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University Letter

September 24, 1999

Volume 37 No. 5

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 5, September 24, 1999

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The working student has been a part of UND since the very first year. Ben Ingwaldson arrived carrying a bucksaw to earn his way cutting firewood. He graduated in UND's first class in 1889.



President Kupchella, at his first University Council address, emphasized the need to plan for the future. His talk, titled "An Initial Assessment of Challenges and Opportunities," focused on UND's sources of pride, policy issues, challenges, aspirations, and strategic planning.

After a brief introduction, Dr. Kupchella outlined sources of pride for the University, stating that UND is in good shape for the future. Fiscal health, budget reallocations resulting in an average 5.4 percent faculty salary increase, sponsored research which increased 8 percent over last year, and the fact that our scholars published 32 books and 470 articles in the past year were some of the main points of pride he emphasized. Dr. Kupchella also pointed to our professional liberal arts model, saying that the University has invented a way to re-establish liberal arts in professions such as aviation. Our 100-year history, 90,000 alumni, extensive Native American programs, solid infrastructure, beautiful campus, satisfied students and higher enrollment, as well as a variety of other positive issues, give us a great base from which to work, he said.

Dr. Kupchella then listed his top 10 policy issues for higher education and UND, including K-12 relationships, affordability and access, cost/price, research, diversity, technology, economic trends, a sustainable society, and governance and finance. Along with those issues facing higher education, Kupchella said, are elements of change identified by North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak that UND must face. They include integration of curriculum, competition, external demand for client focus, responsiveness and nimbleness, flexibility in addressing needs of students, service, partnerships, globalization, technology, and accountability.

Taking all of these into consideration, Kupchella outlined the challenges of his presidency. They include achieving competitive salaries, optimizing and stabilizing enrollment, engaging the University with the people who support us, assessment (the University is facing an accreditation review from the North Central Association in 2003), and creating nimble, effective governance. Dr. Kupchella also hopes to forge a tighter connection with the UND Foundation and include the Foundation in strategic planning, more effectively serve the public, and develop connections and synergy between different areas of the University. He plans to employ strategic planning, balance innovation and focus, use research as an economic development engine, and link support and rewards to UND's mission and plan. Other challenges include defining UND's place in the University System and developing a leadership role in helping all colleges within the System to become connected and to work together, as well as participating in a legislative study of higher education. He plans to remain student-centered and to tighten the campus community, shoring up its sense of family.

Kupchella said his aspirations include helping UND to become an engaged institution which emphasizes service learning and public services, as well as experiential learning. Faculty and staff should be engaged in their jobs and love learning. He hopes to develop a coherent curriculum, reconsidering every major to ensure that it is streamlined, reinforces basic skills, and fulfills general education requirements.

This year's goals, Kupchella said, include hiring two permanent vice presidents, using technology to support teaching and learning, taking part in a Legislative review, development of the Bronson Property, planning for salary increases, refining the enrollment management plan, forming articulation agreements with other colleges (especially tribal colleges), reducing paperwork, further improving Native American programs, making the campus more welcoming, implementing faculty and staff suggestions and ideas, understanding the University System, and strategic planning.

Dr. Kupchella discussed why he felt strategic planning is so important and emphasized that it will take full participation from the University community, will connect with the state system, and will be comprehensive and data driven, with each unit doing its own planning. It will be bottom-up, top-down, he said, resulting in an annual report that is not just for his review, but creates a plan that allows members of the University community to decide on the importance of each element of their unit's plan. The plan will drive financing, and should not result in a situation in which financing drives decisions.

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it," he said, quoting Alan Kay. "With planning, we can take control and not be buffeted about." The planning process will be web-based, mission-based, and will include legislators, State Board of Higher Education members, and others with a stake in the University. He emphasized that every person and unit at UND will be involved in the plan. His objective, he said, is to take everything into account to shape one of America's best universities for the new millennium.

To do that, he will get to know the University, identify role models, and engage the campus in planning. And to do that, he needs our help. You're invited to make comments online at the President's Forum (or call his office, write, or stop in). "With your help, we can, to borrow a phrase from the Medical School, take this great northern light we call UND and help it to shine a little brighter."

Dr. Kupchella then took questions and comments from the audience. If we are to have competitive salaries, asked a faculty members, what will they be compared to? Dr. Kupchella stated that his goal is to attract and keep good people, using salaries and working conditions, but that he hoped salaries would be competitive regionally.

In response to a question on what we can do to stabilize and optimize enrollment, Kupchella replied that we should base a plan on an analysis of future demand, looking at where students will come from in the future. With a projected 22 percent decline in North Dakota 18-year-olds by 2010, Kupchella said we must recruit our students from out-of-state, working to convince legislators that attracting bright students, a fraction of whom stay here, benefits the state. He also hopes to avoid crashes in enrollment, and find a range of student numbers that we can support.

If we are to be a top-flight research institution, asked a faculty member, might we consider moving to a Category 1 Carnegie institution? We may, replied Kupchella.

What does the emphasis on grants and entrepreneurship mean for the humanities? asked a faculty member. Kupchella said that it means the humanities and arts need to be more entrepreneurial, selling their professions and speaking up about their benefits. For example, a declining history department at another institution found a new lease on life when it launched a focus on historic preservation. We will keep the liberal arts as an underpinning for everything we do, Kupchella said.

When asked about appropriations for the library to buy new books, Dr. Kupchella said he doesn't yet know the answer. We may emphasize access over ownership. "The library of the future will be different than the library of today. We must plan for change. I would like to help invent that future," he said.

It's good to see an emphasis on entrepreneurship, a faculty member said. Is there a way to spur entrepreneurship by giving researchers a portion of the grant money received? Can departments and faculty offer courses online and be compensated for them? Dr. Kupchella said he'd like to discuss both ideas further. Some universities offer an "extra service stipend" or other incentives.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



President Charles Kupchella has announced the formation of a 20-person search committee to conduct a national search for a permanent vice president for academic affairs and provost.

The committee will be chaired by W. Jeremy Davis, Dean of the School of Law. Kupchella has asked the group to search for and screen potential candidates both internally and nationally, and to provide him with the names of three to five unranked, acceptable candidates. He said he expects the committee to complete its work in time for him to select an individual for the job no later than July 1, 2000.

The position is the University's second highest ranking administrator and has carried the title of provost since 1993, when Dr. Marlene Strathe, then at the University of Northern Iowa, replaced Dr. Alice Clark as Vice President for Academic Affairs. Strathe moved on to become provost at the University of Northern Colorado in 1998, and the position has been filled on an interim basis since then by John Ettling, on leave from his UND post as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Named to the committee besides Davis were:

Harmon B. Abrahamson, Professor and Chair, Chemistry; Michael Anderegg, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of English; Patricia Berntsen, Assistant Director of Libraries; Duane Czapiewski, UND's Chief of Police, representing the Staff Senate; Mary Lou Fuller, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning; Mike Grosz, a graduate student from Turtle Lake, N.D.; Ginny Guido, Associate Dean, College of Nursing; Angie Harmeson, an undergraduate student from Grand Forks; Michael Jacobsen, Professor and Chair, Social Work; Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School; Kathleen McLennan, Associate Professor and Chair, Theatre Arts; Richard Nelson, Acting Dean, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Susan Nelson, Professor, Faculty of Marketing; Robert Rubeck, Associate Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Ronald Rinehart, Professor, Atmospheric Sciences; Richard Schultz, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering; James Shaeffer, Dean of Outreach Programs; Robert Till, Professor and Chair, Psychology; and David Vorland, Executive Assistant to the President, serving as an ex-officio non-voting member.

Among other duties, the Vice President for Academic Affairs chairs the Council of Deans and is responsible for coordination of faculty recruitment, appointment, promotion, and tenure-review. The vice president is responsible for immediate and long-range academic policy and planning; develops the academic annual and biennial budget recommendations; and oversees nine of UND's schools and colleges, excluding only Medicine, as well as Summer Sessions, Computer Center, Chester Fritz Library, Center for Instructional and Learning Technology, Honors Program, Instructional Development, Registrar, Research and Program Development, International Programs, the University Writing Program, and Military Science.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.



Facilities has been kind enough to provide an architectural rendering of the proposed University Village, approved by the State Board of Higher Education. It is also available for viewing online at www.und.edu.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



Classes will be canceled from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, to provide an opportunity for faculty and students to participate in the inauguration of Dr. Charles E. Kupchella, the University's tenth president. Although classes will be canceled for the afternoon, the University will remain open.

The inauguration 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.



Some faculty may not have received invitations to march in the processional of the Oct. 15 inauguration of UND President Charles Kupchella. If you are among that group and wish to participate or want more information, please call 777-2725. Deadline for notification of participation in the inauguration procession is Oct. 1.

-- Robert Boyd (Student and Outreach Services), Co-Chair, Inauguration Committee.




An interment service at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Memorial Park Cemetery, Gateway Drive and Columbia Road, will honor the memory of those who donated their bodies for the benefit of medical education at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Family members and friends are invited to attend the service as the Medical School pays respect and recognizes the gift of those individuals. The school arranges for this ceremony once every three years to inter the cremated remains of such donors. Those attending should use the 10th Avenue North entrance off Columbia Road.

The service will be officiated by Fr. Raymond Courtright of the Newman Center and the Rev. Kathy Fick, campus pastor at the Christus Rex Center. The service is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2101.

-- Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The International Centre will hold India Classical Music Night with music by Smt. Krishna Mazumder at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Other upcoming events at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., at 7 p.m. include: Thursday, Sept. 30, Holland Night; Thursday, Oct. 7, Sweden Night; and Thursday, Oct. 14, Japan Night. All are welcome to attend.

-- Chad Thomas, Marketing Coordinator, International Programs.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology fall seminar series continues. Nancy Traiser (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "The Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology, and Genetics Itasca Workshop - A Report" at noon Monday, Sept. 27, in B710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

-- Jon Jackson, Series Coordinator, Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The first presentation in the Computer Science Department fall colloquium series will be Monday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. in 108 Streibel Hall. Scott Fowler, a Computer Science graduate student, will speak about the Y2K problem at UND. He completed a graduate level cooperative education course at UND last summer, where his area of concern was UND's preparation and contingency planning for the Y2K problem. Following Fowler's talk, Kris DiTommaso, a Computer Science undergraduate, will make a presentation on his summer co-op at Cargill, which involved learning the Cargill business and working on some individual projects in databases, networks, and server technology.

-- Tom Wiggen, Computer Science.



The Department of Counseling will hold a Topics Seminar in Counseling Psychology Research and Practice, in which Kari Kerr-Welsh of the Community Violence Intervention Center, will discuss "Domestic Violence Dynamics and Counseling issues" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in 316 Montgomery Hall. Everyone is welcome.

-- Jane Hull, Coun. 565N, and Sue Jacobs, Supervising Professor, Counseling Department.



A memorial ceremony honoring Bruce Eberhardt, Professor Emeritus, College of Business and Public Administration, will be held Friday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. Dr. Eberhardt died June 4 of cancer. He was 46.

Dr. Eberhardt was a loyal, dedicated member of UND for 18 years. He served as chair of the Management Department for 11 years, and from July 1995 to July 1997 he was also the interim Associate Dean for BPA. His research appeared in over 30 articles in a variety of respected journals in the area of management. During his years at UND, he was nominated for the Outstanding University Teaching Award four times. The memorial event will begin with a tree planting on the east side of Gamble Hall. This will be followed with a ceremony and reception to be held in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni House. All are welcome. The Faculty of Management has also established a memorial scholarship fund to honor Dr. Eberhardt. Individuals wishing to contribute to the Dr. Bruce J. Eberhardt Memorial Scholarship Fund should send donations to the Alumni Foundation with the designation to this fund.

-- Steve Moser, Management.



Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a seminar series for BIMD 512: Foundations of Biomedical Science from 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The course is an interdisciplinary seminar series for first-year medical school department graduate students in basic sciences. The goal of the series is to showcase research. The Friday, Oct. 1, seminar is "DNA Polymerase III Holoenzyme: Communication Between Components of a Replicative Machine," presented by Charlie McHenry, University of Colorado. Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Jon Jackson, Anatomy and Cell Biology.



The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which James Antes (Psychology) will present "Conflict in the Workplace: Lessons from the U.S. Postal Service REDRESS program," Tuesday, Oct. 5, at noon in Room 210, Nursing Building. Everyone is welcome.

-- Department of Psychology.



Following are the Homecoming activities for Oct. 12-16.

TUESDAY, OCT. 12: Hedda Gabler, Burtness Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; contact 777-2587 for tickets.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13: All-Campus Variety Show (SIOUX SEARCH), Ballroom, Memorial Union, 7 p.m. -- Hedda Gabler, Burtness Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; contact 777-2587 for tickets.

THURSDAY, OCT. 14: UND Career Fair, Multipurpose Gym, Hyslop Sports Center, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Homecoming King and Queen Coronation, Yell Like Hell Spirit Competition and Sportz Comedy, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 8 p.m. -- Hedda Gabler, Burtness Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; contact 777-2587 for tickets.

FRIDAY, OCT. 15: Alumni registration and information desk, second floor, Memorial Union, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. -- UND School of Law Homecoming CLE Seminar, Ramada Inn (sponsored by the School of Law and the North Dakota Trial Lawyers Association); contact Dawn Botsford at 777-2663 for more information. -- UND National Alumni Leadership Council, Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, second floor, Memorial Union, 8:30 a.m. to noon. -- College of Nursing Convocation, Ramada Inn, 9 a.m. to noon. -- School of Communication Open House, O'Kelly Hall, 10 a.m. -- HOMECOMING AND INAUGURAL LUNCHEON, Ballroom, Memorial Union, noon. -- Geology and Geological Engineering Seminar, 100 Leonard Hall, noon. -- INAUGURATION OF DR. CHARLES E. KUPCHELLA AS THE 10TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA, Chester Fritz Auditorium, 2 p.m. -- Class of 1959 campus and city tour and tree planting ceremony, second floor, Memorial Union, 3:30 p.m. -- Reception for Chemistry scholarship recipients, Abbott Reading Room, second floor, Abbott Hall, 3:30 p.m. -- Department of Mathematics Tea & Pie, 325 Witmer Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- College of Business and Public Administration 75th Anniversary Reception, main lobby, Gamble Hall, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- School of Engineering and Mines Open House, Nyquist Lounge, first floor, Upson II, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. -- Distinguished Alumni Lecture and Presentation of Chemistry Scholarship Awards, 138 Abbott Hall, 4 p.m. -- 100 Years of Law Reception, Lola's, 124 N. Third St., 4:30 to 6 p.m. -- Class of 1959 Reception, Engelstad Loft, Engelstad Arena, 4:30 p.m. -- John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences All-Alumni Social, Ramada Inn, 5 p.m. -- Arthur Gray Leonard Awards Banquet, Westward Ho, 5:30 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner. -- Class of 1974 Reception, Engelstad Loft, Engelstad Arena, 6 p.m. -- 1989 Medical School Informal Mixer, J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, 6 p.m. -- Chemistry Department Scholarship Banquet, Ramada Inn, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner. -- Phi Delta Theta Alumni Banquet, Best Western Town House, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner. -- 1964 Law Class Reunion, Ramada Inn, 6 p.m. dinner and dance. -- 1974 Law Class Dinner, Lola's, 124 N. Third St., 6:15 p.m. -- 1959 Law Class Dinner, Lola's, 124 N. Third St., 6:15 p.m. -- Delta Delta Delta 70th Anniversary Banquet, Ramada Inn, 6:30 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner. -- Hedda Gabler, Burtness Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; contact 777-2587 for tickets. -- SIOUX AWARDS BANQUET, Westward Ho, 6:30 p.m. social, 7:15 p.m. dinner. -- UND vs. Canadian National Team hockey game, Engelstad Arena, 7:05 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 16 -- Homecoming 10K/5K Run-Walk, Engelstad Arena, 7 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. run/walk. -- Dean's Breakfast, School of Medicine and Health Sciences Atrium, 7:30 a.m. -- Alumni registration and information desk, Memorial Union, second floor, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Aviation Alumni Association Meeting and Brunch, 244 Odegard Hall, 8 a.m. -- Golf Scramble, Ray Richards Golf Course, DeMers Ave. W (sponsored by the MBA Student Association), 8 a.m. to noon. -- Post-Graduate Review Course, Wold Center, Medical School, Keller Auditorium (CME credits available), 8:30 to 10 a.m. -- 50th Anniversary of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program (Medical Technology) and 30th Anniversary of the Cytotechnology Program Brunch, River Valley Room, Memorial Union, 8:30 to 10 a.m. -- College of Nursing Brunch, Ramada Inn, 8:30 a.m. -- Gamma Phi Beta Alumnae and Family Lunch and Open House, Gamma Phi Beta Chapter House, 3300 University Ave., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- College of Education and Human Development Brunch, Ramada Inn, 9 a.m. social, 9:30 a.m. brunch. -- Law School Tour, Dean's Office, Law School, 9:30 a.. -- Alpha Chi Omega Alumnae Tea, Alpha Chi Omega House, 505 Cambridge St., 10 a.m. -- NRHH/IHLUAC Reception, Swanson Hall Atrium, 10:30 a.m. -- Information Management Association Brunch and Awards Banquet, Best Western Town House, 10:30 a.m. to noon. -- Delta Delta Delta Alumnae Open House and Parade Watching, Delta Delta Delta Chapter House, 2620 University Ave., 10:30 a.m. -- HOMECOMING PARADE, University Ave., 10:30 a.m. -- International Centre Open House, 2908 University Ave., 11 a.m. -- Class of 1959 Lunch, Ramada Inn, 11 a.m. social, 11:30 a.m. lunch. -- Delta Delta Delta Alumnae and Family Brunch, Delta Delta Delta Chapter House, 2620 University Ave., 11:30 a.m. -- All Letter winners' Tailgate Party, west side memorial Stadium, noon to 2 p.m. -- PRESIDENT'S LUNCHEON, Ballroom, Memorial Union, noon. -- All-Medical School Picnic, Medical School front lawn, noon to 2 p.m. -- College of Business and Public Administration Tailgate, west side of Memorial Stadium, noon to 2 p.m. -- 1989 Medical Class Tailgate, parking lot between Engelstad Arena and Memorial Stadium, noon to 2 p.m. -- HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME, UND vs. Northern Colorado, Memorial Stadium, 2 p.m. -- Nursing December 1989 Graduate Dinner, Blue Moose, 5:30 p.m. -- Tribute to Al Austin Dinner, Westward Ho, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner. -- 100 Years of Law "Builders of the Profession" Banquet, Ramada Inn, 6:30 p.m. social, 7:30 p.m. dinner. -- Jazz Band Reunion, Best Western Town House, 7 p.m. -- 1959 Nursing Class Dinner, Bronze Boot, 7 p.m. -- Hedda Gabler, Burtness Theatre, 7:30 p.m.; contact 777-2587 for tickets. -- HOMECOMING AND INAUGURAL PARTY, Civic Auditorium, featuring the Fantastic Convertibles and Dick King and the Classic Swing Band, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

For more information, contact me at 777-2611 or 1-800-543-8764. Reservations must be made in advance for some events.

-- April Martin, Special Events Coordinator, Alumni Association.



A basic mediation seminar will be presented by the Conflict Resolution Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week of Oct. 18-22 in the Memorial Union. This seminar is appropriate for managers, supervisors, and any individual who deals with conflict management.

Seminar topics include defining mediation and how it works, developing a better understanding of conflict, how to use mediation in everyday conflict situations, decision making, role of the mediator, dealing with emotions, developing tools to deal with conflict, empowerment and recognition, mediation theory/principles, legal and ethical issues, and skills needed in facilitation.

A manual, continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack each day is included. The seminar is approved by the Minnesota Supreme Court Office of Continuing Education and for 4.8 CEU's from the University of North Dakota. For more information or to register, please call 777-3664; write Conflict Resolution Center, Box 8009, Grand Forks, ND 58202; e-mail udcrc@badlands.nodak.edu; or visit us online at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/crc.

-- Janice Hoffarth, Conflict Resolution Center.




The Student Technology Fee Committee is soliciting proposals to be funded from the spring student technology fee dollars. Proposal forms are available on-line (www.und.edu/org/stf/) or electronically via GroupWise upon request to stacie_varnson@mail.und.nodak.edu. Interested faculty and staff members who are not on GroupWise can get the forms on a floppy disk. The deadline to submit proposals to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs will be Thursday, Oct. 7. Deans and other division administrators may have an earlier deadline. Please check with your appropriate administrator regarding these deadlines.

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



The last day to drop a full-term course or withdraw from school for the 1999 fall semester is Friday, Nov. 12. Students completely withdrawing from UND must use the UND "WITHDRAWAL" form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process.

-- Carmen Williams, Interim University Registrar.



Faculty are reminded that Tuesday, Sept. 28, is the last day to submit a Removal of Incomplete Grade form to the Registrar's Office for a currently enrolled undergraduate student. (The last day for undergraduate students to submit their work to the instructor is Tuesday, Sept. 21.) A Removal of Incomplete Grade form or an Administrative Procedures Petition Form requesting extension of time must be filed with the Office of the Registrar by Sept. 28; otherwise, Incompletes will be converted to the grade indicated on the Report of Incomplete Grade form submitted by the instructor at the close of the term the Incomplete was issued.

-- Carmen Williams, Interim University Registrar.




President Charles Kupchella has joined more than 100 college and university presidents in a national advertising campaign drawing attention to the dangers of binge drinking.

The advertisement, which appeared in daily newspapers including the USA Today and New York Times, is sponsored by the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities.

The ad, which lists the names of 113 presidents, explains that excessive alcohol consumption plays a major role in poor academic performance, college drop-out rates and student health problems. It urges parents to talk to their kids about binge drinking or visit the association's Web site at www.nasulgc.org/bingedrink.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.



The Senate Honorary Degrees Committee, which provides a vehicle for granting honorary degrees according to the current university standards and policies, invites members of the University Council to nominate individuals for honorary degrees. The UND Senate recommends the following criteria:

1. Achievement of distinction in scholarship, or in comparable professional or creative achievement.

2. Recognized and outstanding service to the nation, to the state, or to the University of North Dakota.

3. Attendance at or graduation from the University of North Dakota, except as the individual is outstanding with reference to criteria 1 and 2.

4. Non-membership on the faculty of the University of North Dakota.

5. Scholarship specialization in an area in which the University normally grants an earned degree.

Nominations must be accompanied by a factual dossier providing evidence that the nominee meets the criteria and should include the following in the order listed: (a) a brief biography, (b) a list of scholarly writings, research and publications, (c) a description of public service and achievements, (d) a list of offices and positions held, and (e) other factual justification for consideration. The nominees' scholarship will be evaluated by the departmental faculty in the area of the nominee's specialization, such evaluation to be a part of the dossier presented to the Committee for Honorary Degrees. In order to avoid any embarrassment, no suggestion shall be made to any person to be so honored until the State Board of Higher Education has acted on the nomination.

Deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Nov. 19. Please bring all materials to Elizabeth Hampsten's office, 100A Merrifield Hall, or send them to the English Department, Box 7029.

-- Elizabeth Hampsten, English, and chair of University Senate Honorary Degrees Committee (777-3987 or e-mail: ehampste@badlands.nodak.edu).



By using cooled jet fuel, the airline industry could make its aircraft safer to fly and more environmentally friendly while increasing their range.

Cooling the fuel increases its energy density, essentially enabling aircraft to fly further on an equal volume of fuel. The cooler fuel significantly reduces the formation of fuel vapor from evaporation. Fuel vapor within an aircraft's fuel tanks poses a risk for explosion and fire. When the vapor vents from the tanks, it also creates smog-forming ozone. The concept was successfully tested Sept. 15 at Fort Worth (Texas) Meacham International Airport. Researchers from the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) with the assistance of personnel from the Odegard School of Aerospace Science at UND began the first phase of a project with Fuel Dynamics Inc. of Arlington, Texas.

During warm weather, the sun's rays and certain onboard aircraft systems heat jet fuel to temperatures of 90 degrees or more, speeding evaporation and lowering the fuel's energy density. Fuel vapor not only contributes to smog-forming ozone, but also builds up in the plane's internal fuel tanks, creating the potential for an explosion when the vapor is exposed to a spark or fire.

Even with oxygen present, evaporation from the cooled fuel is so limited that the concentration of hydrocarbons in the fuel vapor is greatly reduced. Thus, the chances of the vapor being ignited by a spark are almost zero.

Based on discussions with regulatory and aircraft and airline personnel, the PolarjetTM refueling technology appears to have significant commercial potential because of the likely achievable benefits in safety, range, fuel conservation and evaporative emissions.

The EERC has applied for project funding through its Jointly Sponsored Research Program with the DOE Federal Energy Technology Center (FETC) in Morgantown, W.Va. The project will demonstrate the safety and performance benefits of PolarjetTM cooled fuel in a manner approved by the Department of Defense, FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

-- Michael Jones, EERC Associate Director.



The staff of the University Counseling Center will offer UND students the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression and participate in a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, Oct. 7. This free program will be held between noon and 3:30 p.m. in 200 McCannel Hall.

Participants in the screening will view a video on the causes, symptoms and the treatment available for depression. They will also complete an anonymous screening test for depression and have an opportunity to discuss the results with a Counseling Center staff person.

Depression affects more than 17 million Americans each year, according to figures from the National Institute of Mental Health. Fewer than half of those affected seek treatment even though treatment can help 80 percent of those who suffer from depression. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, restlessness and irritability, changes in eating and sleeping habits, loss of energy, and thoughts of suicide.

Please help bring this event to the attention of students. For more information, please call the University Counseling Center at 777-2127.

-- Dick Grosz, Director, Counseling Center.



Effective Oct. 1, the following criteria will be used to determine whether a person should be paid as a consultant or subcontractor:

Consultant and Subcontractor Identification and Guidelines

Determine if an employer/employee relationship exists by completing the IRS 20 Factor Questions which can be obtained from Accounting Services, 777-4131. If an employee/employer relationship does exist, the person must be paid through the payroll process.

If it is determined that the an employer/employee relationship does not exist, the follow criteria apply:



* Vendor who provides services on a one-time, short-term or intermittent basis for review, analysis, etc. as opposed to an ongoing relationship.

* Used for expertise that is not available within the university. In some cases, even though the expertise is available at UND, the department's time lines or other requirements cannot be met effectively by UND.


* Purchase Requisition required for =>$4,000.

* Justification on the RFP or Purchase Requisition should include the who, what, when, where, and why.

* For consultants on Grant and Contract fund numbers 4000-5499, prior agency approval may be required even if the consultant is identified in the proposal.



* Provides significant contribution, relationship is ongoing rather than on a one-time, short-term or intermittent basis.

* Substantive work (integral part of overall project, make programmatic decisions), results not related to cost and not routine analysis.

* Used for expertise that is not available within the university. In some cases, even though the expertise is available at UND, the department's timelines or other requirements cannot be met effectively be met by UND.

* Subcontractor has control of their work, which may significantly impact the project results.


* Agreement should be reviewed by Legal Counsel except for subcontracts on Grant and Contract fund numbers 4000-5499 which will be reviewed by the UND Budget and Grants Office.

* Includes the review of the applicable terms and conditions including flow down provisions from sponsor.

* Agreement signed by third party and one of the following UND officials (or their designee) that can legally bind the university: * President

* Director, Office of Research and Program Development

* Assistant to the Director, Office of Research and Program Development

* Dean, Graduate School

* Assistant to the Dean, Graduate School

* Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

* Vice President for Finance/Operations

* Vice President for Student and Outreach Services

* Assistant to the President/Director, Budget Office

* For subcontracts on Grant and Contract fund numbers 4000-5499, prior written agency approval may be required even if the subcontract is identified in the proposal.

* Approved billing rates for overhead, fringe benefits, etc. are required for payments with federal funds and some private (commercial) funds.

-- Pam Hurdelbrink, Controller.



Faculty and staff are reminded that if you show videos, Disability Support Services recommends they be captioned. Captioned videos offer deaf/hard of hearing students fuller, more equitable access to the information on the video. DSS can assist you in determining if your videos are captioned and if not, we can caption them. Call 777-3425 or stop by DSS, 190 McCannel Hall.

-- Disability Support Services.



A 10-minute drop-off parking zone has been established near the president and vice president parking zones on the east side of Twamley Hall. This will allow individuals to run in and pick up or drop off mail without paying for parking or parking at a distance. The 10-minute limit will be strictly enforced.

-- Duane Czapiewski, Police Chief.



The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies fall schedules for faculty workshops and new media studio sessions are attached to this issue of the University Letter. Faculty may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.



The University Bookstore is seeking a permanent part-time employee to work in the textbook department immediately. Main duties include Distance Learning Program, textbooks counter, and cashiering. Cash register and computer skills helpful for the 20 to 25 hour-per-week position, starting at $6.25 per hour depending on experience. Contact Don or Diane at 777-2746.

-- Don Forbes, Manager, University Bookstore.




Joyce Medalen, the director of Women in Engineering at the University of North Dakota, will discuss women in the engineering field on the Thursday, Sept. 23, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Medalen, who provides encouragement, counseling, support, and advice to potential and enrolled women in the engineering program, points out that many women in engineering are becoming more successful and are breaking the glass ceiling.

The "Studio One" news team will also examine the farm crisis and how it affects small rural towns. When farmers suffer, so do the communities where they do business. This report takes a look at one small town which is struggling to survive.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

-- Marla Johnson, Studio One Marketing Team.



Photographs of Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, Whitey's Cafe, and Corbett Field, Minot are included in the North Dakota Museum of Art's Autumn Art Auction to be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m.

These photographs by renowned architectural photographer Jim Dow of Boston, Mass., are among 33 works to go under the auctioneer's hammer at the Museum's inaugural live gala Art Auction.

Dow, a self-described "manic soccer fan" and a sports fan all his life, was one of the Olympic Arts Festival photographers at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. His desire to amalgamate sports and art led to a 20-year career that embraces the vernacular, particularly in photographing sports stadiums. Dow also captures the spirit of small-town movie theaters, billiard halls, diners and barbershops, but it's in the sports arena, and often in empty stadiums, that Dow finds full expression for his photographic acumen. According to Dow, the Corbett Field, Minot, photograph is his all-time favorite of a sports stadium, including photos he's taken of soccer stadiums in Argentina and England. Dow came through Grand Forks during the summer of 1998 when he photographed all the fields in the Northwoods League. At that time he went on to Minot to shoot Corbett Field.

In 1981, the North Dakota Museum of Art received a large grant from Target Stores to allow Dow to photograph environmental folk art in North Dakota. Dow spent three months in the state completing that commission, which will be turned into a book and exhibition in the Museum in the spring of 2000. His rule of thumb is "to photograph things that have been created for reasons more perfunctory than aesthetics . . . I use photography to try and record those manifestations of human ingenuity and spirit that are still left in the everyday landscape."

Presently on staff at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Tufts University College of Liberal Arts, Medford, Maine, Dow has taught at Princeton University, and Harvard University. He has exhibited in major galleries and museums throughout the United States and overseas, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Boston, Escuela Nacional de Fotographia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Smithsonian Institution traveling Exhibitions Service. His work can be found in major collections, among them the Art Institute of Chicago, the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England, and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Jim Dow has an extensive list of publication credits, has lectured widely throughout the country, and has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

The gala live auction of collectible quality art, part of the Museum's 10-year celebration of its grand opening, begins at 6 p.m. with live music and a cocktail buffet. The Auction begins at 8 p.m. The event, sponsored by Dayton's Project Imagine, is open to the public. An auction catalog with full color reproductions of the art and artist biographies is available at the Museum. Absentee bidding is possible by order form or telephone. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Please call the Museum at 777-4195 to order tickets, receive an auction catalog, or register for absentee bidding.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The University Program Council is proud to present "Four Shadow" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Four Shadow is back by popular demand and they are better than ever. Four Shadow is a slightly irregular a cappella group who will have you dancing. These four guys feature an eclectic mix of arrangements including rock n' roll, country, TV theme songs, originals, pop and even disco. With this kind of entertainment, you can't help but have fun! Join us for Four Shadow on Saturday and remember to war your "dancin' shoes"! Four Shadow is presented by UPC free of charge and the show is open to everyone. See you there!

-- Tara Wilkens, UPC Public Relations.



It's the last Wednesday of the month -- that means Sept. 29 is Denim Day. Pay your dollar, wear your button, and "go casual." All proceeds go to charity, of course. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.




The University has been awarded $300,000 to study fuel oil contamination of residential structures as a result of the flooding of the Red River Valley in 1997.

More than 1,200 homes in the Grand Forks/East Grand Forks area were contaminated with fuel oil when their 260-gallon basement storage tanks were inundated with flood waters in April 1997. Although the home's basements were cleaned with soap and water and/or pressure washing, the porous nature of common building materials such as wood and concrete prevented a thorough cleaning in many basements because fuel oil had seeped below the surfaces. Consequently, high levels of fuel oil vapors were measured when many of these homes were closed and heated for the next winter, as many as nine months later.

The project has three major goals:

* Measure concentration profiles of fuel oil vapors in homes following contamination in order to determine when humans are at risk from exposure;

* Develop efficient clean-up efforts for porous building materials based on surfactants environmentally- and human-friendly bacteria, and;

* Identify contaminated building structural elements (such as concrete, wood, plastic, etc.) That act as fuel oil "sinks" in order to more precisely target clean-up efforts.

The two-year project will begin later this year and is being led by David Tilotta (Chemistry), an environmental analytical chemist. Working with Tilotta on the project is Chemistry Professor Evguenii Kozliak, who has expertise in bioremediation technology, and Biology Professor Sally Pyle, who will act as a consultant on risk assessment and human health issues. The $300,000 project is being funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency ($200,000) and the state of North Dakota ($80,000) through its EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program.

-- Department of Chemistry.



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


The Pew National Fellowship Program for Carnegie Scholars brings together outstanding faculty committed to investigating and documenting significant issues and challenges in the teaching of their fields. The primary purpose is to create a community of scholars who will contribute to the scholarship of teaching. The Foundation is interested in work that explores the teacher's practice as well as the character and depth of student learning that results from that practice. Awards provide a $6000 stipend and cover on-site costs of a summer residence experience and interim meetings. Applicants for 2000-2001 should be in one of the following fields: biological sciences, education/teacher education, foreign languages/literature, health sciences, history, law, mathematics, performing arts, political science, sociology, or interdisciplinary fields. Deadline: 12/1/99. Contact: Marcia Babb, 650/566-5145, babb@carnegiefoundation.org; http://www.carnegiefoundation.org/programinfo_academy.html.

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Research Opportunities in Space Life Sciences: Gravitational Biology and Ecology Program (NRS-99-HEDS-02). Proposals may be for ground-based research investigations or space-flight experiments designed for the Shuttle middeck or for the early phase of utilization of the International Space Station. Research emphases include: Molecular Structures and Physical Interactions, Developmental Biology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Organismal and Comparative Biology, and Gravitational Ecology. Deadlines: 10/8/99 (Letter of Intent); 12/1/99 (Proposal). Contact: Attn: David Liskowsky, Code UL, Life Sciences Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546. The solicitation is available electronically at: http://peer1.idi.usra.edu/peer_review/nra/99_HEDS_02.html. Paper copies are available by calling 202/358-4180 and leaving a message.

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Research Opportunity Grants (ROG) provide up to $75,000, for up to 12 months, to support research in the following categories. 1) Clinical research utilizes human subjects or materials and has direct application to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer in the individual or group of individuals under study, or the rehabilitation (including quality of life issues) of the patient. Subareas are: cancer control, health services, and psychosocial and behavioral cancer research. 2) Preclinical (clinically relevant) research aims at providing results intended to be applicable to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of human cancer or rehabilitation of cancer patients, but are not yet ready for use in humans. 3) Epidemiological research investigates the circumstances under which cancer occurs in populations. A letter of intent is required. Applications must meet one or more of the following requirements: the delay required to accomplish standard sponsor review of the project would seriously delay a major advance; a unique opportunity that is time limited; or an emergency that would significantly hamper productivity of an ongoing project(s). An unusually grave emergency need that does not meet the previous requirements may be submitted as a letter of intent; eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Deadline: None. Contact: 404/329-7558; fax 404/321-4669; grants@cancer.org; http://www.cancer.org/research/index.html.

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The following Ecosystem Science awards provide up to 5 years of support for integrative research that results in a better understanding of the abiotic and biotic controls on ecosystem structure/function, and the interacting organizational levels (populations, communities, ecosystems, and landscapes). The program will continue to support basic research designed to increase understanding of crop, forest, rangeland, and aquatic (including riparian, wetland, and estuarine, but not oceanic) ecosystems. It also recognizes the unique role the discipline of ecosystem science plays in integrating the multiple facets of mechanistic ecosystem research with proactive planning. Topics include, but are not limited to: element cycling (including both essential and nonessential nutrients as well as deleterious chemicals); energy transfer among trophic levels; diversity and redundancy of function; connectivity and stability; response to disturbance, response to changes in land use, and response to changes in management; characterization and assessment in terms of fitness, survivorship, composition, diversity, productivity, and sustainability; restoration and maintenance; defining hierarchies of organizations and scale and their interactions that enable improved transfer of on-site information to regional and global scales and reverse; models to estimate future status at various spatial and temporal scales under different management strategies and different scenarios of environmental change; and models that integrate the potential condition, and the potential for a dynamic, yet sustainable, landscape of evolving ecosystems. Contact: 202/401-5048; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri. Deadline:11/15/99.

Eligible applications for Research Grants are individuals as well as colleges, research organizations, etc. Contact: pbs@reeusda.gov.

Eligible applicants for New Investigator awards include investigators or co-investigators who are beginning their research careers, do not have an extensive research publication record, and have less than 5 years postgraduate, career-track research experience. Only one proposal may be submitted for a given area. Contact: nricgp@reeusda.gov.

Eligible applicants for Fellowships are U.S. citizens who have recently or will soon receive their postdoctoral degrees. Awards provide $90,000; duration is 2 years. Contact: psb@reeusda.gov.

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The Summer Programs (Summer Institute in Japan, Monbusho Summer Program in Japan, Summer Institute in Korea, and Summer Institute in Taiwan) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering first-hand experience in Japanese, Korean and Taiwan research environments, an introduction to the science and science policy infrastructure of the respective countries, and language training. The primary goals are to introduce students to Japanese, Korean and Taiwan science and engineering in the context of a research laboratory and to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with foreign counterparts in the future. The programs will last approximately 8 weeks, from June/July to August, and are administered in the U.S. by the NSF, NIH, and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the U.S.D.A. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, enrolled at a U.S. institution in a science or engineering Ph.D. or Master's program, enrolled in an M.D. program and have an interest in biomedical research, and pursuing studies in fields of science or engineering which are supported by the NSF, NIH, or ARS, which are also represented among the potential host institutions. Contact: Christopher A. Loretz, 703/306-1701; cloretz@nsf.gov; NSF East Asia and Pacific Program or the NSF Web site, http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/int/; NSF Tokyo Office Web site, http://www.twics.com/~nsftokyo/spmenu.html. Deadline: 12/1/99.

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The Pilot and Demonstration Program provides support to organizations and regional consortia of organizations that comprise businesses, business and trade associations, labor unions, community colleges and other post-secondary institutions, and community- and faith-based organizations to support the creation and development of regional skills consortia for the purpose of assessing employer skill needs, assessing the need for closing the gaps between the skills needed by industry and the skills currently held by regional workers, and developing a concrete action plan to train regional workers to fill the identified skill gaps. Strong emphasis is placed on supporting existing or emerging regional consortia that put a primary focus on technical skills training--whether in a single industry or occupation or in a broader multi-industry or occupational setting that is more geographically based. Significant latitude will be given in terms of the composition of a proposed regional consortium; however, inclusion of a local board(s) as authorized under Section 117 of WIA is highly desirable and encouraged. The first priority will be to support the process of consortium building. Applicants are encouraged to involve groups such as labor unions, community colleges and other accredited post secondary educational institutions, and community-based organizations. The intent is to create partnerships that are broadly inclusive of groups in a geographic region or of entities focusing on a single industry or skilled occupation in an area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the workforce investment entities (PICs or WIBs) in their local area and seek to develop a partnership that works in consonance with those entities. It would be highly desirable to include participants which represent industries and occupations in which there are regional skills shortages. Awards will be for $500,000-$1,000,000 for 18 months. Deadline: 11/15/99. Contact: Mamie D. Williams, fax 202/219-8739; http://www.doleta.gov.

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Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Etiology of Type 2 Diabetes in the United States (PAS-99-166). Proposals are requested for research to expand our understanding of the underlying metabolic, genetic, epidemiologic, sociocultural, and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to racial and ethnic differences in the etiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus in the U.S. Appropriate topics for investigation include but are not limited to: hypothesis-driven metabolic studies in which fat metabolism, glucose levels, insulin secretion, energy expenditure, etc., are measured in representative samples of U.S. race-ethnic groups; the temporal relationship of changes in body weight and body composition, glucose tolerance, and insulin resistance in the etiology of type 2 diabetes; beta-cell function; studies to investigate the behavioral, socioeconomic, psychosocial, cultural, family, and community factors that influence the individual's risk for developing type 2 diabetes and how these factors can lead to racial and ethnic disparities in incidence rates; and development of less expensive methods to assess beta cell function and insulin resistance and development of techniques for measuring underlying metabolic and physiologic differences among population groups. Approximately $2 million will be committed to fund approximately 6-8 applications each year for the next 3 years. Deadlines: Standard NIH. Contact: Maureen I. Harris, 301/594-8801; harrism@extra.niddk.nih.gov.

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Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications of Human Genetics Research. Support is provided for research projects and education activities that focus on anticipating, analyzing, and addressing ethical, legal, and social issues that arise from the use of knowledge and technologies resulting from human genetics research. The R01, R13, and R25 NIH award mechanisms will be used. The NCHGR is interested in supporting as research models, projects that examine such issues as they relate to genetics research, genetic testing and counseling, gene-based diagnosis and therapy, and other activities related to human genetics; encourage responsible integration of new genetic technologies into clinical practice; promote genetic privacy and fair use of genetic information; and improve public and professional understanding about genetics, genome technology and related ethical, legal and social issues. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is interested in supporting these issues as they relate specifically to mental disorders. The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) is interested in ethical issues surrounding decisions that patients and/or their family members may need to make regarding genetic testing and/or diagnosis of a disease or disorder. NINR is also interested in clinical research where the purpose is to assist patients and their families in developing healthy lifestyle choices after being diagnosed with a genetic predisposition to a disease/disorder. Contact: Elizabeth J. Thomson, 301/402-4997; fax 301/402-1950; et22s@nih.gov; http://www.nhgri.nih.gov. Deadlines: 10/1/99, 2/1/00.

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Approximately 35 Charlotte Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships of $15,000 each will be awarded for completion of research and writing of dissertations pertaining to issues of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanitites and social sciences. Eligible proposals are those that have ethical or religious values as a central concern, particularly those that illuminate religious or ethical questions of broad significance and elucidate ways in which these values inform choices and give meaning to people's lives. In addition to topics in religious studies or ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations may cover such topics as the ethical implications of foreign policy; values influencing political decisions; moral codes of other cultures; and religious or ethical values as reflected in history and literature. Dissertations may be in any field and study any period of time but should be concerned with continuing problems and questions of human life. Eligible applicants are candidates for Ph.D. or Th.D. degrees in doctoral programs at graduate schools in the U.S. who will complete all pre-dissertation requirements by November 26, 1999 and expect to complete their dissertations by August 2001. Duration is one year. Deadline: 12/6/99. Contact: 609/452-7007, fax 609/452-0066; charlotte@woodrow.org; http://www.woodrow.org/newcombe.

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


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