|Letter from President Kelley regarding a green campus|
Dear Campus Community:
I'm asking for your help to make the University of North Dakota an even greener campus. UND has done much to diminish its carbon footprint and to become environmentally friendly. In addition to signing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, UND already has several strategies in place to make a difference:
* University Place, an apartment-style student housing complex, was the first campus building in North Dakota built to LEED's standards. Among many "green" features, it was built with recycled bricks, along with ceiling tiles, steel columns, and carpet that included recycle content.
* A comprehensive energy efficiency improvement program saves $500,000 a year.
* A lighting efficiency program with energy savings equivalent to 164,610 100-watt bulbs.
* The University has a number of environmental programs, including a wide variety at the Energy & Environmental Research Center. Research in the School of Engineering and Mines and in EERC focuses on the use of bio-fuels and other energy and environmental protection projects.
* UND also has programs in areas such as environmental engineering, environmental geoscience, and environmental management and is home to the Environmental Training Institute and the Tribal Environmental Law Project.
* UND's recycling program keeps nearly 500 tons out of area landfills each year.
We can do a lot more. As a member of the campus community, I invite you to get involved. The UND Council on Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability is looking for members in a number of areas. The Council has a large task ahead of it: to complete a climate action plan by Jan. 2010. Already, the University has completed a GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions inventory, thanks to the Earth System Science and Policy (ESSP) 501 class, which performed the first inventory and developed the methodology and protocol that will be used in future inventories. They were assisted in preparation of the inventory by individuals in Facilities Management and the academic departments of Chemical Engineering, Technology, and ESSP. The climate action plan is dependent on the results of this inventory.
It is clear that the entire campus, faculty, staff, students and administrators, must be involved in helping the University move along the path to climate neutrality. In fact, it is critical. While some expensive changes could make a big difference in reducing the campus' carbon footprint, many modest and inexpensive changes in individual behaviors help to move the University in the right direction. Similarly, the best ideas and recommendations for change come from individuals closest to the work environment that can be changed. I hope you will get involved.
-- President Robert O. Kelley
P.S.: To learn more or to get involved with one of the Council's subcommittees, contact one of the following subcommittee chairs:
* Community Outreach: Yvette Halverson, director, Wellness Facilities, 777-0729, firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets every other Thursday starting Sept. 3, at 10:30 a.m., Wellness Center Conference Room.
* Education: William (Will) Gosnold, professor and chair, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, 777-2631, email@example.com
* Energy: Randall (Randy) Bohlman, Facilities Management, 777-2333, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Procurement: Scott Schreiner, director of Purchasing, 777-2681, email@example.com. Subcommittee meets Tuesday, Sept. 1, and every other Tuesday thereafter, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Governor's Room, Memorial Union.
* Research: Michael (Mike) Mann, professor and chair, Department of Chemical Engineering, 777-3852, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Recycling/Environment: Orlynn Rosaasen, director of Dining Services, 777-3823, email@example.com. Meets Sept. 1, 1:30 p.m., President's Room, Memorial Union and every other Tuesday thereafter.
* Transportation: (vacant)
|UND Pride of the North marching band steps up to Division I action|
The University of North Dakota has gone Division I in a big wayâ€”and so has the Pride of North, UNDâ€™s marching band.
UND energy is fueling a lot excitement in the Department of Music as the Pride of the North marching band joins the Division I effort this year with a trip to UND Footballâ€™s season opener against Texas Tech University. The band will perform just ahead of the 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday, Sept. 5, in the Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. It's UND Football's first game against a Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) opponent.
â€œThis is a huge deal for us,â€ said Pride of North marching band founder and director Robert Brooks. â€œThis idea started during a conversation with (UND Athletic Director) Brian Faison, who mentioned how great it would be to have the band down at Lubbock to support the UND football team, because they certainly have a large task at hand, in playing one of the countryâ€™s top 10 college football teams.â€
â€œI approached President Kelley about it, and he was excited about the prospect. It definitely fits into his vision of the Pride becoming a Division I band program,â€ Brooks said. â€œThe Presidentâ€™s Office is funding this trip, which is a major undertaking, with three UND buses and six drivers.â€
Students have enthusiastically responded to the call: the band, which was organized by Brooks 12 years ago when he came to UND, grew by 30 members to 120, a dramatic 30 percent increase over last year, Brooks said.
â€œYou bet, students are very excited about the move to Division I and the band members especially wanted to be part of this trip,â€ the first to a Divison I game for the band, said Brooks, whose instrument is the trumpet (though he can also play just about every instrument in the band).
At Kelleyâ€™s suggestion, Brooks arranged for the Pride of North marching band to present a concert on the road as part of its inaugural Division I adventure. The band departs UND at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3.
â€œWeâ€™re stopping in my home town, Woodward, Okla., to do a concert at the football season opener for Woodward High School,â€ Brooks said. The concert at Woodward, which is about 1,000 miles, or 22 hours by bus, will consist of the program thatâ€™s planned for the UND-Texas Tech game. The band will stop overnight in Elk City, Okla., about three hours from Lubbock, after spending nearly 24 hours on the bus.
The concert lineup for the seven-minute shows in Woodward and Lubbock is a rock program starting with â€œWeâ€™re an American Band,â€ a rock standard by Grand Funk Railroad; â€œI Donâ€™t Care,â€ by Fall Out Boy; and it closes with â€œThe Pretender,â€ by the Foo Fighters, Brooks said. â€œSeven minutes is what we get on the field for a pre-game show, but at Lubbock weâ€™ll be there an hour before, all during the game, and about an hour after the game playing for the fans. We close out our opening show with the UND fight song.â€
The Pride of the North marching band is made up mostly of non-majors from across campus, Brooks said. â€œOnly about 10 percent of our players are music majors,â€ he said.
Band members get one hour of academic credit for their participationâ€”for about 400 hours of work. That includes Pride Camp, 12 hours a day for five days a week, before school starts.
The Pride of the North marching band is classified as a concert band, with brass and woodwindsâ€”flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horns (mellophones), trombones, baritones, and sousaphones (instead of tubas); and various drum kits including the seven-unit marching snare set, four tuned â€œquintâ€, or tenor, drums, and five tuned bass drums.
â€œAnd then we have our pit players, with instruments including the marimba, the vibes, the xylophone, and several accessory instrumentsâ€”the pit players stay on the sidelines because their instruments are too big to march with,â€ Brooks said.
Tammy Mulske, assistant director of bands, director of the hockey band, and technical coordinator, will also be part of the team that heads to Lubbock this week. Additionally, two student employees will drive the Pride of North marching bandâ€™s service truck, which will be hauling all of the bandâ€™s equipment.
Traveling with the band to the Woodward stop and the UND football game against Texas Tech will be 16 members of this yearâ€™s UND Dance Team, Brooks said. Amber Eberhardt leads that group.
The band, crew, and the Dance Team will be traveling to Lubbock in three UND motor coaches, each carrying two drivers. The coaches will be modified with a plywood bunk up front so that the drivers can alternate with rest periods.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|Team captain kickoff for "Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes" is Sept. 1|
Step Out to Fight Diabetes, formerly America's Walk for Diabetes, is about changing the face of diabetes in our country by raising funds to help find a cure and by walking a few miles to bring a greater awareness to this devastating disease.
Gather your friends and family to walk and raise funds for Step Out to Fight Diabetes in your city. Together, we can crush this epidemic. Tens of thousands of people in North Dakota and Minnesota have diabetes, and the numbers continue to grow.
This yearâ€™s team captain kickoff is set for Sept. 1 at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. The Grand Forks Step Out event is at the Alerus Center on Saturday, Oct. 24. There will also be a Step Out event in Fargo on Oct. 17 for anyone who wishes to participate.
To register, please visit the American Diabetes Association Step Out website: www.stepout.diabetes.org or call the North Dakota ADA office 701-234-0123, ext. 6684. See you there. Join our fight against Diabetes.
-- Eric Johnson, Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine, email@example.com, 777-3811
|Volunteer Recruitment Day is Sept. 2|
The fall Volunteer Recruitment Day will take place Wednesday, Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Loading Dock at the Memorial Union. Agencies from the Greater Grand Forks community will be recruiting volunteers for the fall semester. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and visit with agencies about opportunities to volunteer. Those programs and departments that require service hours are asked to inform students about Volunteer Recruitment Day. For further information, contact Linda Rains, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, 777-4076 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Linda Rains, Assistant Director for Student Involvement, Memorial Union, email@example.com, 777-4076
|Adult Re-entry hosts Wednesday events|
The Adult Re-entry office is kicking off the Coffee, Cookie, and Conversation gatherings for adult/nontraditional students this semester with a new focus and a new day. A featured guest will be joining us each week to share some wisdom and informal conversation with nontraditional students. Professor Munski is our first featured guest on Wednesday, Sept 2. Our informal gatherings will be held each Wednesday (not Friday) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the Fall semester. A schedule of dates and guests will be posted on our website or contact our office for more details. The Adult Re-entry office is located on the 3rd floor in the Memorial Union. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to join us.
-- Sandy Monette, Adult Re-entry Coordinator, Student Success Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3228
|Atmospheric Sciences seminar on infamous tornado is Sept. 3 |
Matthew Gilmore, associate professor with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at UND, will present a seminar on â€œThe 18 March 1925 Tri-State Tornado Reanalysis Project: Preliminary Resultsâ€ at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in 210 Clifford Hall.
The Tri-State tornado that occured on March 18, 1925, remains the most infamous tornado in the historical record. It has been attributed with a 219- mile path of damage, injuries of 3,000, and over 700 deaths (the most deaths ever attributed to a single tornado). Red Cross Relief efforts spent over $3 million (approximately $36.5 million in 2008 dollars) and over 7,000 families were affected; many were made refugees. Surprisingly, only one formal publication (the April 1925 issue of Mon. Wea. Rev.) ever addressed the detailed meteorological aspects of the event. That study pre-dated the acceptance and application of frontal theory and the modern era of tornado forecasting. A team of tornado researchers are currently reanalyzing this event with the goal of confirming or denying existing notions about:
â€¢ the tornadic storm's location within the synoptic-scale cyclone
â€¢ the environment that maintained the long-lived tornadic storm
â€¢ the continuity of the damage along the tornado track
â€¢ the tornadic storm's precipitation characteristics
The reanalysis has been exceptionally challenging because much of the weather data from 1925 was not available from the U.S. National Climatic Data Center and none of the original damage surveys could be found. We have laboriously hunted down original handwritten weather data records from libraries across the country to investigate the synoptic and mesoscale conditions. These analyses have been interpreted in light of current knowledge regarding violent long-lived tornadoes. We have also personally interviewed living survivors along the track to determine, as accurately as is possible, the tornadoâ€™s damage and intensity. These unique challenges associated with analyzing older historical weather events will be discussed. Preliminary results regarding the synoptic and mesoscale conditions and continuity of the tornado damage track will be presented.
This seminar is free and open to the public. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
-- Wanda Seyler, Administrative Secretary, Atmospheric Sciences, email@example.com, 777-3884
|Auditions scheduled for "The Bad Seed"|
The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming thriller, "The Bad Seed", written by UND alum Maxwell Anderson.
The scene is a small Southern town where Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda.
Little Rhoda Penmark is the evil queen of the story. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, and admired by all her elders. But Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her. When one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic, Mrs. Penmark is alarmed. For the boy who was drowned was the one who had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.
Audition dates: Sept 7 and 8 | 7 p.m. | Fire Hall Theatre
Prepare: Northing, Cold Reading
Production Dates: Oct. 29-31, Nov. 5-7, 12-14
Needs: 4 men, 2 women, 1 young girl
-- Benjamin Klipfel, Executive Director, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre, firstname.lastname@example.org, 701-746-847
|Work Well will provide free gifts on Sept. 8|
Work Well is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, Sept. 8, we will be providing the first ten benefited faculty/staff/eligible retirees (not currently UND Wellness Center members) a free gift when they sign up for a new Wellness Center membership (one month or longer) and enroll in the Health Club Credit Program.
For more information on the new Health Club Credit Program, go to: wwww.workwell.und.edu
Gifts include: a Nike Ipod, yoga mats, beach towels, exercise DVDs, etc. The UND Wellness Center opens at 5:30 a.m.
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, email@example.com, 777-0210
|Two special Denim Days will take place in September|
President Kelley has approved two special Denim Days for September, so mark your calendars now. Both Friday, Sept. 11, and Friday, Sept. 18, are special Denim Days.
The Denim Day on Friday, Sept. 11, will benefit the Altru Cancer Center's first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Conference (Oct. 24). If you are donating by check, please make it payable to "Breast Cancer Awareness Conference c/o Altru Cancer Center".
In conjunction with State Employee Recognition week, the Denim Day on Friday, Sept. 18, will benefit the Salvation Army's "Christmas Toy Shop." The Toy Shop has delivered toys at Christmas for over 15 years and last year supported 697 children in our area. If you are donating by check, please make it payable to "Salvation Army".
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3791
|Leadership Lunch Panel welcomes future leaders|
You are invited to attend a lunch panel, Exploring Issues in Higher Education Leadership, presented by the 2008-09 members of the Presidentâ€™s Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar: Amanda Bentow (Wellness Center), Cassie Gerhardt (Memorial Union Greek Community), Andrei Kirilenko (Earth Systems Sciences and Policy), Mojdeh Mardani (Electrical Engineering), Donna Pearson (Teaching and Learning), and Stacey Peterson (Student Success Center).
The Leadership Lunch Panel will be held on Friday, Sept. 11, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Badlands Room at the Memorial Union. You are particularly encouraged to attend if you are thinking about applying for the 2009-10 Issues in Higher education Leadership Seminar. To reserve a box lunch, please contact Cyndee Payne (777-2167) by Wednesday, Sept. 8. If you are interested in applying for the 2009-10 Issues in Higher Education Leadership Seminar but cannot attend the lunch, please contact email@example.com for information and an application form.
-- Victoria Beard, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4824
|Lotus Meditation Center retreat is Sept. 18-20|
A guiding teacher of the Insight Meditation Community of Colorado will lead a retreat hosted by the Lotus Meditation Center on the UND campus. David Chernikoff will share his teachings on radical intimacy through dharma talks, meditation instruction and small group interviews the weekend of Sept. 18-20. The opening talk from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, is free and open to the public. Sept. 14 is the pre-registration date to attend the entire weekend retreat. For more details and a copy of the brochure visit the Lotus Meditation Center website at http://www.und.edu/dept/oip/html/lotusctr.htm or call Kristen Borysewicz at 777-4647.
Chernikoff teaches meditation and transpersonal psychology at Naropa University and has a private practice as a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor. He lived in Nepal for three years and has been influenced by a variety of spiritual teachers from diverse traditions.
-- Kristen Borysewicz, Reference Librarian, Chester Fritz Library, email@example.com, 777-4647
|Housing Office seeks faculty and staff participation in Residence Hall Outreach program|
The Housing Office is encouraging faculty and staff to participate in the second year of Residence Life House Calls. The House Calls program is a campus communityâ€“building initiative designed to reach out to students living in the residence halls and connect faculty/staff with residents. Over 150 volunteers are needed for the program.
This outreach program involves sending two faculty or staff members, plus a housing representative, out together on a wing or floor of a residence hall to knock on studentsâ€™ doors to see if they need assistance with anything. A resource handout will be provided to volunteers regarding topics of conversation such as involvement on campus, room issues, campus safety, or course advisement. This program lets students know that the university community cares and is willing to take time to interact with them one-on-one outside the classroom environment.
House Calls will take place in the residence halls Tuesday, Sept. 22, and Wednesday, Sept. 23. You are invited to take part in one night or both. The program runs from 6 to 9 p.m. each night, with an optional free dinner offered from 5 to 6 p.m. If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 777-6281.
-- Cindy Spencer, Residence Life & Education Director, Housing, email@example.com, 777-6281
|UND welcomes Rick Anderson as deputy chief information officer|
Rick Anderson has joined UND as Deputy Chief Information Officer, effective Sept. 1. Rick comes to UND from South Dakota State University, where he held several positions since 1996, most recently, Manager of Information Security. He has degrees from St. Cloud State University (Bachelor of Science in Business Computer Information Systems) and Dakota State University (Master of Science in Information Assurance).
Rickâ€™s position will report to the chief information officer and will encompass the ITSS director position with both UND and North Dakota University System responsibilities. Dorette Kerian, director of ITSS, will provide transitional assistance to Rick until her retirement from the university later this year. Rickâ€™s office will be located at 366V Upson II, and he can be contacted at RickAnderson@mail.und.edu or 777-3171.
-- Joshua Riedy, Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-3231
|Search begins for new director of Center for Rural Health|
Joshua Wynne, interim vice president for health affairs and interim dean of the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, has appointed a search committee to help select the next director of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the medical school. Wynne chose Rob Beattie to chair the search committee. The new director will assume the position formerly held by Mary Wakefield, who was appointed in February by President Obama to serve as administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration.
â€œThe Center for Rural Health has been under the able leadership of Interim Directors Brad Gibbens and Marlene Miller. We now need to find a permanent director to lead the group, and I have appointed a search committee to recommend a short list of candidates for the CRH directorship,â€ said Wynne.
The search committee has broad representation and is composed of the following individuals:
â€¢ Rob Beattie, chair, clinical professor and chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
â€¢ Judy DeMers, associate dean, Student Affairs and Admissions
â€¢ Lynette Dickson, program director, Center for Rural Health
â€¢ Louise Dryburgh, CEO, FirstCare Health Center
â€¢ Dennis Elbert, dean, UND College of Business and Public Administration
â€¢ Senator Robert S. Erbele, North Dakota Legislature
â€¢ Tracy Evanson, associate professor, Family and Community Nursing
â€¢ Jacque Gray, assistant professor, Center for Rural Health
â€¢ Kimberly Krohn, program director, Center for Family Medicineâ€“Minot and associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
â€¢ Karen Larson, deputy director, Community Healthcare Association of the Dakotas
â€¢ David Molmen, CEO, Altru Health Systems
Housed at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Center for Rural Health is designated as a Center of Excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity by UND. The centerâ€™s mission is to connect resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural communities. The CRH serves the people of the state, region and nation. As a resource, CRH staff members identify and research rural health issues, analyze health policy, strengthen local capabilities, develop community-based alternatives, and advocate for rural concerns.
-- Denis F. MacLeod, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, email@example.com, 777-3300
|UND, Baylor scholars discover earliest known manuscript of Browning's most celebrated poetry|
UND scholar, writer, and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Sandra Donaldson, widely credited as one of the top experts on the work of poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, recently unearthed a previously unknown manuscript of â€œSonnets from the Portuguese.â€ Donaldson is general editor of the forthcoming â€œWorks of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.â€
â€œWe identified a rough draft of one of the sonnets in a manuscript notebook that had been in private hands since 1915. This unique document is the authorâ€™s draft of â€˜Sonnet Five,â€™ which opens, â€˜I lift my heavy heart up solemnly,â€™â€said Donaldson, who is a professor in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English and the Women Studies Program.
"No other draft of any of the sonnets has previously come to light, which makes this the discovery of the earliest known manuscript of the sonnet sequence," said Donaldson
The notebook was acquired at auction in 2008 by the Armstrong Browning Library of Baylor University. Library director Rita Patteson and Donaldson were transcribing the contents of the notebook when they noticed that lines at the conclusion of the last poem, â€œOde to America,â€ were substantially different from previous stanzas. The key to the discovery was the appearance of a phrase from the end of â€œSonnet Five,â€ â€œStand off farther then! Go.â€
â€œSonnets from the Portugueseâ€ was composed by Barrett Browning during her courtship with Robert Browning, which began in January 1845 with a letter from him and resulted in their marriage in September 1846. Forty-three sonnets in the sequence were first published in her Poems (1850). â€œSonnets from the Portugueseâ€ appeared in its final form when a forty-fourth sonnet was added in her fourth edition of Poems in 1856.
Publication of a transcription of the poem in the forthcoming â€œWorks of Elizabeth Barrett Browningâ€ (Pickering & Chatto) will make this draft widely available to readers and scholars.
Donaldsonâ€™s work is funded in part by the Division of Research Programs of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|Center for Community Engagement launches new community journal|
The UND Center for Community Engagement (CCE) has released the first issue of Community Connect: The Journal of Civic Voices. This new community journal features profiles of communities and organizations, project reports, essays, and art.
â€œThe journal is part of a project called Community Connect, spearheaded by the University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement and involving dozens of North Dakota communities, organizations, and UND faculty, staff, and students,â€ said Lana Rakow, a member of the journalâ€™s editorial board and professor of communication. Rakow is founder and director of the CCE.
â€œCommunity Connect journal grew out of research findings about the information North Dakota organizations and community members said they want and how they would like to get it,â€ said Gregory Gagnon, journal editor and UND associate professor of Indian Studies. â€œThe Community Connect Project also includes an annual community-university forum and a website of community resources and conversations to be launched soon.â€
The first issue contains profiles of communities and organizations across the state, including Buffalo, Larimore, Stanley, Towner, the Barnes County Historical Society, the Western Wellness Foundation of Dickinson, the Near North Neighborhood in Grand Forks, and the Foundation for Agricultural and Rural Resources Management and Sustainability.
Faculty members and students from the UND departments of Sociology, Communication, Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Indian Studies, Art and Design, Geology and Geological Engineering, and the School of Engineering and Mines contributed to the journal project.
Besides Gagnon, the journal editorial staff and board comprises both UND and community members, including Diana Nastasia, associate editor and Community Connect coordinator; Sorin Nastasia, Community Connect graphic designer and UND graduate student; David Crane, Mott, N.D.; Brenna Daugherty, North Dakota Humanities Council; Matsimela Changa (â€œMCâ€) Diop, UND Multicultural Student Services; Richard Fiordo, UND Communication Program; Richard Kahn, UND Educational Foundations and Research; Mary Robinette, Grand Forks, N.D.; Wilbur Stolt, UND director of libraries; Liane Stout, Buffalo, N.D.; and Iris Swedlund, Velva, N.D.
The journal will be published twice a year. It is available free of charge and is being distributed to regional communities and organizations. It will also be available online at www.communityengagement.und.edu
Individuals and organizations that would like to help sponsor the publication and those who would like to contribute submissions to the journal are invited to visit the Web site for more information.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-6571
|University Faculty Lecture Series schedule set|
The University Faculty Lecture Series kicks off its 2009-2010 season on at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the North Dakota Museum of Art with â€œDinosaurs or Nickel Mines: What are the risks and rewards of Near Earth Asteroids?â€ by Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Mike Gaffey, Space Studies.
Hesham El Rewini, Dean, School of Engineering and Mines, follows on Oct. 8 with â€œWireless Sensor Networks: Connecting the Physical and Digital Worlds.â€
Holly Brown Borg, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics, will kick off the spring semester on Jan. 21, 2010, with â€œHormones and Long Life: Lessons from dwarf mice.â€ Organizers of the series will meet in September to fill out the spring round of presenters.
The lectures are at the North Dakota Museum of Art; a pre-lecture reception starts at 4 p.m., and the lectures start at 4:30 p.m. Lecturers generally are given about 50 minutes for their presentations. There is parking available in the vicinity of the museum.
The University Faculty Lecture Series has been held regularly on campus since 1997, when a group comprising senior faculty members and Chester Fritz Distinguished Professors Richard Beringer, Elizabeth Hampsten, Bill Sheridan, and Sharon Wilsnack along with Peter Johnson, proposed a renewal of this forum to celebrate the diversity and excellence of scholarship at UND. Then-president Kendall Baker provided encouragement and financial support, and the series was re-launched. President Kelley is continuing that tradition of encouragement and support for the series.
A key goal of the University Faculty Lecture Series is to bring together the campus community and the community at large to â€œrecognize the university as a unique institution in society, an academic community with scholarly roles and contributions that go beyond, but at the same time enrich, its own educational programs.â€
According to the guidelines of the organizers, each lecture presents â€œwith some depth and rigor the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty. In presenting the products of their scholarship, the Lecturers will share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.â€
The University Faculty Lecture Series cultivates a stronger academic atmosphere by offering a forum for distinguished faculty members selected across the disciplines to talk about their the scholarly lives and what drives their research. In presenting their scholarship, the lecturers share the enthusiasm and dedication that sustains their creative efforts.
All of the lectures are free and open to the public.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|EERC announces release of the International Air Quality VII Conference preliminary program|
The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at UND has announced the release of the preliminary program for the upcoming International Air Quality VII Conference, beginning Monday, October 26, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
The Air Quality Conference is the nation's premier event focused on carbon management, mercury measurement and control, and the reduction of trace substances, SOx, NOx, and particulate matter. The EERC is the organizing sponsor of the event. Event sponsors include the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. The exclusive media sponsor is Pollution Engineering magazine.
More than 125 world-renowned speakers from 25 states, the District of Columbia, and ten countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, are scheduled to present at this year's conference.
The opening panel at the conference, which is expected to stir a spirited debate, is centered around the idea of moving carbon capture technologies out of the laboratory and into the commercial marketplace. Panelists representing industry, research, the environmental community, and carbon markets will address emerging policy and scientific issues.
"Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are an increasingly important concern," said Tom Erickson, EERC Associate Director for Research and conference program technical director. "With the largest source of CO2 emissions globally coming from the use of fossil fuels in power plants, automobiles, and industrial facilities, rapid technology development is imperative to capture and dispose of, or reuse, the CO2."
Keynote addresses will be presented by the entire North Dakota congressional delegation, which includes U.S. Senators Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), as well as by Carl Bauer, director of DOE NETL.
The 4-day conference includes two concurrent streams of educational sessions, which will provide comprehensive information on air quality impacts on policy, health and ecosystems, emission prevention and control, measurement methods and atmospheric reactions and modeling, and greenhouse gas issues.
Early-bird registration discounts expire today. To access details about the preliminary program or to register, visit www.undeerc.org/AQ7.
The previous Air Quality Conference, held in September 2007, attracted over 450 people from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and 14 countries.
-- Derek Walters, Communications Manager, EERC, email@example.com, 777-5113
|New service will enhance faculty research and student papers|
RefWorks is new to the UND campus for the 2009-10 academic year. This internet-based software is similar to EndNote or Research Manager. The database will store your research citations. Another feature called Write-N-Cite, will format the in-text references and create a works cited page in more than 1,200 styles.
For a demonstration, to sign up for an account, and to view tutorials, visit https://www.refworks.com/Refworks/login.asp?WNCLang=false
Students, faculty and staff can attend training sessions held at Chester Fritz Library or we can schedule one in your Department. Sign up for one of these September training sessions in the Library:
-- Wilbur Stolt, Director of Libraries, Chester Fritz Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2189
|University Within the University (U2) lists new classes|
Supervisory Perspectives on Sexual Harassment
Sept. 9, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Discover what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace and what you can do to prevent it. This presentation will help you to recognize sexual harassment when it occurs, and it will provide guidance to address the behaviors displayed by employees that may be interpreted as offensive to co-workers. It is everyone's responsibility to respect the needs and rights of all people in your organization. This presentation will provide you with valuable information for doing just that. Presenter: Kelsey Lang, St. Alexis Employee Assistance Program
Sept. 9, 10 to 12:30 p.m., School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Room 5006
This course will cover basic principles of radiation protection. Course attendance is required for all individuals working with radioactive materials at the University of North Dakota. Topics discussed will include, but are not limited to, types of radiation, methods of protection, exposure monitoring, handling techniques, decontamination, security, and waste disposal. Presenter: Eric Pearson.
Empty Nesting & Boomerang Kids
Sept. 9, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Memorial Union, Lecture Bowl
Parents of newly graduated children, whether from high school, college, or graduate school, may have a number of concerns regarding their children "leaving the nest" and the growing trend of children returning to the nest for various reasons. This presentation will explore both the positive and negative aspects of the empty nest. Additionally, things to consider for when a child returns to live at home will be explored. Presenter: Kelsey Lang, St Alexis Employee Assistance Program
File Plan Development
Sept. 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Skalicky Tech Incubator, Room 211
We are beginning to pursue a standard file plan for UND. This is your opportunity to learn what is being done. Learn how to prepare your operation for changes coming in the future and contribute to a solution for our filing problems. Presenter: Christopher Flynn
GroupWise 7.0: Beginning
Sept. 10, 9 a.m. to noon, Upson II, Room 361
Students will navigate through the GroupWise environment, create and send messages; reply to and forward messages; use the Address Book, create a personal address book, create a mail group; work with the calendar; schedule posted appointments and recurring events; and work with the Junk Mail folder and other mail-handling features. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
Sept. 10, 9 to 10 a.m., Twamley Hall, Room 305
Learn new policies and procedures for the Family Medical Leave Act. Presenters: Desi Sporbert, Joy Johnson
Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to noon, Abbott Hall, Room 115
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: Eric Pearson.
Microsoft Office Word 2007 (Beginning)
Sept. 14, 16, 17, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Upson II, Room 361
Prerequisite: Basic understanding of computers, mouse, and file saving and retrieving skills.
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to create a basic document by using Microsoft Word; edit documents by locating and modifying text; format text; format paragraphs; add tables to a document; add graphic elements to a document; control a document's page setup and its overall appearance; and proof documents to make them more accurate. Presenter: Heidi Strande.
ABCâ€™s of Fire Extinguisher Use
Sept. 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Campus Safety and Security, Conference Room
This class will describe the different types of fire extinguishers, what the rating system used on extinguishers means, when to consider using a fire extinguisher and class participants will be given the opportunity to use an extinguisher in a controlled setting. Information gained in this class will be applicable to the work place, home and motor vehicles. Presenter: Eric Pearson
RefWorks Citation Manager
Sept. 15, 6 to 7 p.m. or Sept. 16, 2 to 3 p.m., Chester Fritz Library, Room 108
Setting up and basic use of RefWorks citation management accounts. RefWorks is an online citation management system that is available to all UND faculty, students and staff. Store all your citations in one place and create bibliographies in minutes automatically formatted in popular writing and journal style guides (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) Presenters: Sandi Bates and Victor Lieberman
Be Well: New Wellness Program and You
Sept. 16, 2 to 3 p.m., Wellness Center, Room 120-121
Discover how to participate in the BCBSND MyHealthCenter and the Health Club Credit programs. We will jump start you on your way to becoming active in the program, understanding the benefits and learning how you can earn up to $250 in incentives by building a healthier you. Presenter: Kim Ruliffson
Sept. 17, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Swanson Hall, Room 10-12
This workshop is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, received a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet 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: Tom Brockling
-- Patricia Young, U2 Coordinator, Continuing Education, U2@mail.und.edu, 777-0720
|Institutional Research clips now available online|
The Office of Institutional Research now produces clips to provide the university community with a brief report on a variety of topics. In most cases the â€œclipsâ€ are a subset from a more detailed research project or survey analysis.
Three Institutional Research clips are available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/datacol/newsletter/index.htm and include the following:
â€¢ What can we learn from non-returning students?
â€¢ What matters to international students?
â€¢ The journey from freshman to senior â€“ â€œclipsâ€ from various surveys.
-- Carmen Williams, Director, Institutional Research, email@example.com, 777-2456
|Faculty representative applications sought for MAC|
The Multicultural Awareness Committee (MAC), a standing committee of Student Government, is currently accepting applications for the faculty representative position.
The purpose of MAC is to increase awareness and understanding of different cultures of the world, especially those that are represented in the University community.
The Goals and mission statement of MAC can be found at
The faculty representative is a voting member, and along with all MAC members, is expected to attend weekly MAC meetings every Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Interested faculty should submit their CVs by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, either by email to the chair of MAC (firstname.lastname@example.org) or hand them to the Student Government Office addressed to MAC.
-- Anura Wickramaratne, Chair, Multicultural Awareness Committee, email@example.com, 701-645-1827
|The Community Music Program offers lessons for adults and pre-school children|
The UND Community Music Program is again offering voice lessons for beginners to adults. The lessons are scheduled at the convenience of the student and instructor.
Musiktanz classes for ages 15 months to 5 1/2 begin Sept. 14 in the Hughes Fine Arts Center, room 258. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and author of the early childhood curriculum, "Cycle of Seasons." In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/care givers in working musically with their children. The parents/care givers attend the children's lessons and participate with them in classes comprised of a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities including singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening. Emphasis in these classes is on having fun while building musical skills and developing a love of music. Moreover, research has shown that participation in such programs may improve skills tied to academic success as well.
Level I (Ages 15 months - 3 years) meets at 6 p.m. on Monday nights.
Level II (Ages 3 years - kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday nights.
Both classes meet for half an hour, ten times during the semester. They are taught by an experienced music teacher. Cost for each level is $65 per semester.
For more information or to register, call 777-2830 and ask for KariJo.
-- Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music Education, Music, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2820
|The AAUW is collecting used books and media materials|
The AAUW is collecting books and working CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, records, and games now through mid-October. Please drop them off at: 2420 9th Avenue North in Grand Forks, or call one of the following numbers: 772-0247, 772-1622, or 795-9808.
-- Gordon Iseminger, Professor, History, email@example.com, 777-2688
|Unsold ramp permits will be made available to students after Tuesday|
There are still some ramp permits remaining that were set aside for faculty and staff. Any ramp permits left unsold after Tuesday, Sept. 1 will be made available to students. So, if you have been thinking about purchasing a Ramp permit this year, please do it soon.
-- UND Parking Office
|Chester Fritz Library announces Labor Day weekend hours|
The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following hours of operation for the Labor Day Weekend:
Saturday, Sept. 5 - Library Closed
Sunday, Sept. 6 - Library Closed
Monday, Sept. 7 (Labor Day) - 1 p.m. to midnight
-- Karen Cloud, Administrative Assistant, Chester Fritz Library, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2618
|ITSS will be closed on Labor Day|
ITSS will close for the Labor Day holiday at midnight on Sunday, Sept. 6 and will re-open at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
-- David Levenseller, Help Desk Team Leader, ITSS, email@example.com, 777-2222
|SIFE offers fundraising opportunity for student organizations|
â€œHot Perksâ€ is a coffee service located in Gamble Hall. Four years ago, a student organization named Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) began Hot Perks with the intent of helping student organizations raise funds. The idea is students helping students.
Over four years many lessons have been learned and the business model has evolved to best suit the interest of students. Open five days a week, students operate Hot Perks to raise money for their organization. SIFE supplies equipment, inventory and guidance as members of student organizations run the small business. These student organizations serve coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and an array of breakfast foods to the students and faculty on campus.
The student organizations that operate Hot Perks earn a large portion of Hot Perksâ€™ profit in return for their labor as well as basic knowledge of what it takes to run a small business.
SIFE guides student organizations through completing a transaction, keeping track of inventory, customer relations and every other step along the way.
Please consider Hot Perks as a fundraising opportunity for your student organization this year. For more information or to schedule a time for your organization to operate, contact Brianna Burggraf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Brianna Burggraf, Project Coordinator, SIFE, email@example.com, 218-280-2268
|Record number of donors support UND|
In the 2008-09 fiscal year, a total of 13,491 donors gave through the UND Foundation in support of the university. Though the number of donors to philanthropies across the nation decreased, the UND Foundation saw an increase of more than 200 donors from the year before.
According to the Target Analytics Quarterly Index of National Fundraising Performance, which measures trends in fundraising every quarter, in quarter one of 2009, donors and revenue both decreased nationally. Only 39 percent of the 70 organizations measured in the index had positive growth in the number of donors; while 40 percent showed positive revenue growth.
â€œThis goes to show that in despite of the poor economy, alumni and friends have an incredibly strong connection, dedication and loyalty to this university. Itâ€™s rewarding to see that even though industry-wide, fewer donors are giving, support for UND remains strong. Our donors recognize the value of their UND educations and are committed to helping support that same experience for students today and tomorrow,â€ said Tim Oâ€™Keefe, â€™71, executive vice president and CEO of the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation.
The UND Foundation recorded a total of $47 million in new gifts and pledges, including future bequests and trusts. This, too, is an increase from last year when $36 million was recorded. This yearâ€™s total includes a significant gift from John Fischer, â€™65, of Anchorage, Alaska, to establish a professorship in integrative medicine within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. â€œI made the gift through the UND Foundation because North Dakota needs it. In North Dakota, funds are limited, but used wisely,â€ said Fischer.
Through annual gifts and revenue from endowment investments, $11.5 million went directly through the UND Foundation to programs and support for the university, its students and faculty. This includes support from the Myers Foundation for the Chester Fritz Library and the Department of Visual Arts. Donations from Ben, â€™62, and Dorothy Gorecki of Milaca, Minn., and Rick, â€™68, and Jody Burgum, â€™74, of Arthur, N.D., will help fund a new Alumni Center.
UND Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Paul LeBel said, â€œFunding from donors to the Foundation makes us the kind of university we are. It gives us the resources to support student engagement in learning and in university life in general. It gives us the resources to support faculty in actual scholarly research and in making that research known. We can send faculty to conferences and we can hold conferences here. We canâ€™t do that with state appropriated money. It also provides us with some seed money for actual programs that will help us continue to be distinct as we go forward.â€
Of the $11.5 million, more than $4.4 million supported student academic and athletic scholarships. This is an increase of nearly $1 million compared to last year. â€œGiven the current economic climate, weâ€™re just ecstatic that donors had such commitment to make this kind of scholarship support possible,â€ said Oâ€™Keefe. LeBel added that the impact of scholarship funding during tough economic times is much more dramatic, as it lifts the burden off families who may be struggling to send their child to college.
-- Leanna Ihry , Media Relations Coordinator, UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0831
|Golden Key International Honor Society seeks advisor|
Are you passionate about student success? Are you seeking an opportunity to engage students in leadership development and service learning opportunities? Consider being the new advisor of the local chapter of Golden Key.
Golden Key International Honor Society is the worldâ€™s premier collegiate honor society. Our mission is to enable members to reach their potential. We recognize the top 15 percent of the classes of sophomore-senior (3.6 GPA and up) and graduate level students (3.8 GPA and up).
Membership in Golden Key offers students access to over $500,000 in scholarships for current or future education, study abroad connections around the world, career placement with top companies, graduate school connections to top programs, and exclusive membership discounts. Additionally, our students gain networking opportunities with over 1.8 million alumni from around the world, valuable leadership skill enhancement through active involvement with a chapter, service learning opportunities, regional and international conference attendance opportunities, and recognition.
What do I have to do as an advisor?
Golden Key believes advising a chapter should be an important value for you as a busy professional. You will receive professional training as a new advisor, be provided tools you need to be successful, and give you opportunities to network with other advisors across the region and the country. Your time commitment depends solely on your level of interest and desire to be involved.
Some basic requirements are a willingness to:
â€¢ Provide regular communication to HQ concerning the state of the chapter.
â€¢ Attend occasional meetings and Golden Key sponsored events on campus.
â€¢ Provide Golden Key with a list of eligible members each fall.
â€¢ Help students in their leadership development within the chapter.
The local UND chapter was chartered on April 14, 1996 and has inducted over 2500 members, with approximately 100 members still on campus. The chapter has engaged over the years in numerous service activities, but the chapter has been without an advisor since June and currently has few active members. With your help we can change that.
For more information, please contact Dan Ayala, associate director for US Relations, at email@example.com, Fayme Stringer, Chapter Co-President, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Karen Speaker, Chapter Co-President, at email@example.com, or stop by our booth at the Student Involvement Expo at the Memorial Union Aug. 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
-- Fayme Stringer, AmeriCorps*VISTA, CCE, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6182
|ND State Fleet reservation system is updated|
The North Dakota State Fleet has updated its software used to reserve and dispatch vehicles.
When calling to reserve a vehicle, a one time user set up will be required. Please have the following information available:
Work Phone Number
Driver's License Expiration Date
We will not be able to reserve a vehicle for the driver if this information is not given to us.
Also, for departments who reserve vehicles from sites other than UND, please give the dispatcher the following information. The old four digit cost center number is no longer valid.
Business Unit: 23000 (stands for UND)
Department ID: your four digit department number
Project ID: your ten digit project number (if applicable)
Activity ID: your five digit fund number
Resource Type: your five digit program number (if applicable)
Thank you for your help with this conversion.
-- Mary L. Metcalf, Manager, Transportation, email@example.com, 777-4123
|Work Well program seeks departmental contacts|
The Work Well program, which provides wellness services and programs for UND staff and faculty, is looking for departmental contacts (Work Well engagers) to help forward e-mails and post events and information to colleagues in your department and encourage engagement in wellness activities.
The Work Well Engagers have the ability to sign-up for wellness opportunities first for helping the program provide communication and direct motivation.
Please view: http://www.workwell.und.edu/?page=engagerindex to see if your department has one. More than one per department is fine.
Please contact Kim Ruliffson, coordinator of Work Well, if you have any questions.
-- Kim Ruliffson, Coordinator of Work Well, Wellness Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-0210
|Museum Cafe announces new menu|
SANDWICHES, Served with fruit
Sliced roast beef served on fresh baguette with a side
HERBED GOAT CHEESE AND OVEN-ROASTED VEGETABLE SANDWICH
A colorful vegetarian dish of green zucchini, red bell pepper, eggplant, spinach and other herbs and served on whole wheat bread.
LEMON TARRAGON CHICKEN SALAD
A wonderful blend of chopped celery, mayonnaise, chopped red onion, chopped fresh tarragon, fresh lemon juice, grated lemon peel, topped with romaine lettuce and served on a Kaiser roll.
An Italian inspired salad that contains fresh ingredients of chopped onions, minced garlic, red and yellow peppers, ripe tomatoes, chopped capers, and basil in a Dijon vinaigrette.
CHICKEN, RED POTATO, AND GREEN BEAN SALAD
This delightful salad contains small red potatoes, cut green beans, chopped red onion, cooked chicken and mixed in a freshly made dijon spiced dressing.
SHRIMP SKEWERS WITH TZATZIKI, SPINACH, AND FETA
Tzatziki, a greek sauce, drizzled over shrimp and feta on a bed of spinach.
Stir-fried rice noodles with vegetables
A bratwurst topped with your favorite toppings of ketchup, mustard, and relish with a side of dill pickle chips.
Museum CafÃ© hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with lunch served from 11 to 2 p.m. Take-out available â€¢ UND billing accepted â€¢ 777-4195
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, email@example.com, 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 Card form. Send letter of application and resume, referencing position name and number, to: Human Resources, University of North Dakota, Twamley Hall, Room 313, 264 Centennial Drive Stop 8010 Grand Forks, ND 58202-8010. Applications must be received by the deadline date.
Position: Assistant to the Dean, External Relations, CoBPA, #10-069
Application deadline: 9/08/2009
Compensation: $45,000 plus/year
Position: Grants and Contracts Officer, School of Med-Research Affairs, 10-067
Application deadline: 9/02/2009
Compensation: $46,000 plus/year
Position: Research Engineer, EERC, #10-065
Application deadline: 9/02/2009
Compensation: $50,000 plus/year
Position: Research Engineer/Design Assistant, EERC #10-064
Application deadline: 9/2/2009
Compensation: $ 45,000 plus/year
Position: Server Administrator, ITSS, #10-059
Application deadline: 9/1/2009
Compensation: $40,000 plus/year
Position: Clinic Nurse, Family Medicine â€“ Minot, #10-068
Application deadline: 9/2/2009
Compensation: $28,500 plus/year
Position: Advanced Cataloging and Serials Management Specialist, Chester Fritz Library, #10-066
Application deadline: 9/1/2009
Compensation: $21,000 plus/year
Office Support: no vacancies
Position: Building Services Technician (Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Facilities/Housing, #10-073
Application deadline: 9/08/2009
Compensation: $20,000 plus/year
|UND Biology faculty receive NSF grants totaling $2.1 million|
Three faculty members in the Department of Biology the recently received major research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). All three grants explore how genes and the environment interact to control biological processes and have significant undergraduate and graduate training initiatives associated with them.
Dane Crossley, assistant professor of biology, received a prestigious five year, $1,015,600 career award titled â€œMaturation of Cardiovascular Physiology in Reptiles.â€
Reptiles lack parental care following egg laying and their eggshells are highly permeable. Consequently, they are susceptible to moisture and oxygen stresses in their surrounding environment during development. Crossleyâ€™s overall goal is to understand the effects of environmental stresses and genes on the development of the circulatory system in vertebrates, from the embryonic to the adult phase.
To investigate this problem, he combines approaches that measure cardiovascular physiology during development with measurement of gene expression accompanying physiological maturation. His work with reptiles will hopefully provide insights as to how environmental and genetic factors interact during development to influence the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases of all vertebrates, including in humans.
Steven Ralph, assistant professor of biology, received a three year $677,356 grant titled â€œGenomic Approaches to Identify Insect Resistance Genes in Poplar Trees.â€
As sedentary organisms, plants cannot avoid or escape attack by insects or pathogens. Instead, plants have evolved an enormous diversity of anatomical structures and chemical defenses to protect themselves that are tightly regulated at the genetic level.
This collaborative research effort between UND, North Dakota State University, and the University of Florida will elucidate genetic mechanisms underlying insect resistance in perennial plants, including poplar trees. Knowledge concerning the genes and biochemical pathways that enhance insect resistance will be incorporated into existing tree breeding programs for better forest health and enhanced bio fuel production.
Turk Rhen, associate professor of biology, received a three year $467,847 grant titled â€œGenetic and Genomic Analysis of Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination.â€
Rhenâ€™s long-term goal is to discover how embryos in animals become male or female. Temperature determines sex in some fish and amphibians, several lizards, numerous turtles, and all alligators and crocodiles. The specific goal of Rhenâ€™s research is to discover the genetic basis of temperature-dependent sex determination in the common snapping turtle.
This work will provide new insight into the effects of climate (temperature) change on a key attribute of animal reproduction (gender) and a deeper understanding of sex determination in all vertebrates, including humans.
-- Juan Pedraza, Writer/Editor, University Relations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-6571
|Moratorium held on the transfer of intellectual property to foundations|
This is a reminder to all University faculty and staff. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education and UND have policies regarding the ownership, management, and disposition of copyrighted materials and patentable inventions. These policies are clear that all patentable inventions developed at the University (including EERC) are the property of the University, and that only the President of the University has the authority to transfer intellectual property to other entities, whether they are non-profit or for-profit. This includes transfer of intellectual property for purposes of patenting, licensing, or other commercial development. In these agreements the University always retains the right to continue to use its inventions for further research and educational purposes.
Because of a number of complex issues relating to intellectual property management, and pending the outcome of deliberations by a Working Group appointed by President Kelley to revise the current policies on intellectual property and commercialization, there will be a moratorium on any transfer of intellectual property from the University to its associated foundations. This is considered to be temporary; during the moratorium, the University will continue to transfer intellectual property to the private sector by licensing and other means directly in order to commercialize the fruits of University research.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, or about UND intellectual property policies, please contact Phyllis E. Johnson, Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
-- Phyllis E. Johnson, Vice President for Research & Economic Development, VPR & ED, email@example.com, 777-6736