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University Letter

November 19, 1999

Volume 37 No. 13

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 13, November 19, 1999

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

ANNOUNCEMENTS

IN THE NEWS

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

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DID YOU KNOW?

In 1971 and 1972 two major building completions took place. Upson I, facility for engineering, and the Chester Fritz Auditorium were constructed for a total of $4.5 million.

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STRATEGIC PLANNING UPDATE

The University is embarking upon a Strategic Planning process. This plan, when developed, will articulate our institutional priorities for the present and future. For more information, please see the web site at www.und.edu/stratplan.

You're ivnited to take part in the planning process, by filling out the site's survey, which asks your opinions of future trends, priorities for the University, and valued characteristics of UND. Please click on the survey portion at the bottom of the site, and return it to president@und.nodak.edu

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SMITH NAMED DEAN OF ODEGARD SCHOOL

Bruce Smith, Director of Training at Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Ga., has been named Dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Science. "We are delighted Dr. Smith will lead the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Science into the next century," said Dr. John Ettling, UND Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Dr. Smith brings an outstanding set of assets to the position. He has excellent management experience, is well-connected in the aviation industry, has served as a Senior Scientist for Hughes Training Inc. In instructional design, education and training issues, and is an authority in the aviation training field."

Ettling said that UND Aerospace Interim Dean Richard Nelson "has done a terrific job. The entire University community owes Nelson a debt of gratitude for his excellent leadership during the interim period."

A 1970 UND graduate with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and education, Smith earned a Ph.D. in instructional design and development from Florida State University in 1984 and a Master of Arts in educational technology from Arizona State University in 1975. While at UND, he was named an NCAA football All American.

Smith is currently the Director of Training at Delta Airlines in Atlanta, Ga. He is responsible for ground training of Delta's pilots, initial recruitment and training of flight attendants, and a major portion of maintenance training for technical operations and management of day to day operations of Delta's training center.

Before joining Delta, Smith was with Hughes/Raytheon Training Inc. (1991-98) as Program Manager responsible for the program management of new and ongoing Raytheon Programs at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group (1997-98). He was Senior Scientist responsible for technical direction, leadership and consultation within Hughes Training Inc. for all instructional design, education and training capabilities (1992-97).

Smith is nationally known and recognized as a leading authority in the aviation training field. He is the author of more than 40 technical reports and refereed journal articles in the areas of human performance, aviation training, and aircrew training systems. He spent eight years as a flight instructor with the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., and USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training at Williams Air Force Base, Ariz.

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

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CLARIFICATIONS MADE ON FINDING WEB SITES FOR PROPOSED BOARD POLICY CHANGES

An Internet URL address to find proposed changes to State Board of Higher Education policies was incorrect as included in last week's University Letter item on the University Senate November meeting. Scot Stradley (Economics), a UND representative on the statewide Council of College Faculties and who was among those who gave reports on the Board proposed policy changes, has provided these updated URL addresses for further information:

www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/blaman/CCF/boardreports/Sbhe-999.htm

www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/blaman/CCF/CCFminutes/Min99sep.htm

He also recommends looking at the State Board's web page, www.ndus.nodak.edu, where the entire existing policies and procedures manual can be found.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.

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CENTER FOR INNOVATION WINS VISION 2000 MODELS OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Center for Innovation of Grand Forks will receive the Vision 2000 Models of Excellence Award at Vision 2000: The States and Small Business Conference to be held Dec. 1-2 in Washington, D.C. Winners of these national awards were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted to the U.S. Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy, which is sponsoring the awards program. Vision 2000 is designed to showcase outstanding initiatives that advance small business programs and policies.

Vision 2000 Models of Excellence Awards for Programs that Support Small Technology Businesses honor policies, programs or opportunities that enhance and encourage the growth of small technology-based businesses. The Center for Innovation has become a top resource for those services. In its 15-year history, the center has worked closely with many entrepreneurs and small businesses to enhance economic development potential for the entire state in the areas of technology research and manufacturing. The center provides a wide variety of assistance opportunities, including business and marketing planning, commercialization assessments, ACE-Net access to private investors, and a new incubation facility.

More than 260 new products and ventures have been launched with the assistance of the center since its inception in 1984. It houses the state's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program support coordinator and has helped increase the number of North Dakota companies awarded grants under this federal program. In 1996, the center opened the Rural Technology Incubator, which enhances the ability of technology entrepreneurs to work with University of North Dakota researchers to develop new products and services.

-- Bruce Gjovig, Director, Center for Innovation.

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NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARDS

Multicultural Student Services is seeking nominations for the third Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. Five awards will be presented Jan. 14, in the following categories: (1) The Greater Grand Forks community (including Grand Forks Air Force Base), (2) UND, (3) the spiritual life in Greater Grand Forks community (including Grand Forks Air Force Base), (4) the spiritual life on campus, and (5) humanity.

Please feel free to nominate community members, students, faculty, staff and administrators. For a nomination form, please contact the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center at 777-2119. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, Nov. 24.

-- Cheryl Saunders, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center.

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EVENTS TO NOTE

BIOLOGY SEMINAR SET FOR NOV. 18

"Endogenous Yolk Steroids in Five Species of Turtles: A Comparison Between Sex Determination Mechanisms" will be presented by Scott Gerum, B.S. in Biology, William Paterson College, 1995. This presentation is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Biology. The seminar will take place Thursday, Nov. 18, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in 225 Starcher Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Biology Department.

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STUDIO ONE LISTS GUESTS

"Studio One" will take a look at Norwegian traditions that have come to America on the Thursday, Nov. 18, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks.

"Studio One" reporter Terje Riisnaes traveled to Hostfest, a Norwegian fair held in Minot, to compare old Norwegian traditions to the traditions celebrated by Norwegian Americans. The culture of Norway is one of the most influential in the Midwest. Lutefisk, lefse, and rosemaling are among the important elements that help keep these traditions alive. The report will feature people who attended this year's Hostfest and get their perspective on the traditions of Norway.

Peter Lloyd, a former professional golfer and member of the Professional Golf Association, will be interviewed about designing golf courses. Lloyd currently works for professional golfer Arnold Palmer, and is overseeing the construction of an Arnold Palmer golf course in Grand Forks. The course is expected to be one of the best in the state.

"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 and 11 p.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

-- Marla Johnson, UND Studio One Marketing Team.

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U-MARYLAND PROFESSOR WILL PRESENT PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM

The Physics Department will hold a colloquium at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in 209 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. H.J. Kwon, University of Maryland, will present "Order Parameter Phase Fluctuations in Underdoped Cuprate Superconductors."

The order parameter phase fluctuations can play an important role in underdoped cuprates since the superfluid stiffness in these systems is very small and the transition temperature is correlated with the zero temperature superfluid density. Here we estimate the phase fluctuation effect from a phenomenological low-energy effective theory which leads to such strong fluctuations, without regard to the underlying microscopic theory. We find unusually strong quantum phase fluctuations in the superconducting state but the effect on the quasiparticles is negligible. In the pseudogap state, the low-energy fluctuations of the pancake vortices cause strong quasiparticle inelastic scattering rate. We estimate the energy scale where the two-dimensional vortex dynamics is important.

-- Department of Physics.

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BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE SEMINAR OPEN TO ALL

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a seminar series for BIMD 512: Foundations of Biomedical Science from 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The course is an interdisciplinary seminar series for first-year medical school department graduate students in basic sciences. The goal of the series is to showcase research.

The Friday, Nov. 19, seminar is "Learning New Things About Old Enzymes: Implications for Mitochondrial Bioenergetics," presented by David Lambeth (Biochemistry). Everyone is welcome to attend.

-- Jon Jackson, Anatomy and Cell Biology.

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METROPOLITAN OPERA AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD SATURDAY

The annual North Dakota Metropolitan Opera auditions will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, beginning at noon in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. Eight singers, each of whom has many years of training and experience, have entered the competition. Each will sing two operatic arias to be judged for the chance to advance to the Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions in St. Paul, Jan 29. A vocal master class is scheduled to follow the auditions.

The public is invited to attend the audition and master class. There is no admission charge. For additional information, contact me.

-- G. Paul Larson (Economics), Director, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions for North Dakota.

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SYMPHONY OPENS 91ST SEASON SATURDAY

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony opens its 91st season at the Empire Arts Center this Saturday, Nov. 20, with a concert, "Romantic Music from Two Centuries." Appearing with the Symphony will be guest artist David Gillham playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto. Gillham was the grand prize winner of the Symphony's Young Artists Competition four years ago. Since then he has played with the Winnipeg Symphony, won several awards in Canada, and has entered the doctoral program at the University of Indiana where he has recently been appointed Orchestra Concertmaster. The Mendelssohn E Minor Violin Concerto is among the most popular the composer ever wrote. It was completed in 1844 when Mendelssohn was 35, and its first performance was unscheduled. Robert Schumann was in need of a substitute for his own new piano work when his wife was unable to perform due to illness. The piece was an instant success and has since been described as one of the most original and attractive concertos ever written. Also on the program is Virgil Thomson's The Plow That Broke The Plains , a work in six short movements originally written as a film score for a 1936 Pare Lorentz documentary produced for the government's Resettlement Administration. Kim Porter (History), will give a short talk on the background of The Plow prior to the concert. The talk is open to all. Hanson's Symphony No. 2, "Romantic," Elgar's Elegy, and Cage's 4'33" are the final works on the program. A pumpkin pie and hot cider reception catered by Nature's Oasis will follow the concert in the Empire Gallery. The pre-concert talk begins at 7 p.m., and the concert at 7:30 p.m. Both single concert and subscription series tickets are available on campus from the GGFSO office at 162 Hughes Fine Arts Center, 777-3359 (Box 7084, campus mail). Tickets may also be purchased from the Empire Box Office at 777-5500 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and until 7 p.m. on Thursday. Ticket are from $3 to $15.

-- Jenny Ettling, Greater Grand Forks Symphony.

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ANATOMY AND CELL BIOLOGY WILL HOLD SEMINAR

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology fall seminar series continues. Jun Ren (Physiology) will present "Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 as a Cardiac Hormone: Implications in Heart Disease" at noon Monday, Nov. 22, in B710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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

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BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY SEMINARS SET

All are welcome to attend back-to-back seminars by Ellis and Jessica Bell from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Ellis Bell is Glass-Hamrum-Langsjoen Professor of Biochemistry at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. His topic will be "Structure-Function Studies of the Thiol Protease Inhibitor Cystatin." Jessica Bell is a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Minnesota. Her topic will be "Subunit and Domain Interactions in the Activity and Regulation of Phosphoglycerate Dehydrogenase."

-- John Shabb, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

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COUNSELING PLANS TOPICS SEMINAR

The Department of Counseling will hold a Topics Seminar in Counseling Psychology Research and Practice, in which Jan Moen will discuss "Mixing Methodologies" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in 316 Montgomery Hall. Everyone is welcome.

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

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INTERNATIONAL CENTRE LISTS EVENT

The International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will host a Thanksgiving dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, at the Centre. Take part in a traditional American holiday; this event is free and open to everyone. Please join us.

-- International Centre.

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NORTH VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL PLANS HOLIDAY SHOWCASE, SALE

The North Valley Arts Council will hold its second Holiday Showcase and Sale in the Empire Art Center's gallery Friday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Dec. 18. The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. An open house for this gallery exhibit and sale will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 26-28, from noon to 5 p.m. Holiday classic movies will also be offered on these days.

The Holiday Showcase and Sale will feature local and regional artists from the Greater Grand Forks area. Media areas include sculpture, painting, printmaking, papermaking and fiber arts. The exhibition will be in a boutique setting, the arts council "borrows" furniture and display items from local furniture, antique and floral stores to make the festive setting. This showcase and sale will be perfect for gift giving and personal collecting. Fine art and artisan work will be available for all ages and tastes.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Empire Arts Center.

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MARK GRABE WILL DISCUSS STUDYING ONLINE

The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Mark Grabe (Psychology) will present "Studying Online: Preliminary Findings from the Introductory Psychology Study Tools Project," Monday, Nov. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in 302 Corwin/Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

-- Department of Psychology.

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EXPO WILL FEATURE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

The Interagency Project for Assistive Technology (IPAT) will hold an equipment expo from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the Red River Room, Memorial Union. Drop in to explore simple to complex assistive devices through demonstration and hands-on opportunities. The devices include adaptive living aids/environmental control, augmentative communication, and adaptive computer access.

The expo is sponsored by the Occupational Therapy Department. -- Gail Bass, Occupational Therapy.

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STEVE MARKOVICH PRESENTS NEXT FACULTY LECTURE DEC. 1

The next Faculty Lecture will be presented by Stephen Markovich (Political Science) Wednesday, Dec. 1, a change from the previously announced date. Markovich's talk, "Striving for Democracy in the Yugoslav' States," will be at 4:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art. A reception starts at 4 p.m.

Born in Schumacher, Ontario, Markovich received the Honors B.A. degree from the University of Western Ontario (London) in 1959 and was awarded the Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1968. He came to the University in 1965 as an Assistant Professor and is presently Professor of Political Science and Public Administration.

Markovich's teaching fields have been primarily in comparative politics and international relations and his research interests have focused on the political systems of Eastern Europe, particularly Titoist Yugoslavia and the new Yugoslav' states. He received an Outstanding Teaching Award at UND in 1969 and lectured at the University of Zagreb in 1995 as a Fulbright Scholar.

Markovich's research has been published in a variety of books and periodicals, most recently six chapters on South Slav states in World Political Systems and Parties in 1999 and an article "Democracy in Croatia: Views From the Opposition" in the East European Quarterly in 1998.

-- Faculty Lecture Series Committee.

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MINNESOTA OPERA'S "THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO" COMES TO GRAND FORKS

The Minnesota Opera brings its 1999-2000 educational tour, an adaptation of "The Marriage of Figaro," to the Empire Arts Center Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. It is presented by the North Valley Arts Council and will be a part of a week-long residency in Grand Forks by the Opera company.

Adapted and directed by Emily Manhart, "The Marriage of Figaro" is based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This new two-hour adaptation for nine singers will travel throughout Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and parts of Iowa, Michigan and the Dakotas. For the third consecutive year the educational tour will feature members of the Minnesota Opera' Resident Artist and Studio Artist Programs.

In tandem with "The Marriage of Figaro," The Minnesota Opera is offering elements of its nationally acclaimed educational program, which includes lectures, demonstrations, and master classes. Elementary, middle, high school or college students will be given opportunity to learn more about opera, performance techniques and issues of classical music. Seminars and lectures are also available to community groups.

The Minnesota Opera's educational programs are made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature. In addition, this activity is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is a Heartland Arts Fund Program, a collaborative venture of Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, their member state arts agencies (Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin) with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for the Empire Arts Center.

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MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS CHRISTMAS CONCERT

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

The Master Chorale will feature one of the most popular Baroque works for chorus and orchestra: "Gloria" by Antonio Vivaldi. There will be many carols and other seasonal pieces, including "Little Tree" by the Master Chorale's "Continental Harmony" composer, Steve Heitzeg. The finale of the concert will bring together the audience, choirs and orchestra in Randall Alan Bass' "Praeludium Noel." The traditional post-concert reception will present an array of special holiday treats made by members of the Chorale. Tickets -- at $10 for adults and $5 for students -- will be sold at the door. Advance tickets are also available. Prepaid orders sent via campus mail to the Master Chorale, Box 7125, before Dec. 1, will be filled by return mail. The Master Chorale office, 144 Hughes Fine Arts Center, will also be open from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, Dec. 1-3, for ticket purchases. For more information, call 777-3376.

-- Ruth Marshall, Grand Forks Master Chorale.

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CRAFT CENTER ANNOUNCES GINGERBREAD WORKSHOPS

The ever popular annual Gingerbread House workshop is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the University Craft Center. Cost is $6 per kit, which builds one house using graham crackers, milk cartons, frosting, and candies. Adults are invited to bring a child to build these together. Please call the Craft Center at 777-3979 for registration information. This activity will also be available by appointment during regular open studio hours Nov. 20 to Dec. 8. Please call 777-3979 for an appointment time.

-- Bonnie Solberg, Craft Center Coordinator.

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RECEPTION WILL HONOR DIANE LANGEMO

The College of Nursing will host a reception to honor Diane Langemo Monday, Dec. 6, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art. Dr. Langemo, Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor, has been on the faculty at UND for 29 years. Please join us in wishing her well in her retirement.

-- Elizabeth Nichols, Dean, College of Nursing.

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KUPCHELLA WILL GIVE BRIEFING DEC. 8

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

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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ALL INVITED TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AWARDS LUNCHEON

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

-- Cheryl Saunders, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center.

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OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR DEPARTMENTAL EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH AWARD

Nominations for the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, recognizing research, scholarly, and creative productivity, are due at the Office for Research and Program Development (ORPD) Monday, Jan. 10. The winning department will receive a $1,500 award and a plaque at the Founders Day Banquet Feb. 24.

Nominations should include information that will allow the Selection Committee to judge the quantity and quality of the research, scholarly, and creative activities of the department. At a minimum, such nominations should include a listing of published research or other creative or scholarly activities for the 1998-99 year. Additional information for that year, such as a brief synopsis of ongoing research activities, the number and type of active sponsored projects, dissertations or other research papers presented by students, performances or scholarly presentations by faculty, etc., should be included if they contribute to the overall picture of a department's research, scholarly, and creative activities. A statement of support form the dean is optional. To expedite the review process, five copies of the nomination and supporting documentation should be submitted to ORPD.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, the Departments of Chemistry, Counseling, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, and Geology and Geological Engineering may not be nominated this year.

For further information, please call the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4279.

-- Carl Fox, Director, Research and Program Development.

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NOMINATIONS/APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR FACULTY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

Nominations/applications are invited for the UND Foundation Thomas J. Clifford Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Research. The winner of this award will receive a plaque and a check for $2,000 at the Founders Day Banquet Feb. 24.

The following information should be provided:

(1) A listing of publications of significant, original and high-quality research, scholarly, and creative contributions in nationally recognized professional journals that are refereed by peer reviewers and/or a listing of juried competitions and invited performances/exhibitions.

(2) Overall scholarly activities, such as service as a reviewer of research proposals for Federal agencies or other funding sources, service as a referee or editor for professional journals, and contributions to training students in research, scholarly, and creative endeavors;

(3) Potential for significant contributions to enhancing the effectiveness of the subject matter taught in the classroom.

Faculty, staff and students may make nominations, and faculty are invited to nominate themselves. Since the Committee will not engage in the gathering of documentation, each nomination or application must be accompanied by thorough evidence of the nominee's qualifications for the award. Five copies of each nomination and supporting documentation should be received at the Office of Research and Program Development no later than Monday, Jan. 10.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, Diane Langemo and David Lambeth (1999), Jeffrey Stith (1998), Richard Crawford (1997), Arthur R. Buckley (1996), and Sharon and Richard Wilsnack (1995) may not be nominated this year.

The awardee will be selected by the same committee that selects the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research. This committee includes the Director of the Office of Research and Program Development (Chair), the Dean of the Graduate School, the Chair of the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee, one faculty member from the Graduate Committee, and one faculty member from the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.

For further information, please call the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4279.

-- Carl Fox, Director, Research and Program Development.

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PLEASE ALERT STUDENTS TO SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Please alert students to the Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Truman Scholars are eligible to receive $3,000 for the senior year of undergraduate education and $27,000 for graduate studies. Applicants must be full-time junior-level students, committed to a career in public service, in the upper quarter of their class, and United States citizens or nationals. The Truman Foundation defines public service as employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public-service oriented nonprofit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. Application deadline is Jan. 24, 2000. For more information, contact me.

-- Mary Kweit, Political Science and Public Administration, 777-3548.

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DOCTORAL EXAM SET FOR RICHARD JAEGER

The final examination for Richard J. Jaeger, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in chemistry, is set for 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in 138 Abbott Hall. The dissertation title is "Synthesis, Characterization and Electrochemical Studies of a new Class of Ligand for Modeling the Bioredox Chemistry of Copper. Development of a Novel Sensor for Organic Contaminants in Water by Coupling Solid Phase Microextraction With the Quartz Crystal Microbalance." David Pierce (Chemistry) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

EMPLOYEES MAY ENROLL IN COURSES AT LOW COST

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

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

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

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

3. Fill out the forms and have your supervisor/dean sign the tuition waiver forms. Return them to Admissions (undergraduates) or the Graduate School. Return the completed waiver forms to Admissions. The deadline for filing the waiver is Monday, Dec. 27 for the spring semester.

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

Take advantage of your $1,000 benefit!

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

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MAKE SURE PAPERWORK IS CORRECT WHEN REQUESTING LOCK CHANGES

Facilities is having some difficulty when project requests are submitted for lock changes. We need your help so that we can complete the project in a timely manner and avoid sending the project request back to the department because we need more information or additional paperwork. When requesting lock changes on a project request that will require new keys, the following is needed:

1. Key requests for each individual should be attached to the project request. Please note "per project request" on the key request form. Sometimes we get the project request at one time and the key requests later. Since the project requests and key requests are done by different people in different locations within Facilities, the notation will make it easier for us to make sure that all paperwork is combined before it goes to the lock shop.

2. The person authorized to sign key requests must also sign the project request. If the person authorizing the project request is different from the person authorized to sign key requests, then both signatures must appear on the project request.

If you have any questions, please call Jennifer at 777-2523 for questions on project requests and Jeanette at 777-2592 regarding key requests.

-- Larry Zitzow, Director of Facilities.

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USE CAUTION WHEN DECORATING FOR HOLIDAYS

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

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

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

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

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WINTER SURVIVAL KIDS AVAILABLE FOR STATE FLEET DRIVERS

With the imminent arrival of winter, the hazards of winter driving must be taken seriously. Winter survival kits are available when State Fleet vehicles are checked out at the Transportation Department. Drivers who will travel long distances or out of town are encouraged to check out a kit. The kits include: emergency heaters, matches, high-energy food, flashlights with batteries, emergency blanket, rope, and a brightly colored cloth (for signaling help). In addition to these kits, drivers are encouraged to check weather reports before departing and bring along boots, hat, gloves, warm clothing and a cellular phone.

-- Jason Uhlir, Director, Safety and Environmental Health.

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INSTRUCTIONAL AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES FACULTY WORKSHOP SESSIONS ANNOUNCED

The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies will offer the following faculty workshop sessions next week: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon, Intermediate Photoshop; Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1 to 3 p.m., Y2K Workshop.

You may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.

-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.

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APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR HOLIDAY ART AND CRAFT FAIR

Applications are now being accepted for exhibitors in the 21st Annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair. The show will be held Friday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Memorial Union Ballroom and is sponsored by the University Craft Center and the Memorial Union. Original hand-crafted work is eligible. Students are encouraged to participate. Application deadline is Friday, Nov 19. Late entries will be accepted as space allows until Monday, Nov. 29. For an application form and further information, please call 777-3979.

-- Bonnie Solberg, Craft Center Coordinator.

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HOLIDAY HOURS LISTED

CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY:

The following are the Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for Thanksgiving weekend: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 25 (Thanksgiving), closed; Friday, Nov. 26, resume regular hours.

-- Patricia Berntsen, Chester Fritz Library.

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LIBRARY OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES:

The Library of the Health Sciences Thanksgiving holiday hours are: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 25, closed; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28, 1 p.m. to midnight.

-- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.

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LAW LIBRARY:

The Law Library hours for the Thanksgiving holiday are: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 25, closed; Friday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

-- Cherie Stoltman, Thormodsgard Law Library.

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MEMORIAL UNION:

The Memorial Union Thanksgiving vacation schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 24, to Sunday, Nov. 28, follows. The Union and all its facilities will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25.

Lifetime Sports/Video Rentals: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, noon to 5 p.m.

Info/Service Center: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, noon to 5 p.m.

Copy Stop: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

Juice Works: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

Subway: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

TCBY: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

Little Caesars: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

GRABA Bite: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

Bookstore: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, closed;

Administrative Offices: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, closed;

Craft Center/Sign and Design: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

Credit Union: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, closed;

Dining Center: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

Traffic Division: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, closed;

Passport ID's: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, closed;

Barber Shop: Wednesday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, Nov. 26-28, closed;

University Learning Center: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, closed;

Computer Labs: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28, noon to 5:45 p.m.

Building Hours: Wednesday and Friday, Nov. 24 and 26, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 28, closed.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

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OLDER ADULTS SOUGHT FOR MEMORY STUDY

I am seeking older adults to participate in a study on memory and aging. Participants should be 60 to 80 years of age, and living independently in the area. My study looks at the impact of time of day of testing on memory functioning in younger and older adults. Participation in the study would require you to come to the Psychology Department at UND for a two-hour testing period either in the morning (8 to 10 a.m. or 9 to 11 a.m.) Or the afternoon (3 to 5 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.). If you are driving onto campus, we would arrange a complimentary parking pass ahead of time so that you could park right next to the Psychology building. Participants will receive $10. If you think you might be interested in participating, please call Julia Smith (Graduate Student) at 777-9331 to schedule a time or to get more information. In no way does calling obligate you to participate in this study. Thank you very much for your time and consideration; I hope to hear from you soon.

-- Thomas Petros, Department of Psychology.

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DENIM DAY IS LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

Denim Day! Last Wednesday of the month is Nov. 24, 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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IN THE NEWS

JOHN D. ODEGARD SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE SCIENCES

Dale DeRemer (Aviation) was inducted into the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame in Oshkosh, Wis. The National Association of Flight Instructors cited DeRemer for his 43 years as an active flight instructor. His five texts on aviation-related topics are in use worldwide by student pilots just beginning their careers to jet pilots flying internationally. . . . The UND Flying Team coached by Al Skramstad (Aviation) won first place in the Region V SAFECON held at UND. . . . Paul Lindseth presented a paper at the University Aviation Association's Fall Education Conference in Atlanta, Ga., titled "Assessing the Environment and Outcomes of Four-Year Aviation Programs: Does Program Quality make a Difference?"

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

Frank White (Sociology) received the Distinguished Alumni Award at Mayville State University's 1999 Homecoming. White was recognized for his teaching and public service. He is consistently nominated by students for UND's Professor of the Year, and has been included in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers. . . . Joyce Coleman (English) presented five academic papers in her field of medieval literature recently at the Kentucky Foreign Languages Conference in Lexington, Ky., at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Mich., at the Medieval Club of New York (as the ninth Annual Rossell Hope Robbins Lecturer), at the Early Book Society Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and at the Medieval Chronicle Conference in Utrecht, The Netherlands. . . . James Hikins (Communication) was selected to participate in a joint study with the University of Wisconsin and Texas A&M University to determine the 100 most important speeches of the 20th Century. . . . Lana Rakow (Communication) lectured in the Miller Communication lecture Series at the University of Illinois on "The Future of Communication Technologies." She also presented a paper to the Institute of Communications Research on the topic, "The Talk of Class Conflict in Constructions of Disaster and Recovery; Grand Forks, ND, 1997." Rakow spoke to the Women Studies faculty and students about research on her current book, "Feminist Communication Theory: Difference, Voice and Representation." . . . The following Geography faculty presented papers at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Prairie Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers in Winnipeg, Manitoba: Devon Hansen presented "The Spatial Mobility of the U.S. Managerial Work Force by Gender"; Mohammad Hemmasi presented "Causes and Consequences of Urban Population Growth and Distribution in Iran Since the 1979 Revolution"; and Paul Todhunter presented "Hydrogeographic Basis of Flooding in Devils Lake Basin, North Dakota." . . . The following faculty made presentations at the 85th Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association held in Chicago with the theme "Coloring Outside the Lines": Jeffrey Courtright (Communication) chaired the program "Assessment in Public Relations Education," presented a paper "The First Day of Public Relations Writing Lab: How NOT to Write a News Release" for the NCA Poster Session, was a respondent for the program "Explorations of Organizational Apologetics," authored a paper "Coloring the World Wide Web: Culture Types and Idealogy in Religious Organizations' Websites," for the program "Coloring Outside the Lines: Ideology, Symbols, and Purification in Popular Media," and authored a paper "Is Scapegoating Really Necessary?: Victimage, Frames of Rejection, and Matthew Shepard, A.B.P. (Ad bellum purificandum)" for the program "Coloring Beyond the Lines of Reason: The Rhetoric of Hate Crimes"; Marwan Kraidy (Communication) chaired the program "Identity Constructions and Pedagogical Encounters in Cyberspace," authored a paper, "Virtual Constructions: Identities in On-Line Environments" for the program, "Identity Constructions and Pedagogical Encounters in Cyberspace," chaired the program, "Coloring Against the Lines: Native Ethnography as Intercultural Praxis," authored the paper, "Native Ethnography, Thick and Thin" in the program, "Coloring Against the Lines: Native Ethnography as Intercultural Praxis," served as an officer at the International and Intercultural Communication Division Business Meeting, acted as a panelist for the program, "Exotic Visualizing the Other: The Hermeneutics of an American in India," chaired the program, "Tradition, Modernity, and Beyond: Media Constructions of the Nation," authored a paper, "Markets, Morals, and Mediations: Television and Cultural Identity in Lebanon," for the program, "Tradition, Modernity, and Beyond: Media Constructions of the Nation," and was a respondent for the program, "Tradition, Modernity, and Beyond: Media Constructions of the Nation"; Ute Sartorius Kraidy (Industrial Technology) authored a paper, "Of Tacos, Amigos and Fiesta: Mexican Cultural identity Constructed as the Other" for the program, "Tradition, Modernity, and Beyond: Media Constructions of the Nation"; Raul Tovares (Communication) authored a paper "Internationalizing Ricardo Flores-Magon and Regeneracion" for the program, "Crossing Geographic, Spatial, and Popular Lines: Contextualizing Latina/os in Various Media Communities"; and Mary Cutler (Theatre Arts) was a panelist for the program "Dangerous Notions: Issues in Censorship and Intellectual Freedom."

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Mark Langemo (Professor Emeritus, Division of Organizational Systems and Technology) is the author of "Choosing and Using Off-the-Shelf Records Management Software" published in the October 1999 issue of Office Systems 99 and is the author of a paper "Developing State-of-the-Art Filing Systems for Paper and other Records" published in the Proceedings of the 1999 ARMA International Conference in Cincinnati. Langemo also conducted two-day "Establishing and Managing Successful Records Management Programs" seminars at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, University of Georgia, University of Alabama, University of Minnesota, University of Wyoming, and Wichita State University.

SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Barb Knight (Reference and User Education Librarian) was selected as a fellow by the National Library of Medicine, based in Bethesda, Md. She was one of 30 fellows selected to participate in a fellowship program through which she was invited to attend a week-long course, "Medical Informatics 1999," conducted at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Mass. Medical informatics is the application of computer technologies and information processing to the field of medicine. . . . Preston Steen (Internal Medicine) has been recognized as one of 44 physicians nationwide nominated by medical students for the 1999 Humanism in Medicine Award during the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C. A faculty member since 1990, he is on the medical staff of Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo. . . . Brad Gibbens (Rural Health) received the 1999 Distinguished Service Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) in Washington, D.C. The award is given to a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the NOSORH and is actively involved in the state office of rural health.

COLLEGE OF NURSING

Loretta Heuer was invited to present information on diabetes management for a conference "A Community of Caring: Working Together to Serve Migrant Farmworkers Health Care Needs" in Abingdon, Va. . . . The RAIN program (Recruitment and Retention of American Indians Into Nursing) was honored by the Higher Education Resource Organization for Students Board (HEROS) in Bismarck. This award is for their support and advocacy of Indian students to help Indian communities flourish by providing the Indian professionals their communities need. . . . Elizabeth Tyree presented "Nuts and Bolts of Implementation" and "Dream to Reality" at the AACN and Helen Fuld Faculty Development Workshop in Community-Based Undergraduate Nursing Education in Orlando, Fla., and Long Beach, Calif. . . . Evelyn Labun presented "Shared Brokering: The Development of a Nurse/Interpreter Partnership when Providing Culturally Competent Care" at the NDNA Convention in Bismarck. . . . Gail Mallow and Fredricka Gilje co-authored "Technology Based Nursing Education: Overview and a Call for Further Dialogue" in the Journal of Nursing Education, Vol. 38, No. 6, 1999. . . . Gail Mallow co-authored "Chronic Sorrow: The Experience of Parents with Children Who Are Developmentally Disabled" in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, Vol. 37, No. 7, 1999. . . . Cecilia Volden and Helen Melland co-authored "Using Small-Group Instructional Diagnosis and Collaborative Conflict Resolution to Facilitate Courses Changes" in the Nurse Educator, Vol. 24, No. 3, 1999. . . . Helen Melland, Diane Langemo, Darlene Hanson, Susan Hunter and Bette Olson authored "Clinical Evaluation of an Automated Turned Bed" in Orthopaedic Nursing, vol. 18, No. 4, 1999. . . . Bette Ide co-authored "Ethical Issues in the Quality of Care" in T.F. Johnson, Handbook on Ethical Issues in Aging. . . . Fredricka Gilje, Patsy Klose, and others co-authored "Decision Making of Psychiatric Nurses in Finland, Northern Ireland, and the United States" in the Journal of Professional Nursing, Vol. 15, No. 5, 1999. . . . Two students of Eleanor Yurkovich received top recognition at the second Biennial Joint North Dakota South Dakota EPSCoR Conference.

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

CENTER FOR INNOVATION RECEIVES SBA AND COMMERCE GRANTS

The Center for Innovation received two grants to assist small high technology ventures in North Dakota, supporting efforts to diversify the state's economy with technology-based economic development.

The Center for Innovation was awarded $70,000 from SBA for SBIR Outreach to help boost the number of small research firms involved with federal research and development (R&D) projects. The outreach funding targets states where small business participation is low in the federal R&D program, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). Low is defined as less than $5 million per year in SBIR awards. The Small Business Administration (SBA) funding allows the Center to provide outreach and training and help small ventures prepare competitive SBIR funding proposals to the 10 participating federal agencies. The SBIR program funds more than $1 billion annually in more than 4,000 SBIR awards to conduct R&D of interest to the participating federal agencies.

The SBA SBIR Outreach grant is renewable for up to four more years pending appropriations. The grant from SBA is being matched with $22,800 in funding by the North Dakota Technology Transfer funds now managed by the North Dakota Development Fund, which received the TTI assets July 1, 1999.

"Being in a rural state should not be a barrier to the opportunities offered to small research companies interested in developing new products and technologies. The SBIR program is ideal to help them secure funding to bring their product idea towards commercialization to attract the next rounds of financing leading to entering the marketplace," says Bruce Gjovig, Director of the Center for Innovation. He added, "The Center for Innovation has a 15-year track record in helping technology entrepreneurs be successful, and this is a further investment in our abilities to help technology entrepreneurs. This is the kind of business activity North Dakota needs to diversify and grow its economy and job base."

The Center for Innovation was also awarded a grant of $160,000 over two years by the Department of Commerce's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Technology (EPSCoT). The Center for Innovation was one of just 11 recipients nationwide for the EPSCoT grant. The grant provides funding to work with small high technology firms in North Dakota to commercialize new products and technologies. The EPSCoT awards are to help states with under-developed technology commercialization to build an infrastructure to support technology-based economic development.

"The EPSCoT grant allows the Center for Innovation to work with high tech firms, companies with SBIR awards, and entrepreneurs with a technology focus to assist them in going through the commercialization steps leading to a successful product or company launch. Our staff will provide outreach assistance, help in developing business and marketing plans, direct them to sources of debt and equity capital, and guide new entrepreneurs through the steps of becoming successful technology entrepreneurs. We needed this funding to help the small companies who can not afford the expense of consultants to help them launch products and grow their companies," Gjovig said.

He added, "Matching funds were required for this grant as well, and we are fortunate that three successful entrepreneurs from North Dakota provided the $50,000 in matching funds for the first year. It is immensely gratifying that successful entrepreneurs care about the success of the next generation of entrepreneurs, and are willing to invest in their growth and development." Gjovig added, "Entrepreneurs have continuously provided the economic engine to keep our state's economy moving forward. The Center for Innovation has always been blessed with strong entrepreneur support, and the Center exists in large part because of that support.

Gjovig concluded, "The two grants for technology entrepreneurship will help emerging and new ventures access the help they need to be competitive in developing new technologies and products. These grants will improve our state's business climate for entrepreneurship and stimulate growth of these kinds of necessary ventures in North Dakota."

-- Center for Innovation.

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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.

APICS EDUCATIONAL AND RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC.

Research Grants are provided to develop educational material and programs (such as academic texts, practitioner texts, research monographs, major programs and workshops, educational games and software), define and expand a body of knowledge through case studies or other means of investigation, or to create a pool of resources to broaden the APICS knowledge and competency of manufacturing professionals. Grants may support the development of ideas or enhance existing products and services. While journal articles and conference proceedings may be results of the project, they will be viewed only as by-products rather than as primary projects. Funding should be focused towards, but not restricted to, graduate student research assistantships, limited investigative travel, lodging incurred in conducting research, and other direct costs of research. Limited support is available for survey type research. Applicants should order guidelines by calling the Customer Service Department at 800/444-2742 or 703/237-8344 and requesting item #01069. Deadlines: 1/15/00, 7/1/00. Contact: 800/444-2742; fax 703/237-8450; foundation@apics-hq.org; http://www.apics.org.

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE (AAAS)

AAAS Fellowship Programs are designed to provide Fellows with a unique public policy learning experience to bring technical backgrounds and external perspectives to decision making in the U.S. government, and to demonstrate the value of science and technology in solving important societal problems. The fellowships include: Global Stewardship, Congressional, Diplomacy, Risk Assessment, Technology Policy, Defense Policy and Environmental. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree at the time of application. Persons with a master's degree in engineering and at least three years of post-degree professional experience may also apply. Some programs require additional experience. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. Contact: 202/326-6700, science_policy@aaas.org; http://www.aaas.org/spp/dspp/stg/cover.htm. Deadline: 1/15/00.

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AT&T FOUNDATION

The Education Grants Program supports programs that focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, concentrating on the role of technology in education and its capacity to connect students, teachers, classrooms, institutions and communities. The Learning Network Grants Program funds projects which demonstrate effective and innovative uses of technology in supporting families, schools and communities to: encourage family involvement in education, provide professional development opportunities for educators and assist in the preparation of future teachers, and develop and implement plans to promote lifelong learning and community collaboration. Invitational Grants support projects that address issues of technology in public policy; systemic education reform; academic standards, assessment, and accountability; and access to educational opportunities by all segments of society. Special consideration will be given to projects that involve collaboration among families, schools, colleges, universities, educational organizations, and/or community-based organizations and schools, institutions, organizations and projects located in areas where AT&T has large concentrations of employees and business operations. Interested applicants should submit a brief letter of introduction and description to the appropriate AT&T Regional Contributions Manager if the project is local in scope. Information on the regional office serving your area is available from AT&T. If the program is national in scope, AT&T should be contacted at the address below. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/387-4801; fax 212/841-4683; attfound@attmail.com; http://www.att.com/foundation.

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BP AMERICA, INC.

Grants Program support focuses on: 1) Education--revitalization of inner-city education, improvement of mathematics and science instruction in secondary and higher education, programs which encourage minorities to enter the fields of engineering and science, scholarships, and matching of employee and retiree monetary gifts to colleges, universities, and secondary schools. 2) Health and Human Services--mainly through local United Way contributions. 3) Civic and Community--small business development and job-training initiatives, organizations that support minority business and career development, and law enforcement and safety. 4) Culture and the Arts--museums, art exhibits, dance, theater, orchestras, and projects that encourage local or native involvement in the arts. 5) Environment--programs that encourage recycling, clean air and water, reducing waste, and preserving the environment and natural resources. Preliminary inquiries may be made in writing or by telephone. Preference is given to programs that benefit communities in which BP America has major operations. Deadline: None. Contact: Mike Brien, 216/856-5427; 200 East Randolph Drive, Room 2306, Chicago, IL 60601.

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WITTER BYNNER FOUNDATION FOR POETRY

The Grants Program provides funding for poetry-related programs in the following areas: individual poets through institutional programs, programs that develop the poetry audience, translation and the process of translation, and for the uses of poetry to benefit people. The Foundation promotes poetry in American culture and encourages proposals that expand awareness of the positive effects of poetry on society. Grants range from $1,000-$15,000. Contact: Steven Schwartz, Executive Director, 505/988-3251; fax 505/986-8222; bynner@mciworld.com. Deadlines: 1/1/00 (Letter of Intent), 2/1/00 (Application).

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ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

Graduate Fellowships are offered to 5-10 female students enrolled in a behavioral, life, physical, or social sciences or engineering program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Awardees have traditionally been at the dissertation level. U.S. citizens may study in the U.S. or aboard; non-U.S. citizens must be enrolled in a U.S. institution. The Luise Meyer-Schutzmeister Award is designated for a graduate student in physics; the Ruth Satter Memorial Award is open to women who interrupted their education for three or more years to raise a family; the Amy Lutz Rechel Award is for an outstanding graduate student in plant biology; and the Diane H. Russell Award is given to a graduate student in biochemistry or pharmacology. Deadline: 1/19/00. Contact: Barbara Filner, 202/326-8940; fax 202/326-8960; awis@awis.org; http://www.awis.org/html/ed_foundation.html#graduate.

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

The Energy Research Program supports research in: 1) the Basic Energy Sciences, including Materials Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Research, and Geosciences. 2) High Energy Physics--Research in three categories: experimental, theoretical, and technology. 3) Nuclear Physics (including Nuclear Data Program)--understanding the interactions and structures of atomic nuclei and nuclear matter at the most elementary level possible, and understanding the fundamental forces of nature as manifested in nuclear matter. 4) Computational and Technology Research--fundamental research in advanced computing research (applied mathematics, computer science and networking); operates supercomputer, networking and related facilities to enable the analysis, modeling, simulation, and prediction of complex phenomena. 5) Fusion Energy Sciences--to advance plasma science, fusion science, and fusion technology; opportunities are in the enabling research and development activity areas of the Facilities and Enabling Technologies Division which is responsible for overseeing facility operations and enabling research and development activity budgets with the OFES. 6) Biological and Environmental Research--Life Sciences Research, Medical Applications and Measurement Science, Environmental Remediation, Environmental Processes, and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). Duration of awards is up to 3 years. Contact: Director, Grants and Contracts Division, 301/903-5212; http://www.sc.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html; or the appropriate following division: Materials Science 301/903-3427; Chemical Sciences 301/903-5804; Engineering Research 301/903-5822; Geosciences 301/903-5822; Energy Biosciences 301/903-2873; High Energy Physics 301/903-3624; Nuclear Physics 301/903-3613; Computational and Technology Research--Mathematical, Information, and Computational Sciences 301/903-5800; Fusion Energy Sciences--Research Division 301/903-4095 and Facilities and Enabling Technologies Division 301/903-5378; Biological and Environmental Research--Life Sciences Research 301/903-5468, Medical Applications and Measurement Science 301/903-3213, Environmental Remediation 301/903-3281, and Environmental Processes 301/903-3281; and Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research 301/903-3427. Deadline: None.

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BEINECKE RARE BOOK AND MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY VISITING FELLOWSHIPS

Short-Term In-Residence Fellowships are provided to support visiting scholars pursuing post-doctoral or equivalent research in the Library's collections. The Library is Yale University's principal repository for literary papers and early manuscripts and rare books in the fields of literature, theology, history, and the natural sciences. The collections offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research in such fields as medieval, Renaissance, and 18th century studies; art history; photography; American studies; the history of printing; music; and modernism in art and literature. There are no citizenship restrictions. Duration is usually one month. Fellowships provide $2,500/month plus travel to and from New Haven. Deadline: 1/15/00. Contact: 203/432-2977; fax 203/432-4047; http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/.

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NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE (NIDA)

The Social Work Research Development Program (SWRD) supports social work research in all areas of drug abuse intervention and services research and is designed to provide flexibility to meet unique institutional needs for developing an enduring drug abuse research program. The goal is to strengthen institutional infrastructure and develop the capability of faculty members to develop and carry out interdisciplinary drug abuse research. Each SWRD should clearly define one or more core research areas that will be addressed by study teams. Two components are required: infrastructure improvement plan and research pilot proposals. The infrastructure improvement plan might include research from disciplines such as psychiatry, psychology, pediatrics, nursing, education, epidemiology, statistics, sociology, economics, business, and public health. The pilot proposals program is for developmental research projects that enhance the overall research enterprise and lead to research projects and programs supported under other research grant mechanisms. Applicants are required to develop collaborative relationships with other departments and schools and with public sector agencies involved in drug abuse prevention and treatment with children, adolescents, and adults. The R24 award mechanism will be used for projects of up to 5 years in length. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 6/1/00, 10/1/00. Contact: Peter Delany, Deputy Chief, Services Research Branch, 301/443-4060; PD32N@NIH.GOV; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-00-008.html.

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SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

Native American Community Scholar's Awards enable Native American scholars who are formally or informally related to a Native American community to undertake individually designed research projects related to Native American topics using the Smithsonian's Native American resources. Awards provide a stipend of $75/day, travel allowance, and a small research allowance for up to 21 days. Deadlines: 2/1/00, 6/1/00, 10/1/00.

A. Verville Fellowships at the National Air & Space Museum provide $35,000, plus allowances for research and travel to interested candidates for in-residence research at the Museum related to the analysis of major trends, developments, and accomplishments in the history of aviation or space studies. Duration is 9-12 months. An advanced degree is not required. Deadline: 1/15/00.

Contact: Office of Fellowships and Grants, 202/287-3271; siofg@ofg.si.edu; http://www.si.edu/research+study.

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

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UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available electronically through UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is http://www.und.nodak.edu.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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