University Letter

Volume 39, Number 10: November 2, 2001

Disability Attitudes, Access, Advocacy Are Panel Focus
Museum To Hold Live Art Auction
Quartet From Switzerland Performs At Museum
Graduate Committee Meets Monday
Petros Discusses Memory Bias In Psychology Colloquium
Native Media Awareness Week Is Nov. 5-9
“Take Me To Your Nixon!” Is First In English Lecture Series
Wilkins Lecturer Discusses Gender And Inequality
Graduate Faculty Meeting Takes Place Nov. 8
Meditation Center Offers Retreat
Museum Opens Textile Exhibit
Dance Features Appalachian Music
Doctoral Examination Set For Dongqing Lin
Homecoming 2002 Dates Announced

Police Department Provides Security Update
Nov. 12, Veterans Day, Is Holiday
Memorial Union Lists Holiday Hours
Cindy Spencer Named New Associate Director Of Housing
Northern Lights Fund Drive Gets Boost From Dedicated Members
Studio One Lists Guests
Computer Center Provides Software Update
FlexComp Open Enrollment Set
Campus Passport ID Office Announces New Hours
Upcoming U2 Classes Announced
PERC Lists Classes
Volunteers Sought For Iron Study

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Available
Faculty Awarded FIDC Grants
Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

Disability Attitudes, Access, Advocacy Are Panel Focus

The University community is invited to attend a panel discussion on “Issues of Disability – Attitudes, Access and Advocacy,” Thursday, Nov. 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 101 Gillette Hall. Several faculty and staff will talk about their experiences as individuals and as employees with disabilities. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and talk with presenters. For more information, contact Disability Support Services, 777-3425, or Don Daughtry, Counseling Department, 777-6234, – Judy Sannes, Assistant Director, Disability Support Services.

Museum To Hold Live Art Auction

Works by nationally and internationally-known artists including Paula Santiago, Shindo Hiroyuki, Machiko Agano, Will Maclean, Barton Benes, Nancy Freise, Tom Kerrigan, and Presley La Fountain, along with artists from the region, will be sold at live auction at the North Dakota Museum of Art Autumn Art Auction, Saturday, Nov. 3. The evening is underwritten by Marshall Field’s. Wine, hors d’oeuvres, and live music by Jazz on Tap begin the evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Dessert will be served midway through the auction. Tickets for the evening are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

The event, open to the public, features a live auction of original art at 8 p.m. with Duaine Espegard, retired CEO and president of Bremer Bank in Grand Forks, as auctioneer. The Museum’s share of the proceeds will be used for additions to the Museum’s permanent collection; a portion of the funds will go to Zoran Mojsilov of St. Paul, Minn., commissioned by the Museum to make benches for the sculpture garden.

Many of the auction artists have previously exhibited at the Museum. Most are rooted to this region or in some way connected to the Museum, though several artists will be new to the auction this year.

The 37 works can be previewed in the galleries during Museum hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends.

Some specific auction works are: Paula Santiago, Mexico, sculpted paper in glass showcase; Japanese textile artists Shindo Hiroyuki and Machiko Agano, wall hangings of hemp, natural dyes, and mixed media; Nancy Friese, watercolor of billowing clouds and cottonwoods along the Red River inspired by a return visit to Grand Forks; Tom Kerrigan, ceramic wall piece showing his new influence, the shapes and textures of cacti in southwestern United States; American Indian artists from Santa Fe, David Bradley with a mixed media portrait of Geronimo, and Presley La Fountain, alabaster sculpture; New York artist Barton Benes with a miniature museum of small objects retrieved from celebrities – a snippet of Elizabeth Taylor’s Charles Jourdan pumps, a snap from Joe Namath’s New York Jets jacket, and many other surprising items. Walter Piehl of Minot, a long-time auction favorite, has a colorful painting from his Sweetheart of the Rodeo series.

North Dakota and Minnesota artists new to the auction are Gretchen Bederman of Mandan, Dyan Rey and Jon Olson of Grand Forks, and Sharon Linnehan of Dickinson. From Minnesota, new artists are Vernal Bogren Swift, Zhimin Guan, and Lois Peterson along with Virginia Bradley and Paul Clifford who collaborated on mixed media companion pieces based on profiles and photos of World War II Army nurses.

The Autumn Art Auction 2001 committee of 18 is chaired by Louise Eberwein, originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and now living in Grand Forks with her husband, Parker, a urologist at the Altru Health Systems.

The auction catalog with full-color reproduction of the art and artists’ biographies is available at the Museum, or mailed to prospective bidders on request. Absentee bidding on the artwork is possible by order form or telephone. Call the Museum at 777-4195 to order tickets, receive an auction catalog, or register for absentee bidding.

Quartet From Switzerland Performs At Museum

Celebrating works by Haydn, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, the award-winning, internationally-renowned Amati Quartet will perform Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Anthony Thein, professor emeritus, Mayville State University, will give a free, informal talk on Sunday’s program at 1 p.m. Dr. Thein is a life member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Music Educators National Conference, and the National Education Association.

The Amati concert is the third event in the Museum’s 2001-2002 concert series, a Heartland Arts Fund program. The Amati Quartet from Switzerland was founded in 1981. After collaborating with the Alban Berg and the Amadeus Quartets, the quartet quickly made a name for itself by winning the “Premier Grand Prix” of the International Competition of Evian (1982), the arts prize of the City of Zurich (1983), and first prize in the Karl Klinger competition in Munich (1986).

Besides the classical and romantic repertoires, the four artists have a special affinity for music of the 20th century. They take a seldom-played work and juxtapose it with the relevant works of the quartet literature to form an exciting program, which has resulted in many world premiere performances.

The Amati Quartet’s concert schedule has taken them to Europe, the U.S.A., Japan and the Near East, including appearances at well-known festivals - Gstaad, Berlin, Ascona, Schwetzingen, and Luzern. Two of Amati’s CDs – Shostakovich Quartets Nos. 3 and 7, and Szymanowski Op.56/Ravel – were distinguished with the prize of the German Record Reviewers. The program Nov. 4 will include Franz Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, Op. 50, No. 6 “The Frog,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 in F-Sharp, Op. 108, and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in A Minot, Op. 13 “Ist es wahr?”

The Amati Quartet members are Willi Zimmermann and Katarzyna Nawrotek, violin, Nicolas Corti, viola, and Claudius Herrmann, cello.

Tickets for the concert are $12 for members of the Museum and $15 for non-members; students and military are $5, and children middle school and under are admitted free.
The next event in the Museum’s Concert Series will not take place on Jan. 27, as previously announced. Due to a change in the performer’s schedule, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch’s concert will now be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.

Graduate Committee Meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday Nov. 5, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Student assessment and outcomes with Sara Hanhan.
2. Change in program requirements for the master’s in Business Administration, including a change in courses for prerequisites. Prerequisites are reduced from 37 hours to 29 hours.
3. Business and Public Administration requests a new course: ECON 216, Mathematics and Statistics for MBA students.
4. The Occupational Therapy department is requesting permission to transition from a B.S. in Occupational Therapy to an entry level master’s in Occupational Therapy.
5. Request for new graduate certificate program: Autistic Spectrum Disorder graduate certificate program.
6. Program review: Chemical Engineering program review draft No. 2.
7. Matters arising.
– Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

For more information, visit the Museum’s web site at or phone 777-4195.
The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is free. The Museum Café is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Petros Discusses Memory Bias In Psychology Colloquium

The Psychology department will hold a colloquium in which Thomas Petros (Psychology) will present “Mood-Congruent Memory Bias in Dysphoria and Depression,” Monday, Nov. 5, at noon, in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Native Media Awareness Week Is Nov. 5-9

The Native Media Center will host the first annual Native Media Awareness Week Nov. 5-9. Several nationally known Native media professionals will be on campus to share their stories and insights about Native people and the media. You will hear about the strengths, opportunities and challenges of working in Native and mainstream media. In addition, you are invited to participate in media workshops led by Native practitioners.

Monday, Nov. 5, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, D’Anne Hamilton, Lori Townsend, Colette Keith in panel discussion, “Strengths, Opportunities, and Challenges for Indian Radio.” 7 to 9 p.m., International Centre, 2908 University Ave., D’Anne Hamilton, Lori Townsend, “Ethics and Autonomy in the Newsroom.”

Tuesday, Nov. 6, noon to 1 p.m., Native Media Center, 231 O’Kelly Hall, D’Anne Hamilton, Lori Townsend workshop, “Pitching Radio Stories: The How To and Why For.” 7 to 9 p.m., International Centre, Dorreen Yellow Bird, title to be announced.

Wednesday, Nov. 7, noon to 1 p.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, Dorreen Yellow Bird, Monique Vondal, Mark Anthony Rolo in panel discussion, “Gaining Voice: How Media and Society are Impacted by Inclusion of Native Voices.” 7 to 9 p.m., International Centre, Mark Anthony Rolo, “New Media, New Natives? Cultural Change in a Changing World.”

Thursday, Nov. 8, noon to 1 p.m., Native Media Center, 231 O’Kelly Hall, Mark Anthony Rolo, workshop, “Defending Voice: How to Persuade in Print.” 7 to 9 p.m., Native American Center, 317 Cambridge St., Terri Long Fox, “The Importance of Tribal Media.”

Friday, Nov. 9, i., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl, Vonnie Alberts, Logan Davis, Terri Long Fox, and Mark Anthony Rolo in panel discussion, “Tribal Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

For more information about Native Media Awareness Week, please contact the School of Communication Native Media Center, 231 O’Kelly Hall, 777-2478,

Native Media Awareness Week is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It is also supported by the School of Communication, Native Media Center, Indian Studies Department, Native American Programs, and the Vice President of Academic Affairs Office.

“Take Me To Your Nixon!” Is First In English Lecture Series

“Take Me to Your Nixon! The Structure of Syntax and the Architecture of Mind,” a talk by David Marshall (English), is the first in the English department lecture series. It will take place in 116 Merrifield Hall at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. – Kathleen Dixon, Associate Professor of English and coordinator of the lecture series.

Wilkins Lecturer Discusses Gender And Inequality

The Department of History is pleased to announce that this year’s Wilkins Lecture will be delivered by Linda K. Kerber of the University of Iowa. The lecture, titled “Gender and Inequality,” will be presented Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Dr. Kerber is the author of No Constitutional Right to be Ladies:

Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (1998), Toward an Intellectual History of Women (1997), and Women of the Republic: Intellect and Ideology in Revolutionary America (1980), among other works. In addition, she has served as president of the Organization of American Historians and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kerber is the May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History at the University of Iowa. She is a lecturer in the college of Law, where she teaches courses in Gender and the Law. She received her Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1968. She served as president of the Organization of American Historians in 1996-97, and as president of the American Studies Association in 1988. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In her writing and teaching she has emphasized the history of citizenship, gender, and authority. In the history department she teaches courses in U.S. history with an emphasis on the history of women and gender; feminist theory, and U.S. legal history. Her teaching has been recognized by the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence and by the Honors Program Faculty Award; last year she conducted a forum on teaching constitutional history on the web site, History Matters.

The Wilkins Lecture is named in honor of Robert P. Wilkins, who taught history at UND for 33 years (1945-1964 and 1967-1981). During his tenure at UND, Professor Wilkins taught both European and North American history and published extensively in the field of modern U.S. and regional history. Despite his official retirement and elevation to emeritus status in 1981, he continued to teach until 1988 and to serve as the department’s institutional memory until his death in 1998. Throughout his adopted home state, Dr. Wilkins became known not only as an expert on North Dakota history, but also as the 14-year editor of the North Dakota Quarterly and as voice of a weekly radio program on KFJM (now KUND), “Out of the Past.”

This lecture is made possible by generous assistance from the President’s Advisory Council on Women and the Women’s Center.

For further information, please contact Kimberly Porter, Assistant Professor, Department of History, 777-6230 or

Graduate Faculty Meeting Takes Place Nov. 8

The fall graduate faculty meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. Refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 4 p.m. with the graduate faculty meeting following at 4 p.m. Revisions to the graduate faculty constitution will be discussed. Please R.S.V.P. to Staci at 777-2786. – Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School.

Meditation Center Offers Retreat

The Lotus Meditation Center will hold a non-residential insight meditation retreat Friday through Sunday, Nov. 9-11, at Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave.
Insight meditation retreat offers an easily accessible way of freeing the mind from distortions of self-centeredness, negativity, and confusion. Through concentrated awareness, we can learn to see our experience as a constantly changing process, in which pleasure and pain, fear and joy, and all aspects of life are accepted with increasing balance and equanimity. This insight leads to an understanding of our true nature and the possibility of living each moment fully with compassion and genuine freedom. Insight meditation requires no commitments and is compatible with religious affiliations.

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

The schedule is Friday, Nov. 9, 7 to 9 p.m., introduction; Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $60, which will include all retreat fees and meals on Saturday evening and Sunday noon.

The instructor is Matthew Flickstein, resident teacher at the Forest Way Insight Meditation Center, who has practiced and taught Vipassana meditation for over 21 years. Prior to developing The Forest Way Insight Meditation Center, Flickstein was a psychotherapist and facilitated personal development workshops. He is the author of Journey to the Center: A Meditation Workbook, and Swallowing the River Ganges: A Practice Guide to the Path of Purification.

Please bring a blanket and a cushion for sitting meditation. In order to keep costs down, you are asked to be responsible for your breakfasts and to bring a sack lunch for Saturday noon. We will provide two vegetarian meals at dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. We trust the low price of the retreat will make any inconvenience acceptable.

For more information, please call the Office of International Programs, 777-4231, 777-6438, or Tamar Read at 772-2161. – Tamar Read, Professor Emeritus of Music.

Museum Opens Textile Exhibit

The North Dakota Museum of Art is opening the holiday season Saturday, Nov. 10, with a textile extravaganza. Anchored in the idea of “cloth as the language of many worlds,” the exhibition brings together traditional textiles from the Americas, Japan and India. Using textiles, the makers relate narratives of family, changes in daily life, time and space, and above all, identity. Two contemporary fiber artists, Dorothy Caldwell of Ontario, Canada, and Vernal Bogren Swift of Minnesota, will show their work in conjunction with traditional textiles. Caldwell’s work focuses on the Canadian landscape and incorporates the North American quilting traditions, resist and discharge dyeing techniques. Bogren Swift works in batik. Opening day will kick off at 4 p.m. with a series of lectures followed by a gala party at 7 p.m.

During the gala party, the North Dakota Museum of Art is sponsoring a celebratory performance to Ragamala Music and Dance Theater for an evening of South Indian dance and music at 8 p.m. in the Museum galleries.

Ragamala Music and Dance Theater presents dance, music, and poetry, blending the East and West. Based in the classical South Indian dance style of Bharatanatyam, Ragamala’s work provides a bridge between cultures both ancient and modern.

Samarpanam, the evening’s presentation, premiered in Minneapolis to sold out houses and critical acclaim; the Star Tribune selected this work, along with works by the Mark Morris Dance Group, Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Wynne Fricke, and Danny Buraczeski, as one of the best dance presentations of 2000.

Dance Features Appalachian Music

North Country Fiddle and Dance presents an evening of music and dance from Appalachia and beyond with Merle Hall and Rick Exner, who will bring their banjo and guitar music from Iowa. It will take place Saturday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Donations will be taken at the door. Simple dances will be taught for all who want to join in. – Jan Orvik, Editor, for Jeanne O’Neil, North Country Music and Dance.

Doctoral Examination Set For Dongqing Lin

The final examination for Dongqing Lin, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Energy Engineering, is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in 360A Harrington Hall. The dissertation title is “Transient Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer in Petroleum Production Systems.” Rashid Hasan (Chemical Engineering) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Homecoming 2002 Dates Announced

Homecoming 2002 will be held Oct. 17-19 on the campus of the University of North Dakota. This is a change from dates previously published. Please note this change in your calendars. – Stacy Nelson, Special Events Coordinator, Alumni Association.


Police Department Provides Security Update

Beginning with the attack on our nation and extending into our current war on terrorism, the people of America have been faced with new risks and fears that are affecting our daily lives. We should all remember that the most important dangers we face today are the very dangers we faced prior to the terrorist incidents. Getting in your car is still the most dangerous thing you do every day. Likewise, you are far more likely to get sick from the flu than from anthrax. We are all a little uneasy about some of the new risks we face, but it is important not to let your anxiety drive fear. If we let our lives be restricted by fear, we give the terrorists exactly what they want.

We all have a responsibility to keep our campus safe and secure. It is important for all faculty and staff to take ownership of that responsibility. Use your anxiety to drive safety and security efforts in your respective work units.

• If you see a new person in your area, say, “Hello, can I help you find something?” Verify that they should be in your building. (This is a good friendly thing to do, anyway!)
• Make sure that you and your co-workers have a UND identification card. Go to the Campus Passport ID Office (Room 15, Memorial Union) if you do not have one.
• Re-think daily routines and tasks to determine whether or not they are being done safely. Consult with Safety & Environmental Health for advisement.
• Keeps rooms that are not in use locked, especially labs and storage areas.
• Review the access to your facility: Who has keys? Who should? Have your key inventories been done properly? Recover keys prior to persons leaving campus.
• Prior to opening the mail, look at the package. Is it: unexpected, from someone unfamiliar, improperly addressed, without return address, inconsistent between return address and postmark, stained, exhibiting wires, odd sized/shaped, bearing excessive postage? If so, don’t open the package. Wash your hands with soap and water and call UND Police.
• Discuss safety and security with your co-workers and make improvements as appropriate.
• Report any unusual activity to the UND Police.

Now, more than ever, it is important for all of us to be alert and aware of our surroundings. By recognizing hazards, we can protect against them.

-- UND Police, 777-3491, and UND Safety and Environmental Health, 777-3341.

Nov. 12, Veterans Day, Is Holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Nov. 12, will be observed as Veterans 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 Union Lists Holiday Hours

The Memorial Union will be closed Saturday through Monday, Nov. 10 through 12, for the Veterans Day holiday. Regular operating hours resume Tuesday, Nov. 13. Hours for Friday, Nov. 9 are: Lifetime Sports Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Info/Service Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; U Turn C Store, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Subway/TCBY/Juiceworks, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Administration office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Student Academic Services, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Dining Center, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Credit Union, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Passport IDs, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Computer labs, 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.; Building hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Cindy Spencer Named New Associate Director Of Housing

Residence Services has named Cindy Spencer as associate director of housing. Some of her responsibilities will include residence hall staff recruitment and supervision, student recruitment and retention, residential academic initiatives, plus supervision of student leadership and community development, including the active hall governance system.

She comes to UND from the University of Texas, San Antonio, where she was the managing director for Century Campus Housing. At the University of Texas, she was responsible for the management and operation of a privatized student housing program. She brings to this position 18 years of experience in higher education residential living. She replaces Mark Hudson, who moved to Eastern Illinois University where he is the director of housing and dining services. -- Judy Sargent, director of Residence Services.

Northern Lights Fund Drive Gets Boost From Dedicated Members

Northern Lights Public Radio (NLPR) held its annual fall fund drive last week, Oct. 22-28. The money raised during the drive and the number of new members increased from last spring’s drive. Listeners called in from as far as California to pledge their support to UND’s radio station and one member who listens on the station’s web site,, e-mailed her support from Europe.

It is, however, the dedication and support of local and regional listeners and members that serves as the foundation of Northern Lights Public Radio. That support was evident before the Fall Fund Drive even began. UND faculty members and longtime NLPR supporters Fred and Mary Jane Schneider issued a challenge grant, offering to match the pledges of new members of the station. This resulted in an increase in new membership as well as an increase in the typical pledge amount of new members.

Several other members of Northern Lights Public Radio offered their time and energy to promote membership. Richard Schultz, Marsy Schroeder, Kathy King, Jon Jackson, Margaret Moore Jackson, Scott Nelson, Katie Monson, Melissa VanHoff, and Dave Sears all recorded personal testimonials that aired during the drive.

It is with this kind of support that Northern Lights Public Radio will continue to grow and excel. Although the fall fund drive is officially over, listeners can still make a pledge and become a member anytime by calling 777-2577. We thank all members of the University and Greater Grand Forks communities for their support.

NLPR broadcasts from the campus of the University of North Dakota on KFJM 90.7 FM and KUND 1370 AM. NLPR programming can also be heard on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3 and UND Residence Life Cinema, Channel 17.

Studio One Lists Guests

This week, “Studio One” will feature forensic anthropologist John Williams, who was called to New York City to help identify victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11. As a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT), and one of just 50 forensic anthropologists in the U.S., Williams was in New York Sept. 28 through Oct. 12. While there, the UND professor worked long hours to accurately identify the remains of hundreds of victims. Recovering the remains is a tedious process and more than 4,500 bodies are still missing.

“Studio One” will also feature a segment on patriotism in elementary schools. Children show their national pride through art, the Pledge of Allegiance and fund-raising activities. While these patriotic practices are routine for some schools, others are concerned about the separation between church and state.

“Studio One” is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live at 5 p.m. 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, Minneapolis and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Computer Center Provides Software Update

Microsoft has launched its newest operating system, Windows XP. There are two versions; the version that will be available for campus machines is the Windows XP Professional. But before you order a copy, consider whether your current software will work on Windows XP. A new operating system is useless if your programs won’t run on it.

To find out whether your programs will work with Windows XP, check out the manufacturer’s web sites for each product. To learn about the differences between the two XP versions, visit the following sites. Windows XP Professional: ; Windows XP Home Edition: .

Microsoft offers downloads and help pages for the products you use every day. Here are a few key pages: Microsoft’s Download page: ; Template gallery: ; Assistance center for help with any of the office components: ; tips and tricks for Office 2000 components: ; download the shortcuts for Office 2000 components: .

AutoCAD licenses expired Oct. 15. If members of your department still have this product on their machines but have not renewed their license, please let them know that they will either need to renew their license or uninstall the software.

When renewing AutoCAD licenses, you may decide either to upgrade to a new version or stay with the version currently have installed. To upgrade to the new version, select either ITS installation or NEED CD. Remember to include any components you would like to install besides the AutoCAD, such as the 3D Studio Viz.

HECN Software Licensing
The HECN software licensing pages contain information on several of the “specialty” products that we offer. There are links for important notices, price lists, info pages, a page that tells you what is included in multipackage applications like Office, Works, WordPerfect or Visual studio, etc., frequently asked questions and more. Visit the HECN software licensing home page and point your browser to:

On the Corel WordPerfect front, we have signed the contract and are waiting for confirmation from the company. When the contract has been finalized you will find prices back up on the web, and a note will be added to the important notes page.
If you have any questions regarding the products offered through the HECN software licensing program, how to find information on the site, how to order licenses, etc., please send an e-mail to: – Elmer Morlock, Shared Support Services, Computer Center.

FlexComp Open Enrollment Set

The open enrollment period for the FlexComp program for the Plan Year of Jan. 1, 2002, through Dec. 31, 2002, is here. Enrollment agreements should be in the payroll office by Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, to allow for adequate processing time. No enrollment agreements will be accepted after Dec. 31. During this time all benefitted employees will have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in this fringe benefit opportunity. This program helps employees pay for medical and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars instead of after-tax dollars.

If you misplaced the original enrollment form mailed to you Oct. 10, you may pick one up at 313 Twamley Hall. If you have any questions or need enrollment forms, call Heidi Strande, Payroll office, FlexComp specialist, at 777-4423.

Campus Passport ID Office Announces New Hours

The Campus Passport ID office in the Memorial Union has new temporary hours beginning Monday, Nov. 5. Hours for the remainder of the fall semester are: Nov. 5 to Dec. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Nov. 22 and 23, closed; Dec. 24 to Jan. 1, closed; Jan. 2-4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Jan. 7 (resume regular hours), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Teresa Blilie, ID System Administrator.

Upcoming U2 Classes Announced

COMPUTER CENTER: Classes are held in 361 Upson II, and require a working knowledge of Windows or a Windows class. Enrollment is limited to 12 in most cases, so please register early. A $10 manual is optional for Word classes. Instructors: Tracy Uhlir, GroupWise; Jim Malins, Word.

Creating a Web Page using HTML: Nov. 19, 8:30 to 11 a.m. and Nov. 21, 8:30 a.m. to noon (six hours total). Learn how to create a Web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links.

Windows: Nov. 19-21, 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Discover how to modify the environment, multi-task, and manage files with Windows 98.

GroupWise 5.5: E-Mail: Nov. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Find out how to compose e-mail, add attachments, use the address book, customize GroupWise, and handle mail.

GroupWise 5.5, Calendar: Nov. 15, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. An understanding of GroupWise 5.5; E-Mail is recommended before taking this workshop. Learn how to schedule appointments and recurring events, look at someone else’s calendar, create folders, and archive your mail.

Legal Issues in Employment: Nov. 7, 1 to 3 p.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. Discuss the laws impacting UND supervisors including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), overtime issues and Veterans’ Preference Laws. Instructor: Desi Sporbert, Personnel Services.

Hiring and Interviewing Process: Nov. 7, 9 to 11 a.m. 235 Rural Technology Center. Hiring good employees is one of the most important issues facing supervisors. Learn how to plan and conduct interviews so that you identify the best candidate for the job and follow applicable regulations. Instructor: Joy Johnson, Personnel Services.

Security at UND, What You Need To Know: Nov. 7, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. There is no need to register. In light of the war on terrorism, a short session about security at UND will be held. There will be a generous amount of time allowed for questions.

Better Safe Than Sorry: Nov. 6, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This awareness course will cover those general safety issues that all employees should be familiar with regardless of their position. Topics will include: fire safety, incident reporting, safe lifting, ergonomics, hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, and reporting emergencies. Instructor: Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health.

Defensive Driving: Nov. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive state fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Instructor: Greg Krause, Safety and Environmental Health.

PERC Lists Classes
The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Rd., offers the following programs. Call 795-2765 to register or for more information. Child care offered for all daytime programs; all classes are held at PERC unless otherwise noted.

Video presentation, “When the Chips are Down: Learning Disabilities and Discipline” featuring Richard Lavoie, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.

Parent study group, “Parenting Children with Learning Differences,” Tuesday, Nov. 6 and 13, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Family story hour featuring Gloria Sanford, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27.

“Make and Take for Preschoolers: Ages 0-5,” with Holly Cronquist and the staff from the Family Focused Early Intervention Program, Thursday, Nov. 8, 9 to 10 a.m.

Seminar, “Creating Family Memories,” Thursday, Nov. 8, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Workshop, “How Do I Deal With . . .?” Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 to 9 p.m.

Video presentation, “Last One Picked . . . First One Picked On: Learning Disabilities and Social Skills,” featuring Richard Lavoie, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Seminar, “C.H.O.I.C.E.S.: Creating New Possibilities for Managing Conflict at Home,” Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Parent study group, “Discipline for Life!” Wednesday, Nov. 14, 21 and 28, 9:30 to 11 a.m. The book will be available at the first class at a cost of $15.

Parent study group, “Helping Children Cope with Change,” Thursday, Nov. 15 and 29, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Parent study group, “Positive Discipline for Preschoolers,” Friday, Nov. 16, 30, Dec. 7 and 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Seminar, “Understanding Temperament,” Monday, Nov. 19, 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Parent study group, “Kids are Worth It,” Monday, Nov. 19, 26, Dec. 3 and 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Books will be available at the first class at a cost of $12.50.

Video presentation, “Look What You’ve Done! Learning Disabilities and Self Esteem,” featuring Robert Brooks, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Four-week book study, “The Good Enough Child,” by Brad Sachs, Tuesday, Nov. 20, 27, Dec. 4 and 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Books are available at B. Dalton Booksellers.

Parent study group, “Raising Responsible Children,” Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 27, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Seminar, “The Lessons Your Child Learns from Your Marriage,” Wednesday, Nov. 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Seminar, “Just Say No! Setting Limits and Boundaries,” Monday, Nov. 26, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Video presentation, “Multiple Intelligences: Discovering the Giftedness in All” featuring Thomas Armstrong, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 7:30 p.m.

Seminar, “Kids and Friends,” Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Seminar, “Skills for Single Parents,” Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 to 9 p.m.

Volunteers Sought For Iron Study

Do your genes help protect you from iron deficiency? From too much iron?

You are invited by Janet Hunt at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center to join part one of a study to determine how recently identified genetic markers may be associated with differences in body iron stores and the way the body absorbs iron. Such research can help determine public policy about the iron fortification of food. You would have a single blood draw for genetic and iron testing. You must be at least 21 years old, healthy, and not regularly using medications other than possibly birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy. Smokers are welcome. You will get $20 for your time and effort. Call 795-8401 for more information. – Emily Nielsen, R.N., Community Studies Coordinator, Human Nutrition Research Center.

Grants and Research

Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity Available

Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA) provides undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in faculty-mentored research. The goal is to encourage undergraduate students to attend graduate school and to pursue a career in science, engineering or mathematics research. AURA is sponsored by North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (N.D. EPSCoR).

AURA award winners become members of a faculty-led research project. Participants work for eight to 10 weeks during the summer at NDSU or UND. Students can earn up to $2,500.
Depending on availability of funds, up to 10 awards will be made on each research campus. Applications are due by noon Friday, Nov. 30. Application forms are available from ND EPSCoR¹s web page at science_outreach
For more information contact David R. Givers, Program Officer, (701) 231-7516 or

Faculty Awarded FIDC Grants

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

Sandy Braathen (ISBE), “Association for Career and Technical Education Annual Convention,” $750; Kim Donehower (English), “Western States Composition Conference,” $705; Tomas Koukolik (BPA), “Instructional Materials for History 362 and BAdm 395,” $500; Mary Ruth Laycock and Kathleen Gershman (Educational Foundations and Research), “Instructional Videos for Graduate Classes,” $773.85; Lila Prigge (ISBE), “Association for Career and Technical Education Annual Convention,” $750.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or for other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site (listed under “Academics” on the UND home page.)

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. Next deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15, at noon.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID’s flexible grant program.

For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

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

The Jack McDaniel Memorial AO Fellowship provides $2,000/month for 3 months, plus travel expenses to any AO Center in the USA or Europe, in support of AO North America’s mission to improve care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries and their sequelae in North America, through education and research in the principles, practice and results of treatment. Candidates must have completed all but the final year of training in their specialty at the time of activation of the fellowship, be within one year of completion of formal training, or be within one year of completion of a fellowship immediately following formal training. Deadline: 12/1/01. Contact: AO North America, 610/251-9007; fax: 610/251-9059;;
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The Fellowship Program provides short-term fellowships in support of bibliographical inquiry as well as research in the history of the book trades and publishing history. Scholars of any nationality are eligible. Eligible topics may concentrate on books and documents in any field but should focus on the physical object of the book or manuscript as historical evidence. Topics may include establishing a text or studying the history of book production, publication, distribution, collecting or reading. Fellows will be paid $1,500/month, for 1-2 months. Deadline: 12/1/01. Contact: BSA Executive Secretary, 212/452-2710; fax 212/452-2710;;;
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Collaboration Awards (FIRCA) provide $32,000/year in support of research between U.S. biomedical scientists supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and investigators in the developing world as well as in Central and Eastern Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union. Awards are made to the U.S. applicant institution to support a collaborative research project that will be carried out mainly at the foreign collaborator’s research site. All biomedical and behavioral research topics supported by the NIH are eligible for inclusion under this program. Also, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is interested in the FIRCA grant mechanism to develop collaborative programs between established environmental health researchers and investigators in developing countries with access to unique research opportunities. This includes both laboratory and population-based studies on the effects of exposure to pollutants in air, water, food and through occupation, as well as studies of susceptibility factors due to genetics, age or nutritional status. U.S. applicants must be principal investigators or project directors on NIH research project grants (referred to as the “parent grant”) that will be active and funded at the start of the proposed FIRCA budget period. Eligible mechanisms are the R01, P01, or U01 with other mechanisms from the R, P and U series considered on a case by case basis. The minimum small grant project period will be for one year. The R03 award mechanism will be used. Contact: Kathleen Michels, Division of International Research and Training, 301/496-1653; fax 301/402-0779;;; Deadlines: 11/25/01, 3/25/02, 7/25/02.
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The Continental Dynamics program supports multi-disciplinary research that will result in a better understanding of processes that govern the origin, structure, composition, and dynamical evolution of continents and continental building blocks. This program is especially geared toward projects whose scope and complexity require a cooperative or multi-institutional approach and multi-year planning and execution. It is intended that the program fund only relatively large projects that do not fit easily within Earth Sciences Project Support, and that offer broad support for major sections of the earth sciences community. The program also funds research as part of the interagency and International Continental Scientific Drilling and Exploration Program. Deadlines: 12/1/01 (Preliminary Proposals), 6/1/02 (Formal Proposals). Contact: Leonard Johnson, 703/292-8559; fax 703/292-9025;;

The Global Change--Sea Level Research program provides funding for research on current changes in sea level using geophysical techniques for use in formulation of national and international public policy with respect to future sea level change, and how local or regional tectonics may counter or amplify worldwide sea level change. NSF plans to systematically expand its programs in space-based geodesy using the Global Positioning System (GPS) and in fundamental studies of active tectonic processes. Deadlines: 12/1/01 (Preliminary Proposals); 6/1/02 (Formal Proposals). Contact: Robin Reichlin, 703/292-8556; fax 703/292-9025;;

Research in Support of the National Space Weather Program (NSWP) grants support research goals focusing on mitigation of adverse effects of space weather by providing timely, accurate, and reliable space environment observations, specifications and forecasts. Funding is provided for basic research with a strong commitment to many areas of space-related science. Emphasis will be on understanding the fundamental physical processes that affect the state of the sun, magnetosphere, ionosphere, and upper atmosphere, focusing on answering research questions that will improve the ability to specify and predict conditions in the space environment. The NSF will provide up to $150,000/year for up to 5 years. Approximately 15-20 awards will be made. Deadline: 12/3/01. Contact: Sunanda Basu, 703/292-8529;;

The goal of the Trusted Computing (TC) program is to establish a sound scientific foundation and technological basis for managing privacy and security in a world linked through computing and communication technology. The program funds innovative research in all aspects of secure, reliable information systems, including methods for assessing trustworthiness of systems. Making large scale information systems robust and able to tolerate security breaches and hostile attacks without failing requires research on a number of issues, such as correctness, availability, reliability, authentication, access control, privacy and confidentiality. Areas in which research is needed include but are not limited to: component technologies; composition (and decomposition) methods; methods for maintaining trustworthiness as systems adapt and evolve; methods for improving human understanding of critical system behavior and control; methods for assessing tradeoffs in trustworthy system design, for example between security and performance; and techniques for modeling, analyzing, and predicting trust properties of systems and components. Awards are expected to range from $80,000-$150,000/year for single or two investigator proposals and $100,000-$500,000/year for collaborative and mutli-investigator proposals. Approximately 20-25 awards are available for a duration of 2-5 years. Contact: Helen Gill, 703/202-8910;; Deadline: 12/5/01.

The Embedded and Hybrid Systems (EHS) program supports research in scientific principles and technology to revolutionize design and development of embedded systems for a broad range of applications. The goal is to create and unify foundations for managing interacting physical and computational systems and supply technologies needed for building reliable software- and network-enabled embedded systems. This program supports fundamental research in embedded systems, emphasizing the role of information technology, specifically embedded software, as an active element in control, diagnosis, and decision support for physical and engineered systems. Areas of highpriority are: Embedded Software Composition, Hybrid Modeling and Control, Resource Management for Embedded Systems, and High Confidence Embedded Software and Systems. Approximately 20-25 awards for 2-5 year projects will be made. They are anticipated to range from $80,000-$150,000/year for 1-2 investigator projects and $100,000-$500,000/year for collaborative or multi-investigator proposals. Deadline/Contact: See above or

Information and Intelligence Systems grants support research that will improve the ability to generate, organize, locate, communicate, and store knowledge using new technologies. Fundamental research foci include universal access, human language technology, knowledge modeling, scientific collaboratories, robotics, computer vision, data mining, database access technology, human-computer interaction, and embedded intelligent systems. The NSF also supports interdisciplinary and interagency activities such as the Digital Library and STIMULATE (Speech, Text, Image, and Multimedia Advanced Technology Effort) Initiatives. Deadlines: 12/5/01, 3/1/02, 11/16/02. Contact: Michael Lesk, 703/292-8930; fax 703/292-9073;;
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The goal of the Developing a System of Care to Address Family Violence During or Around the Time of Pregnancy initiative is to develop and/or enhance systems that identify pregnant, pre-conceptional, or postpartum women experiencing family violence and provide appropriate information and linkages to interventions within a clearly defined system of care. Approximately $600,000 is available. Deadlines: 12/3/01 (Letter of Intent), 1/4/02 (Application). Contact: Karen Hench, 301/443-9708;;
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Technological Innovations In Neuroscience Awards are provided to stimulate novel approaches to understanding brain function. Eligible applicants are investigators who are conducting work at not-for-profit institutions in the U.S. and hold a tenured position at their sponsoring institution. The program seeks to advance and enlarge the range of technologies available to the neurosciences. The Fund is especially interested in how technology may be used or adapted to monitor, manipulate, analyze or model brain function at any level, from the molecular to the entire organism. Types of projects may also include (but are not limited to): monitoring brain activity in awake, behaving animals; increasing spatial and temporal resolution of brain imaging methods; simultaneously measuring activity of ensembles of neurons; monitoring synaptic plasticity in developing and living organisms; delineating changing patterns of gene expression; developing analytical techniques for multichannel neuronal recording; introducing genes and controlling gene expression in specific classes of neurons; or unraveling chemical and genetic networks. Collaborative and cross-disciplinary applications are invited. Up to 4 awards of $100,000/year for 2 years will be made. Deadline: 12/3/01 (Letter of Intent). Contact: 612/333-4220;;
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NASA intends to solicit proposals for ocean, ice, and climate research (SOL NRA-01-OES-03) contributing to a unified approach to studying the more slowly varying components of the earth’s climate system. The Announcement specifically seeks proposals for scientific investigations and activities contributing to the continuation and enhancement of NASA’s Physical and Biological Oceanography and Cryospheric Sciences Programs and proposals that utilize this knowledge in facilitating development and evaluation of models and data assimilation systems that include representations of oceanic and cryospheric aspects of the Earth System. Investigations are solicited that contribute to NASA’s Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction Project (NSIPP). The Oceanography and Cryo-spheric Sciences Programs and Seasonal-to-Interannual Prediction Project (NSIPP) are focusing on specific science questions from the ESE Research Strategy (, of which many have links to individual disciplines as well as unification of process knowledge gains in their respective fields. Questions concern natural and human-induced variability in the ocean, responses of the ocean to that variability, and their interactions with other parts of the climate system or the Earth’s ice cover and its relationship to the Earth system. The Announcement will be available electronically at the Research Opportunities Online ‘’Home Page’’ at under ‘’Office of Earth Science (Code Y).” Deadline: 12/4/01. Contact: Eric Lindstrom, Goddard Space Flight Center, 202/358-4540; fax 202/358-2770;;
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The Small Grant Program supports pilot research that is likely to lead to a subsequent Individual Research Project Grant (R01) application. Research must be focused on one or more areas within the biomedical and behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCR: craniofacial anomalies and injuries; infectious diseases and immunity; neoplastic diseases; chronic diseases; biomimetics, bioengineering, and tissue engineering; and clinical, behavioral and health promotion research. The program is designed to support basic and clinical research of scientists in the early stages of establishing an independent research career. The small grant (R03) award mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 12/3/01, 4/3/02, 8/3/02. Contact: Rochelle K. Small, 301/594-9898; fax 301/480-8318;;
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Exploratory/Developmental Grants in Social Neuroscience (RFA-MH-02-004) support studies examining neural processes involved in social behavior. The intent is to act as a catalyst for a newly emerging area of interdisciplinary research, merging social/personality/affective psychology with neuroscience in order to elucidate fundamental mechanisms of social behavior and develop a body of data upon which future competitive applications may be built, with the ultimate goal of understanding how the brain performs its social functions. Research must be driven by a social behavioral research question(s) framed at the behavioral level (e.g., social cognition, social development, social interaction, social aspects of emotion and personality) and make connections with neural level processes. Applications must combineneurobiological with behavioral psychological approaches with the goal of understanding social behavior. Developmental approaches to understanding any of the social behavioral processes are also a major concern. In addition to human studies, research with animal models is appropriate, as are mathematical and computational modeling approaches. Studies with clinical populations aimed at understanding social dysfunction associated with certain diseases (e.g., autism, schizophrenia, various personality disorders, psychopathology, Williams syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias) are appropriate, if they offer promise of providing insights into the normative operations of social neurobehavioral processes. Neurochemical and genetic examinations of neural aspects of social cognition and behavior are also under the auspices of this program. The focus is specifically on social behavioral and interpersonal interaction. This program is meant to foster new collaborations and pilot work. Funding will be up to a maximum of $125,000 direct costs/year for up to 2 years. Contact: Carolyn C. Morf, 301/443-3942; fax 301/443-9876;; Deadlines: 12/11/01,1/11/02.
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The Special Research Program of the Ministry supports research which stimulates sustainable growth and competitiveness of Ontario agri-food and rural sectors. This will be accomplished through investment in innovative and high quality research in partnership with industry, rural communities/organizations, other levels of government and research institutions. Support to generate new knowledge and technologies is provided in the following areas: Value-added Foods, Value Added Non-food Uses of Agricultural Materials, Alternative Livestock Species in Ontario, Healthy Environment, and Pest Managment. Proposals seeking funding up to a maximum of $100,000 (including overhead service costs) and from 1-3 years in length will be considered. Applicants should make every effort to obtain matching funding of 50/50 (cash or in-kind). Contact: Daphne Peer, 519/826-4554;; Deadline: 12/3/01.
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The Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) Program (RFA-OH-02-001) invites applications in research areas relevant to the goals described in the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA). The overall purpose is to provide a framework for research programs that provide critical knowledge that can be used in preventing occupational diseases and injuries and foster understanding of their underlying pathophysiology. For this RFA, research projects must address one of the following areas: 1) Work Organization: Cardiovascular Disease, 2) Work Organization: Depression, 3) Health Care Workers Including Violence, 4) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)and Work, 5) Traumatic Injury, 6) Hearing loss, 7) Agricultural Injuries To Children, and 8) Intervention Effectiveness Research In Occupational Health. Duration may be up to 2 years; maximum funding will be $75,000/year for direct costs. Applicants are encouraged to use this mechanism to explore feasibility of an innovative research question or approach, which may not qualify through existing research grant programs, or may not be competitive as a standard research project grant (R01). Applicants should also be aware of the NIOSH Small Grant (R03) Program (PA-99-144), which is for pilot studies with funding requests up to $25,000 direct costs/year for up to 2 years. Deadlines: 11/7/01 (Letter of Intent); 12/27/01 (Application). Contact: Adele M. Childress, 404/639-1493; fax 404/639-0035;; (Exploratory/Developmental Grants), (Small Grants) or

The Hearing Sensitivity and Exposure to Noise and/or Chemicals (RFA-OH-02-003) initiative seeks applications to investigate the etiology of and prevention and intervention strategies for occupational hearing loss through population-based or laboratory research focused on changes in hearing due to exposure to noise or to noise and chemicals. Appropriate topics include but are not limited to: 1) biological effects and responses induced by noise in combination with other ototoxic agents; 2) individual susceptibility to hearing loss induced by noise and chemicals; 3) the role of free-radicals and antioxidants in the auditory system’s response to noise and ototoxic chemicals; 4) evaluation of dose-response relationships between hearing loss and exposure to noise and chemicals; and 5) laboratory studies that mimic work place noise/chemical exposures if results are directly applicable to the work place. Studies that focus on the systematic evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions or develop new interventions are of interest. This is a one-time solicitation. The maximum amount that may be requested for laboratory-based studies is $200,000 direct cost/year; project periods may not exceed 3 years. The maximum amount that may be requested for population-based studies is $400,000 direct cost/year with duration not to exceed 5 years. The mechanism of support will be the individual research project grant (R01). Deadlines and Contact: See above or

The intent of the Musculoskeletal Disorders: Prevention and Treatment (RFA-OH-02-004) initiative of NIOSH and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) is to support research in the areas of health and hazard surveillance, basic etiologic and medical evaluation, biomechanical and mechanobiological studies, diagnosis and treatment of MSDs, and development and evaluation of new and existing interventions aimed at prevention. In particular, applications are solicited that are aimed at research topics involving the highest levels of risk, the most severe exposures, those with the most frequent occurrence, or those with the greatest opportunity for prevention or treatment of MSDs. The mechanism of support will be the individual research project grant (R01). The total requested project period not exceed 4 years. The maximum amount that may be requested is $250,000 direct cost/year for laboratory-based studies and $500,000 direct cost/year for population-based studies. This is a one-time solicitation. Applications are requested from any discipline to examine a wide range of factors in a variety of settings. The study of the combined or interactive effects of physical and non-physical factors is of special interest. This RFA is requesting proposals to conduct studies aimed at the ongoing systematic collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of MSD health and hazard information in order to identify trends, develop prevention strategies, and evaluate effectiveness of those strategies. Deadlines: 12/4/02 (Letter of Intent); 1/15/02 (Application). Contact: NIOSH—Michael Galvin, 404/639-3343, fax 404/639-4616,; NIAMS—James S. Panagis, 301/594-5055, fax 301/480-4543,; or
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Humanities Fellowships--Sex, Race and Globalization are provided to scholars to explore the imbrication of sexuality, gender and race with economic, political and informational processes across local, regional, national and transnational scales. Applications are invited from interdisciplinary scholars or scholars trained in any discipline interested in pursuing interdisciplinary work and from scholars working in or across various historical periods. While the SRG project sustains commitment of lesbian/gay studies to recognizing the significance of sexuality, the sponsor seeks to develop alliances among identity and area studies fields and, therefore, welcomes applications from scholars who have not worked in the context of lesbian/gay studies. Deadline: 12/1/01. Contact: Humanities Fellowships, 212/869-8500;

Humanities Fellowships--Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding Program support research at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame to explore the complex role of religion in contemporary conflicts, ranging from legitimation or sacralization of violence, to participation in conflict mediation and reconciliation, to advocacy and practice of nonviolent resistance as a religious imperative. Research will focus on: comparative religious ethics, intolerance and human rights; interreligious and intrareligious differences, dialogue and conflict resolution; and post-conflict peacebuilding. Scholars in the humanities and social sciences, as well as religious leaders and peacebuilding practitioners, whose research would explore the role of religion in conflict in a diverse range of religious, cultural and political contexts, including Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist and Christian traditions, are eligible. Deadline: 11/15/01. Contact: See above.

Humanities Fellowships--Program for the Study of Postwar Cultures provide support for research in-residence at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, Institute on Violence and Culture, to explore belief systems and metaphysics of war-torn worlds. Project focus should be on texts of survivors and others, or on fiction, poetry, rituals and other forms of expression. Relevant fields include literature, criticism, anthropology, religious studies, philosophy, history and ethics. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural projects are encouraged. “War” is construed broadly. Fellows will join an established program researching a variety of violence and culture issues. Deadline: 12/1/01. Contact: See Above.
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The State Board is calling for research proposals relating to canola. Committees will select projects based on importance of the problem to producers in North Dakota, impact of proposed outcome, generation of new information, and feasibility. Canola growers in North Dakota have established the following research priorities for this year: Sclerotinia management and control in canola, nematode management and control in canola/sugarbeet rotations, dormant canola seeding vs. spring seeding, canola meal improvements - reducing anti-nutritional factors in canola meal. For the current fiscal year, $21,455 is available for canola-related research. Deadline: 11/19//01. Contact: Lori Capouch, 701/663-6501;

The State Board is also calling for research proposals relating to barley. Committees will select projects based on importance of the problem to producers in North Dakota, impact of proposed outcome, generation of new information, and feasibility. For the current fiscal year, $25,031 is available for barley-related research. Deadline: 11/26/01. Contact: See above.
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Undergraduate Student Grants support undergraduate students writing theses on some aspect of the life and career of Harry S. Truman, or of the public and foreign policy issues which were prominent during the Truman years. Awards of up to $1,000 will be made to offset expenses for research conducted at the Library. Deadline: 12/1/01. Contact: Grants Administrator, 816/833-0425; fax 816/833-2715;;
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The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program provides funds for graduate students and selected undergraduate students in academic research programs that involve geologic mapping as a major component. The goal is to expand the research and educational capacity of academic programs that teach earth science students techniques of geologic mapping and field data analysis; and to facilitate publication and distribution of geologic maps generated in the field-based academic research programs. Awards range from $7,500-$15,000. Deadline: 12/4/01. Contact: Peter Lyttle, 703/648-6943; fax 703/648-7901;


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