Catching health problems: Researchers seek early clues

Naima Kaabouch
Naima Kaabouch

Among the thorniest health problems around is the upswing in Type II, or so-called adult onset, diabetes.

Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the U.S., and approximately 14 to 24 percent of patients with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer will require an amputation. Foot ulceration precedes 85 percent of diabetes-related amputations. Obesity and Chronic conditions associated with an aging U.S. population – such as diabetes, neuropathy, circulatory insufficiency, or a combination of these pathologies – mirror the current increased incidence of foot ulcers.

Left untreated, it’s fatal; and before that certain eventuality, diabetes results in loss of feeling in extremities such as the feet—too often leading to amputations. Read more

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.

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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

NASA to Highlight Opportunities in North Dakota at UAS Summit & Expo

NASA, UAS industry partners will explain collaboration on UTM development and future beyond visual line of sight flights.John Cavolowsky

GRAND FORKS, ND – (August 16, 2016) – North Dakota’s role in NASA research aimed at the safe integration of small and large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace will be discussed during the 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo August 22-24 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

On Tuesday, attendees will hear from John Cavolowsky, director of NASA’s Airspace Operations and Safety Program, and a panel of experts who have partnered with NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) program. Cavolowsky will speak from 8:50-9:20 a.m. in Ballroom 5 on NASA’s UAS goals. The panel discussion will include large and small business leaders who have participated in NASA’s UTM program. The panel will be led by Shawn Bullard, president of the Duetto Group LLC in Washington, D.C. He serves as the federal advisor to the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota, one of six Federal Aviation Administration-approved sites in the nation.

Panelists include Jaclyn Louis, director of government relations and senior counsel for Intel Corp., San Francisco; Craig Marcinkowski, director of strategy and business development for Gryphon Sensors, Syracuse, N.Y.; Chris Theisen, director of research, development, test and evaluation with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site; Joseph Burns, CEO of Sensurion Aerospace, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Terri Zimmerman, CEO of Packet Digital and Botlink, Fargo, N.D.
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Women Pilots Place at International Air Race

The phrase “just another day at the office” becomes a bit more intriguing when your office is 5,000 feet above the ground.

Four women from the University of North Dakota recently competed in the 2016 Air Race Classic between June 21-24. Their 4,900-nautical-mile route (including the flight from UND to the starting point) took them from Prescott, Ariz., to Daytona Beach, Fla., where they placed third out of 17 collegiate teams and fourth out of the 55 total teams competing in the race.

Jenna Annable (home-based ground support coordinator), Emma Kishel (navigator), Dana Atkins (pilot), Christina Druskins (co-pilot). Photo by Jackie Lorentz.
Jenna Annable (home-based ground support coordinator), Emma Kishel (navigator), Dana Atkins (pilot), Christina Druskins (co-pilot). Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

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Grant Opportunities Available as of June 16, 2016


Title: Public Humanities Projects, Funding Opportunity #:20160810-GW, Department: NEH, Closing Date: 8/10/2016

Support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences and engage humanities scholarship to illuminate significant themes in disciplines such as history, literature, ethics, and art, or to address challenging issues in contemporary life.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.; state, local, or tribal government; non-profits Read more

American Bar Association President and Retired Minnesota Supreme Court Justice on Campus June 16, 2016

Paulette Brown
Paulette Brown

Paulette Brown, the first African American woman to be elected President of the American Bar Association, and Alan Page, the first African American to be elected to the Minnesota Supreme Court, will speak at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on Thursday, June 16.  The presentations are part of the State Bar Association of North Dakota’s Annual Meeting.  In partnership with the UND School of Law, both Brown’s and Page’s presentations will be open to the public, free of charge. Read more

University Community Asked to Complete Appendicitis Survey

Dear colleagues and friends:

We are attempting to understand how different people would choose between appendectomy or antibiotic treatment alone if they had appendicitis. The link below is to a quick Web-based anonymous survey that will provide a little information about each scenario, ask you to choose, and then ask you a few questions about yourself and your reasoning. No personal identifying information will be collected. The survey should take 5–10 minutes of your time. We would really appreciate it if you would take the time to complete the survey, as this is an important subject on which the patient viewpoint has really not been heard. If you have friends or family to whom you can pass this on so that they can also complete the survey, we would also be incredibly grateful if you would forward the link to them. Read more

Lana Rakow Named an Associate Editor of ‘Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly’

Lana Rakow, Professor of Communication and Director of the UND Center for Community Engagement, has been appointed an associate editor of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly.  It is the official journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Read more