University Letter

Volume 40, Number 7: October 11, 2002

Space Grant Program Receives $95,000 To Further NASA Educational Research


University Constitution Forum Set For Oct. 10

McKenzie To Receive Peacemaker Award Oct. 12

U Community Invited To Join Diabetes Walk

Sen. Dorgan Encourages Student Participation In Tech Conference

Graduate Committee Meets Monday; Agenda Listed

Leadership Workshop Speakers Set

President, First Lady Host Wellness Coalition Meeting

Czech Chemist Gives Seminar

Faculty Invited To “Think Tank” On Program-Level Assessment

Grants Management Workshops Offered Throughout State

Art Museum Hosts Poet Anna George Meek

World Food Day Teleconference Set For Oct. 16

Oct. 16 Grand Opening Set For New Bek Fitness Center

LEEPS Lecturer Discusses Change In A Glacial Environment

Second “Teaching At Tabula” Discussion Set For Oct. 18

Doctoral Examinations Set For Three Candidates

UMAC Celebrates Planet Earth

Researcher Discusses Cadmium Bioavailability

Mid- And Late-Career Faculty Invited To “On Teaching” Discussion

Explore The World At International Night

Guerrilla Girls Play At Museum Oct. 17

Social Work Sponsors Workshop On Bullying, School Violence

Centers Host Progressive Breakfast

Los Angeles-Based Jazz Vocalist, Tierney Sutton, Coming To Museum

Flu Vaccinations Available

Special University Senate Meeting Called

FlexComp Open Enrollment Meetings Set; Note New Open Enrollment Period

IRB Meets Nov. 1; Proposals Due Oct. 22

Goo Goo Dolls To Play Ralph Engelstad Arena’s Olympic Center

Theatre Arts Plans To Play “The Laramie Project” In Spring


Spring Course Schedule Online Tuesday

Unsatisfactory Progress Report Forms Due Oct. 18

SGIDs Available

Applications Due For 2003-04 Developmental Leaves

AutoCAD Software Site License Available

Next Studio One Features Religious Teens, Alumni Center

U2 Workshops Listed For Oct. 28-Nov. 1

Volunteers Sought For Women’s Calcium Supplementation Trial



Scholarly Activities Awards Listed

Preproposals Sought For COBRE Grants

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


Space Grant Program Receives $95,000 To Further NASA Educational Research

The North Dakota space grant consortium, headquartered at the department of space studies, was awarded $95,000 to develop North Dakota Space Training and Research (ND STaR).

The main goal of ND STaR is to enhance and enlarge the body of students from diverse backgrounds in North Dakota who consider a space-related post-graduate or career path. Fifteen (15) three-month summer fellowships will be offered to attend and conduct research at UND or NDSU.

“ND STaR will greatly enhance North Dakota’s potential contribution to NASA’s search for future NASA-focused workforce, said Shan de Silva, ND STaR principal investigator. “This is also an opportunity to expose traditionally underrepresented groups of students in North Dakota to NASA-focused research and training opportunities.”

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

In August 2003, a two-day conference, Space on the Prairie, sponsored by the NDSG Consortium and space studies, is planned. Students will present research and engage in discussions with visiting NASA center representatives. The conference will be video-linked through the North Dakota Interactive Video Network (NDIVN) system ( throughout all North Dakota higher education institutions, including two-year and tribal colleges, some K-12 schools, and to the State Capitol. This will allow real and virtual interaction between the conference participants, North Dakota students andeducators, as well as state education leadership. The conference will also be webcast through to space studies graduate students around the country. – Department of Space Studies.

Events to Note


University Constitution Forum Set For Oct. 10

The second forum to discuss changes in the University Constitution will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Anyone interested in the changes is urged to attend. – Jan Goodwin, Chair, University Senate.


McKenzie To Receive Peacemaker Award Oct. 12
James McKenzie has been selected as the Prairie Peacemaker for 2002 by the North Dakota Peace Coalition. All are welcome to join the NDPC in honoring him at the Peace Congress banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

McKenzie is a professor in the English department and one of the founders of the UND peace studies curriculum. The award recognizes his longstanding and untiring commitment to peace and justice issues, including work promoting social justice as a leading member of the UND Campus Committee for Human Rights, his work with Native American and other human rights issues, and his efforts on behalf of a more peaceful world. Whether as founding member of the Red River Valley Peaceworkers or as an educator leading the Writers Conference at UND, McKenzie is recognized as a thoughtful professional who has a special ability to keep peace, justice and human rights in the forefront of campus and community life. He has inspired students, other faculty and community members by the judicious and careful way in which he approaches critical issues by framing them into a larger context, continually working toward peace with justice.

Janet Kelly Moen, Center for Peace Studies.


U Community Invited To Join Diabetes Walk

America’s Walk for Diabetes will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, in Grand Forks. 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 (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 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 in Fargo.

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


Graduate Committee Meets Monday; Agenda Listed

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 14, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Approval of minutes from Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 2002.

2. Change in program requirements for space studies, which includes the addition of a thesis option for the M.S. in space studies and a formal establishment of a cognate/minor.

Request for the following new courses: Space Studies 560, Space Politics and Policy; Space Studies 585, Politics and Policy; and Space Studies 998 Thesis. Requests for course change for Space Studies 425 (Observational Astronomy) to change the prerequisites from Math 103 or Math 105 to SpSt 420 or SpSt 520 or Phys 110.

3. Request to change the prerequisites from Path 480, 481, and 482 or equivalent courses for Clinical Laboratory Science 501, Quality Assurance in the Clinical Laboratory to no prerequisites.

4. Update on the Graduate Faculty Constitution implementation plan.

5. Continued discussion to consider graduate faculty nominations.

6. Second review and discussion of the proposals for new graduate programs in Earth system science and policy, including: Master of Environmental Management in Earth System Science and Policy; Master of Science in Earth System Science and Policy; and Doctor of Philosophy in Earth System Science and Policy.

7. Matters arising.

-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


Leadership Workshop Speakers Set

The Leadership Workshop Series is held at 3 p.m. Mondays in 10/12 Swanson Hall. The schedule follows:

Oct. 14: “Ethics and Values: Still Important,” Kris Compton, senior vice president with Alerus Financial; Oct. 21: “Leadership in a Multicultural Workplace,” Dave Molmen, chief operating officer for Altru Health Systems; Oct. 28: “Leadership Starts Now,” Jon Lovseth, student body president.

The leadership workshop series is sponsored by the Memorial Union, a division of student services. -- Memorial Union.


President, First Lady Host Wellness Coalition Meeting

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join President and Adele Kupchella, student body leaders Jon Lovseth and Angie Anderson and other campus partners for the fall 2002 Healthy UND Wellness Coalition celebration of progress and potential. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Reed Keller Auditorium at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A box lunch will be served and the meeting will feature updates on the wellness program and wellness center. Participants will also have an opportunity to provide input on Healthy UND goals. Please RSVP to Phyllis Norgren before Thursday, Oct. 10, to or 777-2097. Following the meeting, at 1:30 p.m., we will provide a tour of the interim wellness center. – Jane Croeker, Health Promotion/Marketing Advisor.


Czech Chemist Gives Seminar

Jan Paca, professor of bioengineering, department of fermentation chemistry and bioengineering, Prague, Czech Republic, will present a seminar in 138 Abbott Hall, noon Tuesday, Oct. 15. – Department of Chemistry.


Faculty Invited To “Think Tank” On Program-Level Assessment

Faculty with interest and/or experience in assessment of student learning are invited to participate in a two-hour “think tank” on program-level assessment from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union.

The purpose of the think tank is to follow up on things we learned in the Bush Program Assessment Team (PAT) workshops and to come up with ways that departments can share knowledge of and experience with assessment across campus.

Especially invited are faculty who are actively involved in their department’s assessment efforts, whether or not the department participated in one of the Bush PAT workshops.

To let us know you’re coming, please call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 at least two days in advance. For further information, contact Libby Rankin at 777-4233 or Sara Hanhan at 777-4824. – Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.


Grants Management Workshops Offered Throughout State

Grants management experts Irene Grissom and Monica Shaw-Cortez from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) will conduct workshops in Bismarck, Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 15 and 16. The UND workshop is set for 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 5520 Medical Science. The NCRR is the branch of the National Institutes of Health that funds the North Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) program.

BRIN principal investigators and those involved in administering BRIN subcontracts are encouraged to attend a workshop near them. In addition, researchers who either have NIH funding or are interested in pursuing such funding should attend.

Grissom, a grants management officer, and Shaw-Cortez, a grants specialist, will hold four two-hour workshops that include a presentation followed by an informal question-and-answer session. They will provide instruction on budget issues when preparing and administering NIH grants.

The workshops, open to all, are intended for budgets and grants officers, offices of sponsored research, principal investigators of NIH grants and administrative personnel working with NIH grants.

ND BRIN will help defray travel costs for representatives from BRIN institutions that are not hosting a workshop. Information regarding the locations of the workshops will be posted on the ND BRIN Web site at as soon as it becomes available.

Meeting arrangements can be made by contacting Kim Hansen, ND BRIN administrative assistant, at 777-6376 or


Art Museum Hosts Poet Anna George Meek

Anna George Meek, recipient of the 2002 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, will read from her award-winning book, Acts of Contortion, published by the University of Wisconsin Press. The reading will take place in the North Dakota Museum of Art on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 4 p.m.

Her poems have been included in The Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, The Cream City Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Poetry, and The Seneca Review. The Missouri Review awarded her the Tom McAfee discovery prize. Anna George Meek is a graduate of Yale University, where she played violin with the Yale Symphony and performed as soloist with the Yale Glee Club. She went on to graduate from The Writing Seminars at The Johns Hopkins University, and completed her doctoral course work and qualifying examinations in English literature at Indiana University.

Now living in Minneapolis, she teaches poetry workshops at The Loft Literary Center and is working on a new manuscript of poems, “The Genome Rhapsodies,” with the support of a Minnesota State Arts Boards fellowship. A professional musician, she is a member of the Dale Warland Singers, and a violinist with the Aurora Quartet and the Mississippi Valley Symphony, where she is concertmaster.

North Dakota Museum of Art.


World Food Day Teleconference Set For Oct. 16

The 19th annual World Food Day teleconference, “Hungry Farmers: A National Security Issue For All,” will be broadcast from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Memorial Union’s Fred Orth Lecture Bowl. Michael Lipton, an internationally recognized authority on rural poverty in developing countries, is the featured guest speaker. Professor Lipton is the founding director of the Poverty Research Unit at the University of Sussex, England, and was the lead scholar for the landmark 2001 Rural Poverty Report, produced by the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He will examine rural poverty’s role in worldwide insecurity and conflict. The three-hour teleconference will be broadcast from the campus of George Washington University. At noon, a film produced by the World Bank, “Hear Our Voices: The Poor on Poverty,” a one-hour documentary exploring the complexities of poverty from the point of view of the poor, will be shown. For more information, contact me. -- Devon Hansen, Site Coordinator, Geography Department, 777-4587,


Oct. 16 Grand Opening Set For New Bek Fitness Center

The housing office will hold a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new residence hall fitness center on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the fitness center on the lower level of Bek Hall.

President Kupchella and Director of Residence Services Judy Sargent are expected to officially open the center. Residence hall students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend and tour the facility. With the assistance of the Association of Residence Halls (ARH) and the residence services department, the facility was completed in time for the fall 2002 semester. Since ARH fees support the operation of the facility, it is open only to residence hall students. The fitness center includes various machines such as treadmills, cross trainers, climbers, weight machiens and a sauna.

Residence services is proud to be a partner in the campuswide wellness initiative and to provide another fitness facility on the UND campus.

-- Residence Services.


LEEPS Lecturer Discusses Change In A Glacial Environment

P. Jay Fleisher from State University of New York will present a LEEPS lecture, “Rapid Change in a Diverse Glacial Environment, Bering Glacier, Alaska,” at noon Friday, Oct. 18, 100 Leonard Hall. The department of geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

For more information, contact Richard LeFever, 777-3014. – Geology and Geological Engineering.


Second “Teaching At Tabula” Discussion Set For Oct. 18

Faculty are invited to join us for another session of “Teaching at Tabula” on Friday, Oct. 18, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Tabula/Christus Rex library. Coffee and rolls will be provided. The focus of this session will be “Sharing Ideas Across Disciplines.” Participants are asked tocome prepared to talk briefly about one particular teaching strategy or project that has proven successful in their classes.

There is no need to sign up for this discussion. Just drop by as close to 9 a.m. as possible. – Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.


Doctoral Examinations Set For Three Candidates

The final examination for Udom Tipparach, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in physics, is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in 215 Witmer Hall. The dissertation title is “Fabrication of and Transport Studies on YBa2Cu3O7/PrBa2(Cu1-xMx)3O7 Type Multilayers.” Tar-Pin Chen (physics) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Felix Nyuangem Ngassa, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for noon, Friday, Oct. 18, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is “Synthetic and Computational Studies on Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Derivatives, Nucleoside Analogs and Peptides.” Kathryn Thomasson (chemistry) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Mark Matthew Magnuson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is “The Relationship Between Career Paths, Institutional Types, and Demographics to the Operational Frameworks of College and University Presidents.” Daniel Rice (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

Members of the graduate faculty are invited to attend. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.


UMAC Celebrates Planet Earth

All of the Earth, all of the time; that’s how we, for the first time, see our home planet thanks to the “magic eyes” of NASA’s satellites. The Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC ) is the region’s major interpreter of these satellite images.

Beginning in October, UMAC is pleased to host a series of public events that provide dazzling perspectives of Earth’s beauty. The public is invited to celebrate the splendor of our planet, and the life-sustaining qualities that make it habitable.

NASA’s Electronic Theater

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Michael King and Steven Graham will present NASA’s Electronic Theater at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. It is a perspective so grand your attitude toward the planet on which we live will never be the same.

The images, animations, and visualizations created from satellite surveillance of the global environment are presented in a technologically advanced, high-definition format.

The sheer beauty of the planet, seen from all angles and with technologies keener than your own senses, will inspire you to treat it with care and respect.

A six-foot inflatable replica of the Earth will also be on display in the lobby of the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The globe, created by Worldfx, provides state-of-the-art real world visualizations of the Earth using satellite-imagery.

The one hour long electronic theater is free and open to the public.

Distinguished Speaker Series Oct. 17

The Earth System Science and Policy distinguished speaker series continues Thursday, Oct. 17, with a presentation by Rosina Bierbaum of the University of Michigan. She will present “The Policies of Global Change” at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Dr. Bierbaum’s career has been spent at the intersection of science and public policy. She served as acting director of the White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy in Washington, D.C. for President Bush and as OSTP’s senior scientific advisor for the environment to President Clinton.

As the administration’s senior scientific adviser on environmental research and development, she provided scientific input and guidance on a wide range of programs and issues, from global change and air and water quality to endangered species, biodiversity, ecosystem management and energy research and development.

After spending 21 years as an environmental adviser in Congress and the White House, Dr. Bierbaum joined the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment as dean in October 2001.

The Earth System Science and Policy distinguished speaker series is presented by the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment. For more information contact Rebecca Phillips at 777-6160.

The reception and talk are free and open to the public. – Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.


Researcher Discusses Cadmium Bioavailability

The University Chapter of Sigma Xi is pleased to announce the following as a part of our 2002 - 2003 seminar series: “Food Cadmium Bioavailability: A Rediscovery of Old Facts,” by Phillip Reeves, supervisory research chemist, USDA Human Nutrition Research Center. The seminar will be Thursday, Oct. 17, from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in 138 Abbott Hall. For our first invited speaker this fall, we are honored to welcome the recipient of the 2002 UND Chapter of Sigma Xi award for outstanding research presented at Founders Day in February. Dr. Reeves’ research has centered on the metabolism of minerals, especially zinc and cadmium, in animals and humans. All members of the UND community are welcome to attend. Please join us for coffee and cookies at 4 p.m. in the lounge off the atrium at the west side of Abbot Hall prior to the seminar. – Kathy Sukalski (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), President-Elect, Sigma Xi.


Mid- And Late-Career Faculty Invited To “On Teaching” Discussion

On Thursday, Oct. 17, the On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series will feature a special session for mid- and late-career faculty titled “Re-Energizing Teaching.”

We’ll hear from several senior UND faculty who have found ways to reinvigorate their own teaching, and we’ll share ideas for keeping teaching intellectually exciting. (No age or tenure limits here. If you think of yourself as mid- or late-career, you’re welcome to join us.)

The session will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union. To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, Oct. 15.Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-4233.


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, Oct. 17, will spotlight Japan. Come enjoy international cuisine, learn about different cultures and make new friends. The program is sponsored by the vice president for academic affairs, the UND Foundation and the International Organization. – Office of International Programs.


Guerrilla Girls Play At Museum Oct. 17

What do gorilla masks, bananas and hijinks have to do with feminism and racism? Answer: The Guerrilla Girls!

The Guerrilla Girls, a performance group from New York City, will appear at the North Dakota Museum of Art Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m.

The Guerrilla Girls are a group of anonymous women activists fighting for gender and racial equality. Their tactics use humor and parody to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny. In their “real” lives, the Guerrilla Girls are artists, curators and art historians; in other words, women who have seen and experienced discrimination in the male-dominated world of art.

The performance is free to the public. For further information, please call Kim Fink at 777-2905. – Kim Fink, Art Department.


Social Work Sponsors Workshop On Bullying, School Violence

“Bullying and School Violence: A Search for Solutions” workshop sponsored by social work will be held Friday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Forks Holiday Inn. The cost to attend is $50. Mary Helen Pelton, former associate dean of continuing education and current superintendent of schools at Cass Lake-Bena, Minn., will present on bullying and school violence. For more information contact Beverly Blegen at 777-3774 or e-mail – Department of Social Work.


Centers Host Progressive Breakfast

Visit the centers this Homecoming! We’re hosting a Center-to-Center Progressive Breakfast Friday, Oct. 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. Native American Programs will serve fry bread, Conflict Resolution Center will serve juice, Women’s Center will serve rolls and bagels, the International Centre will offer fresh fruit, and Multicultural Student Services/Era Bell Center will have assorted brewed coffee. – Patty McIntyre, Program Associate, Women’s Center.


Los Angeles-Based Jazz Vocalist, Tierney Sutton, Coming To Museum

SunDog Jazz Fest 2002 is on, bringing up-and-coming jazz star Tierney Sutton to the galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art Saturday, Oct. 19.

Sutton, “one of the leading lights among today’s jazz vocalists,” wins rave reviews as she takes her art to jazz venues across Europe and the United States. She has been touted by the Chicago Reader for her “unusually pure, uncomplicated soprano, the kind you often hear from a folk-rock diva,” and Entertainment Weekly says Sutton is “a ‘new’ artist worth savoring.”

Tierney Sutton and her band — world-class pianist Christian Jacob, Trey Henry on bass, and Ray Brinker on drums — will give two entirely different 80-minute performances, one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:15 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets, on sale now at the North Dakota Museum of Art or through, are $15 for one concert, and $25 for both. Appetizer baskets and beverages - beer, wine and soft drinks - will be available for purchase before the start of each concert.

For the first time since its inception in 2000, SunDog Jazz Fest will be indoors in the Museum galleries with a casual jazz club atmosphere — cabaret style with table seating.

Buy tickets early; seating is limited to 300 people. Patrons are urged to arrive early to choose seating and to purchase refreshments.

Music had a claim on Tierney Sutton’s life from day one. Her mother insists that she sang before she could talk. Her childhood in Milwaukee, Wis., was filled with conservatory choirs and musical theater. However, it wasn’t until she heard the rich harmonies of jazz that her desire to become a professional singer was born. Sutton was a Russian major at Wesleyan University when she first heard the greats and fell in love with jazz. A scholarship took her to Berklee College of Music in Boston, and within a few years she was performing throughout New England, opening for such notables as Max Roach and the Billy Taylor Trio, and in other prestigious national jazz festivals, including the Spoleto Festival of the Arts, as well as in Europe.

Only five years after her first professional performance, Boston newspapers were complimenting Tierney Sutton with comparisons to the great Ella Fitzgerald. In 1998, Sutton was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition. Her first solo CD, “Introducing Tierney Sutton,” (1999) was released to glowing reviews and reached the top 50 on the Gavin Jazz radio charts. The CD was nominated for a 1999 Indie award for best jazz vocal album.

Sutton plays at jazz spots in Los Angeles, and is the vocalist with both the quintet and big band led by trumpet great Buddy Childers. Sutton’s voice has been featured in a variety of movie and television soundtracks as well as on television ads. An active jazz educator, Sutton heads the jazz vocal department at the University of Southern California, and has given vocal clinics throughout the United States and abroad.

Tierney Sutton’s concert is underwritten by the City of Grand Forks special events program. SunDog Jazz Fest chair Cheryl Gaddie says there will be more performances throughout the year as opportunities arise to bring in quality performers.

For more information or to buy tickets, please call 777-4195, or visit

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. The Museum Café is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – North Dakota Museum of Art.


Flu Vaccinations Available

Student Health Service will hold influenza immunization clinics at various locations on campus during October and November, with December dates if needed.

The first of the clinics will be held Wednesday, Oct. 23, and will target those persons who are at high risk for influenza related complications*, household contacts of the persons who are at high risk, household contacts of infants and toddlers from 6 to 23 months of age, health care workers, persons 65 years of age and older, and women who will be in their second or third trimester of pregnancy during the flu season. These women will need their doctor’s written permission to receive the vaccine at the clinics. (*This category includes those who have serious health problems such as: diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, asthma, and HIV/AIDS or other immune system deficiencies.)

The Oct. 23 flu clinic schedule follows: 6:30 to 8 a.m., Facilities/Oak Room, faculty and staff; 9 a.m. to noon, 305 Twamley Hall, faculty, staff and students; 1 to 4 p.m., McCannel Atrium, faculty, staff and students.

The traditional immunization clinics for those not in the above mentioned groups and those at risk who missed the October clinics is Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 5-7. The schedule is:

Nov. 5: 9 to 10 a.m., 101 Hyslop Sports Center, faculty and staff; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 101 Hyslop Sports Center, faculty, staff and students; 1:30 to 4 p.m., McCannel Atrium, students.

Nov. 6: 6:30 to 9:15 a.m., Facilities/Oak Room, faculty and staff.

Nov. 7: 7:45 to 9:15 a.m., 251 Odegard Hall, faculty and staff; 9:45 to 11:45 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall, faculty and staff; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., 5006 Medical Science, faculty and staff; 2:45 to 4:15 p.m., Roughrider Room, EERC, faculty and staff.

Depending upon supply and demand, there may be clinics later in November and during the annual craft fair at the Memorial Union Friday, Dec. 6. Watch for information later. Spouses, dependents and the general public are not eligible for these clinics. They should check with their health care provider or a public health resource for the vaccination.

The year’s cost will be $12 per employee, and Student Health will file insurance for all those covered by NDPERS Blue Cross and Blue Shield. All others will need to pay cash. Student Health will accept the payment of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and the employee will owe no additional charges. – Student Health Services.


Special University Senate Meeting Called

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 24, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1. Announcements.

2. Approve minutes from previous meeting.

Business Calendar

1. Discussion of the revised University Senate constitution.

At the last University Senate meeting, the Senate voted to allow all those present, including visitors, to enter into a discussion of the proposed revisions of the University Constitution. Anyone interested in the constitution is urged to attend this meeting. – Jan Goodwin, Chair, University Senate.


FlexComp Open Enrollment Meetings Set; Note New Open Enrollment Period

The FlexComp program open enrollment period for the plan year of Jan. 1, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2003, will be Nov. 1 - 30, 2002. Please note the new enrollment period. During this time all benefitted employees will have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in this fringe benefit opportunity. This program helps employees pay for medical and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars instead of after-tax dollars. Come to an informational meeting to see how this benefit can save you money.

You are invited to attend the meeting most convenient for you. Meetings are set for Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m., or from 2 to 3 p.m. in Swanson 16/18, Memorial Union. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please feel free to call me. — Heidi Strande, Payroll Office FlexComp Specialist, 777-4423.


IRB Meets Nov. 1; Proposals Due Oct. 22

The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Oct. 22. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting. – John Madden (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Chair, Institutional Review Board.


Goo Goo Dolls To Play Ralph Engelstad Arena’s Olympic Center

The Goo Goo Dolls will perform at Ralph Engelstad Arena’s Olympic Center Monday, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. An opening act will be announced at a later date. The Olympic Center, with a capacity of 3,500, offers Goo fans the rare opportunity to hear the band in their purest form – without the overwhelming crowds and impersonal atmosphere found in larger venues.

Tickets for the show will go on sale Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Ralph Engelstad box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticket prices for the show are $29.50. This is a general admission event.

For more information, please contact the Ralph Engelstad Arena at 777-4167.


Theatre Arts Plans To Play “The Laramie Project” In Spring

The department of theatre arts announces their spring production of The Laramie Project, written by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project. In conjunction with the production, theatre arts and the women studies program will hold the seventh Theatrical Event, with educational fora designed around the themes and issues of the production. We hope these events will encourage audiences to confront the important issues of the play.

Critics describe The Laramie Project as a “stunningly effective piece of interconnected monologues, which shows the people of Laramie wrestling with the aftermath of a horrific event that made them question their beliefs that ‘it can’t happen here.’” Publicists continue, “The savage killing of Matthew Shepard has become a symbol of the struggle against intolerance. This touching, poignant, and ultimately life-affirming piece vividly brings that struggle to life.” We are proud to offer this moving piece of theatre — teaching us how we might transform injustice and hatred to forgiveness and enlightenment — to our campus and community. Examination of these themes and issues in this text and in UND’s production can lead to envisioning solutions or, at least, to greater clarity of these controversial issues in our culture.

The Laramie Project will run Monday through Friday, April 8-12, and the Event’s educational programs will coincide with those dates. For this year’s Event, we hope to invite several people involved with Matthew Shepard’s case, with gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered rights, and/or hate crimes in America. We hope to hold symposia among the invited guests and UND scholars/activists, lecture-presentations on these issues, post-show discussions, and other innovative educational vehicles. Please mark these dates on your calendars and plan how you may implement these educational/theatrical opportunities into your spring classes and syllabi.

The Theatrical Event was awarded a prestigious seed grant, whereby the Event will receive financial support over the next two years; during that time we hope to secure permanent funding from an appropriate agency or foundation interested in the goals of the Event--arts/community outreach/diversity and gender issues. -- Mary Cutler, Theatre Arts.



Spring Course Schedule Online Tuesday

The Time Schedule of Classes for Spring 2003 will be available online at on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The paper copies of the time schedule, to be used by departments for advising purposes, will be available for pickup in the reception area of the registrar's office beginning at 9 a.m.


Unsatisfactory Progress Report Forms Due Oct. 18

“Unsatisfactory Progress Report” forms are due in the registrar’s office by noon Friday, Oct. 18. Please adhere to the following procedures to assure that accurate and adequate information is transmitted to students.

1. The departmental office picks up forms Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, and transmits them to teaching faculty through routine procedures.

2. Faculty complete a form for each class section.

NOTE: Forms for all sections are to be completed and returned. If no students are deficient, the blank sheet must be signed and returned. It is considered verification that the instructor considers no students to be deficient at this time.

3. If the form includes names of students who have never attended class, mark them as failing. This information should initiate action by the student to correct any error in registration prior to the last day to drop (Friday, Nov. 8).

4. If a student is attending a class and the name is not listed on the deficiency form, it is an indication that the student’s registration is in error. The student should not be allowed to continue attending the class, but should be directed to the registrar’s office to correct the problem.

5. The “Unsatisfactory Progress Report” forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the Office of the Registrar no later than noon on Friday, Oct. 18. Adherence to this schedule is essential since computer processing is done over the weekend. Reports not received in our office by noon Oct. 18 will not be accepted and it will become the responsibility of the faculty member to contact the deficient students. “Unsatisfactory Progress Reports” will be mailed to the students during the week beginning Oct. 21.

6. DO NOT SEND THROUGH THE MAIL. Please return forms directly to the registrar’s office, 201 Twamley Hall.
Thank you very much for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call our office at 777-2712. – Michael Cogan, Associate Registrar.


SGIDs Available

If you would be interested in receiving input from students in your classes as an aid in understanding what students find especially helpful to their learning and what they see as less helpful, now is the time to request an SGID (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis -- a midterm student feedback process). Trained faculty facilitators are available to conduct the SGIDs. The process is completely confidential and designed solely for the purpose of helping teachers gain insight that might be useful in the classroom. To request an SGID, please call Jana Hollands at the Office of Instructional Development, 777-4998 or For more information on the process, contact Joan Hawthorne at 7-6381 or – Joan Hawthorne, WAC Coordinator.


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, Room 302, Twamley Hall. Forms are also available at – John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.


AutoCAD Software Site License Available

AutoCAD/Desk software site licenses are now available for purchase. Licensing for AutoCAD runs from Oct. 15, 2002, through Oct. 14, 2003.

Check out our web page at see the software available for licensing; please remember that new and renewed licenses must still be ordered on the regular ITSS software licensing order form.

If you have questions regarding software licensing issues, please contact me at or 777-3171. – ITSS.


Next Studio One Features Religious Teens, Alumni Center

A new study exploring the relationship between religion and teenage delinquency will be featured on this week’s Studio One.

In the past, some social scientists assumed religion had little to no effect on teens. A University of North Carolina study takes a close look at how religion and behavior in teenagers are linked.

Also on the next edition of Studio One, the chief executive officer of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, Tim O’Keefe, will discuss how his organization helps support the University. We’ll learn about an uncommon approach O’Keefe and his staff take to foster positive alumni relations despite a large workload.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live at 5 p.m. Thursdays on UND Channel 3. 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. – Studio One.


U2 Workshops Listed For Oct. 28 - Nov. 1

To register, contact the University Within the University (U2) office by any of the following ways: phone, 777-2128; fax, 777-2140;; or When registering, please include your name, department, box number, phone number, e-mail address, event title, and event date.

NEW WORKSHOP: Disability Awareness, Myths, Misconceptions and Public Attitudes: Oct. 28 (Monday), 1 to 4 p.m. (three hours total), Memorial Room, Memorial Union. This workshop will focus on raising awareness concerning the unique nature and composition of the disabled community. Significant attention will be given to disputing common disability stereotypes and myths. To that end, the impact of such variables as media representations of the disabled on public attitudes will be considered. The workshop will also address work place attitudes and employment barriers relative to the disabled. This will include some focus on access and accommodation issues. Presenter: Don Daughtry, department of counseling.

Excel XP, Beginning: Oct. 28, 30, and Nov. 1 (Mon-Wed-Fri), 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (nine hours total), 361 Upson II. Introduces Excel basics, edit worksheets, perform calculations, format worksheets, work with multiple worksheets, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

Access XP, Beginning: Oct. 29, 30, and 31 (Tues-Wed-Thurs) 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (nine hours total), 361 Upson II. Introduces Access and relational databases. Create a database, work with tables, queries, forms, reports, and establish relationships. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

Working in Confined Spaces: Oct. 29 (Tuesday), 9 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. Confined spaces can be deadly. Reinforce understanding of the risks associated with working in confined spaces such as manholes, trenches, cable vaults and attics. The following topics are included in the workshop: identification of a confined space and its conditions; toxic, flammable, and oxygen-deficient atmospheres; hazards and proper personal protective equipment; and roles and responsibilities. Presenter: Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health.

Navigating General Education Requirements: Oct. 29 (Tuesday), 2 to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Back by popular demand! What are general education requirements? Learn how to help students navigate the campus graduation requirements as they apply to their whole program of study. Presented by: Student Academic Services.

Broadbanding - What is it? Oct. 30 (Wednesday), 9 to 10:30 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Find out how the broadbanding system defines positions, why it was implemented, how it relates to salary administration, and how it ties to market values. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Diane Nelson, Human Resources.

Employee and Non-Employee Travel Policies and Procedures, and Food Purchase Approvals: Oct. 31 (Thursday), 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Brush up on the procedures to follow for out-of-state travel authorizations, American Express corporate cards, employee travel-expense-vouchers and non-employee ticket authorizations. Presenters: Lisa Heher, Bonnie Nerby and Allison Peyton, Accounting Services and Mike Grosz, Dining Services.

– Sarah Bloch, University Within the University Program Assistant.


Volunteers Sought For Women’s Calcium Supplementation Trial

A two-year calcium supplementation trial with postmenopausal women offers the participants a chance to have a bone scan done using the state-of-the-art technology called dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). This randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled study, which will recruit 220 local women, is designed to test whether the addition of copper and zinc to calcium supplements is superior to calcium alone in preventing osteoporosis. The participants will receive two-year supply of daily vitamin and mineral supplements and $715. Healthy women, ages 51-75, not on hormone replacement therapy, can call 795-8181 for more information. – Fariba Roughead, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center.


In the News


September 2002 was a record-breaking month for Flight Operations with a total of 12,775 hours flown by University students. The old record of 9,662 hours was set in October 2001. The Grand Forks airport now ranks as the 50th busiest airport in the United States based on yearly operations.


Mary Askim (marketing) had “Building Theory: The Relationship Between Attribution Theory and the Perceived Outcomes of Entrepreneurial Venture Failure” published in the Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal. . . . Mary Askim and Connie Bateman (marketing) presented a paper at the Allied Academies International Conference held in Nashville, Tenn. The paper, “Campus Stalker Rapes Students of Their Financial Dignity: A Review and Strategic Ethical Framework for Credit Card Company Marketing Practices” won a distinguished research award and will be published in the upcoming issue of the Academy of Marketing Studies Journal.


Sara Fritzell Hanhan (early childhood education) has been elected secretary of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators. She is one of five new members from across the United States elected to the governing board.


Roger Schauer (interim chair of family medicine) and Judy DeMers (associate dean for student affairs and admissions), were recognized recently by the North Dakota Nurses Association for their significant contributions to the profession of nursing in North Dakota. . . . Mary Wakefield (Center for Rural Health) spoke at the annual research meeting of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, Washington, D.C. Her topic was “Paying and Organizing for Quality: A Plan for Crossing the Quality Chasm.” She also gave a presentation on Medicare equity for rural beneficiaries to the U.S. Senate health legislative assistants. . . . Wakefield presented “Making National Health Insurance Happen: the Political Roads Which Must be Traveled for Enactment” at a seminar of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. . . . Brad Gibbens (Center for Rural Health) facilitated a program evaluation for the Northland Healthcare Alliance’s Community Access Program in Bismarck, N.D. . . . Mary Amundson (Center for Rural Health) is the project director for Project CRISTAL (Collaborative Rural Interdisciplinary Service Training and Learning), a three-year training grant that has been re-funded for $646,000 through the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources Services Administration. She attended the annual Primary Care Office/Primary Care Association, and State Loan Repayment Symposium in Bethesda, Md. . . . Richard Ludtke and Leander “Russ” McDonald (Center for Rural Health) provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee in Washington, D.C. on Native American aging issues. This testimony will be the featured article in the September issue of American Indian Report magazine.


Grants and Research

Scholarly Activities Awards Listed

The Senate scholarly activities committee received 41 requests for domestic travel funds and five requests for foreign travel funds in the September call for proposals. Requests totaled nearly $38,000. The following awards were made Sept. 23:

Domestic Travel Awards: Gary Babiuk (teaching and learning), $323; Gayle Baldwin (philosophy and religion), $293.25; Nancy Beneda (finance), $425; Sandra Braathen (information systems and business education), $283.90; Jeffrey Byrnes (space studies), $318.75; Tar-Pin Chen (physics), $375.70; Joyce Coleman (English), $368.05; Bruce DiCristina (sociology/criminal justice), $344.68; Kim Donehower (English), $304.30; Judson Edwards (geography), $380.80; James Foster (biochemistry and molecular biology), $333.63; Ahmad Ghassemi (geology and geological engineering), $309.40; Thomas Gilsdorf (mathematics), $385.05; William Gosnold (geology and geological engineering), $318.75; Shirley Greves (teaching and learning), $270.73; Bette Ide (family and community nursing), $348.93; Gail Ingwalson (teaching and learning), $270.30; Mark Jendrysik (political science and public administration), $391.85; Ju Kim (physics), $375.70; Evelyn Labun (family and community nursing), $162.50; James Larson (sociology), $326.83; Katrina Meyer (educational leadership), $280.93; Patricia Moulton (Center for Rural Health), $366.78; Seong Hyun Nam (management), $368.48; Lawrence Peterson (mathematics), $85; Anil Potti (internal medicine), $342.98; Sally Pyle (biology), $366.78; Bradley Rundquist (geography), $380.80; Hossein Salehfar (electrical engineering), $302.60; Richard Schultz (electrical engineering), $357.43; William Sheridan (biology), $353.60; Sean Snaith (economics), $409.70; Raymond Spiteri (art), $273.70; John Vitton (management), $290.33; Jack Weinstein (philosophy and religion), $289.43; Timothy Young (physics), $338.30; Margaret Zidon (teaching and learning), $270.30.

Foreign Travel Awards: Biswanath Bandyopadhyay (mechanical engineering), $850.43; Jody Rada (anatomy and cell biology), $741.24; Timothy Schroeder (social work), $850; Marcellin Zahui (mechanical engineering), $744.47.

Glenda Lindseth (Nursing), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.


Preproposals Sought For COBRE Grants

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has issued a solicitation for proposals for “Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).” This program provides support for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program to foster health-related research and increase the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from the NIH. The University of North Dakota is eligible for these grants. In last year’s competition, a proposal from UND’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences involving several faculty researchers was awarded $10 million.

The purpose of the COBRE program is to 1) enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for complementary NIH individual research grants or other external peer-review support, and 2) augment and enhance an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through establishment of a multi-disciplinary center, led by a peer-reviewed, funded investigator with expertise central to the research theme of the proposal. The application must have a thematic scientific focus in a specific research area, such as neuroscience, cancer, structural biology, immunology, or bioengineering, and may use basic, clinical or both research ap-proaches to attain the goals of the proposed center. The center is intended to support investigators from several complementary disciplines. The research focus of COBRE encom-passes the full spectrum of the basic and clinical sciences and includes cellular and molecular biology, biophysics and biotechnology, genetics and developmental biology, pharmacology and others.

The PI must have an active biomedical or behavioral research program that receives NIH, NSF or other peer-reviewed support in the scientific area of the center. Each COBRE program should include three to five research projects that stand alone, but share a common thematic scientific focus. Each research project should be supervised by a single junior investigator who is responsible for insuring that the specific aims of that project are met.

Applicants must request project periods of five years and may request a budget for direct costs of up to and no more than $1.5 million per year, excluding facilities and administrative (F&A) costs on consortium arrangements. The applicant may request additional direct costs in year one only of up to $500,000 as a one-time expenditure for alteration and renovation of laboratory or animal facilities.
Because UND may submit only one application to the Program at this time, a committee will be set up to conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should address the following points:

• Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount

• Biographical sketches (no more than 2 pages) of the principal investigator and junior investiga-tors who will be participating in the proposal

• An overall research plan to justify support of a multi-disciplinary COBRE program for 5 years

• Succinct descriptions of three to five proposed projects

• Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)

• Impact on the university’s mission as a whole

• Detailed budget (including expected cost share amounts and sources)

Preproposals (an original plus five copies) should be no more than five pages in length (excluding cover sheet, biographical sketches, and budget pages) using a reasonable format (one-inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in the Office of Research and Program Development by 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 8, 2002. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will conform to the guidelines included in the program announcement which can be found at:

The NCRR deadlines for the program are: 12/18/2002 (Letter of Intent); 1/22/2003 (Full Proposal). The program will use the NIH exploratory grant award mechanism (P20).


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


Areas of interest are: improving teaching of science, mathematics and technology; increasing relevant internet access and programming for disadvantaged; increasing personal involvement in the community; removing barriers to economic self sufficiency; and enhancing experience of art and culture for all. Deadline: None (Letters of Inquiry); Application receipt dates determined if invited. Contact: Sandra Larson; 952-917-0117;;


Funding for Chemistry and Life Sciences research, including polymer chemistry, surface and interfacial science, theoretical chemistry, molecular dynamics, chronobiology, perception and cognition, sensory systems, and biological response profiling and assessment. Deadline: None. Contact: Genevieve Haddard, 703-696-9513;


Support for research related to Aerospace and Materials Sciences. Areas of interest include: structural mechanics, mechanics of materials and devices, unsteady aerodynamics and hypersonics, turbulence and rotating flows, combustion and diagnostics, space power and propulsion, metallic materials, ceramics and nonmetallic materials, and organic matrix composites. Deadline: None. Contact: Lyle H. Schwartz, 703-696-8457;


Support to build innovative and sustainable programs in the 4 priority areas--Equipping Kids for the 21st Century, Extending Internet Benefits to All, Engaging Communities in the Arts, and Empowering Citizens and Civic Participation. Deadline: None. Contact: 800-818-1066;;


Visiting Fellowship Program–Funding for future institute leaders and intellectual entrepreneurs to train in the U.S. in such areas as think-tank management and effective support for the free society. Contact: Nikolai Wenzel; 703-934-6969;; Deadline: None.



Small Grant Program for Conference Support–Support for conferences related to health services research. Deadline: Applications accepted any time; Reviewed in February, April, June, August, October, December. Contact: Sandra Issacson; 301-594-6668;;


Grants are provided to advance identification, creation, and dissemination of knowledge and methodologies that encourage and support continual increases in effective use of resources (people, material, processes, equipment, and time) in manufacturing and service industries. The goal is to increase manufacturing and service industry competitiveness and global prosperity. Deadline: None. Contact: Michael Lythgoe; 703-354-8851 x2202;;


Funding areas are: Conservation and Sustainability; Safe and Healthy Children and Families; Global Education in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Business; Bus iness and Community Partnerships, and Workforce Skills Today for Tomorrow. Deadline: None. Contact: 412-553-2348;;


Scientific Education Grants (PRF)—Support for conferences, symposia, meetings, and educational activities related to the petroleum field. Deadline: None; Reviewed in February, May, and October. Contact: 202-872-4600;;\prfgrant.html.

Type B Grants (PRF) provide up to $50,000 for research related to the petroleum field for 3 years. Type B grants are restricted to departments which do not award the doctoral degree. Proposed research must include participation by undergraduate students. Deadline and Contact: See Above.

Type AC Grants (PRF) provide up to $120,000 for 3 years for research related to the petroleum field. ACS usually funds proposals from graduate departments, but undergraduate faculty may apply. Deadline and Contact: See Above.

Type G Starter Grants (PRF) provide $35,000 for 2 years to new faculty (within the first 3 years of a regular appointment as an Assistant Professor or equivalent) conducting petroleum-related research. Deadline and Contact: See Above.


Weissman Visiting Professorships support faculty in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences/mathematics who are on leave or sabbatical from their own institution. Deadline: 11/21/02. Contact: 646-312-3870;;


Visiting Research Fellowships support work in the traditional humanities disciplines or that falls under the Institute’s broad definition of humanities. Deadline: 11/22/02. Contact: Wayne O. McCready; 403-220-7238;;


Assistive Technology Program for Farmers with Disabilities: State and Regional AgrAbility Projects–Funding for projects to assist farmers, ranchers, or farm workers with disabilities, and their families to continue to earn their livelihoods in agriculture. Deadline: 11/20/02. Contact: Ivan Graff; 202-401-6825;;


Defense Sciences Research and Technology—Support for research in Biodynotics (Biologically Inspired Multifunc-tional Dynamic Robotics). The BAA lists specific areas in Dynamic Mobility, Behavior, and Integration. The program will seek to integrate dynamic revolutionary mobility with functional capabilities that enable a robotic platform to perform relevant tasks for national security. Deadline: 12/15/02. Contact: Steven Wax; 703-696-2281;


The goal of University Strategic Partnerships is to provide DTRA additional research and development capabilities, and foster critical skills needed by the Department of Defense in the science, engineering and business communities, specifically in the areas of combat support, technology development, threat control, threat reduction, and agency support functions. Deadline: 11/11/02. Contact: Cynthia Sanders, 703-325-9210;


Basic and Clinical Approaches to Controlling Human Respiratory Pathogens–Support for respiratory pathogens research units to support the infection prevention program of the Respiratory Diseases Branch. Deadline: 11/18/02. Contact: Nancy Hershey; 301-496-0193;;


Computational and Information Sciences–Funding for research in: military extensible markup language (milXML); information science and technology; information assurance and survivable communications; fuzzy logic; Combat Service Support (CSS) technology applications; atmospheric modeling and simulation; database technology; software engineering; information infrastructure; technology for Course of Action (COA) analysis; battlefield environmental research; scalable computational sciences; knowledge management and business intelligence systems; and information technology. Deadline: None. Contact: US Army Research Laboratory, 919-549-4375;


Innovation in Clinical Research Award–Support for development of inexpensive but accurate test methods to assist in treatment of AIDS patients in resource-poor areas of the world. Deadlines: 11/19/02 (Letter of Intent); 3/3/02 (Application). Contact: 650 Fifth Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10019;


Australian Biological Resources Study Research Grant—Support for documentation of Australia’s biological diversity and to improve and increase the national taxonomic effort. Projects are funded on priority taxo-nomic/biogeographic subjects. Applicants may be from Australia or overseas, professional or amateur. Deadline: 11/10/02. Contact: Liz Visher, Telephone: 0202 6250 9554, ,


School of Historical Studies Fellowship–Support in all fields of historical research, concerned principally with the history of western and near eastern civilization. Deadline: 11/15/02. Contact: Marian Zelazny, 609-734-8300;;


Maternal and Child Health Research Program (MCHR)–Support for applied research relating to maternal and child health services which shows promise of substantial contribution to current knowledge and when used in states and communities should result in health and health services improvements. Deadline: 3/03/03. Contact: Kishena Wadhwani, 301-443-2207;;

Screening for Multiple Behavioral Risk Factors During the Preconception Through Postpartum Period (SMBRF)–Support for development and implementation of short, easy-to-use instruments to identify multiple behavioral risk factors, and incorporate use of the tools into the health care setting. Deadlines: 11/22/02 (Letter of Intent); 1/6/03 (Application). Contact: Karen Hench; 301-443-5720;;


Cancer Research Small Grant Program–Funding for new and experienced investigators in relevant fields and disciplines (e.g., chemoprevention, nutritional science, genetic and infectious agents, and early detection, including biomarker development and validation) to test ideas or conduct pilot studies. Contact: Sudhir Srivastava; 301-496-3983;; Deadline: 11/20/02.


Food and Waterborne Diseases Integrated Research Network–Support to facilitate integration of research programs to develop products to rapidly identify, prevent, and treat food and waterborne diseases that threaten public health. Contact: Kristen Mistichelli; 301-496-0384;;; Deadline: 11/18/02.

Funding for establishment of Regional Biocontainment Laboratories (RBL) and National Biocontainment Laboratories (NBL) to further research capabilities of NIAID and conduct research on Category A, B, and C priority pathogens considered of significant research importance. The list of pathogens is provided at: Contact: Barbara Shadrick; 301-496-7288; BAA-NIH-NIAID-NCRR-DMID-03-36 will be available electronically on or about 10/15/02 at Deadline: See BAA.


Oral Mucosal Innate Immune Factors in the Inhibition of HIV and Opportunistic Infection (RFA-DE-03-002). Deadlines: 11/13/02 (Letter of Intent); 12/11/02 (Application). Contact: Dennis F. Mangan; 301-594-2421;;


Career Transition Award (PAR-02-151)–Support for 3 years research training in an NIDDK intramural laboratory plus 2 years support for an independent research program at an extramural institution. Contact: Louis Simchowitz; 301-451-9808;; Deadline: 11/18/02.


Initiative for Minority Students: Bridges to the Baccalaureate (PAR-02-084); Initiaitve for Minority Students: Bridges to the Doctorate (PAR-02-083)—Support for programs that facilitate transition of students from associate- to baccalaureate-degree granting institutions and frommaster’s- to doctoral-degree granting institutions. The goal is to increase the number of underrepresented minority biomedical scientists and improve the ability of educational institutions to train and graduate promising underrepresented minority students in the biomedical sciences, including relevant behavioral, physical, and quantitative sciences. Deadlines: 11/14/02, 5/14/03. Contact: Irene Eckstrand; 301-594-5402;; and


The Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) supports research in the area of Satellite Data Assimila-tion for Numerical and Climate Prediction Models (NESDIS). The goal is to accelerate use of observations from earth-orbiting satellites in operational numerical prediction models to improve weather forecasts, seasonal to interannual climate forecasts, and to increase physical accuracy of climate data sets. Deadline: 11/15/02. Contact: Kathy LeFevre; 301-763-8127; Kathy.Lefevre@noaa.g-ov;


National Solar Observatory–Funding for researchers and graduate students to access large optical telescopes, observing equipment, and research support services at Sacramento Peak Observatory. Deadline: 8/15/02. Contact: K.S. Balasubramaniam; 505-434-7000;;


Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences support students enrolled in full-time study toward a Ph.D. or an Sc.D. degree in the biological sciences. Deadlines: 11/12/02 (last names beginning with A-H); 11/13/02 (last names beginning I-P), 11/14/02 (last names beginning Q-Z). Contact: 202-334-2872;;


Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE): Integrated Research and Education in Environmental Systems--Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems –Support for integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced scientific and engineering methods. Emphasis is on research with the following characteristics: high degree of interdisciplinarity; focus on complex environmental systems that include interactions of non-human biota or humans; and focus on systems with high potential for exhibiting non-linear behavior. Contact: Thomas Baerwald; 703-292-7301;; Deadline: 11/19/02.

Biocomplexity in the Environment (BE): Integrated Research and Education in Environmental Systems -- Genome-Enabl-ed Environmental Sciences and Engineering (GEN-EN)–Funding for proposals which use scientific and/or engineering approaches to develop and apply genomic information and tools to further understanding of how organisms interact with (adjust to and modify) their environment. Deadline: 12/17/02. Contact: Lita Proctor; 703-292-8582;;

Galactic Astronomy (GAL)—Support for theoretical and observational studies of the structure and evolution of the Milky Way and nearby galaxies. Research may focus on stellar populations; characteristics of star clusters; interstellar medium; and properties of atoms and molecular constituents of the interstellar medium. Deadline: 11/15/02. Contact: Wayne Van Citters; 703-292-4908;;

Information Technology Research (ITR)–Support for innovative fundamental research addressing challenges that face IT or that seeks advances at the frontiers of science and engineering through creative and innovative use and further development of IT. The program is especially interested in multi-disciplinary research. Contact: James Granato; 703-292-8762; jgranato@nsf.g-ov; Deadlines: 11/18/02 (Pre-Proposals for Large Projects), 3/ 34/02 (Full Proposals for Large Projects); 2/12//03 (Medium Projects); 12/12/02 (Small Projects).

Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics (SAA)—Support for theoretical and observational studies of the structure and activity of the Sun and other stars; physical properties of all types of stars; all aspects of star formation and stellar evolution; stellar nucleosynthesis; and properties of atoms and molecules that relevant to stellar astronomy. Deadline and Contact: See Above.


Fiscal Year 2003 Department of Defense (DOD) Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI)–Support for basic science and engineering research of critical importance to national defense, with a focus on multidisciplinary research efforts that intersect more than one traditional science and engineering discipline. Deadline: 11/20/02. Contact: Clifford Lau; 703-696-0431;


Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program (GAANN)–Support to assist graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in one
or more of the following areas of national need: biology, chemistry, computer and information sciences, engineer-ing, geological and related sciences, mathematics, and physics. Deadline: 11/22/02. Contact: Brandy A. Silverman; 202-502-7886;;


Katrin H. Lamon Fellowship–Support for Native American pre- or postdoctoral scholars to engage in manuscript preparation on topics important to understanding humankind, including critical contemporary issues. Deadline: 11/15/02. Contact: 505-954-7201;;

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

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