Lineup Announced for UND Writers Conference

The lineup for UND’s 47th annual Writers Conference has been finalized.

Among the six featured authors appearing at the event are Brian Greene, Frank Huyler and Kim Stanley Robinson. Greene is a leading theoretical physicist whose work has been featured on the Public Broadcasting Service program, “Nova,” Huyler is a novelist and emergency room doctor, and Robinson is an award-winning science fiction writer.

Also appearing this year are poet Katharine Coles, award-winning multimedia artist Allison Leigh Holt and author Tania James.

The conference, “The Art of Science,” will be April 6 to 8 at UND and feature readings, workshops and films, according to its website.

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Grant Opportunities Available as of November 25, 2015


Title: Deployed Warfighter Protection Program FY 16 Call For Research, Funding Opportunity #: DWFP-16-S-01, Department: DOD, Closing Date: 1/8/2016

Solicit pre-proposals for original, innovative research designed to develop new interventions for protection of deployed military personnel from diseases caused by arthropod-borne pathogens and to improve control of filth flies.

Eligible: Unrestricted 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

Writers Conference Features World-renowned Theoretical Physicist Brian Greene and Award-winning Scifi Author Kim Stanley Robinson

The UND Writers conference is pleased to announce that the line-up for the 47th Annual UND Writers Conference, “The Art of Science,” is complete!  Among the authors for the 2016 UND Writers Conference is Brian Greene—one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists and founder of the World Science Festival—whose work has been featured on PBS’s Nova.  Other participants include novelist and ER doctor Frank Huyler, fiction writer and Fulbright fellow Tania James, Visual Artist and Fulbright fellow Allison Leigh Holt, as well as poet and Guggenheim fellow Katharine Coles.

The UND Writers Conference is also very happy to reveal that Kim Stanley Robinson—one of the most well-known and respected science fiction writers in the world, who has won the Hugo, the Nebula, the Locus, and the World Fantasy Award—will be making a rare appearance at this year’s Conference. Read more

2016 Founders Day Honorees Sought

The 2016 Founders Day banquet will be held Thursday, February 25, 2016 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.

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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,

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

International Rural Nursing Conference Rapid City, South Dakota July 19-21, 2016


Please join us in the scenic Black Hills of western South Dakota!   The International Rural Nursing Conference will be held July 19-21, 2016 in Rapid City, South Dakota.  This conference will be led by the Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton Foundation (MHCH), South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota, in conjunction with the Rural Nursing Organization. 

Conference Theme:  Rural Nursing and Healthcare in the New Frontier

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