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University Letter

July 09, 1999

Volume 36 No. 40

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 40, July 9, 1999

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The University has posted its best Summer Session enrollment in half a decade, and officials are calling the final total -- 3,401 students -- evidence that the University has stabilized its enrollment.

"We are delighted with this enrollment, which indicates that the University continues to rebound," said new President Dr. Charles Kupchella. He said the Summer Session final numbers, coupled with other indicators, such as increases in new freshmen applications (2,825 as of June 25, up from 2,446 at the same time last year) and new freshmen accepted (2,337 as of June 25, up from 1,927 at the same time last year), bode well for the fall enrollment.

"We are particularly pleased with the 3,401 students enrolled this summer," said Don Piper (Summer Session director), "because they represent the largest summer enrollment since UND consolidated its summer sessions into a single 12-week-long session with four-, six-, eight- and 12-week units in 1994." Prior to 1994, UND had a separate four-week "mini-semester," the traditional eight-week summer session, and a 12-week session. Students who attended both the mini-semester and the eight-week program were counted twice for head-count purposes. In 1994, however, UND consolidated the two sessions into one Summer Session and started counting students only once for the whole summer session.

Last year's Summer Session final enrollment was 3,346. Other past Summer Session enrollments include 2,845 in 1997; 3,368 in 1996; 3,298 in 1995; 3,348 in 1994. The 1993 final Summer Sessions [note the plural] enrollment was 4,173; this was the last time UND considered its four-, eight- and 12-week sessions as separate, thus providing for some duplicate headcounts. So Summer Sessions final enrollments from 1993 and earlier are "oranges" to the "apple" final numbers of 1994 and later.

Excepting the 1997 flood year, UND's Summer Session final numbers have continued to increase even while the number of North Dakota-military students, which includes students from the Grand Forks Air Force Base, has decreased by nearly 60 since 1996 (95 students in 1996, 38 students in 1999). The elimination of the missile wing at the Grand Forks Air Force Base contributed to a decrease in population in the Grand Forks area and also contributed to a decline in overall student enrollment, which reached its low point with the Flood of 1997.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



George Schubert, Professor Emeritus of Communication Disorders, has resigned his position as Faculty Athletics Representative to move to the State of Washington, where his wife is taking a new job. Persons interested in being appointed to this uncompensated position are encouraged to submit a letter of interest to the President's Office, no later than Friday, July 16. The Faculty Athletics Representative is UND's official contact with the NCAA, the North Central Intercollegiate Athletics Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He or she must hold faculty rank. All persons submitting a letter will receive a detailed "Statement of the Role of the Faculty Athletics Representative."

- Charles Kupchella, President.



Effective July 1, the College of Fine Arts and Communication merged with the College of Arts and Sciences. The College office is located in 125 Montgomery Hall, phone 777-2749. All departments and programs within the College of Fine Arts and Communication are now part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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



The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: July 9 and 23, Aug. 6, 20, 27. 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.

If you will be away for the summer and wish to suspend your paper or electronic subscription until fall, please contact me.

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



The Faculty Ambassadors have completed a full year of activities focused on recruitment and retention. Ten percent of the faculty volunteered their time to participate in these activities and plan new initiatives. There are several new projects to encourage the retention of students, especially freshmen. The full report of activities is posted on the Faculty Ambassador web page at www.und.nodak.edu/org/facamb/ or contact Jan Zahrly, 777-4697, for a hard copy of the report.

-- Jan Zahrly (Management) for the Faculty Ambassadors.



You are invited to a farewell reception for Cathy Buyarski, Director of Student Academic Services, Monday, July 12, from 2 to p.m. at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. She has accepted a position as Director of Advising for University College at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

-- Division of Student and outreach Services.



Lisa Burger, Academic Advisor in Student Academic Services, has been appointed Interim Director of the Student Academic Services effective July 15. She will replace Cathy Buyarski, who is leaving UND to pursue other professional opportunities, until a permanent replacement is found. Lisa Burger is a native of Hillsboro, N.D., and holds two degrees from UND including a B.A. in Communication. She began her employment with UND in 1992 as a recruiter in the Office of Enrollment Services. After a short time away, she returned to UND in 1998 as an Academic Advisor in Student Academic Services, a position she has held since. The process of selecting a permanent Director of Student Academic Services has begun and is expected to conclude later this summer.

-- Robert Boyd, Vice president, Division of Student and Outreach Services.



The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Monday, July 19. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcom- mittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Monday, July 12.

Notes from the meeting will be available in the Office of Research and Program Development approximately one week after the meeting.

-- Warren C. Jensen, M.D. (Aviation), Chair, Institutional Review Board.



Following is information about construction progress on campus.

* Abbott to McCannel Walkway - Contracted work has been completed. Plant Services will soon finish painting and carpeting, and it should open later this month.

* Barnes & Noble Bookstore - The schematic drawing phase has been completed, and a Grand Forks architectural firm, Johnson and Laffen, has been hired to design the building. Foundation work will begin later this summer and construction will be completed in mid-May 2000. The existing bookstore will be moved from the Memorial Union to the new building after May commencement. This will allow Barnes & Noble time to set up and prepare for the fall semester. There are plans to have a mini store in some of the existing Memorial Union bookstore space, but details are not finalized.

* Squires Hall - A new laundry room, with 10 washers and dryers, should be finished by Aug. 22.

* Biomedical Research Facility - Building packages have been sent out and bid opening is set for mid-July. Site work is under development and remaining work will be starting in late July. Scheduled time for completion is set for October 2000.

* New Hockey Arena - The building design phase is completed and the development design phase is under way. Construction should begin in late fall of 1999. The location of the building has been submitted to and approved by the Grand Forks City Council.

* Smith Hall Basement Flood Project - This space was previously occupied by the Smith Hall dining center. We will receive the demolition drawings next week, and the project will be handed over to Barton Malow. Some construction will be completed by fall and will continue into the winter.

* Memorial Union Basement Flood Project - The Credit Union (currently located in Twamley Hall) and the Computer Learning Lab (currently located on the second floor of the Union) will utilize this space. Construction is scheduled for completion in July.

* O'Kelly Hall - A preconstruction meeting was held June 18; all contractors are on schedule. Completion of O'Kelly Hall is set for Aug. 15.

* Wilkerson Hall - Bid packages have been sent out and bid openings took place July 8. The lower level convenience store will be finished, student services will be expanded, and counseling offices will be added for students.

-- Mary Ann Olson, Facilities.



Here is the weekly Steam Heat Line Project update:

* Lunseth Plumbing will soon put a walking bridge in place between Harrington Hall and the Education Building to help ease the walk between buildings on the east side of Centennial Drive and those on the west. This will also provide a more direct route to Twamley Hall.

* Most of the Upson parking lot should be available for parking by the end of this week. A portion of the lot will continue to be used by Lunseth Plumbing.

* Work on the parking lot under the Columbia Road overpass should be completed by the end of this week.

* The northeast doors of Twamley Hall should be accessible within about two weeks.

* The east doors of Witmer Hall should be accessible within the next day or two.




Alvin E. Austin, Professor Emeritus of Journalism, died June 13 in Grand Forks. He was 89.

Alvin Austin was born July 17, 1909, in Grand Forks, the son of Ray and Catherine (Mayer) Austin. He attended schools in Grand Forks, Minneapolis, and Sioux City, graduating from Central High School in Grand Forks. He began his career in journalism at age 11, when his father, a Grand Forks Herald reporter, hired him to help cover sports. By sixth grade, he was a sports reporter. He began officially working for the Grand Forks Herald in 1927, continuing through college and at least part-time until 1957. He entered the U.S. Army in 1942, where he was assigned to the 10th Corps Headquarters Intelligence staff in the Pacific Theater. He took part in the Leyte and Mindanao campaigns and in the occupation of Japan, and received the Bronze Star and a battlefield commission. He married Ellen Megivern in 1946 at Grand Forks.

He received the B.A. degree from UND in 1931 and did additional work at Northwestern University in 1960 and 1961. He taught at UND part-time while serving as night editor of the Grand Forks Herald. He chaired the UND journalism department from 1946, when he joined the faculty on a full-time basis, to 1969, when he took a leave of absence to serve as director of the Model City Project at Fargo. He returned to the University full-time to teach, while he worked part-time at the Grand Forks Herald.He was especially interested in free press issues in South America. He retired in 1980.

He was active locally and nationally in journalism and student associations. He served as a consultant for newspapers in Burlington, Vt.; Miami, and Minneapolis, and spent 13 summers on the copy desk of the Minneapolis Star (now the Star-Tribune) to keep his skills sharp. In 1957 he made a year-long study of vocational opportunities and recruitment problems in journalism under the sponsorship of the Wall Street Journal; that study resulted in the establishment of the Newspaper Fund. He was named to the Advisory Board of Pulitzer Prizes in 1963. He received a number of national and local awards, and received the Sioux Award, the UND Alumni Association's highest honor, in 1980. He served on the Grand Forks City Council from 1962 to 1966, and was president of the Council from 1964 to 1966.

"Al Austin was a 'green-eyeshade' journalist a journalist's journalist who taught students to get ink on their hands," said Lana Rakow (Communication). "During the 1970s I was among the last generation of students he mentored in the Department of Journalism. My memory of him will always be of a kindly face on a portly figure in a dark-colored suit, walking down the basement hallway of Merrifield Hall with copy editing or communication law exams under his arm. I waited in terror to find out my grade each time, because his standards were exacting. He knew his stuff. He made sure we did as well.

"The stories of his field trips with students were the stuff of legends, passed down to each generation of aspiring reporters. Many a future North Dakota newspaper reporter and editor learned how to be a journalist on those trips, from laying out the pages of a weekly newspaper to witnessing the after-hours lifestyle of seasoned professionals. He loved the community newspaper no less than the daily. It is a testament to his passion for truth and accuracy that so many of his students over the years took up the call of print journalism and distinguished themselves as professionals.

"Many changes have occurred in journalism since he left the classroom, but Al Austin's legacy continues in the pages of small town and big town newspapers across the country and in the fond memories of former students who rose to the standard that Al Austin set for them." He is survived by his wife, Ellen; daughters, Suellen (Jeff) Heinrich, Sheila (Morgan) Lacy; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald and Lana Rakow (Communication).



The University Within the University (U2) classes for July and August are:

Computer Center

(All classes are held in 361 Upson II)

Netscape, July 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m.;
TSO Training, July 20, 9 to 11 a.m.;
HTML, July 21-22, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;
Word Perfect, July 26-28, 9 to 11 a.m.;
Excel I, Aug. 10-12, 1 to 3 p.m.;
Access II, Aug. 17-19, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.;
Excel II, Aug. 24-26, 1 to 3 p.m.;
Access III, Aug. 31-Sept 2, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Registrar's Office

Student Records System, A Hands-On Training of the Admission and Records Screens, July 26 or 27 or Oct 11 or 12, 1:30 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II. Please call 777-2128 to register

-- Staci Matheny, Continuing Education.



The North Dakota Museum of Art Foundation has been launched with gifts from donors who prefer to remain anonymous. On Jan. 1, 1999, the Museum began receiving income from a $1 million annuity. In addition, that donor designated the Foundation to be the beneficiary of a $200,000 life insurance policy. At the end of May the Foundation received $315,000 from another donor, who has also provided for a testamentary gift of about $1 million. All $2.5 million in lead gifts are designated for the Museum's endowment. The immediate goal of the Museum Foundation is to build a $10 million endowment over the next three years to provide the financial base for operating the North Dakota Museum of art and its region-wide programs.

Founded in the late 1970s as a Student Union Gallery, the Museum has grown into a widely-respected cultural institution that presents serious contemporary art, produces shows that travel internationally, and welcomed over 50,000 visitors last year. In 1985 the Museum was designated by the North Dakota State Legislature as the official art gallery of the State of North Dakota. In 1989 it moved into its permanent home on campus, a renovated 1907 gymnasium. In 1996 the Museum privatized, managed by a 26-member Board of Trustees. Even though its mission has expanded region-wide, the Museum continues to serve the University of North Dakota community.

Karen Bohn, Merlin Dewing, Darrell Larson, Gerald Skogley and Suzanne Ryan were named Founding Directors to the North Dakota Museum of Art Board of Trustees. Laurel Reuter, Director of the Museum, by virtue of her position also serves on the Board.

Gerald M. Skogley is former Vice President of Business and Finance at UND and retired CFO of the Bush Foundation of St. Paul, Minn. He is founding President of the North Dakota Museum of Art Foundation, a position he will continue to hold. He is also President of the Board of Governors of the Shrine Hospital for Children in Minneapolis, and Trustee for the Minnesota Masonic Home. He lives with his wife, Marilyn, in St. Paul.

Suzanne Ryan has been a member of the Grand Forks community for 50 years, and is active in civic and cultural initiatives. She has been a key figure in the development of the Museum over the last decade, and instrumental in establishing the Museum Sculpture Garden which surrounds the Museum and for which she purchased the bronze sculpture Raindrops by Allan Houser. An Apache from New Mexico, Houser is considered the father of contemporary Native American sculpture.

Karen Bohn is currently chair of the Board of Governors of The Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, and immediate past president of the University of North Dakota Foundation. She spent 21 years working for Piper Jaffray Companies in Minneapolis serving in various roles including chief administrative officer, president and CEO of Piper Trust Company, chair of its employee stock ownership plan, president of the Piper Jaffray Companies Foundation, and investment banker. She left the company in 1998 to become a private management resource consultant to CEOs and senior executives. In 1992 she became the first (and only) woman to chair the Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Bohn holds degrees from UND and resides with her husband, Gary Surdel, and their children in Edina, Minn.

Merlin E. Dewing, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dewing Financial Services of Minneapolis, also served as the managing partner of KPMG Peat Marwick's Minneapolis-St. Paul offices for seven years before transferring to New York in 1985 where he served as Vice Chairman-Audit for the firm. He served as KPMG Pete Marwick's lead partner on PepsiCo from 1990, when PepsiCo became a new client of the firm, until he retired in 1995. He served as chairman of KPMG Bay Mark, an investment firm, from 1995 until 1996. Mr. Dewing has long been active in the cultural world. He was treasurer of the American Symphony Orchestra League (1988), was on the Board of the Minnesota Orchestra (1982-87) where he chaired the Annual Guaranty Fund, and chaired the national Congressional Award Foundation for youth (1986-87). He and his wife, Barbara, who live in Excelsior, Minn., are currently co-chairing a $50 million capital campaign for UND.

Darrell E. Larson is a shareholder in the Grand Forks Law Firm of Camrud, Maddock, Olson, & Larson, Ltd. He has been a frequent lecturer on estate planning, trusts, business planning and taxation to professional and civic groups. He serves on numerous boards in the not-for-profit sector. Larson and his wife Pamela live in Grand Forks.

Laurel Reuter, founding director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, is a native North Dakotan who has worked extensively to bring important international art to the Museum. She is the author of several publications, including Whole Cloth, published by Monacelli Press in 1998. Most recently she co-edited Under the Whelming Tide: The 1997 Flood of the Red River of the North. Her latest essays include "A Life in its Own Times," the closing chapter in the book Mortality Immortality? The Legacy of 20th Century Art, published by The Getty Conservation Institute (1999). "Stories From a new World" has just been published in Contemporary International Basketmaking by the British Crafts Council and Merrell Holberton, a commercial publishing company in London (spring 1999).

-- Laurel Reuter, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The United States Olympic Committee has designated the University of North Dakota and the community of Grand Forks as the Staging Center for the U.S. teams in preparation for the Pan American Games to be held in Winnipeg July 23 through Aug. 8.

During the period of July 17 and July 31, USOC will need volunteers to help work in the staging process at the Memorial Union. Their main function will be to assist the athletes receive their identification and clothing for the games.

Below are dates, times and the number of volunteers that will be needed for each date. It is important that you or your group contact the Kirsten Knudsvig, Volunteer Coordinator at the United Way, 775-8661.

Dates/Times -- Number of Volunteers

Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 16
1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- 25
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 25

Sunday, July 18, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 25

Monday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 4
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 30

Tuesday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 20
1:30 to 4 p.m. -- 32
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 32

Wednesday, July 21, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 33

Thursday, July 22 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 35
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 35

Friday, July 23,None -- None

Saturday, July 24, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 36

Sunday, July 25, 6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 24

Monday, July 26, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 20
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 22

Tuesday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 22
7 to 10:20 p.m. -- 22

Wednesday, July 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 38
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 38

Thursday, July 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- 38
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 33

Friday, July 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- 20
6 to 10:20 p.m. -- 10

Saturday, July 31 8 to 10:20 p.m. -- 24

For more information, contact me at 777-2766 or mstrombe@plains.nodak.edu.

-- Mike Stromberg (Swim Coach), for the U.S. Olympic Committee.



The following charities were selected as the 1999 recipients of Denim Day funds: Home Delivered Meals, Shelter for the Homeless, Project Advancing Literacy, Community Violence Intervention Center, and Humane Society of Grand Forks.

-- Karen Cloud (Chester Fritz Library), Denim Day Committee.




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


Postdoctoral Fellowships of $30,000 each are provided to enhance the role of the humanities by exploring and clarifying the interrelationships within the humanities, as well as their relationship to the natural and social sciences and the several professions. The program is designed to strengthen the intellectual and academic qualifications of the fellows by affording them time and resources to develop independent scholarship within a broadening educational and professional context; by involving them in interdisciplinary programs of general education and in innovative courses of their own design; and by associating them individually and collectively with some of the finest teaching scholars in the University. Mellon Fellows are appointed at a rank equivalent to that of lecturer. Each usually teaches a section of an introductory course in general education. Major Cultures Fellowships are for applicants who wish to focus on teaching and research of the cultures and civilizations of Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. One fellow is appointed at a position equivalent to lecturer. Eligible applicants are individuals who have received the Ph.D. in a subject in the humanities between January 1, 1994 and July 1, 2000. Deadline: 10/15/99. Contact: Director, Heyman Center, 212/854-4631; fax 212/662-7289.

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Education Grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 support both curriculum-based projects and other types of educational activities that may be undertaken by arts and other organizations. Duration is up to 2 years. Support is provided to help ensure that the arts are basic to the education of children and young adults in grades pre-K through 12; expand opportunities for children and adults to participate in and increase their understanding of or skills in the arts; and provide professional development opportunities for artists, arts professionals, and teachers. The direct involvement of artists and, where appropriate, the use of original works of art in all forms and live performances, are viewed as crucial elements in excellent Education projects. Curriculum-Based Projects focus on the arts in grades pre-K through 12 and are intended to have an impact on the curricular and instructional areas of a school or broader educational system. Field/Discipline-Based Projects include a variety of learning activities for children, youth, or adults that involve learners in activities designed to increase their understanding of or skills in the arts. Support is provided for creation of work; design; music ensemble; music festivals; theater, opera, or musical theater company; publishing; film, video, and audio production; film/video exhibition; and visual arts. Priority will be given to projects that are of national, regional or field-wide significance, including unique local projects that are likely to serve as models for a field. Contact: Nancy Hanks Center, 202/682-5400; http://arts.endow.gov. Deadline: 8/16/99.

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The Development of Nonmammalian Models and Related Biological Materials for Research program encourages submission of applications for the development of nonmammalian models and associated biological materials for biomedical research. Models must be applicable to the research interests of two or more categorical disease institutes of the NIH. The overall goal of these studies is to develop new nonmammalian research models of broad interest and expand on the usefulness of existing nonmammalian model systems. Examples of types of models which will be considered include nonmammalian species such as fishes, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and microorganisms; and in vitro systems, such as cell lines (including embryonic stem cells). The mechanisms for Research (R01), Exploratory/Developmental (R21) and Resource-Related Research Projects (R24) grants will apply. It is recommended that potential applicants contact Comparative Medicine program staff before submitting an application. Deadlines: Standard NIH deadlines. Contact: Jill L. Carrington, 301/435-0744; fax 301/480-3819; jillc@ncrr.nih.gov.

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The new version of the Revised Guidelines for Program Project Grants will be posted on the NIAMS Home Page at http://www.nih.gov/niams/. They are in effect for applications submitted for the June 1, 1999, receipt date and any subsequent submissions. Inquiries are encouraged and should be directed to one of the Institute program directors, according to scientific area. A list of program staff can be located at: http://www.nih.gov/niams/grants/eplist.htm.

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Pre-doctoral Research Training Fellowships provide up to $15,000 for graduate students pursuing dissertation research with an epilepsy-relevant theme, and who are working under the guidance of a mentor with expertise in the area of epilepsy investigation. Support is provided for graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, biochemistry, genetics, nursing or pharmacology. Deadline: 9/1/99. Contact: 301/459-3700; fax 301/577-2684; postmaster@efa.org; http://www.efa.org/.

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The DOE is soliciting applications for federal assistance to assist U.S. manufacturing industries in research, development, and demonstration projects on advanced sensor and control technologies. Each project must: 1) meet the high priority needs identified in the eight Industries of the Future (IOF) technology roadmaps. Roadmaps have been issued for each of the following eight IOF's: agriculture, aluminum, chemical, forest products, glass, metalcasting, mining, and steel; 2) have wide applicability across the IOF industries; and 3) improve energy efficiency and productivity as well as reduce the impact of U.S. manufacturing industries on the environment through a reduction in the generation of wastes and pollutants. Awards will provide seed support (in the range of $100,000 or less) for innovative research and development during the first year of a phased approach. A down-selection process will occur after completion of the proposed Phase I research and development to determine whether a project awarded under this solicitation will continue to the next stage of development and demonstration. The complete solicitation document is available on the Internet by accessing the DOE Chicago Operations Office Acquisition Group Home Page at http://www.ch.doe.gov/business/ACQ.htm under the heading "Current Solicitations," Solicitation No. DE-SC02-99CH10999. Deadline: 8/20/99. Contact: Denise Clarke, 630/252-2107, fax 630/252-5045; denise.clarke@ch.doe.gov.

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The Bridging the Gap: Developing Community-Based Practice/Research Collaboratives program supports development of Practice/Research Collaboratives (PRCs) to improve the quality of substance abuse clinical preventive and treatment services by increasing interaction and knowledge exchange among key community-based stakeholders: substance abuse treatment providers, community-based organizations providing support services to substance abusers, researchers, and policy makers, including health plan managers and purchasers of substance abuse treatment. The PRCs will be able, over time, to make significant contributions to the field's knowledge and understanding about substance abuse treatment and related clinical preventive practices. Approximately $2.5 million is available for 8-10 awards. Support will be available for a period of 12 months to develop full network membership, establish the operational model proposed for the PRC, and develop research and knowledge application plans in preparation for submitting a separate application for an Implementation Grant. Deadline: 8/11/99. Contact: Fran Cotter, Office of Managed Care, 301/443-8796; Ed Craft, Office of Evaluation, Scientific Analysis and Synthesis, 301/443-3953; http://www.samhsa.gov/GRANT/GFA_KDA.HTM.

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Review and Analysis of Tobacco Industry Documents. Support is provided to stimulate research on a wide variety of scientific, technical, marketing, and tactical undertakings by the tobacco industry, which were documented in papers, memos, and other records. Investigators may review industry documents in order to assess the scientific validity and application of the industry's findings. Information found can be analyzed in conjunction with the analysis of other data sets. The documents should be analyzed to gain scientific and technical knowledge in a number of areas, including, but not limited to: nicotine pharmacology, nicotine addiction, health consequences of tobacco use, tobacco product additives, tobacco product design and manufacturing, advertising and promotion, youth initiation, tobacco use cessation, disruption of scientific and public health programs, and policy research. Researchers will be faced with unique challenges in obtaining and analyzing these documents because of their large volume and limited organization. They may choose to assess methods for retrieving and analyzing documents through electronic and other means. All researchers funded will be asked to make the tobacco industry documents and indices they use available to scientists and lay audiences through the Internet. They will be convened twice annually to discuss research methods and results of common interest. The NIH research project grant (R01) award mechanism will be used. Applicants requesting budgets greater than $500,000 in direct costs are required to contact program staff in the appropriate NIH institute prior to submitting an application. The opportunity to clarify any issues or questions from potential applicants is welcome. Duration may not exceed 4 years. It is anticipated that applicants will request more than $250,000 direct costs/year. Deadlines: 9/17/99, 5/18/00 (Letter of Intent); 10/19/99, 6/19/00 (Application). Contact: Cathy L. Backinger, 301/496-8584; fax 301/496-8675; cb270r@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-114.html.

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The Summer Stipend Program provides up to $4,000 for 2 months in support of independent study and research in the humanities. Activities eligible for support are expected to contribute to scholarly knowledge in the humanities, the advancement of teaching of the humanities, or the general public's understanding of the humanities. Projects may lead to the publication of scholarly works (or creation of other scholarly tools) in either paper or electronic format. Stipends normally support work carried out during the summer, but other times of the year may be arranged. Applicants must be nominated by their institution. Because only 2 nominations are allowed from each institution, those interested in the program must notify ORPD by 9/1/99. Deadline: 10/1/99. Contact: NEH, 202/606-8551; stipends@neh.gov; http://www.neh.gov.

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General Research Grants support the exploratory phase of promising new research projects related to human origins. Eligible applicants are well-established scientists, as well as doctoral and post-doctoral students. Priority is given to research into the environments, archaeology, and human paleontology of the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene; the behavior, morphology, and conservation of the great apes and other old world primate species; and the ecology and adaptations of living hunter-gatherer peoples. Other areas of study related to human evolution are funded occasionally. There are no citizenship restrictions. Grants usually range from $3,000-$7,000, but grants to senior scientists may be up to $12,000. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation one month before the deadline date if concerned as to whether their research proposals fall within Foundation goals. Deadlines: 8/15/99, 1/5/00. Contact: 415/561-4646; fax 415/561-4647; grants@leakeyfoundation.org; http://www.leakeyfoundation.org/.

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NEH Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships, sponsored by ASOR and its affiliate, the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR), support 4 to 6-month fellowships for postdoctoral scholars to conduct research in various areas. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens or foreign nationals living in the U.S. 3 years immediately preceding the deadline. Fields of study include: modern and classical languages, linguistics, literature, history, jurisprudence, philosophy, archaeology, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Fellows reside at the ACOR facility in Amman, Jordan while conducting research. The maximum award is $30,000. Deadline: 2/1/00.

The George A. Barton Fellowship provides a $2,650 stipend plus $3,350 for room and half board for 5 months of in-residence research at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem. Eligible applicants are seminarians, pre-doctoral students, and recent Ph.D. recipients specializing in Near Eastern archaeology, history, and biblical studies. Deadline: 10/15/99.

Contact: 617/353-6571; fax 617/353-6575; acor@bu.edu; http://www.bu.edu/acor.

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


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