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University Letter

April 28, 2000

Volume 37 No. 34

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 34, April 28, 2000

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN THE NEWS

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

In 1963, students were upset about the University policy dictating allotment of seats at hockey games. In the game against arch-rival University of Minnesota gophers, 1,368 students were allowed into the 4,000-seat arena, leaving other would-be spectators out in the cold. Journalists were so upset about this treatment, they forgot to write the ending score.

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESIDENT MARK YUDOF TO VISIT UND CAMPUS, GIVE LECTURE

Mark Yudof, the 14th President of the University of Minnesota, will visit the UND campus Monday, May 1. In addition to meeting with President Kupchella while here, President Yudof will be available to meet and converse with members of the University and Grand Forks communities.

President Yudof will make three public appearances. An informal discussion/conversation/questions- and-responses session is set for Swanson Hall's Rooms 10 and 12 (lower level, accessible through Swanson's east door or from the lower level of the Memorial Union), hosted by the College of Education and Human Development, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. A public lecture, part of the Inaugural Year lecture series, will occur at 2:30 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, second floor of the Memorial Union. It is co-sponsored by the UND chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa. A public reception, sponsored by President Kupchella, will follow the public lecture in the Fireside Lounge of the Memorial Union, immediately adjacent to the the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl.

Visiting our campus along with President Yudof will be his wife, Judy Yudof, and University of Minnesota Vice President for Institutional Relations Sandra Gardebring. President Yudof's public lecture will pertain to the role of the public university in the 21st century.

Randy Lee (Law School) for the Alpha of North Dakota Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa.

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DREW PINSKY WILL GIVE ADDRESS AT MEDICAL SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will confer the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree during commencement ceremonies beginning at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Sixty-one M.D. degree candidates will participate in the ceremony.

Presenting the keynote address will be Drew Pinsky of Pasadena, Calif., a board-certified internist and addictionologist who serves as medical director for the Department of Chemical Dependency Services and chief of service in the Department of Medicine at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena. He also conducts a private clinical medical practice.

Pinsky attended Amherst College and earned the Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine. He completed residency training at USC County Hospital and was appointed chief resident at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena. He is editor-in-chief of drDrew.com, a web site offering information and discussion on health and relationships, and co- host of syndicated radio and TV programs.

Commencement day activities include an awards brunch for students and their families at 11 a.m. in the Memorial Union. For reservations, call the Office of the Dean, 777-2514.

James Mehus, who has completed requirements of the combined M.D./Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) degree program, also will receive the doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology. He is the fourth student in the School's history to complete this special program, which generally requires six years.

Since becoming a four-year M.D. degree-granting school in the mid-1970s, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences has conferred more than 1,000 degrees.

H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

U-LOUISVILLE SCIENTIST WILL DISCUSS BIOTERRORISM

A seminar will be presented by Microbiology and Immunology at noon Wednesday, April 26, in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. "Bioterrorism" will be discussed by Ronald Doyle, University of Louisville. Dr. Doyle is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His research interests are centered on bacterial autolysins and microbial adhesion mechanisms. He has served as an American Society for Microbiology Foundation Lecturer and is a lecturer for the Kentucky Humanities Council. Dr. Doyle is an amateur historian and focuses on the role of infectious agents in shaping human institutions.

Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

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TRADITIONAL DAKOTA SPIRITUAL LEADER TO PRESENT TALK

Francis Country will present a free public talk titled "Native American Spirituality As We Begin the New Millennium," at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Lotus Meditation Center. Francis Country, a well-known storyteller and spiritual leader from Sisseton, S.D., has been invited to numerous cities across the United States and Europe to speak on the sacred stories and spiritual beliefs of the Dakota nation.

Tamar Read, Music Emeritus, and Scott Lowe, Philosophy and Religion.

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STUDIO ONE LISTS GUESTS

"Studio One" will feature a segment about the long-term effect food has on toddlers' performance on tests live at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 27, on Channel 3. University of North Carolina researcher Michelle Mendez recently presented findings at the Experimental Biology 2000 conference. She found a "quite substantial" gap between the academic and intellectual performance of 11-year-old children fed high-energy, high-variety diets as toddlers versus children fed low-energy, low-variety diets.

Golf pro and coach Rob Stiles will discuss everything you need to know to prepare for the golfing season. He will demonstrate various golf swings and reveal keys to lowering your score.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

Krysta Hovland, UND Studio One Marketing Team.

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NUTRITIONIST WILL DISCUSS NEW INFORMATION ON IRON

The Spring Seminar Series sponsored by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is completed with a presentation Monday, May 1, by Fariba Roughead, Research Nutritionist, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. She will speak on "New Information About an Old Nutrient: Iron." All Anatomy and Cell Biology seminars are open to the university community and are held at noon in the Frank Low Conference Room, Room B-710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Curtiss Hunt, Seminar Series Coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology.

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GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, May 1, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. PEXS graduate program review.

2. Theatre Arts graduate program review.

3. Space Studies graduate program review.

4. Visual Arts graduate program review.

5. Consideration of a request by the School of Communication to offer graduate credit for COM 402, International/Intercultural Communication.

6. Consideration of a request by the College of Business and Public Administration to change the program requirements for the Master's in Business Administration.

7. Consideration of a request by the Geology Department to offer graduate credit for GEOL 303, Selected Topics in Geology: ArcView GIS-Science and Engineering Applications.

8. Matters arising.

Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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COLLOQUIUM WILL FOCUS ON SUBSTANCE ABUSE BY OLDER ADULTS

The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Karen Kopera-Frye, general-experimental psychology faculty candidate, will present "Older Adults and Substance Abuse: Psychosocial Considerations." The colloquium will be held Monday, May 1, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 202 Nursing Building. Everyone is welcome.

Psychology Department.

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RECEPTION WILL HONOR THEODORE PEDELISKI

Theodore Pedeliski, Professor of Political Science, will retire June 30 after 31 years of teaching. Employees are invited to attend an open house reception for him Thursday, May 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center. Please join us in wishing Ted the very best in his retirement.

Faculty of Political Science and Public Administration.

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BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE SEMINAR SERIES PLANNED

The Foundations of Biomedical Science Seminar will be held Fridays, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 5510, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. On Friday, May 5, David Garbers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Texas-Southwest Medical Branch, will present "Mechanisms of Regulation of Guanylyl Cyclase Receptors."

Jon Jackson, Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM PLANNED

The International Organization and International Programs will hold an End of Year Party and Barbecue at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6.

Barry Stinson, International Program Coordinator.

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PHYSICIAN-FACULTY MEMBERS TO RECEIVE AWARDS AT MEDICAL COMMENCEMENT

Ten North Dakota physicians will be recognized here during the Doctor of Medicine commencement ceremony Saturday, May 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium, for their contributions to the education of medical students.

Selected to receive the Dean's Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Volunteer Faculty and invited to participate in this spring's ceremony are: Albert Samuelson (interim assistant dean and Neuroscience, Bismarck), Bret Haake (Neuroscience, Fargo), Walter Cook (Pediatrics, Grand Forks), Mark Siegel (Surgery, Grand Forks), William Cornatzer Jr. (Internal Medicine, Bismarck), Peter Czernek (Internal Medicine, Fargo), Kenneth Keller (Radiology, Minot), William Elder (Surgery, Hettinger), Akiko Saberi (Pathology, Fargo) and Richard Vetter (Family Medicine, Fargo).

They will be recognized for the extraordinary commitment they have brought to teaching medical students. Dean H. David Wilson will present them with an award on stage during the commencement ceremony. For more than two decades medical students from the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences have received training from practicing physicians in community hospitals and clinics throughout the state. "We are deeply indebted to our physician-faculty members who help to train the next generation of doctors," said Dean Wilson. "Without their dedicated participation, we could not offer a medical education program in North Dakota."

The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences conferred its first M.D. degrees in 1976. Today, about 45 percent of the physicians practicing in North Dakota have received some or all of their training through the school, compared to less than 20 percent in 1970.

H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP INSPIRED BY PHOTOGRAPHS OF NORTH DAKOTA FOLK ART

On Saturday, May 6, children ages 6 through 12 and their parents/guardians are invited to the Saturday Art Workshop, titled "Putty in Your Hands: Seeing Folk Art Images," by Jim Dow at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Inspired by Jim Dow photographs on display in the west gallery, children and their parents/guardians will create their own scenes using colorful putty.

This exhibition, portraying the rural folk art culture of North Dakota, was commissioned by the Museum in the 1980s with a grant from Target Stores through the Dayton Hudson Foundation. Dow and his wife Jacquie spent three months traveling throughout the state capturing a diverse range of folk art, including country signage, hand-painted billboards, abandoned churches, neon lights, artisans' workshops, unusual windmills, empty sports arenas, assemblages of cans shaped into sculptures, barn paintings, road signs created by local residents, artwork found in country bars, ornate grave markers, and icons and altar-pieces in country churches that reflect the legacy of immigrant forefathers.

Saturday Art Workshops focus on artworks in current exhibitions or works in the Permanent Collection. Each class is devoted to the creation of an artwork as we discuss the history of the artist and how the artist created the chosen artwork. The workshops will encourage participants to focus on artists practicing today and contemporary art traditions and help them feel a part of the cultural heritage at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Admission is $5 per child for Museum members, and $7 per child for non-members. To become a member call 777-4195. Visit the Museum web site at www.ndmoa.com to preview Dow's artwork.

Saturday Art Workshops will resume in September. For more information, call 777-4195.

Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.

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FIRST SUNDAY FAMILY DAY SET AT MUSEUM OF ART

Children, parents and/or guardians are invited to "Enjoy Art" from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 7, for First Sunday Family Day. The event will focus on the new exhibition, "Jim Dow: Views of North Dakota," currently on display in the west gallery of the Museum. Families will have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of folk art made throughout the state of North Dakota, including Earl Bunyon, a plaster sculpture near New Town, N.D., or Henry French's "Cactus" standing in a typical North Dakota winter scene. Activities will include seek and find and memory games, and mix-and- match activities. Refreshments will be served. There is no charge for this event. Call (701) 777-4195 for more information.

Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.

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ALL INVITED TO DISCUSS HEALTHY UND INITIATIVE

All faculty, staff and students interested in health and wellness issues are invited to the Healthy UND 2001 and Beyond noon luncheon Monday, May 8, in the Sioux Room at the Memorial Union. Your input is needed as we develop UND's prevention agenda. We hope that you will join forces to champion health and wellness at the University.

Some of the common themes that emerged from the April meeting were the need for a health and wellness center, a coordinated, collaborative, multidimensional approach, and promotion of all seven dimensions of wellness (physical, social, emotional, occupational, environmental, spiritual, and intellectual). This effort is sponsored by students, academic departments, Student Health Services, Counseling Center, Housing Office, Dean of Students, and the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services. RSVP to Jane Croeker at 777-2097 or jane_croeker@und.nodak.edu.

Jane Croeker, Student Health Services.

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NIOMI PHILLIPS RETIREMENT RECEPTION MAY 12 CELEBRATES HER MANY YEARS OF UND SERVICE

A reception to honor retiring Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School Niomi A. Phillips will be held Friday, May 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art. She has had a long history of community and campus involvement since she came to UND from Park River as a student. Her retirement is effective May 31.

Niomi received the Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English and the Master of Arts with a major in English. Her first employment with UND was as a student assistant in the Business Office from 1957 to 1961. She served as a Graduate Assistant in English, 1978-1980, and then as a Lecturer in English from 1980-1983, after which she joined the Graduate School Office as a student affairs officer and assistant to the graduate dean. As such, she has worked with three different deans.

While at UND, she has had articles published in Plainswoman ("Mothers and Daughters"), Day in, Day Out ("Mother Was A Feminist), the UND Dimensions news feature tabloid, and Connections College of Nursing newsletter, and has written feature articles for and edited the Grad Grapevine, newsletter of the Graduate School.

Among her extensive community activities, Niomi served on the Grand Forks School Board for 10 years, (including the presidency, 1980-82), the Grand Forks Public Library Board, the State Library Board, the United/Altru Hospital Governing Board (including the presidency, 1995-98), the Belmont Baby Care Board, the North Dakota State School Board Association, the KFJM Radio Advisory Board, and the Home Health Care Advisory Board. Other activities have included the Save Carnegie Library Committee, the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, and numerous campus and professional committees and task forces.

Her husband, Monte Phillips, who has been with the UND Civil Engineering Department since 1961, is also retiring this year.

--Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

STUDENT EVALUATION FORMS DUE MAY 12

This is a reminder that student evaluations of faculty are due Friday, May 12. Send evaluations to Computer Operations, Box 9041, by the end of the semester, which is May 12. If you have questions about any procedures related to the evaluation forms, please call the Registrar's Office at 777- 4358.

Carmen Williams, Interim Registrar.

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UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETS MAY 4

The University Senate will meet Thursday, May 4, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

AGENDA

1. Announcements.

2. Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.

3. Question Period.

CONSENT CALENDAR:

4. Annual report from the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee. Clifford Staples, chair. (Attachment No. 1)

BUSINESS CALENDAR:

5. Recommendations from the University Curriculum Committee for Program terminations, new course requests, course deletions, course suspensions, and position statement regarding the Graduate Committee. Tony Grainger, chair. (Attachment No. 2)

6. Candidates for degrees in May, 2000. Carmen Williams, Interim University Registrar. (Attachment No. 3)

7. Recommendation from the Academic Policies and Admissions Committee and the Student Academic Standards Committee for a new admission status. Mike Meyer, chair, Academic Policies and Admissions Committee. (Attachment No. 4)

8. Recommendation from the Student Policy Committee regarding proposed changes to Code of Student Life. Larry Spain, chair. (Attachment No. 5)

-- Carmen Williams (Interim Registrar), Secretary of the Senate.

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WAC OFFERS EXTENDED WORKSHOP

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Extended Workshop is scheduled for six mornings in May: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, May 15, 17, and 19, and Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 22, 24, and 25. Sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at noon, and participants will be awarded $600 stipends.

This workshop is designed particularly for faculty who are interested in revising a course or course sequence (or creating a new course) that includes a writing component. This year's workshop will be structured around John Bean's recent book, "Engaging Ideas: The professor's Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom." If you have a course project in mind and might like to work on the project with the help and support of this workshop group, please contact Joan Hawthorne, 777-6381 or hawthorn@badlands.nodak.edu, as soon as possible.

Joan Hawthorne, WAC Coordinator.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR STAFF RECOGNITION CEREMONY

The 2000 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 16, at the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning at 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for years of service in five- year increments, 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be presented, and the winner of the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award will be announced. Tickets may be purchased in the Office of Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall, for $3.50 each or from the personnel manager in your department. Tickets must be purchased no later than Tuesday, May 9. All members of the University community are invited.

Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.

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LAW LIBRARY LISTS HOURS FOR FINALS

Hours for the Law Library during final exams are: Monday, May 1, to Saturday, May 6, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Sunday, May 7, 10 a.m. to midnight; Monday, May 8, to Thursday, May 11, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 12, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 14, closed.

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.

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LIBRARY LISTS FINAL EXAM, SUMMER HOURS

Final exam and summer hours for the Chester Fritz Library are:

Final Exams: Friday, May 5 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 6, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, May 8-11, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, May 12, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Summer Hours, May 13 to Aug. 4: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, closed; Sunday, 5 to 9 p.m.

Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

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LISA BURGER NAMED DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACADEMIC SERVICES

Lisa Burger has been named Director of Student Academic Services. This unit provides advising services for all deciding students, most of whom are new freshmen. Lisa has worked directly with students since 1991, and she has served as an academic advisor at UND since January 1998. She was appointed Interim Director in July 1999 to replace Cathy Buyarski, who left the University. Lisa's appointment as Director is effective immediately.

Don Piper, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management.

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ORLYNN ROSAASEN NAMED DIRECTOR OF DINING SERVICES

Orlynn Rosaasen has been named Director of Dining Services. He has spent more than six years with UND, most recently as the associate director of dining and previously as the assistant director of retail dining in the Memorial Union. Before coming to UND, Rosaasen served as food service manager for the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Overall, he brings to this position more than 15 years of diverse experience in institutional and commercial food service industries. As director he will oversee three residential dining centers, Campus Catering, the Warehouse and Bakery.

Kirsten Carolin, Marketing Manager for Residence Services.

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VISIT THE UNION DURING STRESS RELIEF WEEK

Feeling stressed? Join us for Stress Relief Week at the Memorial Union Monday through Friday, May 1-5. Stop by for a peaceful break in the Leadership Inspiration Center on the third floor of the Union all week to study, rest or meditate. Enjoy free snacks to get you going on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings beginning at 10 a.m. at the Memorial Union service counters. Munch on some free "brain food" while you play Stress Jeopardy or relax with a free massage by Julie Omdahl, LMT from Active Life Therapeutic Massage on Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Leadership Inspiration Center.

Recharge on Monday with a free class in salsa, kickboxing and high and low impact aerobics with O.J. Mack in the Ballroom beginning at 5 p.m. Relax with a free game of billiards each afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Lifetime Sports Center in the lower level of the Memorial Union. And evening studiers can snack on free popcorn beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the lower level of the Union. Be sure to watch for more study tips, health and nutrition information and upcoming events to help you get through the end-of semester stress during Stress Relief Week at the Union. Stress Relief Week is sponsored by Student Health, the Learning Center, Student Government and the Memorial Union.

Hilary Bertsch, Coordinator of Special Programs and Marketing, Memorial Union.

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CONSIDER DIRECT DEPOSIT FOR PAY CHECKS AND REIMBURSEMENT

Accounting Services recently mailed a direct deposit authorization form to all employees not currently receiving payments by direct deposit. We are encouraging all faculty, staff and students who are not already on direct deposit for payroll and all other payments to complete the form and return it to Accounting Services as soon as possible.

Direct deposit will help in several ways:

* Your check will be deposited, no matter if you're at home, at work, or on vacation. There's no need to make a special trip to the bank.

* Since your payment is sent electronically, there is no paper check to get lost or stolen.

* The costs are significantly less to process a direct deposit than a paper check, so the University also saves money.

* Some banks/financial institutions may offer a variety of free services, including interest- bearing checking, for those who have their payroll checks direct deposited.

If you have any questions or have not received a direct deposit authorization form, please contact Steve, Accounting Services, at 777-2772.

Lisa Heher, Cash and Investments Manager.

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NATIVE MEDIA CENTER OPEN TO ALL

Please pass the word that all staff and students are invited to use the Native Media Center and its many resources, including publication in "Native Directions," an award-winning, student-produced magazine. We have Macintosh computers with various software available for your use at the Native Media Center in 231 O'Kelly Hall. We're open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Native Media Center works to improve media coverage standards of Native people and issues. The special mission of the Native Media Center staff is to help make multiculturalism a growing reality by promoting American Indian perspectives, values and culture; to create a safe and comfortable environment for all students; and to emphasize communication as a career because all people are enriched by awareness and understanding of other cultures.

"Native Directions" is published by the School of Communication's Native Media Center and funded by the Board of Student Publications (BOSP). It was established as a forum for Native American perspectives on issues and events as they affect Native communities. Our vision is that "Native Directions" will foster a deeper understanding of Native American experiences for Native peoples as well as for people of all races. Through telling our stories in our own voices, people will come to understand us as we are, not as how other people may see us. We always need storytellers, photographers, artists, reporters, people with vision. No experience is required.

The Native Youth Media Institute (NYMI), brings together 25 to 30 Native high school students from communities located in North and South Dakota and Minnesota for a week-long media bonanza. For one intense week students are divided into groups and work in print, radio, and television journalism. During the week they learn what it takes to produce a video/TV show, a radio program and a newspaper. NYMI is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. This year the NYMI will be held June 4-10. If you are aware of any Native high school students who might be interested in participating in this program please contact us.

-- Lynda Kenney, Director, and Holly Annis, Assistant Director, Native Media Center, 777-2478.

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IN THE NEWS

JOHN D. ODEGARD SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE SCIENCES

HENRY HEXMOOR (Computer Science) received a $436,420 grant from DEPSCOR; the title is "Self- Evaluating Robotic and Space Agents." They will write computer programs that can "sense" their own performance and adjust their own parameters for the greater good of their goal and their team's success. . . . AL SKRAMSTAD (Aviation) has been selected to chair the Aviation Education Committee in the national University Aviation Association. . . . VADIM KULIKOV (Flight Operations) obtained his ATP in a Piper Seminole in March. . . . PAUL SNYDER (Flight Operations) completed a two-week Leadership Development Course with the North Dakota National Guard. He was the first "civilian" to attend the course at Camp Grafton in Devils Lake. . . . TOM O'NEIL (Computer Science) visited the University of Minnesota-Morris for graduate recruitment and presented a talk to their social implications class. . . . TOM WIGGEN (Computer Science) attended the Seventh Computing Society Conference of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences in Cancun, Mexico. . . . PAUL LEHARDY (Atmospheric Science) joined the department as a research instrument technician in support of the Citation aircraft from a similar position with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder. . . . The Citation research crew of KENT STREIBEL, JOE NEMEC, PAUL LEHARDY, MARTIN BROWN, and MIKE POELLOT just completed a three-week tour of duty in Ponca City, Okla. The aircraft was used to sample a wide variety of clouds to help interpret measurements from ground- based instruments, like radars, and also from overflights by the NASA ER-2 aircraft and the Terra satellite. . . . KIRK PETERSON (Avionics Manager) has been named the "Avionics Technician of the Year" by the FAA Flight Standards District Office as part of the FAA 2000 General Aviation Awards Program and the 37th Annual Industry awards Program.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

LANA RAKOW (Communication and Women's Studies) has been identified as a top woman scholar in journalism and mass communication by a selected sample of scholars in her field, as reported in the latest newsletter of the Commission on the Status of Women of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She is working under contract for her fourth book on issues of gender and communication and has published dozens of scholarly articles, sits on the editorial boards of numerous national and international journals, and holds national positions in two professional associations. . . . DALE JACOBSON (English) gave a publication reading from his forthcoming book of poetry titled "Voices of the Communal Dark" (Red Dragonfly Press). This book is his fifth collection of poetry. . . . GLENN LYKKEN (Physics) states in Dr. Dobb's Journal, April 2000, that there's nothing new about the alpha particle lead things, as engineers have known about it for at least 20 years. Locate and mine naturally occurring LAL or No-Alpha Lead (NAL), emit lower amounts of radiation than that commonly used in solder, but this approach isn't without problems, as even LAL can be contaminated with Pb-210 during the smelting process. Cleaning up this process is the focus of Lykken's research. . . . F. RICHARD FERRARO (Psychology) has accepted the appointment as executive editor of The Journal of General Psychology and as one of the executive editors of the Journal of Psychology, both beginning May 1 for an initial three-year term.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MINES

Sixteen delegates represented UND at the recent American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Regional Student Conference 2000 in Kansas City, Mo. The delegates included 15 mechanical engineering students and their faculty advisor, B.P. BANDYOPADHYAY (Mechanical Engineering). Twenty-two universities are represented in ASME Region VII. Two delegates participated in the oral presentation competition known as the "Old Guard Competition." Thirteen delegates made up the two student design teams and participated in the "ASME Student Design Contest." One UND team was awarded second prize. The UND-ASME student section also received two special awards for "Maximum Student Participation" and "Maximum Student Mileage." Funds for the trip were provided by the ASME Midwest Regional Office, the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost's Intercollegiate Academics Fund, the Student Activity Committee, and the UND ASME Student Section.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

A poster, "Isolated Ventricular Myocytes from Copper Deficient Rat Hearts Exhibits Enhanced Cardiac Contractile Function" presented by a graduate student, was awarded one of Best Poster Presentations during Experimental Biology 2000 held in San Diego. JUN REN (Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics) was the student's advisor. . . . JUDY DEMERS (Student Affairs and Admissions) received the "Friend of Counseling" award from the North Dakota Counseling Association (NDCA). The award is given annually to persons outside the profession who have made special and significant contributions to counseling in North Dakota. DeMers received the award primarily for her long-term sponsorship and support of NDCA initiatives in the North Dakota Legislature, where she has served for several terms. She was recognized for encouraging passage of bills which established counseling specialty licensing in 1995 and health insurance reimbursement for professional clinical counselors in 1999.

TELEVISION CENTER

"STUDIO ONE," UND's live television show, continues to be one of the best college-produced television shows in the region. In the Northwest Broadcast News Association competition, which includes six states, "Studio One" took two first-place awards in sports reporting and the weather team for its weathercast. Another student received an Award of Merit in the Best Photojournalism category and another in the feature story category. The "Studio One" newscast also received an Award of Merit. In the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) four-state regional competition, "STUDIO ONE" took three first-place awards in Non-Daily Newscast Award, TV Feature, and TV Sports Reporting. They also took second place in TV Feature and second and third place in TV Feature Photography.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

EPSCoR ANNOUNCES GRADUATE RECRUITING PROGRAM

North Dakota EPSCoR initiated a new program in the fall semester of 1999 that targets graduating seniors from the North Dakota University System comprehensive and liberal arts institutions.

Graduates of Dickinson, Mayville, Minot, and Valley City State Universities may be awarded ND EPSCoR Graduate Assistantships to obtain M.S. and/or Ph.D. degrees in science, engineering and mathematics at North Dakota's research universities.

This program is designed to strengthen the linkages between the research universities and the science and mathematics departments at the four-year universities. It increases the in-state opportunities for the students at the undergraduate institutions and provides an additional recruiting tool for the research universities.

The program description can be found on the ND EPSCoR web page (www.ndsu.nodak.edu/epscor), from the Graduate School office, 416 Twamley Hall, 777-2784, or from the North Dakota EPSCoR offices, 415 Twamley Hall. For more information contact me.

David Givers, ND EPSCoR Assistant Project Director, Fargo, 231-7516 or givers@badlands.nodak.edu.

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CHANGES MADE TO NSF CAREER AWARDS PROGRAM

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced changes in the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Among the revisions are eligibility requirements, award amounts and duration. Faculty contemplating a proposal submission are strongly encouraged to review those changes available on the NSF web site listed below.

The CAREER Program is a Foundation-wide activity. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative, integrative, and effective research and education career development plans that build a firm foundation for a lifetime of integrated contributions to research and education. Eligibility is based on residency, tenure, and professional status. A minimum of $250,000 is awarded for five years.

Proposals must be submitted electronically (Fastlane) by Tuesday, July 25, for the Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Education and Human Resources Directorates. The deadline for Engineering is Wednesday, July 26, and Geosciences must submit by Thursday, July 27.

The program announcement is available on the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi- bin/getpub?nsf0089. Changes in the program are also discussed in a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0090.

Faculty who have not submitted a Fastlane proposal to NSF should contact the Office of Research and Program Development for assistance.

Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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ORPD WILL COVER COSTS FOR FACULTY TO ATTEND SBIR CONFERENCE

The Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) will pay registration fees for faculty and staff attending the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Conference conducted by the Center for Innovation. Faculty or staff requesting funding from ORPD should contact Carl Fox at 777-4280 or Sally Eckert-Tilotta at 777-2049 after registering for the conference.

On Wednesday, May 24, representatives from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Transportation, Education, and Defense will be at the Rural Technology Center to discuss opportunities for funding for research and development of technologies. In addition, Greenwood Consulting will present a proposal writing workshop to provide assistance in preparing Phase I technical and cost proposals.

Participants may register for either morning or afternoon sessions or for the full day. Please register before Tuesday, May 2. For more information regarding the Conference, contact the Center for Innovation at 777-4561 or michael@innovators.net. Online registration is available at www.und.nodak.edu/dept/cibd/sbirreg.htm.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Program is intended to catalyze a cultural change in Ph.D. education, for students, faculty, and universities, by establishing new, innovative models for Ph.D. education in collaborative research that transcends traditional boundaries. Projects must be organized upon a multidisciplinary research theme and involve a diverse group of faculty members and other investigators with appropriate expertise in research and teaching. The IGERT project should offer experience relevant to both academic and nonacademic careers by linking graduate research, through internships and mentoring, with research in industrial, national laboratory, or other settings. Eligible disciplines include: biological sciences, computer and information science and engineering, education and human resources, engineering, geosciences, mathematical and physical sciences, social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Deadlines: 7/19/00 (Required Preproposals), 1/26/01 (Invited Full Proposals). Contact: BIO--Gregory K. Farber, 703/306-1469, gfarber@nsf.gov; CISE--W. Richards Adrion, 703/306-1911, wadrion@nsf.gov; EHR--Roosevelt Y. Johnson, 703/306-1696, ryjohnso@nsf.gov; ENG--Lawrence S. Goldberg, 703/306-1382, lgoldber@nsf.gov; GEO--Michael A. Mayhew, 703/306-1523, mmayhew@nsf.gov; MPS--Joseph Brennan, 703/306-1946, jbrennan@nsf.gov; OPP--Jane Dionne, 703/306-1033, jdionne@nsf.gov; SBE--Paul Chapin, 703/306-1731, pchapin@nsf.gov.

OSTI--Science and Technology Centers Integrative Partnerships (00-67) funds Centers, based in academic institutions, to enable and foster excellent education, integrate research and education, and create bonds between learning and inquiry so that discovery and creativity more fully support the learning process. The competition is supported by the following divisions of the NSF: Engineering; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Geosciences; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Biological Sciences; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; Education and Human Resources; and Polar Programs. U.S. academic institutions with significant research and education programs in any area of science and engineering normally supported by NSF may submit proposals. Awards are initially awarded for 5 years with a potential duration of 10 years. Budgets may range from $1.5M-$4.0M/year. An estimated 8-10 awards are expected to be made. Letters of intent must be submitted via e-mail; preproposals and full proposals must be submitted electronically using the NSF FastLane system. Contact: Integrative Partnerships Program, stc@nsf.gov, 703-306-1040, http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0067. Deadlines: 6/15/00 (Letter of Intent), 8/11/00 (Preproposal), 4/2/01 (Full Proposals).

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HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Faculty Fellowships in Ethics support outstanding teachers and scholars who wish to develop their ability to address questions of moral choice in such areas as business, education, government, law, and medicine. Fellows participate in a weekly seminar; have access to a wide range of activities in the professional schools at Harvard; participate in courses, colloquia, curricular development, collaborative research, study groups, casewriting, workshops, and clinical programs; and conduct their own research in ethics. Eligible applicants should hold a doctorate in philosophy, political theory, theology, or related disciplines; or a professional degree in business, education, public policy, law, or medicine. Successful applicants normally will have completed their last degree within the past 5 years. There are no citizenship restrictions. Awards up to $35,000 are made for a 10-month period. Contact: Dennis F. Thompson, Program Director, Center for Ethics and the Professions, 617/495-1336/3990; fax 617/496-6104; ethics@harvard.edu; http://www.ethics.harvard.edu/fellowships/faculty.html. Deadline: 12/1/00.

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COUNCIL FOR INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE OF SCHOLARS (CIES)

Fulbright Scholar Opportunities in the Philippines. American academics and other professionals with at least 3 years of university teaching experience are invited to consult, lecture, and conduct workshops and training programs for the Philippine Department of Agriculture and other institutions, as well as to teach on the undergraduate and graduate levels in Philippine universities during all or part of the 2001-2002 academic year. Up to 4 awards are available. Desired areas of specialization include: agriculture and its various subfields, including fruit and vegetable production, horticulture, plant breeding/genetics, dairy science, pest control, animal nutrition; agricultural engineering and subfields, including forest engineering, processing of agricultural products, irrigation and drainage systems engineering, post-harvest technology, soil and water engineering, agricultural waste management, food engineering/process control; agricultural economics and its subfields, including agribusiness, agricultural policy, farm management, production economics; natural resource management, range management, fish/game/wildlife management; fisheries and its subfields. Deadline: 8/1/00. Contact:: Jean McPeek, 202/686-4024; jmcpeek@cies.iie.org; http:www.cies.org.

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GENERAL SEMANTICS FOUNDATION

Project Grants support research specifically in the field of general semantics, or explicitly related to the field. Applicants must have knowledge of general semantics and should submit documentation of ongoing work in general semantics. Length of support varies and awards range from $300- $4,500. Deadline: None. Contact: Harry E. Maynard, President, 203/226-1394; 14 Charcoal Hill, Westport, CT 06880.

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OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH (ONR)

Medical Science and Technology Division Programs support research and development directed at maintaining the health and performance of Navy and Marine Corps personnel during training, routine operations, special operations and in time of war. Proposals for support of conferences and workshops on topics programmatically relevant will be considered for funding. General areas of interest are: basic research on the immunophysiology of trauma and applied research on resuscitation strategies and fluid design; research that enhances fleet health care, augments field treatment capabilities, and improves medical logistics necessary to support personnel; relationships between human performance and fleet operations, aircrew selection, and aircraft design; understanding physiological and cognitive effects of complex military motion environments (including virtual environments) on operational performance; biochemical, physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying central nervous system oxygen toxicity, decompression sickness and thermal stress; and research directed at identifying adverse health and performance effects from exposures to Navy and Marine Corps materials and systems, as well as materials encountered in operational environments, under conditions from peacetime to warfighting. Investigators should submit a brief pre-proposal that allows program officers to evaluate programmatic relevance and scientific significance of the idea prior to submitting a Research Proposal. Deadline: 7/15/00. Contact: Combat Casualty Care Basic And Applied Research--Jeannine A. Majde Cottrell, 703/696-4055, majdej@onr.navy.mil; Combat Casualty Care Advanced Development--CDR Stephen Ahlers, 703/696-0367, ahlerss@onr.navy.mil; Aviation Medicine and Human Performance--LCDR Dylan Schmorrow, 703/696-0360, schmord@onr.navy.mil; Undersea Medicine--Dr. John R. Thomas, 703/696-0369, thomasj@onr.navy.mil; Occupational and Environmental Medicine--David A. Macys, 703/696-4257, macysd@onr.navy.mil.

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NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES (NCRR)

The Neurosciences Technology Development program provides support to develop innovative technologies, methodologies, or instrumentation for the study of the biology of the brain. Research is solicited that will explore new approaches, test imaginative new ideas, and challenge existing paradigms in technologies to study the development, structure, function, and aging of the brain in human and animal models. Also solicited is research that will develop significant enhancements to existing technologies important to neuroscience, and research that will translate a scientific concept into the basis for a future technology that may advance understanding of important neuroscience research problems. It is emphasized that the research solicited can include tools and approaches that relate to any and all aspects of neuroscience. Applications for any technology with potential to enable more efficient/effective research in the neurosciences area are encouraged. For R21 applications only, direct costs are limited to a maximum of $75,000/year for a maximum of 2 years. The R01 and R21 award mechanisms will be used. Deadlines: 6/1/00, 10/1/00, 2/1/01. Contact: Richard DuBois, 301/435-0755; fax 301/480-3659; rd42p@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-050.html.

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AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY (AHRQ)

AHRQ supports research to improve the outcomes, quality, access to, and cost and utilization of health care services. The research agenda is designed to be responsive to the needs of consumers, patients, clinicians and other providers, institutions, plans, purchasers, and Federal and state policy makers for evidence-based information they need in order to improve quality and outcomes, control costs, and assure access to needed services. Priority interests are in research, demonstration, dissemination, and evaluation projects. The R01 and R18 award mechanisms will be used. AHRQ has identified as a special focus of research health issues related to priority populations, including minority populations, women, and children. Research on methodologic advances in health services research, especially cost-effectiveness analysis, and research on ethical issues across the spectrum of health care delivery have been identified as Emerging Research Interests. Deadlines: 6/1/00, 10/1/00, 2/1/01. Program Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-049.html. Contact: Carolyn Clancy, 301/594-2829; cclancy@ahcpr.gov.

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ORACLE FOUNDATION

Through the Corporate Giving Program, Oracle supports medical research in the areas of cancer, AIDS, and neuroscience; endangered animal protection; environmental protection specifically for education and the preservation of important open space; and K-12 math, science, and technology education. Most grants are in the $5,000-$10,000 range. Deadline: 6/1/00. Contact: giving@us.oracle.com; http://www.oracle.com/corporate/giving.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NURSING RESEARCH (NINR)

Support is provided for investigator-initiated research into nonpharmacological intervention strategies designed to deal with symptoms associated with cognitive impairment in adults. The overall goals are to deter or delay symptoms requiring costly services or institutionalization and improve health-related quality of life for patients, caregivers, and families. Some symptoms associated with cognitive impairment have had more research than others; therefore applicants are encouraged to ensure that proposed studies are well-grounded in research literature. Applications may also include animal and other basic science studies of mechanisms underlying behavioral symptoms of dementia, and of potential clinical interventions directed at these symptoms. Health outcomes, defined as changes in health status that can be attributed to care, are critical components of this research endeavor. The R01 (standard grant) award mechanism will be used. Contact: Karin Helmers, 301/594-2177, hk89r@nih.gov. Program Announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-97-050.html. Deadlines: 6/1/00, 10/1/00, 2/1/01.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

NASA intends to solicit proposals for the New Investigator Program (NIP) in Earth Science. The Office of Earth Science (OES) supports basic and applied research, analysis, and science communication that would promote and increase the use of remotely sensed information for detecting and evaluating environmental status and change at both regional and global scales. The objective of the NIP is to encourage integrated environments for research and education for scientists and engineers at an early stage of their professional careers. The program is designed for investigators at academic institutions and non-profit organizations. About $1.5 million will be available/year to support this program. The solicitation will be available electronically on 4/27/00 via the Internet at the Earth Science Enterprise Home Page (ftp://ftp.hq.nasa.gov/pub/ese). Deadline: 7/19/00. Contact: Ming-Ying Wei, Earth Science Education Program Manager, 202/358-0771, ming-ying.wei@hq.nasa.gov; Desiree T. Santa, Progam Analyst, 202/358-2102, dsanta@hq.nasa.gov.

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AMERICAN LEGION CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION, INC.

Support is provided for programs that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children and youth through dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and/or dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society. Programs must demonstrate potential for directly benefiting American children in a large geographic area (more than one state). Grants have ranged from $750-$100,000, and average about $25,000. Deadline: 8/15/00. Contact: William A. Pease, Executive Secretary, 317/630-1202; http://www.cwf-inc.org.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.

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UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available online at http://www.und.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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