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University Letter

March 16, 2001

Volume 38 No. 28

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 28, March 16, 2001

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President Charles Kupchella and Provost John Ettling will hold a Strategic Planning and Budget Forum live on Northern Lights Public Radio Tuesday, March 20, 9-10 a.m. Faculty, administrators, staff and students are invited to tune in, listen in and call in with questions. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 20, 9-10 a.m. and tune in your radio to 1370 AM and 90.7 FM. The phone numbers for calling in: 777-2400 or 1-800-248-5656 for those out of the local number exchange.

The latest draft of the Strategic Plan is now online at www.und.edu/stratplan, but this is still a draft. President Kupchella and Provost Ettling seek input on the plan, criticisms and concerns as well as positive comments. If you would prefer to send your comments via e-mail, please visit the Strategic Planning and Budget web site at www.und.edu/stratplan. There is a mechanism on the web site for commenting on the draft plan.




"Worklife/Lifework" is the theme of the 32nd Annual Writers Conference to be held March 18-23 at the Memorial Union. This year's conference features a Booker Prize winner, an American Academy of Arts Straus Living Award winner, and several other nationally recognized poets, editors, and authors. Two documentary film-makers will also be featured, whose combined achievements include two Oscars and three Emmys.

The conference will include readings, panel discussions, book signings, student and public readings, and a film festival (including the Frederick Wiseman's film "Missile" and Barbara Kopple's "American Dream"). All events are free and open to the public.

The President's Spotlight, in conjunction with the Writers Conference, features lectures from two award-winning documentary filmmakers.

Frederick Wiseman is a towering international figure in the world of documentary film. His 31 films, screened at festivals on all continents, have won numerous awards and prizes, including three Emmys. His life's work has made him a Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Letters, a MacArthur Fellow, a Commanduer de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, among other honors.

Barbara Kopple has twice won an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary: in 1977 for "Harlan County USA," and in 1991 for "American Dream." "Harlan County USA" was named to the National Film Registry in 1991 and designated an American Film Classic.

The list of this year's writers follows:

Peter Carey has won every major fiction prize in Australia at least once, as well as the 1988 Booker Prize for "Oscar and Lucinda," now a major motion picture. He also wrote the screenplay for another of his novels, "Bliss," which was named the best film in Australia for 1985. Carey has worked in advertising and has owned hs own agency. His new novel, "True History of the Kelly Gang," tells the story of the 18th century populist Australian outlaw Ned Kelley.

Kent Haruf, a descendant of North Dakota homesteaders, worked a variety of jobs, including construction, building grain bins, egg candling, and teaching high school, before succeeding as a writer of fiction. His 1999 novel, "Plainsong," a finalist for the National Book Award, has led many readers back to his earlier work. "The Tie That Binds" (1984) won a Whiting Writers Award.

Joy Williams has short stories in major anthologies, and has published in "Paris Review," "Esquire," "New Yorker," "Granta," and in her own collections. Her fiction won an American Academy of Arts Straus Living Award (1993-1997).

Gary Fisketjon is a renowned editor, editing works by guests at this year's conference, as well as Raymond Carver, Jay McInerny, Bill Morrissey, and Tobias Wolff. He is editor-at-large and vice president of Alfred A. Knopf.

Natasha Trethewey is a recipient of the Grolier Poetry Prize. "Domestic Work," her first collection, was chosen by Rita Dove for the 1999 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.

Ofelia Zepeda won the MacArthur Fellowship award citation, and has been called a "unique force on behalf of the continued life of endangered languages." Her book, "A Papago Grammar," is the only textbook in her native language, Tohono O'odahm. She has also published two bilingual books of her own poetry, "Ocean Power: Poems from the Desert," and "Jewed 'I- Hoi/Earth Movements."

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, March 18, 4:30 p.m., film, "Belfast, Maine," Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave.

Monday, March 19, 3 p.m., a screening in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl of "Dead Dogs," a film written and shot in Grand Forks; screenwriter Todd Bullman and others will lead a discussion following the screening.

Tuesday, March 20, 10:30 a.m., Student and Public Readings; noon, Panel, "The Writer's Work," moderated by Tami Carmichael. Panel members are Peter Carey, Gary Fisketjon, Kent Haruf and Natasha Trethewey; 4 p.m., Reading, Gary Fisketjon; 8 p.m., Reading, Peter Carey.

Wednesday, March 21, 10:30 a.m., Student and Public Readings; noon, Panel, "The Editor's Work," moderated by Robert Lewis. Panel members are Peter Carey, Gary Fisketjon, Kent Haruf and Joy Williams; 4 p.m., Reading, Joy Williams; 8 p.m., Reading, Kent Haruf.

Thursday, March 22, 10:30 a.m., Student and Public Readings; noon, Panel, "The Heart of Work," moderated by Cliff Staples. Panel members are Barbara Kopple, Joy Williams and Ofeila Zepeda; 4 p.m., Reading, Natasha Trethewey; 7 p.m., Film, "Missile" with Frederick Wiseman, Empire Arts Center, 415 DeMers Ave.

Friday, March 23, 10:30 a.m., Student and Public Readings; noon, A Public Conversation "Documenting Work," moderated by Michael Anderegg. Panel members are Barbara Kopple and Frederick Wiseman; 4 p.m., Reading, Ofeila Zepeda; 7 p.m., Film, "American Dream" with Barbara Kopple, Chester Fritz Auditorium.

For more information, call Jim McKenzie at 777-2768, or check out the UND Writers Conference web page at http://www.undwritersconference.org.

Jim McKenzie, English.



The Parent Education Resource Center will hold its annual conference Saturday, March 17, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. The theme is Resolving Conflict and Making Peace at Home, featuring Susan Beekman. She co-authored "Battles, Hassles, Tantrums and Tears: Strategies for Coping with Conflict and Making Peace at Home." Participants will learn seven approaches for resolving conflicts with children, managing anger, three strategies for effective follow-through, teaching children problem- solving skills, and setting up family structures for problem solving.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; call 795-2765 to pre-register.

Parent Education Resource Center.



The Greater Grand Forks Symphony presents Music Explorers: A Concert for Young Audiences on Saturday and Sunday, March 17 and 18, at the Empire Arts Center. Additional performances are scheduled for the Chester Fritz Auditorium on Tuesday, March 20, for school and community groups. The theme of this year's concert is "Musical Stories," and the featured work is "Old Turtle," a new composition by Meet The Composer resident Linda Tutas Haugen, which will be performed by the Chiara String Quartet and nine principal musicians from the Symphony. Also featured in the work is a section for improvisational Native American flute, which will be played by guest artist Keith Bear.

"Old Turtle" is based on the award-winning children's book of the same name written by Douglas Wood and illustrated by Cheng- Khee Chee. Wood will narrate the story at the Empire performances and Haugen will narrate at the Chester Fritz. Haugen's work has inspired activities in the University and Greater Grand Forks that carry out its themes of peace, tolerance and stewardship of the Earth. Events and exhibits at the Grand Forks Public Library, the Dakota Science Center and the Alerus Center, for example, have all been planned around "Old Turtle" themes. Illustrator Cheng-Khee Chee has provided original watercolors from the book which will be on display at the Alerus during the concert days.

Other works on the hour-long concert program include: a performance of Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertante" featuring Jonah Sirota and Rebecca Fischer of the Chiara String Quartet, excerpts from Rossini's "Barber of Seville," and excerpts from Grieg's "Per Gynt Suite" including "Hall of the Mountain King" and "Morning" and Grof´┐Ż's "Grand Canyon Suite" performed by the Greater Grand Forks Youth Symphony.

For ticket information call 777-3359.

Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 19, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Energy Engineering department to:

* Change the title of the Ph.D. degree from Energy Engineering to Engineering

* Change the program requirements by: reducing residency, implementing a policy for accepting international M.S. degrees, restructuring required course work, and changing the timing of comprehensive exams

* Change the title of ENGR 501 to Energy, Resources, and Policy

* Change the title of ENGR 502 to Alternative Energy Systems

* Change the title of ENGR 562 to Seminar in Engineering and change the prerequisites

* Change the title of ENGR 590 to Special Topics in Engineering, and change the course description

* Change the title of ENGR 599 to Doctoral Research, and change the credits

2. Consideration of a request by the department of Mechanical Engineering to offer a combined Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) Master of Science (with a major in Mechanical Engineering) and BSME/Master of Engineering degrees.

3. Consideration of a new academic program request for a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with both thesis and non- thesis options.

4. Matters arising.

5. Search Committee convenes at 4:30 p.m.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Dr. Otto MacLin, general experimental faculty applicant, will present "An Exploration of the Perceptual Dimensions of Face Space," at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Psychology Department.



The Department of Teaching and Learning will hold Research Conversations with Nadine Tepper on Tuesday, March 20, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 106 of the Education Building. Dr. Tepper is a faculty candidate for both the Social Studies Education and the Multicultural Education positions available in Teaching and Learning. Those interested are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Teaching and Learning at 777-3143.

Pam Bethke, Teaching and Learning.



Vocal and instrumental faculty from the Department of Music will present a Chamber Music Recital Wednesday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Performing artists include: Lisa Blackledge Anderson, piano; Royce Blackburn, baritone; Therese Costes, soprano; David Henrickson, piano; Dorothy Keyser, soprano; Elizabeth Rheude, clarinet; Jonah Sirota, viola and Julie Yoon, violin. The recital is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact me.

Elizabeth Rheude, Associate Professor of Clarinet, Department of Music, 777-2823.



The Women's Center will celebrate women of courage and vision Thursday, March 22, at the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St.

Join us for the following events:

A reception for Joy Williams, visiting author, Writers Conference, will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. A video, "Women in American Life: 1942-1955," will be shown from noon to 1 p.m. A discussion of the video will be led by Barbara Handy-Marchello, Chair, History Department. We will provide lunch.

Women's Center.



The Office of International Programs holds Thursday night events each week at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The March 22 program will feature Kazakstan, Kyrgystan and Uzbekistan. Everyone is welcome.

International Programs.



A reception for Rob Carolin, Director of Enrollment Services, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, March 23, in 305 Twamley Hall. Everyone is invited to wish Rob well in his new job with the Alumni Association and Foundation.



Faculty are asked to announce the following to students:

The Recreation and Leisure Majors Club and Career Services/Cooperative Education are sponsoring the first Summer Fun Job Fair, Thursday, March 29, at the Memorial Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employers from camps, state parks, and park districts will attend. They are looking for enthusiastic workers who want to work hard and have fun! The event is free and open to all university students. For more information, please contact Beverly Blegen at 777-3774.

Department of Social Work/Recreation and Leisure Services.



Nationally recognized performing artists Robert Spring, clarinet, and J.B. Smith, percussion, will present a Duo Recital Monday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Smith is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Percussion Studies at Arizona State University. He has performed and recorded with Ensemble 21, The Daniel Lentz Group, Summit Brass and the Phoenix Symphony. He records for numerous labels including Summit, Koch and Canyon Records, and is an artist-in-residence for ASU's Institute for Studies in the Arts.

Spring, Professor of Clarinet at ASU, has performed as soloist with orchestras and wind ensembles in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and South America, and has appeared on National Public Radio's Performance Today. Dr. Spring frequently serves as clinician and adjudicator, and teaches on the faculties of several summer music festivals. He has published numerous articles on multiple articulation and other contemporary clarinet techniques. The Duo Recital is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Rheude, Music.



Mike Green, a nationally recognized alcohol and drug educator, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 26, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. An athlete, former coach, and recovering alcoholic, Green uses humor and anecdotes to help illustrate the personal costs of alcohol and drug abuse. Personal responsibility, decision making, responsible party techniques, gauging and setting limits, and dealing with peer pressure are among the topics he will address. Please join us and encourage students to attend his entertaining and thought-provoking presentation. He will make you laugh, he will make you think, and he will help you make decisions. A performance by Nine & Numb, North Dakota's only professional improv troupe, will follow Green's presentation.

This event is sponsored by Greek Council, Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and ADAPT, UPC-A Division of Student Government, Housing, Association of Residence Halls, and Student Health Services. For information contact DeAnn Burckhard at 777-1282 or deann_burckhard@hotmail.com.

Jane Croecker, Health Promotion Advisor, Student Health Services.



David Austin will be the featured speaker at a professional workshop sponsored by the Recreation and Leisure Services Program in the Department of Social Work. The workshop will be held Thursday, March 29, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. It is intended for recreation, parks, and leisure services professionals and other human service providers who work with children or people with disabilities. Austin is a nationally noted author, educator and researcher in the field of inclusion and therapeutic recreation. The topics of his two presentations will be: "Including People With Disabilities" and "Are You Really a Professional?"

Austin is the author of three of the most influential texts in the field of recreation for people with disabilities. "Therapeutic Recreation: An Introduction," "Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques" and "Inclusive and Special Recreation" are popular texts used at hundreds of universities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Austin has received many awards for his teaching, research and writing, including Indiana University's Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators Teaching Excellence Award, Hollis Fait Scholar Award, and the J.B. Nash Scholar Award. He has also received the National Recreation and Park Association's prestigious National Literary Award for his contributions to the literature of the recreation field. Because of his service to professional organizations, he has been presented with the National Therapeutic Recreation Society Distinguished Service Award, the Society of Park and Recreation Educators Distinguished Fellow Award, and the American Therapeutic Recreation Association Distinguished Fellow Award.

Austin has given more than 140 presentations at scholarly and professional meetings and provided leadership to a variety of professional organizations. His professional life has been dedicated to the field of therapeutic recreation and recreation services for people with disabilities.

To register for the workshop, call the Department of Social Work, 777-2669. There is a registration fee of $10 for human service professionals. UND students will be admitted free, but must pre-register.

Tim Schroeder, Social Work/Recreation and Leisure Services.



The final examination for Laura J. Kitzan, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Psychology, is set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Effects of Induced Mood on Cognitive Processing in Healthy Older and Healthy Younger Adults." F. Richard Ferraro (Psychology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.



The second annual Recreation and Leisure Services Career Symposium will be held on campus Friday, March 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Speakers from a variety of sectors in the recreation and leisure services field will present information about career opportunities and directions. UND students, high school seniors, and students at other area colleges and universities who are interested in learning more about professional career opportunities in the recreation and leisure field are invited to attend.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Recreation and Leisure Services Program, Department of Social Work, and the North Dakota Recreation and Park Association. Symposium speakers will cover career opportunities in municipal recreation and parks, outdoor leadership, clinical therapeutic recreation, YMCA, fitness programming, community-based therapeutic recreation, military recreation services, park management, and tourism promotion. The Symposium will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a keynote presentation about graduate studies in recreation and leisure, presented by David Austin, Director of Graduate Studies in Recreation and Parks at Indiana University. Following Dr. Austin's speech, participants may choose from break-out sessions presented by various professionals from the region.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union. There is no charge for the Symposium. Groups that may be attending are asked to pre-register by calling 777-2669.

Tim Schroeder, Social Work/Recreation and Leisure Services.



The American Association of University Women will host an Educational Diversity Conference Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, at the Best Western Town House in Grand Forks.

Registration is at 3 p.m. Friday and the sessions begin at 4 p.m. Friday evening and all day Saturday are packed with presentations including those on culture of other countries, Native American perspectives, age diversity, and social justice. A keynote speaker is Vicki Dungan, West Coast, who successfully battled her university for equal rights. Another keynote address will be by Yasemin Washington of Arlington, Va., whose topic is "Embracing Differences-Empowering Lives."

One graduate credit and CEUs are available. The complete program and registration forms are available at the Memorial Union front desk; deadline for early registration is April 1. This conference is open to everyone.

Colleen Reuter (Veterans Upward Bound), Grand Forks President, American Association of University Women.




Patti Alleva was awarded the Rodney and Betty Webb Law Professorship March 8 at the annual dinner of the Federal Practice Committee in Fargo.

The Rodney and Betty Webb Law Professorship is made possible through an endowment established by U.S. District Judge Rodney Webb and Betty Webb. The Webb professorship is granted on a year-by-year basis to a faculty member of the UND School of Law selected by a committee comprised of a representative of the Webb family, the Dean of the School of Law and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. The term of the award is for one year but may be renewed by nomination of the dean. The award is in the nature of a salary supplement.

Alleva is a 1979 graduate of Hofstra Law School. After graduation, she clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Clarkston Fisher, then practiced law in New York City at Proskaur Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn in the firm's litigation department. She joined the faculty in 1987 and teaches federal courts, advanced civil litigation, and trial advocacy. She has published in the area of federal jurisdiction. In 1989, she received the Lydia and Arthur Saiki Prize for Excellence in Graduate/Professional Teaching. She has also co-coached the law school's student trial team for regional competitions, and has taught in Emory University School of Law's Trial Techniques Program.

Alleva was the reporter for the Federal Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group for the District of North Dakota. She also served as a member of the North Dakota Supreme Court's Commission on Gender Fairness in the Courts and on the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Federal Courts. She has served on the New York City Bar Association's Council on Judicial Administration and Committee on Sex and Law, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

"Professor Alleva is the complete law professor, achieving recognition in all area of teaching, scholarship and service," said Law Dean W. Jeremy Davis, who presented the award to Alleva. "She is a fitting recipient of this prestigious award."

Alleva is the second person to be awarded the Webb Professorship. The first was Michael Ahlen, who died last year.



Web ALFI will be available this spring for summer 2001 and early fall 2001 registration. Time schedules are now available on the web. Students may use either Phone ALFI or Web ALFI to check their registration appointment times; early registration will begin Monday, April 2, and students will be able to use either Phone ALFI or Web ALFI to select their courses at their appointed times. More information on registering using WEB ALFI will be available in the time schedule or at www.und.edu/dept/registrar. For more information, call the Office of the Registrar at 777-2711 or e-mail web_alfi@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Nancy Krogh, University Registrar.



Please pre-register by calling Staci at the U2 office, 777-2128 or use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, for the following workshops.

GroupWise 5.5 Intro, March 26, 9 to 11 a.m., 361 Upson II;

Excel 00 Level II, March 26, 28, and 30, 1:30 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II;

PC Hardware: Troubleshooting, March 28 and April 4 OR April 11 and 18, 8 a.m. to noon, 143 Starcher Hall, cost is $89;

Legal Issues In Employment, March 28, 9 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center;

Stressed Out Children, March 29, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Sioux Rm, Memorial Union.

Log on to the U2 web site for other personal and professional development learning opportunities at www.conted.und.edu/U2.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



Because of a change in publishers and software upgrades, the following books are available for sale to individuals or departments. Some books contain a training disk as well. The discounted price is $6.49. You may use ID billing, cash, check or credit card to pay for the books; payment must be received prior to or at the time of pick-up. The books are located in 234 Rural Technology Center. Books can be mailed intercampus once payment is received or billing arrangements are made. Call 777- 2128 or e-mail us, U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, for more information.

The books are: Access 97, level 1-3; Excel 97, level 1-3; PowerPoint, level 1-2; Windows 98; Word 97, level 1-3; Word 97, Tips, Tricks and Macros; WordPerfect 8.0, level 1 and 2; and WordPerfect 8.0, Tips, Tricks, and Macros.

Judy Streifel Reller, U2 Program Coordinator.



There have been a number of problems with water on sidewalks due to snow melt, and we will see more over the next several weeks. This time of year there also are many depressions that show up, causing water problems. Because of ADA concerns, we will not place planks on problem sidewalk areas as this restricts access. You may need to use alternate routes in some cases or wear appropriate footwear as you use the sidewalks to travel about the campus.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will do everything we can to drain areas as problems arise.

Thank you. Paul Clark, Associate Director of Facilities.



Recycling's true value comes from preventing pollution and saving natural resources and energy, not landfill space. Nevertheless, recycling is largely responsible for reducing landfill use. Our UND community diverted 25 percent of our total refuse from reaching the landfill in 1999-2000, an excellent example of our commitment and support to improve our recycling program.

Janice Troitte, Recycling Coordinator.




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


Small Grants for Training and Research are provided to develop a sustained course of study, research, and training opportunities on important issues related to societal dimensions of engineering, science, and technology. This program folds together two former programs, Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) and Research on Science and Technology (RST). The EVS component focuses on developing and transmitting knowledge about ethical and value dimensions associated with the conduct and impacts of science, engineering, and technology. The RST component supports research to improve approaches and information for decision making concerning management and direction of research, science and technology. In EVS, projects might address such issues as: scientific or professional ethics, including research ethics; the role of social or organizational values in scientific or engineering practice; equity issues in development, use and effects of science or technology; controversy and resolution of controversy involving science or technology; normative issues in decisions involving science or technology, and ethical and value issues for organizational policy and practice involving science or technology. In RST, projects could address such topics as: factors influencing directions and impacts of scientific and engineering research and technological change, both domestic and international; issues of human re-sources in science and technology; and relationships between individual, organizational and political adaptation or change and scientific and technological innovation or change. One or more senior investigators may propose a course of study or research to include participation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Grants provide a maximum of $100,000 support for one postdoctoral fellow and up to 3 graduate students to participate each year for one to 3 years. Contact: Rachelle Hollander, 703/292-7272; rholland@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9982/nsf9982.htm. Target Dates: 2/1, 8/1.

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The purpose of the Ecology of Infectious Diseases Program is to develop interdisciplinary research programs on the ecology of infectious diseases in the context of anthropogenic environmental changes such as biodiversity loss, habitat transformation, environmental contamination, climate change and other influences. The focus is on discovery of basic ecological and biological mechanisms and development of predictive models for emergence and transmission of diseases in humans and other animals, and ultimately development of strategies to prevent or control them. Research should focus on understanding ecological determinants of transmission by vectors or abiotic agents, population dynamics of reservoir species, and transmission to humans or other hosts. A team approach is encouraged to an-swer questions that normally cannot be addressed within a single discipline. This is a collaborative effort among National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and United States Geological Survey (USGS). Each award will be made by the NSF or NIH. The USGS will provide, by agreement among investigators, support through collaboration with USGS laboratories for research addressing needs related to the ecology of infectious diseases. Grant awards by the NIH will use the R01 research project grant award mechanism. A total of approximately $3 million from all collaborating agencies will be awarded for the first year, providing for an estimated 6-8 grants. Dead-lines: 4/2/01 (Letter of Intent); 5/17/01 (Application). Contact: Joshua Rosenthal, 301/496-1653; joshua_rosenthal@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-01-004.html.

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The NIH and co-sponsors request research projects on the etiology, extent, services, treatment, management, and prevention of child neglect. The NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Re-search, with the Children's Bureau; Administration on Children, Youth and Families of ACF; the National Institute of Justice Office of Justice Programs; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of DOJ; and the Office of Special Education Programs of the Department of Education provide support to enhance the understanding of child neglect. Research projects may include not only large scale research grants characteristic of more mature fields of study, but also exploratory, preliminary, or innovative research projects. Also of interest are short-term projects, studies submitted by less experienced investigators, and feasibility studies testing methods or techniques new to child neglect research. Studies should focus on: the adult caretaker and/or child victims of neglect; the dynamics of the relationship between caretaker and child; the family system in which neglect occurs; and the larger social contexts of neglect, such as individual or family support systems, socioeconomic factors, neighborhood, school, community programs and resources (e.g., health care providers and health care delivery systems), mandated community response agencies (e.g., the police or protective service agencies), and prosecution and judicial responses that address serious cases of neglect. Multi-disciplinary approaches are encouraged. Deadlines: 6/1/01, 10/1/01, 2/1/02. Contact: Cheryl A. Boyce, 301/443-0848; cboyce@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-01-060.html.

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Support is provided to plan, design, and assess the feasibility of implementing a culturally appropriate system of care for American Indian and Alaska Native children and their families who are experiencing or are at risk of serious emotional/behavioral disturbance. An important focus will be to integrate traditional healing methods indigenous to the communities with conventional treatment methodologies. Seven to nine awards ranging from $250,000-$350,000 and averaging $275,000 each will be made for a project period of 3 years. Deadline: 5/10/01. Contact: Circles of Care Program, 800/789-2647; http://www.samhsa.gov.

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-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Interim Director, Office of Research and Program Development.


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