Institutional Review Board Meets October 7, 2016

UND’s Institutional Review Board Meeting will be held Friday, October 7, 2016 in Twamley, Room 305 at 2:00 p.m., to consider all Full Board Review research proposals that are submitted to the IRB Office before Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board. Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Tuesday, September 13, 2016.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.

~ Stepffanie Brewer, Administrative Secretary, Institutional Review Board

Community Invited to Participate in Joggin’ with Josh

joggin-with-josh-2014-hsJoshua Wynne, MD, MBA, MPH, vice president for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, invites the community and all students, faculty, and staff at the School and the University to advocate healthful lifestyles by joining him for Joggin’ with Josh, an informal 5K or 10K walk, jog, or run on Thursday, September 15. This is a free public event. Everyone is welcome to participate, so please bring your family and friends.

A sign-up table will be in the School of Medicine & Health Sciences’ East Atrium at the south entrance to the school, 1301 N. Columbia Road; sign-up and T-shirt pickup starts at 4:00 p.m. The dean will speak to the group before the event, which starts at 4:30 p.m. To get a head start on your fellow participants, please complete the sign-up form available here and bring it with you to the SMHS. Forms will also be available in the East Atrium before the event. Read more

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a UAS? In Gamble Hall?

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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s an—Unmanned Aircraft System?

Starting the fourth week in August, they’ll be flying in Gamble Hall.

“We’re launching the first-ever UAS Business course at UND,” says Matt Dunlevy, a UND alumnus and President/CEO of SkySkopes.  “It’s actually pretty exciting.” The class is listed as a special topics course for three credits from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.  There are no requirements, no prerequisites and it’s open to all majors—from freshmen to those pursuing their Ph.D. “You have to have a pulse and you have to be admitted to UND,” says Dunlevy with a laugh. Read more

Chemical Engineering Faculty Part of U.S.-China Research Collaboration

Chemical Engineering faculty members Wayne Seames and Gautham Krishnamoorthy are co-principal investigators on a recently awarded international research grant to study barriers associated with oxy-biomass and oxy-coal combustion technologies and their impacts on producing electricity and removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

Wayne Seames
Wayne Seames

This four-year, $1-million project is jointly funded by the National Science Foundation in the U.S. and the National Science Foundation of China. The overall objective is to provide information to enable implementation of oxy-combustion of biomass and biomass-coal blends for power generation from power plants.  It’s a collaboration of the University of Utah (U.S. lead organization), UND, Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST – the Chinese lead organization) and Southeastern University (China). Read more

‘Unmanned U’: UND is at Epicenter of Drone Innovation

Mechanical engineering Kaci Lemler (right), an employee with Field of View, a UAS-support business, explains how equipment aboard UAS can record and distinguish between living plants and nonliving things. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.
Mechanical engineering Kaci Lemler (right), an employee with Field of View, a UAS-support business, explains how equipment aboard UAS can record and distinguish between living plants and nonliving things. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Call it the Valley of the Drones.

A narrow swath straddling North Dakota’s eastern border, anchored by Grand Forks to the north and Fargo to the south, the Red River Valley of the North has long been known for having some of the richest agricultural land in the world. These days, however, it’s making a big name for itself as a fertile bed in the surging global unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.

And the University of North Dakota is well positioned in this enviable sweet spot as the central hub to it all.

That was the message at the 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo, held recently at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.

If you’re looking to make a name for yourself in the multi-billion-dollar-and-growing economy that is UAS: Get to know UND and its long list of regional partners that, when combined, just might be the “Silicon Valley for Drones” as dubbed by the New York Times. Read more

American Indian Health Research Conference Call for Proposals

American Indian Health Research Conference


Dr. Alan J. Allery Health Research Award

Call for nominations due October 3, 2016!

The Center for Rural Health is now accepting nominations for the Dr. Alan J. Allery Health Research Award.  This prestigious award is presented to two ambitious American Indian students, one graduate and one undergraduate, in recognition of conducting research dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Native Americans throughout the country. Read more

Grupo Medicos Dakota

At the School of Medicine & Health Sciences Medical Doctor White Coat Ceremony in August 2012, six members of the MD Class of 2016 donned their white coats as first-year medical students. They had just completed their first week of orientation to medical school and their first week of classes in the SMHS’s nationally recognized patient-centered-learning curriculum, where biomedical and clinical sciences are taught in the context of patient cases. Their first patient case was taught by SMHS Dean Joshua Wynne, concerning Ben, a young man who developed osteomyelitis of his lower leg.Grupo Medicos Dakota Read more

NIH Funds Basson’s Study of Treatment to Alleviate Effects from Starvation or Intestinal Surgery

When children or adults either undergo prolonged fasting or have much of their small intestine removed because of disease, they are often initially unable to eat enough to survive. Without sufficient intestinal adaptation, they may be condemned to permanent intravenous feedings, with a substantial impact on quality and length of life, or require small bowel transplantation, which has its own complications.
basson-marc-hs-3“Current medical treatment for this condition has limited efficacy,” said Marc D. Basson, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, the associate dean for medicine and professor of surgery and of biomedical sciences at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “We have identified a novel protein that turns on the function of the cells that line the small intestine and may offer a new approach to the management of this condition.” Read more

Call for Proposals: NDUS Open Educational Resources Special Projects

The North Dakota University System seeks grant proposals that implement high-impact, collaborative projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs for students.

Applications for any amount of funding up to $10,000 are welcome from North Dakota University stakeholders, including faculty, librarians, technologists, administrators, students, and bookstore staff. Projects must involve the creation, adaptation or innovative use of Open Educational Resources (OER), which are educational materials that are openly licensed to the public to freely use, adapt, and share. Read more

Thursday, September 29, 2016: ‘Outrage’ Arts & Humanities Summit

An arts and humanities summit has been set for this fall that promises to bring outrage to all involved.outrage

The 2016 North Dakota University System Arts & Humanities “OUTRAGE” Summit will feature papers, presentations and projects aiming to engage outrage through critical thought or performance. OUTRAGE Summit organizers have called for presenters to “flaunt civility, and to reflect seriously on why outrage matters for the arts and humanities today.” Read more