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University Letter

November 6, 1998

Volume 36 No. 11

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 11, November 6, 1998

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"The Pageant of the Northwest," the elaborate costume spectacle produced in 1914 by UND's Sock and Buskin dramatics society, won wide praise outside of North Dakota and was the subject of the first movie ever filmed in Grand Forks.



Extensive examination and considerable re-crafting of the first draft of the institutional profile that is part of the UND presidential search process occupied the search committee's lengthy Oct. 30 meeting. During what was often line-for-line, and even word-for-word, deliberations about and changes to the original draft, the committee also made assignments to its members to submit various revisions in the next few days that could not be completed at the meeting.

The first draft of the profile was prepared by the executive search consulting firm, R. H. Perry & Associates of Washington, D.C., and Columbus, Ohio, after about 20 focus group interviews two weeks ago. The purpose of the executive search profile is to help market the University and the position to candidates. After the committee members' assignments to gather information and recast and rewrite parts of the original profile draft were completed earlier this week, a new draft was to be placed on the Presidential Search web site Wednesday, Nov. 4. Methods for submitting responses and comments are explained at the Presidential Search web site, which is a link off the UND home page. A subcommittee of the search committee will then consider the responses in preparing the profile for final consideration by the entire search committee at its next meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 3 p.m. in 211 Rural Technology Center (RTC).

The original draft from the consultants consisted of sections describing the University and community, background on the present UND administration, challenges facing the institution and its next leader, qualifications of the next president, and statistical information about UND.

Search committee chair Harvey Knull (Dean, Graduate School) remarked at the beginning of discussion that the consultant's draft would provide the basis for the meeting. In discussing what the content of the profile should be, Knull said the committee should keep in mind that "we are trying to tell a lot about us that would interest people in becoming our president."

The committee followed his opening comment during the almost six-hour session with detailed discussion of and extensive changes to the draft. Earl Strinden (Alumni Association) said he thinks the background section should indicate UND's long-time stability, such as the fact that there have been only nine presidents in its 115-year existence and the return from the 1997 flood to normal operational, physical, and aesthetic stature. "We are looking down the road, not behind," he stated.

The committee decided that a separate section should be added that lists some of the University's recent recognitions and honors. It changed the title of the "Challenges" section to "Opportunities for Leadership" and accepted an almost total rephrasing of the items in that area in a more positive style to reflect the title change. The original draft's section titled "Qualifications" (of the presidential candidates) was divided into two sections titled "Desired Attributes" and "Qualifications."

When committee members thought that certain areas regarding the next presidency might not be included in a particular profile point, it was agreed they are in other areas of the profile. "They are couched in some place or another," Strinden pointed out. Some of those areas that committee members expressed concerns of inclusion about included economic development, regional and statewide relationships, student issues, cultural diversity, and an environment for new and innovative learning, research, and technology.

The 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 s successor to Kendall L. Baker, who has served as UND's ninth president since July 1, 1992. He announced his retirement effective June 30, 1999, in August.

-- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.



The current draft of the Executive Search Profile of the UND presidential search process is now on the Presidential Search web site so interested parties may submit comments and reactions. The search profile will be used to provide information and market the University to candidates. This version is a result of revisions by the Presidential Search Committee to the original draft from the search consulting firm. A subcommittee will consider the responses to the draft on the web in preparing the profile for final consideration by the entire search committee at its next meeting, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. in 211 Rural Technology Center (RTC).

The deadline for forwarding comments about and reactions to the current web draft is the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 10. They should be sent to either the attention of Peter Johnson at campus postal box 7144 or via the e-mail forwarding process on the web site that accompanies the profile draft. They will be forwarded to the subcommittee for their consideration.

-- Harvey Knull (Graduate School), Chair, UND Presidential Search Committee.



At President Baker's monthly 9 a.m. briefing Wednesday, he updated members of the University community on the progress of several administrative searches.

Harvey Knull (Dean, Graduate School) chairs the Presidential Search. He announced that the Search Profile is now online (www.und.edu) and that the committee is seeking reactions to it. See the related article elsewhere in this issue of University Letter. An advertisement will be placed in the Chronicle of Higher Education by early December; the committee hopes to review files by the end of January and hold candidate visits in early March. Their charge is to submit the names of three to four unranked candidates to the Board of Higher Education, which will name the next president.

Mark Langemo (Business and Vocational Education), Chair of the Athletic Director Search Committee, said the search is progressing. The committee has developed the position announcement, and applications are due Dec. 14, though the position will remain open until filled. They hope to determine finalists by Christmas, conduct interviews in January, and submit the names of three unranked candidates by Feb. 1.

Dennis Elbert (Dean, College of Business and Public Administration) has been named to chair the search for a new Dean of the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. See the article elsewhere in this issue of University Letter. President Baker hopes to name a new dean by July 1.

Other items discussed were:

-- The University's account of the flood, "The Return of Lake Agassiz: UND and the Flood of 1997," is nearly complete and will go to press soon. Copies should be ready by Dec. 1.

-- Enrollment is nearly even with last year; the University's goal is to achieve and maintain a steady enrollment of 11,000 students.

-- Bob Boyd spoke on enrollment, making two points clear: It is faculty and staff who help retain students; and that we need to keep telling the UND story to aid recruitment and retention. The community of Grand Forks has given the University $100,000 for recruitment; a team led by Don Piper (Summer Sessions) and Dean Schieve (Institutional Analysis) has been established to help UND focus on recruiting and retaining students. Early recruitment numbers for next fall look good, he said.

-- Don Piper said that the task force asks just one question: "What should UND do to recruit and retain a greater number of appropriate students?" He hopes to target new pools of students (currently, most students come from North Dakota and Minnesota), including children of alumni, non-traditional students, and Canadian students. Piper noted that while recruitment is vital, so is retention; we lose between 500 and 700 current students each fall.

-- Frank D'Andraia (Chester Fritz Library) announced that among peer libraries 10 years ago, UND ranked 65th in holdings; today we are 23rd in the nation. The Library will undergo repairs during Christmas break; more information will be distributed later.

-- Barry Brode announced that the weather information will soon be back on UND Cable Channel 3, thanks to a grant from the Myra Foundation. He credited Arts and Sciences Dean Emeritus Bernard O'Kelly for facilitating the grant. Beginning Nov. 12, Studio One will air on Prairie Public Television, enlarging its potential audience to 2 million, including the Winnipeg market.

-- Plans for University Village are progressing. The transfer of the Bookstore to Barnes and Noble is going well. Baker emphasized that the Barnes and Noble transition team is interested in learning UND's corporate culture. He will soon announce the formation of an advisory committee, which will include University Neighbors, to focus on the Village development.

-- The 42nd Street skywalk connecting Clifford and Ryan Halls is open; it was dedicated last Friday.




The forces that shaped the universe we inhabit, the changes humans introduce on Planet Earth, and scientific searches for extraterrestrial intelligent life -- these are the subjects to be explored in the 1998-99 Benediktson Lecture Series by George Seielstad.

The three-lecture series deals with human exploration -- not by actual travel to distant places but by intellectual travel over distances and times that have no limits. The ability to explore such magnificence with our minds is humanity's crowning achievement. Seielstad has created a lively, engaging and well illustrated series aimed at high school and college students, as well as anyone willing to stretch their imaginations with some powerful ideas. The public is welcome.

The lectures are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Saturday mornings on Nov. 7, Feb. 6, and April 17. They will be held in the Clifford Hall Auditorium on the west end of the UND campus.

* November 7: "Gravity's Overarching Grip." Scientists know of four forces in nature. Oddly, the weakest of the four is the one shaping most of what astronomers see in the universe. During space and time's earliest moments, gravity was able to amplify slight irregularities in the distribution of matter until they became today's massive galaxies and clusters of galaxies. Gravity also created stars and the conditions that generate energy within them. Planets, too, plus their satellites, natural and human-made, are both products of this ubiquitous force and responders to its influence in establishing their orbits. Sometimes gravity pinches matter until it is forever lost from contact -- in so-called, mysterious black holes. Finally, on the grandest scale, the shape of the entire cosmos is determined by the gravity of all the matter and energy within it. Will space's shape permit expansion forever? Or is it so decidedly curved that space will collapse back inward upon itself?

* February 6: "Our Changing Planet." Since Earth was formed four-and-a-half billion years ago, its most notable characteristic has been its never-ending changes. Erosion by wind and water, sliding continents, earthquakes and volcanoes, impacts by intruders from the skies, all these and more have established a constantly unfolding pageant. Very early in the planet's history, life arose and thereafter became a major contributor to change. Earth has always been able to adjust. Recently, however -- a blink of an eye ago in geological time scales -- one form of life, Homo sapiens, began to accelerate the pace of change. Humans became geological forces themselves, re-engineering the composition of the atmosphere, changing the land cover, crowding out other species, and scattering waste and pollutants into the global environment. In effect, we are conducting an experiment: Will Earth be able to respond to change as it always has before, but much more quickly than it has had to?

* April 17: "Searches for Extraterrestrial Intelligence." Advanced intelligence is a recent acquisition on Planet Earth. It is so recent, its evolutionary stature has not been adequately tested. Have we humans become masters of the planet we reside upon? Will we use our powers to benefit that planet or to destroy its ability to host life? Time will tell. Meanwhile, we can approach the question another way. Are there other bio-civilizations than the one on Earth? If so, has intelligence appeared on any of them? Will they use their intelligence to communicate with their galactic peers? If they are communicating, can we detect their signals? Some radio astronomers are trying, so far without success. But a failure to search has the certain outcome that no extraterrestrial intelligence will be detected. The problem is that "absence of evidence from searches is not necessarily evidence of absence."

George Seielstad came to UND and the Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences in 1993 as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs in the college and professor in the Department of Space Studies. In 1994, he was named Associate Dean of the college, and director of the Earth System Science Institute, a multi-disciplinary research organization dedicated to studying global change issues. Before coming to UND, Seielstad had an active career as an astrophysicist, first at the California Institute of Technology's Owens Valley Radio Observatory, then at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W.Va. He was Site Director at Green Bank, one of the world's premiere research centers. He earned his undergraduate degree summa cum laude, with Highest Distinction in Physics, form Dartmouth College. His Ph.D. in Physics is from the California Institute of Technology.

The 1998-99 Benediktson Lecture Series in Astronomy is made possible by the Benediktson Endowment and the UND Foundation which administers it. The Benediktson Endowment and Chair in Astrophysics was created by Oliver L. Benediktson, a North Dakota native from Mountain, N.D., and a 1930 UND graduate. He made arrangements to provide a $1.5 million bequest to establish the Benediktson Chair in Astrophysics at the UND Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Benediktson, Long Beach, Calif., died November 1996.

Additional information about the lecture series is available from Suezette Bieri at 777-4856. School groups are welcomed to attend the lecture series.

-- John Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.



James Brosseau (Community Medicine and Rural Health, and Internal Medicine) will deliver an address titled "On Doctoring" for the School of Medicine and Health Sciences Dean's Hour Lecture at noon Monday, Nov. 9, in the Reed T. Keller Auditorium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The public is invited to attend. He will read and discuss excerpts from the book, "On Doctoring," by Drs. Richard Reynolds and John Stone.

The Grand Forks internist and diabetes specialist will focus on how health care professionals and others might use sources from literature to better understand what it is like to be sick. He will address means by which the humanities could enrich the medical education curriculum. Examples will be presented from classic literature and films to help illustrate the human side of medicine, Brosseau said.

The Dean's Hour Lecture Series is a forum designed to analyze and discuss ideas and issues related to the practice of medicine and health care.

For more information, contact the Office of Medical Education at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 777-6150.

-- Pamela Knudson, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, Nov. 9, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Sally Pyle (Biology) will present "Cocaine Prolongs Cell Adhesion During Growth Cone Pathfinding."

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



The Greek Council will host Judge Mitch Crane Monday, Nov. 9, for several sessions. Judge Mitch Crane has been a practicing trial attorney since 1977 and served six years as a Municipal Judge in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation Board of Governors and has served in a variety of volunteer advisory roles. During his visit to UND, we have arranged two sessions that may be of interest to student organization advisors and faculty members. You are also invited to the evening program.

At 10 a.m. he will present "Q & A - Higher Education Laws" with the Division of Student and Outreach Services in the Sioux Room, Memorial Union.

At noon he will consider "Student Organization Advisor Liability," also in the Sioux Room, and at 6:30 p.m. he will present "Risk Management" at a Greek Grand Chapter Meeting in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

-- Carmen Ahlers, Coordinator of Greek Life.



The Water Quality Laboratory (WQL) will hold an Open House Tuesday, Nov. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. in 303 Leonard Hall. Faculty, students and staff are invited to view analytical facilities and consider participation in laboratory activities. Scott Korom, current WQL director, will host tours and discuss environmental issues of water quality and availability related to our current research and research education directions.

-- Frank Karner, Geology and Geological Engineering.



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," will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The lecture will be preceded by a social hour at 4 p.m.

Nordlie chairs the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the School of medicine and Health Sciences. 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.



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. 10, Grand Forks Mayor Pat Owens will speak about "Faith on the Job."

Tuesday, Nov. 17, Attorney Mary E. Seaworth will speak about "Separation of Church and State."

Tuesday, Nov. 24, a panel of students will discuss the topic of "Politics and the Church."

-- Tim Seaworth, University Counseling Center.



Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Michael Anderegg will give the next presentation in the English Lecture Series at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in 116 Merrifield Hall. His topic will be "Orson Welles Teaches Teachers to Teach Shakespeare." The presentation marks the publication of Michael Anderegg's latest book, Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture, by Columbia University Press. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in 116 Merrifield Hall both before and after the presentation, and are currently on sale at the UND Bookstore. The presentation is free; students and faculty are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

-- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.



The final examination for Steve Westby, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 25, in 210 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Test of Variables of Attention (TOVA) Utility in Differentiating Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Subtypes." F. Richard Ferraro (Psychology) is the committee chair.

Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.




Mayumi "Moni" MacGregor, an employee of the Chester Fritz Library since 1984, died Friday, Oct. 23, in University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. She was born Nov. 18, 1965, to Lester and Sachi (Maeda) MacGregor in Okinawa. She came to the United States in 1969 with her family, and they moved to Grand Forks in 1971. She graduated from Central High School and attended UND.

Moni was employed by the Chester Fritz Library in Access Services, where she worked in the Interlibrary Loan Department. Her bright smile, quick wit, and warm personality will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her parents, Grand Forks; sisters, Sandra (Roger) Branch, Catherine (Jeffrey) Haines, and Mechi (Bobbi Lee) Pressnell, all of Grand Forks, and Meka (Kelly) Leuning, Wichita Falls, Texas; and her grandmother, Sumi Maeda, Okinawa.

A memorial has been established at the Chester Fritz Library in her honor. All contributions received will be used to buy new books which will be plated to allow Moni's memory to live on for future generations of North Dakota students and scholars. Contact the Chester Fritz Library at 777-2618 for more information.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, with information from the Grand Forks Herald and Chester Fritz Library.




The Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC) has recently established the New Faculty Scholar Awards. These awards are intended to provide extra support for initiation of research and creative activity programs of tenure-track assistant professors who have been at UND three years or less (e.g., date of appointment at UND should be January 1996 or later). The FRCAC anticipates that many New Faculty Scholar Awards will lead to the development of projects that will ultimately be funded by external agencies. Up to three awards of $5,000 each will be made per year. Only outstanding applications will be funded. Only one competition will be held for Faculty Scholar Awards each year.

Tuesday, Jan. 19, is the deadline for submission of New Faculty Scholar Award applications to the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee. The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to conduct pure and applied research, support writing projects, or to support other creative and scholarly endeavors (e.g., performances, art projects, compositions). All costs normally incurred in the conduct of the research or creative activity are eligible budget items. Travel costs which are essential to the conduct of the project may be requested; however, travel to present papers or attend conferences is not allowable under this program.

The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. All applications for New Faculty Scholar Awards must include the completed application form, letter of support from the departmental chair, the applicant's resume, and a description of the project. The properly signed original application and seven copies must be submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) prior to the published deadline.

Application forms for the New Faculty Scholar Awards are available at ORPD, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's home page (found under "Research" on the UND home page).

-- Harmon Abrahamson (Chemistry), Chair, Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee.



Birgit Hans, Associate Professor of Indian Studies and Chair of the department, has been named the 24th voting member of the UND Presidential Search Committee. Her appointment to the committee that was originally named in September was made by North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak, whose ex officio membership on the committee brings its total to 25 members. Professor Hans was appointed in response to concerns raised about committee structure in relation to representation for the liberal arts.

-- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.



President Baker has announced a 16-member committee to search for a dean to head the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

The committee will be chaired by Dennis Elbert, dean of the College of Business and Public Administration. Other members of the committee include: John Odegard Jr., Regional Sales Manager, Raytheon Travel Aire, and an alum; Gary Ness, Director, North Dakota Aeronautics Commission; Dr. John Lauber, Vice President of Training and Human Factors, Airbus Service Co. Inc.; Capt. Robert Buley, Northwest Airlines, Pilot and Manager of Flight Technical Development; Jim Bunke, Regional Sales Manager, Raytheon Aircraft, and an alum; Kent Lovelace, Aviation, Chair; Jeff Stith, Atmospheric Sciences, Chair; Tom O'Neil, Computer Science, Chair; Chuck Wood, Space Studies, Chair; Paul Lindseth, Aviation, faculty; John Bridewell, Aviation, faculty; Joanne Gabrynowicz, Space Studies, faculty; Terri Clark, Finance Director, staff; Dana Siewert, Airport Operations, staff; and Jonas Downing, a senior commercial aviation major.

The committee will review the position description, develop a recruitment announcement, organize time lines, receive and screen applications, interview candidates and, finally, submit recommended candidates to President Baker.

"We hope to have someone identified by graduation in May and on board by July 1. We anticipate interest from academe, business and industry, government, and NASA," said Baker.

In 1968, John Odegard pioneered UND's aviation program with one other faculty member and a pair of aircraft financed by the University's Alumni Foundation. Under his leadership, the college grew to become one of UND's largest degree-granting colleges, one of the nation's most widely-respected aerospace education programs (with a fleet of training aircraft expected to number 100 by the end of the year), and a leader in atmospheric research.

-- Kendall Baker, President.



The University Senate will meet 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 (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.



The last day to drop a full-term course or withdraw from school for the 1998 Fall Semester is Friday, Nov. 13. Students completely withdrawing from UND must use the UND "Withdrawal" form which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall; students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process.

-- Alice Poehls, University Registrar.



Registration for the 1999 Spring term begins Monday, Nov. 16. Students will register and drop/add using the Touchtone Telephone System from Nov. 16 through Jan. 11. Students who have proper signatures for registration actions not permitted by the ALFI Touchtone Telephone System may add these courses at the Office of the Registrar during normal office hours starting Nov. 16. Students may register on or after appointment times. Registration times are available by calling ALFI.

-- Veriena Garver, Admissions and Records officer, Office of the Registrar.



The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies will offer the following faculty workshop sessions next week: The Multimedia Development Process, Nov. 10, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Preparing Power Point Lectures for the Web, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to noon; Introduction to Photoshop, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to noon; and Intermediate PowerPoint, Nov. 12, 1 to 4 p.m. Please note you may now register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or call 777-4150.

The Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies has added Microsoft PowerPoint certification to the Center's credentials. Certification requires demonstrating a thorough understanding of the operation of the software and the successful completion of testing. This added credential in our Faculty Lab is in addition to our certification in the New Media Studio as an Authorized Training Center for Macromedia Director. These efforts reflect our continued commitment to offer the best services to faculty.

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



Potential contributors to the new issue of the "UND Serves" booklet that delineates on a county-by-county basis how various UND services are extended throughout the state are reminded that the submission deadline is at hand. The original deadline of Nov. 6 can be extended somewhat, but it would be appreciated if you need much time beyond the middle of next week to get your material to us, call Patsy at 777-3791 or Jim at 777-4311.

The time span for which the activity that is reported for inclusion in this issue of "UND Serves" has been a matter of question. Originally, it was stated as a time period encompassing this past calendar year and forward through this academic year. However, if contributors feel that activity that falls outside of that time line should be considered, feel free to submit such information for consideration. Deadline for issuing the new booklet is early in the next Legislative session in January.

-- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.




The Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee received 12 requests for Research, one request for a Publication, 19 requests for Domestic Travel and six requests for Foreign Travel funds in the last round of applications. The following awards were made at the Committee meeting of Oct. 26.

Foreign Travel Awards: John King-Shun Chong (Management), $1,000; William Gosnold (Geology and Geological Engineering), $271; Brajendra Panda (Computer Science), $450; Dexter Perkins (Geology and Geological Engineering), $311; John Shabb (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), $1,000.

Domestic Travel Awards: James Bronson (Management), $349; Lynne Chalmers (Teaching and Learning), $308; Edmund Clingan (History), $185; Jeffrey Courtright (School of Communication), $323; Mark Hoffmann (Chemistry), $417; Linda Holdman (Teaching and Learning), $308; Ronald Kieffer (Teaching and Learning), $328; Scott Korom (Geology and Geological Engineering), $411; Marwan Kraidy (School of Communication), $368; Barbara Lewis (Music), $402; Peter Meberg (Biology), $381; Rebecca Moore (Philosophy and Religion), $468; Sally Pyle (Biology), $387; Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), $418; Hossein Salehfar (Electrical Engineering), $309; Ute Sartorius (Industrial Technology), $368; Wayne Swisher (Communication Sciences and Disorders), $348; John Vitton (Management), $436; Barry Wagner (Communication Sciences and Disorders), $352.

Publication Award: Kathryn Thomasson (Chemistry), $988.

Research Awards: Janice Clark (Biology), $2,000, "Purchase of Computer Equipment and Solfware for Genetics Research"; Joyce Coleman (English), $1,899, "New Insight Into the Biography of Robert Mannyng of Brunne"; Bruce Eichhorst (Biology), $600, "Measuring Nest Attentiveness and Nest Temperature Patterns in Grebes"; Philip Gerla (Geology and Geological Engineering), $2,000, "Characterizing Lake Stratigraphy and Groundwater Interaction Through the Use of Ground-Penetrating Radar"; James Rodde (Music), $2,000, "Choral Directing in Europe"; Andrea Zevenbergen (Psychology), $1,550, "Factors Associated with Effective Parenting Strategies."

-- Harmon Abrahamson, Chair, Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee.



Researchers submitting proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) are reminded to read the program announcements carefully for submission requirements. The NSF has as its goal to require electronic submission of all proposals by the year 2000. To that end, many directorates are currently requiring that proposals for some or all of the programs in their areas be submitted electronically by Fastlane. Proposals submitted on paper for those programs will be returned by NSF without review. Guidelines included with each program announcement specify the method of submission required.

To submit a proposal by Fastlane, researchers must be registered users. If you plan to submit a proposal to NSF, contact the Office of Research and Program Development to register for Fastlane and obtain a PIN, if you have not already done so. NSF must also record personal data in the investigator database, which can take up to two days to take place. As a result, researchers should allow time for this process before expecting to submit proposals.

-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Assistant to the 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.


The FCD focuses on efforts to understand and improve the life conditions of children and their families and makes grants nationally for research, policy analysis, advocacy, and leadership development. It has a special interest in children in working families, particularly in those families that are struggling to meet their children's basic human needs. Three cross-cutting themes guide FCD's work: linking research on children and families to formation of relevant programs and policies, identifying fresh approaches to crafting sound social strategies for children and families, and nurturing new generations of leaders in child development research and policy. FCD seeks to support research or policy activities that develop strategies for building public support for children and families and leadership development activities that are linked to the programmatic focus of the foundation, including the identification and strengthening of effective voices on behalf of children and families. Recent grants have ranged from $50,000-$200,000. Applicants are asked to send a 1-2 page letter of inquiry describing the proposed project, its objectives, and the approximate level of funding required. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/697-3150; fax 212/697-2258.

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National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships (NDSEG) support study and research leading to doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, ocean, and engineering sciences. Eligible applicants are at or near the beginning of their graduate study in science or engineering. Pref- erence will be given to those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, one of the following: aeronautical and astronautical engineering; biosciences (including toxicology); chemical engineering; chemistry; cognitive, neural, and behavioral sciences; computer science; electrical engineering; geosciences (including terrain, water, and air); materials science and engineering (including manufacturing sciences and engineering); mathematics; mechanical engineering; naval architecture and ocean engineering; oceanography; and physics (including optics). Applicants must receive their baccalaureate degrees by Fall 1998. Normal tenure is 36 months during 3 consecutive years. Stipends are $17,500, $18,500 and $19,500 for the first, second, and third year periods, respectively. Deadline: 1/20/99. Contact: Dr. George Outterson, 919/549-8505; fax 919/549-8205; nsdeg@aro-emh1.army.mil; http://www.battelle.org/ndseg.

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The Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program provides support for temporary assignments of personnel between the Federal government and state, local, and Indian tribal governments, institutions of higher education, and certain other organizations, for work of mutual concern and benefit. Cost-sharing arrangements are worked out between participating organizations. A mobility assignment may be made to share scarce expertise, provide program operating experience in a counterpart organization, provide general developmental experience, or improve management of grant programs and make more effective use of grant funds. Assignments may last up to 2 years with extensions possible for up to 2 more years. Assignments may be intermittent, part-time, or full-time, but should be kept to the minimum time period necessary to complete the assigned tasks. Deadline: None. Contact: Tony Ryan, Director, 202/606-1181; fax 202-606-3577; http://www.opm.gov.

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The first objective of the Technology Development for NASA Explorer Missions and Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) (NRA 98-OSS-10) program is to develop multimission technologies to enhance the scientific capabilities for future Explorer missions while reducing mission costs. Proposals to enhance any aspect of overall scientific capability are welcome, but preference will be given to investigations in instruments, optical systems, on-board data systems, and guidance, navigation, and control. Program goals are not mission specific; the proposed work may also support other Office of Space Science (OSS) goals and priorities, such as the technology goals of the OSS science themes. The second objective provides an opportunity to propose detector development for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) program. Periods of performance may be up to 2 years in length; awards are expected to range from $100-300 K/year. Technology areas include but are not limited to: instrument detectors/sensors and support systems; optical systems for instruments; data systems, hardware, and software; guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) systems. Other technologies may be proposed but will be considered of lower priority. Proposers are strongly encouraged to include an Education/Public Outreach (E/PO) component as part of their scientific research proposal. E/PO activities should have some intellectual linkage with the objectives of the parent research proposal and/or the science expertise of its Principal Investigator. Up to $10K/year may be proposed for an E/PO program; larger budgets will be considered based on the merits of the proposed activity. Contact: Dr. David Bohlin, 202/358-0880; david.bohlin@hq.nasa.gov; http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/oss/nra/98-oss-10/. Deadlines: 11/23/98 (Notice of Intent), 1/22/99 (Proposals).

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Grants generally ranging from $15,000-$105,000 support programs in the areas of: Public Policy Research (including regulatory, tax, fiscal, monetary, and welfare policy); Strategic and International Studies (e.g., studies of national security affairs, strategic issues, American foreign policy, and the international economy); American Institutions (e.g., American Constitution, the operation of American political institutions, and the moral and cultural principles underlying these institutions); and Law and the Legal System (e.g., public interest law and studies related to the judicial system, jurisprudence, and the relationship between law and economics). Funds are provided for research, institutional support, fellowships, professorships, lectures and lectures series, books, scholarly journals, journals of opinion, conferences and seminars, and, on occasion, television and radio programs. Proposals should take the form of a letter, for which guidelines are available. Deadline: None. Contact: 212/661-2670; fax 212/661-5917; inquiry@jmof.org; http://www.jmof.org.

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The Small Business Technology Transfer Program provides awards up to $100,000 for energy-related cooperative research and development projects to be conducted jointly by a small business awardee and a nonprofit or federally-funded research institution. Funding is provided for the first phase (9 months) of a three-phase program. Phase I is to determine the scientific, technical and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed cooperative effort and the quality of performance of the small business awardee concern with a relatively small federal agency investment prior to consideration of further federal support at the Phase II level; Phase II (two years) is to continue the research or research and development effort from Phase I; Phase III may involve commercial applications of the funded research funded by non-federal sources of capital or awards from non-STTR federal fund- ing sources. Research topics are: advanced sensor technology for energy efficiency and renewable energy; instrumentation for sampling, measuring, and monitoring green house gases, coal-fired related pollutants, and hydrogen; carbon management; in situ stabilization of hazardous and radioactive wastes; and organic-based emissive devices for flat panel display technology. Deadline: 12/2/98. Contact: Dr. Robert E. Berger, ER-33, 301/903-5707; fax 301/903-5488; SBIR-STTR@OER.DOE.GOV; http://sttr.er.doe.gov/sttr.

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Academic Career Awards (K07) support junior candidates who wish to develop expertise in a particular field by improving teaching, research, and leadership skills or senior candidates with demonstrated scientific expertise and leadership skills. The awards are supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (NIAMS), National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Candidates must hold a clinical or research doctoral degree and be a U. S. Citizen, Non-Citizen Nationals or lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Junior candidates for the developmental award must demonstrate the potential to develop into excellent academicians and identify a mentor who is expert in the selected field of interest who will provide supervision as required by the award. Candidates for the developmental award must devote at least 75 percent of effort to this award. Candidates for the leadership award must have an academic appointment at an influential level and sufficient clinical training, research, or teaching experience to implement a program of curriculum development. Project periods vary from 2-5 years. Deadlines: 2/1/99, 6/1/99, 10/1/99. Contacts: NIA: Dr. Robin A. Barr, 301/496-9322, Rb42h@nih.gov; NIAAA: Dr. Ernestine D. Vanderveen, 301/443-1273, Tvanderv@willco.niaaa.nih.gov; NIAMS: Dr. Richard W. Lymn, 301/594-5128, richard_w_lymn@nih.gov; NCI: Dr. Andrew Vargosko, 301/496-8580, Vargoska@dcbdcep.nci.nih.gov; NIEHS: Dr. Annette Kirshner, 919/541-0488, Kirshner@niehs.nih.gov; NIMH: George T. Niederehe, 301/443-3264, Gniedere@aoamh4.ssw.dhhs.gov.

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In-residence Institute of Advanced Studies--Post-Doctoral Fellowships ranging from 4-9 months are available to faculty members and other researchers to study foreign language pedagogy, language testing and assessment, and related policy issues. Fellowships are awarded in the following categories: Analysis and Write-up, Team-Based Research Projects, and Faculty Development Grants. The NFLC seeks proposals for quantitative and qualitative research in the form of statistical, experimental, and/or ethnographic studies documenting the pedagogical, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of language learning; the effectiveness of curricular designs, materials, delivery modes, and pedagogies; and methods of teacher preparation. Thematic areas for the 1999-2000 academic year are: Technology and Language Learning; Foreign Language Aquisition and Teaching Methodologies; Language Learning in Immersion Environments; Testing, Assessment, and Program Evaluation; Heritage Language Learners; and Culture and Language Learning. Stipends range from $3,500-$5,000/month. Deadlines: 12/1/98 (Preliminary Applications), 2/1/99 (Full Proposal). Contact: Courtney Mata, Program Assistant, 202/667-8100; fax 202/667-6907; cmata@nflc.org; http://www.nflc.org.

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The following fellowships at national laboratories and other sponsoring facilities are awarded to science, mathematics, engineering, and technology faculty and students. There are approximately 26 sponsoring facilities; disciplines supported include biology; chemistry; computer science; environmental, civil, electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering; health sciences; materials science; mathematics; nuclear science; other sciences; physics; science policy; science education; space science; and waste management. Applications are available at ORPD or may be downloaded or completed online from the AWU homepage. Deadline: None; applications received by 2/1/98 will be considered for Summer 1998 Fellowships. Contact: 801/273-8911; 801/277-5632; info@awu.org; www.awu.org.

Undergraduate Student Research Fellowships provide an intensive introduction to science and engineering through participation in research and applied technology under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers at a sponsoring facility. The program is open to students who have been or will be enrolled in an accredited institution within 6 months of the start of their fellowships and will have completed one year of college by that time. Duration is 8-16 weeks; stipends are usually at least $300/week. Fellows are encouraged to seek academic credit at their home institution.

Graduate Research Fellowships provide an opportunity for qualified master's and doctoral degree candidates to conduct thesis/dissertation research, explore research and technology career options, or gain practical training at a sponsoring facility. Terms vary from 1-12 months; non-thesis research applicants are generally placed for 8-16 weeks in the summer or for a semester. Stipends generally are at least $1300/month plus tuition assistance and a travel allowance.

Faculty Fellowships provide an opportunity for faculty to participate in and contribute to research and applied technology at a sponsoring facility. Collaborations that include graduate and/or undergraduate students are encouraged. Fellowship terms may be flexible to meet the needs of the research project, facility and applicant. Awards are generally during the summer or authorized sabbatical leaves. Budget requests may include a stipend up to the faculty member's certified university salary, travel expenses, and a modest relocation or housing allowance.

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Inresidence Humanities Fellowships at the Columbia University School of Public Health provide postdoctoral scholars, advocates, and activists an opportunity to examine the challenges and lessons posed by integrating sexuality, gender, health, and human rights in theory, research and advocacy. Fellows participate in interdisciplinary forums and seminars. Duration varies from 2-12 months. A stipend, access to libraries, computer facilities, office space and equipment, and health insurance are provided. Deadline: 1/15/99. Contact: Carole S. Vance, 212/305-5656; fax 212/305-6823; sms.sph@columbia.edu; http://cpmcnet.columbia.edu/dept/gender.

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




The open enrollment period for the FlexComp program for the Plan Year of Jan. 1, 1999 to Dec. 31, 1999, is Oct. 28 through Dec. 31, 1998. During this time all benefitted employees will have the opportunity to enroll or re-enroll in this fringe benefit opportunity. This program helps employees pay for medical and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars instead of after-tax dollars. If you have any questions or need enrollment forms, call me.

-- Heidi Vogel, Payroll Office FlexComp Clerk, 777-4423.



In compliance with regulations set forth by the State Auditor's Office regarding internal service funds, the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies has recently completed a recharge center evaluation. As a result of this process, effective Nov. 15, a new rate of $28/hour has been established for photo/graphic materials and services provided by Instructional Media Services. There are positive aspects to this rate change such as for film processing. For example, quantity discounts for slide film processing will be available. Please contact Corey Quirk (777-2737) for specific information on how this will affect your projects and service requests.

-- Corey Quirk and Kathy Smart, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.



In accordance with State Board of Higher Education directives, Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day, will be observed by faculty and staff members of the University. Only those employees designated by their department heads will be required to work on this holiday.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Diane Nelson, Director, Personnel Services.



Library of the Health Sciences hours for Veterans Day will be our regular hours, 7:30 a.m. to midnight.

-- April Byars, Library of the Health Sciences.



The Computer Center will close for the Veterans Day holiday at midnight Tuesday, Nov. 10, and will reopen at midnight Wednesday, Nov. 11.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.



The Chester Fritz Library hours of operation for Veterans Day are: Tuesday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to midnight; Wednesday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), 1 p.m. to midnight; and Thursday, Nov. 12, resume regular hours.

-- Karen Cloud, Chester Fritz Library.



Because there is potential for legal liability in the year 2000 (Y2K) issue, we all need to be careful about making statements about a unit's or the University's status in meeting Y2K compliance. In the future there will be a Y2K web site that will provide status information that you may direct people to use. The URL will be publicized when it is ready. Questions about the Y2K issue at UND should be directed to University Relations, which will find the appropriate spokesperson. Call 777-2731.

If a customer, granting agency or other business entity asks you to complete a survey or to sign a statement of Y2K compliance for your unit or the University, doing so may have implications for the University. The request should be reviewed by the UND Office of General Counsel, 777-6345. You will want to complete a compliance assessment of the area and equipment to which the survey or statement pertains for your discussions with General Counsel.

Records, whether electronic or paper, of your Y2K compliance efforts should be made and kept. Such records may include a survey of your area to identify compliance issues, requests for compliance information from vendors or results of tests you may make, compliance mitigation plans and results, and contingency plans. You will want to maintain those records according to your unit's records management procedures.

Thanks for your assistance with this important issue.

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



We are required to purge the previous fiscal year's general ledger detail transactions on an annual basis. This purge will occur Friday, Nov. 20. We are beginning to plan now for the FY 1998 purge (July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1998). After the purge is completed, you will not be able to do online inquiries of detail transactions on GL70 (04, 06, 08), GL7B, and GL53. Summary data will continue to be available for the four previous fiscal years.

-- Allison Peyton, Accounts Payable Manager, Controller's Office.



Friday, Nov. 13, has been designated by President Baker as a Green and White Day. Members of the University community are invited to wear green and white in honor of volleyball, UND vs. Morningside College and University of South Dakota; football vs. Northern Colorado; hockey at University of Minnesota; men's basketball at University of Mary; and women's basketball at Lake Superior State.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor.



A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center.

This course may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. We will continue the DDC classes on a regular schedule starting again Jan. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again Jan. 27 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. They will then be on a regular schedule of the second Wednesday of the month from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the fourth Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. These classes will be held at 211 Rural Technology Center, on 42nd Street and University Ave. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.

-- Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.



Governor Schafer has proclaimed Sunday, Nov. 15, as "North Dakota Recycles Day." The student recycling representatives would like to challenge UND faculty and staff to increase their use of the recycling service offered on campus and to encourage five people to start recycling. Make recycling easier by placing your recycling container conveniently near you and the trash further away. Need more recycling desktop boxes? Contact Janice Troitte at 777-4878. Our first goal is "no acceptable office paper in UND trash cans." Commit to the challenge! Think "reuse or recycle" before throwing anything away. Take care of our Earth.

-- Janice Troitte, Recycling Coordinator.



November is Native American Heritage Month. To celebrate this event, the General Book department of the University Bookstore is offering 20 percent off all titles in this section (including children's Native American titles). The sale begins Nov. 2 and ends Nov. 30.

-- Anita Bostad, General Book Department Supervisor, University Bookstore.



Participants are needed for research projects dealing with language and memory. You must be over 55 years of age to participate. All projects take less than one hour, are conducted on campus, and participants will receive $10 for their time and effort. If interested, please call me.

-- F. Richard Ferraro, Psychology, 777-2414.




Country Music Entertainer of the Year Neal McCoy will share his experiences about life on the road and performing for fans on the Thursday, Nov. 5, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3. McCoy was selected as Entertainer of the Year at the TNN Music Award by fans. McCoy is known for his energetic and unpredictable stage presence. The musician credits his intensity and personality to healthy eating habits and regular exercise on the road.

Florist Jan Heitman will discuss silk and fresh floral wreaths, and will demonstrate how to decorate wreaths for special occasions and for home interior design. Heitman will display a variety of wreaths and discuss the mechanics, themes, styles and how anyone at home can create a wreath.

Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. The program airs live on Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. 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, Studio One Marketing Team.



The Women's Center will not have a Feast and Focus program Wednesday, Nov. 11, due to the Veterans Day holiday. The noon Thursday, Nov. 12, For Women Only program will discuss women's sexuality issues. Please join us.

-- Donna Oltmanns, Coordinator, Women's Center.



On Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m., in the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., students and faculty from the Newly Independent States (former U.S.S.R.) will tell about their experiences and heritage. Please join us.

-- Chaminda Prelis, Programs Coordinator, International Centre.



The Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center, 2800 University Ave., is sponsoring a study group, with sessions in History, Sociology, Writing, and Mathematics (and your favorite professors). On Tuesday, Nov. 17, Tom Gilsdorf (Mathematics) will give you tips on "How to be a Mathematician at Heart, or at Least How to Get Through Algebra," at 6:30 p.m. in the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center.

-- M.C. Diop, Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center.



The Department of Theatre Arts will present "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams Tuesday through Saturday, Nov. 17-21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Burtness Laboratory Theatre. Tickets are $5, with special discounts for groups of 10 or more. Call the Burtness Theatre Box Office at 777-2587 to reserve tickets.

"The Glass Menagerie" tells the story of the Wingfield family and the struggles of the mother, Amanda, to find a path to future security for herself and her children. Her son, Tom, the only support for the family in their St. Louis tenement, is restless, and his poetic soul is stifled by the work-a-day world of his warehouse job. He longs to escape and seek his future in the wider world. Tom and Amanda clash over his plans, and the only thing delaying his departure is his sister, Laura who is a lonely, reclusive, almost pathologically shy girl completely dependent on the support of her family.

Basing the play on his own family, Tennessee Williams created the character of Tom (Williams' real first name) to represent himself and the restless spirit that pulled at him. Tom functions as the narrator, speaking to the audience from a detached present, relating his memories of a troubled past. Tom is haunted by the fragile figure of Laura, whom he can neither forget nor escape.

-- Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Theatre Arts.



Applications are now being accepted for exhibitors in the 20th Annual Holiday Art and Craft Fair. The show will be held Friday, Dec. 4, 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. For an application form and further information, please call 777-3979.

-- Bonnie Solberg, Craft Center Coordinator.


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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