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University Letter

December 22, 2000

Volume 38 No. 17

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 17, December 22, 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

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CONTENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND RESEARCH

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DID YOU KNOW?

The barren beginnings of UND's campus naturally made the planting of trees an early priority. In the spring of 1888, President Homer Sprague, the janitor and a dozen students first planted trees for Arbor Day. For years afterward, groups of students would plant a Class Tree. Others planted trees and dedicated them to their hometowns or native lands. By the early 1900s though, Arbor Day had given way to "Clean-Up Day."

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CARGILL PRESIDENT TO DELIVER WINTER COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS FRIDAY

The new president and chief operating officer of Cargill, Inc. will be the main speaker at the University of North Dakota's Winter Commencement Friday, Dec. 22, starting at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium.

A Bottineau, N.D. native, Greg Page is a 1973 UND graduate with a bachelor's degree in economics. His parents currently live in Grand Forks. He was elected president and chief operating officer of Cargill, Inc., in June. He was named executive vice president in November 1999.

Through Page's leadership, Cargill has partnered a number of times with UND in recent years. The Cargill Room in Gamble Hall is a state-of-the-art boardroom, which has been a great benefit to faculty and students in College of Business and Public Administration. A $150,000 gift last February is helping the College of Business and Administration and the computer sciences department in the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences establish a new Information Technology Initiative to better prepare UND students in business and information technology careers.

Page joined Cargill in 1974 as a trainee assigned to the Feed Division. During the next 10 years, he held a number of positions with Feed in merchandising, product services and administration in Kansas City, Kan.; Forth Worth, Texas; Stockton, Calif.; and Minneapolis. In 1985, he transferred to Singapore to work for Cargill Southeast Asia Ltd. Three years later, he was involved in startup of Sun Valley Thailand, a poultry processing operation in Saraburi Province.

When the Cargill Meat Sector was formed in 1992, Page returned to Minneapolis to work with the U.S. beef operations of Cargill's Excel subsidiary. The Meat Sector was reorganized in 1995 to include Cargill's Animal Nutrition and Poultry businesses, and Page began overseeing the Red Meat Group, which includes Cargill's beef and pork interests. In May 1998, he was named corporate vice president and sector president with responsibilities for the Financial Markets Group and the Red Meat Group. Page is a member of the Cargill technology committee and Commodity Position Committee. He also serves as chairman of the Political Action Committee.

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AEROSPACE NETWORK SELECTED IN FIRST ROUND OF PEW GRANT PROGRAM

The AeroSpace Network (ASN) at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences has passed the first round in the selection process for the Pew Grant Program in Course Redesign. The grant is a three-year, $6 million program conducted by the Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Its purpose is to encourage colleges and universities to redesign their instructional approaches, using technology to achieve cost savings as well as quality enhancements. During the life of this project, the program expects to award 30 to 35 grants with an average award of $200,000.

According to Dr. Carol A. Twigg, Executive Director of the Center for Academic Transformation, the program received a large number of excellent responses. UND is one of 40 institutions selected to move forward in the application process. A three-person team from UND will participate in a program workshop in New Orleans Jan. 11-12. Following that, 20 institutions will be selected to participate in a second workshop and to submit final proposals. UND's proposal was written by Henry Borycewicz, Director of the Aerospace Network and Scientific Computing Center.

Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

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NASA EARTH SCIENCE ENTERPRISE HOLDS TECHNOLOGY PLANNING WORKSHOP

The NASA Earth Science Enterprise (ESE) is in the process of identifying the advanced technologies needed to support Earth science missions with launch dates five to 15 years in the future. To support this effort, the NASA New Millennium Program (NMP) and the Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) will hold a technology planning workshop at the Hyatt Arlington Hotel in Arlington, Va. Jan. 23-24. This workshop will focus specifically on instrument technologies and spacecraft that are likely to require a validation in space before they can be incorporated into a science mission. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists, technologists, and mission planners from NASA centers, other government agencies, the academic community, and industry to further refine the technology development and space flight validation requirements for eight classes of spacecraft and instrument technology subsystems. These subsystems are needed to enable one or more ESE measurements, which will probably need a space flight validation. These include: large, light-weight deployable antennas; ultra-high data rate communications; light-weight deployable UV/visible/IR telescopes; intelligent distributed-spacecraft infrastructure; precision navigation; onboard processing; integrated optics and spectral dispersion technologies; and laser technology. A ninth area, titled innovative technologies, will also be addressed.

The workshop is open to U.S. industry, academia, federally funded research and development centers, and government agencies. To register on-line, please complete the electronic registration form located under the NMP website at http://nmp.jpl.nasa.gov/. For planning purposes, registration should be made by Jan, 16. Group-rate hotel reservations at the Hyatt are required by Jan. 2.

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

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ARTS DAY CAMP FOR CHILDREN HIGHLIGHTS HOLIDAY BREAK AT MUSEUM

The North Dakota Museum of Art celebrates the holidays with three hands-on activities available for young people.

On Thursday and Friday, Dec. 28 and 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Museum invites young people ages 9-12 to its Holiday Arts Day Camp. This camp is a great opportunity for kids to make art during the winter break. The Museum opens its treasure closet for two days, allowing children to explore and create personal works of art. Participants need to wear paint clothes and bring a lunch. The class is limited to 15. Tuition is $21 per child for Museum members and $30 per child for non-members. The deadline for registration is Thursday, Dec. 20.

For this year's First Night Celebration, Dec. 31, young people are invited to fling in the New Year with Morgan Owens, Education Coordinator for the Museum, and create colorful artworks with a spin and a splat in the lower level of the Dakota Science Center. Young people and their parents/guardians will have the opportunity to add their splats of color to a room full of geometric sculptures. They will use catapults and spinning mechanisms to create small spin paintings to take home. This hands-on exploration has been developed in conjunction with the Dakota Science Center's "Push and Pulls" exhibition. Admission for First Night is a $5 button available New Year's Eve at the Dakota Science Center, other First Night locations, or in advance at Hugo's Grocery Stores.

And on Saturday, Jan. 6, the Museum invites young people ages 6-12 and their parents/guardians to its first Saturday Art Workshop of 2001. Titled "Chooz and Glooz," participants, led by Owens, will collect items from the Museum's treasure tables to create a mosaic-like, free-standing sculpture. Parents and guardians are encouraged to participate in this workshop as intently as their children. All materials will be provided. Tuition for Museum members is 47 for each child each Saturday, and $10 for each child each Saturday for non-members. Call the Museum for registration information.

Saturday Art Workshops continue on Feb. 3 and March 3. Call the Museum for more information.

Join the Museum for other activities such as the Concert Series, Family Days, Writers and Readers Series, Looking at Art for Teachers, Looking at Art for Members and Volunteers, Looking at Art with Artists, and Art Odyssey Seminars for Adults.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for admission.

North Dakota Museum of Art.

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FREE DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE OFFERED FOR EMPLOYEES

A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 10 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. Another class will be held Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a daily or monthly basis, received a traffic violation or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle or operates 7-, 12-, or 15-passenger vans transporting four or more passengers at least once a month.

This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.

Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

N.D. LEGISLATIVE PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE LIVE ONLINE

For the first time, citizens from across North Dakota will be able to watch a live proceedings of the North Dakota Legislative Assembly. Audio and video broadcasts from Senate and House floor proceedings will be available on the Internet at http://ndivn.nodak.edu/news&info.htm.

Legislative broadcasting will start Tuesday, Jan. 9, when state legislators convene in a joint session to hear Gov. John Hoeven's state of the state address at 1:15 p.m. Other noteworthy events to be carried the first week of the session include the state of the judiciary address by Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald W. VandeWalle on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. and a Tribal/State relationship address on Thursday at 12:30 p.m.

The North Dakota Interactive Video Network and the state's Information Technology Department teamed with Bismarck-Mandan Community Access Television to make the broadcast available. Community Access Television had been broadcasting legislative proceedings on their local access channel for several sessions. Expanding the service to the Internet now provides all North Dakotans a chance to view their citizen legislature firsthand. For more information contact me.

Jerry Rostad, ND Interactive Video Network, Jerry_rostad@mail.und.nodak.edu, (701) 231-7486.

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HOLIDAY HOURS LISTED

CHRISTMAS DAY IS HOLIDAY

In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Dec. 25, will be observed as Christmas 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, and Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services. Christmas Day Is Holiday In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Monday, Dec. 25, will be observed as Christmas 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, and Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services. The Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for final exams and the holidays are:

FINAL EXAMS

Friday, Dec. 15 (Reading and Review Day), 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 17, 1 p.m. to midnight; Monday through Thursday, Dec. 18-21, 8 a.m. to midnight; Friday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

HOLIDAY HOURS

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 23-24, closed; Monday, Dec. 25 (Christmas Day), closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30-31, closed; Monday, Jan. 1 (New Year's Day), closed; Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, closed; Monday, Jan. 8, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 9, resume regular hours (spring semester begins).

Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

HEALTH SCIENCES LIBRARY:

Holiday hours for the Library of the Health Sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences are: Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday through Monday, Dec. 23-25, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 30, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, Dec. 30 and Jan. 1, closed; Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 2-4, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, Jan. 8, resume regular hours.

April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

LAW LIBRARY:

The Thormodsgard Law Library hours are as follows: Friday, Dec. 22, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 23- 25, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 26-29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 30-Jan. 1, closed; Tuesday through Friday, Jan. 2-5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 6-7, closed; Monday, Jan. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (regular hours resume).

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.

COMPUTER CENTER:

The Computer Center will close for the Christmas holiday at 1 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26.

The Computer Center will close for the New Year's holiday at noon Sunday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.

MEMORIAL UNION:

The Memorial Union winter break schedule is for Dec. 22 through Jan. 8. The Union will close at 5:30 p.m. starting Friday, Dec. 22, and will be closed all weekends during the break. The Memorial Union will be closed Monday, Dec. 25, and Monday, Jan. 1. The schedule follows: Lifetime Sports Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Info/Service Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Copy Stop, closed; Juice Works, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Subway, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; TCBY, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Little Caesars, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; GrabaBite, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; administrative office, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Craft Center/Sign and Design, closed; Dining Service (office hours), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Credit Union, a.m. to 5 p.m.; Traffic Division, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Passport ID's, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Computer Labs, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; building hours, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

UNIVERSITY LETTER:

University Letter will not be published the final two weeks of December. The next University Letter will be dated Jan. 5. The deadline for submitting items for publication is 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY U2 CLASSES ONLINE

The U2 newsletter should arrive in your mail boxes on or before Dec. 27. In the meantime you can look at and register for the January and February 2001 workshops by logging onto the U2 web site at www.conted.und.edu/U2. Confirmations will be sent Dec. 29.

Upcoming U2 classes:

Access Level I, Jan. 8-12, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Eudora, Jan. 10, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Judy Streifel Reller, University Within the University Coordinator.

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BOTH COKE AND PEPSI SERVED ON CAMPUS

The University is entering into a vending agreement with both Coke and Pepsi. For the past five years UND was served by Coke only. We will equally distribute vending locations, and, over the next two weeks you may see your vending machine changed. Your understanding and cooperation during this process is appreciated.

Wally Bloom, Manager, Special Services.

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SALE OF BUTTONS WILL BENEFIT PARKER SEBENS

Buttons are being sold to raise money for Parker Sebens, the 3-year-old boy who lost his arms in a farming accident in September. Parker's mom, Rene Sebens, is a state employee at the N.D. Veterans Home in Lisbon. After numerous surgeries, Parker has headed home to Milnor to recover from his injuries. Parker has a long road ahead of him and he needs all the support we can give. As a Board, the Council of State Employees (COSE) decided to do something to help support Parker and his family. If you are interested in buying a button for a dollar, please contact us.

Jerry Severson, TRIO Programs, 310 McCannel Hal, 777-3426, and David Senne, Facilities.

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STAFF SENATE COOKBOOKS STILL AVAILABLE FOR $12

The UND Staff Senate cookbooks are still available for sale. Just 150 are left, so you may want to take the opportunity to purchase as many cookbooks as you need. They make great Christmas gifts.

The cookbooks are selling for $12 (tax included). It is a hardback 3-ring binder (7" X 9"), with nearly 600 recipes collected from faculty, staff, and students. The title of the cookbook is "COOKING IT UP WITH UND SPIRIT," and one of the official UND Staff Senate logos is displayed on the cover. If you wish to purchase a cookbook, contact me.

-- Beth Kasprick, Dean of Students Office 777-2664, or e-mail beth_kasprick@mail.und.nodak.edu.

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LAST WEDNESDAY OF MONTH IS DENIM DAY

Wednesday, Dec. 27, is the last Wednesday of the month and thus Denim Day. So, pay your dollar, wear your button, and enjoy wearing your casual duds. As always, all proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all 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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FIRST NIGHT BUTTONS ON SALE NOW

First Night admission buttons for the Greater Grand Forks New Year's Eve event are now on sale at all area Hugo's and Valley Dairy stores, the Grand Forks Herald, and First Seasons Community Center. Buttons are $5 each, and children age 5 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. These buttons allow admission to more than 15 venues showcasing the talents of over 45 performance groups and 200 artists. The event is planned from 6 p.m. to midnight Sunday, Dec. 31. The Official First Night Greater Grand Forks 16-page event program will be published in the Sunday, Dec. 24, Grand Forks Herald.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for First Night.

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RAFFLE TICKET WINNERS LISTED

The "31 Days of Glory - December 2000" raffle ticket winners are: Dec. 15, Brenda McCauley; Dec. 16, Joann Albrecht; Dec. 17, Terry Mertz; Dec. 18, James Allard; Dec. 19, Gail Sullivan; Dec. 20, Beth Kasprick; Dec. 21, Roy Lillfors.

UND Staff Senate.

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GRANTS AND RESEARCH

RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

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

AMERICAN NUMISMATIC SOCIETY

The Fellowship in Roman Studies provides $5,000 to assist scholars in the use of the Society's collections and library in connection with studies of the Roman world. There is no minimum age or degree requirement, but it is expected that the work proposed will lead to publication and teaching. Preference will be given to those seeking advanced degrees. Deadline: 3/1/01. Contact: 212/234-3130; info@amnumsoc.org; http://www.amnumsoc.org/about/romfellapp.html.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)

The National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMSD), Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NICAM), and Nursing Research (NINR) are requesting applications for the Prevention of Onset, Progression, and Disability of Osteoarthritis program. The goal of the program is to promote design, development and pilot testing of hypothesis-driven innovative approaches to prevention of osteoarthritis (OA) onset, progression and disability. Specific objectives are to: 1) expand the repertoire of potential prevention strategies, 2) assess the role of and interactions among OA risk factors, 3) design and test new prevention strategies based on current knowledge, and 4) develop new approaches for deployment of existing prevention modalities in order to improve their impact. Translational and clinical research projects are encouraged, but such applications should clearly state how the research findings could or will be used to develop a prevention strategy. The NINR is particularly interested in R01 applications on nursing prevention strategies or interventions consistent with the NINR mission. Potential applicants should contact the NINR program officer with questions regarding the appropriateness of their topic. Both standard grant (R01) and exploratory/developmental research grant (R21) mechanisms will be used. It is anticipated that for FY 2002, approximately $4.1 million total costs will be available for the first year of support for this initiative. Contact: Susana A. Serrate-Sztein, NIAMSD, 301/594-5032, szteins@mail.nih.gov; Bernadette Tyree, NIAMSD, 301/594-5032, bt16w@nih.gov; James S. Panagis, NIAMSD, 301/594-5055, jp149d@nih.gov; Christine G. Goertz, NCCAM, 301/402-1032, goertzc@mail.nih.gov; Ralph M.. Nitkin, NICHD, 301/402-2242, rn21e@nih.gov; Nell Armstrong, NINR, 301/594-5973, nell_armstrong@nih.gov. Deadlines: 6/1/01 (Letter of Intent), 8/21/01 (Full Proposal).

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NORTHWEST ACADEMIC COMPUTING CONSORTIUM (NWACC)

NWACC's mission is to provide a mechanism for cooperation and collaboration of educational and other non-profit institutions in the states of Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and North Dakota. Their goal is to improve access to and use of advanced technological resources in instruction, research, and economic development. Each year, NWACC sponsors grant programs to promote collaboration and support development and dissemination of digital materials and software applications. Faculty, staff, students, and others at NWACC member institutions are eligible to apply for grants. Proposals are requested in the following programs:

The Proof of Concept Program stimulates new curricular uses of leading edge information technologies through demonstration projects. It is hoped that this program will enhance the learning environments at NWACC institutions by developing models that can be used to guide full implementation of new tech-nologies into the curriculum. Examples of leading edge technologies include personal digital assistants, wireless voice and data, e-books, streaming video and audio, multicast video, voice recognition soft-ware, GIS software, etc. Up to 10 grants of $10,000 each will be made in 2001.

The Technology Collaboration Program is to promote team-based approaches to development and use of information technology for instructional and research purposes. It is hoped that this program will help strengthen technology infrastructure, enhance education and research, attract excellent faculty and students, and contribute to economic development of the region. Funds may be used, for example, to purchase hardware, provide network access, develop new software, modify existing software, etc., in order to make software, databases, and other digital materials available to a wider audience. This program will award up to 3 grants of $50,000 each in 2001.

Deadline: 3/15/01. Contact: Martin Ringle, President, 503/777-7254; ringle@reed.edu. Draft guidelines for both programs are available at http://www.nwacc.org/grants/minutes/index.html.

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HAGLEY MUSEUM & LIBRARY

Grants-in-Aid provide funds for short-term, scholarly research in the manuscript, pictorial, imprint, and artifact collections. Eligible applicants are scholars with/without advanced degrees, writers, college and university teachers, librarians, archivists, museum curators, and scholars from fields other than the humanities. Stipends are for a maximum of 2 months at no more than $1,400 per month. Deadlines: 3/31/01, 6/30/01, 10/30/01. Contact: Philip B. Scranton, 302/658-2400; crl@udel.edu; http://www.hagley.lib.de.us/centgrnt.htm.

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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES

Enhancement of Geographic Literacy Program grants of $2,500 are provided to promote geography education in schools; enhance geographic literacy of students at the classroom, district, or statewide level; and encourage integration of geography into the social studies curriculum. Programs must con-sist of sound rationale and appropriate methods for incorporating the study of geography into the social studies curricula. Eligible applicants are individuals or groups in school districts, public institutions, or universities. Contact: 800/296-7840; http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/grants.html. Deadline: 3/21/01.

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INSTITUTE FOR HUMANE STUDIES

The Charles G. Koch Summer Fellow Program provides support to encourage understanding and application of market-based solutions to social and economic problems, especially through public pol-icy. Current college students, graduates, graduate students, and professional students are eligible to apply. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated interest in public policy issues and in learning how a market-based approach might help solve social and economic problems. Each fellow will receive furnished housing, round-trip airfare, and a $1,500 stipend. Duration is 10 weeks. Deadline: 2/15/01. Contact: 703/993-4880; ihs@gmu.edu; http://www.libertyguide.com/ihs/t1/resources/k.html.

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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL

The High-Speed Rail IDEA Program (HSR-IDEA) solicits proposals for innovative concepts and tech-nologies that will help attain the goal of cost effective upgrading of current rail infrastructure for high-speed passage travel and lead to a viable high- speed rail transportation system in the U.S. Specific areas of interest include the following: rail systems operations; railroad crossing safety; track, bridge, and tunnel infrastructure upgrades; rolling stock improvements; fixed high-speed rail facilities; and reducing environmental and operational impact. Proposals are considered in two project categories: Type One (concept explorations to demonstrate validity of unproven concepts for potential transporta-tion applications); and Type Two (product applications to investigate new applications of proven con-cepts, products, or technologies through experimentation and prototypes). Research contracts average about $85,000. Contact: Charles Taylor, Transportation Research Board, 202/34-2065; ctaylor@nas.edu; http://www4.nas.edu/trb/dive-idea.nsf/web/announcement?OpenDocument. Dead-line: 3/1/01.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES(NIDDKD)

The NIDDKD provides support to study the role of growth factors in the etiology and pathogenesis of the micro- and macrovascular complications of diabetes. Appropriate topics for investigation would include, but are not limited to, studies to: 1) evaluate tissue and/or cell specific expression of various growth factors during development of complications, including a temporal analysis; 2) determine if activation or release of growth factors by matrix proteases is altered in diabetes; 3) determine what genes are up- or down-regulated by altered growth factor expression; 4) determine if growth factor signaling pathways are altered in diabetic complications; 5) determine how hyperglycemia alters growth factor expression or action; 6) determine how other metabolic abnormalities associated with complications interact with alterations in growth factor expression and/or action; and 7) test the role of growth factors in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications using animal models (including use of knockout or transgenic animals). Funding of $2 million per year will be set aside by the NIDDKD to fund standard (R01) and exploratory/developmental (R21) grant mechanisms. Deadlines: 10/1, 2/1, 6/1 each year until 10/1/02. Contact: Barbara Linder, 301/594-0021; linderb@extra.niddk.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-159.html.

The NIDDKD supports research to investigate differences among contemporary populations in the U.S., categorized by race- ethnicity and other factors, in risk factors for complications of diabetes and in rates of these complications; and the extent to which factors, including inherent metabolic and genetic variations, medical care, socioeconomic status, and behavioral factors account for these differences. The overall objectives are to determine whether minority race-ethnic populations continue to differ in their risk for microvascular and macrovascular complications, and, if so, the reasons for these differences. Funding of $2 million per year will be set aside to fund standard (R01) or exploratory/development (R21) grants. Contact: Barbara Linder, 301/594-0021; linderb@extra.niddk.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-00- 028.html. Deadlines: 2/1, 6/1, 10/1 until 10/1/03.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

The Division of Bioengineering and Environmental Systems supports research on environmental systems with the goal of applying engineering principles to reduce adverse effects of solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges into land, fresh and ocean waters and air that result from human activity and impair the value of those resources. It also supports research on innovative biological, chemical, and physical processes used alone or as components of engineered systems to restore the usefulness of polluted land, water, and air resources. The program emphasizes engineering principles underlying pollution avoid-ance as well as pollution treatment and reparation, environmental technology research for improved sensors, innovative production processes, waste reduction and recycling, and industrial ecology. Dead-line: None. Contact: 703/292-8320; http://www.eng.nsf.gov/bes.

Goals of the Research on Learning and Education (ROLE) Program are to: discover and describe neural, cognitive, affective, and conceptual learning processes required for life-long science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (SMET) learning; understand how prekindergarten through secondary teacher and post-secondary faculty content knowledge and pedagogy relate to the implementation that innovative and effective curricula, materials, and assessments require; develop research-based learning tools, pedagogical approaches, and materials that enhance SMET education at all levels; reevaluate overall curriculum structure (including selection, ordering, and priorities of topics) to enhance SMET education at all levels; develop and refine new education research and evaluation methods; increase research capacity of the field, especially development of new researchers and research-oriented education practitioners; collect and analyze data and use data to inform researchers, decision-makers and the general public; understand the factors that enhance full participation of all Americans in the SMET enterprise and approaches that can increase this participation; and increase knowledge of learning, teaching and organizational models that lead to substantial and large-scale improvement in efficiency, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of the US educational system. Awards may be funded for up to 3 years and will generally range from $100,000-$1,800,000. ROLE will consider planning, workshop and exploratory research grants for up to one year and up to $100,000 each; 20-30 awards are anticipated. Deadlines: 3/1/01, 9/1/01 (Required Pre-Proposals); 6/1/01, 12/1/01 (Invited Full Proposals). Con-tact: Eric Hamilton, 703/292-8650; ehamilto@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2000/nsf0017.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)

The goal of the Basic and Translational Research in Emotion (PA-00-105) program is to expand basic research on the processes and mechanisms involved in the experience and expression of emotion. The NIMH along with the National Institutes on Aging (NIA), Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Drug Abuse (NIDA), Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are interested in projects in the following general areas: basic mechanisms of emotion; emotional processes in mental, substance abuse, develop-mental, and neurological disorders, and in physical disease; individual differences; developmental aspects; social aspects; biological aspects; and methodological needs. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 2/1, 6/1, 10/1 each year until 10/1/03. Contact: Mary Ellen Oliveri, 301/443- 3942; moliveri@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-105.html.

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

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