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ISSUE: Volume 43, Number 54: July 18, 2006

Contents
Top Stories
Kimmerle named National College Photographer Of The Year for third time; reception is Today
Thunderbirds flying team members to give presentation at UND
Events to Note
U2 workshops listed
Third Street Gallery hosts exhibition and silent art auction July 27
Summer events program offers activities
Credit Union to host informational credit score class
Center for Innovation sponsors program on N.D. economy
Retirement reception will honor Wally Bloom
Barnes and Noble UND Bookstore sidewalk sale set for July 27
Announcements
Brief phone service outage set for July 19
Emergency 911 phone information listed
Ideas sought for new UND courses or events offered to our community
Crimson Creek Players offer UND discount for Cabaret
Children's Center accepting fall applications
UND seeks input from regional community
Fire/security reporting now resolved
Wellness Center provides tips on traveling and exercise
Road construction begins on Hamline and Cornell alley
Note e-mail address changes
Summer volunteer opportunities listed
Daily specials listed at the Museum Cafe
Internal job openings listed
In the News
Brij Singh receives major grants for calcium research
Kimmerle named National College Photographer Of The Year for third time; reception is Today

Call it a threepeat: For the third time in a row, Chuck Kimmerle of University Relations has been named the Photographer of the Year from among the 3,000-plus colleges and universities internationally that make up the higher education professional organization, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). He holds the title for 2004, 2005 and 2006.

UND will hold a reception to honor Kimmerle and his work Tuesday, July 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Twamley Hall Snack Bar. The public is invited to attend.

"We are thrilled that Chuck has been recognized for his outstanding work again. We get comments from people all over the country about the high quality publications University Relations produces and that is a direct reflection of Chuck's creative photographs," said Don Kojich, executive associate vice president of University Relations.

A portfolio of Kimmerle's photos created for the University won him the 2006 Photographer of the Year distinction. His work also won an Individual Photography "gold medal" award - one of only two in that category - for the 2006 CASE communication competition. He has won gold medals in the Individual Photography award in 2004 and 2005, as well.

In May, Kimmerle served as a faculty member for CASE's Design Institute in Seattle, Wash. CASE President John Lippincott congratulated Kimmerle on "being designated a 'Faculty Star' by virtue of the feedback from conference participants. It is a clear indication of [Kimmerle's] expertise and teaching abilities." Lippincott said the "Faculty Star" designation is based on combined scores of 4.5 or better on a 5.0 scale, and places Kimmerle "in the top echelon of all CASE faculty in three categories: knowledge of subject matter, presentation skills, and ability to respond to questions."

Thunderbirds flying team members to give presentation at UND

Members of the internationally-known Thunderbirds flying team will give a presentation to students, faculty and staff from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 21, in 210 Clifford Hall. The event is free and the general public is invited to attend.

On tap to perform at the Grand Forks Air Force Base airshow, the Thunderbirds Air Combat Command unit is composed of eight pilots (including six demonstration pilots), four support officers, three civilians and more than 130 enlisted personnel performing in 25 career fields.

A Thunderbirds air demonstration is a mix of formation flying and solo routines. The four-aircraft diamond formation demonstrates the training and precision of Air Force pilots, while the solo aircraft highlight the maximum capabilities of the F-16. The pilots perform approximately 30 maneuvers in a demonstration. The entire show, including ground and air, runs about an hour and fifteen minutes. The season lasts from March to November, with the winter months used to train new members.

Officers serve a two-year assignment with the squadron, while enlisted personnel serve three to four. Replacements must be trained for about half of the team each year, providing a constant mix of experience. The squadron performs no more than 88 air demonstrations each year and has never canceled a demonstration due to maintenance difficulty. More than 280 million people in all 50 states and 57 foreign countries have seen the red, white and blue jets in more than 3,500 aerial demonstrations.

In addition to their responsibilities as the official U.S. Air Force aerial demonstration team, the Thunderbirds are part of our combat force. If required, the team's personnel and aircraft can be rapidly integrated into a fighter unit at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Since the aircraft are only slightly modified, they can be made combat-ready in less than 72 hours.

U2 workshops listed

Below are U2 workshops for August 8-17. Visit our web site for more.

Basic Windows: Aug. 8, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Windows features, keeping your desktop tidy, change desktop color, create a desktop shortcut, change or set the date/time, Windows XP start menu, change themes, menu features, Windows XP taskbar overview, organize files, work with windows, create an efficient work environment, and find information. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Defensive Driving: Aug. 8, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. This workshop is required by state fleet for all UND employees who drive state vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a state vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member (spouse and/or dependents). This workshop may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly remove points from your driving record. Presenter: Officer Dan Lund.

Basic Word: Aug. 9, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Word features; create a document, edit and format text, format paragraphs, save file, retrieve file, format text, cut and copy, add tables, proof a document, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Performance Management and Progressive Discipline: Aug. 10, 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. Presenter: Joy Johnson and Desi Sporbert.

Basic Excel: Aug. 10, 2 to 4 p.m., 361 Upson II. Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers: mouse and file saving/retrieving skills. Introduces very basic Excel functions; basics of a spreadsheet (column, row, cell), entering data, edit data, formulas (formula wizard), copying Excel formulas (autofill), absolute reference, selecting cells, formatting numbers and text in spreadsheets, autofit, inserting column and rows, create and modify charts, set display and print options. Presenter: Heidi Strande.

Enrich Your Life Through Effective Time Management: Aug. 16 and 23, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., 211 Skalicky Tech Incubator. Fee is $45. This workshop will show you how to manage your life better by managing your time better. Learn to identify priority tasks and how to accomplish these tasks in the allotted amount of time. You will establish a framework for daily planning and goal setting and to manage your time more effectively. You will also develop strategies to implement time-management practices into both your personal and professional life. Presenter: Gretchen Schatz, Workforce development trainer.

Records Disposal Procedures: Aug. 17, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Learn more about the process for destroying or transferring records that have passed their retention time limits. We’ll review the forms used, discuss why it’s necessary to document, and take part in a hands-on run-through of the entire process. It’s fun to clean out, and easier to do than you think. Now’s the time to do it! Presenter: Chris Austin, records manager.

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.
-- Julie Sturges, Program Assistant, U2, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-2128

Third Street Gallery hosts exhibition and silent art auction July 27

The Third Street Gallery, 28 S. Third St., a non-profit arts organization committed to furthering the arts and culture of the Greater Grand Forks area, will hold a silent auction at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 27. It features art created by local and regional artists, who, with the Third Street Gallery, Edgewood Vista, and Bremer Bank, are committed to the success of the arts in the Greater Grand Forks area. Support the cultivation of a strong art community by joining us for an evening of culture and fellowship.

The Silent Art Auction exhibition is on display, and will conclude with the auction. Various artists have stepped forward to help ensure the future of the local arts in Grand Forks by donating work. Adam Kemp, Greater Grand Forks Artist of the Year, is both a sculptor and a painter, and has fused both skills to create unique and fascinating work that everyone is sure to enjoy. The other artists involved include Tricia Lunski, Sara Christensen Blair, Kim Fink, Sue Fink, Jon Olson, Ryan Frates, Brian Fricke, Jen Nelson, Patrick Luber, Josh Johnson, Donald Renner, Anita Monsebraten, Kathryn McCleery, Brad Bachmeier, Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem, and Amy Silletto. Original photography prints by Steve Augustin and a sapphire art necklace by River City Jewelers will be raffled off during the auction. The artists we have chosen represent all mediums of art, and should provide something for everyone to enjoy.

Don’t wait in line, contact Third Street Gallery for your bidding number today at 775-5055. Online and telephone bidding are also available.

The exhibition is curated by Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem and Amy Lyste, co-directors of the Third Street Gallery. The public is welcome to all events. Those wishing group tours, including schools, should contact the Third Street Gallery at 775-5055.

For more information call 775-5055 or contact www.thethirdstreetgallery.com.

Summer events program offers activities

The University’s summer events program offers a wide range of activities for the community during the summer months, such as cultural or athletic events, youth camps or specialized workshops. Events are typically open to the public.

Here are many of those events happening at UND from July 15 – August 1, 2006:

• July 15 - July 23, Portraits Exhibition, North Dakota Museum of Art
• July 15 - Aug. 1, Summer Reading Program, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Education Building
• July 15 – Aug. 6, 55psi Biking Club, noon, outside Memorial Union
• July 15 – Aug. 25, Star Parties, dusk, UND Observatory
• July 15 - Sept. 19, Vance Gellert - REAL: Artists and Landscapes Exhibition, North Dakota Museum of Art
• July 16 - 20, Girls Regular Basketball Camp, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• July 16 - 22, Boys Hockey Camp, various times, Ralph Engelstad Arena
• July 16 - 22, Girls Hockey Camp, various times, Ralph Engelstad Arena
• July 17 – 20, Red River Valley Writing Project Workshop, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., O’Kelly Hall
• July 17 - 21, Drawing Marathon Summer Art Day Camp, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• July 17 - 28, Summer Writing Camp for Teens, 1 to 4 p.m., Memorial Union
• July 20 - 22, Instructional Team Volleyball Camp and Varsity Tournament, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• July 21 - 22, Varsity Team Volleyball Tournament, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• July 22, 2 Person 18 Hole Better Ball/Derby, 9:30 a.m., Ray Richards Golf Course
• July 23 - 26, Residential Soccer Camp, various times, UND Soccer Field
• July 23 - 27, Boys Regular Basketball Camp, various times, Betty Engelstad Arena and Hyslop Sports Center
• July 23 - 29, Boys and Girls Hockey Camp, various times, Ralph Engelstad Arena
• July 24 - 28, Buzz on Biz Entrepreneurship Camp, 8 to 12 p.m., Gamble Hall and Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center
• July 24 - 28, Print and Murals on the Move Summer Art Day Camp, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art
• July 24 - 28, cScibot Lego Robotic Camp, 1 to 4 p.m., Striebel Hall
• July 27, Family Mediation Seminar, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Memorial Union Red River Valley Room
• July 27 – 28, Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries Workshop, PEXS 900, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., School of Medicine and Health Science
• July 27 - Aug. 3, 40 Hour Civil Mediation Seminar, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Memorial Union Red River Valley Room
• July 28 – 30, North Dakota State Long Swim Meet, various times, Hyslop Sports Center
• July 31 - Aug. 4, cScibot Lego Robotic Camp, 1 to 4 p.m., Striebel Hall
• July 31 - Aug. 4, Crazy Characters from A-Z Summer Art Day Camp, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Dakota Museum of Art

For more information about the Summer Events program, or to view the entire calendar of events from July 15 - Aug. 31, visit www.summer.und.edu. If you have questions on events/activities, contact the Summer Events Office at (701) 777-0841.

-- Julie Bean, Program Specialist, Summer Events, Division of Continuing Education, juliebean@mail.und.edu, 777-0841

Credit Union to host informational credit score class

What's your credit score? What does it mean? Every time you apply for a credit card, mortgage, car loan, or insurance, your application is judged in part by your credit score. Lenders use your credit score to determine whether to grant credit, and at what interest rate. The higher the credit score the more likely you are perceived to repay credit, therefore the interest rate charged will be lower.

University Federal Credit Union will be hosting an informational credit score class Wednesday, July 19, in the Memorial Room, second floor Memorial Union. Learn how you can maximize your score and influence your credit-worthiness.

Call 777-2274 for available times and to reserve a seat.
-- Marney Kresel, Manager, University Federal Credit Union, creditunion@und.nodak.edu, 777-4422

Center for Innovation sponsors program on N.D. economy

"North Dakota's Strategy for Growth in the 21st Century: A Rural Economy in Transition" will air live on Cable Channel 3 from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, July 20. The program, produced by the National Association of Regional Councils in conjunction with the United States Economic Development Administration, will feature North Dakota and its economic growth over the past five years. The show is titled, "North Dakota's Strategy for Growth in the 21st Century: A Rural Economy in Transition."

The program will be moderated by Matthew E. Crow, director of communications with the EDA, U.S. Department of Commerce. Featured guests will be:
* Gov. John Hoeven, who has clustered the five industries of energy, value-added agriculture, high-technology business services, tourism and advanced manufacturing to spur economic growth.
* Shane Goettle, commissioner of the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
* Philip Boudjouk, vice president of Research Creative Activities and Technologies Transfer; North Dakota State University Research and Technology Park, Inc.
* Fred Stern, plant manager, Great Plains Synfuels Plant, Beulah, N.D.
* Al Christianson, North Dakota business services representative, Great River Energy (Coal Creek Station), Underwood, N.D.

North Dakota was chosen as the state to be featured in this telecast for a number of reasons. It is one of only two states, in the past five years, to grow its advanced manufacturing industry with the creation of 1,900 jobs. It is also among the leaders in per capita personal income growth with an increase of 25 percent between 2000 and 2004.

The Center for Innovation will sponsor the broadcast. The program will be re-broadcast at noon and 7 p.m. on Friday, July 21; Monday, July 24; Tuesday, July 25; and Wednesday, July 26.

Retirement reception will honor Wally Bloom

Wally Bloom, director of the Chester Fritz Auditorium, will retire July 31, after 35 years of service to UND. A reception will be held Wednesday, July 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Wally has served as manager of parking and vending services, business manager for Auxiliary Services, manager of Ray Richards Golf Course and director of the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

Please join us as we thank him for his service to UND and wish him well in his retirement.
-- Margaret Myers, Associate VP for Finance & Operations, Finance & Operations, margaretmyers@und.nodak.edu, 7-3717

Barnes and Noble UND Bookstore sidewalk sale set for July 27

Barnes and Noble UND Bookstore will hold their annual sidewalk sale Thursday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be reduced bargain books, thousands of children's and adult titles, and up to 75 percent off selected UND and Fighting Sioux imprinted clothing and gifts. Hot off the grill hotdogs and burgers will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Michelle Abernathey, general manager, Barnes & Noble at UND, 777-2103.

Brief phone service outage set for July 19

On July 19 between 5 to 7 a.m., there may be a short five- to 10-minute outage of phone service. During the times listed we are performing a software upgrade on the telephone switch which may cause an interruption. If further information is needed please call 777-4111. -- Larry Fisk, Telecommunications/ITSS.

Emergency 911 phone information listed

When placing an emergency call using a UND campus phone, you may dial 911 or 9911. Dialing either number will route your call to the Emergency operations desk. Things to note:
When dialing 9911, the emergency 911 system takes five seconds to search for the caller information before your hear ringing. During this time you will hear no sounds. Dialing just 911 will add three seconds to the five second call connection process. So if you dial 911 from a campus phone, you will not hear any sounds for eight seconds before you hear ringing. -- Telecommunications.

Ideas sought for new UND courses or events offered to our community

We want to hear from YOU!
- Have you ever had an idea for a new event or course you would like to take at UND?
- Do you wish UND offered more activities for you and your family?
- Would you like to take a course to learn something new?
- Has a friend or family member ever said to you, “I wish UND would offer…”?

If so, we need to hear your ideas! UND has launched an extensive series of surveys designed to assess our regional community’s interest in credit and non-credit programming offered by the University. Survey results will be used by UND to strategically plan for future offerings, including new credit courses and non-credit workshops, events or activities.

We invite all faculty and staff to complete a survey on: General interest courses and events for our regional community.

All individuals in all age groups within a 100-mile radius of Grand Forks are invited to complete the 10-minute survey. You will be asked to give input on your need for credit courses or activities and events that are of interest to you and your family, such as youth camps, cultural activities or sporting events.

The online survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. You can take the survey online by pasting the following link in your browser:
http://www.conted.und.edu/surveys/survey.php?sid=135. Or contact Aimee at 777-2098 to request a paper copy. Please forward this information to your friends, family and colleagues so they can complete this important survey.

-- Jennifer Swangler, Marketing Coordinator, Continuing Education, jenniferswangler@mail.und.edu, 701-777-6374

Crimson Creek Players offer UND discount for Cabaret

UND employees are offered a discount on tickets for the Crimson Creek Collegiate Players’ production of "Cabaret." Performances are August 1-4 and 8-11, 7:30 p.m., Empire Arts Center, downtown Grand Forks. To receive the discount, tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, July 28, from the Chester Fritz Box Office, 777-4090. This discount is for the August 1-4 shows only. The discount offers $18 adult tickets for $15.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Human Resources, dianenelson@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-4364

Children's Center accepting fall applications

The University Children's Center is currently accepting fall applications for children ages 2-5. Please call the Center at 777-3947 for additional information or to request an enrollment packet. You can also visit our web site at www.childrenscenter.und.edu

Faculty, staff and Greater Grand Forks community rates:
Full day: $26 (pre-school), $29 (toddler)
Half day: $20 (pre-school), $24 (toddler)
Head Start children arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m., $22

Student rates:
Pre-SchoolToddler
Full day: $24 (pre-school), $27 (toddler)
Half day: $18 (pre-school), $22 (toddler)
Head Start children arriving at UCC at 11:30 a.m., $20

Academic year registration fee, $30
Summer registration fee, $20

The University apartment resident discount of $2 per day or half day still applies.

For additional care (hourly rate): $4

UND seeks input from regional community

The University has launched an extensive series of surveys designed to assess the regional community's interest in credit and non-credit programming offered by the University. Survey results will be used by UND to strategically plan for future offerings, including new credit courses and non-credit workshops, events or activities.

The second in a series of five surveys focuses on assessing the regional community's need for general interest courses, activities and events. All individuals in all age groups within a 100-mile radius of Grand Forks are asked to complete the 10-minute survey. Participants will be asked to give input on their need for courses, activities and events that are of interest to them or their families, such as youth camps, cultural activities or sporting events.

We encourage the entire community to participate as the data obtained through this process will be used by numerous UND units as they prepare and implement their strategic plans over the next several years, said Galen Cariveau, director of UND's Workforce Development Program, the unit responsible for administering the assessments.

Future interest surveys are planned to assess the medical community, the retired community, and the UND student body. The first survey focused on the business community. The general interest survey will be administered through Aug. 30 and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Participants can opt to take the survey online or request a paper copy. For more information or to participate in the community general interest survey, contact UND at 777-2098 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Fire/security reporting now resolved

The situation that existed earlier causing concern for the fire/security reporting to our 24-hour communication center has been remedied. All testing now shows that all buildings report fire/security alarms as normal. We thank you for your assistance in this matter while the situation was being resolved. -- Facilities.

Wellness Center provides tips on traveling and exercise

Traveling? Find time for fitness. With some thought and creativity, you can find a place for exercise no matter where you roam. Travel need not sabotage your exercise routine, as long as you remember to pack some determination. You'll need that determination, of course, because it's all too easy to abandon exercise when you're away from home. The next time you take to the road, incorporate these suggestions from the American College of Sports Medicine into your itinerary:

- Stay at a hotel with a fitness facility or pool. Many major hotels now offer at least some kind of exercise equipment, such as a treadmill or stair climber.
- Find out what is available locally. A nearby fitness center or YMCA may let you in for a daily fee. Ask at the hotel desk or look in the phone book.
- Head for the stairs. Try walking up and down the staircase in your hotel several times for your daily workout.
- Take a stroll. Many hotels provide maps of safe walking or jogging routes.
- Pack a jump rope and exercise in the privacy of your room.
- Check out the in-room video selections. You may find an exercise program. Or, if the hotel offers video cassette players, bring your favorite fitness tape with you.
- When flying, explore the airport. In between flights, don't settle into the nearest chair. Stretch those legs.
- When driving, remember to park at the farthest end of a lot so that you are forced to walk.
- Break up business meetings with a brisk walk.
- If you are attending a convention, see if the sponsoring organization has scheduled an early-morning exercise group that you can attend. It should be listed in the program guide.

Finally, don't feel guilty if your travel schedule is truly too crowded for exercise. Just be sure to get back into your routine as soon as you can.

-- Blue Cross, Blue Shield of North Dakota & Amanda Eickhoff, Wellness Program Assistant, Wellness Center, amandaeickhoff@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-2719

Road construction begins on Hamline and Cornell alley

Contractors have begun construction on the alley between Hamline St. and Cornell St., which will continue through approximately July 28. There will be no parking in the alley north of Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Era Bell Cultural Center, and the Conference Center. — Facilities.

Note e-mail address changes

The staff of the Office of General Counsel and Records Management have changed their e-mail addresses. Please take note of their new e-mail addresses listed below.

Julie Evans, General Counsel, jae@und.nodak.edu
Charles Evans, Associate General Counsel, chuck.evans@und.nodak.edu
Karen Philpot, Legal Assistant, karen.philpot@und.nodak.edu
Chris Austin, Records Manager, chris.austin@und.nodak.edu

-- Julie Evans, General Counsel.

Summer volunteer opportunities listed

Volunteer Bridge has several opportunities listed for the members on the UND campus to make the difference in the lives of people in our community. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the person listed below. If you are able to donate to any of the causes, the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership is a designated drop-off location.

East Grand Forks Heritage Days – Aug. 18, 19, 20: volunteers are needed to help work with students setting up games, doing games with children, selling ice cream, giving tours, serving breakfast on Saturday and lunch on Sunday. If you can help, contact Teri Hammarback at 773-3190.

The Home Place Thrift Store needs help sorting donations. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please contact Vonnie Lilleoien at 795-9704 if you can help or to get more information.

The Salvation Army school supply drive has begun. Donations that are needed include backpacks (gently used ones are okay), notebooks, folders, crayons (big and small), rulers, markers, calculators, loose paper, scissors, three-ring binders, Kleenex and pencil boxes. Bring donations to the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership in the Memorial Union or to the Salvation Army office at 1600 University Ave. Donations left in the Student Involvement office will be taken to the Salvation Army office Friday, Aug. 11. Call the Salvation Army at 775-2597 for more information.

The Summer UND Women’s Study class is accepting donations for 24 service women serving in Afghanistan. The class is gathering donations which they call "Kreature Komfort Kare Kits." The kits will include "feel-good" items such as manicure and pedicure kits, hard candy, stationery/cards, anything really uniquely North Dakota or UND, special coffee (not the big containers of Maxwell House), Crystal Light packets. Many of the deployed soldiers are alumni or current students at UND. Their ages range from 21 to 45. A donation box is in the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

Questions about any of these opportunities can be directed to Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, Room 113A, 777-4076.

-- Linda Rains, Coordinator of Civic Leadership, Memorial Union, lindarains@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-4076

Daily specials listed at the Museum Cafe

Daily specials at the North Dakota Museum of Art Café follow.

July 18 – Entrée: Risotto Cakes with Mushrooms, Soup: Chilled Coconut with Fruit
July 19 – Entrée: Dagwood Sandwich, Soup: Gazpacho
July 20 – Entrée: Malaysian Cornish Game Hen, Soup: Corn Chowder
July 21 – Entrée: Crab & Avocado Salad, Soup: Country Chicken and Rice

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 accepted; the conference room is available for luncheons. We also cater weekend and evening events, 777-4195.

Visit the Museum Cafe online at http://www.ndmoa.com/cafe.html
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 701 777-4195

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, PO Box 8010, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Applications MUST be received by the deadline date.

PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/COACHES:

POSITION: PeopleSoft Technical Security Specialist, ITSS, #07-010
DEADLINE: (I) 7/19/2006
SALARY: $32,000 - $40,000

POSITION: Lead Instructor/Flight Manager, Aerospace Sciences, #07-012
DEADLINE: (I) 7/19/2006
SALARY: $24,732 - $30,000

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

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Finance Assistant, Continuing Education, #07-011
DEADLINE: (I) 7/21/2006
SALARY: $22,000 - $29,000

OFFICE SUPPORT:

POSITION: Unit Clerk (variable schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #07-015
DEADLINE: (I) 7/21/2006
SALARY: $8.19 - $8.44

CRAFTS/TRADES/SERVICE:

POSITION: Building Services Technician (Custodial, Mon- Fri , 8 am - 4:30 pm), Facilities, #07-013
DEADLINE: (I) 7/21/2006
SALARY: $16,640 - $22,000

Brij Singh receives major grants for calcium research

Brij Singh (biochemistry and molecular biology) recently scored a five-year, $1.22 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health to study vital calcium mechanisms in the body that can, when they don't work properly, lead to diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, and Sjörgens syndrome (a salivary gland dysfunction).

Singh, a former NIH researcher who is a native of India, also recently received a three-year, $405,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to pursue related research that could define the mechanism and regulation of these channels, which could lead to tools to quickly, accurately, and noninvasively diagnose a person's chances of getting cancer and other diseases related to calcium signaling dysfunction.

Everything you do needs calcium, says Singh, who was on a team of five talented young researchers recruited by UND three years ago to contribute to the School of Medicines biomedical research effort under a five-year, $10.4 million NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence grant. Even something as simple as lifting a pencil requires a very specific calcium balance.

If that calcium mechanism-governed in the body by the so-called transient receptor potential protein, which Singh is studying, gets out of whack, things can go seriously wrong in the body, he notes. Singh is pursuing this research because that mechanism is still incompletely understood even though it is the key to many vital body processes, including the transmission of nerve signals such as those that tell us when something is too hot to touch.

When the calcium transport channel gets out of balance, and we're not sure why that happens, then the body goes into a disease state, he explains. That can be Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, or heart disease -- they're all related to a calcium deficiency -- or cancer, which can result when too much calcium is released.

The NSF generally sponsors research that looks at how and why things happen; in Singh's research, that means understanding the specific biochemical mechanisms that control the body's calcium balance and its dysfunctions. The NIH sponsors research that relates directly to specific diseases and disorders and their treatment and cure, Singh says.

The NIH grant is very prestigious and extremely hard to get, says Gene Homandberg, chair of the biochemistry department. And to get both types of grants is even more unusual and is a clear testament to the high regard in which Dr. Singh's peers and other NIH and NSF scientists hold his work. We are very lucky to have him with us here.

The NIH awarded Singh $1,221,500 over five years specifically to investigate calciums function in the production and regulation of saliva. This grant was scored by NIH reviewers in the top 2 percent of all the grant applications received for this project.

Saliva performs a number of extremely important biological functions that are instrumental in maintaining oral (and digestive) health, Singh says. About 2 million people in the United States suffer from salivary gland dysfunction; but even though scientists understand that calcium is directly connected to that problem --Sjörgens syndrome -- the molecular mechanism is not clearly understood, he adds. Sjörgens syndrome can be, but is not always, associated with other autoimmune diseases, most commonly lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

The results of our studies are expected to provide new insights into the role of calcium channels and the molecular mechanism involved in saliva secretion, Singh says. He aims eventually to develop a means of quickly and inexpensively testing for salivary gland dysfunction and, possibly, other calcium-dysfunction-related ailments.