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University Letter

September 4, 1998

Volume 36 No. 2

UNIVERSITY LETTER
University of North Dakota at Grand Forks
Vol. 36, Number 2, September 4, 1998

UNIVERSITY LETTER IS ALSO AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY in the Events and News section of UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is: http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/our/uletter.htm

The University Relations Office maintains an index for the University Letter.

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CONTENTS

EVENTS TO NOTE

OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

BILLBOARD

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

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PRESIDENT'S BRIEFING SET FOR SEPT. 9

The next "9 o'clock" Presidential Briefing is Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 9 a.m. in the Fred Orth Lecture Bowl of the Memorial Union. Coffee and breakfast pastries will be provided by Campus Catering. President Baker will also hold a briefing Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Lecture Bowl. All UND employees are welcome to attend.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, University Letter.

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GEORGE SEIELSTAD TO GIVE FIRST TALK IN FACULTY LECTURE SERIES

Space Studies Professor and Associate Dean of Aerospace Sciences George Seielstad will deliver the first presentation in the 1998-99 UND Faculty Lecture Series. His talk, "Planets Fit for Life," will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the North Dakota Museum of Art. The lecture will be preceded by a social hour which begins at 4 p.m.

Other speakers in the 1998-99 series include Robert Nordlie, Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, "Enzymic Regulation of Blood Glucose: A North Dakota Saga," Tuesday, Nov. 10; Mary Jane Schneider, Professor of Indian Studies, "Crossing Cultural Boundaries: Indian Women in the Great Lakes Fur Trade," Tuesday, Jan. 26; Jacquelyn McElroy-Edwards, Professor and Chair of Visual Arts, "Elevators, Drains, Balloons, and Ships: Ingredients for a North Dakota Artist," Tuesday, Feb. 23; Gordon Iseminger, Professor of History," Dr. Orin G. Libby, the Father of North Dakota History and The University's Grand Old Man,'" Tuesday, April 13.

The faculty lecture series was active from 1954 to 1988 and was resurrected in 1997. In the past 35 years, over 160 faculty members have delivered talks about their work to colleagues, students and friends as a part of the University's most venerable lecture series. The goal of this lecture series is to enhance UND's academic atmosphere by showcasing the scholarly lives of several faculty selected from across campus. The lectures aim to present, with depth and rigor, the scholarly questions and goals of the individual faculty members. The series is funded through the President's Office.

-- Faculty Lecture Series Committee.

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DID YOU KNOW?

UND was founded in 1883 in Dakota Territory, six years before North Dakota achieved statehood.

EVENTS TO NOTE

STAFF SENATE LISTS MEETING DATES

The University Staff Senate meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month except in November, when it meets on the third Wednesday because of Veterans Day. The date and location of the meetings follows: Sept. 9, River Valley Room; Oct. 14, Fred Orth Lecture Bowl; Nov. 18, River Valley Room; Dec. 9, Fred Orth Lecture Bowl; Jan. 13, River Valley Room; Feb. 10, River Valley Room; March 10, River Valley Room; April 14, River Valley Room; May 12, River Valley Room.

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

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STUDY ABROAD FAIR SET FOR SEPT. 10

The UND Study Abroad Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at the International Centre. The fair will start at 10 a.m. and go throughout the day, culminating in a reception at 7 p.m. with individuals from UND who have studied abroad in the past and current students on an international exchange from other countries. Please encourage any students interested in study abroad to attend. For more information, please call or e-mail me.

-- Barry Stinson, Director of International Programs, 777-3301 or bstinson@prairie.nodak.edu.

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WORKSHOP SERIES WILL DISCUSS WOMEN AND PHILANTHROPY

The Women Studies Program is sponsoring a series of workshops on women and philanthropy during the fall semester. The purpose of the workshops is to set the groundwork for a Women Scholars Endowment.

The first panel, titled "Why Women?" will be held Friday, Sept. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the East Asian Room of the Chester Fritz Library, and will feature Judy DeMers (Medicine), Rebecca Moore (Philosophy and Religion), and Terry Wald. DeMers will discuss the book "Reinventing Fundraising." Wald will talk about donating to women's causes, and Moore will work with us on preparing a brochure to get the word out about fund-raising projects.

Their presentations will be followed by questions and comments from the audience, then we will work together on a brochure for the Endowment.

Refreshments will be available. Space is limited, so please call me by Tuesday, Sept. 8, if you wish to attend at 777-4461 (English) or 777-4115 (Women Studies).

-- Sandra Donaldson, English and Women Studies.

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FOCUS ON TEACHING WILL DISCUSS STUDENT RETENTION

The 1998-99 Focus on Teaching faculty lunch discussion series begins Wednesday, Sept. 16, with a session on "The Critical First Six Weeks: What Faculty Can Do to Help Retain Students." Leading the discussion will be Jim Mochoruk (History), Tom Petros (Psychology), and Jan Zahrly (Management), co-founders of the recently formed UND Faculty Ambassadors group.

The session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Memorial Union. To register and reserve a box lunch, call the Office of Instructional Development, 777-3522, by noon Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Dates and topics for future lunch discussions in this series -- co-sponsored by the Office of Instructional Development (OID), the University Writing Program (UWP), and the Center for Instructional and Learning Technologies (CILT) -- will be announced soon in this publication and in the new Focus on Teaching faculty newsletter, due out later this month.

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

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DISCUSSION GROUP WILL MEET FRIDAYS

The Integrated Studies Program is again sponsoring a series of discussions and invites all interested members of the campus community to participate. The discussions will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Friday mornings in 116 O'Kelly Hall. The following works will be discussed in September and October:

Sept. 18, "Journey to the Ants," Bert Holldobler and E. O. Wilson;

Sept. 25, "Beowulf," David Wright (tr.);

Oct. 2, "Fools Crow" (parts 1 & 2), James Welch;

Oct. 9, "Fools Crow" (parts 3 & 4), James Welch;

Oct. 23, "Covenant of the Wild," Stephen Budiansky;

Oct. 30, "Ender's Game," Orson Scott Card.

Please contact Pat Sanborn, 777-3015, or Carl Barrentine, 777-3058 for more details.

-- Yvonne Holter, Humanities and Integrated Studies.

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STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION WEEK SET

Gov. Ed Schafer has declared Sept. 20-25 State Employee Recognition Week. This year's festivities at UND will kick off with the U Fest on the Green, Sunday, Sept. 20, from noon to 6 p.m., with most activities taking place on the mall area outside Twamley Hall. This event is open to all UND employees, their families and the entire Grand Forks community. Other events planned for the week are the ice cream social, the benefits fair, the walk/run, and Show Your Years of Service Colors on Friday. The next University Letter will contain a calendar of events with times and places for each event.

-- Shelly Kain (Operations and Finance), COSE Member.

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OF ACADEMIC INTEREST

EXAM SCORING SOFTWARE WILL CHANGE

Because of Year 2000 issues, the software used to score exams at the Computer Center will no longer be available for use after December 1999. We are in the process of looking for other alternatives and are interested in comments or suggestions on the following:

  1. What type of reports would you like to see?
  2. How would you like the reports to look?
  3. What do you like or dislike about the current exam reports?
  4. Any other ideas you'd like considered?

Please send comments to the Computer Center, Box 9041, Attn: Kathy Mattson, stop in to Room 11, Upson II, or e-mail me at kathy_mattson@mail.und.nodak.edu. Deadline for this is Sunday, Nov. 1.

NOTE: The forms for scanning will be changed from a two-digit date field to a four-digit date field. Please don't purchase more of the current forms than you can use per semester. We will keep you updated on when the new forms will be ready for use.

-- Kathy Mattson, Computer Center.

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ALL RESEARCH ON HUMAN SUBJECTS MUST BE REVIEWED

The UND Institutional Review Board (IRB) was established in 1980 to protect the rights and welfare of humans who are the subjects of research activities conducted under the auspices of the University of North Dakota. All persons affiliated with the University who wish to conduct research involving human subjects on or off campus must first receive approval of the IRB. This process is initiated by submitting a research protocol to the IRB. Forms are available in the Office of Research and Program Development (ORPD) in 105 Twamley Hall or on ORPD's Homepage at http:www.und.nodak.edu/dept/orpd.

There are three categories used in the review of research protocols: "Exempt," "Expedited," and "Full Board" review. Descriptions of the various categories of review are included with the IRB forms. Approval of "Exempt" and "Expedited" protocols may be provided by an individual member of the Board and generally do not require a Full Board review. Approximately 14 days are required for the review if it is determined that an "Exempt" or "Expedited" review is appropriate. However, the individual reviewer may request additional information or refer the protocol to the Full Board. In either case, the review may take longer. The Full Board meets on a monthly basis. The schedule for the coming semester is attached.

If a Full Board review is required and the protocol involves clinical subjects, the Clinical Medical Subcommittee must also review the protocol and provide a recommendation to the IRB. This typically requires one additional week for the review process.

IRB members are available to make presentations to faculty/students/staff regarding IRB policies, procedures, etc. Also, ORPD has several videos and books which may be checked out by faculty members. Contact Shirley Griffin at 777-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu if you are interested in either of these options.

MEETING AND DEADLINE DATES: SEPTEMBER 1998-MAY 1999

Meeting Date (Meetings Held 4 p.m.)

Wed., Sept. 2, 1998
Fri., Oct. 2, 1998
Fri, Nov. 6, 1998
Fri., Dec. 4, 1998
Fri., Jan. 8, 1999
Fri., Feb. 5, 1999
Wed., March 3, 1999
Wed., March 31, 1999
Fri., May 7, 1999

Deadline: Proposals Requiring Full Board Review

Mon., Aug. 24, 1998
Tues., Sept. 22, 1998
Tues., Oct. 27, 1998
Tues., Nov. 24, 1998
Tues., Dec. 29, 1998
Tues., Jan. 26, 1999
Mon., Feb. 22, 1999
Mon., March 22, 1999
Tues., April 27, 1999

Deadline: Clinical Proposals (Require Subcommittee and Full Board Review)

Mon., Aug. 17, 1998
Tues., Sept. 15, 1998
Tues., Oct. 20, 1998
Tues., Nov. 17, 1998
Tues., Dec. 22, 1998
Tues., Jan. 19, 1999
Tues., Feb. 16, 1999
Mon., March 15, 1999
Tues., April 20, 1999

NOTE: All meetings will be held at 4 p.m. in 305 Twamley Hall. Alterations in location, date, or time will be announced in the University Letter prior to the meeting.

-- F.R. Ferraro, Chair, Institutional Review Board.

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NSF REGIONAL WORKSHOP SET

The University of Kansas will host the Fiscal Year 1999 NSF Regional Grants Conference Oct. 13-15, in Lawrence, Kan. Workshops and presentations by NSF staff will cover such topics as proposal preparation, the merit review process, grant awards and administration, NSF electronic initiatives, and cross-disciplinary and special-interest programs. NSF program officers from several disciplines will conduct breakout sessions. Researchers are encouraged to attend to discuss research ideas. ORPD will financially assist researchers who would like to attend this workshop. Please contact Sally Eckert-Tilotta (7-2049) or Carl Fox (7-4280) for more information. For more information on the workshop agenda and registration, contact Pam Hicks, 913/864-8522; fax 913/864-8540; phicks@lark.cc.ukans.edu.

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

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NIH OFFERS PROPOSAL WRITING COLLOQUIUM

A colloquium for beginning researchers who are interested in submitting National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposals for regular research grants (RO1) and small research grants (RO3) is offered by RAMS-FIE, a private company offering many services related to topics of concern in research and research funding. Intended for junior faculty and post-doctoral students, this course will provide an intensive critique and research methods analysis to assist beginning researchers in preparing a competitive proposal. A concept white paper of the research to be included in a proposal must be submitted before attending the colloquium. This white paper will then be used as a basis for the seminar instruction.

Carrie Randall, an NIH scholar and researcher in mental health and abuse, is expected to lead the seminar. Classes are limited to 15 participants and sell out quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible. Dates open are Oct. 18 in Chicago, and Nov. 14 in Atlanta. Cost is $495. The Office of Research and Program Development will financially assist one person interested in attending one of these colloquia. Please contact Sally Eckert-Tilotta (777-2049) or Carl Fox (777-4280) for more information. Descriptions of this and other seminars offered by RAMS-FIE are on their website at http://www.rams-fie.com/seminars/Courses/.

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

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GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Research, Grant Opportunities Listed

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

DR. M. AYLWIN COTTON FOUNDATION

Fellowship Awards (up to 10,000 pounds) are made to researchers from all over the world who are engaged in academic research in the archaeology, architecture, history, language and art of the Mediterranean. The award is for one year's duration. Deadline: 2/28/99. Contact: c/o Albany Trustee Company Limited, telephone 01481 724136; fax 01481 710478; 100023.662@compuserve.com.

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WILLIAM AND FLORA HEWLETT FOUNDATION

The Foundation supports initiatives in research universities to improve the general education of lower-division undergraduates, with emphasis on proposals that accent teaching innovations, alignment of faculty incentives, student outcomes, and effective utilization of the range and depth of the institution's intellectual resources. Up to 10 2-year grants, ranging from $100,000-$150,000 are made annually with the expectation that awards will be matched with institutional resources. Collaborations among institutions, or partnering with other foundations on larger projects, is permissible. Requests should wherever possible plan on initiation of activities not likely to require new funds on a long-term basis. Initial application should be a 2-3 page letter of intent indicating the general direction of the prospective proposal. Contact: Raymond F. Bacchetti, Program Officer, 415/329-1070; fax 415/329-9342; r.bacchetti@hewlett.org; http://www.hewlett.org/index.htm. Deadline: 11/2/98 (Letter of Intent); 1/18/99 (Proposal).

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NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL (NSTC)

The NSTC announces the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers. The awards are of 5-years duration. Participating agencies and contact information for each follow.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will select its awardees from among the most meritorious investigators funded through the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program. Applicants must be in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment and, for 1999, have begun their first appointment on or after July 1, 1994, and before July 22, 1998. Guidelines for 1999 PECASE awards are described in the CAREER program brochure (NSF 98-103). Contact: 301/947-2722; pubs@nsf.gov; www.nsf.gov (select "Crosscutting Programs," then "CAREER").

National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA) Early Career Awards are made to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their professional careers based on the innovative and integrative character of proposed research in areas that will benefit NASA's understanding of the Earth, the solar system and the universe, the exploration and development of space, or the development of advanced astronautics and space technologies. Awardees will be selected on the basis of exceptionally meritorious proposals funded through the traditional research grant process or the unsolicited proposal process. Awardees must have no more than 5 years career-track research experience since completing postdoctoral research training or its equivalent. Contact Office of the Chief Scientist, NASA Headquarters, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546; 202/358-1809.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will select recipients from among the most meritorious recipients of VHA Research Awards in any of the following areas: Medical Research, Rehabilitation Research and Health Services Research. Candidates must have no more than 5 years of independent research experience. Contact: John R. Feussner, MD, 202/273-8284; VHA (12), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue, Washington, DC 20420.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will select recipients from among the most meritorious investigators receiving FIRST (R29) awards, first-time recipients of traditional research project grants (RO1) who meet the definition of new investigator, and intramural scientists who are newly appointed to their tenure-track positions. Contact: 301/435-0714; http://www.nih.gov/grants/policy/r29policychange.htm; http://www.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm.

DOE Defense Programs nominees will be selected from the most meritorious recipients of the DOE-Defense Programs Early Career Scientist and Engineer Award. Candidates must be researchers employed by academic institutions and be in the first 5 years of their independent research careers. Nominations are based on contribution to the DOE national security mission. Contact: www.dp.doe.gov/Public/default.htm.

Department of Defense (DOD)-U.S. Navy: Office of Naval Research (ONR) awardees will be selected from among university faculty applicants to the Young Investigator Program (YIP). Proposals should address Navy research interests as described in the ONR Guide to Programs or on the ONR Home Page. Contact: www.onr.navy.mil. The annual YIP announcement, which gives details of the program and specific program dates, is available via the ONR Home Page.

DOD-U.S. Air Force: Air Force Office of Scientific Research awardees will be selected from among qualified institute-of-higher-education (IHE) applicants to the Broad Agency Announcement and current qualified IHE principal investigators. Candidates must have received their Ph.D. or equivalent research degree within the preceding 5 years. Proposals should address research interests as described in the current AFOSR Research Interests Brochure. Contact: 202/767-4969; 301/975-0103 (help line); http://web.fie.com/fedix/.

DOD-U.S. Army awardees will be selected from applicants eligible for the Young Investigator Program (YIP). Candidates must hold tenure-track positions at U.S. universities and colleges and have held their graduate degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) for fewer than 5 years at the time of application. Proposals are sought for research described in the ARO Broad Agency Announcement (BAA). An individual wishing to apply for a YIP award must submit a research proposal and supporting letter through university officials. Contact: Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the cognizant program manager named in the ARO BAA for technical discussions before submitting a formal proposal. A BAA may be obtained by writing to: U.S. Army Research Office, ATTN: AMXRO-PR, 4300 South Miami Boulevard, Post Office Box 12211, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2211.

The USDA-Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) National Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program (NRICGP) will select awardees from the most meritorious investigators funded through the NRICGP New Investigator Award program. The Program supports investigators who are beginning their agricultural research careers, do not have an extensive research publication record, and have less than 5 years post-graduate, career-track research experience. Applicants must not have received competitively-awarded Federal research funds beyond the level of pre- or postdoctoral research awards. All principal and co-principal investigators must meet all New Investigator eligibility requirements. Eligible new investigators submit proposals directly to the NRICGP program area most appropriate to their research interests. Contact: Dr. Sally Rockey, Competitive Research Grants and Awards Management Unit, 202/401-1761; fax 202/401-1782; srockey@reeusda.gov.

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AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION (AHA)

Information regarding Northland Affiliate (formerly Dakota Affiliate) funding opportunities can now be found at: http://www.amhrt.org/Scientific/research/program/GA-Nrthlndgrids.html. Application forms can be obtained at: http://www.amhrt.org/Scientific/research/program/98ap_fm.html.

Northland Affiliate 1998-99 Research Programs include: Predoctoral Fellowships to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular (CV) and stroke research; Postdoctoral Fellowships to help trainees initiate careers in CV and stroke research; Beginning Grants-in-Aid to promote the independent status of beginning scientists; Scientist Development Grants to assist beginning scientists in becoming independent investigators; and Grants-in-Aid to encourage and adequately fund innovative and meritorious research projects of independent investigators. Deadline: 11/20/98.

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ)

The Visiting Fellowship Program provides support for criminal justice professionals and researchers to conduct independent research and development projects in residence at the National Institute of Justice on high-priority topics that enhance the capabilities of law enforcement and criminal justice at all levels to combat crime, violence, and substance abuse. Of special interest are projects in areas related to long-range goals of the NIJ's research, evaluation, and science and technology programs, including forensic science. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIJ to discuss topic viability and proposal content before submitting proposals. Concept papers may be submitted at any time. Award duration is from 6-18 months. Deadline: None. Contact: Dr. Edwin Zedlewski, 202/307-2953; 800/851-3420; askncjrs@ncjrs.org; http://www.ncjrs.org/fedgrant.htm#NIJ.

Crime Mapping Research Center (CMRC) Fellowships support research and development in computerized crime mapping. Fellows investigate new approaches and applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology in the criminal justice community. Geographers, GIS specialists, criminologists, and senior researchers in other related disciplines may apply for 3-18 months of support. Of particular interest are projects in areas related to long-range goals of CMRC's research and development programs. Current topics include the development of crime mapping algorithms, investigation of spatial algorithms, theory of crime and place, the mapping of the journey to crime, and the use of maps by criminal justice professionals. Applicants are encouraged to contact CMRC to discuss topic viability before submitting concept papers. Deadline: None. Contact: Dr. Nancy La Vigne, 202/616-4531; lavigne@ojp.usdoj.gov; 800/851-3420; askncjrs@ncjrs.org; http://www.ncjrs.org/fedgrant.htm#NIJ.

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LANNAN FOUNDATION

Grants in the Visual Arts support quality projects in the field of contemporary art. Support is provided for exhibitions, scholarly publications, artist residency programs, and special artist projects. The program is designed to further the careers of contemporary artists, foster serious discussion of contemporary art, and bring new and sometimes experimental works of art to a wide audience. Letters of intent are accepted throughout the year. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Foundation to determine eligibility for support and the Foundation's interest in the project prior to submitting a letter of intent. Deadlines: None. Review dates are 10/1/98, 2/1/99, 6/1/99. Contact: Jenee A. Misraje, 505/986-8160; fax 505/986-8195.

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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (DoEd)

The Research to Improve Services for Children with Disabilities--Model Demonstration Projects program supports model demonstration projects to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate new and improved approaches for providing early intervention, special education, and related services to infants, toddlers, and children with disabilities, and students with disabilities who are pursuing post-school employment, postsecondary education, or independent living goals. Model demonstration projects must develop and implement the model with specific components or strategies that are based on theory, research, or evaluation data; evaluate the model by using multiple measures of results to determine the effectiveness of the model and its components or strategies; and produce detailed procedures and materials that would enable others to replicate the model. Project periods may be up to 48 months long. Awards will not exceed $150,000, exclusive of matching funds, for any single budget period of 12 months. Deadline: 10/5/98. Contact: Grants & Contracts Services Team, 202/260-9182; fax 202/205-8717; http://ocfo.ed.gov.

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF)-NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO)

Applications are invited from beginning scientists, mathematicians, and engineers for 12-month NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Engineering Including Special Fellowship Opportunities for Visiting Scientists from NATO Partner Countries for 1999. Approximately 20 fellowships will be offered for research abroad and approximately 20 awards will be made to U. S. institutions that would like to host a Visiting Scientist from NATO Partner Countries. Eligible fields of research are: mathematics; engineering; computer and information science; geosciences; the physical, biological, social, behavioral, and economic sciences; the history and philosophy of science; and interdisciplinary areas comprised of 2 or more of these fields. Research in the teaching and learning of science, mathematics, technology, and engineering is also eligible for support. Deadline: 11/16/98. Contact: 703/306-1696; nsf-nato@nsf.gov; http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1998/nsf98149/nsf98149.htm.

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

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RESEARCH, PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT STAFF LISTED

Carl A. Fox is the Director of ORPD. As Director, he:

* Reviews all grant proposals and contracts submitted to external agencies and, if in keeping with University policies, signs the proposals on behalf of the University. In signing the proposals/contracts, the Director attests to University compliance with a myriad of assurances required by funding agencies (e.g., assurances related to use of human subjects in research, animal care and use, publication policies, patent and copyright policies, use of radioactive materials or recombinant DNA in research, lobbying, conflict of interest, and/or compliance with a drug-free workplace environment);

* Participates in the negotiation of grants and contracts;

* Interacts extensively with faculty, especially those involved in research and the submission of grant proposals to external funding agencies.

* Awards grants from the ORPD Research Fund;

* Assists faculty in linking research interests across departmental lines and organizational boundaries;

* Gives presentations on the activities and services of ORPD;

* Presents workshops, generally in conjunction with staff of Budget and Grants Administration, concerning grantsmanship-related issues;

* Serves on many University committees (Faculty Research and Creative Activity, Institutional Animal Care and Use, Institutional Biosafety, Institutional Review Board, EPSCoR Steering Committee, Radiation Safety, etc.).

You can reach Carl at 7-4280 or carl_fox@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Sally Eckert-Tilotta is Assistant to the Director. The responsibilities of the Assistant to the Director are to assist the Director in the regular functions of ORPD, including the following:

* Assists faculty and staff in locating announcements and guidelines for sponsored research programs;

* Identifies new research opportunities through contact with sponsors, professional research administration organizations, computer networks, and searches;

* Reviews proposals before submission to external sponsors to ensure compliance with University, state, and sponsor policies. In so doing, the Assistant to the Director serves as official signatory for the University certifying University compliance with all federal regulations;

* Supervises the ORPD staff, and manages the ORPD office in absence of the Director.

* Works with Budget and Grants Administration Office to negotiate terms and conditions of contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements, particularly as they relate to intellectual properties, copyrights, patents, and publication of research findings;

* Serves as liaison on assigned University-related committees as needed for the Director;

* Presents workshops on grant proposal preparation and locating funding opportunities.

You can reach Sally at 7-2049 or sally_eckert-tilotta@mail.und.nodak.edu.

Shirley Griffin is secretary to Dr. Fox, Dr. Eckert-Tilotta, and three committees. Contact her at 7-4279 or shirley_griffin@mail.und.nodak.edu regarding:

* An appointment with the Director or Assistant to the Director;

* Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the use of human subjects in research (e.g., proposals, application forms, meetings, minutes);

* Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) or the use of DNA or hazardous materials in research (e.g., application forms, proposals, reports);

* Faculty Research and Creative Activity Committee (FRCAC) application forms, grant proposal deadlines, reports, etc.;

* FRCAC or ORPD grant accounts (fund 1806 or 1813), approval of out-of-state travel requests, etc.;

* ORPD Annual Report (mailing list, suggestions, etc.).

Contact Annette Viergutz at 777-4278 or annette_viergutz@mail.und.nodak.edu if you have a question regarding, or would like information on, any of the following:

* A grant proposal to an external funding agency;

* A SPIN or Prospector's Choice search (e.g., search on database for potential funding sources based on keywords);

* A particular funding agency or program;

* A particular program announcement, RFP, form, etc. Annette may be able to find it in our files, on the internet, on the SPIN database, or can watch for it as she reviews information received daily;

* Submitting an NSF proposal by Fastlane.

ORPD is also fortunate to have a Graduate Service Assistant and a Workstudy Student who may be able to assist you. Our Graduate Student this year is Linda Tinderholt who is working towards her Master's degree in Sociology. One of Linda's responsibilities is maintaining the ORPD Homepage; she also assists graduate students in locating funding sources and performs various other duties as needed in the office.

Jennifer Sundquist, a sophomore majoring in Physical Therapy, is our Workstudy student this year. She has a variety of duties in ORPD and is also available to answer your questions.

-- Carl Fox, Director, Research and Program Development.

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BILLBOARD

VPAA OFFICE APPOINTMENTS LISTED

Recent personnel appointments in the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost include the following: Sara Hanhan, Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, has been named Associate Provost (half-time); Stacie Varnson, formerly with the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, has been appointed Education Programs Coordinator; and Ellen Erickson, Administrative Officer, has joined the Provost's office on a part-time basis while continuing to serve in the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's office.

-- John Ettling, Interim Vice President for Academic Services and Provost.

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INFORMATION CLARIFIED ON HOME EC BUILDING

An article I submitted to University Letter last week about "U Fest" contained premature information about the re-naming of the building presently known as "Home Economics," at the south end of the central mall. This building is still the site of the Department of Nutrition & Dietetics (formerly the Department of Home Economics), as well as of the UND Telecommunications Department. Its name will not change until Nutrition & Dietetics moves to other quarters. At that time UND will ask approval from the State Board of Higher Education to rename the structure as the "Carnegie Building." The building was constructed in 1908 with a gift from Andrew Carnegie (President Webster Merrifield purchased and donated the land upon which it was built, and lent the money to build the book stacks). In 1927, the commons (cafeteria), located in what is now Montgomery Hall, and the Carnegie Library traded functions. After construction of new cafeterias on campus in the 1950s, the Carnegie Library-Commons was remodeled a third time to accommodate the Department of Home Economics. Future plans include the consolidation there of various Enrollment Services functions.

- Dave Vorland, Executive Assistant, President's Office.

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DIRECTORY INFORMATION FORMS DISTRIBUTED

Wednesday, Sept. 9, is the deadline for returning 1998-99 Directory Information Forms to the Office of University Relations. The forms were distributed to all UND offices and departments, and it is their responsibility to complete and return the forms so personnel may be included in the 1998-99 UND Directory and Handbook. If your department or office did not receive forms, or if more forms are needed, please come to the Office of University Relations, 411 Twamley Hall.

The forms are to be completed for all faculty and staff members, and for graduate teaching and research assistants who have appointments approved by the Graduate School. Your home address and telephone number will NOT be used in the electronic directory. Please double-check all completed forms to ensure that information is accurate. A printable form is online at www.und.edu.

-- Jim Penwarden, Director, University Relations.

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STUDENTS LEAVING UND SHOULD USE PROPER FORM

Students completely withdrawing from the 1998 fall semester must use the UND "WITHDRAWAL" form, which is available at the Office of the Registrar, 201 Twamley Hall. Students are not to use the Registration Action Form for this process.

-- Alice Poehls, University Registrar.

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ABSENCE NOTIFICATIONS ELIMINATED

Students will be responsible for contacting each of their faculty members regarding their absence from class. In the past, the Dean of Students Office sent Absence Notifications to faculty informing them of a student's absence due to hospitalization, death in the family or other uncontrollable emergency. Due to recent budget reductions which resulted in decreased staff, the Dean of Students Office will no longer provide this service. Lines of communication between student and faculty will be enhanced with contact between the parties involved.

-- Jerry Bulisco, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Judicial Affairs and Crisis Programs.

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RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS SOUGHT

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

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

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STAFF SENATE HOLDS INITIAL MEETING

The Aug. 12 meeting of the University of North Dakota Staff Senate was called to order by President Duane Czapiewski.

Several procedural issues were discussed, and suggestions were made for Staff Senate activities. These included U Fest, development of a Senate logo, and developing awareness of Staff Senate.

A suggestion was made to invite a representative from Enrollment Services to speak at a Senate meeting on recruiting students. Staff Senate members support the importance of being involved in the recruitment and retention of students. Other program suggestions for consideration were: presentations by Academic Services, the Ambassadors, a presentation by Ron Pynn on parliamentary procedures and Robert's Rules of Order, and Staff Senate viewing of the recently developed UND video.

A discussion was held on how Senate Staff members can help with student recruiting and retention. Kathy Williams suggested that we individually contact friends and relatives and connect them with UND Enrollment Services. It was also suggested that perhaps there are ways Staff Senate members can help the faculty recruitment team prepare for their trips.

A discussion was held on whether or not to elect a Member-at-Large from NDPEA and COSE. This discussion was tabled and referred to the Staff Executive Committee.

The next Staff Executive Committee meeting will be held Aug. 26, and the next Staff Senate meeting is Sept. 9.

-- Cheryl Danduran (EERC) for UND Staff Senate.

(Editor's Note: The above are condensed highlights of the Staff Senate meeting. University Letter does not generally carry minutes because of space considerations. An exception was made in this case because Staff Senate is a new organization.)

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COMPUTER CENTER:

The Computer Center will close for the Labor Day holiday at midnight Sunday, Sept. 6, and will reopen at midnight Monday, Sept. 7.

-- Marv Hanson, Associate Director, Computer Center.

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MEMORIAL UNION:

All areas of the Memorial Union building will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sept. 5-7 for the Labor Day holiday. Following are the hours for Friday, Sept. 4: Administrative offices, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Barber Shop, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Bookstore, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Computer Labs, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Copy Stop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Craft Center Sign and Design, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Info Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Lifetime Sports, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Terrace Dining Center, Union Food Court (Juice Works, Subway and TCBY), and Little Caesar's, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; University Learning Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; building hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-- Marsha Nelson, Facilities Coordinator, Memorial Union.

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ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

WOMEN'S CENTER LISTS EVENTS

The Wednesday, Sept. 9, Feast and Focus program at noon in the Women's Center, 305 Hamline St., will be "Negotiating Relationships With Family and Friends." Leaving home means taking a big leap into independence. For many, going away to college marks the beginning of adulthood, but the transition rarely happens overnight. It's entirely normal to simultaneously rely upon your parents as a source of support and resent them for it, and to shift between being upset that your mom doesn't offer advice and being irritated when she tries to tell you what to do. Join us as we discuss some ways to make this inevitable transition easier.

The noon Thursday, Sept. 10, For Women Only program will focus on women's sexuality issues.

Please join us.

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

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SEPT. 11 IS GREEN AND WHITE DAY

Friday, Sept. 11, has been designated by President Baker as a Green and White Day. Members of the University community are invited to wear Sioux green and white in honor of football (Potato Bowl, UND vs. Moorhead State University); volleyball at NCC/NS Tournament at Mankato, Minn.; cross country at NDSCS Invitational, Wahpeton; and golf at Concordia and Bemidji.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor.

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AAUW SEEKS BOOK DONATIONS

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is seeking used, donated books. The books will be sold at our October book sale and the proceeds will go to our Educational Foundation which helps women further their education. Call 775-7027 or 773-2903 for pick-up.

-- Jan Orvik, Editor, for Wanda Weir, AAUW Publicity Chair, 775-9468.

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UNIVERSITY LETTER is published weekly (bi-weekly during the summer) and distributed at no charge to members of the University community. It is also available electronically through UNDInfo, the University's menu system on the Internet. The address is http://www.und.nodak.edu.

All articles submitted for publication should be labeled "University Letter" and must reach the editor by 1 p.m. Tuesday. Electronic submissions may be sent to jan_orvik@mail.und.nodak.edu. Attachments to University Letter require approval of the editor and an account number. University Letter is issued by the UND Office of University Relations, Jan Orvik, editor, Box 7144, 411 Twamley Hall, 777-2731.

UND is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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