Volume 39, Number 9: October 26, 2001

Chancellor Isaak Addresses University Senate Nov. 1 1

Speaker Talks About “Hacktivism, Civil Disobedience, And Political Action In Cyberspace”

Biologist Discusses Predation Role At Thursday Seminar

Graduate Committee Meets Monday

Keep Going/Major Exploration Set For Oct. 29

Wellness Coalition Luncheon Is Tuesday

Study Abroad Session Spotlights France

Agenda Listed For Nov. 1 U Senate Meeting

Program Discusses Preserving Civil Liberties During Crises

Duo Will Perform Native American Dance, Music

Faculty Lunch Discussion Will Focus On “Dealing With Peace And Justice In A Time Of Crisis”

Date Rape Drugs Are Topic At Women’s Center Program

International Centre Hosts Thursday Night Program

Remind Students About Etiquette/Dress For Success Luncheon

Concert Choir Performs Nov. 4

Theology Series Focuses On Terrorism

Doctoral Examination Set For Xiaochu Yang

Ticket Requirement Dropped For Winter Commencement Dec. 21



Honorary Degree Nominations Sought

Board Report Online

Nominations For Faculty Awards Accepted Through Nov. 16

Mail Handling Procedures Detailed

Studio One Lists Guests

Upcoming U2 Classes Announced

Staff Senate Sells Raffle Tickets

Reservations Not Necessary For Lunch At Museum

AAUW Holds Used Book Sale

Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month

Items For Sale To Public On Bids



Preproposals For NSF MRI Competition Due In ORPD Dec. 14

National Institutes Of Health Announces New Policy

Some National Institutes Of Health (NIH) Application Forms Revised

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed


Chancellor Isaak Addresses University Senate Nov. 1

The University Senate has invited Larry Isaak, chancellor of the North Dakota University System, to address its next meeting and present his views on current issues of interest to the higher education community. The University Senate meeting will be held at 4:05 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in Room 7, Gamble Hall. All members of the academic community are welcome to attend. Submitted by David Perry (Social Work), chair, University Senate.


Speaker Talks About “Hacktivism, Civil Disobedience, And Political Action In Cyberspace”

The Department of Philosophy and Religion will hold a colloquium at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in 303 Gillette Hall. Brian Huschle, Northwest Technical College, East Grand Forks, will present “Hacktivism, Civil Disobedience, and Political Action in Cyberspace.”

Biologist Discusses Predation Role At Thursday Seminar
A biology seminar will be held Friday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in 141 Starcher Hall. “Scents of Danger: How Aquatic Animals Detect Predation Risk” will be presented by Brian Wisenden, Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Dr. Wisenden researches the behavioral ecology of fishes and aquatic invertebrates. His early work was on variation in parental care and the mating system in a tropical cichlid; his recent work has been on the relationship between chemical cues released during predation events and antipredator strategies of prey species. He has been a faculty member at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 1998.
For more information, contact Jeff Lang (Biology) at 777-4564.

Graduate Committee Meets Monday
The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 29, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Request to change the catalog description of the degree requirements for the graduate degree in psychology.
2. Request to initiate a master’s in physician assistant studies in the Department of Community Medicine and Rural Health of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
3. Chemical engineering program review and discussion about the first draft of the program review.
4. Occupational therapy requests replacement of its current baccalaureate degree to establish an entry-level professional master’s degree.
5. Matters arising.

Keep Going/Major Exploration Set For Oct. 29

Keep Going/Major Exploration will be held Monday, Oct. 29, on the Memorial Union second floor from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Major Exploration will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keep Going is a program given for freshmen, transfers, and anyone who needs reminders on the registration process for spring. The schedule of sessions follows:

9 a.m., academic advisement, River Valley Room; 9:30 a.m., University general education requirements, Sioux Room; 10 a.m., ALFI instructions, Lecture Bowl; 10:30 a.m., major exploration and declaration, Mandan Room; 11 a.m., career counseling, River Valley Room; 11:30 a.m., ALFI instructions, Lecture Bowl; noon, Learning Center, Sioux Room; 12:30 p.m., academic advisement, River Valley Room; 1 p.m., ALFI instructions, Lecture Bowl; 1:30 p.m., University general education requirments, Sioux Room; 2 p.m., major exploration and declaration, Mandan Room; 2:30 p.m., ALFI instructions, Lecture Bowl; 3 p.m., career counseling, River Valley Room; 3:30 p.m., Learning Center, Sioux Room. Sessions last 30 minutes.

Major Exploration gives students the chance to visit with various departments to see all the choices that UND has to offer and takes place in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Everyone is invited to attend.

For more information, contact Angie Carpenter, Student Academic Services, Keep Going/Major Exploration Coordinator, 777-2117.

Wellness Coalition Luncheon Is Tuesday
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the Healthy UND Wellness Coalition luncheon at noon Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Memorial Union River Valley Room. Join President Charles Kupchella and Student Body President Matt Brown in a discussion of UND’s efforts to expand health and wellness programs and facilities. Offer input into the development of a Wellness Center concept paper. Learn more about efforts to promote all seven dimensions of wellness to enhance the health of the UND campus community. Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 29, to Jane Croeker, Student Health Services, Box 9038, 777-4817,

Study Abroad Session Spotlights France
Study Abroad information sessions are held Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Oct. 31 program spotlights France and study at the University of Caen in Caen, Normandy.

Agenda Listed For Nov. 1 U Senate Meeting
The University Senate will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.
1. Announcements
a. Ad hoc faculty evaluation form committee
b. Ad hoc undergraduate transfer credit policy committee
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes
3. Question period
4. Annual report of the Honors Committee, Kim Porter, chair
5. Annual report of the University Assessment Committee, Ken Ruit, chair
6. Annual report of the standing Committee on Faculty Rights, Randy Lee
7. Annual report of the General Education Requirements Committee, Ray Diez, chair
8. Annual report of the Faculty Instructional Development Committee, Renee Mabey, chair

9. Report from the Council of College Faculties, Jim Grijalva
10. Chancellor Larry Isaak.

Program Discusses Preserving Civil Liberties During Crises
The School of Law will present “Preserving Civil Liberties in Times of Crisis: Remembering the Japanese American Internment Camps of World War II” Thursday, Nov. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Baker Courtroom in the School of Law. The presentation will feature the documentary, “Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story,” followed by a discussion led by Kathryn Rand (School of Law), Steven Light (Political Science and Public Administration), and Michael Anderegg (English).

During World War II, the United States government relocated and confined 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, many of them American citizens by birth. In a highly controversial decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the internment camps, reasoning that campus were justified by military necessity. Forty years later, Fred Korematsu helped bring to light evidence that the United States had fabricated the threat to national security posed by Japanese Americans. Still, the Supreme Court’s decision remains on the books and, in the words of one Supreme Court justice, is “a loaded weapon” ready to be deployed during times of national crisis. As our country fights a “new kind of war” after the events of Sept. 11, the Japanese American internment camps serve as an important reminder of the difficulty in balancing civil liberties and national security.

The presentation is free and open to the public. All students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.

Duo Will Perform Native American Dance, Music
The Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC) will sponsor Ash and Reuben Fast Horse, a duo who will perform a variety of Native American dances and music. Please attend this free event Thursday, Nov. 1, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. For further information, please contact MAC at 777-4378.

Faculty Lunch Discussion Will Focus On “Dealing With Peace And Justice In A Time Of Crisis”
On Thursday, Nov. 1, the On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series continues with a special session titled “Dealing With Peace and Justice in a Time of Crisis.”

How do we deal with issues of human rights, justice and peace when they are “hot topics” on the public agenda? What is the role of the teacher in such discussions? How do we engage students in serious thinking? In this session, we’ll discuss these questions with members of the peace studies faculty, focusing especially on recent events in the community, and on the national and international scene.

The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Date Rape Drugs Are Topic At Women’s Center Program

Meet and Eat will be held at the Women’s Center, 305 Hamline St., Thursday, Nov. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. Karin Walton, coordinator of substance abuse prevention, Counseling Center, will lead a discussion on the impact that alcohol and drugs have on women’s bodies. She will also share information on numerous “date rape drugs.” Everyone is welcome and lunch is provided.

International Centre Hosts Thursday Night Program
The Office of International Programs at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will hold cultural programs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. The Nov. 1 program features Sweden, and is open to all. Experience different cultures of the world, meet new friends from other nations, and learn about the variety the world has in store. Events feature food prepared and served by international students. For more information, contact the International Centre at 777-4231.

Remind Students About Etiquette/Dress For Success Luncheon
Faculty, staff and administrators are asked to remind students about the Career Services “etiquette/dressing for success” luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

The Career Services/Cooperative Education Office is hosting our third annual professional luncheon. Students will hear great speakers who will share general etiquette tips, especially those that relate to a luncheon/meal associated with an interview. In addition, speakers will show students how to dress for success. This free event begins at 11 a.m. with an etiquette presentation in the Lecture Bowl in the Memorial Union. After the etiquette presentation, we will sit down for a meal and practice the etiquette tips. Following the meal, speakers will share dressing for success tips. The event on Saturday, Nov. 3, begins at 11 a.m. in the Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union and will end before 2 p.m.

Students must pre-register and will be guests of Career Services for the luncheon. Career Services is located in 280 McCannel Hall; the phone number is 777-3904.

Concert Choir Performs Nov. 4
The Department of Music is sponsoring the first concert of the Concert Choir under new director Nolan Long at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 Third St. NW, East Grand Forks. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Long has chosen a varied and demanding program. “Gregorian Chant” will provide a dramatic and resounding beginning as choir members enter the church. Giovanni Palestrina’s six-part a cappella motet, “Tu es Petrus,” will continue the Renaissance portion of the afternoon. One of George F. Handel’s grand and delightful coronation anthems, “The King Shall Rejoice,” will feature four soloists. Three German partsongs by Johannes Brahms — all with the theme of “evening” — have been chosen for the second portion of the concert. “O Schone Nacht” features each section of the choir in turn and describes the night in all its splendor. Schiller’s poem, “Der Abend,” presents the urgency of a chariot and horses as the sun sinks. “Waldesnacht” is taken from the fairy tale “Gluckspilzchen” (Little Mushroom of Happiness). Giacomo Rossini’s “La Passeggiata” is performed, in contrast to Brahms, in pure operatic delight so typical of Rossini.

Three selections from the 20th century have been chosen to display the choir’s skills. Daniel Pinkham’s “In the Beginning of Creation” uses electronic tape to present the imagined bursts of sound at the beginning of time. The selection ends with a chord evoking “and there was light.” In contrast, “Song for Athene,” by the British composer John Tavener, presents an image of darkness and heavy mood; this selection was performed at Princess Diana’s funeral. Antonio Estivez’s “Mata del amino sola” will feature driving Spanish dance rhythms. Long has chosen four African-American spirituals arranged by Norman Luboff to round out the afternoon. “Joshua,” “Deep River,” “Steal Away,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand” are in new fresh arrangements using jazz rhythms and harmonies juxtaposed with deep rich tonalities. The afternoon will conclude with “Make our Garden Grow” from Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.”

Nolan Long joined the music faculty this year as assistant professor of music and director of choirs. He has served as assistant professor of music at Akderson-Broaddus College, Wyoming, and Mount Senario College, Wisconsin. He also has taught high school choral music at Highland High School in Ohio. He holds the B.S. in music education from Manchester College, Indiana, and the M.M. in choral music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is completing his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in conducting. He is a frequent invited clinician and guest conductor.

Theology Series Focuses On Terrorism
The Campus Ministry Association will sponsor “Theology for Lunch” during the month of November. The sessions are open to anyone and a free sandwich lunch will be provided to participants. Theology for Lunch will be held at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, 3012 University Ave., on Tuesdays in November, beginning at noon. Participants are free to join the discussions as class and other schedules allow. The topic for this semester will be “Terrorism: Hearing the Voices.” Individual sessions will focus on “the voices of fear, anger, and grief” (Nov. 6); “the voices of justice” (Nov. 13); “the voices of faith” (Nov. 20); and “the voices of hope” (Nov. 27). The Campus Ministry Association includes Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, United Campus Ministry, and Wittenberg Chapel. Any of the campus pastors at these locations may be contacted for further information.

Doctoral Examination Set For Xiaochu Yang
The final examination for Xiaochu Yang, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in physics, is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in 215 Witmer Hall. The dissertation title is “Transport Studies on Fe, Al and Ni Doped PrBa2Cu307.” Tar-Pin Chen (Physics) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

Ticket Requirement Dropped For Winter Commencement Dec. 21

The plan has been dropped to require guest tickets for seating at UND’s winter commencement Friday, Dec. 21, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The use of tickets was originally envisioned as a way to help manage the overflow crowd we have come to expect for this event; however, based on feedback from students and their families, guest seating will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis as has been done in past years.

Plans are being made to accommodate any guests who cannot be seated in the main auditorium. Additional seating will be set up in other parts of the Chester Fritz Auditorium building with television monitors tuned to the commencement broadcast.

Winter commencement, which will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, will be televised live on Grand Forks Cable Channel 3 and can also be viewed online by logging on to the UND home page.


Honorary Degree Nominations Sought
Members of the University Council are invited to nominate outstanding individuals for an honorary degree. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Nov. 30. Qualifications include, but are not limited to, the following State Board of Higher Education criteria (see SBHE, Policy 430.1):
A. The candidate should have had an association with the state of North Dakota. This association may be by virtue of birth, of residence, of education, of service to the state, the Board, or one of the institutions governed by the Board.
B. The candidate must have achieved a level of distinction which would merit comparable recognition in his or her profession or area of excellence.
C. The renown of the candidate should reflect favorably on the Board, the institutions it governs, and the state of North Dakota.
In order to avoid any embarrassment, no suggestion shall be made to any person to be so honored until the State Board of Higher Education has acted on the nomination.
Institutional criteria and standards for the awarding of honorary degrees at the University have been established by the University Senate. It is recommended that the following criteria be used in considering persons for an honorary degree:
1. Achievement of distinction in scholarship, or in comparable professional or creative achievement.
2. Recognized and outstanding service to the nation, to the state, or to the University of North Dakota.

3. Attendance at or graduation from the University of North Dakota, except as the individual is outstanding with reference to the preceding criteria 1 and 2.
4. Non-membership on the faculty of the University of North Dakota.
5. Scholarship specialization in an area in which the university normally grants an earned degree.
1. Nominations may be made by any member of the University Council.
2. Nominations must be accompanied by a factual dossier providing evidence that the nominee meets the criteria and standards established by the University Senate (Nos. 1-5 above). Factual compilation should include the following, in the order listed:
a. A brief biography
b. A list of scholarly writings, research and publications
c. Description of public service and achievements
d. List of offices and positions held
e. Other factual justifications for consideration
3. The nominee’s scholarship will be evaluated by the departmental faculty in the area of the nominee’s specialization, such evaluation to be a part of the dossier presented to the Honorary Degrees Committee.
4. A nominee will not be informed that he/she is being considered until the nomination has been approved at the SBHE level.
5. The titles of honorary degrees shall be distinct from those of earned degrees at UND.
6. No honorary bachelor’s or master’s degrees will be awarded.
On behalf of the honorary degrees committee, nominations and all supporting materials may be sent to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 302 Twamley Hall. The dateline for submitting nominations is Friday, Nov. 30.

Board Report Online
At the Oct. 8 special meeting, the State Board of Higher Education approved a long-term finance plan and resource allocation model for the North Dakota University System, amended a proposal to increase compensation for campus presidents and the executive dean at Minot State University Bottineau, and approved a series of 36 accountability measures for the System and campuses. The report is available on the CCF web site at:
For more information, contact Jim Grijalva (School of Law), faculty advisor to the State Board of Higher Education.

Nominations For Faculty Awards Accepted Through Nov. 16
The Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:
• Outstanding undergraduate teaching (individual)
• Outstanding graduate/professional teaching (individual)
• Excellence in teaching, research/creative activity and service - the “faculty scholar award” (individual)
• Outstanding faculty development and service (individual)
• Departmental excellence in teaching (department)
• Departmental excellence in service (department)
Nominations may be made electronically, via the UND home page, beginning Oct. 20. Paper nomination forms also are available at various locations around campus. Criteria for all six awards are listed on the nomination forms.
Additional nomination forms are available from the Office of Instructional Development, Room 12-A, Merrifield Hall, 777-4998.

Mail Handling Procedures Detailed
In cooperation with Gov. Hoeven’s office and Homeland Security Coordinator Doug Friez, the University is issuing the following guidelines in response to public concern about recent anthrax cases across the country.

If you have received a suspicious letter or package:
• Handle any suspicious package with care.
• DO NOT open, smell or taste the letter/package.
• Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
• Contact the University Police Department at 777-3491 or dial 911.

If the parcel is open and/or a threat is identified:
• DO NOT handle the letter/package/ leave it.
• Evacuate the immediate area and close the door.
• Thoroughly wash hands with soap and water.
• Contact the University Police Department at 777-3491 or dial 911.

What constitutes a “suspicious package or letter”? It may:
• Be unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
• Be addressed to someone no longer with your organization or use outdated title(s).
• Bear no return address, or one that cannot be verified as legitimate.
• Be of unusual weight, given its size, or be lopsided.
• Be marked with restrictive endorsements such as Personal or Confidential.
• Exhibit protruding wire, strange odors or stains.
• Exhibit a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address.

For further information, please contact the University Police Department at 777-3491 or the University Safety Office at 777-3341. For web site information:

Studio One Lists Guests
This week on “Studio One,” Make-A-Wish Foundation volunteer Sandy Swanson will discuss her experiences. In 1992 Swanson’s four-year-old son John was diagnosed with cancer; he died four months later. John and his family were able to go to Walt Disney World through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Swanson has been volunteering for the foundation for the past 10 years, helping grant wishes to kids in Grand Forks and Minnesota.

“Studio One” will also feature a segment on Grand Forks Central High School’s physical education program which has changed the course name to health and human performance and focuses on movement skills vs. competition.

“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.

Upcoming U2 Classes Announced
Following are upcoming University Within the University classes. The November-December 2001 newsletter is now on our web site,
Accounting Services
Accounting Services Policies and Procedures:
Nov. 1, 9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Union, River Valley Room. Review or learn about the policies and procedures used at Accounting, Purchasing, and Central Receiving. Find out how to use TCC listings, bids, surplus property, and public sale. Instructors: Allison Peyton and Lisa Heher, both Accounting Services.

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.

Word 00: Level II: Nov. 13,14 and 15, 9 to 11:45 a.m. (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Word, Level I. Gain a solid foundation in the use of menu bars, buttons, boxes, headers and footers, page numbers, columns, charts and tables.

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, view someone else’s calendar, create folders, and archive your mail.

Who Ya Gonna Call? Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to noon, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The Facilities Department affects you and your department more than you realize. From electronics to building maintenance; recycling to special event set-up, keep up with the University’s forms and learn how to get them right the first time. Instructor: Shelly Kain, Facilities.

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! Oct. 30, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Sioux Room, OR November 7, 9 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl. There is no need to register for either of these sessions. In light of the war on terrorism, several short sessions about security at UND will be held this week. You are welcome to come to one or more of the following sessions. 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.

Do We Teach Our Children to Lie?
Nov. 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Prairie Room. What is a lie? How many kinds of lies are there? What are the motivations for lying? How do we know when our children are lying to us and what do we do? Join us for a discussion on these challenging topics. Instructor: Carol Helland, PERC, work and family consultant.

Staff Senate Sells Raffle Tickets
The Staff Senate is selling raffle tickets for its second annual “31 days of glory raffle.” A drawing will be held for $100 every Monday through Saturday and $500 every Sunday in December. Each ticket holder will have 31 chances to win. A total of $5,100 will be given away! Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased from any staff senator. For a list of staff senators, please visit our web site at . Proceeds from this raffle will support the staff senate scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to dependents of UND staff employees attending the University.

Reservations Not Necessary For Lunch At Museum
Lunches at the North Dakota Museum of Art can be phone-ordered to go, or you can reserve a table. However, reservations are NOT necessary. The Café accommodates groups of up to 12 people for lunches.

AAUW Holds Used Book Sale
The American Association of University Women will hold a used book sale at the Grand Cities Mall from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, and Saturday, Oct. 27. For more information, call Kathy Ashe of AAUW, 772-5685.

Denim Day Is Last Wednesday Of Month
It’s the last Wednesday of the month, so Oct. 31 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and “go casual.” All proceeds go to charity, of course. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun. Call Patsy Nies (Enrollment Services), who will set you up with buttons and posters for your area, 777-3791.

Items For Sale To Public On Bids
The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, metal desks, street lamp poles, and several other miscellaneous items. These may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. For more information, contact Lee Sundby, Central Receiving, 777-4359.

Grants and Research

Preproposals For NSF MRI Competition Due In ORPD Dec. 14
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a solicitation for proposals to its Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI). The MRI program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million. Lesser amounts will be considered in proposals from the mathematical sciences or from the social, behavioral and economic science community.

An institution may submit up to three proposals to the MRI program. Up to two proposals may be for instrument acquisition. If an institution submits three proposals, at least one of the three proposals must be for instrument development. However, two or all three proposals may be for instrument development. An institution may also be included as a member of a legally established consortium submitting a separate proposal, clearly labeled as such in the proposal’s title.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:
• Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
• Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its function(s)
• Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
• Impact on the University’s mission as a whole
• Detailed budget (including expected cost share amounts and sources)

Preproposals should be no more than five pages in length using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in the Office of Research and Program Development by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the University and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission. For more information on the NSF MRI Program, download the announcement at

National Institutes Of Health Announces New Policy
The NIH has announced a revised policy on acceptance for review of unsolicited applications that request $500,000 or more in direct costs. Effective with the Jan. 1, 2002, receipt dates, applicants must seek agreement to accept assignment from Institute/Center staff at least six weeks prior to the anticipated submission of any application requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year.

The NIH supports research projects with large budgets but needs to consider such awards as early as possible in the budget and program planning process. Regardless of the merit of the application or the budget justification, unanticipated requests for unusually high amounts of direct costs are difficult for NIH to manage. It is in the best interest of all parties for applicants anticipating large direct costs to contact the appropriate NIH program staff as early as possible to ensure that an Institute/Center would be willing to accept the application. The current policy advises an applicant planning to submit an investigator-initiated new, competing continuation, competing supplement, or any amended/revised version of the original application requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year to contact Institute or Center program staff before submitting the application. Discussions with program staff should occur as plans for the study are being developed. However, that policy advisement does not specify a time frame for this process.

This revised policy requires applicants to seek agreement from Institute/Center staff, in writing or by telephone, at least six weeks prior to the anticipated submission of any application requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year. If staff is contacted less than six weeks before submission, there may be insufficient time to make a determination about assignment prior to the intended submission date. If the requested dollars are significantly greater than $500,000, approval should be sought even earlier. If the Institute or Center is willing to accept assignment of the application for consideration of funding, the staff will notify the Center for Scientific Review before the application is submitted. The principal investigator must include a cover letter with the application. That cover letter must identify the program staff member and Institute or Center that has agreed to accept assignment of the application.An application received without indication of prior staff concurrence and identification of program staff contacted will be returned to the applicant without review. Therefore, NIH strongly encourages applicants to contact Institute or Center staff at the earliest possible time.

This policy does not apply to applications submitted in response to RFAs or in response to other Announcements that include specific budgetary limits. However, such applications must be responsive to any budgetary limits specified, or they will be returned to applicants without review.

Inquiries: For additional information about this policy, the program staff at any Institute or Center may be contacted. Applicants who are uncertain about which Institute or Center may have the greatest interest in the research for which support is sought should contact: Division of Receipt and Referral, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, telephone: (301) 435-0715, FAX: (301) 480-1987.

Some National Institutes Of Health (NIH) Application Forms Revised
The revised PHS 398 and PHS 2590 forms are now being offered as Rich Text Format (RTF) files as well as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. Rich Text Format is a standardized way to encode various text formatting properties, such as bold characters and typefaces, as well as document formatting and structures. RTF is supported across a number of platforms, and the files can be opened in many word processors and other RTF-aware software packages with much of the formatting left intact. In addition, many word processing programs will also allow users to save a document in RTF when you select “Save As...” Some fields on the RTF form pages have been “protected” to minimize chances that applicants will attempt to alter the forms. Format pages, however, have been left “unprotected” to allow applicants to format text and/or insert graphics, diagrams, or tables. Please note that these format pages are intended to assist applicants in development of specific sections of the application. TYPE SIZE AND FORMAT SPECIFICATIONS MUST BE FOLLOWED OR THE APPLICATION WILL BE DESIGNATED AS INCOMPLETE AND WILL BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT ORGANIZATION WITHOUT PEER REVIEW.

Portable Document Format is a fillable format which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader software. This software is free and may be accessed at . If you have any questions about using the new forms and the Adobe Acrobat Reader software process see “Instructions for downloading documents and electronic forms” at Note that other software packages for completing these applications may be available from other sources; however, it is essential that the type size and format specifications are met or the application will be returned without review.

By implementing electronic versions of the PHS 398 and PHS 2590 application kits, NIH will continue to consider and incorporate additional suggestions from the public prior to mandatory use (applications received on or after January 10, 2002) as well as after the mandatory implementation date. After the January 2002 implementation date, the PHS 398 and PHS 2590 documents will be updated, as necessary, to reflect changes in applicable laws, regulations, rules and policies. NIH will continue to inform the public of notable changes to the documents and forms through the “NIH Guide” and the “NIH Forms and Applications Page” ( .) Applicants are urged to always check the PHS 398 and PHS 2590 web sites to download the most current versions of the instructions and forms prior to submission of an application to NIH.

For more information, contact William Gosnold, interim director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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 Cultural Anthropology program promotes basic scientific research on the causes and consequences of human social and cultural variation. Research proposals of theoretical importance in all substantive and theoretical subfields within the discipline of Cultural Anthropology are solicited. Contact: Stuart M. Plattner, 703/292-8758; fax 703/292-9068;; Deadlines: 12/1/01 (Senior Research), 1/1/02 (Dissertation Research), 7/1/02 (Senior/Dissertation Research).

Senior Archaeology Awards support senior research projects in archaeology. All geographic regions and time periods are eligible for consideration as are field and laboratory research. Eligible applicants are Ph.D. level investigators. There is no set funding limit; however, in 2000, the maximum award amount was $350,000. Deadlines: 12/1/01, 7/1/02. Contact: John Yellen, Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences, 703/92-8759;;
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The Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information Access Program will provide approximately 6 awards ranging from $105,000-$230,000 each to develop innovative techniques or programs using new electronic technologies to collect, organize, preserve, and widely disseminate information on world regions and countries other than the U.S. that address the Nation’s teaching and research needs in international education and foreign languages. The project period is up to 36 months. Deadline: 11/30/01. Contact: Susanna Easton, 202/502-7628;;
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The goal of the Program for Minority Research Training in Psychiatry is to increase the number of underrepresented minority men and women in the field of psychiatry research. Stipends are $15,060 for medical students, $36,936-$38,628 for residents; and up to $42,300 for post-residency fellows. Research training offers the opportunity to engage in scientific investigation across the full array of disciplines, from basic neuroscience, genetics, and pharmacology to the cognitive, behavioral, and social sciences, clinical psychiatry, and mental health services research. Graduates of residency programs may undertake training in an area of psychiatric research including schizophrenia, neuroscience, epidemiology, mood disorders, child psychiatry, and cross cultural issues, etc. Training takes place at research-intensive departments of psychiatry in major U.S. medical schools and other appropriate sites. Duration for medical students and residents can be 2-12 months; for post-residency fellows, it is generally 2 years. Deadlines: 12/1/01 (residents seeking a year or more of training and post-resident fellows), 4/1/02 (summer medical students who will start training by June 30); medical students and residents seeking less than one year of training should apply 3 months before the training is to begin. Contact : Ernesto A. Guerra, 800/852-1390;;
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The DOE provides support for innovative research on Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology. Opportunities exist for research with primary focus in materials sciences and engineering, chemical sciences, biosciences, and biomolecular materials. The overarching goals are to: attain a fundamental scientific understanding of nanoscale phenomena; achieve ability to design and synthesize materials at the atomic level to produce materials with desired properties and functions, including nanoscale assemblies that combine hard and soft (biological) materials to achieve novel functions; attain a fundamental understanding of structural, dynamic, and electronic aspects of nanoassemblies, including biomolecular assemblies, associated with unique materials properties, chemical transformations, energy conversion, and signal transduction; develop experimental characterization tools and theory/modeling/simulation tools necessary to understand, predict, and control nanoscale phenomena; and obtain an integrated structural and dynamic view of nano-assemblies in biological systems, through development of enhanced imaging tools and nanoscale probes. Eligible applicants are individual investigators or groups of 2-4 investigators. Applications involving collaborations with other institutions are acceptable. It is anticipated that up to $8 million will be available for grant awards during FY 2002. Multiple year funding of grant awards is expected. Deadlines: 11/16/01 (Preapplications), 2/12/02 (Application). Contact: Jerry J. Smith, 301/903-4269;;
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Research Fellowships support full-time research on an economic or financial topic of the candidate’s own choice, preferably one that could be studied with particular advantage at the Bank of England. Senior Fellowships are open to all nationalities, for other fellowships preference will be given to British and other EU nationals. Senior fellowships will be awarded to distinguished research workers who have established a reputation in their field. Fellowships will also be available for younger post-doctoral or equivalent applicants. Awards will reflect appropriate academic salary scales after taking into account the particular circumstances of the successful candidates. Deadline: 11/30/01. Contact: Margot Wilson, telephone 020 7601 4751; fax 020 7601 3668;;
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Judith Graham Pool Postdoctoral Research Fellowships of $42,000/year fund up to 4 postgraduate investigators, for up to 2 years, early in their careers for research relating to hemophilia. Permissible research topics include: clinical or basic research on the biochemical, genetic, hematologic, orthopedic, psychiatric, or dental aspects of the hemophilias or von Willebrand disease. Other topics include rehabilitation, therapeutic modalities, psychosocial issues, women’s health issues, liver disease, or AIDS/HIV as they pertain to the hemophilias or von Willebrand disease. Completion of doctoral training is required; recipients enter the fellowship from a doctoral, postdoctoral, internship, or residency training program. Contact: Rita Barsky, 212/328-3741; fax 212/328-3788;; Deadline: 12/1/01.
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The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Centers (IBSC) for Mental Health initiative is to support collaborative, hypothesis-driven basic research activities that will extend cutting-edge theories and approaches in basic behavioral science to incorporate current approaches in neuroscience. Center activities will be driven by a basic research question (or set of questions) framed at the behavioral level (e.g., cognition, emotion, personality, social interaction) and forging connection with neural-level processes. Support is available for both Full-scale and Start-Up Center activities. The goal of Start-up Centers is to support a preparatory period of multidisciplinary research prior to launching integrative activities on a larger scale. Usually, this will be for behavioral questions, topics, or domains for which there currently are few known links to neural processes. Core areas of basic behavioral science relevant to the IBSC Program include: cognition (e.g., learning, memory, attention, language, perception, decision-making); emotion (e.g., experiential, expressive and/or physiological aspects of emotional states, emotional traits, and mood); personality processes and individual differences; motivation; social cognition (e.g., information processing, attributions, expectancies); social influences and processes; self-regulation; attitudes and persuasion; interpersonal interaction; and fundamental biobehavioral processes such as sleep, reproduction, and ingestion. It is encouraged that attention be given to connections across the above domains and processes, e.g., links between emotion and learning or memory, or between social experience and cognitive functioning. Developmental approaches to understanding these domains and processes also are a priority. In addition to human studies, animal models are appropriate. Mathematical/computational modeling approaches are also appropriate. Neuroscience approaches relevant to the IBSC Program include examinations of neural systems, structures, circuits, or processes (e.g., develop-ment, plasticity) that are poised to inform central questions in behavioral science. Techniques may include neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI, PET, SPECT, noninvasive optical imaging), psychophysiological methods (e.g., EEG, MEG), neuroendocrine methods, and neurochemical or lesion techniques. Projects constituting a given Center may be based at a variety of institutions. Full-scale Centers are limited to $1.5 million direct costs/year for up to 5 years. Support is provided for 5 or more individual research projects as well as for core support. Each Full-Scale Center will be limited to a maximum of 10 years of support. Start-up Centers are limited to $600,000 direct costs/year, for up to 5 years; support is provided for 3 or more individual research projects as well. Start-up Centers may be renewed only as Full-scale Centers, which then would permit a maximum of 10 years of support. The P50 award mechanism will be used. Contact: Mary Ellen Oliveri, 301/443-3942; fax 301/443-9876;; Deadlines: 11/27/01, 11/27/02 (Letters of Intent); 1/24/02, 1/24/03 (Applications).
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The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), in support of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is soliciting white papers for basic research, applied research, and advanced research projects in Bioelectrocatalytic Fuel Cell Power Technologies and Their Applications in Electric Power And/or Propulsion Systems (SOL N00178-02-Q-3004). The goal of this effort is to produce a clean, fuel cell power source utilizing advances in biocatalysis and biotechnology. Proposed technologies should provide a non-toxic, high power density power source capable of providing power to systems needing long-term endurance or long operational time periods. The fuel cell technology may be directed to a variety of unspecified applications and environments. Proposed research may include, but is not limited to, enzyme catalyzed reactions for power generation, enzyme catalysts in fuel cell systems, electrodes with immobilized enzymes, and synthetic biocatalysts and polymers. It is hoped this research will greatly expand the current state-of-the-art in fuel cell technology, with potential for high payoffs from high-risk ventures. It is anticipated that awards will provide for a feasibility study (first task) with an option for a prototype (second task). The feasibility study, not to exceed 12 months, will focus on further developing and testing the offeror’s research concept for the fuel cell. Deadline: 11/16/01 (White Papers). Contact: SD13, Dahlgren Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, 540/653-7765;;
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Historical Research and Record Locations (SOL 1-2001). The Coalition of the Six Middle Rio Grande Basin Pueblos anticipates the need to prepare a variety of historical reports in the near future. The foundation of the reports will be documents that chronicle evolution of water and land use by the Pueblos from their early contact with non-Indians to the present, and oral history of the Pueblos based on interviews with their elders. This foundation will include documents detailing development and implementation of water and land use policies relating to the Pueblo Indians that were designed by non-Indian governmental entities over time. As such, the lists will include sources relevant to the interaction between the Pueblos, the Spanish Government, the Mexican Government, and the U.S., as well as early Spanish and Mexican explorers and settlers, and documents that chronicle the relationship between the Pueblos and the Territorial and then State Of New Mexico and its governmental agencies. The Coalition expects to contract with a firm (or firms) capable of completing in-depth historical research, conducting oral interviews with Pueblo Elders, and establishing a state-of-the art electronic document management system. This request for proposal is concerned with Phase I of the process: creation of the lists of historical documents and their location. Deadline: 12/1/01. Contact: Derrick J. Lente, Coalition-6 Middle Rio Grande Basin Pueblos, P.O. Box 6008, Bernalillo, NM 87004; 505/771-5082.
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Postdoctoral and Clay Fellowships at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory support research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Programs include instrumentation, observation, and theory in atomic or molecular physics, geophysics, the solar system, stars, galaxies, and cosmology. Techniques used range from computer simulations through observations in the radio, infrared, optical, ultraviolet, X- and gamma-ray bands to instrument development and laboratory experiments. Eligible applicants are recent Ph.D. recipients who received their degree on or before June 30, 2001, from any branch of astronomical and astrophysical research. The appointment is for 4 years. A stipend of $45,000 and a research budget of $12,000 is available for the year 2002-2003. Deadline: 11/15/01. Contact : Secretary, Clay Fellowship Committee, Center for Astrophysics,; or

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Work/Learn Program provides support for undergraduate and beginning graduate students to conduct individual projects in environmental studies under the supervision of professional staff members. Intern projects are offered under the subprograms of Global Change, Landscape Ecology, Population and Community Ecology, Coastal Ecology, Environmental and Ecology Education, and Environmental Information Management. Applicants should be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing a career in environmental research or education. Recently graduated students (within 6 months) are also eligible to apply. Internships generally last 10-16 weeks and a stipend is provided. Deadlines: 11/15/01 (Spring Positions), 3/1/02 (Summer Positions). Contact: Kim Sproat, 443/482-2217;;
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Awards from the Fellow in Residence Program provide funding to make the humanities more visible to the public by applying the tools of history, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, and literary criticism to matters of public concern. The following topics are of special interest: South Atlantic U.S. and Virginia. Rockefeller Violence and Culture Fellowships are awarded to explore the essence of the spiritual dimensions of violence and survival, and how mass violence changes everyday views of the world. Funds may also be provided for to develop workshops, curriculum units, and other outreach materials to disseminate new research findings and a humanities perspective to those who work with survivors and perpetrators of violence. Eligible applicants are independent and affiliated scholars, professionals, and others working in the humanities or wishing to pursue projects in the humanities. Applicants need not have advanced degrees. The maximum stipend is $17,000/semester, with summer fellows receiving somewhat less. Duration is normally one semester or one summer session. Deadline: 12/1/01. Contact: 434/924-3296; fax 434/296-4714;;
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Frances Henne/Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) Research Grants provide $500-$1000 for small-scale research projects to encourage significant research that will have an influence on library service to young adults. Eligible applicants must be YALSA members, although the research projects may be undertaken by an individual, institution or group. Contact: Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), 800/545-2433 x4390; fax 312/664-7459;; Deadline: 12/1/01. - - - - - - - - - - - -

The $10,000 Baxter Foundation Health Services Research Prize is awarded in recognition of an individual who has made significant and demonstrable contributions to the health of the public in 3 primary focus areas: health services management, health policy development, and health care delivery. An individual’s specific contribution or a career-long achievement may be recognized. The prize acknowledges national or international contributions of health services research, defined as a product of the application of analytic methods to the organization, financing, and/or delivery of health services. Eligible applicants include any individual working in any relevant discipline worldwide. Individuals must be nominated for the prize. In addition, $15,000 is awarded to a nonprofit institution of the recipient’s choice. 12/1/01. Contact: Secretary, HSR Prize Committee,;
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The goal of the Library Support Program is to promote research on and understanding of Japan in the U.S. through donations of books and other materials related to Japan. Eligible applicants are any American research or educational institution above the high-school level. Awards are made in 3 categories: Category A1--organizations in an early stage of development in Japanese studies that possess no books related to Japan will receive a basic set of books; Category A2-- organizations in a relatively early stage of development in Japanese studies, where there are few users of books in Japanese or little substantial expertise in acquiring them, will receive books in English; Category B--organizations at which Japanese studies are well established, and which, therefore, need to designate specific titles in Japanese, receive books published in Japan. Deadline: 11/1/01. Contact: 212/489-0299; fax 212/489-0409;
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