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University Letter

January 26, 2001

Volume 38 No. 21

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 21, January 26, 2001

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

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GRANTS AND RESEARCH

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NORTHERN LIGHTS PUBLIC RADIO AND TELEVISION CENTER MERGED

Northern Lights Public Radio (NLPR) and the UND Television Center have merged, effective Jan. 1, 2001. The merger brings together two long-standing media units which have served the campus and region for many decades.

The merger represents a commitment by UND to rebuild NLPR, which was downsized after the flood of '97, and is designed to take advantage of similar goals and technologies. Television Center Director Barry Brode will serve as the administrator for the new unit. The Television Center provides video services to campus clients, operates Cable Channel 3, and creates "Studio One," the student produced award winning television show.

NLPR Station Manager Mike Olson is enthusiastic about the merger. He emphasizes, especially to station supporters, that "everything about this effort is great news." He said it will ensure a stable future for local public radio in Grand Forks. An administrative clerk and director of marketing will be hired to serve the new unit. Both positions will help build the membership base and assist with efforts to secure additional underwriters.

Brode wants to provide additional opportunities for students through NLPR. He said the Television Center has grown because of partnerships with many campus units, and he hopes partnerships will also help strengthen NLPR. NLPR and the Television Center will remain in their current locations and keep their original names. NLPR is located at 314 Cambridge Street. The Television Center is located in the Rural Technology Center, 4300 Dartmouth Drive.

James Shaeffer, Associate Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.

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FORUMS WILL DISCUSS STATUS OF STRATEGIC PLANNING EFFORT

Faculty, administrators and staff are invited to participate in an open forum to discuss the current status of the strategic planning effort. Three forums are being held within the next few weeks. In particular, faculty are encouraged to attend the forum on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Burtness Theatre. This forum is sponsored by the University Senate and has been set at this time to allow as much participation as possible since fewer classes are being taught. The forum will be moderated by the president and the provost. This is your opportunity to bring your questions and comments to them. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Other forums will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Old Bookstore of the Union, and on Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 8:30 to 10 in the Atmospherium in Odegard Hall. You are welcome to attend any of these gatherings as well.

Charles Kupchella, President, and John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

APARTMENT COMMUNITY SETS "CELEBRATE FAMILY" WEEK

"Celebrate Family" Week will be held next week, Jan. 27 through Feb. 3. The week-long event celebrates the spirit of family in our UND apartment community. Activities include bowling, swimming, casino night, and a Super Bowl party. Events are free and prizes will be given away. Everyone who lives in the apartment community is encouraged to attend any or all of the events. Come share in family fun! Contact Ann Lewis at 777-4208 or the UND Apartment Community Center at 777-9396 to get involved or for more information.

Troy Noeldner, Assistant Director of Apartments.

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JOIN IN SUPER BOWL FRENZY AT THE UNION

The UND Memorial Union will sponsor Football Frenzy on Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Watch the game on a large projection screen! Also enjoy specials at the Food Court, including two subs for $6.99 at Subway and any large one-topping pizza for $5.99 at Little Caesars. This event is free and open to the public.

Susan Johnson, Coordinator, Student Organizations Center.

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AGENDA LISTED FOR JAN. 29 GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETING

The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Jan. 29, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Consideration of a request by the Teaching and Learning Department to:

a. Change the credits for T & L 518, Science in the Elementary Schools, from two to three

b. Change the credits for T & L 522, Mathematics in the Elementary School, from two to three

2. Consideration of a request by the Civil Engineering Department to change the program requirements for the master's in engineering, civil engineering (soils structures option).

3. Consideration of nominations to Graduate Faculty.

4. New graduate dean search (John Ettling).

5. Matters arising.

Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.

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UNION CONVENIENCE STORE SETS GRAND OPENING, "NAME THAT STORE" CONTEST

The Union Convenience Store will hold its grand opening next week, Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. Come in for specials on Coke and Pepsi products and prize drawings.

In conjunction with the opening, we will be having a "Name That Store" contest. Stop by the Convenience Store on the main floor of the Memorial Union and submit your idea for the store name. The winning entry will receive a pop-up tent! Entries will be accepted through Friday, Feb. 2. Drop off your entry during store hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tammy Rodriquez, Manager, Union Convenience Store.

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LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP SERIES SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The Leadership Workshop Series, a series of sessions designed to help students explore leadership and develop an understanding of themselves, will be held Mondays at 3 p.m., Jan. 29 through March 26, in the Leadership Inspiration Center, third floor, Memorial Union.

The schedule follows:

Jan. 29, "The Art of Caring Leadership," Gordon Henry, UND Vice President for Student Affairs Emeritus; Feb. 5, "Effective Communication as a Leader in a Multicultural Setting," Sue Swanson, Associate Director of International Programs; Feb. 12, "Managing Growth and Innovation Within Your Organization," Bruce Gjovig, Director, Center for Innovation; Feb. 26, "The Challenge of Leadership: Maintaining the Balance," Chris Lennon, Interim Director of Administrative Services, Counseling Center; March 5, "Collaborative Leadership," Terry Brenner, Principal of Wilder Elementary School; March 19, "Leadership and Initiative: Going the Extra Mile," Career and Character Education staff, Grand Forks Public Schools; March 26, "Leading with Soul: the Power of Ethical Leadership," Robert Boyd, Vice President, Student and Outreach Services.

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend any part of the series. Certificates will be presented at the final session to those who have attended all sessions. The series is offered free of charge and pre-registration is not necessary.

Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator, Leadership Inspiration Center.

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U SENATE MEETS FEB. 1; AGENDA LISTED

The February meeting of the University Senate is set for Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.

AGENDA

1) Announcements.

2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.

3) Question Period.

CONSENT CALENDAR:

4) No Items submitted.

BUSINESS CALENDAR:

5) Recommendation from the Honorary Degrees Committee for honorary degrees. Henry Slotnick, chair.

Nancy Krogh (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.

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BIRGIT HANS TO SPEAK ON INDIAN TRIBES OF GERMANY

Birgit Hans, Indian Studies, will give a talk, "Indian Tribes of Germany," in 116 Merrifield Hall on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 4 p.m. She describes her talk this way: "Germans have always been fascinated by the exotic Other, especially the Native peoples of North America. For almost 100 years Indian clubs have been a reality of the German hobbyist scene. This lecture will introduce the Indian hobbyist scene in Germany, explore some of the reasons for creating this elaborate and complex leisure culture, as well as give a brief history of the Indian tribes of Germany." As a part of her presentation, she will show slides.

Sponsored by the English Lecture series, the presentation is free and open to the public.

Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.

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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS WILL HOST THURSDAY NIGHT EVENT

The Office of International Programs holds Thursday night events each week at 7 p.m. at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The Feb. 1 program will feature New Zealand. Everyone is welcome.

International Programs.

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MTV TO BROADCAST AEROSPACE FOUNDATION'S PHYSIOLOGY TRAINING

MTV representatives Troy Hartman and Kimberly Pressler attended UND Aerospace Foundation's Aerospace Physiology Training for filming of MTV's "Senseless Acts of Video." The episode featuring UND Aerospace will air Sunday, Feb. 4, at 8:30 p.m. (E.S.T.).

"They were interested in experiencing high altitude and its dangers," said Warren Jensen, Director of Aerospace Physiology Training, "and the altitude chamber is the safest way to show them."

The UND Aerospace Foundation offers two short courses on physiology training. The MTV personalities participated in "Corporate Recurrent Training," a one-day refresher course for flyers who have previously been trained in an altitude chamber. This course, intended to refresh knowledge, covers the hazards of high altitude flight such as human response to lack of oxygen and to changing barometric pressure.

The Altitude Chamber Training is also incorporated into UND's aviation undergraduate degree curriculum, making UND the only collegiate program able to offer this training to its aviation graduates.

Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

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REMIND STUDENTS OF U-WEB POSSIBILITIES

Please remind students that they can have space on U-Web, the student web server. They can use it for on-line portfolios, resumes, and course assignments.

The U-Web system has a customized application (program) for transferring and managing files that works through a current web browser (IE 4+ or Netscape 4+). Because of this custom interface, there is no need to hassle with cumbersome FTP and Telnet software. Information on activating web space, creating a basic web page using Netscape Page Composer, uploading files, and frequently asked questions (FAQ) are available on the U-Web home page (http://uweb.und.nodak.edu). Drop-in sessions to help students get started are scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, and Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the Computer Learning Lab, lower level, Memorial Union.

If you have questions, contact the UND Computer Center Help Desk at cc_helpdesk@mail.und.nodak.edu or 777-2222.

Doris Bornhoeft, Computer Center.

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NOTE DATE CHANGE FOR MEET-AND-EAT PRESENTATION

Please note this date change for Meet and Eat at the Women's Center: Glinda Crawford (Sociology) will present "Making a Big Stink: Fragrance in Our Lives" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7 (not Feb. 1), in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union.

Patty McIntyre, Women's Center.

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TICKETS FOR FOUNDERS DAY 2001 NOW ON SALE

Tickets for the annual Founders Day Banquet are now on sale. This year's event is set for Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The doors will open at 5:45 p.m., the UND Steel Drum Band will begin performing at 6 p.m., and the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Founders Day program will feature the presentation of awards for teaching, research, and service as well as the recognition of faculty and staff with 25 years of service and retired and retiring faculty and staff with 15 or more years of service to the University of North Dakota.

For the first time ever, tickets for the banquet can be purchased through campus mail. Every UND employee recently received a bright blue flyer outlining the ticket purchase procedure. Please use the order form from that flyer to order your tickets, or those for your departmental tables. Tickets are $7 each, and a limited number of seats are available.

Please call Sherri Korynta in the Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services at 777-2725 if you have any questions or if you need an additional copy of the ticket order form.

Fred Wittmann, Director of Project Development, Office of the Vice President for Student and Outreach Services.

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IMATION CEO WILL SPEAK AT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT

The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has scheduled its annual meeting and Economic Development Summit for Thursday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. We plan to hold it at the Alerus Events Center, though the final venue decision has not yet been made. This is our most important event of the year. The support of our University partners is critical to its success.

We are extremely excited about this year's speaker, William Monahan, Chair and CEO of Imation Corporation. Monahan has visited with leaders from Imation and UND about exploring ways to develop mutually beneficial relationships. His visit to Grand Forks can be an excellent starting point. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Jan Orvik, Editor, for Barb Steadman, Economic Development Corporation.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

SEMINAR WILL FOCUS ON TEACHING SCIENCE

Last spring, several faculty participated in a four-session study seminar focused on rethinking how we teach science at the University. This spring, a follow-up seminar will be offered, open to all faculty with an interest in science education. The seminar will be based on "Science Teaching Reconsidered: A Handbook" by the Committee on Undergraduate Science Education of the National Research Council.

The book describes its own aims as follows: "[This book] provides information about successful teaching practices in a variety of science courses. It offers you an overview of current research in undergraduate science education and some practical guidelines for experimenting with and changing the ways you teach." The book is short (only 61 pages of text), readable, and practical ideal reading material for provoking our own thinking about and rethinking of science education.

If you would like to receive a copy of this book and read it in a study seminar this spring (we'll again plan to meet four times during the semester for discussion), please send me your schedule (e-mail to joan_hawthorned@und.nodak.edu) as soon as possible.

Joan Hawthorne, Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing Center.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR FACULTY/MENTOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING FELLOWSHIPS

Applications are invited from UND faculty for research fellowships ($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. 8, 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. Mentors will also receive $1,000 stipends.) If you need help locating a mentor, or would like to discuss whether this workshop is appropriate for you, contact Sally Eckert-Tilotta at ORPD (777-2049 or sally_eckert- tilotta@mail.und.nodak.edu).

Applications are due Monday, Jan. 29. Please submit two copies or e-mail the application to sally_eckert- tilotta@mail.und.nodak.edu.

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

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JUDY SARGENT NAMED DIRECTOR OF RESIDENCE SERVICES

Judy Sargent has been named Director of Residence Services. She has spent over 20 years with UND, most recently as Interim Director of Residence Services. During her years here, Sargent served as Assistant Director of Housing, Director of Apartments and Associate Director of Housing. As Director, Sargent will oversee Housing, Dining Services, Passport Campus ID, the Children's Center and a portion of the Division's Computing Services.

Before coming to UND, Judy served as a Residence Hall Director at South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D., for two years. Overall, she brings to this position more than 23 years of diverse experience in higher education residential living.

Bob Gallager, Vice President for Operations and Finance.

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DO NOT HOLD PAYROLL CHECKS IN DEPARTMENTS

Payroll checks should not be held in departments. Payroll checks must be cashed within 90 days of payday or they are void. Employees should be encouraged to pick up their checks immediately, or the checks should be mailed in a department envelope. Each department is responsible to ensure that employees receive payroll checks. If you do not have a current address for the employee or the home address on the system is not valid, please forward the check immediately to the Payroll Office, Box 7127. Thank you.

Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll and Risk Management.

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POLICY DETAILED ON USE OF PERSONAL VEHICLES FOR STATE BUSINESS

According to NDCC 54-06-09.4, "An official, deputy, assistant, clerk, or other employee, when required to travel by motor vehicle or truck in the performance of official duty, shall use a state-owned vehicle whenever possible unless exempted under section 24-02-03.3." Section 24-02-03.3 authorizes the Director of the State Fleet to approve any exemptions. The following schedule explains the state liability and property insurance as it applies to employees traveling on state business.

Situation: Employee travels in a state vehicle

Liability Coverage: Damage/Injuries to others- Risk Management Fund, Employee injuries - ND Workers' Compensation

Vehicle Coverage: State Fleet Fund

Situation: Employee travels in a personal vehicle - no state vehicle is available

Liability Coverage: Damage/Injuries to others-Risk Management Fund, Employee injuries - ND Workers' Compensation

Vehicle Coverage: Employee's Insurance

Situation: Employee travels in a personal vehicle - personal choice

Liability Coverage: Damage/Injuries to others-Primary-Employee Insurance, Excess-Risk Management Fund, Employee injuries- ND Workers' Compensation

Vehicle Coverage: Employee's Insurance

-- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll and Risk Management.

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POSTAL SERVICE CHANGES ADDRESS SERVICE REGULATIONS

The United States Postal Service will no longer accept old endorsements on envelopes. The most common old endorsement is "Address Correction Requested." Please black out or white out the entire endorsement if mailing any envelopes with an incorrect endorsement. The correct endorsements that may be used are either "Address Service Requested" or "Return Service Requested," depending on service desired. Only one of these endorsements may be used on an envelope. If you have any questions, please call Campus Postal Services at 777-2279. Thank you for your cooperation.

- Darin Lee, Supervisor, Campus Postal Services.

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TIAA DISABILITY PREMIUM CHARGES RESUME AS OF JAN. 1

In February 2000, it was announced that there was an excess balance in the TIAA Disability fund and that departments would not be required to pay for TIAA disability premiums until that excess was eliminated. The excess balance of the TIAA Disability fund has been depleted. Effective Jan. 1, 2001, all departments who employ TIAA/CREF employees will again be charged for the disability premium. The disability premium is .00366 of gross wages for all TIAA/CREF employees.

Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll and Risk Management.

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U2 CLASSES LISTED FOR FEB. 5-16

Please pre-register by calling Staci at the U2 office, 777-2128 or use e-mail at U2@mail.und.nodak.edu, for the following classes, all in 361 Upson Hall II.

Access III, Feb. 5, 7, and 9, 9 to 11:30 a.m.;

TSO Training, Feb. 6, 1:30 to 3 p.m.;

HTML, Feb. 12 and 14, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Log on to the U2 web site for other personal and professional development learning opportunities at www.conted.und.edu/U2

Staci Matheny, University Within the University.

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BEARD-A-THON DONATIONS AID INTERVENTION CENTER

Interested in supporting the Beard-a-Thon sponsored by Christus Rex? Donations are being accepted to help raise funds for the Community Violence Intervention Center. These may be sent through campus mail to Christus Rex, Box 7012. Registration for the Beard-a-Thon was completed la

st week, so there should be many men on campus sporting new beards. Thank you to everyone for your participation and support. Bryan Fagerholt, Intern, Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center, and Contest Chair.

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LEO KIM'S NORTH DAKOTA PHOTOGRAPHY ON DISPLAY AT MUSEUM

A stunning exhibition of black and white photographs of North Dakota by award-winning photographer Leo Kim is now open at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The exhibition, which runs through March 11, captures the state's brilliant skies and vast, open landscape.

Thirty-five elegant photographs portray the almost palpable incandescence of rural vistas. The focus on sky and land is breath-taking in its totality and vision and seems to offer an omniscient view of North Dakota. It's not a bird's-eye view, but there's an impression of this. The photographs tell of a land where the sky is two-thirds of everything. In Kim's words - " . . . the open prairies, rolling hills, and gigantic skies celebrate liberating isolation but reflect the strong and fierce nature of the land."

The range of Leo Kim's subject matter reflects the dignified beauty of North Dakota: grain elevators in Rugby, clouds riding high over a gleaming prairie; wheat in the wind in Mohall, the structured diagonal lines of a tipi, County Road #3 in Napoleon, two grain shovels in alignment against a wooden wall, the Ukranian Orthodox Church in Belfield, and a coulee during spring thaw in Carrington.

Leo Kim portrays the Dakota landscape with the eye of one who loves the land. A childhood spent in Shanghai, Macao, Hong Kong, and Austria heightened Kim's appreciation for the vast rural terrain and lightly scattered inhabitants of North Dakota.

The recipient of the Gold Award for excellence in corporate photography from Photo/Design magazine, New York, Leo Kim has won other awards, including the Best of Show award for the photography and design of the North Dakota Arts and Humanities Council annual report. His work has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, International Photo District Magazine, New York and in Format, a Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine. Leo Kim has exhibited in a solo photo show at Carver and Beard Gallery, Bloomington, Minn., and at the Plains Art Museum in Moorhead.

Kim studied at the University of Vienna, and in 1969 moved to the United States to study design and architecture. While attending North Dakota State University, Kim worked at the Fargo Forum where his photo assignments took him across North Dakota. For 15 months between 1974 and 1975, as a volunteer in Fort Yates on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Kim edited the reservation newspaper.

Kim lives in Minneapolis and works as a professional photographer. His clients include American Express, Boston Scientific, Dupont, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Honeywell, Medtronic, Wells Fargo Bank, Rockwell International and the University of Minnesota.

For further information, please call 777-4195. You may also view the Museum's web site at www.ndmoa.com.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is located on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission charge. The Museum Cafe is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with lunch served between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

North Dakota Museum of Art.

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PSYCHOLOGY OFFERS SERVICES FOR INSOMNIA, EATING DISORDERS, SOCIAL ANXIETY, AND PANIC ATTACKS

The Department of Psychology and Psychological Services Center offer the following treatment groups and opportunities to take part in studies. Insomnia: Do you have trouble sleeping? The Psychological Services Center will form an insomnia treatment group, which will meet for one evening per week for eight weeks, beginning in late February. Cost of the group is based on a sliding fee scale. If interested, please call the Psychological Services Center at 777-3691 for more information.

Binge Eating, Purging: Do you have problems with binge eating and purging? The Psychological Services Center will form a bulimia nervosa treatment group. The group will meet for one evening per week for 10 weeks beginning in late February. Cost of the group is based on a sliding fee scale. If interested, please call the Psychological Services at 777-3691 for more information.

Social Anxiety: Are you nervous in social situations? The Department of Psychology is seeking individuals to participate in a study which examines the nature of social phobia and/or social anxiety. We are seeking volunteers with no other depression, anxiety, or substance abuse problem. Volunteers must be currently involved in a romantic relationship lasting at least six months. Compensation for completing a booklet of questionnaires is provided. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. For more information, contact Shannon Woulfe at the Department of Psychology, 777-4831.

Panic Attacks: Do you experience recurrent panic attacks? The Psychology Department is seeking individuals to participate in a study which examines the nature of panic disorder. We are seeking volunteers with no other depression, anxiety, or substance abuse problem. Volunteers must be currently involved in a romantic relationship lasting at least six months. Compensation for completing a booklet of questionnaires is provided. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. For more information, contact Shannon Woulfe at the Department of Psychology, 777-4831.

Amy Wenzel, Assistant Professor of Psychology.

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LAST WEDNESDAY OF MONTH IS DENIM DAY

Wednesday, Jan. 31, is Denim Day, the last Wednesday of the month. 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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COMMUNITY MUSIC OFFERS MUSIKTANZ CLASSES

The UND Community Music Program is again offering Musiktanz classes for children ages 15 months through kindergarten. Musiktanz is a curriculum developed by Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge, an internationally recognized author and early childhood music educator. She is the founder of Kindermusik and co-author of the early childhood curriculum, Kindermusik for the Young Child. Musiktanz is based on the English edition from her latest work, "A Cycle of Seasons." In the Musiktanz program the teacher acts as a role model to assist the parents/caregivers in working musically with their children. The parents/caregivers attend the children's lessons and participate with them in classes which include a variety of developmentally appropriate musical activities, such as singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening.

Level I (ages 15 months-3 years) meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights.

Level II (ages 3 years-kindergarten) meets at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday nights.

Both classes meet for a half-hour 12 times during the semester in the Hughes Fine Arts Center, room 258, starting Feb. 1. The cost for each level is $60 per semester. For more information, call 777-2644, 777-2820, or 777-2830.

Barbara Lewis, Associate Professor of Music.

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U.S. PASSPORTS NOW HANDLED IN NEW COUNTY OFFICE BUILDING

Effective Jan. 1, 2001, the application process for U.S. passports, and their renewal, was moved from the Courthouse to the Tax Equalization Office of Grand Forks County government. The Grand Forks County Tax Equalization Office is located in the new County Office Building across South Fourth Street from the County Courthouse.

-- Randy Lee, Professor of Law.

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GRANTS AND RESEARCH

RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED

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

W. E. UPJOHN INSTITUTE FOR EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH

Support is provided for policy-relevant research on employment issues. Although applicants may submit proposals that consider any policy-relevant labor market issue, priority will be given to proposals addressing the following topics: Employment Relationships; Low Wages and Public Policy; and Social Insurance. Grant requests up to a maximum of $75,000 are considered for one-year projects. Extensions beyond one year are possible in select cases. Contact: 616/343-5541; webmaster@we.upjohninst.org; http://www.upjohninst.org/grantann.html. Deadlines: 2/2/01 (3-page summary), 4/10/01 (full proposal).

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EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION OF AMERICA

The Foundation provides grants to support nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations in the following areas of interest: the environment, the crisis of human overpopulation and reproductive freedom, Native Americans, arts, education, medicine, and human services. Deadline: None. Contact: Diane M. Allison, 203/226-6498; efa@efaw.org; http://www.efaw.org.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST)

The NIST Physics Laboratory Grants Program supports research in electron and optical physics, atomic physics, optical technology, ionizing radiation, time and frequency, and quantum physics. The NIST anticipates funding approximately $1,400,000, which may be increased to approximately $2,000,000 should additional funding become available, including new awards and continuing projects. Individual awards are expected to range from approximately $5,000-$250,000. The duration of the award is 1-3 years. Contact: Anita Sweigert, 301/975-4200; anita.sweigert@nist.gov; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi- bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-836-filed. Deadlines: 6/30/01, 9/30/01.

The NIST Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory Grants Program provides funds for research supported by divisions under the Chemical Science and Technology Laboratory. Interests include biotechnology, process measurements, surface and microanalysis science, physical and chemical properties, and analytical chemistry. Awards are expected to range from approximately $5,000-$100,000/year. Deadlines: 6/30/01, 9/30/01. Contact: William Koch, 301/975-8301; william.koch@nist.gov; or the web site listed above.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Learning Anytime Anywhere Partnerships , funded under the FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education) program, are intended to enhance the delivery, quality, and accountability of postsecondary education and career-oriented lifelong learning through asynchronous distance education. Funds awarded must be used to develop and assess model distance learning programs or innovative educational software; develop methodologies for the identification and measurement of skill competencies; develop and assess innovative student support services; and support other activities consistent with the statutory purpose of this program. Eligible applicants are partnerships consisting of two or more independent agencies, organizations, or institutions, including institutions of higher education, associations, corporations, community organizations, and other public and private institutions, agencies, and organizations. For FY 2001, $15.5 million is available to fund 30-40 awards ranging from $100,000-$500,000/year, the average being $333,333/year. The project period is up to 36 months. Matching funds are required. Deadlines: 3/15/01 (Pre-Proposal), 6/15/01 (Proposal). Contact: 877/433-7827; edpubs@inet.ed.gov; http://www.ed.gov/FIPSE/LAAP.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

The Environmental Management Science Program is soliciting proposals for projects relevant to Basic Science Research Related to High Level Radioactive Waste. The purpose of the program is to foster basic research that will contribute to successful completion of the DOE's mission to clean-up the environmental contamination across the DOE's complex. The objectives of the program are to: provide scientific knowledge that will revolutionize technologies and clean-up approaches to significantly reduce future costs, schedules, and risks; bridge the gap between broad fundamental research that has wide-ranging applicability such as that performed by the DOE and needs-driven applied technology development that is conducted; and focus the nation's science infrastructure on critical environmental management problems. Relevant scientific disciplines include: chemistry (including actinide chemistry, analytical chemistry and instrumentation, interfacial chemistry, and separation science), computer and mathematical sciences, engineering science (chemical and process engineering), materials science (degradation mechanisms, modeling, corrosion, non-destructive evaluation, sensing of waste hosts, canisters), and physics (fluid flow, aqueousionic solid interfacial properties underlying rheological processes). Awards are expected to be on the order of $100,000-$300,000/year for total project costs for a typical 3-year award. Deadline: 3/8/01. Contact: Roland F. Hirsch, 301/903-9009; roland.hirsch@science.doe.gov; http://www.sc.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (NICHHD)

The Medical Rehabilitation Research Program supports research on restoring, replacing, or enhancing the function of adults and children with disabilities. The mission is to increase the effectiveness of medical rehabilitation practices through research on: improving functional mobility; promoting behavioral adaptation to functional losses; assessing the efficacy and outcomes of medical rehabilitation therapies and practices; developing improved assistive technology; understanding whole body system responses to physical impairments and functional changes; developing more precise methods to mea-sure impairments, disabilities, and societal and functional limitations; and training research scientists in the field of medical rehabilitation. The standard project (R01) and small (R03) award mechanisms will be used. Deadlines: 2/1/01, 6/1/01, 10/1/01. Contact: Louis A. Quatrano, 301/402-2242; lq2n@nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-99-041.html.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

The purpose of the Graduate Student Fellowships in Earth Systems Science program is to ensure continued training of interdisciplinary scientists to support the study of the Earth as a system; particular emphasis is placed on the applicant's ability and interest in pursuing academic training and research using Earth remote sensing. Fellowship applications will be considered for research in atmospheric chemistry and physics, ocean biology and physics, ecosystem dynamics, hydrology, cryospheric processes, geology, geophysics, and information science and engineering, provided that the specific re-search topic is relevant to NASA's Earth remote sensing science, process studies, modeling and analysis in support of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. Awards are made initially for one year and may be renewed annually for no more than 2 additional years (a total of 3 years). The award is $22,000/year. Deadline: 3/15/01. Contact: Anne N. Crouch, 202/358-0855; acrouch@hq.nasa.gov; http://research.hq.nasa.gov/code_y/nra/current/Fellowship-ESS01/index.html.

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HILLSDALE FUND

Support is provided throughout a broad area of interest, including, but not limited to, education, arts and humanities, health, and community service. Eligible applicants are non-profit, tax-exempt organizations. Award amounts and duration vary with each individual project. Applications are considered twice a year at the spring and fall board meetings, at which the next application deadline is decided. Deadline: 4/3/01 (Spring meeting); the fall deadline has not yet been established. Contact: Mary Scott, 336/274-5471; P.O. Box 20124, Greensboro, NC 27420.

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NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR RESEARCH ON SCHIZOPHRENIA AND DEPRESSION

The Independent Investigator Award is intended to facilitate innovative opportunities for research relevant to schizophrenia, major affective disorders, or other serious mental illnesses. Support is provided for investigators during the critical period between the initiation of research and the receipt of sustained funding. Up to $50,000/year for 2 years is provided. Contact: Audra Moran, 516/829-5576; amoran@narsad.org; http://www.mhsource.com/narsad/research/iiprogram.html. Deadline: 3/5/01.

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

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