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University Letter

August 18, 2000

Volume 37 No. 43

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 43, August 18, 2000

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On September 24, 1973, band director and television personality Lawrence Welk visited music classes and directed the University Band in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Realizing that the brief program which had been prepared with the band would not be adequate for such a crowd, Welk sent for his accordion and played several numbers himself.

During the winter of 1972 UND experienced an unprecedented total of 13 concurrent construction and renovation projects. The record was held until the hectic summer for 1982, when 20 different projects readied the University for its centennial.

The 1971 football team did very well under Head Coach Jerroll "Jerry" Olson. The thriller of the season was the game against major rival North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo with a 23-7 Sioux victory over the Bison. Adding sweetness to the victory was bringing to a halt the Bison's 36-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. Linebacker Jim LeClair went on to become defensive captain of the Cincinnati Bengals.

In 1918 a nationwide influenza epidemic broke out. Classes were suspended and a general quarantine was imposed on October 9. The Phi Delta Theta house and the third floor of Budge Hall were converted into hospitals.



President Charles Kupchella and his wife, Adele, will lead nearly 20 new faculty and administrators on a three-day tour of the southern and central North Dakota Aug. 21-23.

Kupchella is in his second year as UND's tenth president. A member of Sen. David Nething's roundtable on higher education, Kupchella has consistently championed UND's role as a service provider to the state and as a resource for helping North Dakota diversify its economy. In order to help North Dakota, it is important for UND's new faculty and administrators to see and understand the state, said Kupchella.

To that end, the three-day trip will include stops at Mayville State University, the Dalrymple farm near Casselton, the State Capitol Building and Heritage Center in Bismarck, Assumption Abbey in Richardton, Dinosaur Museum in Dickinson, historic Medora, the Killdeer Mountain historic battlefield site near Killdeer, the Great Plains Synfuels Plant at Beulah, and across North Dakota on Highway 200 to Pipestem Creek and supper at the Chieftain Conference Center in Carrington. Along their way will be a side trip near the Little Yellowstone River.




The annual Staff Information Session (motto: "Make sure you're prepared to help students!") is set for Monday, Aug. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union's River Valley Room. Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the Staff Information Session helps us serve our students in the best (and most knowledgeable) way possible. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Short briefings will cover academic advising, financial aid, fee payment, Housing and Dining Services, parking, bookstore, Continuing Education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, Help Table, Learning Center, Writing Center, Campus Passport and IDs, Greek life, Memorial Union, and UND Police.

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services and University Relations.



Following is the timeline for the new Barnes & Noble University Bookstore opening: Friday, Aug. 25, Book Rush in Memorial Union location; Friday to Monday, Sept. 8-11, closed for move; Tuesday to Friday, Sept. 12-15, soft opening, hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 16, open for Parents' Weekend, hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 18, official store opening, hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Watch for details about our grand opening celebration.

-- Michelle Abernathy, Manager, Barnes & Noble University Bookstore.



The final examination for M. Catherine Yeager, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Neuropsychological Functioning and Family Environment of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Comorbid Oppositional Defiant Disorder/Conduct Disorder." Thomas Petros (Psychology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School. *******


We are pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Cooper of The National Center for Biotechnology Information will be at the University of North Dakota to present the NCBI Scientist's Course on Thursday, Sept. 7. There is no charge for the course.

A lecture will take place at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl from 9 a.m. to noon. Workshops will be held at the Karl Christian Wold Bioinformation Learning Resources Center, lower level Computer Lab. Session 1, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is full, but spaces are still available for the second session, which will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

About the Course:

Molecular sequence databases are now an important part of nearly all areas of biological and biomedical research. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine builds and maintains the largest collection of biological sequence information in the world, and develops software tools to access this data.

To assist life scientists in using these data and tools, NCBI offers a one day training course, "A Field Guide to NCBI Molecular Biology Resources." The course provides practical information about GenBank and other sequence databases maintained at NCBI as well as instruction on effective use of Entrez and BLAST, the two main database search tools, and introduces other specialized NCBI databases and tools. The course is aimed at principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and advanced undergraduate students and others in the life sciences who work with biological sequence data. Participants will gain a better understanding of the information available from NCBI and will be more effective at accessing these data using text (Entrez) and sequence similarity (BLAST) search tools. The course consists of a three-hour morning lecture, followed by an optional 90-minute instructor-led computer workshop in the afternoon. During the afternoon sessions, students get hands-on experience with the resources at the NCBI web site, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Class/FieldGuide/.

Registration is required for the lecture and computer workshop. Please send the following information to: Barbara Knight, Health Sciences Library, Box 9002, UND, Grand Forks, ND 58202: name, department, phone, e-mail address, and whether you plan to attend lecture, computer workshop session 1 (filled), or computer workshop session 2. Note: attendance at the Lecture is REQUIRED. Attendance at the computer workshop is optional.

-- Barbara Knight, Reference and User Education Librarian, Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences.




The University Senate will meet Thursday, Sept. 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

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



Nicholas Neumann of Bismarck has been appointed assistant dean for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Southwest Campus, based in Bismarck.

As assistant dean, Neumann oversees medical education activities in the Southwest Campus. He advises about 40 third- and fourth- year medical students who are assigned to the campus about their educational goals, career interests and related concerns. He holds the rank of professor of internal medicine at the school, and is associated with the Heart and Lung Clinic in Bismarck.

Neumann replaces Al Samuelson, a Bismarck psychiatrist, clinical associate professor of neuroscience and long-time faculty member of the school. Samuelson, who served as assistant dean in an interim capacity for about six months prior to Neumann's appointment, is an alumnus of the School of Medicine. He retired in 1999 from Archway Mental Health Services in Bismarck.

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



The Office of the Registrar welcomes Robert Poster in the position of Assistant Registrar. Bob will be working with the catalog and with transfer students, in addition to other duties. He comes to us from Enrollment Services, with extensive recruiting experience. Bob may be reached at 777-2148.

-- Nancy Krogh, University Registrar.



The Chester Fritz Library regular building schedule for the fall semester, Aug. 29 through Dec. 22, is: Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Library hours of operation will remain the same as last year. President Charles Kupchella and Provost John Ettling are supporting the continuance of the library building schedule without the need for supplemental funding from student fees. For the past few years, Student Government has allocated funds to keep the Chester Fritz Library open additional evening and weekend hours. The building schedule is subject to change during holiday periods.

-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries.



Law Library hours for Monday, Aug. 7, through Sunday, Aug. 20, are: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Hours for Monday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug 27, are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

-- Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.



The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering invites internal applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Paleontology, at the assistant or associate professor level. A Ph.D. in the geological sciences is required. The successful applicant will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in paleontology and historical geology and graduate courses in paleontology, and to develop a strong research program.

The position is available Aug. 16. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience. Interested applicants should send a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references to me.

-- Richard LeFever, Chair, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, P.O. Box 8358, Grand Forks, N.D. 58202. Telephone: (701) 777-2811. Fax: (701) 777-4449.



The North Dakota Museum of Art brings a major exhibition to the region that examines the role of beads throughout history and around the world. It will continue through October 15.

"The Beaded Universe - Strands of Culture" is a world-encompassing, cross-cultural exhibition of human beings' oldest and smallest portable art form -- the bead. Focusing on the finest examples of work from ancient to modern times, the exhibition offers an awareness of the extraordinary beauty of beads and the diversity of materials and techniques in beadwork, plus spectacular works of art.

The galleries will host such diverse beaded objects as a four-foot diameter globe of the world, beaded in 1997 by a family of Huichols from the remote mountains of the Mexican State of Jalisco; twentieth century wedding caps from Central Slovakia in Europe; a grouping of 19th century necklaces of Baltic amber, Persian amber, butter amber from Poland, Romanian amber, and Sicilian amber; a Lakota lizard-shaped umbilical amulet from South Dakota; beaded rocks by a contemporary Minneapolis artist; a complete Ndebele woman's wedding costume from South Africa; a 20th century Yoruba chief's robe from Nigeria; and a distinguished collection of Japanese ojime and netsuke carved from ivory.

An Egyptian mummy shroud of faience beads is included in the exhibition. Ancient Phoenician beads, Pre-Columbian necklaces of gold and jade beads, prayer beads, ivory beads from China, and contemporary beads made from industrial processes and materials are only a sampling of what can be found in the exhibition, along with Hopi, Navajo and Zuni traditional jewelry.

For the first time, the Museum is exhibiting the beadwork of Northern Plains and Woodland peoples alongside Venetian beaded evening bags from the 1920s and 1930s and African sculpture. Among the masterpieces in the exhibition are an elephant mask by the Bamileke people of Cameroon and a Lakota baby carrier from South Dakota. Over 400 objects from dozens of cultures are installed in the Museum galleries.

The exhibition was organized by Mingei International Museum in San Diego, Calif., and curated by Founding Director Martha Longenecker. It then went to the American Craft Museum in New York City in the winter of 1999, where it was seen there by Laurel Reuter, Director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. The exhibition was inspired by and based upon the book "The History of Beads: From 30,000 B.C. to the Present," by Lois Sherr Dubin, a curatorial consultant to the exhibition. The concise edition of her book serves as the catalog.

The exhibition is brought to North Dakota by Museum Trustee Suzanne Ryan; Ewen Farms of Portland-Mayville; the North Dakota Humanities Council, a state partner of the national Endowment for the Humanities; and the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on the weekend. There is no admission charge.

-- North Dakota Museum of Art.



A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. We will hold a subsequent class on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a daily or monthly basis, received a traffic violation or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle or operate seven-, 12-, or 15-passenger van transporting four or more passengers at least once a month. All classes are held at the Rural Technology Center, 42nd Street and University Avenue. This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.

-- Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.




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


The goal of the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund is to broaden the base of scholars and practitioners undertaking research on the nonprofit sector. The Institute provides funds to expand understanding of nonprofit activities through support of high-quality research examining the overarching characteristics and impact of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. This includes the basic legal framework for nonprofit organizations and foundations; the distinct contributions--if any--that nonprofits, philanthropy, and philanthropic institutions make to society; and a comparison of the functions that the phil-anthropic, nonprofit, governmental, and business sectors perform separately and collaboratively. Applications from researchers new to the field, researchers and practitioners working in nonprofit organizations, doctoral candidates, women and minorities are encouraged. Two types of grants are available: grants of up to $50,000 support research by any eligible applicant; and grants up to $20,000 support graduate students engaged in doctoral dissertation research. Contact: 202/736-5838, nsrf@aspeninstitute.org; http://www.aspeninstitute.org/dir/polpro/nsrf/nsrf1.html. Deadline: 10/2/00.

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Fellowship Research Grants support research in the social sciences and humanities disciplines, including economics, government/politics, philosophy, and international affairs, for up to 12 months. The award should lead to advancement of knowledge through teaching, lecturing, and publication. Eligible applicants are individuals who have established themselves professionally and are associated with educational or research institutions. Awards have averaged $15,000 for a maximum of 12 months. Deadline: None (allow 4 months for review). Contact: 734/761-8592; 2200 Green Road, Suite H, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

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The main objective of the Botanical/Drug Interactions initiative is to encourage biomedical research on the use of botanicals simultaneously with over-the-counter and prescription drugs. The overall goals are to prevent adverse botanical/drug interactions during therapy or anesthesia, to establish possible synergistic combinations of botanicals with pharmaceutical drugs, and to increase our knowledge of the mechanisms of action of botanicals. Research projects can be basic (mechanistic) and/or clinical studies. Approximately $4.3 million will be available in FY 2001 to fund ten R21 (exploratory) and five R01 (standard research) new and/or competitive continuation grants. Deadlines: 11/10/00 (Letter of Intent); 1/12/01 (Full Proposal). Contact: Neal B. West, 301/402-5867, westn@od.nih.gov; Jeffrey D. White, 301/435-7980, jeffreyw@mail.nih.gov.

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Proposals are requested for scientific investigations in connection with Convection and Moisture Experiments (CAMEX) consistent with the science goals of NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. The focus of this request is to seek research proposals related to the next convection and moisture experiment in the CAMEX series (CAMEX-4) to be conducted during August and September 2001. This experiment will be designed to gather evidence to find answers to the following targeted questions: 1) is the global cycle through the atmosphere accelerating? 2) how are variations in local weather, precipitation and water resources related to global climate change? and 3) to what extent can weather forecasting be improved by new global observations and advances in satellite data assimilation? The full request for proposals is available at the Earth Science Enterprise ''Home Page'' at http://www.earth.nasa.gov under ''Research Opportunities." Interested readers may find more information regarding the earlier CAMEX-3 field campaign at http://ghrc.msfc.nasa.gov/camex3. Deadline:10/16/00. Contact: Desiree T. Santa, 202/358-2102, dsanta@hq.nasa.gov.

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Support is provided for postdoctoral research in all disciplines of the humanities and humanities-related social sciences. Fields of specialization include, but are not limited to: anthropology, archaeology, art history, economics, geography, history, languages and literatures, law, linguistics, musicology, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. Proposed studies may deal with any geographic region, or any cultural or linguistic group. Interdisciplinary and cross- disciplinary studies are encouraged. Full-time research may be undertaken for 6-12 months. U.S. citizens or permanent residents with the Ph.D. conferred prior to October 1, 1998 are eligible. Stipends are $50,000 for full professors, $40,000 for associate professors, and $30,000 for assistant professors. Application forms should be requested by September 28, 2000. Deadline: 10/2/00. Contact: 212/697-1505; grants@acls.org; http://www.acls.org/appform.htm.

Support is provided for postdoctoral scholars to undertake full-time research for 6-12 months in the social sciences and humanities relating to Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the successor states of former Yugoslavia. Awards provide up to $25,000. Deadline: 11/1/00. Contact: See above.

Fellowships provide up to $20,000 to faculty members at U.S. institutions for the development of courses and teaching materials that integrate an awareness of contemplative practice. The ACLS invites proposals from the full range of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary perspectives in the arts, human-ities, and humanities-related sciences and social sciences. Methodologies that include practical and experiential approaches to the subject matter are welcome. This program will also support the study of contemplation as a historical phenomenon, as a category of religious experience, and as a method to develop concentration, deepen understanding, and cultivate awareness. The fellowship will be tenable in the summer of 2001 or for one semester during the 2001-2002 academic year. Deadline: 11/1/00. Contact: See above.

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The Major Research Grants Program supports research projects requiring more than $35,000 which promise to yield new knowledge, understanding, and improvement of educational thought and practice. Projects are widely-varied, ranging from medium-sized studies that can be completed in a year by an individual researcher to more extensive collaborative studies that last several years. Interested applicants must send a brief preliminary proposal. Deadline: None. Contact: 312/337-7000; vicepres@spencer.org, http://www.spencer.org/proginfo.htm.

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The Association provides grants of up to $40,000 for research in basic neuroscience specifically rele-vant to Tourette Syndrome. Research grants support investigators in all areas of science who can contribute to the understanding of the causes and treatment of Tourette Syndrome. Relevant scientific fields include biochemistry, epidemiology, genetics, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, neurology, neuropsychology, neurophysiology, pharmacology, psychiatry, and psychology. Areas of specific interest include: behavioral neuroscience neuroimaging, basal ganglia physiology, neuropathology, neurochemistry, and clinical trials. Proposals will be requested from a review of letters of intent. Deadlines: 10/13/00 (Letter of Intent), 12/15/00 (Full Proposal). Contact: Neal Swerdlow, Chairman, TSA Scientific Advisory Board, 718/224-2999; tourette@ix.netcom.com, http://www.tsa.mgh.harvard.edu.

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The Internship Program provides support to college seniors, graduate students, and first-year post-doctorates for projects applying social science principles to social issues in cooperation with a community, city, or state government organization, public interest group, or other non-profit entity. Awards range from $1,500-$2,500 to cover such expenses as research costs, community organizing, and sum-mer stipends. Contact: 734/662-9130; spssi@spssi.org; http://www.spssi.org/internship.html. Dead-line: 11/10/00.

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In-residence fellowships are provided to study the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, and urbanism of any geographical area or period. Eligible applicants are scholars of any nationality who have held the Ph.D. for five years or longer. Awards are limited to one-half the applicant's annual salary up to a maximum of $30,000 and are normally for one academic year. Deadline:10/1/00. Contact: 202/842-6482; advstudy@nga.gov; http://www.nga.gov/resources/casva.htm.

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Fellowships are awarded to U.S. citizens or permanent residents for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and science normally supported by NSF. Awards are also made for work toward a research-based Ph.D. in science education that requires a science competence comparable to that for Ph.D. candidates in those disciplines. Fellows may also pursue research in bioengineering, with diagnosis of treatment-related goals, that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge. Awards provide support for up to 3 years of full-time graduate study, useable over a 5-year period. The normal tenure is 9-12 months for each fellowship year. The stipend is $16,800/year for 3 years. Applications should be submitted electronically using the NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program process, which is located at http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov. Deadline: 11/7/00. Contact: 865/241-4300; nsfgrfp@orau.gov, http://www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm.

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The NICHHD's Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch supports research on immigration to the U.S. The purpose of this program is to encourage: development of methodological research tools for measurement and analysis of immigration and emigration; descriptive and analytical study of immigrant populations, particularly immigrant children and families; maximum use of existing data on immigrants or the foreign born for analyses, and linking of such data to administrative records on, for example, program and welfare use to obtain a more accurate profile of immigrant experiences; and collection of new longitudinal and panel data to examine issues such as the health, socioeconomic status, and resilience of immigrants, as well as intergenerational transmission of skills and resources. The standard grant (R01) mechanism will be used for projects up to 5 year duration. Contact: Rebecca L. Clark, 301/496-1175, rclark@mail.nih.gov, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA- 95-036.html. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01.

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Through a grant from the National Endowment for Humanities, the Library awards in-residence re-search fellowships at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Awards are for 5-9 months with a stipend of $3,000/month. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens or residents of the U.S. for 3 years immediately preceding the fellowship term. Sponsorship is reserved exclusively for scholars whose work is centered on the colonial history of North and South America, including all aspects of the European, African, and Native American involvement. Contact: 401/863-2725; JCBL_Fellowships@Brown.edu, http://www.brown.edu/Facilities/John_Carter_Brown_Library.

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The Next Generation Software (NGS) Program (00-134) supports multidisciplinary research and development for new software technologies integrated across the systems' architectural layers, and supporting the design and operation cycle of applications; computing and communications systems; and delivering quality of service. An integral part of the work is to demonstrate and validate the developed technology; therefore testing of the technology on important applications will be required. Further-more, where appropriate, partnerships with industry are encouraged, as it is also important that any prototype technology developed under this program will lead to technology transition to industry. Single- or multi-investigator proposals are considered. Annual funding may range from $200,000 to $1 million. Most awards will be for 3 years. Contact: Frederica Darma, Director, darema@nsf.gov, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf00134/nsf00134.htm. Deadline: 9/15/00 (optional Letter of Intent); 11/3/00 (Proposal).

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


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