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

NIH funds $1.5 million UND study of transgenerational threat from amphetamines

If your mother or father were addicted to amphetamines, does that increase your risk of becoming addicted? An answer to that question is a focus of a $1.5 million, five-year grant to the School of Medicine & Health Sciences from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse. The study, titled “Amphetamine Causes Transgenerational Effects,” will be led by Associate Professor Lucia Carvelli, PhD, in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
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ND Space Grant Consortium research fellowships awarded

The North Dakota Space Grant Consortium awarded research fellowships to three students for the fall semester. Awardees include Billi Jean Petermann (Environmental Science, Dickinson State University), Charles Schneider (Electrical Engineering, UND), and Mitch Campion (Electrical Engineering, UND). All students completing research in a STEM field are encouraged to apply for these fellowships offered each semester.

~ The Odegard Monthly, Sept. 2016

Mandatory PHS financial conflict of interest education sessions

The Public Health Service (PHS) requires that all PHS grantees or those considering submitting to the PHS complete a mandatory education class. According to the new policy, all grantees must be trained in conflict of interest every four years. The Division of Research & Economic Development will be conducting training sessions on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, October 12, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Presidents Room at the Memorial Union.
  • Monday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Presidents Room at the Memorial Union.

You only need to attend one of the sessions if you have not already done so. Training is necessary every four years.  Read more

“Newborn Screening for Hearing Loss and Critical Congenital Heart Disease” – CDC Grand Rounds

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores the latest scientific evidence and the potential effect of different interventions. The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how the CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss the recommendations for future research and practice. September’s presentation is “Beyond the Blood Spot: Newborn Screening for Hearing Loss and Critical Congenital Heart Disease.” All of the webcasts are archived for later viewing.

~ Med School E-News, 9/16/2016

Saleh Faruque publishes fourth ‘Made Easy’ book in series on electrical engineering concepts

Professor of Electrical Engineering Saleh Faruque has published the fourth book in his “Made Easy” series on electrical engineering concepts.faruque

In his latest release, Radio Frequency Modulation Made EasyFaruque blends theory and practice to bring readers up-to-date in key concepts, underlying principles and practical applications of radio frequency modulation. The presentation is designed to be easily accessible, minimizing mathematics and maximizing visuals. Read more

“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