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VOLUME 41, NUMBER 14: November 28, 2003
UND student reported missing
Provost search committee, position description released
events to note
Graduate committee meets Monday
Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Weisgram runs through Dec. 13
Campus marks World AIDS Day Dec. 1
“Lighting of the Green” Dec. 2 helps welcome holiday season
Doctoral examination set for Pandey
Feeling Stressed? Visit De-STRESS FEST
NASA official presents Dec. 4 seminar
Agenda listed for Dec. 4 University Senate meeting
SAS users invited to meet Dec. 4
Police department holds open house Dec. 4
Woodwind ensemble concert rescheduled for Dec. 4
International night features Kyrgyzstan
Women's center plans program
Student government plans downtown event for students
Free nasal flu vaccinations available
Bookstore hosts open house with local authors
Master Chorale, Grand Cities Children’s Choir present “On Christmas Night . . .”Concert
Reception honors Carol Berg
Robert Giles gives Hagerty Lecture Dec. 9
Alumni hosts holiday open house Dec. 9
Historical Society visits campus Dec. 11
Red River presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Brooklyn law professor presents PBK lecture
U2 workshops listed for Dec. 8-22
Reminder to complete harassment training program
Agreement continues UND’s Center on Native American Aging
BORDERS project advisors convened at medical school
Thanksgiving holiday hours listed
Nominations sought for outstanding faculty advisors
Grade Report forms available Tuesday
FlexComp deadline approaching
Dietitian will serve wellness center, student health
Renew service vehicle placards at Auxiliary Services
Subscriptions, advertising may be purchased with Visa card
Museum accepts membership challenge
U community invited to take fitness challenge
COSE newsletter available online
September, October grant awardees listed
Research, grant opportunities listed

UND student reported missing

As this issue of University Letter goes to press on Tuesday, Nov. 25, we continue to offer our prayers for the safe return of Dru Sjodin. Thank you to all who have volunteered to search and to all who have supported the family and friends in so many ways.
Following is the statement President Charles Kupchella issued to the University community Nov. 24:

We are saddened by the disappearance of Dru Sjodin, one of our students. We are doing everything in our power to assist local law enforcement agencies, including our own UND Police Department, as they investigate Dru’s disappearance.

Our hearts go out to Dru’s family and we are doing what we can to be helpful to them. We are providing the family with housing as well as access to UND personnel and resources.

We also are doing what we can for the University community. Our UND Crisis Team has been working since this weekend to provide support for Dru’s friends, particularly those who are members of Gamma Phi sorority, as well as other students, faculty and staff close to Dru.

We have full confidence in the Grand Forks Police Department and other law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation, and they have our full support.

We hope and pray for Dru’s speedy return to campus as a student.

Charles Kupchella

Message from John Ettling, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services, Nov. 24:

As the holiday season and the end of the semester approach, our students often find this to be a stressful time. The recent news reports about a missing UND student increase those feelings of anxiety. We ask that all faculty, administrators, and staff take these factors into consideration and be especially empathetic as classes resume this week. For additional assistance for students who are experiencing high levels of stress, contact the counseling center (777-2127) or dean of students office (777-2664).

Thank you for your continued concern for our students.


Provost search committee, position description released

This is the first of what will be a series of campus updates on the search for UND’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost.

President Kupchella has appointed the following individuals to the search committee:

Peter Alfonso, Vice President for Research (vice chair); Donna Brown, American Indian Student Services; Rick Brown, College of Nursing; Elizabeth Burns, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Ellen Erickson, Vice President for Academic Affairs Office; Jim Grijalva, School of Law; Margaret Healy, College of Education and Human Development; Michael Mann, School of Engineering and Mines; Jim Mochoruk, College of Arts and Sciences; Patrick O’Neill, College of Business and Public Administration; Martha Potvin, College of Arts and Sciences (chair); Libby Rankin, Academic Affairs Division; Hassan Reza, School of Aerospace Sciences; Jim Shaeffer, Division of Continuing Education; Jordan Schuetzle, student; Sandy Slater, libraries; Kathy Smart, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies; Bruce Smith, School of Aerospace Sciences; Kathleen Tiemann, College of Arts and Sciences.

The advertisement has been out since late October and has appeared in print in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Women in Higher Education. It also appears on several electronic listservs. Copies of the ad in brochure form suitable for mailing can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences office.

The committee has met twice and is in the process of developing screening instruments. Applications are arriving daily and the committee is on track to conduct telephone interviews with candidates before the end of the semester.

Please help us to recruit qualified applicants through your professional contacts/associations or listservs. The ad is below:

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The University of North Dakota (www.und.edu) invites applications and nominations for the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

As the President’s first delegate and the chief academic officer of the University, the Provost has primary responsibility for the overall administration and quality of academic programs. The Provost is expected to promote academic excellence and is responsible for all aspects of academic policy and planning. Other responsibilities of the Provost include supervising faculty recruitment and professional development; enhancing the academic and cultural environment; and stimulating research, scholarly and creative endeavor.

The University of North Dakota is a doctoral-research university located in Grand Forks, North Dakota. It is a state institution enrolling 13,000 students, including 1,900 graduate students. Doctoral degrees are offered in 21 fields, master’s degree in 54, and specialist’s diploma in one. Approximately 60 doctoral degrees are granted each year. The University’s colleges and schools are: the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business and Public Administration, Aerospace Sciences, Engineering and Mines, Education and Human Development, Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing, the Graduate School, and the School of Law. The Provost oversees these, with the exception of Medicine, plus Summer Sessions, Information Technology Systems and Services, the Chester Fritz Library, the Instructional and Learning Technologies Center, the Honors Program, Instructional Development, the University Registrar, International Programs, the University Writing Program, and Military Science.

Qualifications: (1) An earned doctorate from an accredited institution; (2) A distinguished record of academic accomplishment, including effective teaching, scholarly activity, and service at a level consistent with the appointment to the rank of Professor; (3) Successful administrative experience in higher education with demonstrated achievement in the management of curriculum, academic personnel, budget administration, and comprehensive academic planning; (4) A successful track record demonstrating an ability to work effectively in an environment of shared governance that relies on collegiality and consultative decision-making; (5) Proven experience demonstrating the ability to foster and encourage a diverse campus community; (6) Ability to provide visionary leadership in the use of technology and information systems to support teaching, learning, research, and administration.

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until a new Provost is selected. Please send all nominations and applications including letter of interest, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference to:

Martha Potvin, Dean
College of Arts & Sciences
290 Centennial Drive
Montgomery Hall, Room 125
P.O. Box 8038
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202
Fax: 701-777-4397

Grand Forks, a city of 50,000 with an outstanding quality of life, is located near the lake country of northern Minnesota and is within easy driving distance of Minneapolis and Winnipeg.

All material submitted relative to this search falls under the State of North Dakota Open Records statutes.

The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

– Martha Potvin, dean, College of Arts and Sciences and chair, provost search committee.

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Graduate committee meets Monday

The graduate committee will meet Monday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall.


1. Approval of minutes from Nov. 24.

2. Change in course title and credits for Nursing 501, Complementary Health Care Therapies, to Complementary and Alternative Health Care.

3. Pharmacology, physiology, and therapeutics requests the following change in program requirements for their master’s and doctoral degrees:

a. Request for new course: PPT 500, Principles of Physiology and Pharmacology.

b. Request to delete PPT 501, Graduate Medical Pharmacology, PPT 502, Physiology of the Nervous System and PPT 523, Graduate Medical Physiology.

c. Request for change in course prerequisites for PPT 503, Advanced Pharmacology or Physiology from PPT 501 and 523 or consent of instructor to PPT 500 or consent of instructor

d. Request to change prerequisites for PPT 511, Biochemical and Molecular Mechanism of Pharmacology, from BIMD 500, PPT 501, PPT 502, and PPT 523 or consent of instructor to BIMD 500, PPT 500, or consent of instructor.

e. Request to change prerequistes for PPT 525, Advanced Renal Physiology; PPT 526, Advanced Respiratory Physiology; PPT 527, Advanced Neurophysiology; PPT 528, Advanced Endocrinology; PPT 529, Advanced Cardiovascular Physiology from PPT 523 or consent of instructor to PPT 500 or consent of instructor.

f. Request to change prerequisites and course description for PPT 530, Advanced Neurochemistry.

g. Request to change prerequistes for PPT 535, Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disorder, from PPT 502 or consent of instructor to PPT 500 or consent of instructor.

h. Request to change prerequisites for PPT 540, Molecular Neuropharmacology, from BIMD 500, PPT 501, or PPT 502 or consent of instructor to BIMD 500 or PPT 500 or consent of instructor.

4. Status of program reviews with the potential to discuss the computer science program review.

5. Matters arising.

-- Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Weisgram runs through Dec. 13

A Bachelor of Fine Arts sculpture exhibition by John Weisgram will open Monday, Dec. 1, at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, with an opening reception Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The exhibition will run through Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

– Jan Orvik, editor, University Letter, for the art department.


Campus marks World AIDS Day Dec. 1

Monday, Dec. 1, is World AIDS Day, with the theme of “Stigma and Discrimination.” Five people worldwide die of AIDS every minute of every day. HIV has hit every corner of the globe, infecting more than 42 million men, women and children, 5 million of them last year alone.

In observance of World AIDS Day, the UND 10% Society will host a showing of the film, A Closer Walk, at 7 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Narrated by Glenn Close and Will Smith, the film is a moving look at the worldwide impact of AIDS. The showing is free and open to the public. For more information, call the 10% Society at 777-3269 and leave a message (submitted by Chris Stoner, 10% Society).

World AIDS Day information and materials will also be available at the following locations: Memorial Union, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Wellness Center, American Indian Student Services, Grand Cities Mall.

Special thanks to these World AIDS Day sponsors: student health services, Memorial Union, Physicians for Human Rights, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, 10% Society, Multicultural Awareness Committee, Multicultural Student Services, American Indian Student Services, Safe Choices, GGF HIV/AIDS Network, ND AIDS Education and Training Center, Red River Valley Community Action HIV Prevention Program, Grand Forks Public Health, and Valley Health.

– Student health promotion office.


“Lighting of the Green” Dec. 2 helps welcome holiday season

The University will welcome the holiday season with the “Lighting of the Green” Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. in front of the Memorial Union. The UND and Greater Grand Forks communities are invited to attend.

The event will revolve around the lighting at about 5:15 p.m. of a large pine tree in front of the Memorial Union, which will trigger the lighting of special holiday lights on fraternity, sorority and other buildings up and down University Avenue.

The Concert Choir will start the activities at 4:45 p.m. with holiday music, and UND’s carillon will play. Dining services will provide cookies and hot apple cider, courtesy of the University programming council. The festivities will move inside to the second floor of the Memorial Union in case of bad weather.

UND President Charles Kupchella will emcee the event. He’ll be joined by UND Student Body President Adam Baker and a representative of Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown, who will bring holiday greetings.


Doctoral examination set for Pandey

The final examination for Rajeev Ramdatt Pandey, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is “Theoretical Study of Compounds Containing Nitrogen in or Near Strained Ring Structures.” Mark Hoffmann (chemistry) is the committee chair.
The public is invited to attend.

– Joseph Benoit, dean, graduate school.


Feeling Stressed? visit De-STRESS FEST

Take a minute for yourself during the one of the busiest times of the year. Stop by the De-STRESS FEST between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Memorial Union Loading Dock. Visit the relaxation room to enjoy a free massage, waterfall sounds, hand massagers, soft music, and a peaceful, comfortable atmosphere. Invest 15 minutes and earn a T-shirt by stopping by the relaxation room, playing Stress Family Feud, making a stress ball, and checking out the new de-stress room at the counseling center. You are also invited to attend the grand opening for the de-stress room at the Counseling Center, 200 McCannel Hall, Thursday Dec. 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The room, which features a massage chair, meditation benches, relaxation CDs, and more, will be available to students, faculty and staff on an ongoing basis. Drop by during the open house or make a room reservation by calling the counseling center at 777-2127.

De-STRESS FEST is intended to help students, faculty, and staff obtain stress relief tips and strategies to cope with stress that is typical for this time of year (e.g., final exams, papers, the holidays etc.). This event is sponsored by student health services, counseling center, wellness center, and the healthy UND psychological subcommittee. For additional information contact us.

-- Student health promotion office, 777-2097.


NASA official presents Dec. 4 seminar

David O. Starr, branch head of mesoscale atmospheric processes at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md., will present a seminar on “Analysis and Simulation of 23 June CRYSTAL-FACE Case” Thursday, Dec. 4, at 3:45 p.m. in 111 Ryan Hall.

This seminar, part of the atmospheric sciences seminar series, is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

– Atmospheric Sciences.


Agenda listed for Dec. 4 University Senate meeting

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

1. Announcements.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3. Question period.

4. Annual report of the Senate continuing education, distance education and outreach committee, Stephen Johnson, chair.
5. Annual report of the Senate library committee, Lawrence Peterson, chair.
6. Report from the UND ad hoc harassment policy and procedure revision committee, Leigh Jeanotte, chair.

7. Candidates for degrees in December 2003, Nancy Krogh, registrar.
8. Report from the curriculum committee, Judy Bruce, chair.
9. Senate conflict of interest committee membership, Jane Dunlevy, chair.
10. Senate scholarly activities committee membership, Jim Hikins, chair.
11. Proposed revisions to the University Senate bylaws, Al Fivizzani and Jan Goodwin, Senate executive committee.
12. Proposed revisions to the University Senate standing rules, Al Fivizzani and Jan Goodwin, Senate executive committee.

– Nancy Krogh (registrar), secretary, University Senate.


SAS users invited to meet Dec. 4

SAS users are invited to meet Thursday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in 371 Upson II Hall. Some of the agenda items to be covered will be moving files off the mainframe, demo/handouts using proc cport/cimport to transport SAS data sets, whether you need training in using PC-SAS, and other announcements, including an upcoming RRVSUG meeting Dec. 9.
If you are interested in this information but unable to attend, please contact me.

– Carmen Williams, institutional research, at 777-2456.


Police department holds open house Dec. 4

The University police department cordially invites you to join us in recognizing retirees of the department and congratulating Lt. Joe Litzinger on his recent promotion. An open house will be held at the police department Thursday, Dec. 4, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The pinning ceremony will be at 3 p.m.

– Duane Czapiewski, chief of police.


Woodwind ensemble concert rescheduled for Dec. 4

The music department will present a student chamber music recital Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes Fine Arts Center, featuring the Clarinet and Saxophone Quartets. They will perform works by Scarlatti, Harvey, Gershwin, Schmidt, and the world premiere of “Reflection a’ rebours” for Saxophone Quartet written by Seth Custer.

– Elizabeth Rheude, associate professor of clarinet, 777-2823.


International Night features Kyrgyzstan

Join us at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., at 7 p.m. Thursdays for International Night. Thursday, Dec. 4, will feature Kyrgyzstan. Enjoy international cuisine, learn about different cultures and make new friends.

– International Centre.


Women’s center plans program

On Thursday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., Chaminda Prelis (residence halls) will present “Are You an Ally.” Prelis will discuss what one can do to build a connection with and support UND’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) community, and will give information about UND’s Safe Zone Project.

– Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center.


Student government plans downtown event for students

Student government will sponsor “A Night Downtown” Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Students may buy tickets at the student government office starting Nov. 24. Tickets are $20 each or two for $30. The price includes dinner, drink, and tip at either Joe DiMaggio’s or Lola’s, free transportation, and admission to a dance at the Best Western Townhouse. The free transportation is optional. Buses will leave from Wilkerson and the Union at 6, 6:45, and 7:30 p.m., and will also transport to and from the dance. Admission to the dance only is $5 at the door. Students will have an opportunity to win over $250 in prizes at the restaurants if they arrive before 7:15 p.m.

– Matt Hillerud, governmental affairs commissioner, student government.


Free nasal flu vaccinations available

Free Flu Mist nasal flu vaccinations will be available to students, faculty and staff at the student health promotion office in the Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5. This vaccine is for healthy adults ages 18-49. Persons with chronic disease such as heart, lung, or kidney disease, diabetes, asthma and anemia, and pregnant and nursing mothers are not eligible to receive this vaccine. Wyeth Pharmaceuticals have donated the vaccine, which normally costs $50 a dose, for this introductory year. Supplies are limited. For more information contact us.

– Student Health Promotion Office, 777-2097.


Bookstore hosts open house with local authors

The Barnes & Noble University Bookstore open house will be Friday, Dec. 5. Enjoy 10 percent savings on most items in the store and free treats. During this time we will hold our annual Small Press Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The local authors coming this year are: Don Miller, Janice Houska, Galen Geer, Del Larson, L. Gale Johnson, Faythe Thureen, William Sherman and John Guerrero, Tom Clifford, Robert Eelkema, and Patrick McGuire, Richard Beringer (co-author of Jefferson Davis, Confederate President), Janet Smith, Ronald Vossler, and Rakel Erickson.

-- Marie Chaput, trade manager, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore.


Master Chorale, Grand Cities Children’s Choir present “On Christmas Night ...” Concert

The Grand Forks Master Chorale and the Grand Cities Children’s Choir will join forces for “On Christmas Night...,” a holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 524 Fifth Ave. N.

Now in its 21st year, the Grand Forks Master Chorale is a 40-plus-voice auditioned choir under the direction of Anthony Reeves, UND director of choirs, and with accompanist Jennifer Moore. The Grand Cities Children’s Choir is composed of four groups -- Primo Voce, Carino Voce, Accordo Voce and Canto Voce -- under conductor Melanie Popejoy and associate directors Teri Preston and Allison Brooks, with accompanists Lisa Anderson and Sarah Preston.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Senior citizens get a break at $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and students get the best deal: $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Tickets are available through the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office, 777-4090. The Master Chorale is supported in part by the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Myra Foundation. This concert is supported in part by the Nash Foundation.

– Grand Forks Master Chorale.


Reception honors Carol Berg

A retirement reception for Carol Berg, assistant professor of family and community nursing, will be Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the fifth floor faculty lounge, College of Nursing. She will retire Jan. 1, after 22 years of teaching in the college. Berg became a registered nurse after graduating from Minot State Teachers College Trinity School of Nursing in 1961. She completed the bachelor’s degree at Moorhead State in 1979 and master’s in nursing at the University of Arizona, with minors in anthropology and nursing administration. She teaches community health nursing to senior students. Her particular expertise lies in cultural diversity, based on the years 1966-1976, when she lived and worked in Honduras and the Philippines. She knows the complexity of providing health services cross-culturally, and recommends concrete resources and ideas for reflection to those willing to learn. Please join us as we wish her well.

– Liz Tyree, family and community nursing.


Robert Giles gives Hagerty Lecture Dec. 9

Robert Giles, veteran newspaper editor and current curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, will talk about the watchdog role of journalism in the era of secretive government as the guest speaker at the 12th annual Jack Hagerty Lecture Tuesday Dec. 9, at 7 p.m., Grand Forks Herald Community Room.

The School of Communication and the Grand Forks Herald jointly sponsor the Hagerty lecture each year, which is free and open to the public.

Giles was appointed head of the Nieman Foundation after a career of nearly 40 years as a newspaper editor, including stints as editor and publisher of The Detroit News, and as executive editor at the Democrat and Chronicle and The Times-Union, in Rochester, N.Y.

He began his career as a reporter and editor at the Akron Beacon Journal in 1971, a period in which it won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the shooting of several Kent State University students by members of the Ohio National Guard.
He was editor at The Detroit News in 1994, when it won a Pulitzer Prize for disclosures related to a scandal in the Michigan House Fiscal Agency.

In his role as curator at the Nieman Foundation, Giles directs a mid-career fellowship program for working journalists that was established at Harvard in 1938. Each year, about 24 journalists from news organizations in the United States and abroad come to Harvard for a year of study in a journalism specialty area. Giles also serves as publisher of Nieman Reports, a quarterly magazine of commentary and criticism about the news media.

The Jack Hagerty lecture series honors the long-time Grand Forks Herald senior editor, who retired in 1983 after more than 26 years with the newspaper and who died in 1997. His wife, Marilyn Hagerty, is also a veteran editor at the Grand Forks Herald and continues as a popular columnist.

– Pamela Kalbfleisch, director, School of Communication.


Alumni hosts holiday open house Dec. 9

The Alumni Association and Foundation invite all faculty and staff to a holiday open house Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Please encourage faculty and staff to attend. Retired faculty and staff of departments are also invited. Please RSVP to Barb at 777-4078 by Friday, Dec. 5.

– Stacy Nelson, Alumni Association and Foundation.


Historical Society visits campus Dec. 11

The North Dakota State Historical Society will visit campus to present information about services and programs they offer to the public, schools, local museums and history organizations. Also attending will be representatives of the Departments of Commerce (Tourism Division), Parks and Recreation, Transportation, and the North Dakota Geological Survey.
The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. We realize this time is not optimal for faculty members, but we are constrained by the Historical Society’s calendar. Refreshments will be provided.
Deans, department chairs, faculty and administrators from all areas are strongly encouraged to attend, but special invitations are extended to those from the humanities areas, marketing, economics, entrepreneurship, political science/public administration, biology, geography, geology, recreation and leisure services, and all education areas.

For further information, contact Rick Collin at the State Historical Society, (701) 328-1476, rcollin@state.nd.us.

- Stacie Varnson, provost’s office.


Red River presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 11-13, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.
The Herdmans are back! This hilarious story concerns the efforts of a woman to put on the annual Christmas pageant despite having the cast of the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kids in the history of the world – the Herdmans! Come see if there will be a Christmas this year, or will the Herdmans put a stop to everything. This is a funny and heartwarming story for the entire family.

Tickets are $5 for general admission, $3 for students and seniors. Call 746-2411 for reservations.

– Jan Orvik, editor, for Red River High School department of fine arts.


Brooklyn law professor presents PBK lecture

On Monday and Tuesday, April 26 and 27, Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Margaret A. Berger of the Brooklyn Law School will be on campus to present the Phi Beta Kappa lecture in conjunction with the spring Phi Beta Kappa banquet and initiation. Faculty who wish to have her speak in their classes are asked to contact Mary Kweit in political science and public administration.
Berger is the Suzanne J. and Norman Miles Professor of Law at the Brooklyn Law School where she teaches civil procedure, evidence, and courses on the interaction of science and the law. She has been a visiting professor at New York University Law School and the University of California/Hastings College of the Law. She was recently recognized by the American Law Institute/American Bar Association with the Rawle Award for her role in developing new approaches to judicial treatment of scientific evidence and in educating the legal and science communities about ways to implement these approaches. She currently serves on the National Research Council Panel on Science, Technology, and the Law, and was the reporter for the post-conviction issues working group of the National Commission on the Future of DNA evidence. She is the co-author of Weinstein’s Evidence: Commentary on Rules of Evidence for the United States Courts and Magistrates and numerous articles.

– Mary Kweit, political science and public administration, 777-3548; mary.kweit@und.nodak.edu.


U2 workshops listed for Dec. 8-22

Below are U2 workshops for December 8-22.

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

Word XP, Intermediate (limited seating): Dec. 8, 10, and 12, 1 to 4 p.m. Prerequisite: Word XP, Beginning (nine hours total). Create and modify a template, create styles, work with columns, sections and advanced tables; add graphics, create mail merge documents, labels, and envelopes; manage documents. Presenter: Maria Saucedo.

Important Changes to the Incomplete Grade Policy: Dec. 9, 1 to 2 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union; or Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to noon, River Valley Room, Memorial Union. This session will cover the new policy for incomplete and in-progress grades to be used when assigning grades at the end of this semester. Workshop will cover changes to policy, important dates and deadlines, in-progress grades, and how to complete the new “Report of Incomplete Grade” form. Presenters: Connie Gagelin and Nancy Krogh.

Working in Confined Spaces: Dec. 10, 2 to 4 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Confined spaces can be deadly. Reinforce understanding of the risks associated with working in confined spaces such as manholes, trenches, cable vaults and attics. The following topics are included in the workshop: identification of a confined space and its conditions; toxic, flammable, and oxygen-deficient atmospheres; hazards and proper personal protective equipment; and roles and responsibilities. Presenter: Jason Uhlir.

Prevent Harassment, Promote Respect: (instructor led), Dec. 22, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 312 Education Building. Presenter: Gerry Nies.

-- Julie Sturges, U2 program assistant, University within the University

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Reminder to complete harassment training program

If you have received notice to complete the web-based protected class harassment training program and have not already done so, please make every effort to do so as soon as possible. We hope to have all training completed by the end of December. This is required for all faculty and staff, graduate students who teach, and students who supervise others in support of UND’s efforts to promote a respectful campus community for everyone. If you have any questions regarding how to access the training program, please contact the Office of General Counsel at 777-6345. Thanks for your cooperation.

– Charles E. Kupchella, President.


Agreement continues UND’s Center on Native American Aging

The University’s National Resource Center on Native American Aging is continuing, for three more years, a cooperative agreement with the Administration on Aging (AoA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

UND, which is now identified by the AoA as the only National Resource Center on Native American Aging, has received $345,000 to execute this cooperative agreement. The agreement allows the resource center to improve the quality of life for American Indian elders through research, technical assistance and training.

Administered through the Center for Rural Health, the National Resource Center on Native American Aging works with the AoA to develop practices that make it easier for all older American Indians to access an integrated array of health and long-term care services, to stay active and healthy, and to support their families’ efforts to care for loved ones at home and in the community.

This is the fourth cooperative agreement the resource center has received, providing funding for a total of 13 years. The current agreement was effective Sept. 30.

The AoA recently awarded grants totaling more than $3.5 million to increase access to services and programs and to enhance consumer assistance for older Americans, but it identified UND’s National Resource Center on Native American Aging as the only national resources center on Native American aging.

– Alan Allery, director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging.


BORDERS project advisors convened at medical school

An advisory council which will oversee a statewide bioterrorism education and training program has met at School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The 18-member council, operating under a project called BORDERS (Biochemical Organic Radioactive Disaster Educational Response System), represents various groups and organizations that have a role to play in ensuring that health care and other professionals are sufficiently trained to respond to man-made or natural disasters in this state and region.
Members represent such interests as health care, law enforcement, utilities, emergency management, education and public health, and include two Canadians.

BORDERS is funded by a two-year grant, totaling approximately $820,761 per year, received this fall from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by the medical school. It is one of 19 such projects awarded nationwide, selected from a total of 104 applications. The project will involve doctors, nurses, physician assistants, allied health and mental health care professionals and others throughout region.

Using web-based instruction and four community-oriented, hands-on simulated disasters at sites throughout North Dakota, BORDERS will provide these professionals and other emergency first-responders with education and training to build a more coordinated, effective and efficient emergency detection and preparedness system.

“We are very pleased and proud to assume a leadership role to ensure that health care professionals receive the training they need to best respond to emergencies that may arise through bioterrorism,” said H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school. “Because of our expertise in providing health professions education in a rural setting, we are uniquely qualified to fill this important role, and further extend our services to the people of this state and region.”
Co-principal investigators for the project are Linda Olson, director of the office of medical education, and Rick Vari, assistant dean for educational affairs. Executive program director is James Hargreaves, infectious disease specialist at Altru Health System in Grand Forks.

Situated at the center of the North American continent, North Dakota provides an excellent setting for bioterrorism and disaster training, Olson said, due to numerous and varied geographical and seasonal conditions, proximity to a vast and porous American/Canadian border, and the presence of military installations, National Guard posts, power generation facilities, intercontinental water sources, food production industries and diverse transportation systems.

– School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Thanksgiving holiday hours listed

Thanksgiving Day is holiday
In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Thursday, Nov. 27, will be observed as Thanksgiving 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.

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Thanksgiving Day holiday at 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 28. – ITSS.

Chester Fritz Library:
Chester Fritz Library hours for the Thanksgiving holiday are: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 27 (Thanksgiving), closed; Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Health sciences library:
Thanksgiving break hours for the health sciences library are: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 27, closed; Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 29, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m. to midnight. – April Byars, health sciences library.

Law library:
Thormodsgard Law Library for Thanksgiving weekend are: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 27, closed; Friday, Nov. 28, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 29, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 30, noon to 11 p.m. – Jane Oakland, Thormodsgard Law Library.

Multicultural Student Services:
MSS and the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 27. -- Linda Skarsten, Multicultural Student Services.

Memorial Union:
The Memorial Union Thanksgiving holiday schedule for Nov. 26 to Nov. 30 follows. The Memorial Union and all its facilities will be closed Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29-30.
Administrative offices: Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; barber shop: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 28, closed; computer labs: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; craft center: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, closed; credit union: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, closed; dining center: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, closed; food court: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, closed; Internet Café and pub area: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; lifetime sports center: Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; passport I.D.s: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, closed; parking office: Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; post office: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Stomping Grounds: Wednesday, Nov. 26, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., hours for Friday, Nov. 28, will be announced; student academic services: Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; U snack C-store: Wednesday, Nov. 26: 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 28, closed; union services: Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; University Learning Center: Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; building hours: Wednesday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 28, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Marsha Nelson, Memorial Union

North Dakota Museum of Art:
The North Dakota Museum of Art will remain open Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum will maintain regular hours until Christmas.

The Museum will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve), and will re-open Friday, Dec. 26. The Museum will close at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31 ) New Year’s Eve), and will re-open Friday, Jan. 2. The Museum Café will be closed from Wednesday, Dec. 24, to Friday, Jan. 2, and will re-open Monday, Jan. 5.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


Nominations sought for outstanding faculty advisors

The academic advising committee is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Faculty Academic Advisor Award to be presented at Founders Day 2004. To access the nomination form online, go to www.und.edu/dept/sas/adnomform.pdf or www.und.edu/dept/divsos/foundersday/.

Paper nomination forms are available at the following locations: Memorial Union info center, student government office, student academic services, undergraduate departments, and college dean offices. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to nominate a faculty academic advisor for this award. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 16.

For more information, please contact student academic services, 201 Memorial Union, or call 777-2117.

--Lisa Burger, director, student academic services, on behalf of the academic advising committee.


Grade Report forms available Tuesday

The “Grade Report” forms will be available in the Office of the Registrar for pick up by the department offices beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2. The procedures for completion will be noted in a memo attached to the report forms.
Please note: Grade report forms must be hand delivered to the registrar’s office no later than noon Tuesday, Dec. 23. If you need more information, call me at 777-2280.

– Mike Cogan, associate registrar.


FlexComp deadline approaching

The FlexComp open enrollment period for the plan year of Jan. 1, 2004, through Dec. 31, 2004, ends Nov. 30. Enrollment agreements should be in the payroll office by Nov. 30 to allow for adequate processing time (we are aware the deadline is a weekend, but postmarked mail is considered). No enrollment agreements will be accepted after Nov. 30.
All benefitted employees have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in this fringe benefit opportunity. This program helps employees pay for medical and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars instead of after-tax dollars.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, call me.

-- Heidi Strande, payroll office FlexComp specialist, 777-4423.


Dietitian will serve wellness center, student health

Brenna Kerr, licensed registered dietitian, a 1994 graduate of the University’s nutrition and dietetics program, has joined student health and the wellness center. She lives in Drayton with her husband, Shawn, and is currently enrolled as a student, with the goal of entering medical school. Her role at student health will be to provide medical nutrition therapy to students and enhance the team approach to integrated health care. In addition, she will assist the student health promotion office in conducting nutrition education and outreach activities.

Kerr has experience working with nutrition-related issues such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, vegetarianism, obesity and anorexia/bulimia.

As a part-time staff member with the wellness center, she will provide outreach services in the area of weight management and eating disorders. This will allow students, faculty and staff to engage in physical activity programs with a nutritional component. Watch for upcoming registration and session information.

– Laurie Betting, Wellness Center.


Renew service vehicle placards at Auxiliary Services

All service vehicle placards must be renewed by Jan. 1. Please bring your placard to Rose Hanson in the Auxiliary Services Building, upper level, and she will re-validate it for you, starting Monday, Dec. 1. No tickets will be issued for expired placards until Jan. 1, to give everyone time to re-validate. If you have any questions, please call the parking and traffic office at 777-3551. Thank you.

– Sherry Kapella, parking and traffic.


Subscriptions, advertising may be purchased with Visa card

Effective Nov. 1, the following expenditures, equal to or less than $2,500, will be allowed to be charged on the Visa purchasing card:

Subscription (TCC 466)
• New subscriptions
• Renewals of subscriptions expiring in current fiscal year
• Memberships are not allowed on Visa purchasing card; if subscription includes a membership, process on a request for payment.

Advertising (TCC 463)
• Advertising for faculty/staff positions.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathie at 777-2915 or Allison at 777-2968.

– Allison Peyton, accounting services.


Museum accepts membership challenge

The North Dakota Museum of Art has been issued a challenge by Lloyd Rigler, a Wishek, N.D., native who has given millions of dollars to large national performing arts organizations. One of the founding partners of Adolph’s Meat Tenderizer, Rigler believes that institutions must develop grass roots support. Therefore, he is challenging the Museum to broaden its support by offering to match a dollar for every $3 raised from new or lapsed members, and to match contributions from current members over and above the base amount they have given during the past two years. The matching funds, up to $1,000 for any one individual gift, will be granted through the Lloyd E. Rigler – Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation.

In making the grant, Rigler said, “I am very impressed with the North Dakota Museum of Art. I can’t believe this kind of quality exists in the arts in North Dakota and I want to help them increase the size of their membership base.” Rigler developed and supports the Classic Arts Showcase, a 24-hour, non-commercial arts satellite network available free of charge for cable distribution.

For more information, call the Museum at 777-4195.

– North Dakota Museum of Art.


U community invited to take fitness challenge

The University community is invited to take Fitness Challenge 2003 from Dec. 1-14. Participate in UND group exercise and choose four fitness classes to attend, one of which must be a Pilates class, within the two-week period.
Pilates classes are free during this two-week period. Pilates sign-up and challenge log sheets can be found at the front desk of the wellness center. You will get a boost of energy, feel better about yourself, jump start your metabolism and earn a great T-shirt.

– Wellness center.


COSE newsletter available online

The COSE (Council of State Employees) fall 2003 newsletter is now available online at www.state.nd.us/cose/newsletter.
We will not print this issue due to budget concerns. If there are people in your department who don’t have access to a computer or GroupWise and who might like to read this, please print a copy and place in a break room or on your bulletin board. Thank you.

– Leyton Rodahl (facilities), for COSE.

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September, October grant awardees listed

The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the months of September & October 2003:
Administration and finance (SMHS): Randy Eken; aerospace network: Henry Borysewicz; anatomy and cell biology: Edward Carlson; anthropology: Dennis Toom; atmospheric sciences: Michael Poellot; aviation: Thomas Zeidlik; biochemistry and molecular biology: Mark Cervinski, John Shabb, Roxanne Vaughan; biology: William Sheridan, Jefferson Vaughan; Bureau of Governmental Affairs: Katheryne Korom, Mary Kweit; communication sciences and disorders: Samuel Seddoh; conference services: Jennifer Raymond; counseling: David Whitcomb; Earth System Science Institute: Ofer Beeri, Rodney Hanley, Gary Johnson, Soizik Laguette, Jennifer Loomis, Assefa Melesse, Douglas Olsen, Rebecca Phillips, Santhosh Seelan, George Seielstad, Xiaodong Zhang; EERC: Ted Aulich, Steven Benson, Lisa Botnen, Donald Cox, Daniel Daly, Bruce Dockter, Grant Dunham, Thomas Erickson, Bruce Folkedahl, John Gallagher, Lucinda Hamre, Sheila Hanson, John Harju, Steven Hawthorne, Michael Holmes, John Hurley, Phillip Hutton, John Kay, Patricia Kleven, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Madhavi Marasinghe, Donald McCollor, Mary McLaughlin, Carolyn Nyberg, Erin O’Leary, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Wesley Peck, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Darren Schmidt, Richard Schulz, Richard Shockey, Everett Sondreal, James Sorensen, Edward Steadman, Daniel Stepan, Jeffrey Thompson, Ronald Timpe, Greg Weber, Kirk Williams, Chad Wocken, Christopher Zygarlicke; English: Kim Donehower; Environmental Training Institute: Kelly Hollands, Linda Rohde; family medicine: Roger Schauer; geology and geological engineering: Frank Beaver, Ahmad Ghassemi, Scott Korom; health sciences library: Lila Pedersen, Judith Rieke; HNRC: Jean Altepeter, Glenn Lykken; INMED: Eugene DeLorme; internal medicine: Robert Tight; law school: BJ Jones; legal aid association: Laura Rovner; management: Steven Moser; marketing: Mary Askim, William Lesch, Robert Tangsrud; mathematics: Lawrence Peterson; mechanical engineering: Ralph Johnson, John Watson; Native American Programs: Melvin Monette; office of medical education: Linda Olson, Richard Vari; pediatrics: Larry Burd; pediatrics-Fargo: Jayne Brown; pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics: Johathan Geiger, Eric Murphy; police: Duane Czapiewski; psychology: Jeffrey Holm; psychology-INPSYDE: Justin Douglas McDonald; rural health: Alan Allery, Brad Gibbens, Leander McDonald, Patricia Moulton, Kyle Muus, Susan Offutt, Mary Wakefield; chemical engineering: Darrin Muggli, Wayne Seames; chemistry: Evguenii Kozliak; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; social work-CFSTC: Peter Tunseth; space studies: Michael Gaffey; student health services: Alan Allery; TRIO: Neil Reuter.

-- William Gosnold, interim director, 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.

Cancer Surveillance Using Health Claims-Based Data System–Support for research using health claims data for cancer surveillance, including assessment of patterns of care, quality and outcomes of care, and health disparities across the continuum of treatment. Projects may focus on treatment and outcomes at the patient-specific level or include influences from the provider or broader health-system level. Studies may also initiate analyses to expand understanding of the capability of and methods needed to use claims data for cancer surveillance. Contact: Joan Warren, 301-496-5184; joan_warren@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-012.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

Studies of the Economics of Cancer Prevention, Screening, and Care–Support for research on the economic aspects of cancer prevention, screening and care. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Martin L. Brown, 301-496-5716; mb53o@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-017.html.

Hirsh, Letourneau, and Schwartz Awards recognize writers of original papers on a variety of topics in legal medicine. Deadline: 1/19/04. Contact: American College of Legal Medicine, 847-969-0283; info@aclm.org; http://www.aclm.org/resources/swc.asp.

Student Writing Competition in Bioethics--Support for original papers written by law or health professions students on topics in bioethics. Papers may deal with any ethical issues arising specifically within the health care arena in the 21st century, including but not limited to: the ethical implications of death and dying, reproductive rights, bioterrorism, patient-physician relationship, patient safety, public health, biological sciences, organ donation and allocation, biomedical and behavioral research, and medical genetics. Deadline: 1/19/04. Contact: Ila S. Rothschild, 773-594-7829; irothschild@reshealthcare.org; http://www.aclm.org/resources/swc.asp.

Mentor-Based Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Program–Support for training minority scientists who are underrepresented in the field of diabetes research. Deadline: 1/15/04. Contact: Maricela Arias-Cantu, 703-549-1500; macantu@diabetes.org; http://www.diabetes.org/professional/research/opportunities.jsp.

HIV/AIDS Research Fellowships support training for students with interests in research related to HIV/AIDS and its relationship to the mental health or the psychological well being of ethnic minorities. Students from the complete range of psychology disciplines, who are enrolled full-time in a doctoral program or accepted into a doctoral program for the fall term immediately following the application deadline, are encouraged to apply. Contact: American Psychological Association, 202-336-6127; mfp@apa.org; http://www.apa.org/mfp/hprogram.html. Deadline: 1/15/04.

Short-Term Research Fellowships support short-term, in-residence, pre- or postdoctoral, or independent advanced research in the humanities at the Library at Brown University. Deadline: 1/15/04. Contact: Director, 401-863-2725; JCBL_Fellowships@Brown.edu; http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/John_Carter_Brown_Library/pages/fr_resfellow3.html.

Kellogg Scholars in Health Disparities Program–Support to train minority scholars conducting research on understanding health disparities by race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status; mechanisms and pathways by which social, economic, environmental, educational and other inequalities and institutional racism influence health outcomes; and interventions and policy alternatives that can be developed to reduce those disparities. Contact: Barbara Krimgold, 202-387-2829; scholars@cfah.org; http://www.cfah.org/pdfs/scholars_app_09_03.pdf. Deadline: 1/15/04.

Incidence of Needlestick and Sharps Injuries and Medical Safety Device Availability/Use Among Non-Hospital Health Care Workers–Support for studies that will contribute to understanding risks of exposure to blood among health care workers employed in home health care settings. Contact: Adele M. Childress, 404-498-2509; achildress@cdc.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OH-04-003.html. Deadlines: 12/17/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/23/04 (Application).

Small Grants in Occupational Safety and Health Research–Support for small research projects, that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources, to develop knowledge that can be used in preventing occupational diseases and injuries, and understand better their underlying pathophysiology. Contact: Susan B. Board, 404-498-2512; sboard@cdc.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-021.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

National Research Initiative (NRI) Competitive Grants Program--Rural Development–Funding for fundamental and mission-linked proposals for innovative research in four areas: forces and opportunities that affect rural places and the people who live there; implications of globalization for rural community viability and prosperity; consequences of structural changes in agriculture and their affect on rural communities and landscapes; and rural development potential of agricultural and non-agricultural rural entrepreneurship; or for projects integrating research, education and/or extension to address the rural development potential of agricultural and non-agricultural rural entrepreneurship. Deadline: 1/23/04. Contact: Patricia C. Hipple, 202-401-2185; phipple@csrees.usda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/04/rfa_nri_04.htm.

Animal Genome: Basic Reagents and Tools–Support for development of basic reagents and tools to accelerate research in food animal genomics. Deadline: 1/15/04. Contact: Peter Brayton, 202-401-4399; pbrayton@reeusda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri/programs/progdesc/2003rfa.htm#431.

Improving Human Nutrition for Optimal Health–Support for research that contributes to understanding appropriate dietary practices throughout the life cycle and factors that affect these requirements such as gender, race, and ethnicity; or for research on the factors that affect attitudes and behavior of consumers toward food. Contact: Etta Saltos; 202-401-5178; esaltos@csrees.usda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/04/rfa_nri_04.htm. Deadline: 1/23/04.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)–Funding for R&D projects with military and commercial applications. SBIR solicitation 2004.1, available at the DoD Web Site listed below, lists all topics for which proposals are sought. Deadline: 1/15/04. Contact: http://www.dodsbir.net/solicitation or http://www.acq.osd.mil/sadbu/sbir.

The Human Brain Project (Neuroinformatics): Phase I & Phase II–Support for investigator-initiated, neuroinformatics research that will lead to new digital and electronic tools for all domains of neuroscience research reflecting normal and diseased states across the life span. Contact: Dean Cole, 301-903-3268; dean.cole@science.doe.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-035.html. Deadlines: 12/21/04, 4/21/04, 8/22/04 (Letter of Intent); 1/21/04, 5/21/04, 9/22/04 (Application).

Computational Toxicology and Endocrine Disruptors: Use of Systems Biology in Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment–Support for innovative approaches to incorporate computational methods into hazard identification and risk assessment. Deadline: 1/21/04. Contact: Elaine Francis, 202-564-6789; francis.elaine@epa.gov; http://es.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/current/2003_comptox.html.

Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program Award–Support to train or expand capabilities of scientists and health professionals from developing countries to engage in infectious diseases research and training not related directly to HIV/AIDS. Deadlines: 12/20/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/23/04 (Application). Contact: Barbara Sina, 301-402-9467; sinab@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-012.html.

Continuing Education and Development (CED)–Support for short-term, nondegree related courses, workshops, conferences, symposia,

institutes, and distance learning strategies or development of curricula, guidelines, standards of practice, and educational tools or strategies intended to assure quality health care for the maternal child health population. Programs must address a critical MCH training need, such as, but not limited to, oral health, behavioral health, cultural competency, core public health functions, asthma, early identification and detection of children with special health care needs, suicide prevention, health education, nutrition, nursing, or inter-professional education. Deadlines: 12/15/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/15/04 (Application). Contact: Diana L. Rule, 301-443-0233; drule@hrsa.gov; http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/preview/mch.htm#hrsa04054.

Exploratory and Developmental Research Grants for Investigations in Rare Diseases–Support for investigators using novel approaches to understanding, treating, and preventing rare heart, lung, and blood diseases as well as sleep disorders. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: David A. Lathrop, 301-435-0529; LathropD@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-171.html.

Inflammation and Thrombosis–Support for innovative research approaches to the molecular and cellular interactions between the hemostatic and inflammatory systems to identify novel therapeutic agents and translate this knowledge to preclinical research. Deadlines: 12/22/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/22/04 (Application). Contact: Ahmed A.K. Hasan, 301-435-0070; hasana@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-005.html.

Mining Safety and Health Training and Translation Center--Support for programs using an integrated approach for training mine workers and translational research in order to improve safety and health of the mining environment. Deadlines: 12/18/03 (Letter of Intent); 12/23/04 (Application). Contact: Michael J. Galvin Jr., 404-498-2524; mtg3@cdc.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OH-04-005.html.

World Trade Center Responder Health Consortium–Support to investigate the health status of responders (workers and volunteers) involved in the World Trade Center response. Contact: Michael J. Galvin, 404-498-2524; mgalvin@cdc.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OH-04-004.html. Deadlines: 12/22/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/23/04 (Application).

Collaborative Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Science Award–Support for investigator-initiated, collaborative research related to arthritis or musculoskeletal or skin diseases. Contact: Charisee A. Lamar, 301-451-6514; lamarc@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-003.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

Salivary Proteome: Catalogue of Salivary Secretory Components–Support for multidisciplinary research to generate a catalogue of all salivary secretory components using state of the art, sensitive, and high-throughput proteomics technologies. Deadlines: 12/20/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/20/04 (Application). Contact: Eleni Kousvelari, 301-594-2427; kousvelari@de45.nidr.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-04-007.html.

Support of Continuous Research Excellence (SCORE)–Support to broaden opportunities for underrepresented minority faculty and students to participate in biomedical or behavioral research. Contact: Hinda Zlotnik, 301-594-3900; zlotnikh@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-001.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

Administrative Supplements: Overcoming Barriers to Neurological Therapeutics Development–Supplemental support to conduct small, focused projects to demonstrate promise of therapies to reduce barriers to commercial development or justify NIH funding for additional pre-clinical or clinical development. Deadlines: 1/30/04, 4/30/04. Contact: Jill Heemskerk, 301-496-1779; jill_heemskerk@ninds.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-NS-04-001.html.

Preliminary Investigations Leading to Optimal Trials in Neurology–Support to gain preliminary data and conduct studies to support rationale for a subsequent definitive clinical trial of an intervention to treat or prevent neurological disease. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: John R. Marler, 301-496-9135; jm137f@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-174.html.

Acute Coronary Syndromes in Old Age–Support for biomedical research leading to better understanding of the biology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, and medical management of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) in old age. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Andre J. Premen, 301-496-6761; PremenA@nia.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-026.html.

Drug Abuse Aspects of HIV/AIDS and Other Infections–Support for research on the natural history, epidemiology, etiology, virology and pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of drug abuse and drug abuse aspects of HIV/AIDS and other infectious agents [e.g., hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and tuberculosis (TB)]. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Elizabeth Lambert, 301-402-1933; EL46i@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-007.html

Aging Musculoskeletal and Skin Extracellular Matrix--Support for basic research investigating how changes in the extracellular matrix with age affect function of tissues of the musculoskeletal system and skin, especially projects to determine how cellular aging processes lead to altered matrix production and maintenance, and how aging-related altered matrix composition and organization affect the function of these tissues. Contact: Jill L. Carrington, 301-496-6402; Carringtonj@nia.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-167.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

Basic and Translational Research in Emotion--Support for research on emotional reactions in the context of diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and study of emotion as it relates to cancer or increased risk of cancer, including outcomes such as social relationships, health care provider relationships, adherence and others. Contact: Susan E. Brandon, 301-443 4863; Sbrandon@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-169.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START)--Support for newly independent investigators to conduct small-scale exploratory or pilot research projects related to the behavioral science mission of the NIMH. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Mary Ellen Oliveri, 301- 443-3942; moliveri@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-010.html.

Bioengineering Research Partnerships–Support for basic, applied, and translational multidisciplinary research addressing biological or medical research problems. Research teams should apply an integrative, systems approach to develop knowledge or methods to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat disease or understand health and behavior. Contact: Richard E. Swaja, 301-451-4779; swajar@nibib.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-023.html. Deadlines: 11/21/03, 6/20/04, 11/20/04 (Letter of Intent); 1/21/04, 8/20/04, 1/20/05 (Application).

Cellular and Molecular Imaging of the Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Hematopoietic Systems--Support for studies to detect and quantify at the molecular and cellular level the cellular pathways that regulate heart, lung, and blood function, and abnormalities in these pathways occurring in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders; and to develop new methods for cell tracking to monitor movement and location of specific cell populations in vivo for application in cell-based therapeutics. Deadlines: 12/22/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/22/04 (Application). Contact: Denis Buxton, 301-435-0516; buxtond@nhlbi.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/RFA-files/RFA-HL-04-003.html.

Clinical Research Curriculum Award–Support to develop new didactic programs in clinical research or to support and expand programs or improve quality of instruction. Contact: Lawrence Friedman, 301-496-9899; lawrence_friedman@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-04-004.html. Deadlines: 12/16/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/16/04 (Application).

Enrolling Women and Minorities in HIV/AIDS Research Trials--Support for projects to identify factors negatively impacting recruitment of women and minorities, and to plan and develop mechanisms and interventions to facilitate recruitment and retention of these populations in research trials. Deadlines: 1/2/04, 5/1/04, 9/1/04. Contact: Matthew Murguia, 301-435-7164; mm768e@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-03-168.html.

Exploratory Centers for Interdisciplinary Research–Support for planning activities for groups of researchers to develop interdisciplinary research strategies to solve significant biomedical and/or behavioral research problems, including study design and pilot research to demonstrate the approach to be pursued. Contact: Greg Farber, 301-435-0778; gf48a@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-004.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

Fine Mapping Genes and Gene Variants for Drug Addiction Susceptibility--Support for investigators who have, or can obtain access to, data and resources to conduct fine mapping of chromosomal regions and quantitative trait loci (QTL) involved in addiction vulnerability and/or uncover genetic variants within those regions to assess their association with addiction vulnerability; or develop proposals to fine map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) and ENU induced mutations in mice and rodents associated with responses to substances of abuse. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Joni L. Rutter, 301-435-0298; jrutter@nida.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-175.html.

Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males–Support for research to: enhance understanding of factors (e.g., sociodemographic, community, societal, personal) influencing health promoting behaviors of racial and ethnic minority males and their subpopulations across the life cycle; and to develop and test culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older. Contact: Janice Phillips, 301-594-6152; Janice.phillips@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-170.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

HIV/AIDS, Severe Mental Illness and Homelessness–Support for studies on persons with severe mental illness and/or homeless persons with special attention to development, implementation, and evaluation of effective HIV-prevention interventions and their dissemination and translation to community and public health service organizations. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: David M. Stoff, 301-443-4625; dstoff@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-024.html.

Hyperaccelerated Award/Mechanisms in Immunomodulation Trials--Support for mechanistic studies in clinical trials of: immunomodulatory interventions for immune system mediated diseases, including, but not limited to: asthma and allergic diseases; graft failure in solid organ, cell, tissue and stem cell transplantation; and chronic inflammatory, autoimmune, and immunodeficiency diseases; and preventative and therapeutic vaccines for non-HIV/AIDS infectious diseases. Deadlines: One Month Prior to Application Receipt Date (Letter of Intent); 9th of every month, ending 6/9/04 (Application). Contact: Kristy Kraemer, 301-496-5598; kk187y@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AI-04-001.html.

Informatics for Disaster Management--Support to develop and test data collection technologies and procedures to speed and coordinate the process of acquiring and utilizing new information about mental health consequences of disasters. Examples of appropriate projects are: development and testing of approaches for computerized patient triage and tracking systems; coordination of databases and survivor registries; data storage and confidentiality procedures; and environmental stress/damage assessments. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Valerie Florance, 301-594-4882; floranv@mail.nlm.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-178.html.

Institutional National Research Service Award in Sleep Research–Support to develop or enhance sleep research training programs for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and/or health professional students. Contact: James P. Kiley, 301-435-0199; jk52u@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-97-064.html. Deadlines: 1/10/04, 5/10/04.

Interactions Between Stem Cells and the Microenvironment In Vivo--Support to explore and characterize bi-directional communication between multipotent cells and the three-dimensional local milieu or niche that they encounter in vivo under normal and compromised states, such as with aging or following injury, disease or drug exposure. Of particular interest is rigorous characterization of how interactions with localized cues in space and time regulate stem cell survival, migration, replication and ‘plasticity’ in the nervous system and other parts of the body. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Arlene Y. Chiu, 301-496-1447; chiua@ninds.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-03-172.html.

Interdisciplinary Health Research Training: Behavior, Environment and Biology--Support to establish programs to provide formal coursework and research training in new interdisciplinary fields to individuals holding advanced degrees in another discipline. Programs integrating behavioral and/or social sciences with the more traditional biomedical sciences are of particular interest. Contact: Nancy L Desmond, 301-443-3563; ndesmond@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-010.html. Deadlines: 2/11/04 (Letter of Intent); 3/11/04 (Application).

Interventions and Practice Research Infrastructure Program--Support for researchers and community mental health providers to establish partnerships to make evidence-based mental health services available and acceptable for people in need of mental health care. Possible partnerships include: general and primary health care, public or tribal health and mental health clinics, community-based specialty care, long-term care facilities, schools, family service or faith-based organizations, State or tribal components of the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, and elements of local and/or State correctional systems. Contact: Junius J. Gonzales, 301-443-3364; jgonzale@mail.nih.gov; http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-015.html. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04.

Mechanisms of Alcoholic Pancreatitis--Support for research to investigate underlying molecular, biochemical, and cellular mechanisms by which long-term alcohol ingestion leads to development of pancreatitis; or to understand the role of various predisposing factors, including substance abuse, that make the pancreas susceptible to alcoholic injury. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Vishnudutt Purohit, 301-443-2689; vpurohit@niaaa.nih.gov;

Neurobiology of Persistent Pain Mediated by the Trigeminal Nerve--Support for research addressing the mechanisms of pain onset, chronic pain conditions, and responsiveness to pain therapy through novel basic and clinical research. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Linda Porter, 301-496-9964; lp216a@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-03-173.html.

Neurotechnology Research, Development, and Enhancement--Support for research and to develop innovative technologies, methodologies, or instrumentation for basic or clinical studies of the brain or behavior in human or non-human animals; or to research, develop, and significantly enhance existing technologies important to understanding the brain or behavior. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Michael Huerta, 301-443-3563; mhuert1@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-006.html.

NIH Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program–Support to develop a Phase III clinical trial, including establishment of the research team, development of tools for data management and oversight of research, definition of recruitment strategies, and finalization of the protocol and other essential elements of the study included in a manual of operations/procedures. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Richard Nahin,301-496-7801; NahinR@mail.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-008.html.

Phase III Clinical Trials in Oral Infectious Diseases--Support for clinical trials to assess efficacy and safety of preventive or therapeutic interventions for oral infectious diseases. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Richard Mowery, 301-594-4848; rm33a@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-025.html.

Research Core Centers for Advanced Neuroinformatics Research–Support for shared coordinated resources to facilitate collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary efforts in neuroscience informatics. Deadlines: 1/21/04, 5/21/04, 9/22/04. Contact: Stephen H. Koslow, 301-443-1815; koz@helix.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-037.html.

Support for a Parkinson’s Disease Data Organizing Center to serve as a shared research resource to facilitate research in Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Center will compile clinical data and provide virtual catalogues for basic
scientific and clinical research in PD. Contact: Diane D. Murphy, 301-496-5680; Murphyd@ninds.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-05-001.html. Deadlines: 12/22/03 (Letter of Intent); 1/22/04 (Application).

Support to establish Centers for Innovation in Membrane Protein Production to create enabling technologies and focus on innovative, high-impact, multidisciplinary approaches to sample preparation of structurally and functionally intact membrane proteins for structure determination. Contact: John C. Norvell, 301-594-0533; norvellj@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-009.html. Deadlines: 2/5/04 (Letter of Intent); 3/11/04 (Application).

Support to establish National Centers for Neurofibromatosis Research to conduct basic, translational, and clinical research on neurofibromatoses. Deadlines: 2/1/04, 6/1/04, 10/1/04. Contact: Robert Finkelstein, 301-496-5745; rf45c@nih.gov; http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-018.html.

Support for research on Perception, Action, and Cognition, including development of these capacities, with emphasis on research strongly grounded in theory. Research topics include vision, audition, haptics, attention, memory, reasoning, written and spoken discourse, motor control, and developmental issues in all topic areas. Deadlines: 1/15/04, 7/15/04. Contact: Guy Van Orden, 703-292-8732; gvanorde@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2003/pd037252/pd037252.html.

2010 Project (NSF 04-502)–Support for individual investigators or groups of investigators to conduct creative and innovative research to determine the function of a suite of genes. The focus is on understanding gene circuitry underlying plant processes and proposals to understand the function of genes of unknown function. Contact:

Machi F. Dilworth, 703-292-8470; bio-2010@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04502. Deadline: 1/19/04.

John Dana Archbold Fellowship–Support for Americans and Norwegians for a year of graduate, postdoctoral, or professional study and research in the other country. Deadline: 1/15/04. Contact: Nansen Fund, Inc., 713-680-8255; namerika@online.no; http://www.noram.no/amerikansk/sch_us.html.

Summer 2004 Research Seminar--Images of Justice: Cinema, Law and the State in Comparative Perspective–Support to explore and write about the intersections of cinema, law and the state through a comparative perspective, with particular attention to Asia. Contact: Jay Semel, 319-335-4034; jay-semel@uiowa.edu; http://www.uiowa.edu/~obermann/summer/2004/index.html. Deadline: 2/2/04.

Joint FSU-U.S. Scientific Workshop Grants–Support for scientists and engineers from the former Soviet Union and the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and the U.S. to collaborate on HIV/AIDS and related co-infections research and development efforts. Deadline: 1/23/04. Contact: U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, 703-526-9720; health@crdf.org; http://www.crdf.org/ApplicationForms/apps.html.

Collaborative HIV Prevention Research in Minority Communities–Support to assist investigators conducting HIV-prevention research with ethnic minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work. Deadline: 1/15/04. Contact: Barbara VanOss Marín, 415-597-9162; bmarin@psg.ucsf.edu; http://www.caps.ucsf.edu/projects/minorityindex.html.

-- William Gosnold, interim director, research and program development.

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