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University Letter

March 10, 2000

Volume 37 No. 27

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 27, March 10, 2000

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To the Campus Community:

The University of North Dakota is in the midst of the strategic planning process. As I've mentioned throughout this process, the University will have several items moving forward in parallel with the larger strategic planning process. One of those things is the development of an information technology plan. To facilitate the development of this strategic plan, I established an Information Technology Planning Task Force and charged this task force with:

1) providing general direction to UND in the use of technology in learning, instruction and research;

2) determining the most desirable information technology services, support and capacity that should be provided faculty, staff and students; and, 3) recommending an information technology organizational model for UND.

The task force began meeting in October and determined early in its process that it is imperative that the university not recreate an earlier report developed in 1994 but instead examine and plan to use technology to transform how UND operates. Information technology is a rapidly developing field that makes it virtually impossible for most individuals to keep abreast of the latest developments in terms of hardware, software, and technological applications. After considerable discussion, the Task Force determined that in order to efficiently and effectively develop a plan for UND, the assistance of an outside consulting group was necessary.

The task force envisions utilizing a team approach, drawing upon the expertise of others outside the institution in addition to faculty, staff and students to ensure that the depth and breadth of the task is covered.

To this end, we have contracted the services of Innovative Interactions, Inc. (i3), and its team of consulting experts, who were chosen specifically for their collective knowledge, experience, and success in these areas.

The scope of this study is broad, and its timeline ambitious. In order to facilitate the i3 team in determining strategies or course corrections that could best meet the challenges of an increasingly complex and rapidly changing technology landscape, we need your help. Over the ensuing days and weeks, you may be contacted by UND staff, or i3 representatives, as they gather the critical data and information necessary to complete their work. Please assist them in this effort by affording your time, openly sharing relevant documentation that may be requested, and responding candidly to the variety of survey, interview, and data retrieval instruments that were developed for this purpose.

I recognize the stresses of your already burdened schedules, and the less-than-ideal timing of this project, as does the consultant team. Without exception, they are committed to minimizing impacts on you, your job, or your constituents. However, we are also equally committed to conducting an open and inclusive process that maximizes input from you -- the stakeholders. As such, the overall value of this initiative will be directly proportional to its reflection of a thorough, fair, and objective data gathering process. I ask your help in making that happen -- and recognizing the process for what it is intended to be -- by taking full advantage of this opportunity to influence the best possible outcome.

If you need further information, or have additional questions or concerns, feel free to contact James Shaeffer, Chair of the Task Force or Robert Rubeck, co-Chair of the Task Force. Until then, I thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

Best wishes,

Charles E. Kupchella



The Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Search Committee has forwarded the names of three candidates to UND President Dr. Charles E. Kupchella.

The candidates are:

* John Ettling, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Professor of History, University of North Dakota;

* John Friedl, Director, Center for Legal Studies, Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University;

* Jane Ollenburger, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, Professor of Sociology, Boise State University.

Kupchella said the search committee, chaired by UND Law School Dean Jerry Davis, "did an outstanding job in attracting a strong slate of candidates for this position." Kupchella added that he expects to appoint UND's next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs within the next few weeks.

John Ettling

Currently UND's Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and professor of History, Dr. John Ettling earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from University of Virginia, and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University. Ettling served as UND's Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1995-98, and held positions of Associate Dean of the Honors College (1993-95) and Chair of the Department of History (1984-1989) at the University of Houston. He has taught since 1978.

John Friedl

The Director of the Center for Legal Studies and Professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University, Dr. John Friedl earned B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. He also holds an M.P.H. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Friedl currently is the Director of the Center for Legal Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Wayne State University, and the Director of Graduate Studies, Wayne State University Law School. He began teaching in 1971, and interrupted his academic career for 11 years to serve as the executive officer for the Seva Foundation and to practice law. Friedl served in the Office of the President at Western Michigan University as an American Council on Education Fellow in 1996-97.

Jane C. Ollenburger

Currently the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Boise State University, Dr. Jane Ollenburger earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She was Department Head, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, 1988-90, Assistant Dean, 1990-91, Associate Dean of Academic Administration, 1991-95, and Interim Dean, 1994, of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Duluth. Ollenburger has taught since 1982. She served as Assistant to the President of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 1992-93 as an American Council on Education Fellow.

The search committee was chaired by W. Jeremy Davis, Dean, School of Law.

(Editor's Note: A summary of the presentation by Dr. Cummins will not be published in this issue because the decision on finalists has already been made. The summary was sent out via e-mail. If you would like a copy, please contact me at 777-3621 or jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu Jan Orvik, Editor)



Two candidates for the position of Director of the Chester Fritz Library will visit campus during the week of March 20. The University community is invited to hear presentations by each of the candidates and to take the opportunity to meet and speak with them.

Wilbur Stolt holds degrees in History and Education from UND, and advanced degrees in Library Science and History from the University of Illinois. He is currently the Director of Public Services and Library Services at the University of Oklahoma. He will visit UND from March 19-22. His presentation will be Tuesday, March 21, at 3 p.m. in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library.

Pamela Drayson holds master's degrees in Management and Library Science from Central Michigan University and the University of Missouri, respectively. She is currently the Director of Library Services at Kansas City, Kansas, Community College. She will visit UND from March 23-25. Her presentation will be Thursday, March 23, at 3 p.m. in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library.

Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to come and meet the candidates for this position. If you have questions regarding the schedule, please contact Mary Kweit, Chair of the Search Committee, at 777-3548 or Stacie Varnson, Office of the Provost, at 777-4901.

-- Stacie Varnson, Office of the Provost.




National Commander for the Disabled American Veterans and Grand Forks native Michael Dobmeier will discuss his organization's efforts to assist veterans on the Thursday, March 9, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Dobmeier was medically discharged during the Vietnam War, which led to his involvement with Disabled American Veterans (DAV), a non-profit organization that serves more than 1.5 million veterans who have been disabled in service to their country. The DAV focuses on keeping government benefits and services available to veterans. Last week Dobmeier testified before the House Veterans Affairs Committee to support N.D. Sen. Kent Conrad's proposal to provide veterans with timely access to medical specialists.

"Studio One" will also feature a segment about a day in the life of a floral designer. Liz Mattson has loved flowers since childhood. She will talk about what it takes to be a good floral designer, as well as what makes being a florist so rewarding.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

Krysta Hovland, Studio One Marketing Team.



The Foundations of Biomedical Science Seminar will be held Fridays, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. On Friday, March 10, James Foster (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), will present "An Old Enzyme Teaching Us New Tricks: Recent Advances in Structure/Function Relationships and Regulation of the Glucose-6-Phosphatase System."

There will be no seminar Friday, March 17, due to Spring Break.

Jon Jackson, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



A satellite teleconference will be held in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl Thursday, March 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. It will discuss providing real time captioning, C-Print speech to print transcription, assistive listening devices, and other technologies.

As deaf and hard of hearing students continue to seek enrollment in higher education, faculty and staff need to know what technology these students will need to assure success. This uplink will focus on how to find and provide some of the services most commonly requested by deaf or hard of hearing students.

Disability Support Services.



The North Dakota Museum of Art continues the Saturday Art Workshop program on Saturday, March 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a program titled "Dancing Color: The Artwork of Francis Wilson." Color shivers, vibrates, and jumps in his artwork. Based on Wilson's artwork from the permanent collection, children will collaborate on a large painting made in response to Wilson's paintings and the group discussion, then each participant will create a razzamatazz rainbow to take home.

Saturday Art Workshops are for children ages 6-12 and their parents/guardians. Each class is devoted to the creation of an artwork in response to the chosen artwork as we discuss the history of the artist and how the artist created the artwork. The workshops will allow the parents/guardians and the children to become aware of artists practicing today and help them feel a part of the cultural heritage at the Museum. Admission is $5 per child for Museum members, and $7 per child for non-members. To become a member call 777-4195. Visit the Museum web site at www.ndmoa.com to preview Wilson's artwork.

Saturday Art Workshops continue on April 1 with "Talking Sticks: Staffs by James David Smith" from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call 777-4195.

Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The Chicago-based new music ensemble MeloMania! will present a recital Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. MeloMania! was formed in 1997 and is dedicated to music of the post-1945 era and to the creation of new works by living composers. Their UND performance will include the world premiere of UND composer Michael Wittgraf's "Fluid, Stone and Heresy" as well as compositions by Iannis Xenakis, Howard Sandroff, Robert Carl, Florian Maier and Mark Engebretson. In addition to the public concert, MeloMania! will present master classes in saxophone, piano, cello and percussion from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Hughes Fine Arts Center. All events are free and open to the public. For information, please contadt us.

Michael Wittgraf, 777-4716 and Elizabeth Rheude, 777-2283, Department of Music.



On Tuesday, March 21, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in 210 Clifford Hall, the Army and Air Force ROTC departments will host a live satellite conference with General Colin Powell, United States Army Retired. Gen. (R) Powell will be discussing character development and core values. He is the former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Desert Storm period and the former chair of the President's Summit for America's Future. Currently, he chairs America's Promise The Alliance for Youth. For more information, contact the Military Science Department at 777-3498. Everyone is invited to attend.

Larry Marson, Military Science.



"Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases," a live, interactive video conference, will be offered Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13 at Northwest Technical College in East Grand Forks. Registration is $10, payable to: Pathways Inc. c/o Keith Engbrech, 1221 Vista Lane, Bismarck, ND 58501. The sixth edition of the "Pink Book" (course material) is available from the Public Health Foundation for $25. You can order it by calling 877-252-1200. All other course materials will be provided on site. For further information, contact Kathy Dunn, Grand Forks Health Department, 787-8100.

Liz Tyree, Family and Community Nursing.



"Making the Right Moves in Handling Research Misconduct Allegations," a live video conference jointly sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA), will be presented Friday, March 24, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Century Theatre of the NDSU Memorial Union. UND faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This workshop will present the changes in federal policy on research misconduct resulting from the new, government-wide misconduct policy recently prepared by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Topics include receiving and assessing allegations, managing the inquiry process, gathering the evidence, and managing the inquiry outcomes. Speakers include representatives from ORI and university administrators experienced in investigating allegations of misconduct. Registration is not required, and the workshop is free.

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




The Time Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall 2000 will be available online Wednesday, March 15. Students may inquire on ALFI as to their time and date of registration for Summer and Fall starting Monday, March 13.

The Time Schedule of Classes for Summer and Fall 2000, to be used by departments for advising purposes, will be available for pickup in the reception area of the Office of the Registrar, second floor, Twamley Hall, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, March 24. If you have questions, please call 777- 2711.

Veriena Garver, Admissions and Records Officer, Office of the Registrar.



The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is seeking nominations for an award which recognizes both a faculty member and fourth-year medical student for compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families. Nominations, due March 31, will be accepted from medical school faculty members and senior medical students for the 2000 Humanism in Medicine Award, a program of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The awards are intended to spur dialogue, debate and activities relating to graduating scientifically excellent as well as compassionate physicians.

The UND medical school has been selected as one of 85 medical schools to participate in the awards program. The school's Student Performance and Recognition Committee will review nominations and select winners who will each receive a $2,000 award, provided by the foundation.

Criteria for the nomination and selection of award-winners may be obtained through the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, P.O. Box 9037, or call 777- 2840. It is expected that award recipients will be recognized during the school's M.D. Class of 2000 commencement awards luncheon in May. The board of trustees of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey has a particular interest in improving doctor-patient relations. The foundation is the primary sponsor of a state-of-the-art web site devoted to humanism in medicine, developed and maintained by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation: www.humanism-in-medicine.org.

Judy DeMers, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The final examination for Sheila A. Mulligan Rauch, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Monday, March 13, in 140 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "The Influence of Media Type on Sexually Impositional Behavior." Jeffrey Holm (Psychology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




Spring Break hours for the Law Library are: Saturday, March 11, closed; Sunday, March 12, closed; Monday, March 13, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Due to power outage); Tuesday through Friday, March 14-17, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Regular hours resume Sunday, March 19.

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.



The Conflict Resolution Center Mediation Clinic will be closed Tuesday evening, March 14, but the Center will remain open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Clinic will continue its normal Tuesday evening walk-in clinic beginning again March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. For information or scheduling, please call 777-3664, or e-mail udcrc@badlands.nodak.edu . Visit our web site at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/crc .

Janice Hoffarth, Conflict Resolution Center.



UND has diverted 486 tons of materials from the landfill since July 1999. Your contribution in our efforts to reuse these resources is making a difference. Don't throw it away. Reuse or Recycle it!

Janice Troitte, Recycling.



UND's live television news show, "Studio One," recently launched its 25th season of live telecasts on Cable Channel 3. Viewers can get a special treat by tuning in every Thursday at 5 p.m. as the cast and crew commemorate this milestone.

The theme for this season is "Celebrate Silver." Twenty-five seasons represents 12 years of live productions, 148 awards and over 300 students who have participated since the show's inception in 1987. Each live show will feature a "Silver Moment," and recall a memorable guest from the past. Some of the guests include entertainer Phyllis Diller, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, radio personality Rush Limbaugh and musical artist B.B. King.

"Studio One" offers opportunities for UND students to gain hands-on experience in the communication industry. Students produce news, weather, sports and interview segments for each week's live production. Using the technology of the world wide web, "Studio One" is available to viewers all over the world. Every live show is webcast at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. The web site also provides a historical background on the show, information about internship opportunities, awards, show times and alumni who have participated in "Studio One" during the last 25 seasons.

Anyone can be a member of the "Studio One" audience. For tickets, visit our web page at www.und.edu/dept/studio1 or call us at 777-4346.

Krysta Hovland, Studio One Marketing Team.



You are reminded that if you have money remaining in your FlexComp medical spending account and/or dependent care spending account for the plan year ending Dec. 31, 1999, you have until March 31, 2000 (90 day IRS regulation) to submit any claims incurred in the 1999 plan year, Jan. 1, 1999, to Dec. 31, 1999. After that time, any remaining balances will be forfeited.

Please take into account the processing time needed to complete the forms before the plan year is closed out March 31. Vouchers should be received in the Payroll Office no later than Thursday, March 23. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 777-4423.

Heidi Vogel, Payroll Office.



UND's Pride of the North Marching Band Director Robert Brooks wants to bring the stunning sights and sounds of a large marching band back to UND. With the help of the UND Foundation, Chair Ben Clayburgh and a group of dedicated volunteers, Brooks has launched The Pride of the North Fund Drive. The fund drive committee was organized within the UND Foundation and consists of volunteers and team captains from the Greater Grand Forks community.

The Pride of the North Marching Band has about 80 members. The band performs a pre-game and halftime show for all home football games. The band travels to at least one football game at another school every year and will perform in playoff games and professional sporting events. Expanding to a 150-piece band is one of the goals for this year and a 200-piece band is the goal for 2001. The band also hopes to help christen the Aurora Events Center and the new Engelstad hockey arena in 2001.

To volunteer, contribute funds, or obtain more information, contact the UND Alumni Association and Foundation at 777-2611 or Box 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202.



Due to popular demand, we have added another section of Photoshop classes on Wednesday, April 12, from 8 to 10 a.m. and Friday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to noon in 221 O'Kelly Hall (attend both sessions). You will learn the basics of handling digital image files in Adobe Photoshop 5.5, including resolution, re-sizing, file format, filters, scanning and more. Cost is $60, including instruction and materials; the instructor is Ute Sartorius Kraidy, Industrial Technology.

To register phone 777-2128 or e-mail staci_matheny@mail.und.nodak.edu . Check out other employee development opportunities at the U2 web site: www.conted.und.edu/U2 .

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



A non-residential Insight Meditation retreat will be held Friday through Sunday, March 31 to April 2.

Insight Meditation offers an easily accessible way of freeing the mind from distortions of self- centeredness, negativity and confusion. Through concentrated awareness, we can learn to see our experience as a constantly changing process, in which pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life are accepted with increasing balance and equanimity. This insight leads to an understanding of our true nature and the possibility of living each moment fully with compassion and genuine freedom. Insight meditation requires no commitments and is compatible with religious affiliations.

This non-residential retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Retreats are held in silence except for the teaching periods.

The instructor is Ginny Morgan, who has been practicing meditation since 1977 and teaching meditation for over three years. She works as a play therapist with chronically and acutely ill children in a Pediatric Hospital. She is currently president of the board of Mid America Sharma, an organization which coordinates retreats in the Midwest.

The retreat cost is $45 and includes all retreat fees and one vegetarian meal on Sunday noon. Retreatants should bring a sack lunch with them on Saturday.

Please register by Friday, March 10. Call 777-4231 for a form to be filled out and sent in with a check payable to "Lotus Meditation Center" for $25 as initial deposit. You will receive an acknowledgment confirming your registration. The remainder of the cost ($20) shall be paid on the day of the retreat.

Please bring a blanket and cushion for sitting. If you have any questions, call 777-4231.

Tamar Read (Music, Emeritus), Lotus Meditation Center.



The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, patio bricks, and several other miscellaneous items. These items may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse at the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, March 13-16.

Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.




An increasing number of sponsors are accepting grant proposals submitted by electronic means. Either e-mail or online electronic forms have been used by granting agencies to reduce the number of paper copies required or eliminate the need for hard copies altogether. Fastlane, NSF's electronic system, is the most familiar example.

Unlike Fastlane, where proposals may only be submitted from the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), some of these systems appear to allow proposals to be submitted directly by the investigators. Incomplete instructions on these systems are causing confusion about the process to be used.

Electronic submission does not mean that investigators can bypass processing proposals through the normal channels of the University. The expectation by the sponsor is that a proposal leaving the University has been approved by UND.

Faculty and staff who plan to submit an electronic proposal should inform ORPD or Grants and Contracts of your plans. Because electronic submission is new, and sponsors are learning how to implement it, a wide range of processes are being used. By keeping us informed of your plans, you can help us process proposals more easily.

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



The following faculty were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) Summer Instructional Development Professorships in February:

Lucy Ganje (Communication), "Cross-Cultural Visual Literacy"; Eva Houston (Counseling and Social Work), "Developing a Field Instruction Manual for the Training Program in Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Counseling"; William Gosnold, Jr. (Geology and Geological Engineering), "Develop a New Geology Course: Digital Mapping Methods"; John A. Williams (Anthropology), "Development of CD-ROM Visual Instructional Materials for Anthropology 346"; Charles Miller (Philosophy and Religion), "Redesigning Religion 300: Jesus in Gospel and History"; Timothy O'Keefe and Wayne Haga (Business and Vocational Education), "Development of a New Course: Application Programming for the Internet"; Steven Street (Teaching and Learning), "Infusion of Inclusion IDEAS for Teaching and Learning and Extended Secondary Teacher Preparation Programs"; Chang-Hyun Jo (Computer Science), "Development of the New Course Material for CSci 536: Compiler Design."

--Richard Landry (Education), Chair, Faculty Instructional Development Committee.



The following faculty were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in February:

Stephanie Christian (Nursing Practice and Role Development), "National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition," $500; Sergio Gallo (Music), "The Daniel Baremboim Workshop for Pianists and Conductors," $700; Barbara Lewis (Music), "Kripalu Center Programs," $700; Helen Melland (Nursing Practice and Role Development), "Fourth Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching," $842.50; Dexter Perkins (Geology & Geological Engineering), "Digital Library Initiative," $850; Cec Volden (Nursing Practice and Role Development), "Fourth Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching," $890; Jan Zahrly (Management), "Annual Meeting of the Association of Business Simulation and Experiential Learning,", $750.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences or for 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 web site (listed under "Academics" on the UNDInfo page, at www.und.edu).

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, Instructional Development, 777-3325 or rankin@badlands.nodak.edu.


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

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


The Research Scholar Grants Program replaces the Research Project Grants program. Research Scholar Grants for Beginning Investigators provide up to $250,000/year for 4 years (renewable for an additional 4 years) to support basic, preclinical, clinical, cancer control, or epidemiologic research projects initiated by investigators in the first 8 years of their independent research careers. Research Scholar Grants for Psychosocial and Behavioral Research provide up to $500,000/year for 5 years (renewable for an additional 5 years) to independent investigators at any stage of their careers. Applications in which researchers are partnered with senior investigators as co-principal investigators are encouraged. Research Scholar Grants for Health Services and Health Policy and Outcomes Research offer up to $250,000/year for 4 years (renewable for an additional 4 years) in support of research projects centered on health services or health policy and outcomes research that are initiated by independent investigators at any stage of their careers. Deadlines: 4/1/2000, 10/15/2000.

In addition to the grants described above, ACS funds a wide range of cancer research and training and anticipates awarding grants totaling up to $90 million in 2000. Funded projects range from basic to applied cancer control research, including targeted funding of studies of behavioral aspects of the disease, methods for achieving cancer control in poor and underserved populations, and training of health professionals. Qualifying criteria for applicants in the area of health services and health policy and outcomes research have been expanded to include investigators at any stage of their careers. Applications may be submitted electronically or in hard copy. Ongoing research and training grants and the respective deadline dates are listed below. Contact: 404/329- 7558; grants@cander.org; www.cancer.org.

Postdoctoral Fellowships, Clinical Research Training Grants for Junior Faculty, International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators, 10/1/2000, 3/1/2001

Clinical Research Professorships, Institutional Research Grants, Cancer Control Career Development Awards for Primary Care Physicians, Master's and Post-Master's Training Grants in Clinical Oncology Social Work, 10/1/2000

Targeted Grants for Research Directed at Poor and Underserved Populations, Varies with program

Research Opportunity Grants, No deadline.

Research Professorships, 3/1/2001

Physician Training Awards in Preventive Medicine, 4/1/2000

Master's and Doctoral Degree Scholarships in Cancer Nursing, 12/15/2000

Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowships in Clinical Oncology (foreign nationals only), 1/15/2001

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The Office of Educational Research and Improvement invites applications from consortia composed of State educational agencies, institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations or any combination of those organizations for grants from the Regional Technology in Education Consortia (RTEC) Program. This competition supports 10 regional consortia projects that will provide professional and leadership development, technical assistance, information and resources to States, districts, schools and other education institutions to help in their efforts to integrate advanced technologies into K-12 teaching and learning and programs of adult literacy. The High Plains RTEC Region is composed of Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Awards of $990,000 for the first budget year and $995,000 for each of years 2-5 are expected. Deadline: 4/14/00. Applications Contact: Carmelita Stevenson, 202/208-5410; carmelita__stevenson@ed.gov. Information Contact: Enid Simmons, 202/219-1739; enid__simmons@ed.gov.

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Abstracts are invited for Policy Research and Studies on Welfare Reform Outcomes. The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) are interested in supporting research that will address critically important questions about welfare reform and related programs serving low-income families and outcomes for mothers, fathers, children, and other family members. The purpose of these studies is to support policy-relevant research, using rigorous analytical methods, to address critical questions about welfare reform-related outcomes for families and children, program design, implementation and management choices and effects at various levels. Of particular interest are welfare outcomes and those issues that are likely to be of concern in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) reauthorization discussions. An extensive list of possible topics is provided in the announcement. Only 6-page abstracts, not full proposals, will be accepted under this announcement. Full proposals will be requested for competitive review. The printed Federal Register notice is the only official program announcement and is available at http://frwebgate2.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/ waisgate.cgi?WAISdocID=4609926072+0+0+0&WAISaction=retrieve. Abstract Deadline: 3/29/00. Contact: Audrey Mirsky-Ashby, DHHS, ASPE, 202/401-6640, amirsky@osaspe.dhhs.gov; or Nancye Campbell, DHHS, ACF, 202/401-5760, ncampbell@acf.dhhs.gov.

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Graduate Student Programs provide research opportunities for graduate students in the basic physical and life sciences, mathematics, computer science and engineering as well as a variety of applied research areas relating to coal, conservation, fission, fusion, environmental technology, and national security. Opportunities are offered in the following areas. Laboratory-Graduate Research Appointments are available for qualified U.S. university graduate students who wish to carry out thesis research at the Laboratory under co-sponsorship of an Argonne staff member and a faculty member at his/her home institution. Thesis-Parts Appointments support qualified graduate students who wish to visit the Laboratory, for periods from a few days to a few months, to utilize special facilities. Guest-Graduate Appointments are available for qualified graduate students who show that access to Argonne's facilities will benefit both their thesis research and Argonne's programs. The Nonproliferation Graduate Program is a graduate internship and foreign practicum that trains Russian speaking graduate students in technical and policy aspects of nuclear nonproliferation. Practicum sites are in Russia, the Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. International Student Exchange Program summer appointments (3-months) are available in various nuclear-related technologies at prestigious research centers in France, Germany, and Japan. Deadline: 11/1/00 (Nonproliferation Graduate Program); None for other programs. Contact: Glenda Shelton Williams, 630/252-3371; gshelton@dep.anl.gov; http://www.dep.anl.gov.

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Master's Level and Doctoral Head Start Research Grants provide support to conduct research in the areas of: infant and toddler development within the cultural context; school readiness; and mental health field-initiated research which will increase our knowledge of low-income children's development in order to improve services or have significant policy implications. Eligible applicants are institutions of higher education on behalf of graduate students who have been accepted into a doctoral program in the field of proposed study and have completed their Master's degree or equivalent in that field by the time grants are awarded. Because no university will be funded for more than one candidate, please contact ORPD if you are interested in submitting an application to this program. The maximum Federal share will range from $10,000-$20,000 for the first year or a maximum of $40,000 for a 2-year project period. Deadline: 4/24/00. Contact: ACYF Operations Center, 800/351-2293; hsr@lcgnet.com; http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/hsb.

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The Academic Career Award (K07) is used by the NIH Institutes and Centers to support individuals interested in introducing or improving curricula in a particular scientific field as a means of enhancing the educational or research capacity at the grantee institution. Two types of activities are supported: research/academic development of junior faculty and leadership development of established academicians. Up to 5 years of support is available for either activity. For junior candidates, a mentor is required to assist the candidate to become a successful academician in the chosen area. Teaching, curriculum building, research, and leadership skills are to be learned during the tenure of the award. For the established candidate, individuals with acknowledged scientific expertise and leadership skills should be interested in improving the curricula and enhancing the research capacity within an academic institution. It is expected that support under this award will increase visibility and overall research support or academic capacity for the given field of research within the academic medical/health and research community. Not all NIH awarding components support the K07 or both components of this award. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the appropriate NIH program staff prior to preparing an application. Deadlines: Standard NIH. The program announcement is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-070.html.

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The Foundation supports projects that concern medical education in the context of the changing health care system; efforts to devise or complement educational strategies that are likely to improve and/or increase care for underserved populations; efforts directed to multiple health professions and a teamwork approach to the common goals of the health of the public; and projects that seek to increase the number of health professionals from underrepresented groups within society. Projects supported in the past include: establishment of a professorship in medical education; development of a model residency track to standardize training for the new field of hospitalist care; development of a new competency-based curriculum for medical programs; improvement of instructional skills of medical school faculty; creation and dissemination of CD-ROM interactive instructional programs; national survey of primary care physicians and their patients to provide a profile of physician attitudes and practices with regard to substance abuse; and hosting a series of symposia on the issues of health care for the underserved. Past awards have ranged from $5,000-$25,000 for staff grants and over $1,000,000 for program grants. Initial contact should be a letter of inquiry. There are no application forms. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/486-2424; fax 212/644-0765; 44 East 64th Street, New York, NY 10021.

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Support is provided for projects that benefit human nutrition in the areas of education, training, and research. Types of projects funded include: programs in human nutrition and training of children and young adults to improve their health and development; programs for education and training of mothers during pregnancy and after the birth of their children in order to ensure good nutritional habits are formed at an early age; programs that assist in the training of persons to work as educators and demonstrators of good nutritional practices; and programs that encourage dissemination of information regarding healthful nutritional practices and habits. Support may also be provided for publication of periodicals and articles regarding sound nutritional practices and habits. Limited funding is available for immediate emergency hunger and malnutrition problems. A grant involving academic research should be conducted under the leadership of a principal investigator who is a full-time regular faculty member with tenure or on tenure track. Deadline: None. Contact: Dale Baum, Secretary, 517/832-5678; fax 517/832-8842; d-baum@tamu.edu; http://www.tamu.edu/baum/allen.html.

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The Mid-Career Methodological Opportunities (99-33) program offers research fellowships in the social, behavioral, economic, and statistical sciences which cover release time and related expenses so successful investigators can spend an extended period of time at a host location immersing themselves in an area of study outside their current areas of expertise. The intent is to facilitate development of innovative methods and models for understanding complex social and behavioral science phenomena. The host location may be a different institution from the investigator's home institution or a different department within the home institution. Eligible applicants must be employed at a U.S. institution and have earned a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the social, behavioral, economic, or statistical sciences. Although applications may be submitted from researchers at any level beyond the Ph.D., NSF especially encourages submission of proposals from senior (post-tenure) researchers. Applicants are encouraged to coordinate proposed activities with a sabbatical or other forms of release time. Duration is 12 months. Awards include a $50,000 stipend, plus allowances. Deadlines: 8/15/2000. Contact: Cherly L. Eavey, Program Director, 703/306-1729; fax 703/306-0485; ceavey@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/mms/midcareer.htm.

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


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