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Celebrate Professor Richard Wilsnack at Retirement Open House June 29, 2015

UND Research News - Wed, 2015-06-17 09:20

The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science will host a retirement open house to honor Professor Richard Wilsnack from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, in the Vennes Atrium of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Refreshments will be served.

Richard taught in the UND Sociology Department from 1978 until 1989, at which time he became professor in the Department of Neuroscience (now Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science). He teaches medical students on topics related to medical ethics, healthcare, and substance abuse and collaborates with Professor Sharon Wilsnack on federally funded research on alcohol use and related problems, with a focus on women, gender, and culture.

Please join us in thanking Richard for his 37 years of service to UND and wishing him well in his retirement.

~ Debra Walker, Administrative Officer, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Program Coordinator, Psychiatry Residency Training Program

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Request for Proposals

UND Research News - Wed, 2015-06-17 09:15

Request for proposal from the Industrial Commission of North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council:  Pilot Program to Determine Best Techniques for Remediating Contaminates from Soil Surrounding Legacy (1951-1984) Waste Pits in North Central North Dakota (Section 9 of House Bill No. 1358- 2015 Legislative Session).


The Industrial Commission is requesting proposals from North Dakota research facilities to conduct a pilot program to determine the best techniques for remediating salt and any other contamination from the soil surrounding legacy (1951-1984) waste pits in north central North Dakota reclaimed by trenching.


The following work has been identified as being useful for this pilot program:

The North Dakota Petroleum Council Salt Water Remediation Task Force work should be considered in this pilot program.  Kari Cutting, Vice President of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, is the contact person for this information.

The Health Department has been developing guidelines that should be included in this pilot program.  The proposed guidelines are expected to be available by July 1, 2015.     Carl Rockenman at the North Dakota Health Department is the contact person for these guidelines.

The University of North Dakota Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), in conjunction with North Dakota State University, has been identifying some best practices as part of the ongoing Bakken Optimization Project, and that information would be beneficial to this pilot program.  John Harju at the EERC is the contact person for this information.

Excerpt from House Bill 1358:  Section  9.  The industrial commission shall use $500,000 for the purpose of conducting a pilot program in conjunction  with research facilities in this state to determine the best techniques for remediating salt and any other contamination from the soil surrounding  waste  pits reclaimed  by trenching between 1951 and 1984 in the north central portion of this state.

Proposal Requirements
  • Identified techniques should be utilized for at least one growing season.
  • Research facility should consult with the Department of Mineral Resources and Northwest  Landowners on site selection.
  • Final report should include a list of best practices.
  • Final report should include a long-term management/monitoring plan for the Department of Mineral Resources - Abandoned Oil and Gas Well Plugging and Site Reclamation Fund oversight.
  • Final report must be provided to the Industrial Commission by November  1, 2016.  At a minimum, one presentation may be required to the Industrial Commission, with possible presentations to legislative committees and Oil and Gas Research Council.  Results may also be posted on the Commission or Department of Mineral Resources websites.
Proposal Timeline

Proposals are due July  31, 2015 and must be delivered in electronic format to  Additionally, five copies  must be submitted in paper format to:

Karlene Fine, Executive Director, North Dakota Industrial Commission, State Capitol - 14th Floor, 600 East Boulevard, Bismarck, ND 58505

~ Brent Brannan, Director, Oil and Gas Research Program, North Dakota Industrial Commission

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Geography Sets up Environmental Monitoring System at Oakville Prairie Biological Field Station

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 15:08

In an undisturbed patch of prairie never touched by the plow,  geographer and remote sensing expert Brad Rundquist and a team of students have set up a camera that’s part of an international environmental monitoring project called PhenoCam -- managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Geological Survey (USGS).

UND’s PhenoCam is located at the Biology Department’s Oakville Prairie Biological Field Station.

“The PhenoCam is aimed at a small section of the prairie, taking images every half hour,” said Rundquist, who launched UND’s geographic information systems (GIS) certificate program in 2002. The UND Geography and Biology Departments are part of the UND College of Arts & Sciences.

The UND PhenoCam installation, which now also includes a weather station, runs on a 12-volt marine battery housed in a secure, water-proof box.

A wireless modem—broadcasting on a cell signal--sends photos to a UND server every half hour. The camera shoots images in the blue-green-red spectrum and also in near-infrared. It’s packed inside a sturdy waterproof, weather-resistant surveillance camera housing.

Twin solar panels recharge the battery. A small wind turbine will be installed later this summer as a power backup for the solar panels.

“We acquired the camera through the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS’s) AmericaView program,” said Rundquist, who has been working with AmericaView for the past decade. The PhenoCam system—about 80 cameras across the continent with more being added annually—is coordinated by the USGS North Central Climate Science Center in Fort Collins, CO. The program was launched at Harvard University.

The main purpose of PhenoCam is to study the phenology—or seasonal cycles—of vegetation. Data are collected, stored, and analyzed to help scientists  understand the natural variability of climate and year-to-year weather and to detect climate changes over much longer periods of time.

“The reason this system was set up is that we don’t have a really good idea of how plants respond to different time scales, from short to longer-term, and how those changes vary spatially across the continent,” he said. “So the idea here is to put up cameras that observe the greening up and browning down of vegetation, also the timing of when trees leaf out and when they reach peak greenness, when they change color for deciduous trees, and when they drop their leaves in the fall.”

The station here at UND is meant to broaden the scope of the visual survey to include prairie landscapes, in addition to the many sites located in forested areas.

“For the grassland, we’re looking at when things green up and when they brown down and the timing of that in relation to weather and, with time, climate,” Rundquist said.

“We do time-lapse photography,” he said. UND’s PhenoCam was installed last August but ran into power-supply issues. It was re-installed in April with a new, more efficient battery, and two solar panels instead of a single unit.

The installation involved a couple of graduate and undergraduate geography students.

About the Oakville Prairie
The UND Oakville Prairie Field Station comprises 800 acres of upland and lowland prairie and protects several types of prairie communities that once dominated the Red River Valley. The southern portion of Oakville Prairie contains remnant tall-grass prairie communities, which include grasses such as little and big bluestem.

Oakville Prairie—one of the region’s few remaining tracts of native tallgrass prairie—is located 12 miles from the UND campus and is frequently used for education and research purposes by several departments across campus.

~ University Letter, 6/16/2015

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Part of Energies Conference in Vancouver

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 14:27

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Surojit Gupta is helping to organize the 11th International Conference on Ceramic Materials and Components for Energy and Environmental Applications.

The conference is ongoing through June 19 in Vancouver , B.C., Canada. There, UND’s Gupta is specializing in the Advanced Materials Research Group.  The conference’s focus is on developing innovative thinking and sustainable technology when it comes to offset the increasing demands for energy, clean water and infrastructure.

As part of the conference, Gupta will organize and chair symposiums on “Ceramics in Conventional Energy, Oil, and Gas Exploration” and “Novel, Green, and Strategic Processing and Manufacturing Technologies.”

~ University Letter, 6/16/2015

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Grants & Contracts PAC Forms Due July 10, 2015

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 14:25

The Grants & Contracts Administration (GCA) staff will distribute Personnel Activity Confirmation (PAC) forms for the reporting period January 1, 2015 through May 15, 2015.  These forms will be sent out starting on Monday, June 8, to the department effort coordinators.   The PAC forms are due back to GCA by the close of business July 10.

~ David Schmidt, Assistant VP for Research & ED, Grants and Contracts Administration

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UND Research Reveals More Information about Satellite Images of Bakken Flares

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 14:13

Researchers from the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) and the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences' Department of Earth System Science & Policy have announced the findings of a recent report conducted to take a closer look at satellite images of associated gas (i.e., flaring) in the North Dakota Bakken Formation.

“Satellite images featured in publications such as National Geographic show the night sky in sparsely populated areas of western North Dakota looking more like the bright lights of large metropolitan areas such as New York City, Boston, or Chicago,” said Chris Zygarlicke, EERC Deputy Associate Director for Research. “Many published images in the media tout new types of satellite imaging used to examine gas flares but rarely explain how the images are derived.”

The UND study sheds light on how these satellite images are being generated and more accurately portrays images of flares at night.

“Results of this work suggest that popular satellite images of North Dakota’s night sky are a result of highly processed data from highly sensitive sensors that amplify light and heat sources from a variety of sources, including manufacturing plants, residences, construction sites, and gas production activities,” said Zygarlicke.

Using images available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), UND researchers developed improved methods for identifying, characterizing, and processing flare images for several locations in western North Dakota.

“Our team used the satellite data and products from NOAA to conduct image processing and to produce real flare images,” said Xiaodong Zhang, Associate Professor of Earth System Science and Policy, UND Aerospace. “We were able to generate and validate the images using actual production data, which differentiate flaring emissions from other signals, including man-made light, to accurately depict nighttime satellite images of flares,” he said.

The $25,000 project was funded by UND’s Collaborative Research Seed/Planning Grant Award Program with funding provided by the UND Provost’s Office.

“Since my arrival at UND, I have been a strong advocate of research using interdisciplinary team models,” said UND Provost Tom DiLorenzo. “This work resulted in a new, interdisciplinary project at UND, bringing together experts in the fields of atmospheric science, remote sensing, and energy.  Additionally, this project enabled the training of graduate students in a new research area, increased prospects for future larger funding awards in this discipline, and furthered the development of valuable relationships between UND, NOAA, and the oil and gas industry.”

The full final report showing image comparisons is available on the EERC’s Web site.

~ University Letter, 6/16/2015

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Center for Innovation Awarded National Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 13:52

The University of North Dakota Center for Innovation is among the first 26 recipients of the national 2015 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program grants, and has received $250,000 under the "Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds" project from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration (EDA).

"This award from EDA confirms that our entrepreneur center is among the nation’s leaders in fostering entrepreneurship and angel capital networks,” said Bruce Gjovig, director and entrepreneur coach at the Center for Innovation.“ This grant will expand and enhance our pioneering work helping entrepreneurs, students and angel investors,”  he added, “especially helping strengthen our angel funds network throughout the state which is critical to the entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Of the more than 240 applications that EDA received for RIS Program funds, only 26 awards were made nationwide to advance innovation and capacity-building through three different funding opportunities totaling $15 million. This includes $2 million in nine cluster grants for seed capital funds, i6 Challenge grants totaling $8 million, and another $5 million in science and research park development grants.

North Dakotans historically have had few options for equity capital as is true with other rural states. However, as the state’s economy has begun to transition to innovative technology sectors such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), bioscience, and data warehousing, the Center for Innovation has focused on developing private equity funds to support those innovation sectors.

In order to support emerging entrepreneurs in these technology clusters, the Center will use EDA’s $250,000 investment over two years plus one-to-one match, to coordinate  with existing  angel funds and establish new angel funds to provide entrepreneurs better access to private equity capital. The match funds come from the UND Center for Innovation provided by donations from successful entrepreneurs.

“North Dakota is a rapidly growing state, and it’s important that we facilitate private investments to help our economy continue to grow,” U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said. “This EDA funding will lay the groundwork we need to extend the angel fund network statewide, which will encourage investment and help businesses in our state succeed.”

Early access to capital is crucial for startups but can be difficult to obtain outside traditional startup hubs. The grant allows the Center to provide angel fund development assistance to support the feasibility, planning, formation or launch of new angel capital funds, which will help improve access to capital for entrepreneurs across the region. American innovation and the entrepreneurial spirit along with private investment has long provided a foundation for our strong economy. This is no less true in rural regions like North Dakota.

“As America's Innovation Agency, the Commerce Department has a key role to play in supporting the innovators and job creators of tomorrow," said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. "We want to ensure that all entrepreneurs have access to the tools they need to move their ideas from idea to market. The Regional Innovation Strategies Program competition is designed to advance this mission across the United States, strengthening our economy and our global competitiveness."

“We are very grateful to the U.S. Economic Development Administration for recognizing our good work and our deep commitment to innovation, entrepreneurship and access to entrepreneur capital,” Gjovig said. “This grant allows us to support innovators and entrepreneurs in order to scale up their ventures by improving and expanding access to capital, which aligns perfectly with our growing entrepreneur ecosystem.”

Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds
Early access to capital is crucial for startups, but can be difficult to obtain outside traditional startup hubs. Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds provide technical assistance funding to support the feasibility, planning, formation or launch of cluster-based seed capital funds, which will help improve access to capital for entrepreneurs across the United States.  The total amount of funding for the U.S. Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds under RIS is nearly $2 million.

The nine grantees under the U.S. Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds awards for this round of RIS are:

UND Center for Innovation
The UND Center for Innovation was started in 1984 and was among the first entrepreneur outreach centers in the nation. In 1996, the Center opened the first tech incubator in the Upper Great Plains, and the Center for Innovation Foundation built the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center in 2005.

The UND Center for Innovation is known as one of the premier venture development organizations in the United States, profiled as one of just six venture development organizations for best practices nationwide by SSTI Regional Innovation Acceleration Network, The Center has received 15 national and international awards for excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation by such entities as NBIA, SSTI, EDA and SBA. The Center’s mission is to foster innovation, entrepreneurship and access to entrepreneur capital as well as provide vital entrepreneur infrastructure such as the Ina May Rude Entrepreneur Center and the Skalicky Tech Incubator. The Center is a “Soft Landing International Incubator,” one of the first six so designated in 2006, and one of just 27 incubators worldwide designated for being well suited for international entrepreneurs.

U.S. Economic Development Administration
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

~ Bruce Gjovig, Director & Entrepreneur Coach, UND Center for Innovation, 777.3134,

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American Indian Leaders of Distinction Exhibition is Available for Viewing

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 13:43

UND Art Collections is proud to showcase its new permanent exhibition, “American Indian Leaders of Distinction,” in the newly renovated Anna Mae Hughes Room, Hughes Fine Arts Center.

The exhibition highlights and honors the exceptional work of nine American Indian UND alumni who have become leaders in the state and communities they serve and are committed to improving the lives of others and preserving and promoting their heritage.

“We hope that visitors will encounter American Indian leaders through this exhibition and, whatever their own backgrounds may be, feel a sense of pride for these distinguished alumni who have worked selflessly to help their communities,” said Nathan Rees, UND Art Collections Coordinator of Exhibitions.

An opening ceremony May 8, 2015 honored the alumni featured in the exhibit, as well as the UND photographers who created the portraits, Jackie Lorentz and Shawna Noel Schill.

“My vision for the exhibition was to recognize and celebrate these important alumni for their leadership—as doctors, educators, artists and more.  And all of them received their education at the University of North Dakota.  They are role models, not only in their own communities, but beyond,” said President Robert Kelley.

Students in the art & design department’s museum practicum class also assisted with this exhibition by measuring the gallery space and drafting a layout for the installation.

The Anna Mae Hughes Room is located in the Hughes Fine Arts Building, room 103, and has been recently renovated and is open for public use.

To reserve the gallery, contact Tamara Mulske at

About UND Art Collections 
The mission of UND Art Collections is to facilitate the use of the University's art for education, research, and community cultural enrichment in ways that forward the University's mission and strategic goals. While providing oversight for the art owned by the University, UND Art Collections also offers assistance to the UND Foundation in the management and use of its art collection.

For more information about UND Art Collections, click here.

~ University Letter, 6/16/2015

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Alena Kubatova and Frank Bowman

UND Research News - Mon, 2015-06-15 14:14

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering - “REU Site: Interdisciplinary Renewable and Environmental Chemistry - IREC” - $270,000

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Jeremiah Neubert

UND Research News - Mon, 2015-06-15 14:13

Mechanical Engineering - “Unmanned Aerial Systems for Building Assessment” - $145,771

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Grant Opportunities Available as of June 12, 2015

UND Research News - Mon, 2015-06-15 11:03

Title: Measurement Science and Engineering (MSE) Research Grant Programs, Funding Opportunity #:2015-NIST-MSE-01, Department: NIST, Closing Date: Ongoing

Provide financial assistance to support the conduct of research or a recipient’s portion of collaborative research in the following fields: materials science and engineering, materials measurement science, biosystems and biomaterials, biomolecular measurements, chemical sciences, and applied chemicals and materials.

Eligible: Unrestricted


Title: Composite Airframe Life Extension (CALE), Funding Opportunity #:BAA-RQKPD-2015-0001, Department: DOD - AFRL, Closing Date: 4/9/2018

Identify, develop, demonstrate and validate technology that will allow USAF airframe structural integrity managers to safely extend the certified service lives of airframes currently in the USAF fleet that contain advanced composite primary structure, without widespread replacement of aged structure with new, and without repeating an extensive, complex building block demonstration process.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Spinal Cord Injury Investigator-Initiated Research Award, Funding Opportunity #:W81XWH-15-SCIRP-IIRA, Department: DOD - DOA, Closing Date: 10/14/2015

Support studies that have the potential to make an important contribution to SCI research, patient care, and/or quality of life.

Eligible: Unrestricted


Title: Digital Dissemination of Archival Collections, Funding Opportunity #:DIGITAL-201510, Department: NARA, Closing Date: 10/8/2015

Make historical records of national significance to the United States broadly available by disseminating digital surrogates on the Internet.

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

Title: Literacy and Engagement with Historical Records, Funding Opportunity #:LITERACY-201510, Department: NARA, Closing Date: 10/8/2015

Encourage citizen engagement with historical records, especially those available online, and/or projects that train people on how to enhance digital literacy skills for using historical records.

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


Title: NIH Transformative Research Awards (R01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-RM-15-005, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/9/2015

Support individual scientists or groups of scientists proposing groundbreaking, exceptionally innovative, original and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new scientific paradigms, establish entirely new and improved clinical approaches, or develop transformative technologies.

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

Title: Maximizing Investigators' Research Award for New and Early Stage Investigators (R35), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-GM-16-003, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 11/19/2015

Provide support for all of the research in an investigator's laboratory that falls within the mission of NIGMS.

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

Title: Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Subspecialists' Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) (R03), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-AG-16-015, Department:NIH, Closing Date: 10/7/2015

Conduct transdisciplinary research on aging or in geriatrics research that will yield pilot data for subsequent aging- or geriatrics-focused research projects.

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

Title: Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Centers (U19) , Funding Opportunity #:RFA-AI-15-032, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/2/2015

Support centers that integrate clinical and basic research to conduct studies on the mechanisms underlying the onset and progression of diseases of interest, including asthma, rhinitis (allergic and non-allergic), chronic rhinosinusitis, atopic dermatitis, food allergy, and drug allergy.

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

Title: Dimensional Approaches to Research Classification in Psychiatric Disorders (R01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-MH-16-510, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/9/2015

Develop innovative ways of understanding mental disorders in clinical studies on the basis of experimental research criteria rather than traditional diagnostic categories.

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

Title: Partnerships for the Development of Host-Targeted Therapeutics to Limit Antimicrobial Resistance (R01) , Funding Opportunity #:RFA-AI-15-024, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 9/17/2015

Solicit research applications for milestone-driven projects focused on preclinical development of candidate therapeutics that target host-encoded functions required for infection, replication, virulence, proliferation and/or pathogenesis of select bacterial pathogens for which drug resistance poses a significant public health concern.

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

Title: Adherence Studies in Adolescents with Chronic Kidney or Urologic Diseases (R01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-DK-15-017, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 11/2/2015

Pursue research to better understand factors that influence adherence, develop appropriate measures of adherence, and test innovative strategies to enhance adherence in this vulnerable population.

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

Title: Career Development Program in Emergency Care Research (K12) , Funding Opportunity #:RFA-HL-16-019, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/9/2015

Develop multidisciplinary clinical research training programs in emergency care research that prepare clinician-scientists for academic leadership roles and independent research careers in emergency medicine.

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

Title: Prematurity-Related Ventilatory Control (Pre-Vent): Role in Respiratory Outcomes Clinical Research Centers (CRC) (U01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-HL-16-015, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/20/2015

Investigate mechanisms of ventilatory control (e.g. chemoreceptor, mechanoreceptor, developmental, etc.) that contribute to instability of oxygenation and risk of morbidity and mortality in premature infants during and after the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) using a prospective observational cohort.

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

Title: Smoking Cessation within the Context of Lung Cancer Screening (R01), Funding Opportunity #:RFA-CA-15-011, Department: NIH, Closing Date: 10/8/2015

Improve the effectiveness and/or implementation of smoking cessation interventions delivered to current smokers who undergo low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) lung cancer screening.

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


Title: Computer and Network Systems (CNS): Core Programs, Funding Opportunity #:15-572, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 9/24/2015

Support research and education projects that develop new knowledge in two core programs: Computer Systems Research (CSR) program and Networking Technology and Systems (NeTS) program.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS): Core Programs, Funding Opportunity #:15-574, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 9/24/2015

Support research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Cyber-Human Systems (CHS) program, The Information Integration and Informatics (III) program, and The Robust Intelligence (RI) program.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF): Core Programs, Funding Opportunity #:15-573, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 9/24/2015

Support research and education projects that develop new knowledge in three core programs: The Algorithmic Foundations (AF) program, The Communications and Information Foundations (CIF) program, and the Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace, Funding Opportunity #:15-575, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 9/24/2015

Address cybersecurity from: a Trustworthy Computing Systems (TWC) perspective and/or a Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) perspective; the Secure, Trustworthy, Assured and Resilient Semiconductors and Systems (STARSS) perspective; or the Transition to Practice (TTP) perspective.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections, Funding Opportunity #:15-576, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 10/9/2015

Enhance and expand the national resource of digital data documenting existing vouchered biological and paleontological collections and to advance scientific knowledge by improving access to digitized information (including images) residing in vouchered scientific collections across the United States.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.; non-profits associated with educational or research activities

Title: Environmental Sustainability, Funding Opportunity #:PD-14-7643, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 10/20/2015

Promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems.

Eligible: Unrestricted

Title: Thermal Transport Processes, Funding Opportunity #:PD-14-1406, Department: NSF, Closing Date: 10/20/2015

Support engineering research aimed at gaining a basic understanding of the thermal transport phenomena and processes that are driven by thermal gradients and manipulating of these processes to achieve engineering goals.

Eligible: Unrestricted


Title: High Priority Notice of Funding Availability, Funding Opportunity #:FM-MHP-16-001, Department: DOT - FMCSA, Closing Date: 8/31/2015

Support commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safety programs that: -Carry out high priority activities and projects that improve CMV safety; -Increase compliance with CMV safety regulations; -Increase public awareness about CMV safety; -Provide education on CMV safety and related issues; -Demonstrate new safety related technologies; and -Reduce the number and rate of crashes involving CMVs.

Eligible: Institutions of higher ed.

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

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School of Medicine and Health Sciences Inducts Gold Humanism Honor Society Members

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-12 11:12

Twelve medical students from the Doctor of Medicine Class of 2016 at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences were inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society on June 11, 2015 at the induction ceremony in Grand Forks.

David A. Billings, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UND SMHS, and an OB-GYN for Trinity Health in Minot, ND, was inducted into the society as the faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. Napoleon Espejo, M.D., the 2007 faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award was the keynote speaker. 

Limited to fifteen percent of the senior class, the Class of 2016 inductees were selected through a process that included peer nomination and subsequent confirmation by the School’s Gold Humanism Honor Society Oversight Committee. Each student’s clinical performance and record of community service was considered.

Honorees from the Class of 2016, and their hometowns, are the following individuals:

  • Annie Braseth, Kalispell, MT
  • Betsy Dickson, Gilby, ND
  • Hannah Dupea, Bigfork, MT
  • Samantha Dusek, Grafton, ND
  • John Emmel, Fargo, ND
  • Rachel Fearing, Williston, ND
  • Joshua Greene, Devils Lake, ND
  • Josalynne Hoff, Bowdon, ND
  • John Roller, Bismarck, ND
  • Justin Shipman, Watford City, ND
  • Emma Swanson, Fargo, ND
  • Michael Traynor, Jr., Fargo, ND

Committed to fostering a culture of professionalism and humanism, the School's Gold Humanism Honor Society chapter provides a formal mechanism to highlight and recognize, as a group, those students who exhibit high levels of humanistic qualities in their day-to-day lives. These qualities include integrity; sound moral reasoning; compassion and empathy toward patients; effective communication skills; the ability to engender trust and confidence among patients, staff, and colleagues; and a deep commitment to humanitarian services.

The GHHS is funded by a grant from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation.

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

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Free Research Methods and Analysis Courses Offered the Week of June 8, 2015

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-12 09:28

Greetings from CARMA, the Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis, now located at the University.  We are delighted to invite you to participate in our three research methods short courses, which will be offered on campus the week of June 8.  I am also very pleased to offer you the opportunity to participate in these short courses free of charge in recognition of the support the UND community has provided to CARMA during our first year on campus.

CARMA delivers educational events and programs related to research methods for the organizational and social sciences. Our two most popular programs include our Consortium Webcast/International Video Library Program (with 150 universities worldwide as members) and our Short Course Program (with 29 courses and 5 locations for spring/summer 2015).  You can find more information about CARMA here.

The courses are Multilevel Analysis by Bob Vandenberg, Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews by Ernest O'Boyle, and Introduction to Structural Equation Methods by Larry Williams. More information is available here.  If you are interested in a course, please email us at and let us know which course(s) you would like to enjoy.  I hope you will be able to join us for our first short course program at UND.

Please contact us if you have any questions about CARMA our our programs.  Best wishes for a great summer.

~ Larry J. Williams, CARMA Director (Consortium for the Advancement of Research Methods and Analysis) and Professor of Psychology, 777.3241

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Forum is June 15, 2015

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-12 09:26

The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI), located within the Center for Rural Health, is hosting a forum for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 15, at the Ina Mae Rude Center for Innovation at UND, 4200 James Ray Drive, in Grand Forks. Wear purple and join the forum for a discussion on topics such as financial exploitation and elder abuse policies.

Lunch will be provided.

~ Contact Cassie LaBine at (701) 777-6084 to register.

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R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy is June 15-18, 2015

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-12 09:24

The Fourth Annual R-COOL-Health Scrubs Academy will be held June 15-18, 2015 on the UND Campus.  Please see the website for details.

~ Center for Rural Health

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Newly Formed UAS Advisory Board Holds its First Meeting

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-12 09:22

UND’s newly formed UAS Advisory Board held its first meeting on June 1, 2015.  The purpose of the Board is to improve communications across campus regarding UAS-related research opportunities, thus increasing UAS research grant proposals.

The Advisory Board will write a strategic plan for UAS-related research for the University of North Dakota, which includes all the stakeholders represented by the UAS Advisory Board members.

The UAS Advisory Board members include:

Aerospace Sciences, JDO School of: Al Palmer, Director of UAS Center for Research, Education & Training

Arts & Sciences, College of:  Brad Rundquist, PhD/Professor

Business & Public Administration, College of: TBD

Education & Human Development, College of: Cindy Juntunen, Professor

Energy & Environmental Research Center:  Jay Almlie, Senior Research Manager

Engineering & Mines, College of: Dr. Will Semke, PhD/Professor

Lake Region State College: Doug Darling, President

Law, School of: Brad Myers, Associate Professor/Dean

Medicine & Health Services, School of: Dr. Jon Allen, Dir of NDSTAR Sim Center

Northern Plains UAS Test Site: Mark Hastings, Director of OPS and Support

Northland Community & Technical College: Curtis Zoller, Assoc Dean of Aerospace

Nursing & Professional Disciplines, College of: Dr. Jody Ralph, Assistant Professor

Research Enterprise and Commercialization: Kevan Rusk, Director

VP for Research & Economic Development: TBD

~ The Odegard Monthly, 6/11/2015

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Professor Jianglong Zhang Receives New Grant Award

UND Research News - 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

UND Research News - 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

UND Research News - 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

UND Research News - 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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