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VOLUME 41, NUMBER 11: November 7, 2003
 

Florida professor will head law school
Schultz named UND EPSCoR director; steering committee will have co-chairs
President Kupchella is a member of the Roundtable on Higher Education
Holiday deadline for University Letter articles is Monday

 
events to note
"Camelot" plays at Red River High School
Oak Ridge scientist presents LEEPS lecture
Biology department plans Nov. 7 seminar
Reception will honor Bruce Helgerud
Potluck, community fold dance held Nov. 8
Graduate committee meets Monday
EERC renewable energy week is Nov. 10-14
Empire Arts Center lists events
Flu shot clinics expanded
International Night features Ukraine
Philosophy and religion colloquium focuses on surrealism
Stephen Johnson, Eligar Sadeh will sign books Nov. 13
Doctoral exam set for Kathy Brock Enger
Community outreach outlines degrees after hours program
Lotus Center hosts meditation retreat
Encourage students to take part in etiquette luncheon Nov. 15
Met Opera auditions set for Nov. 15
"Theology for Lunch" will focus on public display of 10 Commandments
Jim Antes will present Nov. 18 faculty lecture
Beginner grantwriting workshop held at Union
Expert discusses fire management Nov. 20
U2 lists workshops
 
announcements

Medical school receives bronze award for graduates choosing family medicine
NDUS chancellor search committee meets
Faculty award nominations accepted through Nov. 19
Graduate committee approves outside employment policy for graduate students
Make arrangements now to receive free records destruction
Spring ESL teaching position available in China
Veterans Day holiday hours listed
Insurance coverage available for U-sponsored field trips
ConnectND Corner
Severe weather policy detailed
Report icy conditions to facilities
Terry Stratton
Information proviced on FlexComp, new IRS rule
Parking lot counts completed
2004 Founders Day honorees sought
Studio One lists topics
Mortar Board plans turkey drive
Mothers of children age 3-5 sought for study
Human Nutrition Center seeks volunteers for studies
Yoga classes held at Lotus Center
Items for sale to public on bids

 
 
GRANTS & RESEARCH
Research, creative, and publication awards listed
Preproposals sought for research facilities improvement
Research, grant opportunities listed
 
 

Paul LeBel will head law school
A law professor at Florida State University College of Law will be the next dean of the School of Law. Paul A. LeBel will start his duties May 14, 2004.

He will succeed Jerry Davis, who served as dean for nearly 20 years until December 2002, when he became dean of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. Candace Zierdt is serving as interim dean.

A nationally recognized expert on tort law, Paul LeBel has been at Florida State University College of Law since 1997, and has also served as dean of the college. Prior to joining Florida State University, LeBel taught for 15 years at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., where he was the James Goold Cutler Professor of Law. He has also been a visiting professor of law at the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond; associate professor at the School of Law, University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; a visiting professor of law and a graduate teaching fellow at the College of Law, University of Illinois; and a legal writing instructor at the College of Law, University of Florida. LeBel earned his juris doctorate at the University of Florida in 1977, and his A.B. with a major in American Literature at George Washington University. An expert in tort law, LeBel has authored many publications, including John Barleycorn Must Pay: Compensating the Victims of Drinking Drivers (University of Illinois Press, 1992).

 

Schultz named UND EPSCoR director; steering committee will have co-chairs
Effective Jan. 1, 2004, two significant changes to the organization of ND EPSCoR will take place.

First, ND EPSCoR will support two directors so that each of the state’s two research institutions will have a director on site. Richard Schultz, associate professor of electrical engineering, will assume duties as UND EPSCoR director Jan. 1. The UND EPSCoR director is a part-time position at 50 percent effort. Dr. Schultz will continue some of his teaching and research responsibilities in electrical engineering. After Jan. 1, Dr. Schultz can be reached at 415 Twamley Hall, 777-2492, in regard to ND EPSCoR initiatives and related issues. The presence of an additional EPSCoR director located on the UND campus is in response to longstanding faculty interest in this regard.

Second, the responsibilities of the chairperson of the ND EPSCoR steering committee will be divided between the state’s two research institutions. Effective January 1, the vice presidents for research at UND and NDSU will co-chair the ND EPSCoR steering committee to best leverage EPSCoR funding in meeting the research strategic aims at each institution. Membership on the committee will remain as before, with an equal distribution of faculty representing both research institutions. – Peter Alfonso, vice president for research.


President Kupchella is a member of the Roundtable on Higher Education
President Charles E. Kupchella is a member of the Roundtable on Higher Education, which met Oct. 21 in Bismarck.
Members of the Roundtable on Higher Education recognize the University System as an integral part of expanding and diversifying the state’s economy and enhancing the quality of life for all North Dakotans. Its 58 members include representatives of the legislative and executive branches, state government, the private sector, the University System and other key stakeholders.

“The Roundtable on Higher Education has been a key factor in unleashing the potential of the University System to serve as a primary economic engine in North Dakota,” said Sen. Ray Holmberg, roundtable chair. “We are now beginning to realize the benefits of the work of the roundtable, and it’s amazing how much has been accomplished. After this meeting, I’m even more convinced we have moved mountains, but there are more to climb.”

Formed in 1999, the group has received national attention and awards for its visionary approach to creating a brighter future for the state and its citizens.

Kupchella is a member of the educational excellence task force, one of six roundtable groups that focus on specific ways to create a university system for the future.

“Universities have become more nimble and far better able to deal with challenges and opportunities. More public, education and civic leaders have come to see an important role for universities in creating a new future for the state – both in terms of the traditional role of universities and in our expanded, direct involvement in economic development,” Kupchella said.

Members of the Roundtable on Higher Education identify roles and responsibilities for all stakeholders of the University System and provide input to the legislative interim Committee on Higher Education. The next meeting of the group is tentatively scheduled for June 15, 2004.



Holiday deadline for University Letter articles is Monday
D ue to the Veterans Day holiday Tuesday, Nov. 11, the University Letter article deadline has been moved to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10.  This will allow University Letter to be printed and received on schedule across campus.  Please send articles to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.  Thank you. -- Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter.


 

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“Camelot” plays at Red River High school
The Red River High School department of fine arts presents “Camelot,” Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 6-8, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. Join us for an adventure of mythical proportions. King Arthur, Queen Guenevere and the Knights of the Round Table come to life in this classic Lerner and Lowe musical. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for students and seniors. Reserved seating. For reservations, please call 746-2411. – Jan Orvik, editor, for Red River Department of Fine Arts.

 

Oak Ridge scientist presents LEEPS lecture
Lawrence Anovitz, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will present the next LEEPS lectures. At noon Friday, Nov. 7, he will present “Obsidian Hydration Dating: Old Problems and New Approaches to Glass Corrosion,” in 100 Leonard Hall. At 3 p.m. that afternoon, he will consider “Experimental and Model Approaches to Understanding ‘Water’ Diffusion in Glass,” in 109 Leonard Hall.

The geology and geological engineering department 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 me. – Dexter Perkins, geology and geological engineering, 777-2991.

 

Biology department plans Nov. 7 seminar
The biology department will hold a seminar Friday, Nov. 7, at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. Wendy Reed, from the zoology department at NDSU, will present “Maternal Effects in American Coots: Consequences for Survival and Growth.”

Dr. Reed is currently studying the population of American coots (Fulica americana) breeding in the prairie couteau region of central North Dakota. In one of her new research projects she is evaluating the impact of West Nile virus and immune function on reproduction in yellow-headed blackbirds. Dr. Reed has also been involved in research on dark-eyed juncos as part of postdoctoral research at Indiana University. – Biology department.

 

Reception will honor Bruce Helgerud
A reception in honor of Bruce Helgerud, student financial aid administrator, is set for 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, in the Edna Twamley Room, Twamley Hall. Please join us to congratulate him on his most recent award: the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators’ Ron Smout Award for Teaching and Mentoring. This award is presented to an individual who, over a sustained period of years, has provided mentoring and encouragement to financial aid professionals in the eight-state RMASFAA region.

Please join us. – Peggy Pazderic, financial aid.

 

Potluck, community folk dance held Nov. 8
North Country Fiddle and Dance will hold a free potluck and community folk dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Bring a dish to share, then dance at 7 p.m. All dances taught, and you can learn reels, simple squares, circle mixers and New England contras. Live music is by North Country String Band and friends. Donations will be taken at the door. – Jan Orvik, editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, North Country Fiddle and Dance.

 

Graduate committee meets Monday
The graduate committee will meet Monday, Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.
Agenda:

1. Approval of minutes from Oct. 20.
2. Teaching and learning has the following course changes:
T&L 421, Transition to Adult Life from 2 to 3 credits with a course description change;
T&L 578 Behavior Management for Special Needs Students from 2 to 3 credits, with a course description change;
T&L 552, Inclusive Methods from 2 to 3 credits with a course description change;
T&L 551, Advanced Assessment/Special Needs Students — change in prerequisites from T&L 423 to include prerequisites T&L 421, 552, and 578;
3. Pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, PPT 521, Graduate Seminar in PPT — request to change from regular grading to S/U grading only.
4. Request for a new course in nursing: Nursing 521, Foundations of Anesthesia Practice.
5. Change in program requirements for the Nurse Anesthesia Specialization to include the new course, Nursing 521, and an array of additional requirement changes.
6. Discussion on using the graduate committee as reviewers of the academic year scholarships and fellowships.
7. Status report of program review subcommittees: Please be prepared to tell us how you are progressing.
8. Matters arising.
– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.

 

EERC renewable energy week is Nov. 10-14
Renewable energy such as alternative fuels, biomass, wind, and hydrogen fuel cells will be the focus of a weeklong event at the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center Nov. 10-14.

The week will include a Governors’ Ethanol Coalition (GEC) meeting, the Biomass II Heat and Power Workshop, and an open house for the EERC’s new $8 million facilities.

The GEC meeting will be held at the EERC Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 11:45 a.m. The 29-member coalition, chaired by Gov. John Hoeven, will develop long-term objectives for the GEC pertaining to proposed legislation for renewable fuel standards.
The Biomass II Heat & Power Workshop, starting Thursday, Nov. 13, will focus on emerging technologies in biomass for heat and power. During this all-day workshop, participants will learn about the different types of biomass and how they provide fuel resource opportunities, discuss new technology, and develop opportunities for biomass utilization in their business or community.

“The EERC is the leader in renewable energy for this region and, in certain topics, for the entire United States,” said Director Gerald Groenewold. “We have set aside this week as an opportunity to help others understand the exceptional resources, programs, and partnerships we have at the EERC and how they provide opportunities to enhance our region’s economy and guarantee our nation’s energy security.”

The workshop begins at 8:30 a.m. in the EERC’s new facility. Gov. John Hoeven will address attendees of the GEC meeting and Biomass Workshop during the luncheon at noon in the main lobby of the new building. Guests will also have the opportunity to tour the EERC’s pilot plant facilities and see a demonstration of the mobile renewable energy power plant beginning at 1 p.m.

During the Biomass II Workshop, an open house of the EERC’s new 47,000-square foot expansion will also be held. Construction on the building began July 30, 2002, and the building is now ready for occupancy. See firsthand the building’s environmentally friendly design, which includes geothermal wells, fly ash concrete, higher-efficiency light fixtures, and gypsum wallboard. Tours for the media will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Tours for the public will be offered Friday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Biomass II is organized and sponsored by the EERC, the North Dakota Department of Commerce Division of Community Services, the North Dakota Forest Service, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Other sponsors include Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Great River Energy, Minnkota Power Cooperative, Montana-Dakota Utilities Resources Foundation, Otter Tail Power Company, and Xcel Energy. To learn more or register, visit www.undeerc.org/biomassII or call 777-5068. – Energy & Environmental Research Center.

 

Empire Arts Center lists events
Following are upcoming events at the Empire Arts Center: Monday, Nov. 10, the Grand Forks Central High School Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we will show the movie “A Farewell to Arms” at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. And on Thursday, Nov. 13, the Grand Forks Red River High School Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. – Jan Orvik, editor, for Mark Landa, Empire Arts Center.

 

Flu shot clinics expanded
UND faculty, staff, and students are invited to take advantage of the flu shot clinics listed below. The clinics at the student health promotion office in the Memorial Union which were originally reserved for students have been opened up for faculty and staff.

Flu shots are recommended for:
• People 50 years of age and older.
• Those at high risk for influenza related complications, including those who have serious health problems such as: asthma, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, lung disease and HIV/AIDS/other immune system deficiencies.
• Household contacts of the persons who are at high risk and health care workers.
• 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.

Flu shots are encouraged for:
• Household contacts of infants and toddlers from age 0 to 23 months of age and healthy children age 6-23 months.
• People living in residence halls or other group living quarters.
• Anyone else who wants to reduce their chance of catching influenza.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, general flu shot clinics: 7:45 to 9:30 a.m., 151 Odegard Hall; 10 a.m. to noon, 303 Twamley Hall; 1 to 3:30 p.m., 5520 School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Thursday, Nov. 13, general flu shot clinics: 9 to 11 a.m., Prairie Room, EERC, faculty and staff, including nutrition lab personnel; 4:30 to 7 p.m., lower level, Room 55, Wilkerson Hall.
Depending upon supply and demand, there may be clinics later in November and during the annual craft fair at the Memorial Union Dec. 5. Watch for information later.
Spouses, dependents and the general public are not eligible for UND flu clinics. They should check with their health care provider or a public health resource for the vaccination.

The cost of the flu shot is $10 for students and $15 for employees. Students may pay by cash or charge to their university account. Employees may pay by cash or present health insurance cards. Insurance co-payments will be billed to your university account. For more information on the flu shot clinic schedule, please contact the student health promotions office at 777-2097. – Jane Croeker, student health promotions.

 

International Night features Ukraine
Join us at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., at 7 p.m. Thursdays for International Night. Thursday, Nov. 13, will feature Ukraine. Enjoy international cuisine, learn about different cultures and make new friends. – International Centre.

 

Philosophy and religion colloquium focuses on surrealism
“Metaphor, Image and Action: Walter Benjamin and Surrealism,” a lecture in the philosophy and religion colloquium series, will be presented by Raymond Spiteri (art), Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. in 300 Merrifield Hall.

What does it mean to politicize aesthetics? Benjamin offers an early answer to this question in his 1929 essay “Surrealism: The Last Snapshot of the European Intelligentsia.” This paper situates Benjamin’s essay in the context of debates over the political position of surrealism to explore the political function of visual and verbal images. According to Benjamin the image-space is opened when culture is stripped of its metaphoric veils – an argument that prefigures his critique of aura in “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” Whether this actually occurs in surrealism is arguable – this was one theme in the debate over surrealism’s political position that contributed to Benjamin’s interest in the movement – but through an analysis of the use of photography in Andre Breton’s Nadja (1928), which includes 44 photographic illustrations, it is possible to demonstrate some characteristics of this image-space. The sophisticated interplay between image and text in the Nadja not only provides a vivid demonstration of the role of the image in the culture of surrealism, but also gives substance to Benjamin’s notion of an image-space. – Jack Russell Weinstein, philosophy and religion.

 

Johnson and Sadeh will sign books Nov. 13
Stephen Johnson (space studies) has written The Secret of Apollo: Systems Management in American and European Space Programs, published last year. The book has been awarded the “Emme” award from the American Astronautical Society for the best aerospace literature of 2003. Eligar Sadah (space studies) has authored Space Politics and Policy. Both will conduct a book signing Thursday, Nov. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

 

Doctoral exam set for Kathy Brock Enger
The final examination for Kathy Brock Enger, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is “Analysis of Articles Published in Eight Selected Higher Education Journals on Selected Variables to Reveal Scholarly Development of the Discipline.” Donald Lemon (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

Members of the public are welcome to attend. – Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.

 

Community outreach outlines degrees after hours program
UND is hosting a community outreach Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Best Western Town House, downtown Grand Forks, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. to help people learn more about the degrees after hours program. People interested in getting their degree through correspondence by mail, online or on evenings and weekends, can stop by and ask college representatives specific questions about what courses and degrees are available. UND staff from admissions, enrollment services, and financial aid will be available to answer questions.

Twenty-three degrees are now available at alternative times and delivered by non-traditional means. Degrees are widely diverse and range from a bachelor’s degree in general studies to a master’s of science in aviation.

Please stop in Nov. 13, or check out the web site at www.conted.und.edu, or call 777-2661 to learn more. – Continuing education.

 

Lotus Center hosts meditation retreat
The Lotus Meditation Center will host a non-residential insight meditation retreat Friday through Sunday, Nov. 14-16. The visiting teacher will be John Travis. The fee is $80 and includes two meals. scholarships are available. Please contact Lora at 787-8839 for registration information. The retreat begins Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a talk and meditation instructions and is open to the public, free of charge. – Lora Sloen, Lotus Meditation Center.

 

Encourage students to take part in etiquette luncheon Nov. 15
Please encourage students to attend the annual etiquette luncheon, sponsored by career services, Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event includes a four-course meal; an etiquette presentation by Bruce Gjovig and Mae Marie Blackmore, authors of “Pardon Me, Your Manners Are Showing”; and a professional style presentation by Marshall Fields. The fee for the event is $5 and students must sign up in the career services office, 280 McCannel Hall, by Nov. 10. – Amber LaVoy, career services/cooperative education.

 

Met Opera auditions set for Nov. 15
The 40th annual North Dakota auditions conducted under the auspices of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions will be held Saturday, Nov. 15, at noon in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Floyd Anderson, associate artistic director for the Minnesota Opera, will conduct a vocal master class following the auditions. The public is cordially invited to the auditions and master class. There is no charge.

The North Dakota District audition is part of a U.S.-Canadian wide system of auditions held in over 40 state-wide districts to find exceptionally talented young singers of opera between the ages of 20 and 30, and assist them in their development. Information on the auditions in North Dakota and the rest of the country can be found at www.metopera.org/infodesk/council.html.

Historically, one or more singers from the North Dakota auditions have advanced to the Upper Midwest Regional auditions, to be held this year in St. Paul at the Ordway Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 31. The winner of the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions advance with all expenses paid to the national finals March 14 and 21 in New York, held on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera.

The North Dakota auditions are supported by the Department of Music, a generous financial grant from the University of North Dakota Fellows, and individual contributors.

Call 777-3360 for more information. -- G. Paul Larson (economics), director, North Dakota District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

 

“Theology for Lunch” will focus on public display of 10 Commandments
“Public Display of the Ten Commandments: Keep ‘Em or Move ‘Em” What Do You Think?” will be the topic of Theology for Lunch, Tuesdays at noon, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, 3120 Fifth Ave. N. A free lunch is included; bring a friend.

The schedule follows: Nov. 18, Laura Rovner, associate professor, School of Law, “Here’s the Case”; Nov. 25, “Where Do Christians Stand?” conversations about faith and First Amendment issues.

This event is sponsored by the Campus Ministry Association, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, and United Campus Ministry. – Thomas Petros, psychology.

 

Jim Antes will present Nov. 18 faculty lecture
Jim Antes, professor of psychology and peace studies, will present the next faculty lecture Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 4:30 p.m., in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. A social will precede the talk at 4 p.m. The title of his talk is “Conflict Mediation: How Does a Mediator Help? A Tale of Two Theories.”

 

Beginner grantwriting workshop held at Union
A beginner grantwriting workshop will be held Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The workshop will provide information on effective planning, identifying the best funding sources, developing and submitting a grant proposal, and follow-up activities.

Attendees will network with peers, gain a competitive edge in grant development, and learn grant proposal writing techniques from Lynette Krenelka, a veteran grant writer. She has extensive experience in administration, teaching, consulting and participating in the grantmanship process. The cost for the workshop is $215, and the deadline for registration is Thursday, Nov. 13. For more information or to register, call 777-2663, or visit www.conted.und.edu/grantwriting. – Kristin Leinen, continuing education.

 

Expert discusses fire management Nov. 20
“Fire-Dominated Ecosystems: A Working Model,” will be presented by Lloyd P. Queen, director, National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis and professor of remote sensing, University of Montana, at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. A reception precedes the talk at 3:30 p.m. The talk, part of the 2003 Distinguished Speaker Series, is sponsored by UND’s Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment.

He will present a working model for developing and transferring state-of-the-science technology in support of fire and fuels management in the west. As the devastating recent wildfires in southern California remind us, a new style of forest management is necessary.

Wildland fire seasons since 1988 have highlighted the need for more active management of fire-adapted ecosystems in the Northern Rockies. The foundation of any modern, integrated approach to fire management is the availability and accessibility of quality information concerning landscape conditions, fire risks, and institutional capabilities to manage fire events.

In the past two decades, remarkable advances in fire sciences, satellite imagery, and data retrieval point to the role that remote sensing can play in assisting fire management professionals. Yet there have been few systematic approaches to the incorporation of new data systems into fire management operations.

With the establishment of the National Center for Landscape Fire Analysis (NCLFA) at the University of Montana in June 2000, people in the West are receiving information products and services that improve the effectiveness of fire managers to protect people, property, and resources from the risks associated with wildland fire. Additional challenges and collaborative opportunities to address forest landscape problems have emerged.

In addition to directing the NCLFA, Dr. Queen is a professor of remote sensing in the department of forest management at the University of Montana. He is also responsible for the information technology curriculum in the College of Forestry and Conservation. – George Seielstad, director, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.

 

U2 lists workshops
Below are U2 workshops for Nov. 17-21. Visit our web site for additional workshops in November. The winter U2 newsletter containing workshops for December - January will be arriving soon.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by phone, 777-2128; e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu; or online, www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please include workshop title and date, name, department, position, box number, phone number, e-mail address, and how you first learned of the workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.

Excel XP, Intermediate: Nov. 17, 19, and 21, 9 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II Hall. Work with templates, filter and sort data, import and export data, work with advanced formulas, analyze and share data. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Prevent Harassment, Promote Respect (instructor led): Nov. 17, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 130 Ryan Hall.

Developmental Advising - An Effective Advising Practice: Nov. 17, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. What is developmental advising and how can it be used effectively in the academic advising process? Developmental advising will be defined and examined as a philosophical framework for enhancing the connection between advisor and student. Presenter: student academic services.

*Effective Management (limited seating): Nov. 18, 1 to 3 p.m., 305 Twamley Hall. Learn how to become an effective manager through the use of encouragement, recognition, and motivation. Explore strategies to replace “command and control” with more effective communication. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

*Challenging our Negative Thoughts, Learning to Reduce our Triggers in Conflict: Nov. 19, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Fee: $15 (includes materials and refreshments). Triggers are those stressors, irritations, and nuisances that can cause conflict in your life. Typically, they are the situations or frustrations that aggravate you, often to the point where, despite your best efforts, you come out of your homeostasis. Once we become aware of our triggers we can start to lessen or eliminate them and manage our conflicts more effectively. Presenter: Daniel Bjerknes.
– Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University within the University.

 

 

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Medical school receives bronze award for graduates choosing family medicine
The School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been recognized again by a national family physicians’ group for its success in encouraging a high percentage of medical graduates to choose a career in family medicine.

The UND medical school recently was presented the Bronze Family Practice Percentage Award by the American Academy of Family Physicians in recognition of an average of 20.7 percent of its doctor of medicine graduates in a three-year period, 2000-2002, entering accredited family medicine residency programs.

In rural areas, those who practice family medicine are the most sought-after because of their ability to provide a broad range of health care services to patients of all ages.

The school has been recognized many times in the past by the AAFP for the high proportion of graduates entering family medicine; it has received a total of: three Gold Achievement Awards for graduating an average of 30 percent or more students into family medicine residency programs; six Silver Achievement Awards for an average of 25-29.9 percent of graduates choosing family medicine residency programs; and two Bronze Awards for averages of 20-24.9 percent of grads choosing family medicine.

The AAFP initiated the Family Practice Percentage Awards in 1992 to honor medical schools for their efforts in educating and motivating students to choose careers as family physicians. – School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

 

NDUS chancellor search committee meets
The first meeting of the chancellor search committee, of which President Kupchella is a member, was held in Bismarck Oct. 31.

Key actions included:
• review of the open meetings/open records laws as they apply to search committees.
• review of the search profile with consultant Allen Koenig.
• discussion of the search timeline.

The search profile will be revised by Allen Koenig and forwarded to the committee for approval. Although SBHE policy does not require it, to develop clear consensus the profile will be provided to the board for final approval later this week. A Chronicle of Higher Education advertisement is tentatively scheduled for mid-November.

The new chancellor is tentatively scheduled to begin June 1, 2004. – North Dakota University System.

 

Faculty award nominations accepted through Nov. 19
The outstanding faculty awards committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:
• Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching (individual)
• Outstanding Graduate/Professional Teaching (individual)
• Excellence in Teaching, Research/Creative Activity and Service - the “Faculty Scholar Award” (individual)
• Outstanding Faculty Development and Service (individual)
• Departmental Excellence in Teaching (department)
• Departmental Excellence in Service (department)

To nominate online, go to www.und.edu/awards/. Paper nomination forms are also available at various locations around campus. Criteria for all six awards are listed on the web site and the nomination forms.

Additional nomination forms are available from the Office of Instructional Development/Merrifield office, Room 12A (call Jana Hollands at 777-4998). – Libby Rankin, director, instructional development.

 

Graduate committee approves outside employment policy for graduate students
At the graduate committee meeting Oct. 20, the following policy was approved. This will become effective January 2004.
Policy on outside employment for graduate assistants

The graduate school does not encourage outside employment for graduate student assistants. Such employment may limit the ability of the student to make satisfactory progress toward his/her degree. Failure to make satisfactory progress toward their degree can constitute grounds for dismissal.

Graduate assistants are expected to meet the terms of their appointment in areas of teaching, research and/or service. These appointments should not exceed 100 percent. The graduate school defines 100 percent effort for assistants as 50 percent employment and 50 percent coursework (½ time assistant) or 25 percent employment and 75 percent coursework (1/4 time assistant). In unusual circumstances, graduate assistants can serve as consultants to projects or activities supported with University administered funds provided all of the following criteria are satisfied: (1) The services of the graduate student consultant are outside of the realm of their graduate assistant responsibilities, (2) The services provided are limited in scope and do not involve prolonged teaching or research activities, (3) The combined activities, assistant plus consulting, cannot exceed 120 percent effort, (4) The consulting fee is appropriate considering the qualifications of the individual to be utilized, and the nature of the services to be rendered. The hourly rate should be no less than minimum wage, and (5) The overload must be sanctioned by the graduate program director of the program in which the student is enrolled and approved by the graduate school dean. Notice of appointment forms are administered by the graduate school. – Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.

 

Veterans Day holiday hours listed
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Tuesday, Nov. 11, will be observed as Veterans Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. – John Ettling, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library:
Hours of operation for Veterans Day at the Chester Fritz Library are: Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 11 (Veteran’s Day), 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health sciences library:
Holiday hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are: Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to midnight. – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

Law library:
Thormodsgard Law Library hours for Veterans Day are Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon to 9 p.m. – Jane Oakland, circulation manager, Thormodsgard Law Library.

ITSS:
Information Technology Systems and Service will close for the Veterans Day holiday at 1 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. – Marv Hanson, associate director, ITSS.

Memorial Union:
The Memorial Union Veterans Day holiday schedule for Nov. 10 and 11 is: administrative office: Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; barber shop: Monday, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; computer labs: Monday, Nov. 10, 7:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon to 5 p.m.; craft center: Monday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; credit union: Monday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; dining center: Monday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; food court: Monday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; Internet café and pub area: Monday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon to 11 p.m.; lifetime sports center: Monday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon to 11 p.m.; parking office: Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; passport I.D.s: Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; post office: Monday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; stomping grounds: Monday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon to 10 p.m.; student academic services: Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; U-turn C-store: Monday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; union services: Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon to 9 p.m.; University learning center: Monday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, closed; building hours: Monday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 11, noon to 11 p.m. –Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union.

 

Make arrangements now to receive free records destruction
Those of you who have records to be destroyed under the records retention policy who have not yet made arrangements, and who wish to take advantage of free destruction, must make sure your completed records disposal request form is received in the Office of General Counsel by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10. The records disposal request form can be found on the records manager’s web site.

You will be notified when Minnkota will be here to pick up your records.

Please note that next week’s destruction will be the last free service offered by Minnkota. – Julie Evans, general counsel.

 

Spring ESL teaching position available in China
The laser and inkjet printer cartridge recycling program has really taken off. Thanks to everyone’s participation we have recycled 491 cartridges so far. Keep sending your used cartridges to facilities, Box 9032. Need more information? Call me at 777-4878. Once is not enough. . . . recycle! – Janice Troitte, recycling coordinator.

 

Insurance coverage available for U-sponsored field trips
The University and its employees are protected by the risk management fund for negligent acts or omissions of employees, within the scope of their employment, that result in damage to personal property, injury or death. Employees are covered by this policy while accompanying students on field trips.

In addition to this coverage, the University purchases a travel accident policy, funded by the vice president for finance and operations, for students participating in University-sponsored field trips. This policy provides the following insurance coverage to students:
1. Accident medical expense, maximum benefit of $1,000 per person.
2. Accidental death and dismemberment, principal sum of $10,000.
This policy provides coverage for any accident that is not caused by actions of the University of North Dakota or its employees. Example: A student falls and breaks a leg while on a field trip in Minneapolis.

The travel accident coverage is only provided to those students whose department has submitted a student field trip report prior to the date of the field trip. All departments are strongly encouraged to provide this coverage for their students. The student field trip form may be retrieved off the web at www.safety.und.edu, and should be submitted to safety and environmental health (Box 9031). Please dispose of all old student field trip forms.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this insurance coverage, please call me. – Jason Uhlir, director of environmental health and safety, 777-3341, jason_uhlir@operations.und.edu

 

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

General updates now available online
The ConnectND general updates are captured and recorded through web streaming. Due to their increasing importance as the project moves toward implementation at the non-pilot campuses, the other NDUS system updates will now also be web streamed by the Interactive Video Network starting with the Thursday, Nov. 6, session. The video archive on the ConnectND web site can be accessed to view a missed session. However, everyone interested is encouraged to participate in the sessions at the IVN sites whenever possible.
• Thursday, Nov. 6, 8 to 8:50 a.m., NDUS financial system;
• Thursday, Nov. 13, 9 to 9:50 a.m., ConnectND project update;
• Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 to 8:50 a.m., NDUS human resource management system;
• Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8 to 8:15 a.m., NDUS student system;
• Thursday, Dec. 4, 8 to 8:50 a.m., NDUS financial system;
• Thursday, Dec. 11, 9 to 9:50 a.m., ConnectND project update.
• Tuesday, Dec. 16, 8 to 8:50 a.m., NDSU student system;
• Thursday, Dec. 18, 8 to 8:50 a.m., NDSU human resource management system.

Everyone is invited to attend the IVN update sessions. Specific locations are indicated on the calendar.
• Note: The IVN sessions are captured and recorded through web streaming. Use the video archive to view a missed session at a later date.

 

Severe weather policy detailed
Following is the University’s severe weather policy, revised February 2002.

For up-to-the minute information about University closure:
1. Tune to local radio or television.
2. Consult Cable Channel 3.
3. Call 777-6700.

Although such occurrences are rare, severe weather conditions sometimes require the University to suspend services to protect public health and secure the campus. In the event the University must close, the public and campus community will be notified through the local media and by deans, department chairs and other unit heads.

The concentration of a large number of people within a relatively small area means that emergency conditions at the University can have an unusually large impact. Because of this and the high level of public concern, it is important to have plans of action drawn up in advance. Each emergency, however, is unique; thus these plans must be general in nature and must be adapted as the specific situation requires.

UND’s severe weather policy considers the situation of the campus as a whole. The University will suspend services only under extreme circumstances so that the minimum number of students will lose educational time or opportunity. Information regarding the suspension of classes, administrative functions, special events, or specific building closures or openings will be given to the local media.

Each individual has the ultimate responsibility of deciding for himself or herself whether conditions are safe for travel. The exercise of common sense is urged.

Deans, department heads and directors are encouraged to use good judgment in accommodating individual employee circumstances, such as distance to travel from home or child care obligations resulting from public school closures during weather situations that do not warrant suspension of University services. Such accommodations could include late reporting, early release time, or leave time as defined in the NDUS Human Resource Policy Manual.

Deans, department heads and directors must identify those University facilities that are essential for public health and safety and which must remain operational even under severe weather or emergency conditions. They are responsible for notifying affected employees of their responsibilities. Special transportation arrangements may have to be considered for employees in those areas.

When the decision is made to suspend all or part of campus services because of severe weather or other emergency conditions, information will be given to media and also will be available by calling 777-6700. PLEASE DO NOT CALL FACILITIES OR CAMPUS POLICE TO VERIFY THAT THE UNIVERSITY IS CLOSED. These phone lines must remain open for emergency communications.

Listeners should consider the information on radio and television to be accurate. The operational status of the University will be reviewed regularly, and announcements will be made as to when the campus will reopen.

If the decision to suspend campus operations is made during a workday, deans, directors and department heads will be notified and asked to pass along the information to their employees.

If weather conditions deteriorate during the course of an athletic, theater or other University function, spectators/participants will be advised through the public address system. Announcements will include travel advisories. If no travel is advised, spectators/participants will be urged to remain at the facility until conditions improve.

In no case will an event be canceled unless the UND director of facilities, in consultation with the UND vice president for finance and operations, makes such a decision. When a cancellation/release decision is made, the information will be given to local media.

The UND vice president for finance and operations is responsible for overall emergency operations. The highest-ranking person within each division/department assumes responsibility for assigned emergency duties in that unit. Staff and other full-time employees are responsible to their respective supervisors/heads for assisting in the execution of emergency plans.

The University of North Dakota will consult with the City of Grand Forks, the Grand Forks Public School District, Meridian Environmental Technology, and the North Dakota Highway Patrol in making operational decisions concerning storm situations.
Students/instructors: Even when the University is open and classes have not been cancelled, individual instructors, who live at some distance from campus may not have been able to reach the campus. Students may be well-advised to call the department or the instructor for information about particular classes/instructors. – Duane Czapiewski, chief of police, 777-3491.

 

Report icy conditions to facilities
The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the slipperiness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to facilities, 777-2591. There are some things you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints.
1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes are unsafe on ice.
2. Don’t walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces your balance if you slip on the ice.
3. Take short to medium steps or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.
4. Don’t carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.
5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.
6. Don’t step on uneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.
7. Place your full attention on walking. Don’t allow your attention to be divided by getting your keys out of your pocket, digging in your pocketbook for items, etc., while walking on ice. -- Paul Clark, associate director of facilities.

Terry Stratton
Terry Stratton, technical support specialist for ITSS, died Monday, Nov. 3, in Illinois. He began his UND career as a data control clerk at ITSS in 1990, and moved to EERC in 1993, where he worked as a programmer. He returned to ITSS in 1999. He is survived by his wife, Martha.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Stennes Funeral home, Grand Forks. A full obituary will appear in next week’s University Letter. -- Jan Orvik, editor.

 

Information provided on FlexComp, new IRS rule
Following are FlexComp reminders and information regarding a new IRS rule for over-the-counter medications effective Jan. 1, 2004.

FlexComp (FSA) Reminders:
1. New IRS rule and guidelines for over-the-counter medications are located on the payroll web page at www.und.edu/dept/payroll/ Forms: FSA (flexible spending accounts) information. This is meant to be a guide only and is subject to change.
2. The processing time for prior year claims will now be a 60-day window instead of the 90-day window, which was in our previous plan. Please be advised that the 90-day window will still apply for the 2003 plan year (claims for 2003 plan year will be accepted through March 31, 2004).
3. Minimum check reimbursement is $25, unless the remaining balance is less. Then you may be paid out the total amount the last month of the plan year (December).
4. FlexComp forms are located online at: http://www.und.edu/dept/payroll
5. Dependent care expenses that must be paid in advance cannot be reimbursed until after the services have been rendered.

New IRS rule:
On Sept. 3, 2003, the Treasury Department and the IRS published Revenue Ruling 2003-102 which states that reimbursements can be made from a medical spending account for drugs purchased without a physician’s prescription (over-the-counter).

In order to submit claims, a detailed cash register receipt must be submitted to substantiate your request, which will need to include the name of the store/pharmacy, date of purchase, the name of the item(s) (example: Advil, Immodium, Neosporin, Claritin, etc.) and the price.

Eligible medical care expenses include the amounts paid for the “diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease and for treatments affecting any part or function of the body. The expenses must be primarily to alleviate or prevent a physical or mental defect or illness.”

Expenses that benefit an individual’s general health are not expenses for medical care and are not eligible. Dietary supplements, vitamins and cosmetics fit into the category of being for general health, not for medical care and are not eligible.

If you have any questions, please call the payroll office at 777-4226. – Heidi Strande, payroll office.

 

 

Parking lot counts complete
The annual parking lot count was completed during the last week of September, when the number of automobiles on campus peaks. The number of vehicles on campus decreases each week after this time. Please use this information as a reference for your parking needs. If you have questions, please contact the parking office at 777-3551.

This information is based on the average parking spaces available on the hour, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The following lots had available spaces at any time.

Student Lots Faculty/Staff Lots
Stadium lot Gustafson - except Tuesdays
Chester Fritz Auditorium Campus Road
6th Ave. N. Upson - on Fridays
Student lots east of Family Practice Nursing
Student lots east of Barnes and Noble Wilkerson
Student lots east of Englestad 6th Ave. N.
Old Engelstad lot East of Family Practice
Columbia lot Friday Hyslop - Tuesday through Friday
EERC Starcher - Thursday and Friday
Princeton lot Facilities
Clifford lot - Tuesday through Friday Medical School
Ryan Hall Ryan Hall

2004 Founders Day honorees sought
The 2004 Founders Day banquet and ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 26, and will mark the 121st anniversary of the founding of the University.

Employees with 25 years of service and retiring faculty and staff employees will be honored at the banquet. We request the assistance of all administrators, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, office heads and other supervisors in identifying eligible employees.

To prepare for Founders Day 2004, we request the following information:

1. Names of faculty and staff members who have completed 25 years of service to UND. To be honored, individuals must have completed 25 years of service since July 1, 2003, or will complete service by June 30, 2004. (In most cases, these people would have begun their employment at UND between July 1, 1978, and June 30, 1979.)

Please note that individuals eligible for 25-year recognition whose service at UND has not been continuous may have begun their employment prior to July 1, 1978.

Recognition for 25 years of service is given to all benefitted employees, even though they may not be employed on a full-time basis. Please include names of benefitted, part-time employees who will complete 25 years of service between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004.

2. Names of retired and retiring faculty and staff. To be honored, individuals must:
a. have retired since July 1, 2003, or will retire by June 30, 2004;
b. have a minimum of 15 years of service to the university;
c. be (or have been) full-time employees or in a benefitted, part-time position at the time of retirement (or be completing an approved “phased” retirement); and
d. be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND-related retirement plan.
It is important that your list of eligible employees includes the following information:
a. name of the employee
b. position/faculty rank currently held
c. department or unit
d. initial appointment date
e. mailing address and e-mail address
f. dates of any breaks in service (please identify whether these breaks in service was compensated such as a developmental leave or a leave of absence without compensation)
g. date of retirement (if applicable)

Please submit the names of eligible individuals and supporting information to Tanya Northagen in the Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services, Box 7140, (tanya.northagen@mail.und.nodak.edu) by Friday, Nov. 14. Please call 777-2724 with any questions about employee eligibility or about the Founders Day banquet. – Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services.

 

 

Studio One lists topics
This week, Studio One will feature stories on military base closures and prostate cancer.

In two years, many military bases around the country could be closed in an effort to save approximately 6.5 billion dollars a year in government spending. Supporters of the Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, N.D., are taking steps to convince officials it is vital to keep it open. We will look at the economic impact a base closing has on its surrounding communities.

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men over the age of 50. Specialists say it is important to get screened early, since there are few warning signs or symptoms. Urologist Parker Eberwein will explain prevention and treatment options for this disease.

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 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. Rebroadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m., 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, the Portland, Ore., metro area, and Winnipeg, Manitoba.s – Studio One.

 

 

 

Mortar Board plans turkey drive
The UND Mortar Board chapter is conducting its 24th annual Mortar Board turkey basket drive.

Mortar Board, a senior honor society, strives for scholarship, leadership, and service. Our main goal this fall is to provide a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner to families in need. Last year we raised enough food and donations to help provide dinner for over 700 families. With your help and donations we can once again help out those families who need it the most. Donations can be sent to: Mortar Board, Box 8385, Grand Forks, ND 58202, or call Kristi Nelson at (701) 7467-9397.

Needy families can sign up for the turkey baskets at the Grand Cities Mall during the following days: Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 9, from noon to 6 p.m. – Jan Orvik, editor, for Haley Wamstad, Mortar Board.

 

Mothers of children age 3-5 sought for study
I am recruiting married and single mothers with children aged 3, 4, or 5 to participate in a study about parenting. Participation involves completion of seven questionnaires and takes approximately 60 minutes. If you are interested, or would like more information, please call Erin Tentis at 777-3212, or e-mail eetentis@yahoo.com. Thank you. – Erin Tentis, graduate teaching assistant, psychology.

Human Nutrition Center seeks volunteers for studies

Protein and bone health

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

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

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

Maximum weight requirements: if 5' tall, 179 pounds maximum; if 5’2", maximum 191 pounds; if 5’4", maximum 203 pounds; if 5’6", 216 pounds maximum; if 5’8", maximum 230 pounds; if 5’10", maximum 243 pounds.

Participants can learn $2,185. Second and last group of volunteers will start in January. Don’t wait. Send in your applications early!


Minerals and bone health
Osteoporosis affects 28 million Americans and costs over $14 billion annually. Half of women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.

Researchers at the USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center want to know if taking minerals, such as copper and zinc, with calcium supplements are more effective in protecting bones compared to calcium alone in postmenopausal women.

Participants will receive calcium and multivitamin supplements free for two years. In addition, they will receive either a copper/zinc supplement or a placebo. Follow-up tests can be done in Grand Forks or Fargo, depending on participants’ choice of location.

Postmenopausal women, ages 51-80, are encouraged to take part in this study. Medications that do not interfere with calcium absorption, such as synthroid and statins, are acceptable.

Participants can earn $750.

Broccoli/senenium study
The USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking healthy males, ages 18-45, to participate in a 16-week broccoli/selenium study. It has been shown that the mineral selenium may protect against many different cancers including colon cancer.

Broccoli entreese, ½ cup maximum, will be served daily for the study. You may combine your favorite food and drink with the broccoli. There is even a two-week broccoli break. The study requires eight nights at the Center. Participants must be nonsmokers who do not regularly use medication.

Save money on groceries and you can earn $1,515 as well.

For more information, call (701) 795-8396 or visit www.gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov/volopp.htm. – Brenda Ling, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

 

Yoga classes held at Lotus Center
Yoga classes at the Lotus Meditation Center are at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday evening for beginners and mixed levels, and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for intermediates. The cost for single classes is $10, and the full eight week sessions costs $65. For more information or to register call Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2257 (message only) or e-mail dyanre@aol.com. Classes continue through Dec. 18 and then resume in early January. – Dyan Rey, art.

 

Items for sale to public on bids
The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, 6x12 wood shed, new carpet, dressers, and other miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the central receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, Nov. 10-14. We are closed Nov. 11. – Evelyn Albrecht and Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.

 

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Research, creative, and publication awards listed
he Senate scholarly activities committee received three research and creativity grant applications, requesting a total of $4,774, and one publication application requesting $1,500 in response to the October call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting Oct. 24:

Research and creative activity awards
Jason Lane (teaching and learning), $2,052 for “Public Goals and Higher Education Priorities: Goal Congruence between Government Officials and Public Post-Secondary Leaders”; Kathleen McLennan (theatre arts), $1,000 for “Research for Play Development for Musical Based on Lewis and Clark Expedition by Arthur Kopit”; Elizabeth Ann Scharf (anthropology), $1,722, for “Evaluation of Field Sites for Vegetation Reconstructions and Evaluation of Long-Term Human Impacts on the Ecological Systems of the Interior Gulf Coast, USA.”

Publication award
James Mochoruk (history), $1,500, for publication of Formidable Heritage: Manitoba’s North and the Cost of Development.
– James Hikins (communication), chair, Senate scholarly activities committee.

 

Preproposals sought for research facilities improvement
The National Center For Research Resources (NCRR) has issued a solicitation for proposals to its extramural research facilities improvement program. The program provides support to expand, remodel, renovate, or alter existing research or animal facilities or construct new research or animal facilities which are to be used for basic and clinical biomedical and behavioral research and research training. The principal objective is to facilitate and enhance conduct of PHS-supported biomedical and behavioral research by supporting the costs of designing and constructing non-federal basic and clinical research facilities to meet biomedical or behavioral research, research training, or research support needs of an institution or a research area at an institution.

Because UND may submit only two applications to the program in the same fiscal year (providing that they encompass different scopes and are from two different “stand alone” components of the University), a committee will be set up to conduct an internal review of preproposals. The NCRR deadline is Feb. 18, 2004. Preproposals should address the following points:
• Plans for architectural designs for the facility
• Provide cost estimates for facilities construction
• Justify space requirements for support staff
• Clearly define the impact of the proposed construction on PHS-funded research for existing and future research projects.
• Provide succinct descriptions of specific research activities that will benefit from the construction.
• Provide biographical sketches (no more than 2 pages) of the principal investigator, the program director, and investigators who will be major users of the facilities.

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length (excluding biographical sketches) using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in the Office of Research and Program Development by 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will conform to the guidelines included in the program announcement which can be found at: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-03-011.html. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

The program will use the NIH research facilities construction grant mechanism (C06). Matching funds ($1 to $1) will be required for the specific project awarded. The maximum award amount will be $4.0 million for all applicants. Facility construction that may be supported under this program includes construction of new facilities, additions to existing buildings, completion of uninhabitable “shell” space in new or existing buildings, and major alterations and renovations. The acquisition and installation of fixed equipment such as casework, fume hoods, large autoclaves, or biological safety cabinets are allowed. – William Gosnold, interim director, Office of Research and Program Development.

 

Research, grant opportunities listed
Following are research and grant opportunities. For additional information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278 or shirley.griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Portions of the following data were derived from the Community of Science’s COS Funding OpportunitiesTM which is provided for the exclusive use of the University of North Dakota and may not be republished or made available outside the University of North Dakota in any form except via the COS Record ShareTM on the COS website.

ALLEN FOUNDATION
Support for education, training and research in the field of human nutrition. Deadline: 12-31-03. Contact: Dale Baum, 989-832-5678; d-baum@tamu.edu; http://www.allenfoundation.org/.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA AND IMMUNOLOGY (AAAAI)
Education and Research Trust (ERT) Clinical Research Grant–Support for clinician-initiated, short-term research projects in the clinical setting that advance knowledge or treatment of allergy, asthma, and immunology. Deadline: 12-31-03. Contact: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 414-272-6071; twithington@aaaai.org; http://www.aaaai.org/members/ert/awards.stm.

AMERICAN TINNITUS ASSOCIATION (ATA)
Funding for research related to the treatment and cure of tinnitus. Contact: American Tinnitus Association National Headquarters, 1-800-634-8978, ext. 215 or 503-248-9985; tinnitus@ata.org; http://www.ata.org/research/. Deadlines: 12-31-03, 6-30-04.

CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON
Postdoctoral Fellowships provide opportunities to conduct research, in the areas of high-pressure physics and chemistry, organic and biogeochemistry, mineral physics, and petrology, at world-class facilities. Contact: Wesley T. Huntress, Jr., 202-686.2410; wesley.huntress@gl.ciw.edu; http://www.gl.ciw.edu/employment/postdoc1.php. Deadline: 12-31-03.

CHRONIC FATIGUE AND IMMUNE DYSFUNCTION SYNDROME (CFIDS) ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC.
Research Grants Program–Support for pilot projects in the following general priority areas: possible causes of, and diagnostic markers of CFS; underlying pathophysiology of CFS; and epidemiology, natural history, and pathophysiology of CFS in adolescents and children. Deadline: 12-31-03. Contact: Kris Hopkins, 704-364-0016, ext. 105; kphopkins@cfids.org; http://www.cfids.org/resources/grant-policies.asp.

DELTA KAPPA GAMMA EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
Project Grants provide support for women scholars to study and conduct research. Contact: Nancy L. Noll, 512-478-5748 or 888-762-4685; http://www.deltakappagamma.org/International/EdFound/foundation.html. Deadline: 1-2-04.

DYSTONIA MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Contract Awards support development of new tools for dystonia research for development of reagents, new animal models, proteomics, cell cultures models, and/or new assays suitable for drug screening. Fahn Awards assist postdoctoral students in establishing careers in research relevant to the nature, manifestation, etiology, genetics, or treatment of dystonia. Dystonia Research Grants support research at the genetic, molecular, cellular, systems or behavioral levels that may lead to a better understanding of the pathophysiology of and new therapies for any or all forms of dystonia. Deadline: 1-15-04. Contact: 312-755-0198; dystonia@dystonia-foundation.org; http://www.dystonia-foundation.org/research/other.asp?id=1.

Fellowship Program–Support to assist post-doctoral students establish careers in dystonia research, including genetics, new treatments, the anatomy and physiology of the basal ganglia, development of immunoreagents for TorsinA protein and studies of normal and mutant TorsinA biology, including protein-protein interactions, structural biology, and development of model systems for studies of TorsinA biology. Deadline and Contact: See above.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Environmental Statistics Research: Novel Analyses of Human Exposure Related Data–Support for research to develop innovative statistical methods and models for applications on existing exposure related data, including, but not limited to, chemical concentrations in environmental media, human behavior and activity patterns, temporal and spatial variability, and demographic information. Deadline: 1-14-04. Contact: Cris Saint, 202-564-6909;
saint.chris@epa.gov; http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/current/2003_enviro_stat.html#Standard.

INTERNATIONAL UNION AGAINST CANCER (UICC)
Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial (YY) UICC International Cancer Study Grants support bilateral research projects abroad that exploit complementary materials or skills, including advanced training in experimental methods or special techniques. Deadlines: 1-1-04, 7-1-04. Contact: International Union Against Cancer, Telephone: +41 (22) 809-18-40; http://fellows.uicc.org/fell3yy.shtml.

JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL (JDRF)
Career Development Awards support clinically relevant or basic research of individuals in the first 5 years of their career as an independent investigator. Relevant areas of research are those aimed at the restoration and maintenance of normal blood glucose in people with Type 1 diabetes, particularly research focused on the use of cell based therapies; prevention and treatment of complications of diabetes; and prevention of the disease. Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support for full-time research training in areas that reflect the JDF research mission goals, with an emphasis on clinical research. Deadline: 1-15-04, 8/15/04. Contact: Grant Administrator, 212-479-7565; fellowships@jdrf.org; http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=50A955D9-FE4E-041D-9C478ED1C71196EC.

Innovative Grants provide funding to develop preliminary data and/or test feasibility of an innovative idea. Applicants must hold an M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., Ph.D., or equivalent and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=EB9D7495-2A5E-7B6E-1B0EADA030969EBC.

Regular Research Grants provide support for new and/or established researchers to explore feasibility and development of projects investigating the cause, treatment, prevention, and/or cure of diabetes and its complications, including exploratory proposals that may not have substantial preliminary data but have a sound research development plan considered to be of high priority to the JDRF. Deadline and Contact: See above or http://www.jdrf.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.viewPage&page_id=EB9C767E-2A5E-7B6E-160825450750B4D9.

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (NICHD)
Nutrition and Development, Treatment, and Prevention of HIV Disease in Women, Infants, and Children–Support for new and experienced basic scientists, epidemiologists, and clinical investigators to conduct research to further understanding of the relationship between nutrition and HIV. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04. Contact: Jack Moye, Jr., 301-496-7350; moyej@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-163.html

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES (NIAID)
Cooperative Centers for Translational Research on Human Immunology and Biodefense–Support for basic and translational research, and to create infrastructure to promote and coordinate multidisciplinary research in human immunology as it relates to defense against agents of bioterrorism and emerging/re-emerging infectious diseases. Deadlines: 12-12-03 (Letter of Intent); 1-13-04 (Appication). Contact: Helen Quill, 301-496-7551; hq1t@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-03-015.html.

International Studies of AIDS-Associated Co-Infections (ISAAC)–Support for clinical research to determine the spectrum, incidence, clinical manifestations, and outcomes of co-infections in a specific region, and evaluate pathogenic interactions between HIV and endemic infections. Contact: Elizabeth Higgs, 301-496-2544; eh63a@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-03-036.html. Deadlines: 12-12-03 (Letter of Intent); 1-13-04 (Application).

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM (NIAAA)
Secondary Analysis of Existing Alcohol and HIV/AIDS Data Sets–Support for use of existing datasets to study the relationship between alcohol use, engagement in high-risk sexual behaviors, and exposure to HIV infection; the contribution of alcohol use toward progression of HIV/AIDS, including its contribution toward opportunistic infections that accompany HIV (e.g., tuberculosis [TB], hepatitis C virus [HCV], etc.); and the impact of alcohol use on adherence to therapies for HIV/AIDS and consequently on patient outcomes. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04. Contact: Michael Hilton, 301-402-9402; mhilton@niaaa.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-132.html.

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Loan Repayment Program (CR-LRP): Clinical Research), Contraception and Infertility Research,, Health Disparities Research (HDR-LRP), Clinical Researchers From Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Pediatric Research (PR-LRP)–Educational loan repayment up to $35,000 annually and tax liabilities payments equal to 39% of total loan repayments credited to the IRS to offset Federal taxes . Deadline: 12-31-03. Contact: National Institutes of Health, 866-849-4047; lrp@nih.gov; http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about/extramural/intro.htm#clinical or http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about/extramural/intro.htm#contraception or http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about/extramural/intro.htm#minority (for health disparities research) or http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about/extramural/intro.htm#disadvantaged or http://www.lrp.nih.gov/about/extramural/intro.htm#pediatric.

Collaborative R01s for Clinical and Services Studies of Mental Disorders and AIDS (CSMD)–Support for collaborative intervention trials and other clinical and services studies at two or more sites.

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-123.html. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04.

Complications of Antiretroviral Therapy–Support for research on fundamental biochemical or pathogenic mechanisms of metabolic complications associated with HIV-disease and antiretroviral therapy. Contact: Barbara Laughon, 301-402-2304; blaughon@niaid.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-172.html. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04, 9-1-04.

Economic Evaluation of Drug Abuse Treatment and Prevention Services for HIV/AIDS–Support for research on the economics of HIV/AIDS services utilized in conjunction with drug abuse treatment or prevention services. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04. Contact: William S. Cartwright, 301-443-4060; WC34B@NIH.GOV; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-164.html.

Enrolling Women and Minorities in HIV/AIDS Research Trials–Support for projects studying innovative strategies for enrolling women and racial or ethnic minorities in HIV/AIDS clinical research trials. Contact: Matthew Murguia, 301-435-7164; mm768e@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-03-168.html. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04, 9-1-04.

Glial Cell Inflammatory Mechanisms of HIV-1 Induced Cell Injury in the Nervous System–Support for research into the role of neuroinflammation in initiation and expansion of cellular injury and death in the context of HIV-1 infection of the central nervous system (CNS). Deadline: 1-2-04. Contact: Michael Nunn, 301-496-1431; mn52e@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-03-084.html.

HIV-1 Infection of the Central Nervous System–Support for studies ranging from basic research to clinical diagnosis and treatment that will provide the foundation for rapid development of therapeutic interventions to prevent and treat effects of HIV-1 on the central nervous system (CNS). Multidisciplinary research teams and collaborative alliances are encouraged. Deadline: 1-2-04. Contact: Jeymohan Joseph, 301-443-3012; jjeymoha@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-072.html.

HIV Pathogenesis in Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS)–Support for studies focusing on basic mechanisms of HIV infection and disease in women, including expansion of ongoing studies and new studies. Studies may address, in detail, biological aspects of HIV infection and how such aspects affect women’s health. Contact: Carolyn M. Williams, 301-402-2305; cw237k@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-084.html. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04, 9-1-04.

HIV Therapeutics: Targeting Research Gaps–Support for studies in areas identified as underexplored in current HIV therapeutics research, including discovery and validation of viral and cellular targets for which no FDA-approved therapeutic agents exist. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04. Contact: Sandra Bridges, 301-496-8198; sbridges@niaid.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-146.html.

HIV Treatment Adherence Research–Support for studies addressing the role of adherence through all phases of treatment and illness, the need o broaden the scope of interventions to enhance treatment adherence, and the importance of tailoring methodological and intervention advances to the special needs and context of affected populations. Deadline: 1-2-04. Contact: Christopher M. Gordon, 301-443-1613; cgordon1@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-073.html.

Innovation Grant Program: Approaches in HIV Vaccine Research–Support to use novel and innovative vaccine discovery and development concepts in research, with emphasis on supporting prophylactic vaccine research projects that are particularly innovative, novel, may be high risk/high impact, and that exhibit potential to advance AIDS prophylactic vaccine design or evaluation. Deadline: 1-2-04. Contact: Jon Warren, 301-402-0633; jw374e@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-082.html.

Innovation Grants for AIDS Research–Support to test novel and significant hypotheses for which there is scant precedent or limited preliminary data and which, if confirmed, would have a substantial impact on current thinking and understanding of HIV/AIDS; or projects that develop innovative techniques or methodologies with in vivo relevance that will provide new insights into HIV pathobiology. Deadline: 1-2-04. Contact: Nabila M. Wassef, 301- 435-3751; nwassef@niaid.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AI-03-020.html and http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-046.html.

Liver and Pancreatic Disease in HIV Infection–Support for clinical and basic research focused on the pathogenesis and therapeutics of the liver and pancreatic disease associated with co-infections that occur in patients with HIV infection or metabolic complications associated with treatment of HIV infection. Specifically targeted co-infections include hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04. Contact: Frank Hamilton, 301-594-8877; fh14e@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-117.html.

Molecular Epidemiology of Cancers Associated with Acquired Immunodeficiency–Support for interdisciplinary studies to better understand the molecular epidemiology and role of cofactors in the etiology and pathogenesis of preneoplastic conditions and cancers occurring among persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Contact: Vaurice Starks, 301-402-9375; vs38j@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-024.html. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04, 9-1-04.

New Technologies for HIV and HIV Vaccine Related Research–Support for novel and innovative research for development of improved technologies for detecting HIV; utilization of novel technologies to evaluate immune responses to HIV vaccines, as well as expansion of the range and scope of immune functions currently measured
in HIV vaccine trials; and utilization of novel technologies to measure and correlate immune responses responsible
for/associated with efficacy of non-HIV licensed vaccines. Deadline: 1-2-04. Contact: Patricia D’Souza, 301-496-8379; PD6N@NIH.GOV; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-055.html.

Pharmacogenomics of Mood and Anxiety Disorders–Support for studies that correlate responses to drugs used to treat mood or anxiety disorders with genetic variation, and create a knowledge base of information linking drug response phenotypes to genotypes. Deadines: 1-12-04 (Letter of Intent); 2-12-04 (Application). Contact: Steven O. Moldin, 301-443-2037; smoldin@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-04-001.html.

Research on Alcohol and HIV/AIDS–Support for research to identify and characterize the role of alcohol, drinking behaviors, and drinking environments in epidemiology and natural history, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment, and control of HIV/AIDS. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04, 9-1-04. Contact: Kendall Bryant, 301-402-9389; kbryant@niaaa.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-039.html.

Research on HIV/STD Prevention Messages–Support for studies examining interrelationships among various attributes of communication about HIV risk and prevention, and consequences of communication for individuals, groups, and populations; and research examining how people consume, understand, retain, and use or act upon information about HIV risk and prevention. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04, 9-1-04. Contact: Susan Newcomer, 301-435-6981; Snewcomer@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-139.html.

Research on Social Networks and HIV Risk Prevention–Support for basic, applied, and methodological research to advance knowledge about the influence of social networks on HIV risk and application of that knowledge to HIV prevention and treatment efforts. Contact: See above or http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-01-068.html. Deadline: 1-2-04.

Statistical Methods in HIV/AIDS Research–Support for development of original statistical methods to advance understanding, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04, 9-1-04. Contact: Misrak Gezmu, 301-435-3722; mgezmu@niaid.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-02-024.html.

Therapeutics Research on AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Malignancies–Support for original and innovative preclinical research to identify and characterize new, pathogen-specific or malignancy-specific molecular targets, and develop promising therapeutic approaches. Applications directly linking disease pathogenesis to molecular target identification are encouraged. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04. Contact: Chris Lambros, 301-435-3769; clambros@niaid.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-113.html.

Transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Semen–Support for studies to elucidate factors that determine HIV shedding in the male genital tract, including studies that elucidate infectivity of HIV in semen fractions, effect of antiretroviral therapy on HIV infectivity in semen fractions, the relationship between immunobiology of the male genital tract and HIV replication and infectivity, and factors such as genital tract inflammation, which influence HIV transmission through semen. Deadlines: 1-2-04, 5-1-04. Contact: Leroy M. Nyberg, Jr., 301-594-7717; ln10f@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
CISE Combined Research and Curriculum Development and Educational Innovation Program (CRCD/EI)–Support for design, development, testing, and dissemination of innovative approaches for increasing effectiveness of educational experiences. Projects may involve: integrating research results into courses and curricula; planning and

mplementation of formal activities to publicize effective innovative programs and IT concepts through workshops, publication and other dissemination mechanisms; and creation of educational programs and tools to address cutting edge IT, with emphasis on curricular approaches that address recruitment and retention of women and underrepresented minorities in IT educational programs. Deadline: 1-13-04. Contact: Anita J. La Salle, 703-292-5006; alasalle@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04001/nsf04001.htm.

Cultural Anthropology Grants–Support for basic scientific research on the causes and consequences of human social and cultural variation. The program solicits research of theoretical importance in all substantive and theoretical subfields within the discipline of cultural anthropology. Deadlines: 1-1-04, 8-1-04. Contact: Stuart Plattner, 703-292-8758; splattne@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/anthro/start.htm.

Digital Society and Technologies (DST)–Support for effective integration of Information Technologies (IT) into various enterprises and social fabric. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: Universal Participation in a Digital Society, Collaborative Intelligence, Management of Knowledge Intensive Enterprises, Management of Knowledge Intensive Enterprises, and Transforming Enterprise. Deadlines: 1-8-04, 12-6-04. Contact: Ephraim Glinert, 703-292-8930; eglinert@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03611/nsf03611.htm.

Human-Computer Interaction–Support for research and related education activities fundamental to design and evaluation of systems that mediate between computers and humans, which will lead to creation of tomorrow’s new user interface software and technology. Contact: See above or http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03610/nsf03610.htm. Deadlines: 1-8-04, 12-6-04.

Human Language and Communication (HLC)–Support for research and related education activities fundamental to development of computer systems capable of analyzing, understanding, and generating language, speech, and other forms of communication that humans use naturally across a wide variety of situations. Deadlines: 1-8-04, 12-6-04. Contact: Mary P. Harper, 703-292-8930; harper@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03613/nsf03613.htm.

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC) Program (NSF 01-116)–Funding to develop long-term partnerships among industry, academe, and government. Contact: Alex Schwarzkopf, 703-292-8383; aschwarz@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf01116. Deadlines: 12-31-03, 6-30-04 (Letter of Intent); 3-31-04, 9-30-04 (Full Proposal).

Information and Data Management (IDM)–Support for research and education activities fundamental to the design, implementation, development, management, and use of databases, information retrieval, and knowledge-based systems. Topics include design methodologies, data, metadata, information, knowledge and process/event modeling, information access and interaction, information integration, knowledge discovery and visualization, and systems architecture and implementation. Deadlines: 1-8-04, 12-6-04. Contact: Maria Zemankova, 703-292-8930; mzemanko@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04500/nsf04500.htm.

Instrumentation for Materials Research (IMR)–Support for acquisition and/or development of research instruments that provide new capability and/or advance current capability to: discover fundamental phenomena in materials; synthesize, process, and/or characterize composition, structure, properties, and performance of materials; and improve quality, expand the scope, and foster and enable integration of research and education in research-intensive environments. Deadline: 1-8-04. Contact: Guebre X. Tessema, 703- 292-4935; gtessema@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2004/nsf04503/nsf04503.htm.

Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) in Coastal Ocean Ecosystems–Support for research emphasizing major ecological processes, and questions/hypotheses germane to coastal marine ecological systems; research to further
understand predominant causes of ecological variability and/or long-term change, and how populations, communities, and ecosystems of the coastal ocean respond. Projects that extend traditional ecological disciplines represented at LTER sites by incorporating elements of behavioral, evolutionary, and physiological ecology are particularly encouraged. The focus is on projects emphasizing ecological systems of the outer coastlines, coastal oceans, and Laurentian Great Lakes. Deadline: 1-13-04. Contact: Phillip R. Taylor, 703-292-8582, prtaylor@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/nsf03599/nsf03599.htm.

TRAINA (NICK) FOUNDATION
Support for projects involved with diagnosis, research, treatment, and/or family support of manic-depression, suicide prevention, child abuse and children in jeopardy, and assistance for struggling musicians in the areas of health and mental illness. Deadline: None. Contact: Traina Foundation, 415-771-4224; info@nicktrainafoundation.org; http://www.nicktrainafoundation.org/main.htm.

THRASHER RESEARCH FUND
Funding for research on insufficiently studied medical conditions that are severe or affect children in large numbers, with emphasis on translational/clinical pediatric research. Deadline: None. Contact: Thrasher Research Fund, 801-240-2838; http://www.thrasherresearch.org/submission_guidelines/0,7078,,00.html.

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
Norman Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program–Support for basic scientists and clinicians interested in preparing for an academic research career in Psychoneuroimmunology. Contact: Michael Irwin, 310-825-8281; mirwin1@ucla.edu; http://www.cousinspni.org/pnipostfellowships.htm. Deadline: None.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Research Fellowships Program–Support for research on rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Deadline: 12/15/03. Contact: Donna Nangle, 202-205-5880; donna.nangle@ed.gov; http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/pdf/03-26208.pdf.

VOLKSWAGENSTIFTUNG FOUNDATION
Support for research focused on the complexity of innovation processes, with emphasis on interdisciplinary/international research teams. Contact: Hagen Hof, Telephone: 0511 8381 256; hof@volkswagenstiftung.de; http://www.volkswagen-stiftung.de/foerderung/foerderinitiativen/merkblaetter/merkinno_e.htm. Deadline: None.

Unity Amidst Variety? Intellectual Foundation and Requirements for an Enlarged Europe–Funding for contemporary research into eastern Europe with the aim of providing new insights into the variety of this cultural area with respect to its relations and connections with the rest of Europe. Deadline: None. Contact: Wolfgang Levermann, Telephone: 49 (0)511 8381 212; levermann@volkswagenstiftung.de; http://www.volkswagen-stiftung.de/foerderung/foerderinitiativen/merkblaetter/merkeinh_e.html

WAL-MART FOUNDATION
Support in the areas of: community welfare, education, environment and children. Deadline: None. Contact: Local Wal-Mart store or Sam’s Club; http://www.walmartfoundation.org.

XEROX FOUNDATION
Support to address major social problems and for programs in: education, employability, cultural affairs; programs
responsive to the national concern for quality and increased productivity; application of information management
technology; and general education. Deadline: None. Contact: Joseph M. Cahalan, webmaster@xerox.com; http://www.xerox.com/go/xrx/template/Promotions.jsp?view=Promotions%20Horizontal&active=
Active&promoID=Xerox_Foundation_Page2&Xcntry=USA&Xlang=en_US.\

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