University Letter


Volume 40, Number 14: November 29, 2002

President Emeritus Tom Clifford Receives Rough Rider Award

University Community Invited To Participate In Winter Commencement

Volunteers Sought For Winter Commencement Dec. 20 EVENTS TO NOTE


Doctoral Examinations Set For Three Candidates

Grade Report Forms Available Dec. 3

Reception Will Honor Earl Mason

University Senate Meets Dec. 5; Agenda Listed

Master Of Fine Arts Exhibition By Guth Opens Dec. 5

Geology Hosts LEEPS Lecture

Biomedical Science Seminar Set For Dec. 6

Holiday Art And Craft Fair Set For Dec. 6

R&D Showcase II Focuses On University, Private Sector Partnerships

Reception Will Honor Veriena Garver

Marketplace Of Ideas Set For Jan. 16


President’s Report Distributed

Anesthesia Grads Pass National Exam

David Levenseller Named ITSS Help Center Leader

Some Financial Reports Only Available On PageCenter

Pay Dates Will Move To 8th, 23rd As Result Of ConnectND Project

Leander McDonald Receives TRIO Achievement Award

U2 Workshops Listed For Dec. 16-20

University Credit Union Now Has Two Locations


Remembering Ron Marquardt

Remembering Chester Olson

Remembering Robert “Bob” Taylor


October Grant Recipients Listed

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


President Emeritus Tom Clifford Receives Rough Rider Award

President Emeritus Tom Clifford was presented with the Roughrider Award, North Dakota’s highest honor, by Gov. Hoeven at a ceremony during a hockey game in Ralph Engelstad Arena Saturday, Nov. 23. His portrait will hang on the ground floor of the State Capitol.

Gov. Hoeven lauded Clifford for numerous achievements during his tenure as president, including the addition of more than 50 new buildings on the UND campus and enrollment growth of more than 3,500 students. Other achievements included expanding UND’s law and business schools and developing North Dakota’s only M.D. degree-granting medical school.

A Langdon native, Clifford has been associated with UND for more than 50 years, beginning as a student. Following service with the Marine Corps in World War II, he joined the UND faculty and served as a faculty member, dean, and vice president before being named to head UND in 1971. He served 21 years as UND’s president, until his retirement in 1992. After retirement, he served as interim chancellor of the North Dakota University System. He currently chairs the Aerospace Foundation board, a position he has held since its inception in 1985. He maintains office space at the Odegard School complex.

The Rough Rider Award, named after U.S. President Teddy Roosevelt, who ranched in the Dakota Territory, was established in 1961 by Gov. William Guy to honor North Dakotans who have achieved national prominence. Recipients are chosen by the governor in consultation with the secretary of state and superintendent of the State Historical Society. Generally given to North Dakota natives who become known for their work outside the state, this is the first time the award has been given to a recipient who made a mark within the state.


University Community Invited To Participate In Winter Commencement

Faculty members and administrative staff are encouraged to march in academic regalia in the winter commencement ceremony Friday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty should assemble in the rehearsal room in the lower level of the auditorium by 1:30 p.m. University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession. Faculty members will be seated on the stage for the ceremony.

Please contact Tammy Anderson in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 by Wednesday, Dec. 18, or send an e-mail message to if you plan to participate so the appropriate number of seats can be reserved.

I encourage participation to help make this a memorable occasion for our graduates, their families, and friends. -- Charles Kupchella, President.


Volunteers Sought For Winter Commencement Dec. 20

Your help is requested for winter commencement Friday, Dec. 20, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. “Green Jacket” volunteers assist by seating guests, helping organize our graduates, and greeting campus visitors who attend the ceremony.

Commencement begins at 2 p.m. and all volunteers are asked to report to the lower level of the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 12:30 p.m. for a short briefing and to receive their assignments. We anticipate that commencement will conclude by approximately 3:30 p.m.

Please contact Tammy Anderson in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2724 or e-mail her at by Friday, Dec. 13, to let us know if you will be able to participate. Please feel free to call if you have any questions. – Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President, Student and Outreach Services.



Doctoral Examinations Set For Three Candidates

The final examination for Jennifer Bottinelli, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in 20 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is “Between Fiction and Documentary: Dangerous Liaisons and the Self-Reflexive Documentary.” Michael Anderegg (English) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Bruce Emmel, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in room 308, Education building. The dissertation title is “Perceptions of GTA’s About Their Graduate Teaching Experiences: The Effects of Pedagogical Support/Mentoring.” Lynne Chalmers (teaching and learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Dottie S. Dixon, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in room 208, Education building. The dissertation title is “The Effects of Class Size on Student Performance in Reading in the Primary Grades.” John Backes (educational leadership) is the committee chair.

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


Grade Report Forms Available Dec. 3

The “grade report” forms will be available in the registrar’s office for pick-up by the department offices beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. 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. 24.

For more information, please call Janet at 777-2150. – Michael Cogan, Associate Registrar.


Reception Will Honor Earl Mason

Earl Mason, professor of civil engineering, will retire Dec. 31, after 34 years of service. The University community is invited to an open house reception for him Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Please join us in wishing Earl the very best in his retirement. – Mary Jo Sturman, Civil Engineering.


University Senate Meets Dec. 5; Agenda Listed

The University Senate will meet Thursday, Dec. 5, 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 student policy committee, Joel Ness, chair.
5. Annual report of the library committee, Larry Peterson, chair.
6. Annual report of the legislative affairs committee, Steve Kelsch, chair.

7. Recommendation from the honorary degrees committee, Kathy Sukalski, chair.
8. Recommendations from the curriculum committee for new program requests and new course requests. Doug Marshall, chair.
9. Candidates for degrees in December 2002, Nancy Krogh, registrar.
10. Faculty evaluation form, Chris Frost, chair, ad hoc student evaluation form committee.
11. Review of the proposed UND constitution, Jan Goodwin, chair, University Senate.

– Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.


Master Of Fine Arts Exhibition By Guth Opens Dec. 5

“Barbed Offerings,” a Bachelor of Fine Arts mixed media exhibition by Kate Guth, opens Thursday, Dec. 5, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will run through Friday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Department of Art.


Geology Hosts LEEPS Lecture

Brett Fossum from Conoco Corp., Houston, will present the next LEEPS lecture at noon Friday, Dec. 6, in 109 Leonard Hall. The title of his talk is “Play Analysis and the Exploration and Production Potential of the Timan-Pechora Basin, Russia.” The geology and geological engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting edge science and engineering.

Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

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


Biomedical Science Seminar Set For Dec. 6

Gene Homandberg (biochemistry and molecular biology) will present a seminar Friday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. as part of the BIMD 512 (Foundations of Biomedical Science) research seminar series. The title of the presentation is “Altered Outside-in Signaling of Integrins in Chondrocytes by Matrix Degradation Fragments - A Possible Cause of Osteoarthritis and Cytokine Mediated Cartilage Degeneration.” All interested University and community members are welcome to attend. For more information, please contact me at 777-2101. – Jon Jackson, Anatomy and Cell Biology.


Holiday Art And Craft Fair Set For Dec. 6

Everyone is invited to attend the 24th Annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. This traditional event will include artists and crafters ranging from UND students to community members from across the region. Items will include pottery, watercolor paintings, artwork, wooden items, holiday decorations, jewelry, wreaths and floral arrangements, photography, quilts, ceramics, and more.

You can register for door prizes. All are welcome and admission is free. For further information, contact the University Craft Center at 777-3979. – Bonnie Solberg, Craft Center Coordinator.


R&D Showcase II Focuses On University, Private Sector Partnerships

North Dakota’s key economic development, political, business and higher education leaders will gather at the Alerus Center Monday, Dec. 9, to explore the capacities and potential of the state’s research universities at “R&D Showcase II: Universities-Private Sector Partnerships as an Engine for Economic Development.”
Coordinated by UND’s Energy & Environmental Research Center, the North Dakota University System showcase is free and open to the public. To register for the showcase and the meals, go to or call Dee Kraft at 777-5068.

The showcase will focus in part on the Red River Valley Research Corridor concept. Other items on the agenda include the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the North Dakota State University research and technology park, the EERC and its foundation as an international model, a panel discussion on “Concept to Commercialization,” a tour of the EERC, and “The Oregon Story: A Successful Research Corridor.”Keynote speakers include Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida, and Sen. Byron Dorgan, who will speak on “Success with Research Corridors”; Gov. John Hoeven, who will speak about “Growing/Reinventing North Dakota”; and Larry Isaak, North Dakota University System chancellor, who will speak about “The Importance of Research in the University System.”

“The first R&D Showcase (in Bismarck in March 2001) resulted from a Legislative Round Table recommendation to develop a university system which aligns its intellectual capacity and programs with the needs of the state of North Dakota, particularly in cooperation with private enterprise, the Department of Commerce, and regional economic development groups,” said UND President Charles Kupchella, showcase committee chair. Kupchella said the showcase provided an opportunity for North Dakota legislators, university personnel and community leaders to discuss the role of research, development, demonstration, and commercialization in the North Dakota University System as an engine for economic development.

The Dec. 9 showcase will focus on examples of current strategies for enhancing research, development, demonstration, and commercialization activities, and to consider university-private sector partnerships and other strategies for the future as part of the Red River Valley Research Corridor concept, said Kupchella.
“This research corridor concept will promote interaction among community, government, business, industry, and academia whereby quality research and training in higher education institutions is used to develop, attract, and retain knowledge-based, high-technology companies, as well as other companies,” Kupchella said.
The Showcase is sponsored by UND, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, NDSU, the North Dakota University System, North Dakota EPSCoR and the UND Energy & Environmental Research Center.

R&D Showcase II committee members include: Charles Kupchella, UND President, and committee chair; Peter Alfonso, Vice President for Research, UND; Philip Boudjouk, Vice President of Research, Creative Activities and Technology Transfer, NDSU; Joseph Chapman, President, NDSU; Paul Govig, Director of Division of Community Services, North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck; Tony Grindberg, Executive Director, NDSU Research and Technology Park, Inc., Fargo; Gerald Groenewold, Director, UND EERC; Pam Gulleson, Senior Legislative Analyst for Sen. Byron Dorgan and North Dakota State House of Representatives Assistant Minority Leader; Deb Haley, Associate Director, UND EERC; Mike Hillman, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, North Dakota University System, Bismarck; Mark Sheridan, Project Director, North Dakota EPSCoR.

Here’s the schedule of events:
7:30 to 8:15 a.m.: registration; 8:15 to 8:30 a.m.: welcome and introduction, Charles Kupchella, UND President; 8:30 to 8:45 a.m.: keynote presentation, “Growing/Reinventing North Dakota,” Gov. John Hoeven; 8:45 to 9 a.m.: “The Importance of Research in the University System,” Larry Isaak, Chancellor, North Dakota University System; 9 to 10:15 a.m.: panel, “Vision for a Research Corridor in North Dakota.” Panel hosts: Charles Kupchella, UND President, and Joseph Chapman, NDSU President. Panelists: Pam Gulleson, Senior Legislative Analyst for Sen. Byron Dorgan and North Dakota State House of Representatives Assistant Minority Leader, Rutland, N.D.; Al Joseph, Industry Consultant and Chairman, ISR, Inc., Clarkston, Wash.; Lee Peterson, Commissioner, Department of Commerce, North Dakota Economic Development and Finance; Chuck Stroup, President, North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, Hazen; Roger Reierson, President, Flint Communications, Inc., Fargo. 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.: break; 10:45 to 11 a.m.: Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - The Effectiveness of the EPSCoR Program - “A Worthy Investment,” Mark Sheridan, Project Director, North Dakota EPSCoR, Fargo; 11 to 11:45 a.m.: panel, “Building University-Industry Partnerships.” Panelists: (invited) Joel Heitkamp, State Senator, Hankinson; Ken Svedjan, State Representative, Grand Forks; Clinton Kopp, President, III Corporation, and Member, EPSCoR Technology Transfer Advisory Board, Bismarck; Steve Zullo, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.; John Hurt, NSF Program for Innovation, Arlington, Va.; 11:45 to 1:15 p.m.: lunch with address: “Success with Research Corridors,” Sen. Byron Dorgan; 1:15 to 1:30 p.m.: Sen. C. William Nelson, Florida; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: NDSU Showcase Example: NDSU/Phoenix International, Research Park, Tony Grindberg, Executive Director, NDSU Research and Technology Park, Inc.; 2:30 to 3 p.m.: “EERC/EERC Foundation: An International Model,” Gerald Groenewold, Director, UND EERC; 3 to 3:30 p.m., break; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., panel: “Concept to Commercialization.” Panel moderator: Gerald Groenewold, Director, EERC. Panelists: Mark Krauseneck, President and CEO, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation; Bernard Hamel, Chief Technology Officer, Marsulex Environmental Technologies Inc., LLC, Philadelphia, Pa.; John MacFarlane, Chairman of the Board, Otter Tail Power Company, Fergus Falls, Minn.; and a Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, Pa.; 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: tour of the EERC; 6 p.m.: social/dinner address, “The Oregon Story: A Successful Research Corridor.”


Reception Will Honor Veriena Garver

An open house will honor Veriena Garver, registrar’s office, who will retire Dec. 27. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Edna Twamley Room, Twamley Hall. Please join us in wishing Veriena well. – Office of the Registrar.


Marketplace Of Ideas Set For Jan. 16

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend Marketplace of Ideas 2003 Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Alerus Center. You’ll find ideas, resources, information and new technology. Special events and activities begin Jan. 15. Admission is free.

Marketplace of Ideas updates are available via e-mail. To receive the updates, please send your e-mail address to:, or visit, call 1-888-384-8410.



President’s Report Distributed

The 2002 President’s Report is now being distributed to faculty and staff as well as to friends of the University off campus. Although we hope you will keep and share your report with others, University Relations will accept any “returns” to be recycled for further use. Send them to Box 7144, or drop off at the OUR office in 411 Twamley Hall. – Dave Vorland, Director, Office of University Relations.


Anesthesia Grads Pass National Exam

All 12 of the August 2002 graduates of the nurse anesthesia program, a graduate specialization in nursing, have successfully passed the national certification examination. This qualifies them as certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). Of special note, nine of the 12 graduates achieved the maximum score on the examination, an event unprecedented in the history of the program. The three other graduates posted outstanding scores as well. This represents the third year in a row with a 100 percent passage rate among our graduates. – Rick Brown, Director, Nurse Anesthesia Program.


David Levenseller Named ITSS Help Center Leader

Information Technology Systems and Services is pleased to announce that David Levenseller has accepted the position of ITSS help center leader. He has 20 years of IT experience, 11 of them help desk related. Levenseller was involved in the selection of our current help desk software and helped implement many of the practices used today.

In his new role, he will work with UND students, staff, and faculty to shape help center services. In addition to his ITSS responsibilities he will also work with state campuses, state agencies and K-12 on help desk issues. Some of the projects he will be involved in are the state distance education help desk, PeopleSoft help desk and the possible migration to PeopleSoft CRM for help desk purposes. – Craig Cerkowniak, Associate Director, ITSS.


Some Financial Reports Only Available On PageCenter

Fund summary, fund transaction and project detail reports will only be available on PageCenter. The reports are scheduled to be run after the close of business Friday, Dec. 6. Please refer to our month-end report schedule at for future month-end closing dates. – Allison Peyton, Accounts Payable Manager.


Pay Dates Will Move To 8th, 23rd As Result Of ConnectND Project

Following is information regarding payroll schedules from the ConnectND steering committee.

Recently, the ConnectND higher education payroll team decided that to follow best practices, resulting in a more accurate payroll, paycheck, and pay stub, the University System should pay all employees (both hourly and salaried) semi-monthly, with a 15-day lag with pay dates of the 15th and last day of each month. The executive steering committee voted to support this decision, but asked that the lag be reduced to the shortest amount possible. In addressing this request, the payroll module lead determined that eight days was the shortest time possible which would still provide for an accurate payroll. However, to accommodate this shorter lag-period, you will be paid on the 23rd of the month for work done from the 1st to 15th, and on the 8th of the following month for work done from the 16th to 31st.

For further information, and a detailed background paper on this issue see

How was this decision reached?

The higher ed executive steering committee used the decision making process outlined in the “initiation phase” on the ConnectND web site. This was followed by cabinet review on Sept. 18 and Oct. 16.

When will this take effect?

For pilot campuses Valley City State University and Mayville State University, the exact change date is under discussion. Other campuses will move to the new system when their campuses go live on PeopleSoft.

How does this change vary from current practice?

Hourly employees will see a reduction in their lag time from 10-21 days to eight days. Salaried employees on all campuses will be affected by the eight-day lag. Salaried employees on all campuses (except UND) will see a change as they move to semi-monthly payroll. (UND is already paid semi-monthly). In the end, all employees (hourly, and salaried) will be paid at the same times of the month.

Why can’t we delay this decision until we have everyone’s input?

The project is on a very tight implementation timeline. We knew as we entered into the project we would have to make some decisions without time for full consultation. This is why it was critical to pick from the most qualified and experienced campus employees available to serve on the project teams. Delaying a decision on this issue will delay the planned roll out of payroll (and possibly other modules). Also, we wanted to give employees an adequate amount of advanced notice for planning purposes.

What will the state do with this money plus the interest it earns?

Effectively, the state will not earn significantly more interest than it does now. If you are paid monthly now (excludes benefited employees on two campuses), for a 30 day month the state effectively delays your whole month’s pay for an average of 14.5 days. It works out this way because you are getting your pay sooner than you otherwise would have. Under the new system we will delay pay for an average of 15 days:

DayMonthly Pay on Last
Days You Wait for Pay
Semi-Monthly Pay on
23rd and 8th Days You Wait for Pay
1 29 22
2 28 21
3 27 20
4 26 19
5 25 18
6 24 17
7 23 16
8 22 15
9 21 14
10 20 13
11 19 12
12 18 11
13 17 10
14 16 9
15 15 8
16 14 22
17 13 21
18 12 20
19 11 19
20 10 18
21 9 17
22 8 16
23 7 15
24 6 14
25 5 13
26 4 12
27 3 11
28 2 10
29 1 9
30 0 8
Average Wait 14.5 15

Why weren’t we informed earlier?

This decision was brought forward as soon as it was identified and we had a recommended solution. This specific issue arose as a result of the implementation process.

What other decisions are going to impact us?

At this point, we do not know. However, we will do our best to identify issues of general concern and prepare a document such as this one to be released soon after a decision is made. Our actions, including the decision-making process, are driven by the project implementation guidelines and the interpretation thereof; see, respectively:


Why is eight days considered the lowest lag time?

It will take us this long to process absence reports (annual leave, sick leave, other paid or unpaid leaves), pay changes, time slips, and overtime slips, run the payroll, get the information to the Bank of North Dakota, allow time for the bank to get the information to your bank, have your bank process the deposit, and allow for a weekend that may fall into the schedule.

What tools or resources will be made available to employees to help with the transition? Can you tell me how the proposed loan will work? Will it be actually an advance for reduced payments in the future?

We will offer a no-interest loan program — the details are yet to be determined. Other employee assistance alternatives are also being reviewed.

Why do we have to “borrow” our own salary?

You don’t have to borrow. We recognize that most people who are paid monthly will have most of their payments scheduled to fall early in the month. It may take some time to either readjust those payment dates or absorb the financial burden. The loan is provided for those who may need a little help during the transition.

What benefit is there to me as an employee to support this change?

Greater organizational efficiencies and better management information that translate into more flexible resources at the institutional level.

I understand that when PeopleSoft is implemented, payday will be on the 8th and the 23rd of each month. What happens when the 8th or 23rd falls on a weekend or a holiday?

Current HRC policy 5.2 states the following:

5.2 - Pay day as determined by the institution shall be the last day of the month or the 15th and last day of the month; however, if the 15th or the last day of the month is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the preceding work day shall be pay day.

On November 21st, the State of Board of Higher Education amended this policy changing paydays to the 8 and 23rd, leaving the last phrase as stated. Therefore paydays would fall on the preceding workday if the 8th or 23rd falls on a weekend of holiday.

I remember very clearly that when we listed our requirements for a new system, that we wanted monthly and bi-monthly payrolls as an option. What happened to that? If Peoplesoft is our answer, we should be able to allow each individual to determine if they want monthly or bi-monthly payrolls.

You’re correct in assuming that PeopleSoft can be set up many different ways; however, we also need to consider the cost associated with each set up. The higher education executive steering committee recently released a paper titled “Comparison of Customization, Modification, Configuration and Their Effects On Flexibility” which describes these issues that the module teams must consider as they determine how the system will be configured. The steering committee’s document is located at

Will the decision be revisited?

No. The higher education steering committee revisited, but did not change this decision at their Nov. 20 meeting. The decision was then forwarded to both the chancellor’s cabinet and the State Board of Higher Education (SBHE). The SBHE voted to amend NDUS Human Resource Policy 5.2 changing the pay dates to the 8th and the 23rd.

How do I get more information on this decision? Many employees have direct bill paying coming out of their bank accounts during the start of the month - how soon will you notify employees that they need to reschedule these payments?

Campus presidents were asked to identify contact individuals on each campus regarding implementation. The contact individual for UND is:

Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel Services
Phone: 701-777-4361

Contact individuals for the other sites will be listed on the web site as they are named. In the meantime, implementation questions may be asked via the upper left hand corner of the ConnectND web site ( or by contacting Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, ConnectND Communications Manager, at 701-231-9413 or

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours Listed:

Thanksgiving Day Is Holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Thursday, Nov. 28, 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 Services.

Chester Fritz Library:
Hours of operation for the Thanksgiving weekend at the Chester Fritz Library are: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day), closed; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. to midnight. – Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Law Library:
Thanksgiving hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library are: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day), closed; Friday, Nov. 29, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 30, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 1, noon to 11 p.m. – Cherie Stoltman, Law Library.

Health Sciences Library:
Library of the Health Sciences hours for Thanksgiving weekend are: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day), closed; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 30, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m. to midnight. – April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

Women’s Center:
The Women’s Center will be closed Friday, Nov. 29. If you need assistance, please call the Dean of Students office at 777-2664. – Patty McIntyre, Women’s Center.

Wellness Center:
The Wellness Center hours of operation for Thanksgiving weekend are: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day), closed; Friday, Nov. 29, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 1, 4 to 10 p.m. – Nikki Seabloom, Wellness Department.

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29. – Marv Hanson, Associate Director, ITSS.

Memorial Union:
The Memorial Union and all its facilities will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving Day), and Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Hours for Wednesday, Nov. 27, and Friday, Nov. 29, follow.
Lifetime Sports Center: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Info/Service Center: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
Copy Stop: Wednesday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
U Turn C-Store: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
Subway/TCBY/Juiceworks: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
Little Caesars: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
Administrative offices: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Craft Center/Sign and Design: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
Student Academic Services: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Credit Union: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dining Center: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
Traffic Division: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Passport I.D.s: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
Barber shop: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, closed.
University Learning Center: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Computer labs: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Building hours: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Regular operating hours resume Monday, Dec. 2. – Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

Leander McDonald Receives TRIO Achievement Award

Leander McDonald, a research analyst at the Center for Rural Health, received the 2002 TRIO achievement award during the annual Association of Special Programs in Region Eight conference recently in Fargo.

The award, first presented in 1984, is given annually to high achievers who have overcome barriers related to disability, minority or socioeconomic status. Region Eight includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah.

McDonald, whose work is funded by a grant to the National Resource Center on Native American Aging within the Center for Rural Health, conducts research on the health and social needs of Native American and Alaskan Native elders. Along with his colleagues, he presented his findings to members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs meeting in July in Washington, D.C.

He is an alumnus of the TRIO programs, Upward Bound, Student Support Services and McNair programs at UND, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from the University. He plans to complete work toward his doctorate in research methodologies at the College of Teaching and Learning next summer. – School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

U2 Workshops Listed For Dec. 16-20

Visit us online for upcoming workshops. There is no charge to participate, unless otherwise noted. Register by contacting the University Within the University (U2) office by any of the following ways: phone, 777-2128; fax, 777-2140, e-mail,; or online,

When registering, please include your name, title, department, box number, phone number, e-mail address, event title, and event date.

Word XP, Intermediate: Dec. 16, 18, and 20, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (nine hours total), 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Word Beginning. 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: James Malins, ITSS.

Access XP, Beginning: Dec. 17, 18, and 19, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (nine hours total), 361 Upson II. Introduces Access and relational databases. Create a database, work with tables, queries, forms, reports, and establish relationships. Presenter: James Malins, ITSS.

-- Sarah Bloch, Program Assistant, University within the University.


University Credit Union Now Has Two Locations

The University Federal Credit Union now has two locations. The main office, lower level, Memorial Union, has new hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The lobby at the branch office, 1575 17th Ave. S., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the drive-up will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

We also have a payment drop box located in the drive-up lane so deposits/payments can be made after hours and on weekends. Stop in at either location and pick up a loan application for our popular holiday loan. Borrow up to $1,500 at 9.25 percent APR for 11 months. We will draw for an interest-free holiday loan Dec. 31, 2002. – Marney Kresel, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.



Remembering Ron Marquardt

Ron Marquardt, desktop client services consultant with ITSS, died of cancer Nov. 17 in Pembina County Memorial Hospital, Cavalier. He was 44.

Ronald Dean Marquardt was born May 6, 1958, in Cavalier to Rita (Karel) and Darle Marquardt. He grew up and attended school at Walhalla. He graduated from LaPorte High School, Texas, in 1975. He entered the U.S. Marines from 1975 to 1975, and was stationed in the Far East and Hawaii. He earned his associate’s degree from North Dakota State School of Science in Wahpeton, his bachelor’s degree from NDSU, and his master’s degree from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

He worked for ITT at the Par Site in Cavalier and Colorado Springs, then worked for Raytheon in Shimia, Alaska. He returned to Grand Forks to work at UND as a computer specialist.

“Shortly after being employed at UND I had the opportunity to work with Ron,” said Richard Roberts, ITSS. “In a short time I realized that he was very devoted to his work and never stopped going that extra mile to do what he could to support customers around campus. He did whatever it took to resolve any problem or to make someone’s job better. He was considerate and respectful of the people he worked with around UND. He was someone you could count on for support and valued for his knowledge, which he was always willing to share. Even as his health began to deteriorate over the past three years, he still gave 100 percent. He will be missed as an associate and a very close friend.”

“The way Ron handled his fight with cancer gave an insight into his attitudes, values and personality,” said Gary Johnson, ITSS. “He was mentally tough, some might even say stubborn. If there was a job to do, it needed to be done the right way and that was the way he was going to do it. He enjoyed working on computer problems and he especially liked setting up new hardware devices and learning how to utilize them. Ron took pride in taking care of ‘his clients’ and always wanted to make sure he was doing more than his fair share of the work. Even while he was taking treatments and medications he made sure he got his work done and continued to take care of his clients.”

“Ron believed nothing came in front of total client service and professional conduct,” said Terry Cultice, ITSS. “Ron, on a daily basis, strived to increase his knowledge on the various systems he supported and believed in total complete support of his clients. Ron was a very private individual and never let people know just how bad he felt or how much pain he was in. He was a true Marine in every way to the very end.

“He was happiest when riding his Goldwing on a road trip or when he was being surrounded by his nieces and nephews.” His hobbies included riding his motorcycle, camping, music, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his parents, Rita and Everett Denault, Cavalier; father, Darle, Portland, Ore.; brothers and sisters, Lou Ann (Robert) Johnson, Concrete, N.D., Fred (Sandra) Marquardt, Forest River, N.D., Gaylene (Barry) Webb, Deer Park, Texas, Beverly Forte, Lakeview, Wash., Keith Marquardt, Hopkins, Minn, Ellen (Jason) Nupdal, Hallock; stepsisters and stepbrothers, Bryan (Kim) Denault, Warroad, Dawna (Bill) Werven, Cavalier, Brent (Jill) Denault, Bathgate, Jeremy (Yvonne) Denault, Fargo, Desiree (Greg) Klose, Colorado Springs, Rachel Denault, Fargo; and several nieces and nephews.

Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald, Richard Roberts, Gary Johnson, and Terry Cultice.


Remembering Chester Olson

Chester Olson, retired roofer with facilities, East Grand Forks, died Nov. 19. He was 74.

Chester Simon Olson was born June 5, 1928, in Bagley, Minn., to Simon T. and Mabel (Swanson) Olson. He attended school in Bagley. He served in the U.S. Army Special Forces from 1950 to 1953. He was stationed in the United States and Germany.

He married Ulla Forsell on June 2, 1953, in Germany.

He was employed by UND for 20 years, until his retirement. He was previously employed by Greenberg Roofing, and had owned and operated Olson-Skinner Roofing Co. and Olson Tree Service.

An outdoors person, Chester enjoyed fishing, hunting, and his cabin at Lake of the Woods. He and Ulla used their pickup camper to go fishing on Minnesota and Canada lakes, and he loved to fish the streams in Alaska. Chester was a longtime hockey fan, and followed UND from the “old barn” to the new Ralph Engelstad Arena. Other hobbies included gardening and watching football and baseball. He and Ulla made several trips to Sweden and Europe to visit family.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Elizabeth (Jos) Bogman, Zutendaal, Belgium; grandchildren, Nicole and Chester; brothers, Floyd (Nancy) Olson, Mission, Texas, and Lyle Olson, Belcourt, N.D.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Mervin Olson; and sisters, Lorraine (Bernard) Halvorson and Stella (Richard) Willertson.

Grand Forks Herald.


Remembering Robert “Bob” Taylor

Robert “Bob” Taylor, Fisher, Minn., retired custodian and former police officer, died Nov. 13 in Altru Hospital. He was 64.

Robert Taylor was born Jan. 19, 1938 in Crookston to Pat and Aggie (Salem) Taylor. He grew up in Crookston and attended school there. He worked with his father at the 900 Cab Co. in Crookston. He married Donna Eggen there July 9, 1960. In 1961, he started working for the Crookston Police Department. They moved to Grand Forks, where he worked for UND in law enforcement and the custodial department, retiring in 1996 after 29 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of Fisher, Minn.; a daughter, Mary (Tom) Endres, of Grand Forks; a son, Mark Taylor, of Kona, Hawaii; grandchildren, Rodell, Taylor and McCain Endres and Robert, Jack, Joe and Kari Taylor; a sister, Sharon (George) Jacob, of Brookings, S.D.; and a brother, Ronald Taylor, of Crookston. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Grand Forks Herald.



October Grant Recipients Listed

The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during October 2002: administration and finance (SMHS): Randy Eken; anthropology: Dennis Toom; Center for Innovation: Brenda Badman; Center for Rural Health: Mary Amundson, Kyle Muus, Mary Wakefield; continuing education: James Shaeffer; EERC: Steven Benson, Donald Cox, Bruce Dockter, Grant Dunham, Kurt Eylands, John Gallagher, Jay Gunderson, David Hassett, Loreal Heebrink, Michael Holmes, John Hurley, Melanie Jensen, Dee Kraft, Dennis Laudal, Jason Laumb, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, Thomas Moe, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Darren Schmidt, Richard Schulz, Jaroslav Solc, Edward Steadman, Daniel Stepan, Richard Shockey, Jeffrey Thompson, Ronald Timpe, Greg Weber, Jill Zola; facilities: Paul Clark; geology and geological engineering: Ahmad Ghassemi, Scott Korom; health sciences library: Lila Pedersen; marketing: Mary Askim, William Lesch, Robert Tangsrud; mathematics: Lawrence Peterson; pediatrics: Larry Burd; physical therapy: Susan Offutt; sociology-SSRI: Curtis Stofferahn; southwest campus-Bismarck (SMHS): Nicholas Neumann; student health services: Alan Allery.

-- 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


Undergraduate Faculty Sabbatical Grants (PRF)–Funding for year-long, full-time, research sabbaticals for faculty of non-Ph.D. granting departments. Deadline: 1/3/03. Contact: 202-872-4600;;\prfgrant.html.


Pre- and Postdoctoral Fellowships for Research in Egypt–Funding for research in the humanities, fine arts and social sciences. Fellowships are available from the: U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA); National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) ; Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship in Egyptian Art and Architecture; and the William P. McHugh Memorial Fund McHugh Award. Deadline: 1/5/03. Contact: Emory Briarcliff Campus, 404-712-9854;;


Allied Health Projects–Funding to expand or establish programs that will: Expand enrollments in allied health disciplines in short supply or whose services are most needed by the elderly; provide rapid transition training programs in allied health fields to individuals who have baccalaureate degrees in health-related sciences; establish community-based training programs that link academic centers to rural clinical settings; provide career advancement training for practicing allied health professionals; expand or establish clinical training sites for allied health professionals in medically underserved or rural communities; develop curriculum that will emphasize knowledge and practice in prevention and health promotion, geriatrics, long-term care, home health and hospice care, and ethics; expand or establish interdisciplinary training programs that promote effectiveness of allied health practitioners in geriatric assessment and rehabilitation of the elderly; expand or establish demonstration centers to emphasize innovative models to link allied health, clinical practice, education, and research; and meet costs of projects to plan, develop, and operate or maintain graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice. Deadline: 1/13/03. Contact : Young Song, 301-443-3353;;


Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Geophysical Laboratory—Support for interdisciplinary research in fundamental chemistry and physics related to geology, planetology, astrochemistry and astrobiology. The laboratory supports staff and research facilities in high-pressure physics and chemistry, organic and bio-geochemistry, mineral physics and petrology. Deadline: 12/31/02. Contact: Wesley T. Huntress, Jr.,;;


Medical Applications Program--Radiopharmaceutical and Molecular Nuclear Medicine Science Research–Areas of interest include: new tracer technologies for real-time, in vivo imaging of gene expression in health and disease; new radiotracer labeling of progenitor cells for noninvasively imaging and tracking their behavior and fate in vivo and their overall role in organ and tissue regeneration in disease states; new radiotracers for in vivo targeting of mutated proteins critical to carcinogenesis and tumor cell growth; and new generation of radiotracers enabling in vivo imaging assay of neurotransmitter chemistry and brain function. Deadlines: 1/02/03 (Preapplication); 2/24/03 (Application). Contact: Prem C. Srivastava, 301-903-4071;;


Promising Programs for Substance Abuse Prevention: Replication and Evaluation Initiative–Support to replicate and evaluate effectiveness of Project ALERT and Project SUCCESS. Deadline: 12/30/02. Contact: Janet Chiancone, 202-353-9258;;;


Postdoctoral Fellowship Program–Support for research relevant to the field of dystonia. Areas of interest are: genetics, new treatments, and anatomy and physiology of the basal ganglia, and work on developing tools for DYT1 dystonia research. Projects utilizing suitable animal models including primates to research the pathophysiology of dystonia are also encouraged. Contact: Mahlon DeLong, 312-755-0198;; Deadline: 12/30/02.

Support for research to develop important tools for DYT1 dystonia research, including cell culture models, proteomics, genetic animal models of DYT1 dystonia, including transgenic and knock-in/knock-out mice, Drosophilia, C. elegans, and Zebrafish models, development of antibodies to TorsinA and TorsinB, and pure recombinant TorsinA protein, and to develop new assays suitable for high-speed throughput drug screening; and dystonia research focusing on genetics, new treatments, and the anatomy and physiology of the basal ganglia. Deadline and Contact: See above.


EDUCAUSE Awards for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions honor well-designed campus projects that have identified and solved significant problems with ingenuity, resourcefulness, and effectiveness worthy of emulation--to serve internal or external clients, provide for professional development, or otherwise apply the potential of information technologies to the scholarship, service, and management that support the institution’s mission. Contact: 202-872-4200;; Deadline: 2/1/03.


Water Quality Cooperative Agreement Allocation—Support for unique and innovative projects addressing requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) program with special emphasis on wet weather activities, i.e., storm water, combined sewer overflows, sanitary sewer overflows, and concentrated animal feeding operations as well as projects that enhance the ability of the regulated community to deal with non-tradi-tional pollution problems in priority watersheds. Deadline: 12/30/02 (Initial Proposal). Contact: Barry Benroth, 202-564-0672;;


Asset Building and Community Development–Support for charitable, educational, or scientific projects seeking solutions to problems of poverty and injustice. Deadline: None. Contact: Secretary, 212-573-5000;;

Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom–Support for projects in: education, sexuality, and religion; and media, arts and culture. Deadline: None. Contact: See above or


Internships (8-months) and Conservation Internships (12-months) support graduate students who intend to pursue careers in art museums and related fields of the visual arts, humanities, and sciences. Deadline: 1/03/03. Contact: 310-440-7156;;


Humane Studies Fellowships support graduate students and advanced undergraduates (including law and professional students) for projects in the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and free-market economics. Deadline: 12/31/02. Contact: 800-697-8799;;


McKnight Scholar Awards support young scientists who hold the M.D. and/or Ph.D. degree whose research focuses on disorders of learning and memory. Applicants must demonstrate interest in solving important problems in relevant areas of neuroscience, including translation of basic research to clinical neuroscience. Deadline: 1/2/03. Contact: McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience,;


Local Societies Initiative–Start-up costs funding for dialogue groups exploring the dynamic interface between religion and science. Deadlines: 1/1/03, 4/1/03, 7/1/03, 10/1/03. Contact: Barbara Bole, 215-789-2201;;


Postdoctoral Fellowships provide support to receive training and experience in molecular genetics and the cellular aspects of cancer biology and tumor immunology, with preference given to studies that have direct relevance to diagnosis and treatment of human cancer. Contact: 516-349-0610;; Deadline: 12/15/02.


Planning Grants for NCI Cancer Research Centers–Support for development of Cancer Research Centers. Planning strategies may focus on a specific research theme (e.g. diagnosis, therapy, epidemiology) or integrate a broader spectrum of research that may include basic, clinical, prevention and control, or population sciences. All approaches are encouraged as long as they take advantage of the full range of the organization’s capabilities. Deadlines: 12/12/02 (Letter of Intent); 1/16/03 (Application). Contact: Linda K. Weiss, 301-496-8531;;


Postdoctoral Fellowships–Support for research in atmospheric and related sciences. Physicists, chemists, applied mathematicians, computer scientists, engineers, and specialists from related disciplines such as biology, geology, science education, economics, and geography are also invited to apply. Research areas include atmospheric dynamics (on all scales), climate science, cloud physics, atmospheric chemistry and radiation, turbulence, upper-atmosphere physics (including ionosphere studies and aeronomy), solar physics, oceanography, and societal impacts related to these scientific areas. There are related programs in atmospheric technology and in computational science and applied mathematics, and studies of the interaction of the atmosphere with the oceans, the cryosphere, the earth’s surface, and human society. Deadlines: 12/5/02 (Reference Letters), 1/05/03 (Application). Contact: Barbara Hansford, 303-497-1601;;

The goal of High Altitude Observatory 2003 Summer Undergraduate Student Visitor Appointments is to foster interest in solar physics, solar-terrestrial physics, and related astrophysics. A strong background in basic physics, and experience in electromagnetic theory, classical mechanics, and quantum physics is preferred. Deadline: 1/3/03. Contact: Cindy Worster, 303-497-1589;;


Integrated Biomedical Technology Research Resources for Proteomics and Glycomics–Funding to develop improved technologies and methods for proteomics and glycomics research. Deadlines: 1/02/03, 5/1/03, 9/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 2/1/2003, 6/1/03, 10/1/03 (Application). Contact: Douglas M. Sheeley, 301-435-0755;;


Complications of Antiretroviral Therapy–Support for research in the fundamental biochemical or pathogenic mechanisms of the metabolic complications associated with HIV-disease and antiretroviral therapy. Deadlines: 1/2/03, 5/1/03, 9/1/03. Contact: Barbara Laughon, 301-402-2304;;

Innate Immune Receptors and Adjuvant Discovery–Support for research beginning at the discovery/molecular response evaluation stage and progressing to preclinical testing of new adjuvants based upon triggering of the human innate immune system. Deadline: 1/7/03. Contact: Paul McFarlane, 301-496-0349;;

Therapeutics Research on AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Malignancies–Support for research aimed at novel approaches to discovery and preclinical development of therapeutic agents against opportunistic infections (OIs) and malignancies in people with AIDS. Deadlines: 1/2/03, 5/1/03, 9/1/03. Contact: Chris Lambros, 301-435-3769;; .


Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Centers–Support to create a network of research centers in which multidisciplinary teams of scientists, clinicians, and breast cancer advocates work collaboratively on a unique set of scientific questions focused on how chemical, physical, biological, and social factors in the environment work together with genetic factors to cause breast cancer. Contact: Gwen W. Collman, 919-541-4980;; Deadlines: 12/31/02 (Letter of Intent); 2/11/03 (Application).


Competing Supplements for Early Career Development of Interdisciplinary Research and Education in HIV/AIDS–Support for competitive supplements to support interdisciplinary research and education on active interdisciplinary HIV/AIDS research grants funded through the Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS (CMHRA). Deadlines: 1/2/03, 9/1/03. Contact: David M. Stoff, 301-443-4625;;

Economic Evaluation in HIV and Mental Disorders Prevention–Support for research on the economic evaluation of either planned or completed studies of preventive interventions aimed at HIV/STDs, mental disorders or dual diagnoses. Deadlines: 1/2/03, 5/1/03, 9/1/03. Contact: Willo Pequegnat, 301-443-6100;;


Research on Alcohol and HIV/AIDS–Support for research to identify and characterize the role of alcohol, drinking behaviors, and drinking environments in the epidemiology and natural history, pathogenesis, prevention, treatment and control of HIV/AIDS. Deadlines: 1/2/03; 5/1/03; 9/1/03. Contact: Kendall Bryant, 301-402-9389;;


National Research Service Award Short-Term Institutional Research Training Grants–Funding to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals interested in careers in biomedical and behavioral research. Contact: 301-435-0714;; Deadline: 1/10/03.

Support for research to Improve Diet and Physical Activity Assessment through improved instruments, technolo-gies, or statistical/analytic techniques. Deadlines: 1/1/03, 9/1/03 (Letter of Intent); 2/1/03; 10/1/03 (Application). Contact: Amy Subar, 301-594-0831, or Richard Troiano, 301-435-6822; troianor@mail.nih.g-ov;


Aventis Pasteur Enuresis Research Grant–Support for basic, clinical, epidemiological, or behavioral research on enuresis. Deadlines: 1/2/03 (Letter of Intent); 2/14/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: Dolph Chianchiano, 800-889-9559;;;


Climate Variability and Human Health (OAR)—Support to improve understanding of human health consequences related to climate variability and enhance integration of useful climate information into public health policy and decision-making. Contact: Irma duPree, 301-427-2089 x.107;; Deadlines: 12/16/02 (Preproposal); 2/18/03 (Proposal).


Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities—Support, awarded in conjunction with awards resulting from a regular NSF competition, for individuals with disabilities, including principal investigators, other senior professionals, and graduate and undergraduate students, for special equipment and facilities to enable them to participate fully in all of NSF’s programs. Deadlines: Supplemental requests may be submitted at any time. Other requests should be submitted in conjunction with the appropriate deadline date of the specific NSF program. Contact: Arthur Karshmer,;

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers--Center Proposals—Support to establish Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers to develop industry, state, and other support for industry-university interaction in technology. Deadlines: Center proposal deadline is 18 months after award of a Planning Grant; Planning Grant deadlines are 6/30/03 and 12/31/03 (Letters of Intent). Contact: Alex Schwarzkopf, 703-292-8383;;

Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers--Planning Grants—Support to plan joint industry/university research interests and determine feasibility and viability of developing a cooperative research center. Deadlines: 12/31/02, 6/30/02 (Letters of Intent); 3/31/03, 9/30/03 (Full Proposal). Contact: See Above.

International Opportunities for Scientists and Engineers–Awards to enable U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaboration, by promoting new partnerships between U.S. investigators and their colleagues in other countries, or new cooperative projects between established collaborators. Activities may be in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF. Also, graduate and undergraduate students and postdoctoral researchers can receive travel and living expenses to participate in the overseas aspects of collaborative research projects proposed to NSF by senior U.S. investigators, through dissertation enhancement awards, or for participation in Summer Programs in Japan, Korea, or Taiwan. Principal Investigators (PI’s) of existing grants from other parts of NSF can request supplemental support to include junior faculty members, postdoctoral investigators, graduate students, and qualified undergraduates in the overseas phases of their collaborative projects. Contact and Deadlines: Vary with regions, see for listing.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates--Supplements—Supplemental support for current research grantees to provide research experiences for a small number of undergraduate students, especially women, underrepre-sented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Deadlines: Vary with the program; contact appropriate Directorate. Contact: Senior Staff Associate for Cross-Directorate Programs, 703-292-4621;;

Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)--Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)—Support for faculty members at predominantly undergraduate institutions to pursue research as visiting scientists with NSF-supported investiga-tors at other institutions. Involvement of undergraduate students is also important. Deadline: Proposals should be submitted in accordance with disciplinary program deadlines. Contact: Bonney Sheahan, 703-292-7291;;


Alden B. Dow Creativity Center Fellowship Program–Support for individuals in any field or profession who wish to pursue an innovative project or creative idea. Deadline: 12/31/02. Contact: 989-837-4478;;


Support to create opportunities for individuals to develop or foster attributes of initiative, self-reliance, self-respect, a sense of humor, and dedication to effecting positive change in the lives of others, with a focus on experiences that emphasize physical challenge and service to others. Deadline: 12/31/02. Contact: 37 Cannon Road, Wilton, CT 06897;


Funding for innovative projects, without geographical limitations, with a focus on: Educational, Medical and Community projects. Grants include support for research and conferences as well as for programs that promote academic excellence in institutions of higher learning; raise literacy levels; attract minority and women students into the fields of math, science and technology; and promote the health and well being of children. Deadline: None. Contact: 512-474-9298; fax 512-474-7281;


Funding for pursuit of peace and justice and the search for an equitable reallocation of the world’s resources. The sponsor seeks to accomplish these goals through the fullest implementation of social, economic, political, civil and cultural rights for all the world’s people. Deadlines: 1/3/03, 5/2/03, 9/5/03. Contact: Lauranne Jones Pazhoor, 212-697-8945;;


Funding to alleviate fear, pain and suffering of animals; promote animal protection and prevention of cruelty to animals; and research, promote, and document all facets of Texas history. The animal protection program emphasizes research and dissemination of information with its potential power to effect lasting changes for animal protection throughout North America. Emphasis is on predators suffering under extreme stress from eradication programs and loss of habitat and on companion animals. Support may also be provided for protection and research programs for sea turtles, small cetaceans, and whales. Deadlines: 1/4/03, 5/5/03, 7/1/03, 9/3/03. Contact: 214-363-9000;;


Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship—Support for research in most fields of study at the University of Alberta. Deadline: 1/2/03. Contact: Postdoctoral Fellows Office, 780-492-3264;;


Bank of Montreal Visiting Scholar in Women’s Studies–Canadian and non-Canadian scholars, tenured and untenured faculty, and post-doctoral, independent scholars are eligible. Deadline: 12/31/02. Contact: 613-562-5791;;


Postdoctoral Fellowships support researchers in the life sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and science teaching who have received a Ph.D. degree or equivalent within the past 5 years. Contact: Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Telephone: 972-8-934-2924;; Deadlines: 1/1/03, 5/15/03.


Funding for programs to prepare qualified men and women for careers in business, government and education; further advance knowledge in science and technology; and enhance learning opportunities for minorities and disadvantaged. Other areas of particular focus include programs responsive to the national concern for quality and increased productivity, and application of information management technology and general education. Deadline: None. Contact: Joseph M. Cahalan, Vice President, 203-968-4416;;

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

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