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University Letter

January 7, 2000

Volume 37 No. 18

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 18, January 7, 2000

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During the Great Depression, students lived in converted railway cars and were able to get by on an annual expense of about $200.



The spring meeting of the University Council will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union.


* Update on the Legislative review of higher education

* Strategic planning status and timetable, spring/summer 2000

* Logos and Fighting Sioux nickname

All legislative powers of the University government are vested in the Council, which has in turn delegated them to the University Senate. The presiding officer is the President or a person designated by the President, and the ex officio secretary is the University Registrar. According to the University Constitution, the Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the President, the Vice Presidents, the University Registrar, the Director of Libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, the director of the Counseling Center, the professional library staff, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate.

All members of the Council, and interested non-members including students, are encouraged to attend.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



Following is a message from North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak:

On Dec. 15, I distributed an e-mail message encouraging faculty and staff to forward recommendations to the Legislative Council Interim Study Committee on Higher Education. Please refer to the earlier message and to the report of the Roundtable for details. The Roundtable report titled, "Report to North Dakota Legislative Council -- Higher Education Roundtable," can be viewed on the University System web site at http://www.ndus.nodak.edu/chancellors_office/toc.htm. (Editor's note: It is also available on the front page of the UND web site, www.und.edu.)

The suggested date for forwarding recommendations was set for Wednesday, Jan. 5. Please note that date is being set back to Friday, Jan. 14, to allow faculty and staff additional time to forward recommendations. If you are not able to provide comments by Jan. 14, please do so as soon as possible thereafter since the six task forces will be meeting for the first time the week of January 24, 2000. The task force committees will continue to meet during February and March. Your input anytime during that period would be appreciated; however, the earlier the better. The Roundtable is planning to complete its work sometime in March. Please forward your comments and recommendations to your respective campus president or to the e-mail address of the University System office at ndus_office@ndus.nodak.edu .

Thank you for your cooperation and for the important service you provide to the students and citizens of North Dakota.


Larry A. Isaak, Chancellor



Following are the dates for the Presidential Briefings: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 9 a.m.; Tuesday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m.; Thursday, March 9, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, April 12, 3 p.m.; and Wednesday, May 17, 9 a.m. All briefings are in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Submission Deadline: Monday, Jan. 31

UND's 1999-2001 Biennial Restoration and Reallocation Plan specified that $640,000 ($320,000 in each year of the biennium) would be available as base funding for new and expanding programs. Only the initial $320,000 was actually budgeted, however. It was anticipated that enrollment increases could/would provide additional dollars. In keeping with the spirit of the reallocation plan, a new round of proposals will be considered this year.

The amount of money to be made available will be dependent on the number of compelling proposals and the amount of money we are eventually able to make available. In order to connect allocations to the strategic planning/budget process now under way, several faculty members from the University Planning and Budget Committee will join the members of the Senate Restructuring and Reallocation Committee to screen proposals and make recommendations.

Academic departments or colleges, or combinations thereof, may apply for funds. Only programs that have received approval through normal UND curriculum channels will be considered. Previously existing as well as recently approved programs are eligible. Proposals should be sent to the dean of the college(s) in which the program faculty reside. Deans will evaluate, rank, and provide comments before forwarding the proposals to the office of the Vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost. The screening committee will in turn evaluate the proposals and prepare a report addressing these criteria: (1) student demand, including reference to the existence of similar programs in North Dakota and the region; (2) the cost and efficiency of the program.

Proposals should explicitly mention additional resources, if any, which the college(s) or department(s) will commit as a matching investment. Each proposal should identify essential components without which the program cannot be offered, in the event that only partial funding is available.

The recommendations of the screening committee will then be forwarded to the University Senate. Additional comments from the Senate may be attached to the document at this time. The President and the Provost will then evaluate the proposals in light of the emerging goals identified during the strategic planning process.

Ultimate funding of new programs will be contingent upon final approval by the State Board of Higher Education.

Time line of activities:

By Jan. 31: Proposals sent to deans for evaluation, ranking, and comments;

by Feb. 7: Proposals forwarded by deans to Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost;

By March 15: Written recommendations of Screening Committee sent to Secretary, University Senate;

At April University Senate Meeting: Screening Committee recommendations discussed and additional comments added, if necessary; forwarded to President and Provost;

By May 15: President and Provost will make their decisions.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost.




The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Jan. 10, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the College of Education and Human Development to add a new course, Teaching and Learning 556, Advanced Methods: Mental Retardation.

2. Consideration of a request by the Mathematics department to change the title for Math 542 to Advanced Topics in Statistics and Probability, and change the course description.

3. Consideration of a request by the College of Education and Human Development to change the residency program requirements for the Ph.D./Ed.D. in Teaching and Learning.

4. Information on the Atmospheric Sciences Distant Learning component. Niomi Phillips.

5. Outcomes Assessment

6. Graduate survey

* Report from Dean Knull:

a. Annual CGS meeting

b. Washington update

c. Online graduate education, virtual graduate schools, etc.

8. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Jan. 13, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1) Announcements.

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

3) Question Period.


* Annual Report of the Summer Session Committee. Mary Askim, Chair. (Attachment No. 1)


* Report from the following committees (followed by recommendation from the Senate) regarding selected BHE policies: Standing Committee on Faculty Rights, Legislative Affairs, and Compensation. John Bridewell, Senate Chair.

* Resolution (following) from the Senate Legislative Affairs Committee regarding future policy and procedural changes. Robert Kweit.

We propose that this resolution be forwarded to the Council of College Faculties for consideration on behalf of the CCF schools and that it be copied to the Board of Higher Education.

The University of North Dakota Senate hereby resolves that the State Board of Higher Education should post in a timely manner any issues, agendas, or information relating to higher education policies, procedures and budgets under consideration by the Board or Legislature on a Web site yet to be designated. The Senate further resolves that the Board should utilize faculty expertise and resources in both developing the web site and posting information thereon.

* Board of Higher Education Policy Revisions, Summary of Board Actions to 12/99. Peggy Lucke. (Attachment No. 2) *

-- Carmen Williams (Interim Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



The January meeting of the UND retired faculty will be held at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the Sioux Room at the Memorial Union. The primary topic will be "My Personal Plan for 2000" and the secondary topic will be "What Was Y2K and Whose Fault Was It?"

-- Lloyd Omdahl, Department of Economics and Public Affairs.



All faculty and staff members are invited to attend the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program graduation exercises to be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

The speaker for the exercises will be Murray Sagsveen, North Dakota State Health Officer and Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine. A reception and dinner will be held at the Westward Ho immediately following the ceremony. The dinner speaker will be President Charles Kupchella. Reservations for dinner are required and can be made by calling Melissa at 777-3191.

-- James Brosseau, Chair, Department of Community Medicine.



The Faculty Lecture Series continues this spring with the themes of movies, women and alcohol, and building a cultural life.

The first of the spring presenters is Michael Anderegg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English, who will present "Living Movies: Scholarship and Memory" on Tuesday, Jan. 18 (a change from the originally announced date). The lecture starts at 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m.

Born in Paris, France, Anderegg earned the B.A. in English at the University of California at Los Angeles and the Ph.D. in English at Yale University. A faculty member at UND since 1972 specializing in Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and cinema, Anderegg has been awarded the Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. His four books, William Wyler (1979), David Lean (1984), Inventing Vietnam (1991), and Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture, have been well received within the cinema studies community.

Anderegg has also written articles and book reviews and serves as a manuscript reader to four prestigious university presses. He has presented papers at National Cinema Study conferences. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant in 1991, and was named a Larry Remele Memorial Fellow the same year. He is also a Larry Remele Memorial Fellow for 2000. In 1996, he was awarded UND's highest academic ranking, the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship.

Drs. Sharon and Richard Wilsnack

In February of 1981, Dr. Sharon Wilsnack, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, delivered a Faculty Lecture Series talk about her research on women and alcohol. Nineteen years later, nearly to the day, Wilsnack will return to the Faculty Lecture Series podium with her research partner and husband, Richard Wilsnack, to present "Melancholy Baby Revisited: Twenty Years of Research on Women and Alcohol." The lecture is Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 4:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m.

The Wilsnacks have conducted sustained research activity at the University of North Dakota for more than 20 years. Their work, begun in 1980, is the world's longest running longitudinal study in the area of women and problem drinking. Their research project has attracted more than $5.1 million in external research funds to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and has received a non-competitive Merit Award for additional years, an award given to only five percent of the most essential and significant grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The Wilsnacks have produced more than 65 peer-reviewed articles for publication in scientific journals, conducted national and international collaborative research efforts including extension of the work into 15 countries, and made numerous invited presentations at workshops and research conferences. The Wilsnacks have provided review and editorial services to major journals and federal publications and consultation to other professional groups and federal agencies.

Guest Lecturer: Laurel Reuter

The North Dakota Museum of Arts' first and only director, Laurel Reuter has for decades helped Grand Forks and the state build a cultural life. On Thursday, April 13, Reuter will talk about "Building a Cultural Life" as a special guest lecture in the Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture starts at 4:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m.

Since founding the Museum in Grand Forks in the 1970s, Reuter has curated more than 100 exhibitions by regional, national, and international artists. Reuter has also authored many publications; most recently she co-edited Under the Whelming Tide: The 1997 Flood of the Red River of the North.

Reuter was one of three national jurors for the McKnight Awards in Minneapolis in the spring of 1999, and served as the site visitor in the Minneapolis State Arts Council grant program, under the major institution category. CBS News Sunday Morning, produced two segments about Reuter in 1997. She has also served on many juries and panels for such entities as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the United States Information Agency, the MacArthur Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Museum Assessment Program.

In November 1999, Reuter received the Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, from the National Conference of Art Administrators.



The Department of Theatre Arts' production of Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive" has been selected for performance at the Region V Kennedy Center/American Theatre Festival in Sioux Falls, S.D., Jan. 18-22. The UND play is one of 60 productions entered from across the Midwest; plays from seven schools were selected for the honor. The play will compete for presentation at the national festival in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center in April.

A benefit/encore performance of the play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, at Burtness Theatre. Tickets are $10 each.

-- Kathleen McLennan, Theatre Arts.



The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold its annual Gala Benefit Dinner and Art Auction Saturday, Jan. 29.

The black-tie optional dinner is the ninth annual fund raising Gala Benefit Dinner for the museum. The theme, to celebrate the millennium, is "Envision the Earth." Tickets for this event are $75 each and are available now at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Art from 80 regional, national and international artists has been submitted for the silent auction and many of the works have been donated. There will also be a live auction of three pieces of art with Kim Holmes as auctioneer. The art will be available for previewing Wednesday, Jan. 26, on the mezzanine in the Museum. The silent auction bids generally start at $100. One art work will be raffled, and raffle tickets, at $25, will be available in early January. Attendance is not necessary to participate in the raffle.

The Gala Benefit Dinner will begin with champagne and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. Chef Kim Holmes of Lola's and Sanders, with assistance from UND's Campus Catering, will serve the six-course meal at 7 p.m. More than 50 volunteers, primarily UND students, work as servers, coat-checks, and assistants for the silent auction and raffle sales. Valet parking will be provided.

Duaine and Phyllis Espegard and Bruce and Rachel Kopp are co-chairing the Planning Committee for this season's event. President and First Lady Charles and Adele Kupchella are honorary co-chairs.

For more information, please call the North Dakota Museum of Art at (701) 777-4195.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.




The following members of the Graduate Faculty have been appointed to Summer Graduate Research Professorships for 2000: Forrest Ames (Mechanical Engineering); Ahmad Ghassemi (Geology); Marwan Kraidy (Communication); Darrin Muggli (Chemical Engineering); Hossein Salehfar (Electrical Engineering); and Eleanor Yurkovich (Nursing). They will pursue research activities and work closely with graduate advisees during the 2000 summer session.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



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. 18. Final action on the nominations is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 23.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



All persons affiliated with the University who wish to conduct research involving human subjects on or off campus must first receive approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). This includes use of, for example, educational tests; survey/interview procedures; observation of public behavior; study of existing data, records or specimens; taste/food quality evaluation; as well as clinical studies involving drugs, medical devices, collection of blood samples, etc. The establishment of the IRB at institutions like UND has been mandated by the federal government in order to protect human subjects.

Conducting human subjects research without IRB approval is unethical and contrary to the policies of UND and the Board of Higher Education. Failure to comply with IRB policies and procedures may result in project termination, interruption of research support, and, in some cases, a report to the federal agency funding the non-compliant research project. Therefore, we encourage you to protect yourselves by submitting your project to the IRB for review before the research begins.

This process is initiated by submitting a research protocol to the IRB. Forms are available in the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) in 105 Twamley Hall or on ORPD's Homepage at http:www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

There are three categories used in the review of research protocols. Most proposals will fall in the "Exempt" or "Expedited" categories and can, therefore, be reviewed by one member of the Board. Approximately 14 days are required for the review of projects that fall in these categories. However, the individual reviewer may request additional information or refer the protocol to the full board. In either case, the review may take longer.

"Full Board" review is required for projects with a physical risk or potential for injury or harm to the subject's dignity or well being. This also includes projects which involve minors in survey or interview procedures, or in observation of public behavior when the observers participate in the activities observed. The full board meets on a monthly basis. The schedule of meeting and deadline dates for the coming semester follows.

If full board review is required and the protocol involves clinical subjects, the Clinical Medical Subcommittee must also review the protocol and provide a recommendation to the IRB. This typically requires one additional week for the review process.

IRB members are available to make presentations to faculty/students/staff regarding IRB policies, procedures, etc. Also, ORPD has several videos and books which may be checked out by faculty members. Contact Shirley Griffin at 777-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu if you are interested in either of these options.




OCTOBER 1999-MAY 2000


Meeting Date (Meetings Held at 3:30 p.m.): Friday, Feb. 4

Deadline: Proposals Requiring Full Board Review: Tuesday, Jan. 25

Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review: Tuesday, Jan. 18


Meeting Date (Meetings Held at 3:30 p.m.): Friday, March 3

Deadline: Proposals Requiring Full Board Review: Tuesday, Feb. 22

Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review: Tuesday, Feb. 15


Meeting Date (Meetings Held at 3:30 p.m.): Friday, April 7

Deadline: Proposals Requiring Full Board Review: Tuesday, March 28

Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review: Tuesday, March 21


Meeting Date (Meetings Held at 3:30 p.m.): Friday, May 5

Deadline: Proposals Requiring Full Board Review: Tuesday, April 25

Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review:Tuesday, April 18 --

NOTE: All meetings will be held at 3:30 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. Alterations in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

-- Warren Jensen (Aviation, Space Studies, Aeromedical Research), Chair, Institutional Review Board.



The University of North Dakota Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) requires that any research, teaching, or other activities which utilize recombinant DNA or involve the use of biohazardous research material be subject to a University review process and that these activities must be approved by the IBC prior to their initiation. The IBC is the only authorized University committee which can approve projects and activities involving recombinant DNA and biohazardous research material. The IBC will follow the NIH guidelines for recombinant DNA and biohazardous material research in determining the suitability of projects and activities and will provide an explanation of any decision not to approve a project or activity. Any project or activity not approved can be revised and resubmitted to the IBC for consideration.

All faculty or staff who plan on using recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials for research, teaching, or other activities must submit an original and 15 copies of the completed signed application form to the IBC. The IBC will then consider the application at its earliest convenience.

For grant applications submitted to more than one funding agency, it will only be necessary to submit one application to the IBC prior to submission to the granting agencies. One copy of all submitted grant applications utilizing recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must be submitted to the IBC.

Any changes to an approved project with respect to recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must receive IBC approval prior to their use. Anyone considering the use of recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials should contact the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, Extension 777-4279, for a copy of the NIH Guidelines, the Recombinant DNA Review Form and other pertinent information. Forms are also available on ORPD's Homepage at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

-- Barry Milavetz (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.



In order to ensure that regulated waste is disposed of properly, the Institutional Biosafety Committee requires that all members of the University community who generate regulated waste have in place a disposal plan which is in conformity with federal regulations. Regulated waste as defined by the federal government includes but is not limited to human body fluids and tissues and items contaminated with human body fluids or tissues such as needles, syringes, and scalpels whether generated during medical procedures, research or teaching. Anyone who is generating regulated waste within the University and does not have a disposal plan in place or is unsure of whether regulated waste is being generated by their activities or is being disposed of properly must contact the Safety Office at 777-3341.

-- Barry Milavetz (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.



The final examination for Luke Grocholl, a candiate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Chemistry, is set for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Syntheses and Characterizations of Bis(amido) cyclodisilazane and Bis(amido)cyclodiphosphazane Complexes." Lothar Stahl (Chemistry) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




It is with regret that we announce the death of Michael Ahlen, Professor of Law, on Jan. 4. A full obituary will run in next week's University Letter.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



William W. Bolonchuk, Associate Professor Emeritus of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, died Dec. 30, 1999, in Grand Forks. He was 65.

William Bolonchuk was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Winnipeg. He earned a B.S. from UND in 1956 and an M.S. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1966. He married Kay Brandhagen on Aug. 25, 1955, in Winnipeg. He taught and coached at Winnipeg School from 1956 to 1961. In 1961 he joined the University of Saskatchewan as an instructor and assistant football coach. He was named head football coach in 1963 and promoted to assistant professor in 1965. He joined the UND faculty in 1967, and spent several years chairing his department. At UND, he designed courses in exercise physiology, and analysis of athletic performance, and taught swimming, soccer, strength training, and more. He designed research methods in physical education and conducted studies in physique, body composition and exercise. He pursued research at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center for 12 years. He retired from the University in 1995.

Bill Bolonchuk was active in professional and community service throughout his lifetime. His courses in exercise physiology were well known, and the results of his research on body types and exercise were often featured in the Grand Forks Herald as well as professional publications. He won a teaching excellence award at the 1980 Founders Day Banquet.

"Bill 'was' almost a half century of UND experience and wisdom," said Jim Whitehead, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Exercise Science. "He initially came here as a student and football player in the 1950s, then returned as a faculty member. Over the years Bill developed the keenest sense of how the institution worked - at all levels - and this could occasionally cause discomfort to those who preferred to keep some administrative processes relatively obscure! However, he was interested in positive progress, and his passing represents the loss of a valuable and almost unique resource. His insight and understanding of life and business matters, ranging from an encyclopedic knowledge of the minutia of governance rules to a profound appreciation of the UND psyche, will be sorely missed.

"Bill was a true scholar. His published peer-reviewed research represents a legacy which has made, and still is making a difference. Since his UND appointment essentially pre-dated publish-or-perish pressures, his record is remarkable. He genuinely wanted to find answers to important questions. Bill was a man of principle and integrity. He was a pillar of support for just causes, and there are many colleagues, students, and friends who owe him a debt of gratitude for this support and advocacy during times of need. Bill Bolonchuk believed in doing the right thing. He was a friend, colleague, mentor, advocate and worthy role model."

"Due to Bill's long term association with UND, his astute advice and observations were very helpful to me both as a faculty member and department chair," said Ron Brinkert, Associate Professor and Chair of Physical Education and Exercise Science. "He had an immense historical background of the University that covered nearly 60 years, beginning with his days as a UND football player. Professionally, he was a leader as a teacher and researcher in the benefits of physical exercise. Even as his own health faded, he continued to exercise to his limits and was involved in research."

"I have always considered it unfortunate that I met Bill Bolonchuk only after he retired," said John Hoover, Professor of Teaching and Learning/Special Education. "I would have been honored to work with him - I especially found fascinating his work on the relationship between somatotypes and personality. Bill was a valued senior member of the Twamley "lunch group." We figured that with Bill's help we could solve most of the world's problems, given an extra 15 minutes or so. His take on working with students, University policies, and the state of the campus remained vital and informative to the end. I came to respect his views so much that, when I knew he would be at lunch, I often thought of a problem or situation with which to challenge his creativity. Never was I disappointed - until now, when he is no longer with us. His intelligence, passion for UND, and wit are sorely missed."

He is survived by his wife; sons, Thomas, Robert and Jonathan, all of Grand Forks; Gerald, Arlington, Texas, and Richard (Diann), Jamestown; a daughter, Susan (Dallas) Filipi, Scituate, Mass.; four grandchildren; his mother, Winnipeg; and a sister, Shirley Hoban, Winnipeg. - Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald, Jim Whitehead and Ron Brinkert (both Physical Education and Exercise Science), and John Hoover (Teaching and Learning).



Alan Fletcher, Dean and Professor Emeritus of Engineering, died Dec. 22 in Springdale, Ark. He was 74.

Alan Gordon Fletcher was born Jan. 2, 1925, the son of William and Florence (Smith) Fletcher, in Gibson's Landing, British Columbia. He received the B.A.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1948. He earned an M.S. from the California Institute of Technology in 1952, and the Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University in 1965. He married A. Irene Flynn in 1949.

From 1958 to 1956 he worked for the British Columbia Electric Co. Ltd., and from 1956 to 1959 he worked with the British Columbia Engineering Co. Ltd. as the supervisor of hydro planning. He joined the faculty of the University of Idaho in 1959. From 1964 to 1969 he was a member of the Civil Engineering faculty at the University of Utah.

He was named Dean of UND's School of Engineering and Mines in 1969. With engineering and research interests principally in hydraulic engineering and water resource development, he published extensively and was active in professional, university, and civic organizations. Dr. Fletcher was instrumental in forming Project Lignite, the foundation for much of UND's research with low-rank coal. He was active in integrating the Energy and Environmental Research Center, formerly a federal facility under the U.S. Bureau of Mines, into the University. The EERC has since become one of UND's leading research arms. He also helped oversee the completion of the Upson engineering complex. During his 20 years at the helm, the School of Engineering and Mines increased enrollment, added master's degree programs, increased research, and added the Women in Engineering Program.

"Alan Fletcher saw his role as dean as one of serving: serving first students and then the members of the faculty and staff in the college," said Tom Owens, Professor and Chair of Chemical Engineering. "I think he derived his greatest satisfaction from facilitating others' accomplishments. He was particularly encouraging to students who were having difficulties, whether they were academic or personal. He helped many of us grow, and he did it with compassion."

"Dr. Fletcher was a kind and considerate man with a great breadth of interest both technically and socially," said Don Naismith, Professor and Chair Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering. "His strong faith and respect for individuals was demonstrated through his advice, counseling and commitment. In all the years of his tenure he met ideas, concepts, and suggestions with enthusiasm while adding encouragement and caution as appropriate. He was a good listener. Dr. Fletcher was very instrumental in encouraging and recruiting women students into engineering, and put the resources of his office into the first of many summer engineering institutes for high school girls here at UND. This was a unique idea for this campus and for most of the country in the early 1970s. He was also instrumental in establishing the Nyquist Award and many other honors and awards for students and alumni. We were privileged to have Dr. and Irene Fletcher join us last October for the 25th anniversary of the chartering of the Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers. We will miss him, his calls and his visits."

Dr. Fletcher retired in 1989, and he and Irene moved to Bella Vista, Ark. He is survived by Irene; a son, Christopher, Santa Barbara, Calif.; daughters, Lynn Pascher Fletcher, Vienna, Austria, Elizabeth (Timothy) Fletcher Lamb (Disability Support Services at UND), Grand Forks, and Anne Fletcher, New York City; three grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.

Services were held in Arkansas. Memorials are suggested to "One Great Hour of Sharing" through the Bella Vista Presbyterian Church, 1880 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark., 72715.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald, Tom Owens (Chemical Engineering), and Don Naismith (Mechanical Engineering).




Albert Samuelson, Bismarck psychiatrist and long-time faculty member of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has been appointed interim Assistant Dean of the School's southwest campus.

He takes over the position vacated by Louise Murphy of Mandan, who resigned in order to devote more time to her medical practice and family. His duties include overseeing and coordinating medical education activities in clinics and hospitals in the southwest quadrant of the state one of four regional campuses administered by the Medical School. He also advises upper-level medical students. A native of Turtle Lake, N.D., and 1954 graduate of the School, Samuelson recently retired from Archway Mental Health Services in Bismarck. His part-time position with the School is expected to continue for six months.

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



The Business office will work with students attending the spring 2000 semester Wednesday, Jan. 12, through Friday, Jan. 21. 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, Wednesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Jan. 21, the Business Office will be closed and relocated to the Memorial Union Ballroom. All students should be directed to the Ballroom. Departmental deposits will be accepted in 202 Twamley Hall between 2 and 3 p.m. only on these three 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 department anticipate special needs during these three days, contact Loretta Prather at 777-3080 by noon Friday, Jan. 14. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

-- Wanda Sporbert, Manager, Business Office.



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.



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

1. Any annual or sick leave used through Dec. 31, 1999 will be reflected on the 1999 leave balance as long as leave cards are submitted to the Payroll Office prior to Friday, Jan. 21, 2000.

2. Leave that begins in one calendar year and concludes in another (such as Dec. 30, 1999 through Jan. 3, 2000) 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 preceding example, one card should be submitted for Dec. 30 and another leave slip must be completed for Jan. 3.

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

4. 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.



Employee W-2 forms are now being distributed. This year, employees with a current appointment will receive their W-2 through intercampus mail. Employees not receiving a UND paycheck Dec. 30 will receive their W-2's through the mail at their home address. The W-2's have a new look this year and are much easier to read. They are laser printed on three-part perforated paper and inserted into a Payroll window envelope.

All departments should be aware of this distribution process and assist us in delivering the forms to employees as soon as possible. Please return any W-2's that you are not able to deliver within two weeks to the Payroll Office, Box 7127.

If you have any questions, or concerns please call me at 777-4228.

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



Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for the Martin Luther King holiday are: Saturday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 16, closed; Monday, Jan. 17 (Martin Luther King Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



University Within the University classes for the month of January follow. Please note that all computer classes are held in 361 Upson II.

Grantwriting, Jan. 11, 18, 25, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union, $75 fee;

Performance Management, Jan. 12, 1 to 3 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center;

Stressbusters, Jan. 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union;

How to Deal with Difficult People, Jan. 13, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 211 Rural Technology Center;

E-mail using Mulberry, Jan. 81, 10 to 11:30 a.m.;

GroupWise 5.5 Beginning, Jan. 18, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.;

Exploring the Web Using Netscape, Jan. 20, 8:30 to 10 a.m.;

TSO Training, Jan. 20, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.;

GroupWise 5.5 Intermediate, Jan. 21, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.;

Access 97 Level III, Jan. 24, 26 and 28, 8:30 to 11 a.m.;

Creating a Web Page Using HTML, Jan. 24 and 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.;

PC Hardware: The Inside Perspective, Jan. 25 and 27, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 143 Starcher Hall, $70 fee;

Legal Issues in Employment, Jan. 27, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., 211 Rural Technology Center;

E-mail using Eudora, Jan. 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m.;

Excel 97 Level I, Jan. 31, 8:30 to 11 a.m.

To register for any of these classes please call me at 777-2128.

-- Staci Matheney, U2.



The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Rd., offers the following programs. Call 795-2765 to register or for more information. Child care is offered for all daytime programs; all classes are held at PERC unless otherwise noted.

Video and Discussion, "10 Ways to Be a Better Parent and Solutions to 10 Common Parenting Problems," Monday, Jan. 10, 7 to 9 p.m.

Four-Week Series, "Discipline for Life! . . . One Step at a Time," by Madelyn Swift, begins Tuesday, Jan. 11, 7 to 9 p.m.

Book Club, "The Intentional Family: Simple Rituals to Strengthen Family Ties," by William Doherty, begins Tuesday, Jan. 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Four-Week Series, "Common Sense Parenting" begins Wednesday, Jan. 12, 7 to 9 p.m.

Video Series, "Learning Disabilities and Self Esteem" featuring Richard Lavoie, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Family Story Hour, "Pajama Party," featuring Pat Henry, media specialist at Schroeder Middle School, begins Wednesday, Jan. 12, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Three-Week Series, "Readers, Writers, and Parents: Learning Together," geared to parents who want to understand the reading and writing processes, and want to learn ways to cultivate and enhance these processes with their children, begins Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 to 9 p.m.

Five-Week Study Group, "Positive Discipline for Preschoolers" by Jane Nelsen, begins Friday, Jan. 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Four-Week Study Group, "Setting Limits," begins Tuesday, Jan. 18, 9 to 11 a.m.

Video Series, "Learning Disabilities and Social Skills" featuring Richard LaVoie, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Lunch Box Special, "Let's Talk About Elementary Education in Grand Forks!" presented by Larry Hoiberg, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education with the Grand Forks Public Schools, Thursday, Jan. 20, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Video and Discussion, "Kid Cooperation," Monday, Jan. 24, 7 to 9 p.m.

Video Series, "Learning Disabilities and Discipline" featuring Richard Lavoie, Wednesday, Jan. 26, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Video and Discussion, "Anger Management," Monday, Jan. 31, 7 to 9 p.m.

"Discipline for Life!" presented by Madelyn Swift, Saturday, March 18, 8:30 a.m. to noon; and "Don't Start What You Can't Finish" from 1 to 3:30 p.m., Westward Ho, Grand Forks.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Parent Education Resource Center.



The Staff Senate cookbooks have arrived and are selling fast. A limited number of cookbooks were ordered; therefore, you may want to take the opportunity at this time to purchase as many cookbooks as you need. The cookbooks are selling for $12 (tax included)and are composed of a hardback 3-ring binder (7" X 9"), with nearly 600 recipes collected from faculty, staff, and students. The title of the cookbook is "Cooking it Up with UND Spirit," and one of the official UND Staff Senate logos is displayed on the cover. If you wish to purchase a cookbook, contact me at 777-2664, or beth_kasprick@mail.und.nodak.edu. Thank you for your contribution and bon appetit!

-- Beth Kasprick (Dean of Students Office), for Staff Senate.




The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC), formerly the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee, established the "New Faculty Scholar Awards" which are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of tenure-track assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be January 1997 or later). The SSAC anticipates that many New Faculty Scholar Awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Up to three awards of $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded. Only one competition will be held for Faculty Scholar Awards each year.

Tuesday, Jan. 18, is the deadline for submission of New Faculty Scholar Award applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects, or to support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences IS NOT allowable under this program.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards MUST include the completed application form, letter of support from the departmental chair, the applicant's resume, and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and seven copies must be submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) prior to the published deadline.

Application forms for the New Faculty Scholar Awards are available at ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's Homepage (found under "Research" on the UND Homepage).

-- Clifford L. Staples (Sociology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.



Tuesday, Jan. 18, is the second deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC), formerly the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee. The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to support: (1) research, creative activity or other types of scholarly endeavors; (2) requests to support travel associated with research activities or the presentation of scholarly papers; (3) requests for funds to meet publication costs; and (4) New Faculty Scholar Award applications. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 19, and April 11. The Committee WILL NOT provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please DO submit your application at this time. If an award is made, an account will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation.

The third deadline for submission of applications is April 11. Travel applications will be considered only for travel that will occur between April 12, and Oct. 15. No research 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. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (and FRCAC) awards 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 each academic year.

Application forms for research/creative activity, travel or publication requests are available at the Office of Research and Program Development, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's Homepage (on UND's Homepage under "Research"). An original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the Committee.

-- Clifford Staples (Sociology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has very recently instituted an EPSCoR-like program, called Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), for Puerto Rico and 23 states including North Dakota.

In brief, each of the 24 jurisdictions will be allowed to submit two proposals requesting up to $1.5 million per year for up to five years for direct costs. Indirect costs are allowed. NIH is expecting to fund about 15 of these proposals. The proposals should have a "center" administrative model and a research theme featuring three to five projects. The NIH pre-publication document and the ND EPSCoR RFP are available on the ND EPSCoR web site at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor/rfp.html.

The North Dakota EPSCoR Steering Committee is soliciting pre-proposals (deadline Jan. 25) for this program. An external panel will review the pre-proposals and make recommendations to the Steering Committee for the two pre-proposals to go forward to the NIH.

A "Letter of Intent to Submit", which will include the titles of the two proposals selected, will be sent to NIH by the Steering Committee before Feb. 10.

Full proposals are due at NIH on March 8.

Pre-proposal format:

* NIH cover page;

* two pages for the RESEARCH PLAN (see the announcement);

* one page for each research project, maximum of five;

* two-page vita for each participating PI;

* current and pending support for each participating PI; and a budget section, including budget details on NIH budget forms (initial budget period and entire proposed period) and a budget justification (following NIH guidelines) that makes clear the institutional commitment (see the announcement) to the project.

The ND EPSCoR Steering Committee will host at least one briefing session on this NIH program on each campus in early January.

-- David Givers, NDEPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.



The U.S. Department of Commerce Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) will sponsor a series of free regional technical assistance workshops to introduce the Fiscal Year 2000 grant round, and to discuss funding priorities, application requirements, and helpful tips and lessons learned from previous grantees. Online registration is available now.

TIIAP is a highly competitive, merit-based grant program supporting novel projects demonstrating innovative uses of network technology. TIIAP evaluates and actively shares the lessons learned from these projects to ensure the benefits are broadly distributed across the country, especially in rural and under-served communities. Over $15 million is available for FY 2000 awards. Applications will be available in January, and the deadline is generally in March.

Regional workshops will be conducted on Jan. 31 in New York, Feb. 2 in Houston, and Feb. 4 in Los Angeles. While there is no charge for the workshops, seating is limited to 500 persons at each event. Registration is strongly advised.

To register, go to http://www.ntia.doc.gov/otiahome/tiiap/index.html. Last year's announcement is also available at this web site, along with a listing of previous grants and additional program information.

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



The Department of Education has tentatively scheduled eight regional technical assistance workshops between Jan.18 and Feb. 8 to help prospective applicants better understand the Department's approach in implementing the competitive grant process to be held in Spring 2000 under the Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3) Grant Program. Grant applications will be available Jan.7. The deadline for receipt of applications is March 7.

At these workshops, Department of Education staff with expertise in the PT3 Program will be available to answer any questions on the purposes and requirements of the program, how to apply for funds, program eligibility requirements, the application selection process, and considerations that might help applicants improve the quality of their grant applications.

The workshops are tentatively scheduled to be held in: Burlington, Vt. , Tuesday, Jan.18; Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Jan. 19; Atlanta, Ga., Friday, Jan. 21; Minneapolis, Minn., Wednesday, Jan. 26; Albuquerque, N.M., Wednesday, Jan. 26; Little Rock, Ark., Friday, Jan. 28; Seattle, Wash., Friday, Jan. 28.

The locations for all workshops have not yet been finalized. Contact Erika Kirby at (202)502-7788 for location information or check the web site http://www.ed.gov/teachtech/. Participants should register for these workshops online at http://www.ed.gov/teachtech, or by printing a copy of the registration form from the web site and faxing the completed form to the attention of Erika Kirby at (202)502-7775.

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



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


Four to six Grants for Research in Broadcasting are awarded each year to stimulate interest in broadcast research, especially research on economic, business, social, or policy issues of importance to the U.S. commercial broadcast industry. Research topics may include, but are not limited to: the impact of new ownership regulations on the radio industry; Internet users and content providers; provision and effectiveness of local news programs; public use of parental notification and program ratings; changing relationships between networks and local stations; analysis of audience response to digital television; impact of new technologies on the broadcast industry (digital radio, DTV/HDTV, DBS, Internet/Web, wireless communications, and multimedia); training tomorrow's broadcasters; the importance of television and radio advertising on local and national economies; and commercial advertising effectiveness or recall studies. The NAB has allocated a total of $25,000 for these grants. All academic personnel, graduate students, and senior undergraduates are eligible. Deadline: 1/28/00. Contact: Molly Fink, 202/429-5389; http://www.nab.org/Research/grants.asp.

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The Research on Adherence to Interventions for Mental Disorders program provides support to expand research on adherence and behavior change that integrates findings from the basic behavioral sciences with interventions for mental disorders, symptoms, or related disability. Included are studies of mechanisms and processes that enhance or interfere with adherence to preventive, treatment, and rehabilitative interventions. Interventions may be pharmacological, behavioral, or psychosocial. Emphasis is on development of innovative approaches to adherence and behavior change, especially models of interventions to improve adherence. Applications examining mechanisms and processes underlying provider strategies and behaviors that enhance recruitment, retention, and adherence are encouraged. Other areas of interest include research on approaches to decreasing stigma related to mental disorders and increasing adherence to interventions, studies of ways in which various informed consent procedures and other issues related to research ethics can facilitate or hinder adherence to interventions, and development of reliable and valid measures for all the above areas. The R01, R03, and R21 award mechanisms will be used. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 6/1/00, 10/1/00. Contact: Peter Muehrer, Health & Behavioral Science Research Branch, 301/443-4708; fax 301/480-4415; pmuehrer@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-016.html.

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Brownfields Job Training and Development Demonstration Pilots will be awarded up to $200,000 over 2 years to bring together community groups, job training organizations, employers, investors, lenders, developers, and other affected parties to address the issue of providing training for residents in communities impacted by brownfields. The goals are to facilitate cleanup of brownfields sites contaminated with hazardous substances and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental field. Pilot projects must prepare trainees in activities that can be usefully applied to a cleanup employing an alternative or innovative technology. The initiative is an organized commitment to help communities revitalize abandoned contaminated properties, and to thereby eliminate potential health risks and restore economic vitality to areas where these properties exist. Brownfields are defined as abandoned, idled or under-used industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Applications from coalitions of entities (colleges/ universities, Indian Tribes/governing organizations, nonprofit training centers, community-based job training organizations, states, cities, towns, counties, U.S. Territories, and Federally recognized Indian Tribes) are encouraged. Entities with experience in providing environmental job training and placement programs are invited to apply. Deadline: 3/3/00. Contact: Myra Blakely, 202/260-4527; Oswer Outreach/Special Projects Staff, (5101), Room SE 385, 401 M Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20460.

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HUD's Office of University Partnerships has created the Community Development Work Study Program to attract more minority and disadvantaged students to academic programs in community planning and development. Academic institutions may apply for 2-year grants that provide support for financial aid and work experience to full-time graduate students in fields closely related to community planning and development, such as public administration, urban planning, or public policy. Deadline: 2/25/00. Contact: HUD USER 1/800-245-2691; http://www.oup.org/about/cdwsapps.html.

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The Graduate Student Research Program (GSRP) awards fellowships of $22,000/year to students earning advanced degrees in areas of interest to NASA, such as astrophysics, space sciences, information systems, and life and earth sciences. Students may apply any time during their graduate career or before obtaining their baccalaureate degree. They must be U.S. Citizens and must be sponsored by a graduate department chair or faculty advisor. Students interested in applying are strongly advised to download and read information available at the website listed below. Deadline: 2/1/00. Contact: gsrp@hq.nasa.gov or NASA program administrator of appropriate area of interest listed on education.nasa.gov/gsrp.

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DOE invites preapplications from potential applicants for research funding in the Energy Biosciences program area. The preapplication should consist of a 2-3 page concept paper on the research contemplated for an application to the program. A response indicating the appropriateness of submitting a formal application will be sent in time to allow for adequate preparation for a formal application. The objective of the Energy Biosciences program is to pursue basic biochemical, genetic and physiological investigations that may contribute towards providing alternate fuels, petroleum replacement products, energy conservation measures as well as other technologies such as phytoremediation related to DOE programs. Areas of interest include bioenergetic systems, including photosynthesis; control of plant growth and development, including metabolic, genetic, and hormonal and ambient factor regulation, metabolic diversity, ion uptake, transport and accumulation, stress physiology and adaptation; genetic transmission and expression; plant-microbial interactions, plant cell wall structure and function; lignocellulose degradative mechanisms; mechanisms of fermentations, genetics of neglected microorganisms, energetics and membrane phenomena; thermophily (molecular basis of high temperature tolerance); microbial interactions; and one-carbon metabolism. Deadline: 3/8/00 (Concept Paper); 6/13/00 (Proposal). Contact: Pat Snyder, 301/903-2873; pat.snyder@science.doe.gov.

The Natural & Accelerated Bioremediation Research Program (NABIR) supports long-term, hypothesis-driven research to help determine the potential for, and advance the field of, bioremediation as a cleanup option at the DOE sites. Applications should describe research in one of the following categories: projects that address the scientific aims of individual NABIR elements including biogeochemistry, biotransformation, community dynamics, biomolecular science and engineering, and assessment; and research projects to be performed at a Field Research Center addressing field scale biostimulation of microbiological processes that immobilize metals and/or radionuclides. The focus is on field-scale research addressing metal and radionuclide contamination in subsurface environments at DOE sites; however, the program will support laboratory, theoretical, modeling, and other non-field research projects if they fill gaps necessary to complete understanding for field-scale applications. Although the program is directed at specific goals, it supports research that is more fundamental in nature than demonstration projects and emphasizes the bioremediation of metals and radionuclides in the subsurface below the root zone, including both vadose and saturated zones. Applicants are encouraged to review the NABIR Primer, available at http://www.lbl.gov/NABIR/primer/primer.html, for information on contaminants of DOE interest. Problems characterized by large areas with low-concentrations of contaminants are emphasized over problems of localized, high concentrations. The program also includes an element called Bioremediation and its Societal Implications and Concerns (BASIC). Researchers are strongly encouraged to submit a preapplication. Awards are expected to range from $100,000-$400,000/year for projects in the scientific research element projects, and from $300,000-$1,000,000 for field research projects for up to 3 years. Deadline: 2/28/00. Contact: Anna Palmisano, 301/903-9963; fax 301/903-8519; anna.palmisano@science.doe.gov; http://www.sc.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html.

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The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--Comprehensive Program invites applications for new awards for Fiscal Year 2000. Approximately $19 million will be available for an estimated 150 new awards. The purpose is to provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities. The Secretary is particularly interested in applications that meet one or more of the following invitational priorities. Projects to: 1) make more productive use of resources to improve teaching and learning and to increase learning productivity. 2) disseminate innovative postsecondary educational programs that have already been locally developed, implemented, and evaluated. 3) support new ways of ensuring equal access to postsecondary education, and to improve rates of retention and program completion, especially for low-income and underrepresented minority students. 4) improve campus climates for learning by creating an environment that is safe, welcoming, and conducive to academic growth for all students. 5) support innovative reforms of undergraduate, graduate, and professional curricula that improve not only what students learn, but how they learn. 6) support the professional development of full- and part-time faculty by assessing and rewarding effective teaching, promoting new and more effective teaching methods, and improving the preparation of graduate students who will be future faculty members. 7) promote innovative school-college partnerships and improve the preparation of K-12 teachers in order to enhance students' preparation for, access to, and success in college. Deadlines: 2/11/00 (Preapplication); 5/19/00 (Proposal). Contact: FIPSE, U.S. Department of Education, 1990 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006-8544; 202/502-7500. The application text may be obtained from: http://www.ed.gov/FIPSE/.

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DARPA is announcing a new program called "Fundamental Research at the [Bio:Info:Micro] Interface," primarily aimed at researchers at institutions of higher education. The goal is to create interdisciplinary teams of researchers drawn from the fields of biology, information technology and microsystems technology to work collaboratively to address fundamental research issues at the intersections of these areas. The biology or [BIO] component includes disciplines studying biology from the molecular and cellular level through the organismal and population level. The information technology or [INFO] component includes, but is not limited to, disciplines contributing to the development of theories, algorithms, models and simulations, and scalable parallel and distributed systems. The microsystems technology or [MICRO] component includes, but is not limited to, disciplines contributing to the development of sensors, materials, microfluidics, micromechanics, microphotonics, microelectronics and large-scale systems created from such components. An explicit intention is to stimulate development of a new generation of scientists and engineers who will focus on, and become fluent in, performing science and technology at the intersection(s) of biology with other disciplines. Multiple awards are expected covering a wide range of high-risk/high-payoff interdisciplinary efforts. Selected proposals will receive a 3-year annually funded grant, with 2 optional one-year extensions. A typical budget is expected to be between $500,000-$2,000,000/year. Proposers must obtain a pamphlet entitled "RA 00-14, Fundamental Research at the [Bio:Info:Micro] Interface, Proposer Information Pamphlet" from http://www.darpa.mil or request by fax, electronic mail, or mail from the address below. Proposers are strongly encouraged to submit preproposals. Deadlines: 2/18/00 (Preproposal); 3/31/00 (Full Proposal). Contact: fax 703/696-3999 (addressed to: DARPA/DSO, RA 00-14); RA00-14@darpa.mil; DARPA/DSO, ATTN: RA 00-14,3701 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203-1714; or http://www.darpa.mil/baa/RA00-14.htm (RFA).

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NSF has entered into a cooperative arrangement with the European Commision to support collaborating projects between U.S. and European institutions for research in material sciences. U.S. institutions may apply for support for participation in the following European Union (EU) research programmatic areas under the domain Materials and Their Technologies for Production and Transformation: cross-cutting generic materials technologies, advanced functional materials, sustainable chemistry, expanding the limits and durability of structural materials, and support for research infrastructures in the field of materials sciences (setting up of virtual institutes, reference databases). Deadlines: 3/15/00, 9/15/00. Contact: W. Lance Haworth, Materials Research, fax 703/306-0515, lhaworth@nsf.gov; Robert M. Wellek, Chemical and Thermal Systems, fax 703/306-0319, rwellek@nsf.gov; Jeanne E. Hudson, International Programs, fax 703/306-0476, jhudson@nsf.gov.

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


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