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University Letter

December 17, 1999

Volume 37 No. 17

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 17
December 17, 1999

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President Kupchella Extends Holiday Greetings

To the UND Community,

I extend Adele's and my best wishes to all of you for the holiday season. We hope you had a wonderful fall semester and that all of you enjoyed the fall weather we brought here from Missouri. We hope that you have a restful, fun, and enjoyable holiday, and that you return reinvigorated, ready to tackle a new millennium.

We thank all who have helped in so many large and small ways to facilitate our transition to Grand Forks and the University of North Dakota. Thanks for your many expressions of welcome and interest in our well-being since we arrived in June. Because of all of you, we are very glad to be here.

The University of North Dakota is a wonderful place which has enriched the lives of so many students and others touched by it. An alumnus with three degrees from UND recently wrote to me, and, with his permission, I share his note with you:

Dr. Kupchella, I graduated from UND back in 1966. In fact, I liked UND so well that I actually finished by receiving three degrees from there: B.S., M.S., Ph.D. I was on campus when your predecessor, Dr. Starcher, was at the helm, and Dr. Tom Clifford was Dean of the College of Business Administration. My son received his nursing degree from UND a couple of years ago. So I have a lot invested in UND and have been so very proud over the years to claim the University of North Dakota as my alma mater. I just wanted to share with you what a great university you have joined as its president. The memories I have of UND have been with me every day over these past 25 years, and I am frequently reminded of the quality and substance of the courses I took while a student there. UND did a marvelous job of providing me with the skills I needed to succeed, and for that I will be forever grateful. It was truly an experience of educational excellence in a personal environment. To this day I remember many of my professors' names, and there are certainly some in that group that I have tried to emulate. And so I'll end this short message with a simple "Thank You" for providing me an opportunity for a lifetime by giving me an education that is second class to none. I wish you the very best during your tenure as President of UND.

Dr. Jack E. Johnson
Graduate of 1966, 1967, 1975

These kinds of messages (I have received many) remind me of our fundamental purpose, which is to provide the most positive, supportive environment possible in which learning can take place. Thank you for all you do every day to ensure that we accomplish that goal.

Again, our best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Charles E. Kupchella, President


Sen. Nething To Deliver Commencement Address

State Senator David Nething, R-Jamestown, will deliver the commencement address at UND's Winter Commencement Friday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Dr. Charles Kupchella, UND's 10th president, will preside. More than 300 students are eligible to walk across the stage during the ceremonies.

Currently chair of the North Dakota Senate Appropriations Committee, Nething is a commissioner from North Dakota on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and a member of the WICHE Legislative Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Legislative Council and chairs the Interim Committee on Higher Education. Nething is also a member of the North Dakota State Hospital Governing Board and past president of the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Foundation for State Legislatures, and the National Republican Legislators Association.

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan appointed Nething to the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations and reappointed him in 1985 and 1987. President George Bush appointed him in 1990.

In 1982, the National Republican Legislators Association cited Nething as "Legislator of the Year" and in 1989 awarded him the William E. Brock Award. He has also received recognition awards from the National Conference of State Legislators and the American Legislative Exchange Council as well as his local community.

Nething attended Pingree High School, graduated from Jamestown College and the University of North Dakota School of Law. He practices law in Jamestown and has grain farm interests near Jamestown.


Counseling Center Reaccredited

The University Counseling Center has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS), a Virginia based agency for accrediting United States, Canadian and Australian counseling agencies. The Center was evaluated during the summer of 1999 and judged to offer professionally competent and reliable service to UND students. Accreditation by IACS is evidence of continuing professional development and a demonstration of excellence in counseling performance by the Counseling Center.

The Counseling Center, which has been a campus service agency since 1959, offers personal, career, academic and educational counseling assistance to students. In addition, it provides graduate training for students in counseling and clinical psychology as well as consultation for faculty and staff. The Center is responsible for campus substance abuse prevention programming and university testing services. A satellite office, located in the Apartment Community Center, offers services two evenings a week. The Counseling Center is located in 200 McCannel Hall.

-- Richard Grosz, Director, Counseling Center.


Computer Center Offers Course On Virus Protection

University Within the University and the Computer Center will offer a course, "Don't Get Bitten by the Bug! The Virus No One Wants to Catch," Friday, Dec. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The course will discuss how to identify computer viruses and hoaxes, explain why you should be concerned about computer viruses, how to protect and disinfect your computer and files, and how to locate and use the online UND Virus Info page. Instructors are Craig Cerkowniak, and Terry Cultice, both from the Computer Center.

To register for this course, please call Staci Matheny, University Within the University, 777-2128, or e-mail her at staci_matheny@mail.und.nodak.edu. Visit the U2 web site at www.conted.und.edu/U2 for more professional and personal development opportunities.

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


Reception Will Honor Don Forbes

A farewell reception will be held for Don Forbes, Manager of the University Bookstore, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, in the Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union. After 16 years of service to the University Bookstore, Don has accepted a position as the assistant director of store operations at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. Please join the staff of the Bookstore to wish him well.

-- Mary Devine, UND Bookstore.


Holiday Recess Schedules Announced

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve day, offices will be closed for Christmas. Offices will also be closed Friday, Dec. 31, for the New Year holiday. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on these holidays.

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


Chester Fritz Library:

Chester Fritz Library hours for the intersession and holidays are: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, closed; Monday through Thursday, Dec. 20-23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, Dec. 24-26, closed; Monday through Thursday, Dec. 27-30, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 2, closed; Monday through Friday, Jan. 3-7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9, closed; Monday, Jan. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 11, resume regular hours. ^ Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.


Health Sciences Library:

Holiday hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are:

Friday, Dec. 17, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 19, closed; Monday to Thursday, Dec. 20-23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, Dec. 24-26, closed; Monday through Friday, Dec. 27-31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 1 and 2, closed; Monday through Friday, Jan. 3-7, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 8, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 9, 5 to 9 p.m. Regular hours resume Monday, Jan. 10. ^ April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.


Law Library:

Holiday and intersession hours for the Thormodsgard Law Library are: Friday, Dec. 17 (last day of exams), 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, closed; Monday through Thursday, Dec. 20-23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, Dec. 24-26, closed; Monday through Thursday, Dec. 27-30, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday to Sunday, Dec. 31 to Jan. 2, closed; Monday through Friday, Jan. 3-7, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9, closed; Monday, Jan. 10, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 11 (classes begin and regular hours resume), 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. ^ Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.


Computer Center:

The Computer Center will close for the Christmas holiday at 1 a.m. Friday, Dec. 24, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 26. ^ Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.


University Letter:

University Letter will not be published the final two weeks of December. The next University Letter will be dated Jan. 7. The deadline for submitting items for publication is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4. ^ Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.


University Federal Credit Union:

The University Federal Credit Union, located in the lower level of the Memorial Union, will be closed Friday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 31. The Service Center, 3179 17th St. S., will be open until 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, and closed Friday, Dec. 31. ^ George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.


Women Studies Will Hold Essay Contest

The UND Women Studies Program sponsors a contest for the best essays that wholly or in significant part address issues of particular concern to women. Two prizes are awarded, one to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate student; each prize is $100. Essays may be of any length and may come from any discipline. They may be submitted by faculty or directly by the student. Essays should have been written in 1999, spring or fall semesters.

Mark essays with class title and include the author's telephone number and address. Please send essays by Tuesday, Dec. 21, to me at Box 7209. Winners will be announced during Women's History Month in March 2000. ^ Sandra Donaldson, English.


UND Web Site, E-Mail Unavailable During Y2K Rollover

The UND web site, UNDInfo, and all e-mail services offered by the University will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31, to 7 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 1. This is to protect equipment so that any potential power outages or surges will not impact them during the Y2K rollover. However, this will NOT affect the University Federal Credit Union, which runs on a different system.

-- Jan Orrvik, Co-Manager, UNDInfo.


North Dakota Resident Status Information Available

Eligibility for resident student status for the purpose of paying resident tuition is a technical matter addressed in North Dakota Century Code and State Board of Higher Education Policy 504. Students with residency questions should be referred to the Business Office, 202 Twamley Hall, 777-3911. The resident student status application and BHE policy policy can also be accessed on the Business Office web site at und.nodak.edu/dept/busoff/ . ^ Wanda Sporbert, Business Manager.


Employees May Enroll In Courses At Low Cost

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. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is Monday, Dec.. 27, for the spring 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, Associate Director of Admissions, and Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel.


1999 Calendar Year-End Procedures Detailed

The end of the calendar year is very near. We don't anticipate any Y2K problems with the computer system, but as a part of our Y2K plan, we ask your assistance in submitting your payment vouchers and other documents to Accounting Services for processing in a timely manner.

Please submit the following by Friday, Dec. 17:

* requests for payment for all invoices for materials or services received, including blanket purchase orders

* travel expense vouchers

* receiving reports for all invoices for materials or services received

* interdepartmental billings

* accounts receivable charges and credit memos

This will allow sufficient time for Accounting Services to process and mail all payments to vendors or individuals prior to calendar year-end. Priority processing will be given to payment vouchers (requests for payment, travel expense vouchers, and receiving reports).

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of the Accounting Services staff:

Jan, 777-4565, SOS payments or blanket purchase order payments;

Bonnie, 777-2966, travel expense vouchers;

Judy, 777-2773, receiving report payments;

Barb, 777-2967, all other payments, including payments to individuals.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. =96 Allison Peyton, Accounts Payable Manager, Accounting Services, and Lisa Heher, Cash and Investments Manager, Accounting Services.


New Computer Virus Web Page Is Online

New computer viruses seem to be appearing on a daily basis lately. The only way to stay ahead of new viruses is to keep your anti-virus software current. The UND Help Center has put together a new virus web page at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/CC/virus/. We've simplified the process of getting anti-virus software and keeping it up to date. The new page includes virus information, frequently asked questions and links to download software. If you have questions about the page or need additional information, please contact the UND Help Center at 777-2222. ^ Craig Cerkowniak, Computer Center.


December Payroll Run Dates Set

In preparation for Y2K, all departments should be aware of the payroll run dates for the month of December. Please note that one date has been revised.

Payday -- Time Slips Due -- Run Date

EC. 30 -- Dec. 14 -- Dec. 23

Departments must have all notices of appointment, revisions, leave slips and any late time slips for these pay periods turned into the Payroll Office no later than noon on the listed run dates. Earlier submission of all paperwork is always recommended and appreciated.=20

No manual checks or pay adjustments will be processed from Thursday, Dec. 23, to Saturday, Jan. 15. Please make sure that your department has all of its 1999 payroll paperwork completed and turned in prior to leaving for semester break and the holidays. Your employees' paychecks are depending on it!

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll and Risk Management.


Denim Day is Dec. 27

Wednesday, Dec. 29 is the last Wednesday of the month, and is designated as Denim Day. For just a dollar, you can wear your button and dress casually. 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.


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

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


Foodborne Illnesses, Gastrointestinal & Renal Complications (RFA DK-00-005). NIDDKD, in partnership with the American Digestive Health Foundation, invites experienced and new investigators to submit applications to pursue basic and clinical investigations to further the understanding of foodborne illness, especially gastrointestinal disease and renal injury of E. coli 015:H7-induced hemolytic uremic syndrome. Proposed studies should foster and extend the understanding of the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of foodborne disease, including: the mechanism by which bacterial toxins induce endothelial cell damage and renal injury; and mechanisms by which bacterial, viral, and fungal organ-isms and products cause gastrointestinal and extra-gastrointestinal injury. Other areas with potential for investigation include genetic factors that determine gastrointestinal as well as systemic disease expression; markers of genetic susceptibility to complications of foodborne disease; the natural history and epidemiology of enteric infection as well as extra-intestinal manifestations; risk factors for the acquisition, transmission and expression of foodborne disease, particularly in children and the elderly; human markers of genetic susceptibility to complications of foodborne disease; development of experimental models of foodborne diseases; and identification and testing of interventions that might lead to im-proved management of gastrointestinal disease as well as extra-gastrointestinal complications. Of prime importance is the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic techniques that would lead to early medical intervention and prevention of complications of foodborne illnesses. The intent is to intensify investigator-initiated research, attract new investigators to the field, and increase interdisciplinary research. The R01 and R21 award mechanisms will be used. Deadlines: 2/23/00 (Letter of Intent), 3/23/00 (Full Proposal). Contact: Frank A. Hamilton, 301/594-8877; fax 301/480-8300; hamiltonf@extra.niddk.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DK-00-005.html.

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The primary mission of the Foundation is to investigate ways in which education can be improved around the world. The Major Research Grants Program responds to projects requiring more than $35,000 in support. Projects funded vary widely, 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. The Foundation does not establish funding priorities for subjects of research. The Small Research Grants Program supports short-term projects (one year or less) that require no more than $35,000 to complete. The program is appropriate for modest-sized research projects, exploratory studies, specific phases of larger investigations, and projects which arise in response to unusual opportunities. The Research Conference Grant Program provides funds for forums where researchers and other educators engage in discussion of on-going research projects, important new findings, areas for new research, improved methods for systematic inquiry into important education topics, and related subjects. Conferences proposed for funding under the program should offer a unique opportunity to focus upon an area of inquiry, define needed research, and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration. Deadlines: None. Contact: 312/337-7000; http://www.spencer.org/.

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The Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse program encourages submission of proposals to study the many issues related to adolescent drug abuse, particularly with regard to gaps in current knowledge. Where appropriate, investigators are encouraged to offer HIV testing and counseling in accordance with current guidelines to subjects identified during the course of the research as being at risk for HIV acquisition or transmission. In high risk populations, investigators are encouraged to assess the effects of new interventions on the acquisition and transmission of HIV. A focus on the provision, organization, and management of HIV/AIDS-related services such as testing and counseling, and services to groups at high risk for HIV/AIDS is encouraged. The R01 and R03 award mechanisms will be used. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 6/1/00, 10/1/00 (Standard Deadlines); 1/2/00, 5/1/00, 9/1/00 (AIDS-Related Research). Contact: Elizabeth Rahdert, 301/443-0107; fax 301/443-8674; er34g@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-97-005.html.



The NIH Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences is supported by NIA and the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Dental Research (NIDR), General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Mental Health (NIMH), Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and Nursing Research (NINR). The aim is to encourage and support broad training in the neurosciences by offering institutions a single comprehensive training grant. Support is focused on the early years of training before full-time thesis research is started. Trainees are expected to be participants in a formal predoctoral curriculum offering broad and fundamental training in the neurosciences. The number of grants awarded will depend on funds available. Awards will be for a period of 5 years and are renewable. All trainees will be encouraged to visit NIH once during their appointment for a 2-day special orientation and training session. The T32 award mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 3/1/00 (Letter of Intent), 5/10/00 (Full Proposal). Contact: Bradley C. Wise, 301/496-9350; fax 301/496-1494; bw86y@nih.gov, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-97-007.html.

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Demonstration Projects for High-Risk Youth/Adults--Capacity Building. Support is provided to state or local public agencies, and public or private nonprofit organizations to develop models for use by states and local boards that will provide interventions to increase assistance to high risk individuals who face multiple barriers to employment in their local areas. The primary purpose is to build service capacity into the workforce investment system that will expand the range and quality of services available to prepare ``high risk'' youth and adults for ``high-quality'' employment; i.e., employment where there are career development ladders that enable a worker to obtain livable wages. Entities must demonstrate a strong focus on developing models for use by states and local boards on how to increase the capacity to serve ``high-risk'' youth and adults within the WIA system. ``High-risk'' individuals are described as ``including displaced homemakers and older workers, and those adults or youth who are under the supervision of the criminal justice or penal systems, or who are living in foster care, homeless facilities, and public or assisted housing. Barriers to employment faced by these individuals include homelessness, addiction recovery, transportation, criminal records or reentry from prison or other justice-related or social service-related institutions.'' Approximately 3 awards are anticipated, not to exceed $500,000 each. Project periods will be 24 months. Deadline: 2/4/00. Contact: Denise Roach; fax 202/219-8739; http://www.doleta.gov.

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The Environmental Statistics (00-20) program supports research in: 1) Statistical Models and Methods for Environmental Social Science Research--to increase understanding of the social and behavioral processes that define complex interactions between human and physical systems. Research is sought on: statistical models and/or methods that illuminate how humans impact the environment, how the environment affects human activities, and the complex dynamics of human and physical systems. Environmental social science research covers a range of topics, including but not limited to: adaptation and mitigation strategies; economic issues related to the environment; the measurement of attitudes toward the environment; land use and land cover issues, including resource use and management; collective action issues and the role of institutions; and issues of environmental justice. Proposals that advance the methodological foundation for understanding these and other issues in environmental social science research are sought. 2) Environmental Statistics Research to Improve Risk Assessment--projects developing methodologies for addressing, quantifying, and presenting the uncertainty and variability in the models, model inputs, and outputs upon which the field relies. Examples include, but are not limited to: methods for representing and communicating the limits and uncertainty of environ-mental data; approaches for characterizing and reducing uncertainty in environmental exposure and risk assessment; probabilistic methods for assessing multi-pathway exposures; methods for linking information about contaminant source, transport, human and ecosystem interactions and adverse effects; methods for extrapolating small data sets to estimate population level exposure and effects; and methods to expand the use of epidemiological data in risk assessment. 3) Physical Environmental Statistics--research that improves the methodology or theory of statistics relevant to environmental research. Examples include, but are not limited to: the design, evaluation, and placement of environmental monitoring networks; research on quality assurance methods for environmental and ecological data and data products; accounting for meteorological and co-pollutant effects on estimation of status and trends in air toxins; spatial sampling designs for hazardous waste site characterization; statistical environmental epidemiology and toxicology; and development and evaluation of ecological indicators and indexes, including issues of aggregation and scale. The goal is to increase understanding of the physical and human dimensions of environmental policies and issues by supporting the development of innovative statistical methods and models for environmental research. Awards may range from $60,000-$150,000/year for 2-3 years. Contact: Robert Wellek, Directorate for Engineering; fax 703/306-0319; rwellek@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf0020/nsf0020.txt. Deadline: 3/1/00.

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The mission of the Fund is to invest in programs to enhance the cultural life of communities and encourage people to make the arts and culture an active part of their everyday lives. It supports efforts to build audiences for the performing, visual, literary and folk arts, and programs to improve literacy instruction for adults and create and improve urban parks. Deadline: None. Contact : lwrd@wallacefunds.org; 212/251-9800, http://www.lilawallace.org/.

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The Foundation supports educational and research projects designed to enhance the future of the graphic arts industry. It considers requests for funds only if: the project is in the graphic communications field and the funds are used for educational purposes in the broadest sense. Individuals and institutions are eligible, including U.S. universities and colleges and their faculty members; vocational schools, junior colleges, high schools, and their faculty members; nonprofit or non-academic institutions; individuals with no affiliation with the previous categories of institutions. Mini-Grants are intended for regional studies and projects up to $2,500. Deadline: 4/30/00. Contact: Susan J. Snow, Administrator, 703/264-7200; gaerf@npes.org; http://teched.edtl.vt.edu/gcc/HTML/Guidelines.html.

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Aging and Financial Security. Research in the Future Directions in Private Savings area may include: studies on the effect of recent legislation which alters the law concerning private pension options; evaluation studies on efforts to educate employees about savings opportunities, including cross-industry comparisons; studies on the growth in part-time work and the contingent workforce affects on savings for retirement; studies which look at issues of portability for pensions among older adults; and studies on the psychosocial factors affecting savings decisions. Projects in The Economic Impact of Chronic Health Conditions area may include: studies to determine the economic impact on the individual suffering from a chronic health condition and family members who provide care and support; studies that emphasize differing responses to economic hardships encountered by family caregivers of various minority groups and, of particular interest, studies that focus on older adults with more than one chronic health condition. The maximum award is $75,000 for up to a 2-year period.

Also invited are applications for research on older adults Living with Chronic Health Conditions. Awards will be made for up to 2 years for a maximum of $100,000. The first area of interest, new ways to assess the impact of chronic diseases, may include: the development of approaches to better identify the effect of having one or more chronic health conditions on the functional capabilities of older adults, and the development of tools or measures that can be used to identify risk factors for functional decline or disability on older adults with specific chronic health conditions. The second area of interest, maximizing the adaptation to chronic health conditions, may include: studies which examine how physical, mental, social, and environmental factors help maintain the independence of older adults with multiple chronic health problems or place them at risk for developing dependency; studies that define what it means to "age successfully" for those with chronic health conditions; studies on how older people develop and refine psychosocial coping skills that improve their ability to adapt to having one or more chronic health conditions; studies on how chronically ill older adults maintain reciprocal relations in their social world; and studies on how conditions such as depression, pain, and sleep disorders affect the quality of life among older people with multiple chronic conditions and how to reduce the risks of increased vulnerability. Letters of intent will be considered for investigation outside these areas if the research questions are related to the overall concerns of the program initiative.

Letters of intent must be not be faxed. Deadlines: 1/15/00 (Letter of Intent). Contact: John Feather, 202/434-6190; fax 202/434-6483; andrus@aarp.org; http://www.andrus.org. ^ Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.


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