The University of North Daktoa

University Relations | University Letter
sEARCH und
A to Z IndexMap
About U Letter
U Letter
 
ISSUE: Volume 44, Number 06: September 07, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
Construction begins on Neuroscience Research Facility addition
Norway's Henrik Bull to present lecture today
Events to Note
Chester Fritz Auditorium event tickets available
Open forum for Associate Dean of Student Life candidate set for Sept. 8
LaDuke presents biology seminar on Galapagos visit
2006 Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk set for Sept. 9
Grand Forks Symphony youth auditions set for Sept. 9-10
Remembrance ceremony set for Sept. 11
Dakota Science Center sets annual meeting for Sept. 11
Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 13
Box lunch session will focus on helping students take better notes
North Dakota Women's Health Connection is Sept. 18
Fall insight meditation classes begin Sept. 18
Meet, Eat and Learn to meet Wednesdays
Norwegian artist to present gallery talk Sept. 21
Tyler from Real World: Key West to speak Sept. 21
Theatre Arts announces play schedule
Announcements
Senate Scholarly Activities deadlines listed
Submit changes now for 2007-2009 UND academic catalog
Personal long-distance telephone calls on UND networks prohibited
University Relations launches new web site
Study Abroad available for non-UND sponsored programs
Barnes and Noble Bookstore has meeting space available
Please return campus quality survey
UND 24/7 photography contest deadline extended
North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe specials
Male participants needed for research
Memory research study seeks volunteers
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Documentary wins award
UND astrophysicist's supernova comments receive global attention
UND climate change expert reflects on California emissions stance
Construction begins on Neuroscience Research Facility addition

Construction has begun on a $1 million addition to the Neuroscience Research Facility at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The new building will add 2,200 square feet of laboratory space to the research facility at Hamline and Fifth Avenue North, just west of the medical school on the UND campus. When the addition is completed, the entire Neuroscience Research Facility will include 17,000 square feet of space.

Funding for the structure came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provided the initial $3 million for the original building three years ago.

"This addition to the Neuroscience Research Facility represents another step forward for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in its effort to increase our understanding of the diseases of the brain," said Dean H. David Wilson. "We are very proud of the important work of our faculty to find better treatments for neurodegenerative diseases which have a devastating effect on people everywhere."

"This is very exciting," said Jonathan Geiger, professor and chair of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. "It's good to have a building that is dedicated thematically to a particular aspect of human disease. By clustering some of our researchers together in one space, we can more easily share new ideas and promising avenues of study."

The Neuroscience Research Facility, dedicated in 2004, consists of 14,000 square feet, with eight laboratories and shared research space where medical faculty members are seeking to understand how the brain functions at its most basic level and the underlying biomedical causes of diseases which originate in the brain, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, HIV-associated dementia, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, among others.

They are also working to uncover scientific knowledge of the mechanisms in the brain which lead to drug-seeking behavior. With that insight, treatments could be developed to interrupt the process that causes addiction and therefore reduce or eliminate the desire for illicit drugs.

The addition is expected to be completed by December and should be ready for occupancy in early 2007. It includes two laboratories, two offices and two common rooms for tissue preparation and microscopy.

Faculty members who will occupy the new laboratory space are Rugao Liu, associate professor, and John Watt, assistant professor, both of the Anatomy and Cell Biology, Geiger said.

Along with Geiger, other faculty members who are conducting investigations in the Neuroscience Research Facility are: Colin Combs, Matthew Picklo, Othman Ghribi and Saobo Lei, all assistant professors in the Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics.

Norway's Henrik Bull to present lecture today

Henrik Bull, European law scholar and Norway’s judge on the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court, will be the School of Law’s 2006 Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence from Sept. 5-8.

The highlight of his time in residency is a keynote address, “The Treaty on a Constitution for Europe: Would it Make the European Union into the United States of Europe?" Thursday, Sept. 7, at 4:30 p.m. in the Baker Court Room, School of Law. The address is free and open to the public.

His keynote address will try to answer whether the constitution, recently voted down by the voters in France and the Netherlands, really would have made the European Union (EU) into some kind of “United States of Europe,” or whether the word “constitution” is misplaced. As a basis for answering this question, the lecture will also give an overview of the development of the EC/EU so far and its present institutional structure.

Bull has been an integral part of the University of Oslo Faculty of Law’s Center for European Law for many years. He was a researcher at the Centre for six years, worked as associate professor, and served as director from 2002 to 2005. His doctoral dissertation, "The Internal Market for Services and Capital: Importation of Financial Services," published by The University Press in 2002, establishes him as a preeminent Norwegian legal scholar with the law of the EFTA and the European Union. He is visiting UND from Luxembourg.

In addition to his keynote address, Bull will spend time with faculty and law students, host faculty workshops, visit in relevant law classes, and participate in special events and classes elsewhere on campus.

Chester Fritz Auditorium event tickets available

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is proud to announce its 2006-07 season. With a wide variety of shows, from Broadway Theatre to Ballet, or Country music, this season promises something for everyone.

Broadway Theatre: "Chicago," March 20 and 21, 7:30 p.m.; "Urban Cowboy," April 14, 3 p.m.

Family Theatre: Disney’s "Cinderella Kids and The Jungle Book Kids," Sept. 28, 4 and 6:30 p.m. (on sale now); "Junie B. Jones," Feb. 3, 3 p.m.

Special Performances: Don Williams Farewell Tour, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.; UND Steel Drum Band, Nov. 6, 7:30 p.m.; InPulse, Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m.; Lorie Line and her Pop Chamber Orchestra, Nov. 26, 3 and 7 p.m. (on sale now); Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m. (on sale now); Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, "Messiah," Dec. 16, 7:30 p.m.; Late Nite Catechism 2, Jan. 17, 7:30 p.m.; Winter Dance Party, the official tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.; Cirque Symphonique with the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra, March 3, 7:30 p.m.; Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir featuring Robert Robinson, March 31, 7:30 p.m.; Keep The Faith, April 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sisters of the Holy Rock, April 21, 7:30 p.m.

Descriptions and pricing can be found at www.cfa.und.edu. Tickets for most shows will go on sale Monday, Sept. 18, at 9 a.m. Get your tickets at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (701)772-5151, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For information only call the Chester Fritz Box Office at 777-4090.
-- Betty Allan, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium, bettyallan@mail.und.edu, 7-2170

Open forum for Associate Dean of Student Life candidate set for Sept. 8

The campus community is invited to attend the presentation and open forum of Cara Goodin, a candidate for the position of Associate Dean of Student Life/Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Dr. Goodin currently serves as the director of the Office of Campus Life at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. She will facilitate a short presentation, followed by an open forum at which members of the campus community will be able to ask questions.
-- Cassie Gerhardt, Coordinator of Greek Life, Memorial Union, cassiegerhardt@mail.und.edu, 777-3667

LaDuke presents biology seminar on Galapagos visit

John LaDuke, professor of biology, will present "A Tourist Experience in the Galapagos Through the Eyes of a Biologist" at noon Friday, Sept. 8, in 141 Starcher Hall. LaDuke has a research program in plant evolution, plant systematics and phylogeny reconstruction. His research is especially focused on plants in the family Malvaaceae (mallows).

He and his wife recently traveled to the Galapagos. The presentation will be an informal talk on tours to the Galapagos Islands, what you can see, what you cannot see, and how the system works. He stresses that the Galapagos is a phenomenal place and a "must see" for all people interested in biology. He will discuss and explore possibilities for future visits to the area with departmental students during the talk.

2006 Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk set for Sept. 9

Join us for the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk 2006. This is the main fundraising event for the regional Alzheimer's Association, Saturday, Sept. 9, at University Park. Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., with the walk beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Bring your family, friends, and even your dog to walk for the cause. Can't come? Make a donation online at www.alzmndak.org/memorywalk. For more information, please call Beth Innes-Johnson at 741-0043 or Stacy Warcup at 777-2931/740-1608.
-- Stacy Warcup, Membership Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, swarcup@ndmoa.com, 777-2931

Grand Forks Symphony youth auditions set for Sept. 9-10

The Greater Grand Forks Youth Orchestra Program is currently scheduling auditions for 2006-2007 programs on Sept. 9 and 10. Log onto www.ggfso.org to schedule an audition.

Students may audition for the following ensembles:
* Youth Symphony – high school and college, all instruments
* Junior Symphony – middle school strings
* Divertimento – high school and middle school strings players who wish to develop their skills in small ensemble playing (trios, quartets, quintets, etc.). Preference is given to students participating in one of the orchestra programs above.

The Youth Orchestra Program meets on eight consecutive Monday evenings at the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Rehearsals are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.(Youth Symphony) and from 6:30 to 8 p.m. (Junior Symphony). Divertimento rehearsal times may vary according to the schedules of the participants. Total fees are $65 per semester for Youth Symphony; $55 per semester for Junior Symphony; and $35 for Divertimento. Scholarship and instrument loan assistance is available.
-- Jenny Tarlin, Executive Director, Music, ggfso@und.edu, 777-3359

Remembrance ceremony set for Sept. 11

Student Government will mark the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by holding a remembrance ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in front of the Union. Gov. John Hoeven, North Dakota National Guard State Command Sgt. Major Jack Cripe, Commander of the North Dakota Air National Guard Al Palmer, Dean of Students Lillian Elsinga, Student Body President Nathan Martindale, and Student Body Vice President Nathaniel Hilliard will be among the guests speaking at the event.

Following the ceremony Student Government and the Memorial Union will unveil a memorial to the UND student soldiers who have been called to serve in the war on terrorism.
-- Haylee Cripe, Governmental Affairs Commissioner, Student Government, stugovgovaffairs@mail.und.edu, 777-4377

Dakota Science Center sets annual meeting for Sept. 11

The Dakota Science Center annual meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Room 7008, Elroy Schroeder Middle School, 800 32nd Ave. S. Jerry Wenzel will have a few science surprises to share. A perennial will be planted in the outdoor classroom butterfly garden in memory of former board member Carolyn Anderson after the meeting. The public is invited.

Study Abroad Fair is Sept. 13

The fall Study Abroad Fair is set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. This event showcases the study abroad programs available for our students, both UND and those through affiliated providers. Students can explore their study abroad options and talk with program representatives, past students, and education abroad staff.

Please encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to explore their options by attending the Study Abroad Fair at the International Centre, across from the Memorial Union. Your support and encouragement is extremely important.

In addition, any faculty members who are directing programs abroad are encouraged to advertise by reserving a table at the fair. Please RSVP to Neva at nevahendrickson@mail.und.edu or Melinda at melindamccannellunger@mail.und.edu

Reserve a space if you haven’t done so already. Experienced student representatives from your program are welcome and tables can be left unattended.
-- Melinda McCannell-Unger, Education Abraod Advisor, Study Abroad, melindamccannellunger@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4756

Box lunch session will focus on helping students take better notes

“Note Taking: Can We Help Students Do It More Effectively?” is the topic of the next On Teaching Box Lunch Discussion, scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Memorial Room, Memorial Union.

The session will raise questions about the purpose of note-taking, whether to provide students with lecture notes, and how to help them take better notes -- possibly using web technology. A handout on “Teaching Students to Take Better Notes” will be provided.

To register and reserve a free box lunch, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 by noon Monday, Sept. 11.
-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, libby_rankin@und.nodak.edu, 777-4233

North Dakota Women's Health Connection is Sept. 18

The first North Dakota Women’s Health Connection will take place Monday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Alerus Center, encouraging women to take a proactive role in their own health care. The event, organized by the North Dakota Women’s Health CORE located in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will feature sessions on a variety of women’s health issues by area health care providers and UND medical school faculty.

“The National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health project has a focus on outreach and assisting women to become informed consumers and managers of their health and health care,” said Elizabeth Burns, director of the program and professor at the medical school. “We see this as an opportunity for women of the region to benefit from the program at UND.”

Sessions will address issues affecting women across their life spans, including preconception planning, depression, healthy relationships, fibromyalgia, varicose veins, incontinence and healthy aging. NASA consultant Saralyn Mark will provide the keynote address on women’s heart health.

There will be tours and mocktails at the new UND Student Wellness Center following the conference. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Pre-registration is requested by Sept. 12. For more information and to register contact Sarah Owens at 777-3274 or sowens@medicine.nodak.edu.

North Dakota Women’s Health CORE, a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health Region VIII Demonstration project, facilitates North Dakota Women’s Health Connection. Financial sponsors include the Region VIII Office on Women’s Health, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Nursing, Dakota Medical Foundation and Altru Health System.

Fall insight meditation classes begin Sept. 18

The Lotus Meditation Center fall insight meditation classes for beginners are Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16 through Oct. 16. This five-week progressive course teaches the fundamentals of insight meditation. Classes are taught by Lora Sloan Anderson, Lotus Meditation Center director, and Patrick Sloan Anderson, a former Buddhist monk in the Thai Theravada Forest Tradition. The class is free of charge and open to all. No registration is required.

From 7 to 8:15 p.m., we will hold an ongoing sitting group with 30 minutes of silent sitting meditation followed by various activities such as discussion, talks, and optional book study. This class, facilitated by the Andersons, is free of charge and open to all.

An Insight Meditation Retreat (non-residential) will be held Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13-15. The teacher is Ajahn Sudanto, a Buddhist monk in the Thai Theravada Forest tradition. Instruction in sitting and walking meditation will be offered. Registration is required and a fee will be charged. Scholarships are available.

For more information, contact Lora Sloan Anderson at 787-8839.

Meet, Eat and Learn to meet Wednesdays

The Women's Center "Meet, Eat and Learn" will now meet on Wednesdays. The next event is Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. Thomasine Heitkamp, social work chair and faculty member for the past 24 years, will present "Feminism and Raising Sons." She will describe personal challenges she faced when applying feminist concepts in parenting sons. Everyone is welcome. Lunch is provided by the Women's Center.

Norwegian artist to present gallery talk Sept. 21

The next exhibit in the Col. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center, will feature the tapestries of Grete Bodogaard. Originally from Norway, Bodogaard now teaches at the University of South Dakota. She will present a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Col. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibit runs from Sept. 11-28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. -- Brian Paulsen, Art.

Tyler from Real World: Key West to speak Sept. 21

The Women's Center and 10% Society present Tyler from MTV's Real World: Key West at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. He will speak about his experiences and the show.

Theatre Arts announces play schedule

Theatre Arts will produce four plays for the 2006-2007 season. The first will be a musical, "Dames At Sea." This engaging, tap-dancing musical comedy satire will be performed in the Burtness Theatre Oct. 24-28.

Commemorating the centennial death of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, the department will present his classic play, "A Doll’s House." In this celebrated play, Ibsen presents a searing view of middle class values in the conflict a young woman feels between her own sense of dignity and the roles society has imposed on her. Performances will be Nov. 14-18 in the Burtness Lab Theatre.

"True West" by Sam Shepard will be performed in the Burtness Lab Theatre. A suspenseful and sometimes humorous tale about two brothers whose manners and occupations are at polar opposites, "True West" examines sibling rivalry and duality. This production will be directed by graduating senior Sam Ivory and will be presented Feb. 27 through March 3.

The final offering of the season will be William Shakespeare’s "The Comedy of Errors," a farcical and playful romp about mistaken identities, illusions, deceptions, lost loves and, of course, a happy ending. Accessible for the entire family, this fast-paced slapstick comedy is a circus-arena of gags, acrobats and high jinks – a post-modern cross between The Simpsons and Laugh-in. "The Comedy of Errors" will perform in the Burtness Theatre April 17-21.

In addition to the four main stage productions, showcase presentations directed and performed by students are free and open to the public. Graduating senior Heidi Stenseth will perform her one-woman production at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 in the Burtness Lab Theatre. Student Tyler Sheeley is the director. The graduating BFA-acting students will present their senior projects at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, in the Burtness Lab Theatre. Also in the Lab Theatre on Dec. 5-6, directing and acting students will present their final showcase projects beginning at 6 p.m. Spring semester final showcase projects will be May 1 and 2.

All main stage performances begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information and reservations please call the Burtness Theatre box office at 777-2587. All tickets are $12 or $6 with a student ID. Student showcase productions are free of charge, but donations will be gladly accepted. Free reserved parking is available on campus.

Senate Scholarly Activities deadlines listed

Friday, Sept. 15, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC). The committee will consider requests from faculty members to support travel associated with the presentation of scholarly papers. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed between Sept. 16, 2006, and Jan. 16, 2007. The committee will not provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please submit your application at this time. If an award is made, it will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. No other applications will be considered.

The second deadline for submission of applications is Monday, Oct. 16, 2006. Only research/creative activity or publication applications will be considered.

The third deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 17, 2007, and May 1, 2007. No other applications will be considered.

The fourth deadline is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2007. Research/creative activity and publication grant applications, as well as applications for new faculty scholar awards, will be considered. No travel applications will be considered.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007, is the final deadline for submission of travel grant applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between May 2, 2007, and Sept. 15, 2007. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited funding available for Senate Scholarly Activities Committee awards this year, the Committee will be making awards based on the following criteria: official notice of presentation, number of SSAC awards previously received by the applicant, and years at UND (new faculty and first-time applicants are given priority).

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.
-- B. P. Bandyopadhyay, Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, Mechanical Engineering, bishubandyo@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701/777-4278

Submit changes now for 2007-2009 UND academic catalog

It is once again a catalog year. Please review your department description and course information carefully and submit changes early to assure inclusion in the new catalog. Oct. 6, is the deadline to turn in requests to the University Curriculum Committee that require approval by the State Board of Higher Education or the Chancellor. These requests include new courses with new programs, title changes, program terminations, and program suspensions. Feb. 9, 2007, is the deadline for all other curriculum changes that require University Senate approval. Feel free to contact Connie Borboa at 777-4852 with any questions. Curriculum information is available online at: http://www.und.edu/dept/registrar/curriculum/curindex.htm
-- Lori Hofland, Admin Assistant, Registrar Office, lorihofland@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3892

Personal long-distance telephone calls on UND networks prohibited

I would like to remind faculty and staff that the UND long distance telephone and cellular telephone service are to be used only for conducting University business. The policy states that use of the University long distance networks for personal calls or non-university business may result in disciplinary action, termination of employment and/or personal liability. State and federal regulations also do not permit this type of activity even if the employee reimburses the University.

Use of the incoming toll-free 1-800 CALLUND line is for the recruiting and advising of prospective students. The toll-free line should not be used for long distance calls to the campus by anyone for any other purpose.

On the UND campus, long-distance calling cards for personal use can be purchased either at Wilkerson, Memorial Union, or the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Many retail establishments located off-campus also sell long-distance calling cards.

-- Robert Gallager, vice president for finance and operations.

University Relations launches new web site

The Office of University Relations has launched its new web site, http://www.universityrelations.und.edu/. The site offers many exciting features for UND's various stakeholders, including e-cards, RSS feeds, Powerpoint templates, and podcasts under the Resources section. This new initiative demonstrates our goal of using technology to communicate with our audiences in a strategic fashion. (Note: The podcasts feature through Itunes will be available soon.)

The RSS feeds offer a great way to have news about UND delivered to your desktop. The E-cards are creative way to send a little greeting to prospective students, alumni, and friends of UND. We have also developed a new interactive campus map and tour for our audiences to utiilize.

We are redesigning the UND homepage and it should be launched by the end of September. -- Donald Kojich, Executive Associate Vice President for University Relations.

Study Abroad available for non-UND sponsored programs

Study Abroad for UND students is coordinated through the Office of International Programs. The procedure outlined (see the web address below) details the process for students to follow when they choose to study on a non-UND program, i.e. a study abroad program that is not affiliated with UND through UND partner universities abroad or affiliated program providers. Please see this procedure at http://www.und.edu/dept/oip/documents/NonUNDprograms.pdf.
-- Ray Lagasse, Director of International Programs, International Programs, raymondlagasse@mail.und.edu, 777-2938

Barnes and Noble Bookstore has meeting space available

Barnes and Noble at UND has a new classroom meeting space available for faculty, staff and students. Your department can reserve this space for campus meetings or classroom lectures free of charge. We have the ability to arrange a large conference table that seats 10 or multiple tables to accommodate smaller breakout groups.

Our Tower Cafe', serving Starbucks coffee, fresh baked goods, and light lunches is also available to cater your event.

Contact us at 777-2746 to reserve. -- Michelle Abernathey, general manager, Barnes & Noble at UND.
(701) 777-2103

Please return campus quality survey

Faculty, staff, and administrators in the 11 North Dakota state universities are being sent a Campus Quality Survey sponsored by the North Dakota University System for the purpose of obtaining information for the December 2006 Accountability Measures Report. This report will provide information for state policy makers, the North Dakota University System, and our campus to continually improve the quality of education and services. The UND Institutional Review Board has approved this study (Project Number: IRB-200608-028).

After the completed survey forms are collected at each individual campus, they will be sent directly to Performance Horizons for tabulations and report generation. Please be assured that your responses will be held in confidence and the anonymity will be preserved. No individual’s response will ever be identified in any report. If you have already completed and returned the survey to us, please accept our sincere thanks. If not, please take a few minutes and do so now. While we know that this is a busy time of year, we would like to ask for your help to complete the questionnaire and return it in the self-addressed intercampus envelope to us on or before Sept. 29.

If you have misplaced your survey form or have questions about this project, please contact Jean Chen, assistant director of institutional research, at 777-2265. Participation from our faculty, staff, and administrators is very important to the success of this study. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

-- Carmen Williams, Director, Office of Institutional Research, carmenwilliams, 777-2456

UND 24/7 photography contest deadline extended

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

Photographs that reflect UND life must be taken on the UND campus anytime between Fall 2005 and Nov. 1, 2006. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: digital, black and white film, and color film. There will be first, second, and third place prizes plus an overall grand prize. In addition to the winners receiving prizes, their photographs will be displayed on the GaPS web site, in various newsletters, at a Memorial Union exhibit, and then permanently in Student Health Services. There is no limit on the number of images you may submit. However, photographs may not have been previously published.

The UND 24/7 contest is open to everyone. 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. For a complete set of official rules go to www.business.und.edu/gaps.

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

North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe specials

Greek and Middle Eastern Week continues
* Sept. 7 – Entrée: Lamb Kebobs, Soup: Moroccan Lamb Stew
* Sept. 8 – Entrée: Fattoush, Soup: Cretan Vegetable Stew

Thai Week Begins
* Sept. 11 – Entrée: Basil Eggplant, Soup: Calamari Pepper
* Sept. 12 – Entrée: Thai Fish Curry, Soup: Jasmine Rice
* Sept. 13 – Entrée: Thai Grilled Chicken, Soup: Rubies (Water Chestnuts) in Coconut Milk
* Sept. 14 – Entrée: Thai Pork Skewers, Soup: Vegetable Curry
* Sept. 15 – Entrée: Thai Pork Curry, Soup: Pumpkin Laab

The Museum Café 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, and UND billing is accepted; conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195. Visit the Museum Cafe online at www.ndmoa.com/cafe.html
-- Connie Hulst, Office Manager, North Dakota Museum of Art, chulst@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

Male participants needed for research

The Psychology Department is seeking Native American males over the age of 21 to participate in a study regarding the effect of alcohol consumption on gambling behavior. Participants must show proof of age and be able to spend three to five hours to complete the session. They will be paid for their participation. If interested, contact Melissa Whitton at 777-3326 or melissa.whitton@und.nodak.edu.
-- Melissa Whitton, Graduate Student, Psychology, melissa.whitton@und.nodak.edu, 777-3326

Memory research study seeks volunteers

The psychology department is currently recruiting volunteers to participate in a study testing memory. Volunteers must be 30 years of age or older. All volunteers will be paid $10 cash for a one-hour commitment. If you are interested, please contact Lisa at (701) 610-6429. Please leave a voice mail with your name and phone number if there is no answer, and state that the message is for the memory study. A researcher will contact you to set up an appointment. Lead researchers for this study are Ric Ferraro and Lisa Bemus.
-- Lisa Bemus, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Psychology, lisa.bemus@und.edu, 701-610-6429

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: Coordinator of Special Projects/Assistant to the Vice President, Vice President of Finance and Operations, #07-073
DEADLINE: (I) 9/11/2006
SALARY: $35,000 - $45,000

POSITION: Director, Teaching and Learning Doctoral Program (50 percent position), Teaching and Learning, #07-070
DEADLINE: (I) 09/08/2006
SALARY: $23,000 - $25,000

POSITION: Chief Flight Instructor (variable schedule), Aerospace Sciences, #07-066
DEADLINE: (I) 9/08/2006
SALARY: $40,000 - $50,000

POSITION: Head of Reference and Research Services, #07-039
DEADLINE: 9/15/06 Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants.
SALARY: $55,000 - $57,000

POSITION: Associate Vice President for Outreach Services and Dean of Outreach Programs, #06-114
DEADLINE: (I) Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants. Review of candidates will begin December 1, 2005 and will continue until the position is filled.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Graduate Nursing Student Services Specialist, College of Nursing, #07-072
DEADLINE: (I) 9/13/2006
SALARY: $25,000 - $26,700

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, Business & Public Administration, #07-074
DEADLINE: (I) 9/13/2006
SALARY: $19,000 - $22,000

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Heating Plant Operator (Shift work), Facilities #07-071
DEADLINE: 9/11/06
SALARY: $24,000 - $27,000

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Sun -Fri 11 p.m. - 7 a.m.) Facilities, #07-068
DEADLINE: (I) 9/07/2006
SALARY:$16,640 - $20,000

POSITION: Assistant Cook (variable schedule), #07-067
DEADLINE: (I) 09/07/2006
SALARY: $8.56 - $10.00

Documentary wins award

A documentary film, "Heaven is Our Homeland," written by English Senior Lecturer Ronald Vossler, has received a Gold Award in the documentary-historical category of the Aurora Awards.

The film, produced by Roadshow Productions in cooperation with Prairie Public Broadcasting, is part of Vossler's national and international award winning series, and will be distributed and aired nationally on public broadcasting stations.

The Aurora Awards, an international competition designed to recognize excellence in film and
video, also recognize individuals in the arts and film industry of outstanding talent.
-- Ronald Vossler, Senior Lecturer, English, ronald_vossler@und.nodak.edu, 1-218-779-68

UND astrophysicist's supernova comments receive global attention

UND astrophysicist, supernova expert, and eclipse chaser Timothy Young published a commentary in this week's Nature that has made the Washington Post, Space.com, CNN, and other web, print, and electronic media outlets.

A faculty member in the physics department, Young is noted for his work in the observation and description of exploding stars --supernovae -- and for his observations about and Webcasts, with fellow UND colleague, computer scientist Ron Marsh, of several solar eclipses (the Young-Marsh team travels next month to French Guyana for another solar eclipse adventure).

The news is that we have now observed a supernova in real time, said Young. We were able to do that because we predicted that gamma ray bursts (GRBs), or focused sprays of gamma ray energy in space, were early warning signs for a supernova.

The problem until this year was that all of these phenomena are fleeting. We know they happen and often can spot the aftermath, the stellar debris, so to speak, but no one actually has seen a star explode in real time. That changed earlier this year when a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) satellite caught both the GRB and subsequent optical signals later analyzed to show a star blowing up -- a supernova caught on camera, Young says.

Young was called upon by Nature, the worlds leading scientific magazine, to review and comment on the research articles published this week detailing this remarkable discovery.

Some of the rotation and magnetic field of the black hole somehow gets transformed into [gamma-ray] jets, Young explained to a Space.com reporter. Though discovered by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe in 1572, supernova are still far from being completely understood, Young notes.

For an article about Young and Marshs last solar eclipse trip, check out the following link: http://www.und.edu/news/NEW_SCRIPTS/newsrelease.jsp?id=1771

UND climate change expert reflects on California emissions stance

California has announced sweeping new controls on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the main gas in the mix that is causing global temperatures and is likely implicated in climate change. This tough environmental stance bodes well for UND sustainable, renewable, and other energy research, a renowned UND climate scientists says.

It's a very big move and one that's a key signal to the rest of us that we simply go on business as usual in terms of how we consumer energy and what pollutants we emit, said Will Gosnold, chair and professor of Geology and Geological Engineering and a world-recognized authority on global warming and climate change. It might just be a wake-up call for the rest of the country, and that would be a good thing.

California has a set an ambitious target of a 25 percent reduction in CO2 by 2020 by controlling the emissions from public utilities, factories, oil refineries, and cement plants, Gosnold notes. This follows earlier policies to more strictly curb auto and other transportation emissions.

The deal between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and the Republican governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, calls for a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, and could establish controls on the largest industrial sectors, including utilities, oil refineries and cement plants.

California Gov. Schwarzenegger said the deal would make California a world leader in the effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Read a UND Faculty Q&A with Dr. Gosnold about global warming and climate change at http://www.und.edu/faculty_qa/08092006.html .