University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 31, April 9, 1999
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"I have always said that I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota." Theodore Roosevelt
THREE PRESIDENTIAL FINALISTS CHOSEN
The University of North Dakota Presidential Search Committee is forwarding the names of three unranked candidates to the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education:
* James Ash, Ph.D., President of Whittier College, Whittier, Calif.;
* Stephen Hulbert, D.Ed., Commissioner of Higher Education and Chief Executive Officer, Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education, Providence;
* Charles Kupchella, Ph.D., Provost, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.
The Search Committee voted to "respectfully (submit) the names of James Ash, Stephen Hulbert and Charles Kupchella without ranking to the Board of Higher Education, fulfilling our responsibilities as a search committee." The State Board of Higher Education is expected to meet April 19-20 at Grand Forks to select UND's tenth president.
The Search Committee, chaired by Harvey Knull, dean of the Graduate School, was charged in October with forwarding the names of finalists to the State Board of Higher Education. The committee had narrowed the search to 17 for telephone interviews and then eight for on-campus interviews. Between now and April 19, members of the Search Committee, including Knull and ex-officio member Chancellor Larry Isaak, will visit the three candidates at their campuses.
Forty-six candidates applied for the UND presidency. Current President Kendall Baker announced his resignation effective June 30, 1999.
PRESIDENT'S BRIEFING POSTPONED TO APRIL 14
President Baker's regular monthly briefing, scheduled for Wednesday morning, has been postponed to 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
HONORS DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW
The Honors Day luncheon is set for noon Tuesday, April 27, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event recognizes presidents and advisors of honor societies, seniors on the President's Roll of Honor, and outstanding students recommended by departments that do not have honor societies. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the luncheon; they may purchase tickets ($5 each) in the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall. The speaker will be Karen Bohn, president of the UND Foundation. She recently retired as Chief Administrative Officer of Piper Jaffray Companies, Inc.
-- Rita Galloway, Special Projects Coordinator, University Relations.
EEOC COMMISSIONER WILL LECTURE ON DISABILITY CIVIL RIGHTS
Paul Steven Miller, Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), will give a public lecture, "The Disability Civil Rights Movement: >From the Jerry Lewis Telethon to Casey Martin," at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Paul Steven Miller is a commissioner of the EEOC, the agency charged with enforcing federal employment discrimination laws. Previously he was director of litigation for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights and adjunct professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He has written articles on the civil rights of the disabled, including assisted suicide and genetic discrimination.
This event is free of charge and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the UND Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of the President, the School of Law, and the College of Business and Public Administration.
-- Dan Sheridan, Professor of English.
ANTIAROMATIC COMPOUNDS WILL BE DISCUSSED
Steven Kass, University of Minnesota, will present a seminar titled "Reactive Intermediates and Antiaromatic Compounds" Friday, April 9, at noon in 138 Abbott Hall.
Dr. Kass received his M.S. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in 1984, both from Yale University. His postdoctoral appointment was at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1984-1986. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of the Chemistry Department at the University of Minnesota in 1986. In 1992, he became an associate professor, and was named professor in 1997.
He has received numerous awards, and has been the Minnesota Supercomputer Institutes Associates Fellow since 1994. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Chemistry Department.
SPEAKER WILL DISCUSS ALTERNATIVE FUELS
"After Oil, What Then? Alternative Sources of Fuels and Chemicals," will be presented by Ellis K. Fields in 138 Abbott Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9. The talk is sponsored by the Red River Valley Section, American Chemical Society. World reserves of petroleum will suffice for our present fuels and petrochemical needs for about 50 years, which is the average of optimistic and pessimistic estimates. As the oil reserves draw down, we will consider seriously alternative sources: natural gas, coal, oil shale, tar sands, nuclear energy and especially biomass. The talk is suitable for college students and energy, chemistry, and environmental professionals. High school students may find it intellectually stimulating. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Fields holds the B.S. from the University of Chicago, 1936; and the Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry, 1938, with Professor M.S. Kharasch, Lilly Post-Doctorate Fellow, 1938-41, all from the University of Chicago. Honors include the American Chemical Society Award in Petroleum Chemistry, 1978; Almquist Lecturer, University of Idaho, 1979. He has published 123 journal articles and holds 222 U.S. patents.
-- Department of Chemistry.
ONLINE DEMONSTRATIONS SET FOR NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK
During National Library Week, April 11-17, the staff of the Library of the Health Sciences will present a series of mini-demonstrations on PubMed, National Library of Medicine's free search service to access the nine million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE (with links to participating online journals). The demonstrations will be held in the library classroom. They will just last 15 minutes so that there will be plenty of time for questions and assistance. Refreshments will be served.
The schedule is: Monday, April 12, at noon, PubMed as a Continuous Research Tool; Tuesday, April 13, at noon, Using PubMed for Document Retrieval; Wednesday, April 14, at 3 p.m., PubMed and Evidence Based Medicine; and Thursday, April 15, at 3 p.m., Comparing PubMed MEDLINE to other interfaces, such as SilverPlatter MEDLINE. The University community is invited to stop by the library to learn about this and other valuable health related resources.
-- Judy Rieke, Assistant Director and Collection Management Librarian, Library of the Health Sciences.
GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY
The Graduate Committee will meet on Monday, April 12, at 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Goodnature Matter
2. Matters arising.
-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.
ANATOMY PLANS SEMINAR
The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, April 12, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. James Cardelli, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, La., will present "Two Different Phosphoinositide-Based Pathways Regulate Macropinocytosis and Phagocytosis."
-- Patrick Carr, Anatomy and Cell Biology Spring Seminar Series Coordinator.
TIME OUT AND WACIPI SCHEDULE UPDATED
Following is an updated schedule for the 30th annual Time Out and Wacipi, Monday through Sunday, April 12-18:
Monday, April 12: 9 a.m., Opening Ceremony/Blessing, River Valley Room, Memorial Union; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Native American Wisdom and Leadership," second floor, Memorial Union; 10:45 to 11 a.m., Research Presentation by Angie LaRocque, "AIDS/HIV Knowledge, Attitudes and Beliefs Between American Tribal and Majority Culture State College Students," Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union; 1:45 to 2 p.m., Research Presentation by Wayne Fox, "How Native American Dance Affects the Mainstream," Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union; 2:45 to 3 p.m., Research Presentation by Richard Schmucker, "Indian Youth of Today and Their Perceptions of the Law That Affects Them Both Civil and Criminal," Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.
Tuesday, April 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People: Native American Wisdom and Leadership," second floor, Memorial Union.
Wednesday, April 14: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., "The Red Road Approach: A Holistic Healing Process," second floor, Memorial Union; 7:30 p.m., "Environmentalism: Native and American on the Cusp of the Millennium," by Winona LaDuke, International Centre, 2908 University Ave.
Thursday, April 15: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., "The Red Road Approach: A Holistic Healing Process," second floor, Memorial Union; 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Chili and Frybread Luncheon, Native American Cultural Center, 317 Cambridge St., fee is $3.50, sponsored by Native American Programs; 7 p.m., Jack Gladstone, "Native Storytelling and Music," Chester Fritz Auditorium, free and open to the public.
Friday, April 16: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., Pow-Wow, Hyslop Sports Center.
Saturday, April 17: noon to 1 a.m., Pow-Wow, Hyslop Sports Center; 3 p.m., Annual 5K Walk/Run, Hyslop Sports Center; Pre-Registration fee for UND students, staff and faculty is $10; adults (public), $12; under 18, $5; after April 14, add $2.
Sunday, April 18: noon to 1 a.m., Pow-Wow, Hyslop Sports Center, $7 for weekend pass, $5 per day, and age six and under, free.
-- Native American Programs.
ISEMINGER TO DELIVER APRIL 13 FACULTY LECTURE
Gordon Iseminger, Professor of History, is the final lecturer in the 1998-99 UND Faculty Lecture Series. His presentation,"Dr. Orin G. Libby: The Father of North Dakota History and 'The University's Grand Old Man'" will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be preceded by a social hour at 4 p.m.
Originally from DeSmet, S.D., Iseminger has been at UND since 1962. A professor in the Department of History specializing in 19th Century British and German-Russian history, Iseminger's writing focuses on historical events, such as his book "The Quartzite Border: Surveying and Marking the North Dakota-South Dakota Boundary, 1891-1892," and environmental issues. He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honorary and has been honored in "Outstanding Young Men of America" and "Who's Who in the Midwest." His many awards range from the Outstanding Teaching Award to a number of Summer Fellowships from the North Dakota Humanities Council.
Iseminger is well known for his portrayal of "Gottlieb Bauer: German Russian Immigrant to McIntosh County (N.D.)" to describe the German-Russian experience in immigrating to the Dakotas. Iseminger has been published in a variety of periodicals, including the North Dakota Quarterly, Middle East Journal, Biologist, Heritage Review, and the Baker Street Journal.
The Faculty Lecture Series was active from 1954 to 1988 and was resurrected in 1997. In the past 35 years, over 160 faculty members have delivered talks about their work to colleagues, students and friends as a part of the University's most venerable lecture series. The goal of this lecture series is to enhance UND's academic atmosphere by showcasing the scholarly lives of several faculty selected from across campus. The lectures aim to present, with depth and rigor, the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty members. The series is funded through the UND President's Office.
-- William F. Sheridan (Biology) for the Faculty Lecture Series.
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE LISTS EVENTS
The International Centre will hold an International Round Table on China at noon Tuesday, April 13, in the International Centre. Scott Lowe (Philosophy and Religion) will discuss the environmental costs of China's rapid economic expansion.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, the Centre will present "Music of the World." Gary Towne (Music) will discuss the common features of music from cultures around the world.
-- Chaminda Prelis, Program Coordinator, International Centre.
SCIENTIST WILL DISCUSS NEW FOSSIL FINDS
David Krause, Department of Anatomical Sciences at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, will present a lecture at 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, in the Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl (Room 100). The title of his lecture is "Cretaceous Treasure Island New Discoveries of Fossil Vertebrates from Madagascar and Their Bearing on Gondwanan Plate Tectonic and Biogeographic Models."
Dr. Krause is a world-renowned vertebrate paleontologist and past president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. His presentation will include discussion of Malagasy dinosaurs, birds, mammals, and other vertebrates in the content of the modern fauna and its origin. This lecture is sponsored by the University of North Dakota Department of Geology and Geological Engineering and the Department of Biology. All interested persons are welcome to attend. For additional information contact me.
-- Joseph Hartman, EERC and Geology and Geological Engineering, 777-2551.
SPACE STUDIES TO CONDUCT INTERNET SEMINAR WITH NATIONAL EXPERTS
The United States is scheduled to launch its next major Earth observation satellite, Landsat 7, Thursday, April 15. The Space Studies Department is turning this event into a real-time learning opportunity by assembling the major Landsat 7 participants in a one-credit, online seminar titled, "Landsat 7 Live: Past, Present and Future." Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz is the seminar coordinator and instructor, and will present the lecture Wednesday, April 14, "Landsat 7: Law and Policy."
-- Joanne Gabrynowicz, Space Studies.
WAC WILL DISCUSS LEARNING STYLES
The next meeting of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Discussion Group will address the topic, "Learning Styles (Fact or Fiction?) And Writing." Gail Ingwalson (Teaching and Learning) will meet with us to provide a brief introduction to learning styles theory. The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. For more information, or to sign up to attend, call the WAC office at 777-3600.
-- Joan Hawthorne, Writing Across the Curriculum.
WOMEN'S CENTER LISTS PROGRAM
The Wednesday, April 14, Feast and Focus program at noon in the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., will feature Cliff Staples (Sociology) discussing feminism. Feel free to bring your lunch.
-- Donna Oltmanns, Coordinator, Women's Center.
JENNIFER BOTTINELLI TO SPEAK ON KEN JACOB'S PERFECT FILM' (1986)
Jennifer Bottinelli (English) will speak on "Performativity, Iterability, and Excess' in Ken Jacob's Perfect Film (1986)" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in 300 Merrifield Hall. The lecture, accompanied by a screening, will explore the relation between image, language, and historical reconstruction in television news, based on discarded newscast from the scene following the shooting of Malcolm X at New York's Audubon Theater in 1965. Sponsored by the English Lecture Series, the presentation is free; students and faculty are cordially invited to attend.
-- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.
N.D. ACADEMY OF SCIENCE PLANS 91ST MEETING
The North Dakota Academy of Science will hold its 91st annual meeting Thursday and Friday, April 15 and 16. All sessions (except the Paleontology Symposium) will be held on the second floor of the Memorial Union. The Academy encourages the general public, faculty and students to attend its symposia and other sessions. This year, the Academy's offerings include the following symposia: "An Update on the Red River of the North and Devils Lake Basins," "North Dakota - Developing a Comprehensive Water Strategy," 8 a.m., all day Thursday; "Nutritional Supplements - Can Great Performance, Good Health, and a Long Life Come Out of a Bottle?" 8:30 a.m. Thursday; "The Paleontologic and Geologic Record of North Dakota - Important Sites and Current Interpretations," 8:30 a.m., all day Friday in Leonard Hall; a symposium- workshop on "Science Education Reform - Revising Pedagogy to Promote Inquiry in the Spirit of the National Science Education Standards," 8:30 a.m., Friday; and "Concentrated Animal-Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and Environmental Quality in North Dakota," 1 p.m., Friday, with panel discussion. Individual symposium admittance is $5 for nonstudents and $3 for students. General registration for non-Academy members is $25, which includes entry to other nonsymposia sessions and a publication on the talks presented. In addition, David Krause of the State University of New York-Stony Brook will speak Thursday at 8:10 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl ($3 at the door for nonbanquet participants) on recent fossil discoveries of dinosaurs, birds, mammals, and other fossil treasures from Madagascar. Registration begins at 7 a.m. both Thursday and Friday at the Memorial Union (second floor). For additional information, please contact me.
-- Joseph Hartman (EERC and Geology and Geological Engineering), President of the North Dakota Academy of Science, (701) 777-2551, firstname.lastname@example.org.
ODEGARD SCHOOL LAUNCHES LEADING EDGE LECTURE SERIES
The John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences announces the initiation of the Leading Edge Lecture Series. The first speaker is Jeff Stith (Atmospheric Sciences), who will discuss "Airborne Research: Science with an Altitude" at noon Friday, April 16, in 210 Clifford Hall Auditorium.
Dr. Stith is Chair of the Atmospheric Sciences Department, a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and past recipient of the Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, Creative Activity, and Service. He has been, and is, principal investigator on several research projects in which a jet aircraft has flown into clouds and/or storms to sample the physics taking place within. Most recently he returned from a major international project investigating rainfall in the tropics. The project involved satellites, aircraft, and ground measurements. It is a crucial part of the program to quantify the global climate.
The Leading Edge Series is intended to convey the excitement and relevance of activities undertaken at the Odegard School. Talks in the series will be appropriate for non-specialists. Students, faculty, and staff from all UND departments are welcome. One speaker per month will appear throughout the academic year.
Please join us.
-- Betty Allan, Odegard School.
BIOLOGY PLANS SEMINAR
Robert G. Rutledge, Research Scientist and Study Leader, Tree Biotechnology and Advanced Genetics Network Canadian Forestry Service, Natural Resources Canada, will present a Biology Department seminar titled "Evolutionary Genetics of Plant Development: Investigations into the MADS and Homeobox Genes of Conifers" in 141 Starcher Hall at noon Friday, April 16. Everyone is welcome.
-- William F. Sheridan, Biology Department Seminar Coordinator.
PHYSICS SETS COLLOQUIUM
A Physics colloquium, "Funding at the National Science Foundation," will be presented by Sethanne Howard, National Science Foundation, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in 209 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome. The Physics Department would like to thank ND EPSCoR for their financial support for outside speakers.
-- Department of Physics.
BENEDIKTSON LECTURE SERIES CONTINUES
The third installment of the three-part 1998-99 Benediktson Lecture Series by George Seielstad (Odegard School) is set for Saturday, April 17. The lecture, "Searches for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Clifford Hall Auditorium.
Advanced intelligence is a recent acquisition on Planet Earth. It is so recent, its evolutionary stature has not been adequately tested. Have we humans become masters of the planet we reside upon? Will we use our powers to benefit that planet or to destroy its ability to host life? Time will tell. Meanwhile, we can approach the question another way. Are there other bio-civilizations than the one on Earth? If so, has intelligence appeared on any of them? Will they use their intelligence to communicate with their galactic peers? If they are communicating, can we detect their signals? Some radio astronomers are trying, so far without success. But a failure to search has the certain outcome that no extraterrestrial intelligence will be detected. The problem is that "absence of evidence from searches is not necessarily evidence of absence."
The Benediktson Lecture Series deals with human exploration not by actual travel to distant places but by intellectual travel over distances and times that have no limits. The ability to explore such magnificence with our minds is humanity's crowning achievement.
Seielstad has created a lively, engaging and well-illustrated series aimed at high school and college students, as well as anyone willing to stretch their imaginations with some powerful ideas. The public is welcome.
The 1998-99 Benediktson Lecture Series in Astronomy is made possible by the Benediktson Endowment and the UND Foundation which administers it. The Benediktson Endowment and Chair in Astrophysics was created by Oliver L. Benediktson, a North Dakota native from Mountain, N.D., and a 1930 UND graduate. He made arrangements to provide a $1.5 million bequest to establish the Endowment within the UND Foundation. The endowment provides funding to establish the Benediktson Chair in Astrophysics at the UND Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Benediktson, Long Beach, Calif., died November 1996.
Additional information about the lecture series is available from Suezette Bieri at 701-777-4856. School groups are welcome to attend the lecture series.
-- Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
NORWEGIAN OFFICIAL TO VISIT GRAND FORKS
Norwegian dignitary Bjorn Tore Godal, current member of the Norwegian Parliament and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, will visit Grand Forks Wednesday, April 21. Godal will visit with state, local, and University officials about various programs and exchanges between UND, North Dakota, and Norway such as the Nordic Initiative, UND-Norway Student Faculty Exchanges, and Friends of North Dakota (FOND). Local officials scheduled to meet with Godal include Gov. Ed Schafer, Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens, East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss and President Kendall Baker.
Godal is a member of Parliament and Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee on Defense. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1997, and Minister of Trade and Shipping from 1991 to 1994. Godal was elected as representative to the Storting in September 1989 and is a member of the Standing Committee on Foreign and Constitutional Affairs.
-- Peter Johnson, Media Relations Coordinator, University Relations.
RECEPTION WILL HONOR CARLA HESS
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is sponsoring a reception in honor of Carla Hess, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, at the North Dakota Museum of Art Wednesday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. After 27 years of service to the University, Dr. Hess is retiring. Please join us in extending our appreciation and well wishes.
-- Audrey Glick, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
UNIVERSITY SENATE WILL HOLD SPECIAL MEETING
There will be a special University Senate meeting Thursday, April 22, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Please refer to agenda items mailed to you on March 22; these agenda items are also available online at www.und.nodak.edu under Academics (Senate Committees, University Senate).
-- Mary Kweit (Political Science and Political Administration), Chair, University Senate,
IRISH FEMINIST SCHOLAR FEATURED AT THEATRICAL EVENT
In conjunction with the Department of Theatre Arts' production of "Dancing at Lughnasa," a symposium, lecture, and "post-show" discussions, featuring Stacia Bensyl, Irish feminist scholar, are scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24. Dr. Bensyl holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska and an M.A. from University College-Dublin. Her area of research is in poetry by contemporary Irish women from a feminist/post-colonial perspective; she has published in "Eire-Ireland" and "The Journal of Irish Literature," and her current project is a book on women loving women in contemporary Irish fiction and poetry. Dr. Bensyl teaches composition and Commonwealth literature at Missouri Western State College, St. Joseph.
The campus and community are welcome to attend all activities of "The Theatrical Event," which are scheduled at Burtness Theatre for the following times:
Thursday, April 22, noon, Brown Bag Question and Answer Session, "The Troubles and Its Literature"; 4 p.m., Symposium, "Irish Literature and Culture," Dr. Stacia Bensyl and invited campus scholars.
Friday, April 23, 11 a.m., Lecture by Stacia Bensyl; "A Post-Colonial/Feminist Perspective of Irish Lit.,'" Burtness Theatre; 7:30 p.m., performance of "Dancing at Lughnasa"; post-show discussion, the themes in Friel's "Lughnasa," led by Dr. Bensyl.
Saturday, April 24, 7:30 p.m., performance of "Dancing at Lughnasa"; post-show discussion, the themes in Friel's "Lughnasa" led by Dr. Bensyl.
"The Theatrical Event" is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the President's Advisory Council on Women, the Women Scholars Endowment, and the Cultural Awareness Committee.
UND's production of "Dancing at Lughnasa" by Brien Friel, directed by Kathleen McLennan, performs Tuesday through Saturday, April 20-24, at 7:30 p.m. For ticket reservations, call 777-2587 from 2 to 5 p.m.
-- Mary Cutler, Theatre Arts.
STAFF RECOGNITION CEREMONY SET FOR MAY 11
The 1999 Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel will be held Tuesday, May 11, at the Memorial Union Ballroom beginning at 11:30 a.m. Employees will be recognized for Years of Service in five year increments and the 10 Meritorious Service Award winners will be announced. Tickets may be purchased beginning Friday, April 16, in the Office of Personnel Services, 313 Twamley Hall, for $3.50 each. Tickets must be purchased no later than Tuesday, May 4. All members of the University community are invited.
-- Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.
FACULTY EVALUATION FORMS DISTRIBUTED
Forms for student evaluation of faculty have been distributed for Spring Semester. Any evaluations that can be completed before the end of the semester will be appreciated. This will avoid a rush at the end of the semester and will help to expedite an earlier return of results. Please call Institutional Analysis at 777-4358 if you have any questions.
-- Dean Schieve, Institutional Analysis.
GRADE REPORT FORMS AVAILABLE APRIL 20
The "Grade Report" forms will be available in the Office of the Registrar for pick-up by the department offices beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 20. The procedures to follow and deadlines will be noted in a memo attached to the report forms. If you have questions regarding the above, please call.
-- Veriena Garver, Admissions and Records Officer, Office of the Registrar.
NAME CHANGED FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP INITIATIVE
The College of Business and Public Administration wishes to announce that its Entrepreneurship initiative, previously referred to as the Entrepreneurship Studies Certificate is now referred to as the Entrepreneurship Studies Track. Questions may be referred to Jim Faircloth at 777-2225.
-- Jim Faircloth, Assistant Professor of Marketing.
DOCTORAL EXAM CORRECTION FOR JARILYN GESS
The final examination for Jarilyn K. Gess, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning-Higher Education, has been changed to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 12, in Room 308, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Community Wide Study of the Hospice Referral Process." John Delane Williams (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.
Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.
-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.
MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANNED FOR STUDENTS
A memorial service will be held in honor of Mohammad Ayyaz Rashid and Jotkiran Singh Shahpuri, two UND students killed last week in Nevada. Mr. Rashid was a student majoring in Political Science from Norway. Mr. Shahpuri was a student in the MBA program from Canada. The service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 14. The location will be announced. For more information, please call 777-6438.
-- Barry Stinson, International Centre.
Ernest Norman, 70, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, died March 28, at home.
He was born Oct. 3, 1928, the son of Paul and Frances (Kolodgy) Norman, in Grand Forks, where he graduated from Central High School in 1948. He earned the Ph.B. from the University of North Dakota in 1952, the M.S.W. from the University of Denver in 1956, and the M.P.H from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1971.
He married Virginia Sanchez on Dec. 28, 1955, in Albuquerque, N.M. She is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Nursing at UND. He joined the UND faculty as an Instructor in Social Work in 1957 and worked his way through the ranks. He was named a full Professor of Social Work in 1979. In his 35 years on the faculty, Ernie served for 17 years as Department Chair. He retired in 1992. He served in the North Dakota National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 1988 with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also served as a caseworker and child welfare worker for the Polk County Welfare Board in Crookston, as a medical social worker for the UND Rehabilitation Hospital, as a child welfare worker for Catholic Charities in Fargo, and as a medical social worker for the United Hospital Hospice Program.
Active in teaching, research and service, he wrote a large number of monographs, articles, and book reviews; directed a variety of grants, and was a member of a number of accreditation teams. He pioneered the Social Work Distance Education program at UND, which was the first of its kind in social work education in the nation. Active in the community, he was a charter member and chair of the Grand Forks Housing Authority and served on the board for 25 years. He served as chair of the Grand Forks Advisory Committee on Community Development, chaired the steering committee which developed grant criteria for North Dakota Title VII funding in 1979 and 1980, served as president of the Quad County Community Action Board, served as president of the Listen Drop In Center, and had served as a member of the City Development Action Committee.
"Ernie Norman was a kind teacher and mentor," said Thomasine Heitkamp (Social Work). "He understood poverty as a social injustice, not something people want to occur in their lives. I will never forget that message. As a colleague, he was very kind. He assisted in mentoring me through my first year of teaching. It was fun to attend national conferences with Ernie because he knew so many people in the field of social work education, and he would introduce these prominent textbook authors and scholars to me."
"I was always amazed and impressed with his knowledge of the history of social work," said Lee Furman (Social Work). "He was an expert in social welfare policy and history, and highly respected. At national conferences, everyone seemed to know and respect Ernie. To this day, people ask about Ernie at conferences. He was pleasant to students, and always had time to visit and chat with them."
He is survived by Virginia; a daughter, Renee, Minneapolis; sons, Mark, Red Lake Falls, Minn., and Paul, Phoenix; three grandchildren, and brothers and sisters. Memorials may be sent to North Central Cancer Research Group, c/o Altru Clinic Oncology Department, or Altru Home Services/Hospice.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald and Department of Social Work.
Calvin Becker, 62, former Associate Director of the Counseling Center, died April 1 at home.
He was born April 28, 1936, to Hubert and Florence (Feyereisen) Becker in Braddock, N.D. He attended school in Linton, N.D., and graduated in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956. He earned a B.A. in 1962 from Valley City State College, and an M.ED. in 1968, a Specialist Diploma in 1969, and an Ed.D. in 1970, all from UND. He worked as an administrator in the Regent Public School System, Regent, N.D., from 1962 to 1966. He joined the UND community in 1979 as an Assistant Director of the Counseling Center. He was promoted to Associate Director in 1984, and served twice as Interim Director. He taught in the Counseling Department and had a part-time private counseling practice. In 1990, he received the Meritorious Service Award from UND. He retired in January 1999.
"In my eyes, Cal Becker appeared to be a 'fixture' of the Counseling Center," said Rebecca Green (Counseling Center). "On occasion, he would offer his stories which painted for me a picture of the Center's history. Cal's thoughts flowed from a wonderfully different dimension, giving a unique perspective on life's adventures, and revealing his inquisitive yet accepting nature and attitude toward life."
"Cal's professional life was dedicated to helping others," said Sandra Robinson (Counseling Center). His clients appreciated him and thought highly of him."
"Cal was a sensitive person who took great pleasure in the simple things in life," said Dick Grosz (Counseling Center). He enjoyed nature, had a real appreciation for life, and lived it on his own terms."
Cal is survived by sons, Jim (Patti), Grand Forks, Don, Boulder, Colo.; a daughter, Julie (Jeff) Boushee, Fargo; stepsons, Jeff and Robert Skorupski, both of Fargo; a stepdaughter, Lynn Dufault, Spartenburg, S.C.; four grandchildren; three brothers; and four sisters. He was preceded in death by wives Ramona (Miller) in 1978 and Kay (Kittleson Skorupski) in 1991. Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Counseling Center and the Grand Forks Herald.
CURRENT RED RIVER LEVEL AVAILABLE ONLINE
The latest Red River level at Grand Forks is now available on the World Wide Web from the Regional Weather Information Center (RWIC). The web site address is: http://www.rwic.und.edu.
We're making this service available because the media and so many other people want to know the very latest river level information. We collect our information directly from the river level automated gauge that provides the information to the National Weather Service.
-- Leon Osborne, Director, RWIC.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGES ON BOOKSTORE CHARGE INFORMATION
Please disregard last week's article on Barnes and Noble Bookstore purchases and instead follow these guidelines, effective Monday, April 12. Prior implementation is acceptable.
For Barnes and Noble University Bookstore departmental purchases: The following purchases may be made using the charge cards provided by the bookstore; the bookstore will continue to bill you via an interdepartmental billing (ID):
* Office supplies/reference materials;
* Software and peripherals;
* Minor equipment: memory cards, modems, calculators, etc.;
* All purchases from department #0066 (student organizations) and department # 8183 (Alumni), except for gift certificates.
All other types of purchases =<$750 should be made by a SOS/Request for Payment (RFP) form. Because certain funding sources may prohibit purchase of certain items, a justification and prior approval from Accounting Services is required. (Accounting Services will obtain the approval of the UND Budget and Grants Office, if the purchase is on a grant/contract fund.) The justification should be written and may be in the form of an e-mail to Allison Peyton at Accounting Services, email@example.com. The justification should contain the fund number, description of the purchase and its use, department name, and estimated amount. The written or e-mail approval from Accounting Services should be attached to the RFP/SOS when presented at the Bookstore. A copy should also be attached to the RFP when submitted to Accounting Services for payment.
* some of the items include (but not limited to):
* Gift items;
* Greeting cards;
* Candy and other food items;
* Gift certificates (name and social security number required for each recipient of gift certificate >$10)
-- Allison Peyton, Accounting Services.
PLEASE COMPLETE U2 SURVEY
The April University Within the University (U2) Connections newsletter contains a programming needs assessment on bright green paper. I would appreciate your honest, constructive feedback. The U2 program is for you. The best way to meet your professional and personal development needs is through your comments on current and future programming. Please take four minutes to complete and return the survey before Friday, April 16. Your input is valued; it will be acted upon, and treated in a professional manner. If you did not receive a survey, please phone me at 777-4266 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks in advance.
-- Judy Streifel Reller, Program Coordinator, University Within the University.
INSTRUCTIONAL AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES FACULTY WORKSHOP SESSIONS ANNOUNCED
The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered next week: Monday, April 12, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Preparing Images for the Web; Tuesday, April 13, 9 a.m. to noon, Premiere; Wednesday, April 14, 1 to 4 p.m., Preparing Power Point lectures for the Web; Thursday, April 15, 1 to 4 p.m., Intermediate power Point; Friday, April 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Digital Camera Orientation. You may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.
-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.
CORRECTED PHONE NUMBER LISTED FOR TIM SCHAIBLE
The direct phone number for Tim Schaible, Talent Search Advisor, TRIO Programs, was submitted incorrectly for listing in the current UND Directory. The correct direct phone number is 777-5153.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.
FIGHTING SIOUX CLUB MEMBERS SOUGHT
Faculty and staff members are invited to join the Fighting Sioux Club, the fund-raising organization for UND athletic scholarships. As a special benefit, faculty and staff members can receive FSC benefits with donations at half the amount required for non-UND employees. For example, the Coaches Club level of participation provides half-price season tickets (subject to availability) for football, basketball, and hockey; priority parking passes; and priority status for home contest seating, playoff tickets, and tickets for away games. Coaches Club normally requires a donation of $1,000 but faculty and staff members at UND can obtain the benefits for a donation of $500, which can be done through payroll deduction. Some FSC benefits can be obtained with donations as low as $100. If faculty or staff members have any questions or would like further information, they can contact Rob Bollinger (Alumni), 777-6426, Jerry Bass (Educational Leadership), 777-3577, or any other members of the campus membership team: Paul Ray, Jerry Hamerlik, Carla Hess (Communication Sciences and Disorders), Dick Landry (Education Foundations and Research), Sally Page (Affirmative Action), Wayne Bruce (Pathology), or Tom Kenville.
-- Rob Bollinger, Executive Director, Fighting Sioux Club, Alumni Association.
MAGIC KINGDOM CLUB WELCOMES UND
University of North Dakota employees are now eligible to become Magic Kingdom Club members. Membership benefits include: discounted admission and meals at Disney Parks (Disney World and Disney Land); special resort room rates; merchandise discounts at Disney Stores; and other travel discounts. A valid membership card is required at time of purchase to take advantage of Club benefits. Pick up your membership card at the UND Payroll Office, 314 Twamley Hall.
-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.
NEWMAN CENTER HOSTS 14TH ANNUAL UND VS. NDSU BIKE RACE
UND will compete against North Dakota State University in Fargo in the 14th Annual Newman Center Bike Race to Hillsboro, Saturday, April 24, starting at 9 a.m. The Bike Race is hosted annually by the Newman Centers of UND and NDSU. The two schools start at their own churches in Grand Forks and Fargo and race to Hillsboro, N.D.
The student-run Bike Race is the largest annual fundraiser for both churches. The UND Newman Center had a fire in January 1997 that destroyed the entire chapel of the church, moving services into the basement auditorium for the semester. Then in April 1997 the flood destroyed the auditorium, meeting rooms and furnace room. The rebuilding project still continues and is expected to be complete in late May 1999. Due to the amount of money needed to repair the church, this year's fundraiser is even more crucial.
The winner of the race is based on the number of bicyclists in the race, the number of bicyclists from each team in the top 20 across the finish line and the amount of money raised by each team. To raise money for the Newman Center, bicyclists collect pledges individually and obtain corporate sponsors for the race. For more information call the Newman Center office at 777-6850.
-- Amanda Johnson, Bike Race Committee Chair.
VICTOR MASAYESVA FILMS TO PLAY AT MUSEUM
Victor Masayesva's film, "Ritual Clowns," originally scheduled during the recent UND Writers Conference, is now available for viewing at the North Dakota Museum of Art. It will run along with his other films, "Imaging Indians," "Hopiit," and "Siskovi." the Masayesva exhibition closes Sunday, April 18.
-- Laurel Reuter, North Dakota Museum of Art, and Jim McKenzie (English), Writers Conference.
CLARINET QUARTET WILL GIVE RECITAL
The Heartland of America Band Clarinet Quartet will perform a free recital Monday, April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. For additional information, feel free to contact me at 777-2823.
-- Elizabeth Rheude, Associate Professor of Clarinet, Department of Music.
ANNUAL MASTERWORKS CONCERT WILL FEATURE BACH MASS IN B MINOR'
The Grand Forks Master Chorale's annual Masterworks Concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Holy Family Church, 1001 17th Ave. S., under the direction of James Rodde. Joined by the UND Concert Choir, the Master Chorale will present J.S. Bach's "Mass in B Minor." Local instrumentalists and members of the Winnipeg Symphony will form the orchestra for the performance. Vocal soloists are David Adams, Joel Beyer, Allison Mickelson, Kathy Ring, Betsy Steele and Melissa Steele.
The presentation of a major work for chorus and orchestra by the two choral groups has become a spring tradition. The Brahms, Mozart and Faure "Requiems, Bach's "St. John Passion," Bernstein's "Chichester Psalms" and Mendelssohn's "Elijah" have been performed in these concerts in recent years. The term "masterwork" has a special significance for this year's choice of a work that is musically rich and spiritually profound.
"The Mass in B Minor" is often described as Bach's ultimate statement of faith. Completed late in the composer's life, it is composed of separate sections which were written over a 25-year period. Bach drew from both the Catholic and Lutheran traditions in writing this very personal work. The music incorporates a variety of musical styles and an equally great range of moods. Bach's expressions of faith are prayerful and tender, joyous and triumphant.
Tickets for the concert are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the door.
-- Ruth Marshall, Grand Forks Master Chorale.
STUDIO ONE LISTS GUESTS
Frank White (Sociology) will discuss the popularity and dangers of inhalants on the next edition of "Studio One" live Thursday, April 8, at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Inhalant use refers to the intentional breathing of gas or vapors to get high. Children are discovering inhalants are inexpensive, easy to hide, and the easiest way to get high. Young, white males have the highest usage rates, with Hispanics and American Indians close behind. Inhalants act like anesthetics to slow down body functions. Users can suffer damage to the heart, kidney, brain, liver, bone marrow and other organs, and death.
A "Studio One" news story will focus on Minnesota's governor, former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura and how young voters contributed to his election success.
"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.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.
-- Mollie Gram, UND Studio One, Marketing Team.
APRIL 16 IS GREEN AND WHITE DAY
Friday, April 16, has been designated by President Baker as a Green and White Day. Members of the University community are invited to wear green and white in honor of golf at St. Joseph, Mo., and baseball vs. NDSU and St. Cloud State University.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.
NATIVE MEDIA CENTER SPONSORS CAUCUS
The Native Media Center at the School of Communication is sponsoring a "Native Media Caucus" Thursday and Friday, April 15 and 16, during UND's Time Out and Wacipi.
The Caucus is a regional American Indian media gathering featuring journalism workshops and panel discussions on tribal news organizations and issues. Workshop sessions on print and broadcast media will be offered and include news reporting, newspaper design, feature stories, interviewing, photography and videography.
Presentations include "Political and Social Perspectives of Tribal and Mainstream Media" Thursday, April 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Rural Technology Center, which will offer a conversation about the similarities and differences faced by Native journalists when working for both tribal and mainstream media.
"Grass Roots Radio Production," Friday, April 16, 1 to 3 p.m., Rural Technology Center, will feature panelists from North and South Dakota reservation radio outlets discussing the challenges and rewards of the development, creation and production of grass roots radio.
For more information please contact the Native Media Center, School of Communication, 777-2478.
-- Lucy Ganje, Communication.
EPSCOR RECEIVES $3 MILLION NSF GRANT
The North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, which will be disbursed over three years, is intended to improve the state's science, engineering and mathematics infrastructure. It is the maximum the state could receive through the program. "This is tremendous news for North Dakota," said Philip Boudjouk, program director and Professor of Chemistry at NDSU. "We have received grants like this in the past and they have allowed us to make great strides. It is a broad-based program that cuts across many areas."
The grant will be matched with $3 million in state funding plus indirect costs approved by the State Board of Higher Education. In its application ranking, North Dakota scored in the top two of 12 EPSCoR states. "What triggers this is the commitment North Dakota has made to build its research infrastructure at its two research universities," Boudjouk said. "One of the evaluyation points is the strength of commitment of a state to improve itself."
While individual EPSCoR programs have received funding, no allocations to North Dakota's colleges and universities have yet been made. The various academic departments are now applying and competing for funding. One of the funded projects will help to hire 45 to 55 new faculty at UND and NDSU over the next three years. The money will go to equipment, in particular, and to staff the new faculty members' laboratories. Another program will aessist 350 students during the term of the grant. They will be supported for two months to two years for research as they work toward their bachelor's degree, master's degree or doctorate. We targeet North Dakota residents who are enrolled at North Dakota University System units. Through another program, seed grants are provided for faculty to get preliminary research results that allow them to compete for major funding from public and private federal, regional and state agencies.
In addition, specific programs will target graduate student enrollment and encourage more doctoral students at state campuses. Faculty also will be encouraged to host regional and national conferences to increase awareness about the research efforts in North Dakota.
The ongoing research support program has stimulated economic development, through such things as technology transfer. "This is an important part of the rural states' future," Boudjouk said. "Developing a science and tefchnology base encourages economic development."
North Dakota's investment in the EPSCoR program, which began in 1986, has been $9 million. It has resulted in $9 million from the National Science Foundation plus an additional $57 million brought in by grants from faculty supported by the funds. Nearly 1,000 students also have received support through the program.
The overall program was initiated to increase science, engineering and mathematics research in states that previously did not compete successfully for funding. Its mission is to increase the success rate of researchers in the state for merit-based grants; put north Dakota on the path to systemic reform in science, engineering and mathematics education; increase opportunities for students and faculty to develop their capabilities; and develop strong links with business and industry.
-- Philip Boudjouk, Professor of Chemistry and Project Director, ND EPSCoR, NDSU, (701) 231-8601.
RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED
Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON FOUNDATION
Grants-in-Aid of Research up to $2,000 are made to scholars and graduate students of any nationality to help defray living, travel, and related expenses incurred while conducting research at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, Austin, TX. Library holdings include over 44 million documents, an extensive audiovisual collection, and oral history interviews with more than 1,000 individuals. The papers of Lyndon B. Johnson form the core of the Library's holdings, including White House files of the Johnson presidency (1963-1969), papers from his service as a U.S. Congressman (1937-49), U.S. senator (1949-1961), and vice president (1961-1963). It also holds papers of several hundred other individuals, including family, friends, and associates of Johnson and members of his presidential administration. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants must contact the Library Archives to obtain information about materials available in the Library on the proposed topic. Deadlines: 7/31/99, 1/31/00. Contact: Executive Director, 512/478-7829; fax 512/478-9104; http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)
The purpose of the Science Education Drug Abuse Partnership Award (SEDAPA) Program is to fund the development and evaluation of innovative model programs and materials for enhancing knowledge and understanding of neuroscience and the biology of drug abuse and addiction among K-12 students, the general public, health care practitioners, and other groups. The award provides support for the formation of partnerships between scientists and educators, media experts, community leaders, and other interested organizations for the development and evaluation of programs and materials that will enhance knowledge and understanding of science related to drug abuse. The intended focus is on topics not well addressed in existing efforts by educational, community, or media activities. Awards under this PA will use the education projects (R25) grant mechanism. Because of the wide range of programs that may be proposed, it is anticipated that duration and size of awards may vary. However, annual direct costs may not exceed $250,000. The full program announcement is at URL http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-076.html. Deadlines: 6/1/99, 10/1/99, 2/1/00. Contact: Cathrine A. Sasek, 301/443-6071; fax 301/443-6277; email@example.com.
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The Foundation supports projects in human and social services, all levels of education, community and civic affairs, health and medicine, youth and youth services, cultural advancement and the arts, and religion. Previous grants have ranged from $5,000-$1.5 million for a wide variety of programs, including purchase and renovation of facilities, purchase of equipment, capital campaigns, program development, general operations, endowment funds, and training programs. There is no application form; applicants should submit a letter of interest, for which guidelines are available. Deadline: None. Contact: Ronald W. Wertz, Executive Director, 412/338-3466; 2000 Grant Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
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PETER F. DRUCKER FOUNDATION
The Award for Nonprofit Innovation is made to a non-profit organization for an innovative program or project that has made a difference in the lives of the people it serves. The program or project must further the mission of the organization, have specific and measurable outcomes, exemplify innovation by demonstrating a "new dimension" of performance, have made a difference in the lives of the people it serves, and serve as a model that can be replicated or adapted by other organizations. Because only one entry may be submitted by an organization, please contact ORPD if you are interested in submitting a nomination. The nominated program must have been launched no earlier than 1/1/95. The award is accompanied by a prize of $25,000 and a professionally produced short video documentary of the winning project or program. Contact: Suzanne C. Sousa, Executive Assistant, 212/224-1190; fax 212/224-2508; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.pfdf.org. Deadline: 6/15/99.
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AMERICAN INSTITUTE FOR CANCER RESEARCH (AICR)
Investigator Initiated Research Grants provide $75,000/year for 2 years to fund research on the dietary and nutritional means of preventing and treating cancer. Eligible applicants are nonprofit institutions; principal investigators must have an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree and at least assistant professor status. Support covers a variety of topics relating diet and nutrition to cancer prevention and treatment in order to understand the relationship between nutrition and cancer prevention and treatment. Innovative, rather than confirmatory, projects are sought. Renewal grants are possible. Contact: Attn: Research Department, 202/328-7744 or 800/843-8114; fax 202/328-7226; email@example.com; http://www.aicr.org. Deadlines: 7/1/99, 12/17/99.
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WILLIAM T. GRANT FOUNDATION
The Faculty Scholars Program provides up to $50,000/year for 5 years to junior faculty members to conduct research relevant to understanding and promoting the well-being and healthy development of children, adolescents, and youth. Special interest lies in fostering research in fields such as anthropology, economics, education, political science, history, and sociology, as well as in fields traditionally concerned with child development and mental health, such as pediatrics, psychology, psychiatry, and social work. Research that is interdisciplinary across fields and addresses multiple problems and several etiological factors in the same program is of particular interest. Studies are sought that pursue creative and multimethod approaches and clearly contribute to our understanding of development during the school-age, adolescent, or early adult years. Because only one candidate may be nominated each year from any major division of the university (e.g. College of the Arts and Sciences, Medical School), please contact your dean's office if you are interested in making a nomination. Nominees should be in their first level or rank of appointment (usually assistant professor level). Priority is given to investigators in their earliest postgraduate years who have attained a stable academic appointment. The Foundation is particularly interested in supporting junior investigators and minority scholars. Up to 5 new awards are made each year. Contact: Grants Coordinator, 212/752-0071; Faculty Scholars Program, 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022-6837. Deadline: 7/1/99.
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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Small Grants for Training & Research (99-82) provide up to $100,000 to one or more senior investigators proposing a sustained course of study, research, or training opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on important issues of societal dimensions of engineering, science and technology. Projects may be for 1-3 years.
Scholars Awards (99-82) support full-time research on the societal dimensions of engineering, science and technology. Awards provide up to $18,000 for partial support of full-time summer research, and up to $60,000 for partial support of one or more semesters of full-time academic year release time and related expenses. Research assistance from postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate students, if justified, may be included within these requests.
Research, Infrastructure & Education Project (99-82) grants are awarded for projects on ethics, values and the conduct and impacts of science and engineering. Single investigators or groups may apply. Projects may involve additional collaborators, advisors, postdoctoral researchers, graduate or undergraduate student assistants. Infrastructure projects may involve a variety of activities to stimulate new research areas, outreach efforts, or development and dissemination of appropriate data bases, text retrieval systems, and graphic resources for research, educational or public use. Education projects can include such activities as national summer workshops for graduate students or faculty, or projects by professional societies to develop concentrations in ethics and the social context of science and engineering for undergraduate or graduate level science and engineering students. Applicants should contact the program to discuss their ideas before preparing written submission for education projects.
Postdoctoral & Professional Development Fellowships (PDF) (99-82) support researchers who wish to improve and expand their skills in the areas of ethics and values studies (for physical and natural scientists and engineers) or in areas of science or engineering (for researchers trained in ethics, history, philosophy, or social science). Awards provide stipends up to $60,000 plus $4,000 each for travel and activities allowance. Awards are intended for research and study in a field outside the applicant's current area of expertise, and proposals must contain both a training and a research component. Awards can extend over 2 years and are expected to support a full-time academic year of research.
With regard to the above four programs, the Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) component focuses on developing and transmitting knowledge about ethical and value dimensions associated with the conduct and impacts of science, engineering, and technology. Projects might address a wide range of subjects, from ethical issues for research on vulnerable populations to ethics, values, and the relationship of expertise to democratic decision making; from values, value conflicts, and decision-making involving scientists and engineers in industry, government or non-profit organizations, to those concerning scientists, engineers and science and engineering students in academia; from ethics and biotechnology to ethics and the world wide web. The Research on Science and Technology (RST) component supports research to improve approaches and information for decision making concerning management and direction of research, science and technology. Projects could address such topics as: factors influencing the directions and impacts of scientific and engineering research and technological change, issues of human resources in science and technology, and the relationships between individual, organizational and political adaptation or change and scientific and technological innovation or change. Of interest also are proposals for research on the implications of different national strategies towards science and technology questions, on development of models and other approaches with which to gather and interpret information, and on improvement of data resources. Projects to summarize and assess the knowledge base about an important issue can also be considered. Contact: Rachelle Hollander, Program Director, 703/306-1743; fax 703/306-0485; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9982/nsf9982.htm. Deadlines: 8/1/99, 2/1/00 (Target Dates). Preproposals can be submitted at any time.
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PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
The objectives of America's Cultural Policies program are to enhance public awareness and appreciation of the contributions artists, cultural organizations and cultural heritage make to the quality of life in the United States; and to support the development and dissemination of cultural policy-related data and research. Requests will be considered for: research and policy analyses that assess the contributions of the arts and of artists to community life, contribute to the development of national data systems documenting cultural resources, and/or assess public perceptions and preferences regarding the arts; and projects that strengthen the capacity of centers for arts-policy research and development. The majority of grants awarded in the past 2 years have ranged from $50,000-$250,000. Smaller grants are made in those programs that work more closely with community-based and direct service organizations. Contact: Marian A. Godfrey, Program Director, 215/575-4870; fax 215/575-4939; email@example.com; http://www.pewtrusts.com.
Education Grants support projects to raise educational standards, improve student performance, and improve the quality of teaching and learning at all levels of the system. The program seeks to raise the performance of students, especially their capabilities to learn for understanding and to acquire the literacies they need for productive employment and effective citizenship in an increasingly complex society. The K-12 Reform focus is to encourage fundamental reforms in the profession of teaching and the work of schools that are needed to enable all students to perform at high levels. The goals of the Higher Education Reform program are: to raise the aspirations of constituencies both internal and external to colleges and universities about what undergraduates should be expected to learn; to accelerate student achievement, K-16, by engaging colleges and universities more fully and strategically in working with schools toward high, performance-based standards; and to shape a professoriate that is responsive to America's changing needs for quality teaching and scholarship in the coming century. Contact: Russell Edgerton, Director, Education Program, 215/575-4830; fax 215/575-4939; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.pewtrusts.com.
Environment Grants support projects to promote policies and practices that protect the global atmosphere, reduce production and use of highly persistent toxic chemicals, and preserve healthy forest and marine ecosystems. Goals of the Global Warming And Climate Change Program are to promote the adoption of federal and state electric utility regulations that support investment in energy-efficient and renewable technologies and to reduce air pollution from the nation's electric power sector. Proposals in this category will be accepted only at the specific invitation of the Trusts. The goals of the Forest And Marine Protection Program are to halt the destruction and further degradation of forests and marine ecosystems in North America, protect old-growth forest ecosystems, encourage the adoption of forest management practices that protect the diverse ecological values of forest systems, and promote public policies that protect the biological integrity of marine ecosystems. Contact: Joshua S. Reichert, Environmental Program Director, 215/575-4740; fax 215/575-4939; email@example.com; http://www.pewtrusts.com.
The majority of grants awarded in the past 2 years have ranged from $50,000-$250,000. Applicants should submit a letter of inquiry (no longer than 5 pages) summarizing their project. Deadline: None.
-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.
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