contact: Ellen Chesley, 202-205-9481;;; Deadline:10/25/02.


Cooperative Agreements for Prevention/Early Intervention Services–Support to develop and implement prevention and intervention mental health services and programs for children, adolescents, and their families. Deadline: 10/22/02. Contact: Gail F. Ritchie, 301-443-1752;;;


Basic Neuroscience Grants–Support for research to contribute to understanding the causes and treatment of Tourette Syndrome. Deadlines: 10/14/02 (Letter of Intent); 12/16/02 (Final Proposal). Contact: Neal Swerdlow, 718-224-2999;;


Clinical Studies Grants –Support for clinical studies related to etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of Tourette Syndrome. Deadlines and Contact: See Above.

Postdoctoral Fellowships--One-year support for investigators who can contribute to the understanding of the cause and treatment of Tourette Syndrome. Deadlines and Contact: See Above.

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


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