University Letter

Volume 39, Number 5: September 28, 2001


Enrollment Rises For Fourth Year
Annual Support Of American Indian Programs, Students Totaled $9.7 Million
NIH Awards $6 Million To UND, NDSU For Statewide Program
EERC Celebrates 50 Years

UND Plans Forum Thursday To Explore Terrorism Events
Physics Colloquium Set For Friday
UND Hosts “Entrepreneurship And Engineering Education” Conference
Scientist Will Discuss Retinal Degeneration
Graduate Committee Meets Monday
Events Scheduled For Multicultural Awareness Week
GTAs Invited To Session On “Teaching Effectively”
Spaghetti Feed Benefits New York Fire Fund
WAC Group Will Discuss Writing, Grade Expectations
Hikins Will Focus On Human Response To Catastrophe
Study Abroad Information Session Spotlights Iceland
“Off To The Races” Will Play Wednesday Morning
Updated Agenda Listed For Nickname Conference
University Community Invited To Ralph Engelstad Arena Grand Opening
University Senate Meets Oct. 4
International Centre Hosts Thursday Night Program
Multicultural Student Services Hosts Speaker
Lecturer To Discuss Complementary Alternative Medicine
Staff Senate Meets Oct. 10
Three Individuals To Receive Sioux Award During Homecoming 2001

Cheryl Saunders Named Director Of Learning Center
Nominations For Faculty Awards Accepted Through Nov. 16
Two Faculty Study Seminars Offered This Fall
Phi Beta Kappa Seeks Former Members
Studio One Lists Guests
New Faculty, Staff Meal Plan Available
Upcoming U2 Classes Announced
IMPACT Seeks Male, Female Self Defense Instructors
Judy Jahnke Won Grand Prize For State Employee Recognition Week


Faculty Awarded Instructional Development Grants
Research, Grant Opportunities Listed



Enrollment Rises For Fourth Year

The University is reporting an official, third-week enrollment of 11,764, an increase for the fourth straight year.

The total is 733 students, or 6.6 percent, higher than what was reported to the State Board of Higher Education at this time last year. The increase is still 5.4 percent when one excludes 135 students taking courses by correspondence, which the State Board requires be included beginning this year.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the trajectory we’re on,” said President Charles Kupchella. “The numbers we are reporting today reflect excellent retention of the large freshman classes we’ve enrolled in recent years, as well as continued success in recruiting new students.”

Kupchella singled out the faculty for special credit. “Our people are actively involved not only in recruiting and retaining students but also in providing high-quality instruction students have come to expect at UND.”

The president noted that the number of new freshmen – 1,947 – exceeds the target of 1,850 cited in UND’s Strategic Plan, which sets an overall goal of 14,000, including off-campus students, by 2005.

The increase in the enrollment of the Graduate School, up 4.4 percent to 1,557 this fall, also bodes well, Kupchella said, in light of UND’s strategic goal of increasing the ratio of graduate to undergraduate students.

Robert Boyd, vice president for student and outreach services whose division is responsible for marketing UND to prospective students, also expressed pleasure at this fall’s numbers, although he pointed out that sustaining them, given declining numbers of college-age children in North Dakota, will be a challenge.

But, he said, the University intends to continue to expand its efforts at niche marketing, especially with respect to out-of-state and international students. These efforts, he added, mesh nicely with the state’s priority of rebuilding its population base.

Boyd noted that more than 40 percent of UND’s student body this fall originated in states other than North Dakota, despite the fact that many of them must pay tuition at rates substantially higher than that of resident students. This interest in UND, he said, reflects in part the growing number of students seeking college degrees in states outside the Great Plains region, a trend that is taxing the ability of many states to provide opportunities for all qualified students.

The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, Boyd said, led the way in the number of new out-of-state students, with an estimated one-third of the number.
Besides increasing the number of graduate students, Boyd said UND is focusing on increasing the number of students transferring to UND from community colleges and other institutions.

Krogh said the University will have in place this year at least 20 new program-to-program articulation agreements with colleges in North Dakota, Minnesota and other states. This means that when prospective transfer students begin at another school, they will know exactly how their courses there will later mesh with UND’s offerings. UND is adding a new staff member in the Registrar’s Office to support the transfer registration process, she said.
Here are additional breakdowns, with last year’s official figure, which does not include correspondence students enrolled in fall of 2000, in parentheses:

New freshmen, 1,947 (1,837); new transfer students, 839 (724); North Dakota residents, 6,868 (6,540); Minnesota residents, 2,776 (2,637); other nonresidents, 2,120 (1,854).
Breakdowns by college: Aerospace Sciences 1,580 (1,367); Arts and Sciences, 2,591 (2,528); Business and Public Administration, 1,5ll (1,452); Education and Human Development, 1,004 (944); Engineering, 661 (628); Graduate School, 1,557 (1,492); Law, 199 (195); Medicine undergraduate, 576 (587); Medicine (M.D.), 223 (222); Nursing, 569 (574); undeclared majors, 1,293 (1,042); total, 11,764 (11,031).
Breakdown by class level: freshmen (new and returning), 2,659 (2,382); sophomore, 2,536 (2,394); junior, 1,865 (1,678); senior, 2,725 (2,668); total undergraduate, 9,785 (9,122); master’s, 1,070 (1,019); doctorate, 266 (202); graduate special, 221 (271); total graduate, 1,557 (1,492); law, 199 (195); medicine (M.D), 223 (222).


Annual Support Of American Indian Programs, Students Totaled $9.7 Million

A total of $9.7 million was spent at the University for Indian-related programs and financial aid during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, up from $8.5 million the previous year.
According to President Charles Kupchella, the money came from 109 separate sources, many of them federal agencies, but also included the State, tribal governments, foundations and other sources.

The report, prepared by the budget office, provides a comprehensive picture of the current funding of the University’s involvement in providing opportunities to Native Americans, Kupchella said. More investment is likely in the future, he added, noting that the recently issued Strategic Plan for the University calls for the University to become the nation’s leading institution for American Indian people. That effort is being led by a new Native American Programs Development Council, chaired by UND Vice President for Academic Affairs John Ettling and Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Robert Boyd.

About $5.5 million of the 2000-2001 total was in the form of financial aid to students, with the balance – about $4.2 million – covering the operation of 25 Indian-related programs ranging from the Department of Indian Studies to the Indians into Medicine Program (INMED), which has trained a large fraction of the Native American doctors practicing in the United States.

One challenge, Kupchella said, is to find new partners and thereby be less reliant on federal agencies, which now provide about 80 percent of UND’s funding in this area.
Last year, 420 UND students identified themselves as Native Americans or Alaskan Natives under the federal government’s definition, Kupchella said. North Dakota and its surrounding states have one of the highest concentrations of Native Americans in the country.

State-appropriated funds comprised about $500,000 of last year’s total, devoted mostly to covering programmatic costs. In addition, the North Dakota University System authorized UND to grant 261 full or partial tuition waivers to Indian students under its longtime diversity tuition waiver program, valued at $318,000.
Indian students, like most others at UND, typically pay for their educations from multiple sources that include scholarships and grants, loans, part-time jobs, and savings. The estimated cost of attending UND last year, including room and board but excluding personal costs such as clothing, ranged from $7,000 to $11,600 for undergraduates, and higher for graduate and professional students.

Other highlights from the report:
• More than half the financial aid awarded American Indians last year came from the Pell Grant and other federal programs targeted to low-income students regardless of their ethnicity.
• Tribal governments provided the largest number of grants to students, 165 of the 396 awarded. The tribes and the Indian Health Service combined to provide 65 percent of the externally funded dollars granted to students.
• American Indian students received scholarships valued at more than $555,000.


NIH Awards $6 Million to UND, NDSU For Statewide Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have awarded a $6 million grant to North Dakota to further develop the state’s capacity to conduct biomedical research.
Under the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) grant, UND and NDSU will collaborate to establish and enhance networking between biomedical researchers, encourage sharing of biomedical resources between campuses and provide resources to bring new biomedical scientists to the state.

“North Dakota is home to some fine institutions of learning and research, yet traditionally the federal research dollars have gone elsewhere,” the North Dakota Congressional delegation said in a joint statement. “Through this new network provided for in this grant, our state will be able to grow our research industry, creating new jobs and research opportunities for our state.”

“The new network will enable North Dakota researchers to address critical health issues facing the region and the nation,” said H. David Wilson, dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “It will allow us to attract bright young researchers to further build the state’s research enterprise, an important element in economic development.”
BRIN is the newest of several federal initiatives aimed at bolstering states where research has been historically under-funded. As a component of the North Dakota EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) program, it will continue to strengthen research in the state.

“This effort to enhance biomedical research is part of an overall strategy to increase the state’s science and technology base,” said Mark Sheridan, North Dakota EPSCoR project director. “Building North Dakota’s research capacity will lead to expanded economic opportunity through improved education and technology transfer.”

The main thrusts of the three-year project at UND and NDSU will be to enhance recruitment packages to attract new and established biomedical investigators to lead the push to increase federally funded research at these institutions, said John Shabb, the grant’s principal investigator and associate professor at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

The grant will support outreach and educational services such as bioinformatics workshops, a statewide scientific conference, a newsletter and Web site highlighting biomedical science in the state. Bioinformatics will include the establishment of a shared computational chemistry and biology network and development of a multi-institutional consortium to increase electronic access to the burgeoning biomedical literature.

In addition to strengthening bonds between the state’s two major research institutions, UND and NDSU, the BRIN project is also expected to enhance other science programs within the North Dakota University System and the state’s tribal colleges. Another important component is the goal of “growing” future biomedical scientists by attracting more students toward careers in the biomedical sciences. This will require increased collaboration between UND and NDSU as well as NDUS baccalaureate and tribal colleges throughout the state.

Sheridan is the NDSU co-principal investigator. Other faculty members actively involved in the BRIN project are: UND’s Kathryn Thomasson, Department of Chemistry, and NDSU’s Greg McCarthy, associate vice president for research; Stefan Balaz, Department of Pharmaceutical Science, and Donald Schwert, director of the Center for Science and Math Education (both NDSU).

The BRIN grant is awarded through the NIH National Center for Research Resources’ Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program.


EERC Celebrates 50 Years

The Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) celebrates its 50th anniversary Monday, Oct. 1, with an invitation to join them at a reception and open house. The program is open to the public and will be held in the EERC’s main lobby, 15 North 23rd Street, beginning at 3 p.m.

“As we review highlights of the 50 years that bring us to this day and think about last week’s astonishing events, we believe that taking time to honor our past will provide a moment of encouragement for the future when we need it so badly,” said EERC director Gerald Groenewold.

During the program, Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown, President Charles Kupchella, and Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation President Mark Krauseneck will offer brief comments about the occasion’s meaning to our community and region. Recognizing the fact that the EERC has now paid for the building’s 1994, $7.6 million expansion, event planners have added a “mortgage burning” ceremony to the program. A reception, open house, and tours will immediately follow the program.

On Sept. 29, 1951, then U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Oscar Chapman, and Director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines, James Boyd, dedicated the North 23rd Street building, “for the establishment of research facilities on lignite and other fuels.”

Designed to harmonize with buildings on the adjacent UND campus and constructed to accommodate up to 50 employees, the initial staff numbered 32. Its public charge was “to solve problems arising from the development of our Nation’s tremendous lignite reserves.”
In 1983, coinciding with the 100th birthday of the University of North Dakota, the research facility was defederalized, given to the University, and renamed the UND Energy Research Center. Four years later, in 1987, Gerald H. Groenewold became its director and, in 1989 renamed the organization the UND Energy and Environmental Research Center.

For more than a decade under Groenewold’s leadership, the EERC has practiced a philosophy that emphasizes true working partnerships between industry, government, and the research community. Although not for profit, the EERC operates successfully as a business within a university, relying on its flexibility and ability to quickly craft teams thatprovide timely technical answers to meet its customers’ needs.

Today, the EERC has 210 employees, including approximately 20 full-time equivalent employees elsewhere supported on the university campus, and is putting research into practice to solve problems and create opportunities through research, development, demonstration, and commercialization of energy and environmental technologies. The EERC generated more than $19 million in contract revenues in the fiscal year 2001. This year salaries and benefits will total $12.4 million, with an estimated regional impact of more than $48 million.

In response to increasing global demand for better, safer ways to utilize natural resources, the EERC is still growing. Since January of this year, the EERC added 18 permanent, full-time employees to its staff and has many open positions that remain to be filled later this fall. In addition to permanent staff, another eight part-time and temporary positions were filled during this period.




UND Plans Forum Thursday To Explore Terrorism Events

The University will hold a public forum, “Searching for Understanding: How to Begin to Make Sense of September 11th,” Thursday, Sept. 27, noon to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Organized for students, faculty, staff, and also open to the public, the forum will be an opportunity to learn more about issues that have been raised in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

The forum features three 20-minute talks followed by a question and answer period. The talks include:

• A geo-political context of the Middle East, Mohammad Hemmasi, chair and professor of geography.
• Islam, Yaser Khalifa, assistant professor of electrical engineering.
• Terrorism, Robert Wood, North Dakota State University political scientist.
Scott Lowe, interim director of the International Programs Office and professor of philosophy and religion, will serve as moderator.


Physics Colloquium Set For Friday

A physics colloquium is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in 209 Witmer Hall. “Development of New Photoremovable Protecting Groups that can Rapidly Release the Protected Compounds when Irradiated with Visible Light” will be presented by Anamitro Banerjee (Chemistry).


UND Hosts “Entrepreneurship And Engineering Education” Conference

The School of Engineering and Mines will host “Entrepreneurship and Engineering Education,” the 2001 North Midwest Section Annual Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education, Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 27-29, at UND.

The opening address at 8:15 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, on the second floor of the Memorial Union, will be delivered by Dwight Baumann, professor of engineering design, Carnegie Melon University, and director and founder of the Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Inc. An Ashley, N.D., native, Dr. Baumann will talk about “Engineering Design - From Ingenium to Entrepreneurship: The Complete Engineering Designer.”

The Friday luncheon speaker is Aelred Kurtenbach, chairman and CEO of Daktronics, Inc. the company from which Ralph Engelstad Arena Inc. purchased the $2 million scoreboard for the new hockey arena. Dr. Kurtenbach will talk about “Spinning High Tech Enterprises out of Universities” at noon on the second floor of the Memorial Union.
Other topics will include entrepreneurship education, experiential learning, innovations in engineering education, recruiting and retention, from engineering student to entrepreneur, poster sessions, and an ABET Criteria 2000 Focus Group.

Richard R. Schultz (electrical engineering) has received the Eta Kappa Nu Recognition for the C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teaching Award for Young Electrical Engineering Professors. Dr. Schultz will be presented with the award at the ASEE 2001 North Midwest Section Annual Conference banquet Friday, Sept. 28, starting at 7 p.m. at the Ramada Inn.
Sponsors for the conference include the UND Alumni Association and several UND units, including the Office of Research and Program Development, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, College of Business and Public Administration, Office of Instructional Development and the Division of Continuing Education.


Scientist Will Discuss Retinal Degeneration

Daniel T. Organisciak, professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology, Wright State University School of Medicine, College of Science and Mathematics, Dayton, Ohio, will present a research seminar on “Light Induced Retinal Degeneration and Antioxidative Protection,” Monday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in the United Hospital Lecture Hall (Room 1370), School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His talk will involve the retina, which is uniquely adapted to absorb photons for the initiation of visual transduction while being susceptible to damage from intense visible light or prolonged exposure. The research is focused on understanding the mechanism of retinal light damage and the protective role of antioxidants. To this end, Dr. Organisciak and his team have developed in vivo animal models using both normal albino rats and transgenic animals expressing mutant rhodopsin molecules. They routinely use different light exposure paradigms, measures of visual cell damage and death, and antioxidant treatments. They are also interested in endogenous retinal factors, related to circadian rhythms, which enhance or retard light damage. Their most recent work employs DNA array technology to study gene expression in the retina. By using relatively simple exogenous agents and by understanding the endogenous ability of the retina to withstand oxidative stress, they hope to develop treatments which will prolong visual cell life in individuals afflicted with diseases which lead to blindness.



Graduate Committee Meets Monday

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 1, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Consideration of graduate faculty nominations.
2. Establishment of the mental health nursing specialization within the Master of Science degree in nursing. Three new courses will be needed to support the specialization: NURS 540; 541; 542.
3. New course within the nurse anesthesia specialization: NURS 520.
4. New program - Ph.D. in nursing.
5. Matters arising.


Events Scheduled For Multicultural Awareness Week

Multicultural Student Services, in conjunction with MAC, presents the following events for Multicultural Awareness Week:

Monday, Oct. 1, 1:30 p.m., 201 Education Building. Roundtable discussion on politics of Hispanics/Latinos within the U.S.A.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave. Reception for Dr. Sharma for his award in research in the World Heart Congress. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union, theatre, “Through Our Eyes.”

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 9:30 to 11 a.m., UND Community Center, theatre, “Off to the Races.” 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. Panel discussion on “Race in America.”

Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 3-5, Northern Plains Conference on American Indians Team Names and Logos.

Monday, Oct. 8, 1:30 p.m., International Centre, 2908 University Ave., open discussion with Rosa Clemente, Hispanic Heritage Month.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, noon to 1:30 p.m., International Centre, Rosa Clemente presents “Hispanic/Latino Issues in America.” Bring your bag lunch; we will provide lemonade.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., MAC’s progressive meals, Center to Center.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 1:30 p.m., 106 Education Building. Rountable discussion on “Gender Issues within the UND Campus Community.”

Friday, Oct. 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Center to Center “Open House.”


GTAs Invited To Session On “Teaching Effectively”

Graduate teaching assistants are encouraged to attend “Teaching Effectively in Multiple Settings,” presented by Myrna Olson (Teaching and Learning) Tuesday, Oct. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sioux Room, Memorial Union.

Dr. Olson will present information and lead discussion on the following topics: accommodating for different learning styles, employment of various instructional strategies, testing and assessing learning, motivating students to read and learn, and dealing with problem students.

Please call the Graduate School to register for this session at 777-2786. Pizza and soda will be served.


Spaghetti Feed Benefits New York Fire Fund

The Grand Forks Fire Department Local 1099 in conjunction with East Grand Forks Fire Department and Altru Paramedics are hosting a benefit spaghetti supper, 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Alerus Center. All proceeds will be donated to the New York Fire 9-11 Relief Fund to benefit the families of all emergency service workers killed Sept. 11. A free will donation will be accepted. All donations are tax deductible.

For more information, contact Michelle Graba, Rural Health, 777-3848.


WAC Group Will Discuss Writing, Grade Expectations

You are invited to attend the WAC discussion group meeting Wednesday, Oct. 3. The topic for the session will be “What We Know About Grade Expectations, and what that Means for Teaching with Writing.” The meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m., in the Memorial Room on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Lunch will be provided, and sign-ups must be received by noon Monday, Oct. 1.

For more information, call Joan Hawthorne, Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator, 777-6381.


Hikins Will Focus On Human Response To Catastrophe

Wednesday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in 334 O’Kelly Hall, James Hikins (communication) will present a discussion of “Human Response to Catastrophe: Communication and the World Trade Center Disaster.” In previously published work, Dr. Hikins has explored how humans respond in patterned ways, through multiple forms of communication, to natural and human-made disasters. In this presentation, Dr. Hikins applies his previous research findings to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.


Study Abroad Information Session Spotlights Iceland

Study Abroad Information Sessions are held Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Oct. 3 program is a spotlight on Iceland and study at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.


“Off To The Races” Will Play Wednesday Morning

Multicultural Student Services will present a play, “Off to the Races” performed by 7AM Productions, from 9;30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Apartment Community Center. This event is free to everyone.


Updated Agenda Listed For Nickname Conference

Following is an updated agenda for the Northern Plains Conference on American Indian Nicknames and Logos.

Wednesday, Oct. 3: 5 p.m., International Centre, 2908 University Ave. - Winona LaDuke, activist. 6 to 10 p.m., International Centre, meal and open house. 7 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union, “Psychology of the Circle Today” workshop, discussion and methods in spiritual awareness and political response.

Thursday, Oct. 4: 8 to 9 a.m., second floor, Memorial Union, registration and continental breakfast. 9 to 9:30 a.m., second floor, Memorial Union, pipe ceremony and welcome, Clyde Bellecourt, Leigh Jeanotte, CCHR (Campus Committee for Human Rights) and BRIDGES (Building Roads into Diverse Groups, Empowering Students). 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, roundtable: “How deep does it go? Examining the spiritual and psychological impact of American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots on Native and non-Native people,” with George “Tink” Tinker, Lutheran pastor. Roundtable, 205 Memorial Union, “Good sportsmanship? Is the use of American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots consistent with the core values of intercollegiate athletics?” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ballroom, Memorial Union, luncheon, with speaker Vernon Bellecourt, president of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, roundtable: Is this legal? Does it matter? Exploring how federal Indian law affects the debate over intellectual property rights in the use of American Indian names and images.” Panelists include James Grijalva (law), Stacy Leeds (law), Barbara Voglewede (law), Robert Gough, attorney for the estate of Crazy Horse in its litigation against the makers of Crazy Horse Malt Liquor; Frank laMere, Executive Committee for the Democratic National Convention. Roundtable, 205 Memorial Union, “Telling the real story. How news media portrayals influence public perception of the debate over American Indian nicknames and logos. What role does corporate influence play in media coverage?” Panelists include Tim Giago, publisher, Lakota Journal; Mark Anthony Rolo, executive director, Native American Journalists Association; Doreen Yellow Bird, journalist, Grand Forks Herald. 4 to 5:30 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, workshop: North Central Faculty Association Policy Development. Roundtable: “Activism: the challenges and rewards of being active in the struggle for human rights and social justice.” Panelists include Betty Ann Gross, South Dakota activist; Dana Williams, student activist; Robert Eurich, founder of the web site, American Indian Sports Team Mascots. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union, community mediation workshop, facilitated by the U.S. Department of Justice, community mediation team. 7 p.m., Ballroom, Memorial Union, speaker Charlene Teters, artist, writer, advocate. 8 p.m., Ballroom, Memorial Union, entertainment/concert/pizza party (pizza donated by the UND Multicultural Awareness Committee); creative resistance workshop, pre-rally discussion/training.

Friday, Oct. 5: 8 to 9:30 a.m., second floor, Memorial Union, continental breakfast. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., roundtable, “What are we teaching? Addressing American Indian nicknames, logos and racial diversity in the classroom.” Panelists include Carole Ann Heart, president, National Indian Education Association; Christine Rose, founder, STAR (Students and Teachers Against Racism); David Gipp, president, United Tribes Technical College and UND alumnus. Roundtable: student panel organized by BRIDGES (Building Roads Into Diverse Groups, Empowering Students). 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Ballroom, Memorial Union, luncheon with speaker Jesse Taken Alive, Council and former Chair, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. 1:30 to 3 p.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, roundtable: “Indians for Sale. Fads and fashions in the marketing of American Indian names and images.” Panelists include Carol Spindel, author of “Dancing at Halftime: Sports and the Controversy over American Indian Mascots; Oscar Arrendondo, visual artist; Daniel Green, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. 3:30 to 4 p.m., pre-rally discussion. 4 p.m., march; 5:30 p.m., rally; 7:30 p.m., Ballroom, Memorial Union, entertainment/concert.
Saturday, Oct. 6: 11 a.m., potluck meal (location to be announced).
Artist Oscar Arrendondo’s exhibits “Welcome to Cleveland” and “Mile in My Moccasins” will be on display throughout the conference. The artist will be available to answer questions.


University Community Invited To Ralph Engelstad Arena Grand Opening

The University community is invited to take part in the grand opening of the Ralph Engelstad Arena, Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 3-6. Following is a list of events:
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 8 p.m. to midnight, UND student party with Johnny Holm Concert, Ralph Engelstad Arena. Students are invited to see the new facility at 7 p.m., stay for the concert and party. Use the student entrance and bring your student ID. Concessions will be available.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 7 to 9 p.m., high school student party with hypnotist, Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Friday, Oct. 5, 4 to 6 p.m., elementary and middle school games and activities, Alerus Center. 7:05 p.m., hockey game, Ralph Engelstad Arena (SOLD OUT). 10 p.m., fireworks display, outside the Arena in the north lot.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., open house, Ralph Engelstad Arena. Come tour the new arena and watch the UND/NDSU football game telecast at the Arena.


University Senate Meets Oct. 4

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

1. Announcements.
2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3. Question period.
4. Report from the ad hoc working group on student involvement in faculty evaluations.
5. Recognition and thanks for the service of the members of the faculty seed money committee.


International Centre Hosts Thursday Night Program

The office of International Programs at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will hold cultural programs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. The Oct. 4 program will feature India. The Thursday night cultural programs are open to all. Experience different cultures of the world, meet new friends from other nations, and learn about the variety the world has in store. Events feature a variety of food prepared and served by international students. For more information, contact the International Centre at 777-4231.


Multicultural Student Services Hosts Speaker

Multicultural Student Services will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Rosa Clemente as a guest speaker at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Everyone is welcome.


Lecturer To Discuss Complementary Alternative Medicine

The Medical School Dean’s Hour lecture will be at noon Friday, Oct. 5, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, Wold Bio-Information learning Resources Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Complementary Alternative Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities for Clinical Research and Practice” will be presented by Stephen E. Straus, director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.

For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean, 777-2514.


Staff Senate Meets Oct. 10

Staff Senate will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Dan Anderson has joined the Staff Senate, Cathy Jones is secretary, and Jill Novotny is a member at large.


Three Individuals To Receive Sioux Award During Homecoming

The Alumni Association will recognize three individuals with its highest honor, the Sioux Award, as part of the Homecoming 2001 celebration Oct. 17-20. The recipients are Ellen (Bell) McKinnon, Grand Forks; Barbara (McConachie) Dewing, Excelsior, Minn.; and Keith Sorbo, Ogden, Utah.

These outstanding UND alumni will be honored at the Sioux Awards Banquet Friday, Oct. 19, at the Ramada Inn in Grand Forks. The social begins at 6 p.m., with dinner and program following at 6:30 p.m. For tickets or additional information regarding the Sioux Awards Banquet or any other Homecoming 2001 events, please contact the Alumni Association, 777-2611 or (800) 543-8764.

Ellen (Bell) McKinnon has been an active member of the alumni family and Grand Forks community. She and her husband, George, a 1934 UND graduate, have been vital to the success of UND’s Homecoming celebrations for more than 40 years. Ellen attended UND from 1934 to 1935, majoring in home economics. Ellen also has been active with Friends of the North Dakota Museum of Art. The McKinnons founded and own McKinnon Company Inc., a wholesale beer and soft drink distributor company in Grand Forks. Ellen and George live in Grand Forks. George received the Sioux Award in 1995. They have three children, eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Barbara (McConachie) Dewing earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from UND in 1957. A Pembina, N.D., native, she co-chaired with her husband, Merlin, the successful 21st Century Campaign, which raised more than $70 million in cash and pledges. Merlin earned two degrees from UND, in 1956 and 1958. He received an honorary degree in 1988. She currently co-chairs with her husband a $10 million campaign for the North Dakota Museum of Art. Barbara is a full-time commodity futures trader. She and Merlin live in Excelsior, Minn. They have three children and four grandchildren.

Keith Sorbo earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from UND in 1959. The Crosby, N.D., native is one of the founders and original members of the National Alumni Leadership Council and is still very involved with the organization. Keith is the western regional manager for Farmland Industries, and is director of the Pacific Northwest Grain and Feed Association and the Idaho Grain and Feed Association. He and his wife, Marlys (Chally), a 1959 UND graduate, reside in Ogden, Utah. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
Homecoming 2001 will also feature the Classes of 1961 and 1976, and these returning alumni will be honored with receptions, campus and city tours and tailgating celebrations.




Cheryl Saunders Named Director Of Learning Center

Cheryl Saunders has accepted the position of director of the University Learning Center. She earned her Ph.D. from the University in August 2001, and has served as the interim director of the University Learning Center since January 2001. Prior to that, she was a graduate assistant and interim center coordinator for the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center from 1998-2001.


Nominations For Faculty Awards Accepted Through Nov. 16

The Outstanding Faculty Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the following individual and departmental awards:

• Outstanding undergraduate teaching (individual)
• Outstanding graduate/professional teaching (individual)
• Excellence in teaching, research/creative activity and Service - the “faculty scholar award” (individual)
• Outstanding faculty development and service (individual)
• Departmental excellence in teaching (department)
• Departmental excellence in service (department)
Nominations may be made electronically, via the UND home page, beginning Oct. 20. Paper nomination forms also are available at various locations around campus. Criteria for all six awards are listed on the nomination forms.

Additional nomination forms are available from the Office of Instructional Development, Room 12-A, Merrifield Hall, 777-4998.


Two Faculty Study Seminars Offered This Fall

Two new faculty study seminars will be offered this fall. Each is focused around a book (provided free to all participants) that raises important issues about teaching. Group members can expect to meet four times in a semester, at times selected by consensus of the participants.

This fall’s options are as follows:
Anne Kelsch (history) will lead the group reading “What’s the Use of Lectures?” by Donald A. Bligh. The approach Bligh takes is to examine what research tells us about such key issues as how students are best motivated, what influences students’ memory, and how a teacher’s lecture style can be varied to take advantage of what is known about student learning. Group members will read Bligh’s take on the implications of relevant research, as well as share perspectives on possible ramifications for their own teaching practice.

Melinda Leach (anthropology) will lead the group reading “Making the Most of College: Students Speak their Minds” by Richard J. Light. This new book (published in 2001) has captured the attention of faculty at campuses across the country because of the insight it provides into the undergraduate experience from the perspectives of students themselves. Members of this group will begin with Light’s findings and consider what his data and conclusions have to say for faculty at UND.

To participate in either group, call the Office of Instructional Development at 777-4998 or e-mail Include your name, contact information, the title of the book you want to read, and your fall schedule. Groups will be formed and you’ll be informed when the first meeting for your group is planned.


Phi Beta Kappa Seeks Former Members

Members of the UND faculty and staff who, while students here or elsewhere, were elected to membership in and were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa are asked to identify themselves to the UND chapter so they may participate in its affairs. Please inform Ellen Erickson, Provost’s office, by phone at 777-4085 or by e-mail at The UND chapter of Phi Beta Kappa soon will begin its activities for the year. Initiations will again occur in early December and April. This year’s Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar will be Alexei V. Filippenko, professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Filippenko’s primary areas of research are exploding stars, active galaxies, black holes, and the expansion of the universe. He has been in the forefront of efforts to develop robotic telescopes for CCC imaging. He will deliver a public lecture Thursday, April 18, and will engage in classes and meetings across campus April 18 and 19.


Studio One Lists Guests

Communication professor Jim Hikins will discuss the public discourse and policy project at UND and how it relates to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 on the next edition of “Studio One,” live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

The mission of the Public Discourse and Policy Project is to “explore the impact of political communication” at all levels and to monitor public discourse. Hikins has researched the communication patterns and rhetoric associated with the aftermath of disasters for the past 15 to 20 years. He concentrates on disasters from the Titanic to the Oklahoma City bombing, and is focusing on the World Trade Center disaster.

“Studio One” will also feature Annie Martin who will talk about her experience at Camp Sioux, sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Annie was diagnosed with diabetes at age four and made her first trip to camp when she was eight. She has been a counselor for three years and finds it rewarding to give back to the camp and help other young people with diabetes.

“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 at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs “Studio One” on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis and Winnipeg, Manitoba.


New Faculty, Staff Meal Plan Available

Dining Services is pleased to announce a new and improved faculty and staff meal plan. The flexible plan offers the opportunity to taste what is new in our Dining Centers, is affordable and gives good value for your money.

All full- and part-time faculty and staff are eligible to purchase the plan. Meals are good at all three dining centers (Wilkerson Hall, Squires Hall, and Terrace at the Memorial Union), plus the Wings Café at the Airport (Aerospace building No. 4).

Each dining center offers at least two entrées plus a vegetarian entrée for lunch and dinner in an all-you-care-to eat environment. In addition, each features a specialty bar such as Mexican, wrap, pasta, burger, or Italian every Monday through Friday. Old favorites like the deli bar, bagel bar, cereal bar, and burgers and fries are available every day.

New features of the plan include a declining meal balance which does not expire. This means if you purchase a 10-meal plan, the meals are good until you use them, change your faculty or staff status, or leave UND. Also, the meal plan is good for any meal, breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is no limit to the number of meals you can use per day and you may bring one or more guests at any time.

Stop by any dining center, the Dining Services administrative office at Central Foods, or the Campus Passport ID Office at the Memorial Union (room 15, lower level) to purchase a 10- or 25-meal plan. Meal plans must be paid in full when signing the contract. See our web site at and click on faculty and staff meal plan for more information.


Upcoming U2 Classes Announced

Following are upcoming University Within the University classes.

Employee and Non Employee Travel Policies and Procedures, Food Purchase Approvals: Oct. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Brush up on the procedures to follow for out-of-state travel authorizations, American Express corporate cards, employee travel-expense vouchers and non-employee ticket authorizations. Instructors: Bonnie Nerby, Accounting Services; Allison Peyton, Accounting Services; Lisa Heher, Accounting Services; and Mike Grosz, Dining Services.

You as a Supervisor: Oct. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. This session is a presentation on supervisory responsibilities. What is management, how does it apply to you as a supervisor, and how do you apply it in your job as supervisor? Instructor: Desi Sporbert, Personnel Services.

Laboratory Safety: Oct. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The course covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all university employees working in a laboratory. Instructor: Greg Krause, Safety and Environmental Health.

HOW TO REGISTER: Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact Amy Noeldner at the University Within the University office by phone (777-2128), fax (777-2140), e-mail (, or mail to P.O. Box 7131. To register online, go to Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number, Social Security number (for accurate record keeping), and e-mail address, title and date of the event, and the method of payment (ID billing, personal check, or credit card number and expiration date) if the event has a fee.


IMPACT Seeks Male, Female Self Defense Instructors

Are you interested in self-defense, personal safety and personal empowerment? The UND Women’s Center is seeking women and men to be certified to teach IMPACT Self-Defense. No prior self-defense training is required, but the ideal candidate should have the desire to empower women and create an emotionally supportive environment. The training is based on a male/female team approach. The male instructor, in a fully padded suit, takes on the persona of a mock male assailant during the training. IMPACT Personal Safety is an established program which has received national recognition, and been featured on such television programs as DateLine NBC and Oprah. For more information, consult our national chapter website at We encourage you to consider this unique opportunity. We have scheduled the initial training to take place Friday through Sunday, Nov. 2-4. If you are interested in the training and/or would like more information about the program, please contact the Women’s Center at 777-4300 or e-mail us at before Monday, Oct. 15.


Judy Jahnke Won Grand Prize For State Employee Recognition Week

Judy Jahnke (College of Business and Public Administration) won the grand prize of two tickets in UND’s box at the Alerus Center for the South Dakota State football game on Saturday, Sept. 29, courtesy of the President’s Office. Thank you to all those who participated in the State Employee Recognition Week Events.

We would also like to thank the over 60 businesses that donated items that were given away as door prizes this week; their contributions remind us that this community is supportive of the many state employees in this region.



John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences

Paul Kucera (atmospheric sciences) was awarded a $72,217 NASA grant for “Evaluation of NASA Polarimetric (NPOL) Radar Observations Collected during the Key Area Microphysics Project (KAMP). For the initial phase of this project, Kucera will gather data on tropical storms at the NPOL radar site in Key West, Fla. He was chosen by NASA to lead this effort because of his experience with polarimetric radar data. . . . Software developed at UND was showcased at two back-to-back technology conferences. HTML-eZ was demonstrated at the Telecommunications Technology in North Dakota conference and the International Conference on Intelligent Multimedia and Distance Education, both in Fargo. HTML-eZ was developed to facilitate teaching and communications via the Internet, and is a locally developed tool that allows instructors to create and maintain graphically rich, interactive web sites on their own, without knowing any HTML or programming. It was invented by Henry Borysewicz, David Horne, and Joseph Stevens (AeroSpace Network). . . . Henry Borysewicz (AeroSpace Network and Scientific Computing Center) represented UND at the 11th International Commercial Aviation Training Conference sponsored by the Western Institute for Computer Assisted Teaching in Las Vegas. Borysewicz demonstrated various web-delivered teaching tools currently under development at Aerospace, including HTML-eZ. . . . Kent Lovelace (aviation) has been elected chair of the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s Board of Directors for a one-year term.

College of Arts and Sciences

“Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Consequences of English Only Supporters ‘Going to Law,’” an article written by Randy Lee (Law) and David Marshall (English), was published in Language Idealogies, Critical Perspectives on the Official English Movement (Volume 2, History, Theory, and Policy), published by NCTE, edited by Roseann Duenas Gonzalez, University of Arizona, Tucson (171-189). . . . Paul Todhunter and Bradley Rundquist (both geography), received a $1,200 quick response grant from the NSF-funded Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, for their project “Flood Damage Assessment and Survey of Mitigation Efforts at Stump Lake, North Dakota: A Case Study of a Closed-Basin Lake Flood.” Rundquist received a $10,000 contract as part of the cooperative ecosystems studies units agreement between the U.S. Department of the Interior and UND. The title of the project is “Development of Geographic Information Systems Data for the TEAM Leafy Spurge Project, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.” . . . Gaya Marasinghe, principal investigator, and John Wagner, co-principal investigator (both physics) received a National Science Foundation grant to purchase a variable temperature automated x-ray diffractometer. UND is presently in the process of expanding and improving its materials science related research and teaching activities. The instrument permits collecting high-resolution x-ray diffraction data for specimens in the temperature range of 300 to 2000 K under a wide range of environmental conditions. In addition, this system will allow for accurate and efficient analysis of the acquired data using the latest software and databases available. This diffractometer will support research on a wide range of materials such as nano-structured materials, superconductors, magnetic materials, shape-selective catalysts, photocatalytic oxidizers, and smart materials such as Terfenol-D and Invar. As UND’s only modern x-ray diffractometer that provides hands-on, affordable access to its researchers, the proposed instrument is expected to facilitate the research activities of at least three academic departments and two colleges at UND. Through participation in related research projects, graduate and undergraduate research students will have the opportunity to train in modern aspects of x-ray diffraction technique. In addition, through the incorporation of laboratory experiments into existing and new classes, academic students will also benefit from the proposed facility. Finally, because UND has one of the largest Native American student populations in the nation, the instrument will present an opportunity for UND students belonging to an under-represented ethnic group to experience one of the most versatile and widely used experimental techniques in materials science. . . . Gayle Baldwin (philosophy and religion) has had “Queering the Priestly Woman,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, fall 2001. . . . Charles Miller (philosophy and religion) co-presented with Arthur Walker-Jones, faculty of theology, University of Winnipeg, “Cross-Cultural Reflections on the Academic Teaching of Biblical Studies,” at the Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. . . . Donald Poochigian (philosphy and religion) presented “The Linguistic Turn and the Crisis in Philosophy” at the 52nd ND Northwest Conference on Philosophy, Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore. . . . Frank White (sociology) has been named the outstanding faculty member by Gamma Sigma Alpha, an honorary student organization at UND. He has also been nominated to again be honored in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” Only five percent of American professors are honored in each edition of “Who’s Who” and fewer than two percent are included in more than one edition. White has been honored in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth editions.

College of Business and Public Administration

Mary Askim (marketing) presented a paper, “Substantive Modeling: Attribution Theory and Entrepreneurial Venture Failure,” at the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences Annual Meeting held in Las Vegas. She presented a paper, “Ex-Entrepreneurs: An Elusive Group Driving Sampling Consideration,” at the 37th annual meeting of the Midwest Business Administration Association in Chicago. The paper won the distinguished paper award in the entrepreneurship division. Askim also presented a paper, “Building Theory: The Relationship between Attribution Theory and Entrepreneurial Venture Failure” at the Allied Academies International Conference in Nashville, Tenn., which won the distinguished research award from the Academy of Entrepreneurship. The paper will be published in the upcoming issue of the Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal. Askim had “Electronic Commerce in Service Industries” published in Great Ideas in Teaching (sixth edition).

School of Law

“Shooting Themselves in the Foot: Consequences of English Only Supporters ‘Going to Law,’” an article written by Randy Lee (law) and David Marshall (English), was published in Language Ideologies, Critical Perspectives on the Official English Movement (Volume 2, History, Theory, and Policy), published by NCTE, edited by Roseann Duenas Gonzalez, University of Arizona, Tucson (171-189).

College of Nursing
Loretta Heuer (nursing) co-presented “Development of a Diabetes Lay Educator Program” at a Minnesota Department of Health conference, Meeting the Diabetes Care Needs of Culturally Diverse Populations, in St. Paul.

Studio One
Studio One received a first place award in the category of overall excellence in Cable TV in the Northwest Broadcast News Association competition, which includes the six-state region of North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota and Iowa. One student received a first place award in the sports reporting category. Studio One students received six first-place, seven second-place, six third-place and five honorable mention awards in the North Dakota Professional Communicators College Communications Contest. The competition included entries from Minnesota and North Dakota schools. Studio One students received two first-place awards, four second-place awards and two third-place awards in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award competition. This competition includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. First-place award winners advanced to the national SPJ competition.




Faculty Awarded Instructional Development Grants

The following faculty members were awarded faculty instructional development committee grants in September:

Robert Dosch (Accounting and Business Law), “Mountain Plains Management Conference,” $491; Therese Costes (Music), “Music Therapy Program Equipment,” $946; Evguenii Kozliak (Chemistry), “36th American Chemical Society (ACS) Midwest Regional Meeting (Chemical Education Session),” $750.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials or travel to teaching-related conferences. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site (listed under “Academics” on the UND home page.)

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the faculty instructional development committee. The next deadline is Monday, Oct. 15, at noon.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID’s flexible grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or


Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

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

Dissemination Grants are awarded to translate research information into language and materials that can reach and be used by older adults and those who work on their behalf. Grants are generally for projects with potential for high, national impact and visibility, and may include public education programs, major media events, and production of consumer or practitioner oriented materials. Funding will also be allocated for packaging and dissemination of research results and products related to aging and financial security. The Education and Training Grant Program funds programs with a national scope that provide leadership development, professional development, and research training to students and young professionals. Current priority areas are: 1) Living with Chronic Health Conditions, and 2) Aging and Living Environments. There is no limit for funding that can be requested, but grants are generally awarded for $100,000 or less for a period of up to 2 years. Letters of inquiry are required; successful applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Contact: 202/434-6190; fax 202/434-6483;; Deadlines: 11/1/01, 3/1/02, 7/1/02.
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Research Grants support research aimed at achieving a better understanding of the metabolic basis of Lowe syndrome and/or developing better treatments for its major complications, prevention of Lowe syndrome, and/or discovering a cure for Lowe syndrome. Specifically, the Association will consider supporting research aimed at one or more of the following: achieving a thorough understanding of the metabolic basis of Lowe syndrome, especially how a phosphatidylinositol enzyme deficiency leads to the various features of Lowe syndrome; or developing a better understanding and treatment of major complications of Lowe syndrome including, but not limited to, neurologic and behavioral problems, corneal keloid, degenerative bone and joint disorders, and renal diseases. Proposals for a longitudinal study of the progression of renal and/or neurological features will be given special consideration. Eligible applicants are researchers of all types. One or two grants in an amount up to $30,000 for one year will be provided. Deadline: 11/1/01. Contact: Kaye McSpadden, 765/743-3634;;
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Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies support doctoral candidates writing or researching dissertations in the social sciences and humanities relating to Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the successor states of the former Yugoslavia. Awards are up to $15,000 for one year. Contact: 212/697-1505; fax 212/949-8058;; Deadline: 11/1/01.

Fellowships for Postdoctoral Research in East European Studies provide up to $25,000 in support for scholars to undertake full-time research for 6-12 months in the social sciences and humanities relating to Albania, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the successor states of former Yugoslavia. Eligible applicants are scholars with the Ph.D. or its equivalent as demonstrated by professional experience and publications. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Contact/Deadline: See above.

Library of Congress Fellowships in International Studies support research in all disciplines of the humanities and social sciences using the foreign language collections of the Library of Congress. Fellowships will be available for 4-9 months, with a stipend of $3,500/month. Proposals in multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary studies are also welcome, as are proposals focused on single or multiple geographical areas. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. conferred prior ro November 1, 2001; preference will be given to scholars within 7 years of their degree. Contact/Deadline: See above.
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The National Program to Promote Diabetes Education Strategies in Minority Communities provides funding to support National Diabetes Education Program activities that strengthen the capacity of national and regional minority organizations (NMOs/RMOs) to reduce the disproportionate burden of diabetes among high risk populations (e.g., Black or African-American, Hispanic or Latinos, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and American Indian or Alaskan Native). Awards will enable NMOs/RMOs to reach their targeted populations with culturally and linguistically appropriate intervention strategies through trusted and valued community-based intervention approaches and delivery channels. The average award is anticipated to be $375,000 with a project period of up to 3 years. Deadline: 10/26/01. Contact: Catherine Beartusk, 770/488-6031;;
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The goal of the Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) (NSF 01-157) program is to support fundamental research and catalyze synergistic science and engineering research and education in emerging areas of nanoscale science and technology, including: biosystems at the nanoscale; nanoscale structures, novel phenomena, and quantum control; device and system architecture; design tools and nanosystems specific software; nanoscale processes in the environment; multi-scale, multi-phenomena modeling and simulation at the nanoscale; manufacturing processes at the nanoscale; and studies on societal implications of nanoscale science and engineering. Support will be provided for Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) and Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER). Other research and education projects in nanoscale science and engineering will continue to be supported in the relevant Programs and Divisions. It is anticipated that approximately 35-45 new Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Teams (NIRT) grants will be made, with an estimated award size ranging from $250,000-$5000,000/year for up to 4 years; and that approximately 50 new Nanoscale Exploratory Research (NER) standard grants will be awarded with an estimated award size not exceeding $100,000, generally limited to one year. Contact: See program announcement; Deadline: 12/19/01.
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Eurasia Program: Postdoctoral Fellowships of $24,000 are intended to improve the academic employment and tenure opportunities of recent Ph.D. recipients in the social sciences and humanities in the study of the Soviet Union and its successor states. Eligible applicants must have received their Ph.D. in or after 1995 and be untenured. Contact: 212/377-2700; fax 212/377-2727; Deadline: 11/1/01.
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Postdoctoral Fellowships support one year of in-residence research and writing at Cornell University. Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree by October 1, 2001 and must have one or more years of teaching experience. It is anticipated that 6-10 fellowships with awards of $32,000 will be made. Scholars from various disciplines who are interested in investigation, interrogating, or critically transforming the concept of diaspora in the study of significant critical, textual, artistic, and historical processes are invited to apply. Candidates should be working on topics related to the year’s theme and have a broad enough approach to the humanities to appeal to students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines. Deadline: 10/21/01. Contact : Lisa Patti, 607/255-9274;;
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Individual Research Grants Program: Post-Ph.D. Grants of up to $20,000 each support research in all branches of anthropology. Applicants are individual scholars of any nationality holding the doctorate or an equivalent qualification in anthropology or a related discipline. Grants are made to seed innovative approaches and ideas, cover specific expenses or phases of a project, and/or encourage aid from other funding agencies. The Foundation particularly invites projects employing comparative perspectives or integrating two or more subfields of anthropology. Contact: 212/683-5000; fax 212/683-9151;; Deadline: 11/1/01.
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Full-Year Fellowships in Cardiac Pacing and/or Electrophysiology are provided to those who have a doctoral degree in medicine, philosophy, osteopathy or science, or equivalent training in the field of biomedical engineering. Most fellowship awards are restricted to citizens or permanent residents of a country in North America, however an international full-year fellowship is available to an international applicant who plans to study at a facility in North America (includes all countries in the Western Hemisphere north of Colombia and their respective territories and equivalent elements). The goal is to encourage training of individuals in the fields of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. Fellowships are designed for individuals seeking specialty education and experience following their residence programs. Individuals with faculty (including junior faculty) appointments are not eligible. Deadline: 11/1/01. Contact: 508/647-0100; fax 508/647-0124;;
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Research Grants support the health and well-being of companion animals and wildlife by funding humane health studies and disseminating information about these studies. The Foundation funds research into disease and health problems in the following categories: canine, equine, feline, llama/alpaca, wildlife/special studies, alternative medicine, emerging conditions, pain management, animal behavior and other areas of interest. Funding allowed will range from $2,500-$319,000 annually with an average budget of $28,000. Duration may be 1-5 years. Applications for one-year pilot studies up to a maximum of $7,500 will be considered. The intent is to generate preliminary data for support of more comprehensive studies. Deadline: 11/1/01 (Preproposal); 4/1/02 (Full Proposal). Contact: Kristin Benjamin, 303/790-2345;
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The Biology of Plant-Microbe Associations program supports fundamental and mission-linked research on interactions between plants and their associated microbes, including fungi and fungal-like microbes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, and mycoplasma-like organisms. Studies on the biology of the microbes themselves, interactions between the microbes and plants, effects of microbes on plant biology, and influence of biotic and abiotic environmental factors on plant-microbe interactions are all within the scope of this program. Microbes studied may be foliar or soil-borne, free-living or living within plant hosts. Studies may focus on pathogenic microbes and plant disease interactions or on beneficial microbes (e.g., bacteria which fix nitrogen, fungal symbionts, or biological control organisms) and their associated plants. New Investigator Awards are made to investigators who have completed postdoctoral training and are beginning independent research careers. Conference Grants support scientific confer-ences focused on fundamental and mission-linked research on interactions between plants and their associated microbes, including fungi and fungal-like microbes, bacteria, viruses, viroids, and mycoplasma-like organisms. Support for a limited number of conferences will be considered for partial or, if modest, total support. Deadline: 1/15/02. Contact: NRI, Proposal Service Unit, 202/401-6466;;
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The Comprehensive Programs in Beta Cell Biology (RFA-DK-02-014) are intended to support large multi-component projects of outstanding investigators with innovative, high impact studies focused on the beta cell and adult pancreatic islet; to attract established investigators who can bring novel or advanced techniques, tools and concepts from other areas of research to the study of beta cell biology; and foster interdisciplinary approaches to the study of beta cell biology. Use of emerging genomic and proteomic methods to elucidate beta cell specific trafficking events, signaling pathways, and novel components of the islet microenvironment required for proper beta cell function is strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal is to use this increased understanding of the biology of the pancreatic islet to develop novel approaches to the treatment of diabetes. Investigators are encouraged to use genome-wide studies (genomics and proteomics), advanced imaging techniques, analytic methods, and state-of-the art cell biological approaches to investigate broad areas of research opportunity in the beta cell biology. The RFP lists many possible topics of research. Formation of collaborations among scientists with a variety of different expertise and ideas is encouraged. Approximately $6 million (total costs) will be committed in FY 2002 to fund 2-8 new awards for project periods of up to 5 years. Requested budgets for large R01 grants with/without multiple subcontracts or combined budgets for an IRPG may be up to $2 million direct costs/year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to request additional funds for development of infrastructure and bioinformatics resources, and for purchase of large equipment. The R01 and interactive research project grant (IRPG) award mechanisms will be used. Deadlines : 2/13/02 (Letter of Intent), 3/13/02 (Application). Contact: Carol Renfrew Haft, 301/594-7689; fax 301/480-3503;;
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