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University Letter

October 9, 1998

Volume 36 No. 7

University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 7, October 9, 1998

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  • Dissertation Fellowship Awards Available
  • Applications Sought For Research, Creative Activity Awards
  • Research, Grant Opportunities Listed






    UND has granted 87,319 degrees since the first commencement in 1889 and June 30, 1998.



    President Baker will give his annual State of the University address at noon Monday, Oct. 12, at Burtness Theatre.

    -- Dave Vorland, President's Office.



    A decision will be announced next week regarding an interim dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. Odegard, the founder of the nationally known school and its first dean, died Sept. 27 after a three-year battle with cancer. North Dakota University System Chancellor Larry Isaak has approved an immediate national search for a permanent dean. A search committee will be named shortly.

    -- Kendall Baker, President.



    A new master's degree program in Instructional Design and Technology will begin in January.

    Designed to prepare graduates for work in technology related positions in schools, business, government, and industry, the program is also designed to serve students in your department as a curriculum cognate or minor area. Following is some information on the program:

    Mission: To prepare program graduates for service in education, business, government, and industry who will enhance instruction and learning through the use of technology. These graduates will be able to design, develop, implement, and evaluate technology based instruction that is effective and that reflects sound principles of teaching and learning.

    Degree Governance: Housed in the College of Education and Human Development. A joint program between John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (Henry Borysewicz), College of Arts and Sciences (Mark Grabe), and College of Education and Human Development (Don Lemon).

    Degrees Offered: M.Ed. Primarily for personnel working in schools; M.S. primarily for personnel working in business, government, or industry.

    Degree Design: Core Courses, Foundations of Education Courses, Curriculum Courses, Research Courses, Cognate Courses (from another discipline).

    Used as a Cognate or Minor: Technology Based Instruction: Applications and Methods, 3 credits; Instructional Systems Design and Development, 3 credits; Introduction to Computer Based Instruction, 3 credits; Minor: these 9 credits.

    Candidate Qualifications: Minimum of 20 semester hours of undergraduate work in a chosen field; minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall or 3.0 in last two years; basic computer knowledge, e.g., competence in word processing, data-base construction and use; spreadsheet construction and use; use of e-mail; use of the world wide web, etc.

    Admission Decisions: The program has 15 M.Ed. And 15 M.S. slots to fill. Admission decisions will be made Nov. 16. If slots remain, admission decisions will be continuous until all the slots are filled.

    Computer Requirement: Students will need to have ongoing access to a computer with a minimum of 32M of RAM, a 2G Hard Drive with access to the Internet. Either the Macintosh or the Pentium platform will be approved.

    Distance Learning and Program Delivery: In the first two years the program will be offered on the Grand Forks campus. It will also be offered in the Fargo area through interactive television (and perhaps other arrangements) if approvals can be obtained. As college faculty grow in their ability to deliver quality course work at a distance, we are committed to the delivery of the program across North Dakota and throughout northwestern Minnesota.

    * IDT program faculty wish to identify courses from your discipline that can be included in the IDT master's degree program.

    * IDT program faculty wish to identify other faculty who might like to teach, serve on thesis committees, supervise internships, or supervise practicum experiences for IDT.

    * IDT program faculty would like to meet with department faculties to discuss the program and identify interested faculty.

    Contact me to express your interest.

    -- Don Lemon, Educational Leadership, 777-3453.




    Craig Echt, U.S. Forest Service, Rhinelander, Wis., will give a Biology Department seminar titled "Microsatellite Markers, Forests, and Ecological Genomics" in 141 Starcher Hall at noon Friday, Oct. 9. Everyone is welcome.

    -- William Sheridan, Biology Department Seminar Coordinator.



    Cargill, Inc. will present "Cargill - A World of Opportunity" on Friday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. in Room 7, Gamble Hall. Greg Page, a top executive of Cargill, has invited the UND community to come hear what UND and Cargill have to offer each other. Cargill is a worldwide entity dealing in a wide range of goods and services which has developed a long and lasting relationship with UND. Page's presentation will be followed immediately by the dedication of the Cargill classroom in Gamble Hall.

    -- Phil Harmeson, Associate Dean, College of Business and Public Administration.



    The campus is invited to attend the ceremony naming the art gallery in Hughes Fine Arts Center the Col. Eugene E. Myers Art Gallery on Friday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m.

    A Grand Forks native and UND graduate, Col. Myers, 36, 38, has had a long and illustrious career in the art world, including serving as Dean of the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and as Vice President of Management of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. He established the Eugene E. Myers Endowment with the UND Foundation to encourage and promote an appreciation of the arts among students. This endowment benefits all the students and faculty on the UND campus, but especially those majoring in the visual arts, by allowing the purchase of art and art history materials.

    Visual Arts is pleased to be able to honor Col. Myers' continuing commitment to the Visual Arts at UND in this way. Please join us for refreshments and celebration.

    -- Jackie McElroy-Edwards, Visual Arts Chair.



    The Music Department will hold a panel discussion on alternative careers in music Friday, Oct. 9, at 1:15 p.m. in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

    The panel will consist of four distinguished alumni: Merle N. Bratlie, Artist Services coordinator, Houston symphony; Dr. Clifford Cranna, Musical Administrator, San Francisco Opera; Debra Kinzler, Director of Public Relations and Marketing for the Manhattan School of Music; and Patty Thom, Director of Music at the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston, Mass. This event is sponsored by the Music Department, the National Alumni Leadership Council, and the Alumni Association. For more information please contact the Music Department at 777-2644.

    -- Department of Music.



    The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics is hosting an open house, their last in the Home Economics Building, on Friday, Oct. 9, at 2:30 p.m.

    -- Nutrition and Dietetics.



    The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology will hold a seminar at noon Monday, Oct. 12, in B710, Frank Low Conference Room, School of Medicine and Health Science. Nancy Traiser (Anatomy and Cell Biology) will present "Gap Junction, What Is Your Function?"

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



    The Staff Senate will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the South Ballroom, Memorial Union.


    1. Call to Order

    2. Ice Breaker Exercise - Carmen Ahler

    3. Approval of Minutes as Published

    4. Treasurer's Report

    5. Committee Reports

    a) Bylaw

    b) Election

    c) Legislative

    d) Program

    e) Public Relations

    f) Fundraising/Scholarship

    g) Staff Development

    6. Old Business

    Distribution of Staff Senate Minutes

    7. New Business

    Meeting time change

    New Members

    8. Announcements

    9. Guest Speaker - Ron Pynn, Parliamentary Procedures

    10. Adjournment

    -- Joy Johnson (Affirmative Action), for Staff Senate.



    A farewell reception is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the John Vennes Atrium, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, to honor Thomas Norris, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He is retiring Oct. 31. Everyone is welcome. Dr. Norris joined the Medical School in August 1992 from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He holds the rank of Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    -- H. David Wilson, Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences.



    The History for Lunch series will continue Wednesday, Oct. 14, when the History Department will host a talk by Mary Storsved, Master's Degree candidate in History at NDSU, titled "Rusalka: Femme Fatale of Russian Folklore." A question and answer session will follow the presentation, which is open to all. Feel free to bring your lunch. For more information please contact me.

    -- David Rowley, History, 777-3380.



    In 1989 William Morrish, with his wife, the late Catherine Brown, founded one of the most important think tanks for the contemporary design of cities: the Design Center for American Urban Landscape in Minneapolis, housed within the University of Minnesota's College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Several months ago Morrish was invited by the city of East Grand Forks to assist with the development of a comprehensive plan for rebuilding the city. Morrish was charged with initiating the community involvement process in East Grand Forks which led to adoption of a 50-year plan and creation of a model of the future.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the North Dakota Museum of Art, Morrish will give an illustrated slide lecture about his vision for building communities in the future. Early on Morrish and Brown recognized that infrastructure would become a key concept in redefining urban design. The Design Center emphasizes public education and public decision-making rather than having professional consultants tell communities what they need. Under Morrish's leadership, the Center aims to expand the definition of infrastructure beyond streets and sewer lines to include all the connections which knit people, places, social institutions and the natural environment together.

    The following morning, Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 a.m., Morrish and his staff will discuss the East Grand Forks plan over breakfast. The model they have constructed of a future East Grand forks will be on display. Both events are free and open to the public, but the Museum of Art requests that people call 777-4195 to register for breakfast.

    Morrish received a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. in Urban design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a registered architect and principal in the design consulting firm, CITYWEST.

    In 1994 Morrish and Brown completed a study, "Recovery and Resettlement," of recovery strategies in 40 communities along the main stem of the Mississippi River which had experienced severe flooding the year before. He discussed a number of human and design elements which are relevant to Grand Forks/East Grand Forks: resettling residents, rebuilding neighborhoods, economic revitalization, community participation after a tragedy, and utilization of open space created by expanded floodways.

    The Design Forum series is sponsored by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation, which brings leading architects, landscape designers, artists and planners to the Red River Valley, as part of the Museum's on-going mission to provide a forum for new ideas. Previous speakers have included New Urbanist Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk and New Ruralist Randall Arendt. In January the Museum will sponsor a two-day conference on Art in Public Places. It will be followed in March by Donlyn Lyndon, Chairman of the Architecture Department of the University of California at Berkeley, and Director of the Mayors Institute West.

    -- Laurel Reuter, Director, North Dakota Museum of Art.



    The 1998-99 Focus on Teaching faculty lunch discussion series continues this month with three sessions, all to be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Union. Please note that food is not allowed in the Lecture Bowl, so for sessions scheduled there, box lunches will be available to pick up at the end of the session.

    Wednesday, Oct.14, Lecture Bowl: Teaching With Technology - "Academic Affairs Web Initiative: Putting Supplemental Course Materials on the Web." To register and reserve a box lunch, call the Center for Instructional and learning Technologies, 777-2129, by noon Monday, Oct. 12.

    Wednesday, Oct. 21, Memorial Room: Teaching With Writing - "Standards and Style: Dealing with Writing Problems and Problem Writers." To register and reserve a box lunch, call the University Writing Program, 777-3600, by noon Monday, Oct. 19.

    Thursday, Oct. 29, Lecture Bowl: Teaching With Technology - "Quicktime Virtual Reality Authoring: Educational Applications." Bob Bohanek, Apple Computers. To register and reserve a box lunch, call the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies, 777-2129, by noon Monday, Oct. 26.

    For further information, contact the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies, 777-2129 or the University Writing Program, 777-3600.

    -- Libby Rankin, Director, Office of Instructional Development.



    David Price (master's graduate student) will present a Biology seminar at noon Thursday, Oct. 15, in 141 Starcher Hall. The title is "Effects of Selected Abiotic Factors on the Microdistribution and Abundances of Aquatic Macroinvertebrates in Lentic and Lotic Bodies of Water in Northeastern North Dakota."

    -- Brenda Schill, Biology Department.



    In the second presentation of this year's English lecture Series, a group of writers, scholars, and personal friends of poet Thomas McGrath will speak about McGrath's life and work and read from his poetry. The reading, which will take place Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union, celebrates the publication of Thomas McGrath's long poem, "Letter to an Imaginary Friend," edited by Dale Jacobson, poet and Senior lecturer in the English Department, for whom McGrath was "as close as a brother for two decades."

    In addition to Jacobson, readers will include Lew Lubka and David Martinson, friends of McGrath from Fargo; and Jim McKenzie, Jay Meek, and Ron Vossler, members of the English Department.

    The new edition of "Letter," published in 1997 by Copper Canyon Press, makes available for the first time in one volume the entirely of McGrath's narrative epic poem, which is more than 400 pages long and took McGrath over 30 years to complete. The New York Times Book Review has described "Letter" as quite possibly the century's most persuasive and entertaining poem about struggles for broad-based social change.

    Arguably North Dakota's foremost poet, Thomas McGrath lived from 1916 to 1990. Born on a farm near Sheldon, he graduated from UND and Louisiana State University, before he attended Oxford university as a Rhodes Scholar following his Army service in World War II. For his writing, he received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (1974, 1982), the Bush Foundation (1976, 1981), and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1967). In addition to "Letter to an Imaginary Friend," his works include "Movie at the End of the World" (1972) and "Selected Poems 1938-1988." He taught at North Dakota State University and Moorhead State University; in 1981, he was awarded an honorary degree by UND.

    The reading is free; students and faculty are invited to attend. Copies of "Letter to an Imaginary Friend" are currently on sale at the UND Bookstore and will be available for purchase at the reading.

    -- Martha Meek, Coordinator, English Lecture Series.



    Banting, Best, Collip, and Macleod's discovery of insulin and its first use with humans occurred at a time when medical researchers made no use of statistical logic and methods in supporting their scientific claims. The result is that Banting & Best's first reports of insulin use in the treatment of diabetes were accompanied by tables of clinical data and in the hope that the reports' readers would share the discoverers' enthusiasm for the substance as a treatment for that disease.

    Seventy-seven years later, first-year UND medical students have revisited that data in the course of learning to use statistical logic and methodology in clinical settings. In the process, they have also critically examined Banting & Best's claims--and found some of them wanting. The students will present their findings at a Grand Rounds session from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Clifford Haugen Lecture Hall at the School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Michael Bliss, Professor of History at the University of Toronto and the author of both the definitive history of insulin's discovery and the definitive biography of Sir Frederick Banting, will hear the students' reports and comment on their contributions to the contemporary understanding of what it is that Banting, Best, Collip, and Macleod did in the period from 1921-23. The wider University community is invited to participate as well in this activity which began three-fourths of a century ago in Toronto and ends next week in Grand Forks.

    -- H.B. Slotnick, Department of Neuroscience.



    The University Senate is sponsoring a forum at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Room 7, Gamble Hall, on the proposal for a program in Interdisciplinary Studies. Everyone is invited to attend the forum and to share ideas and suggestions with the people who have been working on the proposal.

    -- Mary Kweit (Political Science), Chair, University Senate.



    The History Department will hold a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the J. Lloyd Stone Alumni Center, in honor of our colleague Walter Ellis, to celebrate the recent publication of his novel, "Prince of Darkness." Everyone is invited. For more information, please call me.

    -- David Rowley, History, 777-3380.



    Artist Ira Sherman will present a slide lecture on his work Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. at the North Dakota Museum of Art. His presentation, "Panaceas to Persistent Problems: Sculptural Devices for Social Survival," will be of interest to artists, engineers, sociologists, and sci-fi buffs alike. Sherman's sophisticated, wearable computer driven sculptures are humorous, yet each of them is his answer to a complex social problem. Mr. Sherman has exhibited and lectured nationally and international, and earned the top award in the 1995 North American Sculpture Exhibition. Wired Magazine, March 1995, labeled Sherman's sculpture as "appliance technology" and techno art curator Laura McGough defines his work as "Performing Prosthetic Aesthetic . . . a cyborg body performance." For more information call 777-2230.

    -- Patrick Luber, Department of Visual Arts.




    The Time Schedule of Classes for Spring 1999, used by departments for advising purposes, will be available for pickup in the reception area of the Office of the Registrar, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Time Schedule of Classes is already available on the UND website at www.und.edu. If you have questions, please call 777-2711.

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



    The Graduate Faculty has now concluded its election for a new member-at-large on the Graduate Committee. Sharon Carson (English) was elected to succeed Jeff Holm (Psychology) for the 1998-2001 term. With the completion of this election, the Graduate Faculty in Engineering, Humanities, and Sciences/Math will elect their representatives to the Committee.

    -- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



    The final examination for Trini T. Vargas, a candidate for the Ph.D. degree with a major in Physiology, is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, in 3933 School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The dissertation title is "Cytotoxin Targeting of Oxytocin (OT) Receptive Cells: OT Receptors and Salt Appetite." Willis Samson (Physiology) is the committee chair.

    Members of the Graduate Faculty are invited to attend.

    -- Harvey Knull, Dean, Graduate School.



    The USDA's annual Grant Writing Workshop will be presented by staff in the National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRICGP) and Higher Education Programs. This event is designed for an audience of investigators and research administrators with an interest in NRICGP and Higher Education programs. Staff will be available to answer questions on USDA research interests and proposal preparation. Breakout sections grouped by area of interest will provide more focused discussions.

    This workshop will be hosted by the University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station. The one-day workshop will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Embassy Suites Hotel, Kansas City, Mo., beginning at 7:30 a.m. The program description and an online pre-registration form (due Oct. 15) are available at: http://aes.missouri.edu. Questions concerning the program may be directed to Carrol Lewis, Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station; 2-44 Agriculture; University of Missouri; Columbia, MO 65211 (Phone: 573/882-7488; fax: 573/882-0388; e-mail: lewiscar@missouri.edu).

    To encourage faculty to attend the workshop, the Office of Research and Program Development will assist in funding for travel. Please contact either Carl Fox, 777-4280, or Sally Eckert-Tilotta, 777-2049 for details.

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




    North Dakota EPSCoR implemented a new program in fall semester 1998 designed 1) to increase the number of Ph.D. degrees awarded in North Dakota in the sciences, engineering and mathematics, and, 2) to increase the number of proposals competitive for funding from the National Science Foundation. The advisors are expected to submit a proposal to one of the research directorates at the National Science Foundation during the tenure of the fellowship.

    Support will be available for up to 24 months to enable students to dedicate their time exclusively to dissertation research. It is anticipated that up to five Dissertation Fellowships will be awarded to each of the research universities beginning January 1999. The selection will be made by a committee at each university consisting of the Dean of the Graduate School, the principal research administrator, and two members of the ND EPSCoR Steering Committee. It is anticipated that more awardees will be selected for the Spring Semester 1999.

    Students whose dissertation topics are in areas typically eligible for funding from the science, engineering, and mathematics research directorates in the National Science Foundation and who have completed the candidacy requirements for the Ph.D., are eligible to compete for these doctoral dissertation fellowships.

    Proposals should be submitted to the Graduate School on or before Nov. 23. Award announcements will be made on or about Dec. 18.

    Copies of the request for proposals may be obtained in 415 Twamley Hall, 777-2492. For information contact me.

    -- Philip Boudjouk, Project Director (ND EPSCoR, Fargo), at (701)231-8400 or boudjouk@plains.nodak.edu.



    Tuesday, Oct. 20, is the first deadline for submission of applications to the Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC). The Committee will consider requests from faculty members to support: (1) research, creative activity or other types of scholarly endeavors; (2) requests to support travel associated with research activities or the presentation of scholarly papers; and (3) requests for funds to meet publication costs. Travel requests will be considered only for travel to be completed before Jan. 19, 1999.

    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. Although the FRCAC encourages submission of research/creative activity proposals and travel/publication requests, the Committee takes into consideration the most recent FRCAC award 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 1998-99 academic year. Application forms for research/creative activity, travel or publication requests are available at the Office of Research and Program Development, 105 Twamley Hall, 777-4279, or on ORPD's home page (on UND's home page 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.

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



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


    Support is provided in the following areas: 1) cultural programs both visual and performing arts as well as the need for a national approach to art conservation; 2) population research or technical assistance to family planning programs or for contraceptive development; 3) conservation and the environment--emphasis is on how ecosystems work, especially botany and terrestrial ecosystems; 4) higher education to develop a better understanding of factors affecting the well-being of higher education as a whole, support is provided for a variety of projects; 5) literacy research into fundamental problems of cognition and learning as they apply to the acquisition of literacy; and 6) public affairs studies of school finance, literacy, the nonprofit sector, policy studies of economic and political development, especially in relation to Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as research in international law of the sea and the impact of immigrants on U.S. society. Grants generally range from $50,000-$750,000. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the foundation informally before submitting a proposal. Deadline: None. Contact: the Foundation, 140 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021; 212/838-8400.

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    Fellowships in Ethics are awarded to applicants with postgraduate degrees in business, government, law, public policy, social science, or medicine; or a doctorate in philosophy, political theory, theology or other relevant disciplines. The sponsor encourages teaching and research about ethical issues in public and professional life. The program is intended to help meet the growing need for teachers and scholars who address questions of moral choice in business, government, law, medicine, public policy, and social science. Fellows receive a stipend not to exceed $35,000, a study, library privileges, and a modest research allowance. Duration is 10 months. Deadline: 12/17/1998. Contact: Dennis F. Thompson, Director; 617/495-1336/9386; fax 617/496-6104; ethics@harvard.edu.

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    The Army Research Office (ARO) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) (SOL DAAD19-99-R-BAA1) for fiscal years 1999, 2000, and 2001 will be released on or about 10/1/98. This BAA supersedes the BAA issued for FY'S 98-99-00 on 10/1/97. Research interests are in the following areas: biology, chemistry, electronics, engineering, mathematics, physics, and computer, environmental and materials sciences. Special program interests include: Conference and Symposia grants, Short Term Innovative Research Program, and Young Investigator Program. Deadline: 9/30/01. Contact: Ms. Gerry Earle, 919/549-4355; earle@aro-emh1.army.mil; http://www.aro.army.mil.

    The purpose of research supported by the Fundamental Research in Behavioral Science Fiscal Year 1999 Contract Program is to add new, fundamental knowledge to behavioral science subdisciplines and discover generalizable principles. Novel and state-of-the-art approaches to difficult problems are especially welcome, as are integrated programmatic efforts to develop and test theory. Projects which focus on purely physiological mechanisms or psychopathology cannot be considered; however, neuroscience approaches to memory, cognition, and personality are not excluded. No consideration can be given to applied research projects. However, support for basic science depends on the judgment that its research findings will have the potential to stimulate new behavioral technologies capable of improving the effectiveness of Army personnel and their units. Areas of interest are: Leadership. Foundations of Training in Distributed Virtual Environments, Individual Performance and Information Comprehension, and Social Structures Affecting Army Performance. Duration of projects is usually 1-3 years; however, short-term efforts with modest budgets are encouraged this year. Proposals may include an option for further research that will be exercised by ARI if early results are promising. Short-term, small-scale efforts in high-risk/high-gain areas are also welcome. Single-investigator and collaborative research efforts are acceptable, as are multidisciplinary approaches to a central problem. Potential Offerors seeking to meet the second deadline may submit concept papers if they are unsure of the relevance of their topics. Deadline: 11/17/98, 2/9/99. Contact: Dr. Michael Drillings, Chief, 703/617-8641; drillings@ari.army.mil; http://www-ari.army.mil; (for the announcement).

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    Postdoctoral Fellowships provide a $25,000 stipend to postdoctoral fellows and visiting scholars. Fellows, in-residence for a year, participate in the weekly seminar, present two public papers during the year, and pursue individual research. The topic for 1999-2000 is "The Culture of the Market." Fellowships are available to scholars in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences who do not hold a tenured position in a U.S. college or university, and whose research has a strong theoretical component and is relevant to the year's topic. The Center particularly encourages third world and minority scholars to apply. There are no citizenship restrictions. Deadline: 12/11/98. Contact: Elizabeth Barboza, 401/863-2643; Elizabeth_Barboza@Brown.edu.

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    The Division of Earth Sciences provides support for up to 5 years for research in any area of geology, geophysics, geochemistry, paleobiology, and hydrology, including interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals that may involve one or more of these disciplines. Especially welcome are proposals for research in newly emerging areas of science that may not fit easily into one of these categories. Supported research includes field, laboratory, theoretical, and computational studies. Although awards are customarily made through a grant, in special cases the awards instrument may be a cooperative agreement. Deadlines: 12/1/98, 6/1/99. Contact: Program Director, 703/306-1550; http://www.geo.nsf.gov/ear/geninfo.htm.

    The Linguistics Program supports scientific research of all types that focus on natural human language as an object of investigation. It supports research on the syntactic, semantic, phonetic, and phonological properties of individual languages and of language in general; the psychological processes involved in the use of language; the development of linguistic capacities in children; social and cultural factors in language use, variation, and change; the acoustics of speech and the physiological and psychological processes involved in the production and perception of speech; and the biological bases of language in the central nervous system. Target Dates: 1/15/99, 7/15/99 (Regular Proposals); Dissertation proposals may be submitted at any time, allow 6 months for review. Contact: Paul G. Chapin, Program Director, 703/306-1731; pchapin@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/ling/start.htm.

    The Law and Social Science Program supports social scientific studies of law and law-like systems of rules, institutions, processes, and behaviors. These can include research designed to enhance the scientific understanding of the impact of law; human behavior and interactions as these relate to law; the dynamics of legal decision making; and the nature, sources, and consequences of variations and changes in legal institutions. Research on social control, crime causation, violence, victimization, legal and social change, patterns of discretion, procedural justice, compliance and deterrence, and regulatory enforcement are among the many areas recently supported. In addition to standard proposals, planning grant proposals, travel support requests to lay the foundation for research, and proposals for improving doctoral dissertation research are welcome. Target Dates: 1/15/99, 8/15/99. Deadline, Global Perspectives on Sociolegal Studies: 2/1/99. Contact: Harmon M. Hosch, Program Director, 703/306-1762; hhosch@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/law/start.htm.

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    The McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience provides investigator-initiated grants of up to $50,000/year for 3 years to support interdisciplinary training and seed funds for collaborative research related to cognitive neuroscience. Work in this area is multidisciplinary, and draws on developments in clinical and basic neuroscience, computer science, psychology, linguistics, and philosophy. Particularly encouraged is research on higher cognitive functions, including language, planning, and problem-solving. In awarding training grants, preference is given to proposals that exemplify multidisciplinary and collaborative research. The program will preferentially support innovative, interdisciplinary research of the highest caliber that is unlikely to be funded from traditional sources. Up to 4 investigators working collaboratively on various aspects of a cognitive neuroscience research question can submit individual applications and request that they be 'bundled' together for the review process. Collaborating investigators need not be at the same institution. Deadline: 2/26/99. Contact: Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., cns@jsmf.org; 314/721-1532; http://www.jsmf.org.

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    The Environmental Education Grants Program provides awards ranging from $5,000-$250,000 to support projects to design, demonstrate, or disseminate practices, methods, or techniques related to environmental education and training. Activities eligible for funding under this program include, but are not limited to: 1) training or educating teachers, faculty, or related personnel; 2) designing and demonstrating field methods, educational practices and techniques, including assessing environmental and ecological conditions or specific environmental issues or problems; 3) designing, demonstrating, or disseminating environmental curricula; and 4) fostering international cooperation in addressing environmental issues and problems in the U.S., Canada, and/or Mexico. EPA strongly encourages applicants to demonstrate or disseminate existing curricula, although new projects will be considered if the applicant can demonstrate a need for them. All proposals must satisfy the definition of "environmental education'' and also satisfy one of the EPA educational priorities. EPA Headquarters will fund projects for more than $25,000 in the following areas: Health, Capacity Building, Education Reform, and Community Issues. Regional offices will fund projects of $25,000 or less in the following areas: Health, Capacity Building, Education Reform, Community Issues, Teaching Skills, Career Development, and Environmental Justice. Duration may be up to 2 years, except for grants under $5,000 which are limited to one year. Contact: Applicants requesting more than $25,000 should contact EPA Headquarters: Diane Berger, Environmental Educ. Spec., 202/260-8619; http://www.epa.gov/enviroed; http://www.epa.gov/enviroed (application forms, guidelines). Applicants requesting $25,000 or less should contact the EPA Region VIII Office: Cece Forget, 303/312-6605. Deadline:11/16/98.

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    Support is provided to tax-exempt organizations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, for projects in the following areas: education at all levels, with major emphasis on higher education; human services projects which promote the positive development and self-sufficiency of individuals, families and communities; health, to encourage the delivery of good health care, at reasonable cost to recipients and to society; leadership, pursued primarily through the Foundation's fellowship program; minority opportunity; women and girls projects, programs of interest to women both in separate women's programs and in programs available to men and women; and arts and humanities including music, theater, dance, visual arts, literature, and the preservation of our cultural heritage. The Foundation also provides fellowships for individual artists in the region. Grants have ranged from approximately $10,000-$1.5 million. There is no special form for applying for a grant, but the Foundation strongly encourages brief preliminary letters regarding possible interest in a particular project. Contact: John Archabal, 612/227-0891; fax 612/297-6485. Deadlines: 11/1/98, 1/1/99, 3/1/99.

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    The purpose of the Species at Risk Program (SAR) is to find 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. Successful 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 designed to be completed, including the final report, within 18 months. Projects must focus on species or groups of species for which there is concern but limited information. Projects that focus on groups of species within the same habitat or ecosystem are encouraged. There is no minimum project cost; the maximum award will be $80,000. Information packages describing requirements for participation in this program will be available upon request until 10/30/98. Principal investigators are encouraged to communicate directly with USFWS regional contacts before project submission. Deadlines: 11/2/98 (Pre-Proposals). Contact: Dr. Al Sherk, 703/648-4076; Al Sherk@usgs.gov.

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    Conference Grants (R13, U13) support domestic or international scientific meetings to coordinate, exchange and disseminate information related to the areas of the NEI. The conference cooperative agreement mechanism is used, in most instances, rather than the traditional conference grant mechanism. In the case of an international conference, the U.S. representative organization of an established international scientific or professional society is the eligible applicant. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NEI staff, prior to the preparation and submission of an application, to determine if NEI has a programmatic interest in supporting a particular scientific meeting. Deadlines: 2/1/99, 6/1/99, 10/1/99. Contact: Dr. Ralph J. Helmsen, 301/435-0714; rh27v@nih.gov; http://www.nei.nih.gov/funding/u13.htm.

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




    University Senate, at its regular monthly meeting Oct. 1, approved a resolution on the restoration of the "dignity, leadership role, and considerable autonomy of the office of President of the University of North Dakota." The resolution, directed to the State Board of Higher Education, also included a request for improvement of communication between the Board "and all stakeholders . . ."

    Details on proceedings of the October meeting, and other Senate information such as agendas, minutes of other meetings, and announcements, can be accessed under the UND Internet home page, Academics -- Senate (http://www.und.edu).

    -- Jim Penwarden, University Relations.



    According to the IRS publication, Circular E, Employer's Tax Guide, UND is required to withhold a flat 28 percent federal tax on all supplemental wage payments to employees. Supplemental wages are compensation paid in addition to your regular wages. They include, but are not limited to: one-time pays over your regular salary, payments to terminating employees for accumulated sick and vacation leave, awards, back pay (any pay from a previous pay period) and retroactive pay increases. Since a flat tax is withheld, changes to your W-4 will not affect how you are taxed on any of these types of payments.

    Please be aware that employers are required to submit copies of W-4's to the IRS, at the end of each quarter, if you have claimed more than 10 withholding allowances or if you are claiming exemption from withholding and your wages are more than $200 per week.

    If you have any questions, or concerns about these issues, please call Judy Grinde or myself at 777-4228.

    -- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



    The 1998 edition of the Student Profile, which details statistics about UND's student body, is attached to paper copies of University Letter and available online at http://www.und.edu. If you need additional copies, please contact our office at 777-2731.

    - Jan Orvik, Writer/Editor, University Relations.



    Editor's Note: The following information on flu shots has been updated. Please disregard earlier information.

    Student Health Services at UND is offering flu shots for all employees and students. Employees may receive their flu shots in the McCannel Hall Atrium. On Wednesday, Oct. 14, shots will be available from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 15, shots will be available from 6 to 8:30 a.m. There will be a $10 fee, due in cash at the time of the shot.

    Student shots are available Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the main floor of the Memorial Union and on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wilkerson Dining Center. Students will be charged $6, cash only, due at the time of the shot.

    -- Student Health Services, 777-3963.



    Postage rates will go up Jan. 10, 1999. The first class stamp will rise from 32 cents to 33 cents for a one ounce letter. Also, the nonprofit bulk postage rates will increase approximately 20 percent. The basic letter rate will increase from 13.8 cents to 16.9 cents. The basic nonletter rate will increase from 20.1 cents to 23.3 cents.

    -- Darin Lee, Campus Postal Services.



    The University is offering for sale to the public on a sealed high-bid basis the following items: older computer equipment, office copiers, and several other miscellaneous items of equipment. They may be seen at the Central Receiving warehouse on the southwest corner of the campus. Bids will be taken between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Oct. 12-15.

    -- Lee Sundby, Central Receiving.



    The nomination process for Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities is under way. Nominations are due to the Administrative Office of the Memorial Union (Box 8385) by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Once nominated, the student will receive an application form. The student must complete and submit this form in order to be considered. Application forms are available in the Memorial Union and must be returned by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20. A selection committee composed of staff, faculty, and students will review the applications based on scholastic ability, leadership and participation in academic or co-curricular activities, service to UND, and potential for future achievements. Please call me at the Leadership Inspiration Center, 777-4076, with any questions about the Who's Who nomination process.

    -- Cynthia Thompson, Coordinator of Leadership Development and Programming.



    The UND Chapter of Mortar Board will collect non-perishable food items for the annual Turkey Basket Drive Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Homecoming Parade. Please support community members in need by bringing a food item to the parade. Any questions can be directed to me.

    -- Barry Stinson, Mortar Board Advisor, 777-3301.



    Moni MacGregor, a staff member in Access Services at the Chester Fritz Library, is very ill. She is currently at the University of Minnesota Hospital. If anyone would like to donate vacation or sick leave hours to Moni, please contact Paulette Dvorak, Chester Fritz Library, 777-4645. Thank you.

    -- Chester Fritz Library.




    Patrick Spring will provide a behind the scenes look at life as a comedian on the Oct. 8 edition of "Studio One." He travels to over 350 cities, with tours from Canada to the Bahamas, and has opened for talents such as Jeff Foxworthy and Bobcat Godthwait and appeared on "Entertainment Tonight." Spring was a finalist in the 1995 Vail National Comedy Invitational. He has done numerous benefits for non-profit organizations such as the March of Dimes and the United Way.

    Dick Grosz, Director of UND Counseling Center, will discuss various forms of depression and mental illness among college students. Grosz will focus on three factors that affect an individual's depression: relationships, academia, and genetics.

    "Studio One" is an award-winning news and information program produced at the University of North Dakota Television Center. The program airs live on 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. "Studio One" also airs in Fargo, Bismarck/Mandan, Minot, and Minneapolis.

    -- Stephanie Larson, Studio One Marketing Team.



    A vocal recital by international and Metropolitan Opera soloist Tammy Hensrud-Kerian, mezzo soprano, will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall, Hughes Fine Arts Center. The performance will feature works by Scarlatti, Cesti, Pergolesi, and Traditional American Folk songs. She will be accompanied by David Henrickson; admission is free.

    Tammy Hensrud-Kerian has appeared in opera houses throughout Europe including the Vienna State Opera, Stuttgart Opera, Theatre de Chatelet in Paris, Klagenfurt Stadttheater and has performed at the Salzburg Summer and Easter Festivals under Herbert von Karajan. She made her Metropolitan Opera debut under the baton of James Levine in 1992. In addition to her Metropolitan Opera appearances, Ms. Hensrud-Kerian's engagements in the United States have included appearances with the Cleveland Opera, the Opera Orchestra of New York, the West Virginia Symphony, The Liederkranz Opera, and a tour of the United States as Cherubino in "Le nozze di Figaro" with the New York City Opera National Company.

    She has performed recitals in Germany, Austria, and France and has recorded Gounod's "Mors et Vita" with the Netherlands Radio Orchestra. In the United States, Ms. Hensrud-Kerian's performances have included a solo recital at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall as a winner in the Artists International Competition and on the main stage of Carnegie Hall as the alto soloist in the "Messiah." she was guest soloist at the 1998 Rutgers University SummerFest in Mahler's "Kindertotenlieder." Next season she makes a 15-city U.S. recital tour with cellist Zvi Plesser and pianist Daniel Blumenthal. A native of North Dakota, Ms. Hensrud-Kerian began her career as a cellist. Following her graduate studies, she was awarded a Fulbright Study Scholarship under which she continued her studies at the Hochachule fur Musik in Stuttgart, Germany, where she was awarded the Artist Diploma. Hensrud-Kerian holds the Bachelor of Music, Master of Music and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Dakota.

    -- Department of Music.



    The first marimbaist ever to win a place in the Young Concert Artists International competition will open the 1998-99 Museum Concert Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art Sunday, Oct. 11, at 2 p.m.

    Makoto Nakura, called by one reviewer "the Tiger Woods of the marimba, a young genius who uses mallets instead of clubs" was born in Kobe, Japan, and began playing the marimba at age 8. He will be followed in the Concert Series by pianist Gayle Martin Henry, oboist Diana Doherty, the American String Quartet, and violinist Oleh Krysa and pianist Tatiana Tchekina.

    Because solo pieces for marimba are rare, Nakura frequently commissions new pieces by contemporary composers. The final piece he will play at the Museum concert is Gaian Pulse, a commissioned work by Philip Armstrong, made through an Atari computer using Yamaha-synthesized sequences. It requires Nakura to coordinate exactly with the taped sequences while providing as much personal interpretation as possible given the sequence timings.

    In addition to Armstrong's composition, Nakura will perform the works of Toshiya Sukegawa (b. 1930), Tsuneya Tanabe (b. 1935), Maki Ishii (b. 1936), Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909), Kevin Putz (b. 1972), and Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

    Season tickets to the Museum Concert Series are $50 for five concerts and are available at the Museum by calling 777-4195. Sponsorships can be obtained for $100, which includes one season ticket, and a $50 tax deduction. At the door, general admission is $12, students are $5, and children under 12 are admitted at no charge. Community sponsors and a grant from the Myra Foundation support the Concert Series.

    -- Marsy Schroeder, North Dakota Museum of Art.



    The Department of Theatre Arts opens its 1998-99 Mainstage Season with Noel Coward's rollicking comedy, "Hay Fever." Playwright Noel Coward, author of the classic comedies, "Blithe Spirit" and "Private Lives," created a family of eccentric artists for "Hay Fever." Judith Bliss, mother and aging actress contemplates her return to the stage while her husband, David, pursues his career as a novelist and their grown children, Simon and Sorel, express themselves through painting and music. The Bliss family members have a habit of inviting weekend guests to their summer home in greater numbers than the household can manage. On this particular weekend the guest list includes an athletic young man infatuated with Judith's acting, a painfully socially inept young woman for David to study, a socialite for Simon, and a diplomat for Sorel. While invited by one member of the family, the guests quickly become the romantic interest of another to create a series of hilarious love triangles. The Bliss family members can be wickedly convincing with their words of undying passion, but one is never sure where their acting stops and reality begins.

    UND theatre faculty Mary Cutler will direct Coward's lively tale. The set designer is Greg Gillette and costume designer is Kathy Jacobs. Roxanne Skarphol will stage manage. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 13-17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Burtness Theatre. Tickets are $5. For more information call 777-3446.

    -- Kathleen McLennan, Publicity, Burtness Theatre.



    The Women's Center will sponsor "Violence in Women's Lives: A Night of Staged Readings by Women Playwrights" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. Works to be read are by members of The International Center for Women Playwrights. These readings will be taking place across the United States and Canada during October. Please join us.

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



    The Clothesline Project will be on display in observance of National Domestic Violence Unity Month Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 16, in the North Ballroom, Memorial Union, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

    The Clothesline Project is a visual display of T-shirts that bears witness to the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault in our society. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular adult or child's experience, by the survivor themselves or by someone who cares about them.

    The exhibit is sponsored by the Women's Center, the Memorial Union, the N.D. Council on Abused Women's Services, and the Grand Forks Community Violence Intervention Center. For more information please contact us.

    -- Women's Center, 777-4300.



    The State Employee Recognition Week Walk/Run was held Thursday, Sept. 24, at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Memorial Union. Despite a low turnout for the event, some people "walked" away very happy. The following is the list of winners:

    Brenda Schill (Biology), Linda Duckstad (BPA Academic Advisement), Celia Rosencrans (Center for Innovation), Lona Spicer (Math), $25 gift certificates to the UND Bookstore donated by the President's office; Jayce Jacobson (GF resident), Kathy Klemisch (Business and Vocational Education), a baseball cap donated by the GF Tennis Racquetball and Fitness Centre; Steve Axtman (CF Library), a baseball cap donated by the UND Bookstore; Randy Pederson (CF Library), $50 gift certificate to Medvue Health Club donated by medvue Health Club.

    Contratulations to all of you and hope to see you again next year

    -- Shannon Smidt (BPA), Walk/Run Interim Chair.



    Thank you for attending the Annual Benefits Fair and congratulations to the winners of the door prizes. Winners included the following: Deb Kurtz (Dining Services), TIAA-CREF umbrella; Carolyn Thompson (HNRC), four Piper Jaffray coffee mugs; Einar Einarson (Music), AFLAC candy dish and cow; Eileen Nelson (Law School), two South Dakota football tickets from UND Athletics; Jay Smith (Memorial Union), two Northern Colorado football tickets from UND Athletics; Patsy Nies (Enrollment Services/University Relations), $25 gift certificate to Red Lobster; Dee Larson (TRIO), two tickets to Aesop's Fables from Chester Fritz Auditorium; Mark Thompson (Career Services), framed wolf picture from AFLAC; David Knittel (Chemistry), one month free pass to YMCA; Tammy Torgerson (CAS), Blue Cross polo shirt.

    -- Pat Hanson, Director of Payroll.



    The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will hold a Used Book Sale in South Forks Plaza Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 17, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 18, from noon to 5 p.m.

    -- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Wanda Weir, AAUW.




    Scott Dale (Spanish) recently published "Novela Innovadora en las Cartas Marruecas' de Cadalso," a book about an innovative 18th century epistolary novel from Spain, New Orleans: University Press of the South, 1998. . . . Mark Henriksen (Physics) co-authored two papers accepted for publication in the Astrophysical Journal: "An X-ray Survey of Galaxies in Pairs" and "RXTE (Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer) and ASCA (Advanced Satellite for Astrophysics and Cosmology) Constraints on Non-thermal Emission from the A2256 Galaxy Cluster"; Henriksen is Principal Investigator on an observing program, "A3266: Laboratory for the Study of Cluster Mergers," which was recently selected in a competitive peer review to be carried out using the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF). . . . Ric Ferraro (Psychology) was recently notified that a book he is proposing to edit has been given the go-ahead from the publisher. It is titled, "Minority and Cross-Cultural Aspects of Neuropsychological Assessment"; and will contain 17 to 18 chapters covering five to six groups, including African/Black Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, and Rural Populations. The publisher is Swets and Zeitlinger (Lisse, The Netherlands) and will likely be published in 2000. . . . Kathleen Tieman (Sociology) published "Factors in the Production of Chairs of Graduate Departments" in Sociological Focus; Tieman was elected to section council member in the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociological Practice and section council member in the Section on Undergraduate Education. Tiemann, Morten Ender (formerly Sociology), and others presented "Graffiti on the Great Plains: A Social Reaction to the Red River Valley Flood of 1997" at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco; Tiemann was also awarded a certificate of appreciation for exemplary service as Region VIII representative for Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.


    Mary Askim (Marketing) co-authored and presented a paper, "Disloyal Shoppers: Why Do They Outshop for Services?" for the Society of Consumer Psychology at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, Calif. . . . Dennis Elbert (Dean, BPA and Marketing) and Phil Harmeson (Associate Dean, BPA and Accounting and Business Law) had an article published in the Journal of Professional Services Marketing, vol. 16, No. 2, 1998. The article, "Targeting the Media Message -- You Can't Hit the Bullseye Without a Target" is part three in a series of six articles in the Media Buyer Guide series. . . . Dennis Elbert (BPA) was part of a panel presentation at the 1998 AASCB Continuous Improvement Symposium in Dallas titled "Restructuring Your Business School: Multi-School Perspectives." . . . Robert and Mary Kweit (Political Science) co-authored "People in Politics in Urban America," second edition, Garland, Publisher. . . . Ron Pynn (Political Science) published a review of Roberts and Doss "From Watergate to Whitewater," perspectives on Political Science.


    Monte Phillips (Civil Engineering) has been elected to a second three-year term on the National Board of Governors of the Order of the Engineer. He was also elected to another three year-term on the Board of Directors of the National Institute of Building Sciences, a Washington, D.C., based institute with a mission to promote a rational regulatory environment for the building community by facilitating the introduction of new and innovative technology. Phillips is a charter member of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers and will be installed as President Elect at the annual meeting of the academy in January. He was appointed to a five-year term on the North Dakota Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors by Gov. Schafer and was re-elected secretary of that Board. He has been an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, serving as National President in 1994-95 and currently serves as chair of both the Budget Committee and the Search Committee to replace the Executive Director. He also was recently elected to a second three year term on the NSPE-PAC Board of Trustees.


    Bruce Gjovig (Director) is the only North Dakota recipient of the 1998 annual Tibbets Award. This is the third annual Tibbetts Award, given out by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award recognizes technological innovation, economic impact, and business achievement of those involved in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Gjovig received the award at ceremonies at the White House and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Gjovig is recognized for his efforts to spearhead the North Dakota SBIR outreach efforts and secure funding through the program for North Dakota businesses. His accomplishments in the "SBIR Model of Excellence" program also include collaboration with other rural states to make the program more competitive for those businesses. To date, $5.1 million has been awarded in 41 SBIR grants to North Dakota companies.


    The International Council for Canadian Studies has awarded the Chester Fritz Library a grant for $2,500. The grant award was announced by Canada's Consulate in Minneapolis, Minn. This is the seventh consecutive year that the library has been successful in competing for this award. The grant and its matching component, have assisted the Chester Fritz Library in expanding its Canadian Studies collection. Since 1991, it is estimated that through this grant more than $40,000 worth of books have been acquired. This equates to more than 1,000 books. Canadian students represent the largest block of foreign students enrolled at the University and in response to this, UND offers a number of courses on Canada.


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