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University Letter

April 14, 2000

Volume 37 No. 32

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 32, April 14, 2000

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The Vice President for Finance and Operations Search Committee has forwarded the names of two candidates to President Charles Kupchella. The candidates are:

* Robert C. Gallager, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Medical University of South Carolina;

* Ronald E. Smith, Assistant Vice President and Controller, University of Arizona.

"The search committee conducted a national search and drew an excellent field of candidates," said Kupchella. He added that UND's Vice President for Finance and Operations has oversight of all UND's financial areas as well division of operations and plant, which includes the development of the Bronson Property and the new $50 million Ralph Engelstad Area.

Robert C. Gallager

Vice President for Finance and Administration at Medical University of South Carolina, Robert C. Gallager holds the M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, and the B.S. in Business Administration from Charleston Southern University, Charleston, S.C. He served as an accounting instructor for the College of Charleston Evening Program from 1972 to 1977, while working concurrently as a public accounting professional at McKnight, Frampton, Buskirk & Co. in Charleston from 1968 to 1994. He was named a stockholder in the firm in 1973. In 1994 he was named a Professor in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina. He continues to hold this title and that of Treasurer in addition to his position as Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Ronald E. Smith

Assistant Vice President and Controller at the University of Arizona, Dr. Ronald E. Smith earned his Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Idaho, an M.B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Montana, and the B.S. in Commerce from Montana State University. He joined the University of Idaho as Manager of Grants and Contracts Financial Administration for the University of Idaho in 1989. He has also served as Associate Controller and Director of Business and Accounting Services there. He moved to the University of Arizona in 1994 to take the position of Assistant Vice President and Controller.

The search committee was chaired by Robert Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.



The Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC) at the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has been awarded a $500,000 contract from Raytheon Command, Control, Communication and Information Systems, Md., to develop a Crop and Range Alert System that will provide farmers, ranchers and tribal officials with frequent, near real-time primary plant assessment throughout the upcoming growing season.

The project's principal investigator, George Seielstad, announced the appointment of Dr. Soizik Laguette as lead scientist on the "Team Express" project. She will organize the collaboration with researchers at South Dakota State university, Sinte Gleska University, Montana State University and the University of Montana. The Team will primarily serve the states of North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

Team Express has three components:

1. Implementation of a high-bandwidth internet connection between UND, the satellite providers, and the end users where the latest data can pass quickly for decision-making.

2. Creation of the plant assessment product. The product includes non-visible radiation (infrared), which helps spot plant stress before it can be seen by the human eye. Stressed areas in fields (farms or ranches) can be identified as anomalies in a single image, or as changes from previous images or from a long-term historical average. Stress because of inadequate moisture will be apparent by combining the vegetation data with satellite determinations of the vegetation canopy's temperature.

3. Network between a learning community of farmers, ranchers, government officials, consultants, and research scientists, so that the lessons learned by one can be shared by all.

The proposed goal is to deliver plant status to 15 farmers, 10 ranchers, and five Rosebud Sioux Tribal Government officials more often than once per week throughout the growing season. Plant status can be measured by sensors on a NOAA satellite, on NASA's Terra satellite (just launched in December 1999), and the NASA/USGS Land satellite. The data sets are large, so high-speed connections to rural residents are required. Therefore, the 30 members of the user team will receive DirecPC dishes (similar to DirecTV, only data is transferred instead of television signals). The DirecPC connection is via high-bandwidth relay satellites.

Bruce Smith, Dean, Odegard School.




On the next edition of "Studio One," John Graham (Space Studies) will discuss the International Space Station Thursday, April 13, live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3. He and other scientists would like to study the effects of space on the human body.

"Studio One" will also feature a segment on the latest indoor sport, the Indoor Football league. IFL is faster and more intense than regular football, and although the fundamentals are still the same, the strategy is different from the NFL game. Bill Charles, head coach for the Fargo team, believes it will expand to nearly 30 teams in the near future.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the Television Center. The program airs live 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, and Minneapolis.

Krysta Hovland, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



The University Curriculum Committee will meet Thursday, April 13, to discuss the proposed request to terminate the minor in industrial technology. All interested parties are invited to attend. The meeting will be held in 303 Twamley Hall at 3:30 p.m.

Connie Borboa (Registrar's Office) for the University Curriculum Committee.



The Chemistry Department welcomes Linda McGown of Duke University to the campus for a seminar Friday, April 14. Her seminar, titled "On-the-Fly Fluorescence Lifetime Detection for DNA Analysis," will begin at noon in 138 Abbott Hall. Dr. McGown received her B.S. degree from State University of New York at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Chemistry Department.



The Foundations of Biomedical Science Seminar will be held Fridays, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. On Friday, April 14, David Popham, Department of Biology, Virginia Tech, will present "Penicillin Binding Proteins in Vegetative Growth and Sporulation of Bacillus Subtilis." On Friday, April 28, Thomas Silhavy, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University, will present "Parallel Pathways Perceive Periplasmic Problems."

Jon Jackson, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



Former UND faculty member Jane Solose will be a featured artist with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony when it performs its final subscription concert of the season Saturday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. She will be playing Rachmaninoff's 2nd Piano Concerto.

Also featured on Saturday's concert is Dr. Gerald Gaul who will be playing "Trauermusik" (literally, "Music for Mourning") by German composer Paul Hindemith. The piece was written in January 1936, when the composer traveled to London to perform his most recent viola concerto. The day after his arrival King George V died suddenly. Hindemith, urged on by the BBC, wrote music for the occasion. The result of this effort, "Trauermusik," was written in only six hours and closes with a harmonization of Bach's chorale "Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit," which Hindemith was surprised to discover was also a popular tune among British schoolchildren.

Tickets for the concert may be reserved by calling the Chester Fritz Box Office at 777-4092.

Jenny Ettling, Greater Grand Forks Symphony.



UND student members of the American Association of Airport Executives will hold a car wash on Saturday, April 15, and Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Leever's parking lot on South Washington Street. Your donations will help us participate in our national conference in Baltimore, Md., in May.

Patrick Vacca, American Association of Airport Executives.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, April 17, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Geography department to change GEOG 997, Independent Study, and GEOG 998: Thesis to S/U grading only.

2. Consideration of a request by the College of Business and Public Administration to make the following changes to the MBA program:

a. Change the program prerequisite requirements

b. Change the MBA core

c. Add a new course, ISYS 510, Information Systems

3. PEXS graduate program review.

4. Visual Arts graduate program review.

5. Theatre Arts graduate program review.

6. Space Studies graduate program review.

7. Matters arising.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Honors Day Luncheon will be held Monday, April 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Lowell Gallagher, UCLA Professor, Renaissance Studies Scholar, author and UND honors graduate will be the luncheon speaker. This event honors the University of North Dakota's highest achieving undergraduate, graduate, law and medical students. Luncheon tickets can be purchased for $5 in the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. If you have questions, please call 777- 2731.

Dawn Botsford, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education.



Gary Henrickson will give a workshop titled "Teaching Backwards" to Integrated Studies students Tuesday, April 18, in O'Kelly Hall (first floor, east end) from 10 a.m. to noon. Exercises involve reading short-short stories and discussing them at a fairly sophisticated level without specialized background in literary studies, a method that might be of interest to anyone involved in general education. At 4 p.m. the same afternoon he will discuss the exercise and its results with faculty and students in 116 Merrifield Hall, as part of the English Department's lecture series. Gary Henrickson is chair of the English Department at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, and has developed an expertise in teaching literature to students who he says "may never see a book again."

Faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend both sessions.

-- Elizabeth Hampsten, English and Integrated Studies.



The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Cheryl Terrance, general-experimental psychology faculty candidate, will present "The Psychology of the Courtroom: The Gendered Nature of Self-Defense," Monday, April 17, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 202 Nursing Building. Everyone is welcome.

Psychology Department.



Tuesday, April 18, is Internet2 Day: Connecting, Exploring and Discovering from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is invited.

Internet2 is a collaborative effort by more than 170 U.S. universities to develop advanced Internet technology and applications vital to the research and education missions of higher education. The UND Internet2 Day will provide a framework for understanding the relationship between high- performance networks and high-performance applications in higher education.

By attending Internet2 (I2) Day, students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to do the following: discover how teaching and research in higher education is being enhanced by I2; view demonstrations by UND faculty who are successfully using high performance networks to expand and improve their research; experience a virtual composer clinic with the UND Concert Choir and California composer Eric Whitacre; and see how Internet2 offers new opportunities for collaboration between local researchers and their colleagues at other institutions. At this event, a virtual reality experience using "Immersadesk" technology will demonstrate remote medicine and robotics. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to experience national networking advancements.

Internet2 Day is free! By attending the entire day, you'll get current I2 information, lunch, refreshments and a bus ride to the Choral Performance. To register, call 777-4316 or go to www.und.nodak.edu/I2Day/register.html on the Web. Note: Only those registrations received by April 12 will have reservations for lunch.

I2 Day is sponsored by the following UND offices: Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Office of Research and Program Development, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies, College of Business and Public Administration, Computer Center, Department of Music, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. It is coordinated by the UND Division of Continuing Education.

-- Allison Knight, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education.



The School of Engineering and Mines will hold an Open House Tuesday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All events will take place in Upson Hall I, Upson Hall II, and Harrington Hall. The open house is designed to show people of all ages and backgrounds how much fun math, science, and engineering can be.

Events directed toward elementary and middle school students include:

* Subzero, North Dakota's only solar-powered vehicle

* Cryogenics: liquid nitrogen show

* Hands-on science experiments

* Exploding garbage cans

Activities primarily of interest to high school students include:

* Design competitions with the top team winning an MP3 digital music player

* Poster presentations of design projects and laboratory experiments

* Tours of the UND Engineering laboratory facilities

* Discussion on educational opportunities at UND with students, faculty, and staff

Registration is free and will take place at the entrance to Upson Hall I. The School of Engineering and Mines can also be found online at http://www.und.edu/dept/sem/openhouse/ .

Peter Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations.



The International Organization and International Programs will hold a video review and group discussion, "Great Decisions 1999 - Iraq and Its Neighbors: Policing a Tough Neighborhood," from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union. This event is sponsored by the Memorial Union and International programs.

Barry Stinson, International Program Coordinator.



"Are You Safe: What Men and Women Need To Know About Rape and What You Can Do About It" will be presented by Bill Nelson, Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The program is free and open to everyone. Presentation highlights include developing an awareness of your surroundings, learning to identify potentially dangerous situations, trusting your instincts, being creative, and able to think on your feet if ever involved in such attacks, and how traditional gender roles, sexism and cultural conditioning can lead to sexual violence against women.

Bill Nelson, author of "Your Weapon Within: How to Lower the Risk of Sexual Assault," has spoken to thousands of people across the country on the issues of sexual assault prevention and self defense. Nelson currently chairs the board and is a volunteer advocate at the Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center and a volunteer for Woman House, a battered women's shelter in Central Minnesota. A fifth-degree black belt master instructor in the art of Soo Bahk Do Karate, Nelson currently owns and operates a martial arts studio in St. Cloud, Minn. He earned his B.A. degree in psychology, with a minor in criminal justice from St. Cloud State University. Nelson has been a private investigator for the past 15 years and is a former police officer.

Sponsors include: Bergstrom Electric, Inc., Valley Dairy, direcTel, KNOX AM 1310; KNOX FM 94.7, KYCK FM 97, UND Women's Center, and the Community Violence Intervention Center.

vFor more information, please call the Women's Center at 777-4300.

Kay Mendick, Interim Coordinator, Women's Center.



The Far East Alliance will present "Bruce Lee Meets Snoop Doggy Dog" by Hmong rap artist, storyteller, and motivational speaker Tou Ger Xiong, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. He will address race and cultural issues through rap, humor and folklore. For more information, contact Yoerina Handojo at 772-8441 or visit http://www.und.nodak.edu/org/fareast. It is sponsored by the Multicultural Awareness Committee (a division of Student Government) and the President's Office. All activities are free.

Elsa Valeroso, Computer Science Department.



"Bringing Closure to the Semester: Planning for the Last Day of Class" is the topic for the final session of the "On Teaching" Faculty Lunch Discussion Series. The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.

This will be an informal discussion. Just bring your own ideas for what to do -- and not to do -- on that last day of class. To reserve a box lunch, call Jana at 777-4998 by noon Monday, April 17.

-- Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.



The University Program Council is proud to present the Evasons at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Jeff and Tessa Evason have been entertaining people around the world with ESP and mentalism. They have made television appearances, put on shows in Las Vegas, and won awards. The Evasons are one of the very few two-person mind reading acts in the world. The presentation is free of charge to all UND students and community members.

Maria Albertson, University Program Council Public Relations.



Business Week Senior Asia Editor Pete Engardio will speak on "The Role of the Mass Media in Economic Globalization," at a free brown bag luncheon at the Grand Forks Herald at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The luncheon is open to the public; please bring your own lunch. Mr. Engardio's current book, "Meltdown: Asia's Boom, Bust and Beyond," is receiving very good reviews. A panel of UND faculty and Herald staff will react and comment on Engardio's presentation. Panelists include: Bill Holden, former editor with the International Herald Tribune; Marwan Kraidy, from Lebanon, assistant professor in the UND School of Communication, and Fatholla Bagheri, from Iran, associate professor of economics. Engardio will also speak at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead the same evening at 7:30 p.m., as well as at the North Dakota Newspaper Association convention in Minot April 27-28. Engardio is sponsored by grants from NDNA and The Forum. He was on the staff of The Missourian in Columbia, Mo., with Richard Shafer (Communication).

Richard Shafer, School of Communication.



The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology department will hold the Robert Massee Lecture at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Howard Towle, Professor and Associate Head of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, will present "Nutrient Regulation of Hepatic Gene Expression." This will be a rather general lecture intended for the public as well as for medical students, graduate students, faculty and staff.

He will present a second lecture, "Regulation of the Expression of Lipogenic Enzyme Genes by Carbohydrate" at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Human Nutrition Laboratory Library. This lecture is more scientifically intensive than the Robert Massee Lecture, and is intended primarily for scientists and graduate students.

Dr. Towle received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and carried out post- doctoral work at Baylor College of Medicine. He joined the faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1977. Dr. Towle is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Biological Chemistry. He is an internationally recognized authority in the area of regulation of hepatic gene expression, and has focused a good deal of his effort in recent years upon pioneering studies of the regulation of expression of genes for lipid-synthesizing liver enzymes by dietary carbohydrates and other nutrients. His work effectively brings to bear modern techniques of molecular biology upon nutritional problems with strong clinical implications.

Everyone is welcome. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.



"Evolutionary and Ecological Consequences of Inbreeding in Monkey Flowers" will be presented by David Carr, University of Virginia/Blandy Experimental Farms, Friday, April 28. Cookies, tea and coffee will be served in 103 Starcher Hall at 3:30 p.m.; the seminar begins at 4 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall.

Biology Department.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 4, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

Carmen Williams (Interim Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



The Odegard School will hold a cake and coffee reception in honor of Dale DeRemer's retirement Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in 251 Odegard Hall. Dr. DeRemer is an Aviation Professor and has been with the University for 17 years. He teaches aviation courses, including Aerodynamics, Avionics, Global Navigation and General Aviation Operations and Management. He is a Gold Seal (FAA) flight instructor. During summer months each year he teaches pilots from around the world to fly floatplanes into the Canadian bush and Sub-Arctic. He is also advisor to UND's chapter of the Wilderness Pilots Association.

DeRemer is well known for the five books and many articles he has written on technical aviation subjects. His work in the field of seaplane safety is widely known, including development of the SEAWINGS program (a program which parallels the FAA Wings safety program) and the administration and operation for the past 12 years, of CENCAN, the Central Canada Seaplane Safety Seminar. Odegard School.




The IRB meeting listed for Monday, June 19, 2000, is incorrect in last week's issue of University Letter. It should be WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, with the deadline for proposals requiring full board review Monday, June 26, 2000, and the deadline for clinical proposals that require subcommittee and full board review Monday, June 17, 2000. Please note this change.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Faculty are invited to apply for a week-long summer workshop on "Teaching With Technology," scheduled for June 12-16. Designed for faculty interested in using technology to enhance traditional classroom teaching, the workshop will feature seminar/discussion sessions in the morning with opportunities for hands-on learning and practice in the afternoon.

The workshop is open to those who are just getting started using technology, those who are thinking about using it, and those who have used it in limited ways but want to reconsider how they're using it. In this context, "technology" includes such things as course web pages, web research projects, PowerPoint slide shows, other audio and video enhancements, class listservs and chatrooms, etc.

Registration is limited to 10 faculty, and a $600 stipend is offered. To apply, send or e-mail the following information to: Office of Instructional Development, Box 7104 or oid@sage.und.nodak.edu. Deadline for application is Friday, April 28.

1. Your name, department, years of teaching experience.

2. What course do you want to work on? (Please describe it briefly: What level? Who are the students? Is it a regular part of the curriculum or a special topics course? etc.)

3. What kind of technology component(s) are you considering? How and why do you think this would enhance student learning in the course? (It isn't necessary to have a detailed plan as long as you've given some serious thought to these questions.)

4. How would you describe your own "ITQ" (Instructional Technology Quotient)? What do you already know how to do? What do you want to learn? Have you used technology in previous classes? If so, how? If not, what has stopped you?

5. What do you see as the benefits of participating in a group seminar/workshop of this kind, and what do you think you can contribute to the group?

Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee made up of representatives from the Faculty Instructional Development Committee and the CILT Faculty Advisory Committee.

For further information, contact me at 777-4233 or rankin@badlands.nodak.edu).

-- Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.



Faculty are asked to remind students that all papers to be considered for the annual Merrifield Award must be submitted to the Department of Special Collections no later than Friday, April 28. The $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually based upon a competitive review of original research papers that utilize primary resource materials held in the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library. More information concerning research criteria and paper guidelines is available in Special Collections, located on the Library's fourth floor.

Sandy Slater, head, Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.



The University has recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation to support 40 scholarships for students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds (Pell Grant eligible). The Computer Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholars (CSEMS) Program will recruit and support 40 students at the undergraduate or graduate level in the Computer Science, Engineering, and Math fields who demonstrate a financial need and meet the following additional project criterion.

Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or aliens admitted as refugees at the time of application; have financial need as defined by eligibility for the Pell Grant; be enrolled full- time in computer science, engineering, or mathematics programs with the potential of obtaining degrees by Dec. 31, 2001, and demonstrate academic merit in their application for scholarship.

The emphasis of the UND project is on minority, disabled, first-generation college students, and women. The scholarships are for $1,250 per semester or $2,500 per year. Students must be eligible to graduate within two years. Applications are available from UND Financial Aid, Tom O'Neil at Computer Science, Arnold Johnson at Engineering, and Tom Gilsdorf at Mathematics, the UND Office of Native American Programs, and the UND web site, www.und.edu. Click on Financial Aid, Scholarships, then on Computer Science, Engineering, or Math.

Faculty are asked to announce the availability of scholarships in their classes. The deadline for applications is April 30.

Alan Allery, Student Health Services.



Dissertation research assistantships, sponsored by North Dakota EPSCoR, are designed to increase the number of Ph.D. degrees awarded in North Dakota in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics, and to increase the number of proposals competitive for funding from the National Science Foundation. Fall semester 2000 competition is now open.

Up to five assistantships may be awarded at each of the research universities beginning September 2000. The selection committee at each university consists of the Dean of the Graduate School, the principal research administrator, and two members of the ND EPSCoR Steering Committee.

Applications should be submitted to the Graduate School on or before May 17; award announcements will be made on or about June 16. Application instructions are on the web at www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor. Copies may be obtained in 415 Twamley Hall, 777-2492. For information contact Dr. Philip Boudjouk, Project Director, at 701-231-8400.

David Givers, ND EPSCoR, Fargo.



The J. Lloyd and Grace Stone Leadership and Service Award Scholarship is awarded by Telesis, the UND Student Alumni Association. This award is in honor of Lloyd and Grace Stone for their great contribution and dedicated service to UND. A $900 scholarship will be presented to a student who exemplifies outstanding leadership on campus, community service and a desire to help others. Applications can be picked up at the Student Organizations Center in the Memorial Union. They are due Thursday, April 20, at noon to the Telesis mailbox in the Student Organizations Center. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Christopher Daniel Luebke, Telesis Vice President, 777- 1061, and April Martin, Telesis Advisor, 777-2611.



The final examination for Dominic Barraclough, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Changes in Counselor Intentions After Empathy Training." Cindy Juntunen- Smith (Counseling) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Sheila Hanson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning - research methodologies, is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in the Dean's Conference Room, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Alumni Characteristics That Predict Promoting and Donating to Alma Mater: Implications for Alumni Relations." John Delane Williams (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Laurie Eva Berry, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Magical Kingdom: Engaged Reading in Third Grade." Deanna Strackbein (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Daniel F. Moser, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Syntheses and Characterizations of 2,4-bis(amino)cyclodiphosphazane and Cis-2,4-bis(iminoary1)- 2,4-bis(amino)cyclodiphosphazane Complexes." Lothar Stahl (Chemistry) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Jane L. Schulz, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Facing the Monster: A Response of North Dakota Higher Education Leaders to the Potential Impact of the State's Declining Public School Enrollment on the North Dakota University System." Gerald Bass (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




The following seven University Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 2000 through August 2002: Mary Drewes, Marwan Kraidy, Glenda Lindseth, Donald Poochigian, Kathy Smart, Curtis Stofferahn, and Paul Todhunter.

Walter Tschacher and Ralph Woehle will serve the second year term (2000-2001) for David Marshall and John Bridewell, respectively, while they are on academic leave. John La Duke was elected to serve a three-year term as faculty representative on the University Budget Committee. Donald Poochigian was elected to serve a five-year term on the Faculty Rights Committee. Dona Reese was elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of College Faculties.

The 30 faculty elected to the Special Review Committee for 2000-2001 were the following: Harmon Abrahamson, James Antes, Fathollah Bagheri, Glinda Crawford, Lucy Ganje, William Gosnold, Elizabeth Hampsten, Sara Hanhan, Thomasine Heitkamp, Cindy Juntunen-Smith, Mary Kweit, Glenda Lindseth, Tom Lockney, D. Scott Lowe, James Mochoruk, Janet Kelly Moen, Douglas Munski, Donald Poochigian, Tom Rand, Elizabeth Rankin, Charles Robertson, Kathy Smart, Curtis Stofferahn, Wayne Swisher, Paul Todhunter, Walter Tschacher, Beverly Uhlenberg, Cecilia Volden, Sharon Wilsnack, and Jan Zahrly.

Carmen Williams(Interim Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.



Recent surveys show declining use of the Upson II, Room 10 computer cluster. In addition, other issues such as the lack of staffing, computer security breaches and other problems have become common. For these reasons, the Upson II, Room 10 Computer Cluster will be permanently closed effective May 15. The increase in number of computers at the Memorial Union and Chester Fritz Library labs and clusters will allow those who currently work in the Upson II cluster the ability to use better machines and services at either location.

Please contact the Help Center at 777-2222 or CC_Helpdesk@mail.und.nodak.edu with concerns or questions.

Computer Center.



The Women Studies Program announces winners of the 1999 essay contest. The awards were presented at the International Women's Day Celebration at the International Centre March 7. vThe award for the best essay by an undergraduate student was won by Tricia Tuchscherer, a senior majoring in English and minoring in Women Studies. "Heloise (1101-1164)," was written for Joyce Coleman's Medieval Studies class. Honorable mention in the undergraduate category was awarded to Mandy Brandt, a senior English major preparing for secondary school teaching. Her essay, "Embracing the 'Difficult Woman,'" was written for Sandra Donaldson's English class, Women Writers and Readers. The award for best essay by a graduate student was won by Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, a master's degree student in the History department. Her essay, "La Pucelle (Joan of Arc)," was written for Joyce Coleman's English class in Medieval Studies. Lisa Peterson, who received a master's degree in business from UND in 1999, won honorable mention in the graduate division. Her essay, "The Effect of Domestic Abuse On the Workplace," was written for Jan Zahrly (Management).

Each year the Women Studies Program sponsors a contest for the best essays that wholly or in significant part address issues of particular concern to women. The essays have been written during the spring and fall semesters of 1999. They may be submitted by faculty or directly by the student and of any length. The contest is open to students in any discipline.

Sandra Donaldson, Director, Women Studies.



It is with regret that we announce the death of Sundar Saluja, Professor Emeritus of Geology and Geological Engineering, on March 15. We will print a full obituary as soon as we receive more information.

- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The Summer Session Office will again publish a brochure listing summer activities for people of all ages in the Greater Grand Forks area. We are seeking information on workshops, sports or arts camps, seminars, etc. that are outside the realm of regular UND course offerings and which are aimed at K-12 or at adults who are not necessarily UND students. We're looking for events open to the general public (subject to possible age limitations) and not just to the UND community. Time covered is roughly mid-May to the end of August.

If you have brochures or information describing such activities which you would like considered for inclusion in this publication, please send me a copy at Box 8135 or e-mail me at patsy_nies@mail.und.nodak.edu. I need to know the title of the activity, your intended audience, dates/times of the activity, and cost(s) to participants. Also include a brief, two to three sentence narrative describing the activity; the name of the instructor/director; and the name, address, and phone of a contact person. Also include information how to register for your activity.

Please send your information to me immediately since the timeline on this project is short. Feel free to talk to me about activities which are "in the works" but not totally firmed up yet.

Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services/University Relations.




Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for Easter weekend are: Thursday, April 20, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday, April 21 (Good Friday), closed; Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, April 23 (Easter Sunday), closed; Monday, April 24, resume regular hours.

Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.


HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY: Easter holiday hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are: Thursday, April 20, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 22, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 23, closed; Monday, April 24, 8 a.m. to midnight.

April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.



Hours for the Law Library over Easter weekend are as follows: Thursday, April 20, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, April 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 23, closed; Monday, April 24, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, April 24.

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.


COMPUTER CENTER: The Computer Center will close for the Good Friday holiday at 1 a.m. Friday, April 21, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Saturday, April 22.

Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



This is a reminder to 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 Friday, April 14. 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 2000 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 16, at the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning at 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for Years of Service in five- year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased beginning Monday, April 17, in the Office of Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall, for $3.50 each or from the personnel manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Tuesday, May 9. All members of the University community are invited.

Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



Thursday, April 20, a blood drive will be conducted by personnel from Altru Hospital in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union. I am asking you to seriously consider giving blood on that day. The drive runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and we are able to schedule two to three people every 15 minutes. This would take only about 45 minutes of your time and in the process you may be responsible for saving one, two, or even three people's lives. Free doughnuts will also be available for donors.

If you would be willing to serve your community in this area, please e-mail me or give me a call to set up an appointment time at aharmeso@plains.nodak.edu or 777-5838. Walk-ins are also welcome. Thank you.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for Angie Harmeson, Blood Drive Coordinator.



The UND Staff Senate has received a second shipment of Staff Senate Cookbooks. If you are interested in purchasing cookbooks, staff senators will be available in the Student Union during the following times: Friday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Monday, April 17, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Tuesday, April 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The first shipment sold fast, so don't miss out! These cookbooks contain nearly 600 recipes collected from UND staff, faculty and students. They will make great Mother's Day gifts. Cookbooks can also be purchased by stopping at the Dean of Students Office, 180 McCannel Hall. The cost is $12 per book, which includes tax.

Sherri Korynta (Vice President for Student and outreach Services office), for Staff Senate.



The special Denim Day held last Thursday to help send the Pride of the North Band to Providence was a success. As of Monday afternoon nearly $400 had been donated, and there is more yet to come. Thanks to everyone who participated. It was great to hear the band in the background Thursday and Saturday.

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, for the Denim Day Committee.



The Holy Week mass schedule for the Newman Center follows: Holy Thursday, April 20, 7 p.m., followed by adoration; Good Friday service, April 21, 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday Easter Vigil, April 22, 9 p.m.; Easter Sunday morning, April 23, 9:30 a.m.

Father Raymond Courtright, Newman Center.




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


DOE plans to conduct a technically competitive solicitation (Solicitation No. DE-PS03-00SF22056) for basic research experiments in high energy density and laser matter interaction studies at the National Laser Users' Facility (NLUF) located at the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics (UR/LLE). Universities, other higher education institutions, private sector not-for-profit organizations, or other entities are invited to submit grant applications. Resources of the NLUF are available to scientists for state-of-the art experiments primarily in the area of inertial confinement fusion (ICF) and related plasma physics. Other areas such as spectroscopy of highly ionized atoms, laboratory astrophysics, fundamental physics, material science, and biology and chemistry will be considered on a secondary basis. The NLUF program for FY 2001/2002 is to concentrate on experiments that can be done with the OMEGA laser [a 30 kJ UV 60 beam laser system (at 0.35 um) suitable for direct-drive ICF implosions] at the University of Rochester and development of diagnostic techniques suitable for the OMEGA system. Multiple awards under $700,000/year are anticipated. Contact: Janice Williams, Contract Specialist, 510/637-1914, janice.williams@oak.doe.gov (Application); John Soures, Manager, National Laser Users' Facility, University of Rochester/LLE, 250 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623 (Laser Facilities).

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The Foundation supports the following areas: fostering open communication about, and research into, human sexuality, reproductive health and rights; and protecting and fostering civil rights and civil liberties in the U.S. for all people. Grants range from $5,000-$10,000. Deadline: None. Contact: Cleo Wilson, Executive Director, 312/751-8000 X2667, cleow@playboy.com.

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Support is provided for efforts to help Americans live healthy and productive lives, through projects which are directly relevant to the following priorities: Improving Health Care Services, Bettering the Health of Minorities, Advancing the Well-being of Elderly People, Developing the Capacities of Children and Young People. Preference is given to proposals to clarify the scope of serious and neglected problems, especially those affecting vulnerable groups of Americans; to analyze the impact of policies and trends on well-defined issues; or to develop and test practical solutions. Deadline: None. Contact: Adrienne A. Fisher, Director of Grants Management, 212/535-0400, mm@cmwf.org, http://www.cmwf.org/programs/.

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Funding is provided to tax-exempt organizations for work in four concentrated areas of interest: science and technology, standard of living and economic performance, education and careers in science and technology, and selected national issues. Grants of $30,000 or less are made throughout the year by officers; grants usually support workshops, symposia, and conferences. Grants over $30,000 are made four times a year by the Trustees. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/649-1649, fax 212-757-5117; http://www.sloan.org/grants.html.

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The Foundation provides support for projects concerned with aged women; for hospital construction, maintenance, and equipment purchases; and for research concerning heart disease or cancer. Emphasis is given to equipment and programmatic needs of major teaching medical centers and local rural hospitals. Preference has also been given to proposals where benefits can be leveraged through challenge grant arrangements, as well as to instrumentation and programmatic needs of medical science research institutes focusing upon heart disease or cancer research. Recent grants ranged from $50,000- $500,000. Deadline: Edward W. Probert, President, 908/766-0404, rippel@gti.net, http://fdncenter.org/grantmaker/rippel.

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Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering (COBASE) Project Development and Initiation Grants support American specialists who wish to host and/or visit Central Europe and Eurasia (CEE) or Newly Independent States (NIS) colleagues in order to initiate research projects and prepare collaborative research proposals for submission to the National Science Foundation (NSF). U.S. applicants may request support for up to 2 visits in either or both directions. Each visit must be at least 2 weeks (10-14 days) in length; the total combined duration of the visit(s) may not to exceed 8 weeks. Grants will range from $2,500-$10,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or perm- anent residents, affiliated with U.S. universities or non-profit research institutions, and possess Ph.D. degrees or equivalent research experience. Foreign counterparts must possess CEE/NIS citizenship, be permanently employed at a CEE/NIS institution, and hold Ph.D. degrees or research training and experience equivalent to a doctoral degree. U.S. applicants who have received their doctoral degrees within the past 6 years will receive special consideration. Deadlines: 4/24/00, 8/28/00, 1/8/01.

The Twinning Program 2001-2002 will support two-year collaborative research projects linking U.S. scientists with their counterparts in Ukraine. Priority will be given to partnerships involving researchers who have not previously engaged in significant collaborative work. Subject to availability of funding, support will be provided for travel and living expenses for visits by American grantees and colleagues from the same institution to the Ukraine and visits by their foreign counterparts to the U.S. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, affiliated with U.S. universities or non-profit research institutions, possess Ph.D. degrees or equivalent research experience, and have existing contacts with researchers and/or institutions in the Ukraine. Those who have received their doctoral degrees within the past 6 years or are entering into an international collaboration for the first time are strongly encouraged to apply. NRC also welcomes the inclusion of junior postdoctoral researchers and graduate students in proposals submitted by more senior applicants. Grants will generally range from $13,000-$15,000. Deadline: 10/1/2000.

Fields funded by NSF are eligible, including archaeology and anthropology; astronomy; biochemistry, biophysics, and genetics; biological sciences; chemistry; computer science; earth sciences; economics; engineering; environmental sciences; geography; history and philosophy of science; linguistics; mathematics; physics; political science; non-clinically-oriented psychology; science and technology policy; and sociology. Contact: 202/334-2644; fax 202/334-2614; ocee@nas.edu; http://www.nationalacademies.org/oia.

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Grants support projects in the field of alcoholism prevention and education. Alcoholism is addressed on all fronts--including treatment, research, public education, and creating awareness of the problem in the nation's work world. The main thrust is prevention of alcoholism through education. Recent grants have ranged from $100-$187,000 with most grants in the $1,000-$5,000 range. Contact: Thomas D. Croci, Director, 516/676-0067; fax 516/676-0323; smithers@concentric.net; http://aaw.com/smithers. Deadline: None.

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Humanities Fellowships support American scholars, doctoral students, and specialists in the humanities undertaking research and study in South, Southeast, and East Asia. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The Council also supports American and Asian scholars participating in conferences, exhibitions, visiting professorships, and similar projects. Funding is provided in the following fields: archaeology; conservation; museology; and the theory, history, and criticism of architecture, art, dance, design, film, music, photography, and theater. A brief description of the activity for which assistance is being sought should be sent to the address below. If the proposed activity falls within the Council's guidelines, application materials will be provided. Duration ranges from 1-9 months. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 8/1/00. Contact: 212/812-4300; fax 212/812-4299; acc@accny.org.

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The NIGMS has announced the Institute's desire to support researchers's acquisition of next- generation instrumentation for electron microscopy (EM). Electron Microscopy is applied to a broad range of problems in molecular and cellular biology. Current research efforts aim at extending the capabilities of EM for determining atomic structures of isolated macromolecular assemblies and analyzing spatial arrangements of macromolecules in cells. The next generation of EM instrumentation and associated infrastructure will be required to achieve these capabilities. However, the instruments are too expensive for current funding mechanisms provided by federal agencies. As a result, NIGMS will assist in their acquisition by providing additional support to a variety of mechanisms of NIH, NSF, and other Federal agencies, when the equipment is justified as part of an NIGMS supported research effort. NIGMS will also support incorporation of infrastructure for EM in new and on-going research projects. Infrastructure includes support for operation and upkeep of microscopes and ancillary equipment (e.g., service contracts and support personnel). Contact: James F. Deatherage, 301/594-3828; deatherj@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-083.html.

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Alcohol Research Centers (AA-00-003) conduct and foster interdisciplinary research on alcoholism and alcohol abuse. The program is designed to encourage application of multiple perspectives and approaches to alcohol related problems. The NIAAA currently supports 15 Centers and anticipates that the level of support for this program will not expand during this competition. Support for 7 of the current 5-year Center grant awards will expire in late 2001. Applications for new Centers will be accepted with applications from currently funded Centers seeking renewal support. All proposed research to be conducted within a Center must be clearly directed toward one or more of the following goals: prevalence, etiology, diagnosis, prediction, clinical course, management or treatment of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, or alcohol-related health problems; health services research; consequences of alcoholism or alcohol abuse; and factors that relate to prevention of alcohol abuse, alcoholism, or other problems associated with alcohol consumption. It is estimated that approximately $12.0 million dollars will be available in FY 2002 to fund 7-8 Centers. Deadlines: 11/13/00 (Letter of Intent), 12/13/00 (Proposal). Contact: Ernestine Vanderveen, 301/443-2531, tvander@willco.niaaa.nih.gov.

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Many institutes are participating in a collaborative effort with NASA to support the program, Earth-Based Research Relevant to The Space Environment. The major objective is to stimulate basic, applied, and clinical biomedical and behavioral ground-based research relevant to human space flight or to advancing our understanding of the effects of the space environment on biological systems. Potential areas of research 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, but a letter is required from the appropriate NASA official certifying that the proposed use of the facilities is feasible and can be implemented. The mechanism of support will be the individual research project grant (R01). Contact: Specific institute listed in announcement at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-088.html. Deadlines: Standard NIH.

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The Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) requests proposals for the Integrated Research, Education, and Extension Competitive Grants Program--Water Quality for fiscal year (FY) 2000 to support integrated, multifunctional agricultural research, extension, and education activities that address water quality priorities in U.S. agriculture. The amount available for support in FY 2000 is approximately $12,400,000. Proposals are sought that will provide watershed-based information that can be used to: Assess sources of water quality impairment in targeted watersheds; develop and/or recommend options for continued improvement of water quality in targeted watersheds; and evaluate relative costs and benefits associated with cleanup from all responsible sectors (e.g., farming, processing, urban runoff, municipal waste treatment, etc.). The program will favor proposals with a clear problem statement that have identified a specific location where the work is to be conducted. Results and implications of the work conducted should be associated with a specific, geo-referenced location. Program announcement: http://www.reeusda.gov/1700/funding/11_99-406.htm. Contact: Timothy C. Strickland, Water Quality Chair, 202/205-5952; tstrickland@reeusda.gov; or Raymond Knighton, National Program Leader, 202/401-6417; rknighton@reeusda.gov. Deadline: 6/6/00.

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


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