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Professor Jianglong Zhang Receives New Grant Award

Fri, 2015-06-12 09:16

Professor Jianglong Zhang has received a new $900,000 grant award from the Office of Naval Research through the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). Jianglong is part of a team of investigators working to advance the capability to forecast aerosol particles in the atmosphere. Other team members are from Colorado State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Nebraska.

~ The Odegard Monthly, 6/11/2015

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Nuverra Plant First Selected for Oilfield Waste Pilot Project

Thu, 2015-06-11 13:41

Nuverra Environmental Solutions drill cuttings recycling facility at Watford City, North Dakota, has been selected as the first participant in a North Dakota pilot project aimed at developing beneficial uses for oilfield wastes.

Nuverra CEO Mark Johnsrud said the Terrafficient Processing Facility turns wet drill cuttings into an “earth friendly” product that can be used for applications such as road bases, gravel additives, construction fill and flowable fill. In addition, he noted that the process recovers water and hydrocarbons for reuse while reducing carbon emissions.

In announcing Nuverra’s selection during a ceremony this week at the State Capitol Building in Bismarck, Gov. Jack Dalrymple said, “What a fantastic way to solve the problem and make something of value out of something that’s basically difficult to deal with.”

The pilot program was established by House Bill 1390, passed during the last session of the North Dakota Legislature. The bill authorized the North Dakota Department of Health to select one or more pilot project projects to recycle drilling wastes for beneficial uses. It also requires projects to be “supported by scientific findings from a third-party source.”

Nuverra worked with the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota to evaluate the science behind the process.

“It takes good solid economic and science validation in order for this program to be successful,” said Johnsrud, who added that Nuverra’s membership in the EERC’s Bakken Optimization Program and its work with the North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) were factors in the company’s selection of the UND research facility.

“Understanding what we’re going to produce makes us plan better for how we’re going to deal with byproducts,” said John Harju, EERC associate director for research. “I’m very proud of the work my team has done in helping to validate the work that Nuverra has commissioned with us.”

Ron Ness, North Dakota Petroleum Council president, said, “We are the learning curve for the world in how to develop oil from shale, and we are showing the world. This is a North Dakota company, a premier North Dakota research facility coming up with a North Dakota solution to a really big problem.”

Rep. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, a supporter of HB 1390, called Nuverra’s process “a real significant change” that demonstrates North Dakota’s leadership position in developing effective solutions

Johnsrud said the Terrafficient facility is currently undergoing testing while ramping up for commercial operations. It has been approved by the Health Department and is already processing drill cuttings from customers.

“We anticipate that either by the fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2016 that we’ll be commercially operational,” he said.

According to Scott Radig, director of the Health Department’s Division of Waste Management, the agency received and evaluated six proposals from companies involved in oilfield waste management. He said it’s likely more companies will be added to the pilot project before the end of the month.

~Patrick C. Miller, June 10, 2015, The Bakken Magazine

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Mythbusting: The Bakken’s Not as Bright as the Internet Suggests

Thu, 2015-06-11 13:35

Photos from space showing gas flaring in the Bakken oilfields that make western North Dakota appear to glow more brightly than major U.S. metropolitan areas aren't based on sound science and create a misleading public perception.

That’s the conclusion of a study conducted by the University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center and the school’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Xiaodong Zhang, Associate Professor in UND’s Department of Earth System Science and Policy, said the problem with the satellite photos allegedly showing gas flaring in the Bakken is that the technology used to record the images is measuring heat, not light.

In addition, the study notes that the images are highly processed to amplify the heat spots from flaring, making them appear far larger and far brighter than they really are. When using satellite imaging technology designed to show light rather than heat, highly populated urban areas are far more visible in comparison to the faintly lit area of the Bakken.

Knowing that light-sensitive satellite imaging technology didn’t have high enough resolution to capture individual flares is one reason Zhang said researchers doubted that the photos were actually showing what they claimed. UND researchers began studying and comparing the images after receiving a university research seed grant in late 2013.

“We looked at the satellite imagery and then from the imagery, we were able to develop a method to detect and quantify a flare in terms of its temperature, size and how much methane it’s burning,” Zhang said.

To illustrate how heat and light comparisons can be deceiving, the report compares a photo of a lit incandescent bulb to a photo of a candle flame. Even though the bulb is a thousand times brighter than the flame, it appears brighter because of the heat it emits.

“Even when you take a picture of the sun with your camera, it’s a tiny spot, but it appears to be spread out over a big, big area—it’s saturated,” Zhang explained.

“When you look at the Bakken at night using a highly sensitive sensor, it does the same thing,” he continued. “The saturation is flooded to make a big blob. It doesn’t actually mean that the flare’s that big. It’s more a technical saturation issue than the actual size of the brightness.”

Zhang said the temperature of a gas flare can be 2,000 degrees Celsius or higher.

“Even though a flare gives off a lot of heat, it’s not that bright,” he said.

He also noted that gas flares are much more widely spaced in comparison to the lights of a city, which are densely packed. Satellite sensors designed to record heat rather than light tend to greatly exaggerate the amount of light a flare generates, Zhang explained.

According to the report, “These images are misleading in that they give the uninformed public the idea that flares are literally lighting up many square miles of prairie countryside, creating visible light similar to large metro areas.”

~Patrick C. Miller, June 10, 2015, The Bakken Magazine

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Michael Mann

Thu, 2015-06-11 10:58

Institute for Energy Studies - “Demonstration of the ORC for Low-Grade Heat Recovery” - $55,000

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Michael Mann

Thu, 2015-06-11 10:57

Chemical Engineering - “Distributed Geothermal Power” - $55,000

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Tom Mohr Named Catherine Worthingham Fellow by APTA

Wed, 2015-06-10 11:12

Chester Fritz Distinguished Professor Tom Mohr, PT, PhD, Associate Dean for Health Sciences at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, received the Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award from the American Physical Therapy Association. The APTA announced Mohr’s honor at its national NEXT Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Md.

The Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation—FAPTA—honors individuals whose contributions to the profession through leadership, influence and achievements constitute frequent and sustained efforts to advance physical therapy. As a Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association, Mohr has earned the APTA’s highest honor.

“I am truly honored to be named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow,” Mohr said. “There are a number of friends and colleagues who opened doors for me, creating opportunities that allowed me to participate and contribute to the profession of physical therapy. Selecting from a long list, I want to thank Lynn Kubousek, John Wadsworth, Blair Packard and Bill Hatherill at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and Mary Jane Harris, Ellen Price and Karen Paschal at APTA; all of whom created opportunities for me to serve the profession at a national level.”

Mohr served as chair of the Department of Physical Therapy from 1993 until June of 2014, when he was named associate dean for Health Sciences. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of North Dakota, a Master of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Minnesota; and a PhD in Physiology from the University of North Dakota. Mohr teaches in the areas of neuroscience, research, electrotherapy, and biomechanics. His primary areas of research are neuroscience, biomechanics, electromyography, and motion analysis. Mohr has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy and the North Dakota Board of Physical Therapy.

“Dr. Mohr's remarkable leadership skills, caring personality, commitment to excellence and passion for knowledge distinguish him as a deserving recipient of the prestigious Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award,” said David Relling, PT, PhD, associate professor of physical therapy and chair of the SMHS Department of Physical Therapy. “Tom's contributions in the areas of advocacy, education and practice have substantially impacted the profession of physical therapy at the local, state and national level.  Dr. Mohr devoted countless hours to licensure issues and the development of the National Physical Therapy Examination.  He has served in multiple leadership positions including the ND Board of Physical Therapy, Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy, and the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Those who have had the pleasure to work with Tom appreciate his kind encouragement, mentorship and selfless devotion to improving the profession.”

“Research collaborators such as Debbie Ingram, Nancy Fell, Randy Walker and Renee Mabey have been a joy to work with over the years,” Mohr said. “Above all, I want to thank my wife Peg, our sons Dan, Jason, Paul, Mike and Steve for their support, which allowed me time away from home to participate in professional activities.”

 

denis.macleod@med.UND.edu
www.med.UND.edu

~ Denis F. MacLeod, Assistant Director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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Grant Opportunities Available as of June 8, 2015

Mon, 2015-06-08 11:20
AGRICULTURE

Title: Rural Community Development Initiative, Funding Opportunity #:USDA-RD-HCFP-RCDI-2015, Department: USDA - RURDEV, Closing Date: 8/13/2015

Provide a program of financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development that will support the community.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal government; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

DEFENSE

Title: Precise Robust Inertial Guidance for Munitions: Advanced Inertial Micro Sensors (PRIGM:AIMS), Funding Opportunity #:DARPA-BAA-15-38, Department: DOD - DARPA, Closing Date: 9/10/2015

Address the challenge of precise navigation of guided munitions in the absence of external navigation aids, such as GPS, with a focus on inertial sensors that enable precision navigation of gun-launched spin-stabilized munitions, as well as the navigation of highly dynamic, long-range munitions.

Eligible: Unrestricted

ENERGY

Title: CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER: CONCENTRATING OPTICS FOR LOWER LEVELIZED ENERGY COSTS: (COLLECTS), Funding Opportunity #:DE-FOA-0001268, Department: DE - GFO, Closing Date: 8/25/2015

Solicit disruptive, transformative projects for the concentrating solar collectors in the CSP plant.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: RFI - Solar PV on Commercial Buildings, Funding Opportunity #:DE-FOA-0001356, Department: DE - GFO, Closing Date: 7/25/2015

Solicit feedback on issues related to installing solar on commercial buildings.

Eligible: Unrestricted

HEALTH

Title: Mucosal Immunology Studies Team (MIST) (U01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-AI-15-023, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/20/2015

Participate in a cooperative research group, the Mucosal Immunology Studies Team (MIST), focusing on immune defense mechanisms and immune regulation at mucosal surfaces of the respiratory, gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Fast-Track Development of Medications to Treat Cannabis Use Disorders (UG3/UH3), Funding Opportunity #:PAR-15-267, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 5/7/2018

Obtain feedback and opinions from stakeholders on the report findings from the Gas Clean-up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop held at held at Argonne National Laboratory on March 6-7, 2014, the objective of which was to identify and prioritize: •The impurities that have the greatest impact on the complexity and performance of a fuel cell plant; •The Research and Development (R&D) strategies that can alleviate the cost for onsite removal of impurities; •The R&D strategies that will simplify a plant and reduce product cost (heat, power, hydrogen); and •The fuel processors and gas clean-up systems that facilitate modularity and fuel flexibility for a range of fuel cell technologies.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Harnessing Genome Editing Technologies to Functionally Validate Genetic Variants in Substance Use Disorders (R21/R33), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-DA-16-004, Department:NIH, Closing Date: 8/25/2015

Harness genome or epigenome editing technologies to functionally validate and characterize genetic or epigenetic variants involved in substance use disorders.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Development and Testing of Novel Interventions to Improve HIV Prevention, Care, and Program Implementation (R34), Funding Opportunity #:PA-15-268, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 5/7/2018

Support (a) pilot or feasibility studies of new or adapted interventions to prevent HIV infection among populations where substance use may be a contributing factor; (b) pilot or feasibility studies of new or adapted interventions to improve the care of HIV infection among populations where substance use is prevalent, including interventions that integrate treatment for substance use disorders and HIV infection; or (c) pilot or feasibility studies to increase the scale, uptake, delivery, and/or quality of HIV prevention or care interventions with established evidence of efficacy.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition, Funding Opportunity #:CNCS-05-28-2015, Department: CNCS, Closing Date: 7/16/2015

Increase the nation’s understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of national and community service, volunteering, and civic engagement in America.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.

SCIENCE

Title: Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Research Initiation Initiative, Funding Opportunity #:15-569, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 9/30/2015

Award grants with the goal of encouraging research independence immediately upon obtaining one's first academic position after receipt of the PhD.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.

Title: Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation, Funding Opportunity #:15-570, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 10/9/2015

Connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.

Title: Political Science Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants, Funding Opportunity #:15-571, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 8/28/2015

Support scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of citizenship, government, and politics.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.

~ Barry Milavetz, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research & Economic Development

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Bruce Gjovig

Fri, 2015-06-05 14:00

UND Center for Innovation - "Cluster Grants for Seed Funds in North Dakota" - $250,000

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IRB News for June, 2015

Fri, 2015-06-05 10:41

UND's Institutional Review Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Twamley, Room 305 at 2:00 p.m., to consider all Full Board Review research proposals that are submitted to the IRB Office before Friday, June 19, 2015.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board.  Proposals for these projects are due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Friday, June 12, 2015.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.

~ Janet Elshaug, Administrative Secretary, Institutional Review Board Office

 

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New Associate Dean Named for the Southeast Campus at School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Fri, 2015-06-05 08:48

Cornelius McKown “Mac” Dyke, M.D., has been named associate dean for the Southeast (Fargo) Campus at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dyke is an assistant professor of surgery at UND and an attending cardiothoracic surgeon for Sanford Health in Fargo.

Dyke will succeed Dr. Julie Blehm as Southeast Campus dean. She is retiring on June 30. He will begin work at the UND SMHS on July 1, 2015.

“Dr. Dyke has been an outstanding faculty member at UND for the past four years, and has demonstrated a commitment to the School and our medical students and surgical residents,” said Joshua Wynne, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., UND vice president for health affairs and dean of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences. “He has a strong commitment to medical education and will be devoted to this new position. As an added benefit, he also has a strong commitment to clinical research, and just recently coauthored a paper published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. I am thrilled that he has accepted our offer to be the next Southeast Campus dean.”

Dyke, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, Trinity College. He earned his medical doctorate from Duke University School of Medicine, where he was elected to membership in Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He completed his surgery residency at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, where he served as chief resident and became a Fellow in Cardiothoracic Surgery. In addition, he was awarded the 43rd Evarts Graham Fellowship by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery for study at Harefield Hospital, London, England.

Since 2012, Dyke has practiced with Sanford Health and has been an assistant professor of surgery at the UND SMHS.  Before joining Sanford and UND, he practiced with SouthEast Texas Cardiovascular Surgery Associates in Houston.  Dyke is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Corporations, health systems, and universities have supported Dyke’s research on cardiovascular surgery. He serves as the national representative for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery to the American Association of Blood Banks.

Dyke has coauthored over 60 articles and 15 book chapters on cardiovascular surgery. He is the coeditor of three books, and has served as an abstract and manuscript reviewer for the professional journals the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Circulation, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.

Dyke said, “I look forward to working under the leadership of Dr. Wynne to ensure continued excellence in the education and training of the next generation of healthcare providers at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.”

~ Denis F. MacLeod, Assistant Director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

 

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Kevan Rusk

Thu, 2015-06-04 11:23

Tech Accelerator - “Wind Turbine Blade Inspection Technology Application” - $450,000

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New Fellowships for Lipedema Research

Mon, 2015-06-01 13:02

LE&RN/FDRS Lipedema Postdoctoral 

Fellowship Awards Program

A joint program of the Lymphatic Education & Research Network 

and the Fat Disorders Research Society

Overview:

The LE&RN/FDRS Lipedema Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards Program has been established to expand our understanding of lipedema pathogenesis.  Lipedema is generally characterized by bilateral, symmetrical fatty tissue excess in lower and upper limbs.

The Program supports postdoctoral fellows in clinical or basic science research.  Areas of research include adipose tissue biology, lymphatic biology, and areas relevant to lipedema including physiology, genomics, immunology and endocrinology.

Proposals focused on determining clinical diagnostic criteria for lipedema or Dercum's disease, their pathogenesis, or association with lymphatic disease are highly encouraged.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree and have completed no more than three years of full-time postdoctoral research experience by December 1, 2015.
  • Mentor must be an established investigator with an active and productive research program.
  • Eligibility is not limited to those investigators with past experience in lipedema.

International applications are welcome.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE:

Friday, August 28, 2015

12:00 p.m. CDT

FUNDING PERIOD:

December 1, 2015 - November 30, 2017

AWARD AMOUNT:

Two-year fellowships ranging from

$87,396 - $98,304

APPLICATION MATERIALS:

www.tmfgrants.org/LERN-FDRS

QUESTIONS:

EJohnstone@hria.org

617-279-2240, ext. 710

~ Barry Milavetz, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research & Economic Development

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Grant Opportunities Available as of June 1, 2015

Mon, 2015-06-01 11:24
DEFENSE

Title: Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award, Funding Opportunity #:W81XWH-15-CRMRP-VPPSA, Department: DOD - DOA, Closing Date: 7/22/2015

Fund projects exploring novel technologies that will contribute to the development of a working visual prosthesis prototype for individuals who have sustained functional or structural enucleation.

Eligible: Unrestricted

EDUCATION

Title: Our Town, FY2016, Funding Opportunity #:2015NEA01OT2, Department: NEA, Closing Date: 9/21/2015

Support creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits

Title: First in The World (FITW) Program: VALIDATION, Funding Opportunity #:ED-GRANTS-051115-002, Department: EDU - OPE, Closing Date: 6/30/2015

Title: First in The World (FITW) Program: DEVELOPMENT, Funding Opportunity #:ED-GRANTS-051115-001, Department: EDU - OPE, Closing Date: 6/30/2015

Support the development, replication, and dissemination of innovative solutions and evidence for what works in addressing persistent and widespread challenges in postsecondary education for students who are at risk for not persisting in and completing postsecondary programs, including, but not limited to, adult learners, working students, part-time students, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, students with disabilities, and first-generation students.

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

ENERGY

Title: Storage Systems and Input/Output for Extreme Scale Science, Funding Opportunity #:DE-FOA-0001295, Department: DE-OS, Closing Date: 7/13/2015

To enhance our understanding of the challenges DOE scientists and user facilities face with respect to SSIO and related performance issues; • To support design and prototyping of next-generation SSIO environments, including storage systems software and middleware; and • To initiate exploratory research on new SSIO design alternatives to meet the challenges of extreme scale science.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: SDN-Enabled Terabits Optical Networks for Extreme-Scale Science, Funding Opportunity #:DE-FOA-0001295, Department: DE-OS, Closing Date: 7/2/2015

Develop a new generation of intelligent terabit optical network capabilities that will enable new modalities of network-intensive science.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Request for Information (RFI): Gas Clean-Up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop Report, Funding Opportunity #:DE-FOA-0001331, Department: DE-GFO, Closing Date: 7/1/2015

Obtain feedback and opinions from stakeholders on the report findings from the Gas Clean-up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop held at held at Argonne National Laboratory on March 6-7, 2014, the objective of which was to identify and prioritize: •The impurities that have the greatest impact on the complexity and performance of a fuel cell plant; •The Research and Development (R&D) strategies that can alleviate the cost for onsite removal of impurities; •The R&D strategies that will simplify a plant and reduce product cost (heat, power, hydrogen); and •The fuel processors and gas clean-up systems that facilitate modularity and fuel flexibility for a range of fuel cell technologies.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Geothermal Concepts and Approaches to Validate Mineral Recovery, Funding Opportunity #:DE-FOA-0001327, Department: DE-GFO, Closing Date: 6/8/2015

Seek input on three categories to encourage increased development of geothermal resources through recovery of dissolved critical materials: efficiently and cost-effectively capture, concentrate, and/or purify high-value materials that may be contained in geothermal fluids and process streams; leverage methods in use or being considered for commercial applications in the geothermal and mining industries; broaden the database of knowledge about the existence and concentration of the high-value materials in U.S. geothermal fluids or low-temperature process streams from other operations, such as oil and gas production.

Eligible: Unrestricted

HEALTH

Title: Advancing Health Disparities Interventions Through Community-Based Participatory Research (U01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-MD-15-010, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 8/3/2015

Enhance community capacity in research for which they will directly benefit; support collaborative intervention projects addressing health disparities; and accelerate the translation of findings into improved health and health outcomes.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Conference Grants to Advance Collaborative Research on Aging Biology (R13), Funding Opportunity #:PAR-15-265, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 5/7/2018

Encourage the submission of conference grant applications in scientific areas that will foster extramural research on the molecular, biochemical, cellular, genetic, and physiological mechanisms underlying normal aging and related pathologies.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (U54), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-MD-15-013, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 9/17/2015

Explore the potential for precision medicine - an emerging approach that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle - to promote health equity and reduce health disparities.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.

Title: Viral Hepatitis - Prevention and Surveillance, Funding Opportunity #:CDC-RFA-PS13-13030401SUPP16, Department: HHS - CDC, Closing Date: 7/20/2015

Support the goals of the HHS Viral Hepatitis Action Plan by focusing on 1) addressing national viral hepatitis prevention and 2) surveillance priorities for increasing testing and access to care and treatment and strengthening surveillance to detect viral hepatitis transmission and disease.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Oncology Co-Clinical Imaging Research Resources to Encourage Consensus on Quantitative Imaging Methods and Precision Medicine (U24), Funding Opportunity #:PAR-15-266, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 6/14/2018

Develop research resources that will encourage a consensus on how Quantitative Imaging (QI) methods are optimized to improve correlation of results for co-clinical trials.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Exploratory Clinical Trials of Novel Interventions for Mental Disorders (R61/R33), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-MH-16-406, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/14/2016

Support the efficient pilot testing of novel interventions for mental disorders in adults and children through an experimental therapeutics approach.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Human Studies to Evaluate Promising Medications to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder (R21), Funding Opportunity #:PA-15-254, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 5/7/2018

Title: Human Studies to Evaluate Promising Medications to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder (R03), Funding Opportunity #:PA-15-255, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 5/7/2018

Title: Human Studies to Evaluate Promising Medications to Treat Alcohol Use Disorder (R01), Funding Opportunity #:PA-15-256, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 5/7/2018

Encourage applications that use human laboratory paradigms and/or clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of novel or re-purposed compounds, that bind to new targets, for treatment of alcohol use disorder (AUD) or AUD with a comorbid post-traumatic stress disorder.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Development of Measures of Fatigability in Older Adults (R21), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-AG-16-013, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/1/2015

Substantially advance the science of disability measurement through development of a qualitatively different construct -- fatigability -- by addressing the inherent problem of self-pacing that confounds most measures of fatigue.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: Provocative Questions in Cancer with an Underlying HIV Infection (R21), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-CA-15-013, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 8/18/2016

Title: Provocative Questions (PQ) Initiative; Cancer with an Underlying HIV Infection (R01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-CA-15-012, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 8/18/2016

Advance our understanding of the risks, development, progression, diagnosis, and treatment of malignancies observed in individuals with an underlying HIV infection or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) through research directed at addressing one of several proposed "Provocative Questions" (PQs).

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01), Funding Opportunity #:PAR-15-257, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 9/7/2018

Diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators and to enhance the opportunity to obtain independent NIH or other independent research support by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research.

Eligible: State, local, or tribal governments; tribal organizations; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

JUDICIARY

Title: Smart on Juvenile Justice: Enhancing Youth Access to Justice Initiative, Funding Opportunity #:OJJDP-2015-4209, Department: DOJ - OJJDP, Closing Date: 6/25/2015

Provide funding to (1) develop effective, statewide, well-resourced model juvenile indigent defense legal delivery systems; (2) develop and implement standards of practice and policy for the effective management of such delivery systems; and (3) develop state or regional resource centers to help state, tribal, and local juvenile defense systems enhance the quality of legal representation, leverage resources, and collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of specific initiatives.

Eligible: State or tribal government; institutions of higher ed.; non-profits; for-profits

Title: COPS-COMMUNITY-POLICING-DEVELOPMENT, Funding Opportunity #:COPS-COMMUNITY-POLICING-DEVELOPMENT-2015, Department: DOJ - COPS, Closing Date: 6/19/2015

Advance the practice of community policing in law enforcement agencies through training and technical assistance, demonstration project, the development of innovative community policing strategies, applied research, guidebooks, and best practices.

Eligible: All public governmental agencies, profit and nonprofit institutions, institutions of higher education, community groups and faith-based organizations

SCIENCE

Title: Early Stage Innovations (ESI), Funding Opportunity #:NNH15ZOA001N-15ESI-B2, Department: NASA - HQ, Closing Date: 7/10/2015

Accelerate the development of groundbreaking, high-risk/high-payoff space technologies, not necessarily directed at a specific mission, to support the future space science and exploration needs of NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.

Title: EAR Postdoctoral Fellowships, Funding Opportunity #:15-568, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 1/12/2016

Recognize beginning investigators of significant potential, and provide them with research experience, mentorship, and training that will establish them in leadership positions in the Earth Sciences community.

Eligible: Individuals

Title: UTILIZING PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS TO ADVANCE EMERGING SPACE TECHNOLOGY SYSTEM CAPABILITIES, Funding Opportunity #:NNH15ZOA001K, Department: NASA - HQ, Closing Date: 8/13/2015

Provide technical expertise, test facilities, hardware, and software to aid industry partners in maturing capabilities that can enable or enhance space vehicle systems and/or mature other closely related subsystems.

Eligible: All U.S. private sector entities, including non-profits

~ Barry Milavetz, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research & Economic Development

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Webinar June 9, 2015 Focuses on Meeting Federal Research Requirements for Data Management Plans, Public Access, and Preservation

Mon, 2015-06-01 08:54

Join the Chester Fritz Library for a webinar on June 9 from 12:00 Noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Library.

With the deadlines for achieving public access to scientific research data in digital formats approaching (October 2015 and January 2016), this webinar will provide practical advice and resources for writing data management plans as well as tips for evaluating in-house or external public access data sharing services that meet federal research requirements.

The session will begin with a brief update on agency responses to the 2013 OSTP memo, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research,” with focus on Section 4: “Objectives for Public Access to Scientific Data in Digital Formats.”

The update on the responses will frame the remainder of the session including:
• Developing data management plans
• Elements of good metadata and preservation standards
• Sharing of restricted-use research data
• Data curation training for your staff - training resources for the purposes working knowledge when developing data management plans, reviewing data sharing services for compliance, and interpreting agency guidelines

Lastly, this session will introduce you to a cloud-based research data sharing service known as openICPSR for Institutions and Journals. Developed at ICPSR at the University of Michigan, this data sharing service is designed to meet the needs of universities and departments that desire to comply with federal data sharing requirements but are concerned with the technical and financial costs and risk management associated with managing a publicly-accessible data-sharing service onsite.

The session content will be of particular interest to Offices of Research/Sponsored Programs, university libraries, data centers, research scientists, and those who manage staff that will need general working knowledge regarding data management plans, sharing and preserving research data, and generally understanding evolving federal requirements regarding scientific data in digital formats.

~ Janet Rex, Chester Fritz Library

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Recently Released Funding Opportunities FY15 – from DOD, LCRP, & CRMRP

Fri, 2015-05-29 12:57

Funding opprtunities from the Department of Defense (DOD) Lung Cancer Research Program (LCRP) and the Clinical Rehabilitative Medical Research Program (CRMRP) managed by the office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).

Lung Cancer Research Program

Concept Award

Clinical and Rehabilitative Medicine Research Program

Vision Prosthesis Pilot Study Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the Grants.gov website, the CDMRP website (here) and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (here).

All CDMRP funding opportunities, both recently and previously released, are available on the CDMRP website (here).

Subsequent notifications will be sent when additional funding opportunities are released. A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the Grants.gov website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both (1) pre-application submission through the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (here) and (2) application submission through Grants.gov. Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and Grants.gov.

eBRAP is a multifunctional web-based system that allows PIs to submit their pre-applications electronically through a secure connection, to view and edit the content of their pre-applications and full applications, to receive communications from the CDMRP, and to submit documentation during award negotiations and period of performance. A key feature of eBRAP is the ability of an organization’s representatives and PIs to view and modify the Grants.gov application submissions associated with them. eBRAP will validate Grants.gov application files against the specific Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity requirements and discrepancies will be noted in an email to the PI and in the Full Application Files tab in eBRAP. It is the applicant’s responsibility to review all application components for accuracy as well as ensure proper ordering as specified in this Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.

~ Barry Milavetz, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Research & Economic Development

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2015 Central Region IDeA Conference is June 1–3, 2015

Fri, 2015-05-29 09:54

ND INBRE is pleased to be hosting the 2015 Central Region IDeA Conference on June 1–3 at the Alerus Center, in Grand Forks.

On behalf of the North Dakota IDeA (Institutional Development Award) Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ND INBRE), we would like to invite you to attend the Central Region IDeA conference at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks on June 1–3.  The central theme of the first full day of the IDeA Central Region Conference (June 2) will be promoting diversity through IDeA programs. The final half-day of the conference (June 3) will explore the role of the IDeA program in promoting economic development.

IDeA states in the central region include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

For registration and a schedule, please click here.

~ Kim Hansen, Administrative Officer, ND INBRE

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UND’s Institutional Review Board Meeting, Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fri, 2015-05-29 09:52

UND's Institutional Review Board Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in Twamley, Room 305 at 2:00 p.m., to consider all Full Board Review research proposals that were submitted to the IRB Office before Friday, May 22, 2015.

Clinical medical projects must be reviewed by the Clinical Medical Subcommittee before being brought to the Full Board.  Proposals for these projects were due in the Institutional Review Board Office before Friday, May 15, 2015.

Minutes from the meeting will be available in the IRB Office approximately one week after the meeting.

~ Janet Elshaug, Administrative Secretary, Institutional Review Board Office

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2015 Dakota Conference is June 2–4, 2015

Fri, 2015-05-29 09:50

2015 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health

June 2–4, 2015
Grand International Hotel, Minot, North Dakota

Reserve your room today!
Toll Free: 800.735.4493

Visit the Dakota Conference website for further details.

The Dakota Conference is facilitated by the

  • Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

The conference is supported by

  • Altru Health System
  • College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (UND)
  • Department of Family and Community Medicine (UND SMHS)
  • North Dakota Public Health Association
  • North Dakota Rural Health Association

~ Kylie Nissen, Senior Project Coordinator, kylie.nissen@med.UND.edu; 701-777-5380

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Agenda Now Available for The Bakken Conference & Expo in Grand Forks

Fri, 2015-05-29 09:46

The Bakken Conference & Expo will be held July 27-29, 2015 at the Alerus Center, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

From oil prices to rig counts, the Bakken is in the midst of an unprecedented moment in its short history.  Join The Bakken magazine at The Bakken Conference & Expo to learn why oil and gas production in the Williston Basin has entered a new era and how new investment strategies and innovative solutions are influencing the play’s near- and long-term future.

The Agenda is now online, and can be viewed here.

More than 50% of all presenters at the conference hold the title of President, CEO or Director.  There were more than 800 attendees from 41 states and five provinces at last year's event and 98% of its attendees rated the conference high quality.

Our Attendees Are Saying...

“Outstanding conference, state of the industry technology presentations, well attended networking opportunity.”
- William McCabe, Missouri River Resources

“This was a well ran event. The food and mixers each evening were excellent. Great to network. Thank You!”
- David Bussard, Staybridge

“Very professional. Great location. Excellent speakers and exhibitors.”
– Michael Houge, Dakota Landing Hotel

Exhibit Space Is Expected To Sell Out ~ Indoor Exhibits and Equipment Area Available

Don’t miss out on your BEST opportunity to connect and network with the most influential and exclusive group of oil and gas professionals in North Dakota. Attendees seek solutions to the everyday challenges they face in the Bakken play.

Value of Exhibiting:

  • Multiple face-to-face meetings with current and future customers
  • Many studies show that trade show attendance is the most effective form of marketing by significant, measurable amounts
  • Reach a large collection of key oil and gas pros
  • Exhibiting gives you a central location and presence at the show. This will reduce missed opportunities by giving potential customers a place to find you.
  • Significant marketing activities and exposure before, during and after the show
  • Two full-conference registrations included in the price of the exhibit

Indoor Exhibits and Equipment Area Available
Take the next step to expand your opportunities, get a premium booth today.

Sponsorships Cultivate Strong ROI ~ Become a Sponsor and Get Noticed

As a sponsor of the 2015 The Bakken Conference & Expo, you will have an opportunity to position your organization as a leader and supporter of the shale oil industry.  View remaining sponsorships.

~ The Bakken E-Mail, 5/28/2015

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Bradley Receives Research ND Bio Grant to Study Treatment of Pork Virus

Fri, 2015-05-29 09:27

David Bradley, PhD, an immunologist and executive director of the Center of Research Excellence for Avian Therapeutics for Infectious Diseases at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences, received a peer-reviewed Research ND Bio grant of $396,622 from the North Dakota Department of Commerce to pursue research on an avian-derived therapy for a porcine virus that could help pork farmers effectively combat outbreaks of the disease.  ZymeFast Inc. is matching the Research ND Bio grant with $403,400 that will also be dedicated to this research.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or PEDv was first identified in the United States in April of 2013. PEDv is not a food safety concern. It only affects pigs and does not pose a risk to people or pets. The disease was first identified in England in 1971 and then spread to Asia. PEDv causes significant illness in swine, affecting their health and growth, and a high mortality of suckling piglets — as high as 100 percent. The disease can be transferred via farm equipment and on the boots and clothing of farm workers.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly report of May 21, 2015, PEDv has been confirmed in 28 states, including Minnesota and South Dakota. Montana has two presumed but not confirmed cases. North Dakota has had one confirmed case.

“PED virus is deadly when infecting newborn pigs causing dramatic economic burden in the pork industry where outbreaks happen,” Bradley said. “ZymeFast has an extensive history of developing avian-derived therapies for animal health issues, including an oral chick-derived therapy for PED virus currently in use in China. This grant will allow us to join my research team’s expertise in avian therapeutics with that of ZymeFast to develop a treatment in the U.S. market for PED virus.”

Bradley’s project is titled “Research and Development of Immunotherapeutic and Vaccine Candidates for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.”

Research ND Bio grants are a part of the Research ND Program whose goal is to spur partnerships between North Dakota’s research universities — North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota — and private partners. Research ND Bio grants are focused on research to develop and commercialize vaccines and antibodies to prevent, treat, or cure cancer, virally infectious disease, or other pathogens, including bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, and parasites.

In 2014, Bradley received a Research ND Bio grant of $2 million to assist in the research, development, and commercialization of a novel avian-derived therapeutic for parvovirus infection in puppies and dogs.

 

~ Denis F. MacLeod, Assistant Director, Office of Alumni and Community Relations, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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