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University Letter

April 13, 2001

Volume 38 No. 32

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 32, April 13, 2001

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You're invited to take part in UND's Strategic Planning Process: www.und.edu/stratplan.



U.S. News and World Report has ranked the School of Medicine and Health Sciences as one of the top schools in the nation for its reputation in rural medicine.

The ranking, released in the 2002 edition of Best Graduate Schools from U.S. News and World Report and published in the April 9 issue of the magazine, is based on results of a survey of deans and senior faculty members at 125 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

"It is an honor to be recognized at the national level by our colleagues in the academic medical community for the commitment we have made to rural medicine," said H. David Wilson, Dean of the UND medical school. "We are pleased to be considered a model for the way medical education and practice can best be carried out in a sparsely populated region." In the newly released survey, the School is ranked fourth in the country, behind only the universities of Washington, New Mexico and Iowa for the reputation as having a deep dedication to rural medicine. This marks at the least the third time U.S. News and World Report has recognized the School for its interest in and commitment to the problems of rural medicine.

The UND medical school offers medical students a third-year experience in a rural community through its Rural Opportunities in Medical Education (ROME) Program. It also conducts research on rural health care through its Center for Rural Health, founded 21 years ago.

The magazine also reported the rankings of the top medical schools in research and primary care, and ranked medical schools for their reputations in women's health, family medicine, AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse, geriatrics, internal medicine and pediatrics.

School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey will be in Grand Forks Thursday, April 19, at Sen. Byron Dorgan's invitation to tour the Odegard School and to meet with city and airport officials about a range of transportation issues. "I invited Jane Garvey to Grand Forks because I want to expand the opportunities that exist for the UND aerospace school to be engaged with the FAA to train air traffic controllers and be involved in a range of other FAA operations."

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected the Odegard School to participate in a new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for General Aviation. The selection recognizes the aviation school as one of the nation's premier aviation research and training programs.

"This designation puts the school at the top of the list for federal research projects that will improve aviation safety," said Sen. Dorgan. "It also provides an opportunity to share the expertise of the talented faculty at UND."

With a looming pilot shortage in the U.S., as well as airport infrastructure and air traffic control systems strained to the limits, Dorgan said he thinks UND can play a significant and increasing role in helping the FAA resolve some of these issues.

"We feel that we are the premier flight training school in the country, and it is nice when someone else, especially the FAA, recognizes that we are the best," said Dr. Bruce Smith, Dean of the Odegard School. "More importantly, the opportunity to double our research funding directly supports President Kupchella's Strategic Plan / Priority Action Area to 'expand and strengthen the University's commitment to research and creative activity.' This is a very significant award."



The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Memorial Union parking lot will be on the north lawn of the Memorial Union Friday, April 20, at 3 p.m. Speaking at the groundbreaking will be President Kupchella, past Student Body president Berly Nelson, and Doug Munski (Geography).

The new lot will expand the current 15 parking spaces to 33 and will add two handicapped spaces next to the handicapped entrance. Funding for the $56,000 project will come from Student Senate, the President's Office, and Facilities Plant Improvement.

The project was a combined effort by Student Government, President Kupchella, Vice President for Operations and Finance Bob Gallager, and the UND Traffic and Parking Committee. The new lot makes the Memorial Union more accessible for short-term users, improves traffic flow for students, faculty, and staff, and improves accessibility for people with disabilities.



NASA has confirmed that it will fund a recent proposal to create a Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment (NGP CP&E) at the University of North Dakota. The Center will have multiple openings for faculty and graduate students from many disciplines as early as Summer 2001. This is an invitation for applications from interested faculty. It is also a notice faculty can share with graduate students or prospective graduate students about opportunities for GRAs.

The Center's vision is to build and nurture learning communities creating an integrated view of all Earth's systems in order to serve humankind's needs and desires for a sustainable and prosperous future.

The NGP CP&E has four main components:

* Environmental Information Bridge. Information creation and dissemination, a bridge between science and society.

* Science and Applications Research and Development. Tools for both increasing economic rewards and protecting the environment.

* Data Acquisition Technologies. Remote sensing instruments, platforms to carry them, and ground stations to communicate with them.

* Earth System Science Program. Interdisciplinary degree program to educate a generation in how to leave a better world than the one they inherit.

We are seeking faculty and students who want to work in an interdisciplinary environment on problems that are beyond the capability of one person or one academic discipline. The focus is on Earth as an integrated system, seeking more to understand how all its components interact to produce the whole than to isolate any single component for detailed study. A second major principal we incorporate into our activities is recognition that Earth is now a human-dominated planet that is far from a sustainable state. Science alone cannot achieve a transition to sustainability, nor can policy made in the absence of science. The synthesis of accurate environmental information with appropriate individual and societal actions is what is sought. A third pillar upon which UND's Earth System Science group is built is that environmental health and economic prosperity are not in conflict; just the opposite, neither can be achieved in the absence of the other.

Specific activities for which we seek faculty include:

* Detailed development of the Earth System Science Curriculum.

* Preparation of a proposal to the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program.

* Creation of regional environmental information in a creative, user-friendly format

* Interdisciplinary research and applications development in

* ecosystem services/ecological economics,

* environmental management and policy,

* biodiversity,

* remote sensing,

* human health and the environment,

* land and resource use,

* design of a "green" building, the manifestation of Earth System Science and sustainability ethics,

* Implementation of a visiting faculty program,

* construction of data acquisition technologies--an aerial remote sensing unit, a camera on the Space Station, a satellite ground station.

Two-month summer appointments at one's current monthly salary are available. Faculty in the social, natural, physical, and health sciences; education; engineering and computer science; humanities; and communications are welcome to apply. Since the environment affects every human undertaking, it is difficult to imagine disciplines not critical to the Center for People and the Environment.

If you are interested, please submit an application with a vita, the sooner the better but in no case later than April 27. Indicate to which activity or activities you wish to contribute and some description of what strengths you offer or ideas for how your work could be strengthened by collaborating with faculty from other disciplines. You are welcome to call or e-mail for additional information.

Also, please share with graduate students the possibility for GRA's, beginning as early as Summer or Fall 2001.

George Seielstad, Associate Dean, Odegard School, Box 9007, 777-4755, 777-2940 fax, gsielst@aero.und.edu.




"Sexual Assault," a panel discussion, will be held at noon Wednesday, April 18, in the Sioux Room, Memorial Union. Chris Lennon (Counseling Center), Jerry Bulisco (Dean of Students Office), Duane Czapiewski (Police), and Janet Nelson (Community Violence Intervention Center Advocate).

"No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story" video and discussion is set for noon Thursday, April 19, at the Women's Center, 305 Hamline Street. Lunch will be provided. The program will be presented by Janet Nelson, CVIC advocate.

These events are sponsored by the Women's Center, the Community Violence Intervention Center, and the ND WEAV Project.

Women's Center.




In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, April 13, will be observed as Good Friday 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, Personnel Services.



Easter weekend hours for the Chester Fritz Library are: Thursday, April 12, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 13 (Good Friday), closed; Saturday, April 14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 15 (Easter Sunday), closed.

Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



Easter holiday hours for the Health Sciences Library are: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, April 13, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 15, closed; Monday, April 16, 8 a.m. to midnight.

April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.



Law Library Easter hours are: Friday, April 13, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 15, closed; Monday, April 16, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.



The Computer Center will close for the Good Friday holiday at 1 a.m. Friday, April 13, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 14.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



The Memorial Union will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 13-15. Hours for Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, are:

Lifetime Sports Center: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Copy Stop: Thursday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 16, closed.

Union Convenience Store: Thursday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Subway and TCBY/Juice Works: Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 16, closed.

Little Caesars/Grababite: Thursday, April 12, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, April 16, closed.

Administrative Office: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Craft Center/Sign and Design: Thursday, April 12, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, April 16, closed.

Dining Center: Thursday, April 12, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, April 16, closed.

Barber Shop: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Credit Union: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Traffic Division: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Passport ID's: Thursday, April 12, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, April 16, closed.

University Learning Center: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Computer Labs: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Building Hours: Thursday, April 12, and Monday, April 16, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Normal hours resume Tuesday, April 17.



Alberto Korda, whose photograph of Che Guevara as "heroic guerrilla" has become an icon of the Cuban revolution, will give the Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture at the North Dakota Museum of Art Wednesday, April 18, at 8 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Korda's powerful, graphic photography from the mid-century is currently on display at the museum as part of an extensive exhibit of Cuban photography and art. Korda was one of Castro's official photographers during the revolution in Cuba in the 1960s, and his exhibit, an exquisite extravaganza of silver gelatin prints, depicts the world of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, the world of Fidel Castro's Cuba. An epiphany of personal and physical landscape, the black and white photography is a study in contrasts. Dynamic photographs of Castro with writer Ernest Hemingway, disarmingly personal photographs of Castro hunting with Nikita Khruschev in Russia, a whimsical photograph of Castro photographing the Khruschev family, Fidel visiting a tiger's cage at a zoo, the photograph of Guevara that is now etched in the world's consciousness, photographs of Guevara and Castro fishing, Guevara with Jean-Paul Satre, with Simone de Beauvoir and with Pablo Neruda, appear in hauntingly beautiful contrast to Korda's elegant yet slightly fey photographs of models and a ballerina, portraits taken earlier in his career where his touch is light, almost ethereal.

Born Alberto Diaz in 1928 in La Habana, and later known universally as Alberto Korda, his passion for photography as a means to capture the "social injustices of his country," was aroused early. His need to capture images that awakened strong feelings in him escalated when he met a prominent Cuban photographer who invited him to work in his studio. Later, with Luis Pierce Vier, his partner in the photographic studio begun in the fifties, they began using the name Korda, after the Hungarian film directors Zoltan and Alexander. Fashion photography became the focus of their work until the overthrow of Batista's government in 1959 when Korda became an official photographer of the Revolution, or, in his words, an "accompanying" photographer. It is probably undeniable that the imprinting of Korda's photographs on the world's psyche became an integral part of the Revolution.

Korda's visit is sponsored by the Office of the Provost. The Elaine McKenzie Memorial Lecture is an annual Museum event which honors Elaine McKenzie, a founding staff member of the Museum, and, in the words of North Dakota Museum of Art Director, Laurel Reuter, ". . . one of the world's loveliest women, one with an educated heart." Elaine Kai McKenzie was a Contonese from Hawaii with a degree in literature from the University of Hawaii. Family and friends have established an Elaine McKenzie Memorial Endowment within the North Dakota Museum of Art Foundation which will fund the Lecture in future years.

For further information, please call 777-4195, or you may visit the Museum's web site at www.ndmoa.com.

North Dakota Museum of Art.



A TIAA-CREF consultant will be on campus to conduct a seminar on TIAA-CREF SRA's (Supplemental Retirement Annuities). This seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. All benefitted, non-benefitted faculty, staff and spouses are welcome. It is rescheduled from Feb. 28.

Michele Anderson, Payroll.



A pre-retirement seminar conducted by Congressman Earl Pomeroy will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in 10-12 Swanson Hall. This will be an informational discussion with topics including health care, Social Security, taxes and retirement security.

Payroll Office.



The School of Engineering and Mines 2001 Spring Open House for elementary and middle school students, as well as UND students, faculty and staff will be held Thursday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events will take place at Upson I and II Halls and Harrington Hall, with free registration taking place at the entrance to Upson I Hall. Some of the activities include:

* cryogenics shows, in which racquetballs, bananas, and marshmallows are frozen using liquid nitrogen;

* a presentation of Subzero North Dakota's first solar-powered vehicle designed, constructed, and raced by UND engineering students;

* hands-on science experiments for children;

* robotics demonstrations learn how robots are programmed;

* exploding garbage cans;

* an opportunity to take off your shoes and sink in quicksand;

* a presentation of the Scorpio Alpha Satellite; and

* an opportunity to talk informally with engineering students and faculty.

The Open House demonstrates how much fun math, science, and engineering can be for people of all ages and backgrounds. The School also hosts an open house for high school students in conjunction with the Junior Engineering Technical Society's TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) Competition held in the fall of each year.

A list of events follows:

UPSON II (Floor 1)

Hallway: Registration, Scorpio Alpha Satellite Display.

Lounge: Sip and Puff Demonstration, Mechanical Fishing Rod Demonstration.

UPSON I (Floor 1)

vHallway: Ground Water Aquifer Model Display, Rock Testing Equipment Display, Potato Cannon Demonstration, Physics Experiments.

North Side of Upson I: Exploding Garbage Cans.

Room 100: Quicksand Demonstration.

Room 106: Society for Energy Alternatives Solar Car Display, Automobile Chassis Dyno Display.

Room 114: Society for Energy Alternatives Solar Car Display.

Room 113: West Point Computerized Bridge Design Demonstration, Hydraulic Jump Demonstration.

UPSON I (Floor 2)

Room 219: Satellite Tool Kit Demonstration.


Hallway (Floor 1): Chemical Engineering Poster Displays, Credit Card Reading Door Lock Demonstration.

Outside of Harrington Hall: Water Rocket Demonstrations.


Room 216/260: Air Pressure Experiment, Inertia Experiment, cohesion/Adhesion Experiment, Water Pressure Experiment, Action/Reaction Experiment.

Room 217: BOE Bots Robotics Demonstration.


Room 324: Cryogenics Demonstration


Lobby: Mineral Display, Dinosaur.

Cheryl Osowski, School of Engineering and Mines.



Benjamin F. Chavis will discuss "Dismantling Institutional Racism and Mascots" from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Room 1, Gamble Hall. Chavis is an authority on multiculturalism, environmental racism, Affirmative Action and the Civil Rights Movement. A dinner and reception to follow the talk will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave. The event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Services.

M.C. Diop, Multicultural Student Services.



The Biology Department graduate students will host Ted Case from the University of California at San Diego on Friday, April 20. Dr. Case will discuss "Fragmentation and Invasion: The Case of Argentine Ants." Ted Case received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine and was a postdoctoral researcher at UC-Davis. His laboratory addresses how interactions between species, such as competition, predation and parasitism, affect the spatial distribution of individuals and their ecologies' evolutionary trajectories. The seminar will begin at noon in 141 Starcher Hall. Please make plans to attend.

Biology Department.



The Department of Geography will hold a forum, "Using GIS to Strategically Plan for Waterfowl Conservation Within Ducks Unlimited" at 10 a.m. Friday, April 20, in 364 Clifford Hall. It will be presented by Duane B. Pool, Landscape Ecologist/Biometrician with Ducks Unlimited, Inc., Great Plains Regional Office, Bismarck.

Department of Geography.



German pianist and recording artist Marie-Luise Hinrichs joins the Greater Grand Forks Symphony in its final subscription concert of the season on Saturday, April 21, at the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, to play Mozart's 22nd Piano Concerto. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be repeated Sunday at 2 p.m. The performance is part of a series of programs inaugurating the new Bosendoerfer concert grand piano purchased last summer for the Music Department at UND. Tickets are available at 777-3359.

Marie-Luise Hinrichs came to international attention at the age of 14 when she was a last minute replacement for Stefan Askenase in Mozart's 21st Piano Concerto. Her success confirmed her desire to become a concert pianist and she pursued training in Hamburg, Essen and Cologne. Her uniquely expressive style was influenced by Yara Bernette, Pavel Gililov and Renate Kretschmar- Fischer, as well as the Amadeus Quartet.

Hinrichs' concert activities have taken her to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Sydney Town Hall, the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Lincoln Center in New York, the Tanglewood Festival, and in Paris to the Chatelet and Theatre des Champs Elyse�s. Together with Christian Zacarias she has recorded on EMI Classics. Their CD was nominated for the1998 Cannes Award for Classical music. In 1999, she recorded a solo CD on EMI classics with piano sonatas by Padr� Antonio Soler.

Mozart's Don Giovanni Overture will also be on the concert program along with a contemporary work by Dominick Argento, Bravo Mozart. Argento, the founder of the Minnesota Opera, is a renowned contemporary American composer, best known for his vocal music. He wrote Bravo Mozart in the 1960's for the Minnesota Orchestra. The composer said that this is one of his favorite pieces and he sees it as an "imaginary biography" in six movements. The episodes chronicle Mozart's life from his early childhood up to his death. Argento took the title of his work from a well-known anecdote about Mozart's performance of a piano concerto in front of the Emperor. When he played at a concert in Vienna in February 1785, the beauty of the music brought tears to his father's eyes, and the Emperor led the audience in the applause, shouting, "Bravo, Mozart." The title of this piece is ironic because after such enthusiasm, the Emperor rejected Mozart for the job he had hoped for This will be the first performance of Bravo Mozart in the local area.

Greater Grand Forks Symphony.



The Grand Cities Job Fair will be held Monday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. This event is open to high school and college students, as well as Grand Cities residents and surrounding communities. The Grand Cities Job Fair will allow you to network with area businesses for summer, fall, and permanent job opportunities, explore job opportunities with businesses currently hiring, and discover what industries and occupations are available in the area. This event is sponsored by Career Services/Cooperative Education and Job Service North Dakota.

Career Services and Cooperative Education.



The Department of Theatre Arts is pleased to announce the closing of their season with Samuel Beckett's "Endgame," directed by senior Bachelor of Fine Arts student Nina Berg as her senior project. "Endgame" reminds us that if we rush through life to prepare for a future, the present is wasted. In both "Endgame" and "Waiting for Godot," Beckett portrays humanity as waiting for someone or something to give meaning to life, and each play stresses that life is now, not tomorrow. What we do with our time is the question. The title refers to a final position in a game of chess as a metaphor for life.

"Endgame" opens Tuesday, April 24, and runs nightly until Sunday, April 29. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. It is general seating so arrive early. Tickets are $5; call 777-3446 for show information.

Bethany Froelich, Theatre Arts.



The final examination for Heidi Dyrstad, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Just As Good As They Are: Voices of Contemporary Women on Farms and Ranches in North Dakota." Mary Laycock (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Rilla J. Anderson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning/Higher Education, is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Toy or Tool: Student Perceptions of a Notebook Computer University." Kathleen Waldron Gershman (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Cigdem Pala, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in 21 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Political Rhetoric of 'Morality' in Selected American Social Novels." Sharon Carson (English) is the committee chair.

Members of the graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The Office of International Programs holds Thursday night events each week at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The April 26, program will feature Indonesia. Everyone is welcome.

International Programs.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 3, at 4:05 p.m., in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon, Thursday, April 19. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

Nancy Krogh (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



The sixth annual Bread and Roses Spring Tea will be held Friday, May 4, at the North Dakota Museum of Art from 4 to 6 p.m. This year's honorary guest is Mary Jane Schneider (Indian Studies), who will be presented the PAC-W Award for outstanding academic and leadership contributions. She will select $500 worth of books that will be donated to the Chester Fritz Library. Tea and refreshments will be served and music will be provided by the Chiara Quartet.

President's Advisory Council on Women.




The first reactions we received to the latest North Dakota Quarterly were "Bravo" and "A knockout!" We tend to agree, but we invite you to see for yourself the American Indian special issue guest edited by Peter Nabokov, professor of World Arts and Cultures and American Indian Studies at UCLA.

It's a double issue, 372 pages. It contains articles, essays, reviews, stories, poems, visual art, and an interview. The cover by Maidu artist Frank Day is vibrant and arresting. We think it is predictive of the writing and graphics inside.

Writers with UND connections include Peter Nabokov, once a visiting professor here; Birgit Hans, Gregory Gagnon, and Mary Jane Schneider (UND Indian Studies); John Crawford, Maureen Salzer, Kathleen Hulley and John Hunter Gray (all formerly in the English Department); and Laurel Reuter, North Dakota Museum of Art Director.

Louise Erdrich, perhaps our most distinguished contemporary North Dakota author, wrote about her learning the Ojibway language. The issue also contains reviews of three books about Erdrich's writing.

Doreen Yellow Bird (Grand Forks Herald) reviewed the recent and problematical book by Ian Frazier, "On the Rez."

Peter Nabokov's own "Hidden Blueprints" is a narrative of his search for current and abandoned Indian ceremonial dance houses in four areas around the country, beginning with North Dakota. It is a story of Indian endurance and resistance to the active and passive efforts of non-Indians to reduce and rub out traditions and beliefs central to Indian life.

Copies are available from the gift shop in the North Dakota Museum of Art, the Barnes and Noble University Bookstore, and the North Dakota Quarterly office (15 Merrifield Hall, 777-3322) at $25 each. Subscriptions are also welcome.

Robert Lewis (English), North Dakota Quarterly editor.



The International Centre is initiating the "Friends" program, in which volunteers mentor international students. The Friends program pairs interested university families with UND international students. It is a chance for you to get to know individuals from around the world, and it helps the difficult transition that international student have to face. This is not a home-stay program, but one that aims for outreach, care and friendship.

The international students are exceptional young people. Their courage and strength is evident through their decision to leave their native land and travel across cultural boundaries in search of their dreams. However, they have paid a high price for this search by leaving their families, friends, and country behind. They are also taking a risk by breaking away from their familiar surroundings to pursue their goals.

Once in the U.S. they also face many challenges. Some of these challenges include getting accustomed to a new learning and social environment, culture shock and the infamous North Dakota winters. Probably the biggest challenge is overcoming their loneliness and making friends.

The hospitality that you show them will help their transition, lift their spirits, and help them feel loved and cared for. So, if you have a big heart and care enough to know that these students are able to breathe easier because of you, then come join our family.

For further information, please e-mail Chatu Guneratne at Kodikara_gunaratne2@und.nodak.edu

International Centre.



We would like to remind all faculty, staff, and others associated with UND that the deadline for nominations for Meritorious Awards and the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award for staff employees is Monday, April 16. The completed nomination forms must be forwarded to the Personnel Office, 313 Twamley Hall, by that date. Nomination forms are available from Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall, from the personnel manager in your department, or electronically from the Personnel Services web site at www.und.edu/org/ops/Forms/forms.html. Any questions concerning this program should be directed to the Personnel Services Office at 777-4361.

Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



The UND Traffic Division has received questions about why overnight parking at the airport is restricted to the designated area on the very south end of the aviation parking lot.

The parking lot land is leased to UND by the Airport Authority. The contract stipulates that the lot is only to be used for educational aviation programs. By the terms of the agreement, we cannot allow any parking on the lot unless it is associated with the aviation program.

In the years since the flood, we have allowed UND personnel to park in various areas of the lot because of the decrease in enrollment. Since then, our enrollment has increased and the institution has been asked to comply with the terms of the lease. We have previously published the change to the parking procedures to include information regarding the lease agreement.

To park in the aviation lot for flights out of town, you may park in the very south end of the lot, which is signed overnight parking. You are required to have your UND "A" parking permit displayed, and the maximum length of time is five days. You may also park in the municipal lot and include the parking fee in your travel request.

The traffic office has approached the Airport Authority about providing a reduced rate for UND employees should they use the municipal lot.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions, please contact me directly.

Duane Czapiewski, Chief of Police, 777- 3491.



Work on the University's infrastructure will continue throughout this summer. Projects include finishing steam line replacement, replacing storm and sanitary sewer restoration, and improving electrical distribution across campus. There will be water, sewer, and power interruptions as well as road closures; we'll do our best to keep you updated.

Some construction has already begun, as has some finishing work from last year's projects. Because codes will not allow pouring sidewalks or streets until May 14, or sodding until June 16, some projects must remain unfinished until then.

Currently, the steam line replacement contractor is focusing on the areas of Brannon Hall to Noren Hall, and from McVey Hall to Stanford Road. Power transformers are being relocated from inside buildings to external placements; there will be a number of power outages as this takes place. Once finished, new higher-voltage lines will provide more power to campus and alleviate future power problems.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Effective immediately, the Campus Passport ID Office will begin summer hours of operation, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Passport I.D. Office is located in the lower level of the Memorial Union and will NOT relocate to Gamble Hall this summer as in previous years. Current students, faculty, and staff can also obtain their Campus Passport ID Card, deposit funds into their Passport debit accounts, and sign Passport debit account contracts at this office.

For more information, call the Passport ID Office at 777-2071.

-- Teresa Blilie, System Support ID Administrator.



The Grand Forks Family Practice Center will collect $15 copayments for N.D. Blue Shield PERS PPO and a $10 copayment for N.D. Blue Shield PERS EPO at the time of appointments. This is required by your insurance policy, and we appreciate your cooperation in this matter. We hope that this will be a cost-saving measure for the Clinic which we then can in turn pass on to our patients.

Grand Forks Family Practice Center.



This week on "Studio One," we will feature the cause and treatment of phobias. Phobias are irrational fears that affect more than 50 million people in the U.S.; the most common phobias are fear of snakes and spiders. Researchers at UND are exploring the cause of phobias in hopes of finding more effective treatments. Also on Studio One, we'll spend a day in the life of a bullfighter. His job is to save bullriders from harm by distracting the bull away from the riders.

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

Tanya Frank, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



Please pre-register by calling the U-2 office, 777-2128 or use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, for the following workshops.

Hiring Processes, April 18, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. Get informed on UND's hiring process. Learn how criteria for selection is determined and how the information provided on applications, resumes, cover letters, etc. are screened against criteria. Also, learn the step-by-step process that takes place after a vacancy deadline closes. Instructor: Joy Johnson, Personnel Services.

PC Hardware - Upgrades, April 19 and 26, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. (8 hours), 143 Starcher Hall. Upgrading a PC could be a cost effective alternative to purchasing a brand new computer. This workshop is designed to teach you how to interpret manufacture's specifications, identify what can be upgraded, and whether it is worth your time, effort, and money. You will then have an opportunity to apply your newly acquired skills by performing upgrades on a PC. Instructor: Dave Yearwood, Industrial Technology; Fee: $89.

Access 00: Level I, April 23-27, 9 a.m. to noon (15 hours), 361 Upson Hall. Introduces Access and how it works with tables, forms, searches, and reports. Instructor: Jim Malins, Computer Center.

Groupwise 5.5 Intermediate, April 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson Hall. Prerequisite: GroupWise 5.5 Intro. Have GroupWise 5.5 schedule your appointments and assign tasks. Instructor: Tracy Uhlir, Computer Center.

To register for these workshops please call, 777-2128 or use e-mail, U2@mail.und.nodka.edu. Check out the U2 website for other personal and professional development opportunities at www.conted.und.edu/U2.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator. PERC LISTS CLASSES

The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Road, offers the following programs. Call 795-2765 to register or for more information. Child care offered for all daytime programs; all classes are held at PERC unless otherwise noted.

Parent Study Group, "Positive Discipline for Preschoolers," Wednesdays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Lunch Box Special, "How Children Grieve: The Tasks of Childhood Mourning," presented by Linda Eickman with Hospice at Altru Health Systems, Thursday, April 12, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Parent Study Group, "Active Parenting Today," Thursdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 1:15 to 2:45 p.m.

Family Story Hour featuring Gloria Sanford, Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24, 6:30 p.m.

Video, "Humor Your Stress," Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m. Parent Study Group, "Helping Children Cope with Change," Wednesdays, April 18 and 25, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Video Series, "Positive Discipline," Wednesdays, April 18 and 25, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Parent Study Group, "Parenting and Power," Thursdays, April 19 and 26, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Hands-On Learning Fair for children ages 1 to 7, and their families, Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Purpur Arena, 1122 Seventh Ave. S. Seminar, "Is My Child Ready to be Home Alone? Decisions About Children and Self Care," Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

National Infant Immunization Week, April 22-28; call (701) 787-8100 for more information.

Interactive Community Discussion, "Media Influences on Our Kids," Wednesday, April 25, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Empire Arts Center; call Dawn or Brenda at 777-2663 for more information.

Planning a Family Vacation," presented by Ginny Bollman, principal at Viking Elementary School, Thursday, April 26, 12;10 to 12:50 p.m.

"Creating Family Memories," Friday, April 27, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Lunch Box Special, "The Family That Plays Together Stays Together! presented by Ginny Bollman, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Parent Education Resource Center.




ND EPSCoR invites pre-proposals from interested researchers for the purpose of establishing collaborative research networks. It is anticipated that such networks will expand the research capacity of North Dakota and increase the overall competitiveness of participants in the science and technology directorates at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Meritorious networks identified in response to this RFP will be incorporated into the ND EPSCoR NSF infrastructure proposal to be submitted in July 2001.

The Research Networks for Enhancing Science and Technology program is intended to encourage and foster communication and collaboration among scientists with common interests from a broad background across disciplinary, organizational, and, perhaps, institutional boundaries. The objectives are to integrate research activities of scientists working independently on topics of common interest, to maximize cooperation and minimize isolation, to nurture the development of young scientists, to expand research training opportunities for students, and to catalyze innovative partnerships that will lead to transfer of information from the university to the private sector.

A one-page letter of intent, indicating research area and preliminary title, is required by noon Monday, April 16. The original and nine copies of the pre-proposal are due in one of the EPSCoR offices by noon Monday, April 30. A copy of the RFP is posted on the web at www.ndsu.edu/epscor or may be picked up at the EPSCoR office, four floor, Twamley Hall.

Please direct your questions to me.

-- Mark Sheridan, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, (701) 231-8400 or mark_sheridan@ndsu.nodak.edu



Larry Groth, Lake Region State College, Dr. Karl Altenburg, Mayville State University, and Dr. Mohammed Mahroof-Tahir, Minot State University, recently received summer research awards through the ND EPSCoR Faculty Laboratory and Research Experience (FLARE) program. Recipients of FLARE work in the laboratory of a faculty collaborator at one of the research universities.

Groth and Mahroof-Tahir both selected the Department of Chemistry at UND. Dr. Mahroof-Tahir will work on "Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Studies of Copper Complexes" with Kathryn Thomasson. Groth will investigate "Metal Carboxylate Photochemistry" with Harmon Abrahamson. Dr. Altenburg and Ronald Marsh (Computer Science) will study "Autonomous Agent Communications for Dynamic Organizational Development."

FLARE was initiated in 1993. Since then, 25 faculty from the comprehensive and liberal arts schools and the state and tribal colleges have received awards. FLARE helps visiting faculty bring their research experiences back to their classrooms and provides them with renewed knowledge of their disciplines.

The purpose of ND EPSCoR, a North Dakota University System program, is to make North Dakota more competitive nationally in science, engineering, and mathematics research and development. Visit the ND EPSCoR web page at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor to learn more.

David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU.



The fifth and final 2000-2001 deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) is Tuesday, May 1. Applications will be considered for travel that will occur between May 2, 2001, and Sept. 13, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and to be specific and realistic in budget requests. Although the SSAC encourages submission of travel requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (or FRCAC) award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants.

Application forms are available at the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's home page (on UND's home page under "Research"). A properly signed original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD on or prior to the published deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the Committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on ORPD's home page or by calling ORPD at 7-4279.

-- Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.



All persons affiliated with the University who wish to conduct research involving human subjects on or off campus must first receive approval of the IRB. This includes use of, for example, educational tests; survey/interview procedures; observation of public behavior; study of existing data, records or specimens; taste/food quality evaluation; as well as clinical studies involving drugs, medical devices, collection of blood samples, etc. The establishment of the IRB at institutions like UND has been mandated by the federal government in order to protect human subjects. Conducting human subjects research without IRB approval is unethical and contrary to the policies of UND and the Board of Higher Education. Failure to comply with IRB policies and procedures may result in project termination, interruption of research support, and, in some cases, a report to the federal agency funding the non-compliant research project. Therefore, we encourage you to protect yourselves by submitting your project to the IRB for review before the research begins.

This process is initiated by submitting a research protocol to the IRB. Forms are available in the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) in Room 105 Twamley or on ORPD's home page at http:www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

There are three categories used in the review of research protocols. Most proposals will fall in the "Exempt" or "Expedited" categories and can, therefore, be reviewed by one member of the Board. Approximately 14 days are required for the review of projects that fall in these categories. However, the individual reviewer may request additional information or refer the protocol to the Full Board. In either case, the review may take longer.

"Full Board" review is required for projects with a physical risk or potential for injury or harm to the subject's dignity or well being. This also includes projects which involve minors in survey or interview procedures, or in observation of public behavior when the observers participate in the activities observed. The Full Board meets on a monthly basis. The schedule of meeting and deadline dates for the coming semester follows.

If Full Board review is required and the protocol involves clinical subjects, the Clinical Medical Subcommittee must also review the protocol and provide a recommendation to the IRB. This typically requires one additional week for the review process.

IRB members are available to make presentations to faculty/students/staff regarding IRB policies, procedures, etc. Also, ORPD has several videos and books which may be checked out by faculty members. Contact Shirley Griffin at 777-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu if you are interested in either of these options.


(First column) Meeting Date (Meetings Held at 3 p.m.); (Second column) Deadline: Proposals Requiring Full Board Review; (Third column) Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review)

Fri., May 4, 2001 -- Tues., April 24, 2001 -- Tues., April 17, 2001

Wed., June 6, 2001 -- Tues., May 29, 2001 -- Mon., May 21, 2001

Wed., July 11, 2001 -- Mon., July 2, 2001 -- Mon., June 25, 2001

Wed., Aug. 1, 2001 -- Mon., July 24, 2001 -- Mon., July 17, 2001

Fri., Sept. 7, 2001 -- Tues., Aug. 28, 2001 -- Tues., Aug. 21, 2001

Fri., Oct. 5, 2001 -- Tues., Sept. 25, 2001 -- Tues., Sept. 18, 2001

Fri., Nov. 2, 2001 -- Tues., Oct. 23, 2001 -- Tues., Oct. 16, 2001

Fri., Dec. 7, 2001 -- Tues., Nov. 27, 2001 -- Tues., Nov. 20, 2001

Fri., Jan. 4, 2002 -- Wed., Dec. 26, 2002 -- Tues., Dec. 18, 2002

Fri., Feb. 1, 2002 -- Tues., Jan. 22, 2002 -- Tues., Jan. 15, 2002

Fri., March 1, 2002 -- Tues., Feb. 19, 2002 -- Tues., Feb. 12, 2002

Fri., April 5, 2002 -- Tues., March 26, 2002 -- Tues., March 19, 2002

Fri., May 3, 2002 -- Tues., April 23, 2002 -- Tues., April 16, 2002

NOTE: All meetings will be held at 3 p.m. in Room 305 Twamley. Alterations in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

-- Sue Jacobs (Counseling), Chair, Institutional Review Board.



Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.


The CISE Research Resources (CISE-RR) program is designed to increase the capability and capacity to carry out basic research in information technology at U.S. institutions. The program supports acquisition and/or development of advanced resources for research and integrated research/education activities. Resources may include research equipment, instrumentation, software, data repositories or services. Resources supported under this program are those generally not supported by other programs, because of cost, complexity, level of shared use or other reasons. The program has three components: CISE Instrumentation, Collaborative Research Resources, and Distributed Research Resources. The Instrumentation component addresses the need to support the acquisition of resources that can be justified by the resource requirements of 2-4 research projects. The Collaborative Research Resources [No awards in this category for FY 2001] component encourages development of synergistic, multi-investigator research or integrated research/education projects by supporting the design, development, acquisition and technical support of major resources required for such projects. The Distributed Research Resources component supports the design, development, deployment and maintenance of re-sources that can be shared nationally, usually via the Internet. These are resources in support of CISE research and education, rather than self-contained research projects. Proposals may be submitted by both U.S. graduate-degree-granting institutions and U.S. four-year institutions with departments or research programs in areas of science or engineering supported in the CISE Directorate. Proposals involving inter-departmental and inter-institutional sharing arrangements are eligible and encouraged. Approximately 20-30 awards are anticipated in FY 01. Deadlines: 6/6/01 (optional Letter of Intent); 7/6/01 (Full Proposal). Contact: CISE Research Resources Program Director, 703/292-8980, CISERR@nsf.gov; W. Richards Adrion, Division Director, 703/292-8980, wadrion@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi- bin/getpub?nsf01100.

The goal of the Interagency Education Research Initiative (IERI) program is to improve preK-12 student learning and achievement in reading, mathematics, and science by supporting rigorous, interdisciplinary research on large-scale implementations of promising educational practices and technologies in complex and varied learning environments. To this end, the Initiative will support an evolving, cumulative, and integrated portfolio of research projects that, when taken together, will provide a substantive corpus of effective instructional practices and a body of knowledge that informs the ways in which these practices can be implemented in real, complex, and varied educational environments and lead to enhanced student learning. An important feature of the Initiative is that all IERI-supported projects will share common benchmarks that will facilitate the accumulation of reliable and valid data. As such, only those projects that meet high standards of methodological rigor, are of sufficient scale, integrate technology, and are conducted by interdisciplinary teams will be funded. IERI has two focus areas: Early Learning of Foundational Skills and Transition to Increasingly Complex Science and Mathematics Learning. Background information on this initiative can be found at the web site: http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/rec/IERI. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to review these materials. Both planning and standard project grants will be awarded. Approximately $48,000,000 will be devoted to this program, pending availability of funds. Deadlines: 4/20/01 (required Letter of Intent), 6/18/01 (Full Proposal). Contact: Finbarr (Barry) Sloane, Program Manager IERI, 703/292-5146, fsloane@nsf.gov; John Cherniavsky, Senior Advisor for Research, Research, Evaluation, and Communication, 703/292-8650, jchernia@nsf.gov; Janice Earle, Program Director, Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education, 703/292-8628, jearle@nsf.gov; Rodney Cocking, Program Director, 703/292-8732, rcocking@nsf.gov; Steve Breckler, Program Director, Behaviorial and Cogni-tive Sciences, 703/292-8728, sbreckle@nsf.gov; Paul Werbos, Program Director, Electrical and Communications Systems, 703/292-8339, pwerbos@nsf.gov; Anthony Maddox, Program Director, Experimental and Integrative Activities, 703/292-8980, amaddox@nsf.gov; Henry Blount, Head, Office of Multidisciplinary Activities, 703/292-8803, hblount@nsf.gov; Kimberly Sullivan, Program Director, Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, 703/292-8421, Kasulliv@nsf.gov; Harold Himmelfarb, Director, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum and Assessment, 202/219-2031, Harold_himmelfarb@ed.gov; Reid Lyon, Section Chief, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 301/496-9849, r160a@nih.gov.

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The purpose of the Novel Approaches to Enhance Animal Stem Cell Research program is to encourage submission of applications for research to enhance stem cells as a model biological system. Research to isolate, characterize and identify totipotent and multipotent stem cells from nonhuman biomedical research animal models, as well as to generate reagents and techniques to characterize and separate those stem cells from other cell types is encouraged. Innovative approaches to the problems of making multipotent stem cells available from a variety of nonhuman sources, and to creating reagents that will identify those stem cells across species and allow for separation of multipotent stem cells from differentiated cell types, will be stressed. Accordingly, the Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21) and Research Project (R01) grant mechanisms will be used. Support for the R21 grants is limited to 2 years with a maximum of $100,000 direct costs requested per year. Deadlines: 6/1/01, 10/1/01, 2/1/02. Contact: John D. Harding, NCRR, 301/435-0744, hardingj@ncrr.nih.gov; Colette Freeman, NCI, 301/496-7028, cf33a@nih.gov; Helena Mishoe, NHLB, 301/435-0050, mishoeh@nhlbi.nih.gov; Bernadette Tyree, NIAMS, 301/594-5032, bt16w@nih.gov; Richard J. Tasca, NICHD, 301/435-6973, rt34g@nih.gov; David G. Badman, NIDDK, 301/496-1447, chiua@ninds.nih.gov; Nancy L. Freeman, NIDCD, 301/402-3458, Nancy_Freeman@nih.gov; Jonathan D. Pollock, NIDA, 301/435-1309, jp183r@nih.gov.

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Support is provided for Earth-Based Research Relevant to the Space Environment. The goal of the program is to stimulate ground- based research on basic, applied, and clinical biomedical and behavioral problems that are relevant to human space flight or that could use the space environment as a laboratory. Potential areas of research could include neuroscience, musculoskeletal biology, immunology, cardiovascular functioning, integrative physiology, cognition and problem solving under stress and isolation, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and drug delivery, and the diagnosis and treatment of diseases or injury by both ground support and space flight crews. Use of hyper- or hypo-gravity, as research tools or models, is encouraged. Access to NASA facilities may be provided. The standard grant (R01) award mechanism will be used. Contact: Andrew A. Monjan, M.P.H., am39m@nih.gov; 301/496-9350; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-088.html. Deadlines: 6/1/01, 10/1/01, 2/1/02.

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Recently created by Handspring, the manufacturer of personal computing devices, the foundation will make grants to U.S. nonprofit organizations with programs dedicated to pre-K through grade 12 education or issues directly related to children or youth at risk. Preference will be given to organizations with a strong underserved outreach component. The foundation is especially interested in organizations and programs concerned with literacy; mentoring and peer counseling; school-based programs targeting high-risk youth; after-school programs targeting high-risk youth that utilize the arts, technology, and sports; children at risk of educational failure; services to children in foster care or juvenile facilities; prevention, education, and early intervention services related to children's health; direct services for children who are victims of abuse or neglect; and homeless assistance programs for families with children. Technical assistance/organizational effectiveness grants are also available for organizations that focus on issues directly related to children/youth at risk. Funds may be specifically requested for board or staff retreats, hiring staff or consultants, staff training, or strategic planning. Grant amounts will range between $1,000-$25,000, and applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Contact: foundation@handspring.com; http://www.handspring.com/company/foundation/. Deadline: 5/1/01.

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The Indian Education Grants Program--Professional Development supports projects that increase the number of qualified Indian individuals in professions that serve Indian people; provide training to qualified Indian individuals to become teachers, administrators, teacher aides, social workers, and ancillary educational personnel; and improve the skills of qualified Indian individuals. Activities may include, but are not limited to, continuing programs, symposia, workshops, conferences, and direct financial support. Grants for training educational personnel may be for preservice or inservice training. For individuals who are being trained to enter any field other than education, the training received must be in a program resulting in a graduate degree. Thirteen awards of up to $500,000 each per year will be provided for a project period of up to 36 months. Deadline: 6/1/01. Contact: Cathie Martin, Office of Indian Education, 202/260-3774; Cathie_Martin@ed.gov.

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The Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline, cosponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), provides support to nurture the development of scientific knowledge by funding small, ground- breaking research initiatives and other important scientific research activities in sociology. The award is intended to provide opportunities for substantive and methodological breakthroughs, broaden the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and provide leverage for acquisition of additional research funds. The awards are limited to individuals with Ph.D. degrees or the equivalent. Currently, the amount of each award shall not exceed $5,000. A decision to increase the maximum award amount to $7,000 is pending. Deadlines: 6/15/01, 12/15/01. Contact: Roberta Spalter-Roth, ASA/NSF Small Grant Program, 202/383-9005 x317; spalter-roth@asanet.org; http://www.asanet.org/student/fad.html.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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