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University Letter

November 20, 1998

Volume 36 No. 13

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 13, November 20, 1998

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Founded in 1883, six years before North Dakota statehood, UND is the oldest, largest, and most diversified institution of higher education in North Dakota.



Robert Nordlie will deliver the second presentation in the 1998-99 UND Faculty Lecture Series. His talk, "Enzymic Regulation of Blood Glucose: A North Dakota Saga," has been rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The lecture will be proceeded by a social hour at 4 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Nordlie is currently the chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In appreciation for his work he has received the Sigma Xi Award, the Golden Apple Award, the Edgar Dale Award, and the Chester Fritz Distinguished Professorship. In 1997, Nordlie was elected to membership on the Board of Directors of the Association of Medical and Graduate Departments of Biochemistry. This group includes the chairs of medical and graduate departments of biochemistry throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

-- Faculty Lecture Series Committee.



President Baker will kick off an informational session on the Year 2000 (Y2K) compliance issues that the University is facing. Topics include the university's infrastructure, the Higher Education Computer Center Network financial and student records systems, legal implications, considerations for instruction and research, and North Dakota University System (NDUS) reporting requirements. The session will be held Monday, Nov. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl in the Memorial Union. All UND Y2K Unit coordinators are especially invited, and the session is also open to all members of the university community.

-- Dorette Kerian (Computer Center), Leader, Y2K Task Force.



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 1999 Founders Day Banquet on Feb. 25.

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. 11.

Since previous awardees are ineligible for nomination until five years have passed, Jeffrey Stith (1998), Richard Crawford (1997), Arthur R. Buckley (1996), Sharon and Richard Wilsnack (1995), and Michael Anderegg (1994) 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 Faculty Research Committee, one faculty member from the Graduate Committee, and one faculty member from the Faculty Research Committee.

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

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



Nominations for the Fellows of the University Award for Departmental Excellence in Research, recognizing research, scholarly, and creative productivity, are due at the Office of Research and Program Development Monday, Jan. 11. The winning department will receive a $1,500 award and a plaque at the 1999 Founders Day Banquet on Feb. 25.

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 1997-98 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 from the dean is optional. To expedite the review process, five (5) 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 Counseling, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Geology and Geological Engineering, and History may not be nominated this year.

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

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



A meeting of University Senate will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

-- Alice Poehls, Secretary,

University Senate. *******


UND Alumna Gail S. Nelson, Professor of Mathematics at Carleton College, will present a colloquium on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in 309 Witmer Hall. Her talk is titled "Magical Properties of the Farey Series." The Farey series is found among the branches of the Stern-Brocot tree which in turn makes its appearance in several branches of mathematics. The path Dr. Nelson will take through this forest of trees starts in the realm of number theory and winds its way into dynamical system. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in 325 Witmer Hall. Everyone is invited.

-- Michael Gregory, Mathematics Department.



Nationwide distribution of the institutional profile and the position description advertisement are the next steps in the University of North Dakota presidential selection process. The search committee gave its final scrutiny and approval to both at a five-hour meeting Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The Executive Search Profile, a narrative describing UND and listing qualifications required of the next president, received final polishing in the form of a handful of conceptual and editorial adjustments. The original draft of the profile was prepared by a consulting firm after about 20 interviews with campus, local, and state focus groups in October. The Search Committee then applied its first round of alterations before seeking broad input, which were then considered by a subcommittee before passing the profile back to the main committee for the Nov. 17 review and tweaking.

Profile To Be Distributed To Colleges

It will be sent in the next week to about 800 senior administrators at colleges and universities to provide institutional and position information to those who might be interested in the UND presidency. The profile includes background on the University, the community, and the North Dakota University System and information about the presidency, opportunities for leadership and attributes and qualifications expected of the next president.

The profile being sent nationwide will not include several appendices, but they are included in the one that can be seen on the Internet on a special "Presidential Search" link off the UND main web site, accessible at http:// www.und.edu.

Among actions the committee took at its Nov. 17 meeting to responses to the draft of the profile that was placed on the web was to remove the reference to "highly" from in front of the word desirable in the qualifications listing. That item now reads "Academic experience in higher education and terminal degree are desirable." Only two requests were made to insert "highly" during the campus and community input phase.

Advertisement Approved For Placement

The advertisement seeking applications for the UND presidency is based on the profile content. The ad will be placed in national publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, in the first week of December and the first week of January.

Narrowing of applicants to a final six is expected by about mid-February, and campus visits are scheduled to begin in early March. (See item on "Timetable for UND Presidential Selection" elsewhere in this issue of University Letter.)

R. H. Perry & Associates of Washington, D.C, and Columbus, Ohio, is the executive search consulting firm. The 25-member search committee was appointed in September by North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak to select candidates to recommend to the State Board of Higher Education for it to choose a successor to Kendall L. Baker. He has served as UND's ninth president since July 1, 1992 and in August announced his retirement effective June 30, 1999.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



The current timetable for the University of North Dakota presidential search process is as follows.

Distribution of institutional Executive Search Profile to senior administrators at colleges and universities nationwide to provide information to those who might be interested in the UND presidency, late November.

Placement of position advertisement in national publications, including Chronicle of Higher Education, first week of December and first week of January.

Meeting of search committee to discuss and determine criteria to be used to rank applicants, December 8.

Closing date to receive applications, January 22.

Review of applicants' files by search committee, beginning January 22.

Screening process by full search committee to narrow applicant field to 12 and then six, February 2 and 3, 3 to 9 p.m., room 211, Rural Technology Center (RTC) building.

Checking references of final six candidates, first part of February.

Establishment of process and schedule for campus visits by and affirmation of six finalists, beginning about mid-February.

Campus visits by six finalists, beginning in early March.

Narrowing of finalists to three candidates by search committee to recommend to State Board of Higher Education, mid-March.

Consideration of recommended final three candidates by State Board of Higher Education to invite back for campus visits, and for Board to visit at sites of three finalists' places of employment, mid-March and beyond.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



Following are the instructions to download the Dr. Solomon virus protection program: Go to the Computer Center home page and click on documents. Click on "Where can I get new versions of the Internet software?" Click on Dr. Solomon and then click Windows 95, Windows NT, or Macintosh. Click on Dr Solomon and follow the prompts. Fill out the form and be sure to have your NAID available. This program can be used by faculty, staff, and students for no charge. The Higher Education Computer Network is paying the charges.

-- Elmer Morlock, User Services, Computer Center.



Participants are needed for a study regarding parenting strategies. Participants must (1) be mothers of children aged 3-10, and (2) have received an advanced graduate degree (e.g., M.D., Ph.D., J.D.). Participation takes no more than 20 minutes and is completed by mail. Participants will be paid for their time. If you are interested in participating, please contact me.

-- Andrea Zevenbergen, Psychology Department, 777-3017.



The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Nov. 23, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:

1. Election of Chair.

2. Consideration of a request by the School of Communication to:

a. Change the title of Comm 545 to Advocacy and Communication, and change the course description.

b. Change the title of Comm 520 to Criticism and Communication, and change the course description.

c. Change the title of Comm 525 to Interpersonal Relations and Communication, and change the course description.

d. Add a new course, Comm 504, Semiotics and Visual Communication.

e. Add a new course, Comm 507, Communication, Technology, and Culture.

f. Add a new course, Comm 512, Law and Ethics in Communication.

g. Add a new course, Comm 521, Perspectives on Media Writing.

h. Add a new course, Comm 530, Gender, Culture, and Communication.

I. Add a new course, Comm 550, International and Global Communication.

j. Add a new course, Comm 555, Film/Video as Communication.

3. Consideration of a request by the College of Education and Human Development to:

a. Change the program requirements concerning residency for the Ph.D./Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

b. Add a new course, EDL 520, Middle School Principalship.

c. Change the title for EDL 521 to Elementary School Principalship, and change the credits from 4 to 2.

d. Change the title for EDL 522 to Secondary School Principalship, and change the credits from 4 to 2.

e. Change the program requirements for the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.

f. Change the program requirements for the M.S. in Educational Leadership.

g. Change the program requirements for the Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership.

h. Change the program requirements for the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. i. Change the program requirements for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

4. Matters arising.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The final examination for Paul D. Kolstoe, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in 203 Corwin/Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Deinstitutionalization Effects on Medication Use for People With Mental Retardation." Joseph Plaud (Psychology) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Sharon Stewart, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Dean's Conference Room, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Qualitative Study of Dietetic Students Completing an Internship in a Dietetic Technician Program." Janet Ahler (Educational Foundations and Research) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



Obesity in children and the "come back home" project will be the topics of the Thursday, Nov. 19, edition of Studio One, live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3.

Dr. Bernard Hogarth, a pediatrician for 21 years, lists heredity, environment, and habits as the main causes of obesity in children. He will explain these factors in detail and stress the risks of obesity. He points to diabetes and hypothyroidism as common diseases facing obese children. Dr. Hogarth has found psychological factors to be risks as well. He will outline the problems, causes, and society's influences toward obesity, and will discuss how parents and schools can remedy child obesity.

Cathy Langemo, Project Coordinator for the Project Back Home Cooperative (PBHC), will discuss the goals, history, and success of the "come back home" project. PBHC provides a mechanism to expand economic development in a community by targeting individuals already familiar with the area. North Dakota communities put out mailings to former residents to inform them about events, opportunities, and capabilities in their hometown and state in hopes of encouraging them to "come back home." Project Back Home Cooperative is composed of North Dakota communities, community-based organizations, and businesses. Cathy Langemo will discuss the importance of this statewide effort and explain how anyone can become a member of PBHC.

Studio One is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on 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 p.m. Studio One also airs in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

-- Stephanie Larson and Angela Welman, UND Studio One, Marketing Team.



Keith Olive will present "Big Bank Nucleosynthesis and the Cosmic Density of Matter" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, in 209 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall.

Olive is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Physics at the University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and held post-doctorals at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, CERN, and Fermilab. His talk reviews the current status of Big Bang Nucleosynthesis (BBN). Special attention will be given to the observational abundances of the light elements Deuterium, 3He, 4He, and 7Li. Overall, it will be seen that there is broad agreement between theory and the observational data, which leads to the fixing of the single free parameter of the theory, namely the baryon-to-photon ratio. Implications of BBN on our understanding of non-baryonic dark matter, galactic chemical evolution, and constraints on particle properties will also be discussed.

Dr. Olive's visit is co-sponsored by North Dakota EPSCoR.

-- Mark Henriksen, Physics Department.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, Nov. 23, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Brent Fedirchuk of the University of Manitoba Department of Anatomy will present "Mechanisms of Determining Motoneuronal Activity During Locomotion."

-- Bryon Grove, Anatomy and Cell Biology Fall Seminar Series Coordinator.



Christopher Jury will present his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography degree exhibit Monday, Nov. 23, through Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Col. Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The opening reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

-- Visual Arts Department.



The Campus Ministry Association extends a invitation to all members of the UND community to join them for Theology for Lunch each Tuesday at noon during November. All programs will be at Christus Rex Lutheran Center, 3012 University Ave., and will include a featured speaker and free lunch for all participants. The schedule includes: Tuesday, Nov. 24, a panel of students will discuss the topic of "Politics and the Church."

-- Tim Seaworth, University Counseling Center.



On Thursday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will have a Thanksgiving celebration with a traditional Thanksgiving meal provided. Please join us.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Programs Coordinator, International Centre.



The Grand Forks Master Chorale, under the direction of James Rodde, will present its annual Christmas holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 6, at 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Forks. The concert will mark the 15th anniversary of this regional ensemble, which made its debut at a Christmas concert in December 1983. The program is drawn from the rich tradition of music inspired by the holiday season. Beginning and ending the concert will be two settings of the text "gloria in excelsis deo." The Chorale will be accompanied by a community brass choir in the popular "Gloria" by John Rutter, English composer and conductor of the Cambridge Singers. "Gloria" by American composer Randall Alan Bass will close the program. The Chorale and brass musicians will be joined by the UND Varsity Bards and Allegro Women's Chorus in this piece and in traditional carols for choirs and audience.

Tickets for the holiday concert at $10 for adults and $5 for students, will be sold at the door. Advance tickets can be ordered by mail. Prepaid orders, sent to the Master Chorale at P.O. Box 12272, Grand Forks ND 58208, by Dec. 1 will be filled by return mail. Orders can also be sent by campus mail to the Master Chorale in care of the Music Department, Box 7125. The Master Chorale office, 144 Hughes Fine Arts Center, will be open for ticket purchases form noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Dec. 1-4.

-- James Rodde (Music), Grand Forks Master Chorale.



The ever popular annual "Gingerbread" House workshops are scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 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.

-- Bonnie Solberg, Craft Center Coordinator.



The weather has caused icy conditions on our parking lots, roads, and sidewalks. We will continue to salt and sand to reduce the slipperiness as much as possible. Please report any hazardous conditions to Plant Services, 777-2591. There are some things that you can do to help reduce the risk of falling on ice. Here are some helpful hints:

1. Wear boots or overshoes with grip soles. Slick leather or rubber soles on dress shoes are unsafe on ice.

2. Don't walk with your hands in your pockets. This reduces your balance if you slip on the ice.

3. Take short to medium steps, or shuffle your feet in very icy areas.

4. Don't carry or swing heavy loads, such as large boxes or cases, which could cause you to lose your balance when walking.

5. When walking, curl your toes under and walk as flat-footed as possible.

6. Don't step on uneven surfaces. Step well over or avoid curbs with ice on them.

7. Give your full attention to walking. Don't distract yourself by getting your keys out of your pocket, digging in your pocketbooks for items, etc., while walking on ice.

-- Paul Clark, Associate Director of Plant Services.



Wednesday, Nov. 25, isn't just the day before Thanksgiving -- it's Denim Day. Ease into turkey day by paying your dollar, wearing your button, and going casual. All proceeds to charity, as always.

-- Patsy Nies (Enrollment Services and University Relations) for the Denim Day Committee.



The Chester Fritz Library will observe the following operating schedule for Thanksgiving: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 26, closed; Friday, Nov. 27, resume regular hours. -- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.

Thanksgiving time operating hours for the Library of the Health Sciences is as follows: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 26, closed; Friday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 28, 1 to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m. to midnight. -- Lila Pedersen, Library of the Health Sciences.

The Computer Center will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will reopen at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 26.

-- Marv Hanson, Computer Center.




The revised (4/98) PHS 398 and PHS 2590 grant application forms and instructions are now available, and may now be used by applicants. For the January/February 1999 application receipt dates, use of the revised forms is encouraged. The new forms must be used for receipt dates of May 10, 1999, and thereafter.

The new PHS 398 and PHS 2590 application instructions and forms are available on the NIH grants Web site at http://www.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm. Applicants are encouraged to access the application instructions and forms via the Internet; however, hard copies have been ordered and will soon be available from the Office of Research and Program Development.

The revised PHS 416-1 and PHS 416-9, Applications for an Individual National Research Service Award, have been approved and are in the production process. When the revised PHS 416-1 and PHS 416-9 application instructions and forms arrive, a notice will be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts announcing their availability. The current version (8/95) of the forms should be used until the notice appears. The current version may be used for the Dec. 5 receipt date.

There is a correction to be made to the PHS 398 Biographical Sketch, Form Page FF. The last line of instructions should state "DO NOT EXCEED TWO PAGES." The pdf version posted on the NIH web site is correct.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director of Research and Program Development.



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


The Knowledge and Distributed Intelligence (KDI) in the Information Age theme is a Foundation-wide effort to promote the realization of unprecedented opportunities for providing rapid and efficient access to enormous amounts of knowledge and information, for studying vastly more complex systems than was hitherto possible, and for increasing in fundamental ways our understanding of learning and intelligence in living and engineered systems. Proposals are solicited from individuals or groups for research that is inherently multidisciplinary or that, while lying within a single discipline, has clear impact on at least one other discipline. With a budget of approximately $50 million, KDI anticipates funding 40-50 proposals of varying size and duration. The 1999 foci are: Knowledge Networking (KN)--focusing on attaining new levels of knowledge integration, information flow, and interactivity among people, organizations, and communities; Learning and Intelligent Systems (LIS)--emphasizing research that advances basic understanding of learning and intelligence in natural and artificial systems and supports the development of tools and environments to test and apply this understanding in real situations; and New Computational Challenges (NCC)--emphasizing new computational approaches to frontier science and engineering problems as well as problems involving data intensive computations and simulations. Proposals are solicited in all three areas; many important problems will span all three. Contact: http://www.nsf.gov/kdi. Deadlines: 2/1/99 (Preproposal); 5/17/99 (Full Proposal).

The Science, Technology, and Society program supports research on the nature and development of science and technology, in the past and present, and on differences in the nature of theory and evidence in various fields of science and engineering. It also supports research on the interactions among science, technology and society. Proposals are welcome from various disciplines, including history, philosophy, and the social sciences. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the methodological skills of researchers, so proposals should contain both research and training components. Conferences, symposia, and research workshops will also be considered for support, with a funding limit of $10,000. Target Dates: 2/1/99, 8/1/99. Contact: Dr.Michael Sokal or Dr. John Perhonis, Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences; 703/306-1742; fax 703/306-0485; msokal@nsf.gov or jperhoni@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/sts/start.htm.

Science, Technology, and Society Professional Development Fellowships (PDF) (97-142) support researchers who wish to improve and expand their skills (for physical and natural scientists and engineers) or in science or engineering (for researchers trained in ethics, history, philosophy, or social science of science). Stipends range from $36,000-$60,000 for a full academic year of study and research in a field outside the applicant's current area of expertise, plus $3,000 for travel and a $3,000 host institution allowance. PDF's must contain both a training and a research component and may include instrumentation costs related to research.

STS Scholars Awards (97-142) provide support to individual researchers for research and related activities that contribute to systematic understanding of the character and development of science and technology, including their cultural, intellectual, material and social dimensions. Awards allow up to $18,000 for partial support of full-time summer research and up to $60,000 for partial support of one or more semesters of full-time academic year release time. Duration is usually 1-3 years; proposals of longer duration or for larger amounts of support will be considered if extraordinarily well justified. Research assistance may be supported if justified by the proposal's work plan.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology Education (PFSMETE) are offered to preparing individuals with the skills needed to assume leadership roles in SMET education in our Nation's educational institutions, and to provide opportunities for Ph.D. graduates to develop expertise in a facet of science education research that would qualify them for the new range of educational positions that will come with the 21st century. To be eligible, individuals must: be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States at the time of application; and have received a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in one of the SMET fields supported by NSF on or after January 1, 1995 but no later than October 1, 1999. Individuals who hold SMET education degrees are not eligible for this Program. Fellows have flexibility in the design of a research plan to suit to their professional interests, but the principal focus of their time should be on research that can contribute significantly to augment the knowledge base in some area of science, mathematics, engineering or technology education or on projects that result in the development of new tools or materials that improve teaching and learning in SMET disciplines. Research in interdisciplinary fields is highly encouraged. SMET education research may be in a broad range of areas across education levels (i.e., K-12, undergraduate, graduate), and may include (but is not limited to) Learning Processes, Knowledge Transfer/Curriculum Development, Uses of Technology as Teaching and Learning Tools, or Student Assessment/Program Evaluation. Deadline: 2/1/99. Contact: 703/306-1697, fax 703/306-0468; PFSMETE@nsf.gov.

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The Jointly Sponsored Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (PA PAR-97-007) is supported by the National Institutes on/of Aging (NIA), Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Dental Research (NIDR), General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Mental Health (NIMH), Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and Nursing Research (NINR). The aim of the program is to encourage and support broad training in the neurosciences by offering institutions a single comprehensive training grant. Support is focused on the early years of training before full-time thesis research is started. Trainees are expected to be partici- pants in a formal predoctoral curriculum offering broad and fundamental training in the neurosciences. It is expected that the training programs will act as a source of trainees and activities that will enhance basic and disease-related neuroscience research relevant to the participating NIH Institutes. The grant supports stipend and other training costs according to current National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) guidelines. Awards are for 5 years and are renewable. Deadlines: 3/1/99 (Letter of Intent); 5/10/99 (Application). Contact: Andrew A. Monjan, NIA, 301/496-9350, am39m@nih.gov; Danuta Krotoski, NICHHD, 301/402-2242, krotoskd@hd01.nichd.nih.gov; Daniel A. Sklare, NIDCD, 301/496-1804, ds104i@nih.gov; James A. Lipton, NIDR, 301/594-2618, liptonj@de45.nidr.nih.gov; Alison Cole, NIGMS, 301/594-1826, ac29a@nih.gov; Henry Khachaturian, NIMH, 301/443-8033, hk11b@nih.gov; Robert W. Baughman, NINDS, 301/496-5745, rb175y@nih.gov; Mary D. Leveck, RN, NINR, 301/594-5963, mleveck@ep.ninr.nih.gov.

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Contact for programs listed below: Barbara Levinson, 202/564-6911, levinson.barbara@epamail.epa.gov, http://es.epa.gov/ncerqa/rfa/. Integrated Assessment of the Positive and Negative Consequences on the U. S. of Climate Change and Climate Variability grants support research to further advance the development of approaches for conducting integrated assessments of the potential consequences of climate variability and change on the U.S. Proposers should identify and illuminate climate change impacts that are best assessed at fine geographic scales (i.e., cities or sub-regions) and are of potentially significant environmental, social, and/or economic importance. Assessments must integrate both "horizontally" across sectors and "vertically" from the climate system through to socioeconomic impacts. Deadline: 1/21/99.

Ecological Indicators Research emphasizes the need for indicators useful in monitoring ecosystem integrity and sustainability, which will ultimately result in improved information for risk assessments. These may include indicators of current or future ecological condition and indicators that contribute information for understanding the causes of ecological impairment. Research proposed should result in the development of indicators that integrate between or among resource types, incorporate multiple levels of biological organization (gene, organism, population, community, landscape), and address multiple spatial scales (local, watershed, regional, national, global). Indicators may be individual field or remotely sensed measurements, indices, or model outputs. They may quantify biological condition relative to integrity and sustainability and/or quantify stressors to which the biota are exposed. Deadline: 2/4/99.

Regional Scale Analysis and Assessment proposals should be for research that leads to the development and demonstration of approaches to link site-specific information with regional survey data and remote sensing imagery for conducting regional level ecological assessments. Priorities for funding are: development and demonstration of methodologies that link remote sensing, regional survey data, and intensively studied site research into an integrated ecological assessment, and studies which demonstrate approaches for determining the "representativeness" of individual research locations. Deadline: 1/21/99.

The goal of the Mercury: Transport And Fate Through a Watershed solicitation is to develop a better understanding of terrestrial and aquatic fate and transformation processes (especially microbial) that mediate ecological and human exposures to mercury. The development of improved models of the fate of mercury in aquatic and terrestrial systems in order to estimate ecosystem response to decreased anthropogenic inputs of mercury is also needed. Specific objectives are: the performance of theoretical and laboratory investigations focused on understanding the behavior of mercury in the environment, the development and evaluation of biogeochemical models of the microbial transformations of mercury in ecosystems in order to interpret the sources and distributions of total mercury and methylmercury in terrestrial and aquatic systems, and investigation of hypotheses about the regional behavior of mercury, extrapolating microbiological and biogeochemical process data from experimental scales to ecologically meaningful scales and time periods. Deadline: 2/4/99.

The Urban Air Toxics program is to include "ambient monitoring," "analysis to characterize the sources . . . and the contribution that such sources make to public health risks," and "consideration of atmospheric transformation and other factors which can elevate public health risks." Some critical research questions are: What direct observational evidence (i.e., epidemiologic data) is there to link health effects with ambient levels of exposure to HAPs? What approaches could be used to identify the most toxic HAPs and HAP mixtures in the urban air? Are there subpopulations that may be at increased risk from HAPs, due to higher exposures, or exposure to complex mixtures of pollutants, or increased susceptibility? What are the most significant sources of toxic pollutants of concern in urban areas? How can monitoring and modeling (including emissions modeling, dispersion modeling, source apportionment modeling, and human exposure modeling) best be linked to estimate exposure and risk? How can current dose-response assessment methods be improved or supplemented to further reduce the use of defaults and reduce uncertainty in both cancer and noncancer health effects assessments of urban HAPs? Deadline: 2/18/99. Contact: Deran Pashayan, 202/564-6913, pashayan.deran@epamail.epa.gov.

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The Broad Based Solicitation for Submission of Financial Assistance Involving Research, Development, and Demonstration for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technologies (SOL DE-PS36-99GO10383) seeks applications for grants and cooperative agreements supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency basic research, directed and applied research, cooperative demonstrations, and related activities. The Broad Based Solicitation will provide specific information and will consist of two parts: the first is generic and will consist of guidelines and requirements for submitting applications; the second will be specific to designated program areas of interest and will consist of individual supplemental announcements issued at a later date. Supplemental announcements will contain technology specific information, anticipated programmatic funding levels, eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, any cost sharing requirements, application deadlines, and any other requirements specific to the supplemental announcements. Notices of release of detailed supplemental announcements will be published in the Commerce Business Daily as they become available. It is anticipated that initial supplemental announcements will be in the following areas: 1) innovative technologies to increase efficiency or lower cost of producing and converting biomass to transportation fuels; 2) demonstration programs to obtain operational data regarding alternative fuel and advanced technologies for use by fleet managers in making vehicle acquisition decisions; 3) research, development and demonstration of innovative concepts applicable to trucks and other heavy vehicles so they can be more energy efficient and able to use alternative fuels while simultaneously reducing emissions; 4) the use of artificial intelligence techniques to synthesize and extract patterns of heavy-duty truck performance under a variety of real-world operating conditions from real-time operational data on fuel efficiency, cost effectiveness, and emissions of heavy-duty trucks; 5) component technology development in the areas of hydrogen production, storage, and utilization; 6) geothermal technology innovation in the areas of drilling, energy conversion, fracture detection and analysis, heat recovery systems, by-product recovery, and waste management. Information regarding the solicitation will be posted on the DOE Golden Field Office Home Page at the address below. Deadline: None. Contact: John P. Motz, 303/275-4737; http://www.eren.doe.gov/golden/solicit.htm.

The Basic Energy Sciences (BES) program supports fundamental research in the natural sciences and engineering leading to new and improved energy technologies and to understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts of energy technologies. The science divisions and contact telephone numbers are as follows: Materials Sciences (301/903-3427), Chemical Sciences (301/903-5804), Engineering Research (301/903-5822), Geosciences (301/903-5822), Energy Biosciences (301/903-2873). High Energy and Nuclear Physics programs include: High Energy Physics (301/903-3624) and Nuclear Physics (Including Nuclear Data Program; 301/903-3613). Program areas are: Basic Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Fusion Energy Sciences (Science, 301/903-4095; Technology, 301/903-5378), Computational and Technology Research (Mathematical, Information, and Computational Sciences, 301/903-5800; Advanced Energy Projects/Laboratory Technology Research, 301/903-5995), Biological and Environmental Research (Health Effects and 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 Energy Research Analyses (202/586-7021). The Program Announcement and additional information are available at http://www.er.doe.gov/production/grants/grants.html. Deadline: None.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the Director Research and Program Development.


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