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University Letter

August 4, 2000

Volume 37 No. 42

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 42, August 4, 2000

UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

The University Relations Office maintains an index for the University Letter.

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

On Sept. 27, 1963, President Kennedy arrived to speak on campus; 20,000 people were in attendance to see him.

World War II converted the UND campus into a virtual military camp. Thousands of service men and women trained in special programs here. One hundred seventy-two University students died in the war.

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U LETTER RESUMES REGULAR SCHEDULE ON AUG. 18

The University Letter will not be published on Friday, Aug. 11. Regular weekly publication of the University Letter for the fall semester will resume with the issue of Friday, Aug. 18.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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AUG. 21 STAFF INFO SESSION COVERS STUDENT HELP TOPICS

The annual Staff Information Session (motto: "Make sure you're prepared to help students!") is set for Monday, Aug. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Memorial Union's River Valley Room. Designed to provide updates on beginning-of-the-year programs and procedures, the Staff Information Session helps us serve our students in the best (and most knowledgeable) way possible. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Short briefings will cover academic advising, financial aid, fee payment, Housing and Dining Services, parking, bookstore, Continuing Education, new student orientation, withdrawal and crisis procedures, registration, Help Table, Learning Center, Writing Center, Campus Passport and Ids, Greek life, Memorial Union, and UND Police.

Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services and University Relations.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

UND HOSTS SWIMMING ZONE CHAMPIONSHIP AUG. 4-7

The University of North Dakota will host the 2000 USA Swimming Central Zone Swimming Championship Friday through Monday, Aug. 4- 7. The host clubs are UND Swimming, the Forks Area Swim Team (FAST), and the Crookston Swim Team. Eight hundred swimmers representing South Dakota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma and Indiana will participate; they will range in age from 9 through 18. On Monday, Aug. 7, a lake swim will be held at Maple Lake in Minnesota.

Mike Stromberg, Swimming Coach, Athletics.

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AUG. 8 SESSIONS EXPLAIN TIAA-CREF SRAs

TIAA-CREF will hold workshops for UND employees (NDPERS and TIAA-CREF) and spouses interested in Supplemental Retirement Annuities. You can attend either session on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 9 to 10 a.m. or 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 16-18, Swanson Hall.

-- Maria Saucedo, Payroll Office.

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STAFF SENATE MEETS AUG. 9

The University Staff Senate will meet Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. The agenda is:

  1. Call to order
  2. Approval of July 12, 2000, minutes as published
  3. Treasurer's report
  4. Goal setting - Cynthia Thompson will continue
  5. Committee reports
    1. Bylaws/election
    2. Legislative
    3. Program
    4. Public relations
    5. Fund raising/scholarship
    6. Staff development
    7. Executive board
    8. Staff Recognition Week
  6. Other committee reports
    1. COSE - David Senne
    2. Campus climate - Judy Streifel Reller
  7. Old business
    1. Vote on bylaw from Dec. 16, 1999
  8. New business
    1. New fund raising proposals (concessions, 50/50) - Beth Kasprick
    2. Admission standards
    3. Staff Senate name as listed in constitution
    4. Service vehicle parking spaces east of Twamley
  9. Open discussion
  10. Announcements
  11. Adjournment

Roberta Klamm (Continuing Education, Secretary, Staff Senate.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

STAFF SENATE DISTRIBUTES POCKET DIRECTORIES

The UND Staff Senate Public Relations Committee has produced a mini-pocket directory for use by all staff to better help students and therefore promote student retention at UND. These directories, along with a list of benefitted staff, are now being sent to every department for distribution to each staff employee. If you do not receive enough directories or if you are not able to distribute these to the employees requested, contact one of the UNDSS Public Relations Committee (PRC) members that are listed below. We are hoping all staff will use the pocket directories as needed when working with students. Thank you for your cooperation.

The UNDSS Public Relations Committee: Nora Amann, 777-3436, Center for Rural Health/School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Ginnie Ballintine, 795-8378, Human Nutrition Research Center; Connie Borboa, 777-4852, Registrar's Office; Joy Johnson, 777-4171, Affirmative Action; Kathy Spencer (chair), 777-2408, Geology Library/Department of Geology and Geological Engineering; Janice Troitte, 777-4878, Facilities; Tracy Uhlir, 777-3878, Computer Center; Wanda Weber, 777-3209, Biomedical Communications.

-- Kathy Spencer, Geology and Geological Engineering, for the UND Staff Senate.

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U2 LISTS AUG. 14-31 CLASSES

Following are the U2 offerings for Aug. 14 through 31. All computer classes will meet in Upson II, Room 361.

Power Point 97, Level II: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Aug. 14, 16 and 18; 8:30 to 11 a.m.

GroupWise 5.5 Introduction: Tuesday, Aug. 15; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Morning Madness/Unhappy Hour: Wednesday, Aug. 16; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the River Valley Room, Memorial Union.

Grammarcise: Thursdays, Aug. 17 and 24; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Gamble Hall, Room 380.

GroupWise 5.5 Intermediate: Thursday, Aug. 17; 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Windows 98: Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 24; 8:30 a.m. to noon

Please visit our Web site at www.conted.und.edu/U2.

Staci Matheny, University Within the University.

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ENROLLMENT SERVICES WELCOMES NEW EMPLOYEES

Tara Nelson has joined the staff at Enrollment Services. She will assist our recruitment efforts in such special events as outreach programs and the fall open house, serve as an alumni ambassador contact, and work in other recruitment areas. Tara comes to us from the President's Office with extensive experience at UND. She may be reached at 777-4795.

Sommer Herring and Valerie Bauer have joined the Enrollment Services recruitment staff. They are UND graduates, Sommer in communication and Valerie in biology. They will be responsible for hands-on recruiting of students to UND through on-campus and off-campus efforts. Sommer and Valerie may be reached t 777-4463.

Please welcome our new staff members.

Tina Monette, Enrollment Services.

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KACIE JOSSART JOINS STUDENT ACADEMIC SERVICES STAFF

Student Academic Services is excited to announce a new addition to our office staff. Kacie Jossart was recently hired as an academic advisor. We are pleased to have Kacie's experience, as she comes with academic advising expertise from the University of Maryland. Many of you may get to know Kacie as she will be working with our deciding students and will be coordinating the "Getting Started" program.

- Lisa Burger, Director, Student Academic Services.

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MEDICAL SCHOOL SEEKS MODEL 'PATIENTS'

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences is looking for interested people to help students learn, practice and evaluate interviewing and physical examination skills. If you live in the Grand Forks area and would be interested in role playing to help train future health care professionals, please contact our office for an application. Positions are available on a very part-time, limited, temporary basis as needed. The School seeks:

Persons who are willing to learn a "case scenario" (based on an actual illness) to portray a person in interviews. These interviews are conducted in a small group session with seven or eight students present. Each interview is done by a single student, who is observed by other students and a physician-facilitator. No physical examination is required. Some scenarios may contain emotionally charged content, such as death and dying issues.

Persons who are willing to have a physical examination performed by a medical student.

Good communication skills, reliability, ability to consistently recall and discuss case information, and ability to interact with and give feedback to students are essential qualities for participation. The salary is $10 to $15 per hour. For more information, contact me at 777-3208.

Dawn Drake, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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DONATIONS SOUGHT TO DEFRAY PATTY ROLLAND MEDICAL EXPENSES

Donations are being sought to help defray medical expenses incurred over the past year by Patty Rolland, secretary in the Department of Visual Arts for the past 27 years. She is being treated for brain cancer. Since September of 1999, Patty has undergone two surgeries and a battery of chemotherapy and radiation treatments in Rochester, Minn.; in Grand Forks, and, of late, in Raleigh, N.C. Contributions may be sent to the Visual Arts Department, Box 7099, attention: Gary Nupdal. Please make checks payable to Gerald Rolland.

Gary Nupdal, Visual Arts.

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PARTICIPATION INVITED IN HOMECOMING ALL-ALUMNI TAILGATE PARTY

The UND Alumni Association will host an All-Alumni Tailgate party before this year's homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 7, against Morningside. The event will feature food, music and games from Games to Go (www.games-to-go.com). If your college is interested in sponsoring, please call Stacy Nelson, special events coordinator, at 777-3074 for more information. This promises to be a great event where alumni and their families can "Celebrate the UND Spirit," so don't miss the fun!

Stacy Nelson, Alumni Association.

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SPECIAL DENIM DAY WAS GREAT SUCCESS

The special Denim Day held at UND a month ago for our flood-stricken neighbors to the west and north was very successful. A check for $897 was sent to the Salvation Army to be used in that region.

Patsy Nies (Enrollment Services and University Relations), Denim Day Committee.

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DEATH NOTED OF STUDENT BRODY MCGREGOR

It is with regret that the University reports that Brody Scott McGregor of Tioga, N.D., died Wednesday, July 12. He was a freshman enrolled in the School of Engineering and Mines the fall semester of 1999, and was majoring in civil engineering.

Lillian Elsinga, Dean of Students.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

SHAKESPEARE IN MY PARK FEATURES "TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA"

Once again the UND Department of Theatre Arts is offering the community a Shakespeare in My Park production. Directed by Dr. Mary L. Cutler, the August 2000 season features Shakespeare's comedy, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

This play is about two young gentlemen who are seeking fame and fortune. On their journeys, they discover that they must expand their worldly knowledge and their wisdom about life and love. While serving their new employer, the Duchess of Milan, the gentleman are taught by their servants, Speed, Launce, and Lucetta, that life and love require more than they know already. These servants turn out to be their lovers who will risk danger and parental disapproval to demonstrate the commitment required for strong relationships.

The cast includes Danielle M. Weiser as Julie; Damian Hultgren as Proteus, Dawn Kidle as a comic servant, Deanna Galbraith as the Duchess, Mathew Adamson as a comic servant, Darci Dawn Delage as Silvia,. Suzy Arries as a comic servant, Derek Micko as Thurio, Donald Osborne as Valentine, and Kevin Brandt and Jason Henderson in multiple roles.

The technical director is Loren Liepold, and the managing director is Dr. Kathleen McLennan. Beth Froelich is the production designer, Rosemary Beauclair is in charge of publicity, and Melissa Mitchell is the tour manager.

Shows are open to the public, and admission is free. The schedule is: Friday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. in University Park, Grand Forks; Saturday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m. in Optimist Park, Grand Forks; Sunday, Aug. 6, 2 p.m. in Sherlock Park, East Grand Forks; Friday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m. in Riverside Park, Grand Forks; Saturday, Aug. 12, 7 p.m. at the Grand Forks Air Force Base; Sunday, Aug. 13, 2 p.m. in Leistikow Park, Grafton; Friday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. in Sertoma Park, Grand Forks; Saturday, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. in Bringewatt Park, Grand Forks; Sunday, Aug. 20, 2 p.m. at Maple Crossing, Mentor, Minn.; Friday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m. in Central Park, Crookston, Minn.; Saturday, Aug. 26, 2 p.m. at Turtle River State Park; Sunday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. in University Park, Grand Forks.

Kathleen McLennan and Rosemary Beauclair, Department of Theatre Arts.

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MASTER CHORALE AUDITIONS ARE AUG. 13

Auditions for the Grand Forks Master Chorale are set for Sunday, Aug. 13, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and again from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Interested singers should prepare a short solo; an accompanist will be provided. Call 777-3376 to make an appointment or to arrange, if necessary, for an alternate day.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale is composed of 40 to 45 singers from northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. The group rehearses on Sunday evenings from late August through early May and presents four concerts each year.

During the 2000-2001 season, the Master Chorale will be directed by Dr. Susan McMane. She comes to Grand Forks from Missouri, where she received a D.M.A. in choral conducting at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and taught at St. Louis University. She was the founding artistic director of the St. Louis Women's Chorale, which in 1999 won third place in the International Musical Eisteddfod in Wales.

Ruth Marshall, Grand Forks Master Chorale.

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BUY TICKETS NOW FOR JAZZ 2000 CONCERT

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 the UND 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.

Early bird tickets are priced at $22 for adults, $15 for students, $8 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under. Family packages are available for $60. Early bird tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, Aug. 15. After that, prices increase to $30 for adults, $20 for students, and $10 for children. Family packages will increase to $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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CHESTER FRITZ AUDITORIUM ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON

The Chester Fritz Auditorium is proud to announce its 2000-2001 season. Theater shows will include "Man of LaMancha" on Oct. 23, "Anything Goes" on Nov. 5, "Peter Pan" on Feb. 12, and "Jeckyll & Hyde" on April 4. Country acts will be Merle Haggard on Oct. 15, Brad Paisley on Nov. 19, and Berry, Bogguss & Dean on April 27. Children's shows include "Funny Stuff Circus" on Nov. 18 and "Little Mermaid" on March 31. Special performances will be "Up With People" on Sept. 14, the "Olde English Christmasse Feaste" from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2, Lorie Line on Dec. 3, "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 8-10, "The Phantom" (date to be determined), an "Cirque NuAge" on March 5.

Current series (theater, country and children) ticket holders may renew their tickets through Friday, Aug. 11. Tickets for new series subscriptions, as well as special performances, go on sale Monday, Aug. 21. Individual theater, country and children's show tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 5. Please contact the Chester Fritz Box Office with any questions at 777-4090. Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, or charge by phone at 772-5151.

Wallace Bloom, Director, Chester Fritz Auditorium.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

NIH REVISES GUIDELINES FOR MODULAR GRANT APPLICATIONS

Nearly two years ago, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) introduced modular grant applications as a way to simplify the review process of proposals submitted in response to program announcements. Requests up to $250,000 in direct costs per year were expected to be made in modules of $25,000 each, and budget justification was limited to information on key personnel and explanations of unusual requests.

NIH has announced a modification to the instructions for preparing modular grant applications, and has indicated that non-compliant applications will no longer be accepted. Effective Sept. 1, 2000, applications not prepared according to the instructions for modular grants will be returned by the Center for Scientific Review. If corrected and returned in a timely manner, the applications may still be reviewed in the cycle for which they were submitted.

In addition, the instructions have been modified to require justification in the budget narrative for all personnel, rather than just the "key personnel" as required previously. This change was made because the definition of "key personnel" varied widely from one institution to the next, and NIH felt that the budget/effort narrative for all personnel would be beneficial to both reviewers and NIH staff. vFull text of the update issued July 24, 2000, is available on the NIH web site at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-00-046.html. This announcement also includes reminders and clarification of issues that researchers may find helpful.

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

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SETS REGIONAL GRANTS CONFERENCE

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Regional Grants Conference is set for Oct. 11-13, in West Lafayette, Ind. Sponsored by the Purdue Research Foundation and Purdue University, this conference provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, educators, and administrators to meet with NSF staff and program representatives or to become more familiar with the NSF organization, mission, and priorities.

Workshops and presentations will be conducted on a wide variety of topics, including proposal preparation, Fastlane, the philosophy of merit review, and award administration issues. Breakout sessions will allow researchers to meet with program officers in many academic disciplines as well as representatives from cross-disciplinary and special interest programs.

Faculty and research staff interested in attending the regional conference may download a PDF version of the announcement at www.purdue.edu/Research/SPDOffice/nsfconf.htm or contact the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) at 777-4278 for a photocopy of the agenda and registration form. Cut-off dates for hotel reservation and conference registration are in September.

ORPD will assist UND employees with meeting travel costs to attend this conference. Since funds are always limited, please call Carl Fox at 777-4280 or Sally Eckert-Tilotta at 777-2049 as early as possible to request assistance.

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

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RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

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

W. K. KELLOGG FOUNDATION

Support is provided for educational and service projects of potential national or international importance that emphasize the application of new knowledge in addressing significant human problems. Awards generally provide seed money for pilot projects to organizations and institutions that have identified and analyzed problems and designed constructive action programs and practical solutions. Many specific goals are listed within the general areas of health, food systems, rural development, youth and education, higher education, philanthropy and volunteer-ism, leadership, information systems/technology, capitalizing on diversity, and social and economic community development. Applicants are required to write a 1-2 page preproposal letter describing the basic problem and their plan for solving the problem. If the proposal is within the Foundation's guidelines and interests, a detailed proposal will be requested. Deadline: None. Contact: Manager, Grant Proposals, 616/968-1611; One Michigan Avenue, East Battle Creek, MI 49017-4058; http://www.wkkf.org.

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SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH COUNCIL (SSRC)

Dissertation fellowships are provided for social and behavioral research on sexuality conducted in the U.S. Students should have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. except the dissertation and be matriculated in a full-time graduate program leading to the Ph.D. in social or behavioral science. Support in the amount of $28,000 is provided for 12 continuous months. Deadline: 12/15/00. Con-tact: 212/377-2700; srfp@ssrc.org, http://www.ssrc.org.

Postdoctoral fellowships are provided for social and behavioral research on sexuality conducted in the U.S. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or its equivalent in a social or behavioral science. Research should: 1) contribute to a more thorough understanding of human sexuality in order to inform programmatic/community efforts and public policy regarding current social and health issues; 2) develop inter-disciplinary approaches, both theoretical and applied, in which researchers from different social science disciplines will participate; and 3) propose methodological innovation and diversity utilizing qualitative and/or quantitative research methods that generate new theories and test new methodology. Fellowships will provide $38,000/year for 2 years. Deadline: 12/15/00. Contact: 212/377-2700; srfp@ssrc.org, http://www.ssrc.org.

The SSRC provides promising and highly qualified recent Ph.D.s with opportunities to conduct research in Japan. Fellowship support is available for 3-24 months in Japan, for research in any social science or humanistic discipline to be conducted within leading universities and research institutions in Japan. Projects need not be explicitly related to the study of Japan but must require work with colleagues and resources in Japan. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have received the Ph.D. no more than 6 years prior to April 1, 2001 (for 12-24 months) and no more than 10 years prior to April 1, 2001 (for 3-11 months). Deadline: 1/15/01. Contact: 212/377-2700; japan@ssrc.org, http://www.ssrc.org/japfell.htm.

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VATICAN MICROFILM LIBRARY - ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY

Fellowships are provided to assist scholars in conducting research in the manuscript collections in the Vatican Microfilm Library. Projects may be in such areas as classical languages and literature, paleography, scriptural and patristic studies, history, philosophy and sciences in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and early Romance literature. Other opportunities include research in music history, manuscript illumination, mathematics and technology, theology, liturgy, Roman and canon law, and political theory. Fellowship projects range in duration from 2-8 weeks, and must be scheduled within one of the following periods: January 15-May 15; June 1-July 31; or September 1-December 22. If approved, each fellowship provides travel expenses and a reasonable per diem. Interested applicants should first write, describing the topic of planned support and indicating the exact dates during which support is desired. Deadline: None. Contact: Pius XII Memorial Library, 314/977-3092; shihw@slu.edu; http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl/knights1.html.

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BUREAU OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Applications are requested for funding of Public Health Training Centers. The Bureau provides sup-port to improve the Nation's public health system by strengthening the technical, scientific, managerial and leadership competencies and capabilities of the current and future public health workforce. Emphasis is placed on developing the existing public health workforce as a foundation for improving the infrastructure of the public health system and helping achieve the Healthy People 2010 Objectives. With respect to a public health training center, applicants must agree to: 1) specifically designate a geographic area, including medically underserved populations (e.g., elderly, immigrants/refugees, disadvantaged) to be served by the Center that shall be in a location removed from the main location of the teaching facility of the school participating in the program with such Center; 2) assess public health personnel needs of the area to be served by the Center and assist in planning and development of training programs to meet such needs; 3) establish or strengthen field placements for students in public or nonprofit private public health agencies or organizations; and 4) involve faculty members and students in collaborative projects to enhance public health services to medically underserved communities. Approximately $5,000,000 is available for 10-12 awards. The estimated project period is 5 years. Deadline: 12/11/00. Contact: Ronald Merrill, 301/443-3460; rmerrill@hrsa.gov.

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH)

The Collaborative Research Program supports research in the humanities undertaken by two or more scholars and projects coordinated by individual scholars, which cannot be accomplished through one-year fellowships. Activities include editing of works or documents, translating, basic research, and research conferences. Awards normally range from $10,000-$200,000 for up to 3 years. Cost sharing is generally required. Deadline: 9/1/00. Contact: 202/606-8200, collaborative@neh.gov; http://www.neh.gov.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)

NIMH, with the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and Drug Abuse (NIDA), requests research grant applications to study the possible clinically significant effects that various psychotropic medications may have on the brain when administered during the developing phase that spans from birth to early adulthood (PA-00-114 Developmental Psychopharmacology). The purpose of this announcement is to spur new clinical and basic research on the possible impact of psychotropic pharmacotherapy on the developing brain. The ultimate goals are to increase knowledge of the safety and effectiveness of psychopharmacological treatments administered to children and adolescents and determine the short- and long- term consequences of chronic or acute psychotherapeutic drug administration. As such, relevant studies in developing animals will examine behavioral, neurochemical, physiological, and molecular effects of early drug administration in both young and adult animals. Studies should focus on specific behaviors and their relationship to biochemical endpoints within defined brain regions. The standard grant (R01), small grant (R03), and exploratory/developmental (R21) grant mechanisms will be used. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01, 6/1/01. Contact: Lois Winsky, Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behehavioral Research, 301/443- 5288; lois@helix.nih.gov, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-114.html.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (NICHHD)

The NICHHD is collaborating with the National Institutes on Aging (NIA) and Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to provide support for development of new techniques and therapies for rehabilitation treatments (RFA HD-00-016--Innovative Rehabilitation Interventions). The purpose is to provide support for the initial development and testing of non-pharmaceutical and non-surgical rehabilitation interventions, including development of an effective research group, preliminary proof-of- concept projects, development of new therapeutic modalities, fabrication of new devices, and pilot studies to determine safety and effect size in preparation for future formal clinical trials. The R21 (Exploratory/Developmental) grant mechanism will be used. The collaborating institutes will provide $1.7 million to award 6-8 new grants. A non-binding letter of intent is requested. Contact: Louis Quatrano, Behavioral Sciences & Rehabilitation Engineering, 301/402-4221, quatran1@exchange.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-00-016.html. Dead-lines: 8/15/00 (Letter of Intent),10/12/00 (Proposal).

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ABBOTT LABORATORIES FUND

Grants are awarded to support basic research programs in the following areas: physical and biological sciences, medicine and pharmacy, nutrition, and diagnostics. The Fund also makes contributions to institutions of higher learning that are potential sources of professional, managerial and technical personnel for the health care industry. The average grant is between $1,000-$5,000. Deadline: None. Contact: 847/937-7075, http://www.abbott.com.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

The Multi-User Biological Equipment and Instrumentation Resources Program provides support for the purchase of major items of multi-user instrumentation (in the range of $40,000-$400,000) for work to be done within the areas of biological infrastructure, molecular and cellular biosciences, integrative biology and neuroscience, or environmental biology. The Program will support the purchase of single items of biological equipment; establishment of instrumentation resources consisting of several items or equipment with a related purpose, or purchase of additional equipment for such resources; and shared computational resources. Applications for work stations and mid-range computing machines dedicated to broad research needs are appropriate. There must be at least 3-7 major users of the proposed instrumentation, and at least one principal investigator or 40% of the major users must have active NSF funding. Deadline: 10/2/00. Contact: Program Director, 703/306-1472; dbiiid@nsf.gov, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf98137/nsf98137.htm.

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AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY (AHRQ)

The Small Project Grant Program uses the NIH small grants (R03) mechanism to support research and promote improvements in clinical practice and the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services. The program is designed to take advantage of time-dependent opportunities; reduce the costs of developing applications for small research projects, including demonstrations and evaluations; and shorten the time and burden of the review process. Support is provided for focused research projects, developmental studies, and high-risk projects. These projects include: research, evaluation, demonstrations, and pilot studies. The program is particularly relevant for new investigators as a means of encouraging individuals to enter the health services research field. The AHRQ is also interested in pro-jects that involve collaborative efforts between medical and public health organizations. Total project costs must not exceed $100,000 for 24 months. Contact: Carolyn M. Clancy, 301/594- 2829, cclancy@ahcpr.gov, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-96-028.html. Deadlines: 11/24/00, 3/24/01, 7/24/01, 11/24/01, 3/24/02.

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HAGLEY MUSEUM & LIBRARY

Hagley-Winterthur Fellowships in Arts/Industries provide a stipend of $350/week for scholars to pursue research at the Hagley Museum and Library and the Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Re-search must relate to economic life and the arts, including design, architecture, crafts, and fine arts. Eligible applicants include senior scholars, degree candidates, writers, university teachers, librarians, archivists, and museum curators. Deadline: 12/1/00. Contact: Philip B. Scranton, 302/658- 2400, CRL@UDEL.EDU, http://www.hagley.lib.de.us.

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EARHART FOUNDATION

Fellowship Research Grants provide support for research in the social sciences and humanities disciplines, including economics, government/politics, philosophy, and international affairs, for up to 12 months. The award should lead to advancement of knowledge through teaching, lecturing, and publication. Eligible applicants are individuals who have established themselves professionally and are associated with educational or research institutions. Awards have averaged $15,000 for a maximum of 12 months. Deadline: None (allow 4 months for review). Contact: 734/761-8592; 2200 Green Road, Suite H, Ann Arbor, MI 48105.

-- 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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