Research North Dakota Program Funded

The Division of Research & Economic Development is pleased to announce to research faculty that the Research North Dakota (RND) program has received appropriations from the North Dakota legislature and is again accepting applications for all of its programs, including Venture Grants for the 2015-2017 biennium.  The first deadline for proposal submission is August 22, 2015.  There will be subsequent proposal deadlines of November 20, 2015; February 19, 2016 and May 20, 2016.  Read more

New Joint Internal Funding Program: Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP)

The College of Arts & Sciences, College of Engineering & Mines, School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and the Division of Research & Economic Development would like to announce a new joint internal funding program called the “Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP).”  REAP funding is specifically designed to help faculty members who have submitted proposals to Federal Agencies which, while favorably reviewed, were not funded.  The program will make resources available to faculty members in this situation to allow them to further their research and resubmit a successful proposal.  Read more

New REU Site Promotes Interdisciplinary Renewable and Environmental Chemistry

The National Science Foundation has awarded UND $270,000 to fund a new Interdisciplinary Renewable and Environmental Chemistry (IREC) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Led by Alena Kubatova and Frank Bowman, the IREC REU provides undergraduate students a 10-week summer research experience at UND using interdisciplinary research projects at the intersection of chemistry, chemical engineering, and atmospheric sciences. Read more

Edwin C. James Lectureship and Surgical Resident Research Colloquium is June 26, 2015

Ajit Sachdeva, MD, FRCSC, FACS, founding director of the Division of Education for the American College of Surgeons, will give the Edwin C. James Lectureship at noon on Friday, June 26, in Crystal Ballroom III at the Ramada Plaza & Suites, 1635 42nd Street South, in Fargo. The title of Sachdeva’s lecture is “Preparation of Residents for Surgical Practice: Challenges, Opportunities, and New Directions.” Read more

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Fire Hall Theatre

Since 1596, William Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream has delighted audiences around the world. The Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre is presenting this whimsical tale June 27 and 28 at 7:00 pm, and June 28 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall Theatre in downtown Grand Forks, directed by Nicole Quam, assisted by Jenny Morris.

There are fairies and a donkey, and magical spells — and lots of interlocking love stories. This is a great introduction to Shakespeare for the uninitiated, and the theatre will have bubbles for sale and invites members of the audience to blow them whenever fairies appear on stage. Read more

Celebrate Professor Richard Wilsnack at Retirement Open House June 29, 2015

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science will host a retirement open house to honor Professor Richard Wilsnack from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, in the Vennes Atrium of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Refreshments will be served.

Richard taught in the UND Sociology Department from 1978 until 1989, at which time he became professor in the Department of Neuroscience (now Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science). He teaches medical students on topics related to medical ethics, healthcare, and substance abuse and collaborates with Professor Sharon Wilsnack on federally funded research on alcohol use and related problems, with a focus on women, gender, and culture.

Please join us in thanking Richard for his 37 years of service to UND and wishing him well in his retirement.

~ Debra Walker, Administrative Officer, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Social Media: Health Matters – Chickenpox, Shingles Vaccine Availability

On the SMHS Facebook page, Dean Wynne discusses why chickenpox, shingles vaccine availability doesn’t mean the diseases will disappear in his latest Health Matters column, which can be found in the Grand Forks Herald every other Monday. Please submit any general health-related questions to

You can also get the latest SMHS news by following the School on Twitter.

~ UND SMHS E-News, 6/26/2015

“Climate Change and Health – From Science to Practice” – CDC Grand Rounds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores the latest scientific evidence and the potential effect of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how the CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss the recommendations for future research and practice. Read more

Grant Opportunities Available as of June 23, 2015


Title: Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative, Funding Opportunity #:ONR-15-FOA-0011, Department: DOD-ONR, Closing Date: 12/7/2015

Support multidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed. Read more

Electrical Engineering Awarded Cyber-Security Research Grants from Rockwell Collins and Wells Fargo

Electrical Engineering Assistant Professor Prakash Ranganathan has been awarded a grant to research cyber-security for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and to prepare students for careers in the industry.

Rockwell Collins is funding the project in the amount of $20,000.  Ranganathan’s strong proposal successfully competed against those from 39 other universities for consideration as part of the Rockwell Collins University Grant Allocation Program. Read more

New Assistant Dean Named for the Minot Campus at UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences

GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Scott E. Knutson, MD, has been named assistant dean for the Northwest (Minot) Campus at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Knutson is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at UND and an emergency medicine physician for Trinity Health in Minot, serving as chief of medical staff since December of 2013.

Knutson will succeed Dr. Martin Rothberg as Northwest Campus dean. Knutson will begin work as dean of the Minot Campus on July 1. Read more

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program

UND Neuroscience COBRE Pilot Grant Program – Third Round of Commercialization Proposals

As part of our COBRE Phase III grant on neurodegenerative diseases, we are again inviting single- and multi-PI pilot grant proposals. The purpose of this ‘first-in-the-nation’ commercialization pilot grant program is very specific. We want to encourage and facilitate neuroscience research leading to commercialization of research discoveries. Read more