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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 60: August 08, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
Power Outage is Wednesday, Aug. 9
UND alum and NASA astronaut completes underwater training
Events to Note
Retirement reception will honor Jill Devos
White coat ceremony set for Friday, Aug. 11
West Point and ROTC cadets graduate today
REU students give poster presentations
Aug. 15 info session covers student-help topics
U2 lists workshops
Announcements
Submit job listings soon for fall semester
Death noted of two students
UND 24/7 photography contest extended
Wellness Center presents tips on weight management
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Glenda Lindseth receives highest nursing honor
Power Outage is Wednesday, Aug. 9

Xcel Energy is replacing the main electrical feed to the campus. This project will require a one-day power outage affecting 50 buildings on campus. Building contact persons have been notified of the outage and fire watch persons have been identified for each building. These buildings on campus will experience a power outage starting at 2 p.m. Aug. 9 until approximately 10 p.m. Power to buildings will be phased out and phased back on during this time period. Therefore, do not assume your building will not be affected if the power is not off immediately at 2 p.m. We appreciate the spirit of cooperation everyone has shown due to this inconvenience.
-- Larry Zitzow, Director, Facilities, larryzitzow@mail.und.edu, 7-2591

UND alum and NASA astronaut completes underwater training

UND engineering alum and astronaut Karen Nyberg recently completed a critical underwater training mission as part of her intensive preparation for a future space flight. Working under water in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aquarius lab is great analog for what we do in space, says Nyberg, who graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from UND in 1994.

Nyberg, who claims Vining, Minn., as her home town, made the NASA cut as a mission specialist in 2000; she scored the submarine lab gig -- seven days in cramped quarters with five other people -- under the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 10 project.
We train in a lot of different areas on the earth to get ready for spaceflight, says Nyberg, who also earned the School of Engineering and Mines Meritorious Service Award for 1991-92 and the Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2004. This lab holds a lot of pieces of the spaceflight puzzle.

The submerged crew imitated moonwalks in controlled extravehicular undersea activities and tested new communications, navigation, and robotic techniques that will be utilized in future Moon and other space missions, Nyberg explained. I've been out once a day every day that I've been here.

I really looked forward to this mission because of all the opportunities that it offered to live and work in an environment that's very similar to the Space Station, says Nyberg, an expert in mission-critical human temperature regulation in space suits. It was a real mission -- this isn't a simulation. Everything we did there can have an effect. And you cannot just run out in case of an emergency. It took the aquanauts about 17 hours to rise safely from the lab that sits in about 70 feet of water.

Nyberg credits her engineering education at UND for preparing her to solve real-world problems on the go. I value the engineering education I got at UND because it prepared me to learn all about challenging environments, says Nyberg. I understand how everything works, especially when it comes to the science experiments, working with new equipment, analyzing new situations -- engineering helped me to become well-rounded in those areas.

It's all about putting her hard-won education and training to good use -- even in the extremely cozy setting of a space station.

Space flight is a close environment, Nyberg notes. But for me, it's very comfortable -- this undersea lab is the size of one or two rooms in the Space Station, and it's much larger than the Space Shuttle, where there are seven people up there for 10 days or more. Yes, it was a little crowded (in the underwater lab), we bumped into each other, but we didn't had any issues with living in a small space.

Nyberg says she hopes to make it to the Moon on one of the new generation of space capsules that will replace the Shuttle, which is set to be retired in 2020. She's currently assigned to NASA's space shuttle and exploration branches. She'll serve in technical assignments until NASA books her on a space flight.

Retirement reception will honor Jill Devos

A retirement reception will honor Jill Devos, administrative secretary for the Department of Pediatrics/Division of Medical Genetics, Friday, Aug. 25, at 10 a.m., lower level, Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is retiring after 27 years of employment within the same department at UND. Please come and wish her well on her retirement.
-- Jayne Brown, Human Services Information Coordinator, Pediatrics/Genetics, jbrown@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-4276

White coat ceremony set for Friday, Aug. 11

Sixty-two new freshman medical students, members of the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) class of 2010, begin their medical education this week at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

They range in age from 21 to 42 years, with the average age being 24 years. Half of the class members are women. The students have degrees in a variety of disciplines including biology, chemistry, anthropology, engineering and global studies.

Medical students’ first week is dedicated to orientation, which includes an introduction to the four-year, patient-centered-learning curriculum. Special emphasis is placed on the students’ new roles as health care professionals and expectations of them as professionals.

The week will conclude with the M.D. Class of 2010 White Coat Ceremony. During the ceremony, set for Friday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium at the UND medical school, students will be “cloaked” in white coats, the traditional garment of the physician, which have been donated by the North Dakota Medical Association. They will also recite the Oath of Hippocrates, an ancient vow to uphold basic professional principles.

Robert Beattie, professor and chair of the Family and Community Medicine, will present the keynote address to the students, and their families, friends, and faculty and staff members. Each student will also receive the book, “On Doctoring,” edited by Drs. Richard Reynolds and John Stone and donated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a pin engraved with the words, “Humanism in Medicine,” from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

-- Amanda Scurry, public information specialist, UND SMHS, ascurry@medicine.nodak.edu, 701-777-0871

West Point and ROTC cadets graduate today

Ten West Point and 10 ROTC cadets will graduate from UND Aerospace today, Aug. 8, after completing a four-week helicopter flight training program. Each training day consisted of academic studies and hands-on flight instruction after which they earned a students pilot certificate and logged enough hours to solo.

A group of 20 West Point cadets had graduated earlier this June. This initiative is a continuation of an agreement established in 2003 between the UND and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to train cadets to fly Army helicopters. To date, UND has trained 124 West Point cadets and 10 ROTC cadets.

REU students give poster presentations

Twenty undergradute students who took part in this summer's Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs at UND will present their work at a poster session to be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Aug. 9, 211 Witmer Hall. These students, listed below along with their affiliations and titles of their presentations, are from nine universities and conducted research at five departments on campus. The UND community is welcome to attend this event and congratulate these students on their hard work.

Biology and Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics:
* “Alpha-1A Adrenergic Receptor Overexpression Protects Hippocampal Interneurons,” Trisha Sickler, Presentation College, Aberdeen, S.D.
* “Alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptor Inhibition of Hippocampal Network Activity: Agonist Structure-Activity Relationships,” Kristan Green, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, N.D.
* “Alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptor Subtype Characterization of Hippocampal Neurons Using Real-Time Single Cell RT-PCR,” Jamie Johnson, Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D.
* "Neurovascular Interactions in Development,” William Spotts, UND/Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks.

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering:
* “Modeling Semi-Volatile Organics in Atmospheric Aerosoles,” Karen Eskelson, UND
* “Photo Catalytic Oxidation of Methanol,” Jordan Grasser, UND.
* “Design and Synthesis of Zn+2 Specific Sensors,” Tim Vo, UND.
* “Anaerobic Bioremoval of Hydrogen Sulfide from Fuel Cell Feed Gas,” Teresa Maas, UND.
* “Development of Target-Induced Fluorescent Nanoparticles for Determination of Mercury,” Paul Selid, UND.
* “A Convenient Synthesis of 1,2-Diarylethenes from Arylmethyl Phosphonium Salts,” Cassandra Schultze, UND.
* “Optimization of Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry Analytical Conditions for the Sensitive Quantification of Nitrated Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons,” Jessie Shipp, UND.
* “Theoretical Studies of Fulminic Acid Reactions,” Cynthia Hardel, UND.

Physics:
* “Searching for Extrasolar Planets by the Transit Method,” Jessica Cox, NDSU.
* “Observation of Transiting Extrasolar Planets and Gamma-ray Burst with Robotic Telescopes,” Jay Fisher (AURA student), UND.
* “Structural and Thermal Properties of Magnetic Nanoparticles,” John Griffis, University of Memphis.
* “Video Capture for Data Taking in Introductory Physics Laboratories, ” Greg Johnson, UND.
* “Josephson Junctions,” Christopher Olson, NDSU.
* “Microwave Transmission and Reflection Measurements on a Photonic Crystal Having a Negative Permittivity,” Nathan Souther, Gustavus Adolphus College.
* “Regional In Vivo Gamma Ray Emission from Women,” Sean Schutt, Colorado State University.
* “An Optical Afterglow Model for Type II Linear Supernovae,” Mark Zastrow, UND.
-- Kanishka Marasinghe, Assoc. Professor, Physics, k.marasinghe@und.edu, 777 3560

Aug. 15 info session covers student-help topics

The annual Staff Information Session (motto: get the latest information and make sure you're prepared to help students) will be Tuesday, Aug. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 1, Gamble Hall. Distribution of materials is 9:30 to 10 a.m. and speaker presentations will begin at 10 a.m. sharp. Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, this session helps us serve our students in the best and most knowledgeable ways possible.

Short briefings will cover academic advising, adult re-entry program, financial aid, fee payment and business office, housing and dining services, parking and traffic, bookstore, continuing education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, help table, Learning Center, Writing Center, U Card and IDs, Greek life, Memorial Union, Student Health, UND Police, and Volunteer Services.

Everyone is welcome. Come at 9:30 a.m. to be sure you have collected all the handouts and are ready for the presentations at 10 a.m.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

U2 lists workshops

Below are U2 workshops for Aug. 28-31. Visit our web site for more. The fall U2 newsletter containing workshops for September through November will arrive soon.

Laboratory Safety: Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to noon, 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The workshop covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all University employees working in a laboratory.
Presenter: Greg Krause.

Saving: Making the Most of Financial Goals: Aug. 30, 3 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator.
Savings is not just for those dollars you don’t need to spend. Savings also needs to consist of “delayed expense” monies. Learn how to manage your rainy day fund. Covers the basics of investing and retirement planning. Presenter: Marybeth Vigeland, Certified Consumer Credit Counselor, The Village Family Service Center.

Shipping and Receiving Hazardous Materials: Aug. 31, 10 a.m. to noon, 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Find out what your responsibilities are if you ship or receive hazardous material. If you fill out paperwork for a package, put material in a package, hand a package to a delivery person, receive a package from a delivery person, or open a package containing hazardous material, then you must have this training. Presenter: Greg Krause.

Please reserve your seat by registering with U2 by: phone, 777-2128, E-mail, U2@mail.und.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.
-- Julie Sturges, Program Assistant, U2, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-2128

Submit job listings soon for fall semester

We will post work study and institutional jobs for the fall semester on Aug. 16. Please submit your job listings as soon as possible. You can submit your job by going to the financial aid web site, employment/student employment guide, listing a position, and then select either FWS or institutional position. Remember jobs are to be posted for a minimum of three days before a student is hired or starts work. You can e-mail deannamelby@mail.und.nodak.edu or call 777-4411 for further assistance. Work study and institutional cards are located at Career Services in 280 McCannel Hall after Aug. 16.
-- Deanna Melby, Employment Clerk, Student Financial Aid, deannamelby@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4411

Death noted of two students

It is with regret that the University reports that Jacquelynn M. Devey of Farmington, Minn., died Thursday, July 27. She was admitted into UND the fall semester of 2006 majoring in nursing.

It is with regret that the University reports that Heather J. McRoberts, Boulder, Colo., died Sunday, July 30. She was admitted into UND the fall semester of 2005 majoring in commercial aviation through Aerospace Sciences.
-- Lillian Elsinga, dean of students.

UND 24/7 photography contest 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 University campus anytime between Fall 2005 and Nov. 1, 2006. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: digital, black and white film, and color film, with first, second, and third places plus an overall grand prize. In addition to 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. Submit images to Lynda Kenney, advisor to GaPS, in the Department of Technology, 235B Starcher Hall. For a complete set of official rules go to www.business.und.edu/gaps.
-- Lynda Kenney, Assistant Professor, Technology, lynda.kenney@und.edu, 777-2197

Wellness Center presents tips on weight management

Extra body weight brings extra health risks. Find out how to keep your weight in the healthy range.

1. What's the difference between being overweight and obese?
* A person who is overweight has too much body weight in relation to his or her height. A person who is obese has too high a percentage of body fat, regardless of his or her weight. The body mass index (BMI) is one tool that checks for overweight or obesity by comparing weight to height. A BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, while a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese. To check your BMI, use this calculator.

2. What are the health risks of being overweight or obese?
* Weighing too much can increase your risk for many health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis (breakdown of the cartilage and bone in the joints), sleep apnea, stroke and some forms of cancer.

3. How can I lower my risk of developing these health problems?
* Losing just 5 percent of your body weight can help lower your risk of weight-related health problems, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). For instance, if you weigh 200 pounds, this means losing 10 pounds.

4. What's the best way to lose weight?
* To lose weight, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn each day. The American Dietetic Association recommends accomplishing this with a combination of a healthy, well-balanced diet and increased physical activity.

5. How much weight should I try to lose each week?
* Slow and steady weight loss of half a pound to 2 pounds per week is the healthiest way to lose weight. To help you stay motivated, try breaking down your long-term goal into a series of smaller, more manageable goals. For instance, aim to lose 5 pounds at a time, not 25 pounds all at once.

6. What kind of diet will help me get to a healthy weight?
* Start by filling up on high-fiber, low-calorie fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Switch over to low-fat meat, poultry and dairy products if you haven't already. Overall, choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and moderate in fat, salt and sugar.

7. How much should I eat during the day?
* Try to eat three well-balanced meals at regular times during the day. Be sure to eat only until you are full and keep snacking to a minimum. If you're hungry for a second serving, consider taking seconds of vegetables or salads instead of higher-fat, higher-calorie parts of a meal such as meats or desserts.

8. How much exercise do I need?
* Most health experts recommend that you aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on all or most days of the week. To lose weight or maintain weight loss, however, you may need more than 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

9. What is the best kind of exercise to help me lose weight?
* You might try brisk walking (15 minutes per mile or 4 mph), biking, swimming or any other activity that you enjoy. It also helps to work exercise into your daily routine. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking during your lunch break or working in the yard.

10. Are there medicines to help with weight loss?
* Several medications are available to treat obesity. Most of these medications promote weight loss by decreasing the appetite or increasing the feeling of being full. Studies on these medicines have shown that people who take them lose an average of between 5 and 22 pounds. Another type of medicine works by reducing the body's ability to absorb fat from food.

You may be a candidate for weight-loss medicine if your BMI is 30 or higher, or if your BMI is 27 or higher and you have medical problems related to your weight. Weight-loss medicines should always be combined with a healthful diet and regular exercise. Your doctor can help you determine whether weight-loss medication is right for you.

11. Is weight-loss surgery a good idea?
* According to the NIDDK, surgery may be the best option for severely obese people who are unable to lose weight through diet and exercise or who have serious obesity-related health problems. Surgery promotes weight loss by restricting food intake and, in some cases, by interrupting the digestive process. You may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery if your BMI is 40 or more, or if your BMI is 35 or more and you have weight-related health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease, according to the NIDDK.

12. Where can I go to learn more?
* To find out more about weight management, visit our "Weight management" Health topic center, use the "Health library search," or click on the "Search for related stories" link at the bottom of this page. You can also find out more at these Web sites:
The American Dietetic Association, and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
-- Blue Cross, Blue Shield & Amanda Eickhoff, Wellness Program Assistant, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-0210

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, Stop 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Applications must be received by the deadline date.

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/COACHES:

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 Dean of Student Life/Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs, Dean of Students, #06-185
DEADLINE: (I) Current UND employee (Internal) applicants will be considered with the External applicants. Open until filled (Review of applicants began April 15, 2006)
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

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 began Dec. 1, 2005, and will continue until the position is filled.
SALARY: Commensurate with experience

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Information Systems Technician, Registrar Office, #07-043
DEADLINE: (I) 8/10/2006
SALARY: $30,000 - $33,000

POSITION: Library Associate for Copy Cataloging & ODIN Reports, Chester Fritz Library, #07-042
DEADLINE: (I) 8/10/2006
SALARY: $16,000 - $16,500

POSITION: Serials Associate, Law Library, #07-034
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $19,500 - $21,500

POSITION: Security Officer (re-advertised, M-F, 4 pm - 12 AM), UND Police, #06-207
DEADLINE: (I) 8/11/2006
SALARY: $19,000 - $24,000

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Insurance Representative, Family Medicine - Minot, #07-036
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $19,000 - $25,000

POSITION: Administrative Secretary, ( 9:00am -5:30pm) Aerospace Sciences, #07-035
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $18,000 - $22,000

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Chef De Cuisine (Flexible Hours), Dining Services, #07-040
DEADLINE: (I) 8/14/2006
SALARY: $12.00 - $12.86

POSITION: Cook (Variable schedule) Dining Services, #07-038
DEADLINE: (I) 8/09/2006
SALARY: $9.31 - $9.75

POSITION: Heating Plant Operator (Shift work), Facilities, #07-033
DEADLINE: (I) 8/08/06
SALARY: $24,000 - $27,000



Glenda Lindseth receives highest nursing honor

The College of Nursing has registered another faculty member as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). Glenda Lindseth has been selected as a Fellow; induction will take place in early November at the 33rd AAN meeting and conference in Miami.

Dr. Lindseth’s selection makes her the fifth AAN Fellow among current faculty members at the College; Loretta Heuer was inducted in the fall of 2005. The AAN is comprised of 1,500 nurse leaders at the top of their profession, having accomplished extraordinary milestones in their nursing careers. Dr. Lindseth said she feels “privileged to have been selected by an elite group of colleagues.”

In addition to the prestige of being chosen, membership opens doors for collaboration with colleagues in many areas including leadership, research and policy. “I believe that belonging to this organization will put me in touch with colleagues who are on the cutting-edge of research and research policy,” adds Dr. Lindseth. AAN members have been identified by their peers to be the best and the brightest in the nursing discipline.

The focus of Dr. Lindseth’s research is to produce holistic, evidenced-based interventions—such as promoting good nutrition and related practices (sleep, physical activity, and others) to prevent nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Such little-known protective factors were featured in interviews of Dr. Lindseth in Redbook and Prevention magazines.

“Dr. Lindseth exemplifies the mission and goals of the Academy” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “Acceptance into the Academy will be a powerful tribute to her positive thinking, leadership and courage that came together in North Dakota illuminating nursing research for decades to come.”

Dr. Lindseth is the associate dean of research at the College of Nursing and is the principle investigator for the Northern Plains Center for Behavioral Research. The new behavioral research building, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is the first nursing research building of its kind and is scheduled to break ground in August 2006.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Coordinator, Nursing, beckycournia@mail.und.edu, 701-777-4526