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University Letter

May 18, 2001

Volume 38 No. 37

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 37, May 18, 2001

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On May 14, Turkmenistan officials and partners from North Dakota and UND hosted the grand opening of a model Primary Health Care Training Center in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Among the dignitaries in attendance at the opening ceremony were the U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan, the Turkmenistan Vice Prime Minister, the Turkmenistan Minister of Health and Medical Industry, UND Project Coordinator Lonna Milburn and Fargo Family Healthcare Center Medical Director John Baird.

The North Dakota partnership, led by the UND School of Nursing, is a consortium of health providers from across the state including the School of Medicine and Health Sciences; North Dakota Department of Health; West River Regional Medical Center, Hettinger; St. Aloisius Medical Center, Harvey; St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck; and Family Healthcare Center, Fargo.

The Center will serve as a national center of excellence and is expected to eventually train over 9,700 family doctors, nurses and feldshers currently working in Turkmenistan. The unique one-month curriculum was jointly developed by North Dakota and Turkmen partners and focuses on hands-on training in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring as well as on health promotion and illness prevention in the clinical and home settings. The training program, which emphasizes a team approach within the practice setting, will be taught by qualified Turkmen physician-nurse instructor teams who have received basic and advanced training provided by the North Dakota partners in North Dakota and Ashgabat. The Center will conduct its first training course in May. North Dakota partners will continue to assist the Turkmen partners through exchanges and technical assistance, primarily using the Internet.

Elizabeth Nichols, Dean, Nursing.



A number of faculty members and physicians received recognition and awards at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Commencement May 12. A summary follows.

* Alpha Omega Alpha

Several faculty members and physicians were inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society during the school's commencement May 12. Election to membership in AOA is based on excellence in scholarship as well as integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion, and fairness in dealing with colleagues. Honored were: Martin Rothberg (Assistant Dean, Northwest Campus and Surgery, Minot); Stephen Wonderlich (Neuroscience, Fargo); Bret Haake (Neuroscience, Fargo), Jon Allen (Internal Medicine, Grand Forks); and Waldemar Storm (Pediatrics, Fargo).

* Swenson Award

Michael Booth (Surgery, Bismarck) received the Wayne M. Swenson, M.D., Award for Teaching Excellence. The award is given to a surgical faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in teaching. The award is given in honor of Dr. Swenson of Bismarck, a long-time professor of surgery who continues to be an example for teaching excellence.

* Humanism in Medicine Award

George Johnson (Pediatrics, Fargo) has received the Humanism in Medicine Award, which recognizes a faculty member for compassion and sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families. Johnson, a long-time professor of pediatrics and alumnus of the UND medical school, was selected to receive the award by the school's Student Performance and Recognition Committee, based on review of nominations. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences was selected as one of 90 medical schools to participate in the awards program, funded by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. The foundation provided a $2,000 cash award for each recipient.

* Outstanding Teachers Award

Four faculty members received Outstanding Teacher Awards, selected by the medical students who spent their fourth year at their respective campus. Gordon Leingang (Family Medicine, Bismarck) who practices at St. Alexius Medical Emergency Trauma Center); William Newman (Internal Medicine and Assistant Dean for Veterans Affairs, Fargo); Bonnie Omdahl (Radiology, Grand Forks); and Paul Olson (Family Medicine, Minot).

* Outstanding Volunteer Faculty

Eight physician-faculty were selected to receive the Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty. Recipients, who were invited to participate in commencement ceremonies, were: Eric Bakke (Family Medicine, Grand Forks); Heidi Bittner (Family Medicine, Devils Lake); Mark Blaufuss (Pediatrics, Fargo); Greg Glasner (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fargo); Somsak Kriengkrairut (Internal Medicine, Bismarck); Robert Scarlett (Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bismarck); Frank Shipley (Surgery, Minot); and Todd Twogood (Pediatrics, Bismarck).

Since the mid-1970s, UND medical students have received training from practicing physicians in community hospitals and clinics throughout the state.

"We are deeply indebted to our physician-faculty members who help to train the next generation of doctors," said Dean H. David Wilson. "Without their dedicated involvement, we could not offer a medical education program in North Dakota."

The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences conferred its first M.D. degrees in 1976. Today, about 45 percent of the physicians practicing in North Dakota have received some or all of their training through the school, as compared to less than 20 percent in 1970.

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



Ten staff members were given meritorious Service Awards and one staff member received the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award at the 19th annual Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel May 15. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes staff for excellence and dedication. They received certificates and a check. Awardees were:

Angela Carpenter, Information Processor, Enrollment Services; Gale Delude, Building Services Technician, Facilities; E. Marie Fontaine, Building Services Technician, Facilities; Judy Jahnke, Admissions and Records Officer, College of Business and Public Administration; Sherri Korynta, Administrative Secretary, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office; Debra Lazur, Administrative Secretary, Regional Weather Informaion Center; Joe Litzinger, Police Officer, Police; Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations; Dale Ricke, Chief Engineer, Television Center; James Weber, Maintenance Supervisor, Facilities.

The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award is presented to a staff employee who, through service and dedication to the University, to fellow workers, and to the community, exemplify the qualities of commitment, loyalty, and pride in the University. The award includes $1,000, a plaque, and a traveling plaque for the department. The award was given to Jim Laturnus, Building Services Technician, Facilities.

Diane Nelson, Personnel Services.



The UND Alumni Association invites all faculty and staff to join in the activities of Alumni Days 2001. This year's festivities feature the classes of 1941, 1946, 1951, and 1956. We hope you will be able to join us. Alumni Days get under way Wednesday, May 23, with campus tours in the morning. The afternoon includes class socials and an open house at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The Get Reacquainted Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Memorial Union Ballroom. We will have a special video presentation and entertainment to stir up campus memories from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

Special reunion breakfasts for the Schools of Engineering and Mines, Law, Medicine and Health Sciences, Communication, the Colleges of Education and Human Development and Business and Public Administration, and the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics (Home Economics), will be held Thursday, May 24, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

A special Letterwinners' lunch is planned for noon Thursday, May 24, at the Engelstad Loft. Fifty-year pins will be given to the Letterwinners' of 1951, celebrating their 50th reunion.

The Citations Committee of the UND Alumni Association has selected three outstanding alumni to receive the Sioux Award to be presented during the annual Alumni Days Awards Banquet at the Westward Ho on Thursday evening with a social at 6:30 p.m., followed by a dinner and program at 7 p.m. Alumni Days 2001 Award recipients are Rita Roach Traynor, '51, Jo Anne Bridston Hedlin, '51, and Don Naismith, '53, '59.

After class breakfasts on Friday, May 25, a memorial service in honor of friends and classmates will be held at 11:45 a.m. in the Swanson Hall courtyard. The three-day festivities conclude with an "Until We Meet Again" Buffet at 12:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

For more information or to make reservations, contact the Alumni Association at 777-2611.

Stacy Nelson, Alumni Association and Foundation.




The annual Staff Recognition Ceremony was held Tuesday, May 15, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Over 600 participants gathered to honor those UND staff who have completed consecutive years of service here at UND in increments of five years. The following were this year's recipients. 5 years:

Michelle Anderson, Facilities; Jennifer Arends, Facilities; Steven Axtman, Chester Fritz Library; Jane Beasley, Nursing; Karie Bertsch, Registrar's Office; Kathy Borgen, Space Studies; Julie Botnen, Student Health Service; Karen Burgard, Personnel; Kirsten Carolin, Housing/Residence Halls; Angela Carpenter, Enrollment Services; Theresa Carter, Athletics; Albertha Dawson, Outreach Programs; Rosanne Dub, Student Health Services; Kasper Erhardt, UND Police; Garrie Etherton, Energy and Environmental Research Center [EERC]; John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Charles Evans, Law School; Claiborne Finger, Telecommunications; Bryan Ford, Computer Center; Gerald Frohlich, Facilities; Odella Fuqua, Outreach Programs; Sheri Gilbertson, Computer Center; Timothy Gilleland, Facilities; Jane Green, Dining Services; Dustin Hetletved, Vending and Special Services; Terri Hlavac, Family Practice - GF; Idona Holbrook, Aerospace Sciences; Gary Johnson, Computer Center; Judy Johnson, Dining Services; Charmelle Kozel, Family Practice - GF; Dee Kraft, EERC; Jill LaBatte, INMED; Tanya Langness, Southeast Campus - Fargo; Mojdeh Mardani Nejad, Computer Center; Erich Martin, Enrollment Services; Nancy Martin, Outreach Programs; Dianna Maszk, Family Practice - GF; Timothy McCartney, UND Radio; Terry Meland, Computer Center; Patricia Miesen, Family Practice - Bismarck; Sherry Mokerski, Children's Center; Renee Nelson, Outreach Programs; Linda Neuerburg, Native American Programs; June Novacek, UND Radio; Carol Olafson, Nursing; Michelle Olderbak, EERC; Cheryl Osowski, Engineering and Mines; Kari Pankonin, Family Practice - GF; Jane Pape, Microbiology; Philip Parnell, Registrar's Office; Robert Peterson, Computer Center; Kathleen Peterson, Disability Support Services; Barbara Royce, Aerospace Sciences Divisional; Constance Rumreich, Chester Fritz Library; Marjorie Rystad, Business Office; Rebecca Shide, Dining Services; Cherylyn Stoltman, Law Library; Kathleen Taber-Pietron, Dining Services; William Toprock, Facilities; Annette Viergutz, Research and Development; James Voelker, Facilities; Karin Walton, Counseling Center.

10 years:

Robert Allen, Flight Support; LuAnn Anderson, Facilities; Carol Anson, Financial Aid; Stacy Askvig, Family Practice - Minot; Mary Austreng, Admissions; Pam Bethke, Teaching and Learning; Michael Blackmun, Flight Operations; Beverly Blegen, Social Work; Teresa Blilie, System Support; David Brekke, EERC; Tammy Brenamen, Native American Programs; Melva Brend, Library of Health Sciences; Rodney Bubach, Human Nutrition Research Center [HNRC]; Jill Camrud, Family Practice - GF; Richard Carlson, Facilities; Amy Carroll, Financial Aid; Connie Cicha, Physics; Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library; Barbara Dahlen, Nursing; Jerry Degraffenreid, HNRC; Ann Doble, Accounts Payable; Sally Dockter, Chester Fritz Library; Steve Dohman, Facilities; Jay Evenstad, Mechanical Engineering; Kelly Fox, EERC; Glenn Fredricks, EERC; Mark Frovarp, UND Police; Kevin Galbreath, EERC; Carol Grabanski, EERC; Norma Haley, Environmental Training Institute; Judy Haynes, Counseling Center; Robert Hodek, Facilities; Pamela Hurdelbrink, Controller; Judith Kamrowski, EERC; Walter Kearns, Small Business Development Center; Jeffrey Kelley, Aerospace Network; Barbara Knight, Library of Health Sciences; Valerie Krogstad, Nursing; Timothy Kujawa, EERC; Bonnie Lanz, Family Practice - Bismarck; Julie Larson, Family Practice - GF; Loren Liepold, Theatre Arts; Deborah Lindgren, Facilities; Margaret Myers, Operations Admininstration; Claude Myrick, Facilities; Corinne Nelson, Student Health Services; Betty Olson, Family Practice - Minot; Linda Olson, Chester Fritz Library; Michael Olson, UND Radio; Roger Olufson, Duplicating Services and Mail; Colin Osborne, Facilities; Joan Peterson, Psychology; Kirk Peterson, Flight Support; Gary Pilak, Flight Support; John Richter, EERC; Vicki Rieger, Family Practice - Minot; Catherine Russell, EERC; Maria Saucedo, Affirmative Action; Sara Schempp, Facilities; Jaroslav Solc, EERC; Joyce Spivey, Memorial Union; Thomas Stokke, EERC; Terry Stratton, Computer Center; Jenny Sun, EERC; Judy Swisher, Family Practice Center Pharmacy; Jill Teters, McNair Program; Cynthia Thompson, Memorial Union; Jane Thorvilson, Student Affairs and Admissions; Tamara Vind, EERC; Wanda Weber, Biomedical Communications; Debbra Wilson, Alumni Association; Perry Wolff, Facilities; Doris Zidon, HNRC.

15 years:

Faye Aker, Medical Education; Lori Anderson, Surgery; Ted Aulich, EERC; Patsy Bergan, Family Practice - Minot; Mary Bohlman, Biochemistry; Robert Bollinger, Alumni Association; Vincent Cadreau, Facilities; Jess Carl, Dining Services; Ronald Depue, Flight Operations; Louise Diers, Neuroscience; Delwyn Hager, Children and Family Services; Patricia Hanson, Payroll; Lisa Heher, Cash Investments; John Hurley, EERC; Mark Johnson, Facilities; Diana Knain, Facilities; Barbara Knepper, Dining Services; Roy Loken, Duplicating Services and Mail; Gordon Moen, Transportation; Gwendlyn Molsbarger, Facilities; Mark Musich, EERC; Terry Nelson, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Helen Oberg, Chester Fritz Library; Gail O'Connell, Flight Operations; Gayle Olufson, Payroll; Kurtis Papenfuss, Facilities; Bonnie Phillipson, Facilities; Debbie Raasakka, Biomedical Research; Mary Reinertson-Sand, Nursing; Gregory Schumacher, Facilities; Lori Shafer, UND Television; Sandra Slater, Chester Fritz Library; Marilyn Smart, Alumni Association; Jay Smith, Memorial Union; Kimberly Sondreal, Athletics; Roger Thomas, Athletics; Karin Tweton, HNRC; Mildred Wagendorf, Dining Services; Robyn Wald, Housing/Residence Halls; Patricia Willey, HNRC; Carol Winkels, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Michael Yanish, Facilities.

20 years:

Sandra Barclay, English; Sue Bartlette, Facilities; Wayne Blegen, EERC; Diane Brenno, Dining Services; Barry Brode, UND Television; Wanda Cary, Family Medicine; Donald Dubuque, Flight Operations; Lily Dubuque, Facilities; Colleen Endersbe, Family Practice - GF; Edna Erickson, Family Practice - Minot; Marlys Escobar, Nursing; Ann Fiala, EERC; Veriena Garver, Registrar's Office; Patrice Giese, McNair Program; Marci Hecht, Biomedical Communications; Judith Hegg, Dining Services; Julie Horn, Anatomy; Jerome Humble, Facilities; Delores Jacobson, Vice President for Facilities Office; Judy Jahnke, Business and Public Administration; Dorothy Jerik, Sociology; Joan Jorde, Student Support Services; Linda Kohoutek, Law School; Charlene Kuntz, HNRC; Terri Lang, Community Medicine; Janice Laventure, Telecommunications; Debra Lazur, Regional Weather Information Center; Joseph Litzinger, UND Police; Jerry Lundby, Facilities; Sheila Massie, HNRC; Robert Meuwissen, Telecommunications; Charlotte Minier, Vice President for Academic Affairs Office; Theresa Mutcher, Dining Services; Kay Olesen, Engineering and Mines; Alan Palmer, Flight Operations; Richard Palmiscno, Facilities; Randy Pederson, Chester Fritz Library; Jerry Petersburg, EERC; Donavon Rasmuson, UND Police; Arthur Rice, Facilities; Susan Rodgers, HNRC; Ardis Rolland, HNRC; Michael Safratowich, Library of Health Sciences; Lettie Sakkinen, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Lori Sannes, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Judy Sargent, Housing/Residence Halls; David Senne, Facilities; Sue Sherette, HNRC; Michelle Stadstad, Alumni Association; Sharon Steinke, Dining Services; Lee Sundby, Purchasing; Patricia Swangler, Dining Services; Linda Ziegelmann, Languages; Darlene Zimney, Family Practice - GF; Sharelle Zittleman, Family Practice - Bismarck.

25 years:

Randy Bohlman, Facilities; Jerry Braaten, Facilities; Jacqueline Brockling, Facilities; Ronald Bruski, Facilities; Ardell Byzewski, Facilities; Gale Delude, Facilities; Gary Dubuque, Mechanical Engineering; Dorothy Elston, Academic Affairs - School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Sandra Gallagher, HNRC; Mary Ann Gregoire, Atmospheric Sciences; Lannie Hallin, Facilities; Robert Jacobson, Facilities; Teckla Jacobson, Facilities; LuAnn Johnson, HNRC; Stanley Johnson, Chester Fritz Library; Ginni Kroocmo, Vice President for Finance Office; Daniel Kurtz, Facilities; Richard Larson, University Relations; James Liebelt, Facilities; Dennis Morseth, Facilities; Mary Nygord, Dining Services; Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, EERC; Patricia Schmidt, Facilities; Alyson White, Physical Therapy.

30 years:

Darrel Iverson, Facilities; Lois MacGregor, Telecommunications; Phyllis Trelfa, Law School.

35 years:

Richard Ganyo, Printing Center; Bonny Grosz, Operations Admininstration; Alfred Langer, Dining Services; Peggy Pazderic, Financial Aid; James Penwarden, University Relations.

45 years:

Ronald Hegg, Purchasing.

Sue Applegren (Financial Aid) was also honored for her service to the Council of State Employees.

Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.




In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, May 28, will be observed as Memorial Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



Memorial Day weekend hours for the Chester Fritz Library are: Saturday, May 26, closed; Sunday, May 27, closed; Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day), 5 to 9 p.m.

Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



Summer hours for the Law Library are: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library. *******


The Memorial Union and all its facilities will be closed all weekends from May 14 through Aug. 18 except by special arrangements. The weekday summer hours for Monday, May 14, through Tuesday, August 21, are: Lifetime Sports Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Union Convenience Store, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Subway/TCBY/Juice Works, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars/Grababite, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Administrative Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dining Services (office hours), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Mondays); University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Credit Union, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Passport ID's, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Computer Labs, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Building hours, 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.

The Memorial Union will be closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, May 26-28, for the Memorial Day weekend. Hours for Friday, May 25, are: Lifetime Sports Center, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Copy Stop, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; U-Turn C-Store, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Subway/TCBY/Juice Works, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars/Grababite, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Administrative Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dining Center, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Credit Union, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Passport ID's, time TBA; Computer Lab, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Building hours, 7 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.; regular hours resume Tuesday, May 29.

Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



Downloadable images of the University's principal logo, seal, and athletic symbols, suitable for publications or Internet purposes, are available at the University Relations Web site, http://www.und.edu/dept/our/logos/. The download page also is accessible from the University's Home Page via the Search/Index link (go to A to Z Index and click "logos, university"). The University Relations download page also includes links to newly released regulations concerning the graphic use of UND's name and logos, as well as to an overview of UND's licensing policies with regard to their commercial use. The University Relations telephone number is 777-2731.

Dave Vorland, Director, Office of University Relations.



The Student Technology Fee Committee is soliciting proposals for reallocation of computers from the general purpose computer labs. The proposal form is attached to the back of the University Letter or request one by e-mail at stacie_varnson@mail.und.nodak.edu. Proposals are due in the Provost's office June 1. If you have any questions, please call me at 777-4901.

Stacie Varnson (Summer Sessions), for the Student Technology Fee Committee.



The Computer Center has received updated information from NDSU regarding the Office XP products and the downgrade rights. The following information is an excerpt from a message we received from Microsoft:

"Regarding versions of OfficeXP available through Select... NDSU (and other NDUS campuses) may purchase academic licensing for XP Standard, XP Professional, XP Professional with FrontPage and XP Developer Edition. Since all our academic licenses come with downgrade rights, a user licensed for XP Professional would still have the rights to install/use Publisher 2000. The reason we no longer offer a Premium edition of OfficeXP is that much of the features of PhotoDraw 2000 have been integrated into the base OfficeXP suite. Consequently our OfficeXP with FrontPage product would be the "replacement" product for Office 2000 Premium."

Computer Center Help Desk.



The following are University Within the University (U2) workshops: Windows 98: May 29, 30 and 31, 9 to 11:30 a.m. (7.5 hours), 361 Upson II. Discover how to modify the environment, multi-task, and manage files with Windows 98. Instructor: Jim Malins, Computer Center.

PageCenter: May 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m. OR May 31, 2 to 3:30 p.m., 361 Upson II. PageCenter allows users to view, save, print, and retrieve electronic mainframe reports with their favorite web browser. Participants MUST have a RACF (TSO/CICS) user ID and password to attend training. Instructor: Rose Keeley, Computer Center.

The Birth Order Connection: June 5, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Badlands Room (note room change), Memorial Union. What are typical characteristics of the oldest child? Middle child? Youngest child? Only child? How does your position in the family impact your self-image and relationships. Instructor: Carl Helland, PERC Office.

To register please call the U2 office at 777-2128, use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu or online at www.conted.und.edu/U2.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



Wednesday, May 30, is the last Wednesday of the month and thus Denim Day. So, pay your dollar, wear your button, and enjoy wearing your casual duds. As always, all proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777- 3791, for the Denim Day Committee.



The American Cancer Society will have their annual Relay for Life Walk on Friday, June 1. At least year's Relay, Grand Forks had 40 teams and raised over $49,000, more than doubling the amount from the 1999 event. This year they have set their goal at 60 teams and $60,000. Everyone on the team will sell luminaries for $5 in memory of a loved one who died from cancer, or in celebration of a survivor. The event takes place at University Park on June 1. Opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. and the lighting ceremony will begin at 10 p.m., when names will be read off the luminaries. Each person on the team will take turns walking around the park throughout the night. The event finishes at 7 a.m. the following morning. Our team from Dining Services hopes to raise at least $1,000. We would appreciate your support in our team's effort to raise this amount. If interested, please contact Jackie Wiens at Squires, 777-2781 or Mary Urbanski at Wilkerson, 777-3918. Our deadline for donations is May 29.

Thanks for your support.



The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: June 1, 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, Aug. 10 17, and 24. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. Articles will be run only once due to space and budget constraints.

If you will be away for the summer and wish to suspend your paper or electronic subscription until fall, please contact me.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University letter, 777-3621, jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.




Faculty working on instructional development projects may apply for FIDC (Faculty Instructional Development Committee) grants during the summer months as well as during the academic year. If you are working on course projects over the summer and need support to purchase materials or attend a teaching-related workshop, you may qualify for FIDC grant support. FIDC grants are reviewed on a monthly basis, with applications due the 15th of each month. See the Office of Instructional Development web site for grant guidelines.

In addition, departments working on curriculum development or assessment may apply for flexible grant funding to help with departmental planning meetings or retreats. There is no specific deadline for flexible grant proposals, but it is best to apply at least a month in advance. To inquire, call me at 777-4233.

Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.



Following are the deadline dates for grant applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee for the 2001-2002 academic year. Please note that the deadlines for travel applications are different than those for research and creative activity, publication, and new faculty scholar awards.

Monday, Sept. 17, 2001 is the first deadline for applications for travel grants only. This deadline is for travel occurring between Sept. 18, 2001 and Jan. 15, 2002.

Monday, Oct. 15, 2001 is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities committee (SSAC) for research/creative activity or publication grants.

Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002 is the second deadline for applications for travel grants only. This deadline is for travel occurring between Jan. 16, 2002 and May 1, 2002.

Friday, Feb. 15, 2002 is the final deadline for submission of research/creative activity or publication grant applications. This is also the deadline for applications for the new faculty scholar awards.

Wednesday, May 1, 2002 is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2, 2002 and Sept. 15, 2002.

Application forms are available at the Office of Research and Program Development, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on ORPD's home page (on UND's home page under "Research"). Over the summer, please feel free to contact ORPD (777-4278) for information or guidance when preparing your application.

Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.



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


The Research Grant Competition for New Investigators provides support for research activities of clinical relevance to speech- language pathology and audiology. Eligible applicants are individuals who have received their master's or doctoral level degree within the past 5 years. Up to 7 grants of $5,000 will be made. The Foundation is launching a pilot program in the 2001 funding cycle with ASHA Special Interest Division 2: Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders. Investigators who choose to submit a proposal in the content area of neurologic communication disorders may elect to have their proposal considered for a special $1,500 grant supplement provided through Special Interest Division 2. This supplement is intended to enhance the research proposed in the Foundations New Investigator competition. Contact: 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852; 301/897-5700. Deadline: 6/11/01.

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The NLM provides support for preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly documents with information of value to U.S. health professionals. Grants are awarded for historical studies, major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, and other useful organizations of knowledge in the biomedical field. Publication in formats other than print, (e.g. digital or film) is acceptable, as are innovative ways of presenting information. Many types of documents are eligible for support, including primary and secondary source documents; translations of classic books in medical and health sciences; support for editing and preparation for publication of scientifically significant and important symposia or conferences related to U.S. priority health care needs; and creation of publically-accessible databases containing widely useful and unique material. The NLM intends to commit approximately $500,000 in FY 2001 to fund grants. Contact: Susan M. Sparks, RN, PhD, FAAN; 301/594-4882; sparkss@mail.nlm.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-LM-01-003.html. Deadlines: 6/11/01 (Non-Binding Letter of Intent); 7/11/01 (Proposal).

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Grants averaging between $15,000-$20,000 (U.S.) per year are provided to investigators with advanced degrees for geographic field research. Applications are accepted in the following disciplines: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, biology, botany, geography, geology, oceanography, paleontology, and zoology. Support is for basic, original, scientific field research. Approximately 250 grants are awarded per year. The Committee is currently not looking at projects with a start date prior to February 1, 2002. Deadline: None. Contact: Committee for Research and Exploration, 202/857-7439; cre@ngs.org; http://www.nationalgeographic.com/research/grant/rg1.html#top.

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Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC). Support is provided for interdisciplinary, university-based group research and education in the area of materials science and engineering, condensed matter physics, solid state and materials chemistry, and related areas of science and engineering. An MRSEC encompasses one or more interdisciplinary research groups (IRGs). The IRGs involve several faculty and associated researchers with complementary backgrounds and expertise and address an area of research which requires interactive efforts among the participants. MRSECs are expected to incorporate all or most of the following: Programs to stimulate interdisciplinary education and development of human resources (including support for underrepresented groups); active cooperation with industry, to stimulate and facilitate knowledge transfer among participants and strengthen links between university-based research and its application; cooperation and collaboration with other academic institutions and other sectors, including international collaboration; and support for shared experimental facilities, properly staffed, equipped and maintained, and accessible to users from the Center, participating institutions, and other institutions and sectors. Awards are expected to range from about $0.8 million to $5 million per year. Ten to fifteen awards are anticipated. Deadlines: 9/10/2001 (Preliminary Proposals); 1/14/2002 (Full Proposals). NSF will accept full proposals for MRSECs by invitation only. Con-tact: Dr. Ulrich Strom, 703/292-4938, ustrom@nsf.gov; Dr. Carmen Huber, 703/292-4939, chuber@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf01109.

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The purpose of the Community Treatment Program is to generate new knowledge about three aspects of substance abuse treatment: special populations; integrated substance abuse treatment, screening, and early intervention in non-traditional settings; and innovative programs. Additional funds have been made available to support the development or modification of treatment approaches for special populations and/or service settings and to support rigorous study of their effectiveness. In particular, funds have been set aside for exploratory/pilot studies related to managed care and to support exemplary practice models for rural communities experiencing problems with addictions. Awards are expected to range from $100,000-$500,000 in total costs. Contact: National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information, P.O. Box 2345, Rockville, MD 20847-2345; 800/729-6686; http://www.samhsa.gov. Deadline: 9/10/01.

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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks White Papers that propose development and demonstration of technologies that can support distribution of information for expeditionary naval forces, among the platforms within a battlegroup (BG) and from BGs and amphibious ready groups (ARG) to disembarked forces ashore. This development is entitled Naval Battleforce Network (NBN). Areas of interest include technologies to provide: 1) communications and networking packages suitable for a variety of naval aerial platforms to provide over-the-horizon connectivity; 2) communications networking for internet protocol (IP) traffic over wireless line-of-sight links within BGs and ARGs and to deployed Marine Corps units; and 3) networks supporting automatic configuration, as units join or leave the network, and automatic dynamic bandwidth management. A total system capability based on integration of the technologies identified above is sought. Selected projects will be funded under the Information Distribution Future Naval Capability (ID FNC) NBN program, starting in December 2001. Proposers must review the detailed information on the NBN that can be found in the Proposal Information Package (PIP) (available on the FNC web page at http://www- code44.spawar.navy.mil/dssfnc/nbn) before submitting a proposal. It is anticipated that the NBN program will be funded at a level of $3 million-$5 million per year for the period FY02-FY06. Awards will typically range from $500,000-$1,000,000, although lower and higher cost proposals will be considered. Awards will primarily be in the form of contracts. Deadlines: 1600 EST, 6/15/2001 (White Papers); 1600 EST, August 22, 2001 (Full Proposals). Contact: Dr. Donald F. Gingras, 703/588-2393; gingrad@onr.navy.mil.

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Research Opportunity Grants are intended to provide limited funds for a single year for a variety of critical and urgent needs in cancer research. The research should meet the Society's definitions of pre-clinical, epidemiology, or clinical research, which includes cancer control, health policy, health services, and psychosocial and behavioral research. Basic research projects will not be considered for funding. The project should not be easily or, in a timely way, supportable via the Society's other research pro-grams. Funding decisions will be made within 4 months of receipt of the application. One-time grants are up to $75,000. Deadline: None. A Letter of Intent is required to receive application materials. Contact: 800/227- 2345; http://www2.cancer.org/research/grants/types_of_grants.html; for email, go to http://www2.cancer.org/contact/index.cfm.

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The Industry Materials of the Future Program is a national effort to research, design, develop, engineer and test new and improved materials to achieve improvements in energy efficiency, emissions and waste reduction, productivity, product quality, and global competitiveness. Applications are sought for cost-shared research and development of materials or materials processing methods. Deadline: 5/31/01. Contact: Seb Klein, Idaho Operations Office, 208/526-1901; kleinsm@id.doe.gov; http://www.id.doe.gov/doeid/PSD/proc-div.html.

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


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