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University Letter

May 19, 2000

Volume 37 No. 37

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 37, May 19, 2000

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

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

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TENTATIVE DATEBOOK

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

Webster Merrifield married Elizabeth Bull in 1902. Her first husband was one of the founders of the Cream of Wheat Company, which began in Grand Forks.

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MERITORIOUS SERVICE, UND PROUD AWARD WINNERS NAMED

Ten staff members were given Meritorious Service Awards and one staff member received the Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud Award at the 18th annual Recognition Ceremony for Staff Personnel May 16. The Meritorious Service Award recognizes staff for excellence and dedication. They received certificates and a check. Awardees were:

Kem Wilkerson, Electronics Equipment Technician, Chemistry; Lily Dubuque, Building Services Technician, Facilities; Merry Ketterling, Administrative Secretary, Indian Studies; Jerry Clancy, Buyer, Purchasing; Gordon Moen, Mechanic, Transportation; Patricia Rolland, Administrative Secretary, Visual Arts; Richard Grosz, Director, Counseling Center; Eric Thorell, Building Services Technician, Facilities; Tammy Swiers, Administrative Secretary, Music; Mike Olson, General Manager, Northern Lights Public Radio.

Last year, a new award was announced. The Ken and Toby Baker UND Proud is presented to a staff employee who, through service and dedication to the University, to fellow workers, and to the community, exemplify the qualities of commitment, loyalty, and pride in the University. The award includes $1,000, a plaque, and a traveling plaque for the department. The award was given to Paul Clark, Associate Director of Facilities. Also at the ceremony, Richard Grosz, who plans to retire, was named Director Emeritus of the Counseling Center.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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UNIVERSITY LETTER LISTS SUMMER SCHEDULE

The University Letter will be published every other week during the summer. Following are the publication dates: May 19, 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, jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

BIOCHEMISTRY FACULTY CANDIDATE WILL PRESENT SEMINAR

Phyllis R. Strauss, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Northeastern University at Boston, will present a research seminar on "AP Endonuclease, a Key Enzyme in Eukaryotic Abasic Site Repair," Monday, May 22, at noon, United Hospital Lecture Hall (Room 1370), School of Medicine and Health Sciences. AP endonuclease (AP endo) is the key enzyme in repair of DNA- containing abasic sites. The enzyme makes a single nick 5' to the phosphodeoxyribose remaining when a base is missing. The cleavage in the DNA backbone generates the critical 3' hydroxyl necessary for the repair polymerase to insert the correct nucleotide. This talk will review the abasic si te repair pathway, then focus on the structure and function of AP endo, including kinetic analysis, site directed mutagenesis and high field EPR studies. For more information, contact me.

-- Roger Melvold, Chair, Biochemistry Search Committee, 777-2214.

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RESEARCHERS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND CONFERENCE MAY 24; EIGHT FEDERAL GRANTING AGENCIES REPRESENTED

The Center for Innovation will host a SBIR conference for university researchers and technology- based small businesses. Never before have so many federal agency representatives gathered to meet with potential SBIR grant recipients in North Dakota. On Wednesday, May 24, eight program managers will meet with North Dakota entrepreneurs and researchers at the North Dakota SBIR Conference hosted by UND's Center for Innovation.

Conference participants will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with agency program managers who want to fund small business innovation and have millions of dollars with which to do so. Annually they award over 4,000 SBIR grants totaling $1.2 billion. In addition, Jim and Gail Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting Inc. will facilitate a SBIR proposal preparation workshop that will give participants the competitive advantage when competing for federal dollars.

There is still room available so please register by calling Steph Blair at 777-3970 or Michael Schneider at 777-4561. Or, register online at www.innovators. Net. Research and Program Development will cover the registration fee for UND faculty.

Center for Innovation.

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RECEPTION WILL HONOR NANCY MULHERN

A farewell reception for Nancy Mulhern, Head of Documents, Patents, Trademarks and Periodicals at the Chester Fritz Library, is set for Thursday, May 25, at 2 p.m. in the Staff Lounge of the Library. Nancy, who has been at the Library for approximately 18 years, has accepted a new position as a Federal Documents Librarian at the University of Wisconsin State Historical Society Library in Madison.

Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

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RETIREMENT EVENTS WILL HONOR ROBERT NORDLIE; ENDOWMENT ESTABLISHED

The University community is cordially invited to attend events June 23-24 marking the retirement of Robert Nordlie, Chester Fritz Professor and Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Everyone is welcome to attend a reception planned for the evening of Friday, June 23, at the North Dakota Museum of Art and a day-long scientific symposium Saturday, June 24, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. A retirement banquet is planned for Saturday evening at the Memorial Union. Advance registration for the symposium and reservations for meals are requested.

For more information, including invited symposium speakers, please contact John Shabb at 777-4946 or jshabb@medicine.nodak.edu in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or visit the symposium web site at http://www.med.und.nodak.edu/depts/biochem/symp2000.htm

Medical School Establishes Nordlie Endowment

The Robert C. Nordlie Endowment in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has been established to honor Dr. Nordlie for his many contributions to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences over the course of his 40-plus years at the University. Dr. Nordlie plans to retire this year but will continue some activities part-time.

Colleagues and friends, whose lives he touched in a meaningful way, may wish to contribute to the endowment, which will be used to support an annual lectureship in Dr. Nordlie's name. If you wish to contribute, please make checks payable to the UND Foundation (Nordlie Endowment) and send to the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Office of the Dean, Box 9037.

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

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UND AEROSPACE SPONSORS AEROSPACE CAMP 2000

The Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences will sponsor the 17th International Aerospace Camp from July 9-19. Thirty-two campers from across the U.S. and several countries will visit campus to experience "real life" situations in aviation.

The camp is open to 14-17 year-olds and offers aviation enthusiasts a chance to log flight time, build rockets, and learn about the past, present and future of aviation. The amount of actual flight training makes this summer adventure unique: the sky becomes a classroom where students fly and log time with flight instructors in a helicopter, an aerobatics plane, a single-engine trainer and simulators. They study aerodynamics, build and fly model rockets, visit the U.S. National Guard in Fargo and travel to Winnipeg, Manitoba to experience the workings of a major international airport.

Camp instructors are faculty at UND Aerospace. Campers take classes in modern buildings on the UND campus featuring state-of-the-art computers and simulator instruction, a weather research center, and a planetarium theater. UND flight operations, located five miles from campus, is where students log more than 80,000 training hours with 118 training aircraft and flight simulators.

For more information about the 17th annual UND International Aerospace Camp, contact me.

Ken Polovitz, 777-2791, 800-258-1525, Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

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"GET THE BUZZ ON BIZ" OFFERED TO STUDENTS IN GRADES 6-8

"Get the Buzz on Biz," NxLeveL Youth Enterprise Academy, is a five-day entrepreneurial camp which offers a hands-on approach to educating students in grades 6-8 about the fast-growing, innovative world of small business. Throughout the one-week day camp, participants will discover what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and learn how to organize, manage and fund a business. The workshop will be held on campus Monday, July 24, through Friday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to noon. Graduation is Friday, from noon to 1:30 p.m. A tuition cost of $25 covers all materials, including the $30 "Buzz on Biz Guide" and mid-morning snacks.

For more information contact Allison Knight at 777-2663 or 800-342-8230, or buzz our web site at http://bpa.und.nodak.edu/biz

Allison Knight, Program Coordinator, Continuing Education.

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BURTNESS THEATRE LISTS PLAY AND AUDITIONS SCHEDULE

Burtness Theatre will hold auditions for the fall semester on the following dates: Tuesday, Aug. 29 (first day of classes), from 6 to 10 p.m. Callbacks for "Agnes of God" and "Hannah Free" will be Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30-31. Callbacks for "The Woolgatherer" will be Tuesday, Sept. 5. Two one-minute monologues must be prepared.

The plays for the Burtness Season are: "Agnes of God" by John Pielmeier, directed by Peter Zapp, Main stage, Oct. 12-14 and 19-21; "The Woolgatherer" by William Mastrosimone, directed by graduate student Melissa Mitchell, Lab, Nov. 14-19; "Hannah Free" by Claudia Allen, directed by Mary Cutler, Main stage, Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2 and Dec. 7-9; "Out Cry" by Tennessee Williams, directed by graduate student Joyce Johnson, Lab, Feb. 27-March 4; A new American play TBA, Main stage, March 29-31 and April 5-7; "Endgame" by Samuel Beckett, directed by undergraduate Theatre major Nina Berg, Lab, April 24-29.

Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Theatre Arts.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

STAFF RECOGNIZED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE

A number of staff members were recognized for their years of service to UND and were awarded years of service certificates:

PRESIDENT'S OFFICE DIVISION,

5 years: Diane Hillebrand (Grants and Contracts Administration), Mary Hoffart (Energy and Environmental Research Center [EERC]), Janice Hoffarth (Conflict Resolution Center), Robert Jensen (EERC), John Kay (EERC), Marc Kurz (EERC), Dawn Lommen (Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center [HNRC]), Claire Moen (Affirmative Action), Rhonda Olson (EERC), Dawn Pladson (Budget Office), Robert Swenson (EERC).

10 years: Eugene Balek (EERC), Sylvia Benson (HNRC), Steven Evanson (EERC), Cynthia Fetsch (Budget Office), Raymond Johnson (EERC), Patricia Kleven, (EERC), JoAnn Krogstad (EERC), Evelyn Lafferty (HNRC), Erin O'Leary (EERC), Joyce Riske (EERC), Lucia Romuld (EERC), Jeffrey Thompson (EERC), Marsha Tonder (Grants and Contracts Administration), Allen Wasness (EERC).

15 years: Sheila Bichler (HNRC), Daniel Daly (EERC), Cheryl Danduran (EERC), Bruce Dockter (EERC), Curt Foerster (EERC), Colleen Jensen (HNRC), Dennis Laudal (EERC), Thomas Moe (EERC), Richard Schulz (EERC), DeLoris Smith (EERC).

20 years: Meralee Giese (EERC), Jean Hager (HNRC), Debbie Krause (HNRC), Ronald Kulas (EERC), Wendy Mayer (HNRC), David Westerman (EERC), Patricia Willson (HNRC).

25 years: David Hassett (EERC), Sally Horner (Grants and Contracts Administration), Teresa Numedahl (HNRC).

VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND PROVOST DIVISION,

5 years: Ronald Marquardt (Computer Center).

10 years: Mary Bergstrom (Office of the Registrar), Connie Borboa (Office of the Registrar), Dennis Cutshall (Computer Center), Rose Keeley (Computer Center), Byron Levenseller (Computer Center), Evelyn Pede-Fox (Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies).

15 years: Jana Hollands (University Writing Program).

20 years: Patricia Beckman (Office of the Registrar), Gail Sullivan (Computer Center), Lynn Weiner (Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies).

25 years: Donna Bonderud (Computer Center).

JOHN D. ODEGARD SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE SCIENCES,

5 years: Robert Cary, Larry Herzog, Mary Lizakowski, Becky Mann, Richard Martin, Paul Snyder, Dale Thompson.

10 years: Joseph Berhow, Dennis Erickson, Joann Galow, Robert Jorgenson, Frederick Kitko, Michael Krotz, George LaMora, Robert Martin, Wilmer Smith, Morgan Stroh, Beverly Thompson.

15 years: William King, Christine Naas, Jane Olson.

20 years: Mary Chisman, Eileen Forsberg, Daniel Kasowski.

25 years: Frank Argenziano, Dana Siewert.

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT,

10 years: Francie Linneman (Counseling).

15 years: Kathleen Newman (Children and Family Services), Beverly Solseng (BESAR-EHD).

20 years: Helen Moen (Teaching and Learning).

CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY,

5 years: Janet Spaeth, Anthony Studek (ODIN).

10 years: DeeAnn Bilben.

15 years: Felecia Clifton, Carla Hemberger.

30 years: Shelby Harken.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES,

5 years: Brenda Schill (College of Arts and Sciences).

10 years: Michelle Dubuque (Communication Sciences and Disorders), LoAnn Hirsch (Anthropology), Jeannie Lewis (Chemistry).

15 years: Merry Ketterling (Indian Studies).

20 years: Robert Czapiewski (Physics), Eleanor Otto (Anthropology), Morris Pung (Biology), Eileen Tompkins (Music).

25 years: Ellen Erickson (College of Arts and Sciences), Bonnie Espelien (Sociology/CJS/SSRI).

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION,

5 years: Karen Bowles (Political Science and Public Administration), Shannon Smidt (College of Business and Public Administration).

10 years: Lisa Spencer (Marketing).

15 years: Eloise Robertson (Management).

COLLEGE OF NURSING,

10 years: Renetta Johnson.

GRADUATE SCHOOL,

5 years: Kristin Ellwanger, Julie Simon.

SCHOOL OF LAW,

20 years: Eileen Nelson.

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MINES,

10 years: Kathleen Spencer (Geology and Geological Engineering).

15 years: Fern Wood (Chemical Engineering).

20 years: Patricia Moe (Electrical Engineering).

25 years: Joe Miller (Chemical Engineering).

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES:

5 years: Dawn Drake (Medical Education).

10 years: Brian Berg, Colleen Clauthier (INMED), Lori Foley (Microbiology and Immunology), Steven Gillespie (Communication Services), Kristi Hofer (SE Campus-Fargo), Mary Johnson (LEND/Pathology), Donald Larson, Barry Pederson, Barbara Rosland (Internal Medicine), Betty Sveinson (Physical Therapy).

15 years: Cheryl Albertson (Center for Biomedical Research), Barbara Anderson (INMED), Mona Shilling (Family Medicine), Machell Thompson (Surgery).

20 years: Donald Anderson (Center for Biomedical Research), Janice Audette (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Karen Brannan, Jill Devos (Pediatrics and Medical Genetics), Randy Eken (Administration and Finance), Loraine Olson (Neuroscience).

25 years: Sandra Elshaug (Student Financial Aid), Arlene Helgeson (Student Affairs), Lila Pederson (Library of Health Sciences). 30 years: Shirley Foster (Microbiology).

DIVISION OF STUDENT AND OUTREACH SERVICES,

5 years: Carmen Ahlers (Memorial Union), Susan Bartley (Student Health Services), John Burbank (North Dakota Interactive Video Network), Judy Cowger (Counseling Center), Heidi Gerszewski (Student Financial Aid), Laureen Johnson (Student Financial Aid), Marna Klug (Education Opportunity Center), Michelle Kozel (Native American Programs), Karen Myszkowski (Talent Search), June Piper (North Dakota Interactive Video Network), Loretta Prather (Student Financial Aid), Judy Van Voorhis (Student Financial Aid).

10 years: Rob Carolin (Enrollment Services), Richard Grosz (Counseling Center), Linda Harmon (Outreach Services), Beth Kasprick (Dean of Students Office), Diane Larson (Student Support Services), Lynn Lee (Career Services), Jan Orvik (University Relations), Susan Schostag (Memorial Union), Greg Tingelstad (Vice President Office and Outreach Services).

15 years: MaryAnne Lustgraaf (Memorial Union), Linda Maszk (Memorial Union), Judy Sannes (Disability Support Services), Bonnie Solberg (Memorial Union).

20 years: Dawn Botsford (Outreach Services), Connie Jones (Outreach Services), Pat O'Donnell (Student Health Services), Dale Ricke (Television Center), Mary Wavra (Student Health Services). 25 years: Bridget Drummer (Native American Programs), M. Bruce Helgerud (Student Financial Aid), Leigh Jeanotte (Native American Programs).

DIVISION OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS,

5 years: Doris Bjornseth (Transportation), James Chatt (Medical Maintenance), Billie Gaddie (Facilities), Thomas Goeddel (Dining Services), Edward Hiltz (Facilities), Dennis Hogan (Dining Services), Pilar Howard (Facilities), Guy Kain (Facilities), Corrinne Kjelstrom (Safety), Chris Lee (Facilities), Tracy Meidinger (Police Department), Jerry Middleton (Facilities), Don Monson (Facilities), Catherine Mootz (Dining Services), Lori Morken (Business Office), David Paul (Facilities), Juli Reisnour (Accounting Services), Edmond Schuler (Facilities), Jason Uhlir (Safety and Environmental Health).

10 years: Mary Anderson (Business Office), Marvin Asp (Telecommunications), Todd Barclay (Facilities), Lawrence Berg (Facilites), Wayne Carl (Facilities), Tracy Fetter (Dining Services), Larry Fisk (Telecommunications), June Kuntz (Facilities), David Rieder (Facilities), Myron Scott (Facilities), Ralph Snobeck (Transportation), Thomas Swangler (Chester Fritz Auditorium), Jim Tverberg (Facilities), Kristin Uhrich (Dining Services).

15 years: Gayle Bergeron (Dining Services), Charlotte Bratvold (Facilities), Larry Evenson (Facilities), Myron Garceau (Facilities), Donna Gravelle (Facilities), Renee Hauschulz (Housing), Gloria Hayden (Dining Services), Douglas Helland (Facilities), Carol Jacobson (Facilities), Maryrose Johnson (Housing), Tammy Kaiser (Dining Services), Cecilia Kryzsko (Dining Services), Michael Lindquist (Facilities), Dean Lommen (Facilities), Pam Mattson (Facilities), Chris Ostlie (Facilities), Andrew Rassier (Facilities).

20 years: Orlin Akset (Facilities), Jeanne Bjerklie (Facilities), Louise Clayton (Facilities), Judith Grinde (Payroll), Judy McMenamy (Accounting Services), Sandra Moore (Dining Services), Maureen Parkin (Campus Postal Services), Carol Schiller (Dining Services).

25 years: Thomas Brockling (Police Department), Robert Coulthart (Facilities), Margaret Kiel (Dining Services), Larry Klein (Facilities), Charlotte Morley (Dining Services), Linda Romuld (Purchasing and Central Receiving). 30 years: Wayne McCormick (Facilities).

35 years: Vern Dondoneau (Facilities), Perdean Flesche (Facilities), Dennis Gunderson (Facilities), John Meagher (Facilities), James Uhlir (Transportation and Auxiliary Services), Douglas Winkler (Facilities).

40 years: Kenneth Ness (Printing Center).

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION:

5 years: Blanche Abdallah, Clara Hugh.

10 years: Rebecca Greer, Beth Mathison.

15 years: Jeannie Tvedt.

Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.

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PBS TO AIR "OUR CHANGING PLANET," PRODUCED BY UND

PBS television has begun broadcasting a new series of television spots about the Earth which were produced at the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. "Our Changing Planet," broadcast on many PBS-TV affiliate stations nationwide, examines important topics about Earth and the environment.

Program hosts Jane Joyce and Lou Varricchio (Earth System Science Institute) examine critical issues in Earth systems science, the emerging science of planet Earth. Major themes examined in upcoming programs include climate change, sustainable use of natural resources, agriculture and technology, energy sources, Earth from space, and changing perceptions about our home planet.

"Our Changing Planet" is produced by the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium, UND, and presented by Prairie Public Television. The program is made possible by a grant from NASA. Programs may also be viewed on the Web by visiting http://www.umac.org/ocp.

The Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium (UMAC) is a partnership led by the University and includes participants from academia, industry and government agencies throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.

Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.

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DEREMER RETIRES FROM ODEGARD SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE SCIENCES

Dale DeRemer will retire after 17 years of teaching aviation courses at the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Dr. DeRemer joined the University in 1983 as an Associate Professor, where he taught University-level commercial, instrument, aerodynamics, advanced navigation, aircraft systems, avionics, and general aviation management courses. In 1987 he established the Wilderness Pilots Associations (WPA), a student organization for students with a love for taildraggers, float/ski planes, and flying in remote areas with mountains, lakes and grass strips. The organization has a strong safety education program including speakers and seminars. They also sponsor "Wing," a student aviation publication.

Dr. DeRemer and Trish plan to summer in the Grand Forks area while he continues to teach his advanced wilderness seaplane pilot courses. In the fall, they will head south in their motor home. "This next winter we will head south to Texas, then turn right. The next winter we plan to head south to Texas but then will turn left," says Dr. DeRemer.

While traveling, Dr. DeRemer plans to develop Internet-accessible short courses in cooperation with the UND Aerospace Foundation. He is the author of several books including "Aircraft Systems for Pilots" and "Global Navigation for Pilots" which are used as textbooks at the Odegard School. "Water Flying Concepts" and "Seaplane Operations' are also well known worldwide.

"I hope all my friends and student friends will stay in touch," says Dr. DeRemer. "My e-mail address, deremer@aero.und.edu, will always be good, anywhere I go. You have all made my 17 years at UND an enjoyable life experience and for that I am very grateful to you all."

Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

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LAW LIBRARY LISTS MEMORIAL DAY HOURS

The Law Library is closed over the Memorial Day weekend from Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29.

Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.

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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.

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SELF-DEFENSE TRAINING PLANNED; TEACHERS SOUGHT

Are you interested in self-defense, personal safety and personal empowerment? Student Health and the Women's Center are seeking women and men who would like to be certified to teach a 20-hour introduction course, primarily to students. We have received a grant from the Bremer Foundation to establish an IMPACT Personal Safety training program on the UND campus, focusing on self defense and personal safety. No prior self-defense training is required, but the ideal candidate should have the desire to empower women and create an emotionally supportive environment. The training is based on a male/female team approach. The male instructor utilizes a fully padded suit and during the training, takes on the persona of a mock male assailant. IMPACT Personal Safety training is an established program which has received national recognition as well as being featured on Dateline NBC and Oprah. For more information consult the web site at www.prepareinc.com. We encourage you to consider this unique opportunity. We plan to conduct the training over the summer and to begin classes in the fall of 2000. If you are interested in the training and/or would like more information about the program, please contact Kay or Carin at the Women's Center at 777-4302 or e- mail Kay at mendick@plains.nodak.edu

Kay Mendick, Women's Center.

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UNIVERSITY CHILDREN'S CENTER HAS OPENINGS

The University Children's Center has openings available for summer and fall sessions. The quality staff offers care and education to children ages 2 to 5 and those children needing care before and after kindergarten or Head Start. Children do not need to be potty trained to attend the center. UCC is licensed by the N.D. Department of Human Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Children's Center staff takes pride in providing a progressive learning environment for all students, including children with special needs.

The center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Flexible schedules are available by calling 777-3947 for enrollment information. University Children's Center is located right on campus at 525 Stanford Road in the Community Center Building.

Jo-Anne Yearwood, Director, University Children's Center.

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SUBMIT ITEMS FOR SUMMER DATEBOOK BY MAY 26

You are invited to submit your UND events for inclusion in the Summer Datebook of activities by Friday, May 26. The Datebook is published each semester and summer and is distributed across the campus, community, region and state. The Datebook is also available electronically at www.und.edu/calendar.

Examples of the kind of activities you may submit include departmental-sponsored lectures and presentations and cultural/academic displays and exhibitions. Submit the date, type of event, names of speakers and their titles, location and time of event to Mavis in the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall, Box 7144, or send via e-mail to mavis_ness@mail.und.nodak.edu and include your name, department and phone number as a contact person.

Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR STAFF SENATE RUMMAGE SALE

It is almost time for the second annual Staff Senate Rummage Sale and we need your help! The sale is set for Thursday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom. If you would like to donate any items to the rummage sale, they can be dropped off at the Memorial Union loading dock on the following dates: Monday, May 15, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Monday, May 22, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 31, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 7, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You can enter the building from the south loading dock and leave them there, off to the side, so they are not in the way of traffic. We ask that you please price the items before dropping them off, if at all possible. Thank you, in advance for your support of this fundraiser! If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Severson at 777-3426 or Sherri Korynta at 777-2725. Thank you!

--- Sherri Korynta, Vice President for Student and Outreach Services Office.

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FREE DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE OFFERED

A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, May 24, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a daily or monthly basis, received a traffic violation or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle, or operate 7-, 12-, or 15-passenger vans transporting four or more passengers at least once a month. This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.

Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.

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U2 LISTS CLASSES

University Within the University (U2) classes through June 9 are: "Tightening Up Communication," Wednesday, June 7, 9 to 10 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Enhance your relationships at home and in the workplace by learning how to tighten up communication.

"Exploring the Web Using Netscape," Friday, June 2, 8:30 to 10 a.m., 361 Upson Hall II.

Staci Matheny, University Within the University.

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LAST WEDNESDAY OF MONTH IS DENIM DAY

Denim Day is the last Wednesday of the month, May 31, so dig out your button, pay your dollar, and enjoy going casual while you know that all proceeds go to charity. Tired of watching other offices and buildings have all the fun? Call me and I'll set you up with buttons and posters for your area.

Patsy Nies, Enrollment Services/University Relations, 777-3791, for the Denim Day Committee.

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TENTATIVE DATEBOOK

You are invited to submit your UND events for inclusion in the SUMMER DATEBOOK of activities. Submit items by FRIDAY, MAY 26, for this summer's edition.

We hope you'll submit events to be considered for inclusion. Examples of the kind of activities you are encouraged to submit include departmental-sponsored lectures and presentations and cultural/academic displays and exhibitions anything you want people to know about. Submit the information (date and kind of event, names of persons, such as speakers involved and their titles, title of lectures, location and time of event) to Mavis at the Office of University Relations, Room 411, Twamley Hall, Box 7144, or send via e-mail to mavis_ness@mail.und.nodak.edu and include your name, department and phone number as a contact person. If you have questions, call Mavis at 777- 4304.

DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 26.

JUNE 2000

Through Sunday, June 18 -- ART EXHIBITION, an exhibition of 80, large-format color photographs by Boston photographer Jim Dow. He is presently on the staff of Harvard University and teaches in the Boston Museum/Tufts University Combined Program, North Dakota Museum of Art. Call 777-4195 for more information.

Through Monday, Sept. 11 -- ART EXHIBITION, "The Beaded Universe," North Dakota Museum of Art. Call 777-4195 for more information.

Sunday through Saturday, June 4-10 -- GIRLS STATE, UND campus.

Wednesday, June 7 -- INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, May 30, Sioux Room, Memorial Union, 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 10 TEST, American College Test (ACT), report to main floor, McCannel Hall.

Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11 SWIMMING, FAST I-29 Invitational, Hyslop Sports Center.

Monday through Friday, June 12-16 -- CHILDREN'S SUMMER ART DAY CAMP, "Nature's Palette" for children ages 6 to 8 to explore Turtle River State Park and create art based on how animals and insects create in their habitat. Summer Art Day Camp, designed and run by the staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art, is an art studio designed for children ages 6 to 12 to build with their imaginations, North Dakota Museum of Art. Contact North Dakota Museum of Art (ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net) at 777-4195 or ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net for more information.

Monday through Friday, June 12-16 NASA MOBILE AERONAUTICS EDUCATION LABORATORY. The North Dakota Space Grant Program will host the MAEL from Glenn Research Center. The MAEL is a 53-foot semi-trailer that has been converted into a state-of-the-art computer classroom to study aeronautics. It will be located in the parking lot of the J.D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences during its stay. The 90-minute educational hands-on sessions are open to fifth graders through adults. Due to limited space, individuals must register in advance. There is no charge. Contact Suezette Rene Bieri, Space Studies at 777-4856 for more information.

Monday, June 12 LAST DAY ON WHICH CANDIDATES MAY APPLY FOR A DEGREE

Monday, June 12 -- BEGINNING OF EIGHT WEEK SUMMER SESSION.

Thursday, June 15 LAST DAY THIS FISCAL YEAR TO ORDER SITE LICENSE SOFTWARE.

Thursday, June 15 -- TEST, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Counseling Center, 200 McCannel Hall.

Thursday and Friday, June 15-16 -- MEETING, State Board of Higher Education, North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.

Saturday, June 17 INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD DEADLINE for clinical proposals (require subcommittee and full board review) for Wednesday, July 5, meeting.

Monday through Friday, June 19-23 SUMMER ART DAY CAMP, "Leave Your Trace" is a studio week for children ages 9 to 12. They will create a time capsule of self-portrait sculpture with Patrick Rothwell, a sculptor from Minneapolis. Summer Art Day Camp is an art studio designed for children ages 6 through 12 to build with their imaginations. It is designed and run by the staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Contact North Dakota Museum of Art (ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net) at 777-4195 or ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net for more information.

Friday and Saturday, June 23-24 NORDLIE SYMPOSIUM, "Metabolic Enzymes and Regulation" in honor of Dr. Robert C. Nordlie's retirement as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology effective June 30.

Monday, June 26 INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD DEADLINE for proposals requiring full board review for July 5 meeting.

Monday through Friday, June 26-30, -- SUMMER ART DAY CAMP, "March to Your Drum" is a week of sound and rhythm with Janis Lane-Ewert from Minneapolis. Children ages 6 to 8 will hand-build simple percussive instruments and create music with them. Summer Art Day Camp is an art studio designed for children ages 6 through 12 to build with their imaginations. It is designed and run by the staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Contact the North Dakota Museum of Art (ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net) at 777-4195 or ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net for more information.

JULY 2000

Tuesday, July 4 HOLIDAY, INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Wednesday, July 5 INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING, 305 Twamley Hall, 3:30 p.m. Deadline for proposals that require full board review is Monday, June 26, and deadline for clinical proposals that require subcommittee and full board review is June 17.

Tuesday, July 6 -- LAST DAY TO FILE PRELIMINARY APPROVAL OF THESIS OR DISSERTATION IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.

Monday through Friday, July 10-14 -- 2000 SUMMER ART DAY CAMP, "Bring Your Shadow to Life" is for children ages 9 to 12 to collaboratively build a theater and create a play for their shadows with Jim Ouray, puppet maker for the In the Heart of the Beast Theater in Minneapolis. Summer Art Day Camp is an art studio designed for children ages 6 through 12 to build with their imaginations. It is designed and run by the staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Contact the North Dakota Museum of Art (ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net) at 777-4195 or ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net for more information.

Friday, July 14 LAST DAY TO DROP A SUMMER SESSION CLASS.

Friday, July 14 LAST DAY TO CHANGE TO/FROM S/U GRADING.

Monday, July 17 INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD DEADLINE for clinical proposals (require subcommittee and full board review) for Wednesday, Aug. 2, meeting.

Monday through Friday, July 17-21 -- 2000 SUMMER ART DAY CAMP, "Painting Silk" for children ages 6 to 8 to collaborate with painter Richard Wilson on hand dying silk. Wilson has a textile studio in Beldenville, Wis. The Summer Art Day Camp is an art studio designed for children ages 6 through 12 to build with their imaginations. It is designed and run by the staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Contact the North Dakota Museum of Art (ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net) at 777-4195 or ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net for more information.

Thursday, July 20 LAST DAY TO SUBMIT FINAL COPY OF THESIS OR DISSERTATION TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.

Thursday, July 20 TEST, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Counseling Center, 200 McCannel Hall.

Saturday, July 22 -- SWIMMING, FAST Walleye Invitational, Hyslop Sports Center.

Monday, July 24 - INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD DEADLINE for proposals requiring full board review for Wednesday, Aug. 2, meeting.

Monday through Friday, July 24-28 -- SUMMER ART DAY CAMP, "A Moment of Sun Shine" is for children ages 9 through 12 to collaborate with Karen Byars of Tennessee and create a ceramic tile mural to be permanently displayed in the Community Violence Intervention Center in downtown Grand Forks. The Summer Art Day Camp is an art studio designed for children ages 6 through 12 to build with their imaginations. It is designed and run by the staff at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Contact the North Dakota Museum of Art (ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net) at 777-4195 or ndmuseum@gfherald.infi.net for more information.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 26-27 -- ANNUAL STEAM SHUT-DOWN for maintenance work.

Thursday, July 27 LAST DAY TO FILE FINAL REPORT ON DEGREE EXAMINATIONS AND INDEPENDENT STUDY COMPLETION IN THE GRADUATE SCHOOL.

AUGUST 2000

Wednesday, August 2 INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD MEETING to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development by Monday, July 24, 305 Twamley Hall, 3:30 p.m.

Thursday and Friday, August 3-4 FINAL EXAMINATION PERIOD FOR SUMMER SESSION.

Friday through Monday, August 4-7 SWIMMING, USA Swimming Central Zone Championships.

Friday, August 4 SUMMER COMMENCEMENT AND OFFICIAL GRADUATION DAY.

Tuesday, August 8 GRADES DUE FOR SUMMER SESSION.

Thursday, August 17 TEST, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Counseling Center, 200 McCannel Hall.

Tuesday, August 22 INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD DEADLINE for clinical proposals (require subcommittee and full board review) for Friday, Sept. 8, meeting.

Monday, August 28 Grades due for Summer Session.

Monday, August 28 REGISTRATION FOR FALL SEMESTER.

Tuesday, August 29 INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARD DEADLINE for proposals requiring full board review for Friday, Sept. 8, meeting.

Tuesday, August 29 BEGINNING OF INSTRUCTION FOR FALL SEMESTER.

Tuesday, August 29 LAST DAY FOR ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY FOR ALL GRADUATE STUDENTS PLANNING TO GRADUATE IN DECEMBER.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

NIH CHANGES POLICY ON IRB REVIEW OF PROPOSALS

Effective with the June 1, 2000 deadline, National Institutes of Health (NIH) changed its policy on Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approvals of research proposals submitted using "just-in-time" provisions. Since several NIH programs implemented the policy change as soon as it was approved, some UND researchers may have already submitted proposals under the new policy.

The current policy requires that applications for proposed research using human subjects must be approved by the IRB and documentation of that approval provided to NIH no later than 60 days after the proposal is submitted. Under the new policy, researchers should provide documentation only when specifically requested by the applicable program director at NIH. Requests would be limited to those projects that have been technically reviewed and determined to have a reasonable chance for funding. According to NIH, requests will be made approximately five to six months before the grant start date, to allow sufficient time for IRB approval.

Investigators proposing research to NIH which falls under IRB guidelines should be aware that the UND IRB meets monthly for full-board reviews, and expedited and exempt reviews may take up to two weeks. Most protocols are not approved without corrections, and studies involving sensitive issues, protected populations, and outside organizations may require additional consid-erations which may delay approvals. Please allow sufficient time for processing of all proposals.

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

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NSF WILL REPLACE FASTLANE PINS WITH PASSWORDS

NSF is trying out a process that will increase the security of their electronic proposal processing and business system, Fastlane. To meet federal computer security standards, the four-digit PINs currently used to identify researchers and administrators on Fastlane will be replaced by longer, more complex passwords. A pilot project is underway involving 16 institutions, and NSF plans to expand the project to include all Fastlane users by the end of June 2000.

When the project is expanded to include all Fastlane users, investigators will be prompted by the Fastlane system to enter a password of their choice. As an alternative, users may change their PINs to passwords by accessing the Change Password function that will be added to the Fastlane home-page. Passwords must be between six and 20 digits in length and composed of at least one numeric and one alphabetic character. They will expire once a year, and old passwords may not be reused for three generations. The system will prompt the user to enter a new one when the old one expires.

Unlike the current PINs, passwords will not be assigned (except for new users), but created by each individual. ORPD will be unable to supply passwords to those who forget them, but we can reset the current password, so that the user can enter the system and select a new one. New investigators will be assigned passwords, rather than PINs.

Investigators should contact Annette Viergutz at 777-4278 or annette_viergutz@mail.und.nodak.edu or Sally Eckert-Tilotta at 777-2049 or sally_eckert-tilotta@mail.und.nodak.edu if they have questions or have never submitted a Fastlane proposal.

Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, 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.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

The Idaho Operations Office, on behalf of the DOE's Office of Industrial Technologies, is seeking applications from institutions of higher learning to promote multidisciplinary education and training programs for graduate students at the Masters or Ph.D. levels in the area of renewable bioproducts. The emerging biobased products industry uses crops, trees, wastes and by-products to make chemical feed-stocks and a huge range of everyday consumer goods, like plastics, paints and adhesives. Contributions to this new industry would come from traditional academic programs in crop production, such as agronomy, crop and soil sciences and forestry; programs in environmental sciences, such as ecology, and water and timber management; basic science programs, such as genomics, biology and microbiology; and programs in industrial production technologies, such as fermentation design, fluid mechanics and systems management. The objective of this new education initiative is to produce graduates who can enter the complex biobased products industry and effectively integrate the knowledge from a wide range of technologies that are necessary for this industry to grow. Approximately 3-5 grant awards will be made, ranging from approximately $70,000-$100,000/year for up to 3 years. Contact: Marshall Garr, Contract Specialist, 208/526- 1536; garrmc@id.doe.gov. Deadline: 6/20/00.

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RURAL BUSINESS-COOPERATIVE SERVICE (RBS)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the RBS, announces availability of approximately $300,000 in competitive cooperative agreement funds allocated from FY 2000 appropriations. RBS hereby requests proposals from institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations interested in applying for competitively awarded cooperative agreements for research related to agricultural and nonagricultural cooperatives serving rural communities. The intent is to encourage research on critical issues vital to the development and sustainability of cooperatives as a means of improving quality of life in America's rural communities. Areas on which proposals should focus are: 1) Equity management issues in new generation cooperatives including alternatives to appreciated delivery rights: the challenges, benefits, and pitfalls; 2) Cooperatives and e- commerce: how the internet is changing the competitive landscape for farmer-owned businesses and their adaptation to it; 3) Marketing-agencies-in-common: a case-study examination of successes and failures; 4) The role of social capital in generating positive market outcomes for cooperatively owned agribusinesses; 5) Governance and control issues in evolving cooperative structures and environments; 6) Cooperatives as a means of putting global markets within reach of small farmers; 7) The roles of cooperatives contracting and helping producers of identity-preserved crops match the needs of end-users and negotiate acceptable terms of trade; and 8) Evaluation of cooperatives' roles in the changing market structure of the food and fiber system. The maximum amount of Federal funds awarded for any one proposal will be $100,000. Deadline: 6/30/00. Contact: Thomas H. Stafford, Director, Cooperative Marketing Division, 202/690-0368; RBS, Stop 3252, Room 4204, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-3252.

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ELIZABETH GLASER PEDIATRIC AIDS FOUNDATION

The Foundation provides support for established investigators for medical, epidemiological, and health services research in the area of pediatric AIDS. One- and two-year research grants ($80,000), short-term scientific awards ($5,000), and two-year pediatric scholar awards ($66,000) are available for creative and innovative research not yet suitable for funding by other agencies. The following areas are especially of interest: transmission of virus from mother to infant; pathogenesis of HIV infection; characterization of immune response to HIV; central nervous system and HIV; genetic factors affecting susceptability of neonate to perinatal HIV infection; vaccine development; and epidemiology and health services research. Investigators who submit a letter of intent deemed to be competitive by peer-review will be invited to submit a full proposal. Deadline: 7/19/00 (Letter of Intent). Contact: Chuck Hoblitzelle, Program Officer, 310/314-1459, research@pedaids.org; www.pedaids.org.

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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

The Biology and Biogeochemistry of Ecosystems and the Global Carbon Cycle, and Climate Variability Programs are soliciting proposals for scientific investigations and activities contributing to the Oceanography Program. Eligible investigations are in the areas of 1) analysis and interpretation of ocean processes using satellite, aircraft, and in situ data; 2) multi-sensor approaches to understanding ocean phenomena; 3) understanding and estimation of air-sea fluxes; 4) providing the scientific basis for next-genera-tion ocean remote sensing technologies; 5) temporal and spatial variability of primary productivity and new production in the ocean; 6) identification of phytoplankton taxonomic groups from space or airborne sensors; 7) investigating and evaluating oceanographic links between high latitude climate and lower latitude climate; and 8) development and demonstration of data assimilation techniques for the improvement of polar ocean and sea ice models. The NRA will be available electronically on the release date via the Earth Science Enterprise ''Home Page'' at http://www.earth.nasa.gov under ''Research Opportunities." Contact: John Marra, Program Scientist, 202/358-0310, jmarra@hq.nasa.gov or Desiree T. Santa, Program Analyst, 202/358-2102, dsanta@hq.nasa.gov. Synopsis: http://nais.msfc.nasa.gov/cgi- bin/EPS/bizops.cgi?gr=D&pin=04#NRA-00-OES-05. Dead-line: 7/26/00.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)

Applications are requested for projects in the Development of Behavioral Methods For Drug Abuse Studies in The Mouse. Many genetic tools are being developed that will enhance mouse research, such as the complete mouse genome sequence, large collections of new mutations, phenotypic characterization of common laboratory strains, and techniques for regionally and temporally specific gene targeting (see http://www.nih.gov/science/models/mouse/). It is anticipated that the mouse will become increasingly valuable as a model system for behavioral, neurobiological, and pharmacological research that relates to drug-abuse vulnerability and processes of addiction. NIDA has initiated this Request for Applications (RFA) in order to increase the number of laboratories capable of using behavioral approaches to study and develop models of drug abuse and addiction in the mouse. This RFA will use the exploratory/developmental grant (R21) mechanism. Applicants may request a project period of up to 3 years and a budget for direct costs of up to $100,000/year. Deadline: 7/21/00 (Letter of Intent); 8/22/00 (Proposal). Contact: Susan Volman, 301/435-1315, sv36h@nih.gov; or Minda Lynch, 301/435-1322, mlynch@nida.nih.gov.

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NATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER

Approximately 35-40 in-residence National Humanities Center Fellowships are provided to support advanced study in all fields of the humanities. The average stipend is $35,000; fellowships are usually awarded for one academic year. Applicants must hold a doctorate or have equivalent professional accomplishments. Both senior and younger scholars, from any nation, are eligible. Contact: 919/549-0661; nhc@ga.unc.edu, http://www.nhc.rtp.nc.us:8080/fellowships/appltoc.htm. Dead-line: 10/15/2000.

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AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION (APSA)

Political Science Congressional Fellowships of $35,000 for 10 months enable political scientists with a scholarly interest in Congress and the policymaking process to learn more about the legislative process through direct participation as legislative aides in the House of Representatives and Senate and participation in a seminar program with leading congressional, governmental and academic figures. Applicants are early to mid-career political scientists who have received their Ph.D. within the last 15 years or are near completion of the degree. Applicants who are not current residents of the U.S. must be able to fund their own transportation to Wash-ington to be interviewed should they be selected as finalists. Deadline: 12/1/00. Contact: Director, 202/483-2512; fax 202/483-2657; cfp@apsanet.org; http://www.apsanet.org.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants are awarded in biological sciences of interest to the Division of Environmental Sciences and the Animal Behavior or Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology Pro-grams in the Division of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience. They provide partial support of doctoral dissertation research to improve the overall quality of the research, allow doctoral candidates to conduct research in specialized facilities or field settings away from the home campus, and provide opportunities for greater diversity in collecting and creativity in analyzing data than would otherwise be possible using only locally available resources. NSF anticipates making 80-90 awards of $3,000-$10,000 each, for 24-months. Contact: Samuel Scheiner, Environmental Biology, 703/306-1481, sscheine@nsf.gov; or Zoe Eppley, Integrative Biology and Neuroscience, 703/306-1420, zeppley@nsf.gov. Program Announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi- bin/getpub?nsf0095. Deadline: 11/17/00.

The Division of Social and Political Sciences provides up to 5 years of support for research and re-search-related projects, including research conferences and workshops, in the following areas: law and social sciences; methodology, measurement, and statistics; political science; and sociology. Eligible research projects include rigorous, empirical studies of theoretical importance in these fields. Other areas of support are the acquisition of specialized research and computing equipment, group interna-tional travel, large-scale data collection, and in some cases, research participation by undergraduate and graduate students. Proposals for conferences and workshops should be submitted at least one year in advance of the scheduled date. Target Dates: 8/15/00, 1/15/01. Contact: 703-306-1760; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/.

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RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION

The Foundation supports basic social science research within three programs. Project Awards support data gathering and analysis and creation of reports in a number of program areas, including the future of work, immigration, literacy, and the social psychology of social contact. Awards range from $20,000-$300,000 and average about $100,000. The Small Grants in Behavioral Economics Research Program supports high quality research in behavioral economics in order to encourage young investigators to enter this developing field. There are no limitations on the disciplinary background of the principal investigator, and the research may address any economic topic. Applicants must be advanced doctoral students or junior (non-tenured) faculty members who have been out of graduate school for 2 years or less. The maximum grant amount is $5,000. Visiting Scholars may request support for in-residence research on topics of interest to the Foundation. Deadlines: 11/1/00 (Visiting Scholar); None (Other Programs). Contact: 212/371-4761; info@rsage.org, http://www.russellsage.org/.

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NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI)

In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers. This Request for Applications (RFA) invites applications for P20 Planning Grants. A subsequent RFA will be issued to invite applications for P50 Center grants. These initiatives are designed to capitalize on the extraordinary opportunity for studying cancer non-invasively, and in many cases, quantitatively due to recent advances in molecular imaging modalities, molecular and cellular biology. They will facilitate the interaction of scientists from a variety of fields such as, but not limited to: imaging sciences, chemistry, radiopharmaceutical chemistry, cell and molecular biology, pharmacology, computer science, biomedical engineering, immunology and neuroscience, and provide resources to conduct multidisciplinary research. Phase I will be designed for the formal establishment of an organizational and operational structure of the Pre-ICMIC. Phase II will provide the time and funds for initiation of multidisciplinary Development projects, and for the newly--formed groups to complete recruitment efforts necessary for bringing in critical expertise. Following completion of the P20 funding period, grantees will be expected to compete for a P50 award that will be competitively reviewed on the organizational and scientific progress made during the planning stage. NCI anticipates making approximately 6 3-year awards, and plans to set aside $2.4 million total for the initial year's funding. Annual budgets in the range of $300,000- $500,000 total costs are suggested. Dead-lines: 7/14/00 (Let-ter of Intent); 8/18/00 (Application). Program Announce-ment: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-99-002.html. Contact: Anne Menkens, 301/496-9531; fax 301/480-5785; am187k@nih.gov.

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