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University Letter

December 18, 1998

Volume 36 No. 17

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 17, December 18, 1998

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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.



A meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, at 4:05 p.m., in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 24. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

-- Alice Poehls (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.


You Could Find Yourself And Your Friends
In The New UND Flood Book!


It's a book that very likely might include you and your UND colleagues in it!

You may be quoted in it! Your picture--your friends' photos--may even be in it! Your workplace is there in some manner or other!

And it's here now for last-minute holiday giving (including to yourself)!

It's the UND "flood book," The Return of Lake Agassiz: The University of North Dakota and the Flood of 1997. It takes readers from the blizzards before and up to the flood and through it to the fight back from it. It's a chronicle of the University's role with its Grand Forks and East Grand Forks partners in their fight against and recovery from the April 1997 flood -- considered the worst natural disaster in modern times in our region.

Copies of the book that relates the crisis and the community's and UND's reaction to it through a balance of personal narratives and a broad range of photos are available at the University Bookstore and at all five local Hugo's Grocery Supermarkets. Cost is a low $11.95 apiece.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The Myra Foundation has provided the UND Television Center with a grant to upgrade the information billboard on UND Channel 3, which will provide viewers with more sophisticated graphics and bring the weather information back to the channel. When the Television Center moved from Robertson Hall to the Rural Technology Center (RTC), the weather information on Channel 3 was lost because of the high costs associated with moving and renovating the system. Plans were made to replace the system but raising funds to purchase new equipment was slowed after the flood. Now we are able to buy the equipment needed because of generous support from the Myra Foundation and its president, Al Warcup. The foundation helped us accomplish our goal to improve the channel, which will benefit members of the community. We are very thankful for the generous donation from the Myra Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization that funds educational and cultural projects. The organization was named after John Myra, a prominent Red River Valley farmer.

The Myra Foundation donated $8,000 to purchase a new billboard system and weather instruments. The new system will look similar to the one currently on Channel 3 but will have the ability to include photos, logos and complex graphic designs. The system will also provide weather information. The temperature, wind chill, relative humidity and barometric pressure will be updated every 15 seconds. In addition, UND will use the new system to inform university students, faculty and staff about when the University will close during severe weather. The new system will be in place before the Holidays.

-- Barry Brode, UND Television Center.



Faculty are reminded that the next deadline for Faculty Instructional Development Grant Proposals is Friday, Jan. 15. Those wishing to submit proposals may call the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325 for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site. Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.



Due to high levels of faculty interest, the deadline for reservations for the two January lunches sponsored by the Bush Task Force has been extended to Monday, Dec. 21. The lunches from noon to 1:30 p.m. are: Friday, Jan. 8, "Designing and Teaching Capstone Courses," Memorial Room, Memorial Union. Note: faculty members interested in this topic who did not receive notice of this luncheon should contact their department chair or the Office of Instructional Development for further information.

Friday, Jan. 15, "Thinking Differently About First-Year General Education Courses," River Valley Room, Memorial Union. For reservations, call the Office of Instructional Development at 777-3325.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.



During 1999 Legislative Session, a legislator may be contacted directly at the State Capitol. A toll-free telephone number--1-888-NDLEGIS (635-3447)--is available for any North Dakota resident to leave a message for the legislator, or legislative delegation, representing that resident. That number can also be used to obtain information on bills under consideration. For those individuals requiring a TTY number, 1-800-366-6888 is available to reach a relay operator who will contact the legislative telephone room during a regular session. A FAX number--1-701-328-1997--is available for any person to send materials to a legislator representing that person. In addition, any person can contact those legislators who have e-mail addresses at the State Capitol. Rep. Jim Poolman told the audience at a recent Legislative Forum at UND that the best way to reach him and many other legislators is through e-mail. Poolman said phone messages tend to urge legislators to vote yes or no; e-mail messages, however, help provide legislators with the intellectual ammunition they need to work with other legislators in advocating a specific position. The North Dakota Legislative Branch web page can be accessed at http://www.state.nd.us/lr/

Chamber Sponsors Legislative Forums

During the Legislative Session, the Grand Forks legislators will return to Grand Forks for Legislative Forums sponsored by the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce. The Saturday forums begin at 10 a.m. at the Grand Forks City Council Chambers on these dates: Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 27, March 13, March 27.

The following is a list of local legislators and their addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and committee assignments:

District 17:

(R) Senator Ray Holmberg
Address: 621 High Plains Court, Grand Forks, ND 58201-7717
Telephone: 701-746-2429
E-Mail: rholmber@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Appropriations, Procedural: Rules; Interim: Budget Section, Education Services (Chairman)

(R) Representative Roxanne Jensen
Address: 3802 Cherry Street, F-23, Grand Forks, ND, 58201
Telephone: 701-795-9143
E-Mail: rjensen@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Human Services, Transportation; Interim: Budget Committee on Human Services, Judiciary

(R) Representative Ken Svedjan
Address: 3010 Central Court, Times Square, Grand Forks, ND 58201-3502
Telephone: 701-780-5601
E-Mail: ksvedjan@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Appropriations; Interim: Budget Committee on Human Services, Budget Section, Information Technology

District 18:

(D) Senator Judy L. DeMers
Address: 901 University Avenue #508, Grand Forks, ND, 58203-3633
Telephone: 701-777-4221
E-Mail: jdemers@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Human Services, Government and Veterans Affairs; Procedural: Correction and Revision of the Journal; Interim: Insurance and Health Care, Welfare Reform

(D) Representative Eliot Glassheim
Address: 619 North Third Street, Grand Forks, ND 58203-3203
Telephone: 701-777-4195
E-Mail: eglasshe@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Industry, Business and Labor, Political Subdivisions; Procedural: Correction and Revision of the Journal; Interim: Child Support (Chairman), Information Technology, Legislative Council, Regulatory Reform Review Commission

(D) Representative Lonny B. Winrich
Address: 606 South Fourth Street, Grand Forks, ND 58201-4714
Telephone: 701-775-4096
Committees: Standing: Finance and Taxation, Government and Veterans Affairs

District 19:

(R) Senator Duane Mutch
Address: P.O. Box 416, Larimore, ND 58251-0416
Telephone: 701-343-2302
E-Mail: dmutch@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Industry, Business and Labor (Chairman), Transportation; Interim: Commerce and Agriculture (Chairman), Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review

(R) Representative Thomas T. Brusegaard
Address: Route 1, Box 4, Gilby, ND 58235
Telephone: 701-739-1922
E-Mail: tbrusega@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Agriculture, Education; Procedural: Arrangements for House Committee Rooms; Interim: Education Services, Insurance and Health Care

(R) Representative Ed Lloyd
Address: P.O. Box 248, Northwood, ND 58267-0248
Telephone: 701-587-5343
E-Mail: elloyd@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Appropriations; Interim: Budget Committee on Government Services, Budget Section, Taxation

District 42:

(R) Senator Wayne Stenehjem
President Pro Tempore
Address: P.O. Box 6352, Grand Forks, ND 58206-6352
Telephone: 701-775-6281
E-Mail: wstenehj@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Government and Veterans Affairs, Judiciary (Chairman); Interim: Criminal Justice, Judiciary (Chairman), Legislative Council

(R) Representative Amy N. Kliniske
Address: P.O. Box 12982, Grand Forks, ND 58208-2982
Telephone: 218-773-0877
E-Mail: aklinisk@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Government and Veterans Affairs, Human Services; Interim: Budget Committee on Government Services, Child Support

(R) Representative Jim Poolman
Address: 1015 North 39th Street, Unit G-27, Grand Forks, ND 58203-2016
Telephone: 701-795-4553
E-Mail: jpoolman@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Appropriations; Interim: Commerce and Agriculture, Legislative Audit and Fiscal Review

District 43:

(R) Senator Rod St. Aubyn
Assistant Majority Leader
Address: 1906 Willow Drive, Grand Forks, ND 58201-8111
Telephone: 701-772-4844
E-Mail: rstaubyn@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Appropriations; Procedural: Rules (Chairman); Interim: Budget Committee on Government Finance, Budget Committee on Human Services, Budget Section, Information Technology

(D) Representative Lois Delmore
Address: 714 South 22nd Street, Grand Forks, ND, 58201-4138
Telephone: 701-746-2400
E-Mail: ldelmore@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Judiciary, Political Subdivisions; Interim: Education Finance, Judiciary

(R) Representative Darrell D. Nottestad
Address: 2110 Westward Drive, Grand Forks, ND, 58201-4167
Telephone: 701-772-9565
E-Mail: dnottest@state.nd.us
Committees: Standing: Education, Natural Resources; Interim: Administrative Rules, Judiciary

-- Peter Johnson, University Relations.



In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, the following times will be observed as holidays by faculty and staff: From 12 noon, Thursday, Dec. 24, 1998; all day Friday, Dec. 25, 1998; and all day Friday, Jan. 1, 1999. Only employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on these holidays.

-- Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



The Computer Center will close for the Christmas holiday at noon Thursday, Dec. 24, and will reopen at midnight Friday, Dec. 25. We will also close for the New Years holiday at midnight Thursday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at midnight Friday, Jan. 1.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



The Library of the Health Sciences lists their holiday hours for Dec. 18 through Jan. 4: Friday, Dec. 18, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 19-20, closed; Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21-23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 24, 8 a.m. to noon; Friday through Sunday, Dec. 25-27, closed; Monday through Thursday, Dec. 28-31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Jan. 1-3, closed.

Regular hours will resume Jan. 4: Sunday, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Lila Pedersen, Library of the Health Sciences.



University Letter will not be published the final two weeks of December. The next University Letter to be published after that will be the one dated Jan. 8, for which the deadline for submitting items is 1 p.m. Jan. 5.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The 35th annual North Dakota district auditions, conducted under the auspices of the Metropolitan opera National Council, will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, beginning at noon in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The North Dakota auditions are part of a nationwide system of competitions held to find exceptionally talented young singers of opera and assist in their development.

The auditions will be followed by a public vocal master class conducted by Patrick Woliver of Ohio State University. Prof. Woliver is a member of the voice faculty at OSU and a past director of the OSU opera program. Rhonda Fisher and Anna Mooy, members of the voice faculty of Bemidji State University, will join Woliver judging the auditions.

The winners of the North Dakota auditions will advance to the Upper Midwest Regional Auditions at the Ordway in St. Paul Saturday, Feb. 6. The winner of the regional auditions will compete on the stage of the Met in the national auditions. The North Dakota and Midwest auditions are free and the public is encouraged to attend. The North Dakota auditions are supported by a generous grant from the Fellows of the University of North Dakota. For more information contact me.

-- G. Paul Larson (Economics), Director, MONC Auditions in North Dakota, 777-3360.



The University Curriculum Committee will meet Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 3 p.m. in 303 Twamley Hall to review the request from the College of Arts and Sciences to terminate the bachelor of arts in Mathematics and the request from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to terminate the minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Anyone interested in the proposals is invited to attend.

-- Heidi Kippenhan (Office of the Registrar) for the University Curriculum Committee.



A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room 211, Rural Technology Center. This course may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. We will be holding a subsequent class Jan. 27, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at RTC. Other classes will be held the following months on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month until May. The second Wednesdays of the months will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the fourth Wednesdays will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. These will be held in Room 211, Rural Technology Center, on 42nd Street and University Avenue. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for any further directions.

-- Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.



The University Learning Center is accepting applications to fill one quarter-time Graduate Service Assistant position for the 1998-99 Spring semester. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of the UND Graduate School. Duties of the Graduate Service Assistant include conducting study skills workshops, teaching sections of A&S 250 (Introduction to Effective Study -- a one-credit course in study skills), plus other duties as assigned. Graduate Service Assistants receive a tuition waiver and stipend.

Applicants should send a cover letter including a time schedule of available hours and resume to the University Learning Center, GSA Position, P. O. Box 9042, Grand Forks, ND 58202. All applications must be received by noon, Thursday, Dec. 24. For additional information, call the University Learning Center, 777-4406, or visit our office in the Memorial Union, Room 201A.

Andy Freeman, Learning Specialist, University Learning Center.



Master traditional and contemporary storyteller Judith Simundson will be featured at the second program of the North Dakota Museum of Arts Readers Series. Simundson's program for children of all ages will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, in the North Dakota Museum of Art's main galleries.

This "dynamic bearer of Norwegian traditions . . . symbol of Norwegian culture for the young in the Northern States" has taught storytelling, speech, drama, and English in high schools and colleges. As one of the artists listed on the Roster of Artists in Iowa and North Dakota, Simundson tours throughout the Midwest and regularly returns to Norway. She has been the recipient of various grants including the Norwegian Emigration Fund, an Iowa Arts Council fund, Sons of Norway Foundation King Olav V Heritage Fund, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. She has toured elementary schools in Norway as part of the Norwegian Concert Association tours in Telemark, and has recorded "Norwegian Tales of Enchantment" on CD.

Admission is free and open to the public. For further information, please call 777-4195 or contact the web site at www.ndmoa.com.

-- Barbara Crow, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Thomas Fuchs has been hired as a services coordinator by the UND Conflict Resolution Center. Previously safe and drug-free schools coordinator for the Crookston, Minn., public schools, Fuchs has a varied background in both K-12 and in higher education and has served as an independent consultant to organizations and businesses in the areas of teamwork, training, and experiential education.

Fuchs holds a master's degree in adult education from Seattle University. Originally from Paynesville, Minn., Fuchs and his wife Pam live in Crookston, Minn., with their daughters Gillian and Michaela. Fuchs' community involvement includes serving as the "Healthy Community/Healthy Youth" representative to the Lutheran Brotherhood Fraternal Branch and as the President of the Crookston Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

-- Jim Antes, Director, Conflict Resolution Center.



The North Dakota Museum of Art will hold a three-day workshop, "Art Exploration," for young people first grade or older to explore painting and decoration with traditional and non-traditional materials at the Museum Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28-30, from 9 to 11 a.m. Cost is $7 per child per day for Museum members and $10 for non-members. Call 777-4195 to register.

-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.



Wednesday, Dec. 30, is the final Wednesday of the month -- and that means Denim Day. Enjoy your casual duds as you pay your dollar and wear your button proudly. Can't find your button? Your area coordinator (the person whose name is on the Denim Day poster) will give you another one. All proceeds to charity, of course.

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



Information to be considered for inclusion in this "In the News" section of University Letter is encouraged to be submitted by faculty, staff, department chairs, deans, and office directors. Among the kinds of information sought for this section, which is included on an occasional basis, are faculty and staff members' publishing, speaking, and presentation activities and appointments, achievements, and honors which they receive. Departmental and organizational honors and achievements are also welcome. Grant awards are usually included in the "Grants and Fellowships" section which is included weekly in University Letter.


Curtis Stofferahn (Sociology) was a co-recipient this fall of the North Dakota Public Employees Association Employee of the Year Award with Robert Miess (Science, Mathematics, and Computing), Mayville State University. . . . Thomas Gilsdorf (Mathematics) presented "Pre-Columbian Native American Number Systems" at the Midwest Conference on the history of Mathematics at Iowa State University in October. . . . Albert Berger (History and Peace Studies), who was the first scholar to have access to the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. papers when they were opened last summer, will be on the episode "The Rockefellers" in the Public Broadcasting System documentary series The American Experience during the 1999-00 season. He was filmed discussing the business and philanthropic activities of the Standard Oil heir, whose biography Prof. Berger is writing, and was also interviewed about the secret Life of William Avery Rockefeller, Standard Oil founder, who spent summers at his farm near Park River, N.D., living under the assumed name of Dr. William Livingston. . . . A. William Johnson (Chemistry, emeritus) is author of the recently published book, Invitation to Organic Chemistry, designed for use in one semester organic chemistry courses such as UND's Chemistry 212. Publisher is Jones and Bartlett of Sudbury, Mass. . . . Papers read by English Graduate Teaching Assistants at the Forty-First Meeting of he Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota in October at the University of Winnipeg were "The Search for Intelligent Life Outside of PR + FIX = USA #1: Michael More, Roger & Me, and the Role of the 'Public Intellectual' in Documentary Films," Jennifer Bottinelli; "Identity Crisis and Resolution in Dickens' Little Dorrit," Melissa Brotton; "Crossing the Line: Gender and Passing in Harlem Renaissance Literature,' Pamela DeFauw; "Herman Melville's Use of Meaningful Coincidence in Redburn and Israel Potter," Mark Foster; "Section: Rock Drill of the cantos of Ezra Pound: Poetry and/or Whatever, Allen Helmstetter; "The Politics of Brian Friel's Translations," Cigdem Usekes; "The Captive Voice: Writing of Irish Republican Prisoners of War," Lachlan Whalen; "Crime as a priori Social Fact: A Brief Critical Analysis of the Representation of Crime from the 1700s-Present," Brian White; "Advice as Social Act," Alla Yeliseyeva. . . . Abstracts of the papers of English Prof. Emeritus Ben Collins, Prof. David Marshall, and English graduate students Curry Andrews, William Archibald, Yahya Frederickson, Catherine Kidwell, Cigdem Usekes, Jane Varley, and Brian White have been published in the Proceedings of the Linguistic Circle of Manitoba and North Dakota (Vol. 37, 1997). Their papers were presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the Linguistic Circle at North Dakota State University in October.


Mary Grisez Kweit (Political Science and Public Administration) was elected to a three-year term on the Executive Council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration at its annual meeting in Boise, Idaho, this fall. Prof. Kweit also presented a paper, "After the Disaster," at the annual meeting of the National Urban Affairs Association. . . . Connie Bateman (Marketing) brought to completion disciplined and comprehensive client marketing plans for seven North Dakota businesses. . . . John Vitton (Management), with Charles A. Rarick and Ronald P. Garett, co-authored a case study on Southwest Airlines Co., published in the Precedence Hall Custom Case program. . . . Bill Dougan and James Bronson (Management) co-authored "Network Externalities and Path Dependence: The Role of Organizational Strategy and Industry Practice," presented at the annual National Academy of Management Meeting in Boston in August. . . . Jeong Lee (Finance) co-authored with Shari E. Hensrud-Ellingson "Impact of Market-to-Market in Hedging With T-Bond Futures and S&P Index Futures," published in Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the Western Decision Sciences Institute earlier this year. Prof. Lee also wrote a book review of Financial Management: An Introduction of Theory and Practice by Lewellen, Halloran, and Lanser (six chapters). Lee also was the referee for three conference papers at the Midwest Academy of Finance and Insurance and was also a session chair for "Finance: Risk, Return, and Portfolio Selection" at the Western Decision Sciences Institute. . . . Pamela Imperato (Economics and Public Affairs) presented "Delegate, Trustee or Just Plain Confused: State-Level Legislative Attitudes Toward Regulating Genetic Screening Technology" at the meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prof. Imperato also presented "Kaleidoscope Lens: Teaching About Cutting Edge Technology Through Classical Disciplinary Approaches" at the Twenty-First National Conference on Teaching Public Administration in Colorado Springs, Colo. . . . Dan Biederman (Economics and Public Affairs) presented "Economics Interpretations of the Golden Section and the Fibonacci Sequence" at the Missouri Valley Economics Association meeting. . . . Patrick O'Neill (Economics and Public Affairs) presented "Does Test Type Matter: An Experiment in Principles of Macroeconomics" at the Western Economics Association meeting. . . . David Ramsett (Economics and Public Affairs) published "The Cost Approach: An Alternative View" in The Appraisal Journal, April, 1998. Prof. Ramsett also presented a report, "Competition in North Dakota's Coal-Electric-Utility Industry: Lignite vs. Sub-Bituminous Coal," for the Taxation Committee of the North Dakota Legislative Council. . . . Scot Stradley (Economics and Public Affairs) presented "Malthus and the Theory of Human Nature" at the United Kingdom History of Economic Society annual meeting in Bath, England. Prof. Stradley also attended "Teaching and the Case Learning Method Workshop" offered by the Harvard Business School Publishing Co. . . . Fatholla Bagheri (Economics and Public Affairs) co-authored "Political Institutions and Central Bank Independence: A Cross-Country Analysis" in Public Choice, Vol. 96, July, 1998. Prof. Bagheri also presented "Market Institutions and Popular Attitudes: A Comparative Survey of the USA, Former USSR, Turkey, and Iran" at the annual meeting of the Missouri Valley Economics Association. . . . Robert Kweit (Political Science and Public Administration) published "Applying Standards and Ethics in the Twenty-First Century," a workbook and study guide with cases for public administrators with co-editors Herman Martins, Jr., Frank burke, and Gerald M. Pops. . . . Ted Pedeliski (Political Science and Public Administration) published "A Case of Judicial Restoration: A Court System Responds to and Recovers from Red River Flood of 1997" in Judges Journal, Vol. 37, No. 4, Fall, 1998. . . . Stephen Markovich (Political Science and Public Administration) published "Democracy in Croatia: Views from the Opposition" in East European Quarterly.


Richard Schultz (Electrical Engineering) has been awarded the School of Engineering and Mines 1998 James E. Olson Chair, recognizing outstanding contributions to the School in teaching, research, and service by an active faculty member. The recipient holds the chair for one academic year and receives a cash award. The chair was established in 1991 in honor of James E. Olson, a 1950 UND graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree who later became chairman of the board and chief executive officer of AT&T. . . . Arnold Johnson (Electrical Engineering) has been selected to receive the 1998 American Society of Electrical Engineers Annual Conference and Exposition Best Professional Interest Paper Award for his paper, "Capstone Design via Distant Education: A Design Partnership Including Industry and Higher Education." The award carries a prize of $1,000.


Betty Gard (Head of Reference and Research Services) was elected this fall to a two-year position as secretary of the American Library Association's Collections Development and Evaluation Section (CODES). CODES is responsible for investigating all aspects of building appropriate print and electronic library collections. . . . Shelby Harken (Head of Acquisitions/Bibliographic Control) was named 1998 Librarian of the year by the North Dakota Library Association. . . . UND's libraries are currently ranked 23rd in over-all size, according to the most recent survey by the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. The survey is based on statistics from the 1996-97 academic year. That is a move up from 65th ten years ago and puts UND ahead of regional institutions. UND's three libraries--the main Chester Fritz and the law and medical--hold the largest collection of books of any university from Minnesota to Washington and rank higher than state university libraries in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.


Mark Brickson (Director of Career Services) was recognized this fall by the publishing company Harcourt Brace for his contributions to the professional text, America's Greatest Places to Work With a Law Degree, Kimm Alayne Walton, author. Brickson contributed to the section dealing with small law firms and regional law schools. The book is designed to provide law students with insights and strategies to obtain satisfying legal employment.


An article, "Two-Dimensional Wound Measurement: Comparison of 4 Techniques," that is co-authored by Diane Langemo, Helen Melland, Darlene Hanson, Bette Olson, and Susan Hunter appears in the Journal for Prevention and Healing. . . . Cindy M. Anderson is reviewing the book Circumcision Exposed: Rethinking a Medical and Cultural Tradition. Her review will be published in the June, 1999, issue of the Journal of Human Lactation.. . . . The article "Undergraduate Preparation for Primary Health Care Roles in an Academic Nursing Center" is co-authored by Elizabeth Tyree, Susan Henly, Janet Schauer, and Deborah Lindsey and appears in the Journal of Nursing Education. . . . Trish Clayburgh presented "Sacred Space: Creating Healthy Environments for Nursing Practice" at the regional conference for the American Holistic Nurses Association this fall. Prof. Clayburgh also made the presentations on "Feng Shui for the Home and Workplace: Creating Healthy Environments" at the Health Work and Wellness Conference in Vancouver, B.C., in October, and on "Feng Shui as Holistic Therapy" at the Health and Wellness Conference: Holistic and Natural Therapies in Fargo. . . . Ellen O'Connor presented the post-flood parish and community needs assessments conducted in her Community Health Clinical at the International Society for Exploring Teaching Alternatives in Florida this fall. . . . Bette Ide presented "Testing of a Family Disruption From Illness Scale in a Rural Community Sample" at the Fourth International Symposium on Rural Health and Safety in a Changing World in Saskatoon, Sask., this fall. . . . Jan Schauer presented "Pediatric Health History" at the North Dakota Early Intervention Institute in Mandan this fall. . . . Patty Vari presented "Professionally Mediated Peer Support and Early Breast-Feeding Success" at the International Lactation Consultant Association Conference and annual meeting in Florida last summer. . . . Cindy Anderson has been appointed as a manuscript reviewer for the Sigma Theta Tau on-line Journal of Knowledge and Synthesis for Nursing. . . . Bette Ide is co-author of an article, "Development of a Farm/Ranch Stress Scale," published in the online Journal of Rural Community Psychology. . . . The article "Breast Feeding on Campus: Personal Experiences, Beliefs, and Attitudes of the University Community" by Susan Henly and Cindy M. Anderson and which appears in the Journal of American College Health, Vol. 47, November, 1998, is a summary of the undergraduate honor's thesis by Tawnya O'Keefe, now a UND graduate student and a staff nurse at Altru Health Systems Family Birthing Center. . . . Susan Henly is a co-author of the article "A Theory of Planned Behavior-Based Structural Model for Breast-Feeding" in Nursing Research, November/December 1998. . . . Margie J. Hansen is author of the book Pathophysiology: Foundations of Disease and Clinical Intervention, published by W. B. Saunders, Philadelphia. . . . Cynthia M. Anderson has published "Real World Nursing" in Lifelines. . . . The article "Innovative Perspectives on Health Services for Vulnerable Rural Populations" by Susan Henly, Elizabeth Tyree, Deborah Lindsey, Sharon Lambeth, and Chris Burd is published in Family and Community Health. . . . Two presentations at the Thirteenth Annual Clinical Wound Symposium in Atlanta this fall by Diane Langemo were on "Pressure Ulcer Care in Different Settings" and "Comparison of Wound Volume Measurement Technique." . . . Eleanor Yurkovich published "Strategies for Maintaining Optimal Wellness in the Chronic Mentally Ill" in Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, July-September, 1998. . . . Jan Goodwin made a presentation on "Increasing Nutrition Care Services to Outpatients: One State's Findings" at the American Dietetic Association annual meeting and exhibition this fall. . . . Helen Melland and Cec Volden are co-authors of "Classroom Assessment: Linking Teaching and Learning" in the Journal of Nursing Education, September, 1998.


Leigh Jeanotte (Assistant to Vice President of SOS and Director of Native American Programs) received the Friend of ASPIRE Award from the Association of Special Programs (ASPIRE) in Region Eight in October. It is given annually to a university person who has devoted consistent time and support to the federal TRIO Programs at his or her institution. Jeanotte serves on the TRIO Advisory Board and has been a committed supporter of the TRIO Programs at UND for many years. ASPIRE in Region Eight is one of 10 regional associations that form the Council for Opportunity in Education, which promotes equal rights and opportunities for first-generation and low-income students and for students with disabilities. . . . Elaine Metcalfe (Talent Search Assistant Director with Trio Programs) was recently nominated for the Governor's Award for Excellence in Public Service and received a certificate recognizing her contribution to state government and dedicated service. . . . Jerry Bulisco (Assistant Dean of Students) was program chair for a seven-state conference at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., which included sessions on hate speech, disruptive classrooms, the campus crime report, and other legal issues in higher education. . . . Lillian Elsinga (Associate Dean of SOS and Dean of Students) recently was appointed chair of Commission 15 of the American College Personnel Association. The commission looks at campus judicial and safety issues.




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


The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), Nursing Research (NINR), and Aging (NIA) invite applications for educational project (R25) grants to develop and conduct 1-2 week educational workshops in interdisciplinary research aimed at social, behavioral, and biomedical researchers. Grant applications are requested that propose the integration of health research across various levels of analysis; e.g., environmental, social, individual, organ system, cellular, and molecular levels. Special emphasis is placed on facilitating the integration of different fields of social and behavioral sciences research and/or the integration of these areas with the more biological analyses. Up to $100,000 direct costs may be requested for up to one year of support. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff early in the development of an application. Deadlines: 2/5/99 (Letter of Intent), 3/12/99 (Application). Contact: Ronald P. Abeles, OBSSR, 301/594-5943, Ronald_Abeles@nih.gov; Louis A. Quatrano, NICHD, 301/402-2242, lq2n@nih.gov; Patricia Bryant, NIDCR, 301/594-2095, Patricia_Bryant@nih.gov; Carole I. Hudgings, NINR, 301/594-5976, Carole_Hudgings@nih.gov; Georgeanne Patmios, OBSSR, 301/496-3138, patmiosg@exmur.nia.nih.gov.

The National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), Drug Abuse (NIDA), and Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) provide National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) to individuals for research training in a research area relevant to the mission of the NIMH, NIDA, or NIAAA. The training experi- ence must enhance research skills and conceptualization of research problems under the guidance and supervision of a committed sponsor who is an active and established investigator in the area of the applicant's proposed research. Applicants must have received, as of the activation date of the award, a baccalaureate degree and must be enrolled in a program leading to a research doctorate or a combined clinical and research degree such as M.D./Ph.D. Each Institute has different program goals and initiatives; potential applicants should contact the appropriate Institute office or Website prior to preparing an application to obtain current information about program priorities, research topics of interest, and policy guidelines. Contact: NIMH: Henry Khachaturian, 301/443-4335, hkhachat@mail.nih.gov, http://www.nimh.nih.gov/grants/rtcd.htm; NIDA: Andrea Baruchin, 301/443-6071, ab47j@nih.gov http://www.nida.nih.gov/ResTrainingSites.html; NIAAA: Darryl Bertolucci, 301/443-4898, dbertolu@willco.niaaa.nih.gov, http://silk.nih.gov/silk/niaaa1/grants/grants.htm. Deadlines: 4/5/99, 8/5/99, 12/5/99.

Investigator-Initiated Interactive Research Project Grants (IRPG) PA-96-001 provide support to encourage the coordinated submission of related research project grant (R01) applications from investigators who wish to collaborate on research of interest to NIH but do not require extensive shared physical resources. Applications must share a common theme and describe the objectives and scientific importance of the interchange of, e.g., ideas, data, and materials, among the collaborating investigators. A minimum of two independent investigators with related research objectives are encouraged to submit concurrent, collaborative, cross-referenced individual R01 applications. Applicants may be from one or several institutions. Applications that address areas of interest to any of the following institutes are eligible: Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, 301/443-4375), Aging (NIA, 301/496-9322), Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NAID, 301/496-7291), Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD, 301/496-0802), Cancer Institute (NCI, 301/496-4218), Child Health and Human Development (NICHD, 301/496-0104), Dental Research (NIDR, 301/594-7648), Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDKD, 301/594-7277), Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS, 919/541-0131), Library of Medicine (NLM, 301/496-4621), Mental Health (NIMH, 301/443-3367), Nursing Research (NINR, 301/594-5976), and Center for Research Resources (NCRR, 301/594-0630). Applicants are encouraged to contact relevant institute staff for details and program guidelines. Deadlines: IRPG = 2/15/99, 6/15/99, 10/15/99; AIDS research and AIDS-related projects = 5/1/99, 9/1/99. Contact: 301/435-0714; asknih@od.nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm.

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Student Research Grants of $750 each support graduate students in degree-granting programs who are doing sexuality research. There are no citizenship restrictions. The purpose of the research can be a masters thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. The spring award is issued in May, fall awards in November. Deadlines: 2/1/99, 9/1/99, 2/1/00. Contact: Ilsa L. Lottes, 319/895-8407, fax 319/895-6203.

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The Impact of Media on Adolescents' Sexual Behavior grants support basic research to address the hypothesis that the content of various forms of media affects young people's attitudes and behavior with regard to sexual intercourse. Research areas are: What sexual content do youth pay attention to, and how do they interpret what they see and hear?; Does that media content affect their sexual beliefs and behavior?; and How could the mass media be used to promote responsible sexual behavior among youth? Applications that address exposure to and/or interpretation of media content and the linkages between such exposure and subsequent behaviors are strongly encouraged. Applications focusing exclusively on the measurement of sexual content in the media will be of lesser programmatic interest. Researchers are encouraged to consider innovative models and methods to address these challenges. Grants will use the NIH research project grant (R01) mechanism. The total project period may not exceed 5 years. Inquiries are encouraged. Contact: Susan F. Newcomer, 301/496-1174; fax 301/496-0962; Snewcomer@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-079.html. Deadlines: 2/1/99, 6/1/99.

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Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy place graduate students in congressional offices and on strategic committee staffs to work at least 30 hours per week as legislative aides on policy issues affecting women. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at a U.S. institution. At least 6 awards with stipends of $9,500 plus $500 for health insurance will be made. Students may also be reimbursed up to $1,500 for 6 hours of tuition at their home institutions directly related to the fellowship experience. It is strongly recommended that applicants have completed at least 9 hours of graduate coursework and have demonstrated interest in research or political activity related to women's social and political status. Contact: 202/628-0444; 1750 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 350, Washington, DC 20006. Deadline: 2/15/99.

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Five Artists-in-Residence Fellowships of $22,000 each are available for new writers working on a first book of poetry or fiction to spend an academic year at the University of Wisconsin. Eligible applicants are poets and fiction writers of any nationality who have completed an M.F.A. or equivalent degree in creative writing and not yet have published a book. At the University of Wisconsin, they will teach one introductory creative writing workshop per semester and give one public reading from work in progress (a novel, poems, or short stories). Fellows may also participate in the creative writing program at the University. Applications must be received during the month of February. Contact: Jesse Lee Kercheval, 608/263-3705; http://polyglot.lss.wisc.edu/english. Deadline: 2/28/99.

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The Legal Internship Program provides opportunities for law students to spend a semester or summer in Washington, D.C., working as legal interns on a wide range of natural resource and conservation issues and participating in some of the most significant environmental legal work in the U.S. They receive hands-on lawyering experience in federal courts, government agencies, and Congress, working on a wide range of natural resource and conservation issues. Each intern assists an attorney who works on one or more issue teams, including endangered habitat/sustainable communities, wetlands, water quality, takings and land stewardship. Eligible applicants are graduate students who have completed at least 3 semesters of law school. It is recommended that students complete courses in constitutional, administrative, and environmental law before the internship. A stipend is provided only to summer interns. Contact: Leevannah Washington, 202/797-6893; fax 202/797-6646; washingtonl@nwf.org; http://www.nwf.org. Deadlines: 3/1/99, 4/1/99.

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To facilitate the development of innovative methods and models for understanding complex social and behavioral science phenomena, the Division of Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (SBER) and the Division of Mathematical Sciences announce a joint competition for a limited number of mid-career research fellowships in the social, behavioral, economic, and statistical sciences to facilitate interactions among statisticians and social, behavioral, or economic scientists. Awards will cover release time and related expenses so investigators can spend an extended period of time at a host location (different institution or different department within the home institution) immersing themselves in an area of study outside their current areas of expertise. Deadlines: 3/1/99, 9/15/99. Contact: Cheryl L. Eavey, Methodology, Measurement and Statistics, 703/306-1729; fax 703/306-0485; ceavey@nsf.gov; or James L. Rosenberger, Statistics and Probability, 703/306-1883; fax 703/306-0555.

The Enhancing Infrastructure for the Social/Behavioral Science (99-32) program provides up to 10 years of funding to create or extend large-scale infrastructure projects that promise widely spread support to social and behavioral scientists. Projects may fall entirely within one of the following areas or a combination of them: survey research, creation of web-based data systems and/or collaboratories, or the establishment of center programs. They may be used to establish complete infrastructure projects or to prototype particularly new and risky ideas. Proposals may be submitted by individual investigators, by small groups from universities or by inter-university consortia. Synergistic collaboration among researchers and collaboration or partnerships with industry or government agencies are encouraged when appropriate. Prospective applicants are strongly urged to contact a program officer. Annual funding levels range from $500,000-$1 million. Deadline: 3/1/99. Contact: William P. Butz, 703/306-1760; wbutz@nsf.gov, http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9932/nsf9932.htm.

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American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowships of $800/month for up to 3 months support research and writing studies in the period 1660-1815 at the Newberry Library, Chicago, IL. Applicants must hold the Ph.D. or equivalent but may be of any nationality. The Library's collections concern the civilizations of western Europe and the Americas from the late middle ages to the early 20th century, including: American History and Literature (European discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World; American West; local history, family history, and genealogy; literature and history of the Midwest, especially the Chicago Renaissance; and Native American history and literature); European History and Literature (the Renaissance; Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian History; and British literature and history); History of Cartography; History and Theory of Music; History of Printing; and Early Philology and Linguistics. Deadline: 3/1/99. Contact: 312/255-3666; research@newberry.org; http://www.newberry.org/research/fellinfo.htm.

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The Biblical Research Grants Program supports biblical research and studies in the history of the Christian church, including archaeological digs, publications, and lecture tours. Preference is given to one-time projects or seed money for new projects. Eligible organizations are those with projects that offer a broader benefit than a single denominational interest. Of special interest are projects that increase public study and understanding of the Bible. Such projects would not include evangelism or denominational pursuits. The Endowment has previously sponsored translation projects, publication of periodicals and books, archaeological excavations, preservation of documents, research scholarships, improvements in biblical research libraries, public lectures on biblical topics, and provided assistance to projects sponsored by educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad. Recent grants have ranged from $2,000-$21,000. Initial contact should be a proposal letter on organizational letterhead. Contact: Stephen R. Howard, 617/497-1144; P.O. Box 993, Astor Station, Boston ,MA 02123. Deadline: 9/1/98, 3/1/99.

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Obermann Fellowships will be awarded for the 1999 Faculty Research Seminar which will bring together interdisciplinary participants to investigate how assumptions about aging affect the types of research, scholarship, and works of art produced in particular disciplines. Participants will explore ways in which interdisciplinary collaboration might lead to ground-breaking questions, methods, and contributions to the study of aging. Also featured will be distinguished lecturers from medicine, the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Applicants from the basic and applied sciences, the humanities, social sciences, health care delivery, law, architecture, and the arts are welcome. Fellowships provide $1800 stipends plus $500 for travel/housing. Deadline: 2/1/99. Contact: Jay Semel, 319/335-4034; fax 319/335-4696; lorna-olson@uiowa.edu; http://www.uiowa.edu/~obermann/aging/.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.


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