|NASA awards Space Studies three-year grant|
NASA has awarded the Department of Space Studies a three-year grant for $437,000 to support advanced research within NASAâ€™s Near-Earth Object Observations (NEOO) program. In 2004, Space Studies was awarded a grant from NASA to provide proof of concept of an advanced technique for investigating near-Earth objects (NEO). The new larger grant will provide support to obtain detailed characterizations of the surface compositions of NEOs. Such information will be used to investigate the early history of the solar system, and plan mitigation strategies for NEOs that will potentially impact the Earth. The program is a part of NASAâ€™s planetary protection effort.
The team involved in the research program includes Mike Gaffey (Space Studiesâ€™ interim chair), Paul Hardersen (assistant professor, Space Studies), Paul Abell (former Space Studies graduate and current NASA employee), Faith Vilas (director of the Multi-Mirror Telescope Observatory in Arizona), and Sherry Fieber-Beyer and Vishnu Reddy (two current Space Studies graduate students). -- Space Studies.
|CIO candidate will give talk Tuesday|
Lynn Kubeck, a candidate for the position of chief information officer, will visit campus Tuesday and Wednesday, April 10 and 11. She will give a public presentation at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in 305 Twamley Hall. Everyone is welcome.
Kubeck is presently a higher education information technology consultant. From 2001 to 2004, she was a senior IT executive with CampusWorks in Sarasota, Fla.; she served as CIO and associate provost at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., from 1998 to 2001. Before that, she served as assistant vice president and CIO at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., from 1996 to 1998. She has also served as director of computing and IT services at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, manager of computing and telecommunications services at Purdue Universityâ€™s Calumet Campus in Hammond, Ind., and worked as a consultant in Chicago. She has taught courses in information systems, systems analysis and design, information engineering, and computer science at Purdue University Calumet, Old Dominion, University of the Pacific, and California State University.
She holds an MBA from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and a bachelor of science in computer science, also from Purdue.
To view her resume, please visit http://www.und.edu/ciosearch/ . â€“ Victoria Beard (Associate Provost), chair, search committee.
|"Lessons in Leadership" focus of April 13 nursing convocation|
â€œLessons in Leadershipâ€ is the focus of the College of Nursing spring convocation and sophomore recognition. The event will be held Friday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Memorial Union Ballroom, and is open to all interested nursing professionals.
Healthcare today increasingly requires nurses to be leaders. â€œLessons in Leadershipâ€ is intended to introduce nursing students to the importance of taking on roles of leadership at the undergraduate level to prepare them to be strong nursing professionals. The keynote address will be presented by Diane Fladeland, followed by a panel presentation.
New student recognition will welcome the beginning undergraduate students into the nursing profession and celebrate their entry into the College of Nursing. This annual event is an opportunity for the entire College of Nursing population to learn and discuss a current topic of interest in healthcare.
Fladeland is provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Mary in Bismarck, where she is responsible for faculty recruitment, development and evaluation, academic program evaluation and accreditation, and university strategic planning. In addition, she continues her role as associate professor of nursing and speaks often on the topic of leadership development. She holds a bachelor of science in nursing from Mercy College of Detroit, a master's degree in nursing from the University of Portland and a doctorate in higher education from the University of Minnesota.
The convocation will close with a panel presentation with Ann Mason, Altru Health System, â€˜04; Seth Dorman, family nurse practitioner, Wound Clinic, Altru Health System, â€™03, â€™06; and Carma Hanson, coordinator of Safe Kids Grand Forks, â€˜88.
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by CNE-Net, the education division of the North Dakota Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Centerâ€™s Commission on Accreditation.
The UND College of Nursing offers undergraduate and graduate programs, from a baccalaureate nursing program that is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education to master's education with six specializations and a doctoral program that prepares nurses for roles as nurse scientists and faculty. The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics prepares students for roles in community nutrition or dietetics and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association.
|Fourth annual Northern Plains Biological Symposium is April 14|
The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) will host the fourth annual Northern Plains Biological Symposium Saturday, April 14, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The NPBS is an annual conference that provides an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students as well as faculty from regional colleges and universities to be exposed to current biological research. The goals of the NPBS are to facilitate an open discourse on relevant topics in the field of biology, provide an opportunity for graduate and undergraduate students in the upper Midwest to present their research in a professional setting, and expose students to current research trends.
This yearâ€™s symposium will feature Dan Brooks from the University of Toronto as the keynote speaker. Dr. Brooks is a pioneer in the study of systematics and evolution. He has authored over 300 peer reviewed publications and several books, and in 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Much of his current work is aimed toward the conservation of biodiversity worldwide, beginning with accurate documentation of biodiversity.
Registration for the NPBS is free and includes a catered lunch. Attendees can register by clicking on the Northern Plains Biological Symposium link on the UND Biology web page: (http://www.und.edu/dept/biology/biology_main.htm.)
Funding for The Northern Plains Biological Symposium is provided by North Dakota EPSCoR, Graduate School, College of Arts and Sciences, President's office, biology department, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs office.
-- James Maskey, PhD Candidate, Biology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-3674
|Hands-On Learning Fair is April 14|
The 16th annual Hands-On Learning Fair, a community celebration featuring exciting learning activities for children birth through age seven and informational exhibits for parents, will take place at the Purpur Arena Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A city proclamation at 9:45 a.m. starts the event, which is centered on the theme, "Building Better Futures for All Children." Approximately 2,500 parents, children, and volunteers participated in last yearâ€™s Learning Fair.
Creative art, language, science, math, sensory exploration, dramatic play, music, games, and stories are among the many choices of age-appropriate activities for children attending the Hands-On Learning Fair. There is also a parent/infant interaction area designed for the very young. Emphasis is on active involvement in the learning process, rather than entertainment, with learning as its own reward. Adults guide children in their explorations, allowing the youngsters to experience the joy of discovery.
The Hands-On Learning Fair is a free family event to mark April as the Month of the Young Child and Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. Young children and their families will have the opportunity to engage in the learning experiences together. The Hands-On Learning Fair is sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the North Dakota Association for the Education of Young Children (NENDAEYC) and Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota.
Local early childhood programs and many other entities involved in early education and development provide the learning activities. These professionals plan and carry out the educational experiences on a voluntary basis, applying the same commitment and expertise with which they engage in their regular early care and education responsibilities. The 2007 Hands-On Learning Fair will again be complemented by Dakota Science Centerâ€™s Super Science Saturday, to be held concurrently at the Gambucci Arena for families of elementary and middle school children. In addition, Boy Scouts of America will be holding their annual Scout Show in conjunction with Super Science Saturday and the Hands-On Learning Fair.
Community partners in planning this yearâ€™s Hands-On Learning Fair are Grand Forks County Social Services, Tri-Valley Child Care Resource and Referral, Healthy Families, Northland Community and Technical College Early Childhood Program, Safe Kids Grand Forks, Parent Information Center, Lakes and Prairies Child Care Resource and Referral, Dakota Science Center, and Boy Scouts of America. Many area businesses, institutions, and individuals donate goods and services for the celebration. These include the Grand Forks Park District, UND, retail businesses, and service clubs. Their support, added to the hundreds of hours contributed by early childhood educators, has helped to realize 15 years of success for this family event and to keep it free of charge.
For further information contact: Judy Milavetz, Hands-On Learning Fair coordinator, 775-4473 (H) or email@example.com Dawnita Nilles, president NENDAEYC, 780-8408 (W) or firstname.lastname@example.org
-- Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director, University Childrens Center, email@example.com, 701-777-3947
|Al Gore's film to be shown April 14|
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and the Dakota Science Center are co-sponsoring a film showing of Al Gore's academy award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth" at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, in the Empire Arts Center. Following the film will be a panel discussion including several local experts on the topics of climate change, sustainable energy, and local biological and economic impacts. Panelists include the following:
* Michael Mann, professor and chair of chemical engineering, holds a Ph.D. in energy engineering, and was the recipient of the 2006 Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. He is a co-founder/investigator of SUNRISE, UND's sustainable energy research initiative. Dr. Mann's principal areas of interest and expertise include performance issues in advanced energy systems firing coal and biomass; renewable and sustainable energy systems with a focus on integration of fuel cells with renewable resources; emission control; and development of energy strategies based on thermodynamics and economics.
* Ralph Kingsbury, president and senior researcher with Kingsbury Applied Economics, writes a weekly economics-based column for the Grand
Forks Herald. In addition, he has completed several contracted economic research projects for various clients. His particular areas of interest are public and private economic research as it relates to North Dakota and the upper Midwest. He also concentrates his research in today's energy issues, especially as they relate to North Dakota's role in alternative energy and coal. Kingsbury is also an adjunct instructor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and teaches economics courses at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. He was a Red River Valley farmer for 30 years. Previous to that he was first an instructor in economics and then director of institutional sesearch at UND. While associated with UND, Kingsbury was the author or part author of three published research reports.
* Andrei Kirilenko, associate professor in the Earth System Science and Policy program, received his M.S. in applied mathematics in 1984 from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Russian Academy of Science in 1990. His research interests are concentrated around environmental modeling and sustainability issues, especially the global and regional impacts of climate change. Dr. Kirilenko was invited to represent Russia as a lead author of the IPCC chapter on climate change impact on forestry, agriculture, fisheries, and ranges. The IPCC is a scientific group representing over 130 governments worldwide, sponsored by the United Nations Environment Program and the World Meteorological Organization.
* Gary Huschle, wildlife biologist at the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge for the past 15 years, retired two weeks ago. Prior to that he was at Devils Lake Wetland Management District in North Dakota for five years. He spent 10 years at the C. M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and two years working for the Bureau of Land Management in Safford Ariz. His degrees are from the University of Minnesota and University of Idaho. At Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge he was instrumental in initiating research projects on American bittern, least bittern, gray wolves, bog hydrology and invertebrate and cattail response to prescribed burning. He also initiated the intensive research project that looked into the demise of the moose population in Northwest Minnesota.
* William Gosnold, professor of geophysics and chair of geology and geological engineering, earned a baccalaureate degree in physics from the State University of West Georgia in 1971 and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Geophysics from Southern Methodist University in 1977. He is currently directing a team of five scientists in an NSF-funded multidisciplinary project to quantify the causal components of climate change. He recently concluded an NSF-funded project to study terrestrial heat flow and climate change in Jordan in collaboration with Al Balqa University. Dr. Gosnold is custodian of the Global Heat Flow Data Base of the International Heat Flow Commission (IHFC) of the International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI). He is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Geophysical Union, the European Geosciences Union, the Geological Society of America, and The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. In 2006 he received the highest award of the University of North Dakota, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor.
The event is free and open to the public.
|Super Science Saturday is April 14|
The second annual Super Science Saturday will take place at the Gambucci Arena Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dakota Science Center and the Parent Information Center have joined together for this free family event featuring hands-on science activities and informational exhibits for children in grades 1-6. The Boy Scouts of America will hold their Scout Show in the Gambucci Arena for children of all ages. The Hands-On Learning Fair, for children birth to age 7, will be held in the Purpur Arena sponsored by the Northeast Chapter of the N.D. Association for the Education of Young Children (NENDAEYC), Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R), Healthy Families Region IV, and Grand Forks County Social Services.
Families with children will enjoy hands-on activities designed to spark an interest in the sciences during Super Science Saturday. In addition, "Extreme Science" demonstrations will take place on the center stage during the event's hours.
Super Science Saturday is part of National Environmental Education Week. Greater Grand Forks residents will be able to bring their ink cartridges, laser cartridges, laptops, cell phones and pda's for recycling to the event. The Dakota Science Center uses the Cartridges for Kids program to raise money for hands-on science activities in our community. A technotrash box will also be available for residents to recycle electronic media such as videos, cassettes, computer disks, CDs and DVDs. The GreenDisk Company began on Earth Day 1993 to provide a secure way to dispose of intellectual property in an environmentally responsible manner.
|Basic life support courses offered for health care providers|
A great opportunity to become certified in CPR and AED is right here on campus. This basic life support course, conducted by the American Heart Association, is intended for individuals who have a duty to respond in an emergency, or those who have a strong desire to help others.
Topics covered include:
* How to assess a patient in distress
* Rescue breathing for infant, child, and adults
* CPR for infant, child, and adults
* Two person CPR
* How to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
* Care for an obstructed airway
* Use of a bag-valve-mask for oxygen delivery
This course is comparable to CPR for Professional Rescuers, offered by the American Red Cross. Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certification card good for two years.
Five different classes will be offered:
* Sunday, April 15, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
* Sunday, April 22, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Sunday, April 29, 1 to 5 p.m.
* Friday, May 4, noon to 4 p.m.
All sessions take place in the Wellness Center classroom. Cost is $20. Registration can be completed at the Wellness Centerâ€™s welcome desk, minimum of six and a maximum of 12 participants.
-- Andrew Laventure, CPR & First Aid Coordinator, Wellness Center, AndrewLaventure@mail.und.edu, 777-Well
|Doctoral examination set for Barbara Glore|
The final examination for Barbara Glore, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in English, is set for 2 p.m. Monday, April 16, in 305 Twamley Hall. The dissertation title is "Gender Ideology in the Works of Mary Davys." Sheryl O'Donnell (English) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4005
|Doctoral examination set for Pamela A. Langlie|
The final examination for Pamela A. Langlie, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in teaching and learning, is set for 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, in 206 Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Use of Information Books in the Preschool Classroom: Possibilities for Nurturing the Young Scientific Mind." Glenn Olson (teaching and learning) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, email@example.com, 777-4005
|Open forum focuses on new graduate school policies, fees|
The Graduate School will host an open forum April 16 and 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Topics for discussion will include the new assistantship and waiver policy, the new readmission process and leave of absence process, as well as a review of the current continuing enrollment policy.
Joseph Benoit, dean of the Graduate School, will be available from noon to 1:30 p.m. each day for questions. Linda Baeza, admissions officer, and Kim Wickersham, assistantship clerk, will be available throughout the day to answer questions or concerns.
Students, faculty, administrative and support staff are welcome and encouraged to attend. Information packets will be available that day and afterwards on the Graduate School web site and in the Graduate School office. Coffee and Cookies will be provided.
-- Susan Caraher, Marketing & External Relations Specialist, Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 7-2524
|Note registration deadline for select Time-Out Week events|
The University Indian Association (UNDIA) celebrates its 38th annual Time-Out Week and Wacipi, April 16-22. Each year Time-Out Week is planned, promoted, and hosted by UNDIA, one of the most enduring Native student organizations on campus. Most events are free and open to the public.
The theme of this year's Time-Out Week celebration is Empowering all Nations: Unity Through Wellness. "Our theme is health focused, about wellness in all dimensions," said Twyla Baker-Demaray, UNDIA Time-Out Week co-coordinator. "We have the new Wellness Center on campus and we wanted to highlight that and what it means to Native Americans," said Baker-Demaray. Julie Two Eagle is the other Time-Out Week co-coordinator.
A few events have limited registration. Please note the Friday, April 13, deadline to register.
Monday, April 16 -- Community book discussion of "The Grass Dancer" by Susan Power will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Power, enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a native Chicagoan, wrote this story set on a Sioux reservation in North Dakota. "The Grass Dancer" weaves a myriad of American Indian folk motifs into the fabric of reality, creating a vibrant tale about the connections among generations, about how the actions of our ancestors can affect our contemporary lives. Birgit Hans, chair and professor of Indian Studies department and approved facilitator of the North Dakota Humanities Council ND Reads Program, will facilitate discussion. Participants are not required to have read the book to attend.
Wednesday, April 18 -- "American Indian Cooking" will be held at the Student Wellness Center's Burnt Toast Kitchen from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join Twyla Baker-Demaray (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) and Hillary Kempenich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa, Ojibway, Cree and French Canadian) as they help participants discover how food can be an important part of cultural transmission, religious observance, and family life for cultures around the world. Baker-Demaray and Kempenich team up again this year to demonstrate traditional Native American comfort foods. Bring an eagerness to learn about Native cooking and an empty stomach! Call Dawn at 777-6393 by Friday, April 13, if you plan to attend this event.
Thursday, April 19 -- "Beading as a Tradition and Stories of Life" will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Denise Lajimodiere has been beading since receiving her first loom at age eight. Dr. Lajimodiere is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribe and is currently an assistant professor in NDSU's Department of Educational Leadership. Participants will have the opportunity to try the "lazy" stitch used in moccasins, leggings and beaded capes along with the appliquÃ© stitch used for floral design and barrettes. Limited to 30 people, so please call Dawn at 777-6393 by Friday, April 13, to reserve a spot.
Friday, April 20 -- "Walk or Run with Olympian Billy Mills" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and will begin at the Student Wellness Center. Mills was born on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. The discipline and focus he learned in the Marines changed the course of his life. Mills qualified for two events in the 1964 Olympic Games: the 10,000 meters and the marathon. He overcame odds when he won his Gold Medal and set the American and Olympic record in the 10,000 meter run.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Hyslop Sport Center. Get physical and participate in a 3K walk/run with the 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills. Anyone walking or running in this event will receive a prize at the finish line. Co-sponsored with UND cross country and track teams, and Student Wellness Center.
For more information about Time-Out Week and the Wacipi, or if you are interested in volunteering, please contact the University of North Dakota Indian Association at 777-4291 or send an e-mail to: MACROBUTTON HtmlResAnchor email@example.com.
Time-Out Week and Wacipi information is available on the UNDIA web site at: www.und.nodak.edu/org/undia.
|Doctoral examination set for Deanna O'Bryant|
The final examination for Deanna O'Bryant, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in microbiology and immunology, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Room 1350, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Analysis of Host Responses Against the Plague." David Bradley (microbiology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4005
|Opera workshop classes are April 20, 22|
Join us as we take an exciting journey through lyric theatre history. What is lyric theatre? It is the world where words and music combine to create new and exciting landscapes for us to experience. The Department of Music opera workshop class will perform scenes from the opera, operetta and music theatre genres that were written by composers that changed the lyric theatre world. You will see and hear the music of Bernstein, Bizet, Mozart, Rodgers, and Sondheim, to name a few. Performance dates are Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. For ticket information, please call 777-2644.
-- Anne Christopherson, assistant professor of voice.
|NSF CAREER proposal and grant seminar is April 27|
ND EPSCoR will sponsor an NSF CAREER Proposal and Grant Seminar Friday, April 27, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 10/12, Swanson Hall.
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards for outstanding junior faculty early in their independent professional careers. For this reason, NSF EPSCoR makes the CAREER Program its top priority for co-funding. With NSF CAREER proposals due in July, now is the time for junior faculty to begin strategizing and crafting their proposal outlines.
A panel of CAREER award winners at UND since 2001 will discuss their experiences with writing NSF grant proposals, managing their laboratories, and participating in the NSF proposal review process. Awardees from Biology, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Space Studies will serve on the panel. Ample time will be provided to answer questions from the audience, and the panelists will be available for one-on-one meetings with the attendees during the last hour of the seminar. Although this session is open to all, recently hired faculty and their department chairs are especially encouraged to attend.
More specific NSF CAREER program information may be found at
Questions or suggestions for the seminar may be forwarded to Richard Schultz at 777-4429 or RichardSchultz@mail.und.nodak.edu.
To assure your place in the seminar and to aid ND EPSCoR in planning for the event, please RSVP to ND EPSCoR at 777-2492 or Carla_kellner@und.nodak.edu
-- Gary E Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director, ND EPSCoR, email@example.com, 701-777-2492
|An "Evening with Children's Art" fundraiser is April 28|
The University Childrenâ€™s Center will host the first annual â€œEvening with Childrenâ€™s Artâ€ from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Skalicky Tech Center. The event showcases young childrenâ€™s art, as well as donated pieces from local artists that will be sold through silent auction. The public is invited and all proceeds will benefit programs at the Childrenâ€™s Center.
Children ages 2-5 attending UCC have been working on art pieces with Grand Forks artist, Kim Dohrman. The children in each group learned about different artists and artistic techniques and then tried out techniques for themselves. Examples of the techniques used include collage, scissor cutting and pointillism. Each childâ€™s art piece will be professionally framed and displayed for families and the community to view.
Co-chairs for the event are former UCC director Mae Marie Blackmore and UCC parent Marci Glessner.
Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the University Childrenâ€™s Center at 525 Stanford Road; call -777-3947 for more information. The event is open to the public and is sponsored by the Office of Work Force Development, Residence Services, College of Education and Human Development, College of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences, Second Street Puppets, Art & Learn, and Michaelâ€™s Crafts.
-- Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director, University Childrens Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3947
|Museum of Art seeks jewelry donations|
The North Dakota Museum of Art announces its second annual Antique to Chic costume jewelry sale and raffle drawing Sunday, May 6, from 3 to 5 p.m. This year's raffle prize is a diamond pendant donated by Classic Jewelers. All sales and raffle proceeds will benefit the Museum's Children's Art Programs. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be served.
If you have inexpensive to fine jewelry and handbags to donate, they can be dropped off at the Museum or you can call to arrange for items to be picked up.
For information about donations, purchasing raffle tickets or about the event, please contact the Museum at 777-4195.
-- Sue Fink, Director of Education, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 777-4195
|ND EPSCoR announces UND GSRA awards|
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR) is pleased to announce the 2007â€“2009 Graduate Student Research Assistantship awards at the University of North Dakota. The goal of the GSRA program is to increase educational research opportunities for graduating seniors from the four North Dakota University System baccalaureate universities to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics at North Dakotaâ€™s two research universities, UND and NDSU.
UND GSRA awardees and their faculty advisors are:
â€¢ Raymond Caylor, Valley City State University; Matthew Picklo, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics
â€¢ Joseph Mehus, Mayville State University; Jefferson Vaughan, Department of Biology
â€¢ Joshua Seekins, Dickinson State University; David Bradley, Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
For additional information concerning ND EPSCoR or the GSRA program, please contact Gary Johnson, interim vice president for research and co-project director, ND EPSCoR, Twamley Hall 415, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7093, 777-2492 or visit us on the web at www.ndepscor.nodak.edu
-- Gary E Johnson, Interim Vice President for Research and Co-Project Director for ND EPSCoR, ND EPSCoR, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-2492
|Business office will be closed Wednesday morning|
The Business Office will be closed Wednesday, April 11, from 8 a.m. to noon for a staff retreat. The community service officer will start his run shortly after 8 a.m.; bags and change requests will be returned the next morning. Please plan for your change accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Please contact Sandi in the Business Office at 777-3080 if you have questions.
-- Sharon Berning, Controller, Finance & Operations, email@example.com, 701-777-2015
|Students can earn credit while becoming health advocates|
Please help spread the word to students about Health Advocacy I, which will be offered in the fall of 2007. Any student with a personal or professional interest in health issues is encouraged to register. The class is offered at a sophomore level; exceptions will be made for freshman students with advisor approval. Health Advocacy I is a two-credit class providing educational training in communication and listening skills, healthy lifestyle choices, current science-based health information, prevention strategies and peer mentoring. The class is unique in that it promotes peer advocacy for students within the university setting. The class is listed as Nursing 400 Special Topics, Call #7449. It will be held Wednesday from 3 to 4:50 p.m. Health Advocacy I was developed through a partnership between the College of Nursing and Student Health Services. Students need not be nursing or health science majors. Health Advocacy II will be offered in the spring of 2008. For more information, please contact Mary Adkins at the College of Nursing, 772-9970 or 779-5501 or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
-- Amy Knutson, Health Promotion GSA, Student Health Services, email@example.com, 777-2097
|Student Health Advisory Committee seeks student members|
UND faculty and staff members are invited to nominate students for the 2007-2008 Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). Interested students may also apply directly. SHAC promotes communication between students and Student Health Services. Becoming a member of SHAC will provide students the opportunity to develop leadership skills, gain valuable experience through interaction with the Student Health Services staff, and be involved with implementing change within our University. The group allows UND students to effectively communicate with the administrators, medical providers, and staff of Student Health Services. Members of SHAC play a vital role in the future of Student Health by providing student feedback obtained through SHAC activities, promotions, and events. The members of SHAC also communicate observations and suggestions of Student Health Services back to the campus population in order to provide open lines of communication. Stop by the Student Health Promotion Office in the Memorial Union, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 777-2097 for information or to request nomination and/or application forms. Completed applications must be returned to the Student Health Promotion Office by Thursday, April 19.
-- Carrie Giebel, Student Health Promotion GSA, Student Health Services, email@example.com, 777-2097
|Library of the Health Sciences lists extended hours|
The Library of the Health Sciences will be open extended hours Friday, April 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3893
|Studio One features dropping CD sales, Budweiser Clydesdales|
Learn why new technology may make compact discs a thing of the past on the next edition of Studio One on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. The compact disc (CD) has been a popular portable music source for more than 15 years. However, new technology allows music fans to purchase only one or two songs from an album. Learn why this is causing concern for some in the music industry.
Also on the show this week, the 2,000-pound Budweiser Clydesdale horses have made appearances at professional sporting events and festivals worldwide. Hear from one of the animalâ€™s caregivers as he explains what itâ€™s like to work with this super sized group.
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 at 5 p.m. Re-broadcasts can be seen at 7 a.m., noon, 7 p.m. 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 by viewers in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan and Minot, N.D.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Denver, Colo.; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, email@example.com, 777-3818
|U2 lists workshops|
Below are the U2 workshops for April 11-17. Visit our web site for more.
Records Disposal Procedures
April 11, 10 to 11 a.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union
During this workshop you will learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. Weâ€™ll review the system used, discuss why itâ€™s necessary to document, and you will take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. Itâ€™s fun to clean out, itâ€™s easier to do than you think, and nowâ€™s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.
Budget Inquiry and Ledger Cash Balance
April 12, 9 to 10:30 a.m., 361 Upson II, Room 361
How do I know what I have left in my budget and how do I know whether I need to do a budget journal so that my payments will be processed? Presenters: Lisa Heher and Allison Peyton.
Non-Employee/Student Travel and Moving Expenses
April 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Room 16-18 Swanson Hall
Brush up on the procedures to follow for employee ticket authorizations, direct billing of airline tickets and employee travel expense vouchers; as well as on the travel procedures to follow for non-employees, students and nonresident aliens. Review of food purchases. Presenter: Allison Peyton.
Fall Protection Policy
April 17, 11 a.m. to noon, Auxiliary Services Conference Room
This workshop provides requirements for conventional fall protection systems. It also provides requirements necessary to safeguard against falls for work activities that make conventional fall protection systems infeasible or when the use of such systems would create a greater hazard. Presenter: Mike Holmes.
Blue Cross, Blue Shield: Strength Bands
Time and locations are varied; they will be posted on workwell.und.edu and University Letter
Strength training is an important component to a balanced exercise program. The equation you want to remember is: Aerobic Training + Strength Training = Better Health. This presentation will cover the advantages of strength training such as a more toned body, weight loss and maintenance, and a healthier heart and state of mind. Everyone in attendance will receive a free strength resistance band. Presenter: Milissa Van Eps, member education representative. Free presentation.
Registration: onsite through U2.
-- Sara Satter, U2 Program Assistant, Continuing Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2128
|Friday the 13th is a special Denim Day|
Friday, April 13, has been designated a Special Denim Day -- it's UND's observation of the March of Dimes event "Blue Jeans for Babies." Premature birth is the leading killer of newborns and a major cause of serious health problems. After the defeat of polio, the March of Dimes has worked to address threats to infant health like birth defects and low birthweight.
Enjoy wearing your denim on Friday the 13th. The suggested donation is $5, but your Denim Day coordinator will gladly accept what you choose to give.
Call me if you need buttons or posters.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, email@example.com, 777-3791
|North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists specials|
The Museum of Art Cafe lists the following specials:
* April 10 â€“ EntrÃ©e: Cobb Salad; Soup: Tomato Basil
* April 11 â€“ EntrÃ©e: Betterave Salad; Soup: Tomato Basil
* April 12 â€“ EntrÃ©e: Chicken Caprese Salad; Soup: Kneffla
* April 13 â€“ EntrÃ©e: Greek Salad; Soup: Kneffla
The Museum CafÃ© and Coffee Shop, located in the lower level of the Museum, serves a full luncheon menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coffee is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Take-out is available, UND billing is accepted, and the conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195.
Visit the Museum Cafe online at http://www.ndmoa.com/cafe.html
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4195
|Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner|
This week's winner in the Old Main Marketplace Food Court lunch giveaway is Val Becker, learning specialist from the University Learning Center. Congratulations, Val! If you are interested in a chance at free lunch, stop by the food court and drop your business card at the cashier. Drawings take place weekly.
-- Larry Cronin, General Manager, Old Main Marketplace, email@example.com, 7-0438
|Homestay families needed for international students|
ELS Language Centers has opportunities available for individuals and families to host international students for a period of four weeks to one year. Host families provide the student with a private room, meals, transportation to and from classes on UND campus, and the opportunity to practice English in a home setting. Families receive a monthly remuneration for hosting students. Please contact Kristin Pauls at 746-1013 or Jill Shafer at 777-6785.
-- Jill Shafer, Center Director, ELS Language Centers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6755
|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 sck 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 Cardform. 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.
POSITION: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace, #07-266
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $24,732 - $30,000
POSITION: Flight Line Service Operator (variable schedule), Aerospace Sciences, #07-268
DEADLINE: (I) 4/13/2007
SALARY: $18,000 - $22,000
POSITION: Communication Specialist (shift work), Facilities, #07-265
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $19,500 - $22,000
POSITION: Administrative Assistant, Vice President for Research, #07-261
DEADLINE: (I) 4/11/2007 Extended
SALARY: $28,000 - $32,000
POSITION: Heating Plant Operator (shift work), Facilities, #07-269
DEADLINE: (I) 4/13/2007
SALARY: $24,000 - $27,000
POSITION: Cook (variable hours, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #07-267
DEADLINE: (I) 4/12/2007
SALARY: $9.58 - $10.50
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-3621
|Physicians selected to receive Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award|
Two physicians have been selected to receive the Charles E. Kupchella Preventive Medicine and Wellness Award which will be presented by the School of Medicine and Health Sciences during commencement activities in May for the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2007.
James Mitchell, chair and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the medical school and president of the Neuroscience Research Institute, Fargo, and Donald Hensrud, a 1982 graduate of the UND medical school and chair of the division of preventive and occupational medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., will receive the award, given this year for the second time.
Named for the current president of UND, the Kupchella Award recognizes the achievements of individuals and organizations who have worked to improve health and wellness through lowered rates of disease and disability by developing and delivering effective health promotion and prevention initiatives.
Mitchell, who holds the NRI/Lee Christoferson, M.D., Chair in Neuroscience, is an internationally recognized authority in eating disorders such as bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa and obesity. He is the author of numerous books in his field of study and has written extensively for publication in scientific journals.
The recipient of many awards and honors, he was named in 2003 as a McCann Scholar, a prestigious honor given to a select few outstanding mentors in medicine in the United States.
Hensud, associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, serves as chair of the health promotion committee and medical director of the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic.
Originally from Grand Forks, he is the author of numerous articles, papers and book chapters on topics related to nutrition and obesity for publication in scientific journals and served as assistant editor of the second edition of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book.
The award has been made possible by a gift to the UND Foundation from Manuchair Ebadi, senior advisor to the president and associate vice president for health affairs and medical research at UND and associate dean for research and program development at the UND medical school.
-- Shelley Pohlman, Asst. to the Director, Public Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-4305
|Darrin Muggli awarded NSF research grant|
Darrin Muggli (chemical engineering) has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation research grant to design TiO2 nanotubes for the photocatalytic destruction of organophosphorous compounds. These hazardous pollutants are present in chemical warfare agents, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and detergents. Recent developments and rapid advances in TiO2 nanotube technology now allow for the production of an active photocatalyst that has significantly improved activity and adsorption capacity compared to current photocatalysts. Dr. Muggliâ€™s research group has already synthesized a TiO2 nanotube photocatalyst that is four times as active as the current industry standard photocatalyst.
Dr. Muggliâ€™s method is particularly effective in destroying gas- and liquid-phase pollutants because it operates at ambient conditions and requires only oxygen (air), a non-toxic catalyst (TiO2), and a UV source (sunlight). The TiO2 catalyst can be coated readily on many surfaces (metal, glass, clothing, plastics, etc.) and used in air purification devices for vehicles and buildings.
-- Wayne Seames, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, email@example.com, 701-777-2958
|UND police officers receive certificates of appreciation|
University of North Dakota police officers Matthew Beland and Murray Ridler received certificates of appreciation for their work in traffic safety enforcement from the Northern Valley Safe Communities Coalition and Safe Kids of Grand Forks at a ceremony that was conducted at Altru Health Systems April 5. Officer Beland was recognized for his work in DUI and speed enforcement. During 2006 Officer Beland arrested 106 impaired drivers. Officer Ridler was recognized for his speed enforcement activities, second only to Officer Beland in the UND Police Department in the number of speeding tickets issued.
-- Tom Brockling, Police Officer, UND Police Department, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-777-3491
|Mechanical engineering team clinches top spot in design competition|
A UND mechanical engineering team scored top place in the recent American Society of Mechanical Engineers District C Student Design Competition. The objective of this competition was to create an apparatus to clean up contaminated water using only human power.
The team, advised by William Semke, associate professor of mechanical engineering, designed and built the winning human-powered water purifier. The competition problem aimed to help students address the public health issue of clean water, highlighted after the 2004 tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, where affected areas were surrounded by polluted water and failed filtration systems. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.1 billion people - or 17 percent of the world's total population - lack access to clean water.
UND's team used a highly modified bicycle to drive an electric generator to power a heating element to produced steam, which was condensed; the resulting pure water was collected. The unique features of the team's design included the gear train system and the efficient heating/condenser unit, said Semke. The students designed the water still during the fall semester mechanical engineering student design class.
UND's winning team included Brandon Steinhauer, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Reid Anderson, Cambridge, Minn.; Jesi Ehrhorn, Bemidji, Minn.; Jeremy Reed, Rochester, Minn.; Phillip Siemieniewski, Beulah, N.D.; and Nickolas Philippi, Cokato, Minn.
The competition highlighted the role that the engineering professions play in society and challenged student competitors to implement learned skills and appreciate the social, economic, and environmental impacts of engineering.
The competition, held recently at Purdue University, was sponsored by ASMEs Center for Professional Development, Practice and Ethics and the ASME Knowledge and Community Sector. It included 25 teams from ASME student chapters from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. The winning team will go to the national competition at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Seattle in November.
|UND Television Center recognized at Midwest Journalism Conference|
The Television Center was recently recognized at the Midwest Journalism Conference in Bloomington, Minn. They were awarded first place by the Northwest Broadcast News Association in the documentary/special category for its work on the documentary, â€œUND Clay: The Cable Years.â€
â€œI think it is in recognition of everyone who was involved in producing the program,â€ says documentary producer Aaron Quanbeck. â€œDon Miller's (art professor) assistance was crucial, our photographer Scott Lima did a fantastic job, and everyone else who had a part in it made the award possible.â€
â€œUND Clay: The Cable Yearsâ€, describes the history and tradition of the University of North Dakota Ceramics Department, specifically the involvement of Margaret Kelly Cable.
â€œMargaret Kelly Cable was a remarkable woman who overcame a lot of adversity to create the ceramics department. I'm glad we were able to tell her amazing story,â€ says Quanbeck. â€œI hope that the documentary does her justice and that through it more people will learn of her tremendous contributions.â€
The Television Center competed against six other states in the contest including Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
For more information on the UND Television Center or â€œUND Clay: The Cable Yearsâ€ please call 777-4346 or e-mail email@example.com.
-- Meghan Flaagan, Director of Marketing, Television Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3818