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ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 49: February 15, 2007

Contents
Top Stories
President Kupchella names Gary Johnson interim vice president for research
Search committee appointed for vice president for research
Events to Note
UND physician assistant class of 2008 receive white coats Friday
Jacqueline Huntoon presents next LEEPS lectures Feb. 16
PPT/COBRE seminar is Feb. 16
Physics colloquium is Feb. 16
U2 lists workshops
Post-game party features 32 Below Saturday night in the Betty
Moscow String Quartet to perform at Museum of Art
16th annual Robinson Lecture is Feb. 20
Spring semester book study continues Feb. 20
Continuing education candidate open forum set for Feb. 21
CPR/AED classes offered to UND employees
Ethiopian torture victim will speak at law lecture
Information session for prospective Fulbright scholars is March 5
Spend spring break with Conflict Resolution Center
Announcements
Annual staff employee performance evaluations due Feb. 28
Note new student petition policy for GER committee
Research Development and Compliance office temporarily relocated
SSAC lists January 2007 travel awards
Presidents Day is holiday
Chester Fritz Library lists Presidents Day hours
Library of the Health Sciences lists holiday hours
Law Library posts Presidents Day hours
ITSS lists holiday hours
North Dakota Museum of Art lists holiday hours
West end of Gustafson parking lot closes
Get free publicity about your UND summer events
Studio One features mobile drug testing, spanking ban
Encourage students to complete Summer Session needs assessment
Note purchasing changes from Sam's Club
Wellness Center members can rate a group exercise class, win an Ipod Nano
Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner
Participants sought for possible staff/faculty golf league
Internal job openings listed
In the News
SUNRISE announces DOE EPSCoR seed grant awards
President Kupchella names Gary Johnson interim vice president for research

President Kupchella announced that Gary Johnson has been named interim vice president for research. Johnson has served as assistant vice president for research and co-project director of North Dakota EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) since August 2005. He also was responsible for public relations and marketing of the UND research enterprise, and assisting the vice president for research in special projects such as the North Dakota Centers of Excellence for Economic Development and the Red River Valley Research Corridor initiatives.

From November 2002 to July 2005, Johnson served as executive officer of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment, which includes the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, and as professor in the Earth System Science and Policy graduate program. Johnson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geography and political science at UND, and the Ph.D. in geography, regional economics, and remote sensing at Indiana State University. This is Johnson’s second appointment at UND. From 1966 to 1976 he held tenure in the Department of Geography, serving as chair during the 1975-76 academic year.

Johnson spent 28 years in government, including NASA and NOAA and the United Nations Environment Programme, and industry, including aerospace contractors Lockheed Martin and Hughes, working nationally and internationally primarily on remote sensing systems that track worldwide climate and ecosystems affecting agriculture and environmental quality. He spent four years in Thailand at the Asian Institute of Technology.

The son of Edwin and Marcia Johnson of rural Carson, (now Bismarck) N.D., Johnson and his wife Diana (Grandpre) Johnson, have a daughter, Tracy, of Rapid City, S.D., and a son, Robert, of Columbia, Mo.

In FY 06, UND received more than $94 million in external support for sponsored program activities and had research expenditures totaling more than $81.2 million. At the end of fiscal year 2006, the University’s research portfolio included $315 million in total ongoing and committed accounts. University researchers submitted a record 974 proposals to external agencies for a value of $255 million during the year.

The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) led UND units in awards received with record funding of $32.2 million in FY06. Other leading UND units include the School of Medicine and Health Sciences with $19.8 million of awards received, followed by the College of Nursing at $4.9 million, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at $3.7 million, and the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment at $3.1 million, which among other things manages the DC-8 sub-orbital research laboratory.

UND's research activity is centered in the colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Public Administration, College of Education and Human Development, College of Nursing, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, School of Engineering and Mines, the School of Law, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The University operates a number of research units, which among others include the Energy & Environmental Research Center, Center for Rural Health, Center for Innovation, Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, Bureau of Governmental Affairs, Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research, and the Social Science Research Institute. The University works closely with the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the North Dakota Geological Survey.

Search committee appointed for vice president for research

President Charles Kupchella has announced the formation of a committee to conduct a national search for a permanent vice president for research. The committee will be chaired by H. David Wilson, vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Kupchella has asked the group to search for and screen potential candidates both internally and nationally, and to provide him with the names of three to five unranked, acceptable candidates. He said he expects the committee to complete its work in time for him to select an individual for the job by July 1. Kupchella said others may be added, but at this point those appointed to the search committee include: H. David Wilson; Alice Brekke, budget director; Sharon Carson, associate professor of English; Gerald Combs, director of the Human Nutrition Research Center; Bob Gallager, vice president for finance and operations; Gerald Groenewold, director of the Energy & Environmental Research Center; Kristin Hillman, graduate student; Mark Hoffmann, professor and chair of Chemistry; Gary Johnson, office of the vice president for research; Steven Light, associate professor of Political Science and Public Administration; Jim Melland, general manager of Surefoot Corporation; Jim Petell, director of the office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization; Kathryn Rand, associate dean and associate professor of the School of Law; George Seielstad, director of the Northern Great Plains Center for People and the Environment; Bruce Smith, dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences; Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries; Klaus Thiessen, president/CEO of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation; Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health; and Kara Wettersten, associate professor and co-chair of Counseling.

UND physician assistant class of 2008 receive white coats Friday

The sixth White Coat ceremony for new students in the Physician Assistant (PA) Program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. It will take place in the Keller Auditorium of the school’s Wold Center and is open to the public.

The class consists of 33 students (19 women and 14 men) from 16 states. These students, members of the program’s 36th class, will receive their white coats and UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences pins. They also will receive “Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for the Physician Assistant Profession.”

“The presentation of the white coat is symbolic of the new profession the students are entering,” said Mary Ann Laxen, PA program director. The students will wear these coats throughout the clinical phase of their training.

Guest speaker for the event is Robert Beattie, associate professor and chair of family and community medicine at the UND medical school.

Physician assistants are health care professionals who practice medicine with physician guidance and supervision. The UND physician assistant program, the only one in North Dakota, is the only one in the United States specifically geared to clinically practicing health care professionals who have at least two years of professional experience.

They reside in their home communities during the training experience, coming to UND only for four, four-week periods and a week prior to graduation. Most of their 22-month program of study occurs in the hometown clinical setting under the supervision of their physician-faculty members. Most of these students come from rural communities, where, in many cases, they plan to continue working.

More than 70 percent of physician assistants practicing in North Dakota are graduates of the UND program.

For more information, please contact the PA program office at 777-2344.
-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS, ascurry@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-0871

Jacqueline Huntoon presents next LEEPS lectures Feb. 16

Jacqueline Huntoon, Michigan Technological University, presents the next LEEPS lectures Friday, Feb. 16. Huntoon will speak at noon Feb. 16, to discuss “Field Training for Teachers in Earth System Science,” in 100 Leonard Hall, and at 3 p.m., she will address “The Search for a Source Rock for the Giant Tar Sand Triangle Hydrocarbon Accumulation,” in 109 Leonard Hall.

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Science lecture program (LEEPS) brings nationally and internationally known scientists and others to UND to give talks on cutting-edge science and engineering. Lectures cover a wide range of topics, including academic science, applied engineering, and environmental issues of current significance.

For more information, contact Will Gosnold, 777-2631.

-- Connie Larson, Administrative Secretary, Geology & Geological Engineering, connielarson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2248

PPT/COBRE seminar is Feb. 16

John Shabb, associate professor of biochemistry, will present a seminar on "Phosphoproteomic Profiling of Novel B-Raf Targets in Melanoma” Friday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall, Room 1360, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Shabb was invited through the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.

Any questions regarding this seminar can be addressed to Thad Rosenberger at 777-0591. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Dawn Halvorson, Administrative Clerk, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, dhalvors@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-4293

Physics colloquium is Feb. 16

A physics colloquium will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in 211 Witmer Hall. Subhranil De (Physics) will address "inMultiscale Modeling of Polymer Rheology."

A novel simulation method is proposed which can be used to readily parallelize flow simulations on systems with a large spatial extent. Within the proposed scheme, small parts of the system are simulated with independent non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) simulations, where only occasionally information is passed between these parts through an equation-free continuum approach. The power of this method is illustrated in the case of a polymer melt undergoing rapid one-dimensional shear flow. Since it is shown that this flow problem cannot be modeled by using a steady-state constitutive equation, this method offers the unique capability for accessing the non-linear viscoelasticity of complex fluids.

Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.
-- Connie Cicha, Administrative Secretary, Physics, connie_cicha@und.nodak.edu, 701-777-2911

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Feb. 15-28. Visit our web site for more.

Data Protection and Privacy: Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to noon
This workshop will introduce secure practices for handling and storing sensitive University and personal data. Topics will include:
•Practices and configurations for securing your operating system, web browser, email, and other software applications.
•Protecting your personal information online.
•Must have security software for your computer.
•Encrypting sensitive data.
Presenter: Brad Miller, IT security officer.

Diversity Management: Past, Present, and Future: Feb. 15, 2 to 3 p.m., 305 Twamley Hall.
Drawing from his most recent book, "Building on the Promise of Diversity," Dr. Thomas will detail the evolution of diversity in the United States with particular focus on how it has evolved, is evolving, and is likely to evolve in the future. In addition, he will explore the reasons why the evolution has slowed, emphasizing the traditional view that diversity is an extension of the Civil Rights Movement’s agenda as a principal reason for the current stagnation. Join us for this stimulating presentation about the challenges and opportunities surrounding the issue of diversity.

Performance Management and Progressive Discipline: Feb. 20, 9 to 11 a.m., 305 Twamley Hall.
Supervisors will learn the fundamentals of conducting honest, fair, and consistent evaluations and receive guidelines for using a progressive discipline system. Presenters: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

Asset Management and Insurance: Feb. 21, 9 to 10:30 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union.
Instructions and discussion on how to perform annual inventories using PeopleSoft. This session will also cover basic information that departments should know about asset management and insurance issues.
Presenters: Corrinne Kjelstrom and Hazel Lehman.

Payment Processing: Feb. 21, 1 to 3 p.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union.
Learn the process for purchase orders, blanket purchase orders and vouchers. Presenter: Allison Peyton.

Facilities Discoverer Reports Training: Feb. 26, 2 to 3 p.m., 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

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: Phone, 777-2128, E-mail U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, or online www.conted.und.edu/U2/. Please Include: (1) Workshop Title/Date, (2) Name, (3) Department, (4) Position, (5) Box Number, (6) Phone Number, (7) E-mail, and (8) How you first learned about this workshop. Thank you for registering in advance; it helps us plan for materials and number of seats.
-- Mark Wilkerson, U2 Coordinator, University within the University, markwilkerson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4266

Post-game party features 32 Below Saturday night in the Betty

Don't miss the post-game party featuring 32 Below at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center following the men's hockey game Saturday night, Feb. 17. Register to win a Rockstar Viva Las Vegas Getaway including airfare and accomodations for two! Tickets are on sale now. For more information log on to www.theralph.com.
-- Sommer Lockhart, Marketing Manager, Ralph Engelstad Arena, sommerl@theralph.com, 70833

Moscow String Quartet to perform at Museum of Art

The Moscow String Quartet will perform in the Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. The Museum is located on Centennial Drive on the University campus.

Described by Alfred Schnittke as "an extraordinary ensemble that distinguishes itself with refined musical style, an unusually beautiful sound and palette of colors, and a tremendous artistic temperament," the members of the Moscow String Quartet have earned a place among the most distinguished artists of our times. All graduates of the Moscow Conservatory and Gnessin Musical Institute (Moscow), they were students of eminent professors including Yuri Yankelevich, Genrihk Talalian of the Komitas String Quartet and Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet (with whom the quartet continued to study after graduation.)

The Moscow String Quartet gained international acclaim after winning the 1978 Leo Weiner International Quartet Competition in Budapest. The next year, the quartet triumphed at the International Quartet competition in Evian, France.

Since then, the Moscow String Quartet has played to consistent critical acclaim in the major concert halls in Europe, including regular performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, repeated appearances at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and the Academy of Arts in Berlin. In addition, the quartet has appeared in many prestigious festivals, including the Paris and City of London Festivals, Berliner Festwochen, Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham Festivals, Casals Festival in Prades, the Catalonia Festival in Spain, and the Newport Festival. In North America, the Moscow String Quartet has performed in New York City (Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Frick Collection), Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Seattle, Vancouver and Montreal. In 1996, the ensemble was invited by Madeleine Albright to perform at a White House Christmas Concert. From 1991-96, the quartet was in residence at the Lamont School of Music in Denver, and since 1997 has been in residence at the University of Colorado in Denver.

Upcoming engagements include performances at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, the Casal Festival Puerto Rico, the Ottawa and the Arcady Chamber Music Festivals.

The Moscow String Quartet has recorded for MCA, Fine Arts Records, Russian Disk, Channel Classics and Melodiya released eight CDs including works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, Mozart, Denisov, Glinka, Shostakovich and Gubaidulina. Upcoming releases will feature works by Haydn, Borodin, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky.

This presentation is underwritten by Bremer Bank and is supported by the Performing Arts Fund, a program by Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O’Lakes Foundation, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Tickets for the Concert Series can be purchased at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Non-member tickets are $15 per concert at the door; member tickets are $13 per concert at the door. Student and Military tickets are $5 per concert at the door. Free admittance for children, middle school and under. Order your tickets today by calling 777-4195.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 701 777-4195

16th annual Robinson Lecture is Feb. 20

The librarians and staff of the Chester Fritz Library invite all members of the UND community to attend the 16th annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library (fourth floor). James Grijalva will speak on "Environmental Justice for Native America.” A reception will follow his presentation.

Grijalva holds a bachelor's degree in political science and political philosophy from Claremont McKenna College, and a Juris Doctorate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. He joined the University's law faculty in 1994 after clerking for a federal appellate court judge in Reno, Nev., and practicing environmental and Indian law with a private firm in Seattle, Wash. Dr. Grijalva created the Tribal Environmental Law Project at UND in 1996. Since then, he has assisted over 24 Native American tribes seeking environment justice in their homelands. He was named Randy H. Lee Professor in 2005.

The Robinson Lecture series began in 1991 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Professor Elwyn B. Robinson's publication, "A History of North Dakota." Robinson, whose career spanned 35 years at UND, was a distinguished member of the history faculty. The lecture, together with the library’s compilation of a bibliography of faculty and staff publications, is designed to recognize the scholarly and creative accomplishments of the UND community. -- Chester Fritz Library.

Spring semester book study continues Feb. 20

Join us for a conversation about Kurt Vonnegut's latest book, "A Man Without A Country," just out in paperback, at noon Tuesdays, Feb. 20 and 27, at the Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center.

Continuing education candidate open forum set for Feb. 21

Kenneth Brauchle will visit campus Feb. 20-21 to interview for the associate vice president for outreach services and dean of outreach programs position in the Division of Continuing Education. Dr. Brauchle is currently assistant dean of extended studies and director of the Center for Professional Development at Boise State University. He has been involved with technical, vocational and higher education for adults for over 20 years, and has held administrative posts in continuing education at three institutions. He has extensive administrative experience in graduate, undergraduate, technical and non-credit contract training. Dr. Brauchle’s professional interests include program development, outcomes assessment and distance education, and he has taught in technical, undergraduate and graduate programs. He holds a Ph.D. in the administration of adult education from the University of Alaska and a master’s in organizational management from the University of La Verne. Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., Dr. Brauchle has lived in several states, including several years in Alaska. His curriculum vitae is available for review at http://www.conted.und.edu/search/brauchle/files/vita.pdf.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend an open forum by Dr. Brauchle Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 9 a.m. in Room 16/18, Swanson Hall.
-- John Watson, Chair, Search Committee, johnwatson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3412

CPR/AED classes offered to UND employees

The Environmental Training Institute has scheduled CPR/AED courses for UND employees Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and Monday, March 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The course instructor will be Amy Thom in cooperation from Altru Health Systems. The classes will be held at the old Engelstad Arena. The fee will be $20 per person. You can register by going to the ETI web site www.eti.und.edu and click on Healthcare. Each class will have a maximum of 16.
-- Linda Rohde, Director, Environmental Training Institute, linda.rohde@mail.und.edu, 7-3863

Ethiopian torture victim will speak at law lecture

Hirut Abebe-Jiri, a victim of torture in her native Ethiopia, will be at the UND School of Law Thursday, Feb. 22. She will describe her extraordinary story of leaving Ethiopia, applying for and receiving asylum in Canada, and discovering that her torturer was living in the United States among his victims. She was the named plaintiff in a successful federal torts claims action, a landmark U.S. human rights law decision. The publicity of that case ultimately led to her torturer being expelled from the United States; he was returned to Ethiopia, where he had been tried in absentia for his crimes and sentenced to life inprisonment.

There will be a keynote address Feb. 22 at 3:30 p.m. in the Baker Courtroom, Law School. Gregory Gordon will frame the legal aspects of catching human rights violators who are living in United States undetected. Hirut will then speak about her personal experiences, both in Ethiopia and during the case.

On Friday, Feb. 23, at 12:10 p.m., there will be a lunch session with Hirut to facilitate a smaller, more one-on-one discussion. Free pizza will be provided. This will be in Room 8 of the Law School.

Both events are free and open to the public. These events are sponsored by Law Women's Caucus and the Multicultural Awareness Committee.
-- Amanda Grafstrom, Vice-President, Law Womens Caucus, amanda.grafstrom@students.law.und.edu, 701-777-9197

Information session for prospective Fulbright scholars is March 5

Karen Watts, a staff member with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) is coming to UND to offer a workshop on the Fulbright program for faculty and professionals. The workshop will help you:
• learn about lecturing and research opportunities in 150 countries;
• get advice on which country to apply to and how to make contacts abroad;
• learn how to prepare the Fulbright application;
• explore how your department can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars.

This workshop will be held in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl Monday, March 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. There is no charge to attend, and all interested faculty and staff are invited. Advance planning can be very important to the eventual success of an application, so you are strongly encouraged to attend, even if it might be some years until you’re ready to submit an application.

Ms. Watts needs to receive an estimate of attendance in advance, so please respond if you anticipate attending this event. To reserve a seat, please contact Joan Hawthorne (joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu) by noon Wednesday, Feb. 28.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Assistant Provost, Provost Office, joan_hawthorne@und.nodak.edu, 7-4684

Spend spring break with Conflict Resolution Center

The Conflict Resolution Center is presenting a 32-hour civil mediation seminar March 12-15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Learn the principles and skills of transformative mediation in a fun, experiential, and participatory environment. You will learn great job and leadership skills regardless of your profession or course of study.

Cost is $295 for UND students, faculty and staff, a savings of $405.

Two graduate credits are available, COUN 900, workshop – seminar credits through continuing education, $100. Contact the Conflict Resolution Center at 777-3664 to register. Registration closes Saturday, March 3. -- Conflict Resolution Center.

Annual staff employee performance evaluations due Feb. 28

Annual staff employee performance evaluations are due to be completed for all staff employees by Feb. 28. The performance management plan form is available electronically as either a WordPerfect or Word document. To receive a copy via e-mail, contact us at human.resources@mail.und.nodak.edu. The Word document version may also be found on our web page at www.humanresources.und.edu/Forms/forms.html. Please review and discuss the evaluation with the employee and return the signed forms to Human Resources, Stop 8010, no later than Feb. 28. If you have questions, please call us at 777-4361. -- Diane Nelson, director, Office of Human Resources.

Note new student petition policy for GER committee

Effective for the fall 2007 semester, the GER Committee will no longer accept student petitions for exceptions to UND's general education requirements during a student's last semester at UND. Students and advisors are encouraged to review general education graduation requirements against student transcripts at least one semester prior to graduation to ensure the requirements have been completed.
-- Matthew Cavalli, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, matthewcavalli@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4389

Research Development and Compliance office temporarily relocated

Due to construction, Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) is temporarily located in 404 Twamley Hall (Edna Twamley Room).

Barry Milavetz, Shirley Griffin, and Jennifer Lessard will be located in 404 Twamley Hall until further notice. Therefore, questions/documents pertaining to external grants, as well as those pertaining to faculty research seed money, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC), or Research Development and Compliance proposals/awards should be brought to Room 404.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)/Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) personnel, Renee Carlson and Jodi Everett, will remain in 105 Twamley Hall. Questions/proposals for the IRB or IBC should be brought to 105 Twamley Hall.

Telephone numbers and box number remain the same.
-- Barry Milavetz, Associate Vice President for Research, Research Development and Compliance, barrymilavetz@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4278

SSAC lists January 2007 travel awards

The Senate Scholarly Activities Committee received 38 travel grant applications, requesting a total of $36,451.53, in response to the January call for proposals. The following awards were made at the Jan. 31 meeting.

ALASKA, HAWAII, AND FOREIGN TRAVEL AWARDS:
Christopher Cassetta (Conflict Resolution), $632.96; Emanuel Grant (Computer Science), $1,272.80; Kathryn Thomasson (Chemistry), $729.28.

DOMESTIC AND CANADIAN TRAVEL AWARDS:
Tina Anderson (Aviation), $430; Nancy Beneda (Finance), $438.60; Sandra Braathen (Information Systems and Business Education), $433.10; Sun-Mi Chae (Family and Community Nursing), $397.32; Jihui (Susan) Chen (Economics), $440.32; Frank Cuozzo (Anthropology), $416.24; James Faircloth (Marketing), $330.24; Bonni Gourneau (Teaching and Learning), $425.87; Devon Hansen (Geography), $420.20; Dan Michael Harsell (Political Science and Public Administration), $387; James Haskins (Finance), $374.96; Xiaozhao Huang (English), $411.94; Bette Ide (Nursing), $397.32; Mark Jendrysik (Political Science and Public Administration), $366.36; Arthur Jones (Art), $419.34; Adam Kitzes (English), $344; Jeong Lee (Finance), $392.16; Steven Light (Political Science and Public Administration), $413.66; Leslie Martin (Aviation), $322.50; Susan Logan Nelson (Finance), $423.98; Jaesun Park (Management), $302.72; E. Janie Pinterits (Counseling), $344; James Porter (Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics), $428.28; Hassan Reza (Computer Science), $361.11; Glenda Rotvold (Information Systems and Business Education), $426.56; Kenneth Ruit (Anatomy and Cell Biology), $406.78; Elizabeth Scharf (Anthropology), $408.50; Richard Schultz (Electrical Engineering), $456.32; Nuananong (Lek) Seal (Family and Community Nursing), $404.20; Nadine Tepper (Teaching and Learning), $419.42; Marcus Weaver-Hightower (Educational Foundations and Research), $394.74; Rebecca Weaver-Hightower (English) $444.62; Robert Wood (Political Science and Public Administration), $387; and Crystal Yang (Art), $418.82.
-- B.P. Bandyopadhyay, Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities, bishubandyo@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4278

Presidents Day is holiday

Monday, Feb. 19, Presidents Day, will be observed as a holiday by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director, human resources.

Chester Fritz Library lists Presidents Day hours

The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for Presidents Day weekend: Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 18, closed; Monday, Feb. 19 (Presidents Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, karencloud@mail.und.edu, 7-2618

Library of the Health Sciences lists holiday hours

The Library of the Health Sciences holiday hours for Presidents Day weekend follows: Friday, Feb. 16, regular hours (7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 18, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 19, 1 p.m. to midnight. Regular hours resume Tuesday, Feb. 20.
-- April Byars, Administrative Assistant, Library of the Health Sciences, abyars@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-3893

Law Library posts Presidents Day hours

Presidents Day weekend hours for the law library follow: Saturday, Feb. 17, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Monday, Feb. 19, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation manager, Law Library, oakland@law.und.edu, 7-3482

ITSS lists holiday hours

Information Technology Systems and Services will close for the Presidents Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Feb. 18, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20. -- Craig Cerkowniak, associate director, ITSS.

North Dakota Museum of Art lists holiday hours

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe will be closed on Presidents Day, Feb. 19. The Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 19.
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art, chulst@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

West end of Gustafson parking lot closes

Work will resume on the Spiritual Center this week. Some staging area is needed to offload trucks and some short-term storage, before it can go across the bridge to the site. We will close the west end of the Gustafson parking lot for approximately two weeks to accommodate this. The driving lane will remain open and barricades will be placed to identify the area.

Get free publicity about your UND summer events

Are you planning a non-credit event at UND this summer between May 1 and Aug. 31? Do you want more publicity about your summer program? Take this opportunity to submit your event information to the UND Summer Events Office to receive free publicity about your summer event. Your information will be posted to the online Summer Events Calendar, which will be strategically marketed throughout the spring and into the summer through newspaper, radio, and web advertisements. There also will be flyers, posters, and brochures distributed across campus and in the community as part of this Summer at UND marketing campaign.

In addition to posting your event information, you may also request to:
• Post your event brochure
• Link your web site to the Summer Events Calendar

Other reasons to submit your information include:
• Potential to reach a larger audience
• The web site can serve as a resource for participants

Examples of non-credit summer events include, but are not limited to, workshops, musical and theatrical performances, athletic events, and camps for kids.

To ensure your event is posted during the prime marketing time, submit your event information now by going to the online form found at www.summer.und.edu or calling the Summer Events Office at 777-0841. By submitting your summer event information to the UND Summer Calendar, it will automatically be sent to the main UND events calendar.

The Summer at UND marketing campaign is sponsored by the UND Summer Programs and Events Council (SPEC).
-- Julie Bean, Summer Events Program Specialist, Division of Continuing Education, juliebean@mail.und.edu, 701-777-0441

Studio One features mobile drug testing, spanking ban

Learn how one person is helping employers prevent drug use in the workplace on the next edition of Studio One. Sherry Seba is a mobile drug and alcohol tester who is on call 24 hours a day. Companies hire Seba to help cut down drug use and loss of productivity in employees. Learn what a day in the life of a mobile drug tester is like and how it can benefit the workplace on Studio One.

Also on the show this week, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 90 percent of parents in the United States report having spanked their children. However, a California lawmaker is drafting legislation that would ban spanking. Hear what some are saying regarding this subject.

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, meghan.flaagan@und.edu, 777-3818

Encourage students to complete Summer Session needs assessment

The Summer Sessions office, in conjunction with the Summer Program and Events Council, is conducting a student needs assessment to gain student input in course offerings and other interests and needs regarding Summer Session.

The survey can be found at www.summer.und.edu. For questions about the survey, contact the Survey Help Desk at 777-2098.
-- Diane Hadden, Director, Summer Sessions, dianehadden@mail.und.edu, 701-777-6284

Note purchasing changes from Sam's Club

Departments may now utilize their University Purchasing Card at Sam's Club. Sam's Club will require that you show your Purchasing Card when entering the store. Purchase orders and vouchers will no longer be accepted by Sam's Club.
-- Scott Schreiner, Purchasing Director, Purchasing, scottschreiner@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-2126

Wellness Center members can rate a group exercise class, win an Ipod Nano

Wellness Center Members: Rate a group exercise class and win an Ipod Nano. The Wellness Center group exercise program is seeking feedback on current class offerings for the summer and fall schedules. Attend a group exercise class and complete a review card and earn a chance to win an Ipod Nano. This opportunity will last only until Feb. 20. Cards are located in the group exercise room, Room 272/274, and at the fitness experience desk. For more information about the Wellness Center and membership opportunities, contact Kayla Effertz at 777-4762.
-- Monica Nilson, Coordinator of Group Exercise and Personal Training Specialist, Wellness, monicanilson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0842

Old Main Marketplace announces lunch giveaway winner

This week's winner in the Old Main Marketplace Food Court lunch giveaway is Donna Bonderud from Information Technology Systems and Services. Congratulations, Donna! 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 Food Court, larrycronin@mail.und.edu, 701-777-6440

Participants sought for possible staff/faculty golf league

If anyone is interested in a staff/faculty golf league, please contact Dustin at 777-3500 or dustinhetletved@mail.und.nodak.edu. Please include what night would be best.
-- Tom Swangler, Assistant Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, tomswangler@mail.und.edu, 7-4094

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 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.

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/COACHES:

POSITION: Research Associate, Family and Community Medicine, #07-215
DEADLINE: (I) 2/20/2007
SALARY: $38,800 - $40,000

POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services & Dean of Outreach Programs, #07-091
DEADLINE: Internal applicants will be considered with the external. Open Until Filled (Review of applications will begin November 15, 2006.)
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Computer Equipment Operator, ITSS, #07-217
DEADLINE: (I) 2/16/2007
SALARY: $22,000 - $24,000

OFFICE SUPPORT: No current openings.

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, M-F, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities, #07-219
DEADLINE: (I) 2/21/2007
SALARY: $16,037 - $20,000
-- Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations, janorvik@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3621

SUNRISE announces DOE EPSCoR seed grant awards

The Sustainable Energy Research Initiative (SUNRISE), in coordination with the North Dakota EPSCoR program, recently awarded four seed grants to faculty researchers at North Dakota’s two research Universities. An element of the mission of SUNRISE’s three-year DOE EPSCoR infrastructure improvement program is to assist in developing UND/NDSU research capability related to sustainable energy. Proposals received for this competitive seed grant program were reviewed by a panel of external and internal experts in sustainable energy.

SUNRISE is pleased to award seed grants for the following projects:
* Soizik Laguette, assistant professor, Earth System Science and Policy, “Spectral Characterization of Switchgrass for Biomass Energy and Biofuel Quality”, $32,295.
* Hossein Salehfar, professor, Electrical Engineering, “Modeling of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Technique”, $18,000.
* Julia Zhao, assistant professor, Chemistry, “Development of TiO2 Nanocatalysts for Sustainable Energy”, $50,000.
* W.H. Katie Zhong, associate professor, NDSU Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, “Ultra-lightweight Polymer Composites for Wind Energy System – Turbine Blade Structures”, $49,770.
-- Wayne Seames, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, wayneseames@mail.und.nodak.edu, 7-2958