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Spring 2013 | From the microverse to the universe, and everything in between

 UND Discovery

UND astrophysicist Wayne Barkhouse has developed software that may help prove the existence of “dark energy” in the universe. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Whether it’s through the microscope or through the telescope — or the myriad worlds in between — UND researchers, creative scholars, and alums have our universe covered.

They demonstrate every day how their work, sometimes in the laboratory and many times out in the field, influences the familiar and beyond, from inner space to outer space.

This issue of UND Discovery shows examples of how their impact transcends Grand Forks and North Dakota’s political boundaries to places as far away as Antarctica, the International Space Station, and distant galaxies.

We also look inward — closer to home, you might say — at UND biochemists Joyce Ohm, Archana Dhasarathy, and others who are trying to unlock mysteries within our own bodies’ DNA through dynamic new efforts in epigenetics research.

On the other side of the universe, we learn how UND physicist Wayne Barkhouse is helping fellow scientists around the world understand the phenomenon of “Dark Energy” light years away, all the while challenging the limitations of Einstein’s theories of time and space.

We also take time to celebrate milestones at UND.  The Space Studies Department — a first of its kind anywhere — and the newly renamed Women and Gender Studies program recently turned 25 and 30 years old, respectively.  Both programs have been invaluable catalysts for research in their own areas of influence.

Always bearing in mind how UND research is serving the state, we also include features about UND archaeologist Dennis Toom, our resident “Indiana Jones,” and how he is revealing and preserving North Dakota’s hidden past.   And finally, we learn how UND historian William Caraher is teaming up with Bret Weber of the Social Work Department and others to document life in the oil patch “Man Camps” of western North Dakota.

Find all this and much, much more in this issue of UND Discovery.  Enjoy!

David Dodds, Editor

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UND Discovery is published by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, with assistance from the Division of University and Public Affairs.  Editor:  David Dodds.  Contributors:  Juan Pedraza, David Dodds, Emily Aasand, Kate Menzies, Suezette Rene Bieri, Sandy Van Eck, Trish McGuire, and Brian Johnson.  Principal photography by Jackie Lorentz and Shawna Widdel.  Please send inquiries and comments to the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, University of North Dakota, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8367, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8367.  The University of North Dakota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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