The ND EPSCoR/IDeA 2016 State Conference will take place on April 19th at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
The ND EPSCoR meeting this year builds upon a series of successful conferences, in which most of the morning is dedicated to student posters, a well-known and inspirational speaker gives the keynote address over lunch, and the afternoon has parallel workshops for faculty focused on specific skill sets and/or technical topics. This year, we are fortunate to have Dr. Kathryn Uhrich as our keynote speaker.
Dr. Kathryn Uhrich is distinguished as an accomplished interdisciplinary researcher, an inspiring educator and has excelled as an academic administrator. She has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed papers and has been issued more than 70 U.S. and international patents, and her work has led to the establishment of several start-up companies. Dr. Uhrich has recently accepted a position as the Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of California-Riverside, leaving her current position as Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers. She received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Cornell University, and her BS in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota. While at Rutgers, Dr. Uhrich’s work to diversify the graduate program at Rutgers to broaden participation is noteworthy.
The ND EPSCoR leadership team consists of, Dr. Grant McGimpsey, Vice President for Research and Economic Development, UND; Dr. Kelly Rusch, Vice President, Research and Creative Activity, NDSU; Dr. Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, ND EPSCoR Program Administrator, NDSU; and Dr. Mark Hoffman, Associate Vice President for Research Capacity Building, UND.