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University Letter

December 3, 1999

Volume 37 No. 15

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 15, December 3, 1999

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.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

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

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

The Chester Fritz Library purchased its first photocopier in 1964 in the hope that it would ease book stealing and mutilation.

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FACULTY MEMBERS INVITED TO MARCH IN WINTER COMMENCEMENT

UND Faculty members are invited to march in academic regalia in the Winter Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 17, in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Faculty should assemble in the lower level of the Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.; University marshals will be on hand to direct participants to their places in the procession. Commencement will begin at 2 p.m. with faculty members seated on stage during the ceremony.

Please contact Sherri Korynta in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2725 by Wednesday, Dec. 15, or send an e-mail message to sherri_korynta@mail.und.nodak.edu if you plan to participate so that the appropriate number of seats can be reserved. I encourage participation by faculty members to help make this a memorable occasion for our graduates, their families, and friends.

-- Charles Kupchella, President.

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UNIVERSITY SYSTEM UNVEILS "ACCESS" TO DISTANCE EDUCATION

The North Dakota University System (NDUS) unveiled a new centralized web site called ACCESS that will serve as a clearinghouse for information on all the distance learning courses and programs offered by North Dakota's public colleges and universities. The site was created by the AeroSpace Network (ASN), a division of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Students from North Dakota or around the world can log onto (www.access.ndus.edu) and view a catalog that compiles distance education offerings from all NDUS campuses. ACCESS also provides links to each of the colleges, making it easy to enroll in a specific course.

The web site is one more step in the university system's quest to create a virtual university. Courses may be offered in a variety of delivery formats including online, the Interactive Video Network (IVN), satellite, Internet, videotape, off-campus yet face-to-face, audio conferencing and correspondence. In addition to a distance education catalog, users will be able to conduct searches by campus, term, course level, course description, course title, delivery medium, and subject area.

Last November, the State Board of Higher Education approved spending $80,000 for the project and issued a request for proposals, spearheading development of ACCESS. ASN's submission was chosen from competitive proposals submitted by public and private organizations across the state. ASN was awarded a $50,000 grant earlier this year to create and maintain ACCESS.

The ACCESS development team includes project director Henry Borysewicz, David Horne, programming and database consultant; Kristi Swartz, visual communications specialist; Joe Stevens, lead programmer; and programmers Dan Herring, Chris Arnett, Richard Fastner, Erik Rounds, and Jens-Petter Salvesen. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

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STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE

The University is embarking upon a Strategic Planning process. This plan, when developed, will articulate our institutional priorities for the present and future. For more information, please see the web site at www.und.edu/stratplan. The plan is "top down, bottom up," and will feature involvement from all departments and as many individuals as possible. Please fill out the survey on the site, which asks your opinions of future trends, priorities for the University, and valued characteristics of UND. Just click on the survey portion at the bottom of the site, and return it to president@und.nodak.edu

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EMPLOYEES MAY ENROLL IN COURSES AT LOW COST

For just $4.17 per credit hour, UND employees may enroll in University classes. You may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, and may be granted work release time for one academic class per school session after receiving approval from your supervisor for release time during working hours. You must have successfully completed your probationary period. You can continue your education, earn a degree, or improve your skills. Staff members may work toward a degree; faculty may take courses for credit. Both faculty and staff members may audit courses.

You can choose from hundreds of courses, ranging from management and sciences to languages and music, from exercise and ceramics to first aid and financial management. Here's how to enroll:

1. Pick up admissions materials, registration materials and a tuition waiver form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall (phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School, 414 Twamley Hall (777-2784).

2. Choose the course you'd like to take. Prerequisites or other factors may affect registration.

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. THE DEADLINE FOR FILING THE WAIVER IS MONDAY, DEC. 27, FOR THE SPRING SEMESTER.

4. Register according to instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes. If you are enrolling for the first time, you need to complete and return an "Application for Admission" form, available from the Admissions Office or Graduate School. There is a $25 matriculation fee for an employee who has not previously enrolled. You may need to file transcripts from schools that you previously attended. Please note that some courses have additional fees that cannot be waived.

Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit!

-- Heidi Kippenhan, Assistant Director of Admissions, and Diane Nelson, Director of Personnel.

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KUPCHELLA WILL GIVE BRIEFING DEC. 8

The next Presidential Briefing is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Among the topics of discussion are a review of UND's contingency plans for responding to possible Y2K problems.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

INTERNATIONAL CENTRE LISTS EVENTS

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will present "Catch the Spirit of Costa Rica" and celebrate the culture of Costa Rica with music and dancing Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Centre. This event is free and open to everyone. Please join us. International Centre.

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STUDIO ONE LISTS GUESTS

The Studio One news team will examine scientists' concerns about the impact of global warming on the Thursday, Dec. 2, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3. Climate change, such as global warming, can cause changes in not only temperature, but water supplies, agriculture, and economics. This change has raised scientists' concerns about the Northern Great Plains and Rocky Mountain Regions. "Studio One" interviewed scientists from around the nation at a recent climate change workshop.

Jodi Nehring will spice up the show by making tamales. She will explain how to prepare your kitchen for this taste treat and show the ingredients used to make tamales. Nehring learned how to make tamales from her mother-in- law, Ida Rodriguez. Rodriguez grew up in Spain and lived above a bakery, where she worked and learned baking techniques. She has been baking for her family for over 50 years and has shared many family recipes with Nehring.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

--Marla Johnson, UND Studio One Marketing Team.

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PHYSICS DEPARTMENT PLANS COLLOQUIUM ON SOFT X-RAY MICROSCOPY

A Physics Department colloquium will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in 209 Witmer Hall. "Soft X-Ray Microscopy: Applications in Biology and Material Science" will be presented by Steve Lindaas, Telerobotic (prairie dogs and bison) Project, Dakota Science Center.

See the world in a new light! It has only been in the last 10 to 15 years that soft x-ray microscopy has become feasible. Information from soft x-ray microscopes is complimentary to existing visible light and electron microscope techniques. Dr. Lindaas will discuss ways to construct an x-ray microscope and review research on them. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.

--Physics Department.

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FREE CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT TABULA

The Grand Forks Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is sponsoring a free concert at the Tabula Coffee House, Christus Rex, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. Jim Scott, an acoustic guitarist and composer, will present a special musical program called "Gaia, Mother Earth, and the Oneness of Everything." Scott, who has a degree from Eastman School of Music with graduate studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Maryland, has performed in major venues of jazz, classical, folk and popular music. His songs, poetry and short stories address issues of ecology, justice and peace.

-- Judy Rieke (Library of the Health Sciences) for the Grand Forks Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

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HOLIDAY ART AND CRAFT FAIR SET FOR FRIDAY

The 21st Annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair is Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Union. The event has become a holiday tradition to showcase the work of artists and crafters from around the region including a number of UND students, faculty and staff. It also gives the UND and Greater Grand Forks communities an opportunity to discover an extra-special gift for the season's giving or something to make your own celebrations a little more festive. This year's fair will include wood carvings, clothing, quilts, pottery, bird houses, folk art and much more. There will also be holiday decorations, ornaments, wreaths and gift baskets.

Admission is free and door prizes will be announced throughout the day. Holiday Art and Craft Fair is sponsored by the University Craft Center and UND Memorial Union. For more information, contact the University Craft Center at 777-3979.

-- Hilary Bertsch, Coordinator of Special Programs and Marketing, Memorial Union.

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NDSU CHEMIST WILL PRESENT SEMINAR

Andres Campiglia from North Dakota State University will present a seminar Friday, Dec. 3, at noon in 138 Abbott Hall. His topic is "A New Screening Tool for the Analysis of Polycylic Aromatic Compounds in Water Samples." Dr. Campiglia received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Brazil and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He did post- doctoral work at Oak Ridge National Laboratories before joining NDSU.

-- Department of Chemistry.

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MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Historic St. Michael's Catholic Church is the setting for the Grand Forks Master Chorale's 17th annual Christmas Holiday Concert Sunday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. The Chorale, directed by James Rodde (Music), will be joined by guest choirs -- the UND Varsity Bards and Allegro Women's Chorus -- and an orchestra of local instrumentalists. This traditional holiday event is sponsored by First National Bank North Dakota.

The Master Chorale will feature one of the most popular Baroque works for chorus and orchestra: "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi. There will be many carols and other seasonal pieces, including "Little Tree" by the Master Chorale's "Continental Harmony" composer, Steve Heitzeg. The finale of the concert will bring together the audience, choirs and orchestra in Randall Alan Bass' "Praeludium Noel." The traditional post-concert reception will present an array of special holiday treats made by members of the Chorale.

Tickets -- at $10 for adults and $5 for students -- will be sold at the door. Advance tickets are also available. The Master Chorale office, 144 Hughes Fine Arts Center, will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 1-3, for ticket purchases. For more information, call 777-3376.

-- Ruth Marshall, Grand Forks Master Chorale.

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GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Dec. 6, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Overview of Occupational Therapy masters proposal;

2. Nursing certificate;

3. Survey of UND Graduate School graduates;

4. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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PSYCHOLOGY FACULTY CANDIDATE WILL PRESENT COLLOQUIUM

The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Kathleen Murray, Clinical Psychology faculty candidate, will present "Effortful Control: Factor Structure and Relation to Externalizing and Internalizing Behaviors." The colloquium will be held Monday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

-- Department of Psychology.

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ANATOMY AND CELL BIOLOGY WILL HOLD SEMINAR

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology fall seminar series continues. Roxanne Vaughan (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) will present "Dopamine Transporters: Structure, Function and Anatomical Localization" at noon Monday, Dec. 6, in B710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

-- Jon Jackson, Series Coordinator, Anatomy and Cell Biology.

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ROBINSON LECTURE SET FOR DEC. 7

The Ninth Annual Elwyn B. Robinson Lecture will be held at the Chester Fritz Library, East Asian Room, at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7. Robert W. Lewis, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of English, will be the guest speaker. A reception will follow.

-- Frank D'Andraia, Director of Libraries.

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COUNSELING PLANS TOPICS SEMINAR

The Department of Counseling will hold a Topics Seminar in Counseling Psychology Research and Practice, in which David Witcomb will discuss "Sexual Orientation as a Cultural Variable in Counseling Psychology" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7, in 316 Montgomery Hall. Everyone is welcome.

-- Jane Hull, Coun 565N and Sue Jacobs, Supervising Professor, Counseling.

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RECEPTION TO HONOR JACKIE MCELROY-EDWARDS

The Department of Visual Arts will host a reception to honor Jackie McElroy-Edwards Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Anna Mae Room of the Hughes Fine Arts Center. Prof. McElroy-Edwards currently chairs the Visual Arts Department and will retire in December. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement.

-- Patrick Luber, Visual Arts.

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RECEPTION WILL HONOR MARY HARRIS

An all-campus farewell reception for Mary Harris will be held at the Stone Alumni Center Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mary Harris has been dean of the former Center for Teaching and Learning and currently, the College of Education and Human Development and Director of Education since July of 1986. She will resign effective Dec. 31, to accept a position as Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education at the University of North Texas. The University and Grand Forks communities are invited to join Academic Affairs in giving Mary a fond farewell and our best wishes in her new position.

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

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BIOLOGY PLANS SEMINAR

The Biology Department will hold a seminar titled "Does Social Behavior Influence Ecosystem Process? An Example From River Otters in Prince William Sound, Alaska" by Merav Ben-David, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Friday, Dec. 10. At 3:30 p.m., cookies, tea, and coffee will be served in 103 Starcher Hall. The seminar will be held in 141 Starcher Hall at 4 p.m.

-- William F. Sheridan, Coordinator, Biology Seminar Series.

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ALL INVITED TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARDS LUNCHEON

The Office of Multicultural Student Services invites you and a guest to the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon at noon Friday, Jan. 14, at the Holiday Inn, Grand Forks. Prices for the general public are as follows (student prices are $4 with UND ID): lasagna, $7.50; hot turkey, $8; and vegetarian meal, $7.50. Please reserve your spot by Friday, Dec. 10, by contacting Multicultural Student Services, 2800 University Ave., Grand Forks, ND 58202 or 777-4259.

-- Cheryl Saunders, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center.

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OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

STUDENT EVALUATION FORMS DUE DEC. 17

This is a reminder that student evaluations of faculty are due Friday, Dec. 17. The evaluations should be sent to Computer Operations, Box 9041, by the end of the semester, which is Dec. 17. If you have questions about any procedures related to the evaluation forms please call the Registrar's Office at 777-4358.

-- Carmen Williams, Interim Registrar.

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FIDC GRANT RECIPIENTS LISTED

The following faculty were awarded Faculty Instructional Development Committee (FIDC) grants in November:

Erin Burin (History), "American Race Relations Instructional Materials," $515; Kim Fink (Visual Arts), "Instructional Supplies for Creative Image- Making in Fine Art Printmaking," $800; William Jenkins (Theatre Arts), "The University/Resident Theatre Auditions," $500; Peter Zapp (Theatre Arts), "The University/Resident Theatre Auditions," $500; Mahesh Lakshman (Chemistry), "Instructional Supplies for Use in Chemistry 463," $768.95; Patricia Orozco Rangel (Modern and Classical Languages), "Foreign Films and Cultural Documentaries in Spanish Language Instruction," $500; Janet Schauer (Family and Community Nursing), "Collaborative Healthcare Coalition Fourth Annual Conference," $875; John D. Williams (Educational Foundations and Research), "Instructional Materials for Use in EFR 501, Psychological Foundations of Education," $654.52.

FIDC grant proposals may be used to purchase instructional materials, travel to teaching-related conferences, or other projects related to teaching. To submit a proposal, call the Office of Instructional Development (OID) for guidelines and materials or find the necessary information on the OID web site (listed under "Academics" on the UNDInfo page.)

Proposals may be submitted at any time during the academic year and are reviewed on a monthly basis by the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. The next deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Instructional or professional development projects that fall outside FIDC guidelines may qualify for funding through OID's Flexible Grant program. For further information, or to discuss ideas and drafts before submitting a final proposal, contact me.

-- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development, 777-3325 or rankin@badlands.nodak.edu.

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BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS EXHIBITION BY MILLER RUNS THROUGH DEC. 9

"Ceramics" a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Katia I. Miller is currently showing at the Col. Eugene E. Myers Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The exhibition will run through Tuesday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, for the Department of Visual Arts.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW N.D. QUARTERLY OUT; GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE

The latest issue of North Dakota Quarterly is now available by subscription and on sale at the University Bookstore and the North Dakota Museum of Art.

It contains a variety of writing including essays, fiction, poetry, and reviews as well as an annual feature, the Graduate School list of theses and dissertations written at UND in 1998. Authors represented include UND faculty Faythe Thureen (Norwegian) and Gregory Gagnon (Indian Studies) and UND alumni Diane Drake, Jill Gidmark, and Jane Varley (all of whom have received doctorates in English).

North Dakota Quarterly is also offering a gift subscription discount for the holidays. You can purchase any number of gift subscriptions for $20 each ($5 off the regular rate). Included in this offer is a personalized gift card informing the recipient of the gift and four issues (one year) of North Dakota Quarterly. Checks, money orders, MasterCard and Visa are accepted. For more information or to order call Melanie Crow at 777-3322 or e-mail ndq@sage.und.nodak.edu.

-- Robert Lewis, Editor, North Dakota Quarterly.

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NEW FLOOD BOOK AVAILABLE AT MUSEUM

"Voices from the Flood" has been published by the North Dakota Museum of Art. Edited by Eliot Glassheim, the book is based on the Museum's Oral History Project. Glassheim directed the Oral History Project, working closely with Kim Porter (History) who was involved in planning the project, trained interviewees, and conducted interviews. The story of the flood's impact is told in the voices and rhythms of the people themselves. Over 100 people were asked to tell their stories; the interviews were recorded, transcribed, selected and edited to make an oral history of the disaster. The interviews were conducted while the memories of flood preparation, evacuation, return, mucking out and rebuilding were still fresh. "Voices of the Flood" reads like a novel whose narratives present moving portraits of human nature under stress.

Most of the classic virtues and deadly sins are revealed in these miniatures. A broad range of human emotions -- denial, fear, courage, neighborliness, greed, anger, blaming, patience, selfishness, generosity and grief -- emerge from the individual interviews. Taken all together, they are the story of a city coming to terms with community-wide loss. Many from the University community were deeply involved in the project, both as interviewers and interviewees. "Voices from the Flood" is available in the Museum Shop for $12.

-- North Dakota Museum of Art.

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1999 CALENDAR YEAR-END PROCEDURES DETAILED

The end of the calendar year is very near. We don't anticipate any Y2K problems with the computer system, but as a part of our Y2K plan, we ask your assistance in submitting your payment vouchers and other documents to Accounting Services for processing in a timely manner.

Please submit the following by Friday, Dec. 17:

requests for payment for all invoices for materials or services received, including blanket purchase orders

travel expense vouchers

receiving reports for all invoices for materials or services received

interdepartmental billings

accounts receivable charges and credit memos

This will allow sufficient time for Accounting Services to process and mail all payments to vendors or individuals prior to calendar year-end. Priority processing will be given to payment vouchers (requests for payment, travel expense vouchers, and receiving reports).

If you have any questions or need assistance, please call one of the Accounting Services staff:

Jan, 777-4565, SOS payments or blanket purchase order payments;

Bonnie, 777-2966, travel expense vouchers;

Judy, 777-2773, receiving report payments;

Barb, 777-2967, all other payments, including payments to individuals.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

-- Allison Peyton, Accounts Payable Manager, Accounting Services, and Lisa Heher, Cash and Investments Manager, Accounting Services.

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PAYROLL WILL RUN EARLY IN DECEMBER

In preparation for Y2K, all departments should be aware of the payroll run dates for the month of December:

Payday -- Time Slips Due -- Run Date
Dec. 15 -- Nov. 30 -- Dec. 10
Dec. 31 -- Dec. 14 -- Dec. 23

Departments must have all Notice of Appointments, revisions, leave slips and any late time slips for these pay periods turned into the Payroll Office no later than noon on the listed run dates. Earlier submission of all paperwork is always recommended and appreciated.

NO MANUAL CHECKS OR PAY ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE PROCESSED FROM DEC. 23 TO JAN. 15. Please make sure that your department has all 1999 payroll paperwork completed and turned in prior to leaving for semester break and the holidays. Your employees' paychecks are depending on it!

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.

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CABELA'S PURCHASES REQUIRE PURCHASE ORDERS OR RFP FORM

Purchases at Cabela's require the vendor copy of the purchase order; if under $750 use a Request for Payment/SOS form. Present the form with your merchandise at the cash register for checkout.

-- Gerald Clancy, Buyer, Purchasing.

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NEW 15 MINUTE MODEMS AVAILABLE

A new 15 minute modem pool is available. If you need to dial into the UND modem pool for "just a couple of minutes" to check your e-mail or print out an assignment, the 15 minute modem pool may be your answer. As the name "15 minute modem pool" might imply, these modems are set to drop your connection after 15 minutes.

The configuration information for the 15 minute modem pool is the same as for the main UND modem pool except for the phone number. Create a new icon for the 15 minute modem pool; the phone number is 777-0125. For complete information on the new 15 minute modem pool please go to the following URL: http://www.und.edu/dept/CC/15minmodems.html. The new pool is funded by Student Technology Fees. If you have questions please call the UND Computer Help Center at 777-2222 or e-mail us at CC_HelpDesk@mail.und.nodak.edu.

-- Craig Cerkowniak, Computer Help Center.

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SITE LICENSE SPSS VERSION 10 AVAILABLE

SPSS version 10 is available from the Computer Center Site License program. Contact Elmer Morlock at 777-3786 or e-mail elmer_morlock@mail.und.nodak.edu for more information.

-- Elmer Morlock, Computer Center.

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"A ZONE" PARKING PERMITS EXPIRE DEC. 5

All A-Zone permits expire Sunday, Dec. 5. The Traffic Office staff has sent out applications and processed renewals; if you renewed your permit by mail, you should receive it soon. If you did not renew your permit by mail, you may do so in person at the Traffic Division in the Memorial Union between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you did not receive an application in the mail please stop in to fill out an application and get your new permit. We have some exciting new changes this year regarding the payroll deduction.

-- Sherry Kapella, Traffic Division.

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NEW ON THE WEB AT THE U

An occasional report on new and updated features on the UND Internet web site (www.und.edu). Check out the new home page and faculty focus site.

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DOOR PRIZE WINNERS LISTED

There were 480 staff participating in the staff seminar "Discover the You in YouND:A Student Service Seminar," presented by Dennis Elbert (Business and Public Administration), and sponsored by the Staff Senate. The winners of the door prizes were: Basketball tickets, Keith Anderson (Facilities); UND wool blanket, Julie Gurbada (Chester Fritz Auditorium); CD player, Mavis Ness (University Relations); Chester Fritz Auditorium gift certificate, Darlene Kenmir (Facilities) and Dennis Gunderson (Facilities); Cordless phone, Barb Kjemhus (Facilities); Golf bag, Mark Thompson (Career Services); Hockey tickets, Cheryl Widman (Personnel); UND nylon windbreaker, Dave Halverson (Facilities); UND pin and mittens, Greg Hoffarth (Facilities); UND poplin jacket, Susie Shaft (Office of the Registrar); UND sweater, Brenda Schill (College of Arts and Sciences); UND watch, Jane Thorvilson (Student Financial Aid); the grand prize of a color television went to Mary Anderson (Business Office).

-- Kathy Spencer (Geology), Public Relations Committee, UND Staff Senate.

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USE CAUTION WHEN DECORATING FOR HOLIDAYS

You can prevent most holiday fires by careful selection and safe handling of the Christmas tree. Here are some basic safety tips for maintaining a safe tree:

Artificial trees are acceptable for decorating purposes. Live trees must have prior approval from the Safety Office and must be treated with a fire retardant material to comply with fire codes. Acceptable live trees have a tag attached which notes they have been treated with a fire retardant. If you plan to have a real tree, please contact the Safety Office at 777-3341 before purchasing it. Select a location that is away from heat and drying sources, such as registers or radiators. Do not place the tree so that it blocks a doorway, corridor or exit.

Inspect lights and other electrical decorations before you use them. For tree decorating purposes, only a reasonable number of miniature lights shall be used. Look for frayed or bare wires, cracked sockets, loose connections and damaged insulation. If damaged lights are found, discard them. When you leave the building, be sure to unplug all decorative lighting. After the holidays, the sooner you get rid of your Christmas tree and decorations the better. The longer they stay up, the more they become a fire hazard.

-- Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health, for Max Allard, Fire Marshall.

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CREDIT UNION OFFERS HOLIDAY LOANS

Remember when you just couldn't wait? Take advantage of the University Federal Credit Union's 1999 Holiday Bill Paying Special. The loans have an interest rate of 9.2 percent, and a maximum amount of $1,000 for a term of 11 months.

The Credit Union holiday hours are: Friday, Dec. 24, main office closed; service center closes at 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 31, both locations of Credit Union closed.

-- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

CRITERIA LISTED FOR GRANT PROPOSAL REVIEWS BY GRANTS AND CONTRACTS OFFICE

Over the course of the past couple of years, the Federal Government has encouraged us to use more consistency in how we estimate, accumulate and report costs. This has affected how we review proposals, both the written and budget sections. If there are commitments made in any part of the proposal we should be able to account and report those costs. The Grants and Contracts staff in conjunction with the Energy and Environmental Research Center administrative staff have put together the following criteria to assist faculty and staff in proposal preparation. The Grants and Contracts staff uses these definitions and criteria when reviewing proposals. If you have any questions concerning these criteria, please contact the Grants and Contracts Administration office at 777-4151.

Cost Share and Similar or Parallel Work

1. Cost Share: Program or project costs that are not borne by the sponsor. Cost share can include cash and in-kind when such contributions meet the established criteria in OMB Circular A-110. (This would include costs that are reported to the sponsor and those that are not reported but are tracked for internal purposes.)

Cash cost share: Cash that is contributed specifically (excluding donations) to cover the actual costs of the sponsored project.

In-kind cost share: Contributions proposed by a third party(ies) in the form of effort or goods with a dollar amount specified. These amounts must be verifiable by the third party, are necessary for proper and efficient accomplishments of project or program objectives, are not reimbursed with federal or federal flow-through dollars or used as cost-share with other federal funds, and are allowable under the applicable cost principles.

2. Similar/Parallel Work: Projects that have similar technical backgrounds, but each project is a stand-alone project (this is used when conveying expertise in an area) and should include only funded projects. This should be specifically identified as to not convey a cost-share requirement. It cannot be stated that these projects will benefit the proposed project because that implies cost share.

If presented on the budget page, it is preferable to use a horizontal dividing line to separate the project budget from the budgets of the similar/parallel projects.

Similar/Parallel projects section should be labeled as Similar/Parallel Projects/Programs/Work as appropriate.

Information may include (but not limited to):

Project title

Sponsor

Period of Performance

PI or Project Manager

Funded Amounts and/or Awarded Amounts (identified appropriately)

If dollar amounts are noted, they should be traceable to a specific UND fund number or documentation from a third party. If dollar amounts are applicable to a UND fund, the total expenses from that fund should be attributable to the similar/parallel project (not just a portion of the expenses from that fund).

The Similar/Parallel projects section will not be totaled with the budget section, however, each section can have separate totals.

The information is #2 can be included on a separate page(s)/section(s) if page(s)/section(s) are titled or referred to appropriately as Similar/Parallel Projects.

1. Third Party Participants: A party(ies) that choose to lend their expertise, facilities, or personnel to a project but not be accountable for reporting the cost of that expertise, facilities, or personnel.

An example would include a letter of technical support from the third party participant with no dollar amounts included and a statement indicating that this is not a commitment nor will they put a dollar amount on the proposed expertise, facilities, or personnel.

NOTE: Do not use the words "complimentary," "collaborative," "matching" or "related to" to indicate the non-cost sharing portion in a proposal.

-- David Schmidt, Manager, Grants and Contracts Administration.

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JULY-OCTOBER GRANT RECIPIENTS LISTED

The Office of Research and Program Development would like to congratulate the following UND faculty and staff who were listed as principal or co- principal investigators on awards received during the months of July, August, September, and October:

Academic Affairs and Information Services, Medical School: Robert Rubeck; Administration and Finance, Medical School: Randy Eken; Aerospace Network: Christopher Breitling; Anthropology: Duane Klinner, Dennis Toom; Atmospheric Sciences: Cedric Grainger, Michael Poellot, Jeffrey Stith; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology: John Shabb, Roxanne Vaughan; Bureau of Educational Services and Applied Research: John Hoover; Chemical Engineering: John Erjavec, Michael Mann: Chemistry: Harmon Abrahamson, Mark Hoffmann, Lothar Stahl; Chester Fritz Library: Frank D'Andraia; Communication Support Services (Mailing Services): Darin Lee; Community Medicine and Rural Health: Mary Amundson, James Brosseau, Kyle Muus; Conference Services: Dawn Botsford; Economics and Public Affairs - Political Science and Public Administration - Bureau of Governmental Affairs: Katheryne Korom, Mary Kweit; Energy and Environmental Research Center: Ted Aulich, Steven Benson, David Brekke, Bruce Dockter, Grant Dunham, Thomas Erickson, John Erjavec, Kurt Eylands, John Gallagher, Jay Gunderson, Joseph Hartman, David Hassett, Melanie Hetland, John Hurley, Robert Jensen, Michael Jones, Marc Kurz, Dennis Laudal, Carolyn Lillemoen, Michael Mann, Donald McCollor, Thomas Moe, Charles Moretti, Erin O'Leary, Edwin Olson, John Pavlish, Wesley Peck, Debra Pflughoeft-Hassett, Cynthia Purfeerst, David Rush, Darren Schmidt, Richard Schulz, Richard Shockey, Jaroslav Solc, James Sorensen, Daniel Stepan, Bradley Stevens, Tina Strobel, Michael Swanson, Gregory Weber, Constance Wixo, Christopher Zygarlicke; Education and Human Development: Mary McDonnell Harris; Facilities: Paul Clark; Family Medicine: William Mann; Geology and Geological Engineering: Frank Beaver, Ahmad Ghassemi; Harley E. French Library of the Health Sciences: Barbara Knight, Lila Pedersen; Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center: Jean Altepeter; INMED: Eugene DeLorme; John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences: Ronald DePue, Wilfred Jackson, Richard Nelson, John Odegard, Sherman Weigel; Law School: B. J. Jones, Larry Spain; Nursing: Susan Henly, Lonna Milburn, Elizabeth Nichols; Nutrition and Dietetics: Janice Goodwin; Organizational Systems and Technology - Business and Vocational Education: Sandra Braathen; Office of Research and Program Development: Carl Fox; Pediatrics: John Martsolf; Pharmacology and Toxicology: James Drewett, Manuchair Ebadi, Paul Epstein, Begonia Ho; Physiology: Holly Brown-Borg, Alex Chen, Jun Ren; Physical Therapy: Peggy Mohr; Practice and Role Development: Glenda Lindseth, Susan Midthun; Psychology - INPSYDE: Justin Douglas McDonald; Regional Weather Information Center: Leon Osborne; Small Business Development Center: Wally Kearns; School of Medicine and Health Sciences: H. David Wilson; Social Work: G. Michael Jacobsen, Dona Reese; Social Work - CFSTC: Tara Muhlhauser; Sociology: Clifford Staples; Sociology - SSRI: Cordell Fontaine; Space Studies: Charles Wood; Student Health Services: Alan Allery; Teaching and Learning: Lynne Chalmers, Glenn Olsen; TRIO: Neil Reuter.

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

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AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HAS ELECTRONIC GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has made its electronic grant application process available for practice at www.foundationcommons.org between now and Jan. 7. After that date, the true application process begins for the March 2000 ACS submission deadline.

To participate in the practice period, go to www.foundationcommons.org, click on the ACS logo, click on the "Begin" button and follow the instructions given. Technical assistance is available through the web site. Participants can register, download an application, work on the application offline, and then submit the "test" application to the ACS. When the application is submitted, the ACS will send an e-mail confirmation and ask for feedback. Practice submissions can be repeated as often as necessary. All applications received through this test period will be purged from the database after Jan. 7. As always, standard procedure requires signed approval from the institution before any grant application is considered.

Your input will help ACS as it moves toward a complete electronic submission, review, and notification program. American Cancer Society was the founding member of the Consortium developing Foundation Commons, designed as a common site for foundation grant applications. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation joined soon thereafter and recently was joined by Alzheimer's Association and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

-- 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.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

The Fundamental Plant and Microbial Research in Carbon Management Program announces its interest in receiving applications for grants for fundamental research underlying potential strategies to reduce or limit gaseous carbon production from fossil fuel use. Research-related activities in areas of interest include biochemical, molecular genetic, and cellular mechanisms of carbon fixation metabolism in plants and microbes. Areas of specific interest include fundamental understanding in photosynthesis, photochemistry, photosynthetic and nonphotosynthetic carbon fixation, plant and microbial carbon biochemistry, regulatory control of plant assimilate allocation and transport, molecular regulatory mechanisms controlling carbon metabolism, and related areas of bioscience. It is anticipated that up to $4.8 million will be available for multiple grant awards. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a brief preapplication. The full text of Program Notice 00-03 is available at the following web site: http://www.sc.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html. Deadlines: 1/12/00 (Preapplication), 3/1/00 (Proposal). Contact: Gregory L. Dilworth, Division of Energy Biosciences, 301/903-2873, greg.dilworth@science.doe.gov.

The Western Regional Biomass Energy Program (WRBEP) invites qualified applicants to submit proposals for funding for bioenergy projects which encourage the development and use of biomass energy sources. Program objectives emphasized in this funding cycle include encouraging and developing biomass energy activities, projects, and technologies involving: confined animals (dairies, poultry, and feedlots); food wastes (cheese & other food processing waste); conversion of cellulose to ethanol, cellulase & increasing the value of ethanol by-products and co-products; environmental externalities and/or non-energy benefits; forest thinnings-to-energy; improvements in economics and/or efficiencies; utility deregulation and/or green power; biodiesel from waste oils and other waste materials; municipal solid waste-to-energy; small power, distributed generation, gasification and related technologies; assessments of available sugar or starch waste streams from sugar production, sugar products and soft drinks, fruit and fruit products, brewing, and pharmaceuticals; and biomass workshops. A proposed research or demonstration project should develop or utilize a technology that has a good chance of being a commercial success in the near term. Most projects selected for funding will receive $50,000 or less. Exceptional projects may receive up to $75,000. However, all projects require at least dollar-for-dollar matching funds. Deadline: 1/28/00. Contact: Jeff Graef, 402/471-3218; jgraef@mail.state.ne.us; http://www.westbioenergy.org.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

English Literacy and Civics Education Demonstration Grants support projects that demonstrate effective practices in providing, and increasing access to, English literacy programs linked to civics education. The Department is especially interested in receiving applications that propose projects in the following areas: projects that demonstrate successful partnerships with local agencies, organizations, or institutions, such as institutions of higher education, community-based organizations, and local education agencies, in providing EL/civics education and related support services; projects that demonstrate effective innovative approaches in providing EL/civics instruction, such as integrating technology into curriculum, establishing work- or community-based instruction sites, and providing flexible scheduling of classes and services; projects that demonstrate effective strategies for professional development opportunities to help teachers develop networks to share ideas and best practices, promote effective use of technology, and develop contextualized and content-based curricula linked to appropriate assessments; projects that demonstrate development of effective materials, such as curricula and assessment instruments, that address emerging areas in EL/Civics education, such as preparation for citizenship interviews, the naturalization process, life skills curricula, employability skills from a cross-cultural perspective, and learning disabilities. Preference will be given to projects that serve areas with a significant unmet demand for EL/civics education programs as demonstrated by indicators such as waiting lists for programs, growth in the number of individuals with limited English proficiency in a community, a large concentration of adults in unserved or underserved language groups, and limited accessibility to nontraditional class schedules and locations. Priority will also be given to projects that provide a non-federal contribution in cash or in kind of 25% of the cost of activities assisted under each year of the grant. The average award is estimated at $265,000/year for a 36-month duration period. Deadline: 1/18/00. Contact: Rebecca Moak, 202/260-9279; rebecca_moak@ed.gov; http://ocfo.ed.gov.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

The Centers for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Program is soliciting proposals that will create prototype Centers for Teaching and Learning where professionals can be educated in an environment of study and practice. The solicitation has two purposes: to explore a variety of partnerships and models that can respond to the program goals and to investigate alternative strategies for reaching those goals. The goals are to: 1) increase the number of educators in formal and informal settings who are prepared and supported to deliver standards-based science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) instruction, and 2) rebuild and diversify the national infrastructure for SMT education by educating specialists in SMT, including those specializing in SMT teacher education, classroom and large-scale assessment, research, evaluation, curriculum development, and informal education. Eligible awardees are partnerships of organizations with a scientific and/or educational mission. Each center must have one or more school district partner as well as a partner that is authorized to award doctoral degrees. Where possible, centers should have collaborative relationships with NSF systemic initiatives (i.e., state, urban, rural, local). Approximately $6 million will be allocated for the first year of the effort in FY 2000, for 2-3 awards. Deadline: 1/20/00 (required Letter of Intent); 3/1/00 (Proposal). Contact: Susan P. Snyder, 703/306-1620, ssnyder@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0013.

The goal of the Earth System History (ESH) research program is to understand the natural variability of the Earth system through records preserved in geo-biologic archives and to contribute to a comprehensive understanding of climate change with annual to millennial resolution, including the forcing mechanisms, interactions and feedbacks among its components. Areas of special emphasis are: Paleoclimate Variability at Annual-Decadal Resolution, Rapid Climate Change, Extreme Warm Conditions, Spatial Patterns and Continuous Records of Climate Change, Arctic Paleoclimate Studies, and Modeling of Past Change. It is anticipated that 30-50 new awards will be made, with award size ranging from $20,000-$1,000,000/year. Durations are expected to be 2-3 years, but may be up to 5 years for large, multi-investigator projects. Deadline: 2/14/00. Contact: Steven Colman, 703/306-1527; scolman@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0011.

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PFIZER INC., U.S. PHARMACEUTICALS GROUP

Pfizer/SAWHR Scholarship Grants for Faculty Development in Women's Health support research in the basic biology of serious diseases that affect women. Applicants must demonstrate a research interest in biological mechanisms of diseases in women in one of the following therapeutic areas: cardiovascular disease/medicine, mental health, or reproductive physiology (which may include effects of sex hormones on reproductive and nonreproductive physiology). One individual will be selected in each of the above fields. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have a faculty appointment below the level of associate professor at a U.S. medical school, have a designated sponsor at their institution with expertise in the selected area of research, must have an M.D. or D.O. degree and 12 years or less of professional experience. Grants are $65,000/year for 3 years. Candidates must obtain permission from the dean of their medical school before preparing an application. Only one application per therapeutic area from each medical school will be accepted. Deadline: 1/17/00. Contact: Program Coordinator, 800/201-1214; 33 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475.

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ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION

Humanities Fellowships--Institutional Awards provide an average stipend of $35,000 to institutions to host in-residence fellowships which support scholars and writers in the humanities. Programs of particular interest are those whose work furthers understanding of global interactions of belief and value systems or that analyze the impact of the mobility of ideas and people on an increasingly global civil society. Eligible applicants are colleges and universities and other institutions, such as libraries and museums, with an engaged community of scholars and other resources of value to emerging international or intercultural scholarship in the humanities. Resident fellowships are usually 8-10 months in duration with an average stipend of $35,000, plus $2,000 toward travel, benefits and relocation costs; however, variations on this model are encouraged. Usually 2 grants/year will be awarded over a 3-year period to support advanced scholarly research in the humanities leading to publication. Deadlines: 12/1/99 (brief letter describing the focus of the program); 2/1/00 (completed application). Contact: Humanities Fellowships, 212/869-8500; http://www.rockfound.org.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS & SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

The Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars Program (LARSS) provides support for in-residence research opportunities to undergraduate juniors and seniors and first year graduate students studying aeronautical engineering or selected space disciplines of interest to Langley. Each student receives a stipend of $4,000. Approximately 100 students will be selected. Program duration is 10 weeks during the summer months. Research opportunities are available to students pursuing degrees in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, materials science, computer science, atmospheric science, astrophysics, physics, chemistry or selected space disciplines of interest to Langley. Deadline: 2/1/00. Contact: Rafaela Schwan, 757/864-5298; r.schwan@larc.nasa.gov; http://edu.larc.nasa.gov/larss/.

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HARRY FRANK GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION

Dissertation Fellowships provide support to complete the writing of doctoral dissertations in any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. Particular areas of interest concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialization of children, intergroup conflict, drug trafficking and use, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. Priority is also given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. Eligible applicants are doctoral students, who may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. Writing of the dissertation must be completed within the award year. Fellowships are $10,000 each. Deadline: 2/1/00. Contact: 212/644-4907; fax 212/644-5110; http://www.hfg.org.

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AMERICAN SCHOOLS OF ORIENTAL RESEARCH

Fellowships of 2-6 months at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, enable predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars to conduct research in any area of the humanities and social sciences. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. The maximum award is $14,500. Topics should contribute to scholarship in Near Eastern studies. Deadline: 2/1/00. Contact: 617/353-6571; acor@bu.edu; http://www.bu.edu/acor/felappl.htm.

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WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF UTILITY PROFESSIONALS

The Julia Kiene and Lyle Mamer Fellowships fund students engaging in graduate work to pursue an advanced degree in any phase of electrical energy. Awards of up to $2000 are available. There are no citizenship requirements. All applicants are considered for both awards. Deadline: 3/1/00. Contact: Vickey Setters, 615/890-1272; winup@aol.com; http://www.winup.org.

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ELECTROCHEMICAL SOCIETY

The Society provides support to assist students in continuing graduate work during the summer. Objectives of the programs are the advancement of theory and practice of electrochemistry, electrometallurgy, electrothermics, electronics, and allied subjects; the encouragement of research and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of electrochemical science and technology, and solid state science and technology; and assurance of the availability of adequate training in the fields of electrochemistry and solid state science for chemists, engineers, metallurgists, physicists, solid state scientists, and others in related subjects. A total of $12,000 is available. Awards are open to persons of any citizenship. Deadline: 1/1/00. Contact: 609/737-1902; fax 609/737-2743; ecs@electrochem.org; http://www.electrochem.org.

-- 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 electronically through UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is http://www.und.nodak.edu.

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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