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University Letter

June 4, 1999

Volume 36 No. 38

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 38, June 4, 1999

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The UND Foundation and the Nordic Initiative are hosting the official visit of His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway Tuesday, June 8.

A fourth-generation member of the Norwegian royal family, Crown Prince Haakon was born in 1973. He spent his childhood near Oslo and graduated from upper secondary school in 1992. Thus followed the beginning of a military education at the Officers' Candidate School/Navy and the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy. He spent the next year as second in command on a missile torpedo boat. He has been studying political science at the University of California-Berkeley and graduated in May. He will begin law school in the fall.

The first official visit from Norwegian royalty to UND was 60 years ago by Crown Prince Haakon's grandparents on June 7, 1939, when then-Crown Prince Olav and Crown Princess Martha arrived in Grand Forks for their U.S. tour. Prince Olav gave the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate of law from UND. A community gathering that day brought a full crowd to the UND Memorial Stadium. Olav became King in 1957.

This marks the first official palace tour by Crown Prince Haakon. Accompanying the Prince will be an entourage including Ambassador Tom Vraalsen, Consul General Ulf Christiansen, Press Counselor Eivind Homme and Consul Arne Hoel, as well as members of the Norwegian press.

The Crown Prince will tour reconstruction efforts and flood recovery of Grand Forks in addition to UND. The University of North Dakota is home to a significant Norwegian genealogical collection, offers an exemplary language major, and is the top choice for Norwegian students who wish to acquire an American education. The undergraduate exchange with Ostfold Academy (Ostfoldakademiet) in Moss, Norway, has been in operation since 1992 and the UND School of Law exchange with the University of Oslo has been in operation since 1982. More than 200 Norwegian lawyers are alumni of this unique program. More than 150 UND graduates have studied law in Norway.

The visit is hosted by the UND Foundation and the Nordic Initiative. The UND Foundation established the Nordic Initiative Group to build support for the Norwegian language program at UND. Many facets of the community have rallied to build the Nordic Studies program at UND, the only institution in the state and region which offers a major in Norwegian.

Sponsors include Brekke Tours and Travel, Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, Great Plains Software, Kaye's Printing, KLITE-KCNN, Richtman's Press Club, University of North Dakota/University of Oslo Law Student Exchange Program, and WDAZ-TV.

-- Bruce Gjovig, Director, UND Center for Innovation.



Following is an update on the "Letting Off Steam" project, which is replacing steam pipes underground:

* Steam pipe for the football practice field area should be here this week. Work will begin as soon as the pipe arrives, moving from the field toward EERC.

* Cornell Drive is open as of Wednesday. More work needs to be completed here; the road will be closed after a few days.

* The road by Upson II Hall will be open Monday and Tuesday, June 7 and 8, for the opening of Summer School. It will be closed again Wednesday for about two weeks, then will reopen permanently.

* Centennial Drive by Old Science Hall will now remain open. It was set to be closed to allow trucks to haul debris from the Old Science Hall demolition project. Please watch for truck traffic.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




Microsoft will be on campus Wednesday, June 9, to demonstrate and present the latest information on Microsoft Office 2000 and Windows 2000, and to answer any questions you may have. Mark your calendars and be sure to attend Wednesday, June 9, in the afternoon. Please call Rose Keeley, 777-3062, or e-mail Rose_Keeley@mail.und.nodak.edu to reserve a seat and learn the location and time for this event.

-- Rose Keeley, Information Technology Support Specialist, Computer Center.



The Department of Social Work will host "Out on the Prairie," a first-of-its-kind national conference that seeks to bring together social workers, students, the public and others from the helping professions to explore the unique challenges faced by gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered and professionals who provide services in rural areas. Set for Thursday through Saturday, June 24-26, (with a one-day pre-conference set for Wednesday, June 23), this three-day conference is directed toward these individuals, their families and practitioners who work, live, or provide services in rural areas. It will offer the professional, individual or family member the opportunity to gain practical knowledge, network with people with similar concerns and broaden their view of life in rural America.

Speakers include:

* Terry Tafoya, Ph.D. Trained as a traditional storyteller, Dr. Tafoya is a Taos Pueblo and Warm Springs Indian who has used American Indian ritual and ceremony in his work. With over 20 years of university-level teaching experience, Dr. Tafoya has worked with mental health, human sexuality, AIDS/HIV, substance abuse and bilingual education. In his work as a trainer and educator, he has taught with the Kinsey institute for the Study of Human Sexuality, Gender and Reproduction as a faculty member and as an expert on cross cultural sexuality.

* Allen Young. The editor of "Lavender Culture" and co-facilitator, North Quabbin Diversity Awareness Group, Quabin, Mass., Mr. Young will utilize the experience of his own gay community in rural Massachusetts to shed light on complex issues concerning gay identity and rural life.

* Dr. Dean Pierce. A professor and director of the School of Social Work, University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Pierce's research interests include social work policy and lesbian and gay issues. He will address issues of silencing and marginalization in the rural context.

* Debra Davis. Executive director of the Gender Education Center, Ms. Davis has presented and held workshops through the Midwest. She will share her experience as an openly transgendered woman working in the Minnesota public schools and her experiences in rural and remote areas.

* Robyn Ochs. Editor of "The Bisexual Resource Guide" and co-founder of the East Coast Bisexual Network, Ms. Ochs has taught at MIT and Tufts University five of the six courses offered on bisexual identity. She will speak on bisexual issues in the rural environment.

* Will Fellows. The author of "Farm Boys: Lives of Gay Men From the Rural Midwest," Mr. Fellows will discuss his groundbreaking work through the use of slides and visual media.

This conference is sponsored by the Department of Social Work, with additional funding provided by a grant from the Gill Foundation and individual supporters of the conference.

Further information and registration materials may be found at our web site: http://www.geocities.com/WestHollywood/Castro/2921 or by contacting Nancy Rice, Department of Social Work, UND, P.O. Box 7135, Grand Forks, ND 58202, 777-3770 or 877-688-3660 (toll free) or e-mail: nancy_rice@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Mike Jacobsen, Social Work.




The Department of Family Medicine is seeking a director of research and program development, assistant professor faculty member with expertise in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of educational programs. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in education leadership, research, education, public administration, or public health. Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must be able to work independently. Must be able to function as a member of an interdisciplinary team, including the ability to interact and advise clinical faculty, full-time faculty and students. Requires demonstrated track record in writing and securing competitive research and development grants. Applicants should submit a detailed curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation to William Mann, M.D., Chair, Department of Family Medicine, P.O. Box 9037, Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037. UND is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer.

-- William Mann, Chair, Family Medicine.



The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) before Monday, June 28. 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 ORPD Monday, June 21.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting.

-- F. R. Ferraro (Psychology), Chair, Institutional Review Board.



The final examination for Justin J. Wageman, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Secondary/Higher Education, is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, in 104 Education Building. The dissertation title is "Burnout Among Postsecondary Faculty in North Dakota." Myrna Olson (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




During the month of July the Memorial Union will be used by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for the purpose of staging athletics for the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg. Therefore, there is no space in the Union available for scheduling purposes in July. This is a wonderful opportunity for us, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. For suggestions on where to hold events, call the Central Scheduling Office at 777-3928 and we will try and assist you.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



The Faculty Ambassadors recognize people at UND who give extra effort to recruiting and retention efforts. The recognition is an ABCD certificate for activities Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. During the 1998-99 academic year, the Faculty Ambassadors recognized the following people who went Above and Beyond the Call of Duty: Rodney Medalen, Richard Fiordo, Libby Rankin, Becky Rude, Cathy Buyarski, Donna Bruce, Kendall Baker, James Rodde, Alice Poehls, Peggy Lucke, Mark Hudson, Kathy Klemisch, Cheryl Macejkovic, Linda Youngs, Mary Sand, Tony Borgerding, Mary Cutler, Vikki McCleary, Alice Hoffert, Kathy Jones, Linda Holdman, Ellen O'Connor, and Frank White.

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



Upward Bound, one of five Federal TRIO Programs at the University of North Dakota, has received renewed funding for the years June 1, 1999, through May 31, 2003. Upward Bound was first funded in 1966 and has a successful history in providing services to disadvantaged high school students.

Upward Bound's budget is $333,447 per year beginning June 1. Upward Bound serves 75 high school students from target schools across North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minn. The target schools include: East Grand Forks and Sacred heart High Schools in Minnesota, Devils Lake, Dunseith, Grafton, Four Winds, Grand Forks Central, Midway, Sheyenne, New Town, Turtle Mountain Community, Warwick, White Shield and St. John High Schools in North Dakota.

The purpose of the Upward Bound program is to provide year-long assistance to high school students who come from low-income families where neither parent has graduated from a four-year college. Through intensive services the students are encouraged and assisted in developing and enhancing their academic skills so they are motivated to graduate from high school and successfully enroll in post-secondary education. Upward Bound provides supplemental instruction, personal assistance, tutoring, study skill enhancement, career exploration, cultural enrichment, a six-week residential program, and a Bridge program through which college credit is earned.

For more information please contact me.

-- Judy Cowger, Assistant Director/Advisor, UND-Educational Opportunity Center (777-3806).



Payroll checks should not be held in departments. Payroll checks must be cashed within 90 days of payday, or they are void. Employees should be encouraged to pick up their checks immediately, or the checks should be mailed in a department envelope. Each department is responsible to deliver payroll checks to their employees. If you do not have a current address for the employee or the home address on the system is not valid, please forward the check immediately to the Payroll Office, Box 7127. Thank you.

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



New Operating System software is being installed on the administrative mainframe. Host Explorer TN3270 software must be installed on your machine if you need access to the administrative mainframe such as CICSB, TSO, etc. TN3270 is a terminal emulation application that allows you to access and interact with the administrative mainframe, run 3270 applications, and transfer files between the host machine and your PC using the IND$FILE file transfer application.

Please be aware that if you access the administrative mainframe for any reason, you will need a new copy of TN3270. Please contact your technical support person to determine if you are scheduled to receive this software. We are encouraging the PC installations to be completed by Thursday, June 24. If you or your technical support person has any questions regarding this move to Y2K-compliant terminal emulation software, please contact Rose Keeley or e-mail Rose_Keeley@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Rose Keeley, Information Technology Support Specialist, Computer Center.



"Leading Into . . . The 21st Century" is the theme for the Chamber of Commerce Leadership 99 program. The seven-session program begins in September and concludes in December. Each session is a full day of seminars, discussions, and tours focusing on developing leadership skills while providing education on a broad range of community issues. Leadership 99 is open to individuals who have demonstrated commitment, motivation and interest to serve the Greater Grand Forks community. Applications are available at the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce and are due by Thursday, June 17. For more information about Leadership 99, contact Jill Fritel, Community Relations Program Manager, Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce, 772-7271.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Jill Fritel, Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce.



Employees purchasing additional State Life insurance will notice a change effective with the June 15 paycheck. The rate change can be summarized as follows:

Age 25-39: rate increase will be +.01-.02/$1,000/month

Age 40-64: rate decrease will be -.01-.19/$1,000/month

Age 65+: rate increase will be +.02-.20/$1,000/month

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.




"The Cable Years - A Retrospective: University of North Dakota Pottery" is on display at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The Cable Years exhibit features the work of Margaret Kelly Cable, the four principals who worked and taught with her in the Ceramics Department, Hildegard Fried Dreps, Flora Cable Huckfield, Julia Mattson, and Freida Hammers; and talented students from that era. It's a broad look at the change of styles and techniques from the Art Nouveau, Art Deco from 1910 to 1920, through the use of regional fauna and western themes of the 1920s, and the unique development of bentonite glazes used in conjunction with Native American symbols in the 1930s.

Margaret Kelly Cable, a clay artist, teacher and researcher, established the fledgling ceramics department at the University of North Dakota in 1910. She remained through the Depression in the 1930s, and assured the department's place in the history of American art pottery before she left the University in 1949.

The pottery tradition Margaret Kelly Cable established at UND is legendary in the upper Midwest, and Cable achieved a stature unusual for women at the time. In 1927 at the Women's World Fair in Chicago, A.G. Sorlie, Governor of North Dakota, named Cable the state's Outstanding Woman. Cable's accomplishments included papers published in national journals, hundreds of pieces of pottery made by the Ceramics Department for national trade shows, exhibitions in major national art galleries, research on clays and glasses, demonstrating, and teaching activities.

Held in high esteem by her peers, Margaret Kelly Cable was admitted to the American Ceramic Society. In 1951 she was awarded one of the most coveted national honors in her field, the Charles Fergus Binns Medal, by the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, and the American Ceramics Society. Highlights of her education include studying at the Handicraft Guild in Minneapolis, Minn., studying and working in the white-ware potteries of East Liverpool, Ohio; studying at Alfred University under Charles Binns, studying with Frederick H. Read, ceramics expert and author; and a notable trip to Sante Fe, N.M., to see Maria Martinez.

During her 38 years as chair of the Ceramics Department, Cable became known as the "Lady of the Wheel." Her first love was teaching and demonstrating, and her storytelling style was very popular. Cable frequently prefaced her talks with a quotation from the Bible or a poem from Longfellow or Omar Khayyam. One of the best-known pieces created by Cable has become known as the "North Dakota Products Vase." In 1926, Governor A.G. Sorlie asked Cable to decorate a vase with native products as design motifs. He wanted corn, wheat, flax, clover, pigs, chickens, turkeys, cows, sheep, bees, potatoes, sugar beets, lignite coal, Dakota Maid flour, a pumpkin, a flickertail, a wild rose, a clump of clay and a cream can all on one vase. The Governor received his "Sorlie-North Dakota Products Vase" as a gift from the ceramics department that Christmas. This vase is one of more than 70 pieces of pottery on display.

"The Cable Years - A Retrospective: University of North Dakota Pottery" will be on exhibit through July 18. Admission is free.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Claire Van Vliet has been a leading force in the production of artist's books for more than 40 years and has a distinguished career in the arts, both as an artist and founder of Janus Press. Her artist's books, paperworks, and prints have been widely exhibited in the United States and throughout Europe, and her work is collected by some of the most prestigious art institutions on both sides of the Atlantic, including the National Gallery of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 1989 Claire Van Vliet received a coveted five-year "genius prize" from the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York.

Van Vliet's retrospective displays an intensive study of nature that continues to reveal the landscape as an expectant horizon, always changing and powerfully dramatic. The exhibition surveys Van Vliet's lithographs published by UM Grafik Copenhagen during the 1960s and 1970s, and continues through the present with lithographs and drawings published by Tandem Press, Australian Print Workshop and Littleton Studio. This is the first time Van Vliet's works have been assembled to document the singularity of her landscape vision. The exhibit displays a vision of the world where rock formations, shaped by powerful geological forces, stand isolated against the sky.

Van Vliet, a resident of Vermont, was born in Ottawa, Canada, and part of her early childhood was spent in England near the early fortification rings and Stonehenge. A graduate of San Diego State University and Claremont Graduate School, Claire Van Vliet was an apprentice at John Anderson Pickering Press, Philadelphia, before traveling extensively in Europe. She later taught printmaking, typography, and drawing at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and founded Janus Press.

This is the second time Claire Van Vliet's work has appeared at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Her solo exhibition "Claire Van Vliet: The Janus Press" was shown in 1991 in conjunction with her lecture on "Collaborations Between Writers and Artists."

The current exhibition was organized by Bates College Museum of Art in collaboration with the North Dakota Museum of Art, with funding from the Florsheim Art Fund. The exhibition continues through July 11.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



KinderART, a four-part multimedia arts and crafts experience for children ages 5 through 7, will be held Monday through Thursday, June 14-17, in the University Craft Center, third floor, Memorial Union. The sessions will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The registration fee is $24 (or $18 for children of UND students with UND student ID cards). All supplies will be provided for a wide range of activities, including drawing, painting, fiber arts, clay, sculpture and more. Because of the continuous nature of projects, children should plan to attend all four parts. To get a registration form or more information, call the Craft Center at 777-3979. Craft Center summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Early registration is encouraged, as enrollment is limited to 12 participants. Registrations will be accepted as space allows until 4 p.m. Thursday, June 10.

-- Bonnie Solberg, Coordinator, University Craft Center.




A request for proposals (RFP) is expected in the near future for the Department of Defense EPSCoR (DEPSCoR) program. While the details are not yet available, the RFP is expected to be similar to that issued last summer. Since the time available to respond to this year's announcement is short, EPSCoR suggests researchers review the following information from last year's announcement:

The four DEPSCoR sponsors (U. S. Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization) are requesting proposals on any technical area covered in their regularly issued research announcements. Relevant topics are available on the Web at the following addresses: http://www.aro.army.mil/research/dep99wp.htm (FY 99 DEPSCoR Announcement), http://www.aro.ncren.net (Army Research Office), http://www.onr.navy.mil (Office of Naval Research), http://web.fie.com/fedix/afosr.html (Air Force Office of Scientific Research), and http://www.acq.osd.mil/bmdo/bmdolink/html/bmdolink.html (Ballistic Missile Defense Organization).

DoD requires that each state submit its proposal from the State EPSCoR Steering Committee. Each EPSCoR state proposal must consist of no more than 15 separate fundable proposals. Awards may be made to all 15 proposals or a selection of individual proposals. Deadline for proposals to the state EPSCoR office will most likely be in August.

The awards are expected to be for three-year, non-renewable grants in the $100,000/year range. North Dakota must provide a 50 percent match. This match may be comprised of (1) waiver of indirect costs; (2) graduate student tuition waiver; (3) up to two months of faculty time per academic year; and (4) cash.

Researchers may request a copy of last year's announcement by contacting ORPD or one of the EPSCoR offices. Questions on this announcement should be directed to Philip Boudjouk, Project Director, ND EPSCoR, 701/231-8601; fax 701/231-7947, boudjouk@plains.nodak.edu.

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



The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host an NIH-sponsored regional seminar on extramural funding and grants administration Thursday and Friday, July 15-16. The seminar will provide valuable information for academic researchers, scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and new and senior research administrators.

NIH representatives from both the program and the administrative sides will be there to discuss issues on grant proposals, funding opportunities, compliance requirements, modular budgets, and research with human subjects. Hands-on workshops on electronic research administration will be conducted. A mock study review session will also be performed to provide researchers with an opportunity to view the NIH proposal review process.

For travel and program information contact: http://www.wisc.edu/grad/NIHseminar/ or Sandi Robins, 608/263-5978; srrobins@facstaff.wisc.edu. Limited hotel rooms are available at the workshop rate. ORPD encourages participation in this workshop and will assist with travel expenses. Call Carl Fox at 777-4280 or Sally Eckert-Tilotta at 777-2049 for more information.

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



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


The Technology for a Sustainable Environment, EPA/NSF Partnership for Environmental Research (NSF 99-108) competition is designed to address pollution avoidance/prevention processes, methodologies, and technology research. Proposals are invited that advance the development and use of innovative technologies and approaches directed at avoiding or minimizing the generation of pollutants at the source. General areas of interest are: chemistry for pollution avoidance or prevention; engineering for pollution avoidance and prevention; chemical processes and reaction engineering; simulations, modeling, sensors, and feedback techniques for pollution avoidance and prevention; and industrial ecology. Approximately $5.0 million will be available for this initiative in FY 2000. Deadline: 7/26/99. Contact: http://www.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/tse99.html; or EPA: Barbara Karn, 202/564-6824, karn.barbara@epa.gov; NSF: Robert Wellek, fax 703/306-0319; rwellek@nsf.gov.

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The Senior Scholar and Professional Program provides support to expand research, teaching, and study opportunities for American and Canadian faculty engaged in the study of Canada, the U.S. and the relationship between the two countries. Applications will be considered in each of the following categories: Fulbright Distinguished Chair candidates apply to fill a specific position which provides special recognition to a particular specialty developed by the Canada-US Fulbright Commission and the host university; Fulbright Grants-in-Aid are offered to junior and tenured college and university faculty, professionals and independent scholars. Candidates are encouraged to increase their involvement at the host institution by providing assistance in curriculum development and delivery. Eligible applicants must be Canadian citizens applying to go to the U.S. or American citizens bound for Canada. Applications will be accepted from faculty, professional and independent scholars in the arts, humanities and social sciences, policy dimensions of the sciences and in professional fields such as law, business administration and journalism. Duration is 3-9 months; awards are provide up to US $15,000. Deadlines: 8/1/99 (U.S. faculty), 11/15/99 (Canadian faculty). Contact: 613/237-5366; fax 613/237-2029; info@fulbright.ca; http;//www.usembassycanada.gov/guidline.htm; or 202/686-6245, apprequest@cies.iie.org; http://www.iie.org/cies/.

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Collaborative Research grants support original research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars or research coordinated by an individual scholar that because of its scope or complexity requires additional staff or resources beyond the individual's salary. Eligible projects include research leading to the preparation of scholarly publications that break new ground or offer fresh perspectives; editions of works or documents that are of value to humanities scholars and general readers and have been either previously inaccessible or available only in inadequate editions; annotated translations into English of works that provide insight into the history, literature, philosophy, and scientific and artistic achievements of other cultures; and conferences addressing a specific set of research objectives on a topic of major significance to the humanities. All applicants are encouraged to submit preliminary drafts of proposals no later than six weeks ahead of the deadline for consultation with program staff. Awards range from $10,000-$200,000. Deadline: 9/1/99. Contact: Lydia Medici, 202/606-8210; research@neh.gov; http://www.neh.gov.

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The Foundation (a national, multi-issue, public women's fund) supports the efforts of women and girls to govern their own lives and influence the world around them. It funds and assists women's self-help organizing efforts and pursues changes in public consciousness, law, philanthropy, and social policy and directs resources to break down barriers based on race, class, age, disability, sexual orientation, and culture. Each year, Movement Building Grants are awarded to approximately 25 organizations that make an unsolicited funding request, beginning with a letter of inquiry. Grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 support local and regional efforts, as well as the work of national organizations, particularly those with strong grassroots constituencies and networks. Contact: 212/742-2300; fax 212/742-1653; program@ms.foundation.org; http://www.ms.foundation.org.

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External Faculty Fellowships are provided to faculty and independent scholars for humanistic research and education at the University of Utah. Projects may be in any of the following areas: anthropology and archaeology, communication, history, philosophy, religious studies, ethnic and cultural studies, jurisprudence, history/theory/criticism of the arts, languages and linguistics, literature, women's studies, historical or philosophical issues in social and natural sciences, or the professions. The Center encourages projects which are interdisciplinary and which are likely to contribute to substantive intellectual exchange among a diverse group of scholars. Fellowships provide stipends of $28,500 over the academic year. Applicants must have their Ph.D. in hand 2 years prior to August 1, 1999. Deadline: 10/1/99. Contact: Holly Campbell, 801/581-7989; fax 801/585-3510; hcampbel@hum.utah.edu; http://www.hum.utah.edu/humcntr.

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The Applied Social Issues Internship Program provides support to college seniors, graduate students, and first-year postdoctorates in psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines for projects applying social science principles to social issues in cooperation with a community, city, or state government organization, public interest group, or other non-profit entity. The purpose is to encourage applied research, intervention projects, non-partisan advocacy projects, and writing and implementing public policy. There are no citizenship restrictions. Awards range from $1,500-$2,500. Deadline: 11/10/99. Contact: 734/662-9130; fax 734/662-5607.

The Grants-In-Aid Program supports scientific research in social problem areas related to the SPSSI's basic interests and goals, particularly research dealing with racism, sexism, and projects not likely to receive support from traditional sources. Eligible applicants are researchers and investigators, as well as graduate students at the dissertation stage of their career. There are no citizenship restrictions. Up to $2,000 per grant is available, and up to $1,000 for graduate student research if the university will match the amount requested. Proposals involving uniquely timely research opportunities, underrepresented institutions, new investigators, volunteer research teams, and actual, not pilot, projects are encouraged. Proposals that are highly timely and event-oriented may be submitted at any time during the year; all other proposals should be submitted by the dates below. Deadlines: 11/13/99, 4/1/00. Contact: 734/662-9130; fax 734/662-5607; spssi@umich.edu.

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The NIGMS seeks to encourage cross training of undergraduate students in the quantitative and physical sciences by providing opportunities for them to take part in mentored biomedical research experiences with NIH-supported investigators. Such programs should provide innovative, mentored, realistic summer laboratory research experiences for an appropriately targeted (as defined by the applicant) group of undergraduate students in biomedical research projects at the institution. Applications are sought for programs that recruit students from the disciplines such as, but not limited to, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and physics, to participate in biomedical and/or translational research. The Program Director should be an individual with the ability and authority to run an institutional, cross-departmental program. Participating mentors should have active, NIH extramurally-funded research related to the scientific research areas of NIGMS, e.g., Cell Biology and Biophysics, Genetics and Developmental Biology and Pharmacology. NOTE: This is a one-time opportunity, future unsolicited competing applications will not be accepted. The program announcement may be downloaded from the website listed below. Deadlines: 11/15/99 (Letter of Intent); 2/17/00 (Application). Contact: Hinda Zlotnik, 301/594-2651; fax 301/480-2554; hindaz@nigms.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-99-006.html.

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The Division of Chemistry funds research and related activities in the following areas: Analytic and Surface Chemistry; Inorganic, Bioinorganic, and Organometallic Chemistry; Organic Chemical Dynamics; Organic Synthesis; Experimental Physical Chemistry; and Theoretical and Computational Chemistry. It also provides support for collaborative projects in several other areas, including activities at the chemistry-chemical engineering interface and high-risk innovative projects that are critical to the field of chemistry but outside the normal responsibilities of Chemistry Division programs. Award amounts vary. The maximum period of support for unsolicited proposals is 5 years. Deadline: 1/14/00. Contact: 703/306-1840; fax 703/306-0534; http://www.nsf.gov/mps/chem/.

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Research Fellowships of 1-4 months duration are awarded to postdoctoral scholars who are U.S. citizens or foreign nationals to conduct research based on the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center's collections which include British, American, and French literary materials, photography, music, film, and theater arts. The following fellowships are awarded each year: American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, British Studies Fellowship, Cline Fellowships (19th-20th century British topics), Fleur Cowles Fellowship (studies related to 20th century art, journalism, women's studies, and general literature and culture), Dorot Foundation Fellowships in Jewish Studies, Alfred A. and Blance W. Knopf Fellowship (publishing and general literary studies, with special emphasis given to research concerning Knopf authors), Limited Editions Club (rare book collections, with emphasis given to work with illustrated books), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships (general literary and cultural studies); Pforzheimer Fellowships in Renaissance Studies, C. P. Snow Fellowship (general literary and cultural studies, with special emphasis on the relationship of literature and science), and Ransom Center/South Central Modern Language Association Fellowship (general literary and cultural studies). For 2000-2001, several fellowships will be designated for scholars with research projects on this year's special topic, The Twentieth Century and the Arts. Stipends are $2,000/month. Deadline: 2/1/00. Contact: 512/471-8944; fax 512/471-9646; reference@hrc.utexas.edu; http://www.lib.utexas.edu/hrc.

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Areas of interest for the Information Processing, Computer Technology and Communications Program and contact persons for each are: Opto-Electronic Computer Networking (Allan Craig, 202/767-4934), Multi-Sensor Tracking and Survivable Communications (Rabinder N. Madan, 703/696-4217), Distributive Computing and Simulation (Larry Hayes, 205/955-4819), Mathematical Methods and Algorithms (Jagdish Chandra, 919/549-0641), Miniature Interceptor Technology (Dimitrios Lianos, 205/955-3223), Millimeter and Terahertz Sources (Paul Fischer, 908/532-0274), and Laser Communications (Steve Hammonds, 205/955-1843).

Areas supported by the Electronic Materials Program and contact persons for each are: diamond technology and wide-bandgap semiconductors (Max Yoder, 703/696-4216); electronic and optical materials (Colin Wood, 703/696-4218); material plasma processing (Jack Davis, 202/767-3278); organic, polymeric, and solid-state optical materials (Charles Lee, 202/67-5022); reliable wafer-scale electronics (Nicholas Bottka, 703/696-4961); fault-tolerant computing (Colin Wood, 703/696-4218); and superconducting electronics (Dallas Hayes, 617/377-4264).

Funding varies with each project. Applicants are advised to contact the appropriate person with their ideas and to obtain the Broad Agency Announcement from BMDO. Deadline: None. Contact: Carol Williams, 703/604-3904; fax 703/604-3342; carol.williams@bmdo.osd.mil.

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The following are Foundation strategy areas for funding in higher education. The Educating a Changing Student Body strategy supports projects that focus on transforming structures and practices that impede effective learning and institutional development. Projects include faculty development, supporting leadership development, and identifying and supporting external and internal forces that can strengthen and change the teaching/learning process in higher education. The Linking Intellectual Resources and Community Needs strategy calls for colleges and universities to assist in community problem solving by providing action research, analysis, and partnerships. Grantmaking under the Intellectual Foundations of Adult Continuing Education strategy will assist in promoting new learning about adult education. Applicants are asked to write a 1-2 page preproposal letter to the Foundation, describing the basic problem to be addressed and the plan for solving the problem. Contact: http://www.wkkf.org. Deadline: None.

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


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