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University Letter

September 15, 2000

Volume 38 No. 3

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 3, September 15, 2000

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You're invited to take part in UND's Strategic Planning Process: www.und.edu/stratplan.



The role of liberal arts and higher education in the state were the main topics of discussion at Monday's panel discussion of the Higher Education Roundtable Report. Sen. David Nething, Jamestown, chaired the Interim Legislative Committee on Higher Education, and was part the panel which discussed the group's Roundtable Report, "A North Dakota University System for the 21st Century." Other Roundtable members on the panel were Board of Higher Education President Bill Isaacson, North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak, Dickinson businessman and Mayor Dennis Johnson, and President Charles Kupchella.

Each member of the panel made brief remarks about the report, which is available at www.ndus.edu. Following is a brief synopsis of the remarks.

SEN. NETHING discussed the germination of the project, saying that legislators felt it was time for an in-depth study of higher education, one that the entire Legislature could "buy into." "There was a feeling that whatever future North Dakota has for job development will depend on the institutions of higher education in the state, both the community colleges and the universities." If support could be broadened for higher education, he said, it could improve opportunities within the state.

Thus, the Roundtable was formed, composed of legislators, Board of Higher Education members, private sector participants, campus presidents, faculty and staff in higher education, members of the Executive branch of government, and tribal college representatives. The goal of the report was to identify expectations of the University System to meet needs, funding, and accountability. Sen. Nething emphasized that the University System is not a failure, and that the goal was to build on the good already inherent in the System. Only two issues were not to be discussed, he said. They were the closure of an institution, and budgets for individual institutions.

The report came to three conclusions:

1. The future is not necessarily an extension of the past;

2. All of North Dakota must benefit from a stronger economy;

3. The economy of North Dakota is linked to the North Dakota University System.

At the report's core, said Nething, is a plan for the 21st century, a clear set of expectations, and consensus among major entities.

CHANCELLOR ISAAK prefaced his remarks by emphasizing that the report focuses on a University System for the future, not the past. "It sets the tone for positive outcomes, a positive theme and tone for higher education," he said. "I believe it creates an environment for success." Isaak said the Roundtable members talked about North Dakota's future, and that the economic vitality of North Dakota is linked to the University System.

Isaak briefly discussed the six cornerstones of the report: economic development connection; education excellence; flexible and responsive system; accessible system; funding and rewards; and sustaining the vision. The report, which contains 92 specific recommendations, is "positive and future-oriented," Isaak said.

DENNIS JOHNSON'S remarks focused on the connection to economic development. He began by discussing the Vision 2000 Committee, formed by the Greater North Dakota Association in the late 1980s. The committee, of which he was a member, concluded that the North Dakota economy was at risk; was too dependent on agriculture, energy, and the federal government; and that it needed to diversify. Today, Johnson said, "North Dakota has made economic progress," and doesn't have as much economic risk as 10 years ago. "But we're far from achieving economic stability." A quality University System depends on a strong economy, he said, but "without the University System, North Dakota won't prosper." By the same token, he added that unless the state economy grows, the System will remain underfunded.

The Roundtable determined that the System has a major role in attracting businesses. "Technology has become a basic skill . . . and there's a need for continuing education to keep current." But, he added, "we don't overlook the value of a liberal arts education. This enhances the ability to think, communicate, and to become good citizens and leaders." Johnson said the report also emphasizes entrepreneurship. "We'll be more successful growing our businesses than recruiting them," he said, adding he'd like to see more spin-offs from institutions.

BOARD PRESIDENT ISAACSON discussed what the Board has done with the Roundtable Report. "We believe that this document, . . . better than any other document, embodies the vision of the higher education system for the 21st century," he said. The Board has unanimously endorsed the report, he said, and there are nine objectives for the Board. They are: fiscal and performance accountability; review and removal of barriers for presidents; proposing a long-term financing plan for the System; resource allocation; development of intellectual capacity and programs aligned with the needs of the state; convening with Economic Development and Finance for a two-day summit on research and development; developing a report on distance education; sustaining the vision; developing a needs-based budget; and self-assessment.

PRESIDENT KUPCHELLA'S portion of the program discussed what the campuses will be asked to do. "Of some 90 recommendations, 50 are pointed at the campuses," he said. He noted that those recommendations can be condensed to just six. Of those, he said, "Quality is job one. We prepare student for success and career changes. This report is an endorsement of liberal arts education."

President Kupchella summarized what campuses need to do:

Continue to do what we have been doing well

Collaborate with one another and with other organizations

Establish/strengthen centers of excellence, niche programs (focus/don't try to do everything and anything)

Improve access via technology and in other ways

Encourage entrepreneurial thinking and doing

Address even more directly the social welfare, economic development, quality of life needs of North Dakota and the upper Midwest

Give students experiential learning opportunities

Develop assessment/accountability mechanisms - demonstrate excellence

Globalize the curriculum/campus

President Kupchella said that at UND, the University would, through the Strategic Planning process, address all of the above.

The Panel then took questions from the audience:

-- "President Kupchella was the first to say the past is relevant," said Don Poochigian, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, who added that the document is clearly not about the liberal arts but is focused on economic development. President Kupchella said that the campuses will continue to do what they do well, including teaching liberal arts. Sen. Nething added that early in the Roundtable discussion, they made a commitment to continue with a strong liberal arts system. "We treated it as a given," he said. "Liberal arts is the only field mentioned by name in the report."

"I see the report as a great opportunity for our University," commented Bill Sheridan, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Biology, "and I hope the faculty embrace it. It provides a vision for the future." But, he added, he didn't see any mechanisms for funding the changes, and thought the greatest opportunity could be a move from micro managing to giving the campuses more flexibility.

- Legislative candidate Linda Christianson said that in reviewing the report, one section called for "identifying rigorous course and learner outcomes, and demonstrating those outcomes." She asked how this would affect academic freedom while still giving increased flexibility. Chancellor Isaak responded, "This is a positive statement." Campuses can demonstrate the success they're having, and can measure levels and trends against national examples, he said. "Our students do well . . . and this gives us the opportunity to talk about good things. We need to be more effective in communicating our successes." President Kupchella said, "Teaching should have a point to it. Assessment is a centerpiece of accreditation." We need to measure the outcomes we're trying to achieve, he said. Sen. Nething added that specific phrase appeared in his summary. "It's important to read all comments," he said. "We'll be successful if each one occurs." He added that this document would give campuses the flexibility to function. "It's not the Legislature's job to meddle on campus. This document will unleash talent on the campuses."

-- In response to a question regarding implementation costs, Sen. Nething said the committee did not deal with budgets. He added that he'd like to see the Legislature move away from line item budgets to block grant budgets, giving flexibility to campuses.

Final comments were made by Mr. Isaacson, who said, "Liberal arts is a given in the report, but probably not highlighted enough." Liberal arts ensures that students get jobs, he said, but we also need to increase entrepreneurship. "States that are growing are doing so because of entrepreneurship," he said.

"We can all find parts of the report we'd debate," said Chancellor Isaak, "but don't throw it out. This is an opportunity for UND and the campuses, and we haven't seen this in a while." The report, he said, recognizes the capacity of the University System to make North Dakota competitive. He asked the audience to look at the report in its full context. "Let's celebrate our past successes, and know that we have opportunity for the future."

President Kupchella said that there's nothing in the report that doesn't allow for integration into the liberal arts mission. "I feel an obligation to the taxpayers of North Dakota," he said, noting that per $1,000 in personal income, North Dakota is third in support for higher education. "Things tie together. The University can't prosper if the state doesn't. The state can't prosper without higher education. I want to lead the University in doing our part."

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Richard Landry has been named a Rose Isabelle Kelly Fischer Professor of Education and Human Development. It is one of a small number of endowed professorships at UND.

The endowment enables a Rose Isabelle Kelly Fischer Professor to be named each year from the Education faculty at UND. The professorship recognizes faculty who are active in teaching and scholarship and have direct implications for work in early childhood, elementary, middle level, or secondary education. The professorship supports research by the named faculty member, who will present a Rose Isabelle Kelly Fischer lecture in the second year of the two-year appointment. Mary Lou Fuller continues in her second year as a Fischer professor.

Landry, who joined the UND faculty in 1960, is a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, the highest honor bestowed on a member of the UND faculty. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oblate College and Seminary, along with the M.Ed. and the Ph.D. from Boston College. Landry is the recipient of the Burlington Northern Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research, and is known in the region for his work as a program evaluator. Landry is an active member of the American Educational Research Association, the American Evaluation Association, and the National Rural Educational Association. He has been involved with Harvard University in the evaluation of the Annenberg Rural Challenge and will pursue this area of research through the endowed chair.

The Fischer Professorship in Education was endowed by Bernadine Fischer Greenwood, formerly of Seattle, Wash., to honor her mother, Rose Isabelle Kelly Fischer, a native of River Falls, Wis. Kelly, who attended St. James Academy in Grand Forks, taught in area schools for eight years before marrying Ernest H.A. Fischer, a farmer and general store manager near what is now Kelly Slough.

Greenwood, who endowed the Rose Isabelle Kelly Fischer Professorship, graduated from Central High School in 1929 and attended UND until 1930. She was then employed at UND as a secretary for the Dean of the College of Education. In 1933, she moved to Seattle, Wash., where she married Edward Milburn Greenwood in 1996. Greenwood was also involved in real estate development. She died in 1998.

-- Dan Rice, Dean, College of Education and Human Development.




The Biomedical Science Seminar Series will take place on Fridays at 1 p.m. in Room 5510 of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

On Friday, Sept. 15, Roger Melvold (Microbiology and Immunology) will discuss "From Scribes to Scholars - the Origins of Universities."

Friday, Sept. 22, Carl Waltenbaugh will discuss "Wine, Women, and Immunology." Excessive alcohol consumption causes a wide variety of health-related problems. Among alcohol's physiological effects are alterations in both innate and adaptive immune responses, which are manifested as increased frequency and severity of infections. In alcohol-consuming individuals, both cell- mediated and humoral immune responses are affected. Both in humans and in mouse models of human alcoholism, cell-mediated immunity is impaired, while antibody responses are unimpaired and are, in fact, often enhanced in alcohol-consuming individuals. Dr. Waltenbaugh is exploring the effect of alcohol on specific immune responses and the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms involved. He has found that alcohol acts directly upon antigen presenting cells (dendritic cells, macrophages and B cells), which direct the immune response away from a Th1 (cell mediated) and toward a Th2 (humoral) immune response. This immune deviation correlates with the redox status of the antigen-presenting cell. Finally, by restoring the physiological redox state, he has been able to repair the immunological imbalance seen in alcohol consuming individuals.

-- Jon Jackson, Anatomy and Cell Biology.



Those interested in learning more about how to apply for medical school are invited to attend the annual Pre-Med Day Saturday, Sept. 16, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Karl Christian Wold, M.D., Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, the south addition of the school. The day-long event is free, but participants are asked to pre-register with the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, 777-2840.

Kim Ruit, pre-medical advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences, will discuss the pre-med curriculum at UND. Richard Vari, Assistant Dean for Science in Medicine Education, will explain the school's "renewed" medical curriculum, and a panel of local physicians will talk about their work and lives and answer questions. An overview of the admissions process will be presented by Associate Dean Judy DeMers, while a mock interview will give participants an opportunity to preview the admissions process. Tours of the Medical School's facilities will be available at the conclusion of the program.

Organized by the SMHS Student Council and Undergraduate Medical Association, the event is intended for people who are considering applying, or have applied, to medical school and need more specific information on the admissions process.

-- School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Sept. 18, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Continued discussion on a request by the College of Education and Human Development to offer a cohort doctoral program in Teaching and Learning: Higher Education at Bismarck

2. Consideration of a proposal for a Ph.D. degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders

3. Graduate Faculty Nominations

4. Procedures for Strategic Planning

5. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold an open house and seminar Monday, Sept. 18, to announce the opening of The Imaging Center, a core resource available for confocal microscopy and digital imaging applications to research and teaching.

The seminar from noon to 1 p.m. is titled "Confocal Microscopy, Digital Imaging and Its Application to the Basic Sciences" and will be delivered by Ken Kilby and Steve Ricchio, representatives of Leeds Precision Instruments, Inc., Minneapolis. The seminar will be held in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Also, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, an open house will be held in The Imaging Center, Room B907 in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in which the new confocal microscope and other digital imaging equipment will be demonstrated. The representatives from Leeds and departmental faculty will discuss informally their applications of the new instrumentation.

Refreshments will be served; all interested faculty, staff and students are welcome.

-- Kenneth Ruit, Anatomy and Cell Biology.



State Employee Recognition Week is set for Sept. 18-22. Following is a schedule of events:

Monday, Sept. 18, Golf Night, two or four person scramble, Ray Richards Golf Course, 4 to 7 p.m.; RSVP 777-4340, $6 in advance or $7 at the golf course, includes golf, pop, chips, and hot dog. "Thanks for Keeping U2 A Float," Memorial Union Patio or Sioux room if it rains, 2 to 3:30 p.m., root beer floats and door prizes.

Tuesday, Sept. 19, Hot Dog Lunch, behind the Memorial Union, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., $1 includes hot dog, ice cream, chips, and pop.

Wednesday, Sept. 20, Benefits Fair, South Side Ballroom, Memorial Union, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wellness Expo, South Side Ballroom, Memorial Union, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 21, Ice Cream Social, Ballroom, Memorial Union, 2 to 3:30 p.m., with door prizes. Night Staff Appreciation, Ballroom, Memorial Union, 6 to 7 a.m., rolls and coffee and door prizes.

Friday, Sept. 22, Meet The Candidates Running For Governor of North Dakota, Ballroom, Memorial Union, noon to 1:30 p.m., free box lunch to the first 50 people. Years of Service Color Day, one to five years, black; six to 10 years, blue; 11 to 15 years, white; 16 to 20 years, purple; 21 to 25 years, green; and 25 plus years, red.

-- Jerry Severson (TRIO Programs), for State Employee Recognition Week.



The schedule for the Myers Gallery at the Hughes Fine Arts Center follows:

Sept. 18-28, Dan Jones, paintings, Fargo; Oct. 2-13, Faculty Biennial - Art Department; Oct. 16-26, Bryan Walls, Bachelor of Fine Arts, paintings and prints; Oct. 30-Nov. 9, Michelle Lindblom, Master of Fine Arts, paintings, prints; Nov. 13-23, Casey Opstad, Bachelor of Fine Arts, paintings, prints; Nov. 29-Dec. 15, Mark Mitchell, Master of Fine Arts, paintings; Jan. 8-25, Zhimin Guan, paintings, Moorhead; Jan. 29-Feb. 15, High School Art Show; Feb. 19-March 8, Aija Svenne, Master of Fine Arts, drawings; March 19-29, Nicole Fuhrmann, Bachelor of Fine Arts, drawings; April 2-12, Deann Gjerswold, Bachelor of Fine Arts, paintings; April 16-26, Eric Johnson, Master of Fine Arts, prints; and Juliana Sanchez, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Anna Mae Fan Room).

Please note that the above schedule may be subject to change. For further information contact me.

-- Brian Paulsen, Visual Arts, 777-2906.



The Leadership Inspiration Center is sponsoring a Leadership Workshop Series, with sessions designed to help students explore leadership and develop an understanding of themselves. Workshops are held Mondays on the third floor of the Memorial Union at 3 p.m. Sept. 18 through Oct. 30.

Sept. 18, "Be Proactive," John Marshall, attorney and community leader.

Sept. 25, "Begin with the End in Mind," Vera Uyehara, President of Quantum-Itch; Founder and Former Director of Dakota Science Center.

Oct. 2, "Put First Things First," Tony Trimarco, Project Planner, UND Workforce Development.

Oct. 9, "Think Win/Win," William Dougan, Associate Professor, Management; Director of Entrepreneurship/College of Business and Public Administration.

Oct. 16, "Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood," Kris Compton, Senior Management, First National Bank.

Oct. 23, "Synergize," Jeanne Anderegg, Honors Program Coordinator.

Oct. 30, "Sharpen the Saw," Don Lemon, Professor of Educational Leadership.

The Workshop Series is based on "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any part of the series. Certificates will be presented at the final session to those who have attended all sessions. The series is offered free of charge and pre-registration is not necessary. For more information contact me.

-- Cynthia Thompson, Leadership Coordinator, Memorial Union, 777-4076.



Community Music will offer a two-session adult class on Handel's "Messiah." During these two sessions, Christopher Anderson (Music) will explore the phenomenon of George Frederic Handel's oratorio "Messiah." The class will study the 18th-century culture into which this music was born and consider its "evolution" through the 19th and 20th centuries. How has the societal context of "Messiah" changed? How do its various performances today differ from those of 50, 100, or 200 years ago? Two objectives of the class are to sharpen listening skills and provide fresh perspectives on a timeless work of art. The class will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. in 248 Hughes Fine Arts Center on Tuesdays, Sept. 19, and 26.

Community Music still has openings for its children's classes in Musiktanz, piano, and voice. Adults and children may also sign up for private lessons in piano, voice, organ, and harpsichord. For more information call the music department at 777-2830 or 777-2644, or visit the web site at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/commusic.

-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.



The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band Clarinet Quartet will present a free concert Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. A chamber ensemble composed of musicians from the Concert Band, the Clarinet Quartet performs for military as well as civilian audiences in a number of different settings around the community. Part of their mission is to aid recruiting by performing in schools and universities, often sharing their expertise with the music students in master classes. Through these performances, the Clarinet Quartet promotes public relations and cultural outreach. The group's repertoire spans a diverse range of musical styles and idioms, and includes commissioned works by American composers and original arrangements by members of the Quartet. Members of the Clarinet Quartet are Technical Sergeant David Garcia, Senior Airman Martha Garcia, Senior Airman Nicole Morizio and Airman First Class Kimberly Ritchard.

For information, please contact me at elizabeth_rheude@und.nodak.edu or 777-2823.

Elizabeth Rheude, Associate Professor of Clarinet.



The North Dakota Interactive Video Network (IVN) is celebrating its 10th anniversary. In order to celebrate past achievements and promote the future use of technology in North Dakota, IVN is planning monthly cyber seminars on the network during the 2000- 2001 school year.

The first cyber seminar is set for Thursday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. CT in IVN classroom, 130 Gamble Hall. U.S. Sen. Byron Dorgan and North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak are scheduled to speak. Sen. Dorgan will discuss the current status and future challenges of developing technology in rural states like North Dakota, while Chancellor Isaak will focus his remarks on the continued development of technologies for distance education in the state. The event is open to the public.

Future "IVN is 10" cyber seminars will include the role of North Dakota in U.S. Strategic Defense, the use of teletechnologies in telemedicine, and more. The cyber seminars will be conducted on the third Thursday of each month through the month of May.

For more information, please contact the IVN office at 777-6486.

-- Jerry Rostad, IVN.



Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a live satellite broadcast on "Intellectual Property Issues for Research Administrators," from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Participants should bring a sack lunch, as the lunch break will be brief.

The program will be presented by the National Council of University Research Administrators, in cooperation with the Association of University Technology Managers. A faculty of experienced university administrators will focus on intellectual property issues that research administrators regularly face when reviewing research proposals or negotiating research grants and contracts.

Faculty and staff researchers and others are welcome to attend and learn more about problems with intellectual property contract terms, alternative solutions, and the consequences for the researcher and the institution with the terms. No registration is required.

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



The September meeting of the UND Retired Faculty will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Tabula in the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. The principal topic will be the appropriate role of the Legislature in North Dakota higher education. All retired faculty are welcome to attend and participate.

-- Lloyd Omdahl, Economics and Public Affairs.



The International Centre will hold Middle East Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room, International centre, 2908 University Avenue. The event is free and open to all.

-- International Centre.



As part of State Employees Recognition Week we invite you to attend the "Meet the Candidates Forum" in the Ballroom Friday, Sept. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Gubernatorial candidates Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven will be there to talk about the issues. Time will be allotted at the end for questions and answers. This is not a debate; it is strictly an information forum. Bring a friend. See flyer for other events during the week of Sept. 18-22, State Employees Recognition Week. The event is sponsored by Staff Senate and COSE.

-- Marsha Nelson (Memorial Union), Staff Senate President.



The North Dakota Museum of Art's Concert Series offers an extraordinary caliber of chamber music rarely performed within the area. Musicians who have appeared at major metropolitan centers throughout the world form the line-up for this season's performances. We look forward to sharing these delightful events with you.

Five concerts will be held on Sunday afternoons throughout the season at 2 p.m. in the Museum galleries where you may peruse the current art exhibitions while attending the concerts. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Sept. 24, Timothy Fain, violin: First Prize winner in the 1999 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, the 1999 Barenreiter Prize for the Best Historical Performance for Strings, and the 1999 Mexico City Philharmonic Prize.

Nov. 5, Vienna Piano Trio: Founded in 1988, the Trio has become one of the world's leading ensembles of violin, cello and piano.

Jan. 21, Christopher O'Riley, piano: In addition to a busy touring career, O'Riley is host for National Public Radio's "From the Top."

Feb. 25, Cavani String Quartet: Winner of the 1989 Naumberg Award. Long-time Quartet in Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

March 25, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet: "music just good enough to eat . . . a wonderful ensemble." - Bill McGlaughlin, St. Paul Sunday Morning.

Season tickets are $50 for Museum members or $60 for non-members. Sponsorships are available at $100 each (one sponsorship includes one season ticket). General admission at the door is $12 for Museum members, $15 for non-members, students $5, and children middle school age and younger are admitted at no charge.

The North Dakota Museum of Art Concert Series is supported in part by a grant from the Myra Foundation, with additional funding from the Heartland Arts Fund, a collaborative project between Arts Midwest, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and by individuals who choose to become sponsors of the series.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. weekends. For further information, phone 777-419. You may visit our web site at www.ndmoa.com . Our e-mail address is ndmuseum@infi.net

-- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Dialogue on Race and Gender Week, sponsored by Multicultural Student Services and Student Government, will be held Sept. 25-29. The schedule of events follows:

Monday, Sept. 25, 1:30 p.m., panel discussion on the "Fighting Sioux" name and logo with the UND campus community, Sioux Room, Memorial Union.

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1:30 p.m., Dr. Steven Light and Prof. Kathryn Rand, "Race and Gender Wars in America," Sioux Room, Memorial Union.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, noon, video seminar on sexual misconduct, River Valley Room, Memorial Union (space is limited so please RSVP your desire to attend by Sept. 20 by calling 777-4823).

Thursday, Sept. 28, 3 p.m., panel discussion on race and gender in America with MC Diop as moderator. Panelists include Dr. Raymond Hicks, Prof. Kathryn Rand, Dr. Steven Light, Sgt. Luis Brito, Joshua Hochgraber, Berly Nelson, and Kristy Berger, Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.

Friday, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m., open discussion on "The Future of Race," with Dr. Raymond Hicks as guest speaker, International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

For further information, contact me.

-- MC Diop, Multicultural Student Services, 777-4823.



"The Education of a Physician...Promises to Keep" will be the first talk in the 2000-01 Faculty Lecture Series. H. David Wilson, Dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will deliver the talk Tuesday, Sept. 26, in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. A reception starts at 4 p.m., and the lecture starts at 4:30 p.m. A question and answer period will follow the lecture.

Wilson is a pediatrician with special training in infectious diseases. A native of southern Illinois, he is a graduate of Wabash College in Indiana and received his M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He received his specialty training for infectious diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. His academic career began at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine where he practiced for 22 years. In that time, he became full professor of pediatrics, vice chair of pediatrics, director of admissions and associate dean for academic affairs.

Wilson has received many awards including the American Medical Student Association "Golden Apple Teaching Award" three times, and the Warren E. Wheeler Teaching Award from the pediatric house officers. He was also given the "Great Teacher Award" from the University of Kentucky, and the Educational Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field of medical education from the Kentucky Medical Association.

Wilson has written several articles and book chapters; his interests are in professionalism, end of life care, and the use of technology to enhance all aspects of medical education from undergraduate to continuing education.

Here is a look at the upcoming faculty lectures for this series:

Each event will start with a 4 p.m. reception and will be followed by a 4:30 p.m. lecture. A question and answer period will follow each presentation. All upcoming lectures will be held at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Tuesday, Oct. 24, "Why We Should Be Concerned About Climate Change" Will Gosnold, Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering.

Tuesday, Nov. 28, "Civic Music and Its Institutions in Bergamo, Italy (1300-1600),"

-- Gary Towne, Associate Professor and Chair of Music.



The Office of International Programs (OIP) will hold its annual Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, Sept. 21, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Representatives from our Norway-UND exchange program as well as representives from International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and Butler: Institute for Study Abroad will be there to answer questions. Come learn about study abroad opportunities at UND and speak directly with past study abroad participants. A backpack and complete raingear, donated by Cabela's are to be raffled at the end of the fair. For more information, contact the OIP at 777-4231.

-- Daniel O'Brien, Study Abroad Coordinator.



Dr. Raymond Hicks, former president of Grambling State University, will speak at the following locations and meet with the following groups:

Thursday, Sept. 28, 3 p.m., panel discussion on "Race in America," Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, hosted by UND Student Government and Multicultural Student Services.

Friday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m., a discussion with the College of Education and Human Development faculty and staff on "Educating our Future," Education Building; 10:30 a.m., an informal discussion on "Diversity at UND" with the former President's Advisory Council on Diversity; 1:30 p.m., an open discussion on the "Future of Race in America," International Centre, 2908 University Ave.

Monday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m., "Multiculturalism at UND" with the former Multicultural Student Services Advisory/Planning Group, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave.; noon, students and staff of color will host an informal luncheon with Dr. Hicks, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave.

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., "How to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Faculty, Staff, and Students of Color at UND," River Valley Room, Memorial Union; noon, UNDELA will host a brown bag lunch discussion with Dr. Hicks, Room 203, Education Building.

The events are sponsored by Multicultural Student Services, Housing, College of Education and Human Development, the Provost's Office, and UNDELA. For additional information, contact me.

-- MC Diop, Multicultural Student Services, 777-4823.



The Department of English will hold its Writers Conference in Children's Literature Saturday, Sept. 30, from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in the Memorial Union.

This year's conference features four guest faculty:

Franny Billingsley is retired from her law practice, and as the book buyer for an independent bookstore, she now writes full time. "Well Wished," her first book for middle-school readers, has won several awards including SLJ Best Book, one of Booklist's Top Ten First Novels for Youth, and an SLJ Sleeper: 100 Books Too Good to Miss. "The Folk Keeper," another novel, has also won several awards including the Horn Book/Boston Globe Award. Billingsley will speak at 9:30 a.m. about the connection between character and plot.

Steven Malk has been around children's literature all his life. After working for his mother's bookstore for six years, Malk opened a West Coast office for Writers House, a literary agency based in New York. Some of his authors include Franny Billingsley, Jon Scieszka, Nancy Farmer, and Elise Primavera. Malk will speak at 10:30 a.m. about being a literary agent.

Wendy Lamb is the executive director of Random House Children's Books Group and the Delacorte Press. For editorial excellence in children's books, Lamb was awarded the Tenth Annual LMP Award. Some of her authors include Gary Paulsen, Patricia Reilly Giff, and Christopher Paul Curtis. Lamb will speak at 1:45 p.m. regarding advice for writers.

Sheryl Peterson, International Falls, Minn., is last year's Emily Award Winner, which is given to writers who show the most promise in the area of children's writing. Peterson will speak during a faculty forum about her new book, "Write Me If You Dare," at 1:45 p.m., and at 4 p.m. she will share her reflections about winning the Emily Award.

Registration fees are $60 for members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and $65 for others. This will include lunch. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the Memorial Union.

To register or for further information, please contact the Department of English at 777-3321 or 777-3984. Sponsors of the Writers Conference are the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, UND Foundation, RoadKing Inn, UND Barnes & Noble Bookstore, Chester Fritz Library, and the Department of English.

-- Department of English.



University of North Dakota's Memorial Union is sponsoring the Sixth Annual Student Leadership Conference Sunday, Oct. 1, on the second floor of the Memorial Union. The leadership conference offers a variety of topics to help increase students leadership potential. The conference is open to everyone, but is geared toward students, organizations, and advisors. For more information contact Cynthia Thompson at 777-4076.

Following is the schedule of events:

12:30 p.m., check-in and registration; 1 p.m., welcome and opening sessions; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., First Session: "Running Effective Meetings," Renee Bourdeaux; "Leadership for Life: Making It Principle-Centered," Cynthia Thompson; "Leading with Enthusiasm: Building an Enthusiastic Organization," Dane Foy. 2:30 to 3:20 p.m., Second Session: "Programming 101: It's All About Planning," Matt Brown; "Back to Basics: Running an Organization Effectively," Susan Johnson; "Group Dynamics," Tom Fuchs. 3:30 to 4:20 p.m., Third Session: "Technology in Student Organizations," Hilary Bertsch; "Turning Experiences into Jobs," C.K. Braun; "Fundraising Skills," Alumni Association. 4:30 p.m., closing reception.

-- Cynthia Thompson, Leadership Coordinator, Memorial Union.



The University Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 5, 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. 21. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

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



The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in 305 Twamley Hall, to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Sept. 26. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting.

-- William Becker (Surgery) and Peg Mohr (Physical Therapy), Co-Chairs, Institutional Review Board.



The Department of Social Work will hold a seminar on "Building Resiliency In Individuals and Communities" Friday, Oct. 6. CEUs are available.

Resiliency is often seen as an ability to bounce back or recover. Unfortunately, the concept is usually viewed as an innate characteristic of an individual. This view taps into deeply held values propagated by the American dream, the Horatio Alger legend and the "cult of individualism" so prevalent in this modern world. Though many persons do have certain psychological, emotional, or intellectual traits that make it easier for them to bounce back, it is equally true that resiliency occurs in a context of family, group, neighborhood, and community. Through the use of didactic presentations, small group activities, and experiential work, this day-long conference will explore the nature of resilience and how workers may strengthen the resiliency of the persons they serve. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of group work with vulnerable populations. Participants will be encouraged to share their case materials as we work together to deepen our understanding of how to increase the adaptive capacities of individuals, families, and groups.

Timothy Kelly is group work specialist and faculty member with the School of Social Work at Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla. He is a nationally renowned speaker on the topic of resiliency and is the author of the forthcoming book, "Strengthening Resilience Through Group Work."

The seminar will be held at the Ramada Inn, Jct I-29 and Hwy 2 West. Registration is $50 per person (includes lunch), and $10 for students. Pre-registration by Oct. 1 is appreciated. Checks should be sent to the following address: Beverly Blegen, Department of Social Work, PO Box 7135, Grand Forks ND 58202-7135.

E-mail, beverly_blegen@mail.und.nodak.edu; phone, 777-3774; Fax, 777-4257. This workshop is approved for a total of five contact hours for North Dakota Licensed Social Workers. Current UND approved field instructors receive one complimentary registration.

-- Bill Bray, Social Work.




Randy Lee (School of Law) was elected chair and Susan Jeno (Physical Therapy) was elected vice chair of University Senate for 2000-01 at its regular monthly meeting Sept. 7. They succeed John Bridewell (Aviation) and David Perry (Social Work), who had been chair and vice-chair, respectively, since December 1999 after a special election when the original chair (Dan Rice, Educational Leadership) surrendered that position when he was named interim dean of the College of Education and Human Resources. Bridewell had originally been vice chair for 1999-00.

In other voting, Glenda Lindseth (Nursing) was elected to a two-year term and Thomas Petros (Psychology) was elected to a one- year term as faculty representatives on the Senate Executive Committee. Kristy Berger was elected to a one-year term as student representative to the Senate Executive Committee.

Douglas Munski (Geography) and Candace Zierdt (School of Law) were elected to two-year terms on the Committee on Committees.

-- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.



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 by Monday, Sept. 18.

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 undergrad 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.



Thomas Schellinger has been named Vice President of Airline Programs at the Aerospace Foundation, a public, non-profit corporation that serves as a link between industry and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Schellinger brings with him a wealth of experience from the aviation industry. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Duluth in 1960 with a degree in Business and Economics, he began his pilot training at Williams Air Force Base in Arizona. He spent five years in the Untied States Air Force as a pilot. He joined Northwest Airlines in 1966, earned his airline transport rating and served as pilot-in-command on a number of aircraft. While at Northwest, Schellinger held several management positions, including manager of B-727 pilot training, system chief pilot, director of pilot and instructor standards, and vice president of pilot training for the Northwest Aerospace Training corporation (NATCO). He has acted as an adjunct instructor, teaching airline management courses at UND and St. Cloud State University.

Schellinger, who is retired from Northwest Airlines, will be responsible for the oversight of all contract training at UND. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.



The Fly America Act (49 U.S.C. Section 40118) requires government-financed air transportation to be provided by air carriers holding certificates of public convenience and necessity as U.S.-flag air carriers. This requirement is applicable to all federal and federal flow through grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, for either domestic or international travel.

If you are planning on any travel or are making arrangements for someone to travel on a grant, cooperative agreement or contract, the Fly America Act may be applicable to the arrangements. It is important to note this will have a direct effect on international travel but may also create problems for domestic travel.

The Comptroller General issued a decision regarding the Code Sharing (Airline Alliances) of flights by U.S. and foreign flag carriers utilizing the equipment of the foreign flag carrier. If a U.S. flag air carrier has an arrangement to provide passenger service in international air transportation on the aircraft of a foreign air carrier under a "code-share" arrangement with a foreign air carrier this could meet the requirements of the Fly America Act. The key to meeting the requirements appears to be whether the ticket is purchased through the U.S. air carrier. If the ticket is issued through the U.S. air carrier it would be eligible for reimbursement, however if the ticket were issued by a foreign air carrier, even under a code sharing arrangement, the ticket may not be eligible for reimbursement on a federal grant, cooperative agreement or contract. Caution in making arrangements for foreign travel is warranted.

Please contact Grants and Contracts Administration if you have any questions or are planning any international travel as soon as possible.

-- David Schmidt, Manager, Grants and Contracts Administration, 777-4151.



Student Health Service will be sponsoring a number of flu immunization clinics at several locations on campus later this fall. There is a problem with the actual manufacturing of the vaccine this year, and the delivery of the vaccine may be delayed, therefore no specific dates will be publicized at this time. However, a schedule with a contingency plan is in place for mobilization once a delivery date is determined. Schedules for these clinics will be widely publicized when information is complete. Please be watchful for these news releases hopefully by late September or early October.

-- Corinne Nelson, Student Health Services.



Please register by calling Staci at the U2 office, 777-2128, or use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu for the following workshops. All computer classes will be held in 361 Upson II Hall.

Word 00 Level I, Sept 18 and 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon;

E-mail Using Mulberry, Sept 19, 1:30 to 3 p.m.;

Leadership Styles at Work and Home, Sept 19, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union;

Legal Issues in Supervision, Sept 20, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union;

Excel 00 Level I, Sept 20 and 21, 8:30 a.m. to noon;

Exploring the Web Using Netscape, Sept 22, 8:30 to 10 a.m.;

Access 00 Level II, Sept 25, 27, and 29, 8:30 to 11 a.m.;

GroupWise, Sept 26, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;

How to Deal with Difficult People, Sept 26, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union;

Power Point 00 Level I, Sept 26 and 28, 1 to 4:30 p.m.;

Mainframe Computer Usage and Printouts, Sept 27, 1 to 3 p.m., 361 Upson II Hall;

GroupWise Intermediate, Sept 28, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;

Word 00 Level II, October 2 and 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon.

To recognize the many ways UND employees contribute to the U2 program, we invite you to enjoy a root beer float and register for door prizes Monday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union patio area. U2 staff members will serve up the floats and give away two $25 gift certificates to be used toward U2 class fees. Sugar-free root beer will also be available.

-- Staci Matheny, University Within the University.




North Dakota EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) is soliciting faculty members in the science, engineering, and mathematics departments at UND and NDSU, to provide guidance and mentoring to the next generation of researchers. Mentoring opportunities are available in conjunction with three EPSCoR sponsored programs.

* Science Bound targets graduating high school students who show an interest in the science, engineering, and mathematics fields. Students work on original research projects with the mentor.

* Advanced Undergraduate Research Awards (AURA) provide summer undergraduate research opportunities.

* Faculty Laboratory And Research Experience program encourages collaboration between NDSU and UND researchers and the fauclty of the North Dakota comprehensive and liberal arts colleges and universities.

Faculty are invited to register their research topics on the ND EPSCoR web page at http://www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor/science_outreach by Sept. 29. For more information contact David Givers at (701) 231-7516 or David_Givers@ndsu.nodak.edu

-- David Givers, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, Fargo.



Effective Oct. 1, all proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF) must be submitted through their electronic submission process, Fastlane. While Fastlane submission has been a requirement for most directorates for months, or even years, paper submission has been allowed in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in the Education and Human Resources Directorates. Effective Oct. 1, paper copies will no longer be accepted in those directorates.

Investigators must be registered users to prepare a proposal on Fastlane. Those faculty/staff who have not registered should contact Annette Viergutz in ORPD, 777-4278 or annette_viergutz@mail.und.nodak.edu, for instructions. In its push for electronic submission, NSF has also stopped providing proposal forms and many other documents in paper format. ORPD has a limited number of form booklets, as well as the Grant Proposal Guide, if investigators would like hard copies of these documents for reference. Please call ORPD at 777-4278 with your requests.

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



Faculty and research staff submitting proposals to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for projects that use human subjects will be required to describe their education and training in the protection of human subjects in research. This requirement applies to all proposals, competing renewal applications, and non-competing renewals effective Oct. 1. It also includes projects currently under review and scheduled to be awarded after Oct. 1.

Investigators must provide a description of education completed in the protection of human subjects for each individual identified as "key personnel" in the proposed research. Key personnel include all individuals responsible for the design and conduct of the study. The description of education will be submitted in a cover letter that accompanies the description of Other Support, IRB approval, and other information in accordance with Just-in-Time procedures.

Non-competing renewal applications for grants or annual reports for research and development contracts that involves human subjects research must also include a description of such education in their annual progress reports.

The announcement is a response to heightened attention on the protection of research subjects resulting from the suspension of research programs at a number of institutions for violations of established safeguards. The federal system for protection has implemented changes to increase emphasis on research integrity, including renaming and elevating the Office for the Protection from Research Risks (OPRR) from its former place at NIH to the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Department of Health and Human Services. More changes are expected.

UND is examining its policies related to the protection of research subjects and developing options to meet the educational requirement recently announced by NIH. Researchers using human subjects in their research may obtain additional information on the educational requirements from the NIH web site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/news.htm. Questions concerning UND's response to this requirement should be directed to Carl Fox at 777-4280 or Sally Eckert-Tilotta at 777-2049.

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



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


The AHA and its Affiliates support research activities broadly related to cardiovascular function and diseases, strokes, bioengineering/biotechnology, and public health problems. Both basic science and clinical activities are supported. Applications are invited for the following programs:

Predoctoral Fellowships provide 1-2 years of support (with an optional third year) for students beginning training in research in the areas described above; $14,000 salary with $4,000 additional support is provided per year.

Postdoctoral Fellowships are designed to assist recent graduates in initiating a career in cardiovascular and stroke research. A maximum of 3 years of support is available.

Beginning Grant-in-Aid Awards promote the independent status of beginning scientists. Recipients must be full-time faculty or staff. Awards are $40,000/year for 2 years.

Scientist Development Grants help promising beginning scientists move from completion of research training to the status of independent investigators. Up to 4 years support at $70,000/year is available. Recipient eligibility has recently been expanded to include U.S. citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals with a H1B, J1, O1, TC or TN visa.

The Grant-in-Aid Program supports established independent investigators in the pursuit of the most innovative and meritorious research. Awards are $50,000/year for 2 years.

Deadlines: 11/21/00 (Grant-in-Aid), 11/20/00 (all other programs). Contact: 214/706-1457; http://www.americanheart.org/research/; affil@heart.org.

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Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences promote excellence in biomedical research by supporting training in fundamental research in the following fields: biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, biostatistics, cell biology, developmental biology, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, mathematical and computational biology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, structural biology, and virology. At least 80 fellowships are expected to be awarded. Applicants must be at or near the beginning of their graduate study toward a Ph.D. The stipend is $18,000/year for 5 years, with an additional $16,000/year support. Deadline: 11/8/00. Contact: 202/334-2872; national-academies.org/osep/fo; infofell@nas.edu.

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Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students pursuing research-based master's or doctoral degrees in areas supported by NSF in physical science, engineering, life science, behavioral and social science, and mathematics. Fellowships are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study, and provide support for 3 years. Applicants should download guidelines at http://www.nsf.gov/grfp. Deadline: 11/7/00. Contact: 865/241-4300; nsfgrfp@orau.gov; http://www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm.

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The National Museum of the American Indian--Internship Program provides support for Native American students and scholars, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate programs, to pursue directed-research projects using the Institution's Native American-related resources. Stipends are $300 per week for 10-week periods, with an additional travel allowance. Deadlines: 10/1/00 (Winter/Spring internships); 2/1/01 (Summer internships); 6/1/01 (Fall internships). Contact: Office of Fellowships and Grants, 202/287-3271; siofg@ofg.si.edu; http://www.si.edu/research+study.

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Applications are requested for Model Demonstration Projects for Children with Disabilities. Appropriate projects will develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate new and improved approaches for providing early intervention, special education, and related services to infants, toddlers, children, and students with disabilities. Included are projects targeting students with disabilities who are pursuing post-school employment, postsecondary education, or independent living goals. An estimated 14 awards of up to $175,000 each per year will be available for a project duration of 48 months or less. A 10% cost share is required. Deadline: 12/15/00. Contact: Grants and Services Team, U.S. Department of Education, 202/260-9182; 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Room 3317, Switzer Building, Washington, D.C. 20202-2550.

The sponsor invites applications for new awards for Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 for the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program. GAANN provides fellowships through academic programs and departments of institutions of higher education to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study. Priority projects must propose to provide fellowships in one or more of the following areas of national need: Biology, Chemistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Engineering, Geological and Related Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics. The Secretary is particularly interested in applications from programs in one or more of the academic areas of national need that will provide students with the opportunity for research or training in a foreign country. Approximately 80 awards are expected of about $165,000 each. Deadline: 12/15/00. Contact: Cosette H. Ryan, Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program, U.S. Department of Education, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, 1990 K Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC 20006-8521; telephone 202/502-7637.

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Proposals are invited for projects designed to address the Quality of Life in Childhood for Children with Epilepsy. Projects should develop interventions that may improve some aspect of quality of life and should place an emphasis on outcome-oriented psychosocial research. Practitioners in any discipline related to behavioral research in epilepsy are eligible for funding. Successful applicants may be funded up to $50,000 over a period of 24 months. Deadline: 10/15/00. Contact: 301/459-3700; grants@efa.org; http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/research/grants.html#shire.

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Applications are requested for projects addressing The Impact of Immune Senescence and Maturation on Vaccine Responsiveness in the Elderly. The program supports evaluating control measures (i.e., vaccines and therapeutic agents) for infectious diseases in the elderly and enhancing the understanding of the immune response to infection and immunizations in this at-risk population. There is a special emphasis on defining mechanisms that lead to the decline in immune function and responsiveness (i.e., immunosenescence) with age. Applications for R01 grants may request up to 5 years of support. An investigator planning to request $500,000 or more in direct costs must contact the program staff. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01, 6/1/01. Contact: Stanley Slater, Geriatrics Program, 301-496-6761; ss81z@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-97-097.html.

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The Small Research Grant Program supports research in all fields of political science. Eligible applicants must be members of the APSA, and must be a political science faculty member at a college or university that does not award a Ph.D. in political science; or a political scientist not affiliated with an academic institution. Funds may be used for such research activities as: travel to archives or to con-duct interviews; administration and coding of instruments; research assistance and purchase of data-sets. Grants will not exceed $2,500. Deadline: 2/1/01. Contact: APSA Research Grants, 202-483-2512; grants@apsanet.org; http://www.apsanet.org/opps/apsagrants.cfm.

Communications Fellowships are provided for scholars and journalists who have an analytical interest in communications and public policy and who show promise of making a significant contribution to the public's understanding of the political process. Scholars must have completed a Ph.D. in the last 15 years, and journalists must have a bachelor's degree. A stipend of $35,000 is provided for 10 months. Contact: 202/483-2512; apsa@apsanet.org; Deadline: 12/1/00.

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The Federation provides support to identify and develop future leaders in geriatric medicine. Scholars will train at one of four National Training Centers or, for a limited number of medical schools, at their own institution. Any allopathic or osteopathic medical student in good standing who has completed at least one year of medical school and is a citizen of the U.S. or a permanent resident alien is eligible. The program provides an 8- to 12-week opportunity, and $3,000 to be used within one year from the time of the award. Contact: 212/752-2327; amfedaging@aol.com; http://www.afar.org/grants.html. Deadline: 2/7/01.

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The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program provides support to document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers; to develop audiences for contemporary American music through record distribution and other retail markets; and to support the release and dissemination of recordings of previously unreleased contemporary American music and reissuance of recordings no longer available. Eligible applicants are non-profit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and non-profit or commercial recording companies from any country. Grants range from $2,000-$20,000 and may be held for up to 2 years. Grants for recording orchestral works may cover up to a maximum of 50% of the total project costs. Deadline: 1/15/01. Contact: Grants Manager, 212/366-5260, x29; center@amc.net; http://www.amc.net/home.html.

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music Performing Ensembles Program provides support for organizations whose performances encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of serious contemporary American music. Eligible applicants are non-profit tax- exempt organizations from any country. Ensembles must have been in existence for at least 2 years at the time of application. Festivals are eligible to apply only for their professional core ensembles. Grants range from $1,000-$20,000 and are made for one year. Deadline: 6/30/01. Contact: Aaron Copland Fund for Music, 212/366-5260; x29; center@amc.net; http://www.amc.net/resources/grants/performing.html.

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The sponsor provides support to conduct original research using data from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). Eligible applicants are researchers from all disciplines who are interested in addressing topical criminal justice practice or policy concerns through the exploration and analysis of archived data. The sponsor is particularly interested in innovative proposals addressing the following issues: sentencing, sentencing guidelines, intermediate sanctions, and consequences of sentencing policy; adjudication; corrections; violence against women; drugs and crime; violence, including examination of the correlates of violent criminal behavior; and policing, including community-oriented policing, problem-oriented policing, and other issues related to policing practices. Applicants should note that replication of original findings is in itself viewed as an important goal. Awards of up to $35,000 will be made to support research to be conducted within a one-year period. Deadline: 9/25/00, 1/25/01, 5/25/01. Contact: Cynthia A. Mamalian, 202/514-5981; mamalian@ojp.usdoj.gov; http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/funding.htm.

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The Center announces the availability of Obermann Fellowships for their summer 2001 Research Seminar entitled, "Opera in Context: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Creation, Performance, and Reception." Eligible applicants are faculty/staff with doctoral degrees in music, theatre, history, classics, English, foreign languages, or any other appropriate field. Up to 10 fellows will be selected to receive awards including $2000 stipends and $500 for travel expenses. Deadline: 1/29/01. Contact: Jay Semel, 319/335-4034; jay-semel@uiowa.edu.

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


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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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