Articles by: David Dodds

Friday's announcement marked a distinct investment addressing the University's Grand Challenges, one of which is Big Data. McGimpsey, right, says the components of Big Data research underpin the other four Grand Challenges: unmanned systems, energy and sustainability, biomedicine and rural health. Photo by Connor Murphy/UND Today.

Big day for ‘Big Data’

March 21, 2019 at

Signing ceremony announces $10 million UND investment in Big Data, hiring of six new computational scientists

UND officials, on Monday, used a football analogy to drive home a point for North Dakota lawmakers in Bismarck about the importance of university research. Archival image.

Driving the field

March 19, 2019 at

UND quest for research support in ‘Green Zone’ and ‘Red Zone’ seen as keys to victory

The UND Accounting Department, housed in the Gamble Hall (above), the headquartrers of the UND College of Business & Public Administration, recently received an anonymous 1-million gift to to fund graduate student stipends and set up an endowed chair for the department.

Couple pledges $20M to College of Business & Public Administration, upon state match

March 12, 2019 at

Anonymous alum strongly believes state should support University at highest levels; others poised to give

The Hon. Heather Wilson, U.S. Secretary of the Air Force, will return to campus in May to deliver a commencement address - the first by an off-campus speaker since 2013.

Heather Wilson named commencement speaker

February 28, 2019 at

Secretary of the Air Force, the Hon. Heather Wilson, to deliver Spring Commencement address in May

Thomasine Heitkamp, professor in the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines, recently has drawn nearly $8 million in federal grants for UND's efforts to bolster mental health services and combat opioid addiction in rural America.Heitkamp is teaming with fellow UND scholars, such as Meridee Schogren (right), a clinical associate professor of nursing, and others to help administer the training to more mental health providers in rural communities across much of the Great Plains. Photo by Tyler Ingham/UND Today.

On the offensive

February 20, 2019 at

UND Professor Thomasine Heitkamp secures nearly $8M to fight addictions in rural America

Bethany Springs ,who plays Percy, is on the left, and Gina Uhlir, who plays Shelby, is on the right. Photo Credit Brad Reissig, UND Theatre Arts.

Theatre Arts serves up musical in ‘Spitfire Grill’

February 18, 2019 at

Each night, limited number of audience members will enjoy dessert while they watch the show

Creating our own wave of opportunity

Creating our own wave of opportunity

February 12, 2019 at

UND looks inward to muster resources to invest in future amid sea of uncertainty

The Provost will begin accepting applications immediately, with interviews for potential candidates beginning as early as next week.
After interviews, DiLorenzo plans to meet with the Law School faculty before an announcement is made. UND archival photo.

Provost accepting nominations for Law School deanship

February 5, 2019 at

Provost: Looking forward to working with new Dean on cementing law school strengths, exploring ideas to magnify impact


Road to ‘R1’: Broadening Research Impact

January 23, 2019 at

Quest for highest-research-activity classification helps students, communities and economy

Kennedy said UND supports the State Board of Higher Education proposed budget, which advocates stable funding and merit pay increases. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, however, has recommended a 5 percent budget decrease for higher education, despite major cuts to the University System in the current biennium.
“We do believe that UND and the State of North Dakota are at an inflection point between sinking and swimming,” Kennedy told legislators.
But, by continuing to focus on strategic investments in student success, campus renewal and discovery research, UND is positioning itself to stay above water. Image courtesy of Peter Johnson.

‘Swimming’ into a New Economy

January 17, 2019 at

UND touts student success, campus renewal and research as keys to smooth currents over ‘growing waters’

The SHARPER SHAPE SHR1 Hexa-coper-6 rotar flown by SkySkopes pilot Andrew Schill sitting under a tent during a Northerns Plains UAS field test.

UND makes UAS history

December 27, 2018 at

University of North Dakota, UAS research partners achieve major milestone with first successful ‘beyond visual line of sight’ tests using multi-use, broad-purpose network for commercial drone activity


Diana Kostrzewski named interim dean

December 11, 2018 at

Provost taps nursing professional with more than 40 years experience in healthcare delivery/education to lead College

John Mihelich will serve as Interim Vice President until a replacement is found.

UND names Interim Research VP, launches search

December 4, 2018 at

John Mihelich to serve until permanent successor found for current VP Grant McGimpsey

The University of North Dakota has decided to reopen the long-time nine-hole course and driving range, immediately south of the main campus, as a multiuse activity area that will host public recreational golf, some UND Athletics events and a bold new proposal for autonomous systems research, education and training, as early as the fall of 2019.

Ray Richards Golf Course to reopen in 2019

November 27, 2018 at

Vast green space set for comeback as multiuse recreational and drone-activity hub

Since that time, UND’s administration has received a number of queries from faculty and staff members about a new VSIP at UND. Today’s announcement serves as UND’s intention to provide that opportunity to tenured faculty and staff members, effective Monday, ¬Dec. 3, 2018. The application period will end at 4:30 p.m. Central Standard Time, on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. UND archival photo.

UND to offer renewed faculty and staff voluntary separation incentives

November 20, 2018 at

New program is a response to employee requests and not tied to budgetary concerns