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ISSUE: Volume 45, Number 44: June 25, 2008

Contents
Top Stories
SUNRISE researchers awarded $2,786,268 in external grants
Events to Note
Doctoral examination set for Shanshan Li
Seminar will discuss longevity and calorie restruction
Italian cooking at Wellness Center is June 27
Take a stroll at the Wellness Center
Doctoral examination set for Eric S. Burgess
Doctoral examination set for Chastity Beth Gerhardt
Doctoral examination set for Plamen T. Miltenoff
Special Denim Day for Backpacks for Brilliance is July 8
Grays celebrate anniversaries at Alumni Center July 19
Doctoral examination set for Laiel Baker
UND summer picnic is July 9
Announcements
Museum Cafe Lists Soups, Specials
International Centre lists July hours
Nursing appoints associate dean of graduate studies
Instructional development office has moved to O'Kelly Hall
Family to Family Network program moves to Department of Social Work
New University policy on theft and fraud issued June 11
Alumni of American College of Norway and UND form Alumni Association
UND names two athletic coaches
Note construction areas
July 4 is holiday
Law library announces July 4 weekend hours
Multicultural Student Services lists holiday hours
Donated leave requested for Jane Grega
Donated annual leave requested for Renae Tholkes
Sustaining rural community access to physicians is vital
Benefited employees: get your health in tune, win an iPod
Internal job openings listed
SUNRISE researchers awarded $2,786,268 in external grants

The Sustainable Energy Research Initiative congratulates the following faculty for receiving external competitive grant awards this spring:

* Alena Kubatova, assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a five-year $640,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award titled, “Formation Pathway of Polar Derivatives of Nitro-PAHs." The research aim of this proposal is to elucidate the gas-particle (heterogeneous) reaction mechanisms of PAH nitration and oxidation with a focus on the identification of reaction products.

* Sivaguru Jayaraman, NDSU assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award titled "Imprinting Molecular Chirality In Solution During Photo-Transformations." This four-year $575,000 award will build upon preliminary data from a SUNRISE Department of Energy EPSCoR Infrastructure Improvement Program seed grant Siva used to develop methods and data that he utilized in his winning proposal.

* Uwe Burghaus, NDSU assistant professor of chemistry, was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award titled, “Chemical Activity of Copper Oxide and Gold Nano Model Array Catalysts Towards CO Oxidation”. In this five-year $426,000 project Dr. Burghaus and his students will study the catalytic activity of model-nano-array catalysts by surface chemistry techniques. Those catalysts belong to the class of so-called model catalysts which consists of nano-sized metal particles on a metal oxide support and can resemble realistic model systems for industrial catalysts.

Principal investigator Brian Tande, assistant professor of chemical engineering, along with co-PIs Wayne Seames, Ed Kolodka, and Darrin Muggli (all from UND chemical engineering) were awarded a three-year $367,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop polymers and composites from crop oils. The program titled “Bio-based Polymeric Materials from Cracked Canola Oil” will focus on converting canola oil into several polymers commonly used in building materials, coatings, adhesives, and many other products traditionally derived from petroleum or natural gas.

The Department of Energy has awarded a three-year $352,000 grant to Uwe Burghaus, NDSU professor of chemistry, titled, “Characterization of Fundamental Catalytic Properties of MoS2/WS2 Nanotubes and Nanoclusters for Desulfurization Catalysis – a Surface Chemistry Study.” In this project nano-desulfurization catalysts will be characterized in collaboration with R. Tenne’s group at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

Michael Mann, UND professor of chemical engineering and Hossein Salehfar, professor of electrical engineering were awarded a three- year grant for $301,268 from the Department of Energy titled, “Development of a Renewable Hydrogen Production and Fuel Cell Education Program”. Their research team will take advantage of the infrastructure and programs established through SUNRISE to provide a comprehensive renewable hydrogen production and fuel cell education program.

Principal Investigator Wayne Seames, UND Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering along with co-PIs Darrin Muggli, Brian Tande (both UND Chemical Engineering) and Alena Kubatova (UND Chemistry) were awarded a one year, $110,000 grant by the North Dakota Soybean Council to continue their research into processes to produce fuels, chemicals, and polymers from Soybean Oil. This is the fifth straight year that the North Dakota Soybean Council has provided funding to the SUNRISE crop oil conversion technologies program.

The North Dakota Soybean Council also awarded a $15,000 one-year grant to PI Michael Mann, UND professor of chemical engineering and co-PI Wayne Seames to study the benefits of co-locating soybean processing facilities with sugar beet factories.

The Sustainable Energy Research Initiative and Supporting Education (SUNRISE is a student centered, faculty led research program at the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and other North Dakota Universities. The mission of SUNRISE is to conduct research that contributes to solving complex energy-related problems; investigate the development of sustainable energy options, leading towards economic development and job creation for North Dakota; increase UND and NDSU research competitiveness in sustainable energy; and produce graduates to develop and promote sustainable energy in North Dakota, the region, and the nation, all within a unified, interdisciplinary program that translates fundamental research into commercial solutions.
-- Wayne Seames, Director, SUNRISE, wayneseames@mail.und.edu, 7-2958

Doctoral examination set for Shanshan Li

The final examination for Shanshan Li, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics, is set for 10 a.m. Thursday, June 26, in Room 3933, School of Medicine. The dissertation title is "Neurotensin Regulates GABAergic Activity in the CA1 Region of Rat Hippocampus." Saobo Lei, (pharmacology, physiology and therapeutics) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Seminar will discuss longevity and calorie restruction

Andrzej Bartke, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will present a seminar titled "Longevity Genes and Calorie Restriction" at 1 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the United Hospital Lecture Hall, Room 1370, School of Medicine. This seminar is sponsored by the Center of Biomedical Research Excellence Pathophysiological Signaling in Neurodegenerative Disorders and the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics. All are welcome to attend.
-- Deb Kroese, Administrative Officer, Pharmacology, Physiology & Therapeutics, dkroese@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-6221

Italian cooking at Wellness Center is June 27

Burnt Toast welcomes Tom Petros as he takes us through some crazy adventures in Italian cooking. Come join us to learn ways to cook authentic Italian food from an Italian cooking expert. This class will demonstrate the preparation of stuffed shells along with the preparation of bragiol.

Italian cooking will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 27. For more information or to sign up stop by the Wellness Center Welcome Desk.
-- Leah Wagner, Coordinator of Wellness Programs, Wellness Center, leahwagner@mail.und.edu, 777-0824

Take a stroll at the Wellness Center

Haven't had a chance to stroll on over for the "Take a Stroll" class? Here is your opportunity to sign up for the last 10 sessions, which begins Monday, June 30. Sessions are Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Bring your kids and the stroller to get in that workout you never seem to have time for. The instructor will teach you how to use the stroller to tone up your muscles. This is a great way to get exercise, entertain the kids, and meet other families in the community. You are not required to be a member of the Wellness Center to participate. Meet at the front doors of the Wellness Center and your instructor will take you on a “stroll.”

The fee is $19 for 10 sessions. Register at the Wellness Center Welcome Desk today. Spaces are limited.
-- Stefanie Meyer, Coordinator of Fitness, Wellness Center, stefaniemeyer@mail.und.edu, 777-2943

Doctoral examination set for Eric S. Burgess

The final examination for Eric S. Burgess, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Faculty and Administrator Perceptions of Strategic Planning: A Comparative Case Study of Two Institutions." Kathleen Gershman (educational foundations and research) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduation School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Chastity Beth Gerhardt

The final examination for Chastity Beth Gerhardt, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 10 a.m. Monday, July 7, at the Memorial Union, Leadership Room. The dissertation title is "The Social Change Model of Leadership Development: Differences in Leadership Development by Levels of Student Involvement with Various University Student Groups." Donald Piper (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Doctoral examination set for Plamen T. Miltenoff

The final examination for Plamen T. Miltenoff, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in educational leadership, is set for 11 a.m. Monday, July 7, in Room 206, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Technological Strategic Planning and Globalization Impact: Fune-tuning Strategic Planning Methodology." Gary Schnellert (educational leadership) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

Grays celebrate anniversaries at Alumni Center July 19

John (Jack) and Ellen Gray of Grand Forks will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary and John’s 90th birthday from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. All are welcome. The actual wedding date is Oct. 22, 1938, and John’s birthday is Sept. 1, 1918. John and Ellen both attended UND and are very avid supporters of UND. -- Alumni Association.

Special Denim Day for Backpacks for Brilliance is July 8

Backpacks for Brilliance, a local charitable organization providing school supplies to children with special needs in our community, will be the beneficiary of a special Denim Day to be held Tuesday, July 8. Please give what you can to your building coordinator, enjoy wearing your denim, and support a good cause which will help over 200 children this coming school year.
-- Patsy Nies, Special Project Assistant, Enrollment Services, patsynies@mail.und.nodak.edu, 777-3791

Doctoral examination set for Laiel Baker

The final examination for Laiel Baker, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in clinical psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Convergent and Discriminant Validity of Biculturalism and Depression Among Northern Plains American Indians." Justin McDonald (psychology) is the committee chair. The public is invited to attend.
-- Joseph Benoit, Dean, The Graduate School, joseph.benoit@und.edu, 777-4005

UND summer picnic is July 9

All University staff, faculty, and students are invited to attend the UND summer picnic scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Wilkerson Dining Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door, $5 for adults and $3 for children. UND’s new president, Robert Kelley and his wife Marcia, will attend the event sponsored by the president’s office and dining services. This event is an excellent opportunity to visit with retired UND staff and families.
-- Judy Sargent, Director, Residence Services, judysargent@mail.und.edu, 777-4251

International Centre lists July hours

The International Centre will be closed Friday through Sunday, July 4, 5 and 6, for the Independence Day weekend.

International Centre hours for July are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Office hours for International Programs staff are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
-- Tatjyana Richards, Office Manager, Office of International Programs, tatjyanarichards@mail.und.edu, 701-777-6438

Museum Cafe Lists Soups, Specials

The North Dakota Museum of Art Cafe lists the following soups and specials.

June 25-27: Italy and Spain
Soups: Minestrone alla Romagnola / Chicken Pesto Soup
Wednesday - Chicken Livers with Sherry Glaze
Thursday - Catalan Salt Cod Salad
Friday - Chicken Marsala

The Museum Café is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Brian Lofthus, Assistant to the Director, North Dakota Museum of Art, blofthus@ndmoa.com, 777-4195

Nursing appoints associate dean of graduate studies

Julie Anderson, interim associate dean of graduate studies and director of the Ph.D. program at the College of Nursing since June 2007, has been appointed to permanently fill the position.

As associate dean, Dr. Anderson will be responsible for overseeing both the master’s degree tracks and the Ph.D. program offered at the college. She will also work to develop and implement the Doctor of Nursing Practice, curriculum evaluation and provide leadership in the ongoing development of the graduate nursing program within the college.

“I welcome Dr. Anderson’s leadership to the college as we address the growing nursing shortage in the region,” said Chandice Covington, dean of nursing. “Her experience and ideas will be extremely valuable as the college reaches out to more rural nurses and graduate students who aspire to become practitioners and teach in programs of nursing.”

Anderson has been with the College of Nursing since 2001. She is an associate professor of nursing, has chaired and served on several graduate committees, and is a strong advocate for the college’s graduate initiatives. Several letters of commendation have been received from graduate students regarding Anderson's mentorship quality and support for their programs of study.

She received her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1979 and master's in 1996, both from the College of Nursing. In 2000 she received her Ph.D. in research methodologies from the College of Education and Human Development. She is a practicing neonatal nurse at Altru Health System and is a published and noted researcher on issues of wound management and technology as well as worksite wellness programs.
-- Becky Cournia, Alumni & Development Officer, Nursing, beckycournia@mail.und.edu, 777-4526

Instructional development office has moved to O'Kelly Hall

The Office of Instructional Development has moved to 300 O'Kelly Hall. Our phone number remains the same, 777-3325. We look forward to serving you in our new location. -- Anne Kelsch, director of instructional development.

Family to Family Network program moves to Department of Social Work

The Family to Family Network program has moved from the Center for Rural Health to the Department of Social Work. Please note the new address and contact information:

Family to Family Network
Project coordinator: Nancy Martin, MSW
nancymartin@mail.und.edu

Department of Social Work
225 Centennial Drive, Stop 7135
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7135

Phone: (701) 777-2359
North Dakota toll free: 888-434-7436

E-mail: ndf2f@mail.und.edu
Web site: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/ndf2f/
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-0871

New University policy on theft and fraud issued June 11

A new University policy, "Employee Responsibilities and Activities: Theft and Fraud," was issued June 11. Please visit the UND fraud hotline Web site to view the policy in its entirety at www.und.edu/dept/fraudhotline

Policy statement: "The North Dakota University System requires that each institution shall develop and implement controls designed to minimize opportunities for theft, fraud, or unlawful or improper use of public resources, including funds, supplies, and property."

For questions relating to the policy, please stop by the controller's office in 116 Twamley Hall or call 777-3178.
-- Marisa Haggy, Spec. Projects/Assistant to VP, VP for Finance & Operations/Policy Office, marisahaggy@mail.und.edu, 701.777.4392

Alumni of American College of Norway and UND form Alumni Association

Alumni of UND and the American College of Norway gathered at the United States Embassy garden in Oslo, Norway, to form the first Norwegian UND Alumni Association in Norway. There are more than 1,000 alumni who have graduated through the UND/ACN educational exchange system.

Attending were UND Provost Greg Weisenstein; Steinar Opstad, founder of ACN; United States Ambassador Ben Whitney; and the leader of the American College of Norway, Krista Lauritzen. The ambassador initiated the meeting of graduates at the ambassador's residence and motivated the former students to form the Norwegian-based alumni association to support both ACN and UND. The meeting went successfully and the ties between UND and Norway are even stronger. The American College of Norway is located in Moss, Norway in Østfold County.

UND names two athletic coaches

Jeff Dodson has been named UND’s head baseball coach. Dodson has been an assistant coach for the last five seasons at Southeast Missouri State, an NCAA Division I school in Cape Girardeau, Mo., where he served as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator. Prior to his stint at Southeast Missouri, Dodson spent seven seasons as the head coach at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn. Dodson will begin his duties at UND July 7.

Current UND women’s tennis head coach Tom Wynne has been named a full-time employee of UND athletics as its head women’s tennis coach and academic services assistant. Wynne has served as the Fighting Sioux women’s tennis head coach for the past 11 seasons on a part-time basis and has led the Sioux to seven consecutive NCAA regional appearances. Wynne was inducted into the University of North Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Note construction areas

From now until approximately July 30, an electrical contractor will be working on pulling in new high voltage cable and the removal of old ones. The areas affected will be from the south side of the Memorial Union to Leonard Hall and west from Leonard Hall to the front of Upson II. Workers will be in that area, but traffic flow should not be affected. We apologize for any inconvenience that may occur during this construction period. -- Facilities.

July 4 is holiday

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Friday, July 4, will be observed as Independence Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday. -- Greg Weisenstein, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Diane Nelson, director of human resources.

Law library announces July 4 weekend hours

The Law Library will be closed Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6, in observance of Independence Day.
-- Jane Oakland, Circulation Manager, Law Library, oakland@law.und.edu, 7-3482

Multicultural Student Services lists holiday hours

The Multicultural Student Services at the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center will be closed from Friday, July 4, until Monday, July 14. If you have any questions please call the Dean of Students office at 777-2664.

Donated leave requested for Jane Grega

Donations of annual leave or sick leave are sought for Jane Grega, serials manager at the law library. Her family thanks you for your generosity. Donated leave forms are available at www.und.edu/dept/payroll, then click on "forms." Please send the completed forms for annual or sick leave to Sherry Zeman, Stop 9004.
-- Kaaren Pupino, Head of Technical Services, UND Thormodsgard Law Library, kaaren.pupino@thor.law.und.nodak.edu, 777-2486

Donated annual leave requested for Renae Tholkes

The Chester Fritz Library is requesting donated annual leave for Renae Tholkes, library associate, to care for an ill family member. Donated leave forms are available on the Payroll Office Web site. Please send the forms to Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library, Stop 9000. Your response to our request is appreciated. -- Wilbur Stolt, director of libraries.

Sustaining rural community access to physicians is vital

If not for the Conrad J-1 visa program, a federal program which provides all states with visa waivers for international physicians, “more of our rural health care facilities all across the country would be closed today,” Center for Rural Health assistant professor Mary Amundson said in testimony provided last week to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security and International Law.

In her invited testimony, Amundson explained the current state of access to rural health care, citing statistics on declining rates of medical students choosing family medicine and warnings of physician shortages. Although there is a call from the Association of American Medical Colleges to increase medical school class size, “this will take time which our fragile rural health care systems don’t have; our health care systems simply won’t survive. Immediate policy solutions to the physician shortage problem are needed today.”

Amundson explains the importance of the Conrad State 30 Improvement Act, which would address necessary changes due to a decrease in the number of physicians entering training on the J-1 Visa. It includes such reform measures as making the program permanent, providing increased flexibility for states to manage the program, and creating a mechanism that allows the 30 doctor per state cap to increase under certain conditions.

“This is a very successful program and it is helping to address our needs as a nation to improve access to care among the nation’s most vulnerable populations,” Amundson testified. “The amendments in the Conrad State 30 Improvement Act are important to further improve the program and ensure that physicians are available to serve the nation’s underserved.”

Testimony: http://ruralhealth.und.edu/pdf/testimony_j1_0608.pdf
-- Wendy Opsahl, Communications Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, wopsahl@medicine.nodak.edu, 777-0871

Benefited employees: get your health in tune, win an iPod

Take a few minutes to learn more about your health and automatically be entered for your chance to win an iPod. We are excited to announce that NDPERS has a promotion to encourage you, a NDPERS group health plan covered member age 18 or older, to complete the health survey available on myhealthconnection Web site at www.thedialogcenter.com/bcbsnd. If you are a first time user to this Web site, please use the steps outlined below and access this Web site through the NDPERS Web site.

If you electronically complete the health survey during the month of June 2008, you will automatically be enrolled in the pool for the iPod give-away. Thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield ND for donating the iPod.

If you have already completed the survey but want to be eligible for the drawing, then you must re-complete the survey during the month of June 2008. Please allow at least 15 to 20 minutes to complete the survey.

To begin, please visit the NDPERS Web site at www.nd.gov/ndpers and select the iPod icon on the home page. You will be provided details about the survey and how to get started.

The actual results of the survey are confidential. NDPERS will only receive verification of what members completed the survey. The winner will be notified by NDPERS no sooner than Sept. 1. The winner will also be announced and published in our active employee newsletter.

Please note that if you were not enrolled in NDPERS health insurance as of April 1, 2008, you may not be set-up on the Health Dialog database and therefore, will not be eligible to enter.

If you do not want to be entered in the pool for the drawing, please do not complete the health survey online during the month of June as it is automatic enrollment upon completion. If you would like to complete the survey but not be entered, you can request and complete a paper survey available through Health Dialog.

This message was brought to you by NDPERS.
-- Cara Demaine, Work Well, Wellness Center, carademaine@mail.und.nodak.edu, 701-777-0210

Internal job openings listed

The following position vacancies are available only to regular UND staff employees who have successfully completed their six-month probation period, earn annual and sick leave, receive BC/BS health insurance and TIAA-CREF or ND PERS retirement benefits. Current UND faculty, please contact Human Resources for eligibility.

TO APPLY: Please complete UND Application/Control 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.

EXECUTIVE/PROFESSIONAL/ADMINISTRATIVE/ATHLETIC COACHES:

POSITION: Research Specialist, EERC, #08-383
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/27/2008
COMPENSATION: $40,000 plus/year

POSITION: Administrative Officer/Recruitment Coordinator, Career Services, #08-382
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/27/2008
COMPENSATION: $33,500

POSITION: IRB Coordinator, Research Development & Compliance, #08-381
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/27/2008
COMPENSATION: $37,000 plus/year

POSITION: Database Administrator, ITSS, #08-380
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/27/2008
COMPENSATION: $40,000 plus/year

POSITION: Project Coordinator, Center for Rural Health, #08-379
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/27/2008
COMPENSATION: $33,000 plus/year

POSITION: Junior Engineer, Engineered Surfaces Center, #08-374
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/27/2008
COMPENSATION: $61,000 plus/year

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL:

POSITION: Communications Specialist (shift work), Facilities, #08-378
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/24/2008
COMPENSATION: $22,000 plus/year

POSITION: Financial Aid/Customer Service Associate, Student Financial Aid, #08-376
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/24/2008
COMPENSATION: $27,000 plus/year

POSITION: Account Technician, EERC, #08-375
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/24/2008
COMPENSATION: $27,000 plus/year

OFFICE SUPPORT: No vacancies.

CRAFTS/SERVICE/TRADES:

POSITION: Assistant Cook (various schedule, flexible weekends), Dining Services, #08-384
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/27/2008
COMPENSATION: $9.00 plus/hour

POSITION: Delivery Coordinator (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., flexible weekends), Dining Services, #08-377
APPLICATION DEADLINE: (I) 6/24/2008
COMPENSATION: $10.06 plus/hour

NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM POSITION OPENINGS:

Programmer/Analyst - UND