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University Letter

April 30, 1999

Volume 36, No. 34

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 34, April 30, 1999

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On May 5, 1970, more than 1,500 UND students joined the largest political demonstration in UND's history to protest against the killing of four students the previous day at Kent State University in Ohio.



Faculty, administrators, and retired faculty are invited to march in academic regalia for the University's 111th general commencement ceremony Sunday, May 9, in the Hyslop Sports Center. Participating faculty and staff will assemble for the processional at 1 p.m. in Gymnasium No. 1 of the Hyslop Sports Center. University Marshals will be on hand to direct you to your place in the processional. The order of march shall be (1) Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors, (2) professors and emeritus faculty, (3) associate professors, (4) assistant professors, (5) instructors, and (6) administrators. We will begin marching at 1:30 p.m. Retired faculty who wish to participate are asked to contact Rita Galloway at 777-4194 so that we may estimate the number of seats to be reserved. We encourage the participation of as many faculty as possible to make this a memorable occasion for our graduates and their families and friends.

-- Kendall Baker, President.



The last University Senate meeting of the year will be held Thursday, May 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. It is imperative that all Senators attend this meeting so that the large business agenda can be acted upon.

-- Mary Kweit (Political Science and Public Administration), Chair, University Senate.



President Baker approved promotions in rank for the following individuals effective Aug. 16.

To Professor: George Bibel, Mechanical Engineering; Lynne Chalmers, Teaching and Learning; Noah Chelliah, Internal Medicine; Greg Gillette, Theatre Arts; Thomas Gilsdorf, Mathematics; Jeffrey Holm, Psychology; John Hoover, Teaching and Learning/Special Education; Donald Poochigian, Philosophy and Religion; Kathleen Tiemann, Sociology; Paul Todhunter, Geography; Serge von Duvillard, Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Stephen Wonderlich, Neuroscience; and Candace Zierdt, Law.

To Associate Professor: Fatholla Bagheri, Economics; Larry Burd, Pediatrics; Paul Carson, Internal Medicine; William Dougan, Management; Gregory Greek, Family Medicine; Warren Jensen, Aviation and Space Studies; Beverly Johnson, Physical Therapy; Elizabeth Rheude, Music; Hossein Salehfar, Electrical Engineering; Kathryn Thomasson, Chemistry; Mark Tieszen, Internal Medicine; Preston Steen, Internal Medicine; John Wagner, Physics; Brajendra Panda, Computer Science.

To Assistant Professor: Khaled Rabadi, Internal Medicine.

To Clinical Associate Professor: Ellen O'Connor, Nursing.

To Clinical Assistant Professor: Colleen Holzwarth, Nursing, and Pat Thompson, Nursing.

-- Kendall Baker, President.



The best-selling book, "Tuesdays with Morrie," will be the focus of discussion at the Dean's Hour at noon Monday, May 3, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dean H. David Wilson and Bret Haake (neuroscience) will lead the discussion. Haake is a neurologist with MeritCare Neuroscience Clinic in Fargo. The talk will be given in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium at the Karl Christian Wold, M.D., Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, the southwest addition to the school's complex at 501 N. Columbia Road. The public is invited to attend.

The Dean's Hour Lecture Series is a forum designed to analyze and discuss ideas and issues related to the practice of medicine and health care. This year's theme for the series is professionalism in medicine. For more information, contact the Office of Medical Education at 777-6150.

-- H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The regular April meeting of University Senate was not held on the originally scheduled date of April 1 because of a lack of a quorum. It was rescheduled to April 22 and was not held, again because of a lack of a quorum.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




The May meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, May 6, at 4:05 p.m., in Room 7, Gamble Hall.



2.Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.

3.Question Period.


4.Report from Senate GER Task Force on General Education. Sara Hanhan, Chair. (Attachment No. 1)

5.Annual Report from Senate Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee. Harmon Abrahamson, Chair. (Attachment No. 2)

6.Annual Report from Senate Library Committee. Rhonda Schwartz, Chair. (Attachment No. 3)


7.Resolution, Senate Executive Committee:

Be it resolved that the University Senate of the University of North Dakota expresses appreciation to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education for upholding the recommendations of the UND Presidential Search Committee. The University Senate commends the Board for preserving the integrity of the search process and for selecting an outstanding candidate by naming Charles Kupchella as the tenth President of the University of North Dakota.

8.Recommendations from the University Curriculum Committee for Program Termination, New Course Requests, and Course Deletions. Earl Mason, Chair. (Attachment No. 4)

9.Candidates for Degrees in May 1999. Alice Poehls, University Registrar. (Attachment No. 5)

10.Recommendation from the Committee on Committees to approve the revised description of the Senate Continuing Education, Distance Education and Outreach Committee. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachment No. 6)

11.Recommendation from the Committee on Committees to approve the revised description of the Senate Restructuring and Reallocation Committee. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachment No. 7)

12. Recommendation from the Committee on Committees to approve the revised description of the Senate Student Policy Committee. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachment No. 8)

13.Recommendation from the Committee on Committees to approve the revised description of the Senate University Assessment Committee. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachment No. 9)

14.Report from the Committee on Committees on the Nominations for election to Senate Committees. Betty Gard, Chair. (Attachment No. 10)

15.Recommendation from GER Task Force on General Education to change the UND Academic Catalog by replacing the description of GER beginning at the "Introduction" on page 25 and continuing through the "Conclusion" on page 27 with the following:

Students are expected to explore a range of content areas and to develop broad learning abilities as they complete their general education requirements at UND. Students' general education courses should anchor their future university work and provide a model for life-long learning.

By the time students complete their education courses, they should be able to:

*communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;

*think critically and creatively;

*make informed choices;

*understand how conclusions are reached in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities;

*acquire information over a broad spectrum of subject areas;

*develop some familiarity with cultures other than their own.

In choosing general education courses, students are encouraged to venture into areas that are new to them. By choosing courses that complement each other, students can reinforce and enhance the knowledge and abilities acquired in each course, as well as develop the ability to recognize relationships.

Sara Hanhan, Chair.

16.Resolution on the collection and reporting of data. Lana Rakow. (Attachment No. 11)

Whereas, the mission of institutions of higher education requires that their conduct serve as a role model for students and society as a whole; and

Whereas, the basis for decisions about preserving and cutting academic programs has included enrollment counts averaged across past years; and

Whereas, all faculty, staff, and administrators of the University of North Dakota should be held to the highest standard of integrity in conducting the business of the university as well as in fulfilling its responsibilities of teaching, research, and service;

Therefore, the Senate of the University of North Dakota reaffirms its commitment to truth and accuracy in collecting, reporting, and using both research and administrative data, including data pertaining to student enrollment counts. It further affirms the need of the faculty to have corrected, accurate enrollment counts provided for those years in which accurate data were not reported, in order that the historical record be corrected and future comparisons about university as well as program enrollments be made with comparable data.

17.Report from the Committee on Committees of Senate Committees Chosen by Preference Vote of the Senate earlier in the meeting. Betty Gard, Chair.

18.Discussion of the change in special appointments acted upon by the Senate at its March 4, 1999 meeting. Lana Rakow.

19.Resolution on the return of the Admissions Office to Academic Affairs and the re-establishment of the Office of Admissions and Records. Alice Poehls. (Attachment No. 12)

20.Request for Senate endorsement of the following statement:

Breastfeeding on Campus

Breastfeeding is the recommended method of infant feeding because it is associated with scientifically documented health benefits for both mothers and infants. The University therefore supports the breastfeeding efforts of its students, faculty and staff. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to breastfeed their infants on the University campus. Safety concerns and avoiding disruptions to regular classroom activities should always be considered. Mothers of crying infants should provide the usual courtesy by caring for the infant outside the classroom. Environments posing a potential hazard to infants, such as (but not limited to) science laboratories, should be avoided.

For Cindy Juntunen, Counseling; Cindy Anderson, Nursing; Patty Vari, Nursing.

21.Recommendation from Student Policy Committee to amend Section 2-2-L of the Code of Student Life by the addition of 11 prohibitions. Diane Lochner, Chair. (Attachment No. 13)

22.Recommendation from Student Policy Committee to add a Student Organization Travel Policy to the Code of Student Life. Diane Lochner, Chair. (Attachment No. 14)

23.Recommendation from Student Policy Committee to amend Section 2-2-K of the Code of Student Life. Diane Lochner, Chair. (Attachment No. 15)

-- Alice Poehls (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



A conference on "Telecommunications Technology in North Dakota: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural America" will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday, May 4-5, at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Sponsored by NDSU, UND, the Red River Trade Council and the office of Sen. Byron Dorgan, the conference is free and open to all.

"Telecommunications Technology in North Dakota" will explore the role of telecommunications and information technologies in our lives through workshops and panels, keynote speeches by prominent national speakers, and an elaborate display of new technologies and services.

The conference begins May 4 in the NDSU Memorial Union with registration at 5:30 p.m. and welcomes at 6:30 p.m., followed by technology demonstrations. Registration continues at 8 a.m. May 5, followed by an opening session and keynote address. The speaker will be Marc Andreesen, senior vice president and chief technology officer of American OnLine and co-founder of Netscape Communications. The remainder of the morning will feature a panel discussion on "The State of Telecommunications and Information Technology in North Dakota Today" and a set of concurrent workshops focusing on topics in agriculture, e-commerce, education and health care. A lunch break will be followed by another set of workshops in these areas and a panel discussion on "Tomorrow's Technology Opportunities and Challenges for Rural America."

Advance registration is encouraged. To reserve your spot, register online at www.ttnd.org, or call NDSU's Continuing Education Office at (701) 231-7015 or toll-free at 1-800-726-1724.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The Graduate Committee will meet Thursday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. English graduate program review.
2. Counseling graduate program review.
3. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The final examination for Marianna W. Byman, a candidate for the Doctor of Arts degree with a major in History, is set for 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, in 217 Merrifield Hall. The dissertation title is "Nicolas Berdyaev: An Intellectual Journey." David Rowley (History) is the committee chair. Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Office of International Programs and UND's international students cordially invite you to our End of the Year Picnic Saturday, May 8, from noon to 3 p.m. at the International Centre. Please join us as we thank those who have helped us make this year a success, and congratulate our graduating seniors. We will have a tree planting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in memory of John D. Odegard, Ayyaz Rashid and Jotkiran Shahpuri.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Program Coordinator, International Centre.



Everyone is invited to the Annual PAC-W (President's Advisory Council on Women) Spring Tea Thursday, April 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. High Tea is served in honor of everyone who has worked on behalf of women and women's issues in the past year. PAC-W will also be giving special recognition to four individuals whose efforts have been particularly remarkable.

-- David Rowley, Chair, Department of History.




Thanks to the following faculty who served as mentors in the Alice T. Clark/UND Foundation Scholars Mentoring Program in this year. Your efforts on behalf of new faculty are much appreciated.

Einar Einarson

Kevin Fire

Joanne Gabrynowicz

Birgit Hans

Tom Hill

Cindy Juntunen

Jackie McElroy-Edwards

Peggy Mohr

Myrna Olson

Tom Owens

Dex Perkins

David Perry

Dan Rice

Dave Uherka

Richard Vari

Sonia Zimmerman

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-4233.



For a new course to be offered this fall through Anthropology and Honors, "Darwin Across the Disciplines," Melinda Leach (Anthropology) and Burt Thorp (English) are soliciting interested faculty to be guest discussants, or to share their expertise by giving the students and us advice concerning books, articles, relevant web sites, and so forth. The course will explore the use of evolutionary theory and models in disciplines outside biology, for the humanities, social sciences, physical sciences, or medicine. Please contact either of us.

-- Melinda Leach, Anthropology, 777-3697, mleach@prairie.nodak.edu or Burt Thorp, English, 777-2787, bthorp@plains.nodak.edu.




I would like to hear from any of you who have a background and interest in conducting professional development activities. The U2 needs assessment, which was mailed out in April, has been extremely helpful in identifying a wide variety of potential course topics:

* Personal Development: Memory improvement, managing personal finances, life balance and stress reduction, and enriching your current job.

* Professional Development: Coping with difficult people, leadership development, humor in the workplace, and communication styles.

* Technical Professional Development: Troubleshooting and maintaining your PC, writing Web pages online, and designing a basic brochure or flyer.

If you are interested in being a presenter for U2 activities, please send me a brief note with your name, phone number, and a list of topics in your area(s) of expertise. I am available to work with you on course development and presentation techniques. In addition, the U2 program will handle the location logistics, marketing, and registration of the event.

If you know of someone you would like to recommend as a presenter, that information also would be very much appreciated.

-- Judy Streifel Reller, Program Coordinator, University Within the University.



The South Host Site is currently in the process of negotiating an HECN contract for Mathematica. This will be a three-year agreement for a limited number of licenses. Licenses will cost $50 per year and must be renewed annually. To determine the number of licenses that need to be purchased, we are asking that all Mathematica orders be placed by Wednesday, May 12. For more information, please contact Elmer Morlock at elmer_morlock@mail.und.nodak.edu, or phone 777-3786.

-- Elmer Morlock, User Services, Computer Center.



Thursday, June 10, will be the last day to submit SITE LICENSE orders for this fiscal year. Please have your orders in by that date. We need time to send out the bills on campus. Fargo needs time to send the orders to Microsoft before the fiscal year ends.

-- Elmer Morlock, User Services, Computer Center.



The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered next week: Tuesday, May 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Scanning Images with Photo Deluxe; Wednesday, May 5, 9 a.m. to noon, Premiere. You may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.




The North Dakota Museum of Art Summer Arts Day Camp offers an alternative art experience for children grades one through six. Led by professional artists, children will create a new artwork every day using traditional and non-traditional approaches in art. The children will paint, draw, sculpt, and create dances based upon their perceptions of the world around them in collaboration with the working artists.

Morgan Owens, Museum Educational Associate, will lead the camp with the help of two assistants. In addition to the camp leaders who are full-time artists, the children will collaborate with a guest artist once a week. These artists will lead a workshop in the medium of their choice, be it drawing, painting, clay, sculpture, photography, papermaking or mixed media. Among the artists scheduled to participate are Emiline Cook of Brainerd, Mike Whalen of Grand Forks, Angelique Kube of Fargo and Ryan Anderson of Moorhead.

Session One runs from Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 18, for grades 1 to 3 (registration closed); Session Two runs from Monday, June 21, through Friday, July 2, for grades 4 to 6; Session Three is from Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 23, for grades 1 to 3 (registration closed); Session Four is from Monday, July 26, through Friday, August 6, for grades 4 to 6.

Each two-week camp is limited to 22 participants. Each day's activities begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. Kids bring their own lunches. The fee is $75 for Museum members and $100 for non-members per child, per session. People are encouraged to register immediately as two of the four classes are already filled and have long waiting lists. Call 777-4195 to register.

Sterling Stenerson, a member of the Museum from Cleveland, Ohio, provides 20 scholarships based upon need. Two of Stenerson's four children are artists, one a painter and the other a glassblower. Through watching them grow up he came to realize how important creative activity is in the lives of youngsters. He doubled his commitment this year, having found the results of last year's camp so rewarding. The scholarships have been awarded for this season.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Art Studio Workshops conclude for the season on Saturday, May 8, with Liquid Drawings and Bubble Shapes, based on the current exhibition of blown glass by Dale Chihuly at the North Dakota Museum of Art. It begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at noon.

Chihuly, perhaps the most famous glass artist in the world, lost vision in one eye in an automobile accident. Undeterred in his goal to be a glass blower, he adopted the studio methods of Viennese masters. He draws his ideas on large pieces of paper with liquid paint. These drawings become the blueprints for his team of glassblowers. Inspired by the works in the exhibition, as well as the artist's working method, children will create their own colorful drawings of a vessel they imagine. Then special guests Jill Shafer and Mary Beth Kelly-Lowe of the Dakota Science Center will demonstrate blowing shapes that resemble Chihuly's final forms.

Young people first grade or older, plus their parents, guardians and adult friends, are invited to participate. Workshop admission for Museum members is $7 per child, and $10 per child for non-members. Call 777-4195 to register.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.




The Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee, chaired by Harmon Abrahamson (Chemistry), received 28 requests for Domestic Travel funds and three requests for Foreign Travel funds. The following awards were made at the Committee meeting of April 20:

Domestic Travel Awards

Forrest E. Ames (Mechanical Engineering), $279

Michael A. Anderegg (English), $347

Jeffrey Carmichael (Biology), $240

Joyce K. Coleman (English), $286

Mary L. Cutler (Theater Arts), $248

James B. Faircloth (Organizational Systems and Technology), $378

Ahmad Ghassemi (Geology and Geological Engineering), $250

Barbara Handy-Marchello (History), $100

Anne Kelsch (History), $100

Yaser Khalifa (Electrical Engineering), $400

Matthew S. McKeon (Philosophy and Religion), $275

Steven B. Moser (Organizational Systems and Technology), $250

Katherine Norman (Music), $378

Kimberly K. Porter (History), $328

Lana F. Rakow (School of Communication), $329

Dona J. Reese (Social Work), $285

Jun Ren (Physiology), $314

Marcel Robles (Division of Organizational Systems and Technology), $213

Clifford L. Staples (Sociology), $238

Kathleen A. Tiemann (Sociology), $242

Richard C. Vari (Physiology), $379

Serge P. von Duvillard (Health, Physical Education and Recreation), $320

James R. Whitehead (Health, Physical Education and Recreation), $321

Foreign Travel Awards

Biswanath P. Bandyopadhyay (Mechanical Engineering), $940

Joanne I. Gabrynowicz (Space Studies), $922

Weidong Zhu (Mechanical Engineering), $819

-- Harmon Abrahamson (Chemistry), Chair, Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee.



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


University-Head Start Partnerships. Support is provided to faculty members who hold a doctorate or equivalent for research in the areas of infant and toddler development within the cultural context, the promotion of mental health in Head Start and Early Head Start, family literacy or field-initiated research which will increase the knowledge of low-income children's development for the purpose of improving services or have significant policy implications. Project periods of 3 years are anticipated with the first year as a planning grant. Requests for 4-5 years funding will be considered for the need for a longer project period in order to complete the research. The maximum federal share is $75,000 for the first-year budget period and approximately $150,000/year for subsequent years. Deadline: 6/14/99. Contact: ACYF Operations Center, 800/351-2293; hsr@lcgnet.com; http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb.



Established Investigator Grants provide support to highly promising clinician-scientists and Ph.D.'s for research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease, stroke, or to related clinical, basic science, and public health problems. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O. or equivalent degree and are full-time faculty/staff members of a depart-ment or unit within an institution (3-9 years since the first faculty appointment). Awards are $75,000/year for 4 years.

Grants-In-Aid support innovative and meritorious research projects of independent investigators in the broad field of cardiovascular function and disease, stroke, or related clinical, basic science, and public health problems. Awards are $55,000/year for 3 years. Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D., D.O., or equivalent doctoral degree and be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, foreign nationals, exchange visitors (J-1), temporary workers in a specialty occupation (H-1 or H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizens engaging in professional activities (TC or TN), or temporary workers with extraordinary ability in the sciences (O-1) who hold an M.D., D.O., Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree. Applicants should be full-time faculty/staff members pursuing independent research.

Support is available for all basic disciplines, as well as for epidemiological and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems. Contact: 214/706-1453; fax 214/706-1341; ncrp@amhrt.org, http://www.amhrt.org. Deadline: 6/15/99.



The Munby Fellowship in Bibliography supports bibliographical research, of the candidates own choosing, which is based at least in part directly or indirectly on the collections of the University and colleges of Cambridge and is of benefit to scholars using them. The award of 17,000 pounds, tenable for one academic year, is open to graduates of any discipline of any university and nationality. Preference will be given to promising young scholars at the post-doctoral or equivalent level. Dead-line: 7/31/99. Contact: Deputy Librarian, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DR, England CB39DR; telephone 01223 333083; fax 01223 339973.



Clinical Scientist Awards in Translational Research are intended to foster the development and produc-tivity of established independent physician-scientists who will strengthen translational research (the two-way transfer between work at the laboratory bench and treatment of patients) and to reduce the awardees' general clinical responsibilities, freeing more time for research. BWF is particularly interested in supporting investigators who will bring new approaches to translational research and who are mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists. Broad areas of research are: mechanisms of disease, including etiology and pathogenesis; clinical knowledge, diagnosis, and natural history of disease; disease management, including gene therapy, molecular therapeutics, molecular epidemiology, and limited small-scale clinical trials involving novel approaches or interventions. With appropriate justification, awardees may use the award to support a sabbatical of up to one year at another institution or in a different department of their home institution in order to acquire new research skills. Applica-tions from women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged. Candidates must have an M.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. degree and hold a tenure-track appointment in a subspecialty of clinical medicine at the late assistant or associate professor level, or equivalent. The awards provide $750,000 over 5 years. Application must be made by the dean or department chair. Because an institution may nominate only two candidates for the award, please contact ORPD if you are interested in submitting a nomination. Deadline: 9/1/99. Contact: Debra Linkous, 919/991-5116; mailback@bwfund.org (type "menu" on the subject line for a list of programs); http://www.bwfund.org.



Awards are made for physicians, scientists, and arthritis health professionals to conduct research projects and receive research training in arthritis-related fields. Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a $35,000 stipend; duration is 2 years (1-year renewal). Physician Scientist Develop-ment Awards provide a $35,000 stipend for physicians without significant prior research experience; duration is 2 years (1-year renewal). Arthritis Investigator Awards provide $74,000/year for salary/research expenses of physicians and scientists who have completed a postdoctoral fellowship but are not yet established as an independent investigator; duration is 3 years (2-year renewal). Doctoral Dissertation Awards provide $10,000 for salary/research expenses to arthritis health professionals; duration is 1 or 2 years. New Investigator Grants provide $35,000/year for 2 years (1-year renewal) to arthritis health professionals. Arthritis Clinical Science Grants provide $90,000/year for up to 5 years for physicians, scientists, and arthritis health professionals. Arthritis Biomedical Science Grants provide $90,000/year for up to 3 years for physicians and scientists. Deadline: 9/1/99. Contact: 404/965-7636; adeleon@arthritis.org; http://www.arthritis.org.



The CNCS announces the availability of approximately $500,000 to support new and continuing national service programs in North Dakota. The funds usually flow through approved state commis-sions on national and community service, but because North Dakota doesn't have an approved state commission or alternative administrative entity, eligible entities (including institutions of higher education, local governments, and other nonprofit organizations) may apply directly to the CNCS for formula funds. Programs should address compelling community issues in education, public safety, health and human needs and the environment. National service participants tutor children and adults, rehabilitate housing for low-income families, immunize children against preventable diseases, respond to natural disasters, mentor young people, help persons with disabilities and elderly persons to maintain their independence and manage after-school programs for social and academic enrichment. Organiza-tions interested in applying for these program funds may participate in one of two conference calls to be held on April 29, 1999 and May 20, 1999, during which CNSA staff will provide technical assis-tance to potential applicants. To register for either call, please contact Rosa Harrison, 202/606-5000, ext. 433. Deadline: 6/30/99. Contact: James Cooper, 202/606-5000, ext. 149; http://www.cns.gov/.



The Engineering Directorate announces an initiative seeking high risk/high return, exploratory research feasibility studies on biosystems at the nanoscale. These systems may be entirely biological in origin, composites of biological and non-biological materials, or mimetics of biological systems. They should possess unique and useful properties conferred on them by the nanoscale of operation. Emphasis will be placed on novel phenomena and processes, new molecular architectures, molecular modeling and novel systems. Far-reaching exploratory topics such as self-replication, adaptive behavior, self-repair, controlled disintegration, and self-learning, are encouraged. Researchers are encouraged to visit the Engineering Directorate website, www.eng.nsf.gov/programs/nsf99-109. Deadline: 8/16/99. Contact: George B. Vermont, Engineering, Bioengineering and Environmental Systems, 703/306-1318, gvermont@nsf.gov; Mihail C. Roco, Engineering, Chemical and Transport Systems, 703/306-1371, mroco@nsf.gov; Rajinder Khosla, Engineering, Electrical and Communication Systems, 703/306-1339, rkhosla@nsf.gov.

Informal Science Education (ISE) Supplements (97-90) are provided for current research awards from any NSF directorate to assist in the broader dissemination of research results and promote science literacy for the general public in an out-of-school setting. Supplements can be used for any activity that falls within the definition of an informal science education activity, such as media presentations, exhibits, or youth-based activities. They can be used to disseminate research results, research in progress, or research methods, and will provide an opportunity for principal investigators to explain in non-technical terms the methods and/or results of their research to a broad and diverse audience. In the ISE program, informal education consists of learning activities that are voluntary and self-directed, life-long, and motivated mainly by intrinsic interests, curiosity, exploration, manipulation, fantasy, task completion, and social interaction. Informal learning occurs in an out-of-school setting, can be linear and often is self-paced and visual- or object-oriented. Prior to submitting a formal request, interested Principal Investigators (PI) must contact their Program Director who in turn will direct them to the appropriate program director in the ISE Program. The maximum award will be $50,000; maximum duration is 24 months. Deadline: None. Contact: 703/306-1620; fax 703/306-0412; esiise@nsf.gov, http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9770.



The Foundation provides support for the prevention of cruelty to children or animals; for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes; and for public safety testing. Although the Foundation ordinarily does not make multi-year grants, it will consider such requests in exceptional circumstances. Funds are provided for general/operating support, annual campaigns, building/renovation, equipment, program development, publication, scholarship funds, or research. Dead-line: None. Contact: Raymond F. Simon, President and Director, 312/372-4417; fax 312/372-0290.



The SBIR/STTR Study and Control of Microbial Biofilms initiative is designed to support development of technologies and strategies for the prevention and treatment of microbial biofilm-associated diseases, and for advanced studies of microbial biofilms. In addition, this initiative is intended to capitalize on contemporary research in immunology, microbiology, bio-engineering and computer technology that might synergize with current biofilm research. Another potential aim is to link clinical experts, such as nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists and orthopedic technicians, with bio-engineers and basic scientists to better identify clinical problems associated with microbial biofilm-associated infection. Since this initiative is supported by several institutes with general areas of interest, investigators should read the program announcement for guidance on appropriate areas of research (see http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-084.html). Deadlines: 8/15/99, 12/15/99, 4/15/00 (SBIR); 8/1/99,12/1/99, 4/1/00 (STTR). Contact: Joyce A. Reese, NIDCR, 301/594-2088, Joyce.Reese@nih.gov; Stephen P. Heyse, NAID, 301/496-7728, sh42i@nih.gov; Kenneth A. Gruber, NIDCD, 301/402-3458, Kenneth_Gruber@nih.gov; James S. Panagis, NIAMSD, 301/594-5055, panagisj@ep.niams.nih.gov; Scott D. Somers, NIGMS, 301/594-5560, Somerss@NIGMS.NIH.GOV; Susan Banks-Schlegel, NHLBI, 301/435-0202, SchlegeS@gwgate.nhlbi.nih.gov; Lawrence Agodoa, NIDDKD, 301/594-7717, AgodoaL@extra.niddk.nih.gov; Eugene G. Hayunga, NIH 301/402-1770, hayungae@od.nih.gov; Louis A. Quatrano, NICHHD, 301/402-2242, lq2n@nih.gov; Hilary D. Sigmon, NINR, 301/594-5970, hilary_sigmon@.nih.gov; William Heetderks, NINDS, 301/496-1447, Heet@NIH.GOV.



The Small Scientific Conference Grant Program provides general support for domestic or international scientific conferences held in the U.S. and Canada. Areas of interest include medical devices, radio-logical health, drugs, biologics, food safety, applied nutrition, veterinary medicine, toxicology, and orphan product development. In the case of an international conference, the U.S. representative organization of an established international scientific or professional society is the eligible grantee. Funds may be used for general support or to support part of the travel for individuals selected by the grantee to attend the meeting. Grants may not be used to provide general support for international conferences held outside the U.S. or Canada, but limited funds may support certain aspects of an international scientific conference in another country. Duration is one year. Awards range from $2,000-$15,000. Deadlines: 7/15/99, 10/15/99, 1/15/00. Contact: Robert L. Robins, Chief, Con-tracts & Grants, HFA-520, 5600 Fishers Lane, Park Bldg., Room 2129, Rockville, MD 20857; 301/827-7150.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.


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