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University Letter

January 21, 2000

Volume 37 No. 20

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 20, January 21, 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.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

In September of 1961, President George W. Starcher welcomed 1,200 freshmen students, the highest new enrollment ever. Total enrollment at UND reached 4,300. During that same time, five buildings were under construction: the Chester Fritz Library, the Rehabilitation Center, Twamley Hall, the Chemistry building, and an addition to Walsh Hall.

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PRESIDENT KUPCHELLA WILL CONVENE UNIVERSITY COUNCIL JAN. 27

The spring meeting of the University Council will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, in the Ballroom of the Memorial Union.

Agenda:

* Update on the Legislative review of higher education
* Strategic planning status and timetable, spring/summer 2000
* Logos and Fighting Sioux nickname

All legislative powers of the University government are vested in the Council, which has in turn delegated them to the University Senate. The presiding officer is the President or a person designated by the President, and the ex officio secretary is the University Registrar. According to the University Constitution, the Council consists of the following who are employed primarily on the Grand Forks campus: the President, the Vice Presidents, the University Registrar, the Director of Libraries, all deans, all department chairs, all full-time faculty of the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and professor, the director of the Counseling Center, the professional library staff, and such other academic personnel and administrative officers as the Council may designate.

All members of the Council, and interested non-members including students, are encouraged to attend.

- Charles Kupchella, President.

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OPEN FORUMS SET TO DISCUSS STRATEGIC PLAN

Three open forums to discuss "A Strategic Plan for UND" will be held later this month and early February. The forums are sponsored by the Student Senate, Staff Senate, University Senate, Academic Affairs and the President's Office, and will be moderated by the President and the Provost. Although sponsored by a specific group, the forums will all cover essentially the same things, and people are welcome to attend any of the sessions.

Friday, Jan. 28, 9 to 11 a.m., Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union, sponsored by Staff Senate; Tuesday, Feb. 8, 3 to 5 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center, sponsored by University Senate; and Thursday, Feb. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., North Ballroom, Memorial Union, sponsored by Student Senate.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat Bohnet of the President's Office, or Stacie Varnson of the Provost's Office.

- Stacie Varnson, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

RECEPTION WILL HONOR LINDA SINCLAIR

A farewell reception for Linda Sinclair will be held Friday, Jan. 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Native American Programs, 317 Cambridge St.

Sinclair, Program Coordinator for the Office of Native American Programs, has accepted a position with the American Indian College Fund to begin Jan. 31. She will be the assistant director for the new Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship Program, with her primary responsibility to develop a retention program for the scholarship recipients.

Linda, an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation, is originally from Browning, Mont. During her 15 years at UND, she held positions with Enrollment Services and the Student Financial Aid Office before joining the Office of Native American Programs. Please join us to wish her happiness and success in her new position.

- Native American Programs.

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HONOR BAND AND CHOIR FESTIVAL SET FOR JAN. 21-23

The Hughes Fine Arts Center will host the 15th Annual Honor Band and Honor Choir Festival Friday through Sunday, Jan. 21-23.

Students are selected for participation through live auditions conducted throughout North Dakota by James Rodde (Director of Choral Studies) and Gordon Brock (Director of Bands). This year, Dr. Rodde and Dr. Brock auditioned more than 700 students in Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Langdon, Bismarck/Mandan, Fargo, Jamestown, and Grand Forks.

The Honor Band and Choir Concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The concert is $3 for students and $5 for adults. There will be a UND Ensemble Concert Friday evening at 8 p.m. which is free of charge.

- Department of Music.

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Faculty Invited To Discuss IVN, Distance Ed Projects

North Dakota University System and North Dakota Tribal College faculty and staff who plan to use Internet (desk-top) video, the North Dakota Interactive Video Network (IVN) or combinations of Distance Education technologies for teaching or research are invited to share their project plans at IVN meetings on either Tuesday or Wednesday, Jan. 25 or 26.

The purpose of these meetings is to share information on the latest technology for distance education, exchange ideas in an informal setting, and update IVN staff regarding projects being planned that require network support for multipoint connections. Information gathered at these sessions will be used in developing plans for future enhancements of the statewide voice, data and video network.

The meetings are set for Jan. 25, 8 to 9:50 a.m., 120 Gamble Hall; Jan 26, 8 to 9:50 a.m., 119 Abbott Hall.

Faculty and staff who cannot attend one of these meetings are encouraged to contact John Burbank, IVN Network Director, 777-6354 (john_burbank@mail.und.nodak.edu) or David Belgarde, IVN Network Manager, 777-4232 (david_belgarde@mail.und.nodak.edu) to arrange a time for a personal visit to discuss project plans.

- John Burbank, IVN Network Director.

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HESPERUS TO PERFORM AMERICAN ROOTS AT MUSEUM

A celebration of American music from the arrival of the Pilgrims through the founding of the Republic will be presented by the ensemble HESPERUS in the main galleries of the North Dakota Museum of Art at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23. The HESPERUS American Roots program of popular music from the 18th century will be performed on a variety of instruments including violin, recorder, lute, early guitar, cittern, whistle, and hammered dulcimer. This will be the third event in the Museum's Concert Series for the season.

The members of HESPERUS will also present an open rehearsal on Monday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall in the Hughes Fine Arts Center. They will demonstrate how they use original documents and other material to create historically informed performances. The public is invited to attend.

Founded in 1979, and long associated with the Smithsonian Institution and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, HESPERUS has created and performed more than 35 different programs celebrating American music. They have entertained the Crown Prince of Japan, Queen Elizabeth of England, and the King of Spain, as well as President and Mrs. Clinton at the 250th anniversary celebration of the birth of Thomas Jefferson.

The North Dakota Museum of Art Concert Series will continue with performances on Feb. 23 by Stephan Loges, a bass-baritone and 1998 winner of the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and on April 2 with the Weilerstein Trio. Both concerts begin at 2 p.m.

The Museum Concert Series is funded by a major grant from the Myra Foundation with additional funding from the Heartland Arts Fund, a collaborative project between Arts Midwest, the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, and by individual sponsors. Admission to the concert is $12 for adults, $5 for students, and children Middle School and under are admitted free.

For further information, please call 777-4195.

- North Dakota Museum of Art.

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WAC WILL DISCUSS FACULTY WRITING SEMINAR

The January meeting of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) discussion group will focus on "Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About the Faculty Writing Seminar (FWS)," with Harmon Abrahamson, Marj Bock, Mary Cutler, and Cindy Juntunen. This will be an opportunity to learn more about writing seminars and their variations without making a commitment, or simply to talk with other faculty about writing and writing group experiences. The group will meet Tuesday, Jan. 25, from noon to 1 p.m. For more information or to sign up to attend, please call 777-3600 or respond by e-mail to hawthorn@badlands.nodak.edu.

- Joan Hawthorne, WAC/WC Coordinator.

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PHYSICS PLANS SPRING COLLOQUIUMS

The department of Physics will hold a colloquium Friday, Jan. 21, in which J. Kim (Physics) will present "Anomalous Hall Effect in Superconductors."

On Friday, Jan. 28, V. Sobolev (Minot State University) will present "Phase Transition Between Ferroelectric and Antiferromagnetic State in Perovskite Materials: Tetragonal Modification of YBCO and PZT-based Solid Solution."

Coffee and cookies will be served prior to the presentations at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall; the colloquiums begin at 3:30 p.m. in 209 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome.

- Department of Physics.

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MEDICAL SCHOOL DEAN'S HOUR LECTURE SET FOR JAN. 25

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean's Hour Lecture will be held at noon Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, Wold Bio-Information Learning Resources Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Mary Ann Laxen, Director, Physician Assistant Program, Department of Community Medicine and Rural Health, will present "Clinical Practicum in a Third World Country."

For additional information, contact the Office of the Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-2514.

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

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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM PLANNED

The International Organization and International programs will hold a video review and group discussion on Great Decisions 1999, "The Information Age: Is Diplomacy Dead?" at noon Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union.

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, there will be a study abroad info session for students interested in exploring study abroad opportunities, International Centre, 2908 University Ave., 4 to 4:30 p.m.

- Barry Stinson, International Program Coordinator.

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SEMINAR SERIES WILL DISCUSS INFLAMMATORY DISEASE

The Spring Seminar Series sponsored by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology is following the theme of "Inflammation and Inflammatory Disease." The program continues with a presentation Monday, Jan. 31, by John Finley, Research Chemist, USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. He will speak on "Selenium Biochemistry and the Immune System: Excitement of Recent Findings." All Anatomy and Cell Biology seminars are open to the University community and are held at noon in the Frank Low Conference Room, B-710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

- Curtiss Hunt, Seminar Series Coordinator, Adjunct Professor Anatomy and Cell Biology.

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THEOLOGY FOR LUNCH SERIES TO DISCUSS MARRIAGE

The Campus Ministry Association will host "Theology for Lunch" on the topic of Marriage four Tuesdays in February. Please join us at the Newman Center, 410 Cambridge St., for a free lunch and roundtable discussion. No "married" experience required!

Feb. 8, noon, "What is Necessary for Marriage?"

Feb. 15, noon, "How do We Learn about Marriage?"

Feb. 22, noon, "Biases and Assumptions About Marriage... For And Against"

Feb. 29, noon, "Marriage is Like... Marriage Parables"

The series is sponsored by UND Campus Ministry Association: Christus Rex Lutheran Center, Wittenberg Lutheran Chapel, Catholic Newman Center and United Campus Ministry.

- Deb Teagan, United Campus Ministry.

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OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

ADDITIONAL SUMMER PROFESSORSHIPS AVAILABLE

Eight faculty have been awarded Summer Instructional Development Professorships for the year 2000. They are:

Luke Huang (Industrial Technology), "Updating and Developing Course IT 204 - Industrial Materials"; Yaser Khalifa (Electrical Engineering), "Revision of EE 519 Digital Computer Logic Course"; John Madden (Communication Sciences and Disorders), "Implementation of a Computerized Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory"; Michael Mann (Chemical Engineering), "Redesign of Chemical Engineering Labs for Corporate Engineering Degree Program"; Kimberly Porter (History), "New Course Development: 'The American Family"; Sally Pyle (Biology), "Developing a New Undergraduate Course in Neuroscience: Biology 420"; Mizuho Schwalm and William Schwalm (both Physics), "Revising General Physics Laboratory Instruction Manual and Improving Laboratory Computer Facility"; Peter Zapp (Theatre Arts), "TA 227 Acting I Revision."

Funding for two to four additional Summer Professorships has recently become available. Deadline for applications for this second round of awards is Tuesday, Feb. 15. Applicants may pick up guidelines in the Office of Instructional Development, 407 Twamley Hall, or copy them from the OID web site: www.und.edu/dept/oid. Faculty considering proposals are encouraged to consult with OID Director Libby Rankin (777-4233, rankin@badlands.nodak.edu).

- Richard Landry (Education), Chair, Faculty Instructional Development Committee.

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STUDENT AMBASSADOR APPLICANTS SOUGHT

The Office of Student Academic Services is currently accepting applications for UND Student Ambassadors for the 2000-2001 academic year. As an integral part of the orientation process, Ambassadors work with new students to prepare them for university life. Student Ambassadors also talk about UND with students at their high schools, help with recruitment and retention projects, and represent the University at various campus events.

The qualities of a good Student Ambassador include a strong academic background, involvement in campus and community activities, and effective leadership and communication skills. Students reflecting a positive outlook on campus life and displaying a caring attitude toward their fellow students will best serve this program.

I would appreciate your assistance in recruiting qualified leaders. Please submit the names of students you feel would be an asset to the program to: Janelle Studney, Student Academic Services, Box 7143 or e-mail your referrals to: janelle_studney@mail.und.nodak.edu. I will send these students information about the program. If you have any questions about the Student Ambassador Program, please call 777-2117.

-- Janelle Studney, Student Academic Services.

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SENIOR HONORS THESIS PROCEDURES CHANGED

Please be aware that procedures for participating in the Senior Honors Thesis program are changing. These changes involve application procedures as well as project completion requirements, and departments will receive a copy of these changes. This new information may also be accessed on the Honors Program web site at www.und.edu/dept/honors or may be obtained by contacting Tami Carmichael, Honors, 777-2219.

- Honors Program.

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STUDENTS MAY ENROLL TO STUDY IN CHINA

Faculty are asked to announce a summer study abroad program in Shanghai, China, through the College of Business and Public Administration. We will fly from Grand Forks to Shanghai on Tuesday, May 16, and stay 22 days on the beautiful campus of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology.

Accommodations on campus include TV, refrigerator, air conditioner, private bath, and all meals. While in Shanghai, students will experience firsthand the challenges and rewards of living and working in a foreign country. Each student will complete a project in his or her own field of interest. In addition, as a group we will take several field trips including visits to Shanghai GM and to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. After three weeks of study and exploration in Shanghai, we will depart for Beijing on June 7 where we will visit the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and Tian'an Men Square. Upon returning to Grand Forks on Monday, June 12, students will have two weeks in which to complete their independent research projects. Students must enroll in two 3-credit summer courses, China Today and Directed Research in International Business (first four-week summer session).

Estimated cost of the program ($3,000) includes all air transportation, room and board in Shanghai (22 days), and room and tours in Beijing (five days). For further information and application forms, please contact Victoria Beard (Accounting), 777-4692 or vbeard@badlands.nodak.edu. For financial aid information contact Bruce Helgerud, 777-4413, Student Financial Aid Office. Deadline for receipt of completed application is noon Friday, Jan. 28.

- Victoria Beard, Accounting and Finance.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

U SENATE ACTS ON TWO MOTIONS ON PROPOSED STATE BOARD POLICY CHANGES

At a meeting Jan. 13, University Senate voted on motions regarding proposed North Dakota State Board of Higher Education policy changes about academic freedom and tenure and the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights/Special Review Committee. Senate discussion of some of the Board's proposed policy changes began at its October meeting when it heard a report from Scot Stradley (Economics), one of the University of North Dakota's representatives to the statewide Council of College Faculties (CCF). Discussion continued at following meetings before the motions from its own committees regarding selected Board policy changes were acted upon by Senate.

Details on other proceedings at the January meeting and other Senate information such as agendas, minutes of other meetings, and announcements, can be accessed on the Internet at www.und.edu/dept/AdmisInfo/oar/senind.html

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.

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MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES AWARD WINNERS NAMED

The Office of Multicultural Student Services presented awards to six individuals and one organization at the Third Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon, "Re-membering the Dream," Friday, Jan. 14.

Those honored included:

* 319th Comptroller Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Martin Luther King Jr. Greater Grand Forks Community Award (also nominated: African American Cultural Association, Karen Greyeyes, Msgt. Victor B. Rountree, David Schultheis, Chris Stoner);

* Chris Stoner, UND student, Martin Luther King Jr. University of North Dakota Award (also nominated: Jeanne Anderegg, Gary Bartelson, BRIDGES, Lavonne Fox, Jan Moen, Native American Criminal Justice Association, Judy Sargent)

* Msgt. Victor Rountree, Martin Luther King Jr. Spiritual Life in the Greater Grand Forks Community Award (also nominated: Bishop Michael Cole, Reverend Frank Wesley Jackson)

* Angelique EagleWoman, Martin Luther King Jr. Spiritual Life On Campus Award (also nominated: Cheryl Saunders)

* Lisa Lone Fight, UND Community Center Manager/Programmer, Martin Luther King Jr. Humanity Award (also nominated: African American Cultural Association, Angelique EagleWoman, Elizabeth Hampsten, Dion Richardson, Lee Saunders, Christine Williams)

* Robert Boyd, UND Vice President for Student and Outreach Services and * Lee Saunders, Era Bell Thompson Memorial Award.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Rosa Alicia Clemente, a 27-year-old graduate of the State University New York at Albany (SUNYA). Clemente was awarded a Ford Foundation Assistantship, Frederick Douglas Award for Social Justice, the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Leadership and has been listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American University and Colleges." As an undergraduate at SUNYA, she served at the first Puerto Rican woman president of the Albany State University Black Alliance from 1992-94.

- M.C. Diop, Director, Multicultural Student Services.

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NEW REPORTING SOFTWARE, PAGE CENTER, BEGINS PILOT OPERATION

The Computer Center has begun implementation of new software program that could revolutionize the way reports are distributed on campus and save a few trees in the process. This software, called Page Center, will make its debut the first week of February, when a few previously selected month-end reports are adapted to make use of this new program.

Page Center is a report management system that has its own web page where it maintains a mailbox for each department and is accessed with a web browser. Currently both Netscape 4.7 and Internet Explorer 5.0 are supported.

Reports are delivered electronically to a department's mailbox instantaneously upon completion of the mainframe processing where they can be viewed, printed, or even stored for possible later use. This alone would be a terrific saving in time if that were all that it did, but Page Center will also decollate and distribute the various parts of a report to the appropriate departments.

Some of the other added advantages to having the information delivered electronically include:

* Ability to import the data from reports into a spreadsheet for analysis.

* Electronic searches of data

* Quick retrieval of archived data

* Capacity to view multiple reports at the same time

* Ability to access the data from almost anywhere

* Capability of simultaneous viewing of reports by persons separated by long distances

* Printing only the parts of a report that are needed

Department mailboxes will be secured by our present RACF security system as well as Page Center's own internal security, thus a user will be required to have a current user id and password as well as prior authorization to a department's mailbox to see anything. The mailboxes and access are being set up now and should be ready for the first production run in February. Each department which will be receiving a report in this pilot will be contacted.

Training for Page Center is being arranged for the fourth week of February. Time and location will be announced at a later date.

Page Center will not be going into effect immediately, but will be phased in as quickly as possible. For this to happen, we at the Computer Center and the managers of the departments who distribute reports throughout the campus will need your support and cooperation. Each department receiving reports through Page Center will, at first, get a printed copy, as well as the electronic distribution. This will allow persons to become familiar with Page Center and see the correlation between the printed copies and the Page Center representation. Eventually the hope is that the printed copies can be eliminated, saving people's time and the departments and the University valuable resources as well as the world a few more trees.

- Terry Stratton, Computer Center.

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NEW COMPUTER CENTER NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE

NewsBytes, the UND Computer Center Newsletter, January 2000 First Millennium issue is now available. The January articles include: A Word about VideoConferencing, Computer Center Classes, 15-Minute Modem Pool, Host Explorer TN3270 - Connecting to IBM Hosts, Linux Usage and Support at UND, New Virus Web Page, Page Center Begins Pilot Operation, Review of CC New Labs in Memorial Union, Site License Update and Information, U-mail: E-Mail System at UND, "U-Web" Web Server, Introducing New Members of Staff: Carol Hjelmstad and Jim Malins.

Please check the Computer Center home page, click on the black Documentation button, and then the NewsBytes - UND Computer Center Newsletter, January 2000 First Millennium Issue, or go directly to the URL: http://www.und.edu/dept/CC/news/jan00/jan00.html.

If you are interested in receiving an electronic notice when a new edition of NewsBytes is published, please subscribe to the list by sending e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU with the command in the body of the mail on just one line stating: SUBSCRIBE UND-NewsBytes yourfirstname yourlastname. You may also e-mail Rose_Keeley@mail.und.nodak.edu and request your name be added to the list.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to drop a note to the above e-mail address. The UND-NewsBytes list is not intended for conversations or exchanges of ideas, it was created specifically for the purpose of notifying interested parties when a new issue of NewsBytes is available. It may also be used to notify you of an urgent late breaking news announcement from the Computer Center. Hope you join the list and enjoy the articles in NewsBytes.

- Rose Keeley, Computer Center.

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TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE OFFERED TO PROFESSIONALS

In a joint effort, the Colleges of Business from UND, NDSU, and Minot State University, along with the Colleges of Engineering at NDSU and UND are offering a Tech Savvy Entrepreneurship Program aimed at helping launch technology-based businesses in the state. Funded in large part by the North Dakota Board of Higher Education, the program aims to create companies and career opportunities for scientists, engineers, chemists, computer specialists and other technically trained college graduates.

The program will consist of seven instructional modules, each 12 hours in length, focusing on the development and packaging of competitive business plans. Each module will be presented at one of the participating universities, and be delivered via Interactive Video to the other two universities. Enrollees from across the state will be able to participate at any one of the three locations, allowing for ease of travel, expanded use of resources and knowledge and greater interaction with a large base of entrepreneurs.

Each of the first six modules will be presented by a team of two instructors. The team will consist of a successful North Dakota entrepreneur and a faculty member from the hosting university. The teams will jointly develop their module, and participants will also have the opportunity for additional assistance and mentoring from entrepreneur service providers as they develop their business plan. The final module is an individualized assistance module scheduled for each entrepreneur to prepare them for their company's launch.

At the end of the program, the venture opportunities developed during the course will be presented to economic developers, bankers and investors for funding opportunities. It is anticipated that at least $400,000 in debt or equity funding will be available for the new venture ideas.

More information and registration forms are available at the Office of Workforce Development at UND, 777-2128, or online at www.und.edu/dept/cibd/techsavvy.htm.

- Bruce Gjovig, Center for Innovation.

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NEA FUNDS JOSE BEDIA EXHIBITION AT MUSEUM

The North Dakota Museum of Art has received a $50,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to organize an exhibition of Cuban artist Jose Bedia. The exhibition, Jose Bedia: Of the Spirit, Afro-Cuba Meets Native America, is particularly appropriate for North Dakota, the home of the Dakota, Lakota, Hidatsa, Arikara, Mandan and Chippewa Nations. Bedia will work with the Dakota who live on the Spirit Lake Reservation in central North Dakota.

Bedia, who now lives in Miami, is a contemporary Cuban artist who uses art to explore the interrelations between Native American culture and his own Cuban-based religion, Palo Monte. What intrigues Bedia, and what defines his personal approach to the spiritual, are the points of similarity between his Cuban religious culture and the shamanistic ideas which he discovered while working with religious leaders of the Lakota peoples of South Dakota, whom he has lived with many times during the last 10 years.

Over the course of the next two summers Bedia will come to North Dakota to visit the leaders and participants of the Native American Church. He will then create a new installation for the exhibition based upon that experience. The installation will enter the North Dakota Museum of Art's permanent collection, the first work to be acquired by this artist.

Bedia's exhibition will open at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks in the fall of 2001. Judith Bettelheim, a specialist in the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, has been invited by the Museum to guest curate the show. She is a professor at San Francisco State University who has written extensively about Bedia's work.

- North Dakota Museum of Art.

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NORTH DAKOTA EPSCoR PROJECT DIRECTOR NAMED TO CHAIR COALITION

Philip Boudjouk, Project Director for the North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has been elected to a two-year term as board chair of the Coalition of EPSCoR States.

EPSCoR is a competitive national program focused on enhancing the research infrastructures in 19 states and Puerto Rico. The EPSCoR states are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and Vermont.

"Being named chair raises the profile of North Dakota among this important group of states," says Boudjouk. "It allows our state to have a leadership role in developing an environment at the federal level conducive to improving research competitiveness in the EPSCoR states."

Eight federal agencies have budgeted more than $170 million in fiscal year 2000 for the program. The agencies involved are the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Aeronautics and Space Agency, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Commerce.

Boudjouk joined the NDSU Department of Chemistry in 1973 and has been the Project Director of North Dakota EPSCoR since 1992.

-- ND EPSCoR.

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JERRY SEVERSON ELECTED TO COSE

Jerry Severson, Advisor with TRIO Programs, has been elected as a delegate for a three year term to the Council of State Employees. He will replace Shelly Kain, Project Monitor at Facilities, whose term ended Dec. 31. Jerry will serve with delegate David Senne, Facilities, and alternate Sue Applegren, Student Financial Aid.

- Diane Nelson, Personnel Services.

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CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP SERIES CONTINUES AT MUSEUM

The North Dakota Museum of Art continues its education program with a Saturday morning workshop titled "Set the Stage" on Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. Children in grades 1-6 will learn about the artist Lara Rivard Parent and how she creates her photographs, which are on display in the Museum through January 23. Rivard Parent begins her "photographic constructions" by designing and setting a still-life stage of objects and background, which she paints. She photographs the tableau as the finished work of art. Young people will discuss Parent's use of photography, found objects, and color to tell a story. Then, using colored paper, found objects and images from magazines they will build their own stage to tell a story that evolves around Parent's. Admission is $5 for Museum members per child, and $7 for non-members per child. To become a member call 777-4195. Visit the Museum web site at www.ndmoa.com to preview Parent's artwork.

Saturday Morning Art Studio Workshops are for children grades 1-6 and their parents/guardians. The workshops focus on artworks in the current exhibits or works in the permanent collection. Each class is devoted to the creation of an artwork in response to the chosen artwork as we discuss the history of the artist and how the artist created the artwork. The workshops will allow the parents/guardians and the children to become aware of artists practicing today and contemporary art traditions and help them feel a part of the cultural heritage at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Saturday Morning Art Studio workshops continue on Feb. 26 with visiting artist and composer Steve Heitzeg, and March 18 and April 1 with artist James David Smith from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 777-4195.

- North Dakota Museum of Art.

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FUNDRAISER WILL AID HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Help support UND's Habitat for Humanity! Simply order a hot, delicious pizza from Happy Joe's Pizza at 772-6655 Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 24-26, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat. Just mention Habitat for Humanity when you place your order and Happy Joe's will give you a great deal on a great pizza and you can help Habitat with their goal of eliminating poverty housing everywhere.

- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Joanna Vagle, Habitat for Humanity President.

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LOTUS MEDITATION CENTER LISTS SCHEDULE

Following is the spring schedule of events for the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave.:

Insight Meditation:

* Insight Meditation begins Monday, Jan. 24, from 7 to 8 p.m. for beginners and those with experience; sessions include meditation instruction, sitting and walking meditation, short talks, and discussion; leader is Tamar Read; call 772-2161 for more information.

* Meditation Study Group begins Monday, Jan. 24, from 8 to 9 p.m. to study and discuss selected topics including "Living Buddha, Living Christ" by Thich Nhat Hanh; Tamar Read will lead the group; call 772-2161 for more information.

* Insight Meditation Retreat (non-residential) will be held Friday, March 31, through Sunday, April 2, with instructor Ginny Morgan; registration is required; call Scott Lowe (Philosophy and Religion) at 777-2707 or e-mail to slowe@badlands.nodak.edu for more information.

* Mindfulness: Based Relaxation and Stress Control through Meditation and Body Movement, Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; registration is required and class is limited to 20; Tamar Read and Dyan Rey are instructors; call Tamar Read at 772-2161 for more information, and 777-4231 to register.

Hatha Yoga (Fee):

Beginning Hatha Yoga, Tuesday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

Intermediate Hatha Yoga, Thursday, 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.

For more information on Hatha Yoga, contact Dyan Rey at 772-8840.

T'ai Chi Ch'uan:

Morning Sessions, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Evening Sessions, Tuesday and Thursday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information on T'ai Chi Ch'uan, contact Lloyd Blackwell at 746-6312.

Islamic Prayers:

For more information, contact Basir Ur-Rahman Tareen.

Self-Realization Fellowship:

This begins with Summer 2000 Session; contact Leslie Helgeson at 786-2043 for more information.

- Lotus Meditation Center.

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KIDS INVITED TO SKATE WITH THE SIOUX

Faculty, staff and students are invited to bring your kids, grades k-6, to the 13th annual "Skate with the Sioux" event. Here's your opportunity to meet and skate with the Fighting Sioux hockey team and Head Coach Dean Blais Sunday, Jan. 23, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Bring your own skates. No sticks or pucks will be allowed on the ice. "Skate with the Sioux" is free to the public and is sponsored by Telesis, UND's Student Alumni Association.

- Berly Nelson, Skate with the Sioux Coordinator, 777-1819; and April Martin, Special Events Coordinator, Alumni Association.

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DENIM DAY IS LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

Wednesday, Jan. 26, is Denim Day. Dig out your button, pay your dollar, and enjoy "going casual" in the middle of the week. All proceeds go to charity, as always. 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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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

APPLICATIONS FOR FACULTY RESEARCH WRITING FELLOWSHIPS SOUGHT

Applications are invited from faculty for research fellowships of $1,000 each to facilitate writing proposals for external funding of their research and scholarly activities. Led by the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) and the University Writing Program, a limited number of faculty in teams of two (faculty proposal writer and mentor) will engage in a 10-session (one hour each) writing workshop beginning Thursday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m. The goal of the workshop will be for each faculty writer to complete a research proposal with the assistance of a mentor that will be suitable for submission to an external sponsor by the end of the semester.

To apply:

Submit an application as a faculty team (writer and mentor) to ORPD of no more than two pages describing your research/scholarly activity idea. Identify the organization to which you will target your idea for funding. Discuss the significance of your research/scholarly activity and its potential impact on your career, department, college/school, and UND. Be sure to include the name and the expected contribution of the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your mentor for this fellowship. Mentors must agree to attend at least five sessions and be available to assist you in writing and developing your proposal outside the workshop; they will also receive $1,000 stipends. If you need help locating a mentor contact Carl Fox at ORPD, 777-4280 or carl_fox@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Selection Criteria:

* Potential for completing a draft proposal by May 19, 2000.

* Significance and impact of proposed research/scholarly activity.

* Potential for funding by proposed sponsor.

* Evidence of commitment by writer and mentor.

The extended deadline is Friday, Jan. 28. Submit application to ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall or e-mail to carl_fox@mail.und.nodak.edu.

- Carl Fox, 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.

AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY (AHRQ; FORMERLY AHCPR)

Applications are invited (under the Translating Research into Practice II program) for cooperative agreement demonstration projects which specifically focus on evaluating strategies for translating research into practice through the development of partnerships between researchers and healthcare systems and organizations (e.g., purchaser groups, integrated health service delivery systems, academic health systems, managed care programs including HMOs, practice networks, worksite clinics). The objective of such partnership arrangements is to help accelerate and magnify the impact of the research on clinical practice and patient outcomes in applied settings. Applicants will be required to address one or more conditions of high national priority based on a specified set of criteria: conditions/settings where the most improvement can occur, conditions/settings where wide variability in practice currently exists, conditions that are common and/or costly, conditions/settings for which wide disparities in care exist for racial/ethnic minorities, and conditions which account for a large burden of disease and poor quality of life. Of particular interest are interventions that use the strengths of information systems for implementing evidence-based strategies for healthcare improvement. A funding priority will be a focus on at least one of the 6 specified areas of the President's Race and Disparities Initiative (infant mortality, cancer screening and management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV infection/AIDS, and child and adult immunizations), mental health and pediatric asthma. The total project period may not exceed 3 years. This RFA is a one-time solicitation. AHRQ expects to award up to $7.0 million in total costs in fiscal year 2000 to support the first year of approximately 12-18 projects. Deadlines: 3/10/00 (Letter of Intent); 4/27/00 (Proposal). Contact: Joanne Book, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, 301/594-4039, jbook@ahcpr.gov; Diane Brown, Center for Practice and Technology Assessment, 301/594-4019, dbrown@ahcpr.gov.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)

NIDA has launched a major new initiative in response to the increasing popularity of substances collectively known as "club drugs." NIDA is interested in expanding its research portfolio on all aspects related to the use, abuse, short- and long-term effects of "club drugs." "Club drugs" refers to substances being used by young adults at all-night dance parties such as "raves" or "trances," at dance clubs and bars (see http://www.clubdrugs.org for more information). Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis at the standard receipt dates. They can be in response to several NIDA program announcements, for example: Drug Abuse Prevention Intervention Research, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-002.html; Drug Use And Related Adverse Behavioral And Social Consequences, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-113.html; or Neuroscience Research On Drug Addiction, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-033.html.

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

The Race/Ethnic Disparities in the Incidence of Diabetes Complications Program solicits research to investigate: 1) 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 2) the extent to which factors, including inherent metabolic and genetic variations, medical care, socioeconomic status, and behavioral factors account for these differences. Approximately $2 million/year for 3 years is available for standard (R01) or exploratory/development (R21) research grants in this program. Deadlines: Standard NIH. Contact: Barbara Linder, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases, 301/594-0021; fax 301/480-3503; linderb@extra.niddk.nih.gov.

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JENIFER ALTMAN FOUNDATION

The Grants Program funds research focusing on manmade chemicals that disrupt the developing fetal endocrine system and/or disrupt the developing fetus (human or nonhuman) by affecting systems other than the endocrine system. Particular focus is on an international initiative called Health Care Without Harm: The Campaign for Environmentally Responsible Health Care HCWH. The principal goal is to eliminate dioxin, mercury and other harmful fetal contaminants from medical materials and the medical waste stream. The Foundation supports POPS (Persistent Organic Pollutants) treaty negotiations; the development of an International Environment Health Network emerging from the juncture point of Health Care Without Harm and IPEN which seeks to support the development of a global network of NGOs working in different industrial sectors to reduce our dependence on life-degrading chemicals; and is interested in the interface between the emerging global campaign to safeguard living systems from the threat of uncontrolled uses of biotechnology, particularly in the food and agricultural sectors, and in developing a global environmental health campaign with a focus on reducing the risks of life-degrading chemicals. Some of the most successful environmental health grant proposals relate directly to one of the four above coordinated campaigns. The above areas of interest are shared with the Mitchell Kapor Foundation and the Starfire Fund-a proposal to one Foundation in an area of shared program interest is considered a proposal to all three. The Foundation also has mind-body health interests, with a focus on innovative research and demonstration programs in mind-body health, especially those focused on cancer. The Jenifer Altman Foundation and Starfire Fund primarily fund projects that build on the work of the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. Grants vary from $500-$50,000 or more, but those in the range of $500-$10,000 have a higher likelihood of being funded. Deadlines: None. Contact: Marni Rosen, Executive Director, 415/868-0821; fax 415/868-2230; altman123@aol.com; http://www.jaf.org.

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NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES (NCRR)

The Shared Institutional Grant (SIG) Program provides support for expensive state-of-the-art instrumentation utilized in both basic and clinical research. Applications are limited to instruments that cost at least $100,000 per instrument or integrated instrument system. The maximum award is $500,000. Grants will be awarded for a period of one year. An institution may submit more than one application for different instrumentation. Since the intent of the program is to promote sharing, a major user group of three or more investigators must be identified. A minimum of three major users must be Principal Investigators on NIH peer-reviewed research grants at the time of application and award. The full announcement is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-00-031.html. Deadline: 3/17/00. Contact: Marjorie A. Tingle, 301/435-0772; fax 301/480-3659; SIG@ncrr.nih.gov.

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program encourages biomedical and/or behavioral scientists to work as partners with science museum educators, media experts, and other interested organizations on projects to improve the student (K-12) and public understanding of the health sciences. The Program is intended to support the development (Phase I) or dissemination (Phase II) of highly meritorious and innovative models for enhancing K-12 student and/or general public health science education. The NIH is offering programmatic assistance for applicants through a workshop scheduled for January 21, 2000 in Bethesda, MD. For updated information on this workshop call 301/435-0788. Contact: Krishan K. Arora, 301/435-0766; arorak@ncrr.nih.gov; program announcement: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-00-036.html. Deadlines: 3/16/00, 10/1 in subsequent years.

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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES (NEH)

Humanities Focus Grants enable groups of teachers, faculty members or other educators to work together to explore an important humanities topic and consider plans of action for their institution. Grants may support joint study involving outside experts or workshops on scholarly issues, faculty development, and related curricular questions. Awards range from $10,000-$25,000 in outright funds and normally span an academic year or a year and a half. Deadline: 4/15/00. Contact: Education Development and Demonstration Program, Division of Research and Education, 202/606-8308; education@neh.gov; http://www.neh.gov/pdf/guidelines/edd.pdf.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)

The central objective of the Child Learning and Development (99-42) competition is to encourage and support research and related activities focused on increasing our understanding of the cognitive, social, and biological (e.g., neural, hormonal) processes related to children and adolescents' learning in formal and informal settings. Research will focus on mechanisms of development that explain when and how children and adolescents are prepared to acquire new skills and knowledge. Priority will also be given to studies addressing one or more of the following: multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches to the study of learning and development during childhood and adolescence; development of new methods, models, and theories for studying learning and development; relations between the development of specific and general forms of knowledge; age-related changes in the processes of transfer of knowledge in one domain to children's understanding of another domain; relations of children and adolescents' learning to peer relationships, family interactions, social identities, and motivation; impact of family, school, and community resources on learning and development of children and adolescents; relations of adolescents' learning and development to their preparation for entry into the workforce; and the role of demographic and cultural characteristics (e.g., children's socioeconomic status, ethnicity, immigrant status, and gender) in children's learning and development. Awards will be made for workshops, conferences, and research projects. Award amounts are subject to the availability of funds. Durations of 1-5 years will be considered. Deadline: 7/15/00. Contact: Diane Scott-Jones, Program Director, 703/306-1732; fax 703/306-0485; dscott@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/cld/start.htm.

The Geoscience Education Program (NSF 00-38) seeks proposals for projects to improve national geoscience education. This competition will encompass two elements: Awards to Facilitate Geoscience Education (AFGE) and the Application of Digital Libraries to Undergraduate Earth Systems Education. Projects for the AFGE element may target any educational level, elementary to post-graduate, either inside or outside the classroom. Awards made under this element are intended to facilitate initiation or piloting of highly innovative educational activities that involve leading geoscience researchers where support may not otherwise be available. Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the recommendations of the report of the Geoscience Education Working Group titled "Geoscience Education: A Recommended Strategy" (NSF 97-171) before preparing a proposal. The report is available at http://www.geo.nsf.gov or by request to mmayhew@nsf.gov. Element 2, Application of Digital Libraries to Undergraduate Earth Systems Education, supports a process leading to the establishment of a national digital library which would support and promote high-quality undergraduate education in the geosciences, in particular innovative Earth systems curricula, associated archive data sets, and tools for handling real-time data. In addition to individual focused proposals, larger-scale collaborative proposals are invited that specifically seek to implement recommendations of the community workshop Portal to the Future: A Digital Library for Earth System Education (http://www.dlese.org). A full program announcement, describing a broad range of possible projects appropriate for either element, is available at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0038 Deadline: 4/10/00. Contact: Element 1: Michael Mayhew, Directorate for Geosciences, 703/306-1557, mmayhew@nsf.gov; Element 2: Dorothy Stout, Division of Undergraduate Education, Directorate for Education and Human Resources, 703/306-0445, dstout@nsf.gov.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (NICHHD)

The Developmental Pharmacology (RFA HD-00-001) program supports research to study the ontogeny of drug metabolizing enzymes (DMEs), transporters, and receptors, and the corresponding ion channels and related proteins. The R01 award mechanism will be used. A major objective of this initiative is the characterization of mechanisms involved in gene regulation and expression of these proteins during prenatal and postnatal development. The initiative is aimed at unraveling the effects of development on mechanisms of drug action, pharmacodynamics, and drug biotransformation, prenatally and from birth through adolescence. In addition, because drugs are now being developed to target specific receptors or modulators, it is imperative to determine their functional expression over time in the pediatric population. The long-term goal is to provide the scientific basis for rational use of drugs in children of all ages, and to characterize the metabolism of drugs of abuse in children and adolescents. The objective is to encourage pre-clinical research on the ontogeny of those processes that are involved in the biotransformation, transport of drugs, drug and receptor interactions, and/or mechanisms of drug action in children. This initiative seeks to stimulate cooperation and interaction among scientists working in different but complementary areas of research. Mechanisms regulating developmental expression of pharmacological receptors constitute another area of research to be supported by this initiative. Factors that modulate the ontogeny of transporters, DMEs, receptors, and ion channels are largely unknown. Research on the regulation of the ontogenetic expression of these proteins as well as the role of ethnicity and gender are within the scope of this program. The use of appropriate and newer techniques for the study of ontogeny from a pharmacological perspective is encouraged (e.g., knockout animals and drug applications in vivo, gene expression over time in living animals). Multidisciplinary investigations bringing together investigators with expertise in pharmacology, developmental biology, and genetics are strongly encouraged. Development of methodologies to enhance the study of the research areas is strongly encouraged. Project periods may be up to 5 years long; budgets may request up to $250,000/year in direct costs. Deadlines: 3/7/00 (Letter of Intent), 4/13/00 (Formal Application). Contact: George P. Giacoia, 301/496-5589; fax 301/480-9791; gg65m@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-00-001.html.

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

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