“Joggin’ with Josh” rescheduled to Sept. 29

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, Sept. 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 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

SSAC deadline for travel applications is Sept. 9

Travel Grant Applications

Friday, September 9, 2016, is the deadline for submission of Senate Scholarly Activities Committee Travel Grant Applications. This deadline is for travel occurring between September 16, 2016, and January 15, 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Read more

Geography to host Augmented Reality Sandbox demo Sept. 1

Augmented Reality Sandbox

The Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science will host a live demonstration of the Augmented Reality Sandbox (ARS), 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, O’Kelly Room 125.

The Augmented Reality Sandbox is a real-time, interactive landscape visualization tool. Users construct a landscape in the sand and the ARS responds by drawing contour lines and colorizing elevation. You can also make it “rain” and then watch how runoff flows across your landscape. Read more

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a UAS in Gamble Hall!

UAS 8-2016

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

American Indian Health Research Conference call for proposals

American Indian Health Research Conference


Dr. Alan J. Allery Health Research Award

Nominations due Oct. 3.

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

Institutional Review Board meets Oct. 7

UND’s Institutional Review Board Meeting will be held Friday, Oct. 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, Sept. 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, Sept. 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

Grant opportunities available as of Aug. 26


Title: Engineered Living Materials (ELM), Funding Opportunity #:DARPA-BAA-16-50, Department: DOD-DARPA, Closing Date: 10/11/2016

Develop design tools and methods that enable the engineering of structural features into cellular systems that function as living materials, thereby opening up a new design space for building technology.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI), Funding Opportunity #:DARPA-BAA-16-53, Department: DOD-DARPA, Closing Date: 11/1/2016

Create a suite of new or modified machine learning techniques that produce explainable models that, when combined with effective explanation techniques, enable end users to understand, appropriately trust, and effectively manage the emerging generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.

Eligible: Unrestricted 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

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

Almost four years later and over 4,000 miles away from Grand Forks, they carried to Chimbote, Peru, what they learned from Ben and other patients to complete a final elective before graduation. The formal title of the elective is International /Developing Nation Medicine.  As a part of the School’s service-learning initiative, the course’s stated goal is “to provide education and experience in the unique challenges and strategies of healthcare delivery for people in a developing country.” Read more