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

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

Grant Tomkinson

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

Al Frazier recognized for UAS work

The forefront of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) utilization in law enforcement isn’t based in another country or in states such as California or New York. It’s right here in Grand Forks, led by professors with the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Al Frazier (center) accepts the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 2016 “UAS Award” at the group’s annual conference
Al Frazier (center) accepts the Airborne Law Enforcement Association’s 2016 “UAS Award” at the group’s annual conference

And now one of those professors has been recognized for his efforts and dedication.

Associate Professor of Aviation Al Frazier recently was presented with the 2016  “UAS Award ” by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) for his work with UAS law enforcement applications in regional policing efforts. Frazier received the award at ALEA’s annual conference in Savannah, Ga. Read more

Nursing programs awarded nearly $1 million

Three of the five  grants awarded to North Dakota universities through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration’s Health Workforce Grant program this year went to the UND College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD).

Gayle Roux, Dean of the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines
Gayle Roux, Dean of the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines

The UND grants total nearly $1 million for the current academic year and benefit programs in nurse anesthesia traineeship, advanced nursing education and a scholarship for disadvantaged students.

The scholarship money is part of a four-year grant award totaling more than $2.5 million. Read more

From Moscow to UND Chemistry

UND recruits top grad students from around the world

Anastasia Artemyeva, right, and her advisor Alena Kubatova, in Kubatova’s lab. PHOTO by Jackie Lorentz

Anastasia Artemyeva connected with UND Chemistry from Moscow.

“I was invited four years ago by UND Chemistry Professor Evegenii Kozliak, who knew my advisor at Moscow State University (MSU), to participate in a research program here,” said Artemyeva, now a PhD candidate.

She pursued her passion for science at MSU, one of Russia’s Top 10 colleges, where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry.

“Then I met UND Chemistry faculty member Alena Kubatova, who is my advisor with Dr. Kozliak as my co-advisor,” she said. 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

Patrick Luber’s New Sculpture Straddles Scientific and Religious Inquiry

Patrick Luber stands by part of his 13X13 sculpture that he is working on.
Patrick Luber stands by part of his 13×13 sculpture that he is working on.

Patrick Luber, professor of art, has considered himself a sculptor for 35 years now.

“Sometimes I think I was one of those unusual kids,” Luber jokes. “But when I was in kindergarten, I already knew that I wanted to be an artist or an architect.”

Luber was recently awarded an Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant through the UND College of Arts & Sciences, which offers support to arts and humanities professors to encourage research. His winning proposal was to create a large-relief sculpture that blends both religion and science.

“People often think of these as opposing ideas,” Luber said. “But there’s also a number of people, including myself, who do not see them in opposition, but working together. Just because you believe in God and religion doesn’t mean you can’t believe in science, or vice versa.” Read more

UND Lauds New Federal Law on Air Traffic Control Hiring Practices

For the past two years, Paul Drechsel, assistant chair for the University of North Dakota Air Traffic Control Program, has been on a mission to make the road to becoming an air traffic controller (ATC) a little less bumpy.

Photo courtesy of UND Archives
Photo courtesy of UND Archives

That’s why Drechsel, an associate professor of aviation at UND’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, is lauding recently signed legislation out of Congress. The new law reverses federal aviation hiring policies that, in a sense, would have diminished a degree from certified ATC training institution such as UND. Read more

Senator Working with NASA, FAA to Advance UAS in North Dakota

Preparing for takeoff, a Predator goes through preflight checks at the new General Atomics UAS Flight Training Academy at the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park. Photo: UAS Magazine
Preparing for takeoff, a Predator goes through preflight checks at the new General Atomics UAS Flight Training Academy at the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park. Photo: UAS Magazine

U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., last week revealed that he is working with NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to create additional opportunities for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in North Dakota, home to one of six FAA-approved UAS test sites.

Hoeven spoke in Grand Forks, North Dakota, at two events. On July 28, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. made its first flight with a Predator launched from the company’s new UAS Flight Training Academy at the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park. On July 26, the University of North Dakota dedicated a new aerospace education facility to serve its UAS Center of Excellence.

Hoeven said he’s working with the FAA and has spoken to agency administrator Michel Huerta about obtaining a statewide certificate of authorization (COA) to allow beyond visual-line-of-sight flying for UAS above 10,000 feet through the Northern Plains UAS Test Site. The approval could come before the end of the year, according to Hoeven. Read more

Rakow Paper Receives Academic Award

Lana-Rakow
Lana Rakow

A paper written by Professor Emerita in Communication Lana Rakow about a pioneering American philosopher and educational reformer has been selected for a top award by an academic association in the field of communication.

Rakow will present “Who uses Dewey and Why? Remembering and Forgetting John Dewey in Communication Studies,” about John Dewey, an advocate for participatory democracy through communication, at the annual conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Thursday, August 4, in Minneapolis. Read more

The Chamber and Economic Development Corporation Host Drone Biz Luncheon

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The Drone business is really taking off in Grand Forks. More than 120 people attended the first ever “Drone Biz Luncheon” at the Grand Forks Herald Community Room recently. The luncheon began with participants watching Northrop Grumman’s recruitment video which provides an overview of the Grand Sky UAS Business Park adjacent to GFAFB. Watch the six- minute video at this LINK. Next, Grand Sky CEO Tom Swoyer talked about their plans to build at the UAS Park. With General Atomics doing their first test flight on Thursday July 28 and Northrop Grumman scheduled to open their new building in early 2017, the UAS business park is coming along nicely. This will have a positive impact on every segment of our local economy and is a testament to the impact the hard work of the BRIC (Base Realignment Impact Committee) is having on our region. Read more

Burd Publishes Report on Prenatal Alcohol Exposure

Currently, about 50 percent of infants in the United States and in North Dakota have some alcohol exposure in early pregnancy. Most of these infants’ mothers then quit drinking. However, about 6 to 10 percent of pregnant women drink throughout their pregnancy.

“Many people thinking about this issue would recognize the link between maternal drug use and developmental problems, which is a major public health issue in the United States and across the world,” said Larry Burd, PhD, a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, and director of the Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Center at the UND SMHS. The center provides prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services for people of all ages who have concerns related to prenatal alcohol exposure. Read more