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University Letter

September 1, 2000

Volume 38 No. 1

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 1, September 1, 2000

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Welcome Back

To those of you who have been away this summer, welcome back! To all of you and to those who have been around since the end of the last school year, I hope you all took some time for rest and relaxation and that all are ready to tackle a new school year. Adele and I spent a wonderful week in Jackson, Wyoming. We also spent some time visiting family back in Pennsylvania and in Kentucky. All in all, it was a great summer; one that went by all too quickly, but nonetheless has us ready for an exciting new school year.

We are expecting some 600 more students on our campus than we had last year at this time, and together with the construction projects going on everywhere this should be a very interesting school year indeed.

The University Planning and Budget Committee met several times this summer and the strategic planning process is moving along very nicely. There are six task groups at work on various aspects of the plan and these will be reporting to the planning committee during the fall semester. Reports from the field indicate that many units are well under way with their strategic planning. Others will be off to a quick start early this fall.

There is a working planning document posted now on the UND web-site. This is a posting intended to allow those with access to the Web site to keep track of the planning process and to make suggestions as the plan is fleshed out and edited by the University Planning and Budget Committee.

On August 31 I will be outlining the state of the University, describing the accomplishments of the past year and projecting the University into the future. Later in September, we will be publishing a document titled "University of North Dakota: Foundation for the Future," describing the excellent base from which the University's future will emerge. Late last spring, the Legislative Roundtable completed its work and issued a report titled, "A North Dakota University System for the 21st Century." We will be hosting a campus forum for legislators, legislative candidates, faculty, and staff on September 11 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the South Ballroom. You are invited to attend. Panelists at the forum will include Senator David Nething, chairman of the Roundtable; Larry Isaak, Chancellor of the North Dakota University System; Dennis Johnson, President of TMI Systems Design Corporation in Dickinson, a Roundtable member; and Bill Isaacson, President of the State Board of Higher Education. I urge all to attend the forum and to join in considering how we will go about implementing the recommendations in the report as part of our strategic planning process.

All of us continue to be privileged to serve in higher education, helping students achieve and realize their potential. Through our influence on the students, we serve we can an do make a major, positive impact on the world. Let's give it everything we've got.

Here's wishing you the best academic year ever.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



The University is in the midst of a strategic planning process. An emerging strategic plan for UND is online at www.und.edu/stratplan. Click on "Working Draft of the Strategic Plan." This working document will be updated as the plan is fleshed out and edited by the University Planning and Budget Committee. The purpose of posting the plan is to allow those with access to the web site to monitor the development of the plan and to provide input in the form of suggestions, criticism, additions, etc.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



President Charles Kupchella will deliver his "State of the University" address at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

In addition to reporting upon the University's accomplishments of the past year, Kupchella is expected to present many of the ideas beginning to emerge from the strategic consideration of UND's future. The institution is in the midst of an extensive strategic planning process, one of the president's first initiatives upon arriving on campus.

The address is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public. It will be covered live by the campus radio station, KFJM-AM, and will be videotaped for playback on Channel 3 on the local cable television system. Playback dates are at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, and Monday, Sept. 6, 8, and 11 on Channel 3. Channel 17 will carry the talk at noon on the above days.



Adele and I invite you and your spouse or guest to an informal, back-yard reception at the President's residence on the west bank of the English Coulee near the Hughes Fine Arts Center Thursday, Aug. 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please stop by to say hello and get reacquainted with your colleagues.

-- Charles and Adele Kupchella, President and First Lady.



The University of North Dakota has posted an opening day enrollment of 10,725 students, UND's largest first day enrollment numbers since 1993, according to Nancy Krogh, Registrar. The 10,725 students tops last year's opening day number of 10,167 by nearly 600 students (a 5.5 percent increase), and is 756 above 1998's first day enrollment of 9,969. Already UND's enrollment is 135 students ahead of last year's 10,590 final count. [The 1998-99 final count was 10,369. The 1997-98 final enrollment, which followed the flood of 1997, was 10,305.]

Krogh said enrollment will continue to rise during the first three weeks of classes, when UND snaps its final 2000-01 picture.

"This is excellent growth," said President Charles Kupchella. "And it is balanced growth. The numbers are up in virtually every college of the University, and the students are coming from all over. The number of North Dakota students is up by 350 [6,336 compared to 5,986], the number of Minnesota students is up by 140 [2,585 compared to 2,445] and the other nearly 70 students come from across the United States and the globe. We are very happy about these numbers and about the trend they indicate for our final enrollment in three weeks. It is clear that people continue to think of the University of North Dakota as an outstanding institution of higher learning."

Helping to lead the growth are 1,847 new freshmen, UND's largest beginning class in several years. Last year's 1,762 new freshmen on opening day also marked a large freshmen class, which bodes well for overall enrollment numbers at UND during the next few years.

Also looking good is UND's retention. UND's other undergraduate classifications sophomore, junior and senior levels look strong compared to last years numbers (2,401-2,151; 1,667-1,692; and 2,605-2,510, respectively).

The Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences shows the greatest growth with 209 new students, an increase of 18.3 percent [1,353 compared to 1,144]. UND's largest degree-granting college, Arts and Sciences, is up 116 students, an increase of 4.9 percent [2,479 compared to 2,363]. The Graduate School is up 73 students, a 6.2 percent increase [1,251 compared to 1,178]. The College of Education and Human Development is up 50, a 5.7 percent increase [930 compared to 880), and the College of Business and Public Administration is up 41 students, a three percent increase (1,430 compared to 1,389).



The University would like to welcome the following new faculty and administrators.

Administrators: Robert Gallager, Vice President for Finance and Operations; Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries; Nancy Krogh, Registrar; Dan Rice, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Bruce Smith, Dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Tom Owens, Interim Dean of the School of Engineering and Mines; Phil Harmeson, Senior Associate to the President; and Don Piper, Associate Vice President for Strategic Enrollment Management.

College of Arts and Sciences: Gayle Baldwin, Philosophy and Religion; Anthony Bevelacqua, Mathematics; Hyunsoo Byun, Art; Pamela Chabora, Theatre Arts; Charlene Chamberlain, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Therese Costes, Music; Bruce DiCristina, Sociology; Seounmi Han Youn, School of Communication; Devon Hansen, Geography; Kanishka Marasinghe, Physics; Susan McMane, Music; Manish Rami, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Ty Reese, History; Bradley Rundquist, Geography; Cheryl Terrance, Psychology; Amy Wenzel, Psychology; Timothy Young, Physics.

College of Business and Public Administration: Robert Dosch, Accounting and Finance; Nancy Kendig, Finance; Seong-Hyun Nam, Management; Gregory Patton, Management; Andrew Price-Smith, Political Science; Joann Segovia, Accounting; Paul Sum, Economics.

College of Education and Human Development: Tammy Bailey, Social Work; Wayne Evans, Social Work; Shirley Greves, Teaching and Learning; Angela Koppang, Educational Leadership; Qing Li, Teaching and Learning; Anne Walker, Teaching and Learning; Kara Wettersten, Counseling.

School of Engineering and Mines: David Heckmann, Electrical Engineering; Wayne Seames, Chemical Engineering; William Semke, Mechanical Engineering; Chang-Hee Won, Electrical Engineering.

Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Robert Andres, Space Studies; Doug Marshall, Aviation; Hassan Reza, Computer Science; Allen Skramstad, Aviation.

School of Law: Stacy Leeds, Pauline Paulson, Kathryn Rand, Alan Romero, Barbara Voglewede.

College of Nursing: Julie Gothman, Nutrition and Dietetics.

School of Medicine: Jon Allen, Internal Medicine; Colin Combs, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Van Doze, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Jane Dunlevy, Anatomy and Cell Biology; Steven Helgerson, Community Medicine; Jay Huber, Family Medicine; Eric Murphy, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Kristi Pederson, Pathology; Tom Polovitz, Family Medicine; James Porter, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Sushil Sharma, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; Joneis Thomas, Occupational Therapy.

We would also like to welcome Bob Feidler, Executive Vice President and CEO of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.




Following is a schedule of events for Potato Bowl, Sept. 4-9.

Monday, Sept. 4: Potato Chip Giveaway (Columbia Mall, all day).

Tuesday, Sept: 5: Fighting Sioux Giveaway (Columbia Mall); Blood Drive (stop by Dak-Minn Blood Bank and pick a coupon for a free bag of Red River Valley Potatoes, sponsored by Leevers Super Market).

Wednesday, Sept. 6: Fighting Sioux Giveaway (Columbia Mall).

Thursday, Sept. 7: Baked Potato Bar, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Bremer Bank, north location); following activities take place at University Park: French Fry Thursday (Simplot), 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Potato Picking Contest and Children's Activities, 6 p.m.; Punt, Pass and Kick Contest (GGF Jaycees); United Way Family Activities (United Way) featuring Wells Fargo Stagecoach Rides, 5:30 to 7 p.m.; Meet the Sioux, 7 to 8 p.m.; Live music by Blackwall Hitch. Move to Memorial Stadium for Pep Rally and Bremer Bank Potato Bowl Fireworks, 8 p.m.; Pep Rally, 7:30 p.m. featuring the "Pride of the North" Marching Band and Coach Dale Lennon; Bremer Bank Potato Bowl Fireworks Extravaganza.

Friday, Sept. 8: Sioux Booster Luncheon (Westward Ho); Potato Recipe Contest (Leevers Super Market), stop by Leevers Potato Bowl week for details; Baked Potato Bar, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., All Hugo's locations; Baked Potato Bar, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Community National Bank); Street Dance featuring Boogie Wonderland (The Edge and Jonesy's Dugout), 8 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 9: Rotary Pancake Feed (Grand Forks Rotary Club), Grand Forks Civic Auditorium, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Jaycees Potato Bowl Parade, 10 a.m. (route starts at Sherlock Park, proceeds down Fourth St. NW to DeMers over the bridge to Bonzer's, turns right on Fifth Street then left on University Ave. to Memorial Stadium; Tailgate Party (Engelstad Arena Parking Lot); Baked Potato Bar, live music by Blackwall Hitch; 35th Annual Potato Bowl Football Game, UND Fighting Sioux vs. University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles, 2 p.m. kick-off.

Potato Bowl is sponsored by Red River Valley Potato Growers Association, University of North Dakota, Bremer Bank, RDO Foods, Simplot, Fine Print of Grand Forks, WDAZ, and Longview Fibre.

For more information, please call Melinda at (218) 773-3633.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from Red River Valley Potato Growers Association.



The Office of Enrollment Services, in conjunction with Enrollment Management, is hosting a session for members of the University community who are directly involved with recruiting students to UND. A coordinated recruitment effort meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to meet others involved with recruitment at UND and includes an information session with updates for the coming year. Information sources such as a recruitment guide, kit, and PowerPoint presentation will also be provided. This will be a fun and informative way to kick off a new recruitment year.

If you have any questions regarding the session or if you plan to attend, please call Enrollment Services at 777-4463.

-- Rob Carolin, Director, Enrollment Services.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Sept, 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


  1. Announcements (Attachment No. 1)

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

3. Question Period.


4. No items submitted.


5. Slate of Nominees for Senate Officers. Cynthia Shabb, Committee on Committees.

6. Election of a Senate Chairperson. Cynthia Shabb, Committee on Committees.

7. Election of a Vice Chairperson. Cynthia Shabb, Committee on Committees.

8. Election of a Faculty Representative to a one-year term on the Senate Executive Committee to replace Dan Sheridan. Cynthia Shabb, Committee on Committees.

9. Election of a Faculty Representative to a two-year term on the Senate Executive Committee to replace Randy Lee. Cynthia Shabb, Committee on Committees.

10. Election of a Student Representative to the Senate Executive Committee. Cynthia Shabb, Committee on Committees, and Berly Nelson, Student Body President.

11. Election of two Senate faculty members to the Committee on Committees. Cynthia Shabb, Committee on Committees.

-- Nancy Krogh (University Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.



A retirement dinner is planned to honor Robert Eelkema, Professor Emeritus of Community Medicine and Rural Health, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Holiday Inn in Grand Forks. Everyone is welcome. Tickets, $15 each, may be obtained by calling the Office of the Dean at 777-2514.

Eelkema, who retired June 30, joined the School of Medicine in 1964 as a faculty member in physiology. He later became a faculty member in public health and preventive medicine and, in 1968, was appointed chair and professor of community medicine. In the early 1970s he was involved in developing the UND medical school, which offered only half of the education necessary for the doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree, into a complete, medical degree-granting institution.

He has been deeply involved in public health issues, working to improve the quality and accessibility of health care at the local, state, national and international levels. Among the many public health and medical education initiatives in which he was involved, Eelkema is well-known for his work in establishing the MEDEX and INMED programs.

Under the MEDEX project, begun in 1970, former military personnel received education and training to become mid-level health practitioners. The program later evolved into the family nurse practitioner program and, today, is known as the physician assistant program. The INMED, or Indians Into Medicine, program seeks to encourage and recruit American Indians to pursue health professions education, and to provide the support system necessary to retain them throughout their academic careers.

A native of Mankato, Minn., Eelkema earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota. He went on to take his first two years of medical school at UND and complete the M.D. degree at the University of Washington in Seattle. He took internship training at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Seattle. He also holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota and master's of public health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Over the course of his career, his work in the area of public health included epidemiologic consultancy with the North Dakota Health Department and presidency of the Interagency Forum, a consortium of agencies dedicated to public health and welfare.

-- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



Connie Norling, UND's campus telephone operator for the past 14 years, will retire in September. Please join us in wishing her well at a retirement party to be held Thursday, Sept. 7, on the first floor of the Carnegie Building (former Home Economics building) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Please enter the building from the campus quad (north) side of the building.

-- Rich Lehn, Director, Telecommunications.



The International Centre will hold Turkey Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room, International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The event is free and open to all.

-- International Centre.



The Office of Enrollment Services will be open the following Saturdays for tours of the campus: Sept. 9, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, Dec. 16, Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17, and April 21. This service is provided to help students who may be traveling from a distance to visit the campus. We may call some academic areas to arrange appointments on these days. This part of the experience rounds out a day on campus for the visiting student. We will also be open Saturday, Oct. 21, to accommodate students visiting campus during the NDEA and MEA breaks.

If you have any questions regarding these events, please call Enrollment Services at 777-4463. Thank you.

-- Tina Monette, Office of Enrollment Services.



The 2000-2001 On Teaching faculty lunch discussion series begins Wednesday, Sept. 13, with a session titled, "What Are They Learning? Talking With Students About General Education." Leading the discussion will be Associate Provost Sara Hanhan, who will be heading up the new longitudinal study of general education at UND. The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Union.

If you teach GER courses or have a special interest in how our students meet general education goals, come and share your thoughts about what we want to learn from these students. If you're interested in being a part of the interview team, this will be a good time to ask questions and learn more about the study.

To register and reserve a box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Friday, Sept. 8. Dates and topics for future lunch discussions in this series, co-sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development (OID) and Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC), are listed on the flier attached to this newsletter.

-- Libby Rankin. Director, Office of Instructional Development.



The Office of Enrollment Services has set Saturday, Sept. 16, as the date for our Fall Open House, in which high-achieving students are invited to campus for tours, an academic fair, lunch, and tickets to the UND vs. USD football game.

If you are an academic department, please mark your calendars for this event. If you did not receive an invitation and are interested in participating in the event, or need more information about the event, please call Enrollment Services at 777-4463.

-- Tina Monette, Office of Enrollment Services.



The North Dakota EPSCoR Annual Conference, "Research Opportunities and Infrastructure Development," will be Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

The keynote speaker is Mary Jane Saunders, National Science Foundation, Program Director, Biological Infrastructure (BIO/DBI), who will discuss "Instrument Development For Biological Research" cluster activities branch.

The half-day (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.), no cost conference features:

* Federal agencies program officers

* Funding opportunities

* Discussions with agency managers on new directions

* Lunch and irresistible break fare will be provided.

Free registration on the web at www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor closes Sept. 15. For more information contact me.

-- David Givers, North Dakota EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo, (701)231-7516.



The UND Career Fair is set for Thursday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Multipurpose Gym in the Hyslop Sports Center. Career Services/Cooperative Education asks all students, faculty and staff to note the Career Fair on their calendars. Please assist our office in advertising the UND Career Fair to all students. The UND Career Fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with companies/organizations to discuss career information and job opportunities. If you need additional information, please contact Career Services/Cooperative Education at 777-4178. For a list of organizations already registered to participate, please go to: www.career.und.edu/career/JobSearch/fair/fair99.htm .

-- Mark Thompson, Director, Career Services/Cooperative Education.




The Chester Fritz Library eliminated the interlibrary loan fee for the 2000/2001 school year. The $2 fee was previously required for all requests filled through the Chester Fritz Library Interlibrary Loan Office.

The decision to remove the fee during the coming school year was jointly made by John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries. Dr. Ettling noted, "It is important to encourage research and scholarship through the use of library materials. The fee is an impediment to research at UND and I am happy we are better able to fund the interlibrary loan program this year."

The fee was originally established to offset some of the expenses involved in borrowing materials from other libraries. National studies indicate the combined costs to borrow an item through interlibrary loan costs the participating libraries nearly $30 per item. "The Chester Fritz Library wishes to provide library materials to the faculty and students, whether we house the item on campus or have to borrow it from another library," said Wilbur Stolt. "The faculty and students, however, must realize the library incurs costs in borrowing materials and they should carefully evaluate the need for an item before requesting it through interlibrary loan."

The Chester Fritz Library interlibrary loan service is available to the faculty, staff and students of the University. Visit Interlibrary Loan at the Access Services Desk of the Chester Fritz Library or telephone 777-4631 for more information about Interlibrary Loan services.

-- Wilbur Stolt, Director, Chester Fritz Library.



Two faculty study seminars will be offered this fall. Each is expected to consist of a small group of faculty who share an interest in a particular topic related to teaching. The group will meet four times during the semester (times to be selected based on participants' schedules), and members will do shared readings to generate discussion. Specific plans will be developed by group members at the first meeting. All books and materials needed for participation will be provided through the Office of Instructional Development. To sign up to participate in either seminar, contact Joan Hawthorne at joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu or 777-6381.

Seminar 1: Teaching Science in the 21st Century, Part II

This group will be a continuation of a group that began last spring, open to both new and continuing members. Participants will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the contemporary science curriculum, appropriate methods and courses for meeting the intellectual needs of today's science students, and the role of research in the undergraduate science curriculum. Readings will be essays and articles provided by members of the group.

Seminar 2: Effective Grading

The second study group will consider methods and uses of grading in our own classrooms and across the university. Beginning with the book, "Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment" by Barbara Walvoord and Virginia Johnson Anderson, group members will consider ways to make grading more useful for both learning and assessment, fairer and more meaningful for students, and less painful for faculty.

-- Joan Hawthorne, University Writing Program.



The Office of Academic Affairs is sponsoring two forums to enable informal sharing of information about tenure and promotion at UND. These forums have been offered since 1995 and have been viewed as helpful for faculty members thinking about their upcoming tenure or promotion. The first forum will feature a panel of academic administrators who will share their perspectives on tenure and promotion at UND Thursday, Sept. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union. The second forum will feature a panel of recently tenured and/or promoted faculty members discussing their preparation for and impressions of the tenure and promotion processes. It will be held Thursday, Sept. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room of the Memorial Union. All interested faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend.

-- Sara Fritzell Hanhan, Associate Provost.



ND EPSCoR is in the process of selecting a faculty member to act as coordinator for the anticipated NIH Request for Proposal (RFP anticipated in fall 2000). The NIH Coordinator will report to the ND EPSCoR Project Director. ND EPSCoR will provide travel and staff funds. Due to conflict of interest, the NIH Coordinator will not be able to participate in the COBRE proposal. Criteria for this person are as follows:

1. Prepare the infrastructure component if the RFP calls for it.

2. Organize and execute the review process leading to the selection of the COBRE submission from each campus.

3. If the infrastructure proposal is funded, the responsibilities of the coordinator will be negotiated with the EPSCoR Steering Committee.

Please send a letter of application describing the basis for your interest, cv, and three reference names with contact information to the ND EPSCoR Office, PO Box 9039, Grand Forks, ND 58202 no later than Thursday, Sept. 14.

-- Cathy Lerud, ND EPSCoR.



The Student Technology Fee Committee is issuing the call for proposals for Spring 2001 technology fee dollars. Information regarding criteria and the application form may be accessed at: www.und.edu/org/stf . Forms are also available via e-mail from stacie_varnson@mail.und.nodak.edu .

Changes to this year's proposal process include a single form for all requests, items concerning installation costs and adaptive technology, and an expanded rationale section. The call is being issued a little earlier this year to allow units additional time to prepare their proposals.

Proposals are due Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 304 Twamley Hall, Box 8176. Proposals should be routed to your dean or director for comment and prioritization. Units which answer directly to vice presidents should submit proposals to them. Deans, directors and vice presidents may have earlier deadlines. Questions may be directed to me at 777-4901.

-- Stacy Varnson, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, on behalf of the Student Technology Fee Committee.



Students completely withdrawing from the 2000 Fall Semester must use the UND "Withdrawal" form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process. If you have any questions, call our office at 777-2711.

-- Nancy Krogh, University Registrar.




Construction on campus continues, and your patience with construction and road closings is greatly appreciated. Following is a list of construction projects and costs:

* Engelstad Arena, $70,000,000, slated for completion by hockey season, 2001;

* Barnes and Noble University Bookstore, $4,000,000, set to open in September;

* University Health Building (located in University Village), $4,000,000, to open in September 2001;

* Biomedical Research Facility, $6,000,000, to be completed this fall;

* Steam heat line replacement, $25,000,000, to be completed by winter;

* Bronson Property Development (University Village) business construction will begin next spring.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Friday, Sept. 8, is the deadline for returning 2000-2001 Directory Information Forms to the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. The forms are being distributed this week to all UND offices and departments, and it is their responsibility to complete and return the forms so personnel may be included in the 2000-2001 UND Directory and Handbook. A form is attached to this issue of the University Letter in case you did not receive a directory information form, and is also available online at www.und.edu/directoryupdate.

The forms are to be completed for all faculty and staff members, and for graduate teaching, research and service assistants who have appointments approved by the Graduate School. Your home address and telephone number will NOT be used in the electronic directory. Please double-check all completed forms to ensure that information is accurate.

-- Jim Penwarden, Associate Director and Operations Manager, University Relations.



Several UND faculty and staff members have received instruction on facilitation skills and are available to assist UND departments with strategic planning activities. There is no fee for this service. Simply contact the University Within the University office to request a facilitator for your planning session(s). The phone number is 777-2128 or e-mail U2@mail.und.nodak.edu. Please contact our office within two weeks of your planning session for best scheduling accommodations.

-- Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.



September is one month when electrical consumption is highest for both UND and Northern States Power Company. During the month of September, UND Facilities is asking help from the staff, faculty, and students to help conserve energy by turning off lights, computers, and other electrical appliances that are not necessary.

It is anticipated that during September Northern States Power will periodically place the University under an "energy control period." When this occurs the University must reduce its power consumption to a predetermined level. During these energy control periods it will be especially important to conserve energy. In the event of an energy control period, Facilities will contact you by e-mail or telephone, asking for your help. Thank you for your cooperation. For more information, call Facilities at 777- 2591.

-- Randall Bohlman, Technology Advancement Coordinator, Facilities.



Fall 2000 fee payment will be conducted Thursday and Friday, Sept. 7 and 8. If you are consulting with an individual who needs one-on-one assistance from the Business Office staff, please refer the individual to the Memorial Union Ballroom Business Manager's table on Sept. 7 and 8. The Business Office in Twamley Hall will be closed these two days. Your assistance is appreciated.


Wanda Sporbert, Business Office.



In accordance with federal tax laws, the University shall grant an exemption from Social Security (FICA) tax withholding on wages paid to a student during an academic semester or summer session in which that student is enrolled and regularly attending classes at UND. To qualify for the exemption, the student must be enrolled in a minimum of: six credits during the fall and spring semester; five credits during summer session; one credit in their last semester prior to graduation; or one credit in active dissertation status.

If a student qualifies for the exemption, both the student and the department (institution) save money by appointing the student to a student position (TCC312). A student appointment, instead of a part-time appointment would create a cost-savings of 7.65 percent of total wages for both department and student.

When hiring a part-time, non-benefited employee, departments must verify whether or not the individual is a student (according to the minimum credit requirements listed above) and appoint them to the appropriate type of position TCC312 for students and TCC313 for part-time staff.

Any department using an incorrect TCC will be requested to complete a termination form and a new appointment form using the correct TCC. Remember that when you change TCC, you will also have to change the position number. Student position numbers, if needed, may be requested by contacting the Budget Office at 777-3840. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Payroll Office at 777-4226.

-- Patricia Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management.



Individual tickets for the performances at the Chester Fritz Auditorium will go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Theatre shows will include: Man of LaMancha, Sept. 23; Anything Goes, Nov. 5; Peter Pan, Feb. 12, and Jekyll & Hyde, April 4. Country acts will be Merle Haggard, Oct. 15; and Brad Paisley, Nov. 19. The Children's shows are Funny Stuff Circus, Nov. 18, and Little Mermaid, March 31. Special performances include Up With People, Sept. 14; Olde English Christmasse Feaste, Nov. 11 through Dec. 2; Lorie Line, Dec. 3; The Nutcracker, Dec. 8-10; Phantom in March (exact date is still to be determined) and Cirque NuAge, March 5.

Please contact the Chester Fritz Box Office with any questions at 777-4090. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office or you may charge by phone at 772-5151.

-- Chester Fritz Auditorium.



Walk the Labyrinth: A Prayer Walk, will be held Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 11-13, from noon to 9 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom. It is sponsored by Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Ministry, United Campus Ministry and First Presbyterian Church, Grand Forks. Call Kathy Fick at 775-5581 or Deb Teagan, 777-4940 with questions or to volunteer to be hosts.

-- Deb Teagan, Campus Minister, United Campus Ministry.



The Special Denim Day held at UND July 12 to benefit the NDSU Library raised $479. The flash flooding in Fargo on June 19-20 did a great deal of damage to the lower level of their library. The Special Denim Day funds will go toward helping with the rebuilding effort.

-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant Enrollment Services/University Relations.



Yoga classes begin the week of Sept. 11 at the Lotus Meditation Center. Call Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 for information or to register. Pre-registration is necessary as space is limited.

-- Dyan Rey (Art), Instructor.




In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Sept. 4, will be observed as Labor 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.



The Memorial Union will be closed Saturday, Sept. 2, through Monday, Sept. 4, for the Labor Day holiday.

Friday, Sept. 1, hours are:

Lifetime Sports Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Copy Stop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Subway, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Juice Works, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

TCBY,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Grababite, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Little Caesars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Administrative Office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Craft Center/Sign and Design, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Dining Center, closed;

Credit Union, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;

Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.;

Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Passport ID's, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.;

Computer Labs, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.;

Building hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



Regular hours for the Library of the Health Sciences are: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight.

Labor Day hours are: Saturday, Sept. 2, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day), 10 a.m. to midnight.

April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.



The Computer Center will close for the Labor Day holiday at 1 a.m. Monday, Sept. 4, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



The Parent Education Resource Center (PERC), 500 Stanford Road, 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.

Lunch Box Special, "Overview of Life in the Middle School," with Jody Thompson, principal at Valley Middle School, 12:10 to 12:50.

Five-Week Study Group, "Active Parenting of Teens," 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28, and Oct. 5.

Five-Week Series, "Discipline for Life! . . . One Step at a Time," by Madelyn Swift, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fridays, Sept. 8, 15, 22, 29, and Oct. 6.

Monday Night Videos, 6:30 p.m., Sept. 11, "Winning at Parenting"; Sept. 18, "Traits of a Health Family," "Stress and the Healthy Family"; Sept. 25, "1-2-3 Magic."

Three-Week Study Group, "Help Your Child Make Good Decisions," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 11, 18, and 25.

Lunch Box Special, "Oppositional Defiant Disorder: What Is It? What Do We Do?" by Dr. Leland Lipp, clinical psychologist, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Sept. 14.

Family Story Hour featuring Judy Hager, media specialist, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., Sept. 12, 19 and 26.

Four-Week Book Club, "Reinventing Childhood: Raising and Educating Children in a Changing World," by David Elkind, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3.

"Positive Discipline for 0-3 Year Olds," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept. 12, 19, and 26.

"Parenting Young Children," 9:30 to 11 a.m., Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, and 11.

"Help Your Child Succeed in School," 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sept. 13, 20, and 27.

Three-Week Study Group, "Skills for Single Parents," 7 to 9 p.m., Sept. 13, 20, and 27.

Two-Week Study Group, "Parents Getting It Together," 9 to 11 a.m., Sept. 14 and 21.

Lunch Box Special, "Building Your Child's Character," with Jill Landry, counselor at Lake Agassiz Elementary School, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Sept. 21.

Lunch Box Special, "Does Your Child Have An Eating Disorder?" with Marilyn Ripplinger, counselor at Red River High School, 12:10 to 12:50 p.m., Sept. 28.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Parent Education Resource Center.




The Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) assists faculty and staff in the pursuit of funding for research and other creative activity. Several staff members are available to help meet these needs:

Carl Fox, ORPD Director, reviews all grant proposals and contracts submitted to external agencies, and if they meet with University policies, signs for the University. In signing, the Director attests to University compliance with a myriad of assurances required by funding agencies.

Dr. Fox interacts extensively with faculty, especially those involved in research and the submission of grant proposals to external funding agencies, and assists faculty in linking research interests across departmental lines and organizational boundaries. He also awards grants to faculty/staff for various needs relating to research and creative activity.

He gives presentations on the activities and services of ORPD; presents workshops concerning grant-related issues; and serves on many University committees (Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Institutional Animal Care and Use, Institutional Biosafety, Institutional Review Board, EPSCoR Steering Committee, Radiation Safety, etc.). You can reach him at 777-4280 or carl_fox@mail.und.nodak.edu.

As Associate Director, Sally Eckert-Tilotta assists faculty and staff in locating announcements and guidelines for sponsored research programs; identifies new research opportunities through contact with sponsors, professional research administration organizations, computer networks, and searches; and reviews proposals before submission to external sponsors to ensure compliance with University, state, and sponsor policies. In so doing, Dr. Eckert-Tilotta serves as official signatory for the University certifying University compliance with all federal regulations.

Her responsibilities include supervising the ORPD staff and managing the ORPD office in absence of the Director. She works with Grants and Contracts Administration to negotiate terms and conditions of contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, particularly as they relate to intellectual properties, copyrights, patents, and publication of research findings. In addition, she serves as liaison on assigned University-related committees as needed for the Director, and presents workshops on grant proposal preparation and locating funding opportunities. You can reach her at 777-2049 or sally_eckert-tilotta@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Shirley Griffin is secretary to the Director, the Associate Director, and three committees. Contact her at 777-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu regarding an appointment with the Director or the Associate Director. She can also provide information on, or application forms for, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the use of human subjects in research; Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) or the use of DNA or hazardous materials in research; or the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC). Shirley also administers the SSAC and ORPD grant accounts (funds 1806, 1813, and 1816), so contact her for approval of out-of-state travel requests, etc.

Contact Annette Viergutz at 777-4278 or annette_viergutz@mail.und.nodak.edu if you have a question regarding, or would like information on, any of the following: the grant proposal submission process; a proposal currently on file; and a particular funding agency, program, or particular program announcement, RFP, form, etc. Annette may be able to find it in our files, on the internet or in a database, or can watch for it as she reviews information received daily. On request, Annette conducts database searches for potential funding sources based on keywords (SPIN, Prospector's Choice, Foundation Center). She is also your primary contact for submitting an NSF proposal by Fastlane, or for submitting an electronic proposal to any other agency.

-- Carl Fox, Director, Office of Research and Program Development.



Friday, Sept. 15, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC). The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to support travel associated with the presentation of scholarly papers. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed between Sept. 16, 2000, and Jan. 16, 2001. The Committee WILL NOT provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please DO submit your application at this time. If an award is made, an account will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The second deadline for submission of Travel Grant applications is Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 17, 2001, and May 1, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The third deadline for submission of Travel Grant applications is Tuesday, May 1, 2001. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 2, 2001, and Sept. 13, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

Application forms are available at the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's home page (on UND's home page under "Research".) A properly signed original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the Committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on ORPD's home page or by calling ORPD at 777-4279.

-- Clifford Staples (Sociology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.



The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its much-awaited guidelines for research it funds involving human pluripotent stem cells. These stem cells are valuable because they have the potential to develop into nearly any type of specialized cell or tissue, and can divide for indefinite periods in the laboratory, making them highly useful for research and potentially critical for the development of breakthrough treatments.

The guidelines pertain to the use of stem cells derived from either human embryos or fetal tissue. Federal law currently restricts the use of federal funds for embryo (and fetal tissue) research, and in particular prohibits those monies from being used for the derivation of stem cells from human embryos. The guidelines, therefore, help insure that work done with embryos is conducted in a manner compliant with these legal restrictions. The guidelines do not impose requirements on federal funding of research involving stem cells from human adults, umbilical cords, or placentas.

Some of the safeguards built into the guidelines include the following features:

NIH funding may be used for research involving embryo-derived cells only if the source embryos are frozen and in excess of those used clinically.

Inducements, monetary or otherwise, for the donation of embryos are strictly prohibited.

Donation of excess embryos must be made without any restriction on the individual(s) who may be the recipient of the derivative stem cells.

The derivation protocol must be reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). Specific requirements must be met regarding content of informed consent documents.

Under the guidelines, a number of activities are ineligible for NIH funding, including research on embryos created expressly for research purposes, the creation of embryos from stem cells, research on stem cells created by somatic cell nuclear transfer, the fusion of human stem cells with animal cells, and any attempts to clone a human being.

When applying for federal funds to conduct eligible activities, institutions and investigators must submit a number of assurances and special documentation. These materials will be reviewed initially by a newly created Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Review Group, which will determine the appropriateness of the proposed activity for NIH funding. If accepted, subsequent review would occur through the Center for Scientific Review and the relevant institute's advisory council. Public meetings will be held when a novel use of human pluripotent stem cells is being proposed.

The full text of the guidelines and responses to public comments are available on the NIH website at http://www.nih.gov/news/stemcell/stemcellguidelines.htm. UND researchers should review these guidelines before submitting NIH proposals using human pluripotent stem cells in research.

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



The Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) requires that any research, teaching, or other activities which utilize recombinant DNA or involve the use of biohazardous research material be subject to a University review process and that these activities must be approved by the IBC prior to their initiation. The IBC is the only authorized University committee which can give approval to projects and activities involving recombinant DNA and bio-hazardous research material. The IBC will follow the NIH guidelines for recombinant DNA and biohazardous material research in deter-mining the suitability of projects and activities and will provide an explanation of any decision not to approve a project or activity. Any project or activity not approved can be revised and resubmitted to the IBC for consideration.

All faculty or staff who plan on using recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials for research, teaching, or other activities must submit an original and 15 copies of the completed signed application form to the IBC. The IBC will then consider the application at its earliest convenience.

For grant applications submitted to more than one funding agency, it will only be necessary to submit one application to the IBC prior to submission to the granting agencies. One copy of all submitted grant applications utilizing recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must be submitted to the IBC.

Any changes to an approved project with respect to recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials must receive IBC approval prior to their use. Anyone considering the use of recombinant DNA or biohazardous materials should contact the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, for a copy of the NIH Guidelines, the Recombinant DNA Review Form and other pertinent information. Forms are also available on ORPD's Homepage at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

-- Barry Milavetz, Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.



In order to ensure that "regulated waste" is disposed of properly, the Institutional Biosafety committee requires that all members of the University community who generate "regulated waste" have in place a disposal plan which is in conformity with federal regulations. Regulated waste as defined by the federal government includes, but is not limited to, human body fluids and tissues and items contaminated with human body fluids or tissues such as needles, syringes, and scalpels, whether generated during medical procedures, research or teaching. Anyone who is generating "regulated waste" within the University and does not have a disposal plan in place or is unsure of whether "regulated waste" is being generated by their activities or is being disposed of properly must contact the Safety Office.

-- Barry Milavetz (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Chair, Institutional Biosafety Committee.



The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co-principal investigators on awards received during the month of June 2000:

Anthropology: Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Cedric Grainger; Biology: Richard Crawford; Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research: John Hoover; Chemistry: Kathryn Thomasson; Chester Fritz Library: Patricia Berntsen; Community Medicine and Rural Health: Mary Amundson, Brad Gibbens; Computer Science: Sven Anderson; Conference Services: Dawn Botsford; Economics and Public Affairs - Political Science and Public Administration - Bureau of Governmental Affairs: Mary Kweit; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, Steven Benson, Charlene Crocker, Daniel Daly, Bruce Dockter, Thomas Erickson, Kurt Eylands, Kevin Galbreath, Jay Gunderson, David Hassett, John Hurley, Marc Kurz, Dennis Laudal, Michael Mann, Donald McCollor, Stanley Miller, Thomas Moe, Mark Musich, Jan Nowok, Erin O'Leary, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Wesley Peck, Debra Pflughoeft- Hassett, Joyce Riske, David Rush, Darren Schmidt, Richard Schulz, Jaroslav Solc, Edward Steadman, Michael Swanson, Ronald Timpe, Gregory Weber, Christopher Zygarlicke; EHD: John Backes, Mary McDonnell Harris; INMED: Eugene DeLorme; Internal Medicine: Anil Potti; Microbiology and Immunology: Ann Flower, Kevin Young; Organizational Systems and Technology - Marketing: James Faircloth; Office of Research and Program Development: Carl Fox; Geology and Geological Engineering: William Gosnold; Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics: James Porter; School of Communication: Stephen Rendahl; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; School of Medicine and Health Sciences Academic Affairs and Information Services: Robert Rubeck, Judith Bruce; Social Work: Thomasine Heitkamp; Social Work - CFSTC: Tara Muhlhauser; Social Work - CWRB: Ralph Woehle; Student Health Services: Alan Allery; Teaching and Learning: Lynne Chalmers, Margaret Shaeffer; TRIO: Neil Reuter.

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



The following faculty member was awarded a Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grant in August: Paula Lee (Languages), "Instructional Materials for Spanish 201 and 202," $350.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or 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 web site).

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The next deadline is Friday, Sept. 15.

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 me.

-- Libby Rankin, Dirctor, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu.



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


The NHLBI, with the National Institutes on Aging, Child Health and Human Development, Environmental Health Sciences, and Mental Health, provides support for research on the cumulative and contemporaneous relationships between socioeconomic status (SES) and physical and mental health and functioning over the life course and across generations. Encouraged are studies relating to appropriate conceptualization and measurement of SES over the life course, across generations, and in various population groups; specification of the processes through which SES influences cumulatively and contemporaneously physical and mental health, disability, morbidity, and mortality outcomes over the life course, and how these outcomes, in turn, impact on SES (attention should also be given to whether and how various indicators of socioeconomic disparities may have differential impacts on health and functioning outcomes at different ages and time periods--short-term vs. long-term); and the relationship between SES and physical and mental health, disability, morbidity, and mortality over the life course in various population groups. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01, 6/1/01. Contact: Sarah S. Knox, 301/435-0404; sk39j@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA- 98-098.html.

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Research Grants are restricted to support for basic social science research within the announced programs. These currently include: Future of Work--concerned with the causes and consequences of the decline in demand for low-skill workers in advanced economies. Immigration--focused on the adaptation of the second generation to American society. Cultural Contact--focuses on understanding and improving relations between racial and ethnic groups in schools, workplaces, and neighborhood settings. Literacy--research on curricula designed to foster active literacy among disadvantaged students. The Foundation also supports special projects on: analysis of the 2000 Census; an initiative on the role of trust in shaping social relations; the Behavioral Economics Roundtable (a forum for advancing inter-disciplinary analysis of economic life); social dimensions of inequality and their relationship to the recent rise in economic inequality in the U.S.; and Sustainable Employment--analyzing the causes and consequences of non-inflationary, high employment growth and the macroeconomic policies to mitigate the impacts of cyclical downturns or external shocks. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/750-6000; info@rsage.org; http://www.russellsage.org.

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The External Faculty Fellowship Program provides fellowships for research in humanistic issues. Research of a interdisciplinary nature is preferred. Fellowships are intended primarily for those currently teaching or affiliated with an academic institution, but others may apply. Junior fellowships provide stipends of up to $25,000; senior fellowships provide up to $40,000. A housing and travel allowance of up to $12,500 is also offered. Deadline: 11/15/00. Contact: Susan Sebbard, 650/723-3052; sebbard@leland.stanford.edu; http://shc.stanford.edu.

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WOMEN HELPING OTHERS (WHO) FOUNDATION Support is provided to tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations for events and programs dedicated to dealing with educational and health issues of women and children. The WHO has three main objectives: 1) encouraging women everywhere to help others through volunteering in their own local community; 2) supporting organizations dedicated to the health care concerns of women and children; and 3) educating people about health and education issues. The majority of grants range in size from $2,500-$15,000 although grant amounts can vary widely. Yearly and multi-year grants are awarded. Deadline: 9/22/00. Contact: Cheryl Reynolds, 800/946-4663; cheryl.reynolds@beauticontrol.com; http://www.whofoundation.org/howapply.htm.

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The Foundation provides funding in the field of humanities, especially history, literature, religion, and philosophy, for projects calculated to enhance or preserve the "permanent things" of society. Eligible applicants are tax exempt organizations which reflect a concern for historical continuity and studies of a traditional nature. Applications must consist of a single typewritten letter addressed to the contact person. Deadline: 12/31/00. Contact: Gary R. Ricks, Chief Executive Officer, P.O. Box 3370, Santa Barbara, CA 93130-3370.

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The DOE, Albuquerque Operations Office (AL), announces that it intends to conduct a competitive Program Solicitation and award financial assistance instruments (cooperative agreements) for the pro-gram entitled "Natural Gas Vehicle Exhaust Particle Sampling Study" (DE-SC04-2000AL67010). Through this solicitation, the DOE seeks to measure representative particle size distributions of light-duty and heavy-duty natural gas powered vehicle exhaust and collect samples of toxicity sampling. The DOE anticipates issuing one or more financial assistance instruments from this solicitation. A maxi-mum of $500,000 DOE funding is anticipated to be available. Deadline: 10/2/00. Contact: Erwin E. Fragua, 505/845-6442; efragua@doeal.gov; Martha L. Youngblood, 505/845-4268; WEB: Doing Business with DOE-AL, http://www.doeal.gov/cpd/default.htm.

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Plans for the third Announcement of Opportunity (AO) for the Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) are being formulated within the Office of Earth Science at NASA Headquarters. Once again, the ESSP AO will solicit proposals for at least two primary missions. NASA will focus the AO on the following science questions: a) How do ecosystems respond to environmental change and affect the global carbon cycle? b) Is the global water cycle accelerating? c) What trends in atmospheric constituents and solar radiation are driving global climate? d) What are the effects of regional pollution on the global atmo-sphere, and the effects of global chemical and climate changes on regional air quality? e) How is the Earth surface being transformed, and how can this information be used to predict future changes? Currently, the following programmatic milestones have tentatively been established: AO release in early October 2000; Pre-Proposal Conference mid October 2000; Notices of Intent due late October 2000; Step-One Proposals due mid November 2000; Step-Two Proposals due mid May 2001. Contact: Michael Crison, 202/358-4718; mcrison@hq.nasa.gov; http://essp.gsfc.nasa.gov/.

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The NIDDK, with the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Aging (NIA), Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), and Mental Health (NIMH), provides support for research that addresses the fundamental underlying mechanisms by which nuclear accessory proteins mediate signaling through hormone receptors at the level of the regulation of gene expression . A number of suggested areas are listed in the program announcement on the NIH web-site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-111.html. Support will be provided through the research project grant (R01) and pilot and feasibility (R21) award mechanisms. The duration of projects may not exceed 5 years for R01s or 2 years for R21s. Applications for R21 grants must request no more than $100,000 direct costs in any one year. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01, 6/1/01. Contact: Ronald Margolis, 301/594-8819; rm76f@nih.gov.

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The sponsor provides support to undertake a definitive study of recent trends in juvenile crime and violence in order to better understand the factors correlated with these trends. It is expected that the lessons learned from this inquiry will yield a number of tools that federal, state and local policymakers and planners can use to anticipate, monitor, and explain future trends and plan effective prevention and intervention strategies. This project will be funded initially for a 12-month project and budget period to complete Phase I of a projected 5-year program. Up to $250,000 is available to fund one award for the initial 12-month project period. Deadline: 10/23/00. Contact: 800/638-8736; http://www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org/grants/about/html#kit.

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The objective of the International Research Fellowship Program is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to opportunities abroad, thereby furthering NSF's goal of establishing productive, mutually-beneficial relationships between U.S. and foreign science and engineering communities. Awards are available for research in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF. Foreign science or engineering centers and other centers of excellence in all geographical regions are eligible host institutions. Approximately $1 million will be available in 2001 to fund 20-30 fellowships of 3-24 months. Applicants must have received their Ph.D. within 6 years prior to the date of application. Deadline: 11/15/00 (11/1 annually in subsequent years). Con-tact: Susan Parris, Division of International Programs, 703/292-7225; sparris@nsf.gov.

The purpose of the University-Industry Cooperative Research Programs in the Mathematical Sciences is to provide more opportunities for mathematical scientists to have the experience of conducting research in an industrial environment and for industrial scientists to return periodically to academia to acquire new knowledge, and to move it efficiently into technology. Support is provided in the form of postdoctoral research fellowships, university-industry senior research fellowships, graduate research assistantships, and graduate cooperative fellowships. In expanding partnerships with the private sector through the extension of the current program, applications/proposals that directly address NSF emphases are strongly encouraged. In all cases, the primary focus should be on the problems of interest to the indus-trial sponsor and not on the expertise of the mathematical scientists. Approximately 20-30 awards of varying amounts are anticipated. Cost-sharing by the institution and industrial partner is expected. Deadline: 11/13/00. Contact: Lloyd Douglas, 703/292.4862; ldouglas@nsf.gov, http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf00121.

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A new initiative supports Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) which will develop opportunities for conducting research and research training responsive to the needs of Native American communities. The NARCH initiative will support partnerships of American Indian or Alaska Native tribes or tribal-based organizations such as the National Indian Health Board and Area Health Boards, with institutions that conduct intensive academic-level biomedical and behavioral research. Purposes of the program are to: encourage competitive research linked to reducing health disparities; develop a cadre of American Indian scientists and health professionals engaged in biomedical, clinical, and behavioral research that is competitive to NIH funding; and increase capacity of both research intensive institutions and American Indian organizations to work in partnership. Eligible Applicants are the Native American organizations of the partnerships. The Principal Investigator, the individual responsible for the administration (including fiscal management) of the overall project, must have his/her primary appointment with the American Indian or Alaska Native applicant. An application may request a project period of up to 4 years and a budget for direct costs of up to $700,000 in the first year, plus appropriate facilities and administration (F&A) costs. Three to five awards are anticipated. Contact: William L. Freeman, M.P.H. Research Program, IHS, 301/443-0578, WFreeman@HQE.ihs.gov; Clifton A. Poodry, Minority Opportunities in Research Division, NIGMS, 301/594-3900, poodryc@nigms.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-GM-00-007.html. Dead-lines: 10/1/00 (Letter of Intent), 12/12/00 (Proposal).

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


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

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

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