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Grants & Contracts PAC Forms Due July 10, 2015

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 13:25

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 13:13

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 12:52

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, Bruce@innovators.net

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American Indian Leaders of Distinction Exhibition is Available for Viewing

UND Research News - Tue, 2015-06-16 12:43

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 tamara.mulske@und.edu.

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 13:14

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 13:13

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 10:03
COMMERCE

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

DEFENSE

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

EDUCATION

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

HEALTH

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

SCIENCE

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

TRANSPORTATION

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 10:12

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

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-12 08:28

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 und.carma@und.edu 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 08:26

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 08:24

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 08:22

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 08:16

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 12:41

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 12:35

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 09:58

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

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Michael Mann

UND Research News - Thu, 2015-06-11 09:57

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

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Tom Mohr Named Catherine Worthingham Fellow by APTA

UND Research News - Wed, 2015-06-10 10:12

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

UND Research News - Mon, 2015-06-08 10:20
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

UND Research News - Fri, 2015-06-05 13:00

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

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