[University Letter logo]

University Letter

March 31, 2000

Volume 37 No. 30

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 30, March 31, 2000

UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

The University Relations Office maintains an index for the University Letter.








President Charles Kupchella was honored with Indiana University of Pennsylvania's (IUP) 2000 Distinguished Alumni Award at a gala on March 25. IUP's highest alumni honor is awarded to alumni who have achieved distinction in their chosen fields or have demonstrated loyal and active service to their alma mater. Only 190 of IUP's 80,000 alumni have received this award.

"The university is extremely proud of its reputation of providing high-quality education, and the image of the university is greatly enhanced by its distinguished alumni," said IUP President Dr. Lawrence K. Pettit.

Kupchella is being honored for his distinguished career and professional accomplishments in the field of biology education. A native of Nanty Glo, Penn., Kupchella received his bachelor's in education from IUP in 1964, and continued his education by obtaining his doctorate of philosophy with a minor in microbiology from St. Bonaventure University in New York. His postdoctoral summer research, conducted June through August, 1969, was conducted at the University of Illinois.

In 1968 Kupchella started out as Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology in Bellarmine College in Kentucky. In 1972 he went to the Division of Natural Sciences. Between 1973 and 1979 Kupchella worked as the associate director for administration and planning at the Cancer Center of the University of Louisville, as well as an associate in physiology and biophysics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and as assistant professor of oncology. He achieved status as associate professor of oncology with tenure there in 1978.

Kupchella next became professor and chairman of the Department of Biological Sciences at Murray State University between 1979 and 1985. In 1985 he became a biology professor and the dean of the Ogden College of Science, Technology and Health at Western Kentucky University.

In 1993 Kupchella took a position as biology professor and provost at Southeast Missouri State University. In 1999 he was appointed UND's tenth president. He also holds the rank of professor of biology at UND.

Kupchella boasts membership at a number of organizations, including the American Association of Cancer Education (he is serving as president this year), the Kentucky Academy of Science, the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, the Renaissance Group Executive Committee and the Missouri Chief Academic Officers, among others.

He has also been a reviewer for a number of journals, including "Histochemistry and Cytochemistry," "The Journal of Cancer Education" and "Transactions of the Kentucky Academy of Science." Kupchella has also been featured in a number of books, including "American Men of Science," "Who's Who in the World" and "Who's Who in American Education."

He has been involved in national review panels for organizations such as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the American Cancer Society. Kupchella also has a multitude of international experience, including lecturing throughout the People's Republic of China as a member of a Fulbright-Hays-sponsored delegation, hosting a 10-member delegation from China at WKU and participating in various international conferences in Greece and the Soviet Union. Kupchella received a number of grants for both research and other issues, and has been published numerous times in such works as the "Journal of Environmental Education," the "Environmental Education Report," "Detection and Prevention of Cancer," "The American Journal of Medicine" and the "Environmental Protection Agency Technical Report." Books under his name include "Dimensions of Cancer" and "Sights and Sounds: The Very Special Senses," and additional publications number 55.

Kupchella's dedication to higher education and to his students is obvious. In 1985 he received the Omicron Delta Kappa "Outstanding Teacher" Award, and he has advanced through many aspects of higher education, including instructor, professor, chairman, dean, provost, and president. He has sponsored 45 undergraduate and graduate students for research work.

As for involvement with his alma mater and to honor his parents, he has set up the Charles and Margaret Kupchella Scholarship at IUP.

Kupchella has been very involved in each community he has lived in. He was on the Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Mass Transit Referendum in Louisville in 1975, and on the Ad Hoc State Committee on Environmental Education in Kentucky, 1976. He was also a member of Kentucky's Task Force on Environmental Literacy, 1989, and member of the Chamber of Commerce in Bowling Green, Ky., Cape Girardeau, Miss., and Grand Forks, N.D. Kupchella was also president and co-founder of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Cape Girardeau Community Pride Coalition in Missouri.

Kupchella and his wife, formerly Adele Kiel, of Portage, Pa., have three children: Richard, 36; Michelle, 35; and Jason, 31. They have four grandchildren.



Ronald Smith, Assistant Vice President and Controller at the University of Arizona, and a candidate for the position of Vice President for Finance and Operations, discussed the qualities of a successful institution at his public forum March 27.

Dr. Smith said those qualities are a strategic planning process, involvement of employees at all levels, and information technology resources that enable people to be more efficient. The most important part of strategic planning is the process, Smith said. "The strategic plan is a dynamic document that should involve everyone. It should include staff and employees from the lowest level up to the president." That way, he said, you develop a strong strategic plan and a cohesive community that knows where it's going.

Regarding his own decision-making process, Dr. Smith said he uses several criteria, and that financial considerations are not the only or overriding criteria. He also looks at external constituents, peers, the business community, the legislature, and others. He considers whether the change will make his university more efficient or better compared to others. Internally, he examines what customers, faculty, and administrators think, and how a change will affect them. "From an employee perspective, I look at whether a change makes it easier or harder for them to do their job," he said. "If it makes it harder, there won't be any buy-in and the change won't succeed." Smith said he has completed a number of process implementations and been fairly successful.

Dr. Smith then turned the forum over to the audience for questions. The answers are summarized below.

Dr. Smith said he has had no direct supervisory responsibility for facilities management and personnel. But, he said, Operations and Finance have common goals and common projects. He does have some experience with Auxiliary Services, and cited an ID card project, in which he worked with Dining Services, the Bookstore, Student Union, and Parking to develop a single card that could interface with all those entities.

Students are why we're here, said Dr. Smith, who said he puts students first. He cited examples in which he worked with the Bursar's Office to create a system to cut lines for students and develop a "one-stop shop" to serve students without moving them from office to office. Innovations included touch-tone registration, allowing students to pay bills over the telephone, automatically depositing financial aid into bank accounts, and mailing checks quickly. No student decided to attend the university because of the Bursar's Office and Financial Services, but a lot may have left because of them, he observed. "We think about that," he said, when implementing improvements.

When asked about ideas for innovations to relieve faculty from frustrating grants and contracts rules, Dr. Smith said he had none. "A lot of what we do is dictated to us by the granting agency," he said. "It's cumbersome." He said he does try to put the application side in the same room with the awards side to provide a common emphasis.

When asked about his experience in leveraging existing resources, Dr. Smith cited a couple of examples. The first was the ID card project. At one time, there were 17 cards on campus allowing access to residence halls, library services, dining facilities, etc. Under his leadership, the university consolidated to one card. It was an expensive project, and the university partnered with the University Credit Union to pay for it. In addition to building access and other normal services, students can use the card just like a debit card at off-campus businesses and telephones. An example of a capital project was a new Student Union, which was estimated to cost $100 million. He implemented a design/build process in which they contracted a certain amount of space for $59 million. Architects partnered with contractors to build the new structure.

In response to a question about why he wanted to come to UND from a larger institution such as the University of Arizona, Dr. Smith said that he set a goal several years ago to become a vice president. A smaller institution can be very positive, he said. "You can be more effective at a smaller university and make a larger difference," he said. "You meet and get to know more people, and there is a more collegial atmosphere." Smith also said that he's examined the strategic planning process on UND's web site and likes the process. "I think it will work." He also said UND is more student-centered than the University of Arizona. "And the weather has nothing to do with it," he said.

Dr. Smith said he could tell that UND was student-centered from our literature and people. He hopes to involve staff at all levels similar to how President Kupchella is involving all levels in strategic planning. He said he has an open-door policy and likes to "manage by wandering around."

A questioner said that after the flood, enrollment and population declined, as did our resources. "The workforce is tired, stretched, and stressed," the questioner said. "How can we rekindle our sense of entrepreneurship?" Dr. Smith replied that first, we need to make entrepreneurship a comfortable thing to do. "People need to know they can take risks and have someone behind you, and that you won't lose your job," he said. "An institution won't progress unless you take the risks."

The perception of higher education has evolved from a national view that education is for the good of the public to a perception that it is instead for personal good, said Smith. For example, he said, education is now considered a tool to get a good job. "This has caused the public and legislatures to ask what they're getting for their dollars," he said. "We need to counteract this." Ways to do this include telling people the actual costs of education, discussing what we're doing to curb costs, emphasizing that states give us less money, and demonstrating what we do to augment education without increasing tuition and fees. "Tuition isn't that high," he said, "but it is growing faster than the Consumer Price Index. We need to show people how much education costs," and that it's more than people are paying. "We need to get data to show our costs and identify the economic good we bring to the state."

Dr. Smith said that his personal experience with state auditors and the legislature has been positive. Regarding state auditors, Smith said UA officials remain in close contact with them and provide information to make their lives easier, including allowing them to log into the Arizona financial system from their home offices. With some other agencies, they haven't been as successful, he admitted. Dr. Smith said they work to get one-on-one contact with legislators. "They listen, but may not always go your way."

Regarding his strengths, Dr. Smith said he has experience in a large number of institutional areas. He's used his experience with different offices to help students and cut lines. He said that he has a good technology and process background that allow him to improve procedures in administrative areas. Interpersonal strengths include abilities to talk to students, faculty, staff, legislators, and regents. "I have credibility when stating my case," he said. "I can map it out in a logical way and get buy-in from internal and external constituents."

About privatization of services, Dr. Smith said that he was part of a project to privatize Food Services in Idaho, but at Arizona they kept Food Services in-house. "You do it on a case-by-case basis," he said. "It's a financial decision, but you must consider what control you have on the quality of product for the student." At Arizona, he said they have looked at privatizing Dining Services, the Motor Pool, Bookstore, and Copy Center. "The Copy Center may be the only service we outsource," he said, adding the others can support themselves financially.

His general philosophy of research is that it's one of the university's main missions. "It provides new knowledge, and we teach that knowledge to students. It's very much a part of every institution. Without it, you're not an institution of higher education."

One questioner asked Smith that if he took the vice president job for several years, then moved on, what UND people would say about him after he left. "I hope they'd say I made a difference, I was up-front, honest, made tough decisions with the information available, and that I had the support of staff and faculty," Smith said.

Dr. Smith said his decision-making process involves looking at criteria that include money, effect on internal and external constituents, and staff, pros and cons, and consulting with those who would be affected by the decision. "My decision-making is collaborative," he said. He added that he's "kind of a risk-taker for an accountant," and cited his decision to outsource an investment office, which then made more money. He said he gathers as much information as possible and then makes the decision. "I've found that sleep is highly overrated when time is of the essence," he said.

He does have experience with an alumni foundation, and is presently working with Arizona's to implement a $750 million capital campaign. He said he's worked with their foundation on a number of projects, including one to build a police facility.

He has no experience with affiliated research foundations, but the Arizona Medical School does have a separate Arthritis Foundation.

Dr. Smith then asked the audience what they are seeking in a vice president. Responses included working with state auditors, a person with vision who understands our needs and potential, and who knows our best resource is the people who works here. That person must be responsible for a large area and meet a number of challenges. Dr. Smith responded that he doesn't know that one person could do all that, but that he would enlist others to help. One audience member said he's seeking someone who can come here and make things work well enough that we take them for granted. "We need a 'doer,'" the audience member said.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.




Murray Sagsveen, State Health Officer, Bismarck, will talk about North Dakota demographics and implications for health care in a Dean's Hour presentation at noon Thursday, March 30, at the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Science (use the south entrance for best access). In his talk, titled "Health Care Demographics for North Dakota," he will discuss changes in the state's population and what those changes mean for the practice of medicine in the state.

The Dean's Hour Lecture Series is a forum designed to analyze and discuss ideas and issues related to the practice of medicine and health care. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 777-2514.

H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The Division of Continuing Education will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its move to Gustafson Hall which took place in March of 1980 by hosting an open house Thursday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Gustafson Hall conference room. All members of the campus community are invited to attend this anniversary celebration.

A short program will be held at 11 a.m. The Division of Continuing Education will announce the establishment of the Gustafson Family Scholarship which has been established by the Ben and Ruth Gustafson Family. It is the only scholarship at UND exclusively for continuing education students to be given annually to a student enrolled in a degree program or non-credit certificate program offered through the Division of Continuing Education. Please join the Division of Continuing Education at this special celebration.

James Shaeffer, Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and Dean, Division of Continuing Education.



Eric Burin teaches a new program in African-American history at UND, and will discuss it on the 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30, edition of "Studio One" on Channel 3. He will discuss his interest in African-American History and talk about how it was interpreted in European-American historical documentation.

"Studio One" will also feature a segment that demonstrates how painting techniques can enhance a home. Darcy Watts, an interior decorator who has been painting for 22 years, will discuss how she adds her own personal touch to her work. Watts will demonstrate various techniques for personalizing different rooms of a home.

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

Krysta Hovland, UND Studio One Marketing Team.



The Foundations of Biomedical Science Seminar will be held Fridays, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. On March 31, Paul Letourneau, Department of Neuroanatomy and Cell Biology, University of Minnesota, will present "Regulation of Nerve Growth Cone Motility by Interactions of Guidance Cues."

Jon Jackson, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



James A. Rice from South Dakota State University in Brookings will present a seminar titled "A Role for Lipids in Contaminant Binding to Humin," at noon Friday, March 31, in 138 Abbott Hall. Dr. Rice received his B.A. degree from St. John's University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Colorado School of Mines. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Chemistry Department.



The Nordic Initiative will host a luncheon at the Ramada Inn Friday, March 31, at 11:30 a.m. The speakers will be Knut Djupedal, director of the Norwegian Emigration Museum, and Odd Lovoll, professor at St. Olaf College.

Djupedal is director of the Norwegian Emigration Museum outside Hamar, Norway. This national museum is devoted to collecting, preserving and researching Norwegian emigration to overseas destinations. Djupedal received an M.A. in history from the University of Oregon and a mag.art. in folklore from the University of Bergen in Norway.

Lovoll has been on the faculty of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., since 1971. He currently occupies the King Olav V Chair in Scandinavian-American Studies. Since 1995 he has held a part-time professorship in history at the University of Oslo. Lovoll has a master's degree from UND and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

The UND Nordic Initiative is organized under the UND Foundation to develop the resources and build the Nordic Studies program at the University into the premier program in the nation.

Alumni Foundation and Association.



The North Dakota Ballet Company will hold its annual spring concerts at the Empire Arts Center Saturday, April 1. Performances are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Join this energetic group of local dancers for a concert of the Company's usual variety of dance and musical styles, including classical, jazz, and pop that is suitable for the entire family. Come see how entertaining the world of dance can be. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $3 for age 12 and under. They can be purchased by calling the Empire Box Office at 746-5500.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for Mary Ellen Wier, North Dakota Ballet Company.



The Languages Department will present a German Film Festival from Friday, March 31, to Sunday, April 2. The films to be shown are "Tadelloser & Wolff" on Friday, "Ich War Neunzehn" on Saturday, and "Nikolaikirche" on Sunday. All films will be shown in 300 Merrifield Hall, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All films are in German, with English sub-titles. Admission is free.

Jerome Bakken, Department of Languages.



The North Dakota Museum of Art's Concert Series presents its final event for the season at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 2, with a concert by the nationally-recognized Weilerstein Trio.

The Weilerstein Trio has received high acclaim from major metropolitan presses including the San Francisco Chronicle which said of their performance: " . . . as polished and astute as one can hope to hear. Their finesse and sheer technical facility were top class." The program will include works by Robert Schumann, Ludwig van Beethoven, Dimitri Shostakovich, and contemporary composer Libby Larsen.

The Weilerstein Trio - Donald Weilerstein, violin, Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, piano and their daughter, 16-year-old Alisa Weilerstein - were guest artists at the Young Musician's Festival in Israel last summer, and in 1998 they opened the chamber music season of the Aspen Music Festival. The Trio first performed together publicly at the Round Top Festival in Texas, when Alisa was six years old. Subsequently, they have performed throughout the country, including concerts in Toronto, Akron, Cleveland, Chicago, the Eastman School, and at the National Suzuki Convention, and were featured in the American Suzuki Journal (Winter 1994). Highlights of this season include concerts in Washington, DC, St. Louis, Buffalo, Palm Springs, and St. Paul. Their debut recording of the Ives Trio is scheduled to be released this season.

Vivian and Donald Weilerstein, currently on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music, have participated at many of America's major music festivals and have regularly spent their summers at the Aspen and Marlboro Music Festivals. Their discography includes the complete works of Ernest Bloch for violin and piano and the Sonatas of Janacek, Dohnanyi, and Enescu for Arabesque Records. For Azica Records they have recorded the complete Schumann Sonatas.

The Museum Concert Series is funded in part by a major grant from the Myra Foundation, with additional funding from the Heartland Arts Fund, a collaborative project between Arts Midwest, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and community sponsors. Admission to the Weilerstein concert is by season ticket or tickets at the door: $12 for general admission, $5 for students, and children middle-school age and under are admitted free. For further information, please call the Museum at 777-4195.

North Dakota Museum of Art.



The Spring Seminar Series sponsored by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is following the theme of "Inflammation and Inflammatory Disease." The program continues with a presentation Monday, April 3, by Curtiss Hunt, Research Biologist, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. He will speak on "Boron: A New Trace Element in Human Health." All Anatomy and Cell Biology seminars are open to the University community and are held at noon in the Frank Low Conference Room, B-710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Curtis Hunt, Seminar Series Coordinator, Adjunct Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, April 3, at 3:05 p.m. in 3035 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. PEXS graduate program review.

2. Visual Arts graduate program review.

3. Consideration of a request by the College of Business and Public Administration to change the program requirements for the Masters in Business Administration.

4. Matters arising.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



"Photographs," a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Robert Curran will open Monday, April 3, at The Artsplace, 1110 Second Ave. N., with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition will run through Saturday, April 22.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Department of Visual Arts.



The International Organization and International Programs will hold a video review and group discussion, "Great Decisions 1999 - Security Threats: Weapons of Mass Destruction" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union. This event is sponsored by the Memorial Union and International Programs.

"See the Sites of Scotland" will be the Thursday, April 6, event at 7 p.m. in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. This event is free and open to anyone who wishes to participate.

Barry Stinson, International Program Coordinator.



Come join us Wednesday, April 5, at 12:30 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall as we remember contributions and life of a great American hero. In remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 32 years after his assassination, is the United States of America still a nation divided by race, sex, class and wealth? Presentations will be given by President Kupchella, Walter Ellis (History), Steven Light (Political Science) and Eric Burin (History).

Jan Orvik, Editor, for Frank Jackson IV, Black Student Association.



We all have questions concerning the law. Answers can be difficult to obtain and if we do get an answer, sometimes we still don't understand. The Information and Service Committee of the State Bar Association began the People's Law School of North Dakota to provide information and explanations on a variety of topics. After attending the People's Law School, you'll have a greater understanding of the law and how it affects us.

The People's Law School will be held each Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at 211 Law for seven weeks beginning April 6. Each two-hour session will cover at least one topic; four of the sessions will cover two topics dealing with the law. Topics include: The Courts and How They Operate, Personal Injury/Criminal Law, Domestic Relations, The Human Rights Act and You, Social Security/Worker's Compensation, Real Estate/Wills and Estates, Bankruptcy/Landlord-Tenant Laws.

You will have an opportunity to raise questions during the presentations. In addition, our instructors may discuss legal problems with your privately or refer you to an attorney who specializes in the handling of your type of situation.

The registration fee is $35. To register call Dawn or Brenda at 777-2663 or 1-800-342-8230. Division of Continuing Education.

Division of Continuing Education.



The next meeting of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) discussion group will focus on "Capstone Projects," and Jan Zahrly (Management) will open the discussion with a description of the projects done by teams of students in her sections of Strategic Management.

The meeting will be held Thursday, April 6, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Edna Twamley Room, fourth floor, Twamley Hall. Lunch will be provided (reservations must be received two days in advance), but space is limited. 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 April University Senate will meet Thursday, April 6, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1. Announcements:

- Proposed changes in contract between NDUS and TIAA-CREF. Al Fivizzani. (Attachment No. 1)

Bush Grant for New Faculty Development Initiative. Libby Rankin. (Attachment No. 2)

2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.

3. Question Period.


4. Annual Report of the Senate Restructuring and Reallocation Committee. David Perry, Chair. (Attachment No. 3)

5. Annual Report of the Senate Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. Tim Schroeder, Chair. (Attachment No. 4)


6. Report of the Committee on Committees of Senate Committees Chosen by Preference Vote of the Senate, March 2000. Cynthia Shabb, Chair. (Attachment No. 5)

Carmen Williams (Interim Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.



"Adaptations to Microhabitats: Mites and Phytotelmata" will be presented by Norman Fashing, Professor of Biology, College of William and Mary, on Friday, April 7. Cookies, tea and coffee will be served in 103 Starcher Hall at 3:30 p.m.; the seminar begins at 4 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall.

Biology Department.



The Counseling Department will join the Psychology Department in hosting the colloquium to be presented by Larry Leitner, Professor, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His talk, "Rigorous Experiential Personal Constructivism" is scheduled for Friday, April 7, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome. The information given in last week's newsletter provided the correct time and place but did not indicate the joint sponsorship of the presentation.

Robert Till, Psychology.



Join in creating a healthier campus community. Your input is needed to develop UND's prevention agenda. "Healthy UND 2001 and Beyond" will be held Saturday, April 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Sioux Room at the Memorial Union. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate.

The purpose of the event is to: identify significant health assets and needs; set wellness priorities and goals; and explore ways we can work together to promote well-being among students, faculty, and staff. Donna Turner Hudson will facilitate the session. A continental breakfast and a luncheon will be provided.

The event is sponsored by students, academic departments, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Housing Office, Dean of Students, and the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services. Please RSVP to Jane Croeker, Health Promotion Advisor, by Wednesday, April 5, at Student Health Services, Box 9038, McCannel Hall, telephone: 777-2097, fax: 777-4835, e-mail: jane_croeker@und.nodak.edu.

Jane Croeker, Student Health Services.



A talk, "Space Flight: The View From the Inside," featuring former NASA astronaut and Jamestown native, will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10, at the Memorial Union Ballroom. Journey with Rick Heib as he shares accounts of his three NASA space shuttle missions. Highlights include:

* The retrieval and release of the Infrared Background Signature Satellite.

* Three space walks which resulted in the capture and repair of the stranded Intelsat VIF3 communication satellite.

* The first ever three-person space walk, an 8-hour and 29-minute walk, the longest in history.

* A new flight duration record in Space Shuttle Mission STS-65 with 236 orbits of the Earth, traveling more than 6.1 million miles

There is no admission charge.

Dawn Botsford, Continuing Education, 777-4274.



The Black Student Association will hold a Soul Food Luncheon Thursday, April 13, at the Memorial Union in the Ballroom, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Second Annual Unification Day, which will also be held in the Ballroom, will follow the luncheon from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. The focus of the rally is the presentation of issues in a non-accusatory manner. In other words, there will not be any "stones thrown" at anyone, but rather peaceful solutions will be explored that may be used as a contribution in making this campus, city, and world a better place. Last year's rally focused on the unification of diverse ethnic cultures; this year the focus will mainly concentrate on human socialization and persons with disabilities.

I would like to apologize to the entire faculty, staff, and students who participated in last year's Soul Food Luncheon. Due to problems beyond our control, the food was over two hours late and unfortunately, some had to cancel their orders. We do not envision this problem because we are using the services of UND's Dining Services. We are pleased to be able to guarantee that the food will be served hot and on time. If you support us in this endeavor, you will not be disappointed.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for Frank Jackson IV, Black Student Association.



Everyone is welcome to attend a reception Thursday, April 13, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art to celebrate and honor the recent attainment of U.S. citizenship by our colleague, Birgit Hans, Chair, Department of Indian Studies. Please come and congratulate Dr. Hans on this momentous occasion.

Fred Schneider, Anthropology.




The Bush Planning Committee invites applications for the position of Faculty Program Coordinator to work with the new Bush Faculty Development Program. The position is defined as a quarter-time, 10- month faculty position.

The Faculty Program Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Instructional Development and the Associate Provost to plan, publicize, and facilitate activities involved with all three components of the new Bush-funded program. These include the Bush Teaching Scholars Program, the Program Assessment Teams and the General Education Assessment Team. For more information, see last week's University Letter.

The position will carry a flexible workload. Hours will average about 10 per week, but may be concentrated at particular points during the year. The person hired for this position should have a minimum of three years college teaching experience and hold a current faculty appointment (either part-time or full-time) at UND. He or she should have a record of strong teaching, an interest in assessment as a way of enhancing student learning, and a talent for working with faculty from different disciplines across the university.

To apply for the position, please send a letter indicating your interest and qualifications to: Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development, Box 7104. Deadline for applications is April 21. If you have questions about the position, feel free to contact me at 777-4233.

Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.



Eighty-four percent of senior medical students received one of their top choices in residency training programs, to which they will advance after earning the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree in May.

Six students head for training programs offered by the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn., or Scottsdale, Ariz. Thirty-nine, or 71 percent, received their first choice in residency program. Ninety-one percent received one of their top four choices.

"We are pleased and gratified that our students are going to pursue advanced medical specialty training at some of the finest programs in the country," said Dean H. David Wilson. He noted that UND's medical students compete well with others throughout the nation for positions in respected centers for graduate medical education.

True to its history, the School continues to prepare graduates who choose primary care fields over others for graduate medical training. Fifty-seven percent of this year's graduates chose to enter residencies in family medicine, general internal medicine and pediatrics. If obstetrics-gynecology is included in the definition of primary care, which it often is, that figure jumps to 67 percent.

Family medicine was the singularly most-popular choice among members of the M.D. Class of 2000. Thirteen students, or 22 percent, chose to enter programs in this field. Pediatrics was the second most-sought-after program, with nine students choosing it; internal medicine and obstetrics- gynecology followed with seven and six admittees, respectively.

"The North Dakota M.D. graduates are sought-after by residency programs," said Judy DeMers, associate dean for student affairs and admissions, "because they are viewed as bright, well- organized, respectful and compassionate young doctors who possess a very strong work ethic. Faculty and other residents alike enjoy having them become part of the treatment team. In North Dakota, residency training is offered in family medicine, internal medicine, general surgery, psychiatry and a one-year "transitional" program in the four major cities. Medical students who are interested in medical specialties not offered in-state, such as obstetrics- gynecology, radiology, dermatology and others, must secure residency positions out-of-state.

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



The final examination for Ann Drege, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 11, in 21 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Drama in the High School English Classroom: Pedagogical Theory and Practical Application." Susan Koprince (English) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Darlene Berg, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, April 13, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Study of Minnesota's Competency Program." John Delane Williams (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Please pass the word that all staff and students are invited to use the Native Media Center and its many resources, including publication in Native Directions, an award-winning, student-produced magazine. We have Macintosh computers with various software available for your use at the Native Media Center in 231 O'Kelly Hall. We're open Monday, 9 a.m to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Native Media Center works to improve media coverage standards of Native people and issues. The special mission of the Native Media Center staff is to help make multiculturalism a growing reality by promoting American Indian perspectives, values and culture; to create a safe and comfortable environment for all students; to emphasize communication as a career because all people are enriched by awareness and understanding of other cultures.

Native Directions is published by the School of Communication's Native Media Center and funded by the Board of Student Publications (BOSP). It was established as a forum for Native American perspectives on issues and events as they affect Native communities. Our vision is that Native Directions will foster a deeper understanding of Native American experiences for Native peoples as well as for people of all races. Through telling our stories in our own voices, people will come to understand us as we are, not as how other people may see us. We always need storytellers, photographers, artists, reporters, people with vision. No experience is required.

The Native Youth Media Institute (NYMI), brings together 25 to 30 Native high school students from communities located in North and South Dakota and Minnesota for a week-long media bonanza. For one intense week students are divided into groups and work in print, radio, and television journalism. During the week they learn what it takes to produce a video/TV show, a radio program and a newspaper. NYMI is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This year the NYMI will be held June 4 - 10. If you are aware of any Native high school students who might be interested in participating in this program please contact us.

-- Lynda Kenney, Director, and Holly Annis, Assistant Director, Native Media Center, 777-2478.



ALFI hours have now been extended. New hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to midnight. Students can call ALFI at 777-3693 to access the registration system, to hear their accounts receivable balance, change their PAN, or access their academic record.

-- Carmen Williams, Interim University Registrar.



The week of April 3-7 has been designated as Student Employment Week. The observance of this week provides an opportunity for employers, as educators to recognize the many valuable contributions student employees make to our campus, and to emphasize the benefits of the student employment program to our students. Please say "Thank You" to your student employees (a special treat or lunch is nice).

Dorothy Olson, Federal Work-Study Clerk, Student Financial Aid.



"Rehire Letters" for Summer 2000 and Fall 2000/2001 have been distributed to all the departments (one per mailbox). If you will be hiring a student through TCC 312 (institutional) monies, but did not receive a letter, we can send you one. Please call Job Service at 777-4395.

Terri Lawler, Job Service.



The deadline for nominations for Meritorious Awards and the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award for staff employees is Friday, April 14. The completed nomination forms must be forwarded to the Personnel Office, 313 Twamley Hall, by that date. Nomination forms are available from Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall; from the personnel manager in your department; or electronically from the Personnel Services' web site at www.und.edu/org/ops/Forms/forms.html . Any questions concerning this program should be directed to the Personnel Services Office at 777-4361.

Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



As of April 1, a cancellation of registration policy will be implemented for any University Within the University sessions that require a fee to attend. Workshop registration cancellations must be received within 48 hours of the session start time or a cancellation fee of half the cost of the workshop will be assessed. Participants may telephone Staci Matheny at 777-2128 or e-mail her at staci_matheny@mail.und.nodak.edu with cancellation information. All refund requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



University Within the University (U2) courses for the week of April 3-14 are listed below. To register, please call 777-2128. All computer classes are held in 361 Upson II Hall.

Excel III, April 3, 5, and 7, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

GroupWise 5.5 Intermediate, April 5, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Word 97 Level I, April 10, 12, and 14, 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Creating a Web Page Using HTML, April 11 and 13, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

The Ins and Outs of Desktop Publishing, April 11 and 18, 211 Rural Technology Center, 9 to 11 a.m., cost is $25.

Progressive Discipline, April 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center

Mastering Adobe Photoshop, April 12 and 14, 221 O'Kelly Hall, 8 to 10 a.m. (first day), 8 to noon (second day), cost is $60.

Don't Get Bitten By the Bug (Computer Virus Workshop), April 12, 2 to 3 p.m., Upson II 361.

Super Parents Don't Exist, April 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Responsibility and Accountability of Purchasing, April 13, 9 to 10 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

Subcontracts and Employer/Employee Independent Contractor Relationships, April 13, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

Staci Matheny, U2, Continuing Education.



As of April 1, the North Dakota State Fleet has increased motor pool rates because of higher fuel costs. July 1 will most likely bring another increase if the cost of fuel doesn't fall. If there are any questions, please call me at 777-4123.

Vehicle Type -- Rate Per Mile*

Compact Sedan/Wagon -- 0.245
Station wagon -- 0.245
Minivan -- 0.355
Van, 8 passenger -- 0.460
Van, 12 passenger -- 0.460
Van, 15 passenger -- 0.460
Compact 4x4/Jeep -- 0.350
Suburban, 6 passenger -- 0.480
Chevy S-10 Pickup -- 0.335
Cargo Van-Full Size -- 0.405
Mini Cargo Van -- 0.335

Motor Coach Rates - Per Mile -- Minimum Daily

47 Passenger -- $1.70 -- $386.00
Deadhead mileage -- $1.30 v39 Passenger -- $1.60 -- $366.00
Deadhead mileage -- $1.30

Overnight: Actual lodging cost with a minimum of $50 per night.

Mary Metcalf, Transportation.



If your PowerPoint presentations load slowly because of file size, then contact the EERC Graphics Department. We can optimize presentations so that your images load quickly without losing resolution. Contact Paul Gronhovd at 777-5143 for more information.

EERC Graphics Department services are available to all campus departments. Other services include full-color copies; photo and poster mounting; lamination of sheets up to 24 inches wide and any length; high-quality, large-format color printing (up to 36 inches by 9 feet); illustration of every kind, including high-tech enhancement of existing photos or illustrations; professional photography (including aerial views and digital photography); video editing; graphic design by design professionals using state-of-the-art programs and equipment, including web page, logo, poster, and publication design; and complete professional editing. FTP makes it simple to transmit your materials.

Your presentations, posters, newsletters, brochures, and proposals will reflect creativity and quality. For more information on these high-quality services, call Joyce Riske at 777-5142 or Earl Battle at 777-5141.

Joyce Riske, Energy and Environmental Research Center.



The University Program Council will present the movie, "Stigmata" Tuesday, April 4, at 9 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Fred Orth Lecture Bowl. When a young woman (Patricia Arquette) becomes the focus of brutal assaults by an unseen attacker, the spiritual implications of the incidents drive a Vatican official (Jonathan Pryce) to send a priest to investigate. Upon witnessing her affliction firsthand, the priest (Gabriel Byrne) becomes more concerned with saving her life than debunking her claims. "Stigmata" will be shown free of charge to all UND students and community members.

Maria Albertson, UPC Public Relations.



The University Craft Center will sponsor an origami workshop taught by Zoltan Orban, an international student from Hungary. Origami is a traditional Japanese craft of folding paper. He will present a three-session workshop in origami techniques, materials, history, etc. on Fridays, April 7, 14, 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the University Craft Center, located on the third floor of the Memorial Union. This workshop is free of charge and open to everyone. Please call 777-3979 to register or for further information.

Bonnie Solberg, Craft Center Coordinator, Memorial Union.



Registration for the Summer Art Day Camp for children begins Monday, April 3, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Summer Art Day Camp is an art studio designed for children ages 6 through 12 to build with their imaginations. Designed and run by the staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art, Summer Art Day Camp consists of six one-week sessions that begin June 12 and continue through July 28. Summer session projects include:

* Nature's Palette (June 12 - June 16), a collaborative program between the Dakota Science Center and the North Dakota Museum of Art for children ages 6 - 8 to explore Turtle River State Park and create art based on how animals and insects create in their habitat.

* Leave Your Trace (June 19 - 23), is a studio week for children ages 9 - 12. They will create a time capsule of self-portrait sculpture with Patrick Rothwell, a sculptor from Minneapolis.

* March to Your Drum (June 26 - 30) is a week of sound and rhythm with Janis Lane-Ewert from Minneapolis. In this studio, young people ages 6 - 8 will hand-build simple percussive instruments and create music with them.

* Bring Your Shadow to Life (July 10 - July 14) is a studio with artist Jim Ouray, puppet maker for the In the Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis, for children ages 9 - 12 to collaboratively build a theater and create a play for their shadows.

* Painting Silk (July 17 - 21) is a studio for children ages 6 - 8 to collaborate with painter Richard Wilson on hand dying silk. Wilson has a textile studio in Beldenville, Wis.

* A Moment of Sun Shine (July 24 - 28) is a studio for children ages 9 - 12 to collaborate with Karen Byars of Tennessee and create a ceramic tile mural to be permanently displayed in the Community Violence Intervention Center in downtown Grand Forks.

All art materials will be provided. Students bring a sack lunch, and share the responsibility of bringing snacks through the session. Youth may register for more than one session. Scholarships are available. Camp tuition is $55 for Museum members and $65 for non-members. Sessions are limited to 20 participants. To register or for more information, contact the Museum via email at ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net or call 777-4195.

North Dakota Museum of Art.



A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. We will hold a subsequent evening class Wednesday, April 19, from 6 to 10 p.m. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a daily or monthly basis, received a traffic violation or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle or operate 7-, 12-, or 15-passenger vans transporting four or more passengers at least once a month. All classes are held at 211 Rural Technology Center.

This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.

Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.



The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, patio bricks, commercial floor cleaning equipment, and several other miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, April 3-6.

Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.




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


AmeriCorps State Formula Program Grants North Dakota and South Dakota will provide $500,000 for new and continuing national service programs in North and South Dakota. CNS seeks programs that address one or more of the four legislated issue areas: education, environment, public safety, and health and other human needs. The national priority continues to be children and youth. Eligible applicants are local government agencies, institutions of higher learning, public or private nonprofit organizations located in North and South Dakota. The first year may include a start-up phase and one year of operation. Grant size will vary by circumstance, need and program model. Grants are made for one year, renewable for up to 3 years. Deadline: 5/15/00. Contact: Jamia Mclean, 202/606-5000 ext 292; Nancy Talbot, 202/606-5000 ext. 470; or http://www.nationalservice.org.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The objective of the Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) Program is to encourage applications for one-time grants to support: innovative research directions requiring preliminary testing or development; exploration of the use of approaches and concepts new to a particular substantive area; research and development of new technologies, techniques or methods; or initial research and development of a body of data upon which significant future research may be built, i.e., the data should have a high level of impact on the field. The Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science supports basic and clinical neuroscience research, genetics research, development of therapeutics, basic behavioral science research, research training and career development, and research and development of scientific technologies relevant to any of these areas. The goal is to increase understanding of basic behavioral mechanisms and the neural basis of normal and disordered mental function. The Division of Services and Intervention Research directs, plans, supports and conducts programs of research in prevention and treatment interventions, services research and clinical epidemiology. This includes support of research, research training, research demonstrations, and research dissemination. This announcement complements other announcements such as PA-99-134 (Exploratory/Development Grants for MH Research) but highlights the following substantive areas: quality of care, mixed research methods, and socio-cultural issues. Applicants may request direct costs of up to $100,000/year for up to 2 years. Contact: 301/435-0714; GrantsInfo@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-073.html. Deadlines: 6/1/00, 10/1/00, 2/1/01.

The Integrating the Basic Behavioral Sciences and Public Mental Health Program supports projects that integrate basic behavioral science and public health expertise in collaborative research on mental health and disorders. The basic behavioral sciences offer expertise that could be applied to a range of public health problems relevant to mental disorders, symptoms, or related disability. Pertinent areas of expertise in the basic behavioral sciences include research on emotion and motivation, cognitive and emotional functioning, persuasion, family processes and networks, and socio-cultural and environmental processes. Public health areas of expertise include descriptive and experimental epidemiology, and the development and implementation of preventive intervention technologies. Proposals should include collaborations between investigators from both the basic behavioral sciences and public health to address a range of critical problems focused on mental disorders, symptoms, and related disabilities. The following funding mechanisms will be used: R01 (Research Project Grants) and Investigator-Initiated Interactive Research Project Grants (IRPG), R03 (Small Grants), and R21 (Exploratory/Developmental Grants). Program Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-078.html. Contact: Peter Muehrer, Health and Behavioral Science Research Branch, Division of Mental Disorders, Behavior, and AIDS, 301/443-4708, fax 301/480-4415, pmuehrer@nih.gov; Junius J. Gonzales, Division Services Research & Clinical Epidemiology Branch, 301/443-3364, fax 301/443-4045, jgonzale@mail.nih.gov. Deadlines: Standard NIH.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The NSF is announcing a new special-emphasis program on Information Technology (IT) Workforce (ITW) issues that will support a broad set of scientific research studies focused on under-representation of women and minorities in the IT workforce. Possible research topics revolve around three basic themes: 1) How the environment, culture and other social contexts (e.g., households, neighborhoods, communities) shape interest in IT, and how interest in and use of IT shapes the environment; 2) Understanding how the overall educational environment influences students' progress along the educational continuum, and why students with potential to succeed in IT disciplines take educational paths that make it difficult to enter the IT workforce; and 3) Why women and minorities who have potential to succeed in the IT workforce take alternative career paths, and how the IT workplace can foster increased retention and advancement of women and minorities. Multi-disciplinary collaboration among researchers in IT, the social sciences, and education is strongly encouraged. Research can address issues at the individual, societal, or institutional level, or across levels of analysis. All proposals should take into consideration existing relevant research on the IT workforce. Small projects (1-2 investigators) as well as medium-sized multi-site team projects (3-5 investigators) will be supported. Awards may be funded for up to 3 years and will generally range from $75,000-$250,000/year. Program Description: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0077. Deadline: 6/22/00. Contact: ITW-prog@nsf.gov.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The Office of Biological and Environmental Research (OBER) of the Office of Science (SC), is interested in receiving applications for participation in the Atmospheric Chemistry Program (ACP) Science Team. The research program supports the Department's Global Change Research Program, the U.S. Global Change Research Program, and the Administration's goals to understand atmospheric chemistry associated with air quality and climate change. Of particular interest are experimental and theoretical studies of atmospheric chemistry processes affected by energy-related air pollutants, e.g., sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, organic aerosols, and tropospheric ozone. Applications collaborative with or complementary to DOE laboratory proposals are strongly encouraged. Deadline: 5/3/00. Program Notice 00-11: http://www.sc.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html. Contact: Peter Lunn, Environmental Sciences Division, 301/903-4819, peter.lunn@science.doe.gov; fax 301/903-8519.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The Self-Care Behaviors and Aging (PA Number: PA-97-048) program provides support to investigate the nature, use, and outcomes of self-care activities. "Self-care" includes positive steps taken by individuals to prevent disease or promote general health status through health promotion or lifestyle modification; medical self-care for identification or treatment of minor symptoms of ill-health or self-management of chronic health conditions; and steps taken by laypersons to compensate or adjust for functional limitations affecting routine activities of daily living. Research is encouraged on issues pertaining to the nature and extent of self-care practice by older adults; on stability and change of self-care behaviors over time; on the social, behavioral, and technological factors which facilitate or impede development and maintenance of self-care; on the impact of self-care practice on health outcomes, including the potential for independent living and the relationship of self-care practice to the types and costs of formal health care utilization; and on the effectiveness of interventions to promote self-care, in response to acute conditions, and for management of chronic illnesses and disabilities. Additional research is needed on the limits of self-care and when it may be harmful to substitute self-care for more formal health care. Applications are not restricted to any specific discipline. Research is encouraged that specifies conceptual approaches within aging research and would give the field a strong base of scientific methodologies and data. Researchers are urged to design innovative strategies that may include qualitative approaches, use of available data sets, or targeted survey strategies. Of particular value would be studies comparing older age groups because self-care may vary with age and aging-related circumstances of the older individual. When supported by empirical data from prior research, applications that include theory-based intervention projects may be submitted. Awards are expected to average $250,000/year. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 6/1/00, 10/1/00, 2/1/01. Contact: Marcia G. Ory, NIA, 301/402-4156, fax 301/402-0051, mo12x@nih.gov; Lynn M. Amende, National Institute of Nursing Research, 301/594-6906, fax 301/480-8260, LAMENDE@ep.ninr.nih.gov; Linda Siegenthaler, Center for Primary Care Research, AHRQ, lsiegent@ahcpr.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-97-048.html.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


The Diet, Lifestyle and Cancer in U.S. Special Populations initiative supports 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. Research areas (non-inclusive) are: cross-cultural studies of cancers with striking ethnic disparities in incidence rates to identify more specifically the etiologic factors and study their relationships with biomarkers of exposure; analytic studies of specific cancer sites to determine the impact of age-specific changes in exposure over time, due to waves of migration and/or secular changes in lifestyle, occupation and environment; studies of ethnic differences in histologic and cytologic parameters of particular cancers that may reflect differences in exposures or susceptibility; studies addressing methodological issues related to the heterogeneity of ethnic groups, especially dietary and genetic parameters; molecular epidemiologic studies exploring differences in genetic predisposition to cancer due to variations in carcinogen metabolism, DNA repair activities, response to tumor promoters, measures of immune function, chromosome sensitivity to mutagens, or other factors; development and validation of instruments for assessing diet and lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol intake and exercise and their role in the risk of cancer among understudied special populations; studies among Hispanics with special consideration given to 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, monitoring compliance via appropriate means to assess cancer risk in U.S. special populations; and studies of motivational and behavioral strategies, including use of adjuncts, on diet modification and other lifestyle changes. Applicants requesting budgets greater than $500,000 in direct costs are required to contact program staff. The P01 and R01 award mechanisms will be used. Deadlines: 6/1/00, 10/1/00, 2/1/01. Contact: A. R. Patel, 301/496-9600; fax 301/402-4279; ap39f@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-028.html.

- - - - - - - - - - - -


21st Century Science Collaboative Awards--Studying Complex Systems provide support to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to support interdisciplinary research networks on specific topics, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems on the subject of studying complex systems. Grants will support scholarship and research involving the development of theories and models that can be applied to the study of complex, nonlinear systems. It is anticipated that research funded in this program will address issues in bio-diversity, energy, climate, demography, epidemiology, technological change, economic development, governance, or computation. However, the emphasis will be on development and application of theoretical models used in these research fields and not on the particular fields per se. Eligible applicants are researchers/practitioners. All proposed activities must involve multi-institutional collaboration. The lead applicant must be sponsored by a nonprofit institution; international applications are encouraged. Awards will vary greatly depending on scope of the project and number of people involved. Deadline: None. Contact: Susan M. Fitzpatrick, complexsystems@jsmf.org; http://www.jsmf.org/programs/21stcentury/MCS/SCSCollaborativeActivityDescription.htm.

- - - - - - - - - - - -

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


UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available online at http://blogs.und.edu/uletter/.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.


Last Updated:Wednesday, March 29, 2000
Maintained by:Webmaster
Contact: Webmaster

Go To Top To Home Page