University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 37, Number 7, October 8, 1999
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DID YOU KNOW?
UND's first purely decorative fixture was a fountain installed in 1907 by the Adelphi Society, the first student group organized on campus. The fountain has been refurbished and is set near the English Coulee.
PRESIDENT KUPCHELLA TO HEAD AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER EDUCATION
President Kupchella is about to accept an additional presidency -- as head of The American Association for Cancer Education (AACE).
Dr. Kupchella will spend Oct. 7-10 in Cleveland, Ohio, at AACE's 33rd annual meeting, where he will be installed as president of the organization, nearly six months after he was named president of the University of North Dakota.
AACE is comprised of individuals in cancer education; training within medical, dental, osteopathic, nursing, and public health schools; and other schools, institutions, or organizations which conduct cancer teaching and training programs.
This past year Kupchella served as chair of the AACE's annual meeting, and has been involved in cancer research for nearly 30 years. He has been active in AACE for the past 20 years.
"It is great to have been able to stay connected to my field of interest over a career largely in administration," said Kupchella. "The AACE has been especially rewarding because of its focus on assessment of the effectiveness of education in changing behavior and the uses of technology to enhance active involvement in learning. The AACE has dovetailed with my interests as a dean, provost and now president."
Kupchella's professional interest in cancer goes back to 1973-1979, when he was an associate professor of Oncology at the University of Louisville and was Associate Director of its Cancer Research Center.
In his research, Kupchella was one of the first to show that cold-blooded animals anticipate dormancy. He studied the effect of aspirin on the gastrointestinal tract and the properties of the extracellular matrix associated with the spread of cancer. Kupchella, who holds the rank of Professor of Biology at UND, has published widely in his field of expertise. He has written three books: "Sights and Sounds: The Very Special Senses" (Bobbs-Merrill Publishing Co., 1976); "Environmental Science: Living Within the System of Nature" (third edition, Prentice-Hall, 1993, with Peggy Hyland); and "Dimensions of Cancer" (Wadsworth Publishing Co., 1987).
KUPCHELLA BRIEFING RESCHEDULED
The President's Briefing referenced in Tuesday's Dakota Student has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 3:30 p.m. in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Items on the agenda will include President Kupchella on the strategic planning process the University will undertake this year, and UND's plans for dealing with potential Y2K problems.
-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.
CLASSES CANCELED 1-4 P.M. OCT. 15 FOR INAUGURATION
Classes will be canceled from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, to provide an opportunity for faculty and students to participate in the inauguration of Dr. Charles E. Kupchella, the University's tenth president. Although classes will be canceled for the afternoon, the University will remain open.
The inauguration will highlight this year's UND Homecoming weekend. Events are being planned by a committee of campus and community members co-chaired by Robert Boyd, vice president of student and outreach services, and Earl Strinden, executive vice president of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation.
The main ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. in the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Official participants representing various constituencies of the University and other invited guests will march to the site from Wilkerson Hall, across the street, in a processional beginning at 1:30 p.m. The inauguration and a reception following it in Wilkerson Hall are open to the public. The inaugural events highlight Homecoming festivities as a welcome to the new president and his wife, Adele. Also among events will be the President's Luncheon at noon Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Memorial Union Ballroom, and the UND Homecoming and Inaugural Party at 8 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Grand Forks Civic Auditorium.
President Kupchella assumed the highest office of the largest educational institution in the region July 1, being named in a search that began last fall. President Kupchella had been provost at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.
The October ceremonies are the beginning of what will be an inaugural academic year of a "celebration of the University" through a series of events, culminating in the spring and including an inaugural tour of the state by President Kupchella. Spotlighted during the year's activities will be UND's people, academics, and research.
-- Robert Boyd, Vice President Division of Student and Outreach Services, and Earl Strinden, Executive Vice President of the UND Alumni Association and Foundation, Co-Chairs, Inauguration Committee.
FACULTY, STAFF INVITED TO INAUGURAL BANQUET
UND faculty and staff are invited to attend the Welcome and Inaugural Banquet Saturday, Oct. 16, being held in honor of the University of North Dakota's 10th President, Dr. Charles E. Kupchella. A full evening of fun is planned, including a musical performance by Dr. Kupchella and a special guest from the past who will bring to life the early founding days of the University. Your $15 banquet ticket includes a prime rib dinner and admission to the Homecoming and Inaugural Party. Enjoy a night of dinner, dancing and great entertainment at the Civic Auditorium, 6 p.m. social, 6:30 p.m. dinner. You won't want to miss this! Reservations for the banquet can be purchased through the UND Alumni Association at 777-2611, PO Box 8157, University of North Dakota.
For more information, please contact me.
-- April Martin, Special Events Coordinator, Alumni Association, 777-3074.
BANQUET WILL HONOR JOHN PENN
Long time Speech Department professor and chair, John Penn (Dean Emeritus of Summer Sessions and Professor Emeritus of Speech), will be honored at the Sioux Awards Banquet Friday, Oct. 15. His career in the Speech Department at the University began in 1940. In 1949 he was appointed chair of that department and continued to serve in that capacity until 1967. He retired in 1978. His University activities included serving on numerous committees, including the Long Range Planning Committee, Student Affairs, Exchange Lecture Committee and the Academic Policies Committee. He chaired the Faculty Senate and served as faculty representative to the State Board of Higher Education. Over many years, he served on virtually every committee of significance at UND. He was a valued advisor to President Starcher and President Clifford. He quietly, but effectively, was involved in many important happenings on the campus and in the community. Come to honor John Penn at the Sioux Awards Banquet, 6:30 p.m. social, 7:15 p.m. dinner at the Westward Ho. You can make reservations by contacting the Alumni Association at 777-2611.
For more information, please contact me.
-- April Martin, Special Events Coordinator, Alumni Association, 777-3074.
BUDGET, GRANT FUNCTIONS REORGANIZED
Effective Oct. 1, the budget and grant functions of the institution were reorganized. The Budget and Grants Administration Office has been divided into two separate offices. Grant and Contract Administration, with David Schmidt as manager, now reports to the Controller within the Finance and Operations Division. Other staff in Grant and Contract Administration include Sally Horner, Marsha Tonder, Diane Hillebrand, Corey Graves and Lydia Whisenant. This office will continue to provide services related to grant and contract administration including proposal review, award negotiation and set-up, financial reporting and other similar types of services.
Recharge center, facilities and administrative rate (indirect cost) and other rate/costing issues will now be handled by the Budget Office. The Budget Office under the direction of Alice Brekke will continue to report to the President. Staff in the Budget Office includes Cindy Fetsch, Dawn Pladson and Rosemary Thue. Pladson will transition into the rate/costing functions as the reassignment of her portfolio of grant funds occurs. Finally, we would like to welcome Corey Graves as a Grant Officer within Grant and Contract Administration. Graves has been hired to fill a position which has been vacant for almost three years. The initial recruitment was interrupted by the flood of 1997.
We look forward to the opportunity to continue to provide services within the University community, and, as always welcome your comments and suggestions on how these services can be improved.
-- Alice Brekke, Assistant to the President and Director of Budget, and Pam Hurdelbrink, Controller.
FALL PLANTING TIPS, KIDS IN SPORTS FEATURED ON STUDIO ONE
Darlene Shea from Shea's Nursery in Grand Forks will demonstrate how to prepare perennial bulbs for the winter months on the Thursday, Oct. 7, edition of "Studio One" live at 5 p.m. on Channel 3 in Grand Forks. Shea's Nursery will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. Shea will be giving tips and answer questions that are frequently asked during the fall planting season.
"Studio One" will also look at the importance of the relationship between parents and their children who compete in sports. Sports are a part of every school system and parents play a key role in how kids feel about playing sports. "Studio One" will talk with parents, kids and a psychologist who will give advice to parents who have kids in sports.
"Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the UND Television Center. The program airs live on UND Channel 3 on Thursdays. Rebroadcasts can be seen Thursdays and Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and noon, as well as Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prairie Public Television airs "Studio One" on Saturday at 6:00 a.m. The program can also be seen in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.
-- Marla Johnson, UND Studio One Marketing Team.
BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE SEMINAR OPEN TO ALL
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a seminar series for BIMD 512: Foundations of Biomedical Science from 1 to 2 p.m. Fridays in 5510 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The course is an interdisciplinary seminar series for first-year medical school department graduate students in basic sciences. The goal of the series is to showcase research.
The Friday, Oct. 8, seminar is "Dorsalizing Factors and the Establishment of Body Plan," presented by Al Candia, Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University. Everyone is welcome to attend.
-- Jon Jackson, Anatomy and Cell Biology.
PHYSICS DEPARTMENT PLANS COLLOQUIUM
The Physics Department will hold a colloquium in which Howard Blackstead of Notre Dame University will present "Implications of Superconductivity in PrBa2Cu3O7" at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, in 209 Witmer Hall. Coffee and cookies are served at 3 p.m. in 215 Witmer Hall. Everyone is welcome.
-- Tar-Pin Chen, Physics.
GRADUATE COMMITTEE MEETS MONDAY
The Graduate Committee will meet Monday, Oct. 11, at 3:05 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. The agenda will include:
1. Consideration of a request by the College of Education to add a new course, T & L 514, Intervention Strategies with Infants & Toddlers.
2. Discussion of new programs in Public Administration, Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Education.
3. Matters arising.
-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.
MAYVILLE PROFESSOR WILL DISCUSS COMPUTATIONAL ETHOLOGY
The next presentation in the Computer Science colloquium series will be at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in 108 Streibel Hall. Our speaker is Karl Altenburg from Mayville State University, who will present "Multiple Minimalist Agents: Robots and Metaphors for Computational Ethology." Dr. Altenburg's research interests include artificial life, animal behavior, and mobile robotics. He earned a B.A. in computer science from Concordia College, Moorhead, and an M.S. in general science, and a Ph.D. in zoology from North Dakota State University.
-- Tom Wiggen, Computer Science.
ANATOMY AND CELL BIOLOGY WILL HOLD SEMINAR
The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology fall seminar series continues. Al Candia, Department of Developmental Biology, Stanford University, will present "Regulation of the LET-23 EGF Receptor and Vulval Development in c. Elegans" at noon Monday, Oct. 11, in B710, Edwin C. James Medical Research Facility, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
-- Jon Jackson, Series Coordinator, Anatomy and Cell Biology.
MEMORIAL UNION LISTS OCTOBER EVENTS
The Memorial Union has a number of events scheduled this month as part of the new series, "Because It's the Union," for UND students, faculty and staff. The series continues Monday, Oct. 11, at noon with a discussion on "Everyday Etiquette" led by Mae Marie Blackmore in the Leadership Inspiration Center on the third floor of the Memorial Union. Nancy Yoshida will bring the October events in the series to a close with a demonstration on how to create and preserve your photo albums and scrapbooks in "Making Memories Last" Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Memorial Room. "Because It's the Union" will continue in November with another schedule of entertaining, informative and fun activities to enjoy over your lunch break. Be sure to watch for more information and join us "Because It's the Union."
-- Hilary Bertsch, Coordinator of Special Programs and Marketing, Memorial Union.
COUNSELING PLANS TOPICS SEMINAR
The Department of Counseling will hold a Topics Seminar in Counseling Psychology Research and Practice, in which Don Daughtry (Counseling) will discuss "Men and Depression" from 12;30 to 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in 316 Montgomery Hall. Everyone is welcome.
-- Jane Hall, Coun 565N and Sue Jacobs, Supervising Professor, Counseling.
INSTRUCTIONAL AND LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES FACULTY WORKSHOP SESSIONS ANNOUNCED
The following Faculty Workshop sessions will be offered next week:
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Slide and Flatbed Scanning; Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1 to 4 p.m., Adding Interactive and Multimedia Features With PowerPoint 2000; Thursday, Oct. 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Preparing Images for the Web
You may register online at http://www.cilt.und.nodak.edu/services/index.html or by calling 777-4150.
-- Lynn Weiner, Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies.
UNIVERSITY BAND, WIND ENSEMBLE WILL PRESENT FIRST CONCERT OF SEASON
The University Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, at the Empire Arts Center.
As part of our Millennium Tour concert season, we will be programming significant works by both American and European composers throughout the year. For this initial concert of the 1999-2000 season, the University Band will feature music from Spain, France, Norway, and Austria, while the Wind Ensemble will present William Schuman's exciting setting of the American Revolutionary tune, "Chester," Ronald LoPresti's tribute to John F. Kennedy, "Elegy for a Young American," and Percy Grainger's masterpiece for band, "Lincolnshire Posy."
The proceeds and donations from our concerts will assist us in our preparations for the Wind Ensemble tour of Great Britain in May of 2000. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students. All junior and senior high students will be admitted free of charge with the presentation of their student ID card.
-- Gordon Brock, Director of Bands.
THEATRE ARTS OPENS SEASON WITH IBSEN PRODUCTION
The Department of Theatre Arts opens the 1999-2000 main stage season with "Hedda Gabler" by Henrik Ibsen. A story of thwarted genius and anguished desire, Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler," written in 1890, remains one of the most startling dramas of the modern theatre. Hedda Gabler lives in a world defined by and restricted to bourgeois respectability. Her natural ambition and spirit are crushed by both social expectations and her own restraint. She struggles to rise above these destructive forces only to be pulled further and further toward her tragic doom.
Stacie Joy Erickson plays Hedda Gabler; Larry Outhwaite appears as George Tesman, Hedda's husband; Mary Ann Kabaker returns to Grand Forks in the role of George's aunt, Miss Juliana Tesman; and Michelle Davidson plays Hedda's maid. Judge Brack, played by David Henry, controls the community with his manipulative hand. Standing in contrast to the respectable social world of Christina, Norway, is Eilert Loveborg, played by Damian Hultgren. Eilert's genius and lust for life have driven him to alcoholism from which he has recovered with the help of a companion, Thea Elvstead, played by Danielle Weiser. Behind the action of the play burns a passionate love between Hedda and Eilert that cannot be fulfilled.
The public is invited to a free lecture by Ibsen Scholar Professor Mary Kay Norseng from the University of California-Berkeley to be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Burtness Theatre. On Thursday, Oct. 14, Professor Norseng will be joined by a panel of UND faculty to continue a discussion of Ibsen and his work. The panel discussion is at 4 p.m., also in the Burtness Theatre.
The UND production is directed by Theatre Arts Chair Kathleen McLennan and designed by Greg Gillette with senior Beth Froelich as stage manager. Cory Johnson is the student lighting designer. The production opens Tuesday, Oct. 12, and runs through Saturday Oct. 16. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5. To reserve tickets call the Burtness Theatre Box office at 777-2587.
-- Kathleen McLennan, Chair, Theatre Arts.
RETIRED FACULTY MEMBERS MEET MONTHLY
Members of the retired faculty have resumed meetings on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Sioux Room of the Memorial Union with the table topic "My response to Y2K."
-- Lloyd Omdahl, Associate, Bureau of Governmental Affairs.
FREE DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE OFFERED
A free Defensive Driving Course for UND employees and a member of their family will be held Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 211 Rural Technology Center. We will hold a subsequent class Tuesday, Oct. 26, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the same location. This course may reduce your North Dakota insurance premiums and could possibly take away points from your driving record. Please call the Safety Office at 777-3341 to register and for directions.
-- Corrinne Kjelstrom, Safety Office.
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE LISTS PROGRAMS
The International Centre will celebrate Japan Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, at the International Centre, 2908 University Ave. On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Centre will have a Pumpkin Pie Party following the Homecoming Parade.
-- International Centre.
SEMINAR WILL FEATURE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
A noon seminar Friday, Oct. 15, in the Leonard Hall Lecture Bowl will feature "Geologic Constraints on Global Climate Change," presented by Lee Gerhard, Kansas Geological Survey, in honor of 1999 Arthur Gray Leonard Award recipient Tom Hamilton (M.S. 1967, Ph.D. 1970, Hon 1993). All interested persons are welcome to attend.
-- Richard LeFever, Chair, Geology and Geological Engineering.
BRIAN PAULSEN'S ARTWORK TO BE FOCUS OF CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOP
The North Dakota Museum of Art continues its fall education program Saturday, Oct. 16, with the Art Studio Saturday workshop inspired by the paintings of Grand Forks artist Brian Paulsen. These workshops for children grades one through six and their parents/guardians are held on specific Saturdays each month from 10 a.m. to noon.
In this workshop, children will create drawings using perspective and pattern, which Paulsen uses masterfully. We will discuss the history of perspective, how to use perspective and how Paulsen has combined perspective and pattern. Each child will create an artwork in relationship to Paulsen's works. The fee for this workshop is $5 per child for Museum members and $7 per child for non-members.
Paulsen lives in Grand Forks and teaches drawing, lettering, painting and design at the University. He is one of the most consistent award-winning artists in the region and has served as a faculty member in the Visual Arts Department for more than 25 years. For years Paulsen has hand-painted exhibition signage on the walls of the North Dakota Museum of Art. He painted his own "painter's hand" for the Museum Donor Wall.
The Museum's Art Studio Saturdays are workshops focused on the current exhibits or works in the Permanent Collection. The class will discuss the history of the artist, the subject, style, materials and technique in the chosen artwork, and each child will make a work of art in relationship to the piece being discussed. The workshops will allow the parent/guardians and the children to become aware of contemporary art traditions and help them feel a part of the cultural heritage at the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Art Studio workshops continue Nov. 20 and Dec. 27, 28, 29. For more information, call (701) 777-4195.
The North Dakota Museum of Art is on Centennial Drive on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge for admission.
-- Morgan Owens, North Dakota Museum of Art.
ND CLOTHESLINE PROJECT ON DISPLAY OCT. 18-21
The fifth annual display of the ND Clothesline Project will be Monday, Oct. 18, through Thursday, Oct. 21, in the South Ballroom of the Memorial Union from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
In conjunction with the week's events, Ellen Snortland, author of "Beauty Bites Beast: Awakening the Warrior Within Women & Girls," will give a presentation titled "Awaken Your Inner Warrior" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20, in the Lecture Bowl, Memorial Union.
The Take Back The Night Rally and March will begin Thursday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, Memorial Union.
If you would like more information about the Clothesline Project, please call the Women's Center at 777-4300.
-- Kay Mendick, Interim Coordinator, Women's Center.
FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE FOR UND EMPLOYEES
Student Health Services will give flu shots free to employees with Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance. Please bring your policy number with you. Dates and times for the shot clinics follow:
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Facilities Lunch Room; Thursday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., McCannel Hall Atrium; Thursday, Nov. 4, 8 to 10 a.m., 111 Odegard Hall; Thursday, Nov. 4, 10:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., 305 Twamley Hall; Thursday, Nov. 4, 1:45 to 3:45 p.m., Energy and Environmental Research Center Conference Room, second floor.
Federal employees will be billed individually.
-- Sue Bartley, Student Health Services.
APPLICATIONS DUE FOR 2000-2001 DEVELOPMENTAL LEAVES
Eligible faculty and staff who wish to apply for developmental leave projects during academic year 2000-2001 may submit proposals to the faculty member's chair and dean or the staff member's administrative supervisor according to the announced schedule. After review, recommendations and prioritizing at the college and/or administrative supervisory level, all proposals will then be forwarded to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs on or before Monday, Nov. 8, for review by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. Following presidential approval, applicants will be given notice of an approved or disapproved developmental leave. Confirmed and final approval of the proposals will depend upon the University's 2000-2001 salary budget being approved by the State Board of Higher Education.
As in the past, developmental leaves which are approved must be funded within existing departmental and college resources. Thus, it is likely that some very sound proposals may not be approved for budgetary reasons. Faculty and staff who expect to submit requests for developmental leaves should discuss plans with their chairpersons, deans, and/or supervisors prior to formally submitting their proposals.
Developmental leave applications and copies of the State Board of Higher Education Policy 701.2 governing developmental leaves are available in the Office of Academic Affairs, Room 302, Twamley Hall.
-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.
TRAVEL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR WORKSHOP ON PROTECTING HUMAN SUBJECTS
Arizona State University will host a workshop to explore contemporary issues in human subjects protection in research involving minorities, children, and other vulnerable populations. The workshop is Nov. 10-12 at the Holiday Inn in Tempe, Ariz. Sponsors include the Office of Protection from Research Risks, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Food and Drug Administration.
The workshop is a practical working session where faculty will present topics from different perspectives. Additional panel sessions will allow for audience questions and discussions. Participants are expected to be researchers in the behavioral and social sciences, Institutional Review Board members, university administrators, lawyers, ethicists, health care practitioners, students, and others interested in human subject protection issues.
The Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) will assist in travel funds for faculty or staff members who would like to attend this workshop. More information, including the registration form, is available online at http://researchnet.asu.edu/human_subjects/workshop99/index.html. Those requesting travel funds should contact ORPD as soon as possible.
-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director of Research and Program Development.
DOCTORAL EXAMS SET FOR HEGSTAD AND O'DONNELL
The final examination for Holly Hegstad, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Clinical Psychology, is set for 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in 203 Corwin-Larimore Hall. The dissertation title is "Predicting Post-Disaster Adjustment After the Red River Flood of 1997: An Analysis of Resource Loss and Pre-Flood Preventive Behavior." Doug McDonald (Psychology) is the committee chair.
The final examination for Barbara D. O'Donnell, a candidate for the Ed.D. degree with a major in Teaching and Learning, is set for 8:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 8, in Room 104, Education Building. The dissertation title is "A Story Problem: How to Teach Mathematics Methods in an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program." Shelby Barrentine (Teaching and Learning) is the committee chair.
Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.
-- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.
NEW STUDENT PROFILE AVAILABLE
Attached to this issue of University Letter is the 1999-2000 edition of the UND Student Profile. It contains information on enrollment, statistics on gender, age, ethnicity, geographic origin, levels of study, and more. It is also available online at http://www.und.edu/general/profile.htm. If you'd like a paper copy, please call the Office of University Relations at 777-2731.
--Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations.
LEAVE DONATIONS SOUGHT FOR SHARON STEINKE
Leave donations are sought for Sharon Steinke, an employee in Squires Dining Center. She will be unable to work for about six months. If you are interested in donating leave, please pick up a form at the Dining Services Administration building or Personnel/Payroll, 313 Twamley Hall. The completed forms may be returned to either office. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.
-- Lola Conley, Account Technician, Dining Services.
STAFF SENATE RUMMAGE SALE A SUCCESS
The Staff Senate would like to thank everyone who donated items for the Fundraising/Scholarship Rummage Sale. A special thank you to all who volunteered to work and to the staff of the Chester Fritz Auditorium for the use of their building, tables and time. The sale was a big success and we plan to make it an annual event. Proceeds will be used to fund student scholarships.
-- Sherri Korynta (Student and Outreach Services), UND Staff Senate.
CREDIT UNION OFFERS FREE PORTRAITS
University Federal Credit Union invites you to take advantage of our free portrait offer. A professional photographer will take an 8 x 10-inch portrait of you and your family. It is yours to keep with no cost obligation. Call 777-2274 at once to set up your portrait setting; an appointment is necessary. There are a few openings still available on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 and 9. Additional finished portraits will be available from the portrait company in three to four weeks after your sitting at special low prices. This is just another Credit Union benefit.
-- George Meister, Manager, University Federal Credit Union.
OKTOBERFEST SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 9TH AT THE EMPIRE
The Greater Grand Forks Symphony's Oktoberfest will take place this year at the Empire Arts Center Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. The opening event for the Symphony's 91st season is a gala celebration of Viennese music and food. Maestro Timm Rolek begins his fifth year in Grand Forks with the music of Waltz King Johann Strauss in honor of the 100th anniversary of Strauss' death. The first half of the program will be devoted to some of Strauss' best-known and best-loved works, including "The Emperor Waltz," "Roses from the South," "Tales from the Vienna Woods," and the "Blue Danube Waltz." The second half will be a performance of Act II of the quintessential Viennese operetta and Strauss's comic masterpiece, "Die Fledermaus" (The Bat). Before, between and following the concert, fine Austrian desserts, coffees and German beers and wines will be served in the Empire Gallery.
In addition to the orchestra, this year's performance brings a number of familiar vocalists to the stage of the Empire. Maria Williams will sing the role of Rosalinda. Ms. Williams has recently returned to the city to open her own voice studio after teaching in Indiana. She will be joined on stage by Kathryn Ring, a graduate of East Grand Forks Senior High and UND. Appearing with Ms. Williams and Ms. Ring will be Todd Queen, a Fargo tenor who has performed with the Eastman Opera Theater and Portland Opera Repertory. Also included in the performance are choral singers from the Grand Forks Central Concert Choir under the direction of Charles McCauley.
Tickets for the 1999 Oktoberfest are available from the Symphony office; Room 162, Hughes Fine Arts Center (777-3359); or from the Empire Box Office at 746-5500 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday).
-- Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.
SATELLITE SEMINAR WILL FEATURE LIBRARIES, COPYRIGHT AND INTERNET
You're invited to attend "Libraries, Copyright, and the Internet" via satellite from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.
With Internet access becoming a key service of libraries everywhere, librarians need to know the basics of copyright law. This program will cut through the myths and misinformation about the way fair use and cyberspace law apply in a library setting restrictions that are truly necessary to avoid the risk of lawsuits the liabilities of patrons, librarians, and libraries.
A follow-up to the award-winning "Am I A Crook?" satellite event, this program is essential for all academic, school, and public libraries. Access additional information about this program including panelists bios at http://www.pbs.org/adultlearning/als/dallas99/libraries/index.html
You are invited to attend the first of four live satellite events which will explore issues in higher education and the Internet. These four programs will explore how the Internet has changed teaching and learning, the classroom, and libraries. The events are produced by Dallas Telelearning and the Public Broadcasting Service and sponsored at UND by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, the Chester Fritz Library, the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies, Continuing Education, and the Computer Center.
Additional events in the series are which will also be offered on the UND campus are: "Online Testing: Assessing and Evaluating Distance Learners," "Virtual Universities: Online and On-Target?" and "How to Customize an Online Course.
See http://www.pbs.org/adultlearning/als/dallas99/index.html for dates and additional information.
-- Dorette Kerian, Interim Director, Computer Center, and James Shaeffer, Dean of Outreach Programs.
CHESTER FRITZ LIBRARY TO HOLD BOOKSALE
The Chester Fritz Library will hold its annual book sale Thursday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the Library's north entrance facing University Avenue.
-- Cynthia Shabb, Chief Bibliographer, Chester Fritz Library.
SCHOLARLY ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE SEEKS PROPOSALS BY OCT. 19
Tuesday, Oct. 19, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Senate Scholarly Activities Committee (SSAC) (formerly the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee). The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to support: (1) research, creative activity or other types of scholarly endeavors; (2) travel associated with research activities or the presentation of scholarly papers; and (3) publication costs. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed before Jan. 18, 2000.
The Committee will not provide funds for travel already completed. However, awards can be made contingent on receipt of a letter of acceptance from the meeting at which a paper is to be presented or a program listing the applicant among the presenters. Therefore, if you will be traveling during the specified dates, but do not yet have a letter of acceptance, please do submit your application at this time. If an award is made, an account will be set up for you after you submit proper evidence of acceptance for presentation. Requests for support to improve or supplement instructional activities will not be considered since applicants should request those funds from the Office of Instructional Development.
The Committee reminds applicants to carefully prepare their proposals and be specific and realistic in their budget requests. The proposal should be written with a multidisciplinary readership in mind. Avoid technical jargon and undefined abbreviations. Although the SSAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent SSAC (and FRCAC) awards granted to each applicant. Priority will be given to beginning faculty and first-time applicants. Requests for research/creative activity awards may not exceed $2,500. The Committee has approximately $55,000 available to award during the 1999-00 academic year.
Application forms are available at the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD), 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's Homepage (on UND's Homepage under "Research"). A properly signed original and seven copies of the application must be submitted to ORPD prior to the deadline. Applications that are not prepared in accordance with the directions on the forms will not be considered by the Committee. Please feel free to contact any of the current SSAC committee members for information or guidance when preparing your application. Their names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are available on ORPD's Homepage or by calling ORPD at 777-4279.
-- Clifford Staples (Sociology), Chair, Senate Scholarly Activities Committee.
DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR EPSCoR PRE-PROPOSALS
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has very recently made substantial changes to the EPSCoR Standard Grant Program that are not on its web page. The major change is that EPSCoR Standard Grant pre-proposals will not be submitted to NSF as originally required. Consequently, there is more time available to prepare pre-proposals.
Following is a general description of the program:
The grants are for up to $500,000/2 yrs. (matching dollars are not required and indirect costs are allowed) to provide "venture capital" to initiate projects consistent with state and institutional S&T improvement strategies and with high potential for significant short-term impact on the state's research competitiveness. (EPSCoR grant proposals that involve more than one EPSCoR state have a budget limit of $750,000/2 years will not be counted as one of two submissions permitted.) The project should be of the type for which there is no presently defined source of funding at NSF (i.e., a research directorate or specifically targeted program).
Five copies of the pre-proposal, up to five pages including the budget page, no special format required, are due in one of the EPSCoR offices by noon Tuesday, Oct. 26. UND's EPSCoR office is located in 415 Twamley Hall. Pre-proposals must receive the appropriate institutional signatures prior to submission to ND EPSCoR.
An ad hoc committee selected by the ND EPSCoR steering committee will select two pre-proposals for expansion to full proposals to be submitted to NSF (due date: Jan. 14, 2000).
The pre-proposals should address, at the minimum, the three points below:
1) The imaginative and innovative nature of the project and its impact on research competitiveness.
2) The mechanism by which the proposed activity will be maintained after the NSF grant.
3) The proposed budget.
-- David Givers, ND EPSCoR, Fargo.
NSF CRITERIA EMPHASIZES BOTH INTELLECTUAL MERIT AND BROADER IMPACTS OF RESEARCH
In a recent news release, National Science Foundation (NSF) director Rita R. Colwell reiterated the criteria used to review proposals submitted to the Foundation for funding, but specifically addressed the need for both proposal preparers and evaluators to consider the broader impacts of the research proposed. Evidently, investigators have been neglecting the second criterion when writing proposals, and reviewers have done the same. The two criteria used to evaluate proposals are listed in NSF's Grant Proposal Guide (00-02):
Criterion 1: What Is the Intellectual Merit of the Proposed Activity?
How important is the proposed activity to advancing knowledge and understanding within its own field or across different fields? How well qualified is the proposer to conduct the project? To what extent does the proposed activity suggest and explore creative and original concepts? How well conceived and organized is the proposed activity? Is there sufficient access to resources?
Criterion 2: What Are the Broader Impacts of the Proposed Activity?
How well does the activity advance discovery and understanding while promoting teaching, training, and learning? How well does the proposed activity broaden the participation of under represented groups (e.g., gender, ethnicity, disability, geographic, etc.)? To what extent will it enhance the infrastructure for research and education, such as facilities, instrumentation, networks, and partnerships? Will the results be disseminated broadly to enhance scientific and technological understanding? What may be the benefits of the proposed activity to society?
Investigators preparing proposals to the NSF should consider both criteria and provide information in the proposal which will assist reviewers and NSF in evaluating the project against these criteria. Additional areas of interest to NSF are the extent that the project integrates research with education and the ability for the project to address NSF's need to include all citizens in funding activities.
-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director of Research and Program Development.
RESEARCH, GRANT OPPORTUNITIES LISTED
Following are research and grant opportunities. For more information, contact the Office of Research and Program Development at 777-4278.
U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The purpose of the Species at Risk Program (SAR) is to fund short-term research and assessment projects to generate information that allows development of conservation agreements, action plans, and management alternatives that provide for the protection of flora and fauna and their habitats and thereby reduce the need for listing species as threatened or endangered. The initiative provides an opportunity for scientists to participate through survey and research activities. Projects are specifically intended to be of short duration and should seek to optimize partnerships with Federal agencies, states, universities, and the private sector. Successful SAR projects are often conducted by investigators who have identified key, small but critical gaps in our biological knowledge. Projects must be new, self-contained work designated to be completed, including the final report, within 18 months. Total funding anticipated for the fiscal year is approximately $370,000. Funding is contingent on a Fiscal Year 2000 appropriation. Pre-proposals are required; selected investigators will be asked to prepare full proposals for technical review. Deadline: 11/1/99. Contact: Al Sherk, Species at Risk Program, Al__Sherk@usgs.gov, or 703-648-4076.
The Educational Component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program provides support to master's, doctoral, and eligible undergraduate students to generate geologic maps from field-based academic research programs. Objectives are to: 1) expand the research and educational capacity of academic programs that teach earth science students the techniques of geologic mapping and field data analysis, and 2) facilitate the publication and distribution of geologic maps generated from field studies. Implementation is by cooperative agreement. One agreement is allowed per institution, but the agreement can contain several projects. A 1:1 match is required for all projects. More information on this program is available at http://www.usgs.gov/contracts or by contacting ORPD. Because of the limited number of agreements, interested faculty should contact ORPD before preparing a proposal. Deadline: 12/2/99. Contact: Clementine Caudle-Wright, 703/648-7483, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)
Support is available for scientific conferences, fellowships, or research grants focusing on two areas. Proposals on understanding forces affecting rural areas should: identify and measure the impacts of specific and definable global, national, and regional forces, including government policies, on rural families, communities, and small towns; interpret these forces in terms of changing or creating new policies and programs, or implementing new approaches to rural development programs to enhance the quality of life and economic viability of rural people; and understand quality of life aspects important to and resulting from living and working in rural areas and, using quantitative and qualitative techniques, analyze the interplay between rural development and the quality of life of rural people. Proposals on designing and evaluating new approaches to rural development are empirical studies of processes and activities at the level of families, communities, small towns, and local or State governments, including sub-State and multi-State entities, to: create and evaluate new programs and policies for improving the social vitality and economic strength of rural people and places; or evaluate ongoing rural development programs and initiatives. Proposals are invited from any social or behavioral science discipline or combination thereof. New and innovative theoretical perspectives and methodologies are encouraged. A limited number of Conference Grants--Rural Development will be considered for partial or, if modest, total support. Research may be performed by individual investigators, co investigators within the same discipline, or multidisci- plinary teams. Fellowships--Rural Development provide $90,000 for 2 years of support to investigators, who have or will soon receive their doctoral degree, in research on understanding forces affecting rural areas and for designing new approaches to rural development. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have received their doctoral degree after 1/1/97 and no later than 7/31/00. Research Grants--Rural Development provide up to 5 years' support to individual investigators, co-investigators within the same discipline, or multidisciplinary teams. Deadline: 12/15/99. Contact: 202/401-5048; email@example.com; http://www.reeusda.gov/nri.
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INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND EXCHANGES BOARD (IREX)
The goal of the Sustaining Partnerships into the Next Century (SPAN) program is to strengthen and expand existing partnerships between U.S. and Russian organizations. Current, Round IV, sectors are: Civil Society, Rule of Law, Environment, Health, Business Development, and Social Sector Support. The program funds small, targeted and innovative activities that can best contribute to the achievement of one of more of the following objectives: accelerated development and growth of private enterprises; increased economic infrastructure to support market oriented growth; increased environmental man- agement capacity to support sustainable economic growth; increased, better-informed citizens' participation in political and economic decision making; strengthened rule of law and respect for human rights; and improved effectiveness of selected social benefits and services. Applicants may request up to $180,000 in United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funding for projects up to 20 months duration. Deadline: 11/1/99. Contact: Sara Van Gunst, firstname.lastname@example.org; www.irex.org (U.S.); www.irex.ru (Russia).
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MCKNIGHT ENDOWMENT FUND FOR NEUROSCIENCE
Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards provide $100,000 annually for 2 years as seed funding for highly innovative projects. The fund seeks to stimulate development of novel approaches to exploring and understanding how the brain functions. It is especially interested in catalyzing new ways to image brain functions and monitor and manipulate gene expression in developing and functioning brain. Examples of projects include: monitoring brain activity in awake, behaving animals; increasing spatial and temporal resolution of brain imaging methods; simultaneously measuring activity of ensembles of neurons; monitoring synaptic plasticity in developing and living organisms; delineating changing patterns of gene expression; developing analytical techniques for multichannel neuronal recording; and introducing genes and controlling gene expression in specific classes of neurons. Inter- ested investigators should submit a 2-page letter of intent summarizing the project and indicating how an award would accelerate it. Multidisciplinary collaborations are encouraged. Contact: McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award, McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, 600 TCF Fower, 121 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402. Deadline: 12/1/1999.
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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)
Research Opportunities in Space Life Sciences: Biomedical Research and Countermeasures Program (NRA-99-HEDS-03). Proposals may be for ground-based research investigations or space-flight experiments designed for Shuttle middeck or the early phase of utilization of the International Space Station. Research emphases include: Physiology, Behavior and Performance, Environmental Health Research, Clinical Research in Support of Space Missions, and Radiation Health Research. The solicitation is available electronically at http://peer1.idi.usra.edu/peer_review/nra/99_HEDS_03.html. Paper copies are available by calling 202/358-4180 and leaving a voice mail message. Deadlines: 10/15/99 (Letter of Intent); 12/1/99 (Proposal). Contact: NASA Headquarters, Code UL, Life Sciences Division, Washington, DC 20546, ATTN: Dr. David Tomko.
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NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH (NIH)
The objective of the Role of the Environment in Parkinson's Disease (RFA: ES-00-002) program is to stimulate research on the relative roles of environmental, endogenous neurochemical and modifying genetic factors in the cause of Parkinson's disease. A broad range of projects are appropriate, including (but not limited to) epidemiological studies, development of biomarkers, model development, and studies of the cellular and molecular effect of environmental toxins. Collaborations between basic, clinical neuroscientists, and neurotoxicologists and/or interdisciplinary in nature are especially encouraged. The total estimated funds available for support of research project grant (R01, R21) awards is $4,000,000/year. Deadlines: 11/5/99 (Letter of Intent), 1/11/00 (Proposal). Contact: Annette G. Kirshner, National Institute of Environmental Health Science, 919/541-0488, email@example.com; Eugene J. Oliver, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 301/496-5680, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)
The Action Agenda for Engineering Curriculum Innovation ("Action Agenda") Program is intended to be a catalyst in facilitating the exploration of innovations that improve the quality of engineering education for the next century. Proposals must be original, highly focused, and hold the promise of producing a lasting and widespread impact. To enhance the prospect of such an impact, an education impact plan is required of each proposal. The following areas of need are examples of particularly good opportunities for curriculum innovation: exposing all engineering students to several major technology tracts; curricula for emerging areas of engineering; and structured early career support. Approximately $5.0 million will be available for about 10 awards in FY 2000. The program announcement can be downloaded at NSF's website at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf99169/nsf99169.txt. Deadline: 1/31/00. Contact: Ernest Smerdon, 703/306-1380; email@example.com.
The Information Technology Research (LTR) Program requests proposals for fundamental research in information technology, in particular research spanning information technology and scientific applications, and in the area of social, ethical and workforce issues. The purpose is to augment the knowledge base and workforce needed to enhance the value of information technology for everyone. Proposals must approach research activities in innovative ways rather than suggesting routine applications of existing technology. NSF encourages projects that integrate across the following categories: software, information technology education and workforce, human-computer interface, information management, advanced computational science, scalable information infrastructure, social and economic implications of information technology, and revolutionary computing. Pending availability of funds, a separate solicitation will be issued for a terascale computer facility for high-end science and engineering. NSF anticipates funding for this program will be between $35M-$105M for FY 2000 to support standard grants, continuing grants, or cooperative agreements. Awards are expected to range from $150K-$3 million/year. Letters-of-intent are required. Projects requesting more than $500K total must submit pre-proposals. Only proposals with budgets above $500K total may request more than 3 years duration. Website for program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf99167/nsf99167.htm. Deadlines: Budgets exceeding $500K: 11/15/99 (Letter of Intent), 1/5/00 (Pre-proposal), 4/17/00 (Proposal); Budgets under $500K: 1/5/00 (Letter of Intent), 2/14/00 (Proposal). Contact: William Bainbridge, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE), 703/306-1741, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Cherniavsky, Education and Human Resources (EHR), 703/306-1650, email@example.com; Alan Gaines, Geosciences (GEO), 703/306-1517, firstname.lastname@example.org; Michael Lesk, Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), 703/306-1930, email@example.com; Dennis Peacock, Office of Polar Programs (OPP), 703/306-1033, firstname.lastname@example.org; Arthur Sanderson, Engineering (ENG), 703/306-1339, email@example.com; Barry Schneider, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 703/306-1808, firstname.lastname@example.org; Gerald Selzer, Biological Sciences (BIO), 703/306-1469, email@example.com; Mark Suskin, Division of International Programs (INT), 703/306-1702, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Child Learning and Development initiative aims to support studies that increase our understanding of cognitive, social, and biological processes related to children and adolescents' learning in formal and informal settings. Additional priorities are to support research on learning and development that: incorporates multidisciplinary, multi-method, microgenetic, and longitudinal approaches; develops new methods and theories; examines transfer of knowledge from one domain to another; assesses peer relations, family interactions, social identities, and motivation; examines the impact of family, school, and community resources; assesses adolescents' preparation for entry into the workforce; and investigates the role of demographic and cultural characteristics in children's learning and development. The results of this initiative will add to our basic knowledge of children's learning and development and, ultimately, will lead to better educated children and adolescents who grow up to take productive roles as workers and as citizens. Awards are anticipated for Research Grants, Workshops, and Conferences. Website for program announcement: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9942/nsf9942.htm. Deadlines: 1/15/00, 7/15/00. Contact: Diane Scott-Jones, 703/306-1361; email@example.com.
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-- Sally Eckert-Tilotta, Associate Director, Office of Research and Program Development.
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