Upcoming Due Dates for Preproposals for NSF Programs NRT, FSML and MRI

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcements which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions. Thus, if you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for the program, please let us know as soon as possible (barry.milavetz@UND.edu or 777.4280).

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program #16-503
The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for STEM graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that ensure that graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program includes two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track. Read more

Seeking a Better NET Result – NIH Grants $1.7 million to UND Scientist to Study Possible Cause of a Life-threatening Reaction in Pneumonia Patients

The National Institutes of Health has granted $1.7 million to Assistant Professor Jyotika Sharma, Ph.D., in the Department of Basic Sciences at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, to pursue research on a possible mechanism that causes a life-threatening reaction in pneumonia patients. The five-year R01 grant is the highest level of research supported by the NIH.

sharma-jyotika-11-24-15-hsFunded by two R21 grants, an American Heart Association grant and a UND Faculty Research Seed grant since she joined UND in August 2011, Sharma’s research focuses on sepsis, which is a life-threatening medical condition that results from a systemic inflammatory response by the body to fend off a severe infection or to recover from a traumatic injury.  Read more

2016 Founders Day Honorees Sought

The 2016 Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, February 25, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. A reception will begin at 5:15 p.m. with the banquet beginning at 6:00 p.m.

In the Founders Day tradition, faculty and staff retiring between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 with at least 15 years of service, those with 25-years of service to UND, and department and faculty award winners will be recognized during the banquet. Read more

Grant Opportunities Available as of November 20, 2015


Title: Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering, Funding Opportunity #:N00014-16-R-FO03, Department: DOD – ONR, Closing Date: 12/31/2016

Provide solutions that will establish and maintain a diverse pipeline of U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM related workforce opportunities, targeted primarily towards the future DoN (naval) STEM workforce in High Schools, all categories of Post-Secondary institutions, the STEM research enterprise, and efforts that enhance the current naval STEM workforce and its mission readiness.

Eligible: All responsible sources from academia, the nonprofit sector, and industry Read more

GRIP Opportunities: USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is pleased to offer two National Science Foundation GRIP opportunities on climate change adaptation and prioritization of conservation efforts for fish and wildlife.

Interested NSF Graduate Research Fellows, please email the contacts below for more information.  Remember the deadline to apply for a GRIP opportunity this cycle is December 4th!

​Opportunity #1: Climate Change Adaptation for Fish and Wildlife

Contact email: Doug Beard, dbeard@usgs.gov

Location: National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center & Dept. of Interior Climate Science Centers (Reston, Va & 8 National Locations) Read more

Atmospheric Sciences Seminar December 3, 2015

Dr. Adam Clark, Meteorologist and research scientist at NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK, will present a seminar on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in Streibel Hall, Room 106.  The seminar is titled “Paving the Way for High-Resolution Ensemble Prediction: Recent Activities and Future Plans for NOAA/Hazardous Weather Testbed Spring Forecasting Experiments.” Read more

Children’s Learning Center Nature Explore Classroom Earns National Certification

The UND Children’s Learning Center, located at 525 Stanford Road, has earned national certification for its second Nature Explore Classroom, serving toddlers, from Dimensions Educational Research Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation Nebraska City, Neb.

There are only three certified classrooms in the state of North Dakota.

Nature Explore Classrooms are part of the Nature Explore program, a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature. Certified Nature Explore Classrooms help fill the void by integrating research-based outdoor learning opportunities into children’s daily lives. Read more

UND Joins Eduroam

UND recently signed on with Eduroam, a secure, worldwide roaming access service that was developed for the educational community and international research. In short, Eduroam acts like a single, worldwide wireless hotspot connecting hundreds of thousands of access points across the world.

Students, faculty, and staff who travel to other Eduroam institutions are now able to gain network access with minimal configuration, using their UND user name and password. This will benefit students, athletes, faculty, and staff who travel to other institutions for conferences, athletic events, or collaborative work. Read more

Science Cafe Will Focus on Chronic Pain, Headaches, and Dizziness November 24, 2015

The Grand Forks Public Library will host a Science Cafe at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24. Physical therapists Stephanie Weyrauch and Richard Morgan will present “Chronic Pain, Headaches, and Dizziness: Physical Therapists Treat That?”

Most people don’t think about seeing a physical therapist for conditions like fibromyalgia, headaches, incontinence, pelvic pain, dizziness, or balance disorders. This talk will discuss various unexpected conditions that physical therapists can treat to ensure you live a healthy, productive life.

~ University Letter, 11/16/2015