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University Letter

September 10, 1999

Volume 37 No. 3

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 3, September 10, 1999

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

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Ex-University of Minnesota and University of Chicago athlete Harry C. "Babe" Loomis became UND's first paid coach when he received $200 to direct the football team for six weeks in 1899. His team won all six games, giving up only five points while scoring 179.



President Kupchella will hold regular monthly briefings in the Memorial Union Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. on the following dates: Sept. 15, South Ballroom; Oct. 13, Lecture Bowl; Nov. 3, River Valley Room; and Dec. 8, Lecture Bowl.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



President Charles Kupchella has set a meeting of the University Council for 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

All legislative powers of the University government are vested in the Council, which has in turn delegated them to the University Senate. The presiding officer is the president or a person designated by the president, and the ex officio secretary is the registrar. According to the University Constitution, the Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the president, the vice presidents, the registrar, the director of libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, the director of the Counseling Center, the professional library staff, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate.

All members of the Council, and interested non-members including students, are encouraged to attend.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



Inspections by FEMA and state officials have begun in buildings on campus that sustained flood damage in 1997. Any departments which replaced contents lost due to the flood should have records readily available identifying the current location of the replacement items. The inspectors may perform a visual inspection of items which were replaced using FEMA dollars. Departments are asked to give access to the areas where these items are located and provide a knowledgeable person to answer any questions. Everyone's cooperation is greatly appreciated to expedite a closure to this disaster.

-- Shelly Kain, Project Monitor, Facilities.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 7, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

-- Carmen Williams (Interim Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



Inauguration ceremonies will be conducted Friday, Oct. 15, to officially install Charles E. Kupchella as the tenth president of the University of North Dakota. They will highlight this year's UND Homecoming weekend. Events are being planned by a committee of campus and community members co-chaired by Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services, and Earl Strinden, executive vice president of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.

The main ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Official participants representing various constituencies of the University and other invited guests will march to the site from Wilkerson Hall, across the street, in a processional beginning at 1:30 p.m. The inauguration and a reception following it in Wilkerson Hall are open to the public. The inaugural events highlight Homecoming festivities as a welcome to the new president and his wife, Adele. Also among events will be the President's Luncheon at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, and the UND Homecoming and Inaugural Party at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium.

President Kupchella assumed the highest office of the largest educational institution in the region July 1, being named in a search that began last fall. President Kupchella had been provost at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.

Hundreds of representatives from campuses, communities, the state, region, and across the nation will receive invitations to the inaugural ceremony in the next few weeks. On the UND campus, various faculty, staff, and student groups are also being invited to send participants and representatives for the official inauguration ceremony processional group. The October ceremonies are the beginning of what will be an inaugural academic year of a "celebration of the University" through a series of events, culminating in the spring and including an inaugural tour of the state by President Kupchella. Spotlighted during the year's activities will be UND's people, academics, and research.

-- Robert Boyd, Vice President Division of Student and Outreach Services, and Earl Strinden, Executive Vice President of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, Co-Chairs, Inauguration Committee.




Gennea Seibel, doctoral student in counseling psychology, will present "Counseling Native American Students" at the Topics Seminar, 316 Montgomery Hall, from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14. All interested are invited.

-- Sue Jacobs, Supervising Professor, Counseling Department, 777-2729.



A reception honoring Donna Bruce, director of admissions, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Please join us as we celebrate Donna's 38 years of service to the University and wish her well in retirement.

-- Peggy Pazderic, Student Financial Aid.



Jazz, myopia, Yugoslav politics, film, women and alcohol and building a cultural life: That is the eclectic slate of topics for the 1999-2000 Faculty Lecture Series.

The Faculty Lecture Series will be held the Tuesdays of Sept. 14, Oct. 26, Nov. 30, Jan. 25, Feb. 22 and April 11 at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Each event will start with a 4 p.m. reception followed by a 4:30 lecture. A question-and-answer period will follow each lecture.

Here is a look at the first two faculty lecturers for this fall:

Sept. 14: "The Creation and Reharmonization of a Jazz Standard" Michael Blake, Department of Music

A native of North Dakota, Michael Blake directs the Jazz Ensemble, the Percussion Ensemble, and coaches the Jazz Combos. This past summer, Blake's Jazz Ensemble attended the International Jazz Festival in Montreaux Switzerland. An assistant professor in the Department of Music, Blake is also director of jazz studies, and an applied percussionist. As a performer, he has played with the following artists in a supportive role: Bob Hope, Della Reese, Gordon MacRae, Jack Jones, Vicki Carr, and The Smothers Brothers, Clark Terry, Howard Roberts, Ed Saindon, Steve Houghton, and Bill Molenhof. Blake has also recently published a series of snare drum contest solos through Studio 4 Music. These solos range from intermediate to advanced. Also, this last fall he hosted the Fourth Annual Day of Percussion, featuring Paul Wertico. More than 250 students and teachers attended. Blake is the vice president of the North Dakota Chapter of P.A.S and is a member of I.A.J.E.

Oct. 26: "Bringing Myopia into Focus Insights from Animal Models" Jody Rada, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dr. Jody Rada joined the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences as assistant professor in anatomy and cell biology in July 1995. Rada held an appointment as assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine prior to accepting the position at UND. Rada's area of primary teaching responsibility has been in the program in gross anatomy for medical and for graduate students. A recognized expert in the field of experimental ocular myopia, she was an invited speaker at the XII International Society for Eye Research meeting in Yokohama, Japan, in 1996. Rada was also invited to organize a platform session at the XII International Congress of Eye Research in Paris, France, in July 1998. Rada currently holds a five-year competitive renewal of her NIH grant, which she received after her arrival at UND. She lists some 12 full-length publications in peer-reviewed journals and other publications in her bibliography.

Other upcoming lectures in the series:

Tuesday, Nov. 30: "Striving for Democracy in Yugoslav' States," presented by Stephen Markovich, professor of political science and public administration.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, "Living Movies: Scholarship and Memory," presented by Michael Anderegg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, " Melancholy Baby' Revisited: Twenty Years of Research on Women and Alcohol," presented by Richard Wilsnack, professor of neuroscience, and Sharon Wilsnack, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience.

Tuesday, April 11, "Building a Cultural Life," presented by Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art.

-- Peter Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations.



The International Organization invites you to join us at the International Centre (2908 University Ave.) Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. as we celebrate the culture and cuisine of Sri Lanka. Call 777-4231 if you would like more information.

-- Barry Stinson, Director, International Programs.



The UND Psychology Department Colloquium Series and INPSYDE Program would like to announce that Richard Suinn will present a colloquium highlighting his career researching the psychological effects of cancer on victims and their families at the Memorial Union lecture Bowl at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Dr. Suinn is the president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and chair of the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. He will also speak about his experiences as the first ethnic minority president of APA. A reception for Dr. Suinn, co-sponsored by the Psychology Department and Department of Counseling Psychology, will immediately follow in the North Ballroom. Any questions regarding Dr. Suinn's visit may be referred to me at 777-4495.

-- Doug McDonald, Director of INPSYDE, Department of Psychology.



Leigh Welling, Regional Earth Science Applications Center, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, will present a Biology Department seminar titled "Environmental Control of Plankton Assemblages: Ground-Truthing the Microfossil Record" in 141 Starcher Hall at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Everyone is welcome.

-- William F. Sheridan, Biology Department Seminar Coordinator.



Stephen Gower will present "Management by Encouragement: The Art of Killing Kudzu" Thursday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Rural Technology Center. This presentation will focus on weeding out the negative attitudes and approaches that can prevent growth and productivity in organizations and on creating a motivational environment through management by encouragement.

Gower, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), is a nationally known presenter and author whose work enables individuals and organizations to bridge the gap between performance and potential. As a human resource development specialist, he encourages individuals and organizations to perform to the maximum of their abilities. The presentation during this symposium is part of his series of books and videos on "Maximizing Your Performance."

The cost for this symposium is $69, which includes all instruction and materials. To register or receive more information, call 777-2128 or e-mail staci_matheny@mail.und.nodak.edu. The symposium is sponsored by the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce and the Office of Work Force Development, a unit of the Division of Continuing Education.

-- Judy Streifel Reller, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education.



The final examination for Richard J. Jaeger, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemical Studies of a New Class of Ligand for Modeling the Bioredox Chemistry of Copper. Development of a Novel Sensor for Organic Contaminants in Water by Coupling Solid Phase Microextraction with the Quartz Crystal Microbalance." David Pierce (Chemistry) is the committee chair. Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Bessel van der Kolk will be present a workshop, "The Psychobiology of Trauma: Research Findings and Treatment Implications," Friday, Oct. 8, at the Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. Dr. van der Kolk is a faculty member at Boston University of Medicine where he serves as the director of the Trauma Center. He is a prolific researcher and writer, as well as clinician internationally acclaimed for his work in this area.

The registration fee for the workshop is $80. Registration information and a workshop brochure are available at Children and Family Services Training Center, 777-3442. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Alliance for Sexual Abuse Treatment and Prevention (ASAPT), the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and the Children and Family Services Training Center (CFSTC) in the Department of Social Work. For more information, please contact me.

-- Tara Lea Muhlhauser, Director, Children and Family Training Center at 777-3442.




The University is creating a world wide web presence and searchable database titled "UND Scientists, Artists and Scholars." The purpose is to provide a quick reference to UND's expertise which will allow us to share information with each other and identify expertise when requested. In addition, this mechanism will enable us to quickly learn about the expertise of new faculty members. This will be an important tool for the Office of Research and Program Development.

Faculty, we need your help. Would you please take a few moments to fill out the short on-line form at www.und.edu/academics/scholars/submit.html. With your help, this new searchable database will become functional immediately! Thank you!

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Dan Rice (Educational Leadership) was elected chair and John Bridewell (Aviation) was elected vice chair of University Senate for 1999-00 at its Sept. 2 meeting. Rice was vice chair last year, and he succeeds Mary Kweit (Political Science) as chair.

In other voting, Dan Sheridan (English) was elected to a two-year term as a faculty representative on the Senate Executive Committee. Keith Gendreau was elected as student representative to the Senate Executive Committee. Judy DeMers (School of Medicine and Health Sciences) and Gerald Bass (Educational Leadership)were elected to two-year terms on the Committee on Committees, and Cynthia Shabb (Chester Fritz Library) was elected to a one-year term on the Committee on Committees.

Attending his first Senate meeting, new UND President Charles Kupchella spoke, citing various issues that face him in his new position and the University. He invited participation in charting the school's future. Citing previous long-range plans "that were of varying success or usefulness," President Kupchella said, "I've seen planning work, so make your interest known to me." He said he will be putting an outline of planning structure approaches on the UND web site in the next few weeks. He explained that he has been meeting with the Senate Executive Committee since July on long-range planning. "I am starting to fit things into my own matrix for that," he said.

He said he is looking forward to continuing his early emphasis on meeting as many people as he is able to on campus and across the state and in the region, including a tour of North Dakota that will be accompanied by UND students matched to communities. He referred to the University as "the right mix of programs . . the right size of institution . . . the kind I've wanted to be with."

Details on proceedings of the September meeting and other Senate information such as agendas, minutes of other meetings, and announcements, can be accessed under the UND Internet home page, Academics -- Senate .

-- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.



The President's Office is sponsoring transportation for UND faculty members who wish to attend the Council of College Faculties Conference in Fargo Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18 (note corrected dates). The vehicle will depart each morning and return in the evening. To reserve a spot, call Dave Vorland, assistant to the president, or leave voice mail at 777-4309.

The Council of College Faculties is a governing body of the North Dakota University system. UND's members are Scot Stradley, Economics; Janet Moen, Honors Program; and Dan Rice, Educational Administration. All faculty should have received a brochure describing the conference, but if you need more details, call one of these UND Council members.

-- Dave Vorland, Assistant to the President, for the Council of College Faculties.



Students who are absent from class because of medical reasons or uncontrollable emergencies are responsible for contacting each of their faculty members to apprise them of their situation. If the faculty member desires verification of the situation, the faculty member can request that information directly from the student.

-- Jerry Bulisco, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs.



All persons affiliated with the University who wish to conduct research involving human subjects on or off campus must first receive approval of the Institutional Research Board (IRB). This includes use of, for example, educational tests; survey/interview procedures; observation of public behavior; study of existing data, records or specimens; taste/food quality evaluation; as well as clinical studies involving drugs, medical devices, collection of blood samples, etc. The establishment of the IRB at institutions like UND has been mandated by the federal government in order to protect human subjects.

Conducting human subjects research without IRB approval is unethical and contrary to the policies of UND and the Board of Higher Education. Failure to comply with IRB policies and procedures may result in project termination, interruption of research support, and, in some cases, a report to the federal agency funding the non-compliant research project. Therefore, we encourage you to protect yourself by submitting your project to the IRB for review before the research begins.

This process is initiated by submitting a research protocol to the IRB. Forms are available in the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) in 105 Twamley Hall or on ORPD's Homepage at http:www.und.edu/dept/orpd.

There are three categories used in the review of research protocols. Most proposals will fall in the "Exempt" or "Expedited" categories and can, therefore, be reviewed by one member of the Board. Approximately 14 days are required for the review of projects that fall in these categories. However, the individual reviewer may request additional information or refer the protocol to the full Board. In either case, the review may take longer.

"Full Board" review is required for projects with a physical risk or potential for injury or harm to the subject's dignity or well-being. This also includes projects which involve minors in survey or interview procedures, or in observation of public behavior when the observers participate in the activities observed. The full Board meets on a monthly basis. The schedule of meeting and deadline dates for the coming year follows.

If full Board review is required and the protocol involves clinical subjects, the Clinical Medical Subcommittee must also review the protocol and provide a recommendation to the IRB. This typically requires one additional week for the review process.

IRB members are available to make presentations to faculty/students/staff regarding IRB policies, procedures, etc. Also, ORPD has several videos and books which may be checked out by faculty members. Contact Shirley Griffin at 7-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu if you are interested in either of these options.



Meeting Date (Meetings held at 3:30 p.m.)

Fri., Oct. 1, 1999
Fri., Nov. 5, 1999
Fri., Dec. 3, 1999
Fri., Jan. 7, 2000
Fri., Feb. 4, 2000
Fri., March 3, 2000
Fri., April 7, 2000
Fri., May 5, 2000

Deadline: Proposals Requiring

Full Board Review

Tues., Sept. 21, 1999
Tues., Oct. 26, 1999
Tues., Nov. 23, 1999
Tues., Dec. 28, 1999
Tues., Jan. 25, 2000
Tues., Feb. 22, 2000
Tues., March 28, 2000
Tues., April 25, 2000

Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require
Subcommittee and Full Board Review)

Tues., Sept. 14, 1999
Tues., Oct. 19, 1999
Tues., Nov. 16, 1999
Tues., Dec. 21, 1999
Tues., Jan. 18, 2000
Tues., Feb. 15, 2000
Tues., March 21, 2000
Tues., April 18, 2000

NOTE: All meetings will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Room 305 Twamley. Alterations in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

-- Warren Jensen (Aerospace), Chair, Institutional Review Board.



The University Learning Center announces the drop-in tutor schedule for fall. Tutor sessions begin Tuesday, Sept. 7, and run through Thursday, Dec. 9.

Accounting (Acct 200, 201): Monday noon to 2 p.m.; Wednesday noon to 2 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.

Anatomy (Anat 204): Thursday 3 to 5 p.m.; additional times TBA

Biology (Biol 111, 124, 150): Monday 10 a.m. to noon; Tuesday 1 to 5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon; Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.

Chemistry (Chem 115, 116, 121, 122): Monday 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday 1 to 3 p.m.; Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday noon to 2 p.m.

Computer Science (CSci 101, 120, 160, 161): Monday 1 to 3 p.m.; Wednesday 1 to 3 p.m.

Criminal Justice (CJ 201): Monday 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday 9 to 11 a.m.

French (F 101, 102, 201): Monday noon to 2 p.m.; Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday noon to 2 p.m.

Geology (Geol 101, 102, 111): Tuesday 3 to 5 p.m.

German (G 101, 102, 201): Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m.; Thursday 6 to 8 p.m.

Mathematics, Level I (A&S 250, Math 100, 102, 103, 104, 105): Monday 10 to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon, 4 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 10 to 11 a.m., noon to 1 p.m., 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m.

Mathematics, Level II (Math 107, 146, 165, 166, 208, 265, 266): Monday 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday 10 a.m. to noon, 4 to 6 p.m.; Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to noon, 4 to 8 p.m.

Physics (Phys 161, 211, 251, 252, 253): Tuesday 2 to 4 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.

Political Science (Pols 115, 225, 250): Tuesday 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.

Psychology (Psy 111, 250, 270): Monday 9 to 11 a.m.; Tuesday 4 to 6 p.m.; Thursday 2 to 4 p.m.

Spanish (S 101, 201): Monday 2 to 4 p.m.; Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to noon

Statistics (Econ 210, Psy 241, Soc 326): Tuesday 1 to 3 p.m.

The Drop-in Tutoring schedule is updated periodically throughout the semester. For the most current schedule, please visit out website at: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/ULC/dropin1.htm.

-- Jeanne Matson, Tutor Program Coordinator, University Learning Center, 777-4406.



UND students interested in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Established by Congress in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation operates an educational scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for outstanding U.S. students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in, and potential for, careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

In April 2000, the Foundation will award scholarships to students who will be college juniors or seniors during the 2000-2001 academic year. In order to be considered for an award, students must be nominated by their institution. The deadline for receipt of all 2000 nominations is Feb. 1, 2000.

The scholarship award covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Junior scholarship recipients can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support. Senior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of support.

To be eligible, a student must be a current full-time sophomore or junior and must be pursuing a baccalaureate degree, have a B average or equivalent, stand in the upper fourth of the class, and be a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or U.S. national who will pursue a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

Interested sophomores and juniors should contact me by Friday, Oct. 15.

-- Richard Millspaugh, Mathematics, 320 Witmer Hall.




Monday, Sept. 13, is the absolute deadline for returning 1999-2000 Directory Information Forms to the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall, box 7144. If you do not turn in the information sheets, you will not be in the Directory. The forms were distributed last 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 1999-2000 UND Directory. A form is attached to the Sept. 3 issue of the University Letter if you did not receive a directory information form.

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, Director, University Relations.



Y2K Readiness Fairs and Workshops will be held across the state. The goal of the workshops is to increase the year 2000 readiness of small businesses. The free workshops will be held Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Ramada Plaza Suites and Convention Center, 1635 42nd St. SW, Fargo; Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Holiday Inn, 2200 Burdick Expressway E., Minot; Thursday, Sept. 30, at the Townhouse, 710 1st Ave. N., Grand Forks; and Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Doublewood Inn, I94 and Exit 159, Bismarck. A free buffet lunch will be served; pre-registration is required.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Small Business Development Center.



The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) is pleased to announce that Thomas Erickson has been named an associate director for research effective Sept. 1. He will serve as one of two associate directors for research (along with Edward Steadman) that oversee a staff of 125 engineers, scientists, and technicians. Erickson will be in charge of the Center for Biomass Utilization, and will be responsible for expanding programs in fine particulates as well as programs related to integrated energy and environmental systems development. These research, development, and demonstration programs involve fuel quality effects on power system performance, advanced power systems development/demonstration, computational modeling, advanced materials for power systems, and analytical methods for the characterization of materials. He will be responsible for identifying research opportunities, developing new projects and programs, managing and supervising research on a wide range of energy and environmental topics, outreach and training, establishing and maintaining client relations, and planning long-range and specific technical objectives.

Erickson has been at the EERC for 15 years, most recently in the position of senior research manager of engineering and modeling technologies. In his tenure at the Center, he has worked in the areas of environmental technology development, gasification and combustion processes, trace element transformations, process and product modeling, statistical design and evaluation, systems engineering, and scanning electron microscopy for coal and combustion product analysis. He holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University.

Former Associate Director for Research Steven Benson has elected to reduce his position at the EERC to half-time in order to focus more of his attention on an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) grant recently awarded to Microbeam Technologies, Inc. (MTI), an EERC spin-off company owned by Benson that specializes in using scanning electron microscopy techniques to assess and predict the effects of ash behavior in combustion and environmental systems. The EERC strongly encourages its staff to pursue outside research opportunities via spin-off companies. MTI's recent SBIR award is just one more example of an EERC spin-off company success story.

-- Gerald Groenewold, Director, Energy and Environmental Research Center.



The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, one of the five federal TRIO programs at UND, was re-funded for a five-year cycle from oct. 1, 1999, through Sept. 30, 2004. The five-year award was the result of the grant placing in the top 10 percent nationwide. The McNair Program's budget is $207,559 for the first year of the cycle beginning Oct. 1. The 25 students who are selected to participate in the program are eligible for tuition waivers and research stipends.

The purpose of the Ronald E. McNair Program is to increase the number of low-income, first-generation and/or students from a group under-represented at the doctoral level to succeed in earning a Ph.D. Program participants are undergraduate juniors or seniors who meet the above criteria. The McNair Program encourages students to prepare for graduate studies by providing opportunities to define goals, engage in research, and to develop the skills and student/faculty mentor relationships vital to success at the doctoral level.

-- Neil Reuter, TRIO Programs.



Mesaba Airlines and UND have signed an agreement to begin a unique pilot hiring program. Graduates who meet pre-established criteria will be granted interviews before meeting Mesaba's standard published hiring minimums.

Mesaba Airlines operates as a Northwest Airlink affiliate with Northwest Airlines. Currently, Mesaba Airlines serves 101 cities in 26 states and Canada from its three hubs at Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit Metro, and Memphis International airports.

-- Richard Nelson, Interim Dean, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.



Last year the Enrollment Services office met with and provided tours for more than 2,500 prospective students. The Enrollment Services staff would like to recognize and thank the faculty and staff members who have assisted our office by taking time to visit with these students, especially those individuals who gave up lunch hours, weekends and holidays. Their dedication shows and has been a key factor in the number of students electing to attend the University. Again, thank you.

-- Erich Martin, Enrollment Services.



The Staff Senate developed and passed a dress code policy for Green-and-White Days and Denim Day for Charity which was approved in May by then-President Baker, and has also been reviewed and approved by President Kupchella.

The policy follows:

Green and White Day and Denim Day for Charity

Purpose: To ensure that all UND staff employees present a professional image while conducting business, promoting UND activities and supporting community charitable organizations. It is desired that by complying with this policy, we will have a safe, businesslike, and productive workplace environment.

Scope: This policy applies to all UND staff employees, although department heads may set individual guidelines for appropriate dress for the work-related functions of their office/work area.

Green and White Day: To promote support of UND activities by wearing UND logo clothing and/or green-and-white colored clothing.

Denim Day: To allow UND staff employees to wear denim by paying the designated amount in support of charitable organizations. All staff employees are encouraged to wear their buttons on Denim Day as a way of informing the public of UND employee support in the community.

Dress Code: Common sense, sound judgment and good taste should dictate your decision when it comes to personal attire. Employees may relax normal dress codes and are permitted to work in jeans or other casual clothing that fit within standards set by individual work units. Clean, good condition jeans, tennis shoes and T-shirts or sweatshirts free from inappropriate slogans and advertising will be the minimum standard allowed.

-- Linda Sinclair (Native American Programs) for Staff Senate.



The UND Staff Senate Fundraising/Scholarship Committee will hold a rummage sale to earn money for operational funding and other programs as they apply to Staff Senate, and to develop a scholarship program. We will disseminate information and select recipients on an annual basis as funds are available. The sale will be held Friday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Chester Fritz Auditorium Stage.

Clean out your closets and basement - we need your donated items for this sale! If you would like to donate one or more items, please price them and bring them to the Chester Fritz Auditorium Wednesday or Thursday, Sept. 22 or 23, between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For both the drop off and to attend the rummage sale, please enter the building through the south side loading dock door. Anything left over after the sale will be donated to a local thrift store. If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Severson at 777-3425 or Sherri Korynta at 777-3705. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

-- Sherri Korynta, Student Health Services.



The September edition of NewsBytes, the UND Computer Center Newsletter, is now available. Articles include:

Computer Help Center Update, Y2K Update, Computer Learning Lab Renovation Update, HECN Site License program: Frequently Asked Questions, Microsoft Office 2000, NewsBytes ListServ, Network Services News, Status of the Web Initiative, CCInfo Has New Look, U-mail Accounts Extended to Faculty and Staff, U-mail Usage Survey, E-mail at UND, Computer Center Class Offerings, TN3270 - Connecting to IBM Hosts, Attention Numeric Keypad Users for TN3270, and TSO File Transfer (Upload/Download) Using HostExplorer TN3270. Please check the Computer Center home page, click on the black Documentation button, and then the NewsBytes - UND Computer Center Newsletter, September 1999 Issue, or go directly to the URL: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/CC/news/aug99/aug99.html.

If you know of someone who would be interested in receiving an electronic notice when a new edition of NewsBytes is published, they may subscribe to the list by sending e-mail with the command in the body of the mail on just one line stating: SUBSCRIBE UND-NewsBytes theirfirstname theirlastname. They may also e-mail Rose_Keeley@mail.und.nodak.edu and request their name be added to the list.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to drop a note to the above e-mail address. The UND-NewsBytes list is not intended for conversations or exchanges of ideas; it was created specifically for the purpose of notifying interested parties when a new issue of NewsBytes is available. It may also be used to notify you of an urgent late-breaking news announcement from the Computer Center. Y2K may be one of those instances if something unanticipated occurs at the stroke of midnight. Hope you stay on the list and enjoy the articles in NewsBytes.

-- Rose Keeley, UND Computer Center, User Services, 777-3062, Rose_Keeley@mail.und.nodak.edu.



The regular operating hours for the Memorial Union through Dec. 17 are:

Lifetime Sports/Video Rentals: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Copy Stop: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Subway: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Juice Works: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

TCBY: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Little Caesars: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Grababite: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Bookstore: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, closed.

Administrative Office: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Craft Center/Sign and Design: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Dining Center: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Barber Shop: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

University Learning Center: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Credit Union: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Traffic Division: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Passport IDs: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed.

Computer Labs: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12:45 a.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 12:45 a.m.

Building Hours: Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. (first, second and third floors open until 11 p.m.); Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. (first, second and third floors open until 11 p.m.).

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.



The University Learning Center is seeking individuals to work as peer tutors in the following areas of study. Candidates should have completed the indicated course work (or higher), and provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the area of study they wish to tutor.

Area of Study (minimum course work):

Accounting (Acct 200, and 201)

Anatomy (Anat 204)

Atmospheric Sciences (AtSc 110, and 210)

Computer Science (CSci 101, 120, 160, and 161)

Economics (Econ 105, 201, and 202)

Geography (Geog 121, 134, and 161)

Geology (Geol 101, 102, and 111)

Mathematics, Level II (Math 107, 146, 165, 166, 208, 265, 266)

Microbiology (MBio 202)

Physics (Phys 161, 211, 251, 252, and 253)

Sociology (Soc 110, and 115)

Statistics (Econ 210, Psy 241, or Soc 326)

Application packets are available at the University Learning Center office, 201A Memorial Union. For more information, please call me at 777-4406.

-- Jeanne Matson, Tutor Program Coordinator, University Learning Center.




A gala live auction of collectible quality art will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art Saturday, Oct. 2, beginning at 6 p.m. with live music and a cocktail buffet. The Autumn Art Auction begins at 8 p.m. The event, sponsored by Dayton's Project Imagine, is open to the public. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

"The purpose of this inaugural event is to continue to develop a buying audience for our best artists while giving the Museum community the opportunity to own work by artists of national and international stature who have exhibited at the North Dakota Museum of Art," said Laurel Reuter, director of the North Dakota Museum of Art. The 33 works of art chosen for the auction will be shown in the Museum galleries from Saturday, Sept. 11, until the night of the auction. Reuter will give an introduction to the art Sunday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. The gallery talk is free and open to the public.

The top-quality works of art are in a variety of media and in a fairly broad price range. Among the artists in the auction are Jim Dow, photographer from Boston, whose images include the UND Hockey Arena and Whitey's's Cafe from the Grand Forks area, as well as Corbett Field in Minot. Dow was the official photographer of the Los Angeles Olympics and has photographed, by commission, all of the major league football stadiums in the country. He came through Grand Forks during the summer of 1998 on a job shooting all of the fields in the Northwood League. At that time he went on to Minot to shoot Corbett Field. According to Dow, this is his all-time favorite photograph of a sports stadium, and that includes extensive shooting of soccer stadiums in Argentina and England.

The works also include a monotype by Fritz Scholder, the father of the contemporary Native American art movement. He priced his work much below market because "he believes in the work this Museum is doing." There is a particularly fine Walter Piehl painting from his "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" series. Dick Huss, who was commissioned by former Minnesota Gov. Carlson to blow a vase for the visiting King and Queen of Sweden, has a stunning work in the auction. A monumental woodcut by Charles Beck and two small paintings by Emily Lunde are also included. Lunde, who has been unable to paint since suffering a stroke a few years ago, is represented by work that Museum Director Reuter set aside some time ago as being "lovely, lyrical experiments." The various media include sculpture, glass, prints, photographs, ceramics and jewelry, as well as paintings in watercolor, acrylic and oil.

Serving as auctioneer for the evening is Frances Ford, an actress originally from New York now living in St. Paul, who spent a year in Grand Forks with the UND Theatre Arts Department in 1997-98. She wrote, and was the solo performer in, "Voices from the Flood," a play presented at the North Dakota Museum of Art. She will be joined by artist Dan Jones from Fargo who will assist with technical and aesthetic commentary.

This event is part of the Museum's 10-year celebration of its grand opening in the fall of 1989. It also celebrates Dayton's long commitment to the arts in our community as it prepares its own grand opening of its newly remodeled store to take place in November. Dayton-Hudson cooperated with the Museum of Art as early as 1986 when it funded the purchase of Bennett Brien's "Buffalo," placed by the North Dakota Museum of Art on the capitol grounds in Bismarck. The Museum had exhibited the work in "Homecomings," the first exhibition it mounted in what was then the not-yet-remodeled Women's Gym on campus -- now the permanent home of the Museum.

A committee chaired by Lisa Lewis-Spicer of Grand Forks, and including people from Bemidji, Wahpeton, Mayville, Cooperstown, Fargo, Grand Forks, Devils Lake and Hillsboro, has been handling arrangements for the event in cooperation with Museum staff.

Artists determine a reserve bid on each work. Reserve bids, which are confidential, must be met or exceeded in order for a work to be sold. The Museum's profit comes from the dollar amount bid beyond the reserve. Money earned by the Museum will be used for the Museum's programming and exhibitions.

An auction catalog with full-color reproduction of the art and artist's biographies is available at the Museum. Absentee bidding is possible by order form or telephone. Call the Museum at 777-4195 to order tickets, receive an auction catalog, or register for absentee bidding.

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The Music Department is now offering organ and harpsichord lessons through the Community Music program taught by Christopher Anderson, visiting assistant professor of history, theory, and organ at the University. Dr. Anderson, who holds advanced degrees in performance practice, sacred music, and organ performance, regularly appears as a lecturer and recitalist in the United States and Europe. For information about organ and harpsichord lessons, call 777-2836. For information about other Community Music programs call 777-2830.

-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.




Thomas Gilsdorf (Mathematics) presented "P-adic Functional Analysis and the Closed Graph Theorem" at the National University of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia. . . . Kathryn Thomasson (Chemistry) was elected to the National Council of Iota Sigma Pi, the national honor society for women in chemistry. She was elected to the post of Members at Large Coordinator because of her long-term efforts to encourage women in chemistry and her service to the Members at Large of Iota Sigma Pi. Iota Sigma Pi is a national honor society for women that promotes professional development and personal growth of women in chemistry and related fields through recognition, public outreach and the formation of supportive networks. . . . Mohammad Hemmasi (Geography) was elected to chair the Geography of Religions and Belief Systems Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers, 1999-2002. . . . Lana Rakow (Communication), has published "The Public at the Table: From Public Access to Public Participation" in the premier issue of New Media & Society. She is a member of the journal's editorial board. In the article, Dr. Rakow describes work in the city of Grand Forks to create an electronic network for the community. A federal grant proposal she's written involves local organization in the effort. . . . Edmund Clingan (History) spoke on "Germany's New Chancellor" at a Greater Grand Forks Germans from Russia meeting. . . . Kendall Baker (former President, Political Science), Edmund Clingan (History), and Kimberly Porter (History) were members of the panel discussion on "Bismarck - Yesterday and Today" at the International Centre for the German America Day program which observed the centenary of Otto von Bismarck's death. Herbert Boswau (German, retired) was panel moderator and program host. He represented North Dakota at the Delegate Assembly of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages at Chicago. . . . The North Dakota Quarterly was the topic of a rare book review by the North Dakota Geological Society Newsletter. The issue, Vol. 65, No. 4, 1998, deals with the Red River Valley and the Flood of 1997.


Gov. Schafer appointed Monte Phillips (Civil Engineering) to a five-year term on the North Dakota Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors in 1996; he was recently elected vice chair of the board. Dr. Phillips is a charter member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and will be in stalled as President of the Academy in January. He has been elected to another three-year term on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, a Washington, D.C.-based institute which promotes a rational regulatory environment for the building community by facilitating the introduction of new and innovative technology. He is also serving a second three-year term on the National Board of Governors of the Order of the Engineer. He is completing a second three-year term on the National Society of Professional Engineers Board of Trustees. . . . George Bibel (Mechanical Engineering) co-authored "A Java-Enhanced Educational Web Page Used to Illustrate Spur Gear Geometry Principles" in Computers in Education.


Patricia Brumfield Fry will play a key role in developing and seeking enactment of uniform state laws during the next year. She has been appointed a member of the executive committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. She chaired the committee which drafted the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, which received overwhelming approval at the 1999 meeting of the Conference. That act is expected to be introduced in state legislatures around the country during the next two years. She also served as a member of the drafting committee for the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act, which was approved in 1999, and is regarding as a leading authority in the area of electronic commerce. She is a North Dakota Commissioner on Uniform State Laws.


The Pressure Ulcer Research Group has received the International Research Dissemination Award from Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of Nursing. The group will be recognized at the society's biennial convention Nov. 8 in San Diego. The award honors individuals or groups for a major contribution to the dissemination of research to nurses for use in the practice of clinical nursing, education, administration and research. Members include Diane Langemo (principal investigator), Helen Melland, Darlene Hanson, Susan Hunter, Bette Olson, and Patricia Thompson. The researchers have been working on pressure ulcer treatment and prevention since 1988. Members have written more than 20 journal articles and made more than 20 presentations at all levels, including international, on pressure ulcers and wound care. They developed a program directed toward making research about pressure ulcers available and useful to practicing nurses by collaborating with the journal, Advances in Wound Care. The research group compiles bimonthly abstracts and reviews of current research, and contributed a column to the journal, Infolink, which compiles published articles on related topics.


"Studio One" continues to be one of the best college-produced television shows in the region. In the Northwest Broadcast News Association competition, which includes six states, "Studio One" took two first-place awards for best photojournalism and general reporting. The show also received two Awards of Merit in the general reporting and feature categories. In the Society of Professional Journalists regional competition, which includes five states, "Studio One" took five first-place awards. In addition, the show received a variety of awards in the statewide North Dakota Professional Communicators Contest, including three first-place awards, three second-place awards, two third-place awards, and an honorable mention. . . . UNDInfo, UND's web site, received a four-star award from campustours.com, a web site which reviews college web pages and rates their tours, photos and maps. UNDInfo is the featured campus for September, 1999. For more information, visit http://www.campustours.com.




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


The Faculty & Students in Industry (98-142) component of the Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) program provides support for faculty, graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows to conduct research in industry. The initiative aims to synergize industry-university partnerships by making investment funds available to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages and to promote collaboration across a broad spectrum of industry-university interests, including education, research, and management of technological innovation. It targets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental topics which would not be undertaken by industry, development of innovative collaborative industry-university educational programs, and direct transfer of new knowledge between academe and industry. Deadline: Varies with programs. Contact: M.C. Roco, mroco@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf98142/nsf98142.htm.

Engineering Faculty in Industry awards are for science and engineering faculty to conduct research in industry (the support is for new interactions only). Awards range from $25,000-$50,000 for up to one year.

Graduate Student Industrial Fellowships are for science and engineering graduate students to work full-time in industry, in an area related to their research, under the guidance of an academic adviser and an industrial mentor. Duration may be up to one year with awards up to $25,000 for a graduate student industrial fellowship, or up to $75,000 for a graduate student traineeship site (involving several students). Awards may be made for support of individual students (individual graduate student industrial fellowship), as supplements to existing grants in the Directorates for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Engineering (ENG), or Geosciences (GEO), or for a group of 2-3 graduate students at a given site (graduate student traineeship site) through either an initial proposal to the respective directorate or supplements to existing grants in the same directorates.

Postdoctoral Industrial Fellowships are for science or engineering postdoctoral fellows to work full-time in industry under the guidance of an academic advisor and an industrial mentor. Fellows must be awarded the Ph.D. degree between January 1, 1996 and August 30, 1998. Preference is given to graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs. Awards will range up to $42,000/year for 1-2 years.

The Global Change--Water-Energy: Atmospheric/Vegetative/Earth Interactions (WEAVE) program provides support to individuals and groups of investigators for research focusing on water and energy and earth vegetation-atmosphere interactions governing or influencing the hydrologic cycle. Studies are intended to allow assessments of the potential impact of human activities on those cycles and on the climate system. Proposals may involve either process or modeling studies of water and energy. The work must contribute to improved understanding of climate, the potential for global change, or the impact of global change on the physical and biological aspects of the hydrologic cycle. The goal of the ROCEW (Role of Clouds, Energy and Water) component is to improve understanding of the atmospheric portion of the Earth's water and energy cycles, with particular emphasis on the role of clouds and water vapor in the Earth system. The Continental Hydrologic Processes (CHP) component supports research on the distribution and fluxes of water in lakes, streams, and continental surfaces. Research is to investigate how the hydrologic cycle is driven by transfers of water and energy between the atmosphere and underlying surfaces, impacts regional and global climate, interacts with and reshapes the land surface, and transports particles and solutes. The program looks for a holistic approach that integrates hydrological, geological, biological, and atmospheric processes and aggregates them to determine surface and subsurface fluxes. All proposals must be submitted to one of the 3 disciplinary areas. Interdisciplinary proposals are especially encouraged and will be jointly reviewed by the appropriate programs. Awards vary. Applicants are encouraged to contact the program officers prior to submitting a proposal. Target Dates for Division of Earth Sciences: 12/1/99, 6/1/00. None for the Division of Atmospheric Sciences. Contact: L. Douglas James, 703/306-1549; fax 703/306-0382; ldjames@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/geo/egch/gc_weave.html.

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The Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize of $1,000 is offered for the best paper or article of the year on intergroup relations, including such dimensions as age, gender, and socio-economic status, as well as ethnicity. Originality of the contribution, whether theoretical or empirical, will be given special weight. Entries can be papers published during the current year or unpublished manuscripts. Applicants may be members or non-members of SPSSI. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit papers. There are no citizenship restrictions. Deadline: 12/31/99. Contact: 734/662-9130; fax 734/662-5607; spssi@umich.edu.

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Fellowship Research Grants must lead to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, lecturing, and publication. Proposals should be submitted not less than 120 days before commencement of the projected work period. Eligible applicants are individuals who have established themselves professionally and are associated with educational or research institutions. Awards in 1998 averaged $11,754.

The Grants Program funds publicly supported educational and research institutions. Most grants are approved late in the calendar year. Written inquiries are preferred prior to submission of formal proposals. Grants support research in the social sciences and humanities disciplines, including economics, government/politics, philosophy, and international affairs, for up to 12 months. Deadline: None. Contact: 2200 Green Road, Suite H, Ann Arbor, MI 48105; 734/761-8592.

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The purpose of the Research Methods for Occupational Cancer initiative is to stimulate research for developing knowledge that can be used in preventing occupational cancers and to better understand their underlying pathophysiology. Research applications are sought to develop, validate, and field test methods for predicting and identifying potential new occupations carcinogens, developing early warning systems for exposed populations, testing interventions, and enhancing cross-species extrapolations. Research applications are also sought to improve retrospective exposure assessment, find new ways to focus on understudied populations, such as women and minorities, and better assess the occupational role in transgenerational cancers. There is also a need to find new ways and approaches for interrupting the etiologic and natural pathways between an occupational exposure and resultant cancers. The traditional research project grant (R01) will be supported. Deadlines: Standard NIH deadlines. Contact: Roy M. Fleming, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 404/639-3343, rmf2@cdc.gov; Kumiko Iwamoto, National Cancer Institute, 301/435-4911, ki6n@nih.gov; Gwen W. Collman, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 919/541-4980, collman@niehs.nih.gov.

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The CSREES National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRI) Program Description for FY 2000 is available on the NRI home page at http://www.reeusda.gov/nri. The following new programs are among those described therein: Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants (November 15 deadline), Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations (January 15 deadline), and Agricultural Plant Biochemistry (February 15 deadline). In addition, the Epidemiological Approaches to Food Safety Program, which was announced in a supplemental program description in FY 1999, is included in this document with a January 15 deadline (this is a change from FY 1999). Please read the Program Description for information on these and other NRI programs. Contact: NRI, 202/401-5022; nricpg@reeusda.gov.

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The International Research and Studies Program provides grants to conduct research and studies to improve and strengthen instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, and other international fields to provide full understanding of places in which the foreign languages are commonly used. Types of projects funded under this program include: studies and surveys to determine needs for increased or improved instruction in modern foreign languages, area studies, or other international fields; research on more effective methods of providing instruction and achieving competency in foreign languages; research on applying performance tests and standards across all areas of foreign language instruction and classroom use; and developing and publishing specialized materials for use in foreign language, area studies, and other international fields. Approximately 16 awards are expected to be made, at an average of $118,350 per year. More information is available at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/HEP/iegps/irs.html. Deadline: 10/29/99. Contact: Jos^┬ L. Martínez, 202/401-9784, jose_martinez@ed.gov.

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Grants-in-Aid of Research are offered to graduate and undergraduate students in degree programs for scientific investigation in any field including, but not limited to, anthropology, behavioral ecology/ethology, cell biology/biochemistry, chemistry, computer science/mathematics, ecology, engineering, hydrology/geomorphology, paleontology/sedimentation, physiology/functional morphology, psychology, systematics/evolutionary biology, engineering, petrology/geochemistry, physics/astronomy, and tectonics/geophysics. Awards are for up to $1,000 (they will not normally exceed $600), except in the fields of astronomy and eye or vision research where special funds allow for awards up to $2,500, and in the field of plasma research, where the Sigma Xi-Consortium for Plasma Research Fund allows for awards of $5,000. Deadlines: 10/15/99, 3/15/00. Contact: 800/-243-6534; giar@sigmaxi.org; http://www.sigmaxi.org.

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Supplemental Sabbatical Awards for Psychologists supplement allowances provided by the recipients' institution to enable them to extend their leaves in order to complete the objectives of the sabbatical. Awardees may pursue research and scholarly endeavors in any area of psychology. Candidates must be tenured faculty members or associate professors in tenure track positions who are pursuing research and scholarly endeavors in psychology. Awards will ordinarily be made to persons who have been continuously employed in an academic teaching or administrative position for the previous 5 years with preference given to psychologists who have not had leave with outside support during that period. The maximum award is limited to the lesser of, half the recipient's salary for an academic year; an amount less than half salary that will bring the total of the university allowance plus the award up to the individual's normal academic year salary; or a maximum of $24,000. Deadline: 12/1/99. Contact: Gregory A. Kimble, Department of Psychology, Duke University; 919/660-5739; Kimble@psych.duke.edu; http://www.unc.edu/depts/quantpsy/cattappl.html.

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Ames Research Center--Unsolicited Proposals support research proposals in the following areas: Advanced Instrumentation; Advanced Life Support; Aeronautics; Aerothermal Materials and Structures; Aerothermodynamics; Aircraft Conceptual Design; Applied Computational Fluid Dynamics; Atmospheric Physics; Bioregenerative Life Support; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Computational Materials Science; Control Algorithm for Wind Tunnel Support Systems; Earth Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics; Ecosystem Science; Ecosystem Science and Technology; Engineering and Technical Services; Experimental Aerodynamics; Extravehicular Systems Research and Technology; Flight Research; High Speed Computer Architectures; Human Factors; Hypersonics; Infrared Astronomy and Astrophysics; Infrared Astronomy Projects and Technology Development; Neuroscience; Physical-Chemical Closed Loop Life Support; Planetary Biology; Planetary Science Rotary Wing Aeromechanics; Rotorcraft Technology; Scientific Visualization and Interactive Computer Graphics; Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence; Solar System Exploration; Space Biology; Space Physiology; Space Projects; Spacecraft Data Systems; Telecommunications; Theoretical Astrophysics; Turbulence Physics; Unsteady Viscous Flows; Wind Tunnel Automation; and Wind Tunnel Composite Applications. In general, the unsolicited approach is most appropriate for research of a fundamental nature which has potential for advancing the state of the art in a particular area, contributes to knowledge of a specific phenomenon, or provides fundamental advances in engineering or the sciences. Funding availability is greater during the start of the fiscal year, beginning October 1. Collaborative applications are acceptable. Proposers are encouraged to contact NASA technical personnel before extensive effort is expended in preparing a proposal. Proposals should be submitted 6 months in advance of the desired start date. Deadline: None. Contact: Ames Research Center, Contract Mgmt. Brch. for Ctr. Operations, Attn: Grants Officer, MS: 241-1, Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000; http://ec.msfc.nasa.gov/hq/library/library.html.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.


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