UNIVERSITY LETTER

Volume 39, Number 7: October 12, 2001

 

Center For Innovation Foundation Receives $3.5 Million Donation

Benediktson Lecture Series Continues

EVENTS TO NOTE

Members Sought For Black Student Association

Psychology Colloquium Is Friday

Eberli Ensemble Visits Museum

Scientist Talks About Osteoarthritis Oct. 15

Graduate Committee Meets Monday

World Food Day Teleconference Is Oct. 16

Tree Will Be Planted In Memory Of Martha Adams

Study Abroad Session Spotlights Sweden

President, Retired Faculty To Discuss Growth Goals Oct. 18

International Centre Hosts Thursday Night Program

Events Listed For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Center To Center Open House Planned During Homecoming

Changes To Human Rights Act Discussed At Meeting

Stuttering Association Meets Oct. 27

Symphony Opens Subscription Series Oct. 27

Yoga Classes Offered At Lotus Mediation Center

University Senate Meets Nov. 1, Agenda Items Due

Institutional Review Board Meets Friday

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Faculty Advisor’s Report On State Board Meeting Is Online

Spring Class Schedule Will Be Online Monday

Procedures Listed For Unsatisfactory Progress Reports

TN Visa Holders Must Update Records

Payroll Explains Student Appointments Vs. Part-Time Appointments

Payroll Deduction Available For Scholarship Fund

UND Telephone Book/Directory For 2001-02 Is Available

Please Add Directory Additions Or Changes To 2001-2002

Student Health Plans Flu Vaccination Clinics

Nominations Sought For “Who’s Who”

Studio One Lists Guests

Upcoming U2 Classes Announced

Mortar Board Seeks Donations For Turkey Drive

Special Denim Day Donations Break Record

 

GRANTS AND RESEARCH

University Senate Committee Awards Travel Funds

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

Center For Innovation Foundation Receives $3.5 Million Donation


The UND Center for Innovation Foundation has received a grant of $3.5 million from James C. Ray and the Ray Foundation of Minden, Nev., to establish two endowments for entrepreneurship. Mr. Ray established a $2 million endowment to fund the Center for Innovation outreach efforts to technology entrepreneurs, and a $1 million endowment to establish a chair of entrepreneurship within the College of Business and Public Administration. The remaining cash gift will fund the initiative until earnings from the endowment can sustain the programs.


“As a result of Mr. Ray’s generosity and support, the Center for Innovation will be able to meet the increased demand for entrepreneur outreach and hands-on assistance,” said Bruce Gjovig, director of the Center for Innovation and CEO of the UND Center for Innovation Foundation. “Mr. Ray is an entrepreneur himself, is a successful venture investor in entrepreneurs and wants to encourage students, the next generation of entrepreneurs, in their efforts to launch new ventures and technologies.”

“It is important to invest in young entrepreneurs and students who want to be entrepreneurs,” said James Ray. “I wanted to make this donation where it could really make a difference, and future entrepreneurs will make a significant contribution with new technologies and innovation in business. It is my hope that other successful entrepreneurs join me in helping build a world-class entrepreneur center at the University of North Dakota.”

During a span of four decades, Ray has been actively engaged in venture capital investments and has been a seed investor in more than 300 high-tech startups. He is an investor in Cirrus Design of Grand Forks and Duluth, and it was that investment that first drew his attention to the University. His other business interests throughout the years have included oil and gas exploration, real estate development and ranches in Montana and Oregon. Mr. Ray maintains an office at the Rural Technology Incubator on the University Technology Park.James Ray previously established the John D. Odegard Aviation Flight Scholarships Endowment within the UND Foundation, and made two grants to the UND Aerospace Foundation to purchase flight training devices and aircraft for training purposes.

The UND Center for Innovation Foundation is a public, non-profit foundation that is managed by a board of trustees made up of successful entrepreneurs, including Mr. Ray. The Foundation serves as a link between successful entrepreneurs and the Center for Innovation and its Rural Technology Incubator at the University Tech Park to encourage and foster new ventures and technology entrepreneurship in the region.

The Center for Innovation helps entrepreneurs, students and researchers launch new ventures, technologies and products, develop business and marketing plans, and access the talent of UND and secure sources of venture financing. The Center manages the Technology Incubator which hosts 18 entrepreneur ventures employing more than 80 people, half with advanced degrees. The Center was among the first technology and manufacturing entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation, and has helped launch more than 300 new ventures and technologies since it was formed in 1984. The Center has received three national awards for achievement and excellence in technology entrepreneurship. The Center works with the UND Aerospace Foundation to develop the 55-acre University Technology Park.

Benediktson Lecture Series Continues


The Benediktson Lecture Series, presented by George Seielstad, associate dean of aerospace, continues Saturday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Clifford Hall Auditorium. Dr. Seielstad will present “The Web of Life Exposed: Lessons from Africa.” Nature functions as a vast web which extends throughout space and time. The environment and everything living within it are inseparable. That is, matter and energy from what was once living may cycle through non-living parts of the environment, before they are once again integrated into a living organism. It is true that at any given moment, every living organism is part of the environment of every other.
So what are some key features of life? Two of the biggest are the struggle to survive and to leave as many descendants as possible. Survival is best assured if an animal or plant takes maximum advantage of its surroundings, and reproduction can be enhanced by social strategies and practices.
One place where life’s essentials are stripped to their most elemental and are therefore more apparent is Africa. The way in which waste of one species is food for another is apparent. So, too, is the food chain, partly including predators and prey. Reproduction, and how males court and are selected by females, is a major preoccupation on constant display. Responsibilities for upbringing the newborn, which rest so heavily on mothers that one questions the need for fathers, are manifested in the wild kingdom.
This will be a heavily illustrated talk to give a glimpse of how life functions when some of its complexities are simplified.

Events To Note:

Members Sought For Black Student Association

The Era Bell Multicultural Center is seeking students who are interested in becoming part of the Black Student Association. We are looking for those who would like to help start it, and also those who would like to become members. Participation is voluntary and free. Everyone is welcome! All interested students are invited to an informal gathering and meal at the Era Bell Center, 2800 University Ave., Thursday, Oct. 11, at 3:30 p.m.

 

Psychology Colloquium Is Friday
The psychology department will hold a colloquium in which Lisa Sinclair, University of Winnipeg, will present “How Threats to Self-Esteem and Self-Interest Can Lead to Motivated Stereotyping.” The colloquium will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in 302 Corwin-Larimore Hall. Everyone is welcome.

 

Eberli Ensemble Visits Museum
The Eberli Ensemble will perform at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. The ensemble performs a mix of duos, trios and quartets, presenting innovative, memorable programming ranging from Baroque to the avant-garde.

Eberli has been honored with awards and grants from the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Scarmolin Foundation, and Chamber Music America.

The program includes Beethoven’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano in Bb Major, Op. 11, Eight episodes from Nine Episodes for Four Players, by Ned Rorem, and Trio For Violin, Cello and Piano in Bb Major, Opus 99 by Franz Schubert.

This second event in the Museum’s Concert Series begins at 1 p.m. with a free, informal talk on the program given by Anthony Thein, professor emeritus at Mayville State University.

The Eberli Ensemble has worked with many living composers and has premiered works of Aaron Jay Kernis, Michael Torke, Ben Weber, Scott, Johnson and Yehudi Wymer, among others. Their engagements have taken them to concert halls in Europe and across the United States, including appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and Merkin Hall. They have also performed live on New York’s WNYC Radio and on the nationally syndicated “St. Paul Sunday” radio program. They performed at the 1998 Festival of New American Music in Sacramento, at the Old First Concerts in San Francisco, and at the International Deia Festival and “Clasicos del Siglo XX del Palacio March” in Mallorca, Spain.

The Eberli Quartet members are Vadim Lando, clarinetist, Monica Bauchwitz, violinist, Michael Finckel, cellist, and Evelyne Luest, pianist.

Tickets for this second event in the Museum’s concert series may be purchased in advance or at the door. Season tickets are $50 for Museum members and $60 for non-members; tickets at the door are $12 for members and $15 for non-members; students and military are $5 and children middle school and under are admitted free. A Concert Series Sponsorship, which includes one season ticket, may be purchased for $100.

The concert series continues Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. with a performance by the Amati Quartet.

 

Scientist Talks About Osteoarthritis Oct. 15
Gene A. Homandberg, professor and director of educational programs, department of biochemistry, Rush Medical College, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, will present a research seminar, “From Cartilage Matrix Fragments to Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Repair: an Emerging Story,” Monday, Oct. 15, at noon in the United Hospital Lecture Hall (Room 1370), School of Medicine and Health Sciences. His talk concerns osteoarthritis (OA), a disease that affects individuals primarily in the later decades of life and manifests as cartilage degeneration, joint stiffness, joint pain and immobility. The exact etiology of OA is unknown. However, aging, biomechanical and biochemical factors are thought to contribute. They discovered years ago that degeneration of the cellular matrix surrounding the cells in the cartilage tissue generates fragments that enhance this self destruction by upregulating inflammatory agents, namely catabolic cytokines. These fragments were derived from fibronectin, a ubiquitous matrix protein found on the cell surface of most cells. Significantly, these fragments were later identified in OA specimens. Subsequently they developed in vitro and in vivo cartilage degeneration models which allowed them to study many aspects of cartilage damage and repair. A seminal observation was that the fibronectin fragments are not only catabolic but can also link tissue damage to repair by liberating growth factors which limit further damage. Mechanistically the fibronectin fragments mediate their activities by interacting with or near a specific fibronectin receptor, thus altering the focal contacts between the cell and its matrix. This rearranges cytoskeletal elements and induces an altered signal transduction pathway that initiates catabolism. Since this specific receptor is also a mechanoreceptor, this fragment pathway may link biochemical and biomechanical etiologies of OA. In summary, this discovery of catabolic activities of fibronectin fragments has allowed them to implicate the matrix in regulation of cartilage metabolism in health and disease, to demonstrate how cartilage responds anabolically to damage and to begin to develop strategies for reversing the aberrant signal transduction pathway, which is likely a component of human OA. For more information, please contact Edward Carlson, chair, biochemistry search committee, 777-2101.

 

Graduate Committee Meets Monday
The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 15, from 3:05 to 5 p.m. in the Edna Twamley Room, Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:


1. Request to transition from the present entry-level Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) degree to offer an entry-level Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree.

2. Matters arising.

 

World Food Day Teleconference Is Oct. 16
The 2001 World Food Day Teleconference will discuss “World Food System: Serving All or Serving Some?” The teleconference will be a conversation with Wenche Barth Eide of the Institute for Nutrition Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo in Norway. Dr. Eide, a world leader for a rights-based approach to food security, will discuss the evolving world food system’s ability to provide nourishment and economic opportunity for all. The three-hour program will be broadcast from the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union. At noon, a film produced by Maryknoll World Productions, “The Global Banquet: Politics of Food,” will be shown. For more information, contact Devon Hansen, site coordinator, Geography Department, 777-4587, devon_hansen@und.nodak.edu.

 

Tree Will Be Planted In Memory Of Martha Adams
A tree will be planted in memory of Martha J. Adams, former assistant professor of community medicine, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 17, by the southeast entrance of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Martha Adams, a 1978 graduate of the family nurse practitioner program in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, joined the faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences in January 1979 as assistant professor. Although she retired for health reasons in 1996, she continued to help teach in the physician assistant program through this past summer. Martha is survived by her husband, Billie Adams, computer applications specialist in the department of community medicine.

 

Study Abroad Session Spotlights Sweden
Study Abroad Information Sessions are held Wednesdays at 2 p.m. at the International Centre. The Oct. 17 program spotlights Sweden and study at Karlstad University in Karlstad.

 

President, Retired Faculty To Discuss Growth Goals Oct. 18
President Charles Kupchella will join the monthly meeting of the retired faculty at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Tabula and the Christus Rex Fireside Room to discuss growth goals for the University. All retired faculty are welcome to attend. Submitted by Lloyd Omdahl, Department of Political Science.

 

International Centre Hosts Thursday Night Program
The office of International Programs at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave., will hold cultural programs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. The Oct. 18, program features Kazakhstan.Thursday night cultural programs are open to all. Experience different cultures of the world, meet new friends from other nations, and learn about the variety the world has in store.Events feature food prepared and served by international students. For more information, contact the International Centre at 777-4231.

 

Events Listed For Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month. Following is a list of events:

Breast cancer survivors will share their stories with interested groups throughout the month of October. Call 777-4300 or 777-2097 to request a program.

Heidi Heitkamp will discuss her experiences at noon Thursday, Oct. 18, for “Meet and Eat” at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. She will also talk at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. A reception will follow in the Fireside Lounge.

Pick up your free women’s health record, pink ribbon, self exam shower card and postcard to mom at the breast cancer awareness table Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25.

The Sharon Lambeth memorial walk/run will be held in University Park Saturday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m.; with registration beginning at 10 a.m. This event is sponsored by the American Medical Women’s Association. Contact Jamie Vennes at 777-9874 for more information.
For more information on these events call 777-4300 or 777-2097.

 

Center To Center Open House Planned During Homecoming
Come visit the centers on campus and enjoy complimentary refreshments Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 to 11 a.m. Start the tour with fresh fruit at the International Centre. Move on to the Conflict Resolution Center for juice. Sample some fry bread at the Native American Center. Head on over to the Women’s Center for tempting chocolate desserts. And top off the tour with assorted coffees at the Era Bell Thompson Cultural Center. Call 777-4118 for more information.

 

Changes To Human Rights Act Discussed At Meeting
Do you know what your rights and responsibilities are under the North Dakota Human Right Act?

You can have your questions about discrimination protections and the changes made to the Human Rights Act during the 2001 Legislative session answered.

Join North Dakota Labor commissioner Mark Bachmeier, and the state Human Rights Director Dina Butcher at an informational meeting at noon Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Rural Technology Center.

These meetings were arranged by the Human Rights Division of the North Dakota Department of Labor in cooperation with area Chambers of Commerce, North Dakota Retailers Association, GHDA, North Dakota NFIB, North Dakota Rural Development Council, Lake Region State College Public Affairs Office, Small Business Development Center, UND Office of Workforce Development, Three Affiliated Tribes, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewas and the Fargo Human Relations Commission.
Individuals planning to attend should contact the Chamber of Commerce for information on luncheon arrangements and reservations.

 

Stuttering Association Meets Oct. 27
The Eastern North Dakota chapter of the National Stuttering Association will meet Saturday, Oct. 27, at 10:30 a.m. in 201 Montgomery Hall. For more information, call 777-3724 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or 777-9667 evenings.

 

Symphony Opens Subscription Series Oct. 27

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony opens its 2001-2002 Subscription Series, Saturday, Oct. 27, and continues with concerts on Saturday, Jan. 26, Friday, April 12, and Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5. The season includes audience favorites by Haydn and Brahms, 20th Century masterpieces, a concerts for young people and a concert dedicated to the music of Beethoven.

“Classic Orchestra” opens the season Oct. 27. The concert features a performance of Haydn’s Symphony no. 101 “The Clock,” as well as the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Brahms with featured artist Jane Solose at the piano.

“Masterpieces of the 20th Century,” Jan. 26, provides an introduction to 20th Century music: Bruch’s Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, performed by music faculty member Elizabeth Rheude and local artist Gerald Gaul. Others works on the program are The Unanswered Question by the American Charles Ives and Symphony No. 3 by Sibelius.

The orchestra’s concert for young audiences, “The Music Explorers,” will be April 12. The evening concert will include the entirety of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, as well as performances by the winner of the GGFSO Young Artists Competition and the GGF Youth Symphony.

An “All Beethoven” concert May 4-5 caps the season with a tribute to the most admired classical composer. Works include Symphony No. 5, Coriolan Overture, and Triple Concerto, Op. 56, performed with Julie Yoon and Greg Beaver, members of the Chiara String Quartet, and Stewart Goodyear, an internationally acclaimed pianist.
Tickets for the entire subscription series range from $16 to $50 and are also available for individual concerts, Youth Orchestra concerts, and special events. Please call 777-3359 to reserve your tickets.

 

Yoga Classes Offered At Lotus Meditation Center
An introduction to yoga class will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a single class to learn more about yoga and to experience a sample class. Cost is $15; pre-registration is required.

A new session of beginning and intermediate classes begins Nov. 6 and continues through Dec. 20. Class times are 6 p.m. Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, and 5:30 p.m. Thursday. There is a fee for the classes and pre-registration is necessary as space is limited. Call Dyan Rey, instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 for information or to register.

University Senate Meets Nov. 1, Agenda Items Due
The University Senate will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Agenda items for this meeting are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon, Thursday, Oct. 18. It is recommended that some detail be included in the agenda items submitted.

Institutional Review Board Meets Friday
The Institutional Review Board will meet at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in 305 Twamley Hall to consider all research proposals submitted to the Office of Research and Program Development before Tuesday, Oct. 23. Proposals received later will be considered only if a quorum has reviewed them and time permits.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the clinical medical subcommittee before being brought to the full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Office of Research and Program Development Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Notes from the meeting will be available in ORPD approximately one week after the meeting.

 

Announcements

Faculty Advisor’s Report On State Board Meeting Is Online
The report of the SBHE faculty advisor (Jim Grijalva, Law) on the Sept. 27-28 meeting of the State Board of Higher Education is available on the Council of College Faculties web site at: http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/blaman/CCF/Boardrep.htm or http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/blaman/CCF/Boardrep.htm.

Spring Class Schedule Will Be Online Monday
The Time Schedule of Classes for Spring 2002 will be available on the UND web site at www.und.edu/dept/registrar Monday, Oct. 15.

The Time Schedule of Classes for Spring 2002, to be used by departments for advising purposes, will be available for pickup in the reception area of the office of the registrar, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

If you have any questions, please call Michael Cogan, associate registrar, at 777-2280.

Procedures Listed For Unsatisfactory Progress Reports
“Unsatisfactory Progress Report” forms are due in the Office of the Registrar by noon Friday, Oct. 19. Please adhere to the following procedures to assure that accurate and adequate information is transmitted to students.

1. The departmental office picks up forms at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, and transmits them to teaching faculty through routine procedures.

2. Faculty complete a form for each class section.
NOTE: Forms for all sections are to be completed and returned. If no students are deficient, the blank sheet must be signed and returned. It is considered verification that the instructor considers no students to be deficient at this time.

3. If the form includes names of students who have never attended class, mark them as failing. This information should initiate action by the student to correct any error in registration prior to the last day to drop (Friday, Nov. 9).

4. If a student is attending a class and the name is not listed on the deficiency form, it is an indication that the student’s registration is in error. The student should not be allowed to continue attending the class, but should be directed to the office of the Registrar to correct the problem.

5. The “Unsatisfactory Progress Report” forms are to be completed by all faculty members and returned to the Office of the Registrar no later than noon Friday, Oct. 19. Adherence to this schedule is essential since computer processing is done over the weekend. “Unsatisfactory Progress Reports” will be mailed to student Oct. 22.

6. DO NOT SEND THROUGH THE MAIL. Please return forms directly to the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall.

Thank you very much for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please call Michael Cogan, Associate Registrar, at 777-2280.

 

TN Visa Holders Must Update Records
Are you an international employee who possesses a TN (Trade NAFTA) visa? The TN is the visa that the United States developed to facilitate the entry of Canadian and Mexican citizens to engage in professional business activities on a temporary basis. TN visas are valid for up to one year at a time. The TN visa is not recommended for tenure-track faculty. All TN employees must contact the UND Office of International Programs once a year to update their immigration records. Please call William Young, the Associate Director of International Programs, at 777-3935 or visit him at the International Centre located at 2908 University Avenue.

Payroll Explains Student Appointments Vs. Part-Time Appointments
In accordance with federal tax laws, the University shall grant an exemption from Social Security (FICA) tax withholding on wages paid to a student during an academic semester or summer session in which that student is enrolled and regularly attending classes at UND. To qualify for the exemption, the student must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits during the fall and spring semester, five credits during summer session, one credit in their last semester prior to graduation, or one credit in active dissertation status.

If a student qualifies for the exemption, both the student and the department (institution) save money by appointing the student to a student position (TCC312). A student appointment instead of a part-time appointment would create a cost-savings of 7.65 percent of total wages for both department and student.

When hiring a part-time, non-benefited employee, departments must verify whether or not the individual is a student according to the minimum credit requirements listed above and appoint them to the appropriate type of position, TCC312 for students and TCC313 for part-time staff.

Any department using an incorrect TCC will be asked to complete a termination form and a new appointment form using the correct TCC. Remember that when you change TCC, you will also have to change the position number. Student position numbers, if needed, may be requested by contacting the Budget Office at 777-3840. If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Payroll Office at 777-4226.

Payroll Deduction Available For Scholarship Fund
A letter went out to all staff and faculty Sept. 17, inviting contributions to the UND Staff Senate scholarship fund. The scholarships are available to dependents of UND staff members that attend UND.


For the payroll deduction option to be successful, we need 50 individuals to complete and submit the form. If you have misplaced your form and would like another one, please contact Beth Kasprick at 777-4887. The deadline for submitting this first round of the payroll deduction forms is Oct. 15. Also, thank you to the individuals who elected to make a one-time donation to the scholarship fund. It is greatly appreciated!

UND Telephone Book/Directory For 2001-02 Is Available
The new 2001-02 UND Phone Book/Directory is now available. Department copies may be purchased through the charge system or with cash at the Bookstore. Locations at which cash purchases may be made are the Memorial Union convenience store on the main floor, the Wilkerson convenience store, and the Squires convenience store.


The 240-page book lists names, addresses, phone numbers, and, in many cases, e-mail addresses of faculty and staff, and names, phone numbers, and addresses of students. The book also contains much other information, including administrative, academic, and student governance personnel; residence hall and fraternity and sorority housing information; an overview and capsule history of the University; research and service agency information; the campus map; city map; event calendars; organization chart; emergency and disaster reaction procedures; campus and city bus schedules; political divisions and voting sites for Grand Forks; and campus mailing procedures. The Directory, on sale for $1.25 per copy, is edited by the Office of University Relations and is compiled with information from a variety of sources.

 

Please Add Directory Additions Or Changes To 2001-2002 Directory
Following is a list of faculty/staff who were not included in the 2001-2002 Student, Faculty and Staff Directory.


The first column lists the person’s name, spouse, title, department, Post Office Box number, home address and electronic mail address; the second column lists the UND building and room number, office phone number (top) and personal extension phone number (bottom); the last column lists the home phone number. This data was provided by each faculty and staff person. See complete directory, page 43, for list of building abbreviations.

BACKES, John S. (Susan) SAYRE 219 777-6219 (218) 573-3626
Dreams Project Director & Principal
Investigator, DREAMS Project (Box 8362)
john_backes@und.nodak.edu

BANMAN, Mary SMHS 3511 777-2634
Coordinator, Clinical Education (Box 9037) 777-2647
Instructor, Pathology, Clinical Laboratory Science
mbanman@medicine.nodak.edu

BECKER, Valeria R. MU 201 777-4406
Tutor Program Coordinator,
University Learning Center (Box 7124) 777-3398
val_becker@mail.und.nodak.edu

BENNETT, Robert H. CL 317 777-2420
Assistant Professor,
Psychology (Box 8380)
1908 2nd Ave. N., Grand Forks, ND 58203
Robert.Bennett@und.nodak.edu

COURTRIGHT, Fr. Raymond P. NC 777-6850
Pastor,
St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center (Box 7034)

DANUSER, Deborah J. OKELL 107 777-2159 (701) 777-9489
Graduate Teaching Assistant,
Communication (Box 7169) 777-2804
3820 Berkeley Dr., #5, Grand Forks, ND 58203
deborah_danuser@und.nodak.edu

FICK, Kathleen T (John) 775-5581 (701) 746-9593
Campus Minister,
Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center (Box 7012)
6205 Lake Dr., Grand Forks, ND 58201
christusrex@und.nodak.edu

HAIVALA, Beth 775-5581 (701) 746-5236
Intern for Outreach and Service,
Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center (Box 7012)
3012 University Ave., Grand Forks, ND 58203-2033
christusrex@und.nodak.edu

HERBECK, Dennis E. OKELL 333 777-4420 (701) 775-9681
(Mary)
Lecturer, Sociology (Box 7136) 777-3596

JAFRI, Syed Z. VAMC 232-3241 (701) 235-5093
(Mahrukh Hussain)
M.D., Cardiology 232-3539
3007 23rd Ave SW, Unit F, Fargo, ND 58103
SZJafri@yahoo.com

JOHNSON, Sam A. OKELL 220 777-2159 (701) 662-5734
(Mary Ann)
Director, Northern Interscholastic Press Assn.,
School of Communication (Box 7169) 777-4785
2312 12th Ave SW, Devils Lake, ND 58301
johnson@sendit.nodak.edu

KOZEL, Michelle L. 317 CB 12 777-4291
Program Coordinator,
Office of Native American Programs (Box 8274) 777-6329
michelle_kozel@und.nodak.edu

LA DUKE, John C. SH 301 777-2621
Professor and Chair,
Biology (Box 9019) 777-4678
john_laduke@und.nodak.edu

MEGORDEN, Tim (Judy) 775-5581 (701) 772-4612
Pastor/Director,
Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center (Box 7012)
3320 Primrose Ct, Grand Forks, ND 58201
christusrex@und.nodak.edu

MILBURN, Lonna T. (Mike) 227-0625 (701) 227-0625
Associate Professor, Nursing
10675 35th St SW, Dickinson, ND 58601
milburnLM@aol.com

MONGEON, Marc A. Hsg 145 777-4251 (701) 780-8807
Network Administrator,
Residence Services (Box 9029) 777-6164
1004 Walnut St., Grand Forks, ND 58201
marc_mongeon@operations.und.edu

PELTIER, Kerrie J. TH 115 777-2279
(Stanley)
Equipment Operator I,
Campus Postal Services (Box 7053)

SAUNDERS, Cheryl E. MU 201 777-4406 (701) 777-9781
(Lee)
Director,
University Learning Center (Box 7124) 777-4390
412 State St., Grand Forks, ND 58203
cheryl_saunders@mail.und.nodak.edu

VORACEK, Seanne L. Christus 775-5581 (701) 772-8976
(Curt)
Secretary,
Christus Rex Lutheran Campus Center (Box 7012)
2023 2nd Ave N., Grand Forks, ND 58203
christusrex@und.nodak.edu

WATKINS, Christie L. UP I 216 777-3562 (701) 787-0727
Graduate Research Assistant,
Civil Engineering (Box 8115) 777-2462
christie_watkins@und.nodak.edu

WILCOX, Cindy ED 303-D 777-3247
ND State Improvement Grant Director,
Teaching and Learning (Box 7189) 777-3247
cindy_wilcox@und.nodak.edu

Student Health Plans Flu Vaccination Clinics
Student Health Service will hold its customary influenza vaccine clinics for employees and students around campus this fall. Exact dates are not available due to the uncertainty of the vaccine arrival date. It seems probable that most clinics will be held during the period of mid-November to mid-December, and they will be in the same format/locations of past years.


Initial clinics will be for those over 60 years of age and for persons with health problems that put them in at high risk for developing complications from influenza: those with acute/chronic heart, kidney, lung and metabolic disorders, and those who have compromised immune systems. These special clinics will be followed by general clinics for those who want to maximize their opportunity to avoid the disease.
The charge is anticipated to remain at $l0 for staff and $6 for students. We will file insurance claims for employees with ND PERS Blue Cross and Blue Shield. This year we ask that you bring your insurance plan number/card to the clinics. We must have the number of the plan holder for filing purposes.

Nominations Sought For “Who’s Who”
Faculty, staff , and students are invited to nominate students for the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges program. This national program honors outstanding students on campuses all across the country. The UND selection committee, composed of faculty, staff, and students, evaluates each applicant on scholarship ability, participation, leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship, service to UND, and potential for future achievements. Each applicant must be currently enrolled at UND and must have earned a minimum of 60 credits by the end of the 2001 summer term.

Nomination forms have been sent to all departments across the UND campus. You are invited to nominate students you believe are deserving of this honor by listing their names and addresses on this form. Feel free to reproduce the form as needed for additional nominations. You may also send an e-mail with the names and addresses to the address below. Once the Leadership Center receives those names, an application will be sent to the student with a cover letter stating who nominated him or her. Upon submission of the applications by the students, the selection committee will meet and select this year’s recipients.

If you have any questions about the process, please call the Leadership Center at 777-4076, or e-mail the Leadership Center at leadership@und.nodak.edu.

 

Studio One Lists Guests
This week on “Studio One,” the destruction of one of the last missile launch facilities in eastern North Dakota will be featured. For the U.S. to adhere to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the Soviet Union, the missile launch facilities in eastern North Dakota must be destroyed. Until its launching capabilities are destroyed, each facility is still considered an active war weapon. We’ll witness this historic event as one of the last facilities is imploded with 850 pounds of explosives.

Optometrist Jeff Yunker will tell us how to choose the safest sunglasses. He says that it is just as necessary to wear sunglasses in the winter as in the summer. Cataracts can form in their eyes as a result of too much ultra-violet light from the sun. Even cloudy days are still dangerous and eye protection should always be worn.

“Studio One” is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live at 5 p.m. on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen at noon, 7 and 11 p.m. daily and on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Prairie Public Television airs “Studio One” on Saturday at 6 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, Minneapolis and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Upcoming U2 Classes Announced


Following are upcoming University Within the University classes.

COMPUTER CENTER: Classes are held in 361 Upson II, and require a working knowledge of Windows or a Windows class. Enrollment is limited to 12 in most cases, so please register early. A $10 manual is optional for Excel and all Word classes. Instructor: Jim Malins.


Laboratory Safety: Oct. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., 235 Rural Technology Center. Learn general lab-safety principles for the use of chemicals in laboratories. The course covers potential health hazards in the laboratory, protective measures, and response to incidents and emergencies. This training is required for all university employees working in a laboratory. Instructor: Greg Krause, Safety and Environmental Health.


You as a Supervisor: Oct. 17, 9 to 11 a.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This session is a presentation on supervisory responsibilities. What is management and how does it apply to you as a supervisor, and how do you apply it in your job as supervisor? Instructor: Desi Sporbert, Personnel Services.


Creating a Web Page using HTML: Oct. 23 and 25, 1:30 to 4 p.m. (five hours total). Learn how to create a Web page with Hyper-Text Markup Language, graphics, and links.
Office Ergonomics: Oct. 24, 2 to 3 p.m., Memorial Union, Sioux Room. Ergonomic principles while working at the computer and other occupational work stations will be reviewed. Components of industrial ergonomics will be included. Information regarding design, ergonomic products, and stretching exercises are discussed in this class. Instructor: Claire Moen.


Defensive Driving: Oct. 24, 6 to 10 p.m., 211 Rural Technology Center. This course is required by State Fleet for all UND employees who drive State Fleet vehicles on a regular (monthly) basis, receive a traffic violation, or had an accident while operating a State Fleet vehicle. Employees are encouraged to bring a family member. This course may also reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Instructor: Mark Frovarp.


Bloodborne Pathogens — An Ounce of Prevention: Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to noon, 235 Rural Technology Center. Because of the increase in hepatitis and HIV cases in the past decade, it is important that persons who work around potentially infectious materials know how to protect themselves. This course will help provide information on what bloodborne pathogens are, and how risks of exposure can be reduced. Instructor: Jason Uhlir, Safety and Environmental Health.


Inventory Control, Property Insurance and Surplus Property Procedures: Oct. 25, 9 to 11 a.m., River Valley Room, Memorial Union. Discuss insurance coverage of equipment, procedures for equipment transfers, deletions, completing annual inventory audit, and procedures for disposing and selling University property. Instructors: Linda Hardin, Accounting Services; Pat Hanson, Payroll; and Lee Sundby, Surplus Property.


Excel 00 — Level III: Oct. 29, 31, and Nov. 2, 9 to 11:45 a.m. (eight hours total). Prerequisite: Excel Level II. Use trend analysis and IF functions, create lookup tables and user defined functions, customize excel and templates.

Word 00 — Level I: Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, 8:15 a.m. to noon (seven and a half hours total). Learn basic features of the program; edit and format multiple documents, create headers and footers, set page numbers and tab stops.

HOW TO REGISTER: Registering for U2 workshops is easy! Contact Amy Noeldner at the University Within the University office by phone (777-2128), fax (777-2140), e-mail (U2@mail.und.nodak.edu), or mail to P.O. Box 7131. To register on-line, go to www.conted.und.edu/U2. Please provide the following information when you register: your name, department, box number, phone number, Social Security number (for accurate record keeping), and e-mail address, the title and date of the event, the method of payment (ID billing, personal check, or credit card number and expiration date) if the event has a fee. When attending computer classes that make books available for a fee, should you opt to ID bill the cost of the book, we ask that you bring a completed ID bill form along with you. This will expedite the billing process. If you are unable to attend an event, please notify the U2 office as soon as possible. Some classes have waiting lists and the courtesy of your notification may allow others to attend a session.

Mortar Board Seeks Donations For Turkey Drive


Imagine Thanksgiving without a turkey and the trimmings to help make the day festive. Many families in the Greater Grand Forks area are without these luxuries each year. You can help fill this need by donating to Mortar Board’s 22nd annual turkey basket drive.

Mortar Board is a senior honor society with over 200 chapters throughout the nation. The UND Quo Vadis Chapter works on several campus and community service projects each year; our largest is the turkey basket drive. Less fortunate families in the Greater Grand Forks area will be able to sign up to receive a basket containing all the trimmings for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Baskets will be distributed the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.

The members of Mortar Board, like all of you, are grieving over the catastrophic incidents that plagued our nation on Sept. 11. Due to our geographic location, many of us feel limited in our abilities to contribute directly to the people in the areas most affected by the tragedies. We understand that you are probably already donating in some way to the country’s relief efforts. Our hope is that you can find it in your hearts to also help us in our endeavors to provide such a simple gift to those in need, here at home.

This project happens only through the continued support of caring individuals like you. Past support from the Grand Forks community has been outstanding. This year our goal is to assist as many of the less fortunate families as possible. The approximate cost of one basket is $40. Your donation will help tremendously. Checks payable to Mortar Board may be mailed to: UND Mortar Board, Box 8385, Grand Forks, ND 58202.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jodi McPherson at 787-2452. Most of us cannot imagine a Thanksgiving without a turkey and all the trimmings. You can help us turn that vision into a reality for 700 less fortunate families in our community this year. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Special Denim Day Donations Break Record
Pat yourself on the back, UND Community! You raised $2,616.25 on the Special Denim Day for those in need in the Attack on America. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army will each receive a check for more than $1,300. Participation was outstanding and the donations more than tripled our previous record.

Grants and Research

University Senate Committee Awards Travel Funds
The Senate scholarly activities committee received 39 requests for travel funds (33 requests for domestic travel funds, six requests for foreign travel) in the September call for proposals. The following awards were made at the committee meeting Sept. 26:

Foreign Travel: Kim Fink (Art), $793.65; Richard Fiordo (Communication), $650; Sergio Gallo (Music), $587.28; Patrick Luber (Art), $1,000; and Eligar Sadeh (Space Studies), $624.

Domestic Travel: James Antes (Psychology), $331.18; Gayle Baldwin (Philosophy and Religion), $196.30; Shelby Barrentine (Teaching and Learning), $131.50; Nancy Beneda (Finance), $331.18; Anthony Borgerding (Chemistry), $219.05; Sandy Braathen (Information Systems and Business Education), $258.38; Eric Burin (History), $332.48; Bruce DiCristina (Sociology/Criminal Justice), $229.45; Sandra Donaldson (English), $159.58; Mary Ebertowski (Pediatrics), $263.90; Julie Gothman (Nutrition and Dietetics), $203.78; James Grijalva (Law), $479.70; Gail Ingwalson (Teaching and Learning), $224.90; Qing Li (Teaching and Learning), $455; Gaya Kanishka Marasinghe (Physics), $390; Helen Melland (Nursing Practice and Professionalism), $260; Katrina Meyer (Teaching and Learning), $298.35; Charles William Miller (Philosophy and Religion), $239.85; Seong-Hyun Nam (Management), $258.38; Matthew Picklo Jr. (Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics), $271.70; Lila Prigge (Information Systems and Business Education), $258.38; Jun Ren (Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics), $292.50; Garl Rieke (Anatomy and Cell Biology), $278.33; Wayne Seames (Chemical Engineering), $370.50; Rick Sweitzer (Biology), $259.68; John Vitton (Management), $200.85; Brian White (Honors), $213.20; Jim Williams (Theatre Arts), $208; Michael Wittgraf (Music), $390; David Yearwood (Industrial Technology), $483.60; Seounmi (Katie) Han Youn (Communication), $227.50; Marcellin Zahui (Mechanical Engineering), $195; and Margaret Zidon (Teaching and Learning), $146.58.

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

NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION RESEARCH (NIDRR)
Research Fellowships provide support for 12 months to perform research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. The maximum award is $45,000 for Merit Fellowships and $55,000 for Distinguished Research Fellowships. Fellows may address problems encountered by persons with disabilities in their daily lives that are due to the presence of a disabling condition, problems associated with provision of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities, and problems connected with the conduct of disability research. To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have at least 7 years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to rehabilitation research and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications. To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, an individual must have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation. Deadline: 11/13/01. Contact: Education Publications Center (ED Pubs), 877/433-7827; fax 301/470-1244; edpubs@inet.ed.gov; http://www.ed.gov/pubs/edpubs.html; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-18969-filed.

Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Projects (ARRT) provide rehabilitation research training and experience at an advanced level to individuals with doctorates or similar advanced degrees who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers, including individuals with disabilities, with particular attention to research areas that support implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act and improve effectiveness of services authorized under the Act. Approximately 5 awards averaging $150,000/year for up to 60 months will be made. Deadline: 11/13/01. Contact: 202/205-8207; fax 202/205-8717; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-18968-filed.

An estimated 30 Field-Initiated Research Project awards, averaging $150,000/year for 36 months, are provided for research or development activities that further one or both of the following purposes: develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities; or improve effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Field-Initiated projects carry out either research or development activities. The NIDRR is particularly interested in applications that address one of the following priorities: a) projects that improve functioning of individuals with hearing-related conditions such as unilateral hearing loss, hyperacusis, tinnitus, or difficulties in using hearing aids or cochlear implants; b) projects that study use of the new “International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health” (ICIDH-2) systems in promoting independence and quality of life of persons with disabilities; c) projects that collaborate with international assistive technology and rehabilitation engineering projects including, but not limited to, those that could be carried out under Science and Technology Agreements between the U.S. and other countries; d) projects that enhance functioning of people with newly recognized disabilities or conditions such as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (CFIDS), and fibromy-algia; and e) projects that use information technology to address rehabilitation and employment needs of individuals who are both deaf and blind.Deadline: 11/13/01. Contact: 202/205-8207; fax 202/205-8717; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-18968-filed.
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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA, AND IMMUNOLOGY (AAAAI)
One President’s Grant-in-Aid Award ($30,000 each for one year) will be presented for each of the following research topics: asthma, allergic rhinits, and allergies. Applicants must be M.D.s, M.D./Ph.D.s, D.O.s, or Ph.D.s. Ph.D. applicants are restricted to those who have received their degree within 3 years of July 1, 1998, and must be endorsed by an AAAAI fellow. Deadline: 11/15/01. Contact: 414/272-6071; fax 414/272-6070; http://www.aaaai.org/professional/grantsandawards/res.../aventis_president_grant_in_aid.st.
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AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES (ACLS)
American Research in the Humanities in the People’s Republic of China. The ACLS will support up to 5 individuals in the social sciences or the humanities with the Ph.D. or equivalent to do in-depth research on China or the Chinese portion of a comparative study. Grants are offered for 4-12 months of research in China. Eligible applicants are U.S. citizens and permanent residents, with a Ph.D. or equivalent, who have lived in the U.S. continuously for at least 3 years by the application deadline. Deadline: 11/15/01. Contact: 212/697-1505; fax 212/949-8058; grants@acls.org; http://www.acls.org/csccguid.htm.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
Modular Phenotyping for Major Mental Disorders (RFA-MH-02-009). The NIMH invites applications that apply recent advances in cognitive and affective science, measurement theory, and psychometrics to identify and assess biological and behavioral indicators related to onset, progression, and treatment responsiveness of major mental disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, unipolar major depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. NIMH encourages research that will: 1) dissect currently defined mental disorder syndromes into component symptom clusters or dimensions; 2) select a specific symptom cluster or dimension (i.e., an illness module) for intensive analysis; 3) model pathological mechanisms that underlie selected clinical phenomenon; and 4) develop and test methods for assessing sensory, cognitive, affective, and/or behavioral systems thought to underpin symptoms and functional impairments. Collaborations are encouraged among researchers examining basic behavioral processes (e.g., cognition, emotion, motivation); clinical investigators studying the etiology, course, and psycho-social treatment of mental and behavioral disorders; psychopharmacologists; and experts in contemporary measurement theory. The total project period may not exceed 5 years; up to $250,000 may be requested for each year. The Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism, “modular grant” and “just-in-time” concepts will be used. Contact: Robert Heinssen, 301/435-0371; fax 301/443-461; rheinsse@mail.nih.gov; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MH-02-009.html. Deadlines: 11/15/02 (Letter of Intent); 12/14/02 (Application).
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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
Biotic Surveys and Inventories. Support is provided for research to document diversity of species throughout the world, especially fungi, prokaryotes, protists, and invertebrate animals from all marine, aquatic, and terrestrial habitats. This will be done as a prologue to investigations of patterns and processes and development of plans for conservation of that diversity. The products of the majority of projects are expected to be new collections, discovery of species new to science, and electronic inventories of those collections and taxa. Some projects may involve extensive use of existing collections and known taxa and should result in production of electronic and electronically accessible specimen-based databases, as well as other electronic information products such as keys, expert identification systems, checklists, descriptions, or taxon databases and authority files. A majority of the awards are for discovery (using traditional and/or molecular techniques), collecting, identifying, classifying and naming biota of a substantial geographic or oceanographic region. Long-term projects to catalog thoroughly a major portion of the biota of a geographic region of continental scale will also be supported. Awards will range from $30,000-$150,000/year for 3 years. Deadline: 11/2/01. Contact: Mary C. Mckitrick, Division of Environmental Biology, 703/292-7190; fax 703/292-9064; mmckitri@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf98158/nsf98158.htm.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL AND CRANIOFACIAL RESEARCH (NIDCR)
Oral Transmission of HIV (RFA-DE-02-001). The NIDCR provides support to stimulate research on oral transmission or inhibition of oral transmission of HIV. Applications are encouraged on: prevention of postnatal transfer of HIV to infants via the oral route; fundamental pathogenic mechanisms associated with oral transmission; basic studies on how the virus enters the tissues, the first and subsequent cells infected, and the role of co-infections and host factors in infection; international studies that use a unique patient population for studies of oral transmission; and inhibition of HIV oral transmission by oral components, and development of potential HIV-inactivating/inhibiting substances. Within these studies, research on the effects of gender, age, race and ethnicity on oral transmission is encouraged. The goal is to reduce or prevent risk of acquisition of HIV via oral transmission through support of basic, epidemiological and clinical research. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Approximately $2 million will be committed in FY 2002 to fund 5-7 new and/or competitive continuation grants. The R01 award mechanism will be used. Deadlines: 11/14/01 (Letter of Intent); 12/14/01 (Application). Contact: Dennis Mangan, 301/594-2421; fax 301/480-8318; Dennis.Mangan@nih.gov;
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-DE-02-001.html.
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NATIONAL RECONNAISSANCE OFFICE (NRO)
The NRO is interested in receiving research and development proposals for the Director’s Innovation Initiative (DII) Program which focuses on New Processing Methods, New Business Practices and New Sources and Sensors. NRO intends to competitively fund research and development for innovative technologies that meet the focus areas set forth in the BAA. Offerors are encouraged to submit ideas that dramatically stretch the current state-of-the-art and have high potential payoff to the NRO mission. The program aims to provide “seed funding” to many different ideas with the goal of transitioning promising projects to other offices or programs for further development. The BAA can be found at the address below. It is expected that multiple awards will result, at a maximum funding level of approximately $350,000 with a 9-month period of performance. Deadline: 11/7/01. Contact: Scott Meder, 703/808-4675; dii@nro.mil; http://dii.westfields.net/info/current/fy02/baa/baa.htm.
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SCHOOL OF AMERICAN RESEARCH (SAR)
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Weatherhead, and Katrin H. Lamon Fellowships provide residential fellowships for scholars who have a Ph.D. at the time of application and whose work falls within the humanities. Scholars engage in manuscript preparation. The fellowships are offered in support of SAR’s focus on scholarship that is broad, synthetic, and interdisciplinary and promises to yield significant advances in understanding human culture, behavior, evolution, or critical contemporary issues. Awards are made to scholars who have completed their research and analysis and need time to think and write about topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from anthropologically informed perspectives in such fields as history, sociology, art, law, and philosophy. Both humanistically and scientifically oriented scholars are encouraged to apply. A stipend of $35,000 is provided; duration is 9 months. The Katrin Lamon Fellowship is awarded to a Native American pre- or postdoctoral scholar. Contact: Resident Scholar Program, 505/954-7201; fax 505/989-9809; scholar@sarsf.org; http://www.sarweb.org/scholars/application.htm; http://www.sarweb.org/scholars/scholars.htm. Deadline : 11/15/01.
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WOODROW WILSON NATIONAL FELLOWSHIP FOUNDATION
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grants in Women’s Studies of $3,000 each are awarded to encourage original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries. Recent research topics have been: Women, Law, and the Victoria Novel; Girls, Boys, and Popular Literature; Development of Opportunities for Rural Women; Birth Control and the American Imagination; African American Women in Electoral Politics; Women, Violence, and Visual Representation in South Africa; and Gender and Race in Colonial New York City. Special grants are also available for dissertations concerning women’s or children’s health. Eligible applicants are students in doctoral programs who have completed all pre-dissertation requirements by October 26, 2001, in any field of study at graduate schools in the U.S. Contact: Dissertation Grants in Women’s Studies, 609/452-7007; fax 609/452-0066; charlotte@woodrow.org; http://www.woodrow.org/womens-studies/purpose.html. Deadline : 11/05/2001.
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
Strengthening Awards--Research Career Enhancement (Sabbatical) Awards, Seed Grants, Equipment Grants, and Standard Research Project Awards are provided to faculty members at small and mid-sized U.S. institutions. Proposed research must be in one of the following USDA areas of interest: Natural Resources and the Environment; Nutrition, Food Safety, and Health; Animals; Biology and Management of Pests and Beneficial Organisms; Plants; Markets, Trade, and Rural Development; Enhancing Value and Use of Agriculture and Forest Products; and Agricultural Systems. Collaborative arrangements are encouraged. Career Enhancement Awards provide one year’s salary plus supplies, as an opportunity for faculty to enhance their research capabilities. Equipment Grants provide one major piece of equipment within the cost range of $10,000-$250,000; the amount requested shall not exceed 50% percent of the cost or $50,000, whichever is less. Seed Grants provide up to $75,000 over 2 years to collect preliminary data in preparation for applying for a standard research grant from the USDA. Information on specific programs is available at the contact address. Deadlines: 11/15/01, 12/15/01, 1/15/02, 2/15/02. Note: Applicable deadline is that of the research program to which the proposal is being submitted. Contact : 202/401-5048; psb@reeusda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri.

Entomology and Nematology--Standard Research Grants provide 3-4 years of support for research on interactions of insects, mites, and parasitic nematodes with plants, including physiological, biochemical, and ecological mechanisms of plant defense, mechanisms of insect or nematode response to these defenses, and genetics of these interactions. Studies on pests infesting stored and transported agricultural products, urban landscapes and pests affecting livestock and fundamental studies on agents controlling these pests are appropriate. Studies in the following areas of insect and nematode biology are encouraged: physiology; chemical ecology; endocrinology; population dynamics; genetics, including functional genomics; ecology and behavior; pathology; predator/parasite/pest relationships; and toxicology, including fundamental pesticide resistance studies. Awards will not exceed $300,000; duration may be up to 4 years. Deadline: 1/15/02. Contact: NRI, Proposal Service Unit, 202/401-5114; mpurcell@reeusda.gov; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri; http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=2001_register&docid=01-20632-filed.
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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL (NRC)
Hughes Predoctoral Fellowships in Biological Sciences support students enrolled in full-time study who have completed less than one year of graduate study toward an M.S., a Ph.D. or an Sc.D. degree in the biological sciences. Students who hold/are pursuing medical or dental degrees (M.D., D.O., D.V.M., D.D.S.) may also be eligible. Students with U.S. citizenship may take the fellowship abroad. Non-U.S. citizens must study in the U.S. The stipend amount is $21,000/year for 5 years. Deadline: 11/13/01. Contact: Fellowship Office, 202/334-2872; fax 202/334-3419; infofell@nas.edu;
http://www4.nationalacademies.org/pga/fo.nsf/web/hhmi_predoctoral?OpenDocument.

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