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University Letter

November 27, 1998

Volume 36 No. 14

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 14, November 27, 1998

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

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






Readers of Grand Forks newspapers in September 1884 saw this notice: The University of North Dakota will open for the reception of students, Monday, September 8, at 9:30 a.m. A full attendance on the opening day is desired. /Signed: Webster Merrifield/Secretary of Faculty.



The "Grade Report" forms will be available to be picked up at the Office of the Registrar by department offices beginning at 9 a.m,. Tuesday, Dec. 1. The procedures to follow and deadlines will be noted in a memo attached to the report forms. If you have questions regarding the above, please call.

-- Veriena Garver, Office of the Registrar.



UND is participating in the Shoes to Honduras project by encouraging staff to donate shoes and to take vacation time to volunteer to help out. UND has established a collection box at the front entrance (north) side in the Memorial Union. Sensible shoes such as sandals, tennis shoes, and work shoes for men, women, and children are still needed, said Truman Reed of UND Auxiliary Services and local organizer for the Grand Forks Rotary. He said the climate in the flood stricken country is tropical, so winter shoes are not needed. The campaign will continue until Dec. 4 at UND and until Dec. 6 off campus in the local community.

Volunteers are also needed to help transport shoes from the collection points to the central warehouse. Employees who wish to volunteer time should make appropriate vacation arrangements with their supervisor and should call Reed at 777-3077.

-- Kendall Baker, President.



Employees who want to exercise their tuition-free enrollment in a second semester course should do so by Dec. 31 (a $4.17 per credit hour technology fee is applicable for courses taken for credit). An employee may take up to three academic courses each calendar year, for which release time is granted with approval of the employee's supervisor. Audit enrollment requires permission of the instructor.

These are the enrollment procedures under the employee tuition-free enrollment program:

1. Obtain admissions materials and Tuition Waiver Form at the Office of Admissions, 205 Twamley Hall, phone 777-3821) or at the Graduate School (414 Twamley, phone 777-2784).

2. Choose the course you want to take (note that prerequisites or other factors may affect registration).

3. Complete the forms, have your supervisor sign the Waiver Form, and return them to the proper office (Admissions or Graduate School).

4. Register according to the instructions in the Time Schedule of Classes.

-- Donna Bruce, Admissions Office.



The December meeting of the University Senate will be held Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.


1) Announcements.

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

3) Question Period.


4) Annual Report from the Faculty Instructional Development Committee. Keith Stenehjem, Chair. (See Attachment #1.)

5) Annual Report from the Student Policy Committee. Jan Zahrly, Chair. (See Attachment #2.)


6) Candidates for Degrees in December, 1998. Alice Poehls. (See Attachment #3.)

8) Recommendations from the Curriculum Committee for New Courses, New Course Prefix and Course Deletions. Earl Mason, Co-Chair. (See Attachment #4.)

- Alice Poehls (Registrar), Secretary of University Senate.



The final versions of the Executive Search Profile and the position solicitation advertisement that are part of the UND presidential search are now on the Internet on the UND web site. The profile, part of the search process, is a summary of information about the University and the position of the presidency to provide background for possible candidates. The Presidential Search Committee made its final adjustments to the profile and advertisement last week. Campus and community members earlier had an opportunity for input on the profile, upon which the ad is based.

In addition to its placement on the web, the profile is being circulated to senior administrators at about 800 colleges and universities nationwide for further dissemination to those who might be interested in the UND presidency. The version of the profile on the web includes various appendices which are not being sent around the country with the hard copy. The advertisement is being placed in national circulation publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Presidential Search web site may be accessed from a link on the UND home page at www.und.edu or directly at www.und.edu/presidentialsearch/.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



A Directory of Scientists, Artists, and Scholars is again being prepared by the Graduate School, the Office of Research and Program Development, and the Office of University Relations. We began a year and a half ago (1997 was not a good year to start a project!) to collect information that could go into a directory, and we received approximately 150 responses then. We are asking those of you who did respond to update your file, and those of you who did not get the opportunity to respond to do so now. Peter Johnson and Charles Bell in University Relations are assisting in the development of this directory. It will be online and will be searchable by topic or faculty name. It will carry connections to departmental home pages and give your e-mail address.

Please complete the form that is available on the World Wide Web at www.und/academics/scholars to help us to develop this directory, which we intend to share with the Legislature and other North Dakota entities, etc., to make them aware of the expertise that exists at UND. If you would like a hard copy version of the form, contact Peter Johnson at Box 7144, phone 777-4317, Office of University Relations.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The direct phone extension number for Mark Thompson of Career Services is incorrect in the current UND Directory. The correct direct number for Mark Thompson is 777-4178.

-- Jim Penwarden, Office of University Relations.



Epsilon Pi Tau, honorary fraternity of Industrial Technology, is sponsoring a brown-bag lunch seminar on the effects Y2K will have on Computer Operating Systems. Rich Roberts (Computer Center) will present the seminar from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, in 141 Starcher Hall. Roberts will discuss the effects Y2K will have on various operating system along with changes in hardware and software that may be required. In addition, he will discuss current options available to deal with other potential Y2K issues. Join us by bringing your lunch and enjoying an hour packed full of information. Refreshments will be served. If you have questions, contact Tracy Uhlir at 777-3878 or tracy@sage.und.nodak.edu.

-- Tracy Uhlir, President, Epsilon Pi Tau, Department of Industrial Technology.



The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered during December:

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1 to 3 p.m., "Introduction to PageMill";

Thursday, Dec. 3, 1 to 4 p.m., "How to Prepare a Lecture Using Power Point";

Monday, Dec. 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m., "Scanning Images," 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., "Slide Scanning," 4 to 5 p.m., "Digital Camera Orientation," 4 to 5 p.m., "Orientation to Smart Classrooms";

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to noon, "Intermediate Features of Photoshop"; 9 a.m. to noon, "Preparing Power Point Lectures for the Web";

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1 to 3 p.m., "The Multimedia Development Process";

Thursday, Dec. 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m., "Scanning Images"; 1 to 2:30 p.m., "WI: Supplemental Course Materials on the WWW."

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

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



December classes listed through the University Within the University (U2) are:

COMPUTER CENTER (all classes in 361 Upson II)

Excel 97 Level I, Dec. 1 and 3, 1 to 4 p.m. ($15 manual, optional);

Access 97 Level II, Dec. 8-10, 9 to 11 a.m. ($15 manual, optional);

Excel 97 Level III, Dec. 8-10, 1 to 3 p.m. ($15 manual, optional);

GroupWise 5.2, intermediate, Dec. 11, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.;

Windows 95, introduction, Dec. 15 and 16, 8 to 10 a.m.;

Exploring the Web Using Netscape, Dec. 17, 8:30 to 10 a.m.;

GroupWise 5.2, introduction, Dec. 17, 1 to 3 p.m.;

Creating a Web Page Using HTML, Dec. 18, 8:30 to 11 a.m.;

WordPerfect 8.0, introduction, Dec.21-23, 9 to 11 a.m.;

Word 97, introduction, Dec. 21-23, 1 to 3 p.m.

CONTROLLER'S OFFICE (all classes held in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl)

TCC Listings, Dec. 2, 9 to 10 a.m.;

Responsibility and Accountability of Purchasing, Dec. 2, 10 to 11 a.m.

PERSONNEL (class held at 235 Rural Technology Center)

Legal Issues for Supervisors, Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To register for any of these courses, please contact me.

-- Staci Prax, U2, 777-2128.



The North Dakota Academy of Science will hold its 91st annual meeting April 15 and 16 in Grand Forks on the UND campus. The Academy encourages student involvement with opportunities such as undergraduate and graduate sessions, including the Denison Competition and Junior Academy presentations (state science fair winners). This year a science education reform symposium and a North Dakota paleontology/geology symposium will be designed for the interested public, educators, and students.

This announcement is also a call for volunteered communications and symposia participation. Note the following important dates: An intent to submit notice must be received by Jan. 11 and communications must be submitted in specified format by Feb. 10. The following symposia are being organized: "An Update on the Red River of the North and Devils Lake Basins, North Dakota - Developing a Comprehensive Water Strategy"; "Concentrated Animal-Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and the Environmental Quality in North Dakota"; "Science Education Reform - Revising Pedagogy to Promote Inquiry in the Spirit of the National Science Education Standards"; "The Paleontologic and Geologic Record of North Dakota - Important Sites and Current Interpretations"; "Nutritional Supplements - Can Great Performance, Good Health, and a Long Life Come Out of a Bottle?"; and "Mathematical and Computer Approaches to Biological and Ecological Systems." Dr. David Krause (State University of New York-Stony Brook) will speak Thursday evening on the wonders of the fossil and modern animal record of Madagascar. A meeting registration notice will follow in late February. For inquiries and submission forms, please contact Eric Uthus at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Box 9034, (701) 795-8392, uthus@badlands.nodak.edu; or Joseph Hartman, EERC, Box 9018, (701) 777-2551 (jhartman@plains.nodak.edu), Grand Forks, ND 58202.

-- Joseph Hartman, Energy and Environmental Research Center.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, Nov. 30, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Jared Bratvold (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "Nuclear Membranes and Matrix: Changes and Products in Apotosis."

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



A reception co-sponsored by the Women's Center, Indian Studies, Native American Programs, INMED, and RAIN will follow in the Fireside Lounge.

-- MaryAnne Lustgraaf, Director, Memorial Union.


Nordlie Speaks Wednesday In Faculty Lecture Series

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," is at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The lecture will be preceded 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.



On Thursday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m., the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will feature "Antiqua Night," in which the cultural heritage of Antiqua will be celebrated. Please join us.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Programs Coordinator, International Centre.



English Professor David Wiener will give the next presentation in the English Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in 116 Merrifield Hall. His topic will be "Creative Time in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale." The presentation is free; students and faculty are invited.

-- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.



The Friday, Dec. 4, Physics Colloquium will be presented by Steven Hill of Montana State University. His topic at 3:30 p.m. in 209 Witmer Hall will be "Microwave Spectroscopy of Organic Conductors." Refreshments will be served before the presentation in 215 Witmer.

-- Physics Department.



Book donations are needed by Thursday, Dec. 3, to support a sale Friday, Dec. 4, to raise funds to send students to speech and debate competitions next spring. The Adelphi Society (speech and debate) is the sponsor. All categories of books are welcome for the sale, which will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union. Donations can be placed in boxes that can be found in campus buildings.

-- Joanne Gabrynowicz, Adelphi Society Advisor.



You are invited to attend the 20th Annual Art and Craft Fair Friday, Dec. 4, in the Memorial Union Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this traditional event will include artists and crafters ranging from UND students to community members from across the region. Items to be found include wooden items, holiday decorations, jewelry, wreaths and floral arrangements, photography, quilts, ceramics and more. You can register for door prizes. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. For further information, contact the University Craft Center at 777-3979.

-- Bonnie Solberg, University Craft Center Coordinator.



Friday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m., the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies is sponsoring participation in an interactive video conference, "New media Technologies Across the Curriculum." The conference is an opportunity to explore how using new tools and creative techniques invigorate familiar material and can transform the learning process. All members from the UND community are invited to attend the session taking place in Clifford Hall's Auditorium, Room 210.

-- Kathy Smart, Director, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.



The public is invited to the grand opening of the second part of the North Dakota Museum of Art's flood exhibition. Following part one, the summer exhibition, "Under the Whelming Tide," part two includes major work commissioned by the Museum. Included is "Floodsongs," an original multi-channel video projection by well-known New York video artist Mary Lucier. Lucier, along with Lois Johnson of Philadelphia, Modern Man of Fargo and Ann Braaten also of Fargo, will be present at the Grand Opening Saturday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m., and again Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. for the family opening, complete with cookies and an art scavenger hunt.

Five other original works of art commissioned by the Museum will be displayed as part of the total exhibition, called "Mud and Roses: The Aftermath of the 1997 Flood of the Red River of the North."

These pieces, whose purpose is to place the community's flood experience in a larger context, are "Ebb Tide" by Barton Lidice Benes; "Ravaged by the Flood" by Fargo artist Ann Braaten, "WATERMARKS . . . TIME LINE" by Lois Johnson, Hx Oooh no" by Modern Man of Fargo, and "Memories of the Flood" by Mitzuo Toyazaki.

The works were commissioned by Museum director Laurel Reuter, with support from the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation and Charlene and Shelly Schjeldahl.

-- Mary Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.



The final examination for Darlene Wilcox, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Counseling Psychology, is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in 318 Montgomery Hall. The dissertation title is "Attitudes Toward Higher Education and Acculturation Amongst Native American College Students." Sue Jacobs (Counseling) is the committee chair.

The final examination for James Reid Beal, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Educational Leadership, is set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Room 208, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Academic Achievement of Intercollegiate Student-Athletes Compared to Non-Athletes." Donald Lemon (Educational Leadership) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Gail Ingwalson, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "Middle School Advisory Programs Influence on the Perceptions and Needs of Early Adolescent Females." Mary Lou Fuller (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Terrijann Muller Dahlberg, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Dean's Conference Room of the Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Sound Study of Conceptual Understanding during Constructivist Teaching." Mary Lou Fuller (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

The final examination for Nancy Mosbaek, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Dean's Conference Room, Education Building. The dissertation title is "The Lived Experience of Graduate Nursing Students in Distance Education." Mary Lou Fuller (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



The Council of State Employees shirt sales have gone well. It was decided at the October meeting to add sweatshirts and jackets to our selection. The sweatshirts are available in several colors with the COSE emblem embroidered on the upper left front. The jackets will have the embroidered COSE emblem on the upper left front and for an additional $5 you can have a name embroidered on the upper right front. The jackets do not run as large as the shirts are running so allow for that heavy sweatshirt or sweater underneath. These items are of good quality and the COSE Board of Directors thought they would make nice Christmas gifts for yourself or your employees. An order form is attached to this University Letter and extra copies can be made.

-- Shelly Kain (Finance and Operations Office), COSE member.



Congratulations to the following winners in the latest drawing from the Bookstore: Julie Kosmatka (Computer Science), travel case; Jana Hollands (University Writing Program), trunk; Richard Wasdahl (Anatomy and Cell Biology), picture frame/clock. Thank you to everyone who participated.

-- Tina Monette, University Bookstore.



The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a solicitation for proposals to its Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI). The MRI Program assists in the acquisition or development of major research instrumentation that is, in general, too costly for support through other NSF programs. Proposals may be for a single instrument, a large system of instruments, or multiple instruments that share a common or specific research focus. Computer systems, clusters of advanced workstations, networks, and other information infrastructure components necessary for research are encouraged. Awards for instrumentation will range from $100,000 to $2 million. Lesser amounts will be considered in proposals from the mathematical sciences or from the social, behavioral and economic science community. Approximately $50 million is available for Fiscal Year 1999. Deadline is February 12, 1999, and electronic submission is required.

An institution may submit up to three proposals: two proposals for instrument acquisition or development, plus a third solely for instrument development. In addition, an institution may be included as a member of a consortium submitting a separate proposal.

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals are due in ORPD by 4:30 pm on Monday, January 4, 1999. They should be no longer than 5 pages and should include the following information: Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount; Description of instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its function(s); Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s); Impact on the university's mission as a whole; and Detailed budget (including expected cost share amounts and sources).

For more information on preproposals contact Sally Eckert-Tilotta (777-2049) or Carl Fox (777-4280) in ORPD. Information on the NSF MRI program is available from ORPD or the NSF website at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9934/nsf9934.htm.

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



The ND Water Resources Research Institute has announced that it will expand its Graduate Research Fellowships program in 1999. Seven fellowships at $8,000 each will be available. The funds must be expended between March 1999 and February 2000.

The primary purpose of fellowship funds is to provide a minimum $1,000/month stipend for up to eight months per year in order to permit a graduate student to perform thesis research. The student will have the other four months covered by a GTA or GRA appointment. If a student is already on a 12-month GTA/GRA appointment that is providing a stipend of at least $1,000/month, then the fellowship may be applied to operating support (supplies, travel) of the student's thesis project.

Research proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources research issues in the state or region. Applications will be due Jan. 8. They will be reviewed by a panel of faculty and state water resources research professionals. Announcement of awards will be made by late January. Final guidelines for preparation of applications will be available by Dec. 14. Graduate students or advisors interested in applying for fellowships should send a memo of interest to Institute Director G.J. McCarthy, 104B Ladd Hall, NDSU; e-mail: gmccarth@prairie.nodak.edu.

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



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


Travel/Host Grants for American Scientists: Project Development and Long-Term Visits are awarded to American specialists who plan to establish NEW research partnerships with colleagues from Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Newly Independent States (NIS). The goal is to prepare these partnerships for National Science Foundation (NSF) competition. U.S. citizens/permanent residents and foreign specialists with CEE or NIS citizenship are eligible if they possess a Ph.D. degree or equivalent research experience at least 6 months prior to the beginning dates of their program. Applicants who received their Ph.D. within the past 6 years and those wishing to work with colleagues in less frequently represented countries and regions will receive special consideration. Fields funded by NSF are eligible, including archaeology/anthropology, astronomy, biochemistry, biophysics and genetics, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, economics, engineering, environmental sciences, geography, history and philosophy of science, mathematics, physics, psychology, science and technology policy, and social sciences. Proposals involving research on agricultural production; clinical research; diagnosis, etiology, or treatment of physical or mental diseases, abnormalities, or malfunctions in humans; or the use of animal models of human diseases or conditions will not be accepted. Deadlines: 12/28/98, 4/5/99, 8/16/99 (Project Development only); 7/30/99 (Long-Term only). Contact: 202/334-3680; fax 202/334-2614; OCEE@NAS.EDU; http://www2.nas.edu/oia/22da.html.

Collaboration in Basic Science and Engineering (COBASE) Short-Term Development grants (funded by NSF) support specialists who wish to host or visit their CEE or NIS colleagues for 2-week periods to prepare collaborative research proposals for submission to NSF. Awards range from $2,500-2,750. Long-Term grants support specialists who wish to host or visit their CEE or NIS colleagues for collaboration with research for 1-6 months. Significant publications jointly authored by program participants as a result of their visits are expected. Grants range from $3,300-$15,300.

Grants will also be awarded to scholars to travel to Central Europe and the Former Soviet Union for 2-6 weeks of research related to "Governance in Post-Communist Societies." Subthemes are "Science and Democratization," which targets questions about how scientists/scientific organizations can improve governance, and "Organized Crime, Terrorism, and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction," which focuses on trends which undermine public confidence and impede effective governance. Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, affiliated with American universities or research institutions and be at the post-doctoral level, or an advanced graduate student if the travel/research are directly relevant to their dissertation. Preference will be given to applications presenting evidence of relevant language capabilities or proposing close collaboration with a scholar from the region. Grants will range from $2,500-4,000. Deadlines: 1/29/99, 6/18/99. Contact: Stephen Deets, 202/334-2658; sdeets@nas.edu; http://www2.nas.edu/oia/21e6.html.

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The Visiting Professorships: 1999-2000 Award Series will provide $5,000 in support for institutions to bring in distinguished researchers in the Basic Medical Sciences (Anatomy, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Bone and Mineral Research, Cell Biology, Clinical Investigation, Immunology, Nutrition, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Protein Science) and the Microbiological Sciences (Bacteriology, Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Mycology, Parasitology, Virology) to lecture and teach for up to 5 days. Visits should be scheduled between September 15, 1999-August 31, 2000. Contact for Basic Medical Sciences: Rose Grimm, FASEB, 301/530-7090; fax 301/530-7049; rgrimm@execofc.faseb.org; http://ww.faseb.org. Contact for Microbiological Sciences: Irene Hulede, ASM, 202/942-9259; fax 202/942-9329; Fellowships-CareerInformation@asmusa.org; http://www.asmusa.org/edusrc/edu91.htm. Deadline: 3/1/99.

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The Socioeconomic Status and Health Across the Life Course program (supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute [NHLBI], and the National Institute on/of Aging [NIA], Child Health and Human Development [NICHD], Environmental Health Sciences [NIEHS], and Mental Health [NIMH]) provides support for research grant applications on the cumulative and contemporaneous relationships between socioeconomic status (SES) and physical and mental health and functioning over the life course and across generations. Encouraged are studies relating to: Appropriate conceptualization and measurement of SES over the life course, across generations, and in various population groups; and specification of the processes through which SES influences cumulatively and contemporaneously physical and mental health, disability, morbidity, and mortality outcomes over the life course, and how these outcomes, in turn, impact on SES. Attention should also be given to whether and how various indicators of socioeconomic disparities may have differential impacts on health and functioning outcomes at different ages and time periods (short-term vs. long-term); and the relationship between SES and physical and mental health, disability, morbidity, and mortality over the life course in various population groups. This announcement encourages research on relationships between SES and physical and mental health over the life course and across generations. The mechanism of support will be the individual research project grant (R01). Contact: Sidney M. Stahl, Ph.D., 301/402-4156; sidney stahl@nih.gov; http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-98-098.html. Deadlines: 2/1/99, 6/1/99.

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The Living with Chronic Health Conditions program supports research on older adults living with chronic health conditions. Awards up to $100,000 will be made for up to 2 years. Areas of interest are: New ways to assess the impact of chronic diseases through development of approaches to better identify the effect of having one or more chronic health conditions on the functional capa- bilities of older adults; and development of tools or measures that can be used to identify risk factors for functional decline or disability on older adults with specific chronic health conditions. Initial contact should be a 2-page letter outlining the concept of the proposed study. Do not fax letters of intent. Contact: Dr. John Feather, 202/434-6190; andrus@aarp.org; http://www.andrus.org. Deadline: 1/15/99 (Letter of Intent).

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The Publication Grant Program provides short-term financial assistance for preparation of book-length manuscripts and, in some cases, publication of important scientific information needed by U.S. health professionals. Maximum award is $25,000 for 3 years with priority given to 1-year grants. Objectives are to provide financial support for not-for-profit scientific publications which will synthesize, increase the availability of, and facilitate utilization of biomedical information; and to assist in closing communication gaps in the application of scientific research findings to medical practice. Types of publications funded include: analytical critical reviews and biomedical monographs; scholarly research monographs; publications in the fields of medical librarianship, health information science, biomedical communications, and medical informatics; secondary periodical publications; secondary literature tools in the health sciences; proceedings of scientifically-significant symposia related to U.S. priority health needs; and English-language translation and publication of current foreign biomedical monographs. The program supports publications in print, microfiche or other media. Priority is given to requests for small grants for projects which have been initiated and can be completed and published within the award period, and those which require publication assistance only and include specific plans for publication through, for example, university presses or professional scientific societies. Preapplication consultation with the NLM is strongly encouraged. Deadlines: 2/1/99, 6/1/99, 10/1/99. Contact: 301/496-4621; fax 301/402-0421; sparks@nlm.nih.gov; http://www.nlm.nih.gov.

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Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 support individuals to complete the writing of their doctoral dissertations in any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that will increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. Particular areas of interest concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialization of children, intergroup conflict, drug trafficking and use, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. Priority is also given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. Contact: 212/644-4907; fax 212/644-5110; http://www.hfg.org. Deadline: 2/1/99.

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Julia Kiene and Lyle Mamer Fellowships in Electrical Energy of up to $2,000 fund college graduates or graduating college seniors to pursue advanced degrees in any phase of electrical energy as preparation for leadership in fields such as communications, education, electric utilities, electrical engineering, electric home appliances and home equipment manufacturers, extension, housing, and marketing. Recipients must pursue graduate work at an institution accredited and approved by the EWRT Fellowship Committee. There are no citizenship restrictions. All applicants are considered for both awards. Contact: 615/890-1272; ewrtvps@aol.com. Deadline: 3/1/99.

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Long and Short-Term Faculty Residencies are awarded to full-time university faculty who are on vacation or leave so they may gain field experience in accounting, auditing, taxes, and Accounting Information Systems. They receive the same monthly base salaries as they would at their institution or may receive sabbatical leave pay with reduced compensation from the Foundation. Residencies can be arranged to include professional education involving course development and may be served in U.S. offices or abroad in Australia, Europe, and South America. Regular residencies extend over a period of one academic or calendar year and are recommended for those in the management information consulting area. The last 2-3 months of the residencies may be devoted to a research project of the awardee's choosing. Short-term residencies of 6-10 weeks, designed primarily for professors who expect to teach an auditing course, are also available. Contact: 312/507-3402; fax 312/507-4059. Deadline: 1/15/99.

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The Visiting Professor Program (VPP) supports nonsalaried summer visits for full-time college/university professors of advertising, marketing, and related areas to gain hands-on experience at advertising agencies, advertisers, and media companies and a greater understanding of the advertising/marketing process, thereby benefitting their teaching and research. Expenses, except travel, are paid for by the host company (list available on the AEF website). Applicants may not be currently enrolled in a degree program. Programs usually take place for 3 weeks during the summer; host company and professor agree upon exact length and timing. Every effort is made to place professors close to their home base. Contact: 212/986-8060; fax 212/986-8061; sh@aef.com; http://www.aded.org. Deadline: 1/15/99.

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Eight Library Awards of $1,250 each will be provided to institutions with manufacturing engineering and manufacturing engineering technology education programs for the purchase of SME library materials, including handbooks, textbooks, videotapes, films, proceedings, and technical papers, for the initiation or upgrading of a manufacturing library. Institutions must have been accredited or be seeking accreditation by ABET. Deadline: 2/1/99. Contact: Dora Murray, Grants Coordinator, 313/271-1500 X512; fax 313/271-2861; murrdor@sme.org; http://www.sme.org/.

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Research Grants provide up to $15,000 for projects that enhance the understanding of real estate, mortgages, and real estate securities. Topics on any facet of real estate investment and management theory or practice will be considered; however, priority will be given to projects that address RERI's research agenda and assist real estate decision-making. Areas of interest for 1999 are: Market Fundamentals--supply/demand analysis, market cycles, impact of socio-demographic changes, market restructuring and globalization, and geographic dynamics; Real Estate in the Capital Markets and Capital Market Flows--volume, impact and relative cost analysis, financing and ownership structures, and risk analysis; Portfolio Issues and Asset Allocation--portfolio structure across asset subtypes, real estate as an asset class, relationships among market participants, diversification and portfolio management issues, international real estate, emerging portfolio trends; Performance Measurement and Pricing--real estate valuation, pricing-risk-performance analysis for public and private market segments; Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities--analysis of capital flows, securities structure, pricing, risk, performance, and market evolution; Technology--identification and impact analysis of technological change on all aspects of real estate. Projects involving academic researchers with industry professionals are strongly encouraged. Joint projects involving researchers from different disciplines are also welcome. Doctoral students may apply for dissertation awards. There are no citizenship restrictions. Contact: 812/855-7794; fax 812/855-8679. Deadline: 1/15/99.

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


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.

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