Nov. 16: Host-pathogen interactions CoBRE research symposium

You are invited to the annual CoBRE Research Symposium for Host-Pathogen Interactions on Nov. 16 at the Gorecki Alumni Center.cobre

CoBRE, the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence, was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to spark research among junior faculty and strengthen the research infrastructure of states that do not receive as much NIH funding as other larger states.  The School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) is digging deeper into infectious diseases such as Lyme disease, HIV, and zika. Read more

Atmospheric Sciences seminar Sept. 29, 2016

Xiaodong Zhang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Earth System Science & Policy at UND, will present a seminar titled “From “The blind men and the elephant” to light scattering and particles in the ocean” on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in Streibel Hall, Room 106. Faculty and Students are encouraged to attend.  Please note time change. Read more

Call for Nominations: 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 well being of Native Americans throughout the country. Read more

Deadline approaching: Scrubs Camp grant applications

Thscrubs-penguine R-COOL-Health Scrubs Camps are one-day health career awareness camps in rural communities. A partnership of a local healthcare facility, economic or job development authority, and school work to create a one-day camp for students to learn about careers in healthcare from local healthcare professionals. Scrubs Camps are focused on rural students in grades 5-12. The overall purpose of the program is to increase awareness, interest, and understanding of health careers available in rural North Dakota through creative and interactive activities. This exciting program is supported by the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Read more

Research North Dakota proposal deadlines

The Division of Research & Economic Development is pleased to announce to research faculty that the North Dakota Department of Commerce’s Research North Dakota (RND) program has funding remaining and is again accepting applications for all of its programs, including Venture Grants for the remainder of the 2015-2017 biennium.

The next deadline for proposal submission is November 18, 2016.  There will be subsequent proposal deadlines of February 17, 2017 and May 19, 2017.  Keep in mind that early proposal submission dates are recommended as the funding remaining in the program is winding down and later deadlines for proposal submission will only be used if sufficient funding remains. Read more

Important information regarding automated compliance improvements of NSF proposals

As part of NSF’s efforts to modernize proposal submission and increase competitive fairness in the proposal process, the Foundation continues to focus on implementing automated proposal compliance checks in FastLane.

Effective September 26, 2016, FastLane will now check to ensure that the combined text of the Project Summary text boxes (or uploaded PDF if the Project Summary contains special characters) does not exceed one page prior to submission, rather than the current check of 4,600 characters. See the Proposal & Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter II.C.2.b, for further information. Read more

UND forges partnership with Norwegian university on public health education

norwegian-partnershipFaculty members in the Master of Public Health Program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences will partner with colleagues at the University of Bergen in Norway (UiB) to train graduate students from both universities in each university’s respective field of expertise.

UND SMHS Assistant Professor Arielle Selya, PhD, and Master of Public Health Founding Director and Professor Raymond Goldsteen DrPH, in collaboration with Associate Professor David Wheat and Professor Pål Davidsen in the Department of Geography at UiB, were awarded a grant titled “Model-based Public Health Education.” The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education under the Partnership Program with North America will fund 2,000,000 Norwegian kroner (approximately $250,000) for this project between January 2017 and December 2020. Read more

EERC partnering to improve assessment of carbon dioxide storage capacity

The UND Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is working with the Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., to improve assessment methods for estimating the storage capacity of carbon dioxide (CO2) in tight shale formations, such as the Bakken. The project is funded by NETL with cost share provided by Hitachi.

“Although significant progress has been made globally to investigate the suitability of subsurface geologic sinks for CO2 storage, there is a lack of detailed geologic and petrophysical data needed to develop better techniques for assessing CO2 storage resources within unconventional formations,” said Bethany Kurz, EERC Principal Hydrogeologist, Laboratory Analysis Group Lead. Read more

UND to allocate nearly $2 million to libraries, research, arts & sciences and engineering

President Mark Kennedy has announced that nearly $2 million will be allocated to bolster UND’s libraries, research enterprise, College of Arts & Sciences, and the College of Engineering & Mines.

The dollars come from tuition increase of 2 percent for most students and 2.5 percent for law and medical students, as well as $650,000 from the UND Alumni Association & Foundation.

“In the spirit of One UND, we’re pleased to be putting $1 million in the libraries and $400,000 in the Division of Research & Economic Development.  The libraries and the research division support academic disciplines across the campus,” said Kennedy. Read more

Grant Tomkinson study finds American children among least fit in the world

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An international research team co-led from the University of North Dakota and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) studied the aerobic fitness levels of children and youth across 50 countries. The re/sults were just published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

“If all the kids in the world were to line up for a race, the average American child would finish at the foot of the field,” said Grant Tomkinson, associate professor of kinesiology in the UND College of Education & Human Development and senior author of the study.  “Canada, on the other hand, fared moderately well placing just above middle of the pack. This study is the largest of its kind so it’s exciting to have this evidence at hand.” Read more