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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 16: December 05, 2007

Contents
Top Stories
Faculty, administrative staff invited to participate in winter commencement
Presidential Search Committee gives Nov. 28 report
Events to Note
Free week pass to Wellness Center is Dec. 17-21
Retirement Reception to honor Brian Paulsen and Paul Fundingsland.
Retirement reception honors Roger Melvold
Place orders now for Indian taco sale Wednesday
Speakers will discuss NDSCS nanoscience technology program
De-Stress Fest: "Stress and the City" is Dec. 6
St. Nicholas Celebration is Dec. 6
Reception to recognize NASPA rising stars
Ceramic Arts Organization sponsors Christmas sale
Doctoral examination set for Inna Eduardovna Popova Tyapochkin
Book reception to honor Sandra Short
Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics presents two seminars
Note opportunity to speak with top federal health officials
Darfur documentary to be shown Dec. 11
Check out home cookin' class at Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen
Master Chorale presents "A Scandinavian Christmas" Dec. 14 and 16
Announcements
Nominations sought for Outstanding Faculty Academic Adviser Award
Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours
Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists deadline for travel applications
International Programs newsletter available online
RD&C seeks preproposals for COBRE grants
SSAC issues call for application for New Faculty Scholar Awards
Note final examination schedule
Note final grade instructions
Graduate School Scholarly Forum calls for abstracts
Nominations, applications invited for faculty research award
Nominations invited for departmental research award
More Essential Studies transition events to be held in spring semester
Fulbright Scholar visits offered
Please return University Student Assessment of Teaching forms
Academic catalog is now online
Deadline Friday for COSE nominations
Please help collect data on the use of technology in education
2007 Faculty Survey of Student Engagement now online
Accessible parking spaces have been moved
Law Library posts extended exam hours
It's time to renew service vehicle placards
U2 lists workshops
UND 24/7 photography contest extended
"A" parking zone permit renewal applications will be mailed Dec. 6
Getting up to speed with Microsoft Office 2007
Credit Union lists holiday promotions
Note holiday giving opportunities
Staff Senate brings you UND's 125th anniversary cookbook, "A Taste of UND Tradition"
Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials
Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available
Patients sought for medical students
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Gene Homandberg receives funds to continue osteoarthritis investigation
Dakota Science Center receives Community Partner Award
Faculty, administrative staff invited to participate in winter commencement

UND faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to march in academic regalia in the winter commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 14. Two ceremonies will be held this year, and faculty and administrative staff are encouraged to participate in one or both events. The ceremony for all graduate degrees will begin at 10 a.m., and all undergraduate degrees will be awarded at the ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. Both events will be held in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty and administrators should assemble in the lower level of the Auditorium at least 30 minutes prior to the ceremony. University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession.

Please contact the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events in the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office at 777-2724 by Wednesday, Dec. 12, or send an e-mail to terrimachart@mail.und.nodak.edu if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number of seats can be reserved. When responding, please make sure to indicate if you’ll be participating in one or both ceremonies.

I encourage participation by faculty and administrative staff to help make commencement a memorable occasion for our graduates and their guests.
-- Charles E. Kupchella, President, Office of the President, ckupchella@mail.und.edu, 777-2121

Presidential Search Committee gives Nov. 28 report

The Presidential Search Committee conducted interviews of seven candidates Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27 and 28. Each of the candidates has an impressive record of accomplishments, and the committee appreciates the care with which each of the candidates has approached the search process. (Eight had been selected for these interviews; one candidate had withdrawn from the search during the week before the interviews were held.) Following the interviews, the committee narrowed the field to five candidates who have been invited to campus for interviews in January 2008. Those five candidates are listed at the end of this report.

The committee is enthusiastic about the slate of candidates who will visit our campus at the beginning of the spring semester. Each interview will have the candidate in our community for two full days of interview activities, with a few events likely to be scheduled for the day before and the day after those full interview days as well. As soon as individual schedules can be arranged, they will be posted on the presidential search web site. The committee will also provide forms that can be used to provide feedback on the candidates’ visits.
The committee’s next (and final) meeting will be Monday, Jan. 28, when the committee will decide which candidates to recommend to the State Board of Higher Education. The board is scheduled to conduct its interviews of the finalists on Feb. 4.

We hope that you’ll take a look at the January interview schedules when we publish them, and try to find an occasion to meet each of the candidates. Input that the committee received from various stakeholders early in this process helped guide the interviews we conducted during the last two days and the selections made from among those candidates, and we encourage people to remain engaged through this final stage of the committee’s process.

-- Paul A. LeBel, dean, UND School of Law, chair, UND Presidential Search Committee.


Candidates invited to campus for interviews between Jan. 8 and 25, 2008, with individual interview schedules to be announced.

* Elbert, Dennis, dean, College of Business and Public Administration, University of North Dakota
* Johnson, Phyllis, Beltsville Area director, USDA Agricultural Research Service
* Kelley, Robert, dean, College of Health Sciences, University of Wyoming
* Long, Kathleen, dean, College of Nursing, University of Florida
* Smith, Bruce, dean, School of Aerospace Sciences, University of North Dakota

Free week pass to Wellness Center is Dec. 17-21

Have you been wanting to try out the Wellness Center, but just haven't found the time? Well, don't miss this great opportunity. The Wellness Center will be free for all UND employees during the week of Dec. 17-21. Take advantage of this opportunity to see if the Wellness Center is for you. You must bring in your UND ID card each time you visit. We hope to see you.
-- Kayla Effertz, Assistant Director of First Impressions, Wellness Center, kaylaeffertz@mail.und.edu, 701.777.4762

Retirement Reception to honor Brian Paulsen and Paul Fundingsland.

Please join us in celebrating the academic careers and achievements of two professors of art. A retirement reception will be held for Brian Paulsen and Paul Fundingsland at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. Every is cordially invited to attend.
-- Anita Monsebroten, Associate Professor, Art, anita_monsebroten@und.nodak.edu, 777-2909

Retirement reception honors Roger Melvold

A reception will be held in honor of Roger Melvold, chair and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Dr. Melvold, who announced his plans to retire effective Dec. 31, received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and went on to positions at Harvard Medical School and Northwestern University. After several years of successful teaching and research at these institutions, he joined the UNDSMHS as professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in November 1997. Last May, he was named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, UND's highest honor for faculty members. His talents as a teacher have generated numerous honors and praise from colleagues and students. He is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of mouse genetics and immunology.

Please join us as we wish him well in his retirement.
-- H. David Wilson, M.D., Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean, UNDSMHS, hdwilson@medicine.nodak.edu, 777.3021

Place orders now for Indian taco sale Wednesday

The UND Indian Association will hold an Indian Taco Sale Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the American Indian Student Services, 315 Princeton St. The cost is $5 per taco and $2 per frybread. Call 777-2321 with contact information and your order. Thank you. -- UND Indian Association.

Speakers will discuss NDSCS nanoscience technology program

Michael Burke and Kristi Jean, from the Center for Nanoscience Technology Training (CNTT) at North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS), will visit the UND campus Wednesday, Dec. 12. They will present a talk at 2 p.m. in 211 Witmer Hall about their experience with this new and exciting program, "Educating the Emerging Technologies Workforce." Coffee and cookies will be served at 1:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.

The mission of the North Dakota State College of Science Center for Nanoscience Technology Training (CNTT) is to support economic development within the state of North Dakota. The CNTT will meet the increasing need for technically skilled workers in the emerging technologies located throughout the Red River Valley, North Dakota and the surrounding region through the creation and delivery of educational and training programs based upon industry standards. NDSCS-CNTT will create modular educational/training materials, able to be delivered in a variety of methods, such as web-based, face to face, and CD/DVD.

The CNTT will provide educational and technology training opportunities in the following areas as a result of existing industry strengths in the region and identified potential growth areas:

* Nanotechnology (program status - active; start date fall 2006)
* Bio-fuels Technology (program status - approved, start date fall 2008)
* Biotechnology (program status - approval pending; anticipated start date fall 2009)
* Microelectronics Technology (program status - under development;
anticipated start date fall 2010)
* Micro-manufacturing Technology (program status - under development; anticipated start date fall 2010).
-- Juana Moreno, Assistant Professor, Physics, juana.moreno@und.edu, 777-3517

De-Stress Fest: "Stress and the City" is Dec. 6

Please help us spread the word to students. Feeling a little “Stress and the City?” Come to De-Stress Fest Thursday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Union Loading Dock. There will be tons of fun ways to decompress and relax during this hectic season. Free chair massages, cookie decorating, door prizes, and resources around campus and the community to release stress, and so much more. Don’t let the busy streets and bright lights of the season stop you from coming out. Hail a taxi and come to De-Stress Fest and have a real slick time.

The event is sponsored by Student Health Services, ADAPT Peer Educators, College of Nursing, Lotus Meditation Center, SHAC, University Counseling Center, Student Success Center, University Program Council, Volunteer Bridge, Wellness Center, and Women’s Center.

For more information: www.undstudenthealth.com
-- Carrie Ann Giebel, Counseling, Student Health Promotion Office, carrie.giebel@und.edu, 701-777-2097

St. Nicholas Celebration is Dec. 6

You are invited to celebrate the holiday season in the spirit of Saint Nicholas Thursday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center. Join us for a free lunch buffet and holiday music. Ask a friend to join you. Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to a local food pantry. The event is hosted by the Campus Ministry Association: St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, and United Campus Ministry.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center, lisaburger@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4706

Reception to recognize NASPA rising stars

A reception will be held in honor of Rebecca Slade, Memorial Union marketing coordinator, and Valerie Johnson, Memorial Union graduate assistant, in recognition of their recent awards from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).

Slade received the New Professional Rising Star Award for North Dakota and Johnson received the Graduate Rising Star Award for North Dakota at the NASPA IV West Regional Conference held in Little Rock, Ark., Nov. 8-10.

The campus community is invited to attend a reception at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Memorial Union Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Refreshments will be served.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union, cassiegerhardt@mail.und.edu, 701.777.3667

Ceramic Arts Organization sponsors Christmas sale

The Ceramic Arts Organization will have a Christmas sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and Thursday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Anna Mae Room (main lobby), Hughes Fine Arts Center. For more information, contact Michael Arnold, president, Ceramic Arts Organization, (218) 779-9560.
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Doctoral examination set for Inna Eduardovna Popova Tyapochkin

The final examination for Inna Eduardovna Popova Tyapochkin, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for noon Friday, Dec. 7, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Two Approaches to the Removal of Heating Fuel Oil Trapped in Wood and Concrete: Bio- and Photoremediation. Characterization of Lignans in Flaxseed by HPLC/DAD/ESI TOF MS and GC/MS." Evguenii Kozliak (chemistry) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Book reception to honor Sandra Short

Please join the College of Education and Human Development celebrate Sandra Short’s new book, "Self-Efficacy in Sport" – research and strategies for working with athletes, teams, and coaches, with a book reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Room 104, Education Building.

"Self-Efficacy in Sport" is packed with theory-based and research-tested guidelines and recommendations for designing interventions to build, maintain, and regain confidence in sport.

A key feature of the book is its annotated bibliography section that contains summaries of over 200 research studies on self-confidence in sport over the past 30 years. This section allows readers to quickly and critically evaluate all of the research cited in the book and prevents the book from becoming simply a long literature review.

Dr. Short is a professor in the Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness and holds an adjunct appointment in the Psychology Department. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award and a New Faculty Scholar Award. Short is an associate editor for The Sport Psychologist, the founding co-editor for the Journal of Imagery Research in Sport and Physical Activity, and a guest reviewer for 15 other journals.

Most recently, Short was honored with the inaugural award for Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship by an Individual Faculty Member from the College of Education and Human Development last April.

We hope you will join us in celebrating Dr. Short’s success.

Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics presents two seminars

Lori L. McMahon, associate professor at the University of Alabama, will present a seminar titled "Cholinergic Denervation, Sympathetic Sprouting, and Long-Term Depression at Hippocampal Synapses" at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Harry "Chip" Davis, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, Schering-Plough Research Institute, Kenilworth, N.J., will present a seminar titled "Niemann-pick C1 like 1 (NPC1L1): Role in Cholesterol Absorption, Atherosclerosis, and Activity of Ezetimibe (ZetiaTM)" at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Room 3933, School of Medicine.

These seminars are sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, dkroese@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-6221

Note opportunity to speak with top federal health officials

Elizabeth Duke, administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C., will make remarks and be available to speak with attendees at a reception Monday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m. in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She will be accompanied by three additional top-level HRSA administrators.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, with a $7 billion budget and 1,600 employees, is the principal federal agency charged with health care services and health professions education.

HRSA’s programmatic portfolio includes: medicine, nursing, and dentistry training programs; public health, practitioner data bank; health professional shortage areas; the Community Health Centers program; the National Health Service Corps; Office of Rural Health Policy; Office of International Health; Office for the Advancement of Telehealth; Training in Primary Care program; Maternal and Child Health Bureau; Office of International Health Affairs; HIV/AIDs programs; and organ donation programs.

You will also have the chance to meet:
• Marcia Brand, HRSA associate administrator for Rural Health Policy and Health Professions
• Tom Morris, deputy director, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
• Steve Smith, senior advisor to the HRSA administrator, who coordinates HRSA’s oral health, behavioral/mental health, and substance abuse programs
• Alan Morgan, CEO, National Rural Health Association, Washington, D.C.

Events you are cordially invited to attend include:
* Press conference celebrating the Rural Assistance Center’s fifth anniversary with Dr. Duke, President Kupchella, Alan Morgan, and others at 10 a.m. in the Reed Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
* Brief remarks and reception with Dr. Duke and other HRSA representatives at 10:45 a.m., Vennes Atrium, lower level, School of Medicine and Health Sciences
* Press conference announcing the launch of the HRSA-funded health information technology network with Dr. Duke and others Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m., Vennes Atrium, lower level, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

These events are being coordinated by the Center for Rural Health.
Please RSVP by noon Friday, Dec. 7, to Michelle Graba at 777.3294 or mgraba@medicine.nodak.edu
-- Naomi Lelm, Project Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, nlelm@medicine.nodak.edu, 7-0679

Darfur documentary to be shown Dec. 11

The Department of Educational Foundations and Research Critical Documentary Film Series resumes with a screening of the film "Sand and Sorrow" directed by Peabody Award winner Paul Freedman and narrated by George Clooney. According to the film's web site, "Sand and Sorrow," details the historically tragic events in Dafur that have given rise to an Arab-dominated government's willingness to kill and displace its own indigenous African people, and examines the international community's "legacy of failure" to respond to such profound crimes against humanity in the past. To date, as many as 400,000 civilians in Darfur have perished from violence, starvation and disease. Please be advised that there are graphic scenes. The film will be shown in Education 109 (the lecture bowl) at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11. The public is welcome.
-- Marcus Weaver-Hightower, Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations and Research, mwh@und.nodak.edu, 7-3238

Check out home cookin' class at Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen

The "Home Cookin' with Emilia" class is set for Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Wellness Center Burnt Toast Demo Kitchen. The cost is $6. "Home Cookin’ with Emilia" is designed to introduce you to delicious home-cooked meals just like your mom used to make. These recipes are simple to prepare and easy on your budget. Come alone or bring along a friend for a different campus dining experience. Get a "hands-on" cooking demonstration, and then sit down to enjoy the dishes you've helped prepare. The session will feature holiday baking. Sign up at the Wellness Center welcome desk by Tuesday, Dec. 11.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Burnt Toast, Wellness Center, leahwagner@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0842

Master Chorale presents "A Scandinavian Christmas" Dec. 14 and 16


The Grand Forks Master Chorale will present two opportunities to enjoy "A Scandinavian
Christmas" this year. The first concert will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, East Grand Forks, followed by a second concert Sunday, Dec. 16, at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Grand Forks. The concerts will feature Christmas music from Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and post-concert receptions with Scandinavian goodies.

Advance tickets of $25 for a family, $12 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens, and $5 for students are available at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office at 777-4090. At the door, tickets are $35 for a family, $15 general admission, $10 for senior citizens, and $7 for students.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale is a 35-45 person choir under the direction of Joshua Bronfman, who also serves as the UND director of chorale studies. The Master Chorale is accompanied by Sara Bloom. For more information, go to http://masterchorale.wetpaint.com or contact Peter Johnson, executive director, at 777-4317 or peterjohnsonund@yahoo.com.

The Master Chorale also provides Christmas Caroling for parties. To find out more, contact Kellie Burger at (701) 772-7266 or visit kburger@MorleyLawFirm.com .
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee lists deadline for travel applications

The third deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Tuesday, Jan. 15. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 16 and May 1, 2008. No other applications will be considered.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee is Friday, Feb. 15. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered.

Thursday, May 1, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2 and Sept. 15, 2008. No other applications will be considered.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The committee receives requests for funding that far exceed funds available for awards; therefore, please prepare your application carefully.

Application forms are available at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4278, or on RD&C’s home page (UND’s home page under “Research”). A properly signed original and 11 copies of the application must be submitted to RD&C prior to or on the published deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on RD&C’s home page or by calling RD&C at 777-4278.
-- Patrick A. Carr, Ph.D., Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology, pcarr@medicine.nodak.edu, 701/777-2576

Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours

The Library of Health Sciences will be open extended hours Friday, Dec. 14, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, abyars@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-3893

RD&C seeks preproposals for COBRE grants

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) has issued a solicitation for proposals for “Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE).” This program provides support for the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program to foster health-related research and increase the competitiveness of investigators at institutions located in states with historically low aggregate success rates for grant awards from the NIH. The University of North Dakota is eligible for these grants.

The purpose of the COBRE program is to (1) enhance the ability of investigators to compete independently for complementary NIH individual research grants or other external peer-review support and (2) augment and enhance an institution’s biomedical research infrastructure through establishment of a thematic multi-disciplinary center, led by a peer-reviewed, funded investigator with expertise central to the research theme of the proposal. The application must have a thematic scientific focus in a specific research area, such as neuroscience, cancer, structural biology, immunology, or bioengineering, and may use basic, clinical, transitional or any combination of research approaches to attain the goals of the proposed center. The center is intended to support investigators from several complementary disciplines. The research focus of COBRE encompasses the full spectrum of the basic and clinical sciences and includes cellular and molecular biology, biophysics and biotechnology, genetics and developmental biology, pharmacology and others.

The PI must have an active biomedical or behavioral research program that receives NIH, NSF or other peer-reviewed support in the scientific area of the center. Each COBRE program should include three to five research projects that stand alone, but share a common thematic scientific focus. Each research project should be supervised by a single junior investigator who is responsible for ensuring that the specific aims of that project are met.

Applicants must request project periods of five years and may request a budget for direct costs of up to and no more than $1.5 million per year, excluding facilities and administrative (F&A) costs on consortium arrangements. The applicant may request additional direct costs in year one only of up to $500,000 as a one-time expenditure for alteration and renovation of laboratory or animal facilities.

Because UND may submit only one application to the program at this time, preproposals will be reviewed and ranked. Preproposals should address the following points:

● Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount.
● Biographical sketches (no more than two pages) of the principal investigator and junior investigators who will be participating in the proposal.
● An overall research plan to justify support of a multi-disciplinary COBRE program for five years.
● Succinct descriptions of three to five proposed projects.
● Detailed budget (including expected cost share amounts and sources).
● A clear definition of the nature and extent of research collaboration, including a brief explanation of the necessary administrative, fiscal, and scientific aspects of the proposed COBRE.
● A description of the research and research training or career development goals and capabilities of the proposed COBRE.
● A description of the infrastructure for conducting studies aimed at developing a nationally competitive biomedical research program.

Preproposals (an original plus five copies) should be no more than seven to 10 pages in length (excluding cover page, biographical sketches and budget pages) using a reasonable format (one-inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced). Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2008. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will conform to the guidelines included in the program announcement which can be found at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07-229.html.

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the announcement, please contract Shirley Griffin at 777-4278 or shirley.griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Letters of intent are due to NCRR on Sept. 29, 2008. The application receipt date is Oct. 29, 2008.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

International Programs newsletter available online

The latest issue of the International Programs newsletter, "Building Bridges," is available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/oip/documents/12-3-07.pdf
Featured this month:
* Centre holiday hours
* Open doors report
* Study abroad referrals
* Study abroad promotional materials
* Where are UND students studying abroad?
* Thursday Night cultural series update
* International Quiz Bowl winners
* Processing delays for USCIS
* Advising notes
-- Ray Lagasse, Director, International Programs, raymondlagasse@mail.und.edu, 777.2938

Nominations sought for Outstanding Faculty Academic Adviser Award

The Academic Advising Committee is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Faculty Academic Adviser Award to be presented at Founders Day 2008. To access the nomination form online, go to sas.und.edu/forms/nomination.php. Paper nomination forms are available at the following locations: Memorial Union Information Center, Student Success Center, deans' offices, and the Student Government Office. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are eligible to nominate an undergraduate faculty academic adviser for this award. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 18.

For more information, please contact the Student Success Center, 201 Memorial Union, 777-2117.
-- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Success Center, lisaburger@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4706

SSAC issues call for application for New Faculty Scholar Awards

Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) “New Faculty Scholar Awards” are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be January 2005 or later). The SSAC anticipates that many New Faculty Scholar Awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Up to three awards of $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded. One competition is held for Faculty Scholar Awards each year.

Friday, Feb. 15, is the deadline for submission of New Faculty Scholar Award applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. The committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects, or to support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences is not allowable under this program.

The committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards must include the completed application form, letter of support from the departmental chair, the applicant’s resume, and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and 11 copies must be submitted to RD&C prior to the published deadline. The application form is available at RD&C (105 Twamley Hall or call 777-4278) and on RD&C's home page at http://www.und.edu/dept/rdc/SSACNewFacultyScholar.htm (or under “Research” on UND’s home page).
-- Patrick A. Carr , chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Anatomy and Cell Biology, pcarr@medicine.nodak.edu, 701/777-2576

Note final examination schedule

The final examination schedule for the 2007 fall semester may be found on the Office of the Registrar Web site under Schedule of Courses – 2007 Fall Semester at: http://www.und.edu/dept/registrar/timeschedule/fall/finex.html -- Registrar's office.

Note final grade instructions

Final grade rosters will be created in PeopleSoft Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be available for grade entry starting Dec. 6.

Please be sure to select the final grade roster (not the midterm roster) for entering grades.

Grading Instructions are available at: www.und.edu/dept/registrar/FacultyStaff/FacultyStaff.htm under Faculty Final Grading in PeopleSoft.

Please note: Grades are due no later than noon Tuesday, Dec. 18 (final grades entered and saved, and final grade roster status updated to “approved” and saved, for each class with enrollment). -- Registrar's office.

Graduate School Scholarly Forum calls for abstracts

The Graduate School is again sponsoring the campus-wide Scholarly Forum which will be held Feb. 11-12. The purpose of the forum is to allow the University of North Dakota to highlight scholarly activities and to provide a venue to share our research with our students and colleagues.

Faculty and students are invited to participate in the forum with presentations, exhibits, posters or performances. The forum also provides an opportunity for recruiting new students into our graduate programs.

The Graduate School is calling for abstracts for presentations and expressions of interest for exhibit space. The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, Jan. 4.

For submission forms and guidelines, visit www.graduateschool.und.edu and look under “Graduate School News.” For further information, please contact the Graduate School.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations, The Graduate School, susancaraher@mail.und.edu, 777-2524

Nominations, applications invited for faculty research award

Nominations/applications are invited for the UND Foundation Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. The winner of this award will receive a plaque and a check for $2,000 at the Founders Day Banquet Thursday, Feb. 28.

The following information should be provided:

(1) A listing of publications of significant, original and high-quality research, scholarly, and creative contributions in nationally recognized professional journals that are refereed by peer reviewers and/or a listing of juried competitions and invited performances/exhibitions.

(2) Overall scholarly activities, such as service as a reviewer of research proposals for federal agencies or other funding sources, service as a referee or editor for professional journals, and contributions to training students in research, scholarly, and creative endeavors;

(3) Potential for significant contributions to enhancing the effectiveness of the subject matter taught in the classroom.

Faculty, staff and students may make nominations, and faculty are invited to nominate themselves. Since the committee will not engage in the gathering of documentation, each nomination or application must be accompanied by thorough evidence of the nominee’s qualifications for the award. Nine copies of each nomination and supporting documentation should be received at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) no later than Wednesday, Jan. 2.

The awardee will be selected by the same committee that selects the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research recipient. This committee includes the associate vice president for research (chair), the chair of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, one faculty member from the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, three faculty members from the University Research Council, the chair of the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee, and one member of the Faculty Research Seed Money Committee.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, Michael Gaffey and Wayne Seames (2007), Michael Mann (2006), and F. Richard Ferraro (2005) may not be nominated this year.

If further information is desired, please call Research Development and Compliance at 777-4278.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Nominations invited for departmental research award

Nominations for the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, recognizing research, scholarly, and creative productivity, are due at Research Development and Compliance (RD&C), Wednesday, Jan. 2. The winning department will receive a $1,500 award and a plaque at the Founders Day Banquet Thursday, Feb. 28.

Nominations should include information that will allow the selection committee to judge the quantity and quality of the research, scholarly, and creative activities of the department. At a minimum, such nominations should include a listing of published research or other creative or scholarly activities during the period 2002-2007. Additional information for those years, such as a brief synopsis of ongoing research activities, the number and type of active sponsored projects, dissertations or other research papers presented by students, performances or scholarly presentations by faculty, etc., should be included if they contribute to the overall picture of a department’s research, scholarly, and creative activities. A statement of support from the dean is required. To expedite the review process, nine copies of the nomination and supporting documentation should be submitted to RD&C.

The awardee will be selected by the same committee which selects the Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research recipient. This committee includes the associate vice president for research (chair), the chair of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, one faculty member from the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, three faculty members from the University Research Council, the chair of the Faculty Research Seed Money Council, and one member of the Faculty Research Seed Money Council.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, the Departments of Chemical Engineering (2005), Microbiology and Immunology (2004), and English and Atmospheric Sciences (2003) may not be nominated this year (departmental awards were not given in 2006 and 2007).

If further information is desired, please call Research Development and Compliance at 777-4278.
-- Barry I. Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Fulbright Scholar visits offered

The Fulbright Scholar program provides partial support for campus visits from Fulbright Visiting (non-U.S.) Scholars. These are scholars who are visiting United States institutions and would come to UND for a two- or three-day visit through the Occasional Lecturer Program. Scholars can be asked to speak to students or faculty about the scholar’s area of research and/or home country. If your department might want to host a scholar in spring 2008, this is the perfect time to initiate contact.

Find a scholar of interest by going to the Fulbright Web site (http://www.cies.org/), clicking on “Visiting Scholar Directory,” and then searching by home country, discipline, host institution, etc. Scholars who are based at the University of Minnesota, e.g., would be eligible for $250 stipends in support of travel to UND. Scholars based 2,000 miles away would be eligible for $750 travel stipends.

To contact a scholar of interest, get in touch with someone at his/her host institution for contact information, and then make the initial contact for the proposed visit. Guest scholars may or may not receive honoraria, but they will definitely expect you to help them enjoy their experience of the local area, culture, and people (they typically are hosted by a family, rather than put up in a hotel). They may be especially interested in visiting UND if their host institution is located in a very different setting. In order to apply for funding to support the visit, your guest scholar will need a formal letter of invitation that specifies the dates of the trip and the lecture topic.

For further information, visit the Web site cited above and click on the “Occasional Lecturer Program” under “Fulbright Programs for Visiting Scholars.”
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, VPAA, joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu, 7-4684

More Essential Studies transition events to be held in spring semester

To help successfully launch the new Essential Studies (ES) program, which will replace the current general education program, and which is set to begin in fall 2008 for incoming freshman, two campus-wide events are being planned for spring 2008. The first, to be held Friday, Feb. 8, from 2 to 5 p.m., will be a workshop focused on ES curriculum design. The second, an ES Summit, will be held Friday, April 11, with various events planned for most of the day. Although the exact details regarding the schedules for each of these events are still being worked out, everyone with an interest in, or questions about, the ES program is encouraged to look for additional information about these events as the spring 2008 semester gets under way.
-- Ryan Zerr, Chair, General Education Requirements Committee, Mathematics, ryan.zerr@und.edu, 777-4605

Please return University Student Assessment of Teaching forms

This is a reminder that the UND Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) forms are due at the end of the semester. The forms are available for your faculty at your college dean’s office. Please estimate the number of forms you need and request them from that office. Please call Institutional Research at 777-4358 if you have any questions regarding these procedures.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research, carmenwilliams@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-4358

Academic catalog is now online

The UND academic catalog is now online, and may be accessed at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/registrar/catalogs/catalog/index.htm . -- Registrar's Office.

Please help collect data on the use of technology in education

Dear faculty members and students,
I am collecting data about the use of technology (electronic interaction) in education. The survey takes 10 minutes max to complete and will help determine the use of the latest online and electronic communication tools in educational settings. Students can access the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=OlANx9GdN5G0E2KPWJrfFQ_3d_3d
and faculty members can access the survey at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Ex1kpfqnBGqJOoj29i_2b_2frg_3d_3d
IRB permission is hyperlinked to each of the surveys and a certificate of appreciation is available upon completion. If you are interested in the results from the survey, please let me know and I will gladly share(early spring, 2008). Your participation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for taking the survey.
-- Plamen Miltenoff, Graduate Student, Ed Leadership, pmiltenoff@stcloudstate.edu, 320 308 3072

Deadline Friday for COSE nominations

In 1991 the Council of State Employees (COSE) was established to enhance the morale, productivity, and image of state employees, and develop an appreciation of state agencies and programs. The council represents all state employees through the equitable assignment of state agencies of which the University of North Dakota has two regular representatives and one alternate representative.

Benefitted staff employees are eligible to be elected to the Council of State Employees. The University of North Dakota is currently represented by David Senne, Facilities, and Leyton Rodahl, Facilities, and Doug Osowski, ITSS, serving as alternate. Leyton Rodahl’s term expires Dec. 31, with an election to be held to fill that vacancy. The length of the term is three years, Jan. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2010. Between four and six full-day COSE meetings are held per year at locations throughout the state.

A minimum of 10 signatures is required to be nominated. Additional information concerning the nomination process is detailed on the nomination form which has been mailed out to all benefitted employees. If you need to request a nomination form, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 777-4367 or humanresources@mail.und.edu . The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 7. Please send your completed nomination forms to the Office of Human Resources, Stop 8010.

2007 Faculty Survey of Student Engagement now online

Faculty were invited to participate in the 2007 Faculty Survey of Student Engagement during the spring semester. A total of 163 faculty replied to the survey for a response rate of 43 percent. The results of the survey are now posted to the Web at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/datacol/reports/subFolder/FSSE2007/FSSE2007.htm.

The FSSE focuses on faculty perceptions of how often students engage in different activities, the importance faculty place on various areas of learning and development, the type of interactions faculty have with students, and how faculty members organize class time. The respondents answer questions based on teaching a lower division course compared to an upper division course. This survey works in conjunction with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) in which similar questions are asked of first-year and senior students. The combination of the two reports is intended to give UND feedback from students and faculty concerning the learning environment. The only other time UND has administered the FSSE was during the pilot test in spring 2003. The FSSE is a national survey with comparative data from other four-year colleges and universities. For UND comparatives, the “Doctoral Research-High Activity” institutions were used.

A couple of noteworthy findings from the survey are:
• Faculty are asked to rate their importance on eight different areas of student enriching educational experience (areas such as volunteer work, practicum/internships, study abroad, capstone course). In 2007, both lower division and upper division UND faculty reported greater importance on all of the “enriching” experiences than faculty reported in 2003 with one exception (lower division faculty reported a lower importance on practicum/internships). However, UND faculty generally reported less importance on these experiences than faculty at Doctoral Research-High Activity institutions. One noticeable exception is UND faculty stating a greater importance on study abroad.
• UND upper division faculty report much greater amount of time spent advising undergraduate students.
• UND faculty report assigning slightly fewer textbook-length reading assignments to lower division students in 2007 than reported in 2003, with the same number of reading assignments being given to upper division assignments.
• UND faculty report fewer long problem sets (those taking more than one hour) and more short problem sets (those taking less than one hour) than faculty at Doctoral Research-High Activity institutions.
• UND upper division faculty report a greater percentage of time spent in teacher-led discussion and teacher-student shared responsibility activities than upper division faculty at Doctoral Research-High Activity institutions reported.

The FSSE report also includes a section with comparisons to NSSE. When comparing the results from the two surveys, faculty and students have some surprisingly different opinions of what occurs at UND. For example, 85 percent of lower division faculty report giving prompt feedback, while only 47 percent of first-year students reported that they received prompt feedback. Similar differences are also reported in the upper division courses. Another example of differences between faculty and student perceptions was in working on a research project with a faculty member. Sixty percent of lower division faculty report that this is important/very important while only 2 percent of first-year students have done this, and 21 percent plan to. Forty-nine percent of upper division faculty believe this to be important/very important, while only 16 percent of the seniors have worked on a research project (13 percent still plan to and 54 percent do not plan on this activity).

If you have questions about the study, or would like a CD of the full report, please contact either Sue Erickson, at 777-2265, or me at 777-2456.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research, carmenwilliams@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4358

Law Library posts extended exam hours

The Law Library's extended exam hours follow.
* Friday, Nov. 30, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
* Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2, 10 a.m. to midnight
* Monday through Friday, Dec. 3-7, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
* Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8-9, 10 a.m. to midnight
* Monday through Thursday, Dec. 10-13, 7:30 a.m. to midnight
* Friday, Dec. 14, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, oakland@law.und.edu, 7-3482

Accessible parking spaces have been moved

Earlier this semester the Parking Office sent out information which explained that Second Avenue North would close to public driving access in the not-to-distant future. When the plan is implemented completely, access to Second Avenue will be reserved for police, delivery and service vehicles that are on service calls.
In anticipation of this return to strict control of vehicle access to Second Avenue, several parking changes have been implemented. There are now nine accessible parking stalls located on Cornell Steet between the Ramp and Swanson Hall and there are an additional four service vehicle stalls. There are also four accessible parking stalls north of the Memorial Union and four accessible parking stalls south of O’Kelly Hall.

Now that additional accessible parking spaces have been identified and signage is in place, accessible parking stalls will be removed from Second Avenue based on the following schedule:

1. All parking on the south side of Second Avenue will revert to No Parking Zone Thursday, Dec. 6.
2. All accessible parking spaces will be removed from the north side of Second Avenue Monday, Dec. 17.
After Dec. 17, the only vehicles allowed to park on Second Avenue will be state fleet or identified delivery vehicles. These vehicles will not be allowed to park on this street for occupants to attend meetings or for their convenience. We will proceed with plans to install intercom service, camera capabilities and gate control on the gate by the Law School as soon as we can. This final step will remove all public driving access from this street.

The service vehicle stalls currently located next to the south Memorial Union wall (previously referred to as the bookstore loading dock) cause numerous vehicle/pedestrian interactions daily. This area will become a No Parking Zone Monday, Dec. 17. Our intent is to promote pedestrian safety in this area as much as we can.

Thank you in advance for your patience with these changes. If you have any further questions about these changes, please call me at 777-3655. – Tim Lee, UND parking services manager.

U2 lists workshops

Below are the U2 workshops for December 11-13. Visit our Web site for more.

Work Hours and Overtime. Who Does It Impact?
Dec. 11, 9 to 10 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall
Learn which employees are affected by overtime and how to handle administering overtime. Presenter: Desi Sporbert.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training
Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to noon, 361 Upson II
The billing charges from Facilities will be posted to PeopleSoft in a summarized format. To access the detailed information, each department will need to have access to Discoverer reports and be trained on how to access the detail and summary information for their departments. These reports will break down the charges by individual work orders and/or projects. Presenter: Laura Thoreson.

GroupWise 7.0 Beginning
Dec. 11, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II
Students will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages, reply to and forward messages, use the address book, create a personal address book, create a mail group, work with calendar, schedule posted appointments and recurring events, work with junk mail folder, and other mail handling features. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

GroupWise 7.0 Intermediate
Dec. 13, 1 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II
Students will work with advanced message options, set mail properties, customize message headers, use Web Access interface, create and use rules to automate e-mail responses, and set access rights. Work in depth with junk mail folder and archive feature. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Budgets Overview Inquiry
Dec. 13, 2 to 4 p.m., Room 9, Gamble Hall Lanterman Center
Requirements: PeopleSoft user ID and password for Finance Module, a local fund number, and/or appropriated fund number. This is for new PeopleSoft users or those PeopleSoft users needing a refresher. This training provides the tools necessary to navigate through PeopleSoft to find your department’s budget and cash balance, utilize PeopleSoft to track your department’s budget, cash, revenue, and expenditures, and complete a budget journal. The session also includes hands-on practice activities. Presenter: Shannon Smidt.
-- Sara Satter, U2 Program Assistant, Continuing Education, sarasatter@mail.und.edu, 777-2128

It's time to renew service vehicle placards

All service vehicle placards need to be revalidated at the Parking Office by Tuesday, Jan. 7. Please bring your placard to the Parking Office located in the Memorial Union. Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you have any questions our office number is 777-3551. -- Thank you, Sherry Kapella, Parking Office manager.

UND 24/7 photography contest extended

You still have time to take those great shots. UND's Graphics and Photography Society (GaPS) and Student Health Services have extended the popular UND 24/7 photography contest to Jan. 1.

Photographs that reflect the diversity of UND "life" must be taken on the University of North Dakota campus anytime during 2007. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: digital, black and white film, and color film, with first, second, and third places, plus an overall grand prize. In addition to awarding prizes, the winning photographs will be displayed on the GaPS web site, in various newsletters, a Memorial Union display, and permanently in Student Health Services. There is no limit to the number of images you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 contest is open to everyone — students, staff, and faculty. Photographs must be submitted as 8x10-inch prints and may not be framed or mounted. Photographs will be judged based on content expression, composition elements, and technical quality.

Submit images to Lynda Kenney, advisor to GaPS, Department of Technology, Stop 7118, 235B Starcher Hall.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology, lynda.kenney@und.edu, 777-2197

"A" parking zone permit renewal applications will be mailed Dec. 6

"A" parking zone permit renewal applications will be mailed by Thursday, Dec. 6. Please fill out the application and return it as soon as possible. Continue to display your current permit until you receive your new permit. We will begin ticketing expired permits on Jan. 7. -- Parking Office.

Getting up to speed with Microsoft Office 2007

Office 2007 programs - Word, Excel, and PowerPoint - typically save files in a format that is not compatible with the older versions of Office; however, users can take steps to avoid problems when sharing files with others.

While you continue to use earlier versions of the Office suite, the following information will provide solutions for many compatibility issues with files created/saved in Office 2007 programs:

Microsoft Office 2007 information (includes Microsoft Office compatibility pack)
http://www.und.edu/dept/itss/train/office2007/Office2007.html

If you have any questions, please call the Help Desk at 777-2222.
-- Heidi Strande, Technical Trainer, ITSS, heidistrande@mail.und.edu, 701-777-3781

Credit Union lists holiday promotions

The University Federal Credit Union is offering members the opportunity to skip their loan payment and enjoy extra cash this holiday season. For a $10 fee per loan, members can skip their payment in the month of November, December, or January. The credit union is also offering their annual holiday loan at a rate as low as 8 percent. Apply for any amount from $500 to $2,000. Loan applications and skip payment request forms are available on our web site, www.universityfederalcu.org or contact a member service representative at 777-2274 or 775-3738 for more information.
-- Marney Kresel, Manager, University Federal Credit Union, creditunion@und.edu, 777-4422

Note holiday giving opportunities

Volunteer Bridge is the UND site for “Stuff the Bus” donations for the Salvation Army gift drive. New toys and gifts for children 0-18 years of age may be left at the Volunteer Bridge office in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership between Nov. 28 and Dec. 12. Gifts should have a value of at least $10 and be unwrapped. Please, no stuffed animals. There is a particular need for gifts for youth age 12–18, such as CD players, radios, bath and body products, DVDs (PG rated), watches, jewelry, etc. Please bring gifts during working hours.

Volunteer Bridge is also sponsoring the University Senate and National Society of Collegiate Scholars Giving Trees located in the Memorial Union. The University Senate is seeking donations, money or instruments, to help the Northwood Music program. The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is seeking donations for the Community Violence Intervention Center. Gift tags can be picked up from the tree located next to the ATM machine on the main level of the Memorial Union. These gifts should be wrapped with the tag and left at the Volunteer Bridge office. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Rains at 777-4076.
-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, lindarains@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4076

Staff Senate brings you UND's 125th anniversary cookbook, "A Taste of UND Tradition"

Our 125th anniversary edition cookbook is now available. This is a great gift idea. The cookbooks sell for $15 and are composed of a hardback, three-ring binder (7” x 9”) with over 700 recipes from faculty, staff, students and alumni. If you wish to purchase a cookbook, contact Joneen Iverson, Education and Human Development, 777-3718, or joneeniverson@mail.und.edu.

Order forms are available on the Staff Senate web site (http://www.und.nodak.edu/org/undss/). Proceeds from the cookbook sales will be used to fund scholarships and other Staff Senate programs.
-- Joneen Iverson, President, Staff Senate, joneeniverson@mail.und.edu, 777-3718

Ray Richards lists Christmas golf specials

Ray Richards is offering a Christmas golf special. Buy a punch card for five rounds of golf for $45 ($50-$63 value) or 10 rounds of golf for $90 ($100-$126 value). Added bonus: The buyer will receive a free round of golf for buying the 10-round punch card.

Also this year, you may buy a cart seat for each punch card. Five rounds of golf with a cart seat will cost $70 ($85-$98 value) or 10 rounds of golf with a cart seat for $140 ($170-$196 value). A free round is included with 10-round purchase.

Christmas golf special punch cards may be bought by stopping at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office or by calling 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Payroll deductions are accepted.
-- Dustin Hetletved, Manager, Ray Richards Golf Course, dustin.hetletved@mail.und.edu, 777-3500

Ray Richards golf course 2008 season passes now available

The 2008 golf season passes for faculty and staff are now available for $220. With your purchase, you will receive a free season pass for the driving range ($140 value). This price is only good through Dec. 31 ($240 starting Jan. 1).

UND faculty and staff family season passes are $500; they are not eligible for the free driving range pass, but for an extra $150 the family can have season driving range passes.

Stop at the Chester Fritz box office or call 777-4090. Box office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Remember that passes may be paid through payroll deduction over six pay periods.
-- Tom Swangler, Asst Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, tomswangler@mail.und.edu, 777-4090

Patients sought for medical students

The Office of Medical Education is seeking people to hire as patients for our medical students. We are looking for people who would like to help students learn and practice history taking and physical exam skills. You would be paid $50 for your afternoon of participation. The students learn a lot from this experience and your willingness to help out would be greatly appreciated.

We need a diverse group of healthy men and women, ages 18 to 80, with the following:
• a flexible schedule
• transportation to and from the University
• limited number of medications and health problems

We would need you only for one of the following Tuesday afternoons from 12:45 until 4:30 p.m. Sorry, you can’t come more than once. The afternoons are Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29. During this time, you would be interviewed and examined by three different student physicians. The experience would be much the same as a visit to your own doctor’s office. You would be asked to share your personal medical history and allow the student to do a physical exam. Don’t worry, this does not require shots, blood tests or other invasive procedures. Students are observed by physicians and all information given would be confidential. If there is medical or personal information you do not wish to share, you don’t have to.

If you are interested, please contact Dawn at 777-4028 in the Office of Medical Education as soon as possible. Please feel free to pass this information along to others you know who may be interested.
-- Dawn Drake, Coordinator Standardized Patient Program, Medical Education, ddrake@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-4028

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES:

POSITION: Research Scientist, Chemistry, #08-155
DEADLINE: (I) 12/10/2007
SALARY: $30,000+/year

POSITION: Assistant Archivist, Chester Fritz Library, #08-104

DEADLINE: Oct. 31 or until filled. Applications received by Oct. 31 will receive first consideration. Internal applicants will be considered along with the external applicants.
SALARY: $37,000+/year

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Aircraft Technician (part-time, benefitted, variable schedule), Aerospace Sciences, 08-154
DEADLINE: (I) 12/10/2007
SALARY: $12.80+/hour

POSITION: Documentation Production Specialist/Research Information Associate, Energy & Environmental Research Center, #08-152
DEADLINE: (I) 12/06/2007
SALARY: $25,000+/year

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES: No vacancies.

Gene Homandberg receives funds to continue osteoarthritis investigation

Gene Homandberg, chair and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has received funds to conduct research on osteoarthritis in collaboration with the University of Iowa (UI).

Dr. Homandberg's work is part of a $7.5 million grant awarded to UI by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The project, "New Approaches to Assess and Forestall Osteoarthritis in Injured Joints," is directed by Jody Buckwalter, an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon with expertise in injury-induced osteoarthritis at UI, and involves researchers from all over the world.

Although joint injuries – such as dislocations, ligaments injuries and joint fractures – are known to cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA), the biological and mechanical processes that underlie development and progression of osteoarthritis following injury are not well understood. This lack of understanding has seriously hampered progress toward preventing PTOA.

The goal of the grant is to discover the basic mechanisms that lead to PTOA and target those mechanisms to prevent the development and progression of the disease.

The portion of the grant for which Homandberg is an investigator is co-directed by UI's James Martin, who is well-recognized for his work on in vitro models of PTOA.

"To be included in this grant represents major recognition for the quality of the investigations we have done here at the UND medical school," Homandberg said. "It is a tremendous honor to be working with scientists who have earned an outstanding worldwide reputation."

The collaborative project, which focuses on a major pathway of cartilage damage, is evidence of significant recognition for work conducted by Homandberg, who discovered the pathway and who has guided research on it at the UND medical school by his associates, Danping Guo, Lei Ding and Chang Liu. Ding, who recently earned the Ph.D. degree under the mentorship of Homandberg, joined the UI research team last summer.

Homandberg's work will involve a basic science project exploring how cells within a joint respond to injury and investigating the mechanisms by which an injury releases molecules that cause further damage. A better understanding of these biologic processes may help researchers devise interventions to prevent or alleviate PTOA.

PTOA accounts for about 12 percent of all osteoarthritis, which itself is among the most common causes of pain, disability and economic loss. It is estimated that about six million Americans have PTOA and that the condition annually costs about $3 billion in direct medical costs and nearly $9 billion in indirect costs, including lost wages.

With the $7.5 million in NIH funds, UI has established the Center of Research Translation for post-traumatic osteoarthritis, the joint degeneration, pain and stiffness that develops after joint injury.

The central theme of the UI studies is that joint injuries initiate a sequence of biologic and, in some instances, mechanical events that lead to PTOA, and interventions that block or minimize these events will form the basis of new and improved treatments for injured joints.

"If we can discover the basic mechanisms that lead to PTOA and discover ways to prevent the development of osteoarthritis following a joint injury, we will most likely be able to stop other forms of osteoarthritis," Buckwalter said. "So our research has implications for everyone with this debilitating condition."

Dakota Science Center receives Community Partner Award

The Dakota Science Center has been awarded the Community Partner Award by the Center for Community Engagement. The award recognizes a nonprofit organization that has demonstrated an exemplary relationship with and support of one or more UND academic programs faculty, and students. The 2007 award was given to the Dakota Science Center for its collaboration with UND faculty and students on science-related learning projects, two summer science camps and other science-related projects. Supporters of the Dakota Science Center’s nomination noted that the Dakota Science Center has inspired parents and children in acquiring an interest in the field of science. -- Laura Munski, executive director, Dakota Science Center.