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University Letter

January 8, 1999

Volume 36 No. 18

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 18, January 8, 1999

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UND's Flickertail Follies reached a peak in 1950 when the popular campus variety show was featured prominently in Life magazine. The show ran from 1925 to 1961.



The University Council will meet Thursday, Jan. 14, at noon at the Burtness Theatre. President Kendall Baker will discuss the 1999 Legislative Session and report on higher education hearings which will take place earlier in the week.

The University Council consists of the President, the Vice Presidents, the Director of Admissions and Records, the Director of the Counseling Center, the Director of Libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all of the full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor, the professional library staff, and such other administrative officers as the Council may designate. The meeting is open to everyone, and all are encouraged to attend.

The first Presidential Briefing of the Spring Semester is Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. President Baker will discuss the 1999 Legislative Session and report on higher education hearings which will take place earlier in the week. There will be an opportunity to discuss other issues as well. Dining Services will provide breakfast pastries and coffee.

Future Presidential Briefings will be on the following Wednesdays, all at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl: Feb. 17, March 3, April 7, May 5.

-- Peter Johnson, Office of University Relations.



The North Dakota University System has revised the Spring 2000 academic calendar for all institutions in the system. The Spring 2000 term will begin on January 11, 2000 rather than the earlier date previously published. Please note that all subsequent dates for the Spring semester 2000 have changed, including Spring Break, which will be March 13-17,2000. Other dates in the spring semester of 2000 include final examinations May 8-12.

-- John Ettling, Vice President (Interim), Academic Affairs.



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 Jan. 19. Final action on the nominations is scheduled to be completed by Feb. 24.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The next meeting of the Presidential Search Committee will be at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26, in room 211, Rural Technology Center. The agenda is: (1) Approval of minutes of Dec. 8 meeting; (2) Reports from subcommittees; (3) Matters arising.

Other dates in the Presidential Search Committee's calendar are: Feb. 2, meet to narrow list to top 12 candidates; Feb. 3, meet to discuss top 12 candidates; February 4-14, conduct reference checks; Feb. 16, meet to select six candidates for campus visits.

-- Harvey Knull (Graduate School Dean), Chair, Presidential Search Committee.



The following members of the Graduate Faculty have been appointed to Summer Graduate Research Professorships for 1999: Dr. Sven Anderson (Computer Science); Dr. James Cronin (Biology); Dr. Will Gosnold (Geology); Dr. Cliff Staples (Sociology); and Dr. Kathryn Thomasson (Chemistry). They will be pursuing research activities and working closely with graduate advisees during the 1999 summer session.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Pam Hurdelbrink has been named UND controller, replacing Peggy Lucke, who is now the interim vice president for finance and operations. A 1977 UND accounting graduate, Hurdelbrink was manager of financial services of UND's Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) since 1997 and manager of budget and accounting at the EERC since 1990. Her duties had included supervision of recruitment, hiring, training and evaluation of the staffing levels.

Hurdelbrink had previously worked at the North Dakota State Auditor's Office in Grand Forks, where she was responsible for preparing financial statements, audits, and working with and training clients on accounting systems.

Hurdelbrink has also been involved with the University's Flood Recovery Committee. This committee works with FEMA, flood consultants, and University Departments to establish procedures for documenting flood expenditures according to FEMA regulations.

-- Peter Johnson, Office of University Relations.



As we review the tentative course schedules submitted for Summer Session 1999, we note that several time slots still are available on the Interactive Video Network (IVN)) system. If you are planning to teach a course this summer that you think would be appropriate to offer over the IVN system, and if you are interested in exploring the times and sites that are available, call me at 777-4937 within the next few days. We hope to make as much use of the IVN system as possible, and this will help us to serve more students throughout North Dakota.

-- Don Piper, Director, Summer Sessions.



Jan. 22 is the deadline for submitting agenda items for the University Staff Senate Executive Committee meeting of Jan. 27. Agenda item deadlines for the following months for the Staff Senate Executive Committee meetings are Feb. 19 for the Feb. 24 meeting, March 26 for the March 31 meeting, and April 23 for the April 28 meeting.

-- Cheryl Danduran (EERC), University Staff.



Any annual or sick leave used through Dec. 31, will be reflected on the 1998 leave balance as long as leave cards are submitted to the Payroll Office prior to Jan. 22.

Leave that begins in one calendar year and concludes in another (such as Dec. 28, 1998, through Jan. 8, 1999) 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. 28 through Jan. 8 example, one card should be submitted for Dec. 28 through Dec. 31 and another for Jan. 4 through Jan. 8.

If you have questions, call the Payroll Office at 777-4226.

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



Spring 1999 fee payment will be conducted Jan. 13, 14, and 15. If you are consulting with an individual who needs one-on-one assistance from the Business Office staff, please refer the individual to the Memorial Union Ballroom, Business Manager's table, from Jan. 13 through 15. The Business Office in Twamley Hall will be closed during these three days. Your assistance is appreciated.

-- Wanda Sporbert, Manager, Business Office.



The UND Business Office is working through Jan. 15 with students attending the spring 1999 semester. 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. 13 through 15) the Business Office 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 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 departments anticipate special needs during these three days, contact Loretta Prather at 777-3080 by noon Monday, Jan. 11. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

-- Wanda Sporbert, Manager, Business Office.



Students completely withdrawing from the 1999 Spring Semester must use the UND "WITHDRAWAL" form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process.

-- Alice Poehls, University Registrar.



"Retired faculty eschewing Arizona" are invited to a Dutch continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union to expound principles of retirement and report on their primary retirement activities. RSVP attendance only to SRP, Box 7167, UND.

-- Lloyd Omdahl, Acting Director, Bureau of Governmental Affairs.



The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies spring schedules for faculty workshops and new media studio sessions are attached to this issue of the University Letter. Faculty may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

-- Lynn Weiner, Administrative Assistant, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.



There have been many changes the past year in what used to be the vice presidential divisions of Finance and Operations. The two divisions are now combined into the Division of Finance and Operations. In addition to the creation of the new division, personnel have changed positions and the physical locations of several offices have also changed. Most of these changes have occurred since the UND Directory was published.

For your future reference, please note the following address and title changes:

Peggy Lucke
Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations
University of North Dakota
Room 311 Twamley Administration Building
P.O. Box 8378
Grand Forks, N.D. 58202
Phone: (701) 777-3511
Fax: (701) 777-4082

Ginni Kroocmo, Administrative Officer, (701) 777-2177
Delores Jacobson, Administrative Officer, (701) 777-3511

Pam Hurdelbrink
Accounting Services (formerly Controller's Office)
University of North Dakota
Room 105 Twamley Administration Building
P.O. Box 8356
Grand Forks, N.D. 58202
Phone: (701) 777-2041
Fax: (701) 777-2504

Shelly Kain
Clerk Administrative (Administrative support for Flood '97)
University of North Dakota
Room 105 Twamley Administration Building
P.O. Box 8378
Grand Forks, N.D. 58202
Phone: (701) 777-3127

Margaret Myers
Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations
University of North Dakota
Room 309 Twamley Administration Building
P.O. Box 8378
Grand Forks, N.D. 58202
Phone: (701) 777-3717

Bonnie Grosz
Account Technician
Office of the Vice President for Finance and Operations
University of North Dakota
Room 309 Twamley Administration Building
P.O. Box 8378
Grand Forks, N.D. 58202
Phone: (701) 777-4113

Alice Brekke
Assistant to the President, Budget and Grants Administration Director
Budget and Grants Administration
University of North Dakota
Room 103 Twamley Administration Building
P.O. Box 7306
Grand Forks, N.D. 58202
Phone: (701) 777-4151
Fax: (701) 777-2504

Cindy Fetsch
Budget Analyst
Budget and Grants Administration
University of North Dakota
Room 105 Twamley Administration Building
P.O. Box 7306
Grand Forks, N.D. 58202
Phone: (701) 777-4156

-- Peggy Lucke, Interim Vice President for Finance and Operations.



Postage rates will increase Jan. 10. The first class stamp will rise from 32 cents to 33 cents for a one ounce letter. Also, the nonprofit bulk postage rates will increase approximately 20 percent. The basic letter rate will increase from 13.8 cents to 16.9 cents. The basic nonletter rate will increase from 20.1 cents to 23.3 cents.

-- Darin Lee, Campus Postal Services.



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.

-- Barry Milavetz, Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.



The University Federal Credit Union's Service center, which had been located on South Washington Street, has moved to 3197 South 17th Street, just east of Hugo's on 32nd Avenue South. We are sharing space with First Liberty Federal Credit Union. New hours are: drive-up, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; lobby, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Marney Kresel, loan officer and assistant manager, has an office to provide privacy for loan interviewing. Besides the drive-up window, the new location features a night depository and an ATM.

-- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.



The direct phone number for David Ramsett of the Division of Economics and Public Affairs in the College of Business and Public Administration was submitted incorrectly for listing in the current UND Directory. The correct direct phone number for Prof. Ramsett is 777-3349.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



UND Staff Senate is searching for a logo. Faculty, staff, and students can enter the Staff Senate logo contest. We welcome all designs/images that will meet certain criteria as listed on our logo contest application. Applications will be sent to departments, and they are available from Janet Suda, 777-2076. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 31.

-- Kathy Spencer (Geology), Staff Senate Public Relations.



All faculty and staff are invited to attend the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program graduation exercises at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Speaker for the exercises will be John E. McCarty, executive director, Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant. His presentation will be "Accept the Challenge?". A reception and dinner will follow graduation at the Ramada Inn. Reservations for dinner are required and can be made by calling the Physician Assistant Program office at 777-2344.

-- James Brosseau, Co-Director, Physician Assistant Program; Associate Professor, Community Medicine.



The North Dakota Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions are set for this Saturday, Jan. 9, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall beginning at noon. Six singers from North Dakota will compete for cash prizes and the right to advance to the regional auditions in St. Paul, February 6. Among the singers are four UND students, David Adams, Kathryn Ring, Jeanne Cade and Melissa Steele. The regional winner will advance to the national auditions held at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in March.

This is the 35th annual auditions held in North Dakota. It is underwritten by a grant from the University of North Dakota Fellows. The judges this year are Patrick Woliver of Ohio State U, Rhonda Fisher and Anna Mooy of Bemidji State U. Prof. Woliver will conduct a public master class following the auditions. The auditions and master class are free and the public is invited to attend.

-- G. Paul Larson (Economics), Director, MONC Auditions for North Dakota.



Master Traditional and Contemporary Storyteller, Judith Simundson, will be featured at the second program of the 1998-1999 North Dakota Museum of Art's Readers Series. Simundson's program for children of all ages will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in the Museum's main galleries. This "dynamic bearer of Norwegian traditions . . . symbol of Norwegian culture for the young in the Northern States" has taught storytelling, speech, drama, and English in high schools and colleges. As one of the artists listed on the Roster of Artists in Iowa and North Dakota, Simundson tours throughout the Midwest and regularly returns to Norway. She has been the recipient of various grants, including the Norwegian Emigration Fund, an Iowa Arts Council fund, Sons of Norway Foundation King Olav V Heritage Fund, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has toured elementary schools in Norway as part of the Norwegian Concert Association tours in Telemark and has recorded "Norwegian Tales of Enchantment" on CD.

Admission to Judith Simundson's Norwegian storytelling is free and open to the public. For further information, call 777-4195. At www.ndmoa.com you may visit our web site.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Two insight meditation classes have been scheduled to begin this month at the Lotus Meditation Center in the International Cultural Centre, 2908 University Avenue. Insight meditation is a practice of cultivating peacefulness in the mind and openness in the heart. It is learning to live in the present moment and to ride more easily with the ups and downs of our lives. The practice requires no specific believe commitments and is compatible with any religious affiliation. Classes are as follows:

Beginning meditation, Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., starting Wednesday, Jan. 13, teacher Mary Struck (home 701-232-5344, work 701-293-4028).

Intermediate meditation, Mondays, 7:30-9 p.m., starting Monday, Jan. 11, teacher Tamar Read (772-2161).

-- Tamar Read, Lotus Meditation Center.



Dr. Bernard Boozer, a professor at the State University of New York at Oswego, will speak at the second annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Banquet Friday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Westward Ho. The banquet, with the theme "Black and White Together: Myth or Reality?", is sponsored by the UND Office of Multicultural Student Services in conjunction with the Cultural Awareness Committee and the Black History Month Committee. The banquet will present service awards to honor individuals in the Greater Grand Forks and UND communities. A dance will follow the banquet. Dr. Boozer is an outspoken author and lecturer. In 1995, he debated Dr. Charles Murray, author of "The Bell Curve."

Tickets to the awards banquet are available at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center and the Vice President for Student and outreach Services office. Ticket prices are $10 for the banquet, $15 for the banquet and dance, $8 for general admission to the dance, and $6 for student admission to the dance. The ticket deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 12.

-- M.C. Diop, Multicultural Student Services.



The North Dakota Museum of Art is sponsoring workshops through April designed to help children release their creativity and have fun making art. "Art Studio Saturday" workshops are designed to allow children to explore unexpected ways of making art -- the way professionals approach their work. The museum's premise underlying the workshops is that art is exciting and understandable to lay people. Success at creating art gives confidence and extends the child's problem solving capabilities.

January classes will draw inspiration from the current exhibit "Mud and Roses: the Aftermath of the 1997 Flood of the Red River of the North." Six artists from the United States and Japan were commissioned to create works of art based upon the flood. "Precious Objects" is the title of the Jan. 16 studio. "Ebb Tide" by artist Barton Lidice Benes will be the focus of the workshop. In the work, Barton turned ordinary objects into relics by placing them in shrine-like settings.

Using materials such as sticks, aluminum foil, paper clips, shoeboxes, paint and string each child will create fantastic tools and toolboxes to contain their own special object. When the boxes and objects are finished, each person's precious object box will be a part of the larger Precious Object Collection. Participants are asked to bring a shoebox to the workshop. "Ebb Tide" is a work in the permanent collection of the Museum so it will remain available to the children in the years to come.

On Jan. 30, participants will learn about the new video installation "Floodsongs" by New York artist Mary Lucier. The group will create a video installation, or artwork, titled "Kidsongs." The children will interview fellow participants, recording their actions and facial gestures on video, and then arrange the TV monitors to play "Kidsongs" in a gallery space. The workshops are held in the North Dakota Museum of Art from 9 a.m. to noon for young people first grade or older. Parents, guardians, or adult friends are encouraged to attend -- no person is too old to enjoy these workshops. Workshops are not consecutive, so sign up for one Saturday, two Saturdays, or every Saturday. Admission for Museum members is $7 per child per Saturday and $10 per child per Saturday for non-members. Call 777-4195 to register.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Award-winning oboist, Diana Doherty, hailed by the New York Times as "a brilliant instrumentalist and an exceptional musician," will perform Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. She will be accompanied by composer and pianist David Korevaar. This will be the third event in the Museum's 1998-1999 Concert Series, funded in part by the Myra Foundation, with additional funding from the Heartland Arts Fund, a collaborative project between Arts Midwest, the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Doherty was the first oboist to win a place on the Young Concert Artists roster in 11 years. In April 1997, she made her New York concerto debut with the New York Chamber Symphony at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall performing the Strauss Oboe Concerto. She has won national and international awards and has performed throughout the United States and overseas, including Italy, Slovakia, China, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, and in her homeland of Australia.

Born in Brisbane, Doherty began studying the violin at the age of six, and attended the Queensland Conservatorium at the age of eight. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1986 from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, where she was awarded the M.E.N.S.A. Prize as the top student in her class. An Australia Council Overseas Grant allowed her to study at the Zurich Conservatory with Thomas Indermuhle, where she earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in 1989. Miss Doherty now lives in Sydney with her husband Alexandre Oguey, also an oboist, and their daughter, Julie.

The program will include selections from "Miroirs for Piano" by Maurice Ravel, "Sonata for Oboe and Piano" by Francis Poulenc, "Serenade for Oboe and Piano" by Andre Jolivet, and will conclude with "Blues for D.D. for Oboe and Piano" by contemporary composer, Jeffrey Agrell. Subscriptions to the Concert Series are $50; general admission at the door, $12; students, $5; and grades 8 and younger are admitted free. For further information, call 777-4195. At www.ndcom you may visit our web site.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Free workshops that cover the teaching of adult learners, marketing of any programs, services, or courses, and the teaching of on-line courses are being offered this month at UND. All faculty and staff members are welcome to these opportunities to participate both through learning and by providing comments and life experiences at the workshops. Bill Draves, president of Learning Resources Network (LERN) of Manhattan, Kansas, an association of lifelong learning programs, will present the sessions. He is a leader and pioneer in lifelong learning and adult education. The workshops are described below. Just pick the topic of your choice and call or e-mail your registration to Albertha Dawson, Division of Continuing Education, 777-3633, e-mail albertha_dawson@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Teaching Adults: Mastering Success, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 9 to 11:30 a.m.(also to be offered following day--see below), room 211, Rural Technology Building. Content includes identifying the unique characteristics of adults as learners, creating an awareness of adult learning, discussing how people learn best and using that information to design your course/program, learning to adapt your curricula to enhance learning in your course/program, and developing a variety of teaching techniques that work in a diverse classroom environment.

Best Marketing Strategies of the Year, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1 to 3:30 p.m., room 211, Rural Technology Building. This workshop can help you reposition your program and reap more benefits with fewer resources. Topics include target marketing, promotion analysis, image and vision, beating tough times, new growth markets, and retention strategies. It is designed to help individuals responsible for marketing or promoting any program, service, or course. Bring your marketing questions and challenges to obtain answers that can be used the day you are back in the office.

Teaching Adults: Mastering Success, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. See description above of previous day's offering of same workshop.

Teaching On-Line Courses, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. On-line learning in the twenty-first century will constitute 50 percent of all learning, making this the fastest growing of education and adult learning. This workshop will provide some of the latest and most advanced information available. Faculty with experience teaching on line will share their experiences on developing and teaching on-line courses. Topics to be discussed include structuring your course/program, developing presentation material, selection of software, and leading a discussion on line.

These workshops are sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education, University Within the University, Work Force Development, and a National Science Foundation grant.

-- Lynette Krenelka, Co-Coordinator, Extended Degree Programs, Division of Continuing Education.



Dr. Richard L. Cruess and Dr. Sylvia R. Cruess will be guest presenters at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean's Hour lecture at noon Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Reed Keller Auditorium (Room 1350). Topic of the presentation will be "Medicine in the Future: Shaw or Osler." Richard Cruess earned his M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in June 1955, and is currently professor of Surgery at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. From 1981-1995 he was dean of the Faculty of Medicine at that university. He was responsible for promoting two innovative curricular changes at McGill and guided the creation of multi-disciplinary centers such as the Centre for Studies in Aging and the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law. Sylvia Cruess earned her M.D. at Columbia University in 1955. She received an NIH fellowship to pursue postgraduate medical training followed by a residency under Elaine Ralli, who was head of New York University's endocrine division at Bellevue. She became the administrator for the Metabolic Day Centre, an outpatient endocrine clinic -- the first of its kind in Canada. From 1977 to 1995, she was vice president and director of professional services at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Currently she holds the position of Associate Professor of Medicine at McGill University.

All university faculty and staff are invited to attend.

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



January classes listed throught he University Within the University (U2) are:

COMPUTER CENTER (All classes in 361 Upson II)

E-Mail using Eudora, Jan 11, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Access 97 Level II, Jan 11, 13, and 15, 1 to 3 p.m. ($15 manual, optional)

Exploring the Web Using Netscape, Jan 12, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Excel 97 Level I, Jan 12 and 14, 1 to 4 p.m. ($15 manual, optional)

GroupWise 5.2 Intro, Jan 13, 9 to 11 a.m.

Access 97 Level III, Jan 19-21, 10 a.m. to noon ($15 manual, optional)

Excel 97 Level II, Jan 19-21, 1 to 3 p.m. ($15 manual, optional)

GroupWise 5.2 Intermediate, Jan 22, 9 to 11 a.m.

HTML, Jan 25, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Excel 97 Level III, Jan 26-28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($15 manual, optional)

Power Point 97 Level II, Jan 26-28, 2 to 4 p.m. ($15 manual, optional)

E-Mail using Pine, Jan 29, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

CONTROLLER'S OFFICE (classes in 361 Upson II)

Mainframe Computer Usage, Jan 28, 8 to 10 a.m.

To register for any of these courses, please contact me.

-- Staci Prax, U2, 777-2128.



The 1999 Founders Day Banquet and ceremony will be held Thursday, Feb. 25. Employees with long-term service and retiring faculty and staff employees will be honored and recognized at the banquet and ceremony as guests of the University. The assistance of all deans, department chairs, office heads and other supervisors is requested in identifying eligible employees.

To prepare for founders Day 1999, we will need the following information:

1. Names of employees who will have completed 25 years of service on or before Founders Day (official date Feb. 27, 1999). Generally, these people would have begun service between Feb. 28, 1973, and Feb. 27, 1974. There may be individuals with an earlier starting date whose service at UND has not been continuous, but now totals 25 years (or will total 25 years by Feb. 27, 1999).

2. Names of retired and retiring faculty and staff. To be honored, individuals must:

a. Have retired, or will retire by June 30, 1999;

b. Have a minimum of fifteen (15) years of service to the University;

c. Be (or have been) full-time employees at the time of retirement (or be completing an approved "phased" retirement); and

d. Be making application for or receiving benefits through a UND retirement plan.

It is important that your list of eligible employees includes the following information: name of the employee, position/faculty rank currently held, department or unit, initial appointment date, dates of any breaks in service (please identify whether these breaks in service were compensated such as a developmental leave or a leave of absence without compensation), and date of retirement (if applicable).

Please submit the names of eligible individuals and supporting information to Rita Galloway in University Relations, Box 7144, rita_galloway@mail.und.nodak.edu, by Friday, Jan. 15.

-- Rita Galloway, Special Events Coordinator, University Relations.




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 1998:

Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Cedric Grainger; Biomedical Communications: Steven Gillespie; Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research: John Hoover; Educational Leadership: John Backes; Education and Human Development: Mary McDonnell Harris; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, Steven Cisney, Michael Collings, Bruce Dockter, Thomas Erickson, Tim Gerlach, Dennis Laudal, Stanley Miller, Mark Musich, Erin O'Leary, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Richard Schulz, Michael Swanson; Geology and Geological Engineering: Scott Korom; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Wilfred Jackson; Law School: B. J. Jones, Larry Spain; Microbiology and Immunology: Kevin Young; Nursing Professionalism and Practice: Christine Burd; Office of Research and Program Development: Carl Fox; Pharmacology and Toxicology: Janis Hulla; Physical Therapy: Peggy Mohr; Physics: Glenn Lykken; Regional Weather Information Center: Leon Osborne; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; Space Studies: George Seielstad; Student Health Services: Alan Allery.

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



Tuesday, Jan. 19, is the second deadline for submission of applications to the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC). 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; and (3) requests for funds to meet publication costs. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 19, and April 13. 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 13. Travel applications will be considered only for travel that will occur between April 13 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 FRCAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent 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 1998-99 academic year. Application forms for research/creative activity, travel or publication requests are available at ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's home page (on UND's home page 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.

-- Harmon B. Abrahamson, Chair, Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee.



The University of North Dakota Institutional Review Board (IRB) was established in 1980 to protect the rights and welfare of humans who are the subjects of research activities conducted under the auspices of the University of North Dakota. All persons affiliated with the University who wish to conduct research involving human subjects on or off campus must first receive approval of the IRB. 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 Room 105 Twamley or on ORPD's home page at http:www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

There are three categories used in the review of research protocols: "Exempt," "Expedited," and "Full Board" review. Descriptions of the various categories of review are included with the IRB forms. Approval of "Exempt" and "Expedited" protocols may be provided by an individual member of the Board and generally do not require a Full Board review. Approximately fourteen days are required for the review if it is determined that an "Exempt" or "Expedited" review is appropriate. However, the individual reviewer may request additional information or refer the protocol to the Full Board. In either case, the review may take longer. The Full Board meets on a monthly basis. The schedule for the coming semester is attached.

If a 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 7-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu if you are interested in either of these options.


Meeting Date (Meetings held at 4 p.m.)

1. Friday, Jan. 8, 1999

2. Friday, Feb. 5, 1999

3. Wednesday, March 3, 1999

4. Wednesday, March 31, 1999

5. Friday, May 7, 1999

Deadline: Proposals Requiring Full board Review

1. Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998

2. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999

3. Monday, Feb. 22, 1999

4. Monday, March 22, 1999

5. Tuesday, April 27, 1999

Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review)

1. Tuesday, Dec. 22, 1998

2. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999

3. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999

4. Monday, March 15, 1999

5. Tuesday, April 20, 1999

NOTE: All meetings will be held at 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. Alterations in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

-- F. R. Ferraro (Psychology), 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 give approval to 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 fifteen 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 home page at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

-- Barry Milavetz, Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.



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


The Foundation provides grants to strengthen studies and programs in the earth sciences (involving development of natural resources), engineering, medical research and education, and, to some extent, other sciences and liberal arts. Funding is occasionally provided for special, major grants for significant projects that require levels of funding not commonly available, for the advancement of knowledge which the Foundation believes will ultimately benefit mankind. Initial contact must be made by a letter of inquiry. NOTE: All correspondence, including letters of inquiry, must be made by institutional representatives; contact Earl Strinden, UND Alumni Center if you are interested in submitting a letter. Potential applicants are strongly urged to contact the Foundation prior to submission of a letter of inquiry. Contact: 213/680-3833; fax 213/614-0934; info@wmkeck.org; http://www.wmkeck.org/. Deadlines: 5/15/99 (Letter of Inquiry); 9/15/99 (Full Proposal).

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Clara Mayo Grants of up to $1,000 each are available to support master's theses or pre-dissertation research on aspects of sexism, racism, or prejudice. Eligible applicants are individuals who have matriculated in graduate programs in psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines. Preference is given to students enrolled in a terminal master's program. Studies of the application of theory or the design of interventions or treatments to address these problems are welcome. Deadline: 3/31/99. Contact: 313/662-9130; fax 313/662-5607; spssi@umich.edu; http://www.umich.edu/~sociss.

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The goal of the Solid Earth and Natural Hazards research and applications programs is to develop and use NASA space geodetic and remote sensing technology to improve understanding of the physical dynamics of the solid earth (including the interaction with atmosphere, ocean and fluid core) and to improve and demonstrate the capability of this technology in the assessment and mitigation of natural hazards. Priorities include: Dynamics of the Solid Earth (Earth Parameters/Earth Dynamics: Static and Time Variable Gravity Measurements; Earth Orientation, Reference Frames, Angular Momentum of Earth Systems; Geomagnetism); Topography & Surface Change (GPS and INSAR Applications, Global Sea Level, Coastal Hazards, Flood Disaster Management Applications, Landslides, SRTM/Topography and Surface Change Science Team); Hazards of Short Term Climate Change/El Nino Cycles; Thermal and Geothermal Hazards (Wildfires, Volcanic Hazards); Pacific Disaster Center Modeling and Simulation; Geologic Applications of Remote Sensing; and Airborne Data Acquisitions and the Pacific Rim Airborne Campaign. The solicitation is available at http://www.earth.nasa.gov/ under "Research Opportunities" or via anonymous ftp at ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/mtpe. Paper copies will be available by calling 202/358-3552 and leaving a voice mail message. Please leave your full name and address, including zip code and telephone number with area code. Deadline: 2/19/99. Contact: Clark R. Wilson, 202/ 358-0273; fax 202/358-2770; cwilson@hq.nasa.gov.

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The Institute provides support for policy-relevant research on employment and unemployment at the national, state, and local levels. Grant requests up to $45,000 are considered; up to $25,000 more may be awarded for conducting surveys or assembling unpublished administrative data. Research should be completed within a year, although one additional year may be allowed for completion of a monograph. Although applicants may submit proposals that consider any policy-relevant labor market issue, priority will be given to proposals addressing the following topics: Employment Relationships, Low Wages and Public Policy, and Social Insurance. Preliminary proposals should consist of three-page project summaries. Application guidelines may be requested in writing; fax and e-mail submissions will not be accepted. Deadlines: 1/26/99 (Preproposal); 4/6/99 (Full Proposal). Contact: 616/343-5541; fax 616/343-3308; webmaster@we.upjohninst.org; http://www.upjohninst.org/grantann.html.

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The Initiative on Centers for Mind/Body Research is intended to foster multidisciplinary research, including both basic research and clinical applications, on the interactions among the mind/body and health. The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and several NIH Institutes will release a Request for Applications (RFA) in late January. The first area of emphasis is research on the influence of beliefs, attitudes, and values on physical health, including research on social, psychological, behavioral, affective, and biological factors mediating these effects. The second area of emphasis is on determinants or antecedents of health-related beliefs, attitudes, or values. The third area of emphasis is on how psychological stress influences physical health, including: a) basic research investigating how attitudes, beliefs, and values influence perceived stress, individual differences in the biology of stress, and interactions between stress and behavioral risk factors for disease; and b) the evaluation of behavioral, psychological, or social stress-management interventions for physical illness and/or biological functioning. The funding mechanism will be Specialized Centers (P50). Up to 5 awards will be made at a maximum total cost of $2 million each. Deadline: 4/23/99. Contact: Ronald P. Abeles, 301/594-5943; fax 301/402-0051; Ronald_Abeles@nih.gov.

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The Xenobiotics and Neurodevelopmental Abnormalities Program is designed to encourage exploration of the possible underlying cellular mechanisms associated with formation of the nervous system and the part they play in determining alterations due to exposure to environmental agents. The purpose of this initiative is to foster multidisciplinary research efforts using state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques in cell biology and molecular biology to develop mechanistically-based methods and models for developmental neurotoxicology. The initiative is also intended to stimulate the development of pilot or feasibility studies on critical target sites and biological processes susceptible to environmental manipulation. This RFA will use the Small Grants Program (R03) awards. Total estimated funds available is $750,000; approximately 10 awards will be made. Deadlines: 1/20/99 (Letter of Intent); 2/10/99 (Application). Contact: Annette G. Kirshner, 919/541-0488; fax 919/541-5064; kirshner@niehs.nih.gov; http://www.niehs.nih.gov/dert/rfa.htm.

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Places valued at $1,000 each are awarded to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates of any nationality to attend the week-long Liberty in Film & Fiction Summer Seminar that explores "classical liberal" ideas in the context of literature and film. A focus on such ideas as individual rights, a market economy, tolerance, voluntary cooperation and peace is combined with discussion of artistic and creative issues. Applicants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with other students interested in both liberty and art, view films and discuss fiction and other readings provided in advance, learn from a multi-disciplinary faculty, discuss creative projects and literary studies with faculty and peers and pick-up useful information about careers in film, writing and academia.

Places valued at $1,000 each are awarded to undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates of any nationality enrolled in accredited colleges or universities for participation in Liberty & Society Week-Long Interdisciplinary Summer Seminars to introduce students to the foundations of "classical liberal" thought, past and present. Participants learn and exchange ideas about the "classical liberal," or libertarian, tradition of individual rights, a free-market economy, tolerance, peace, and voluntary cooperation.

Full tuition, room and board, study materials and books are provided. No stipend is awarded. Deadlines: 3/1/99 (Application Fee Waived); 3/31/99. Contact: 703/934-6920; fax 703/352-7535; ihs@gmu.edu; http://osf1.gmu.edu/~ihs.

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The Office of Basic Energy Sciences invites preapplications for research funding in the Energy Biosciences program area. Preapplications should consist of a 2-3 page concept paper on the research contemplated. The objective of the 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 (the basis of biotransformations such as methanogenesis). Deadlines: 3/3/99 (Preapplication); 6/16/99 (Formal Application). Earlier submissions are encouraged; timely preapplications will be responded to by 4/16/99. Contact: Ms. Pat Snyder, Division of Energy Biosciences, 301/903-2873; pat.snyder@oer.doe.gov.

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Child Learning and Development (99-42) grants support research based on a broad definition of learning and the integration of cognitive, social, and biological processes of development. The central objective is to encourage and support research that increases our understanding of the cognitive, social, and biological (e.g., neural, hormonal) processes related to children and adolescents' learning in formal and informal settings. Research will focus on mechanisms of development that explain when and how children and adolescents are prepared to acquire new skills and knowledge. Priority will also be given to studies addressing one or more of the following: multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches to the study of learning and development during childhood and adolescence; development of new methods, models, and theories for studying learning and development; relations between the development of specific and general forms of knowledge; age-related changes in the processes of transfer of knowledge in one domain to children's understanding of another domain; relations of children and adolescents' learning to peer relationships, family interactions, social identities, and motivation; impact of family, school, and community resources on the learning and development of children and adolescents; relations of adolescents' learning and development to their preparation for entry into the workforce; the role of demographic and cultural characteristics (e.g., children's socioeconomic status, ethnicity, immigrant status, gender) in children's learning and development. Studies must be clearly linked to the central objective. Awards will be made for workshops, conferences, and research projects. Deadline: 3/15/99. Contact: Diane Scott-Jones, 703/306-1361; dscott@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9942.

The Hazard Reduction Program supports engineering research related to earthquake hazard mitigation and natural and technological hazard mitigation. Grants support research activities that strengthen the knowledge base for: the physical phenomena underlying natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, droughts, tornadoes and landslides; the understanding of their interactions with and impact on populations, structures, buildings and the environment; earthquake engineering and related structural systems; architectural and mechanical systems; and earthquake systems integration. Awards are made for periods of up to 5 years. Deadlines: 4/1/99, 10/1/99. Contact: 703/306-1360; fax 703/306-0291; http://www.eng.nsf.gov/cms/organiz.htm.

The Construction, Geotechnology Structure Program provides 3 years of support for research to enhance development of knowledge fundamental to innovative analysis, design, construction, maintenance and operation of safe, long-lived, economical, efficient, sustainable and environmentally acceptable civil engineering systems and facilities. Research is directed toward expanding the science and technology knowledge base for enhanced understanding of: interactions between the natural and constructed environments; infrastructure performance and deterioration; diagnosis, repair, remediation, retrofit, and enhancement of the performance of constructed facilities; and systems-based approaches using knowledge gained in improving the future performance of new constructed facilities. Deadlines: 4/1/99, 10/1/99. Contact: 703/306-1360; fax 703/306-0291; http://www.eng.nsf.gov/cms/organiz.htm.

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Support is provided for research directed at the prevention of birth defects. Eligible applicants are qualified scientists with faculty appointments, or the equivalent, in universities, hospitals, and research institutions. Subjects appropriate for support include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies relevant to the agency's mission. A birth defect is defined as any abnormality of structure or function, whether inherited or acquired in utero. Deviations from reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects (i.e., preconceptual events, perinatal course and premature births) are appropriate subjects for research support. Average grants are $65,000/year. Applications may be submitted for a 2-year period; however, funding is authorized for one year at a time. Applicants are limited to 4 renewals, for a total funding period of 10 years. Deadlines: 3/31/99 (Letter of Intent), 9/30/99 (Full Application). Contact: 914/997-4555; fax 914/997-4560; gsullivan@modimes.org; http://www.modimes.org.

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


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