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University Letter

August 25, 2000

Volume 37 No. 44

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 44, August 25, 2000

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

In 1884, Webster Merrifield arrived from Yale University to begin his career as one of the first faculty members at the University of North Dakota. He was greeted by a dismaying sight: a single building standing in a bare, muddy field. If Merrifield could return today, the change would amaze and please him. Physically, there would be little he would recognize beyond the curve of the English Coulee.

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EVENTS SET TO WELCOME NEW, RETURNING STUDENTS

Following is a list of events planned at the University of North Dakota to welcome new and returning students back to campus.

FRIDAY, AUG. 25 New Student Orientation

1 to 7 p.m., check-in, Wilkerson Hall Lobby

1 to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 3:30 p.m., Greek Life Information Session, Room 32, Wilkerson Complex

5 to 7 p.m., sub sandwich feed for students and families; Wilkerson, Squires, Swanson Atrium, Conference Center

7 to 8:30 p.m., meet your neighbors, residence hall wings

8:30 to 9:30 p.m., comedian, Frank Caliendo, second floor ballroom, Memorial Union

9:30 to 11:45 p.m., Jammin' HOT Casino, second floor, Memorial Union (Karaoke from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the Sioux Room, HOT Casino from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Game Show I from 10:30 to 11 p.m. in the Ballroom, Game Show II in the Ballroom from 11:15 to 11:45 p.m.)

SATURDAY, AUG. 26 New Student Orientation Continues

8 a.m. to noon, orientation check-in, Wilkerson Hall Lobby

8:30 a.m., UND Aerospace Orientation for students majoring in Atmospheric Sciences, Aviation and Computer Science.

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., offices open to allow new students and families to prepare for the school year. They include:

Academic Advising, 201 Twamley Hall;
Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall;
Bookstore, Memorial Union (open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.);
Business Office, 202 Twamley Hall;
Campus Passport Office, Memorial Union lower floor (open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.);
College of Business and Public Administration, 127 Gamble Hall;
Enrollment Services, 312 Twamley Hall;
Financial Aid, 216 Twamley Hall;
Graduate School, 414 Twamley Hall;
Housing, 525 Stanford Road (open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.);
Registrar's Office, 201 Twamley Hall;
Student Health Services, 101 McCannel Hall;
Telecommunications, Carnegie Building (formerly Home Ec building);
Traffic Division, Memorial Union, lower floor.

10 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 to 11:30 a.m., Greek Life Information Sessions, Memorial Rom, Memorial Union

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., brunch, Wilkerson Dining Center (families are welcome to join their student. Students with a board plan eat free, family members may eat for $4.75 per person).

1 to 2 p.m., Orientation Opening Session, Chester Fritz Auditorium

2 to 3 p.m., Student Small Groups, depart from Auditorium. Student ambassadors and faculty members will lead small groups and answer questions about campus life.

2 to 4:30 p.m., Family Orientation, Chester Fritz Auditorium. A panel of UND administrators will answer questions from families. Following the panel, small group discussions with members of the UND Family Association will help families understand the transitions they and their student will face.

3 to 4:30 p.m., Fall Schedule Tour, small groups. Students are invited to bring their fall semester class schedule. A Student Ambassador will take students to classrooms so they won' t be lost on Tuesday.

5 to 7 p.m., Barbecue and Carnival, Wilkerson Gazebo, or in the Wilkerson Dining Center in case of inclement weather

5 to 10 p.m., HOT Carnival, Wilkerson Gazebo

9 p.m. to midnight, Street Dance, Second Avenue North, behind Memorial Union and east of the Chester Fritz Library Quad area. In case of rain, dance will be held in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

SUNDAY, AUG. 27 Student Orientation Continues

9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4:45 p.m., Sunday Masses, St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center (Catholic Campus Ministry), 410 Cambridge Street

10:30 a.m., Worship, Christus Rex Lutheran Center (Evangelical Lutheran Church), 3012 University Ave., lunch immediately following service

10:30 a.m., Sunday Divine Service, Wittenburg Lutheran Chapel, 3120 5th Avenue North

10:45 a.m., Interdenominational Worship for new students, Room 1, Gamble Hall. Pizza will be served immediately following the service.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Brunch, Wilkerson Dining Center. Families are welcome to join their student. Students with a board plan eat free; cost is $4.75 for additional family members.

12:30 to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 5 p.m., Greek Life Information Sessions.

1 to 1:30 p.m., Ice Cream Social, Memorial Union Ballroom

1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Motion in the Ocean (The Great Sex Debate), depart from Ballroom.

1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Explore the Sea of Opportunity at UND, Message in a Bottle, Memorial Union Ballroom. Activities include e-mail activation and campus resource training.

5 to 7 p.m., President's Luau, English Coulee lawn (event will be held in the Hyslop Sports Center Multipurpose Room in case of rain.

7 to 9 p.m., Hypnotist, Dr. Steve Atwood, Chester Fritz Auditorium.

MONDAY, AUG. 28

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open House, Department of Military Science, Armory

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open House, Nutrition and Dietetics, Room 20, O'Kelly Hall

9:30 a.m., Mathematics Placement Testing, 116 Witmer Hall. Pre-register by Friday, Aug. 25, by calling 777-2881.

10 a..m., Foreign Language Placement Test, 306A Merrifield Hall

10 a.m., Chemical Engineering Information Session, 322 Harrington Hall

10 a.m., Civil Engineering Information Session, 260 Upson II Hall

10 a.m., Electrical Engineering Information Session, 161 Upson II Hall

11 to 11:45 a.m., Open House, Clinical Laboratory Science, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Pathology Department, Third Floor, South Wing

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Open House, Music Department, 202 Hughes Fine Arts Center

Noon, Welcome Back Picnic, Newman Center, 410 Cambridge

1 to 3 p.m., Open House for Transfer Students, Room 6, O'Kelly Hall

1 to 3 p.m., New and Transfer Student Orientation for Native American students, Sioux Room, Memorial Union.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Open House, Mechanical Engineering, 263 Upson II Hall

2 p.m., Open House, History Department, 217 Merrifield Hall

2 p.m., Foreign Language Placement Test, 306A Merrifield Hall

2 to 3 p.m., Open House, School of Communication, 200 O'Kelly Hall

2 to 4 p.m., Open House, Nursing, First Floor, Nursing Building

2 to 4 p.m., Open House, Career Services/Cooperative Education, 280 McCannel Hall

3 to 8 p.m., Open House, Multicultural Student Services, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Open House, Native American Programs, Native American Center

5 p.m., Open House, Honors Program, Robertson/Sayre Hall

6 p.m., Department of Theatre Arts Fall Blast Off, Burtness Theatre Grounds

9 p.m., Bonfire and Games, Smith Hall Lawn by the English Coulee

10 p.m., Movie Night, Johnstone Quad and Wilkerson Quad. In case of rain, this will be held in the Bek Hall basement and the Wilkerson Hall lobby.

TUESDAY, AUG. 29 Classes Begin

10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Chester Fritz Library tours

6 to 10 p.m., Theatre Auditions for fall semester, Burtness Theatre

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 30

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Involvement Expo, front lawn, Memorial Union

10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Chester Fritz Library tours

THURSDAY, AUG. 31

10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Chester Fritz Library tours

International Student Soiree, 7 p.m., International Center

FRIDAY, SEPT. 1

10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Chester Fritz Library tours

SATURDAY, SEPT. 2

Football vs. Central Washington University, 2 p.m., Memorial Stadium

TUESDAY, SEPT. 5

Indian Related Programs Picnic, 4:30 p.m., Shelter One, University Park

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6

3:30 to 5 p.m., Open House, Anthropology Department

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JULIE EVANS NAMED GENERAL COUNSEL

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Ann Evans, Esquire, to the position of General Counsel for the University, as of July 1. W. Jeremy Davis, Dean of the School of Law and formerly the University's General Counsel, will serve in an advisory role to the President.

Julie Evans' office will be relocated to 104 O'Kelly Hall. As the Office of General Counsel is restructured, Charles Evans, Esquire, will assume the role of Associate General Counsel.

Questions and mail for the Office of General Counsel should be sent to Box 8196, 104 O'Kelly Hall. Please do not send any mail to the School of Law. The phone number for the Office of General Counsel is 777-6345 and fax is 777-6398.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.

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STACIE VARNSON NAMED DIRECTOR OF SUMMER SESSIONS

Stacie Varnson has been named the new Director of Summer Sessions in the Division of Academic Affairs. She replaces Don Piper, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management in the Division of Student and Outreach Services. For the past two years, Dr. Varnson has been the Education Programs Coordinator in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. >From 1991 to 1998, she worked in the Department of Aviation, the last four years as an academic administrator. She helped to develop programs and courses in commercial aviation, flight education, and aviation systems management. In 1994, she was designated the Outstanding Faculty Advisor by the UND Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, International, an organization of women pilots. Varnson earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from UND in 1997. She holds three other degrees from UND as well: a M.A. (Counseling), a B.S. (Education) and a B.A., both in Music and both magna cum laude.

-- John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

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INTERIM DEAN SOUGHT FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL FROM OCT. 1, 2000 TO JUNE 30, 2001

Dr. Harvey Knull, Dean of the Graduate School, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has announced his intention to resign his appointment at the University to become Graduate Dean and Associate Vice President for Research at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, effective Oct. 1. A search is under way to find an interim Dean of the Graduate School from among the faculty. Letters of application or nomination may be submitted to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, 302 Twamley Hall, until Friday, Sept. 8, at 4:30 p.m. Letters of application should state interest, availability, qualifications, and names of three references. A current vita should also be enclosed. References will be contacted by telephone. Salary will be negotiated. The Graduate Committee will assist in the screening process. The President and Provost will make the final selection.

Senior, tenured faculty members with terminal degrees and a strong record of participation in graduate programs will be given preference in the selection process.

The Graduate School is responsible for all graduate programs at UND, including 44 master's programs, one specialist program, and 16 doctoral programs. Fields of study include the humanities, social sciences, physical and natural sciences, fine arts, business, education and human development, aerospace sciences, engineering, medical sciences, and nursing. Graduate enrollment is about 1,500 students each semester with about 360 master's and over 40 doctorates awarded each year.

The Dean reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and is a member of the Council of Deans. The Dean is directly responsible for the administration of the Graduate School in accordance with the policies of the 400 elected members of the Graduate Faculty, over which he/she presides. The Dean is a member of the Graduate Committee, which is responsible for curriculum, admission requirements, and program evaluation. The Dean oversees the operations of the Office of Research and Program Development.

The University of North Dakota views economic development as an important part of its research, service, and teaching mission. The Dean will play an increasingly important role in expanding the participation of graduate students and graduate faculty in activities related to the economic development of North Dakota. As the head of the premier graduate school in the state, the Dean is expected to exert leadership in developing relationships with other institutions, the public and private sectors.

The Dean supervises the Graduate School office and its staff of seven persons. Its functions include admissions, registration, records, petitions, programs of study, graduation, theses/dissertations, and financial aid (fellowships/assistantships). The Dean administers the financial aid program of the Graduate School, amounting to about $2,000,000 per year.

The Dean is an ex officio member of the University Senate and serves on numerous institutional committees. He/She represents the university in several national and regional organizations, including EPSCoR. The Dean may be consulted by the college deans on matters of joint concern.

-- John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

UPC WILL HOST COMEDIAN, GAME SHOW

The University Program Council will present comedian Frank Caliendo Friday, Aug. 25, at 8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

Caliendo is a high-energy performer with a knack for imitating famous people and changing between them at a frantic pace. Armed with over 100 impressions and voices, Caliendo likes to talk about the movies, television shows and commercials the stars were in as well as the projects he thinks they should focus on next. Sit back and watch Caliendo change personalities right before your eyes. You'll wonder which one is really him!

Along with Caliendo on Aug. 25, Name That Tune Game Show will also take place in the Memorial Union Ballroom at 10 p.m. This is a musical game show with audience participation.

Frank Caliendo and Name that Tune Game Show are free of charge to all UND students and community members.

-- Maria Albertson, University Program Council.

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CAMPUS COMMUNITY INVITED TO CAREER SERVICES OPEN HOUSE

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to a "Welcome Back" Open House Monday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Career Services/Cooperative Education office in 280 McCannel Hall. Please join us for cookies, coffee, and conversation as we begin the 2000-2001 academic year.

Mark Thompson, Director, Career Services/Cooperative Education.

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DOCTORAL EXAMS SET FOR STICKNEY AND WINTER

The final examination for Marcella Stickney, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, in 308 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Prevention, Identification, and Intervention in Elementary and Secondary Schools." Sue Jacobs (Counseling) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Linda Winter, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in counseling psychology, is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, in 308 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Personality and the Use of Coping Resources in Addicted Populations." Sue Jacobs (Counseling) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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OUTDOOR JAZZ CONCERT WILL BE ON CAMPUS

Buy your tickets now for JAZZ 2000, a first-of-its-kind outdoor music festival in the Red River Valley, set for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, from 1:30 to 8 p.m. on campus. It is sponsored by the North Dakota Museum of Art. The headline performer is Grammy-nominated Joshua Redman, who won the Thelonius Monk Sax Competition in 1991 and was voted Jazz Artist of the Year for two consecutive years in the Rolling Stone Magazine Critics Poll. Redman, who graduated from Harvard and planned to earn a law degree, instead chose a musical career. He has recorded with his father, the legendary saxophonist Dewey Redman, as well as with Charlie Haden, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, and Paul Motian. He has been called the "crown prince of the tenor saxophone" by the Associated Press.

Other performers include Chicago's Havana Latin Jazz Ensemble, with percussionist Reuben P. Alvarez and bassist and musical director Ritchie Pillot, who will pay tribute to the late master percussionist and composer Tito Puente. The Wolverines Big Band, a 16-piece orchestra from the Twin Cities, will play big band music from the late 1920s to the present, and the Grand Forks jazz trio, Jazz on Tap, will showcase guitarist/composer Kris Eylands, percussionist Mike Blake, and bassist Bob Cary.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for students, and $10 for children. Family packages are $75. Purchase tickets at the Chester Fritz Auditorium Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 772-5151, or order online at http://ticketmaster.com. A patron party catered by Sanders 1907 and an informal jam session will follow the concert at the Museum. Patron tickets are priced at $100 and include the party, preferred seating, preferred parking, and hospitality room available throughout the concert.

JAZZ 2000 underwriters include WDAZ Television, the Myra Foundation, and Subway. For more information, call the North Dakota Museum of Art at 777-4195, or visit their web site at www.ndmoa.com. All proceeds benefit the Museum.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the North Dakota Museum of Art.

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COLLEGIUM MUSICUM WILL HOLD AUDITIONS

The UND Collegium Musicum is a group of singers and instrumentalists who study and perform music from all periods with historical performance techniques. The Collegium invites all interested persons to a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m., 164 Hughes Fine Arts Center. The vocal Collegium will study music composed by predecessors of Johann Sebastian Bach at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. Performance opportunities are Nov. 17 and 28. If you have questions, please call me at 777-2836.

-- Christopher Anderson, Music.

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SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Association will hold auditions for the 2000-2001 season Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. This year, the Symphony has openings for all strings, percussion, tuba and third trumpet.

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony is a 92-year-old university/community orchestra directed by Timm Rolek, a professional conductor who is also music director for the Sacramento (California) Opera Company. The ensemble includes about 55 musicians, a combination of UND faculty, students, and other residents of Grand Forks and surrounding communities. The orchestra is joined by composer-in-residence Linda Tutas Haugen and a resident chamber ensemble, the Chiara String Quartet. During the 2000-2001 season, four subscription concerts and three special events are planned.

Performances are scheduled at the Empire Arts Center, the Chester Fritz Auditorium, the First Presbyterian Church, and the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall. The repertoire includes work by Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Grieg, Liszt, Handel, Svendsen, Berwald, Torelli, Mozart, and others. Rehearsals are usually at Hughes Fine Arts Center on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mid- day during the two to three weeks prior to each performance.

Auditions will also be held on Sept. 9 and 10 for the Symphony's Youth Programs. The Youth Symphony is a full symphony orchestra for advanced student musicians in grades 9 through sophomore year in college, conducted by James Popejoy (Music). The Junior Symphony is an all-strings ensemble for intermediate middle school strings players conducted by Jonah Sirota of the Chiara String Quartet.

Both ensembles rehearse Monday evenings at Hughes Fine Arts Center and perform two major concerts during the year. Students and musicians interested in scheduling an audition should call the Symphony Office at 777-3359 or send an e-mail to ggfso@und.nodak.edu

-- Greater Grand Forks Symphony.

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EVENTS WILL MARK STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION WEEK

Celebrate State Employee Recognition Week Sept. 18-22. There will be a Golf Tournament Monday; Benefits and Wellness Fairs Tuesday; Hot Dogs and more on Wednesday; Night Staff Appreciation and Ice Cream Social on Thursday; and Meet the Candidates Symposium Friday the 22. Wear your colors on Friday. A flyer will be out shortly with more information. Door prizes will be awarded.

-- Jerry Severson (TRIO Programs, Student Support Services).

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UND TO HOST MIDWEST SOLID STATE AND SOLID STATE THEORY JOINED CONFERENCE

The 48th Midwest Solid State and Solid State Theory Joined Conference will be held at UND Oct. 13-15. Papers presented at the conference will be published in the International Journal of Modern Physics. The deadline for submitting abstracts is Aug. 31, and deadline for submitting full papers is Sept. 15. There is no charge for students; faculty and staff will be charged a $20 registration fee. Detailed information can be obtained at http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/physics/mwsstc. The web site also provides Electronic registration. All participants are welcome.

Department of Physics.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lambeth Named Interim Chair Of Biochemistry And Molecular Biology

David Lambeth has been named interim chair of the Department of biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He succeeds Robert Nordlie, professor and chair of the department, who retired in June after nearly a 40-year career with the school.

Dr. Lambeth, who has been a member of the faculty since 1977, was named a Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, the most prestigious honor a UND faculty member can receive, in 1994. He has been an active, award-winning researcher in the biomedical sciences. At the February 1999 Founders Day ceremony, he was selected to receive the UND Foundation/Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. Prior to joining the UND medical school, he was a faculty member with the University of South Florida.

The search committee seeking a permanent replacement for Dr. Nordlie is headed by Roger Melvold, professor and chair of Microbiology and Immunology.

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

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MUSCHA NAMED ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF FAMILY MEDICINE RESIDENCY PROGRAM

Ben Muscha, formerly of Carrington, has been named associate director of the Family Medicine Residency Program in Bismarck. He replaces Russ Emery, who resigned to accept a position with Medcenter One in Bismarck.

Muscha, a native of Harvey, N.D., took undergraduate studies at UND and, in 1992, earned the doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In 1995 he completed residency training at the UND Family Medicine Residency Program in Bismarck. At the end of his training, he was selected to receive the William F. Buckingham Outstanding Resident of the Year Award and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical society. After completing residency training in 1995, Muscha established his medical practice at the foster County Medical Center in Carrington, N.D., a base from which he also took care of patients at the center's several affiliated satellite clinics.

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

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR GRADUATE FACULTY MEMBERS

The Graduate School has issued the semi-annual call for nominations for membership on the Graduate Faculty. A memorandum detailing the process, and including a copy of the nomination form, has been sent to the chairperson of each department/program offering a graduate degree. The deadline for nominations to be received in the Graduate School is Wednesday, Sept. 6. Final action on the nominations is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 10.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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NEW COURSES OFFERED BY POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

I want to alert you to some new course offerings in Political Science and Public Administration as you advise students about their fall course schedules. The new fall courses are as follows: Environmental Policy and Regulation, taught by Andrew Price- Smith; Nonprofit Management and Policy Analysis and Program Administration, both taught by Jason Jensen; and Politics and Nationalism, taught by Paul Sum.

Thank you for making your students aware of these new course offerings. Should students want information about these courses, please ask them to contact me or the individual instructor.

-- Mary Kweit, Coordinator, Political Science and Public Administration, 777-3548, 265 Gamble Hall, mary_kweit@und.nodak.edu

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BUSINESS OFFICE WILL RELOCATE TO UNION FOR FEE PAYMENT

The UND Business Office will be working with students attending the Fall 2000 semester Aug. 29 through Sept. 8. The primary responsibility of the Business Office tellers will be fee payment assistance to the students. Due to increased student traffic during this time period you can expect lines at the teller windows. During fee payment (Sept. 7 and 8) the Business Office will be closed. All students should be directed to the Memorial Union Ballroom. Departmental deposits will be accepted in 202 Twamley Hall between 2 and 3 p.m. only on these two days. Although no receipt will be issued, the deposits must be logged in by a representative from your department. The deposits will be processed as time allows. If departments anticipate special needs during these two days, contact Sandi Brelie at 777-3080 by noon Friday, Sept. 1. Additionally, due to the high amount of telephone traffic during the weeks surrounding fee payment, contacting the Business Office staff may be easiest through e-mail. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

-- Wanda Sporbert, Manager, Business Office.

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STUDENTS WITHDRAWING FROM UND MUST USE PROPER FORM

Students completely withdrawing from the 2000 Fall Semester must use the UND "Withdrawal" form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process. If you have any questions, call our office at 777-2711.

-- Nancy Krogh, University Registrar.

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RESIDENCE HALL CALENDAR AVAILABLE

The 2000-2001 Residence Hall Calendar/Handbook is now available for purchase at the Bookstore. This year's edition includes important academic and UND athletic dates and is laid out in a weekly planner format.

-- Mark Hudson, Housing.

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NEW TCC CODES MUST BE USED FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PURCHASES

UND was required to submit an Information Technology (IT) Plan to the Information Technology Department in Bismarck. The IT Plan includes both a report on accomplishments of the past two years as well as an outline of the strategic plan for the technology for the next three biennia (six years). These changes make it necessary for the university to track the IT expenditures for all sources of funds for comparison to the university budget. The use of the following new transaction classification codes (TCC's) will assist in this process. Effective July 1, 2000, the following TCC's will need to be used when purchasing Information Technology (IT) equipment.

TCC 456-Capital Leases - IT Equipment -Should be used for making lease payments for computers or IT equipment. Under this arrangement, the University owns the equipment. These leases are generally set up with a financing company.

TCC 479-IT Equipment = or < $750- This TCC is similar to TCC 495,-expendable equipment. Examples of items coded to this TCC are printers, printer boxes, enhancements to existing computers, digital cameras, scanners, CD burners, surge protectors, back up systems, mother boards, ethernet cards, memory, hard drives, keyboards, mice, zip drives, modems, emulation boards, and co-processors and other peripheral devices.

TCC 637-IT Equipment > $750 (Computers)- This TCC is similar to TCC 631. Only Computers will be coded to this TCC.

TCC 638-IT Equipment > $750 (Excluding Computers)- This TCC is similar to TCC 631 and should be used for all IT equipment excluding computers. Examples of this TCC are printers, scanners, and other peripheral devices. If you have any questions, feel free to contact either of us.

-- Alice Brekke, Assistant to the President and Director of Budget; Allison Peyton, Accounting Services, Accounts Payable Manager.

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UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES DEATH OF STUDENT, RAYMOND SPICER

It is with regret that we announce the death of Raymond Alan Spicer, Grand Forks, who died Friday, Aug. 4. He was admitted into Education and Human Development in the fall semester of 1990, majoring in Social Work.

-- Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students.

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HOLIDAY HOURS LISTED

SEPT. 4 IS LABOR DAY HOLIDAY

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Sept. 4, will be observed as Labor Day by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

-- John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.

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CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY:

Hours of operation for the Chester Fritz Library are: Saturday, Sept. 2, closed; Sunday, Sept. 3, closed; Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day), 1 p.m. to midnight.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

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LAW LIBRARY:

Regular hours for the Law Library resume Monday, Aug. 28. They are: Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Labor Day hours are: Friday, Sept. 1, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 2, noon to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 3, noon to 5 p.m.; and Monday, Sept. 4, noon to 9 p.m.

-- Cherie Stoltman, Law Library.

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EXPECTANT FAMILY AND CHILD HEALTH PROGRAMS OFFERED

The College of Nursing is seeking expectant mothers to participate in the Expectant Family Program and children with chronic illness, developmental disability or health risks to participate in the Child Health Program. The programs are coordinated through the course, "N387, The Family in the Community."

The Expectant Family Program and the Child Health Program serve as a learning experience for UND nursing students by providing the students with the opportunity to support the expanding family. The nursing student's role focuses on the needs of the family during the time of normal childbearing, or caring for a child with special needs.

In the EFP or the CHP the student visits a family about every two weeks and focuses on applicable areas of prenatal assessment, preparation for labor and delivery, infant feeding and child care, child nutrition and development, safety, and family support.

The College of Nursing has been serving 150 to 200 families per year. Nursing students are supervised by College of Nursing faculty throughout the assignment period. There is no cost to participate. This is a community service and an educational experience. If you are interested in participating in the Expectant Family Program or Child Health Program, please contact Janet Schauer, MSPHN, RN, Coordinator at 777-4539, or the secretary for the Nursing Center, 777-4147, for a brochure or more information.

-- Janet Schauer, Nursing.

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NEW RESEARCH STUDY WILL MEASURE ZINC NEEDS

You can receive $924 by eating Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center food 34 days, having 19 body zinc counts, having nine blood draws, having two bone density measurements, and keeping a food diary for 12 days. This research study will measure the amount of zinc our bodies require and absorb. Healthy men and women between the ages of 21 and 51 are encouraged to call 795- 8155 for more information. Smokers are welcome.

-- Emily Nielsen, Community Studies Coordinator, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center.

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OPENINGS AVAILABLE AT UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S CENTER

Openings are available for fall session at the University Children's Center. The quality staff offers care and education to children ages 2 to 5 and those children needing care before and after kindergarten or Head Start. Children do not need to be toilet-trained to attend the center, which is licensed by the North Dakota Department of Human Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Children's Center staff takes pride in providing a progressive learning environment for all students, including children with special needs.

The center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Flexible schedules are available; call 777-3947 for enrollment information. University Children's Center is located on campus at 525 Stanford Road in the Community Center Building.

-- Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director, University Children's Center.

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LAST WEDNESDAY OF MONTH IS DENIM DAY

Denim Day is coming! Friday, Aug. 30, is the last Wednesday of the month and that means you can wear your Denim Day button, pay your dollar, and enjoy wearing your casual duds in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have al the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

-- Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/ University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

IRB MUST APPROVE ALL RESEARCH ON HUMAN SUBJECTS

All persons affiliated with the University who wish to conduct research involving human subjects on or off campus must first receive approval of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). This includes use of, for example, educational tests; survey/interview procedures; observation of public behavior; study of existing data, records or specimens; taste/food quality evaluation; as well as clinical studies involving drugs, medical devices, collection of blood samples, etc. The establishment of the IRB at institutions like UND has been mandated by the federal government in order to protect human subjects.

Conducting human subjects research without IRB approval is unethical and contrary to the policies of UND and the Board of Higher Education. Failure to comply with IRB policies and procedures may result in project termination, interruption of research support, and, in some cases, a report to the federal agency funding the non-compliant research project. Therefore, we encourage you to protect yourselves by submitting your project to the IRB for review before the research begins.

This process is initiated by submitting a research protocol to the IRB. Forms are available in the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) in 105 Twamley Hall or on ORPD's Homepage at http:www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

There are three categories used in the review of research protocols. Most proposals will fall in the "Exempt" or "Expedited" categories and can, therefore, be reviewed by one member of the Board. Approximately fourteen days are required for the review of projects that fall in these categories. However, the individual reviewer may request additional information or refer the protocol to the Full Board. In either case, the review may take longer.

"Full Board" review is required for projects with a physical risk or potential for injury or harm to the subject's dignity or well being. This also includes projects which involve minors in survey or interview procedures, or in observation of public behavior when the observers participate in the activities observed. The Full Board meets on a monthly basis. The schedule of meeting and deadline dates for the coming semester follows.

If Full Board review is required and the protocol involves clinical subjects, the Clinical Medical Subcommittee must also review the protocol and provide a recommendation to the IRB. This typically requires one additional week for the review process.

IRB members are available to make presentations to faculty/students/staff regarding IRB policies, procedures, etc. Also, ORPD has several videos and books which may be checked out by faculty members. Contact Shirley Griffin at 7-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu if you are interested in either of these options.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD

MEETING AND DEADLINE DATES:
SEPTEMBER 2000-MAY 2001

Meeting Date
(Meetings Held at 3:30 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall)

Fri., Sept. 8, 2000
Fri., Oct. 6, 2000
Fri., Nov. 3, 2000
Fri., Dec. 1, 2000
Fri., Jan. 5, 2001
Fri., Feb. 2, 2001
Fri., March 2, 2001
Fri., April 6, 2001
Fri., May 4, 2001

Deadline: Proposals Requiring
Full Board Review

Tues., Aug. 29, 2000 for meeting Fri. Sept. 8, 2000
Tues., Sept. 26, 2000 for meeting Fri., Oct. 6, 2000
Tues., Oct. 24, 2000 for meeting Fri., Nov. 3, 2000
Tues., Nov. 21, 2000 for meeting Fri., Dec. 1, 2000
Tues., Dec. 26, 2000 for meeting Fri., Jan. 5, 2001
Tues., Jan. 23, 2001 for meeting Fri., Feb. 2, 2001
Tues., Feb. 20, 2001 for meeting Fri., March 2, 2001
Tues., March 27, 2001 for meeting Fri., April 6, 2001
Tues., April 24, 2001 for meeting Fri., May 4, 2001

Deadline: Clinical Proposals
(Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review)

Tues., Aug. 22, 2000 for meeting Fri. Sept. 8, 2000
Tues., Sept. 19, 2000 for meeting Fri., Oct. 6, 2000
Tues., Oct. 17, 2000 for meeting Fri., Nov. 3, 2000
Tues., Nov. 14, 2000 for meeting Fri., Dec. 1, 2000
Tues., Dec. 19, 2000 for meeting Fri., Jan. 5, 2001
Tues., Jan. 16, 2001 for meeting Fri., Feb. 2, 2001
Tues., Feb. 13, 2001 for meeting Fri., March 2, 2001
Tues., March 20, 2001 for meeting Fri., April 6, 2001
Tues., April 17, 2001 for meeting Fri., May 4, 2001

Alterations in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

-- Warren Jensen (Aerospace), Chair, Institutional Review Board.

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APPLICATIONS DUE SEPT. 15 FOR SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY AWARDS

Friday, Sept. 15, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC). The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to support travel associated with the presentation of scholarly papers. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed between Sept, 16, 2000, and Jan. 15, 2001. The Committee WILL NOT provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please DO submit your application at this time. If an award is made, an account will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The second deadline for submission of applications is Monday, Oct. 16. Only Research/Creative Activity or Publication applications will be considered at that time. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The third deadline for submission of applications is Monday, Jan. 15, 2001. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between Jan. 16, 2001, and May 1, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The fourth deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001. Research/Creative Activity and Publication grant applications as well as applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards will be considered at that time. No travel applications will be considered at that time.

The fifth deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, May 1, 2001. Travel applications will be considered at that time only for travel that will occur between May 2, 2001, and Sept. 13, 2001. No other applications will be considered at that time.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (or FRCAC) award granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The Committee has approximately $55,000 available to award during the 2000-2001 academic year.

Application forms are available at ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's Homepage (on UND's Homepage under "Research"). A properly signed original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the Committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on ORPD's Homepage or by calling ORPD at 7-4279.

-- Clifford Staples (Sociology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.

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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.

JAPANESE RESEARCH INSTITUTE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE EARTH

Global Environment Research Grants support individuals or groups engaged in research activities aimed at the development of innovative technologies which will contribute to the solution of global environmental problems. There are no citizenship restrictions. Proposals are invited for: a) Research concerning carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases: 1) Efficient separation, recovery, disposal, re-use, etc., of greenhouse gases; 2) Innovative process technologies which limit greenhouse gas generation, and 3) Research concerning enhancement of CO2 sinks (e.g., ocean sink, underground storage and reforestation through biotechnology); and b) Research on other technologies concerning global environmental problems, such as 1) Control of the generation and widespread release of chemical substances, or detoxification of those substances; 2) Substitutes for the chemical substances mentioned above; and 3) Recycling and effective utilization of materials. Up to 10 million Japanese yen (approximately $90,000) will be available for each 1-year award. Contact: Mr. Minori Yamaguchi, Telephone 81 774 75 2302; proposal@rite.or.jp; http://www.rite.or.jp/English/E-home-frame.html. Deadline: 10/31/00.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (NICHHD)

The NICHD, with the National Institutes on Aging (NIA), Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), provides support on Fetal Origins of Adult Disease. The goals are to determine 1) mechanisms by which the intrauterine environment programs fetal metabolism to predispose individuals to chronic disease later in life and 2) whether these mechanisms may contribute to disparities in the prevalence of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and neurodegeneration among various races and ethnic groups. Relevant research topics include, but are not limited to: potential mechanisms by which the normal fetal growth trajectory goes awry; placentation and fetal growth; elucidation of molecular and genetic mechanisms by which the fetus adapts to its intrauterine environment; interactions among nutrients, trophic hormones, cytokines, and genes and their effect on fetal growth and long-term development; late-life neural, cognitive, and behavioral sequelae of fetal perturbations; effects of maternal psychosocial stress on development; elucidation of the interrelationship between the socioeconomic and health environment early in life and its consequences later in life on health, disability, and survival; and interactions of genes and the intra-uterine environment as determinants of disease later in life. The Institutes intend to commit approximately $3.8 million in total costs in FY2001 to fund 7-10 new and/or competing continuation grants. An applicant may request a project period of up to 5 years. Deadlines: 9/15/00 (Letter of Intent); 10/24/00 (Proposal). Contact: Gilman D. Grave, NICHHD, 301/496-5593, gg37v@nih.gov; Barbara L. Linder, NIDDK, 301/594-0021, linderb@extra.niddk.nih.gov; Rose Marie Li, NIA, 301/496-3138, rose_li@nih.gov; Michael McClure, NIEHS, 919/541-5327, mm461n@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-00-021.html.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies by teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study. Projects must propose to focus on one or more of the following areas: Africa, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, the Western Hemisphere (Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean), East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Near East. An estimated 36 awards, averaging $69,000 each, will be made. The project period is 4-6 weeks for short-term seminars and curriculum development projects; and 2-12 months for group research or study projects. Contact: Dr. Lungching Chiao, International Education and Graduate Programs Service, 202/502-7624; lungching_chiao@ed.gov; http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/HEP/iegps/. Deadline: 10/23/00.

The Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship Program supports faculty members engaging in research and study abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. Projects must focus on one or more of the following world areas: Africa, East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, the Near East, East Central Europe and Eurasia, and the Western Hemisphere (Canada, Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean). For FY 2001, 30 fellowships ranging from $20,000-$75,000 and averaging $47,000 each will be made for a project period of 3-12 months. Contact: Eliza Washington, 202/502-7633l; eliza_washington@ed.gov; http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/HEP/iegps. Dead-line: 10/27/00.

The Business and International Education Program provides grants to institutions of higher education to enhance international business education programs and expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities. The sponsor is particularly interested in receiving applications that propose educational programs abroad, including pre- departure and post-return programs, for undergraduate and graduate students to study or intern, or both, in a foreign country for a semester or more. These programs should be integrated into the curriculum of the home institution or institutions. An estimated 26 awards, averaging $76,938 each per year, are available. Contact: Tanyelle Richardson, 202/502-7626; tanyelle_richardson@ed.gov; http://ocfo.ed.gov/fedreg.htm. Deadline: 11/3/00.

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AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION (APA)

The Minority Fellowship Program--Mental Health Services Fellowship provides support to individuals pursuing doctoral degrees in psychology to increase the knowledge of issues related to ethnic minority mental health and to improve the quality of mental health treatment delivered to ethnic minority populations. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or permanent residents of the U.S., enrolled full-time in an accredited doctoral degree program in psychology (Ph.D. or Psy.D.). Applicants must be a member of an underrepresented ethnic minority group (including but not limited to: African American, Alaskan Native, Asian American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, and Pacific Islander). Award amounts vary, depending partly on the cost-sharing arrangement the APA negotiates with each university to cover tuition and allowances. The award is for 10 months (12 months for full time, summer students). Support is available for up to 3 years. Students who accept awards are obligated to provide clinical services to underserved populations within 24 months after completion of their training and for a period equal to the length of the award. Deadline: 1/15/01. Contact: 202/336-6027; mfp@afa.org; http://www.apa.org/mfp/cprogram.html.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES (NIGMS)

The NIGMS and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) provide support to develop quantitative approaches to describe, analyze, and predict the behavior of complex biological systems, especially those requiring integration of potentially large amounts of molecular, biochemical, cell biological, and physiological data. Such studies will ultimately have an impact on the treatment of human disorders and disease. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consider research areas in which approaches are likely to make significant contributions. These include NIGMS-supported research on basic studies in genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, cell biology, and developmental biology that typically utilize non-human model systems; basic studies in pharmacology, physiology, metabolic engineering, anesthesiology, and inflammation, burn, and trauma. The NIMH expresses particular interest in studies using mathematical, computational, or theoretical approaches to understanding the fundamental biological mechanisms underlying behavior. Systemic analyses of diverse biomedical processes, at different levels of organization and with different tools available for the collection of data, will likely require different quantitative treatments. Projects responsive to this announcement will share the characteristics that they treat a biological problem as a system of interacting components; employ quantitative approaches appropriate to the level of organization of the process under study; and seek to determine organizing principles of the larger assemblage and/or the system dynamics. The standard grant (R01) and program grant (P01) mechanisms will be used. Contact: James C. Cassatt, Cell Biology and Biophysics, 301/594-0828; czj@cu.nih.gov; Judith H. Greenberg, Genetics and Developmental Biology, 301/594-0943, greenbej@nigms.nih.gov; Michael E. Rogers, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biological Chemistry, 301/594-3827, rogersm@nigms.nih.gov; Dennis L. Glanzman, Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Program, 301/443-1576, glanzman@helix.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98- 077.html. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01, 6/1/01.

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH)

Humanities Scholar in Residence Grants support national and summer seminars and institutes for college and school teachers, curriculum and materials development projects, and the dissemination of significant educational resources in the humanities. The objectives are to empower teachers as intellectual leaders in the school and provide ongoing support; to nurture a vigorous school-wide learning community that includes students, parents, teachers, and administrators; to establish partnerships with local colleges and other educational and cultural institutions to support continuous professional development in all areas of the humanities; and to enable schools to become models for sustained collaborative professional development in humanities teaching and learning. Educators are invited to collaborate in yearlong professional development activities with a humanities scholar who is also a seasoned class-room teacher. With the support of a visiting scholar, a team of teachers and administrators will engage in sustained study of a core humanities subject such as history and social studies, literature and language arts, civics, or foreign languages. The team will develop a plan for improving the humanities curriculum through content-based professional development for teachers that include exploration of important textual resources. Grants will be for $10,000 for project periods of 12 months. Deadline: 4/3/01. Contact: Division of Education, 202/606-8380; education@neh.gov; http://www.neh.gov.

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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (NRC)

The Twinning Program 2001-2002 will focus on Scientific Collaboration With the Ukraine. Support is provided for research programs which link individual U.S. scientists with their counterparts in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in fields normally supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) (e.g., biology, computer/information sciences; crosscutting; education; engineering; geosciences; international; math, physical sciences; polar research; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences). Those who have received their doctoral degrees within the past 6 years or are entering into an international collaboration for the first time are strongly encouraged to apply. Grants will generally be in the $14,000-$16,000 range, with requests for higher amounts considered on a case-by-case basis. Con-tact: Kelly Robbins, 202/334-2644; ocee@nas.edu, http://www.nationalacademies.org/oia. Deadline: 10/1/00.

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J. PAUL GETTY TRUST

Reference Works Grants support scholarship in the history of art by strengthening the basic resources of the profession. Support is available for preparation and publication of reference works in printed or electronic form that provide valuable art- historical resource materials. The work must be designed to meet specific and critical needs in the field, and its anticipated role as a unique scholarly resource must be clearly defined. Awards are made for up to 3 years. Potential applicants are asked to submit a preliminary letter before submitting a formal application. Contact: Joan Weinstein, 310/440-7374, researchgrants@getty.edu; http://www.getty.edu/grant/gschl.html. Deadline: None.

Support is provided for teams of scholars to pursue collaborative interpretive research that offers new explanations of art and its history. Collaborations that foster a cross-fertilization of ideas and methodologies are particularly encouraged. Teams may consist of two or more scholars. While at least one person is expected to be an art historian, scholars from other disciplines may be part of the team. Teams should include scholars from both museums and universities. Support is provided for 1-2 years; grant amounts vary, based on the needs of the project. Deadline:11/1/00. Contact: See above.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE & ALCOHOLISM (NIAAA)

The NIAAA supports projects in Health Services Research on Alcohol-Related Problems aimed at developing a knowledge base to improve the delivery of services for alcohol-related problems. This program invites research proposals to test strategies for improving the availability, accessibility, delivery, quality, effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and outcomes of alcohol-related treatment and prevention services. Research objectives include, but are not limited to, the broad goal of advancing scientific understanding of the effects of organizational structures and processes, as well as financing and reimbursement mechanisms (specifically the combination of organizational structures and financing mechanisms that constitute managed care) on the availability, accessibility, utilization, delivery, content, quality, outcomes, cost, and cost-effectiveness of alcohol treatment services. Also of key importance is improving the methodological tools, data reporting systems, and analysis techniques useful for conducting health services research. The standard (R01), small (R03), and exploratory/developmental (R21) grant mechanisms will be used. Applicants may also submit Investigator-Initiated Interactive Research Project Grants under this program announcement. Interactive Research Project Grants require the coordinated submission of related regular research project grant applications from investigators who wish to collaborate on research. Deadlines: 10/1/00 and 2/1/01 for R01, R03, R21 applications; 10/15/00 and 2/15/01 for Interactive Research Project applications. Contact: Harold I. Perl, 301/443-0788; perl@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-98-037.html.

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-- 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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