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University Letter

January 5, 2001

Volume 38 No. 18

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 18, January 5, 2001

UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

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For the first time, citizens from across North Dakota will be able to watch live proceedings of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. Audio and video broadcasts from Senate and House floor proceedings will be available on the Internet at http://ndivn.nodak.edu/news&info.htm.

Legislative broadcasting will start Tuesday, Jan. 9, when state legislators convene in a joint session to hear Gov. John Hoeven's state of the state address at 1:15 p.m. Other noteworthy events to be carried the first week of the session include the state of the judiciary address by Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald W. VandeWalle on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. and a tribal/state relationship address on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

The North Dakota Interactive Video Network and the state's Information Technology Department teamed with Bismarck-Mandan Community Access Television to make the broadcast available. Community Access Television had been broadcasting legislative proceedings on their local access channel for several sessions. Expanding the service to the Internet now provides all North Dakotans a chance to view their citizen legislature firsthand.

For more information contact me.

Jerry Rostad, ND Interactive Video Network, Jerry_rostad@mail.und.nodak.edu, (701) 231-7486.



The Graduate School has issued the semi-annual call for nominations for membership on the Graduate Faculty. A memorandum detailing the process, and including a copy of the nomination form, has been sent to the chairperson of each department/program offering a graduate degree. The deadline for nominations to be received in the Graduate School is Tuesday, Jan. 16. Final action on the nominations is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



Task Group Reports from the Strategic Planning initiative have been presented to the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee. The reports, which are working documents constantly subject to revision, are:

Research and Creative Activity
Quality Curriculum
Campus Climate
Enrollment Management
Information Technology

They can be found at www.und.edu/stratplan .




Orientation for new UND freshmen and transfer students will be held at the Memorial Union Monday, Jan. 8. Check-in with refreshments will begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Fireside Lounge. The opening session, with Robert Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services, will be held in the Lecture Bowl at 9 a.m. Orientation activities will include small group discussions led by members of the UND faculty and sessions designed to introduce our new students to the services University.

Faculty and staff members are invited to join us for refreshments during check-in to welcome our new UND students. For more information, contact Sherri Korynta at 777-2725.

Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Jan. 11, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1) Announcements. (Attachment No. 1, Senate Meeting Attendance Rates.)

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

3) Question Period.


4) No Items Submitted.


5) Senate Executive Committee recommendation for a Senate Bylaws amendment by adding the following language to the end of the present bylaw on Officers:

In the event of any vacancy in the office of Chair, the Vice Chair shall become the Chair. In the event of any vacancy in the office of Vice Chair, the Committee on Committees shall at the next regular meeting of the Senate nominate at least two elected members, the Chair must ask for nominations from the floor, and the Senate shall elect a new Vice Chair from all the nominees.

Randy Lee, Senate Chair. (Attachment No. 2)

6) Report from President Charles Kupchella.

Nancy Krogh (Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.



An international conference on Intelligent Multimedia and Distance Education is scheduled to be held in June at NDSU. The conference will feature symposia, demonstrations, papers, and poster sessions on virtual education environments, multimedia standards, intelligent multimedia, distance delivery tools and environments, distance education pedagogy, and more.

Paper submissions are due Tuesday, Jan. 16, with notification of paper acceptance by Feb. 1. For further information on paper submission guidelines and forms, see the conference web site at http://venus.ece.ndsu.nodak.edu/research/conferences/icimade01/

If you are interested in possibly attending the conference and do not wish to submit a paper for presentation, please e-mail your name and address, with a note stating that you wish to receive a brochure for the ICIMADE conference, to Jan Flack at flackjan@mnstate.edu.

Karen Berthold, Assistant Dean of Outreach Programs.




Daniel P. Sheridan, Professor of English and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, died of colon cancer Dec. 24, 2000, at his home in East Grand Forks. He was 54.

An on-campus memorial service is planned for later in January.

Daniel Sheridan was born Jan. 23, 1946, in New York City, the son of Philip and Mary (McNulty) Sheridan. He grew up in Flushing, N.Y. He earned his bachelor's degree from Fordham College in 1967, his master's degree from Cornell University in 1969, and his doctorate from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill, in 1974. A conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, he served as a counselor at the Jewish Children's Bureau in Chicago from 1969 to 1971. He married Judith Colley on June 7, 1969, in Ithaca, N.Y.

He joined the faculty of the UND Department of English in 1975. He served several years as department chair and later as Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. But teaching was his passion. He received the UND Foundation/McDermott Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching in 1994, and in 1995 was named North Dakota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. He took two leaves of absence to teach at Central High School and Valley Middle School in Grand Forks. He directed the Red River Valley Writing Project. His field of research was British literature, especially from the 19th century. In November, he published a book titled "Teaching Secondary English." Throughout his tenure with the English Department, he also served as an extended secondary faculty member with the College of Education and Human Development, advising students and teaching.

Dan was active in social causes and supported the Third Street Clinic. He was heavily involved in refugee resettlement in the area.

Following are portions of the obituary written by Michael Benedict of the Grand Forks Herald:

Sheridan taught future teachers how to teach. He believed if he showed respect to his students, they would then show respect to their future students. He is described as a teacher's teacher; because of his influence, hundreds of his former students are now succeeding in teaching careers.

"He generally had a real positive outlook," said his wife, Judy Sheridan. "Several of his former students said he demonstrated a lot of respect for students. That's how he treated people."

"I've known Dan since he came here," said Jim McKenzie, Professor of English. "I learned a lot about teaching from him." He said Sheridan was a wonderful family man who was highly principled. He taught teachers because he believed there is no greater public service than education. When he felt strongly about an issue, he always listened to opposing views, but he wasn't afraid to share his opinion, McKenzie said. "He told you exactly what he thought," he said. "He never minced his words."

"I think we dragged Dan into administration . . . but what he really loved was his teaching," said Tom Rand, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences. For nearly two years Sheridan and Rand shared a title. As an administrator, Sheridan also continued teaching. "Some people engender your respect and others your affection," Rand said. "Dan was one of those rare good people whom you respect, admire and quite simply like a lot. The University will be poorer without him."

He is survived by his wife; sons, Philip, St. Paul, and Adam (Ashley Mercer), Minneapolis; a sister, Clare Sheridan, Medford, Mass.; and a brother, Philip (Marion), North Berwick, Maine. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald. Excerpts reprinted with permission. More tributes from faculty members will appear in a future edition of University Letter, after faculty and students have returned to campus.




Applications and nominations are invited for the position of dean of the School of Engineering and Mines at the University of North Dakota. The dean's central role will be to encourage faculty accomplishment in teaching and research, support faculty service related to professional activities, develop relationships with the school's external constituents, and to promote global, national, state, and regional economic development.


The successful candidate for the position of dean must have an earned doctorate in Engineering or a closely-related discipline. In addition to teaching and research experience, and administrative experience in a school of engineering, the successful candidate will possess:

* A record of academic accomplishment sufficient to merit appointment as a professor with tenure in a field represented within the School of Engineering and Mines.

* A record of strong leadership, including innovation, creativity, and a history of developing and maintaining consensus and cohesiveness among departments within the school, along with an ability to articulate a clear vision for the school and lead people toward that vision.

* A passion for working with students and a history of rewarding excellence in teaching and research.

* An ability to seek opportunities for mutually beneficial partnerships with other colleges within the North Dakota University System.

* A commitment to and experience in obtaining resources through research projects and industry grants.

* An ability to work with industry, government, and the business community to build alliances, raise funds, obtain grant and research project funding, and develop new businesses as R&D spin-offs.

* A commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and service.

School of Engineering and Mines:

The School of Engineering and Mines celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2001. The School offers ABET-accredited programs in chemical, civil, electrical, geological, and mechanical engineering, most of which have been accredited since 1936. In addition, undergraduate degrees are offered in geology and environmental geology. Doctoral degrees are offered in geology and energy engineering with Master's degrees offered in most programs. UND also delivers three of its undergraduate programs to students working in industry through the Corporate Engineering Degree Program (CEDP). With 28 full-time faculty, and a student body of approximately 650 undergraduates and 30 graduate students, the SEM provides an intimate learning environment in which both students and faculty thrive.

The School of Engineering and Mines (SEM) has a strong tradition of excellence in engineering education and is recognized as one of the premier engineering schools in the region covering the Dakotas, western Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Its mission is to provide students with a broad general education coupled with strong engineering fundamentals. The school intends to intelligently grow its undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs. The on-campus and distance education Corporate Engineering Degree Program (CEDP) graduates are equally prepared to successfully fill important positions in professional practice, industry, government, or continue in graduate studies. Faculty and students engage in research and scholarly activities that contribute to basic and applied discovery to enhance student learning and enrichment activities. SEM students have gained national recognition through the Society for Energy Alternatives' solar powered car entry in Sunrayce and the UND chapter of the Society of Women Engineers having been named "Best Chapter in the Nation" four times.


The University of North Dakota is located in Grand Forks in the heart of the Red River Valley on the eastern edge of the state. The university is the major liberal arts and professional institution in the State of North Dakota, enrolling over 11,000 students, including over 2,000 graduate and professional students in eleven colleges and schools. The dean is the chief academic, fiscal, and administrative officer for the School of Engineering and reports to the vice president for academic affairs. The dean also represents the school nationally, to the state of North Dakota, to the university, and to the surrounding community.

Application Review:

Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2001. The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and comes with a comprehensive benefits package including health, life, and disability insurance and TIAA/CREF retirement plans. Send letters of application, including resume/vitae, the names of three references, and a statement of vision for the School of Engineering and Mines to:

Dean Bruce A. Smith
Chair, Engineering Dean Search
PO Box 9007, Grand Forks, ND 58202

For more information about the University of North Dakota and the School of Engineering and Mines, please visit the University's web site at http://www.und.edu or e-mail bsmith@aero.und.edu The University of North Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Bruce Smith (Dean, Odegard School), Chair, Engineering Dean Search.



Eight Xinhua Airline students have completed a six-month pilot training program at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and were awarded diplomas in a ceremony at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni House. The courses led to a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings. These students have completed China's military pilot trianing program, in which the objective is to obtain an FAA commercial pilot certificate and train in a "western" air traffic control environment. Upon their return to China, the students will have additional training to fly B-737 aircraft.

This graduation, which was attended by President Kupchella and Xinhua Airline executives, is part of the second flight training agreement between China Xinhua Airlines and UND. The Xinhua Airlines flight crew members are supported by Pacific China Aero Technology (PCAT) of Hong Kong, which has been involved in the China Aviation business since 1985.

Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.



All benefitted faculty and staff will soon receive a copy of "UND Dimensions," an eight page tabloid size periodical featuring writing and color photography about the University of North Dakota to be issued three times a year. The publication also will go to legislators, key alumni, state and regional decision-makers, journalists and others who are important to UND's future. Special audiences will also be added to the mailing list on an issue by issue basis. The Winter 2001 issue, for example, will go to parents of enrolled students from six states that have been targeted by the Enrollment Services Office for intensified student recruitment (Colorado, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington and Illinois), as well as to alumni parents of college age children in those states. UND old-timers will recall "UND Dimensions" as the title of an occasionally issued publication, last seen in the summer of 1995. Content of future issues of the reconstituted periodical will be developed to support UND's new Strategic Plan. Suggestions are solicited. Peter Johnson, assistant director of university relations and media relations coordinator, is the principal editor.

-- Dave Vorland, Director of University Relations.



In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Jan. 15, will be observed as Martin Luther King 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 Computer Center has recently purchased new software for exam scoring because the old software has been discontinued. We will start using the new software Jan. 1, and the old software will no longer be used. Because of the new software, the current header and answer sheets will no longer be valid as of Jan. 1. The new forms are available and can be purchased at the UND bookstore. An instruction booklet is being sent to each department and is being given out at the Computer Center with each exam scored. We ask that you direct all questions and comments to the Computer Center help desk at 777-2222.

Computer Center Help Desk.



Please read the important end-of-the-year reminders regarding your leave balances:

Any annual or sick leave used through Dec. 31, 2000, will be reflected on the 2000 leave balance as long as leave cards are submitted to the Payroll Office no later than Jan. 19, 2001.

Leave that begins in one calendar year and concludes in another (such as Dec. 26, 2000 through Jan. 2, 2001) should not be submitted on one leave card. Due to computer programming of leave, only dates from one calendar year may be submitted on one card. Therefore, in the Dec. 26 through Jan. 2 example, one card should be submitted for Dec. 26-31 and another leave slip must be completed for Jan. 2.

Supervisors should review leave slips to verify that all blanks have been completed, the information is correct and the writing is legible.

It is the responsibility of each department to review the departmental leave report to determine the accuracy of information contained on the report. Please compare the department copy of the leave card with the departmental leave report as a part of the review process.

For any further information or assistance, please contact the Payroll Office at 777-4226.

Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



As of Jan. 1, the Payroll Office will no longer be able to offer personal notary services. This change is due to the amount of time these services require, the limited number of staff and the personal liability taken on by the employees who provide these services. Notary services are available at many financial institutions.

Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



Doug Osowski (Facilities) has been elected to the Council of State Employees, and will serve as an alternate in case one of the other representatives are unable to participate. Dave Senne (Facilities) and Jerry Severson (TRIO) are the other COSE representatives from UND. A special thank you to all who participated in the nomination and election process. It is essential for the success of the Council to have employees willing to give of their time and services.

Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



The UND Business Office will be working with students attending the Spring 2001 semester Monday, Jan. 8, through Friday, Jan. 19. The primary responsibility of the Business Office tellers will be fee payment assistance to the students. Due to increased student traffic during this time period you can expect lines at the teller windows. During fee payment (Jan. 18 and 19) the Business Office in Twamley Hall will be closed. All students should be directed to the Memorial Union Ballroom. Departmental deposits will be accepted in 202 Twamley Hall between 2 and 3 p.m. only on these two days. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a representative from your department. The deposits will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these two days, contact Sandi Brelie at 777-3080 by noon Friday, Jan. 12. Additionally, due to the high amount of telephone traffic during the weeks surrounding fee payment, contact the Business Office staff may be easiest through e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Wanda Sporbert, Business Office.



As of Jan. 1, the North Dakota State Fleet has adjusted motor pool rates as follows. Please use these rates when calculating a trip using a motor pool vehicle. If there are any questions, please call me at 777-4123.

Effective 1/1/01

Vehicle Type -- Rate Per Mile*
Compact Sedan -- 0.240
Compact Stationwagon -- 0.240
Minivan -- 0.340
Van, 8 passenger -- 0.400
Van, 12 passenger -- 0.400
Van, 15 passenger -- 0.400
Compact 4x4/Jeep -- 0.330
Suburban, 6 passenger -- 0.470
Chevy S-10 Pickup -- 0.400
Cargo Van-Full Size -- 0.500
Mini Cargo Van -- 0.400

*NOTE: Rates may be adjusted periodically.

Drivers for vans available upon request.

Mary Metcalf, Transportation.



Starting in January, City Bus and Student Government have a new agreement which does not include subsidizing or discounting fares for faculty and staff. Student Government paid for faculty and staff to ride the city bus at a discounted rate over the last year.

Student Government encourages any faculty or staff member who frequently rides the city bus to seek an agreement between the University and City Bus. We apologize for any inconveniences.

Berly Nelson, Student Body President.



University Within the University (U2) classes for the next several weeks include:

Excel 00: Level I, Jan. 16-18, 9 to 11:30 a.m.;

Exploring the Web Using Netscape, Jan. 19, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

To register for these workshops contact Staci at 777-2128, or e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu. In addition, check out other learning opportunities at www.conted.und.edu/U2 or register on-line at the same address.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



The University now offers services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking through the Community Violence Intervention Center, located in the UND Community Center, 525 Stanford Road. A campus violence intervention advocate is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., to offer assistance to victims of violence on campus. Services offered include crisis intervention, advocacy in the criminal justice system and in the campus judicial process, community education presentations, and referrals. CVIC also offers individual and group counseling, a 24-hour crisis line (746-8900) and shelter for victims fleeing domestic violence. Please feel free to share this information with students, staff, and faculty or call 777-9003 for more information.

Janet Nelson, Campus Violence Intervention Advocate, Housing.



A "Beard-a-Thon" will benefit the Community Violence Intervention Center (CVIC) of Grand Forks, which has recently lost some direct service funding. The project is sponsored by the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. Registration will be at the Memorial Union Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contest registration is $10, with all proceeds going to CVIC. All participants will be clean shaven on those dates, and then return to the Union on Tuesday, Feb. 13, to be judged in one of three categories:

Best Beard, Longest Beard, and the Nice Try award for those guys who can't exactly muster a five o'clock shadow. Area businesses are sponsoring gift certificates to give to the winners.

I hope that the faculty and staff will join the student population at UND to forget about shaving for a while and benefit a great cause in the process. For more information, please call me at 775-5581. Your participation and support would be greatly appreciated!

Bryan Fagerholt, Intern, Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, and Contest Chair.



Yoga classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Lotus Meditation Center. Classes meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, and 10 a.m. Saturdays. There is a fee for the classes and pre-registration is necessary, since space is limited. The eight-week session will end March 8. Call me at 772-8840 or 777-2419 for information or to register.

Dyan Rey (Art), Instructor.



Raffle winners for the "31 Days of Glory - December 2000" are: Dec. 22, Myron Halvorson; Dec. 23, Bev Ford; Dec. 24, Peggy Vanyo; Dec. 25, Jerry Stoldorf; Dec. 26, Lori Kaiser; Dec. 27, Liz Westacott; Dec. 28, Kean Kirkeby; Dec. 29, Harold Lee; Dec. 30, Janice Miller; and Dec. 31, Frank Argenziano.

Bonny Grosz, Staff Senate.




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. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 2 and Sept. 13. 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 (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's home page (on UND's home page www.und.edu under "Research"). A properly signed original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD on or prior to the deadline. Applications which 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.



The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of November 2000:

Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Center for Innovation: Bruce Gjovig; Communication Sciences and Disorders: Wayne Swisher; EERC: Steven Benson, Bruce Dockter, Kevin Galbreath, John Gallagher, Jay Gunderson, David Hassett, Steven Hawthorne, Marc Kurz, Dennis Laudal, Michael Mann, Mark Musich, Erin O'Leary, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Joyce Riske, Darren Schmidt, Jaroslav Solc, James Sorensen, Edward Steadman, Gregory Weber, Christopher Zygarlicke; Law School: Larry Spain; Nursing: Dean Gross, Elizabeth Tyree; School of Communication: Stephen Rendahl; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; Social Work: Barbara Jacobsen.

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



The following faculty members were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in December:

Lynn Chalmers and Barb Delohery (both Teaching and Learning), "Assistive Technology Instructional Materials," $1,240; Daniel Erickson (Languages), "132nd Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association," $500; Sue Jacobs (Counseling), "National Multicultural Conference and Summit II," $250; Kim Fink (Art), "Polypropylene Vertical Etching Tank: For Non-Toxic 'Galvanography' Fine Art Etching Process," $250.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site (listed under "Academics" on the UND home page, www.und.edu).

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The next deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 16, at noon.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID's Flexible Grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu.



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


Support is provided for research/scholarly activities in the following areas: 1) East Asia--research and faculty development, cultural and scholarly exchange; language and library programs; and policy studies in the humanities and social sciences; 2) Higher Education--special scholarly or educational initiatives that fall outside the guidelines for the Foundation's other programs; 3) American Art--scholarly study of American painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photography, and architecture; 4) Theology--theological education and scholarship; 5) Public Affairs--education of promising young people disadvantaged because of social or economic background, developing leadership skills and preparing students for higher education; 6) Public Policy and the Environment--invited proposals on policy studies and training initiatives in a variety of critical issues, and to improve education of and enhance the leadership capacity of Americans and others. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/489-7700; hlf@hluce.org; http://www.hluce.org/2fpfm.html.

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The purpose of the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program is to provide financial assistance to eligible community groups working on or planning to carry out projects to address environmental justice issues. Preference for awards will be given to community-based/grassroots organizations working on local solutions to local environmental problems. Funds can be used to develop a new activity or substantially improve the quality of existing programs that have a direct impact on affected communities. Approximately $1,500,000 is available. The ceiling for any one grant is $15,000 for non super-fund or $20,000 for superfund projects. Deadline : 3/9/01. Contact: 1/800/962-6215; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi- bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2000_register&docid=00-32667-filed.

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In its second and final funding cycle, the Americans for the Arts Lab will grant $1,250,000 to 15 arts- and humanities-based civic dialogue projects. Support will generally range from $25,000-$100,000. U.S.-based arts and cultural organizations as well as programs, organizations, or departments of colleges and universities that have arts or humanities as their primary activity are eligible to apply. Projects may advance artistic/humanistic practice in relation to civic dialogue; and/or experimentation and innovation in approaches to dialogue; and/or strategies for building institutional capacity to successfully support art-based civic dialogue work. Deadlines: 1/23/01 (Electronic), 1/24/01 (Mail). Contact: 202/371-2830; pkorza@artsusa.org; http://www.artsusa.org/adi2001/html/guidelines_index.html.

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Challenge America Fast Track Grants are designed to strengthen families, communities, and the nation through the arts. The goals of the program are to foster arts education and community-wide public outreach initiatives in rural or underserved areas; and to engage artists, arts organizations, and American communities in partnerships to make the arts central to community life. The NEA will award approximately 400 grants in rural or underserved areas to address the two priority areas: 1) Positive Alternatives for Youth: Creative Links and 2) Community Arts Development: ArtsREACH. Grants will be in the amount of $5,000-$10,000 and must be matched 1-1. Dead-lines: 2/1/01, 5/1/01. Contact: 202/682-5700; http://www.arts.gov/guide/Challenge/ChallengeIndex.html.

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Small grants-in-aid, not to exceed $2,500, support research on the Roosevelt years or clearly related subjects. Grants are awarded each spring and fall. Funds are awarded for the sole purpose of helping defray living, travel, and related expenses incurred while conducting research at the Roosevelt Library. In particular, the program is designed to encourage younger scholars to expand the existing knowledge and understanding of the Roosevelt period and to provide support for research on the Roosevelt years to scholars from emerging democracies and the Third World. Interested applicants should contact the Institute directly. Deadlines: 2/15 and 9/15 annually. Contact : Chairman, Grants Committee, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538; http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/rgrants.html.

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Applications are requested for Visual Arts Projects, focusing on projects that support work of a challenging and often experimental nature. Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. Funding may also be provided for the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-residence programs. The Foundation also supports efforts to strengthen areas that directly affect the context in which artists work--such as freedom of artistic expression and equitable access to resources. Interested applicants should submit a full proposal for funding as a 2-3 page letter describing the activity for which funds are being requested. Deadlines: 3/15/01, 9/15/01. Contact: Pamela Clapp, Program Director, 65 Bleecker Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012; http://www.warholfoundation.org/.

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The Creativity and Culture Program provides support to preserve and renew the cultural heritage of people who have been excluded from the benefits of a globalizing world, to promote the free flow of ideas in the public sphere, and support diverse creative expression in the arts and humanities. The program contains three subthemes: resilient and creative communities, knowledge and freedom in the public sphere, and creativity and innovation in a global age. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/869-8500; creativity@rockfound.org; http://www.rockfound.org. The Global Inclusion Program provides support to ensure that globalization processes are more democratic and equitable, and benefit the most vulnerable, disenfranchised populations, cultures and communities around the world. Following are the two areas where the Foundation supports programs: global dialogue on plant biotechnology; and environment, population and livelihoods. Funds may also be provided for explorations on specific global issues including: intellectual property rights, conflict and security, and global economic integration. Contact: 212/869-8500; global@rockfound.org; http://www.rockfound.org. Deadline: None.

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The NSF supports scientific research studies focused on the under-representation of women and minorities in the information technology workforce (ITW). Research will revolve around three themes: environment and culture, the IT educational continuum, and the IT workplace. Multi--disciplinary collaboration among researchers in IT, the social sciences, and education is strongly encouraged. Research can address issues at the individual, societal, or institutional level, or across levels of analysis. All proposals should take into consideration existing relevant research on the IT workforce. Small projects (1-2 investigators) as well as medium-sized, multi-site team projects (3-5 investigators) will be supported. Awards will range from $75,000-$250,000 per year, for up to 3 years. Fifteen to twenty awards per year are expected to be made. Deadlines: 3/19/01, 11/5/01. Contact: Caroline Wardle, 703/292-8980; cwardle@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2001/nsf0133/.

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The Institute provides funds for short-term residency at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies to conduct research at area archives and institutes. The program is designed to encourage research and promote study of cultural, political, historical, economic and social aspects of modern and contemporary German affairs from an inter- and multidisciplinary perspective. Grants are restricted to the German Studies field. Ph.D. candidates, individuals who have recently received their Ph.D. and junior faculty members currently affiliated with accredited institutions of higher education are invited to apply. The award carries a stipend of $2,500. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada. Deadline: 4/15/01. Contact: 202/332-9312; info@aicgs.org; http://www.aicgs.org/.

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Applications are solicited for exploratory/developmental grants for collaborative international projects. The goal of this program is to establish new or strengthen existing cooperative relationships between U.S. and foreign alcohol research scientists. While awards under this program are intended to enhance and extend the research of the U.S. scientist, it is expected that the projects supported will be mutually beneficial to advancing research on alcohol abuse and alcoholism in the collaborating nation. The objective of the exploratory/developmental grant mechanism (R21) is to encourage applications from individuals who are interested in testing innovative or conceptually creative ideas that are scientifically sound and may advance our understanding of alcohol abuse and alcoholism. Another objective is to encourage necessary initial development to provide a basis for important future research. Investigators are encouraged to use this mechanism to explore feasibility of an innovative research question or approach. Normally, grants will be for $50,000 or $75,000 per year for direct costs for 2 years. If strongly justified, grants can be considered for up to the $100,000 (direct costs per year) and 3 year maximum levels. Deadlines: Standard NIH. Contact: Margaret M. Murray, Coordinator of Inter-national Research and Training, 301/443- 2594, pmurray@willco.niaaa.nih.gov.

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The focus of the Population Specific Research Projects Program is to support research designed to assess and identify unique needs, trends, barriers and solutions to breast health care among populations such as African American, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latina, Native American, Lesbian, Low Literacy, Breast Cancer Survivors, Women with Disabilities and other defined communities. Areas of interest include cancer prevention and control, behavioral science research, epidemiology, and health service delivery programs. Particular emphasis will be given to projects that are innovative, non-duplicative of other efforts and have potential for national application. Study design may include: identification and examination of the gaps in breast health care for minority, under-served communities and breast cancer survivors; development and evaluation of models to improve access and utilization of breast health services; strategies to educate health care professionals to communicate more effectively with minorities and reduce treatment bias; cancer control in under-served communities; behavioral science related to barriers to breast health education and breast cancer care; and quality of life, medical/physical and psychosocial issues related to breast cancer survivorship. Awards up to $250,000 over two years are available. Deadline: Applications will be accepted January 1-March 15. Abstracts must be submitted electronically, and must be completed by March 1, 2001. Full applications must be received by March 15, 2001. Contact: Dianne R. McDonald, Grants Manager, 888/300-5582; grants@komen.org; http://www.komen.org/grants/download/poprfp2001.pdf.

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The Foundation devotes much of its efforts to partnership in three main areas: higher education, class-room teaching and learning, and global education. The goal is to provide youth with the educational opportunities and support systems they need to become knowledgeable about the world in which they live and better able to give back to their communities. Eligible applicants are public and private colleges and universities, elementary and secondary schools, teacher-training programs, educational programs for minority students and global educational programs. Contact: Grants Administration, P.O. Drawer 1734, Atlanta, GA 30301; http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/foundation/application.html. Deadlines: 3/1/01, 6/1/01, 9/1/01, 12/1/01.

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


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