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University Letter

March 19, 1999

Volume 36 No. 28

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 28, March 19, 1999

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The first building named for a person at UND was Davis Hall, a dormitory so designated in 1898 in honor of Hannah Davis, a faculty member in English who also served as "preceptress" of women.



President Baker will hold an informational briefing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Everyone is invited to attend.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor.



All faculty and staff are invited to take part in presidential candidate visits and provide feedback. The final candidates will be brought back to campus to be interviewed by the State Board of Higher Education, but the current round of visits will likely be the only opportunity for faculty and staff to interact with the candidates through structured meetings, and hence, the only opportunity for providing meaningful feedback as part of the search process. Please participate in the search by attending meetings with the candidates, and fill out the evaluation sheets provided at each event.

-- Harvey Knull (Graduate School), Chair, Presidential Search Committee.



John Ettling, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Dakota, will be the fourth of eight presidential candidates to visit the campus Wednesday through Friday, March 17-19. The public will have the opportunity to hear and meet Ettling at several points during his visit:

Thursday, March 18

Noon, Public Speech, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl;
1:45 p.m., Open Forum with Students, Memorial Union Ballroom;
4 p.m., Open Forum with Faculty, Room 1, Gamble Hall;
5 p.m., Public Reception, Dakota Lounge, Memorial Union.

Friday, March 19

10 a.m., Open Forum with Classified Staff, Memorial Union Ballroom. The Presidential Search Committee is bringing eight candidates to campus. The committee will forward the names of three or four unranked candidates to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which is expected to select UND's 10th president in April.

Dr. John Ettling has been Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at UND since 1998, and was Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1995 to 1998. He holds the academic rank of Professor of History. He came to UND from the University of Houston where he was Associate Dean, Honors College, from 1993-95, and a faculty member in the Honors College and History Department from 1979. He holds the Ph.D. from Harvard University, 1978; the A.M. from Harvard, 1972; and the B.A. from the University of Virginia (Honors Program in History).



William Ruud, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Boise State University, will be the fifth of eight presidential candidates to visit the campus Sunday through Tuesday, March 21-23. The public will have the opportunity to hear and meet Ruud at several points during his visit:

Monday, March 22

Noon, Public Speech, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl;
1:45 p.m., Open Forum with Students, Memorial Union Lecture Bowl;
4 p.m., Open Forum with Faculty, Room 1, Gamble Hall;
5 p.m., Public Reception, North Dakota Museum of Art.

Tuesday, March 23

10 a.m., Open Forum with Classified Staff, Memorial Union Ballroom. The Presidential Search Committee is bringing eight candidates to campus. The committee will forward the names of three or four unranked candidates to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which is expected to select UND's 10th president in April.

Dr. William Ruud holds the academic rank of Professor of Management. Before his Vice Presidency at Boise State University, Ruud was Dean of the College of Business there from 1993 to 1998. Before that he had been at the University of Toledo from 1985 to 1993, where his positions included Interim Dean of the College of Business Administration, Coordinator of the Executive MBA Program Development, Associate Director of the University Honors Program, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Business. He holds the Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska (1978) in the fields of organizational behavior/psychology, organization/management theory and policy, small group and organizational communication, and research methodology and statistics; the M.B.A. (University of Nebraska, 1975) in the fields of management/organizational behavior and marketing; and the B.S. (University of North Dakota, 1974) in public administration.



James L. Ash Jr., President, Whittier (Calif.) College, will be the sixth of eight presidential candidates to visit the campus Wednesday through Friday, March 24-26. The public will have the opportunity to hear and meet Ash at several points during his visit:

Thursday, March 25

Noon, Public Speech, Memorial Union Ballroom;
1:45 p.m., Open Forum with Students, Memorial Union Ballroom;
4 p.m., Open Forum with Faculty, Room 1, Gamble Hall;
5 p.m., Public Reception, North Dakota Museum of Art.

Friday, March 26

10 a.m., Open Forum with Classified Staff, Memorial Union Ballroom. The Presidential Search Committee is bringing eight candidates to campus. The committee will forward the names of three or four unranked candidates to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, which is expected to select UND's 10th president in April.

Dr. James Ash holds the academic rank of Professor of Religious Studies. Prior to that he was at the University of Miami, Fla., from 1975, concluding his tenure there as vice provost for undergraduate studies. His academic degrees include the Ph.D. (University of Chicago, 1976) with a concentration in American social, religious, and intellectual history; M.A., University of Chicago, 1974; M.Th., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, 1972; and B.A., Abilene, Texas, Christian University, 1968.



At his public speech March 15, presidential candidate Stephen Hulbert, Commissioner of Higher Education and Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, focused on his perceptions of UND and why he is interested in becoming our next president. He also introduced his wife and partner of 31 years, Becky, and noted that she was visiting various facilities on campus.

Dr. Hulbert then shared some information about his personal background. He has served as a university vice president for 19 years and as an interim president, as well as Chief Executive Officer of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, a position similar to that of North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak. He has held his current position for three years, and is in charge of three colleges and seven campuses in Rhode Island. "I wanted to make contributions to higher education," he said, noting that he gained financial support and budget money, but "none of the successes had faces connected with them." He said he enjoys the rhythms and cycles of campus life, and working with colleagues and seeing the progress of students. And, he said, though he was offered another three-year contract in Rhode Island, he resigned in order to seek a position on a university campus.

The presidency of UND, he said, is the most exciting opportunity he's found, calling the University a wonderful place. "You don't know how highly regarded you are outside the state," he said, citing our academic programs and the success of our students. "You are truly committed to students. I see it in every piece of literature you put out." He was first attracted to UND, he said, by the fact that it is a doctoral institution, one which is broadly based and has evolved over time. He is interested, he said, in a university that is committed to teaching and learning at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as scholarship and research. UND, he said, understands that research involves undergraduates, is committed to service, and sees outreach as a mission, serving the state, western Minnesota, corporations, businesses and more. Dr. Hulbert said he was impressed by the extraordinary set of relationships the University had created over time.

Hulbert said that doctoral universities are fragile. "As we expand, we have fewer resources, we must cut corners. Then we are challenged by the fact the higher education must change with the advent of technology," he said. Hulbert characterized universities as traditional institutions, with walls, traditions, faculty, libraries, and an on-campus student body. The University is now required to go beyond the walls, and offer degrees without requiring an on-campus presence. "We have the redefine the institution while being true to the institution," he said. He sees this as an exciting opportunity, not a threat. "The growth of UND is closely linked to that of the state," he said, adding that the growth of the Greater Grand Forks community is dependent on the growth of the University. He was impressed with the close relationship between the University and community.

Dr. Hulbert then took questions from the audience. Questions and answers follow:

* What is your vision for UND?

"This University has over 100 years of history and credibility," Hulbert said, citing a planning document which defines UND as the "University of Choice." Hulbert said he's looking for a fit and a community that shares his values. "I don't believe a president should come in and change everything," he said. "UND has a long history; a president should advance that history." He said he values teaching and learning at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the value of research, and he wants to work within the University community, with faculty and leadership to move forward and communicate to the broader North Dakota community what we are. A common failure in higher education, he said, is that we do not communicate changes in our institutions and how successfully we've changed with the times. He sees the job of the president as a steward of the University's vision, who looks at overall university needs and the needs of the state in the future. It is the president's job to gain the support of the state and legislature.

* Tell us about your undergraduate training and why you became an administrator?

Hulbert said he grew up in the Kennedy era, in a family of finance officers and bankers. Rather than following in his family's footsteps, he wanted to teach, and earned degrees in secondary education and history. It was then that he discovered, he said, that there were not many career opportunities in pre-revolutionary Russian history. So he earned a master's degree and took a job as the director of student activities and placement at a university, where he was so successful that he was rewarded with a new title: director of student activities, placement, and housing. He then earned a doctorate in Educational Administration, and took a job as an assistant to a university president. Five years later, that president moved to a new institution and asked Hulbert to join him as a vice president.

* What is your experience with multicultural issues?

Colorado was heavily Hispanic, Hulbert said, but Rhode Island is relatively homogenous. He has a strong interest in evolving institutions and making certain that we all respect each other. It is difficult to broaden a base multiculturally, he said, and the best solution he's found is to celebrate the base you have. It's difficult to recruit minorities, he said, when they tend not to stay with the institution. It is the president's job to provide leadership to ensure respect for all cultures and races.

* What is the relationship between the president and the Chancellor?

Hulbert said that after he decided to apply for the UND presidency, he e-mailed Chancellor Isaak, telling him that a colleague was applying to become his subordinate. He said that his work with a single board was a learning experience, and he has a new understanding of the roles of a chancellor and a president. A chancellor, he said, may not get the satisfaction of personally witnessing how policies benefit students and faculty. He sees the biggest challenge facing UND as that of demographics. North Dakota has a large public higher education system, a declining population, and competition as people find other ways to gain their education. It is his goal to work with leadership, including city, friends, alumni, legislators, so that all understand the importance of the University and what we do. It's an exciting role to play, he said, involving collaboration and negotiation of the role of each institution. Alternatives include recruiting students outside the state, providing education to adult learners, all with the goal of positioning the University responsibly within the System.

* Tell us about a conflict situation and how you resolved it?

"My style is open and direct," Hulbert said. "I believe in addressing problems as they arise." At one institution there was a relatively new office, the Dispute Resolution Center. There was a complaint of a female graduate student against a female faculty member, and Hulbert sought to address the problem himself. Instead, he exacerbated the situation, which was not resolvable. He learned to respect the vehicles in place for dealing with disputes. "Disputes of large magnitude require professional and caring resolution," he said, adding that he put mechanisms in place to deal with such problems in the future.

* How are universities like businesses?

"It is unfortunate that we spend time talking about business," Hulbert said, but many aspects of a university are run like a business. In order to be effective, a university must be well-managed and accountable. The environment today is different, he said. "It used to be that the public respected higher education and didn't ask questions," he said. "Today, they value higher education, but have many opinions and let them be known." Universities must become more effective to deliver academics. There are many differences between universities and businesses, he said. "We are not businesses. Our mission is education, teaching, research, and service. But we need to know about business."

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Michael Abrams of the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratory will visit the Earth System Science Institute at the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19. He will give two talks: On Thursday, March 18, at 3:30 p.m. in 244 Odegard Hall, he will discuss "NASA's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER)." On Friday, March 19, at 10:30 a.m. in 244 Odegard Hall, he will consider "Volcano Studies From Satellites." Dr. Abrams is a member of the ASTER Science Team. He is also a colleague of Space Studies' Department Chair, Chuck Wood, on the Earth Observing System Volcano Team. ASTER is the only high spatial and spectral resolution imaging instrument to be launched aboard NASA's AM-1 platform in the summer of 1999. More information can be found at http://www.asterweb.jpl.nasa.gov.

Soizik Laguette, School of Forestry, University of Montana, will visit campus Friday, March 26. At 3 p.m. in 244 Odegard Hall, she will present "Use of Satellite Data for Wheat Monitoring and Forecasting at European Scale." Before joining the University of Montana, Dr. Laguette worked at the Space Applications Institute, Agricultural Information Systems Unit of the European Union's Join Research Center.

All talks are open to everyone. Refreshments will be served.

-- George Seielstad, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.



The University of North Dakota Concert Choir will perform its Home Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 21, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks.

The 66-voice ensemble will present a program of a cappella repertoire to include American Hymns (arr. Parker), motets by early Italian masters (Scarlatti, Ingegneri, Monteverdi, and Gabrieli), 19th-century motets (Bruckner and Brahms), 20th-century compositions (Tavener, Lekberg, and Hopkins), and American spirituals. One of the works to be performed, Sarah Hopkins' "Past Life Melodies," has drawn particular attention from audiences this year in that it employs overtone singing, a technique that is centuries old yet new to American listeners.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students, and are available at the door. The public is cordially invited to attend.

On May 10, the Choir will depart on a performance tour of Austria and northern Italy, singing in the spectacular venues of Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Melk, Venice, and Florence.

-- Jim Rodde, Choral Director, Music.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, March 22, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda is:

1. Grievance Process
2. Matters Arising

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, March 22, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, Medical Science Building. Sue Jeno (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "Isolation and Identification of Proteoglycans in Human Glenohumeral Joint Capsule."

-- Patrick Carr, Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Seminar Series Coordinator.



The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered at the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies next week: Monday, March 22, 10 a.m. to noon, Introduction to Photoshop; Wednesday, March 24, 9 a.m. to noon, Advanced PowerPoint; and Thursday, March 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Preparing Images for the Web. You may register online at http:///www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.



Movies, origami, martial arts, and cooking lessons will all be a part of the University of North Dakota's celebration of Asian Culture Month. Featured events are:

Monday, March 22, Asian Dessert Night, 7 to 8 p.m., International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

Tuesday, March 23, Japanese-American Documentary, "Honor Bound," and a Chinese Culture Documentary, 7 to 9 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Wednesday, March 24, Chopstick Lessons, 7 to 8 p.m., Women's Center, 305 Hamline St.

Thursday, March 25, Origami Lessons, 6 to 7 p.m., Governors Room, Memorial Union.

Monday, March 29, Sushi-Making Lessons followed by Sushi Bar Night, 5 to 8 p.m. Lessons are 5 to 6 p.m., and the sushi bar is open 6 to 8 p.m., International Centre.

Tuesday, March 30, Hulei's Kitchen: Learn How to Cook Jiaozi (Chinese Dumplings), 7 to 8 p.m., Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave.

Wednesday, March 31, Movie Night: "Shanghai Triad," 7 to 9 p.m., International Centre.

Thursday, April 1, Korean History Presentation, 6 to 7 p.m., Governors Room, Memorial Union.

Tuesday, April 6, Movie Night: "To Live," 7 to 9 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Wednesday, April 7, Experience Indonesian Culture, 7 to 8 p.m., Women's Center.

Thursday, April 8, Taiwan Night, 7 p.m., International Centre.

Monday, April 12, Asian Food Sampling Night, 6 to 8 p.m., International Centre.

Tuesday, April 13, The Filipino Kitchen: Learn How to Cook a Filipino Dish, 7 to 8 p.m., Women's Center.

Wednesday, April 14, Vietnamese and Filipino History Presentations, 7 to 9 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Thursday, April 15, Judo and Tae Kwan Do Lesson and Demonstration, 8 to 9 p.m., Hyslop Sports Center Wrestling Room.

All activities are free and open to the public. Asian Culture Month is sponsored by the UND Multicultural Awareness Committee.

-- Aimee Funasaki, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 777-4259.



The topic for the March meeting of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) discussion group will be "The Problem with Lit Reviews." The group will meet Tuesday, March 23, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information or to sign up to attend, please call 777-3600 or respond by e-mail to hawthorn@badlands.nodak.edu.

-- Joan Hawthorne, WAC/WC Coordinator.



The University Program Council will present the movie "Wild Things" at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The movie stars Kevin Bacon and Neve Campbell and provides thrills and chills with a lot of humor, while telling the story of a high school counselor who is accused of rape by two of his students. A local cop smells a "rat" and has to unravel the twisted plot between the accused and his accusers. The movie is free of charge and open to all UND students, faculty, staff and the community.

-- Sarah Bernhardt and Tara Wilkens, University Program Council, 777-4386.



The United States is scheduled to launch its next major Earth observation satellite, Landsat 7, Thursday, April 15. The Space Studies Department is turning this event into a real-time learning opportunity by assembling the major Landsat 7 participants in a one-credit, online seminar titled, "Landsat 7 Live: Past, Present and Future." Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz is the seminar coordinator and instructor. The guest lecture for Wednesday, March 24, will be presented by R.J. Thompson, Landsat 7 Program Manager, USGS EROS Data Center, who will address "Landsat 7: The Ground Segment."

-- Joanne Gabrynowicz, Space Studies.



The History Department is sponsoring two History for Lunch programs. At noon Wednesday, March 24, in 217 Merrifield Hall, Sandra Donaldson (English) will discuss "Sheep and Goats: On Editing the Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning." Also at noon Monday, March 29, the History Department will sponsor a talk by Mohammad Hemmasi (Geography), "Women's Migration in the Islamic World: Implications for Gender Inequality." These programs are a Women's History Month Presentation. There will be a question and discussion period following both presentations. Please feel free to bring your lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information please contact me.

-- David Rowley, History, 777-3380.



The following events celebrate Women's History Month, "Women's History: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." All events are free and open to the public unless stated otherwise.

Wednesday, March 24, History Department Brown Bag Lunch and Seminar presented by Sandra Donaldson, "Sheep and Goats: On Editing the Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning," noon to 1 p.m., 217 Merrifield Hall.

Also on March 24, Women's Law Caucus Helen Hamilton Days: "A Retrospective Look at Discrimination." All day events with a morning session in the Baker Courtroom, School of Law, and an afternoon session in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Contact deborah.hoffarth@mail2.law.und.nodak.edu for more information. This historical perspective on gender and race discrimination will feature Adrienne Davis (Washington College of Law), Clay Jenkinson (Thomas Jefferson Scholar) and Justice Mary Mering of the North Dakota Supreme Court.

-- Anne Kelsch, History.



The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Red River Group and the School of Engineering and Mines will present the live broadcast of a PBS Young Engineers Satellite Forum, "Workplace and Career Challenges in the Global Marketplace," in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25.

The forum is likely to address interpersonal skills, insights into dealing with professionals from other cultures, ability to work via electronic media, and conflict resolution. All are invited to attend free of charge.

-- S. Jerath, Professor in Civil Engineering, and Don Moen, Chair, Mechanical Engineering.



The UND Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa is celebrating its 75th anniversary. As part of its celebration, the chapter has invited Kenneth R. Chuska to speak and involve participants at a dinner meeting at the Ramada Inn Thursday, March 25, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in a series of activities that will demonstrate ways to infuse thinking into representative types of existing classroom activities. From Pennsylvania, Chuska authored a PDK fastback, Teaching the Process of Thinking, K-12, has experience as an elementary teacher and principal, K-12 curriculum coordinator; a Gifted and Talented program administrator for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit with 42 school districts, and was the curriculum coordinator for Education of the Handicapped Program in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. If you would like to attend the dinner and listen to Mr. Chuska or learn more about PDK, please call Mary Harris at 777-2674 or Karen Berthold at 777-4264.

-- Mary Harris (Education and Human Development), President, UND Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa.



The Microbiology and Immunology Seminar Series will feature Stephen Miller, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill., who will present "Role of Epitope Spreading in the Chronic Pathogenesis of Autoimmune and Virus-induced Demyelinating Diseases" Friday, March 26, at 1 p.m. in the Reed Keller Auditorium (Room 1350), School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Miller's work on immune-mediated diseases concerns the way in which destructive immune responses may be directed against a changing series of antigenic determinants over the course of the disease. He works with two animal models for human multiple sclerosis. This phenomenon provides a basis for the associations between infectious diseases and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Miller is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Immunobiology Center. If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Miller, please contact Roger Melvold at 777-6135.

-- Microbiology and Immunology Department.



The University Program Council will sponsor "One Rockin' Weekend" for Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27. A "Time Warp" dance will be held Friday, March 26, which features one hour each of the best music from the 70s, 80s and 90s from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. The dance is free to UND students with a valid ID.

On Saturday, March 27, UPC sponsors the "Battle of the Bands" in the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning at 3 p.m. Several bands will perform along with emcee Taylor Mason; find out who will win the right to open for Springfest 99. The event is free of charge and open to all UND students, faculty and staff as well as interested community members.

-- Sarah Bernhardt and Tara Wilkens, University Program Council.



The Anatomy Seminar for Monday, March 29, with Jay Dean, "Effects of Hyperbaric Pressure on Neural Activity in the Rat Brainstem" has been canceled.

-- Patrick Carr, Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The Women's Center will sponsor a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. You are invited to enjoy a coffeehouse atmosphere while listening to Grand Forks native Judy Lunseth, whose sounds will soothe your soul. Her music ranges from jazz to ballads, and a cappella, to a variety of songs from around the world. The concert is free and is held in conjunction with the Women's History Series.

This will also be a time for everyone to say their farewells to Donna Oltmanns, Coordinator of the Women's Center. Donna has resigned her position effective March 19, but has graciously agreed to come back and emcee the concert. Please join us.

-- Kay Mendick, Program Associate, UND Women's Center.



The University Program Council will present the movie, "Dead Man on Campus" at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The movie tells the story of two party-minded college freshmen who hope to improve their grades by attempting to use the "if your roommate dies, you get straight A's" loophole in the school charter. These two realize that college is tough, especially the freshman year and faced with the threat of failure, they resort to desperate measures to bring up their grades. The movie is free of charge for all UND students and community members.

-- Sara Bernhardt and Tara Wilkens, University Program Council, 777-4386.



Otto Helweg, Dean of Engineering and Architecture at North Dakota State Unviersity, will address the topic "Why I Believe in God, Including the Facts of Jesus Christ's Resurrection," followed by a question-and-answer session, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Dr. Helweg received his B.S. degree from the U. S. Naval Academy, M. Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, M.S. in Engineering from U.C.L.A., M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Memphis State, M.B.A. from The University of Memphis, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University.

He has held faculty rank at the University of California-Davis and Texas A&M, served as Acting Director of the California Water Resources Center and chair of the Civil Engineering Department at The University of Memphis.

His talk is sponsored by United Campus Ministry and the student organization, Fellowship of Christian University Students (FOCUS).

-- Frank Hutton, Pastor, United Campus Ministry.



The Greater Grand Forks Jaycees will hold a Bachelor Auction Thursday, April 8, at the Westward Ho, to benefit the American Lung Association. Cocktails will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Auction starting at 7 p.m. Admission is $5, with door prizes being given. We do need bachelors. If any single men are interested, please call me at 795-9160 in the evening.

-- Kim Michelsen (Human Nutrition Research Center), for the Greater Grand Forks Jaycees.



The North Dakota Academy of Science will hold its 91st annual meeting Thursday and Friday, April 15 and 16, on campus. Symposia events include: "An Update on the Red River of the North and Devils Lake Basins, North Dakota - Developing a Comprehensive Water Strategy," all day Thursday; "Nutritional Supplements - Can Great Performance, Good Health, and a Long Life Come Out of a Bottle?" Thursday morning; "Mathematical and Computer Approaches to Biological Systems," Thursday afternoon; "The Paleontologic and Geologic Record of North Dakota - Important Sites and Current Interpretations," all day Friday; "Science Education Reform - Revising Pedagogy to Promote Inquiry in the Spirit of the National Science Education Standards," Friday morning; and "Concentrated Animal-Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and Environmental Quality in North Dakota," Friday afternoon. In addition, a separate banquet registration is available for a Thursday evening presentation to be given by Professor David Krause, State University of New York at Stony Brook, who will speak on "Madagascar's Buried Treasure: Spectacular New Fossils of Dinosaurs and Other Vertebrates." If you would like to attend, please request a registration form from Eric Uthus at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Box 9034, (701) 795-8382, uthus@badlands.nodak.edu. Preregistration is due by April 5. For general inquiries, please contact me.

-- Joseph Hartman, EERC, Box 9018, Grand Forks, ND 58202; 777-2551 or jhartman@plains.nodak.edu.



It is with regret that the University must announce the death of Robert Franklin Bolinger, a UND student from Irvine, Calif., who was found dead along U.S. 2 near Larimore, N.D., on the morning of Saturday, March 13. According to the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the unattended death, no foul play is suspected. Bolinger was a junior majoring in aviation. He resided at Walsh Hall and worked at Subway in Johnstone Hall.

-- Peter Johnson, University Relations, and Duane Czapiewski, Chief, University Police.



A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus Wednesday, March 24, for individual counseling sessions with UND employees. If you wish to attend one of these sessions, please call Coco in the Denver Regional Office at 1-800-842-2009 to schedule an appointment. TIAA-CREF will also have a representative available on campus April 12-14. Appointments for those dates can be made by calling the same number.

-- Katie Douthit, Payroll Office.



It has become apparent that some printed materials for office use have been incorrectly coded to TCC 461: Office Supplies and Reference Materials and TCC 481: Supplies. The correct TCC should be 464: Printing. If the item is removed from the shelf and is materially altered by an imprint prior to use, it is considered printing. Items such as letterhead, brochures, business forms, and business cards, for example, should be coded as printing. Please note that TCC 464 must be processed through Purchasing with a requisition.

Please note there are two TCCs for Marketing and Promotional items. TCC 548 shall be used for marketing and promotional items, with no university or department logos. An example is candy used at a display booth by a UND department at a promotional event. Items with this TCC can be processed by an SOS.

TCC 549 shall be used for marketing and promotional items which are imprinted with a UND-approved logo and have royalty concerns. Only CLC (Collegiate Licensing Company) licensed vendors can reproduce UND logos on imprinted products. Examples are UND logo imprinted T-shirts, pens/pencils, novelties, and banners. Items coded with this TCC must be processed by a requisition to Purchasing. (Please refer to additional information on page 36 of the "UND Directory," titled Seals, Logos of UND'.)

Due to the nature of purchase, justification is required as to the function, receiving party, or intent of item. This will determine if funds allow for this type of purchase.

-- Linda Romuld, Director of Purchasing.



Friday, March 26, is the deadline for submitting agenda items for the University Staff Senate Executive Committee meeting of Wednesday, March 31. The agenda item deadline for the Staff Senate Executive Committee meetings is April 23 for the April 29 meeting.

-- Cheryl Danduran (EERC), University Staff Senate.



Remote sensing from satellites and aircraft is a powerful tool for monitoring Earth's environment. NASA, the European Space Agency, the Japanese Space Agency, and several private companies have recently launched, or are about to launch, several new satellites. The land, atmosphere, oceans, polar caps, and vegetation will be revealed in scope, frequency, and completeness as never before.

The University of North Dakota has led in the formation of a consortium with seven other universities in five states: North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. The Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC) is developing applications from the remotely sensed data, applications that help farmers, ranchers, foresters, land managers, policy makers, and citizens make decisions for their benefit, for the benefit of society, and for sustainability of the environment. The consortium also works closely with K-12 teachers and schools in introducing the geospatial technologies into the classroom.

The opportunities to apply remote sensing, image processing, and geographic information systems have multiplied faster than our ability to take advantage of them. We would like to build an in-house capability at UND for faculty to use these tools. Accordingly, we are pleased to offer fellowships for faculty, which could start as early as this summer. Three fellowships are available, each worth $4,000, preferably for a 10-week, full-time commitment. The fellowship may be used on campus, but if a faculty fellow wishes to use it to learn about remote sensing at a federal or university laboratory, travel and out-of-town living expenses could be added. In return, the expectation would be that the fellow contributed to UMAC's team at UND during at least the academic year following the fellowship. This is an opportunity to acquire new skills and to enter a blossoming research arena. Faculty in any department are welcome to apply.

Those who are interested should contact George Seielstad, Box 9007, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, 777-4755, gseielst@aero.und.edu, for information. Or a brief application can be submitted, which should contain a descriptive curriculum vita, your research interests, a brief statement of why and how you choose to use remote sensing technologies, and where the fellowship would be used. Application deadline is Friday, April 16.

-- George Seielstad, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.



Members of the UND professional staff are invited to apply for the Josephine G. Harris Mediation Seminar Scholarship to attend the Basic Mediation Seminar conducted by the Conflict Resolution Center May 10-14. It is a 40-hour training event, and the scholarship covers all costs, including the seminar, materials, and lunches. This is the first annual award, which recognizes the eight years of outstanding service of Jo Harris as Director of the Conflict Resolution Center.

Interested applicants are asked to submit the following materials by Thursday, April 1, to the Conflict Resolution Center, Box 8009: (1) name, job title, department; (2) a one-page statement of why you would like to attend the seminar and how you expect to use the information and skills; and (3) a letter or statement of support from your supervisor. For more information, please call the Conflict Resolution Center, 777-3664.

-- Jim Antes, Director, Conflict Resolution Center.



UND fraternities and sororities will celebrate Greek Week March 21-26 by volunteering at various service locations such as: Hospice, Humane Society, L.I.S.T.E.N. Center, St. Anne's Guest Home, United Way, Y.M.C.A., Grand Forks Mission, and Salvation Army.

The Greeks will sponsor a Kids Carnival Sunday, March 21, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The cost is $2 per child or $1 per child with a donation of a non-perishable food item. All donations will go to local charities. There will be games, prizes, face painting and a lot of fun for everyone.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Tami Kleinschmidt, Greek Week External Public Relations.



There will be a three- or five-day meditation retreat beginning Friday evening March 26 and closing either Sunday evening, March 28, or Tuesday evening, March 30, depending on one's choice. The residential retreat will be held at Mount St. Benedict in Crookston and is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners.

Insight meditation is a 2,500-year-old Buddhist system of psychological and spiritual development. It is derived from the Theravadan tradition and considered to be the oldest extant form of Buddhism. It is a practice of cultivating peacefulness in the mind and openness in the heart. It is learning to live in the present moment, to see things as they really are, and to ride more easily with the "ups and downs" of our lives. It requires no belief commitments and is compatible with any other religious affiliation.

Matthew Flickstein, the teacher for the retreat, is the resident teacher at the Forest Way Insight Meditation Center in Virginia. He has been practicing and teaching insight meditation for over 21 years. Prior to developing the Forest Way Insight Meditation Center, he was a psychotherapist and facilitator for personal development workshops. He is the author of "Journey to the Center: A Mediation Workbook" (Wisdom Publications).

The cost for the three-day retreat is $195 and $270 for the five-day retreat. Scholarships are available for those with financial need. For further information, call the Lotus meditation Center at 772-2161 or 777-4231.

-- Tamar Read, Professor Emeritus of Music.



The Staff Senate logo contest winners have been chosen. The first-place winner is Ute Sartorius Kraidy, Lecturer for Industrial Technology, and the second-place winner is Jason Syth, graduate student and Service Center Manager for Housing. A total of 20 designs were entered. The Staff Senate would like to acknowledge and thank all of the participants who presented us with a large collection of excellent designs from which to choose. The other logo designers included: Melissa Adams, Desktop Solutions; Lucy Esberg, student; Claire Moen, Affirmative Action; Nancy Nelson, Desktop Solutions; Corey Quirk, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies; and Victoria Swift, Biomedical Communications.

-- Kathy Spencer (Geology Library), for Staff Senate.



The Human Nutrition Research Center is seeking volunteers for a taste panel. Drink a glass of water with different amounts of copper added once a week for five weeks and get $75 from the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center (across from the Hockey Arena). Each of the five visits takes an hour as we want your opinion of the taste an hour after drinking the water. You must be healthy, between 18 and 60, and not taking any medication. Smokers are welcome to join. Sign up by calling Cody at 795-8155 or e-mailing enielsen@gfhnrc.ars.usda.gov.

-- Emily Nielsen, Community Studies Coordinator, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.



In one of the smartest exhibitions to come to the North Dakota Museum of Art in a long time, Leone and Macdonald explore representations of self within the discourses of law, fine art, linguistics and science. These New York artists began to collaborate on their artwork in 1989. Since then they have made several bodies of work based upon systems of communication. Like much of the work that stems from the 1980s and early 1990s the art is rooted in social issues. These artists have been uncommonly successful in transforming their ideas into visual language. One can appreciate the exhibition on many levels, including its sheer formal beauty. Despite the adult subjects of the work, they are perfectly acceptable for children. For the 1989-90 work "Ashes, Ashes, We All Fall Down" the sand in a child's sandbox has been imprinted with Braille which contains the names of friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have died of AIDS-related conditions. "Penumbra," a steel umbrella frame that no longer protects, was conceived in response to the Supreme Court's narrowing definition of privacy rights. The title references Justice Harry A. Blackmun's landmark opinion of Roe v. Wade in which he recognized the right to privacy in, among other places, the penumbras of the Bill of Rights.

For the large installation "Double Foolscap" the artists took every piece of clothing they owned, except one outfit each, and turned them into sheets of handmade paper. They made a thousand sheets, 17" x 27" and embedded their own watermark into them. The size was inspired by the 15th century European paper size known as double foolscap. Other works in the exhibition draw on Gregg Shorthand, branding, and the nature of visual language. The exhibition opens Thursday, March 18, and continues through May 19. Groups or individuals may request tours that will be properly focused for the age or interests of the group.

This exhibition was organized by the North Dakota Museum of Art with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Its national tour begins in June at the Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.

-- Laurel Reuter, Director, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The North Dakota Museum of Art, in collaboration with the Writers Conference, "Expressing the Sacred," will present on Thursday, March 18, a variety of examples of the work of the multi-talented Victor Masayesva. Masayesva is a widely recognized Hopi independent film producer, director and still-photographer. His photograph exhibition, "A Lifetime of Photography" will open in the mezzanine of the Museum of Art and remain through mid April. In the Museum's galleries at 4 p.m. Thursday, Masayesva will lecture about his work and its relation to the sacred. In addition, the film "Ritual Clowns" will be shown at the beginning of his lecture. A reception at the Museum of Art will follow the lecture from 5 to 7 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Masayesva was raised in the Hopi village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa in Arizona. He went to grade school on the reservation and attended the Horace Mann School in New York. He graduated from Princeton University, and attended the University of Arizona on a Ford Foundation Fellowship for graduate studies in English literature and photography. In 1980, he became director of the Ethnic Heritage Program at Hotevilla and supervised the production of a series of videotaped documentaries in the Hopi language. In 1982, he formed his own video production company in Hotevilla and taught photography at the Hopi Center of Northland Pioneer College. He lives in Hotevilla where he maintains a studio outside of the village.

His film "Imagining Indians" was the first feature-length film produced and directed by a Native American. In a remarkable series of interviews recorded over a three-year period, "Imagining Indians" looks at the problems that ensue when native myths and rituals become a commodity. The video addresses these issues through an examination of such commercially successful films as "Dances with Wolves," "A Man Called Horse," "Thunderheart," and "Darkwind."

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The Spring 99 Membership Campaign for Northern lights Public Radio will get under way Saturday, March 20. It will be the first full-fledged on-air campaign since the Flood of 97 ended the Spring Campaign two years ago. A great number of changes have occurred in those two years, and now Northern Lights Public Radio is poised to build on a 75-year tradition of local public radio and to make some history of its own. The difficulties KFJM AM 1370, KFJM FM 89.3, and KFJY FM 90.7 have experienced in the past couple of years have led to exciting opportunities, just as the challenges our communities faced after the flood led to the chance to rebuild with a vision for our future. Northern Lights is now KFJM 90.7 FM and KUND 1370 AM, bringing a unique mix of music along with the local arts, issues and events important to the listeners in the Greater Grand Forks community.

Listeners' reaction over the last couple months has been very supportive and encouraging as Northern Lights looks to the future. The University has shown its commitment to local public radio by dedicating $70,000 of startup funds to the stations. The vision for these services is to follow the longtime mission of KFJM: to be a relevant part of our community, to provide academic and professional opportunities for students of the university, and to provide a public radio voice unique to the communities we serve.

Member support has always been an important part of funding local public radio. As Northern Lights begins to build a new tradition of local public radio, membership investments are more important than ever. Past sources of funding for Northern Lights have been eliminated. Operating dollars, formerly provided by UND and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will not be available in the future. That means Northern Lights must now rely on the support of listeners for the money it takes to run the stations day-to-day. Northern Lights will look at a variety of sources for the estimated $132,000 needed to operate the stations. The membership investments of individual listeners will help reach the goal of $80,000 in listener support. If local public radio is going to remain a part of the Greater Grand Forks community, listeners must play an even greater role.

Attached to this issue of University Letter is a pledge form. I hope you will be able to pledge your support. For more information, call 777-2577.

-- Hilary Bertsch, Northern Lights Public Radio.



The Christian brothers, Olympic gold medalists and hockey stick manufacturers, will be featured on the Thursday, March 18, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

Their love for experience with hockey has made them well known in the industry. Christian Brothers Incorporated, based in Warroad, Minn., is the sixth largest hockey stick manufacturing company in the world, selling more than 375,000 hockey sticks in 1998.

Roger and Bill Christian have been making hockey sticks since 1964. Their slogan, "Hockey Sticks Made by Hockey Players," is an understatement. The brothers won Olympic gold medals in 1960, and placed fifth in the 1964 Games. Not long after their Olympic experience, the brothers and their brother-in-law Hal Bakke decided to go into hockey stick manufacturing.

Also on the program will be Will Speaker, an animal warden for the Grand Forks Humane Society, who works to keep stray and lost animals off the streets. The Humane Society provides the lost animals a home until a permanent one is found. Speaker's number one responsibility is finding the animals a home. His love for animals has provided him with a 20-year career where animal care is the key.

"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 Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.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.

-- Mollie Gram, UND Studio One Marketing Team.




The Educational Innovation Program (99-80) provides grants of $300,000 to $600,000 over three years for the development of innovative educational activities in the computer and information sciences for undergraduate education. Proposals may address curriculum development, instructional technologies, software, and other educational materials. Support is provided for the design, development, testing, and dissemination of innovative approaches for increasing the effectiveness of the undergraduate learning experience in Computer Information Sciences and Engineering (CISE) disciplines by integrating research results into undergraduate courses and curricula.

The research, ongoing or completed, may be drawn from any research project, not just those funded by NSF. Proposals may address a variety of educational activities, including, but not limited to, the development of courses, instructional technologies, software, and other educational materials. Projects supported are expected to act as national models of excellence by being prototypes of educational experiences for use by a broader segment of the scientific and engineering community; consequently, successful dissemination of the project results is essential.

Collaboration with other institutions as part of the dissemination activities will be part of the evaluation criteria. Because only one proposal per institution will be accepted in any one year, those interested in submitting a proposal must submit a preproposal, consisting of the NSF cover page listing collaborators and a one-page description of the proposal project, to the Office of Research and Program Development before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6. Full proposals are due at NSF May 14.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting NSF at 703/306-1980, or eipd@nsf.gov. The program announcement may be found at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9980.

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



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently expanded the use of the modular application mechanism in the preparation of grant proposals. With this mechanism, total direct costs of up to $250,000 per year are requested in increments of $25,000 instead of being compiled from detailed and separate budget categories. The modular grant initiative was designed to concentrate the focus of reviewers on the technical aspects of the proposals, rather than on the details of the budgets.

Implementation of the modular grants is expected according to the following schedule:

* All applications for the Small Business Technology Transfer grants, Phase I (R41) and Small Business Innovation Research Grants, Phase I (R43), beginning with April 1999 receipt dates.

* Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15) beginning with the May 1999 receipt date.

* Beginning with the June 1999 receipt date, all competing individual research project grants (R01), small grants (R03), and exploratory/developmental grants (R21).

However, deviations from this schedule have come to our attention. Some institutes have requested that researchers use the modular mechanism for more recent deadlines. Proposals requesting more than $250,000 in any one year will use either the modular or the current budget format, at the relevant institute's discretion. Because of the uncertainty during this transition period, researchers planning to submit proposals to NIH in the near future should contact NIH program managers to determine the program's requirements.

While the budget submitted to NIH will change format under the modular applications, the University still has a need for the detailed budget at the time of the proposal submission. It is recommended that researchers contact Sally Horner, Budget and Grants Administration, 777-4152, before preparing the final draft of an NIH proposal.

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



Since 1989, students and faculty of the University of North Dakota have benefitted from its membership in Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). ORAU is a consortium of 87 colleges and universities and a contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORAU works with member institutions to help students and faculty gain access to federal research facilities throughout the country, to keep members informed about opportunities for fellowship, scholarship, and research appointments; and to organize research alliances among members.

Through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), the DOE facility that ORAU operates, undergraduates, graduates, postgraduates, and faculty enjoy access to a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Students can participate in programs covering a wide variety of disciplines, including business, earth sciences, epidemiology, engineering, physics, geological sciences, pharmacology, ocean sciences, biomedical sciences, nuclear chemistry, and mathematics. Appointment and program length range from one month to four years. Many of these programs are especially designed to increase the numbers of under-represented minority students pursuing degrees in science- and engineering-related disciplines. A comprehensive listing of these programs and other opportunities, their disciplines, and details on locations and benefits can be found in the Resource Guide, which is available at http://www.orau.gov/orise/resgd.htm, or by calling either of the contacts listed below.

ORAU's Office of Partnership Development seeks opportunities for partnerships and alliances among ORAU's members, private industry, and major federal facilities. Activities include faculty development programs, such as the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards, the Visiting Industrial Scientist Program, and various services to chief research officers.

For more information about ORAU and its programs, contact:

Carl Fox, ORAU Councilor for the University of North Dakota, 777-4278 or carl_fox@mail.und.nodak.edu; Ms. Monnie E. Champion, ORAU Corporate Secretary, 423-576-3306; ORAU HomePage at http://www.orau.gov.

-- Carl Fox, Director, Office 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 Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program provides support for temporary assignments of personnel between the Federal government and state, local, and Indian tribal governments; institutions of higher education; and certain other organizations, for work of mutual concern and benefit. The purpose of the program is to: improve delivery of government services to all levels of government by bringing specialized knowledge and experience of skilled people to ear on problems of mutual concern to eligible non-Federal organizations and the Federal Government; strengthen intergovernmental understanding, broaden perspective, and increase personnel resources; and help preserve the rights and benefits of employees so they will be better able to accept temporary assignments. A mobility assignment may be made to share scarce expertise, provide program operating experience in a counterpart organization, provide general developmental experience, or improve management of grant programs and make more effective use of grant funds. Intermittent, part-time, or full-time assignments may last up to 2 years with extensions possible for up to 2 more years. Contact: Tony Ryan, Director, 202/606-1181; fax 202/606-3577; http://www.opm.gov. Deadline: None.

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Research Grants ranging from $10,000-$200,000 provide support for research projects in the basic social sciences including poverty, immigration, inter-group relations, and literacy. The four principal programs are: 1) a program aimed at understanding recent transformations in the nature of work and the problems these changes pose for workers with limited education (run jointly with the Rockefeller Foundation); 2) a program of research on U.S. immigration focused on the offspring of recent immigrants and their efforts to adapt successfully to American society; 3) a program of research on educational efforts to foster active literacy among disadvantaged students (run jointly with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation); and 4) a program on cultural contact that centers on improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in school, workplace, and neighborhood settings. While the Foundation remains open to initiatives outside its current programs, most external awards are made to projects relevant to the ongoing objectives. A limited number of small grants (below $25,000) are also made each year. Support for analyzing data and writing up results is provided more frequently than for data acquisition. A letter of inquiry is the preferred method of initial contact. Contact: 212/750-6000; fax 212/371-4761; info@rsage.org, http://epn.org/sage.html. Deadline: None.

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Grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000 support the following areas: arts (including performing arts, education, children's' programming, ticket subsidy); education (including incest prevention, natural science education, adolescent substance rehabilitation, environmental education, day programs, newsletters, communications programs, after school programs, teacher training, multi-cultural curriculum development); environment (including conserving natural resources, public education and advocacy, farming innovations, endangered species, nuclear waste management, recycling, transportation policy, forest management); medicine (including support for clinics in underserved areas, studies of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and adolescent medicine); Native Americans (videos and films, scholarships, arts exhibits, storytelling, music, dance, child development, reproductive and environmental health, diabetes, computer education, legal services, and conference support); peace/conflict resolution (public education and fellowships); overpopulation (defense of reproductive rights, distribution of contraceptives, public education, family planning programs); and reproduction. Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry. Deadline: None. Contact: Diane M. Allison, Executive Director, 203/226-6498; fax 203/227-0424; efa@efaw.org.

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Historical Archives Grants of up to $15,000 are provided to encourage the preservation of unpublished records and other materials of value for research on the history of anthropology. Grants are offered to assist individuals holding significant records and personal papers with the expenses of preparing and transferring them for archival deposit or to aid oral-history interviews with senior anthropologists. Applicants must present a proposal describing the significance of the subject for the history of anthropology, topics to be covered, and the interviewer's qualifications. Initial contact should be a letter to the President summarizing the proposed project and budgetary needs. Deadline: None.

Small Grants Program: Regular Grants of up to $20,000 support research in all branches of anthropology, including cultural/social anthropology, ethnology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics, and closely related disciplines concerned with human origins, development, and variation. Grants are made to seed innovative approaches and ideas, cover specific expenses or phases of a project, and/or encourage aid from other funding agencies. Projects employing comparative perspectives or integrating two or more sub-fields of anthropology are particularly invited. A small number of awards are available for projects designed to develop resources for anthropological research and scholarly exchange. Qualified applicants are scholars of any nationality with a doctorate or equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline. Deadlines: 5/1/99, 11/1/99.

Contact for the above programs: 212/683-5000; http://www.wennergren.org.

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Research Tools and Reference Works grants support projects to create dictionaries, encyclopedias, historical or linguistic atlases, databases, textbases, bibliographies, and other research tools and reference works of major importance to the humanities. 'Humanities' includes, but is not limited to, the study of modern and classical languages; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life. Recent grants have ranged from $30,000-$639,100 for projects of 2-3 years' duration. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NEH well before the deadline. The staff will read preliminary proposals (which should be received at least 6 weeks before the deadline). Deadline: 7/1/99. Contact: 202/606-8570; fax 202/606-8639; preservation@neh.fed.us, http://www.neh.fed.us.

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The Methodology & Measurement in the Behavioral & Social Sciences program is supported by the National Institutes on Aging (NIA), Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Cancer (NCI), Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Dental Research (NIDR), Drug Abuse (NIDA), Mental Health (NIMH), Nursing Research (NINR); the Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), and Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM). Issues include the processes that underlie self reports, research design, data collection techniques, measurement, data analysis techniques, and ethical issues in the above topics. Research that addresses methodology and measurement issues in diverse populations, studying sensitive behaviors, and developing multidisciplinary and multimethod approaches to behavioral and social science research is particularly encouraged. Also encouraged are studies that address one or more of the following: methodology and measurement issues in research relating to diverse populations; issues in studying sensitive behaviors, such as drug use, sexual behavior, abortion, abuse and violence, and other covert or illegal behaviors; and development of multidisciplinary and multimethod approaches to behavioral and social science research. The mechanism of support will be the investigator-initiated research project grant (R01). Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99, 2/1/00. Contact: Jared B. Jobe, 301/443-3137; fax 301/443-0051; Jared_Jobe@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-031.html.

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The goal of the Methods and Models for Integrated Assessment (MMIA) program is to support methodological research that will advance the design and conduct of integrated assessments. NSF encourages participation and collaboration of researchers from all appropriate scientific and engineering disciplines, including the mathematical sciences. Most awards will be interdisciplinary in scope and will focus on linkages among multiple human and natural systems with reference to high priority global change policy issues (such as national economic welfare, international technological change, or regional ecological impacts). Proposals addressing the integration or coupling of multiple systems are expected to indicate the scientific merit of the proposed research, and the policy relevance of the anticipated results. They may also propose specific activities, such as workshops and briefings, to foster interactions and communications between the policy and research communities. Although participation by researchers in specific disciplines is not required, NSF encourages investigators to demonstrate substantial contributions from the mathematical, statistical, natural, and social sciences in their research plans. Duration may be up to 3 years; NSF expects to make grants at a wide variety of award sizes. Deadline: 5/21/99. Contact: Thomas Spence, Geosciences, 703/306-1502, tspence@nsf.gov; Keith Crank, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 703/306-1885, kcrank@nsf.gov; Cheryl Eavey, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, 703/306-1729, ceavey@nsf.gov; Edward T. Elliott, Biological Sciences, 703/306-1479, eelliott@nsf.gov; Jay Fein, Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, 703/306-1527, jfein@nsf.gov; Janie Fouke, Engineering, 703/306-1320, jfouke@nsf.gov; Richard Lambert, Ocean Sciences, 703/306-1583, rlambert@nsf.gov; Michael Ledbetter, Polar Programs, 703/306-1029, mledbett@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/stratare/egch/mmia.htm.

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Diet, Lifestyle and Cancer in U.S. Special Populations. Applications are invited for epidemiologic studies to elucidate causes of cancer and means of prevention in African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native Hawaiians, Hispanics, rural, older, low income and low-literacy groups. Innovative approaches that involve inter-disciplinary collaborations of basic, behavioral or clinical researchers with epidemiologists are encouraged. Whenever possible, studies should make cost-efficient use of existing resources, such as population-based cancer registries or specimen repositories. Areas of research (not all-inclusive) are: cross-cultural studies of cancers with striking ethnic disparities in incidence rates, among groups residing in the same or different geographic areas; analytic studies of specific cancer sites to determine the impact of age-specific changes in exposure over time; studies of ethnic differences in histologic and cytologic parameters of particular cancers; studies addressing methodological issues related to the heterogeneity of ethnic groups; molecular epidemiologic studies exploring differences in genetic predisposition to cancer; development and validation of instruments for assessing diet and lifestyle factors; studies among Hispanics with special consideration given to the assessment of Hispanic ethnicity within the study population; feasibility studies to establish cohorts of Native Americans for elucidating causes of illness and assessing influence of lifestyle changes on disease risk; studies exploring culturally sensitive and socioeconomically sensitive, appropriately tailored approaches for dietary modification; studies of motivational and behavioral strategies, including use of adjuncts, on diet modification and other lifestyle changes. Inquiries are encouraged, particularly during the planning phase of the grant applications. Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99, 2/1/00. Contact: A.R. Patel, 301/496-9600; fax 301/402-4279; Patela@epndce.nci.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-028.html.

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After 15 months of intensive review of its granting programs, the Corporation is restoring the emphasis it has historically placed on higher education. It will support programs in four broad areas: reforming teacher education, building liberal-arts curricula that integrate science and technology with the humanities and social sciences, strengthening African universities, and supporting scholarships in the nations of the former Soviet Union. Efforts to improve teacher education will be a key area of Carnegie's grant making. The higher-education grants program will not be fully operational until the new fiscal year begins in October 1999. Guidelines have not been updated, but more information is available at their website. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/207-6289; fax-on-demand (publications) 212/223-9871; http://www.carnegie.org/.

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The Foundation provides grants in the general areas of higher education (primarily science and math), health and medical research, and, to a lesser extent, the arts and social services. Previous grants have supported construction, purchase of scientific equipment, research, and scholarships. Initial contact should be in the form of a letter of inquiry. Deadline: None. Contact: Bonnie Himmelman, Executive Vice President and Director, 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Suite 1205, Chevy Chase, MD 20815; 301/913-5990.

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


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