University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 39, June 2, 2000
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DID YOU KNOW?
The first radio broadcasts of UND athletic contests were made by the University's KFJM, which went on the air Aug. 13, 1923. Elmer Hanson made the first basketball broadcasts from the Armory in 1926-1927 and also broadcast the first football game from Memorial Stadium Oct. 29, 1927, when the Sioux beat North Dakota Agricultural College (now NDSU), 13-0.
UNIVERSITY LETTER LISTS SUMMER SCHEDULE
The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: June 2, 16 and 30, July 21, Aug. 4, 18, and 25. The deadline for article submission remains at 1 p.m. the Tuesday before you wish the article published. Articles will be run only once due to space and budget constraints. If you will be away for the summer and wish to suspend your paper or electronic subscription until fall, please contact me. Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter, 777-3621,
DAN RICE NAMED DEAN OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Dan Rice has been named Dean of the University of North Dakota College of Education and Human Development following a national search. The appointment is effective July 1. Dr. Rice has been Interim Dean since Jan. 1, shortly after Dr. Mary Harris left the deanship after more than 13 years to assume the Meadows Chair for Excellence in Education at the University of North Texas.
Rice has been with the Department of Educational Leadership since 1986, serving as Chair and Associate Professor until being named Interim Dean. From 1989 until 1998 he was the Director of UND's Office of Instructional Development (OID). During that time he greatly expanded the services and programs offered by OID to UND faculty, including the development of the Alice T. Clark Scholars Mentoring Program, a year-long orientation and faculty development program for new faculty. Rice also successfully led grant writing activity which brought funding from the Bush Foundation to UND for faculty development and helped establish the Writing Across the Curriculum Program.
Prior to his work at OID, Rice served as the Director of the UND Graduate Center in Bismarck from 1986-1989. While at UND, Rice has been active in campus activities, including University Senate. He also served as a faculty representative on the Presidential Search Committee. Rice has been active as a consultant to regional colleges and universities on the topics of assessment and faculty development and has served as a consultant for the Bush Foundation. He is the author of the book "The Clifford Years: The University of North Dakota, 1971-1992." Rice earned the Ph.D. and M.S. in Educational Leadership from UND, the M. Div. from Yale Divinity School, and the B.A. from Dakota Wesleyan University. Recently he was a participant in the Management Development Program at Harvard University. He is married to Bonnie Rice.
-- John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
HARMESON NAMED SENIOR ASSOCIATE TO PRESIDENT
President Charles Kupchella has announced that Phil Harmeson, now an associate dean of the UND College of Business and Public Administration, will join his staff on July 1 as Senior Associate to the President. Harmeson, who will continue as a tenured associate professor of accounting and finance, will serve as an advisor and as a liaison and facilitator in a variety of areas, Kupchella said, with an emphasis on government, state and community relations.
"Phil's acquaintances, his understanding of and respect for the many stakeholders in the UND family, his broad background in education, business, and law make him uniquely qualified to assist UND at the policymaking level," Kupchella said. "I have come to appreciate his candor, his reasoned and down to earth approach to problem solving, and especially his ability to keep things in perspective with his sense of humor."
Harmeson will be a member of Kupchella's cabinet, which includes the Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, Student and Outreach Services, and Finance and Operations, as well as the Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Executive Vice President of the UND Alumni Association, the Director of Budgets, and the Director of University Relations.
Kupchella said Harmeson has a proven track record in dealing with issues that affect North Dakota. "Phil's personal knowledge of how things work around here will prove invaluable to UND. He knows what the issues are, who affects the outcome, and how to affect the outcome. In short, he seems to be just the right person at the right time to fill a crucial role for the future of UND."
Harmeson is a fourth generation North Dakotan. The Harmeson homestead is located near Douglas. The son of a school superintendent, he grew up in Underwood, Surrey, Linton, and Velva, and graduated from Grand Forks Central High School. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in Tennessee.
He was a superintendent of schools before going to Law School at UND. Upon graduation in 1983 he practiced law and was the associate director of UND's Bureau of Governmental Affairs. He became Director of the Bureau upon Lloyd Omdahl's appointment to be North Dakota's lieutenant governor and served in that capacity until 1993. He joined the faculty full time in August 1993. Harmeson is also well known as a consultant and commentator and writer on North Dakota politics and issues.
NANCY KROGH NAMED UND REGISTRAR
Dr. Nancy Krogh has been named Registrar of the University after a national search. The appointment is effective July 1.
A UND graduate whose parents live in Harwood, N.D., Krogh has spent the past five years as Registrar and Director of Institutional Research at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont., where she has spent most of her career in higher education. The prior year (1993-94) she was Director of Grants and Institutional Research. She also served in the Admissions office as associate director (1989-91), assistant director (1988-89) and representative (1988). From 1991 to 1993 she served as Graduate Resident Director at Montana State University, where in 1992 she served as Temporary Assistant Director of Residence Life. She was Office Manager/Broker at FGL Commodity Services, Inc., in East Grand Forks, Minn., from 1982 to 1984 before taking the same position with that company in Billings, Mont., 1984-87.
Krogh earned the Ed.D. in higher education and adult learning from Montana State University in 1997, the M.Ed. from Montana College in Billings, Mont., in 1992, and the B.A. in anthropology from UND in 1987. She is married to writer Brian Peterson, a North Dakota native and UND graduate.
John Ettling, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
COMMUNICATION SCIENCES AND DISORDERS DEPARTMENT REACCREDITED
The department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has been reaccredited for the next eight years. The master's degree program in speech-language pathology received the maximum length awarded by the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association's Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA).
Wayne Swisher, chair of the Department, said his department was pleased with the outcome of the accreditation review. "As a faculty we believe we are doing an excellent job of educating our students and in preparing them to take their place in the work force. But, it is rewarding to have a panel of our peers from universities across the United States confirm it for us." Swisher said the department has been accredited for more than 25 years, and has always been reaccredited for the maximum time possible.
Accreditation is important to students, who must graduate from an accredited program in order to be licensed and certified to work as a speech language pathologist or audiologist. "Employers can be assured that students who graduate from an accredited program have met specific standards set by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association," said Audrey Glick, clinical assistant professor. "They know students are prepared to work with a variety of individuals in many different settings. While many students stay in North Dakota, many others accept positions across the United Sates and Canada."
The Department provides academic and clinical instruction, supervised clinical practicum, and research experience for students that leads to state, regional and national accreditation and licensing. Many UND graduates work in school districts and the health care industry. "Our clinical practicum program also includes sending students to work under the supervision of professionals in school districts, health care facilities and other settings such as Head Start, preschools, and long term care facilities," said Mary Jo Schill, clinical assistant professor. "We rely on professionals across North Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba and other states and provinces to provide learning experiences for our graduate students."
The CAA report said the department "has a strong curriculum that includes broad, basic sciences and human communication processes. The graduate curriculum represents scope of practice and the faculty demonstrate innovative use of technology in instruction. A strong research culture in the department is evidenced by the number of theses generated and independent studies of a research nature. There are strong graduate clinical opportunities and all students receive well over the minimum clinical experiences required. The diversity of settings and variety of clinical experiences are commended by the site visitors."
The report also praises the faculty: "The faculty in this department is devoted to the mission of the department and education of the students. This dedication is exemplified by their resourcefulness in obtaining instructional development grants and their consistent accessibility to the students. The department enjoys strong administrative support and commitment to the continuity of the program."
SOME ROADS, PARKING LOTS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION
Following is an update of roads and parking lots that are closed for construction. Please note that as construction timetables change, other roads may be closed. For the latest on campus road information, call the Visitor Information Center at 777-2020.
A contractor working on the Grand Forks City sewer repair project will close the following roads for sewer repairs:
- Intersection of 5th Ave. N. and Oxford St.
- 25th St. N. between 4th Ave. and University Ave.
Installation of the new City water main on Cornell Street will require a shift in scheduling due to repair work on the main water reservoir near Ray Richards Golf Course. The repair work on the reservoir prevents construction crews from isolating the water tower on campus, a move that would allow them to complete the next phase of their work.
To remain on schedule, the work must shift from Cornell Street to the Swanson Hall parking lot. Beginning Tuesday, May 30, crews will be closing the north-half of the lot to install the new water main. Once completed, they will shift to the south half, with completion of this phase of the work to take place within the next three weeks.
Please note that Centennial Drive is now a two-way road. Campus Drive is closed from the Armory to the Chester Fritz Auditorium. The intersection of 42nd St. and University Ave. Is also closed.
Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.
USE CAUTION TO PROTECT FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES
Another virus has come and gone. This new breed of virus caught virtually everyone off guard. The "I Love You" and "NewLove" (aka FW) was just the first of many. These viruses are relatively easy to write and easy to pass around. People using Outlook as their e-mail software seem to be the primary targets, but anyone with an e-mail address can get the virus sent to them. A business associate, a family member or friend could have your e-mail address in their Outlook address book and you just made the hit list. With these new viruses out there, now is a good time to remind people about how to keep their computer from becoming infected.
There are two ways to protect your computer from viruses. The first is to use your best judgment. If you receive an attachment that looks suspicious, don't open it. Just delete it. Mail can always be re-sent. Lost data on your hard drive is another story. A side note for GroupWise clients: always right mouse click your attachment and use the view option to look at it. Macro and VBS viruses can not run under the view option in GroupWise.
The second is to keep your anti-virus software current. Check the UND Computer Center web page for the latest news and updates. The Computer Center virus web page address is: www.und.nodak.edu/dept/CC/virus/. The first update that you will notice is that Dr. Solomon is being replaced with McAfee Total Defense. McAfee Total Defense is the new anti-virus software provided under the HECN software contract for Windows 95/98/2000/NT users. Network Associates, the Parent Company for both Dr. Solomon and McAfee Total Defense, is phasing out Dr. Solomon. While we can still provide updates for Dr. Solomon we no longer provide upgrades to the search engines. McAfee Total Defense works just like Dr. Solomon for protecting your computer from viruses. In place of Dr. Solomon's WinGuard you will now have McAfee's VShield. One new feature is the VirusScan Console. This utility provides for automatic updates for McAfee Total Defense. If you are currently using Dr. Solomon you should upgrade to McAfee Total Defense as soon as possible. Updates for Dr. Solomon can stop at anytime. The UND Computer Center web page has instructions for installing and configuring McAfee Total Defense on your computer. There are also instructions for auto-updates and creating an emergency disk.
If you have any questions, contact the UND Help Center at 777-2222 or email@example.com.
-- Craig Cerkowniak, Help Center, Computer Center.
COMPUTER, SOFTWARE SURPLUS PROCEDURES CHANGED
Effective immediately, any surplus UND computers must be processed as follows.
1. Computers transferred to another department or to Surplus Property must have all data/software/applications removed from its hard drive(s). The process of removing data/software/applications is the responsibility of the department prior to transfer of the computer to another department or to Surplus Property.
The removal of data/software/applications is necessary to adhere to application software licenses to maintain the integrity of confidential data held by the University and to prevent potential legal issues should any licenses or confidential data be passed on to any unauthorized users.
Assistance for data/software/application removal can be accomplished by your department information technology staff member or by calling the UND Computer Help Center at 7-2222.
2. Surplus computers will be made available for transfer to other UND departments from Surplus Property prior to public auction.
3. Surplus computers placed on public auction will have all hard drives removed by Surplus Property personnel. This action will then ensure that any University data or confidential information from the surplus computer will not inadvertently be made available to the public.
4. The hard drives will be retained by Surplus Property for a period of time and are available to departments for repairs or upgrades for their department computer(s). Any hard drives not needed by other UND departments, will be destroyed by Surplus Property personnel. No hard drives will be placed on public auction.
Effective immediately, any surplus UND software must be processed as follows.
1. The surplus software disks and accompanying manuals must be sent to Surplus Property.
2. Surplus Property personnel will destroy the disks and place manuals into recycling.
3. The reason for this process is to keep in line with disposal of any UND owned property, that being, all surplus is transferred and processed by Surplus Property. The software and manual(s) are destroyed as it is unknown if the license is transferable to another department or can be sold on public auction.
Linda Romuld, Director of Purchasing.
WINZIP 8.0 AVAILABLE THROUGH SITE LICENSE
Through the HECN site license program we are able to offer WinZip 8.0. It needs to be on an UND- owned computer and purchased by a UND department. The contract runs for two years with free updates. It cannot be run from a server, but must be executed on an individual's machine. The cost is $3 per computer. Call the Computer Center for a Site License form at 777-3171.
Elmer Morlock, Computer Center.
PROPOSALS SOUGHT FOR USED COMPUTER EQUIPMENT
The Student Technology Fee Committee is soliciting proposals for used computer equipment. All academic units, student services and organizations, and Athletics are eligible to apply for equipment. Please see application form attached to the back of the University Letter. Proposals are due in the Provost's Office by June 15.
Stacie Varnson, Office of the Provost, for the Student Technology Fee Committee.
FRESHMEN ADVISEMENT AND REGISTRATION BEGIN JUNE 12
The Getting Started 2000 program (advisement and registration for new, first-year students for the fall semester) is just around the corner. The Presidential Scholars will come to campus for advisement and registration June 12 and 13; the Outstanding High School Leadership Award recipients will register June 14 and 15. The Getting Started Program will run from June 19 through July 28, including the Saturday of July 8. The program will not operate July 3, 4, or 5. In mid April, we began inviting new freshmen, entering in the fall semester 2000, and their families to choose a day to participate in the Getting Started 2000 program. Daily activities include academic advisement, math and foreign language placement testing, registration for the fall semester and activities to orient students and families to campus.
Please help in keeping us up-to-date by letting us know of any departmental, program, curriculum, or policy changes. Questions or comments can be addressed to me. We look forward to another fun summer registration program.
Lisa Burger, Student Academic Services, 777-4706.
FOUR RECEIVED SIOUX AWARD DURING ALUMNI DAYS
The Alumni Association recognized four individuals with its highest honor, the Sioux Award, as part of the Alumni Days 2000 celebration May 24-26. The recipients were John "Jack" Banik, Houston; Kent Alm, Dent, Minn.; Dr. John "Doc" Graham, Indianapolis; and Beverly (Hanson) Sfingi, La Quinta, Calif.
John "Jack" Banik, '50, earned his bachelor of science degree in Chemical Engineering from UND. The Grand Forks native served with the U.S. Army, 1944 to 1946 in the Aleutian Islands and 1952 to 1953 in Korea. He was awarded the Bronze Star while serving as a combat commander in Korea. After 45 years with Nalco Chemical Company, Banik retired in 1995. He had worked in field sales, corporate sales and as senior consultant. Banik and his wife Elrose Hope Lofthus reside in Houston. They have two children.
Kent Alm, '51, '63, earned his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from UND. The Binford, N.D., native has held several administrative positions at UND and elsewhere, including the presidency at Mankato State University and the office of Commissioner of Higher Education for North Dakota. He retired in 1993. He and his wife Diane, '90, live near Dent, Minn. They have seven children and 13 grandchildren.
Dr. John "Doc" Graham, '50, '53, earned bachelor degrees in Natural Science and Medicine from UND. Born in Starkweather, N.D., and raised in Devils Lake, Dr. Graham served with the U.S. Navy, 1945 to 1946. He earned his medical degree from Duke University and continued with a residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. In 1994, he retired from practicing emergency medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis. He also was a consultant in internal medicine for 20 years. He and his wife Mary (Reick), '50, reside in Indianapolis. They have four children and 10 grandchildren.
Beverly (Hanson) Sfingi, '44, earned her bachelor's degree from UND. The Fargo native is one of the pioneer members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. She was a professional golfer for 10 years and won 16 LPGA events, including three majors, the initial LPGA Championship, the Western Open, and the Titleholders. In 1958, she was both the leading money winner and earned the Vare Trophy for lowest scoring average for the year. After leaving her golf career, Sfingi went on to serve on the Desert Sands Board of Education and founded California Women for Agriculture. Sfingi and her late husband, Andrew, made La Quinta, Calif., their home. They raised two sons.
Alumni Association and Foundation.
FLYING TEAM WINS 11TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
The UND Flying Team has won its 11th National Intercollegiate Flying Association championship. UND ranked first in the overall competition, scoring 162 points in the 10 different events. Western Michigan University was second with 130 points, and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University was third with 101 points. The UND Flying Team placed first in the flight and ground events with Western Michigan University placing second and Embry Riddle third. The team is coached by Al Skramstad. UND also took both first and second places in the Top Male Pilot and Top Pilot categories.
Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.
NEW DINING SERVICES MANAGERS NAMED
Orlynn Rosaasen has been named director of Dining Services, and Mary Urbanski has been named assistant director.
Rosaasen has spent over six years with UND, most recently as the associate director of Dining and previously as the assistant director of Retail Dining in the Memorial Union. Before coming to UND, Rosaasen served as Food Service Manager for the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. He brings to this position more than 15 years of diverse experience in institutional and commercial food service industries. He will oversee three residential dining centers, Campus Catering, the Warehouse and Bakery.
Urbanski comes to UND from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. At UNI, Urbanski held various positions in dining services; most recently she served as Bakery and Retail Sales manager. Overall, she brings to UND more than 10 years of experience in university food service. She will oversee operations at two of the three dining centers, work with staff training and concentrate on menu development. In addition, she will handle the dining services for concessions, summer camps and conferences.
STAFF SENATE ELECTS OFFICERS, POSTS AGENDA
The newly elected officers for Staff Senate 2000-2001 are: President, Marsha Nelson; Vice President/President Elect, Mike Powers; Treasurer, Bonny Grosz; Secretary, Bert Klamm; Membership/Attendance Officer, Jill Novotny; three Members at Large, Sherri Korynta, Jerry Severson, LuAnn Anderson.
Staff Senate meets the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings scheduled through December are all at the Lecture Bowl in the Memorial Union, June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11, Nov. 8, and Dec. 13.
1. Call to Order
2. Approval of May 10, 2000, minutes as published
3. Treasurer's Report
4. Committee Reports: Bylaws, Election, Legislative, Program, Public Relations, Fund- raising/Scholarship, Staff Development, Executive Board, Employee Recognition, COSE.
5. Old Business
6. New Business: Orientation program, all activities associated with State Employee Recognition week, discuss combining the Bylaws committee with the Election committee, and letter from Housing regarding Children's Center.
7. Open Discussion
Bert Klamm (Continuing Education), for Staff Senate.
FISCAL YEAR-END PROCEDURES OUTLINED
For accurate financial statement presentation we should charge all materials and services received by June 30, 2000, to fiscal year 2000 funds. This is true for all funds, appropriated and non- appropriated, including grants and contracts.
Payments for new subscriptions will be processed from fiscal year 2000 funds until June 1, 2000. Renewals for subscriptions that expire in fiscal year 2001 must be paid from fiscal year 2001 funds.
For prepayments, the department should verify with the vendor that delivery will be made by June 30. This should be documented on the Purchase Requisition and/or Request for Payment. If the company does not guarantee delivery by June 30, the payment cannot be made from the fiscal year 2000 budget.
Allison Peyton, Accounts Payable Manager.
LIST OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE
Summer Sessions, in cooperation with the Office of University of Relations, has compiled a listing of summer activities for elementary and secondary students and adults. Printed copies of the list have been distributed to a number of locations on and off campus and copies are available in the Office of University Relations in 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731. Probably the most effective way to access this list is at the UND web site at http://www.und.edu/summeractivities.html . The web site provides ready access and convenience for most people, and it has the added advantage of allowing us to update it as new information becomes available. Please feel free to use this information to make your summer more pleasant and share the information about the list with others.
-- Don Piper, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Director of Summer Sessions.
U2 LISTS CLASSES
U2 classes for June 19-30 are as follows. All classes will be held in 361 Upson II Hall.
Don't get bitten by the bug, June 19, 2 to 3 p.m.;
Creating a web page using HTML, June 19 and 21, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;
Access 97 Level II, June 26, 28, and 30, 8:30 to 11 a.m.;
GroupWise 5.5 intro, June 27, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;
GroupWise 5.5 intermediate, June 29, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
To register, please call me.
Staci Matheny, Continuing Education, 777-2128.
RESEARCH SEED MONEY AWARDED
The following faculty members have received awards from the Seed Money Program. Funding for this program was provided by UND, the UND Foundation and the City of Grand Forks. Congratulations to William Gosnold, Geology and Geological Engineering; Ju Kim, Physics; Sally Pyle, Biology; Holly Brown-Borg, Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics; and Bill Sheridan, Biology.
Leon Osborne Jr., Chair, Seed Money Program Review Committee.
MEDICAL RESEARCHER RECEIVES GRANT FOR CANCER STUDY
Anil Potti (Internal Medicine, Fargo), has received a $72,500 research grant for a cancer study from Dakota Medical Foundation of Fargo. The grant is for a project designed to increase scientists' understanding of a newly developed protein inhibitor and its effect on cancer patients.
The study will focus on a specific gene, HER-2/neu, an "oncogene" known to play a role in the growth of cancer cells, according to Potti, project director. Medical students and Internal Medicine residents will participate in data collection. During the one-year project, set to begin in July, Potti and his associates intend to build on current research that has led to the development of protein inhibitors which block the cancer-producing activity of oncogenes. The researchers are focusing on the HER-2/neu oncogene "because of evidence that its presence in female breast cancer has been associated with poor overall survival and has been shown to increase the potential for the spread of cancer," Potti said. "Focusing on developing anticancer agents specific to HER-2/neu is considered ideal since the line of attack is only against the cancer cells and healthy tissue is spared," he said. "We hope that further elaboration and understanding of this knowledge about oncogenes will lead to development of new therapies that will be more specific than current chemotherapy drugs," Potti said, "and thus kill cancer cells more effectively, with less or no harm to normal cells." Investigators plan to study the effects of their tests in lung cancers, male breast cancer, soft tissue and skin cancers, brain tumors and thyroid cancers.
Dakota Medical Foundation funds health-related projects that improve the health of the people in the Red River Valley region of North Dakota and Minnesota. Since it began its grantmaking mission in April 1996 the Dakota Medical Foundation has founded nearly $10 million in projects for the betterment of this region.
H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED
Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
Support is provided to academic and nonprofit institutions, and state or local governments, for research in the areas of corporate environmental performance and the effectiveness of government interventions on performance and compliance with environmental regulations. Together with the Department of Justice and the National Institute for Justice, the EPA is interested in supporting research that will create data sources and examine the effectiveness of traditional and alternative environmental implementation approaches on regulated entity behavior. Proposals are encouraged from researchers from all legal, behavioral, social, organizational and economic sciences. The projected award range is $50,000-$200,000/year, with durations from 1-3 years. Proposed research can be retrospective or prospective, with prospective field experiments, survey research, and multi-investigator projects more likely to justify the higher funding level. Program details are available on the EPA website at http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/corpp00.html. Deadline: 7/24/00. Contact: Robert E. Menzer, 202/564-6849, firstname.lastname@example.org or Matthew Clark, 202/564-6842, email@example.com.
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EXXON EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Support is provided in the following categories: Mathematics Education--helping teachers improve their teaching at the K-12 and college levels; Elementary and Secondary Education--systemic reform of K-12 education, improvement of science education, and better preparation of new teachers and sustained professional development for current teachers; Undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)--collaborative initiatives focused on improving the science literacy of all college students (as opposed to science majors), research about undergraduate STEM learning and teaching; Organizational Support Program--support to organizations that promote effective university leadership, secure institutional financial stability and advance the quality of learning. Additional grants have been made in select programs for health education and environmental issues. A letter of inquiry should be submitted. Contact: fax 972/444-1405; http://www.exxon.com; 5959 Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039-2298. Deadline: None.
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OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH (ONR)
The Young Investigator Program funds research in science and technology areas of interest to the ONR. Proposals falling within a broad scope of the following divisions are invited: Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences; Electronics; Surveillance, Communications, and Electronic Combat; Ocean, Atmosphere and Space Sensing and Systems; Ocean, Atmosphere and Space Processes and Prediction; Physical Science and Technology (S&T); Materials S&T; Mechanics and Energy Conversion S&T; Medical S&T; Cognitive, Neural and Biomolecular S&T; Strike Technology; and Manufacturing S&T. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents holding tenure-track or permanent faculty positions at U.S. universities who have received their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) on or after December 1, 1995. Awards of $100,000/year for 3 years are available. Deadline: 11/01/00. Contact: Appropriate divisional director listed in program announcement, available at http://www.onr.navy.mil/sci_tech/special/onrpgadk.htm.
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Both general operating and project support are available for the following areas: Museum Collections Care--support for collections care, preservation and restoration projects in museums, libraries, botanical gardens and historic sites; Native Americans--supports projects "of" Native Americans; Conserving Biodiversity--supports research and intervention efforts on behalf of endangered species and ecological studies. Grants in pre-collegiate education are awarded in New England states only. Typical grants range from $3,000-$8,000. Deadlines: 9/1/00, 12/1/00, 3/1/01. Contact: 212/663-1115; fax 212/932-0316; 17 West 94th Street, New York, NY 10025.
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HARRY RANSOM HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER
In-residence fellowships of 1-4 months duration are provided to postdoctoral scholars, who are U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, to conduct research based on the Center's collections. The Center awards the following fellowships each year: American Society for 18th Century Studies--for literary, cultural, or historical study in this period; British Studies Fellowship--for research in British literary, cultural, and historical subjects; Cline Fellowships--for research on 19th or early 20th-century British topics; Fleur Cowles Fellowships--for studies related to 20th century art, journalism, women's studies, and general literature and culture; Dorot Foundation Fellowships in Jewish Studies--for research on Jewish authors and relevant cultural topics requiring research in the Center's collections; Alfred A. and Blanche W. Knopf Fellowship--research in the areas of publishing and general literary studies, with special emphasis given to research concerning Knopf authors; Limited Editions Club--research in the Center's rare book collections, with emphasis given to work with illustrated books; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowships--in general literary and cultural studies; Pforzheimer Fellowships in Renaissance Studies--for research in the Pforzheimer collection as well as in general Renaissance Studies; Warren Skaaren Film Fellowship--research in the Center's film collections; C.P. Snow Fellowship--research in general literary and cultural studies, with special emphasis on the relationship of literature and science; and Ransom Center/South Central Modern Language Association Fellowship--for general literary and cultural studies. For 2001-2002, several fellowships will be designated for scholars with research projects on this year's highlighted theme, Writing the Twentieth Century, which covers all aspects of the century's literature, especially that of literary history and biography. Stipends are $2,200/ month. Deadline: 2/1/01. Contact: 512/471-8944, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.lib.utexas.edu/hrc/2001fellowships.html.
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UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
In-residence Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships are awarded for research and study in any aspect of the humanities, with preference given to interdisciplinary projects, at the University of Pennsylvania. The topic selected by the Forum this year is "time," including: history (of art, science, or human events); the study of prehistory in archaeology, anthropology, cosmology; the arts of time, such as music and literature; time consciousness as described in philosophy, religion, and psychology; the cultural and social constructs of time; and the biology of human time as clocked in the body. Proposals may represent any aspect of humanistic study and research except for educational curriculum-building and performing arts. Eligible applicants are untenured scholars whose Ph.D.s were/will be awarded December 1992-December 2000. The one-year awards provide a $34,000 stipend. Contact: Jennifer Conway, 215/898-8220, email@example.com, http://humanities.sas.upenn.edu/fellowships.html#Mellon. Deadline: 10/16/00.
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AMERICAN SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING FOUNDATION
The Research Grant Competition for New Investigators funds research activities of clinical relevance to speech-language pathology and audiology. Eligible applicants are individuals who have received their master's or doctoral level degrees within the past 5 years. Up to 7 grants of $5,000 will be made. Deadline: 6/23/00.
The Student Research in Early Childhood Language Development grant provides support for graduate and post-doctoral students to conduct research in early childhood language development. One award of $2,000 will be made for a duration of one year. Deadline: 6/16/00.
Guidelines and applications for the above programs are available. Contact: 301/897-5700, fax 301/571-0457, http://www.ashfoundation.org/funding.htm.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)
The Behavioral Science Track Award for Rapid Transition (B/START NIDA) supports small-scale, exploratory (i.e., pilot) research projects related to NIDA's behavioral sciences mission. In particular, the NIDA hopes to facilitate the entry of beginning investigators into the field of behavioral science research. To be eligible for a B/START-NIDA award, the investigator must be independent of a mentor at the time of award, in the beginning stages of her/his research career, and may not have been designated previously as principal investigator on any Public Health Service- supported research project. Both animal and human basic research are supported to elucidate underlying behavioral mechanisms, determinants and correlates of drug abuse (both licit and illicit), and characterize the harmful sequelae of drug abuse and addiction. Examples of research areas are: behavioral genetic approaches in animal models (e.g., transgenic animals, development of simple high-input behavioral screens) or human subject studies (e.g., establishment of pedigrees, twin studies); cognitive effects and causative factors (learning and memory, information processing, perceptual processes including pain and analgesia, attention, problem solving, concept formation, spatial ability, neuropsychology and neurocognition, animal cognition); psychosocial, social and personality factors (psychosocial risk factors, group and interpersonal processes, risk taking and HIV/AIDS, social influence, social values, social attitudes and cognition, persuasion conformity and compliance); and motivational bases of behavior (self-control, behavioral alternatives, craving, appetitive and ingestive behaviors, emotion). The R03 (small grant) mechanism will be used. Each award is not to exceed $50,000 in direct costs and is for a period of one year only. Deadlines: 10/1/00, 2/1/01. Contact: Harold W. Gordon, Clinical Neurobiology Branch, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301/443-4877, http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-97-046.html.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS & STROKE (NINDS)
The NINDS, the National Institute of Child Health Human Development (NICHD)and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), invite exploratory/developmental research grant applications (R21) to facilitate translation of fundamental neurobiology to pediatric brain disorders of anomalous development, neurodegeneration, and injury. The purpose of this initiative is to focus attention of the neuroscientist on the detrimental processes that affect the developing brain, promote interaction of developmental neurobiologists and clinical scientists, and provide preliminary information necessary to unravel the complexities of developmental pathogenesis. Emphasis is placed on cross-discipline collaborations, novel hypotheses, and unique approaches in applying fundamental neurobiological concepts to pediatric brain disorders. Applicants may request a maximum of $125,000 direct costs/year for up to 3 years. Deadlines: 6/1/00, 10/1/00, 2/1/01. Contact: Giovanna M. Spinella, 301/496-5821; email@example.com; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAS-99-080.html.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
The Early Identification & Treatment of Mental Disorders in Children/Adolescents Program supports research on early identification and treatment of mental disorders such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anorexia nervosa, alone or combined with other common mental or substance abuse disorders. The initiative calls for more research on validation of early diagnosis of mental disorders in youths, especially in young children; development of new interventions to treat mental disorders and prevent exacerbation of, and functional impairments associated with, these disorders; testing of efficacy and safety of treatments, both new and already in use among young patients; study of access or barriers to services and effectiveness of services for these patients; testing of long-term effectiveness and safety of treatment interventions for young patients with chronic or recurrent disorders; assessment of long-term impact of early intervention, especially on disease progression and prognosis; identification of early signs of anorexia nervosa that could serve as targets for interventions; and identification and evaluation of predictors of treatment response for new and existing interventions for children and adolescents with mental illness. Intervention strategies to be studied can include pharmacological, psychosocial, and rehabilitative interventions, separately or in combination. The R01, collaborative R01, and R21 award mechanisms will be used. Contact: Editha D. Nottelmann, 301/443-9734; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-094.html. Deadlines: Standard NIH.
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The Foundation supports research in the areas of medicine and education, with a focus on three main components: Educational, Medical and Community. Grants in these areas include support for research and conferences as well as support for programs that promote academic excellence in institutions of higher learning; programs that raise literacy levels; programs that attract minority and women students into the fields of math, science and technology; and programs that promote the health and well being of children. Conferences supported by the Foundation have been designed to enhance information exchange as well as to develop linkages among business, academia, community and government. Previous awards have ranged from less than $1,000 to $5 million. Application forms and guidelines are available. Medical grant proposals should follow NIH guidelines. Contact: 512/474-9298; 1301 W. 25th Street, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78705-4236; http://www.rgkfoundation.org/guide.htm. Deadline: None.
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INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY
Approximately 40 fellowships are provided each year for study and research at the School of Historical Studies in Princeton, New Jersey. The School of Historical Studies is concerned principally with the history of western and near eastern civilization, with particular emphasis on Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe, Islamic culture, the history of modern international relations and the history of art. Eligible applicants are junior and senior scholars, but the Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required of all candidates at the time of application. Stipends are up to $15,000/term, or a maximum of $30,000 for 2 terms (6 months). Deadline: 11/15/00. Contact: Marian Zelazny, email@example.com, 609/734-8300, http://www.admin.ias.edu/hs/hs.htm.
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