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University Letter

February 19, 1999

Volume 36 No. 24

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 24, February 19, 1999

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The first radio broadcasts of UND athletic contests were made by the University's station, KFJM, during the 1926-27 basketball season, with Elmer Hanson doing the play-by-play.



President Baker has named Roger Thomas Director of Athletics, effective July 1, 1999.

Thomas has been the head football coach at UND since 1985, and has led the Fighting Sioux to eight consecutive winning seasons. Under his leadership, UND has become one of the top teams in the North Central Conference and in the national polls. With the berth in the 1998 NCAA playoffs, the Fighting Sioux have made the NCAA postseason five times under Thomas.

Thomas has more wins than any other UND football coach. He has posted a 90-49-2 record with UND, including an impressive 72-24-1 (.747) mark the past nine years. The NCC honored Thomas as its Coach of the Year in 1990 after leading the Fighting Sioux to a 7-3 mark. He also earned NCC Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and 1995. Thomas was honored in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997 as the American Football Coaches Association Region IV College Division Coach of the Year. In 1992, he directed the Sioux to a 6-4-1 overall mark and their first appearance in the NCAA playoffs since 1979. He was named the Associated Press North Dakota Male Coach of the Year in 1993 and 1994.

Thomas was born on August 19, 1947 in Chicago, Ill. He played running back and quarterback at Augustana (Ill.) College, earning his undergraduate degree in physical education and history in 1969. Thomas earned a master's degree from the University of South Dakota in 1972. Thomas' coaching career began at Augustana (S.D.) College, serving as a part-time assistant coach for the defensive secondary, as well as being head scout. He was also the junior varsity basketball coach at Augustana Academy in Canton, S.D., during the 1969-70 season. Thomas became a full-time assistant coach at Augustana (S.D.) College and served in that capacity from 1970-76, tutoring the defensive secondary and the offensive backfield. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in 1976. During his years at Augustana, he also served as recruiting coordinator, head freshman football coach and, for the 1973 season, as the head baseball coach. In 1976, Thomas was named head football coach at Sioux Falls (S.D.) College. He inherited a struggling program and steered it in the right direction before leaving to join the University of North Dakota staff for the first time. Thomas came to Grand Forks in April of 1978 as offensive coordinator for head coach Gene Murphy. During his two seasons in that position (1978-79), UND compiled a 15-7 record and won the 1979 NCC title. In January of 1980, when Murphy left to become the head coach at Cal State-Fullerton, Thomas followed to serve as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. Thomas spent three seasons at Fullerton before taking over as the offensive backfield coach at the University of Minnesota in 1983. Thomas moved on to the Canadian Football League as offensive backfield and receivers coach for the Toronto Argonauts for the 1984 and 1985 seasons before becoming UND's 23rd head coach.

-- Kendall Baker, President.



The University of North Dakota Presidential Search Committee at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 16, selected eight candidates to invite for on-campus interviews starting the first week of March.

The eight candidates, for which biographical summaries are attached to this issue of University Letter, are:

* James Ash, Ph.D., President of Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.;

* Roy Austensen, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Valparaiso University, Indiana;

* Phil Beukema, D.B.A. [Doctor of Business Administration],Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.;

* John Ettling, Ph.D., UND Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs;

* Stephen Hulbert, D.Ed., Commissioner of Higher Education and Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, Providence;

* Robert Kindrick, Ph.D., University Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs, The University of Montana, Missoula;

* Charles Kupchella, Ph.D., Provost, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau;

* William Ruud, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Boise State University, Idaho. A Grand Forks native, Ruud was graduated from UND in 1974 with a bachelor of science and majors in public administration and hospital administration.

Harvey Knull (Dean, Graduate School), chair of the Committee, said he anticipates the on-campus visits will be completed by the end of March. The Committee is charged with forwarding three or more finalists to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which will likely select UND's 10th president some time in April, according to Larry Isaak, chancellor of the North Dakota University System. Forty-six candidates applied for the UND presidency, from which current President Kendall Baker announced his resignation effective June 30, 1999.

-- Jim Penwarden and Peter Johnson, Office of University Relations.



At his monthly 9 o'clock briefing Feb. 17, President Baker focused on the University's budget, which is making its way through the North Dakota Legislature. The bill has come out of the House Appropriations Committee and will go to the full House this week. After passage in the House, it will move on to the Senate, then to Conference Committee.

Though the present bill is about $479,000 less than the $145.8 million recommended by Gov. Schafer, it is far better than an earlier committee version which cut the University by $2.1 million. President Baker commended our legislative delegation, which has worked hard to protect UND's interests, as well as those of Grand Forks. He asked attendees to contact their legislators with comments and suggestions, but to be civil and keep in mind the challenges our lawmakers face. He also congratulated Alice Brekke, Budget and Grants Administration, and Peggy Lucke, Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations, for their work. Baker stressed that throughout the budget process, the University has emphasized priorities and asked legislators to reduce our budget according to those priorities if necessary. Increases in student enrollment will improve the budget picture, and he asked everyone involved with the University to do what they can to boost enrollment.

The Medical School budget also suffered a reduction of about $450,000, as did the North Dakota University System budget. Cuts which impact UND include the matching funds for the EPSCoR pool, which have been reduced by $200,000, and $100,000 of state matching funds for Perkins student loans. A further request for a $4.7 million deficiency appropriation to aid UND in flood recovery is also under consideration by the Senate. This would help cover the 10 percent required match from FEMA, interest generated on loans from the Bank of North Dakota while waiting for insurance and other moneys to arrive, and other flood recovery costs.

In other business, President Baker spoke about an event sponsored by the UND Alumni Association and Foundation which welcomed prospective students and their parents to UND. Jerry Bulisco (Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs) presented Lillian Elsinga (Dean of Students) a national award from the Association for Student Judicial Affairs for her work on judicial affairs and campus safety.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The final numbers for the spring semester at the University of North Dakota show that enrollment is holding steady. The third week numbers showed 9,704 students at UND, only 40 students fewer than the final count in January 1998. After the Flood of 1997, UND's fall enrollment dropped 905 students, from 11,300 in the fall of 1996 to 10,395. Since then, semester numbers indicate UND's enrollment has stabilized. Among the third week count were 68 new freshmen who enrolled in January, compared to 70 new freshmen last spring. New transfer students were up to 223 from 206 last spring.


Faculty Caucus Meets Feb. 18

The University Senate's third-week forum at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Room 7, Gamble Hall, will be an informal faculty caucus. The focus will be on ways that faculty can discuss issues of particular concern to them. All faculty members of the Senate are urged to attend and all other faculty members are invited.

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



Physician William Zaks will discuss thyroid disease on the Thursday, Feb. 18, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3. The thyroid gland controls the body's metabolism by producing thyroid hormones. More than 20 million Americans unknowingly suffer from thyroid disease. Side effects include depression, weight gain or less, fatigue, nervousness, muscle weakness or cramps, hair loss, poor memory and difficulty concentrating. Dr. Zaks will demonstrate how to perform a self-examination for thyroid problems.

"Studio One" will also look at an increasingly popular muscle enhancer called Creatine Monohydrate. This naturally occurring metabolite enhances muscle tone, increases muscle strength, and improves weight lifting endurance. This boost of anaerobic energy is natural and considered to be safe for people over 18.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

-- Mollie Gram, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 22, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Physiology department to change the program requirements for the Master of Science degree.

2. Consideration of a request by the Clinical Laboratory Science department to:

a. Change the program requirements for the Master of Science degree.

b. Add a new course, CLS 504, Medical Microbiology for Laboratory Professionals.

c. Add a new course, CLS 508, Leadership and Conflict Resolution in the Health Sciences.

3. Consideration of a request by the Geography department to change the course description and credits for GEOG 578, Geographic Research and Writing.

4. Consideration of a request by the Teaching and Learning department to give graduate credit for T & L 455, Comparative Approaches to the Education of Young Children.

5. Consideration of a request by the Theatre Arts department to give graduate credit for TA 480, Theatre Performance Studio, TA 427, Costume Design, and TA 404, Acting for Music Theatre.

6. Consideration of a request by the Computer Science department to:

a. Change the title of CSci 513 to Advanced Database Systems, and change the course description.

b. Change the title of CSci 522 to Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science, and change the course description.

c. Change the title of CSci 543 to Advanced Artificial Intelligence, and change the course description.

d. Change the title of CSci 551 to Distributed Operating Systems, and change the course description.

e. Change the course description for CSci 555, Computer Networks.

f. Change the title for CSci 565 to Advanced Software Engineering.

g. Change the program requirements for the Master of Science degree.

7. Subcommittee report on Academic Standards.

8. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The UND Society for Energy Alternatives (SEA) will unveil its new solar-powered vehicle to the public Monday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Subzero2, an improved design on SEA's award-winning Subzero, is a car that can operate under normal highway conditions while consuming the amount of power used to run a hair dryer. The energy is collected by solar cells and then stored in a battery pack. Three years of work by more than 100 students in the areas of body, chassis, suspension, and power systems has allowed SEA to take Subzero2 to a higher competitive level.

The car begins formal testing in March at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and goes to a qualifying run in Michigan May 8 for Sunrayce 99. Sunrayce 99 will begin June 22, in Washington, D.C., and will finish 10 days and 1,500 miles later in Orlando, Fla. SEA is an official UND student organization which promotes energy conservation and environmental awareness through solar vehicle racing. The group consists of 60 members from a variety of academic disciplines.

-- Society for Energy Alternatives.



The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Mr. James Denniston, General-Experimental Faculty Candidate, will present "The Temporal Coding Hypothesis: Time as content in Pavlovian Associations," at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall.

Another colloquium will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, in Room 210, Nursing Building, by Dr. Jeff Weatherly, General-Experimental Faculty Candidate, who will discuss "Operant Responding Within the Session: What Comes Next?"

Everyone is welcome.

-- Joan Peterson, Psychology Department.



The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered next week: Monday, Feb. 22, 1 to 4 p.m., Macromedia Director (one of four); Wednesday, Feb. 24, 1 to 4 p.m., Macromedia Director (two of four); and Thursday, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. to noon, Advanced Power Point. 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.



Jacob Kerbeshian will give the next Dean's Hour presentation at noon Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Reed Keller Auditorium (Room 1350) at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The topic of his presentation will be: "Professionalism in Medicine: A Functional Analysis."

Dr. Kerbeshian is a clinical professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Medical School and Director of the Behavioral Health Program at Altru Health System. He earned his M.D. degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1970. He completed his general psychiatry residency and fellowship in child psychiatry in 1975 at the University of Rochester. After serving two years as a medical officer in the U.S. Air Force, he joined the Grand Forks Clinic in 1977. His research interests are Tourette syndrome, autism, and other developmental disabilities. Dr. Kerbeshian has served as president of the North Dakota Psychiatric Society and the North Dakota Medical Association.

The Dean's Hour 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 the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-6150.

-- Maureen Ramsett, Education Program Coordinator, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The United States is scheduled to launch its next major Earth observation satellite, Landsat 7, Thursday April 15. The Space Studies Department is turning this event into a real-time learning opportunity by assembling the major Landsat 7 participants in a one-credit, online seminar titled, "Landsat 7 Live: Past, Present and Future." Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz is the seminar coordinator and instructor. The guest lecturer for Feb. 24 is Roger Launius, NASA Historian, NASA History Office, who will present "History of the Landsat System."

-- Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, Space Studies.



The Wednesday, Feb. 24, Feast and Focus program at noon in the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., will feature Cindy Juntunen Smith (Counseling), discussing feminism. Feel free to bring your lunch with you.

-- Donna Oltmanns, Coordinator, Women's Center.



Faculty and staff are invited to meet with Marcia Bankirer, Senior Academic Officer from the Western Governors University (WGU). The Western Governors University, formed in 1997, is a competency-based degree-granting, virtual university that delivers education using the Internet and other advanced telecommunications and networking technologies. She will be on campus to discuss the recent developments with the WGU and the implications of UND joining the WGU as well as answering questions from faculty and staff.

Dr. Bankirer will be available Thursday, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. and again from 1 to 2 p.m. in 16/18 Swanson Hall to meet with faculty and staff. Feel free to bring a bag lunch to either meeting. If you are interested in attending, please contact Kim Pastir at 777-3231.

-- James Shaeffer, Dean of Continuing Education, Mary Kweit, Chair, University Senate, and Libby Rankin, Director, Instructional Development.



The final examination for Nancy L. Mosbaek, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Lived Experience of Graduate Nursing Students in Distance Education." Deanna Strackbein (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Cathie Weissman, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning -- Research Methodology, is set for noon Monday, March 15, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Time-to-Degree and Credits-to-Degree of Baccalaureate Degree Graduates." John Delane Williams (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Douglas W. Smith, National Park Service, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., will present a Biology Seminar Department seminar titled "The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Four Years" in 141 Starcher Hall at noon Friday, Feb. 26. Everyone is welcome.

-- William F. Sheridan, Biology Department Seminar Coordinator.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, March 1, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, Edwin C. James Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Jody Rada (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "Regulation of Proteoglycan Synthesis by Human Scleral Fibroblasts."

-- Patrick Carr, Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Seminar Series Coordinator.



The 1999 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health will be held Tuesday through Thursday, March 16-18, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck. Conducted with a focus on the theme, "Making Partnerships Work," the conference will interest health care providers from a wide variety of disciplines such as social work, nursing, medicine, human services, hospital and long-term care administration, nutrition, environmental health care, government and aging services.

The goal of the conference is to promote communication and exchange of information on rural health matters. Participants will consider and explore collaboration efforts, team building, cooperative ventures and partnering to provide quality health care in rural areas. Presenters from throughout the region will discuss interdisciplinary programs, research and studies. As in the past, a legislative update session will feature a panel of staff members representing the north Dakota congressional delegation. A Foundation Resource Center in the Center for Rural Health display booth will offer information on a multitude of private foundations and federal agencies.

Keynote speakers include Gail Bellamy, Ph.D., president, National Rural Health Association, Texas A&M University, Temple, Texas; Mohammad Akhter, M.D., executive director, American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.; Doris Barnette, principal advisor to the administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Md.; Billy Rogers, director, Health Promotion Programs, College of Continuing Education, University of Oklahoma; Murray Sagsveen, state health officer, North Dakota Department of Health, Bismarck, N.D. Robert Boyd, vice president of the UND's Division of Student and Outreach Services, will speak at the opening luncheon hosted by the North Dakota Public Health Association on Tuesday, March 16. The luncheon is an optional event and tickets will be sold. Dr. Boyd's talk on "Humor in the Workplace" is open to anyone purchasing a ticket.

For more information or to preregister, contact Dawn Botsford, Program Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education, 777-4260, or visit the web site at http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/rural/dakconf.htm.

-- Pamela Knudson, Office of Public Affairs, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.




Doris King, longtime Credit Union Manager, died Feb. 9 in Las Vegas, at the age of 64. She began working at the University Federal Credit Union in 1973. She retired in 1990, after 17 years at the University, and moved to Las Vegas. She is survived by her husband, Gary, and three daughters.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Payroll Office, Credit Union, and Mavis Ness (University Relations).



The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is seeking nominations for an award which recognizes a faculty member and fourth-year medical student for compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families. Nominations, due March 31, will be accepted from Medical School faculty members and senior medical students for the 1999 Humanism in Medicine Award, a program of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The awards are intended to spur dialogue, debate and activities relating to graduating scientifically excellent as well as compassionate physicians.

The school has been selected as one of 60 medical schools to participate in the awards program. The school's Student Performance and Recognition Committee will review nominations and select winners who will each receive a $2,500 award, provided by the foundation. Criteria for the nomination and selection of award-winners may be obtained through the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2840. It is expected that award recipients will be recognized during the school's M.D. Class of 99 commencement awards luncheon in May. The board of trustees of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey has a particular interest in improving doctor-patient relations. The foundation is the primary sponsor of a state-of-the-art web site devoted to humanism in medicine, developed and maintained by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation: www.humanism-in-medicine.org.

-- Judy DeMers, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions.



The Modem Pool Committee is interested in your views about the UND dial-up modem pool which gives access to the campus network and the Internet from home computers (via 777-0123). The modem pool committee is holding open meetings and conducting a survey to gather information before making recommendations to the University administration. A fact sheet, a list of committee members and the survey are available at the following web site: http://www.und.nodak.edu/misc/modem (There will also be a link from the UNDInfo page.)

Open meetings are scheduled Thursday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m., Pembina-Roosevelt Room of the Memorial Union and Friday, Feb. 26, at noon, Memorial Room of the Memorial Union.

Please complete the survey to give us your views, regardless of whether you can attend the open meetings.

-- Dorette Kerian (Computer Center), Chair, Modem Pool Committee.



President's Advisory Council On Women (PAC-W) is seeking nominations and volunteers for new members. If you would like to serve on PAC-W or if you know someone who would be an active advocate for issues and concerns regarding women at UND, please contact us. Write a brief note explaining your own, or your nominee's interests in women's issues, and send it to PAC-W, Campus Box 7013 or e-mail it to heuer@plains.nodak.edu.

-- David Rowley (History), for PAC-W.



"In the News," a chronicle of scholarly and creative achievement which includes publications, posters, presentations, election into office and societies, and other achievements, will be published in an upcoming issue of University Letter soon. This information is used in University Letter, but it also serves as a record that our faculty and staff are active in scholarly research and creative activity. Please send submissions to me at Box 7144 or e-mail them to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Mark your calendars now! Don't miss February's Denim Day; circle Wednesday, Feb. 24, on your calendar and look forward to paying your dollar, wearing your button, and going casual in the middle of the week. 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.




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


The Xenobiotics and Cell Death/Injury in Neurodegenerative Disease program provides support to stimulate research on the relative roles of environmental, endogenous neurochemical and genetic factors in the cause of neurodegenerative diseases and thus help clarify the part xenobiotics play in the etiology of these diseases. The goal is to encourage and foster investigator-initiated basic and applied research on the possible role of xenobiotics in brain cell death and injury resulting in neurodegenerative diseases. Collaborations between basic and clinical neuroscientists and/or interdisciplinary investigations are encouraged. The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) has particular interest in studies in the following areas: using genetically modified, transgenics, and knockout animals as models of behavioral traits or phenotypes relevant to mental disorders; and the development and validation of biomarkers and clinical imaging technologies to enhance diagnosis, disease progression, and efficacy of therapeutic intervention in mental disorders. The research project grant (R01) award mechanism will be used. The total project period may not exceed 5 years. The total estimated funds available for support of this Program Announcement is $2,000,000/year. Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99, 2/1/2000. Contact: Annette G. Kirshner, 919/541-0488; fax 919/541-5064; kirshner@niehs.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-99-054.html.

Institutional Training Grants support institutional extramural pre- and postdoctoral training programs, with the goal of producing individuals who, through research, will better understand the mechanisms by which environmental agents (chemicals, metals, and other toxicants) interact with human biological systems, and will develop better methods to assess current and potential health hazards of exposures. The following areas of training are supported: environmental toxicology, environmental pathology, environmental mutagenesis, and environmental epidemiology and biostatistics. Where appropriate, a short-term training component is encouraged for medical or osteopathic students to do off-semester research in environmental health sciences. The T32 and T35 award mechanisms support this program: Deadline: 5/10/99. Contact: Carol Shreffler, 919/541-1445; fax 919/541-5064; shreffl1@niehs.nih.gov, http://www.nih.gov.

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The Advanced Computational Research (98-168) program supports research in high performance computing, including software development for high performance computing environments, development of algorithms for use in these environments, performance evaluation, comparison of systems and architectures, graphics, and visualization. Projects should advance the state of the art in high-end computing and bring advanced computing and simulation capabilities to bear on fundamental problems throughout science and engineering. Although proposals dealing with all aspects of high performance computing are considered, those relating to the following areas and combinations of them are especially welcome: Software Environments and Tools, Graphics and Visualization, and High Performance Algorithms. Duration is 2-3 years; awards range from $200,000-$600,000. Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss their ideas with the Program Director in advance. Contact: 703/306-1962, acr_pd@ns.gov; http://www.interact.nsf.gov/cise/descriptions.nsf/acir_progs?OpenView. Deadlines: 3/1/99 (Visualization and Graphics), 7/1/99 (Software Tools), 11/1/99 (Parallel Algorithms).

Joint Seminars and Workshops in The Americas (96-14) are supported to facilitate U.S. participation in international science and engineering activities that promise substantial mutual benefits to research and education enterprises. Seminars/workshops must involve groups of U.S. and foreign counterpart investigators, be intended to provide opportunities to identify common priorities in specific, well defined research areas and, ideally, begin preparation of cooperative research proposals. Meetings should be organized in cooperation with appropriate foreign institutions, including universities or equivalent organizations, professional societies, or multilateral organizations. Research priorities are: advanced materials; advanced manufacturing; biotechnology; civil infrastructure; environment and global change; high performance computing and communication; and science, mathematics, engineering, and technology education. Support is usually provided only to projects that initiate activities involving new foreign collaborators or new types of activities. Proposals for activities involving regions and countries where interactions between U.S. and foreign investigators have been limited are encouraged. Contact: 703/306-1706; fax 703/306-0474; intpubs@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/int/9614rev.htm. Deadlines: 5/1/99, 11/1/99.

The Educational Innovation Program (99-80) provides grants ranging from $300,000-$600,000 over 3 years for the development of innovative educational activities in the computer and information sciences for undergraduate education. Proposals may address curriculum development, instructional technologies, software, and other educational materials. Support is provided for the design, development, testing, and dissemination of innovative approaches for increasing the effectiveness of the undergraduate learning experience in CISE disciplines by integrating research results into undergraduate courses and curricula. The research, ongoing or completed, may be drawn from any research project, not just those funded by NSF. Proposals may address a variety of educational activities, including, but not limited to, the development of courses, instructional technologies, software, and other educational materials. Projects supported are expected to act as national models of excellence by being prototypes of educational experiences for use by a broader segment of the scientific and engineering community; consequently, successful dissemination of the project results is essential. Collaboration with other institutions as part of the dissemination activities will be part of the evaluation criteria. Only one proposal per institution will be accepted in any one year. Contact: 703/306-1980, eipd@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9980. Deadline: 5/14/99.

Course, Curriculum & Laboratory Improvement (CCLI) (98-45) grants are awarded for activities to revitalize and improve the quality of undergraduate science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) education in the following areas: Educational Materials Development (EMD), Adaptation & Implementation (A&I), and National Dissemination. This is achieved through development and evaluation of exemplary materials incorporating effective educational practices, enhancement of current faculty and preparation of future faculty, adaptation and implementation of effective materials and pedagogies, improvement of laboratories and field experiences through provision of equipment for student use and support of curriculum development, and dissemination of effective educational materials and practices. Projects are expected to improve undergraduate SMET education by increasing the availability and use of high quality educational materials and the employment of effective pedagological strategies. Preliminary project descriptions should be received by the Program Director no later than 6 weeks before the formal closing date. Duration may be up to 5 years. EMD proposals may receive up to $500,000; A&I proposals up to $100,000 for Course/Laboratory projects and up to $200,000 for Comprehensive Curriculum projects. Potential applicants should contact the Program Director for comment. Deadline: 6/7/99 (Formal Proposal). Contact: 703/306-1666; http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/DUE/documents/general/9845/start.htm.

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Biomedical Engineering Research Grants provide support to biomedical researchers whose projects substantially involve the innovative use of engineering techniques or principles. Principal investigators must be on tenure track or more than 2 years beyond the doctorate, have authority to initiate and carry out independent research and supervise graduate students, and must have received the doctorate less than 8 years ago. Applicants with medical degrees must have completed the general residency less than 6 years before applying. Exceptions may be made for new investigators. Collaborations are encouraged between engineers, physical scientists, physicians and life scientists. Support is provided to assist investigators in establishing academic research careers in biomedical engineering. Projects must apply or develop substantive engineering methods and techniques to solve important medical problems. Awarded funds may total $210,000 over 3 years. Contact: 703/528-2430; fax 703/528-2431; info@whitaker.org, http://www.whitaker.org. Deadlines: 4/1/99, 8/1/99, 12/1/99 (all dates are for preliminary proposals).

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The Research Grants Program in Mental Retardation supports research leading toward the prevention, amelioration, or cure of mental retardation. The maximum award is $25,000. Areas of special interest for 1999 are: enhancing opportunities for people with mental retardation to live, learn, work and play in their communities, with a particular interest in assistive technology and cognitive access; and prevention of mental retardation with a particular interest in FAS prevention. Other research topics that have direct relevance to mental retardation and hold potential for amelioration or cure of mental retardation will be considered. Contact: Michael Wehmeyer, Asst. Director, 817/261-6003; mwehmeye@metronet.com. Deadline: 4/1/99.

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ANF/Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Joint Research Grants support research conducted by beginning nurse researchers or experienced nurse researchers who are entering a new field of study. Grants up to $6,000 are awarded to licensed registered nurses with a minimum of a master's degree. Preference will be given to STT members, other qualifications being equal. The program is administered by the ANF in odd-numbered years, STTI in even-numbered years. Contact: ANF--202/651-7227, fax 202/651-7001; STTI--317/634-8171. Deadline: 5/1/99.

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The Foundation Grants Program provides funds for scholarships and fellowships, operational support, and other types of support for national programs related to youth and scientific education (including the physical and life sciences and mathematics). Duration may be up to 2 years; awards range from $10,000-$50,000/year. "Youth" is defined as pre-natal through age 21. "Scientific education" encompasses the physical and life sciences and mathematics. Grants are made in these fields for precollegiate education, higher education, gifted student programs, educational radio and/or television programs, films concerning youth and/or scientific education, and other national programs pertaining to academic development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques. Contact: 310/781-4090; fax 310/781-4270; kcarey@amerhonda.com. Deadlines: 5/1/99, 8/1/99, 11/1/99.

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Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry Research. Support is provided for research and research training aimed at improving the molecular-level understanding of fundamental biological processes and discovering approaches to their control. Potential applicants are urged to contact the appropriate NIGMS program staff for guidance in areas appropriate for program grants and preparation of the application. Research supported takes a multifaceted approach to problems in pharmacology, physiology, biochemistry, and biorelated chemistry that are very basic in nature or have implications for more than one disease area. Goals include an improved understanding of drug action and mechanisms of anesthesia; new methods and targets for drug discovery; advances in natural products synthesis; an enhanced understanding of biological catalysis; a greater knowledge of metabolic regulation and fundamental physiological processes; and the integration and application of basic physiological, pharmacological, and biochemical research to clinical issues in pharmacology, anesthesia, and trauma and burn injury. Contact: Rochelle Long, 301/594-1826; longr@nigms.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/nigms/about_nigms/ppbc.html. Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99.

Chemistry-Biology Interface Predoctoral Training Grants provide up to 5 years support to establish predoctoral training programs directed at the interface of the scientific disciplines of chemistry and biology. The T32 NRSA award mechanism is used. The goal is to promote interdisciplinary training and to encourage greater participation of faculty in chemistry, pharmaceutical chemistry, and medicinal chemistry departments in NIGMS's predoctoral training efforts. In addition, predoctoral research training is currently offered in six major areas: cellular, biochemical, and molecular sciences; genetics; molecular biophysics; pharmacological sciences; systems and integrative biology; and biotechnology. Contact: Michael E. Rogers, Deputy Director, 301/496-7181, http://www.nih.gov/nigms/funding_info/pa/. Deadlines: 5/10/99, 9/10/99, 1/10/00.

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


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