University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 38, Number 9, October 27, 2000
UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm
The University Relations Office maintains an index for the University Letter.
STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE
You're invited to take part in UND's Strategic Planning Process: www.und.edu/stratplan.
FLYING TEAM WINS REGIONAL NIFA CHAMPIONSHIP
The UND Flying Team again captured the overall team championship in the Region V National Intercollegiate Flying Associations (NIFA) Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) held in St. Cloud, Minn., this past weekend. UND soared in both ground and flight event scores, defeating the other three participating flying teams with an overall score of 250. Mankato State University placed second with a score of 166; St. Cloud State University placed third with a score of 143; and the University of Dubuque took fourth with a score of 72.
The Flying Team has won the Regional Conference championship since 1972 with the exception of fall 1975 and fall 1988 and has retained the National NIFA Conference title for 11 of the past 16 years. The next competition will be the national championship to be held in Grand Forks on May 15-19, 2001. Thirty teams, representing 11 regions from around the country, are expected to participate.
SEMINAR WILL FOCUS ON DATABASE ARCHITECTURE OF 5ESS SWITCH
The University community is invited to a seminar by Timothy LaBerge from Lucent Technologies in Chicago. Dr. LaBerge will present "Database Architecture of the 5ESS Switch" at noon Thursday, Oct. 26, in 217 Harrington Hall. This is a real-time, distributed, relational database. He will also discuss how this architecture influences reliability, maintenance, and recovery. There are more than 3000 5ESS switches installed worldwide, serving more than 200 million lines. For more information, please contact me.
Hossein Salehfar, Electrical Engineering, 777-4432, email@example.com.
REGIONAL STUDENT HOUSING CONFERENCE PLANNED AT UND
UND residence hall leaders will host the Midwest Association of College and Residence Halls (MACURH 2000) Conference this weekend on campus, Oct. 27-28. MACURH is the Midwest affiliate of the National Association of Colleges and University Residence Halls (NACURH) with members from seven states and one Canadian province including Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and Manitoba.
The conference, titled "MACURH Island 2000 Discover the Leader in You," will host 50 member universities with an anticipated 750 attendees. More than 90 programming sessions will be held for students, including several keynote speakers. Over 200 UND students in various planning and operating capacities will participate.
NACURH is the largest and oldest student-run, non-profit corporation in the United States. Its purpose is to design and facilitate programs and informational services to promote the educational goals of residence hall students through discussion groups, seminars, and speakers at the annual conferences and other means of information exchange throughout the year.
Mark Hudson, Interim Associate Director of Residence Services.
GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY
The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 30, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley hall. The agenda will include:
1. Consideration of a request by the Geography department to change GEOG 537, Graduate Cooperative Education, to S/U grading only, and change the credits from 1-6 to 1-3.
2. Consideration of a request by the College of Business and Public Administration to:
a. Add 3 credits of POLS 580, Administrative Internship, as an admission requirement
b. Accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT for admission to the MPA program (except for those students wishing to be considered for graduate teaching assistantships)
3. Consideration of a proposal by the Physical Therapy department regarding collaborative research
4. Consideration of a proposal by the School of Communication to offer a Ph.D. in Communication and Public Discourse.
5. Matters arising.
-- Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.
SEMINAR TO CONSIDER CARDIAC COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES
The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology welcomes Paul Epstein (Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics), as a speaker in their seminar series Monday, Oct. 30. The seminar from noon to 1 p.m. is titled "Transgenic Studies of Diabetes and Its Cardiac Complications," and will be held in the Frank N. Low Conference Room, Room B710 of the E.C. James Research Facility of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. All interested faculty, staff and students are welcome.
Kenneth Ruit, Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.
LOTUS MEDITATION CENTER WILL HOLD BOOK DISCUSSIONS
Insight meditation and discussion of a book by Wes Nisker, "Buddha's Nature: A Practical Guide to Discovering Your Place in the Cosmos," is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and 13 in the Lotus Meditation Center, 2908 University Ave. The leader for the discussion is Jeff Grimm of Portland, N.D. All are welcome. For more information, call 772-2161.
Tamar Read, Professor Emeritus of Music.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS RESEARCHER TO PRESENT SEMINAR
George DeVries, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy at Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago and the Hines Veterans Hospital, will present a seminar titled "Neuroregulins, Nogo, and Plasticity" Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 11 a.m. in 3933 Edwin James Research Center, School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. DeVries is internationally known in the area of multiple sclerosis research. This seminar is the second in a series of seminars emphasizing the Neurosciences and is hosted by the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics. All interested students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Questions regarding this seminar or others in this exciting series should be directed to me.
Eric Murphy, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Therapeutics, 777-3450.
UNION PLANS TREATS FOR HALLOWEEN
Are you thinking all the Halloween fun shouldn't be just for the kids? Want to dress up as your favorite character for Halloween? Then make the Memorial Union your favorite haunt and join us for a day of fun Tuesday, Oct. 31. All day, trick or treat candy, Copy Stop, Main Office, Student Organizations Center; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hot apple cider, Student Government; 2 to 4 p.m., ice cream social, Lifetime Sports Area; 3 p.m., campus wide costume contest, Lifetime Sports Area.
Susan Johnson, Coordinator, Student Organizations, Memorial Union.
DOCTORAL EXAMINATION SET FOR JENNIFER MCDERMOTT
The final examination for Jennifer McDermott, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in 212 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Relationship Between Women's Perceptions of Sexual Threat and Sexual Abuse History." Alan King (Psychology) is the committee chair. Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.
Carl Fox, Interim Dean, Graduate School.
DANCE MARATHON HOLDS SPAGHETTI FEED FOR CHARITY
UND Dance Marathon for Kids is hosting an "all you can eat" spaghetti feed Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the International Centre. All proceeds will be donated to MeritCare Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network. This event is $5 and is open to all UND students and community members.
Meaghan Nelson, Public Relations, UND Dance Marathon.
UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETS NOV. 2
The University Senate will meet Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4:05 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall.
2) Minutes of the previous meeting and business arising from the minutes.
3) Question Period.
4) Annual Report of the General Education Requirements Committee. Nels Forsman, Chair. (Attachment No. 1)
5) Annual Report of the Assessment Committee. Sara Hanhan, for the Committee. (Attachment No. 2)
6) Annual Report of the Standing Committee on Faculty Rights. Randy Lee, for the Committee. (Attachment No. 3)
7) Senate Executive Committee recommendation for a Senate Bylaws amendment to clarify that the immediate past chair serves on that Committee even if no longer a member of the University Senate, and to provide for a replacement should the immediate past chair be unavailable to serve. Randy Lee, Senate Chair. (Attachment No. 4)
8) Recommendations from the Curriculum Committee for New Program Requests and new course requests. David Perry, Chair. (Attachment No. 5)
9) Report from Student Government. Student Body President Berly Nelson.
Nancy Krogh (University Registrar), Secretary, University Senate.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS LIST THURSDAY NIGHT EVENT
The International Centre will hold Nepal Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Sharon Rezac Anderson Cultural Room, International Centre, 2908 University Ave. The event is free and open to all.
DISTINGUISHED LECTURER WILL PRESENT LEEPS LECTURE
LEEPS (Leading Edge of Earth and Planetary Sciences) lectures will be presented by Garry Karner, JOI/USSAC Distinguished Lecturer, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in the Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl (Room 100) Friday, Nov. 3. At noon, he will consider "The Ocean Drilling Program as a Research Tool: Effective, Political or Exciting?" And at 3 p.m. Dr. Karner will discuss "The Power of Quantitative Basin Analysis in Solving Tectonic Problems: Application to the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Continental Margins."
Dr. Karner, originally from South Australia, received his undergraduate degree from Flinders University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1983. He is presently a senior research scientist at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y.
The LEEPS lecture series is supported by the Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. All interested persons are welcome to attend.
Dexter Perkins, Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering.
YOGA CLASSES OFFERED AT LOTUS MEDITATION CENTER
Yoga classes begin Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Lotus Meditation Center. The six-week session will end Dec. 14. Call Dyan Rey, Instructor, at 772-8840 or 777-2419 for information or to register. Pre-registration is necessary as space is limited.
Dyan Rey, Lecturer, Art.
RESEARCHER WILL DISCUSS DISSOCIATIVE IDENTITY DISORDER
The Psychology Department will hold a colloquium in which Brady Phelps, South Dakota State University Department of Psychology, will present "Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Relevance of Behavior Analysis." The colloquium is set for Friday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. in 102 Nursing Building. Everyone is welcome.
FREE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT OF COUNSELING
The Department of Counseling is offering two free workshops to faculty, staff and students on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 3 and 4. The first workshop, "Harm Reduction and Motivating Behavior Change," will be offered Nov. 3, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will focus on providing an understanding of health-related behavior change from the perspective of the transtheoretical model of change. Workshop participants will gain familiarity and a basic level of ability to apply this model to effect behavior change with regard to various high risk behaviors.
The second workshop, "Developing an HIV Prevention Intervention for MSM and Gay/Bisexual Men" will be offered Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will focus on developing an HIV/AIDS harm reduction intervention derived from the transtheoretical model of change. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of the basic group facilitation skills which are necessary to implement an intervention.
The consultant for both workshops is Lee Faver, a licensed psychologist who is nationally recognized for his work in HIV prevention and behavior change for high risk behaviors. Dr. Faver is the president of Success Work in Buffalo, N.Y.
Continuing education credits are available for psychologists, licensed professional counselors and addiction counselors, and application has been made for continuing education for social workers. Both workshops will be held on campus. Registration deadline is Oct. 27.
For more information contact me.
-- David Whitcomb, Department of Counseling, 777-3738, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGN UP NOW FOR NOV. 9 SERVICE LEARNING SESSIONS
In our earlier announcement of three sessions on service learning, scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 9, we neglected to mention that participants must sign up in advance for two of the sessions.
If you plan to attend either or both of the following sessions, please let us know by Friday, Nov. 3. To sign up, call Jana Hollands at 777-4998 and leave your name, department, and phone number.
9 to 11 a.m., Memorial Room, Memorial Union, "Making Service Learning Work." A nuts and bolts discussion of techniques for teaching and coordinating courses with a service learning component. Topics will include: course design, ways of integrating service learning into academic work, methods of evaluating student work, and ways of establishing ongoing community involvement.
Noon to 1 p.m., Badlands Room, Memorial Union, "What Is Service Learning?" A more general box lunch discussion with an informal presentation on the meaning of service learning, its history, its potential benefits to the community, students, and the University.
The third session on ways of introducing writing into courses with service learning components, especially composition and literature courses, is part of the English Department Lecture Series and does not require advance sign up. That session is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. in 116 Merrifield Hall. Guest speaker for all three sessions is Julie Plaut, Associate Director of Minnesota Campus Compact.
Libby Rankin, Office of Instructional Development.
WORKSHOPS OFFERED THROUGH CONTINUING EDUCATION
Are you interested in obtaining a competitive edge in grant development or learning tips and techniques from veteran grant writers? Would you like to enhance your skills that you bring to your present worksite and any future jobs?
The Division of Continuing Education is sponsoring two grantwriting workshops, designed for both beginning and seasoned grantwriters. The workshops cover such areas as grants planning, identifying a funding source, grant development and follow-up.
The workshops are led by Karen Berthold (Assistant Dean of Outreach Programs) and Lynette Krenelka (Extended Degree Programs and Corporate Engineering Degree Programs), both with extensive experience in administration, teaching, consulting and participating in the grants process. They have received a combined total of more than $4 million in grants through a variety of funding sources.
The one-day conferences are scheduled for Crookston, Minn., at the Northland Inn Tuesdays, Dec. 5, and for Fargo, at the Ramada Plaza Suites on Dec. 12. The conferences run from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The fee for the workshop is $175, which includes a two- inch binder of resource materials and refreshment breaks.
For more information, to request a brochure, or to register, please call Allison Knight or Brenda Keller at 777-2663 or e-mail us at email@example.com.
Allison Knight, Continuing Education.
JANUARY 2001 UNIVERSITY SENATE MEETING DATE CHANGED
The Executive Committee of the University Senate has rescheduled the January 2001 meeting of the University Senate from Thursday, Jan. 4 (when the University is not in session) to Jan. 11 (when it is). The deadline for committee reports and agenda items for the Jan. 11 meeting has been set as 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. The agenda deadline has already passed for the Nov. 2 meeting, and the deadline for submission of agenda items and committee reports for the Dec. 7 meeting of the University Senate is 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24.
-- Randy Lee (Law), Chairperson, University Senate.
SURVEY WILL BE CONDUCTED TO HELP DETERMINE INDIRECT COST RATES
The Budget Office, with assistance of consultants DMG Maximus, is in the process of preparing the University's Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Rate Proposal which determines indirect cost rates for grants, contracts and other agreements. As a required part of the F&A Rate Proposal, we will conduct a space survey of selected departments across campus. Those departments will be contacted in the near future for information regarding functional use (instruction, research, etc.) of space in their areas. We also may contact departments for further information regarding financial data. We appreciate any help received.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 777-6155.
Dawn Pladson, Budget Office.
AMERICAN EXPRESS PROGRAM WILL MOVE TO ACCOUNTING SERVICES
Effective Wednesday, Nov. 1, the American Express Corporate Card Program will be administered by the Accounting Services Office, 100 Twamley Hall. If you would like an application to apply for an American Express Corporate Card or have questions, please contact Bonnie Nerby at 777-2966.
Vice President for Finance and Operations Office.
BADLANDS, PLAINS, PRAIRIE E-MAIL ADDRESSES WILL BE RETIRED
Are you ready for the Wednesday, Nov. 1, retirement of Badlands, Plains and Prairie? Do you still use Badlands, Plains or Prairie for e-mail or dial-up access to the UND modem pool? Do you still have PINE mail folders or files on the system that you want to keep? Do you need to switch your electronic mail list (e.g. Listserv) subscriptions to your new address? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you may want to contact the Computer Center Help Desk at 777-2222 or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Act now before it's too late!
FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE FOR HIGH-RISK PATIENTS
Because of a delay in vaccine production this flu season, flu shots currently are being provided only to people at high risk for serious illnesses if they contact the flu. The flu shot also is being given to people who are in close contact with high-risk individuals. Flu shots will be offered to others at a later date, most likely in late November and early December.
The decision to immunize certain high-risk groups first was made in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Local public health units and private clinics in North Dakota are participating in a nationwide effort to address the vaccine delay.
Please watch for announcements of additional flu shot clinics in the Dakota Student, University Letter, Channels 3 and 17, posters and flyers, and if possible by e-mail.
The current schedule for Student Health Flu shot clinics is:
High risk students only: Wednesday, Nov. 1: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Old Bookstore, Memorial Union; 4 to 9 p.m., Room 55, Wilkerson Complex.
High risk employees only: Thursday, Nov. 2, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oak Room, Facilities; 2:30 to 5 p.m., McCannel Atrium.
High risk students and employees: Friday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or until vaccine is depleted, McCannel Atrium.
High risk factors include:
* People age 65 and older
* Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities that house people of any age with chronic medical conditions
* Adults and children who have chronic disorders of the pulmonary or cardiovascular systems, including asthma
* Adults and children who have required regular medical follow-up or hospitalization during the preceding year because of chronic metabolic diseases (including diabetes mellitus), renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies, or immunosuppression (including immunosuppresion caused by medications or by human immunodeficiency virus)
* Children and teenagers (6 months to 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and who, therefore, might be at risk for developing Reye syndrome after influenza infection
* Women who will be in the second or third trimester of pregnancy during the influenza season
* Physicians, nurses and other personnel in both hospital and outpatient-care settings, including emergency response workers
* Employees of nursing homes and chronic-care facilities who have contact with patients or residents
* Employees of assisted living and other residences for people in high-risk groups
* People who provide home care to those in high-risk groups
* Household members (including children) of people in high-risk groups
Student Health plans to conduct additional clinics for students, faculty and staff, not in the high-risk group, later in November and December. Clinic locations will include Twamley Hall, EERC, Aerospace Sciences, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, McCannel Atrium, and possibly Wilkerson Hall.
The cost for the student is $6. For employees with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Student Health has arranged to bill insurance providers and accept their payment as payment in full. Employees without insurance, or insurance other than Blue Cross and Blue Shield, will be charged $10 when they receive their vaccination.
Student Health Services.
STUDIO ONE LISTS GUESTS
This week on "Studio One," professional photographer Joi Roiland will discuss how to take the perfect family portrait. Her work includes shooting weddings, modeling portfolios, and family portraits. Roiland will give tips that will help a family prepare for a portrait sitting, and says black and white photography has become a new trend for families having their portraits taken.
"Studio One" will also feature a segment about the UND Clothesline Project. UND held its sixth annual display of the Clothesline Project, a visual display of T-shirts that bear witness to the effects of domestic violence in our society. The project helps people gain awareness of domestic abuse.
"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays at 5 p.m. 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.
Mark Renfandt, UND Studio One Marketing Team.
LATEST ISSUE OF NORTH DAKOTA QUARTERLY AVAILABLE
The latest issue of "North Dakota Quarterly," just published, contains a wide range of seven articles and essays, seven stories, four poems, and six reviews. One emphasis in the issue is American Indian life and art, including a story by Richard Crawford (Biology). The American Indian two stories and three articles are a preview of the next double issue devoted entirely to American Indian subjects.
Other local authors represented in the current issue are Mary Ellen Caldwell and Susan Koprince (English) and Thomas Matchie (NDSU-English). The striking cover art, "Carne Kine," is from a colorful drawing by Gary Nupdal (Art).
Copies are available in the North Dakota Museum of Art and the UND Barnes and Noble Bookstore ($8 each). Annual subscriptions for four richly varied issues cost only $25. Please write NDQ at Box 7209 or phone 777-3322 or e-mail at email@example.com.
Robert W. Lewis, Editor, North Dakota Quarterly.
DUE DATES LISTED FOR APPOINTMENT/REVISION FORMS
Notice of Appointment/Appointment Revision forms should be forwarded to the appropriate approving office as employment actions occur, rather than accumulating these forms until the due date. The following due dates are being provided to assist you in determining when a form will be processed. Forms received after these due dates/times will be processed for the following payday.
Pay Day Due by Noon in Payroll
Oct. 31, 2000 Oct. 25
Nov. 15, 2000 Nov. 9
Nov. 30, 2000 Nov. 24
Dec. 15, 2000 Dec. 9
Dec. 29, 2000 Dec. 22
Jan. 12, 2001 Jan. 8, 2001
Thank you, in advance, for the timely submission of your departmental paperwork. It is sincerely appreciated.
Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll/Risk Management.
EXAM SCORING SOFTWARE WILL BE UPDATED
Because our exam scoring software has been discontinued, we have purchased new software to replace the obsolete program. The new software requires we use more up-to-date forms, which will be available at the Bookstore in December. These forms should not be used until Jan. 1, 2001; the current forms will be usable until Dec. 31. Please manage your inventory accordingly. Instructional materials will follow; you may call the Computer Center help desk at 777-2222 with questions.
Help Center, Computer Center.
MORTAR BOARD SEEKS DONATIONS FOR THANKSGIVING BASKETS
The holiday season is drawing closer and Thanksgiving is the start of that season. The UND Mortar Board is again sponsoring the 22nd Annual Turkey Basket Drive to aid Grand Cities area families in need. This tremendous effort is made possible solely through donations.
Mortar Board is again asking for your help in reaching out to the families in the area who need assistance in making Thanksgiving a special time. The estimated cost of assembling a turkey basket is $35. If you would like to contribute, please send your contribution to: Mortar Board, c/o Barry Stinson, International Centre, Box 7109, Grand Forks, ND 58202.
Last year, 550 turkey baskets were assembled by Mortar Board members for needy families in the area. If you have any questions please contact Rochelle Bollman, Chair/Treasurer, 746-0926, or Barry Stinson, Faculty Advisor, 772-3948. Your help and support is greatly appreciated by many families and by the UND Mortar Board.
Jan Orvik, Editor, for Mortar Board.
STAFF SENATE HAS 31 DAYS OF GLORY RAFFLE TICKETS FOR SALE
The Staff Senate is now selling "31 Days of Glory" raffle tickets. For $20, you can purchase a ticket. In December, one name will be drawn each day. Mondays through Saturdays, $100 will be given away and on Sundays, $500 will be awarded, totaling 26 days at $100 and five days at $500 each. The name that is drawn each day will be thrown back into the barrel, so you could win more than once.
Only 400 tickets will be sold for this raffle! Get yours while they are available: contact a Staff Senator now. The names of Staff Senators are listed on page 20 of the new UND Directory. All proceeds will go toward UND Staff Senate Scholarship awards. Thank you for your support.
STAFF SENATE COOKBOOKS ON SALE
There are still a few UND Staff Senate cookbooks for sale. This is the remainder of our second shipment, and no more will be ordered. Christmas is right around the corner, so get yours while supplies last.
The cookbooks are $12 each and contain recipes collected from staff, faculty and students. You can purchase one from staff senators on the Fundraising/Scholarship committee: Beth Kasprick, Tom Swangler, Mike Powers, DeeAnn Bilben, Eileen Nelson, Kay Williams, Sherri Korynta, Lee Troutman, Bonny Grosz, Jerry Severson, Karie Bertsch, LuAnn Anderson and Marlys Escobar. Proceeds will go toward UND Staff Senate Scholarship awards.
ORPD WILL ASSIST FACULTY WHO WISH TO ATTEND FIPSE WORKSHOPS
Technical workshops for the Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE) Program competition will present program information and answer questions about FIPSE priorities for FY 2001. Space is limited. Register by sending an e-mail message with subject header "Workshop 2000" to Levenia_Ishmell@ed.gov. You must use the subject header "Workshop 2000" to register. You will receive an e-mail reply with exact information on workshop locations. All registrants are asked to bring their printed e-mail confirmation to the workshop. Workshops will be held at the following locations:
Friday, Nov. 3, University of North Carolina, Charlotte; Monday, Nov. 6, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C.; Monday, Nov. 13, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill.; Wednesday, Nov. 15, California State University, San Bernadino, Calif.
More information about the FY2001 FIPSE competition is available on the Department of Education web site at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OPE/FIPSE/. The Office of Research and Program Development will assist faculty in travel funds to attend one of these workshops. Contact me if you need more information.
-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, sally_eckert- firstname.lastname@example.org, or 777-2049.
ND WRRI SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
The N.D. Water Resources Research Institute announces its 2001 Graduate Research Fellowship program. NDSU and UND graduate students who are conducting or planning research in water resource areas may apply for fellowships varying from three summer months to a full year in duration. Stipends average $1,250 per month. The fellowship funds must be applied between March 2001 and February 2002.
Projects proposed for fellowship support should relate to water resources research issues in the state or region. Regional, state, or local collaborations or co-funding will strengthen an application.
Applications are due in the office of the director Monday, Nov. 20, for review by a panel of faculty and state water resources research professionals. Announcement of awards will be made by early January.
Consult the ND WRRI website, www.nodak.edu/wrri, for background on the program and guidelines for preparation of applications. Fellowships have matching requirements. Applicants and advisors who are new to the program are urged to contact me.
- G. J. McCarthy, ND WRRI Director, at 231-7193, or Greg_McCarthy@ndsu.nodak.edu.
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 INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
Investigator-Initiated Conference Grants (R13) and Cooperative Agreement Awards (U13) support scientific meetings, conferences, and workshops relevant to the scientific mission of NIH and to public health. Most institutes grant R13 or U13 awards in their scientific areas of interest, but several require a letter describing the planned event before submitting an application. Prospective applicants should review guidelines for the institute appropriate for their discipline. Deadlines: 2/1/01, 6/1/01, 10/1/01. Contact: NIH web site for institute information: http://www.nih.gov/icd/. Program announcement web site: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-151.html.
National Research Service Awards for Institutional Grants (NRSA) use the T32 funding mechanism to provide support to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals, selected by the institution, training for careers in specified areas of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. The program supports predoctoral, postdoctoral, and short-term research training experiences. Predoctoral research training must emphasize fundamental training in areas of biomedical and behavioral sciences. Research training at the postdoctoral level must emphasize specialized training to meet national research priorities in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences. Trainees appointed to the program must have the opportunity to carry out supervised biomedical or behavioral research with the primary objective of developing or extending their research skills and knowledge in preparation for a research career. Deadlines: 1/10, 5/10, 9/10 (BUT not all institutes and centers review applications on all three dates). Contact: Institute appropriate to your area for guidelines. Additional information is available at 301/435-0714; email@example.com; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-00-103.html.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH (NIMH)
The NIMH provides support for Social Work Research Development Centers (SWRDC) focused on development of social work research in all areas of mental health research. Each SWRDC must consist of two components: NIMH SWRDC Infrastructure Improvement Plan and NIMH SWRDC Research Enhancement Proposal(s). The overall goal is to strengthen institutional infrastructure and develop the capability of faculty members within academic social work settings to carry out mental health research. The Infrastructure Improvement Plan must address major scientific knowledge gaps and needs in men-tal health research in one or more core research areas and must have a plan for developing the research infrastructure needed to build the capacity to do research in one or more core areas. In addition to the Infrastructure Improvement Plan support, the Enhancement Proposals component provides support for one or more research projects by SWRDC participants. The maximum request for an Infrastructure Improvement award (R24) is $400,000 direct costs per year. Individual Research Enhancement Projects (R24) are limited to $250,000 direct costs per year. Contact: Della M. Hann, 301/443-1616; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-130.html. Deadline: 6/1/01.
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NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI)
The NCI provides support for Small Grants (R03) in cancer control behavioral research. Small grants are short-term awards to provide support for pilot projects, development and testing of new methodologies, secondary data analyzes, or innovative projects that provide a basis for more extended research. The following program areas focused on behavior and cancer are appropriate for small research grant applications: screening and early detection, cancer control sciences, tobacco prevention and cessation, applications research, health communications and bioinformatics, basic behavioral research, surveillance, and survivorship. Deadline(s): 12/20/00, 4/20/01, 8/20/01. Contact: Veronica Y. Chollette, Public Health Advisor, Applied Sociocultural Research Branch, 301/435-2837; email@example.com; http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-99-006.html.
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PFIZER INC., U.S. PHARMACEUTICALS GROUP
Support is provided to nurse scholars for Postdoctoral Fellowships in Nursing Research: Innovations in Health Outcomes. Health outcomes research is defined as the study of functional states, impairments, perceptions, and social opportunities influenced by disease, injury, treatment or health policy, including etiology, diagnosis, and intervention. Research may address clinical strategies and effectiveness, innovative outcomes measures, and quality of life. Applicants must be professional registered nurses who have earned a doctoral degree (Ph.D., DrPH, or DNSc) after 1995. A maximum of $65,000/year for 2 years is available for 2 fellowships. Deadline: 12/1/00. Contact: Program Coordinator, Pfizer Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, 33 Main Street, Old Saybrook, CT 06475; 800/201-1214; http://www.physicianscientist.com/pdf2001/nrsgrsch.pdf.
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WASHINGTON INTERNSHIPS FOR STUDENTS OF ENGINEERING
The sponsor awards summer internships for graduate and undergraduate students to spend the summer in Washington, D.C., to learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions. Appli-cants must be U.S. citizens. Awards provide an $1,800 stipend for the 10-week period. Contact: Anne Hickox, 724/776-4841 x7476; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.wise-intern.org/apply.html. Deadline: 12/1/00.
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, BATELLE
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. Preference will be given to those who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, one of the following specialties: 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; manufacturing sciences and engineering; mathematics; mechanical engineering; naval architecture and ocean engineering; oceanography; physics (including optics); and nanotechnology. Eligible applicants are at or near the beginning of graduate study in science or engineering. Stipends are $19,000, $20,000 and $21,000 for the first, second, and third year periods, respectively. Deadline: 1/17/01. Contact: Michael Moore, NDSEG Fellowship Program, American Society for Engineering Education, 202/331-3509; email@example.com; http://www.asee.org/ndseg/.
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AMERICAN EXPRESS PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAM
Grants are provided to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations primarily for projects in cultural heritage and economic independence. Grantmaking within the cultural heritage area emphasizes: public aware-ness of the importance of historic and environmental preservation; preservation and management of major tourism sites; direct support for important cultural institutions and major projects in the visual and performing arts that are representative of national, regional, and local cultures; accessibility to the arts and assistance to organizations in developing new audiences. Projects of interest in economic independence are initiatives that encourage, sustain, and develop economic self-reliance through pro-grams that: serve youth, emphasizing school to career and other career readiness programs with the retail, travel and hospitalities industry; build awareness about career and employment options for individuals facing significant barriers to employment; provide education, training and workplace experiences in order that they may actively pursue these options; and provide education in the fundamentals of business and economics, the importance of savings, the basics of personal financial management, and related consumer issues. Programs that promote entrepreneurship and small business are also considered. Deadline: None. Contact: American Express Company, World Financial Center, New York, NY 10285-4803; 212/640-5661; http://home3.americanexpress.com/corp/philanthropy/.
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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PETROLEUM GEOLOGISTS FOUNDATION
In order to foster research in the geosciences, the Foundation provides funds to graduate students whose thesis research has application to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-mineral resources, and/or to related environmental geology issues. Eligible applicants are graduate students enrolled in a Masters or Ph.D. program. A number of awards are available, ranging between $500 and $2000 each. Deadline: 1/31/01. Contact: Grants-in-Aid Coordinator, AAPG Foundation, P.O. Box 979, Tulsa, OK 74101-0979; 918/584-2555 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowships for Young Scholars provide support to non-tenured faculty or doctoral candidates at the dissertation stage for research in the collections of the Huntington Library. The collection includes works in British and American history, literature, art history, the history of science, and medicine. Special areas of strength include the Middle Ages, Renaissance, 19th- and 20th-century literature, British drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. The amount of the award is $2,300/month for 1-3 months. Contact: Robert C. Ritchie, 626/405-2194; email@example.com; http://www.huntington.org/ResearchDiv/Fellowships.html. Deadline: 12/15/00.
Barbara Thom Postdoctoral Fellowships are for non-tenured faculty who are revising a manuscript for publication and must perform research in the collections of the Huntington Library. An award of $30,000 is available for 9-12 months. Deadline/Contact: See above.
Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships are available for those who received the Ph.D. or equivalent by June 2000 for research in the collections of the Huntington Library. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals, and must be pursuing scholarship in a field appropriate to the Library's collections. Preference will be given to scholars who have not held a major award in the 3 years preceding the year of this award. The award provides $30,000 for 4-12 months. Deadline/Contact: See above.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
The U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI) solicits new proposals for its Fiscal Year 2001 contract program of fundamental research in behavioral science. The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) details scientific problems for basic research of interest to the Army. A) Basic Research-Training--The Army seeks continuous improvement in how the training mission is performed. Research is sought to: a) examine and predict usefulness of technologies such as desktop videoconferencing, virtual whiteboards, and multi-user simulation environments for training applicable knowledge and performance; b) understand the role of the instructor leading to improved instructor models for simulation-based learning systems; and c) understand the role of self-management skills and other concepts in self-directed learning. To better understand the fundamentals of team learning, the Army seeks research that will: a) result in theories regarding development of collective and team skills; and b) result in a better understanding of the mechanisms of learning and skill retention in collaborative and problem-based learning. B) Basic Research-Soldiers Recruiting--Recruiting involves understanding individual choice in the context of interacting societal and military factors. Such choices are complex and involve major life decisions. The ARI supports research leading to a better understanding of how such choices are made, including the factors that most directly impact upon them. They are interested in supporting development of a longitudinal model of occupational choice broad enough to encompass decisions impacted upon by the recruiting process leading to a choice to enlist or not enlist. C) Basic Research-Leadership--The skills necessary for successful leadership change during a career as people move from one organizational level to another. The ability of someone to change is a function of several underlying attributes that apply to learning, including self-awareness, the ability to learn from experience and formal sources, and the ability to integrate learned material. The Army is interested in funding research leading to increased knowledge about how these and other attributes operate, manifest themselves, and interact with the changing requirements of leadership through a career. D) Basic Research-Social Structures Affecting Army Performance--The Army does not exist in a vacuum. It is a component of the overall societal system and is affected by changes in that system. They are interested in supporting creative research for understanding how major societal conditions and trends, changing Army missions, and Army culture influence morale, cohesion, discipline, and military performance. Awards are generally 1-3 years, but short-term high-risk projects are also welcome. Deadline: 2/21/01. Contact: Michael Drillings, Defense Supply Service, 703/617-8641; firstname.lastname@example.org; http://188.8.131.52/baa01.html.
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The Learning Network Grants Program funds projects which demonstrate effective and innovative uses of technology in supporting families, schools and communities to accomplish the following: encourage family involvement in education; provide professional development opportunities for educators and assist in preparation of future teachers; and develop and implement plans to promote lifelong learning and community collaboration. Deadline: None. Contact: Secretary, 212/387-4801; http://www.att.com/foundation/guidelines.html.
-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.
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