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University Letter

July 21, 2000

Volume 37 No. 41

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 41, July 21, 2000

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

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Kappa Alpha Theta was the first sorority on campus in the fall of 1906. By 1917, there were five fraternities and five sororities on campus; five had national charters and nine had their own houses.



The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: Aug. 4, 18, and 25. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. Articles will be run only once due to space and budget constraints.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, 777-3621, jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.



Faculty members are invited to march in academic regalia in the Summer Commencement ceremony Friday, Aug. 4, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty should assemble in the basement of the Auditorium no later than 3:30 p.m. University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession, which will begin at 4 p.m. Faculty members will be seated in a special section on the main floor during the ceremony.

Please contact Sherri Korynta in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2725 by Wednesday, Aug. 2, or send an e-mail message to sherri_korynta@mail.und.nodak.edu if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number of seats can be reserved.

I encourage participation by faculty members to help make this a memorable occasion for our graduates, their families, and friends. -- Charles Kupchella, President.



Your help is needed for Summer Commencement Friday, Aug. 4. "Green Jacket" hosts are needed to greet and help usher visitors to their seats, assist in lining up the graduates and other related duties.

This is a fun time and an opportunity to share an exciting day in the lives of our graduating students. See students you've worked with, and meet families and friends who are visiting our campus -- many for the very first time.

Commencement begins at 4 p.m.; all volunteers are asked to report to the Chester Fritz Auditorium by 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4. Our guests and some graduates begin arriving very early. Volunteers will be needed to stay through the entire ceremony to help meet the needs of our guests and to respond to any unexpected emergencies. The ceremony usually ends about 5 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, but can only stay for part of the ceremony, please let us know when you respond.

If you are able to help, please notify Sherri Korynta in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2725 by Monday, July 31, or send her an e-mail at sherri_korynta@mail.und.nodak.edu Fred Wittmann, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.



Under the University's Master Plan, the Carnegie Library Building (formerly Nutrition and Dietetics) will play a key role in UND's future. The building will be renovated to become an enrollment management and first-stop visitor center. UND Facilities has employed the services of the architectural firm of Widseth Smith Nolting to develop a master renovation plan for the building. Representatives from Student and Outreach Services, Academic Affairs, Facilities, the State Historical Society, and Widseth Smith Nolting have been involved in several discussions about proposed functions of the building and the renovations needed to support those functions. The preliminary renovation plan is now complete.

Because of the size of this project, funding for the proposed renovations will have to come from private donations. The UND Alumni Association will play a key role in helping to secure the necessary funding. Robert Boyd, Vice President, Division of Student and Outreach Services.



The 11th annual New Faculty-Administrator Tour has been set for Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 21- 23. Underwritten in part by the UND Alumni Association, this bus tour offers a low-cost opportunity for new faculty and professional staff to spend three days experiencing small town and rural North Dakota, visiting the Capitol and Heritage Center, visiting a Red River Valley farm, seeing Medora and the North Dakota Badlands, visiting with state residents along the way, and learning more about the values, challenges, and opportunities of our state.

Seating is limited, so priority will be given to new full-time faculty members and new full-time professional staff. Those who were new to UND last year, but could not participate in the 1999 tour, will also receive letters of invitation. The assistance of departmental chairs and administrative directors is requested in encouraging participation and in directing any questions to the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services. Current faculty members and professional staff are eligible to join on a space-available basis. Please call Sherri at 777-2725 with any questions or to be placed on a waiting list. Fred Wittmann, Director of Project Development and Assistant to the Vice President, Division of Student and Outreach Services.




A Department of Microbiology and Immunology seminar, "HLA Class II Transgenic Mice as Models for Human Diseases: Implications and Lessons," will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 28, in United Hospital Lecture Hall (Room 1370), School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Chella S. David, Marriott Professor, Department of Immunology, Mayo Clinic and Medical School, Rochester, Minn., will present. Dr. David is an internationally known immunogeneticist with critical contributions in the discovery and characterization of mouse and human MHC genes and molecules. He has generated numerous transgenic mice expressing various alleles of both HLA class I and class II molecules which have been utilized to better understand a variety of genetically linked autoimmune diseases. Everyone is welcome.

For further information contact me. David Bradley, Microbiology and Immunology, 777-2610 or dbradley@medicine.nodak.edu.



The final examination for Louise Weller, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Inhibitory Processes and Impulsivity as Measured with a Group of Adult Children of Alcoholics and a Control Group." Thomas Petros (Psychology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend. Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Shakespeare in My Park, an annual summer event, will feature "Two Gentlemen of Verona" by William Shakespeare. All performances are free; please bring blankets and lawn chairs. A schedule of the performances follows. All parks are in Grand Forks unless otherwise stated.

7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, University Park; 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, Optimist Park; 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, Sherlock Park, East Grand Forks, Minn.; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, Riverside Park; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, Grand Forks Air Force Base; 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, Leistikow Park, Grafton, N.D.; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, Sertoma Park; Saturday, Aug. 19, Bringewatt Park; 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, Maple Crossing, Mentor, Minn.; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, Central Park, Crookston, Minn.; 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, Turtle River State Park, Arvilla, N.D.; 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, University Park. Kathleen McLennan, Theatre Arts.



The Friends of the Greenway of the Greater Grand Forks area will hold their first annual Chili Cook-Off on Sunday, Aug. 13, in River's Edge Park in East Grand Forks. Proceeds from the Cook-Off will benefit the Friends of the Greenway, a non-profit private citizen organization advocating recreational use of the land that will lie within the new dike system being constructed along the Red and Red Lake Rivers.

Starting at 11 a.m., contestants will be given three hours to cook their favorite chili recipe from scratch, following official rules as set forth by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI). This is the first time a CASI-sanctioned event will be held in the region. Last year, CASI sanctioned over 450 Chili Cook-Offs throughout the United States, Canada, and the Virgin Islands, and contributed over $1.2 million to worthy charitable organizations.

In addition to team showmanship awards, prizes will be given for Best of Show, Most Promising, Best Veggie, Hottest, and Most Exotic. Individuals, businesses, or organizations interested in entering their chili can get entry blanks from area stores, or from the Friends of the Greenway at 772-4551.

The Friends of the Greenway Chili Cook-Off is being held in conjunction with Catfish Days, which will be held Aug. 11-13, also in River's Edge Park. During the afternoon, samples of chili will be available to the public for $1. "Between Catfish Days, the Cabela's Expo, and other events, we're expecting a very large crowd," says Jerry Wenzel, president of Friends of the Greenway. "Sponsoring a team is an excellent chance for area businesses to spotlight their company while also contributing to a worthy cause." Jan Orvik, Editor, for Friends of the Greenway.



Tuesday, Aug. 15, is the deadline for reduced price early bird tickets for Jazz 2000. The first of its kind outdoor music festival in the Red River Valley, Jazz 2000 is set for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, from 1:30 to 8 p.m. on the University of North Dakota campus. It is presented by the North Dakota Museum of Art. Headline performer is Grammy-nominated Joshua Redman, who won the Thelonius Monk Sax Competition in 1991, and was voted Jazz Artist of the Year for two consecutive years in Rolling Stone Magazine Critics Poll.

Redman, who graduated from Harvard and planned to earn a law degree, chose a musical career. He has recorded with his father, the legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, as well as with Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, and Paul Motian. He has been called the "crown prince of the tenor saxophone" by the Associated Press.

Other performers include Chicago's Havana Latin Jazz Ensemble, with percussionist Reuben P. Alvarez and bassist and musical director Ritchie Pillot, who will pay tribute to the late master percussionist and composer Tito Puente. The Wolverines Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra from the Twin Cities, will play big band music from the late 1920s to the present, and Grand Forks jazz trio, Jazz on Tap, will showcase guitarist/composer Kris Eylands, percussionist Mike Blake, and bassist Bob Cary.

Early bird tickets are priced at $22 for adults, $15 for students, $8 for children ages 6-12, and free for children five and under. Family packages are available for $60. Early bird tickets must be purchased by Aug. 15. After that, prices increase to $30 for adults, $20 for students, and $10 for children. Family packages will increase to $75. Purchase tickets at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phoning 772-5151, or order online at http://ticketmaster.com . A patron party catered by Sanders 1907 and an informal jam session will follow the concert at the Museum. Patron tickets are priced at $100 and include the party, preferred seating, preferred parking, and hospitality room available throughout the concert.

JAZZ 2000 underwriters include WDAZ Television, Myra Foundation, and Subway. For more information, call the North Dakota Museum of Art at 777-4195, or visit their web site at www.ndmoa.com . All proceeds benefit the Museum.




Dave Vangsnes will be responsible for managing the UND Aerospace Foundation's Flight Training Center located in Mesa, Ariz., beginning Sept. 1. Vangsnes is currently the Director of Standardization at the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, as well as an adjunct lecturer on the faculty for Crew Resource Management. He has over 18 years of academic and flight instruction experience and has accumulated more than 5,900 hours of flying time, of which over 3,000 are as an instructor pilot. He currently holds ratings as an Airline Transport Pilot, multi-engine land and Certified Flight Instrument Instructor, multi-engine and single-engine land. He also holds type ratings in the MU300/BE400 and CE 500 jet aircraft.

Vangsnes began his career in aviation in the United States Air Force in 1972. He retired from active duty in 1992 as the Chief Instructor Pilot for B-52 training. During his career in the military he accumulated over 4,000 flying hours in the B-52. He joined the Center for Aerospace Sciences (now the Odegard School) in 1996 as a Certified Flight Instructor. He holds a master's of Public Administration in Administrative Organization and Management from Golden Gate University and bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Dakota.

Since 1944, the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Aviation and Technology Center (located on the Williams Campus in Mesa, Ariz.) has worked in partnership with UND's Aerospace Foundation to provide upper-division coursework in pilot training. Technical specialties include aircraft maintenance, electronics/avionics and aircraft construction.

In addition to managing the Flight Training Center, Vangsnes will examine and maintain pilot school records, supervise personnel, including flight instructors and dispatchers, and teach Part 141 Aviation Ground Schools. Odegard School.



Richard Vari (Assistant Dean for Science in Medicine Education) received the Portrait Award from medical students, and Jon Allen (Internal Medicine) received the Golden Apple Award.

Vari, who also serves as associate professor of physiology, was selected for the award by members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Class of 2002 in an event during which students and faculty members were recognized for outstanding accomplishment. The award includes the hanging of a portrait of Vari in a hall of the UND medical school.

Vari was chosen for the award by medical students who wished to honor him for exemplary contributions to the renewed medical curriculum which was launched two years ago; the M.D. Class of 2002 is the first to be educated in the new program. The curriculum, which departs from a former emphasis on lecture-oriented, passive learning, focuses on patient-centered and independent learning.

Dr. Allen is an assistant professor of internal medicine and clinical coordinator for the first- year medical education program at the school. Each year medical students select the recipient of the Golden Apple Award which is given for outstanding teaching.

Allen, an 1984 alumnus of the UND medical school, has been a faculty member for its Department of Internal Medicine for many years. In 1995, he was voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year by senior medical students at the school's Northwest Campus, based in Minot. In the spring of 1999, after many years of practice in Minot, he took on increased teaching responsibilities with the UND medical school when he accepted a position in the Office of Medical Education which administers and evaluates the school's medical education program. Allen also practices internal medicine at Altru Health Systems in Grand Forks.

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



The UND Alumni Association and Foundation announce new officers and board members. The UND Foundation was founded in 1978 as a sister corporation to the UND Alumni Association. The UND Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation and the official fund-raising organization for the University of North Dakota, is recognized as one of the most successful fund-raising organizations for a public college or university of UND's size in the nation. Assets of the UND Foundation grew during this past year from $117 million to in excess of $130 million. Private giving through the UND Foundation assists virtually every college, department, and activity at UND. The Alumni Association, a private, non-profit corporation, has more than 75,000 graduates and former students as members.

Bismarck resident Morris Tschider was elected president of the Foundation. He succeeds Lyle Kasprick, a 1959 graduate who resides in Orono, Minn. Tschider earned three degrees from UND. In 1954, he received his bachelor's degree in commerce. He continued with a law degree in 1958 and a master's degree in accounting in 1960. He is a senior member of the law firm of Tschider & Smith and has been a certified public accountant since 1961. He has previously served as first and second vice president of the UND Foundation. Tschider also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association of the University of North Dakota.

Hettinger native Leah Manning Stetzner has been elected president of the Alumni Association. She succeeds David Iverson, a 1970 graduate who lives in Redmond, Wash. Stetzner earned her bachelor's degree in 1970 and her master's degree in 1973, both from UND. While at UND, Leah was involved with Phi Beta Kappa honor society, the Honors program, and Mortar Board. She is the former general counsel and corporate secretary of Illinois Power Company and general counsel and corporate secretary of Illinova Corporation. She lives in Decatur, Ill. Stetzner also serves on the Board of Directors for the University of North Dakota Foundation.

Aron Anderson, president of the State Bank of Lakota, was elected to a three-year term on the Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Directors. His term began July 1. Anderson graduated from UND in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. While attending the University, he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity, Blue Key honor society, and Student Council. Anderson also attended the University of Wisconsin and earned a banking degree in 1970. Anderson and his wife Mary (Duncan), '62, who works in marketing at the State Bank of Lakota, live in Lakota. They have been active alumni for the past 30 years.

Bottineau, N.D., native Greg Page has been elected to the Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Directors for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2000. Page is the president and chief operating officer of Cargill Inc. with world headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn. Page graduated from UND in 1973 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Shortly after, he began working for Cargill as a feed division trainee in 1974. He held a number of positions in merchandising product services and administration before beginning an international career in 1985 with Cargill Southeast Asia Ltd. in Singapore. While in Singapore, he was involved in the creation of Sun Valley Thailand, a poultry operation in the Saraburi Province. This business started from ground zero and has now grown to 3,000 employees. In 1992, Page returned to Minneapolis to begin work with the Cargill Meat Sector. He worked with the U.S. beef operations of Cargill's Excell subsidiary and with Cargill's beef operations worldwide. In 1995, Page oversaw the Red Meat Group, which included beef and pork after the reorganization of the Meat Sector to include the company's animal nutrition and poultry business. In 1998, he was named corporate vice president and sector president with responsibility for the Financial Markets. In 1999, he was named Cargill's executive vice-president. Earlier this year, he was promoted to president and chief operating officer of Cargill Inc. after 26 years with the company. Page also serves as chair of the American Meat Institute. He and his wife Cindy live in Eden Prairie, Minn.

The Alumni Association and Foundation Board of Directors re-elected five members for the next three years. Lyle Kasprick, David Iverson, Leah Manning Stetzner, Norman Skalicky, and Norman MacPhee were all re-elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of the Corporation. Lyle Kasprick, a 1959 graduate from Orono, Minn., David Iverson, a 1970 graduate from Redmond, Wash., Leah Manning Stetzner, a 1970 and 1973 graduate from Decatur, Ill., are all returning for their third three-year terms. Norman Skalicky, a 1955 graduate from St. Cloud, Minn., was elected to serve his first full three-year term after being appointed to fill a vacancy. Norman MacPhee, a 1970 and 1974 graduate from Trout Creek, Mont., is returning for his second three-year term.

Alumni Association and Foundation.



Dave Yearwood (Industrial Technology) will bicycle across North Dakota in 24 hours to help raise funds for a little boy with cancer and a man with multiple sclerosis-like symptoms. Dr. Yearwood plans to ride from the Montana-North Dakota border on Highway 2 to the North Dakota-Minnesota border, a distance of 367 miles, in less than 24 hours. This ride, the longest he has ever attempted, will start at about 11 p.m. or midnight on August 1, 2, or 3, weather permitting, and will end some time later that day.

Yearwood will ride to raise funds for two North Dakota residents who are battling severe illnesses. Larry Becker, Devils Lake, a man in his mid-40s who is suffering from multiple sclerosis symptoms, has degenerative disks in his back and has undergone several surgeries. Jacob Hagen, Grand Forks, is a two-year-old boy who has undergone six surgeries (two related to the brain) and intense chemotherapy. Yearwood hopes to raise $7,000 to donate to these two residents. Last summer, Yearwood cycled from the North Dakota-Canadian border to the North Dakota-South Dakota border, also raising funds for two North Dakota residents. He completed that trip in 11 hours and 45 minutes and raised $2,754.

Contributions can be made at the Ski and Bike Shop, 1711 South Washington Street or at the North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD), 1913 South Washington Street.



The Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for summer intersession are: Saturday, Aug. 5, through Monday, Aug. 28: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed. Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



Campus Postal Services will no longer be open on Saturdays. U.S. mail distribution will continue on Saturdays. Campus Postal Services.



The University Within the University classes for July and August will all be held in 361 Upson Hall II. They are:

To register for these courses, please call me at 777-2128 or register online at www.conted.und.edu/u2. Staci Matheny, University Within the University.



July 26, the last Wednesday of the month, is Denim Day. Dig out your button, pay your dollar, and enjoy "going casual" in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area. Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/ University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.



A new series of summer yoga classes begin the week of Aug. 1 at the Lotus Meditation Center. There will be morning and afternoon classes. Call Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 for information or to register. Pre-registration is necessary. All levels of ability are welcome. Dyan Rey, Visual Arts.




Ruth Gustafson, a longtime UND employee, passed away June 26 at her home in Grand Forks. She was 95. Ruth Louise Correll was born April 12, 1905, to John and Clara Corell in Jamestown. She attended school in Jamestown and graduated from Jamestown College with an associate degree in Business. On July 18, 1928, she married Ben Gustafson. They moved to Grand Forks in 1941, where he headed the Division of Continuing Education at UND. Ruth worked in the Registrar's Office and as an administrative assistant in the Alumni Office, from which she retired. Ben, for whom Gustafson Hall is named, died in 1982.

"Ruth Gustafson was the 'First Lady' of the Division of Continuing Education for over 20 years," said Bob Boyd, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services and former Dean of Continuing Education. "She attended nearly every social event of the Division and honored it by establishing an endowment that provides scholarships for distance education students. She was a 'class act' that exemplified a passion for UND and higher education. When Gustafson Hall was named in honor of her husband, Ben, he made it clear that the honor had to be shared with Ruth. 'Without her, I would be nothing,' he remarked. UND has lost a great friend. But through the endowment, she will continue to impact our campus and its students."

"Ruth was one of the classiest ladies I've ever met," said Fred Wittmann, Director of Project Development and Assistant to the Vice President of Student and Outreach Services, and a former staff member in Continuing Education. "She was a good friend to the Division of Continuing Education, to UND, and to the Grand Forks community. Ruth loved music and the arts, she had a strong commitment to her family and friends, and she maintained a keen interest in and love for the University. Even at the age of 95, I never saw Ruth when she didn't ask, 'How are things on the campus?' She had a story for every occasion and had a wonderful memory of events over the past 50 years that shaped some of the University's current programs and practices. Ruth had a strong commitment to lifelong learning and always treated the Division of Continuing Education as part of her extended family. The Division and all of UND will miss her charm, her grace, and her wonderful sense of humor."

Ruth is survived by her son, Bernard (Kay), Colorado Springs, Colo., and daughter, Lorna (Thomas) Berge, Grand Forks, who last year retired from the Division of Continuing Education; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to the UND Alumni Association for the Ben and Ruth Gustafson Endowment for Continuing Education or to the Federated Church Memorial Fund, Grand Forks. -- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, with information from the Grand Forks Herald, Bob Boyd and Fred Wittmann, Division of Student and Outreach Services.



Two faculty members were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in June:

Andre Lebugle (Languages), "73rd Annual Convention of the Association of American Teachers of French," $800;

Andrea Zevenbergen (Psychology), "Instructing Students in Empirically-Supported Psychotherapy Treatments for Children and Adolescents," $165.80. FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID website (listed under "Academics" on the UNDInfo page.)

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The next deadline is Friday, July 14. Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID's Flexible Grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me. Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or rankin@badlands.nodak.edu.



The Faculty Research Seed Money Program, a grass roots faculty initiative at the University, has awarded $140,000 to five outstanding faculty researchers at UND.

Funded through a partnership between the City of Grand Forks, the UND Foundation and the University of North Dakota, the program is designed to help faculty members gather data to make their research proposals more palatable to national funding organizations, such as the National Science Foundation.

The five award winners are: William Gosnold (Geology and Geological Engineering), Ju Kim (Physics), Sally Pyle (Biology), William Sheridan (Biology), and Holly Brown-Borg (Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics). Topics to be investigated include Devils Lake flooding, superconductors, neuroscience, plant genetics, and human aging.

The winning proposals were selected by a review committee of 12 faculty members from across campus. The committee based its choices on the likelihood that information gathered through these projects will help make the researchers more competitive in the national funding arena. Attracting more national funding to the University will be the "pay off" for the seed money program, said President Charles Kupchella. He said successful proposals will generate more employment opportunities at UND and in Grand Forks, and will help enhance the quality and increase the level of faculty research at UND. UND's research and sponsored program activity numbers between $35 and $40 million.



Faculty and research staff submitting proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for projects that use human subjects will be required to describe their education and training in the protection of human subjects in research. This requirement applies to all proposals, competing renewal applications, and non-competing renewals effective Oct. 1. It also includes projects currently under review and scheduled to be awarded after Oct. 1.

Investigators must provide a description of education completed in the protection of human subjects for each individual identified as "key personnel" in the proposed research. Key personnel include all individuals responsible for the design and conduct of the study. The description of education will be submitted in a cover letter that accompanies the description of Other Support, IRB approval, and other information in accordance with Just-in-Time procedures.

Non-competing renewal applications for grants or annual reports for research and development contracts that involve human subjects research must also include a description of such education in their annual progress reports.

The announcement is a response to heightened attention on the protection of research subjects resulting from the suspension of research programs at a number of institutions for violations of established safeguards. The federal system for protection has implemented changes to increase emphasis on research integrity, including renaming the Office for the Protection from Research Risks (OPRR) and elevating it from its former place at NIH to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services. More changes are expected.

UND is examining its policies related to the protection of research subjects and developing options to meet the educational requirement recently announced by NIH. Researchers using human subjects in their research may obtain additional information on the educational requirements from the NIH web site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/news.htm. Questions concerning UND's response to this requirement should be directed to Carl Fox at 777-4280 or Sally Eckert-Tilotta at 777-2049. 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.


Project proposals are requested for The Impact of Media on Adolescents' Sexual Behavior (PA-98-079) program. Specifically, research is desired on the influence of media on one segment of media consumers: U.S. residents ages 10-18. Basic research is needed to address the hypothesis that the content of various forms of media affects young people's attitudes and behavior with regard to sexual intercourse. The announcement calls for research in three basic areas: what sexual content do youth pay attention to, and how do they interpret what they see and hear; does that media content affect their sexual beliefs and behavior; and how could the mass media be used to promote responsible sexual behavior among youth? Applications addressing exposure to and/or interpretation of media content and the linkages between such exposure and subsequent behaviors are strongly encouraged. The research project grant (R01) mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01, 6/1/01. Contact : Susan F. Newcomer, 301/496-1174; sn19y@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-079.html.

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The Science and Ecology of Early Development (SEED) initiative, a collaborative project from the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, was created to establish a research agenda on the development of children in low-income families that has scientific integrity and is highly relevant to policy makers. The overarching goal is to foster research on the multiple contexts of development--family, child care settings, schools, neighborhoods, communities and broader cultural con-texts--and their impact on the developmental trajectories of children in low income families. The purpose of this announcement is to request proposals for projects that 1) examine the effects of poverty, as it interacts with a multitude of factors, on the developmental trajectories of children in low-income families; 2) identify risk and protective factors for physical and mental health and cognitive, linguistic, affective, and social development among children growing up in low-income families; and 3) identify social-ecological factors that affect the development of poor children and that can be used to guide and inform policy, including design and implementation of effective interventions. The NIH standard grant (R01) and Interactive Research Project Grant (IRPG) award mechanisms will be used. A description of the IRPG mechanism is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/irpg.htm. Approximately $2 million is available this year for 3-4 new awards. Deadlines: Standard NIH. Contact: Natasha Cabrera, NICHHD, 301/496-1174, cabreran@exchange.nih.gov; Cheryl Boyce, NIMH, 301/443-0848, cboyce@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-00-108.html.

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The NINR supports research grant applications relevant to low birth weight (LBW) in minority populations. The goals of this announcement are: development of innovative strategies to prevent LBW in minority populations and expanding understanding of how psychosocial and environmental factors affect or interact with the biologic mechanisms that influence pregnancy outcomes. Clinical and basic research that addresses questions pertaining to the goals of this program will be considered responsive. Although not a co-sponsor, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) would like to indicate its interest in applications looking at the development, prevention and treatment of negative mental health sequelae in low birth weight infants from diverse populations. Contact: Karin F. Helmers, 301/594-2177; karin_helmers@nih.gov, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-045.html. Deadlines: Standard NIH.

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The overarching goal of the Risk Factors for Psychopathology Using Existing Data Sets program is to elucidate risk factors and processes for development of mental health problems in order to guide development of prevention and early intervention strategies. The immediate objective is to support focused analytical research using existing data from clinical or community-based studies. These studies may have been cross-sectional or longitudinal in scope, and may be available to researchers as public use data sets, or through negotiations with principal investigators of privately held data sets. Proposals are particularly encouraged for analyses of longitudinal data sets which have followed a cohort prospectively over time and would allow for application of state-of-the-art statistical analyses to evaluate the sequencing and potency of environmental, socio-economic and psychobiological risk factors in association with the developmental course of psychopathology. Innovative case control studies based on prospectively followed cohorts would be a high priority. Proposals from new investigators are strongly encouraged. The small grant (R03) and standard grant (R01) award mechanisms will be used. Dead-lines: Standard NIH. Contact: Karen H. Bourdon, kbourdon@nih.gov, 301/443-9233; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-121.html.

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The Grants Program supports research to foster understanding of ancient Mesoamerican cultures and continuities thereof among the indigenous cultures in modern Mesoamerica (Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador). Support is provided for projects in the disciplines of archaeology, art history, epigraphy, linguistics, ethnohistory, ethnography, and sociology. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, especially those that combine disciplines in novel and potentially productive ways. Awards are offered to the most qualified scholars regardless of degree level; however, preference is given to degree candidates, recent graduates, professionals whose projects have not had extensive financial support, and candidates whose projects have the greatest likelihood of reaching new under-standings of Mesoamerican cultures. Regular research grants provide up to $10,000 each for a wide variety of projects. Special or contingency project grants are awarded per availability of funding. Contingency grants provide emergency funds for unforeseen situations encountered during initial re-search, secondary analysis, and/or the final dissemination of findings. Special project grants are de-signed to aid extensive or expensive research projects. Applicants for the latter should contact FAMSI before preparing a proposal. Deadlines: 9/30/00 (General Research Grants); None (Contingency Grants); Early September (Special Project Grants). Contact: Sylvia Thibado, 352/795-5990; fax 352/795-1970; sylvia@famsi.org; http://www.famsi.org/grant.htm.

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Research Starter Grants provide $25,000/year for one year for research projects of individuals beginning their independent careers at the faculty level. Areas of interest are pharmacology, pharmacology-morphology, clinical pharmacology, drug toxicology, and research to develop and extend the general principles of pharmaceutics. Applications which will receive highest priority are those in which the research attempts to integrate information on the mechanism of action of a drug or chemical at a molecular or cellular level with the drug's effects in the intact laboratory animal or human, encompassing the potential influences of biochemical, physiological or behavioral systems. Deadline: 9/1/00. Contact: Eileen McCarron, Director of Development, 202/835-3470; foundation@phrma.org; http://www.phrmafoundation.org. Faculty Development Awards provide support to further the research, teaching, and administrative skills at a critical time in the applicant's career development. Candidates must have a doctoral degree and have or are being considered for full-time, primary appointments as instructors or assistant professors in pharmacology/toxicology departments at schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, or veterinary medicine. Applications which will receive highest priority are those in which the research at-tempts to integrate information on the mechanism of action of a drug or chemical at a molecular or cellular level with the drug's effects in the intact laboratory animal or human, encompassing the potential influences of biochemical, physiological, or behavioral systems. Support will not exceed $30,000/year. Duration is 2 years. Deadline: 9/15/00. Contact: See above.

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The Foundation supports proposals and projects with national impact that address issues in teaching and learning economics. Applications are requested in the following areas: 1) The difficulty of learning economics as well as finding and funding the best ways to teach the subject--the Foundation will review with favor programs and projects that are unique, and present economics in an effective, thoughtful, and understandable way; 2) Testing the impact of economic education-- projects, policy studies, or programs that encourage the measurement of economic understanding more often, and/or more effectively are of specific interest; 3) The large number of students at high risk of leaving school, and hence never effectively participating in the nation's economic system-- programs that help otherwise disenfranchised youth and/or young adults with children learn to participate in the economic system are very important to the Foundation. A small portion of the annual grants budget will support projects that distribute high-quality economic education materials to regions of the world with emerging market economies. Deadlines: 9/15/00, 2/15/01. Contact: 570/675-7074, director@kazanjian.org; http://www.kazanjian.org.

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Grants averaging $15,000-$20,000/year are provided to investigators with advanced degrees for geo-graphic field research. Applications are accepted in the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. Particular emphasis is placed on multi-disciplinary projects that address environmental issues (e.g., loss of biodiversity and habitat, effects of human population pressures). Applicants should allow a mini-mum of 8 months from proposal submission for a decision from NGS. Due to the high volume of preproposals and applications already received, the Committee is currently not looking at any project with a start date prior to December 1, 2000. Grants vary in amount and duration depending upon the need and nature of the project. Potential candidates must submit a short preproposal and a curriculum vitae. Those whose projects are deemed appropriate will receive an application form. Deadline: None. Contact: Committee for Research and Exploration, 202/857- 7439; cre@ngs.org; http://www.nationalgeographic.com/research/grant/rg1.html.

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The program for Geographic-Based Research in Cancer Control and Epidemiology (PAS-00-120 and PAS- 00-121) requests applications from researchers to examine geographic patterns in the distribution of cancer in the U.S. The recently published Atlas of Cancer Mortality in the United States, 1950- 1994, displays geographic patterns for various forms of cancer. Further epidemiologic research is needed to identify reasons for geographic variation of specific cancers including the clustering of areas with high or low incidence and/or mortality rates. The NCI wishes to stimulate research in the follow-ing areas in order to encourage researchers to use the Atlas to speed the process of scientific discovery and application: 1) epidemiologic research to study the determinants of geographic patterns uncovered by the Atlas; 2) use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for cancer research in response to the Atlas; and 3) methodologic GIS research needed to accomplish such research. Both the standard (R01) and small (R03) grant mechanisms will be used. Approximately 4-7 standard grants and 8-12 small grants are expected to be awarded. Small grants are limited to $100,000 total costs and 2 years duration. Approximately $3 million is available for the first year of this program. Deadlines: 10/9/00, 6/14/01 (Letter of Intent); 11/13/00, 7/19/01 (Full Proposal). Contact: Burdette (Bud) W. Erickson, Jr., Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, 301/435-4913; be13u@nih.gov.

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The College and University Affiliations Program (CUAP) offers support to two- and four-year colleges and universities to pursue institutional or departmental objectives in international partnerships whose goals will strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation on specified themes of mutual interest to the U.S. and eligible foreign institutions. The means for achieving the objectives of the applicant and its partner(s) may include teaching, scholarship, and outreach to professionals and other members of the communities served by the participating institutions. Underlying the specific objectives of projects funded by this program should be the goals of encouraging the growth of freedom and democracy, economic stability and prosperity, or environmental cooperation. Eligible fields are the social, political, and economic sciences; environmental studies; law; business; public administration; and educational development or administration (excluding educational projects in the physical, technical, or health sciences, as well as the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language). The length of exchanges may range from one week to one academic year; visits of one semester or longer are encouraged. Awards are for up to $180,000 for 36-40 months. International participation is limited to eligible countries. An extensive list of eligible partners is available on the web site listed below. Contact: Humphrey Fellowship/Institutional Linkages Branch, Office of Global Educational Programs, 202-619-5289; affiliation@pd.state.gov; http://exchanges.state.gov/education/rfps. Deadline: 11/13/00. Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, office of Research and Program Director.


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