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University Letter

April 20, 2001

Volume 38 No. 33

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 33, April 20, 2001

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Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar will be the speaker at the general commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the Alerus Center. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Peter Schickele, the composer and musician known as "P.D.Q. Bach; Richard Olafson, M.D. Professor Emeritus and Associate Dean, Southeast Campus, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Patricia Owens, former mayor of Grand Forks; and to Raymond Rude, founder of Duraflex Corp.

The Law School commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, with Rodney Webb, chief judge of the U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota, as speaker. Medical School Commencement will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, also at the Chester Fritz Auditorium with former Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp as speaker.

Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, Assistant Director to the NASA Johnson Space Center, became a NASA astronaut in 1981. A veteran of five space flights, she has logged more than 1,208 hours, or 50 days, in space. She has assisted in the verification of Shuttle flight software at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory, served as a member of the Flight Crew Equipment Control Board, and served as a member of the Astronaut Office Science Support Group, which supported operational development of the remote manipulator system. She has served as chief of the Mission Development Branch, and as Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Life and Microgravity Sciences, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C. She qualified to fly on long duration flights with the Russian space station, Mir, and has been responsible for chairing the International Space Station Training Readiness Reviews, and facilitating Russian/American operations and training strategies.

A native of Sunnyside, Wash., she earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington in 1971 and 1975, and a doctorate in Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering from the University of Houston in 1983. She worked for Boeing Computer Services, Harwell Laboratories in Oxford, England, as a visiting scientist, and was a senior research engineer with Rockwell International Space Division. She is also a private pilot.

Peter Schickele is a composer, musician, author and satirist who is internationally known for his success in popularizing classical music through his "P.D.Q. Bach" performances. Schickele will also present a concert Saturday, May 12, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center, to benefit the UND Music Department.

Schickele appears weekly on public radio and still occasionally performs as a music professor at the "University of Southern North Dakota at Hoople" who has supposedly discovered the lost works of "P.D.Q. Bach." His recordings have won four Grammy Awards.

Schickele grew up in Fargo, where he played bassoon in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from Swarthmore College and the Juilliard School of Music, where he also served on the faculty.

Dr. Richard Olafson, Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience and Associate Dean of the Southeast Campus, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is one of the pioneers who established the four-year medical school at UND. He has served as a teacher, an administrator who worked wherever needed, as a liaison to the community and state, and as a role model for medical students and residents. He is both a gentleman and a physician. His efforts helped change the face of medicine in North Dakota. When the School began its degree-granting program in the mid 1970s, the median age of physicians in the state was 58, and about 25 percent of physicians were within five years of retirement. Today, the median age of doctors in North Dakota is 44, the same as the nationwide median age of physicians. More than half of the physicians in the state have received training at UND.

Dr. Olafson earned bachelor's and B.S. Medicine degrees from UND, then completed his M.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in neurological surgery at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine before being certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery.

Patricia Owens, former mayor of Grand Forks, has served Grand Forks and North Dakota for more than 37 years, first as an administrative assistant to four Grand Forks mayors, and for four years as mayor. Her actions before, during and after the Flood of 1997 made her, in the words of the Canadian Broadcasting Company, "a genuine American hero." Her efforts with agencies local, state and federal and people both elected officials and private citizens ensured that the needs of those living in the Red River Valley were both recognized and addressed. She now shares the lessons learned from those experiences as a FEMA employee working with other communities which are facing disasters.

Raymond Rude, a native of Stanley, left North Dakota as a teenager during the Great Depression. He was hired by Lockheed Aircraft to shovel sand in 1937 and worked his way up to tool engineer. In this capacity, he worked on the famous P-38 Lightning. He headed a group of 30 hand-picked employees which performed difficult tasks. His group was so successful that two more such groups were formed under his leadership.

After World War II, Rude opened his own tool shop, fabricating parts for Lockheed and all major U.S. aircraft corporations. In response to a friend's need, he fabricated a diving board. It proved so successful that it revolutionized the sport of diving. He began manufacturing diving boards and stands, launching a new company, Duraflex. The corporation has been the dominant manufacturer of diving equipment worldwide for more than 40 years. Rude has returned much to North Dakota through his support of the Center for Innovation, the Tech Savvy Program, Stanley Bethel Nursing Home, and the Flickertail Heritage Center.



Applications and nominations are invited for the new position of Vice President for Research at the University of North Dakota. The chief research officer of the university reports directly to the president and is responsible for the promotion, administration and service of the research program. We seek an energetic, creative, people-oriented individual to enhance our efforts for external funding in support of research, scholarship and technology transfer. The individual selected will develop strategic relationships, long term strategies, and mechanisms to facilitate a successful enterprise. He/she will work closely with the vice presidents, deans, department chairs, faculty and the university's liaison in Washington. The Vice President for Research will supervise existing compliance and support areas related to research.

The University of North Dakota, founded in 1883, has more than 11,000 students in physical and natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, aerospace sciences, engineering, medical sciences, nursing, fine arts, business, law, education and human development. The graduate student enrollment is 1,500 per semester with 350 masters and 40 doctoral degrees awarded per year and is expected to grow as directed by UND's strategic plan. The university currently acquires over $40 million annually in external research programs with an initial goal of $100 million. UND is a vibrant, comprehensive institution with a rich history located in a safe and friendly community of 60,000 people.

Qualifications include experience in administration, a substantial record of research, success in securing extramural funding, and a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with credentials for a tenured faculty position in a department. Strong commitments to interdisciplinary research, to undergraduate and graduate research, and to building partnerships with government, industry, professions, and the community are especially desirable.

Additional information is available at www.und.edu.vpresearch Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations are strongly encouraged. The anticipated date of appointment is October 1, 2001. A letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of the applicant's philosophy of university-based research, and names and addresses of three references should be sent to:

H. David Wilson, M.D., Dean
Chair, Vice President for Research Search Committee
UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences
P.O. Box 9037
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037

e-mail: hdwilson@medicine.nodak.edu (701)777-2514

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants with special needs or disability accommodation requirements should make the request with the Search Committee Chair.

The University of North Dakota is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.




An award-winning molecular biologist from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis will deliver the keynote address at the 21st annual Frank N. Low Research Day Thursday, April 19, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Scott Hultgren, Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, has been invited to present an address titled "Bacterial Pili: Structure, Biogenesis and Function in Host-Pathogen Interactions and Disease," during the event, which is organized to provide a forum for faculty and students to learn about research interests and activities of their colleagues.

Hultgren received the 1988 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award from the American Society of Microbiology whose president called Hultgren, "the most outstanding young microbiologist in the world." The award recognizes basic research of unusual merit in the field of microbiology and immunology by a young investigator.

The award panels' experts singled Hultgren out because of his work on organisms that cause disease. He "has set a paradigm," said the society's president Stanley Falkow, Ph.D., of Stanford University School of Medicine, "for approaching structure- function studies in micro-organisms."

Hultgren studies ways in which bacteria attach to human tissue, a key event in the onset of disease. As a model system, he works with E. coli strains that infect the urinary tract.

"Our strategy is to decipher the molecular basis of how bacteria cause disease and to use this information to design vaccines and novel antibacterial therapeutics," he said.

Other biomedical researchers, faculty members of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, also will present current information about their work. They are: Roger Melvold, Chair and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, "A Regulation of Susceptibility to Demyelinating Disease"; Holly Brown-Borg, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, "Growth Hormone and Long Life: Lessons from Dwarf Mice"; Bret Haake, Clinical Assistant Professor and Head of the Neurology Division, Department of Neuroscience, Fargo, "Brain Attack"; and Henry Slotnick, Professor of Neuroscience, "The Epidemiology of Physician Learning."

The event begins at 9:10 a.m. at the Karl Christian Wold, M.D., Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Preregistration is not required.

Posters outlining current research studies will be displayed in the John W. Vennes Atrium of the school. The visual displays, accompanied by the researcher, outline current work and findings in investigative studies.

The research day event was named for Dr. Frank N. Low, a faculty member in the Department of Anatomy, upon his retirement in 1981 in recognition of his contributions to research at the UND School of Medicine. Dr. Low served on the faculty from 1964 to 1981 as a Hill Research Professor. After his tenure at the UND School of Medicine, he went on to continue his research activities as professor emeritus of anatomy at Louisiana State University. He died in 1998.

For more information, please contact me.

-- Deb Kroese in the Department of Physiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, 777-6221, dkroese@medicine.nodak.edu.



L. Ken Saunders from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Pennsylvania State/Erie, faculty candidate for a position in Mechanical Engineering, will present a seminar titled "The Application of Model Reference Adaptive Control to End Milling" at 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, in 263 Upson II Hall. In the seminar, dynamic models of end milling are developed and a control algorithm presented. Dr. Saunders will present results from implementing Model Reference Adaptive Controllers to the milling process. Dynamics models for milling are developed and various options for improving these models are also discussed. He will present further research and discuss the problems that remain unsolved.

Keith Mattson, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Mich., also a faculty candidate for the position in Mechanical Engineering, will present a seminar titled "Trends in Automotive Steering Systems" at 2 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 263 Upson II Hall. The benefits of steer by wire in vehicle control, active safety, reliability and cost will be defined in detail. Replacement of recirculating ball systems with rack and pinion systems in light and medium trucks, to move away from hydraulic assist to electrical assist power steering, and several engineering issues will be explored such as friction, inertia and temperature dependent variation. A state-of-the-art in automotive control will be presented: X-by-Wire systems. The revolutionary benefits of steer by wire in vehicle control, active safety, and integration will be defined in detail.

Department of Mechanical Engineering.



Thomas Owens, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Interim Dean, School of Engineering and Mines, will be retiring. A reception in his honor will be held Friday, April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center.

He graduated from UND in 1963 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and received his M.S. (1965) and Ph.D. (1967) in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University. He joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1976 and had chaired the department from 1974-1989, 1990-1994 and 1996-2000.

Please join us in wishing Tom a happy retirement.

School of Engineering and Mines.



A Lunch and Learn session titled "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Addiction Treatment" will be presented Friday, April 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in 130 Gamble Hall. The session provides an overview of issues of importance in treating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons who have substance use disorders. New findings from Tonda Hughes' ground- breaking research on lesbian alcohol use and health will be included.

Presenters are Tonda Hughes, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Michele Eliason, Associate Professor of Nursing and Psychology, University of Iowa. Drs. Eliason and Hughes are co-chairs of the Center for Excellence for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues of the Prairielands ATTC.

There is limited seating so please contact Dawn Botsford or Brenda Keller at the Office of Conference Services to register, 777-2663.

Linda Neuerburg, Director, Prairelands ATTC of Excellence on Native Americans and Substance Abuse.



Vickie Dugan, former women's softball coach at Oregon State University, will present "Speaking Out for Justice in Higher Education" from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St.

Dugan sued Oregon State Univeristy, alleging sex discrimination, lower pay, no money to hire assistants, limited scholarships and poor facilities when OSU fired her and replaced her with a male coach. In November 1997 she was awarded $1.3 million in damages. OSU appealed, yet dropped their appeal in 1999 for a $1.9 million settlement. The American Association of University Women's Legal Advocacy Fund supported Dugan during her litigation. A free will offering will be accepted. This program is sponsored by the American Association of University Women Legal Advocacy Fund.

Women's Center.



The Apartment Community Center is holding the spring community rummage sale Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. There are approximately 20 parties signed up. The community center is located at 525 Stanford Road; please use the south entrance by the playground.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for Malia Young, Apartment Community Center.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, April 23, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Request for change in admission requirements for the M.S. in Mathematics to add the equivalent of a full year of Advanced Calculus, Math 431, 432.

2. Request for change in listing of required courses for the Master of Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering.

3. Program Review: Electrical Engineering, Discussion of Draft No. 2. (Draft to be given out at meeting.)

4. Continued discussion on the Allied Health Program's request for change in curriculum review.

5. Search Committee convenes at 4:30 p.m.

-- Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Robert Bennett, General-Experimental faculty candidate, will present "Behavioral Tolerance to Alcohol: Conditioning Models and Some Data," from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Department of Psychology.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology welcomes Peter Klein from the Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania as a speaker in their seminar series. The seminar will be on Monday, April 23, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and is titled "Bipolar Frogs: Wnt Signaling and the Mechanism of Lithium Action in Development." It will be held in the Frank N. Low Conference Room, Room B710 of the E.C. James Research Facility of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. All interested faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend.

- Jane Dunlevy, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The third annual Honors Program Undergraduate Research Conference will take place Monday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the East Asian Room at the Chester Fritz Library. Over the past year, honors students have worked on and completed an Honors thesis. This conference provides a place for Honors students to showcase their accomplishments and share their thesis projects. The students represent a wide variety of disciplines and their topics range from in-depth looks at specific writers and their effect on American society and self-conducted studies and analysis, to original musical recitals. This event is free and open to the public. For more information contact Becca Lieberg at the Honors Program, 777-2219.

Honors Program.



The final examination for Richard Jay Cunningham, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 10 a.m. Monday, April 23, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Perceptions of Coaches in Small Colleges Regarding Sport Law and Sport Injury." Gerald Bass (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Debra Ann Filer, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Faculty Perceptions of Competencies in the Nursing Profession." Gerald Bass (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Tanis Lovercheck-Saunders, a candidate for the Doctor of Arts degree with a major in History, is set for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in 217 Merrifield Hall. The dissertation title is "Our Duty, Our Rights, Our America: Women in the American Nativist Movement 1830-1930." Barbara Handy-Marchello (History) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Marilyn K. Snyder, a candidate for the Doctor of Education degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Deafening Silence: Various School Systems' Reactions to Student Sexual Victimization by School Personnel." Kathleen Gershman (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Xiaochu Yang, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Physics, is set for 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in 215 Witmer Hall. The dissertation title is "Transport Studies on Fe, A1 and Ni Doped PrBa2Cu3O7." Tar-Pin Chen (Physics) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The peer educator group, Students United Against Violence (S.U.A.V), Community Violence Intervention Center, Women's Center, and Counseling Center are working together to present a week of activities in April honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. These activities will take place the week of April 23-27. The schedule follows:

Monday, April 23, Informational table at the Memorial Union and at Wilkerson; pledge campaign.

Tuesday, April 24, Chuck Derry will do a presentation geared toward a male audience from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union; Sexual Assault Awareness Month Rally starting at 7 p.m. in the River Valley Room; Speakers for the Rally: Kay Mendick, Janet Nelson, Robert Boyd, Chuck Derry; Candlelight ceremony led by Chuck Derry (held in front of the Memorial Union).

Wednesday, April 25, Chuck Derry will host a meeting with a student group interested in starting a male peer education program on campus from noon to 1:30 p.m. in River Valley Room, Memorial Union; Chuck Derry presentation from 7 to 9 p.m. in River Valley Room-Public Presentation.

Thursday, April 26, Dream Worlds 2 video from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sioux Room at the Memorial Union, followed by presentation by a registered sex offender currently attending treatment at Northeast Human Service Center from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; 8 to 8:30 p.m., questions and discussion.

Friday, April 27, Informational table at the Memorial Union.

-- Janet Nelson, Violence Intervention Advocate.



Does the end of semester crunch leave you feeling stressed?
Student Health Services is sponsoring Stress Relief Week April 23 through April 27. Activities include:

Monday, April 23, 5 p.m., Lotus Meditation Center, free stress reduction meditation by Tamar Read;

Wednesday, April 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Union, stress relief game and prizes;

Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m., Hyslop Dance Studio, free yoga class;

Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wilkerson, stress relief game and prizes;

Friday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Union, De-Stress Fest, with free orange juice and snacks, fun stress relief activities, make your own stress ball, stress relief game, and prizes.

Free UND Aerobics will be held all week at Hyslop Dance Studio. Call 777-4324 for the schedule.

For more information about Stress Relief Week call the Student Health/Health Promotion Office at 777-2097.

Jane Croecker, Student Health Services.



The North Dakota Humanities Council Larry Remele Fellowship program is sponsoring "Constructing a Meaning for Northern Manitoba: Or the Cult of Developmentalism Moves North," by Jim Mochoruk (History) Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. For information call 1-800-338-6543.

North Dakota Humanities Council.



The Psychology Department will hold Graduate Student Colloquium Day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in 108 Nursing. The schedule follows: 11 a.m., Kathryn Apostal; 11:20 a.m., Patricia Moulton; 11:40 a.m., Michael Busseri; noon, Ronald Park; 12:20 p.m., Dimitri Poltavski. Everyone is welcome.

Department of Psychology.



The Wind Ensemble and University Band, conducted by James Popejoy, will present their final concerts of the season Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Empire Arts Center. Tickets for the event are $5 for adults and $2 for students, and are available at the door. All high school and middle school students will be admitted free of charge with the presentation of their student ID card.

This concert will feature several special guests and student soloists. The Wind Ensemble will present the world premiere of a new work for band titled "Into the Skies," which was recently composed especially for them by Christopher Tucker. Mr. Tucker will attend the concert to discuss his new composition. Music majors Catherine Canham, soprano; Aslaug Hesto, piccolo; and Mark Leonard, vibraphone, will be featured as soloists with the Wind Ensemble. The UND "Pride of the North Drumline" led by drumline instructor Justin Dillon, will perform a special selection during the concert.

Included on the Wind Ensemble's portion of the program, along with Christopher Tucker's new piece, will be John Philip Sousa's "Fugure on Yankee Doodle." Canham will be the featured vocalist on Sousa's "I've Made My Plans for the Summer," while Hesto will perform "Polonaise for Piccolo" by Trevor Ford. Leonard will be the featured soloist on Andre Waignein's "Tribute to Lionel," dedicated to the great jazz vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. Graduate Teaching Assistant Wendy McCallum will guest conduct the ensemble in John Zdechlik's classic work for band "Chorale and Shaker Dance."

The University's Band's program will open with Ralph Vaughan William's "Flourish for Wind Band" and a new recent prize-winning work by Greg Danner titled "Walls of Zion." McCallum will conduct the band on both of these selections. Rounding out the program will be Claude T. Smith's first work for band, "Emperata Overture; On the Mall" march by Edwin Franko Goldman; and a medley of tunes from Meredith Willson's classic musical "The Music Man."

For additional information concerning this performance, please contact the Band Department at 777-2815.

James Popejoy, Director of Bands.



"CooA-a Transcriptional Activator in Rhodospirillum rubrum that Senses Both Redox and Carbon Monoxide" will be presented by Gary P. Roberts, Professor of Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.



A panel discussion, "Media Influences on Our Kids," is set for Wednesday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Empire Arts Center.

Does the media affect your children? Participate in a discussion with the following panelists about how your children can be influenced by the media and how to address this issue as a parent. Join in the discussion and ask questions.

Panelists are: Mary Ann Alhadeff, President and CEO, Prairie Public Broadcasting; John Hoover, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning; JT, Radio Announcer, XL 93; Laura Novotny, Student, Valley Middle School, writer for the Grand Forks Herald Teen Page; and Thomas Peterson, psychiatrist, President and Chief Medical Officer, The Stadter Center and parent of six children.

It is sponsored by Valley Middle School and the Division of Continuing Education, Department of Social Work, and Department of Teaching and Learning at UND, Institute of Rural Mental Health, Parent Education Resource Center, Prairie Public Broadcasting, and XL 93.

This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Dawn or Brenda at 777-2663 or 1-800-342-8230.

Dawn Botsford, Continuing Education.



Edward G. Stopa, Associate Professor of Pathology and Director of Neuropathology, Brown University School of Medicine, and faculty member of Brown University Graduate Programs in Pathobiology and Neuroscience, Providence, R.I., will present a research seminar on "Microvascular Injury, Blood-Brain Barrier Failure and Extracellular Matrix Disruption in Alzheimer's Disease," at noon Thursday, April 26, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Stopa's seminar deals with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), secreted by the choroid plexus, which bathes the extracellular millieu of the brain and is reabsorbed into the venous circulation by way of the arachnoid villi. This circulation of CSF facilitates the elimination of harmful brain metabolites on the inner side of the blood brain barrier. Despite the obvious potential importance of CSF fluid dynamics in Alzheimer's disease and normal pressure hydrocephalus, little is known about the effects of aging and Alzheimer's disease on the choroid plexus, arachnoid villi and blood brain barrier.

Dr. Stopa is a Pathology chair candidate at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. For more information, please contact me.

James Mitchell (Neuroscience), Chair of the Search Committee, Fargo, (701) 293-4113.



Award-winning author Kathy Coudle King will read from her recently-published book, "Wannabe," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

"Wannabe," a novel about growing up female in a Cuba-American community in New Jersey during the late 1970s and 1980s, explores common rites of passages for girls and celebrates the Cuban-American culture that the protagonist longs to join. "Quincineras," salsa lessons, and visits to "botanicas" for love potion ingredients are all part of this humorous, often poignant story of desiring to be someone other than oneself.

A chapter from "Wannabe," which was named a finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival, may be viewed on www.angelfire.com/nd/wannabe.

Kathy Coudle King holds a B.F.A. from New York University, an M.A. from UND, and is a senior lecturer in the English department and Women Studies at UND. Several of her plays have been performed in North Dakota and Minnesota. "Last Call," "Ralph's Ark," and "'Til the Fat Lady Sings" have all won playwriting awards. King is currently at work on "Milk Dreams," a play which weaves together stories of breastfeeding.

The reading, which is part of the Museum's Readers Series, is free and open to the public.

An extensive exhibition of Cuban photography and art, including the works of Korda, one of Fidel Castro's official photographers, is on display at the Museum until May 27. There is no admission charge and hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

North Dakota Museum of Art.



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 UND Concert Choir and the Grand Forks Master Chorale will present two French masterworks, the Faure Requiem and the Poulenc Gloria Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m., Holy Family Catholic Church. The concert will include soloists Maria Williams in the Gloria and Royce Blackburn and Catherine Canham in the Requiem as well as full orchestra.

The Requiem is a work of austere beauty, containing lyrical melodies and sensitive harmonies. The Gloria, a later work, abounds with rhythmic vitality, unusual 20th century harmonies and captivating orchestral colors. The choirs and orchestra are conducted by Susan McMane, Visiting Director of Choirs.

The project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and sponsored by the City of Grand Forks and the North Valley Arts Council. Members of the Chiara Quartet are participating with funding through the Greater Grand Forks Symphony, the UND Department of Music, Chamber Music America's Chamber Music Rural Residencies Program, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation, The Helen F. Whitaker Fund, and The Susan W. and Elihu Rose Foundation.

Department of Music.



An open house retirement reception for Don Piper, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, will be held Tuesday, May 1, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. If you are unable to attend and wish to send Dr. Piper personal greetings, please send them to the Enrollment Management Office, PO Box 7119.

Office of Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.



The 2001 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 15, at the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning at 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for Years of Service in five year increments, ten 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 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 Wednesday, May 9. All members of the University community are invited.

-- Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



An international conference on Intelligent Multimedia and Distance Education will be held Friday through Sunday, June 1-3, at NDSU in Fargo. The schedule follows:

Thursday, May 31, 5 to 7 p.m., Registration; 7 to 9 p.m., Social.

Friday, June 1, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Registration; 8:30 to 9 a.m., Opening Remarks; 9 to 10 a.m., "Software Systems for Virtual Academic Society," by Timothy K. Shih, Tamkang University, Taiwan; 10 to 10:15 a.m., Break; 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Concurrent Sessions; 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Lunch, "Digital Game-Based Learning," by Mark Prensky, Corporate Gameware LLC; 1:45 to 2 p.m., Break; 2 to 3:30 p.m., Concurrent Sessions; 3:30 to 3:45 p.m., Break; 3:45 to 5 p.m., "Virtual Worlds for Education Research at NDSU" by Brian Slator and the NDSU WWWIC Group, NDSU; 6:30 p.m., Banquet with speaker Martin Davis, University of California-Berkeley.

Saturday, June 2, 8 to 8:45 a.m., Registration; 8:45 to 10 a.m., "Internet2" by Ted Hanss, University of Michigan; 10 to 10:15 a.m., Break; 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Concurrent Sessions; 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Lunch, "Leveraging Distributed Expertise in Learning and Teaching with Technologies" by Roy Pea, SRI International; 1:45 to 2 p.m., Break; 2 to 3:30 p.m., Concurrent Sessions; 3:30 to 3:4 p.m., Break; 3:45 to 5 p.m., Concurrent Activities: Panel: "Issues in Distance Education" with moderator Nancy Olson, NDSU; Demonstration: "HTML-eZ Web Course Development for the 21st Century" by Henry Borysewicz, AeroSpace Network, Scientific Computing Center, UND; 6:30 p.m., Entertainment/Dinner.

Sunday, June 3, 8 to 8:30 a.m., Registration; 8:30 to 10 a.m., Concurrent Sessions; 10 to 10:15 a.m., Break; 10:15 to 11:45 a.m., Concurrent Sessions; 11:45 to 12:45 p.m., Lunch; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., "Videoconferencing: Fresh Faces in new Places by speaker Bob Dixon, Ohio State University; 1:45 to 2 p.m., Break; 2 p.m., Closing Session and Door Prizes.

For more information visit the conference web site at www.ndsu.edu/conted/ICIMADE.

NDSU Continuing Education.




James Lloyd Stone, 92, former Executive Vice President of the UND Alumni Association, Palm Desert, Calif., died Tuesday, April 10.

Lloyd was born March 5, 1909, in Westhope, N.D. He attended Jamestown College from 1926 to 1927 and then transferred to the University of North Dakota. He earned a bachelor of science degree in 1930 and a master of science degree in 1936, both from UND.

He began his career in education as principal of Hazelton High School, serving later as superintendent of schools in Drayton and Inkster. He met Grace Rouzie during the time they were on the Hazelton High School faculty. They married on June 9, 1932, in Jamestown. Lloyd and Grace raised three sons.

In 1937 he assumed the post of state director of projects for the National Youth Administration (NYA), and served in that capacity until 1941, when he was promoted to a regional NYA position in St. Paul, Minn.

Lloyd was commissioned a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander and served in the Atlantic and Pacific submarine command until 1945. In the fall of that year he moved to Grand Forks to become the new professional head of the UND Alumni Association.

Working with a series of distinguished boards of directors, Lloyd led a reorganization of the association, which included establishing an ongoing fund-raising effort and a strong program of alumni relations.

Through the Alumni Association, the influence of former students was brought to bear in solving University problems, such as the underfunding of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and the need for a major building program on campus.

He retired from the Alumni Association in 1974. In recognition of his distinguished service to the University and its alumni, he received the Sioux Award, the UND Alumni Association's highest honor, in 1970.

Said Earl Strinden, CEO Emeritus of the UND Alumni Association and the UND Foundation, "Lloyd Stone arrived on the UND campus to become the executive vice president of the Alumni Association at a very crucial time in UND's history. Lloyd revitalized the Alumni Association in the aftermath of the Depression years and World War II.

"For almost three decades, Lloyd and Grace were goodwill ambassadors for UND. He brought many outstanding achievers back in contact with UND, including Chester Fritz and Ken Hyslop. Lloyd Stone served UND and its alumni with dedication and distinction. Countless numbers of students who have walked and will walk the paths of this campus are the beneficiaries of his love for and service to UND. Their meaningful and productive lives are a lasting tribute to this outstanding individual."

Former UND President Tom Clifford said, "I have fond memories of my good friend Lloyd. He was uncommon in his dedication to the University of North Dakota. He was at UND during the time of unprecedented growth. Many of the buildings on campus carry the names of individuals he befriended. UND is a stronger and a better university today because of J. Lloyd Stone."

Grace Stone died Aug. 29, 2000.

Lloyd is survived by his sons, Dr. James Stone, Fresno, Calif.; Dr. Richard (Dianne) Stone, Rapid City, S.D.; and John (Phyllis) Stone, Palm Desert, Calif.; 11 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the UND Foundation for The J. Lloyd and Grace Stone Leadership and Service Award Endowment. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Grand Forks.

Brenda Ling, UND Alumni Association and Foundation.




The Learning Community at Johnstone-Fulton-Smith (TLC@JFS) is a pilot project which began in the fall of 2000. It enabled 20 students to register for a common block of General Education courses and a common section of Introduction to University Life. Students participating in this program lived in the Johnstone-Fulton-Smith residence hall complex, where the Introduction to University Life course was also held. There were additional opportunities for outdoor and other social experiences available to the learning community cohort, and an in-house student writing consultant for these students and others in the residence complex was made possible through the project. Next fall we hope to run two sections of the Learning Community and are seeking three additional faculty members to team-teach the sections of Introduction to University Life. If you have even a spark of interest, please call Sara Hanhan (Early Childhood Education and Provost's Office) who was one of the team teachers last year, to learn more about the program. Her phone number is 777-4824.

Sara Hanhan, Associate Provost.



Faculty are asked to remind students that all papers to be considered for the annual Merrifield Competition Award must be submitted to the Department of Special Collections no later than Friday, April 27. The $1,500 UND 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, Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library.



The following 14 University Council members were elected on an at-large basis to serve two-year terms on the University Senate from September 2001 through August 2003: Fathollah Bagheri, Gregory Gagnon, Sara Hanhan, Thomasine Heitkamp, James Hikins, Jon Jackson, Susan Jeno, Kimberly Kenville, Roseanne McBride, Eric Murphy, David Perry, Tom Petros, Lana Rakow, and Faythe Thureen.

David Perry was elected to serve a three-year term as faculty representative on the University Budget Committee.

Douglas Munski was elected to serve a five-year term on the Faculty Rights Committee.

Tom Petros was elected to serve a three-year term on the Council of College Faculties.

The 30 faculty elected to the Special Review Committee for 2001-2002 were the following: Harmon Abrahamson, James Antes, Fathollah Bagheri, Glinda Crawford, Richard Crawford, Mary Cutler, Albert Fivizzani, Lucy Ganje, William Gosnold, James Grijalva, Barbara Handy-Marchello, Birgit Hans, Thomasine Heitkamp, Cindy Juntunen-Smith, Mary Kweit, Robert Kweit, John LaDuke, Lynn Lindholm, Richard Ludtke, James Mochoruk, Janet Kelly Moen, Douglas Munski, David Perry, Lana Rakow, Thomas Rand, Elizabeth Rankin, Mary Jane Schneider, Kathy Smart, Katherine Sukalski, and Cecilia Volden.

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



The Native Media Center will receive a three-year grant of $175,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant will support four programs for the Center: Native Youth Media Institute, Native Media Caucus, Native Media Awareness Week, and Native Media Connections.

The Native Youth Media Institute (NYMI) will recruit approximately 30 Native high school students, grades 8-12, from regional reservations and urban areas to participate in the week-long summer program. The Institute combines leadership training, critical thinking and communication skills and cultural awareness with hands-on experience in newspaper, television and radio production. This summer the NYMI will be held June 10-16.

The Native Media Caucus will recruit approximately 50 tribal college students and media professionals from regional reservations to participate with local media practitioners, communication educators and students in a spring semester, two-day media conference consisting of workshops and discussions framed within the Native cultural context. The Caucus will be held April 4- 5, 2002, in conjunction with the University's annual Time-out and Wacipi (Pow-wow).

Native Media Awareness Week will celebrate the importance of communication and media as vehicles that have the potential to educate, inform and transform individuals regarding their understanding of Native people, culture and the media. This week-long program will be held November 5-9, 2002, during National American Indian Heritage Month. It will serve the UND campus community and region by introducing nationally known Native media practitioners -- writers, photographers, designers, radio and television personalities -- who work toward eliminating negative stereotypes and the perpetuation of racism.

The Native Media Connections program will work throughout the year to improve relations between area media organizations -- newspaper, television, radio -- and Native peoples and media. We believe that neither the growth in non-white ethnic populations nor a heightened awareness of diversity has altered the behavior of most people, who tend to associate almost exclusively with others from the same ethnic or racial backgrounds.

Lacking direct exposure to people from different backgrounds, most people look to the media for information about them, trusting the news media in particular to provide an accurate window on American society. This has tremendous implications for the making of social policy, the state of racial relations and the well being of society as a whole.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities. The Native Media Center, which began operations in 1992, is a part of UND's School of Communication. It is located in 231 O'Kelly Hall.

Anyone interested in learning more about NYMI should contact the Native Media Center at 777-2478.

For more information about the Native Media Center or any of its programs, contact me.

-- Lynda Kenney, Director, Native Media Center, 777-2478, lynda_kenney@und.nodak.edu.



For just $4.17 per credit hour, UND employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You must have successfully completed your probationary period. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here's how to enroll:

1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).

2. Choose the course you'd like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. The deadline for filing the waiver is Tuesday, May 1, for the summer session, and Friday, Aug. 17, for the fall semester.

4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an "Application for Admission" form, available from the Admissions Office or Graduate School. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 Benefit!

Heidi Kippenhan, Director of Admissions, and Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel.



The "Grade Report" forms will be available in the Office of the Registrar for pick-up by the department offices beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 24. The procedures to follow and deadlines will be noted in a memo attached to the report forms.

If you have questions regarding the above, please call 777-2711.

Veriena Garver, Admissions and Records Officer, Office of the Registrar.



In an effort to provide more information to customers that use the Computer Center's Help Center, e-mail notifications will be sent April 20. This means that customers will receive an e-mail when tickets are entered into the Help Center software and another e-mail when their problem has been resolved. The e-mail will include a ticket number, ticket details and who to contact with additional problems or questions. By providing this notification, we hope that our customers will feel more involved in the process.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 777-2222 or cc_helpdesk@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Craig Cerkowniak, Help Center.



This week, "Studio One" will feature chiropractors, who use their hands to fix mechanical or structural injuries, including backaches, headaches, and sports injuries. We'll spend a day in the life of a person whose healing hands provide relief.

Also on "Studio One," the flood of 1997 in the Red River Valley resulted in more than a billion dollars in damages and losses. This year, home and business owners are taking steps to be more prepared for the flooding season. We'll look at lessons learned from the flood of the century.

"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.



Listed below are upcoming U2 workshops.

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 Beginning, April 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson Hall. Find out how to write notes, use the mailboxes and trash, customize GroupWise, and handle mail. Instructor: Tracy Uhlir, Computer Center.

Groupwise 5.5 Intermediate, April 25, 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.

WordPerfect 9.0: Level 1, April 30, May 2 and 4, 9 to 11:30 a.m. (7.5 hours) 361 Upson Hall. Create documents, charts, and tables using WordPerfect. Instructor: Jim Malins, 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.



A recent tour provided a good picture of the cooperation of the staff and administration at Twamley Hall for our campus recycling program. Some departments have used their own initiative to improve their collections. For example, Personnel Services signed their trash cans over to recycling cans and use just one can for trash. Financial Aid has taken great strides and assigned a work study student to empty the department's recycling containers weekly. Both examples save time and bags and increase quantities of recyclables. Everyone working in this building can be proud of their efforts to set the example.

Janice Troitte, Recycling Coordinator.



The last Wednesday of the month is April 25, so dig out your button, pay your dollar, and enjoy going casual while you know that all proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.



Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

The Aircraft Maintenance Department was presented the Diamond Certificate of Excellence Award by the Federal Aviation Administration regional representatives. This award is the highest honor available to a college aviation maintenance facility. The Odegard School has received the Diamond Certificate of Excellence five times in the past six years. Seventeen maintenance technicians also received individual awards for their participation in initial and recurrent maintenance training. Recipients of the Phase 2 (Silver) award are: Scott Baker, Steve Carpenter, Kirk Peterson, Steven Riddle, and Dale Thompson. Ten hours of aviation maintenance training were required to qualify for this phase. The Phase 3 (Gold) award was presented to Mike Agotness, Joe Berhow, Joe Capra, Dan Kasowski, Bob Martin, Joel Robberstad, Morgan Stroh and Dave Teets. These recipients were required to complete 24 hours of aviation maintenance training. The Phase 4 (Ruby) award was presented to Chad Carlson, Paul Haukebo and Joshua Larson. Fifty-eight hours of aviation maintenance training were required to qualify for this award. . . . Dan Kasowski, Director of Maintenance at the Odegard School has been named an Airworthiness Aviation Safety Counselor (ASC) by the Federal Aviation Administration.

College of Arts and Sciences

Ray Fischer (Professor Emeritus, Communication) published "Quiz Show Mania: Deja Vu with a Vengeance" in the September 2000 issue of USA Today Magazine. The same issue also included his book review of "The Case Against Hillary Clinton" by Peggy Noonan. . . . Mohammad Hemmasi (Geography) presented a paper titled "Religion in Global Intergovernmental Organizations: The Case of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC)" at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York City. The paper was co-authored by Devon Hansen (Geography). . . . Bradley Rundquist (Geography) presented a paper titled "Close-Range Remote Sensing for Estimating Vegetation Fraction over a Native Tallgrass Prairie Canopy" at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York City. . . . Virgil Benoit (French) spoke on "The French of the North" at the March Greater Grand Forks Germans from Russia meeting. . . . Michael Wittgraf (Music) won the orchestral division of the University of Minnesota's Craig and Janet Swan Sesquicentennial Composers Competition. His orchestral piece, "Event," was chosen from pieces submitted by recent graduates (since 1990) and current students of the University of Minnesota Music Department.

College of Business and Public Administration

Myron Bender (Professor Emeritus, Industrial Technology, and former chair for over 23 years) received an Award of Distinction from the International Technology Education Association at its annual conference in Atlanta, Ga. This honor, the second highest awarded by ITEA is given in recognition of outstanding service to the field of technology education.

School of Engineering and Mines

B.P. Bandyopadhyay (Mechanical Engineering) presented "High Efficiency Grinding of Advanced Materials with the Application of Electrolytic In-Process Dressing (ELID)" at the Seventh International Conference on Production Engineering, Design and Control held in Alexandria, Egypt. Bandyopadhyay was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for this distinguished research work. He also co-chaired a technical session at the conference.

College of Nursing

Fredricka Gilje and Patsy Klose co-authored "A Study of Decision Making Among U.S. Psychiatric Nurses" in the Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 14, (6): 296-299 in 2000. . . ..Elizabeth Tyree authored "Nuts and Bolts of Implementation or: Dream to Reality." at the AACN/Helene Fuld Faculty Development Workshop in Community-Based Undergraduate Nursing Education Monograph, Washington, D.C. . . . Evelyn Labun and Eleanor Yurkovich gave a poster presentation, "Utilizing Community Care Based Experiences in Psychiatric Nursing Education: The University of North Dakota Experience" poster presentation at the 2001 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health in Bismarck. . . . Elizabeth Tyree presented "Undergraduate Preparation for Primary Health Care Roles in an Academic Nursing Center" and "Primary Health Care: Meeting the Challenge" in Ottawa, Canada. . . . Sue Midthun, Glenda Lindseth and Ruth Pauer gave a poster presentation "Urinary Tract Detection in the Incontinent Elderly" at the First Joint Conference of the American Society on Aging and the National Council on the Aging in New Orleans, La. . . . At the same conference, Bette Ide, Barbara Dahlen and Marcia Gragert presented "Implications of a Needs Assessment of Native American Elders for Practice and Program Development."

Chester Fritz Library

Wilber Stolt (Director of Libraries) spoke on the October panel for "Gutenberg Year 2000: From Bible to Byte - Celebrating the 600th Anniversary of Johannes Gutenberg's Birth" at the region's German America Day program. He joined panelists Thomas Howard (History, Emeritus), Katja Schneider (UND Family Practice Center), and Herbert Boswau (German, Emeritus), moderator and host.

Conflict Resolution Center

Three members of the Conflict Resolution Center were named to the newly-formed Joint Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution: Kristine Paranica (Director), James Antes (Psychology), and Laurie Natwick (former Director and Bismarck charter member of the Conflict Resolution Center). The Joint Committee was formed with the passing of new Court Rules regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution which became effective March 1, 2001. The North Dakota Supreme Court and the State Bar Association took nominations and selected the 11-member panel. Dr. Antes and Rev. Natwick are two of the three lay-members of the committee. The Committee is charged with the task of reviewing and proposing laws and regulations in regard to A.D.R., including mediation. The Center is the only community mediation center in North Dakota.




Effective immediately for proposals, the dollar threshold for equipment has been raised to $5,000. The North Dakota Legislature has raised the acquisition cost of capital equipment from a price greater than $750 to a price $5,000 or greater effective July 1, 2001. Faculty and staff should include the new definition of equipment when submitting proposals which will be funded after July 1. Items costing less that $5,000 will be considered supplies and indirect cost will be applicable. Please note that this change is effective for proposal purposes only. Equipment which is purchased between now and June 30 will utilize the $750 threshold.

We are presently working to develop a transition plan for currently funded agreements. We will publish the plan as soon as it is finalized. If you have any questions, please contact Grants and Contracts Administration at 777-4151.

David Schmidt, Manager, Grants and Contracts Administration.



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


The Canadian Studies Research Grant Program supports faculty members at accredited four-year U.S. colleges and universities, as well as scholars at American research and policy-planning institutes, to promote research in the social sciences and humanities. The intent of the program is to promote research with a view to contributing to a better knowledge and understanding of Canada and its relationship with the U.S. and/or other countries of the world. Priority topics include bilateral trade and economics; Canada-U.S. border issues; cultural policy and values; environmental, natural resources, and energy issues; and security cooperation. Individual applicants may request funding for up to $10,000. The Principal Investigator, on behalf of a group, may request funding for up to $15,000. Deadline: 10/1/01. Contact: Philippe Premont, Program Assistant, 202/682-7727; philippe.premont@dfait-maeci.gc.ca; http://www.canadianembassy.org/studyincanada/grants.html.

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Institutional Grants in Political/Military Studies provide support to departments of political science or economics, international affairs institutes, centers for security studies, and research teams in NATO-EAPC (Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council Fellowships Program) member countries to conduct research in the social sciences and related disciplines. The research must lead to publication on political, security, and economic issues directly affecting the health of the alliance. A stipend of 250,000 Belgian francs is provided, which includes all travel costs. The term of the award is negotiable, but research must be concluded by June 30, 2003. Deadline: 1/1/02. Contact: Richard Pettit, 202/686-6240; rpettit@cies.iie.org; http://www.cies.org/cies/us_scholars/2002_2003AwardsBook.pdfatio.

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The Foundation supports research, analysis, public information, and development of innovative media products and services. Grantmaking is limited to the following three program areas: policy for a net-worked society, interactive media for children, and information technologies for better health. Previous awards have ranged from $1,000-$3 million. Contact: Ms. Susan Sigel, Grants Manager, 212/489-6655; info@markle.org; http://www.markle.org/gpi/_gpi_index.stm. Deadline: None.

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Applications are requested for Translational Research for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes. Clinical or behavioral studies are needed to develop and test improved methods of health care delivery to patients with or at risk of diabetes; improved methods of diabetes self management; and cost effective community-based strategies to promote healthy lifestyles that will reduce the risk of diabetes and obesity. Studies should focus on testing strategies for achieving objectives that have already been proven beneficial, such as control of glycemia and other risk factors for diabetic complications, or enhancing behaviors that are expected to improve health outcomes for individuals with type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Of particular interest are interventions that focus on translating new advances into practice in under-served and minority populations. The mechanism of support is the NIH research demonstration and dissemination project (R18) award mechanism. Contact: Sanford Garfield, Ph.D., 301/594-8803; garfields@extra.niddk.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-069.html. Deadlines: 6/1, 10/1, 2/1.

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The purpose of the Faculty Scholars Program is to support junior investigators who have already demonstrated their creativity and productivity in a small number of publications, but who are not near a tenure decision. Applications from more senior scientists are discouraged except for those who are planning to substantially change the course of their career to more youth- oriented or multi-disciplinary research. Priority areas for research are youth development; programs, policies, and institutions affecting young people; and adult attitudes about and perceptions of young people, along with the consequences of those attitudes and perceptions. The Foundation's focus is on young people age 8-25. Research that is inter-disciplinary, examines young people in social, institutional, community, and cultural contexts, and ad-dresses issues relevant to youth- related programs and policies is of particular interest. The Foundation's program focuses on youth development, systems affecting youth, and the public's view of youth. Four to six awards of up to $60,000 each will be made. Deadline: 7/1/01. Contact: Grants Coordinator, 212/752-0071; info@wtgrantfdn.org.

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


UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available online at http://blogs.und.edu/uletter/.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

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