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University Letter

December 15, 2000

Volume 38 No. 16

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 16, December 15, 2000

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Drama professor Frederick Koch's annual custom of reading Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," usually in the late afternoon of the Sunday preceding the Christmas holidays, had become a major event of the year by 1917. It attracted as many as a thousand students and townspeople.



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



To all members of the UND Family:

As we approach another new year, Adele and I continue to enjoy the warmth of the connection with all the marvelous people who make up this campus - students, faculty, staff, alumni, the people of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Minnesota, and the entire region. Each new friendship and each new acquaintance bring us much joy.

The holiday season is a wonderful time to reflect on this great University and all the things that go on here every day. The accomplishments highlighted in our recent annual report serve as impressive testimony to the hard work and dedication of the people who have established and who continue to establish UND as a first-rate institution of higher learning. Thank you for your dedication to this ideal and for your part in the work that lies ahead.

This season is important to people of many faiths and in so many ways; Adele and I hope that you and yours are able to mark the season in ways most meaningful to you. The new year with its challenges and opportunities will be upon us soon enough. We hope that you take some time this holiday season to enjoy family and friends.

We extend to you our best wishes for a happy, prosperous, and productive new year.

Chuck and Adele Kupchella



The new president and chief operating officer of Cargill, Inc. will be the main speaker at the University of North Dakota's Winter Commencement Friday, Dec. 22, starting at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

A Bottineau, N.D. native, Greg Page is a 1973 UND graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics. His parents currently live in Grand Forks. He was elected president and chief operating officer of Cargill, Inc., in June. He was named executive vice president in November 1999.

Through Page's leadership, Cargill has partnered a number of times with UND in recent years. The Cargill Room in Gamble Hall is a state-of-the-art boardroom, which has been a great benefit to faculty and students in College of Business and Public Administration. A $150,000 gift last February is helping the College of Business and Administration and the computer sciences department in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences establish a new Information Technology Initiative to better prepare UND students in business and information technology careers.

Page joined Cargill in 1974 as a trainee assigned to the Feed Division. During the next 10 years, he held a number of positions with Feed in merchandising, product services and administration in Kansas City, Kan.; Forth Worth, Texas; Stockton, Calif.; and Minneapolis. In 1985, he transferred to Singapore to work for Cargill Southeast Asia Ltd. Three years later, he was involved in startup of Sun Valley Thailand, a poultry processing operation in Saraburi Province.

When the Cargill Meat Sector was formed in 1992, Page returned to Minneapolis to work with the U.S. beef operations of Cargill's Excel subsidiary. The Meat Sector was reorganized in 1995 to include Cargill's Animal Nutrition and Poultry businesses, and Page began overseeing the Red Meat Group, which includes Cargill's beef and pork interests. In May 1998, he was named corporate vice president and sector president with responsibilities for the Financial Markets Group and the Red Meat Group.

Page is a member of the Cargill technology committee and Commodity Position Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Political Action Committee.




The Chiara String Quartet (Rebecca Fischer and Julie Yoon, violins, Jonah Sirota, viola, Gregory Beaver, cello) will present a free concert for the UND community Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, at Hughes Fine Arts Center. The concert will feature new repertoire and works in progress including music by award-winning composer Jefferson Friedman. Tickets are not required and admission is free. The Chiara String Quartet's residency with the UND Department of Music and the Greater Grand Forks Symphony is made possible through a grant from Chamber Music America and its Chamber Music Rural Residencies Program.

Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 18, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology to:

a. Change the title of the department to Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics

b. Change the frequency offered for PHY 525, Renal Physiology; PHY 527, Neurophysiology; PHY 528, Endocrinology; and PHY 529, Cardiovascular Physiology

c. Change the prerequisites and frequency offered for PHY 526, Respiratory Physiology

2. Discussion of program review

3. Matters arising.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Jan. 11, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Thursday, Dec. 28. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

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




Campus Catering is pleased to assist you in planning your next special event. Our experienced staff will work with you from start to finish to ensure your complete satisfaction. For more information, please contact Cheryl Weber at 777-2256.

Campus Catering.


Raffle ticket winners listed

The "31 Days of Glory - December 2000" raffle ticket winners are: Dec. 8, Larry Humble; Dec. 9, Julie Reisnour; Dec. 10, Jeff Gerszewski; Dec. 11, Marilyn Fundingsland; Dec. 12, Chris Runge; Dec. 13, Dennis Hogan; Dec. 14, Odella Fuqua.

- UND Staff Senate.



UND Staff Senate cookbooks are still available for sale. Approximately 150 are available, therefore, you may want to take the opportunity at this time to purchase as many cookbooks as you need. They make great Christmas gifts.

The cookbooks are selling for $12 (tax included). It is a wonderful hardback three-ring binder (7x9), with nearly 600 recipes collected from faculty, staff, and students. The title of the cookbook is "Cooking it up with UND Spirit," and one of the official UND Staff Senate logos is displayed on the cover.

If you wish to purchase a cookbook, contact me.

Beth Kasprick, Dean of Students Office, 777-2664, or beth_kasprick@mail.und.nodak.edu.




In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Dec. 25, will be observed as Christmas Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



The Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for final exams and the holidays are:

Final Exams: Friday, Dec. 15 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, Dec. 18-21, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 23-24, closed; Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30-31, closed; Monday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day), closed; Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, closed; Monday, Jan. 8, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 9, resume regular hours (spring semester begins).

Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



Holiday hours for the Library of the Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences are: Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Dec. 23-25, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 30, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, Dec. 30 and Jan. 1, closed; Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 2-4, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 8, resume regular hours.

April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.



The Thormodsgard Law Library hours are as follows: Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 23- 25, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, closed; Monday, Jan. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume).

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.



The Computer Center will close for the Christmas holiday at 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26.

The Computer Center will close for the New Year's holiday at noon Sunday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



The Memorial Union winter break schedule is for Dec. 22 through Jan. 8. The Union will close at 5:30 p.m. starting Friday, Dec. 22, and will be closed all weekends during the break. The Memorial Union will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, and Monday, Jan. 1. The schedule follows: Lifetime Sports Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop, closed; Juice Works, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Subway, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; TCBY, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; GrabaBite, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; administrative office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design, closed; Dining Service (office hours), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Credit Union, a.m. to 5 p.m.; Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Passport ID's, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Computer Labs, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; building hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



University Letter will not be published the final two weeks of December. The next University Letter will be dated Jan. 5. The deadline for submitting items for publication is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




The National Institutes of Health (NIH) requires that proposed research projects using animals must receive approval from the University's Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at the time the request for funding is submitted or within 60 days of the submission.

Some confusion has arisen since NIH changed the approval procedures for handling proposed projects using human subjects. Last Spring, NIH began allowing researchers to delay seeking approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) until contacted by the NIH. This change did not extend to research governed by the IACUC.

UND researchers are reminded that they must seek IACUC approval at the earliest opportunity for their projects to meet the 60- day interval allowed by NIH. Application procedures for sponsors other than NIH must be determined by the guidelines provided by those sponsors.

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



The third deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) is Tuesday, Jan. 16. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 17, 2001, and May 1, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, Feb. 15. Research/Creative Activity and Publication grant applications as well as applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered at that time.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, May 1, 2001. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 2, 2001, and Sept. 13, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (or FRCAC) award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The Committee has approximately $55,000 available to award during the 2000-2001 academic year.

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

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



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


Humanities Fellowships--Ecological Conversations: Gender, Science and the Sacred. Support is provided to participate in a forum at the University of Oregon Center for the Study of Women in Society for critical reflection and scholarly interchange on fundamental philosophical, evolutionary, political and spiritual questions raised by the convergence of women's and environmental movements. The goal is to host a series of dynamic conversations where scholars, writers, scientists, theologians and grass-roots activists from different cultural and national contexts can move beyond environmental crisis rhetoric and explore the conceptual and ethical vocabularies that meet the challenges of a new millennium. Contact: Humanities Fellowships, Arts and Humanities Division, 420 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2702; 212/869-8500;http://www.rockfound.org. Deadline: 1/17/01.

The Program for the Study of Globalization, Culture, and Social Transformation will support four junior fellows at the Centro de Investigaciones Post-Doctorales (CIPOST) in Venezuela to study the importance of the cultural dimension in socio-political processes, promoting development of transdisciplinary focuses, and more especially, theorizing about the importance of social representations in social change processes and how, in the current times of globalization, certain types of social representations, that play significant roles in both expressing the purpose and meaning of the practices of social movements and organizations, are produced in contexts of intense exchanges between local and global agents. The fellowships are for 3 months. Deadline: 4/1/01. Contact: Humanities Fellowships, 212/869-8500; http://www.rockfound.org.

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Behavioral Sciences Student Fellowships provide $2,000 over 3 months for students in the behavioral sciences to work on epilepsy study projects. Appropriate fields include sociology, social work, psychology, anthropology, nursing, economics, vocational rehabilitation, counseling, political science, and others relevant to epilepsy research or practice. Deadline: 2/1/01. Contact: Behavioral Sciences Student Fellowship Program, 4351 Garden City Drive, Landover, MD 20785; 301/459-3700; http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/research/grants.html#bssf.

Behavioral Sciences Post-Doctoral Fellowships support cutting-edge research in epilepsy. Applicants who have received their doctoral degree in a social science field by the time the fellowship commences may apply. The fellowship carries a stipend of up to $30,000, depending on experience and qualifications. Deadline: 2/1/01. Contact: Behavioral Science Research Training Fellowship Program; 800/332-1000; cmorris@efa.org; http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/research/grants.html#bsrtf.

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Proposals are requested for projects relevant to The Influence of Gender on HIV Risk ( RFA HD-01-002). Appropriate research will contribute to a better understanding of how gender influences the risk of HIV infection through sexual behaviors, and how HIV risks rooted in gendered expectations and behaviors may be best reduced. Applicants may propose basic or intervention research. Proposed research should be well grounded in theory. Research that combines qualitative and quantitative measurement strategies may be particularly well suited. Approximately $1 million is available for 6-8 new or competing renewal grants. An additional $500,000 from the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH) will provide 3-5 grants. In general, direct cost requests are expected to fall within the range of $100,000-$300,000. Contact: Susan Newcomer, 301/435-6981; Snewcomer@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-01-002.html. Deadlines: 1/6/01 (Optional Letter of Intent), 3/22/01 (Proposal).

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The Congressional Research Grants Program awards up to $3,500 to individuals with a serious interest in studying the U.S. Congress. Eligible applicants include political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists, as well as graduate students. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, and the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. Grants are normally for one year. Deadline: 2/1/01. Contact: Frank H. Mackaman, 309/347-7113; fmackaman@pekin.net; http://www.pekin.net/dirksen/congreasearch.html.

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The Association provides a number of grants to members of their organization to support research and scholarly activities in various areas. Contact for more information about the opportunities listed be-low, and others: 202/544-2422; aha@theaha.org; http://www.theaha.org.

The Griswold Research Grant supports research in U.S. legal history and in the general field of law and society. The Albert J. Beveridge Grant supports research in the history of the Western hemisphere (U.S., Canada, and Latin America). Preference will be given to Ph.D. candidates and junior scholars. The Michael Kraus Research Grant provides support for a work in progress on a research project in American colonial history. Deadline: 2/15/01.

The J. Franklin Jameson Fellowship awards $10,000 for one semester of significant scholarly research in American history in the collections of the Library of Congress by young historians. Eligible applicants must hold the Ph.D. degree or equivalent. Deadline: 1/15/01.

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ORISE provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to undertake part-time or full-time research in various areas of science, engineering, and mathematics. Contact for further information on the programs listed below and others: Maggie West, 865/576-3424; westm@orau.gov; http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/01catalogEdu.pdf. Deadline: None.

Professional Internship Program at the Savannah River Site: Energy-related and environmental research at Westinghouse Savannah River Company. ORISE provides a weekly stipend of $338-$871. Internship duration is 3-18 consecutive months; full-time or part-time appointments are available.

Professional Internship Program at the National Energy Technology Laboratory: Fossil energy-related research at the Federal Energy Technology Centers in Pittsburgh, PA and Morgantown, WV. Duration of each internship may be from 3-18 consecutive months. Weekly stipends range from $260-$375.

Student Internship Program at the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine: Clinical research in areas such as occupational and environmental health engineering, entomology, and health promotion. Appointments are for 3 months to one year. Full-time and part-time appointments are available.

Student Environmental Management Participation Program at the U.S. Army Environmental Center: Research in environmental programs involving cultural and natural resources, restoration, compliance, conservation, pollution prevention, validation, demonstration, technology transfer, quality assurance and quality control, training, information management and reporting, and related programs. Research may be conducted at the U.S. Army Environmental Center in Maryland and other approved locations.

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The Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) is designed to provide an intensive, super-vised career development experience in one of the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence. The proposed career development experience must be in a research area new to the applicant and/or one in which an additional supervised research experience will substantially add to the applicant's research capabilities. The candidate must provide a plan for achieving independent research support by the end of the award period. The project period may be for 3-5 years. The NIA will provide salary and fringe benefits for the career award recipient. Research development support is provided, and may be used for the following expenses: tuition, fees, and books related to career development; research expenses, such as supplies, equipment and technical personnel; travel to research meetings or training; and statistical and computational services including personnel and computer time. Deadlines: 2/1/01, 6/1/01, 10/1/01. Contact: Robin A. Barr, 301/496-9322, rb42h@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-019.html.

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The Council provides support to develop and sustain long-term, high quality programs for post-doctoral research on the social, political, economic, environmental, and historical development of Eurasia and Eastern Europe. From broad, cross-cultural analyses to more focused studies of particular problems, the Council supports research projects that facilitate a mutually beneficial exchange of information between scholars and policy-makers. Eligible applicants are groups of post-doctoral scholars, including at least one U.S.-based scholar, who must serve as the principal researcher. Maximum funding is $70,000 for a 2-year project. Deadline: 2/15/01. Contact: 202/822-6950; nceeerdc@aol.com; http://www.nceeer.org/Programs/conguide.pdf.

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The Foundation provides support to elicit ideas for rigorous neurobiological research into deeper human realities which have received relatively little scientific exploration. A partial list of these fundamental, more elusive values would include: love, purpose, moral sense, worship, mystical experience, creativity, genius, imagination, curiosity and the search for meaning. The program is open to research scientists, science teachers, theologians and others who may have some scientific background or have been involved with more recent study in the sciences. Up to 10 awards of $5,000 each will be made. Deadlines: 3/1/01 (Required Pre-Proposal), 10/1/01 (Invited Full Proposal). Contact: 610/687-8942; Info@Templeton.org; http://www.templeton.org/creative_research.asp.

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The EMF Established Investigator Award provides support to promote research within the specialty of emergency medicine; to advance emergency medical care; and facilitate the academic growth and development of emergency medicine faculty, thereby investing in the future of the specialty of emergency medicine. Emergency medicine research is broadly defined as scientific investigation designed to furnish new knowledge relating to emergency medical care. Such investigations may focus on basic science research, clinical research, preventive medicine, epidemiology, health care policy, or emergency medicine teaching and education. Eligible applicants are established investigators who have obtained significant extramural funding and made significant contributions to emergency medicine research. Applicants may apply for up to $50,000 in funding. Deadline: 3/19/01. Contact: 1125 Executive Circle, Irving,TX 75038-2522; 972/550-0911 x3340.

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The Teaching Materials Program is designed to enhance the education of biomedical engineers through development of high-quality teaching materials. Grants will be made to colleges and universities for writing textbooks for core biomedical engineering courses at the undergraduate or early graduate levels. Nine initial topics have been identified, but additional topics may be added. The initial topics are biomaterials, biomechanics, biosignals, biosystems, cellular engineering, design for biomedical engineers, life sciences for biomedical engineers, measurements and bioinstrumentation and transport phenomena in biological systems. The maximum grant is $85,000 for single authors or $135,000 for multiple authors. Deadlines, preliminary proposals: 3/1/01, 6/29/01, 11/1/01. Contact: 703/528-2430; info@whitaker.org; http://wf66.whitaker.org/grants/textbook.html.

Special Opportunity Awards in Biomedical Engineering provide support to enhance the field of biomedical engineering through educational and research programs, with an emphasis on education. Applications may be made in any of the following categories: establishing or enhancing educational programs; industrial interactions; continuing education; life sciences for engineers; interactive teaching materials; and others. The maximum award is $1 million over 3 years. Deadlines: 3/30/01 (Required Pre- Proposal), 8/15/01 (Invited Proposal). Contact: John Linehan, 703/528-2430; info@whitaker.org; http://wf66.whitaker.org/grants/specanc.html.

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


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