Volume XXIX, No. 11 • March 25, 2005


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CSA position open for current BHSU employees - top

The following Career Service position is open and limited to current employees of Black Hills State University:

  • Secretary with keyboarding, Residence Life

For more information, contact the Human Resources office or view the ad on the Human Resources web page.


Higher Ed Center officially opens - top

Members of the South Dakota Board of Regents and representatives from the four universities collaborating at the Higher Education Center – West River were on hand this week for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The Higher Education Center - West River was established to provide a "one-stop shop" for all West River area students considering enrolling in higher educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Among those participating in the ribbon cutting were: Dr. Charles Ruch, president of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Dr. Tad Perry, executive director of the S.D. Board of Regents; Dean Krogman, secretary of the S.D. Board of Regents; Dr. Thomas Flickema, president of Black Hills State University and Pat LeBrun, member of the S.D. Board of Regents.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Higher Education Center - West River

West River residents who want to pursue their higher education goals now have an easy, efficient way to find the information they need, thanks to the Higher Education Center — West River.

South Dakota Board of Regents members and representatives from the four participating universities took part in an official ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the center this week. The center is located at 515 West Blvd. in Rapid City.

The Higher Education Center - West River was established to provide a "one-stop shop" for all West River area students considering enrolling in higher educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The purpose of the center is to provide a cooperative and collaborative effort from the participating universities — Black Hills State, School of Mines, University of South Dakota and South Dakota State — to meet the needs of students.

“We are providing a coordinated effort for course offerings for all residents in this area,” Dr. Dean Myers, vice president for academic affairs at BHSU and director of the center, said. “By contacting the center, students can get information about financial aid, apply to the universities and meet with representatives from the schools. The center is designed to handle all of their needs.”

The center is striving to be responsive to the needs of residents in the entire West River region. One of the first tasks for the center will be assessing what those needs are and formulating a plan to meet them. The center plans to conduct market research to find out what programs are needed and what needs are currently not being met.

“We are looking at how we can be more efficient in offering higher education options,” Myers said.

The center will work as a clearinghouse to avoid duplicate coursework and facilitate a plan to share professors for courses offered by separate universities. The center's location near downtown Rapid City includes more than a dozen offices and a large classroom and houses representatives from several universities.

The center is under the direction of a consortium composed of BHSU President Dr. Thomas Flickema and School of Mines President Dr. Charles Ruch as well as Dr. Tad Perry, executive director of the South Dakota Board of Regents.

“This is an important step for the state university system,” Ruch said. “Helping students succeed in life is the goal of every university, and we think this center will help more students reach that dream.”

“That's absolutely correct,” Flickema agreed. “The whole purpose of the Higher Education Center is to provide the best possible service to current and potential students.”



BHSU offers virtual librarians to assist students - top

Scott Ahola is one of several BHSU librarians participating a new program which provides students with the opportunity to “chat” online to access information about library resources.

Scott Ahola

Black Hills State University now provides “virtual librarians” to chat with students online to advise them about using library resources.

The new program “Ask the Librarians – LIVE” is staffed by reference librarians at BHSU as well as Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and South Dakota State University. The program originally began as a result of a grant at Dakota State.

The librarians are available to “chat” and interact online with students Monday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. except during holidays.

Scott Ahola, acquisition librarian at BHSU, says the service was made available to BHSU students so that current students, many of whom use internet chat features regularly, can learn to use library resources more efficiently.

Student inquiries are handled using NetAgent software which doesn’t require users to download any software to their computers. Ahola noted that assistance is provided for the following types of information inquires: brief instructions in the use of library catalogs and other library databases; directions to web pages; suggestions for other printed and electronic resources; as well as reference to other librarians for specific help. He said most “virtual librarian” conversations are completed in 15 minutes or less.

“It’s been kind of fun to have a conversation online with students,” Barb Chrisman, one of the BHSU librarians who participate the program, said. “The students are very appreciative to have someone live to help them. A lot of times, students aren’t aware of what is available, and sometimes people don’t feel comfortable asking questions in person. Now they can ask questions and get information right from their computer.” She noted the service is especially helpful for distance education students or those who are not able to come to the campus library on a regular basis.

To use the service, students should access the BHSU web page at www.bhsu.edu, then chose library from the list of links on the left. The virtual librarian link is located on the top of the library page.

For more information check the website or contact Ahola at 642-6359.



Annual Black Hills Research Symposium will be held March 29 - top

Black Hills State University faculty and students will present scholarly works at the annual Black Hills Research Symposium Tuesday, March 29 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union Jacket Legacy Room.

The symposium, a conference celebrating scholarly work across disciplines, will feature oral presentations and poster displays. Poster presenters will be available for discussion between noon and 1 p.m.

Keynote speaker Dr. William Foley, professor emeritus of history at Central Missouri State University and the author and editor of numerous books, including Wilderness Journey: The Life of William Clark, and The First Chouteaus: River Barons of Early St. Louis, will present “Lewis and Clark’s American Travels: The View from Britain” from 11 a.m. to noon in the Jacket Legacy Room. In the presentation, he will use his research from the British Library and the Public Record Office in London to explore British reactions to the Lewis and Clark expedition.

According to Dr. Holly Downing, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at BHSU, the Black Hills Research Symposium provides a great opportunity to learn about the scholarly pursuits of BHSU faculty members and students.

The symposium is open to the public at no cost. For more information, call the College of Arts and Sciences at 642-6056.


Dakota Chamber Orchestra concert will showcase students - top

The Dakota Chamber Orchestra, in residence on the campus of Black Hills State University, will present a student showcase concert, featuring three BHSU students and one area high school student, Sunday, April 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the recital hall in Clare and Josef Meier Hall.

The concert will feature solos by Belle Fourche High School senior Katie Sowers, and BHSU students Amanda Scott, Jennifer Bailey and Erin Talsma.

Sowers will be featured on the first movement of Vivaldi’s Spring Concerto. Scott, a sophomore music major from Custer, will perform all three movements of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in Eb. Bailey, a senior music major from Lead, will play the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major. Talsma, a senior music major from Spearfish, will sing Laudemus Te from Mozart’s Mass in C.

Mr. Christopher Hahn, BHSU music instructor, will conduct the majority of the program. Dr. Randall Royer, BHSU associate professor of music and music director for the Dakota Chamber Orchestra, will conduct the Vivaldi performance.

The concert is open to the public at no cost; however, donations for music scholarships will be accepted at the door. For more information, contact Royer at 642-6255.


BHSU organizations plan Thai dinner fundraiser - top

Members of the Black Hills State University department of management and marketing and the BHSU Tourism and Hospitality Management Club will host a Thai dinner fundraiser Tuesday, April 12 at the Bay Leaf Café in Spearfish. Organizers of the event are sitting, left to right: Emily Shank, Nichole Berdan, Siriporn Sujithamrak, Jobeth Stenerson, and Miranda Hansen. Standing, left to right, are: Jesse Julius, Andrew Coppersmith, Sara Blakeman, Michelle Donlan, Jason Fall, Matthew Blair, Anna Vandegrift, and French Bryan, owner of the Bay Leaf Café. Not pictured are: Melissa Belcher, Timothy Johnson, Yuko Makita, Jeremy Sabers, Michael Stormer, Patrick Clausen, Tashina LaVallie, Joe Small Rodgriguez, Natasha Urinko, and Ryan Worderman.

Organizers plan Thai dinner fundraiser

The Black Hills State University department of management and marketing and the BHSU Tourism and Hospitality Management Club will celebrate Thailand’s New Year’s Eve with a Thai dinner Tuesday, April 12. Two sittings will be held; the first will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. and the second will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

The dinner, which will be held at the Bay Leaf Café, 126 West Hudson Street in Spearfish, will serve as a fundraiser for the Thailand Red Cross Children’s Fund, which is currently helping victims of the tsunami that struck Thailand and several other countries in December 2004. Proceeds will also benefit the BHSU Tourism and Hospitality Management Club.

Dr. Siriporn Sujithamrak, a native of Thailand and an assistant professor in the College of Business and Technology at BHSU, is the Tourism and Hospitality Management Club advisor. According to Sujithamrak, Thailand celebrates New Year’s Eve as a time for family gathering and reunion. The BHSU Thai dinner will feature this family gathering atmosphere while several famous Thai dishes are served.

The cost of the dinner is $18 per person. Reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Bay Leaf Café at 642-5462 or Sujithamrak at 642-6702.



Sixteen inducted into Sigma Beta Delta - top

Several Black Hills State University students were recently inducted into the BHSU chapter of Sigma Beta Delta. The students honored were front row, left to right: Emily Harvey, Danielle Jensen, and Stephanie Marty. Back row, left to right: Susan Schofield, Erin Schroeder, Scott Lindeman, Kari Kramlich, Samantha Cripps, and Jennifer Phillips. Not pictured: Leah Bifulco, Abby Monnens, KyLee Schaefer, Joanie Flottmeyer, Kelly Langer, Jennifer Newth, and Scott Biggin.

Sigma Beta Delta initiates

Sixteen Black Hills State University students were recently inducted into the BHSU chapter of Sigma Beta Delta.

Sigma Beta Delta, an international honor society in business, management, and administration, was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and colleges with regional accreditation.

Dr. Amin Sarkar, dean of College of Business and Technology, welcomed the initiates and awarded them with certificates and keys. The students honored were: Emily Harvey, a senior from Rapid City majoring in professional accountancy; Danielle Jensen, a senior from Lake Preston majoring in professional accountancy; Stephanie Marty, a senior from Sundance, Wyo., majoring in accounting; Susan Schofield a senior from Black Hawk majoring in management; Erin Schroeder, a junior from Spearfish majoring in management; Scott Lindeman, a junior from Glenham majoring in management; Kari Kramlich, a junior from Eureka majoring in professional accountancy; Samantha Cripps, a junior from Wright, Wyo. majoring in business education; Jennifer Phillips, a senior from Sturgis majoring in management; Leah Bifulco, a junior from Sturgis majoring in accounting; Abby Monnens, a junior from Hazel majoring in accounting; KyLee Schaefer, a junior from Platte majoring in business education; Joanie Flottmeyer, a senior from Pierre majoring in accounting; Kelly Langer, a senior from Spearfish majoring in accounting; Jennifer Newth, a senior from Rapid City majoring in accounting; and Scott Biggin, a graduate student from Deadwood with a major in business services management.



National photography competition honors BHSU students - top

This photograph by Victoria Spaid is among the 19 by BHSU students that were chosen as finalists in the College Photographers Competition by Photographers Forum Magazine and will be published in the 2005 Best of College Photography Annual this June.

Photo by Victoria Spaid

Nineteen Black Hills State University photography students were chosen as finalists in the 25th Annual College Photographers Competition by Photographers Forum Magazine.

BHSU students named as finalists were Seth Gudmunson, a junior communication arts major from Watertown; Victoria Spaid, a junior communication arts major from Lead; Heidi Newland, a junior mass communications major from Rapid City: Shawna Norman, a senior art major from Spearfish; Amanda Blake, a junior English major from Spearfish; Nicole Von Eye, a junior mass communications major from Rapid City; Casey Van Sickle, a senior art major from Spearfish; Elizabeth Verhey, a senior communication arts major from Rapid City; Cariann Drake, a junior biology major from Mitchell; Mike Brick, a senior mass communications major from Spearfish; Janette Hettick, a senior mass communications major from Roscoe; Michael Brennan, a senior from Spearfish; Wendy Pitlick, a senior mass communications major from Spearfish; Christi Smith, a senior mass communications major from Faith; Cassie Knutson, a senior art major from Ft. Collins, Colo.; Cara Stahlecker, a senior mass communications major from Yankton; Sheri Furchner, a junior mass communications major from Rapid City; Jaimie Braun, a senior mass communications major from Gregory; and Janeen Canfield, a senior English major from Spearfish.

The annual competition, which is sponsored by the Nikon camera company, draws submissions from art schools and universities from across the United States and Canada. According to Steve Babbitt, associate professor of photography at BHSU, more than 30,000 photographs were submitted for this year’s competition. The top five percent of the entries submitted were chosen as finalists. Babbitt noted that BHSU was the only university in the state that had students qualify as finalists.

“Competing against the nation’s finest art and photography schools, BHSU students have dramatically increased their standings in the competition over the past four years,” Babbitt said. “In 2002 only one BHSU student was chosen as a finalist. This year 19 BHSU students were chosen as finalists,” Babbitt said.

The photographs chosen as finalists will appear in the 2005 Best of College Photography Annual to be published in June by Photographers Forum Magazine and Serbin Communications.



Student groups recognized by Board of Regents - top

The South Dakota Board of Regents recently presented awards to student organizations from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Black Hills State University.

The BHSU student groups that were recognized are:

  • Award for Academic Excellence – Scientia serves BHSU through science-oriented activities, student leadership, and campus involvement. Scientia students recently presented their research projects at the South Dakota Academy of Science Symposium. Members also volunteered to assist with NASA Space Days and the Cecil Haight Arboretum Project. They work with the campus recycling program, campus Quiz Bowl, and other university activities.
  • Community Service Award – CURE (the Community-University-Resource-Exchange) at BHSU creates volunteer links between the campus and surrounding communities. Campus volunteers are connected to community, organization, or individual needs in the Northern Hills area. This year, CURE sponsored the first community-wide Make a Difference Day in the Spearfish area, organizing more than 30 service learning projects that involved 400-plus volunteers.
  • Award for Organizational Leadership – Bones Anime at BHSU educates people about Japanese animation, known as anime. The group also promotes Japanese culture and language. Each month, members hold writing, drawing, or trivia contests to increase their knowledge and commitment to the organization. The club created a professional monthly newsletter that features in-depth articles about the art of anime.

“The students in these organizations deserve our recognition,” said Dr. Judith Haislett, vice president for student life at BHSU. “These students not only focus on their classes and building a career, but also have made time to serve the community, educate us about other cultures and model academic excellence. We are very proud of them.”

The SDSM&T groups recognized were:

  • Award for Academic Excellence – The Residence Hall Association fosters a positive and safe living environment for more than 500 students on the Tech campus. The association helps set policies for residence halls, as well as planning activities and events to get students more involved in residence life. Last fall, undergraduates living in Tech residence halls earned an average GPA of 2.965, which was .231 higher than the campus-wide undergraduate average.
  • Community Service Award – The SDSM&T Student Association created the “Miner Project” as a team building community service project. Student senators have planted flowers at a children’s home, cleaned up trash on the Rapid City Regional Hospital grounds, volunteered at the public library, conducted a campus-wide cleanup, and helped raise funds for tsunami victims.
  • Award for Organizational Leadership – The SDSM&T Student Chapter of Materials Advantage includes the American Society for Minerals; the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society; the American Ceramic Society; and the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering. The chapter is devoted to the professional development of materials and metallurgical engineering students. The group sponsors seminars and uses demonstrations to interest K-12 students in these fields of study. Student membership in the chapter increased by 40 percent last fall.
     

Debate team brings home wins - top

The Black Hills State University debate squad finished their competitive season with an impressive showing at the Golden Eagle Invitational tournament at Cheyenne, Wyo.

Cumulative speaker points earned Gina Soriano, a senior mass communications major from Spearfish, the first place speaker award. Jake Bobby, a speech major from Bowdle, placed third in the varsity bracket.

Competing against a field of eight schools from four states, the BHSU varsity team comprised of Bobby and teammate Luke Edwards, a senior speech major from Sundance, Wyo., qualified for the semifinal rounds which they lost to a team from Sheridan College on a 2-1 decision.

BHSU fielded the most successful team in the preliminary rounds. Dallas Olson, a senior speech major from Bowdle, teamed with Paul Eisenbraun, a sophomore speech major from Gordon, Neb., to compile seven victories and only one defeat. They failed to qualify for the elimination rounds due to a tabulation error that went undiscovered until the tournament was over.

Two other teams were both only one victory from qualifying for elimination rounds. These teams include: Soriano and Megan Mohr, a senior psychology major from Hosmer; and Teri Nelson, a senior mass communications major from Sturgis; and Tony Wachs, a senior political science major from Aberdeen.

Debate coach Charles Follette, BHSU speech professor, praised the students for their quality performances.

“In light of funding constraints which have reduced the team’s travel to less than half of the opponents’, I was more than satisfied with the squad’s performance,” Follette said.


Dakota String Quartet performs in Meier Hall - top

Dakota String Quartet in Meier HallDakota String Quartet members Doosook Kim on violin, Magdalena Modzelewska on violin, Fei Chen on viola and Phoebe Dalton on cello perform during a recent concert in Meier Hall. The quartet presented music by Vivaldi and Bach.

Based in Sioux Falls, these highly-trained, professional musicians from the South Dakota Symphony tour the state and region to help students master their instruments and broaden their appreciation for classical music. In addition to the BHSU concert, the quartet also performed in area schools last week.



University Assessment Committee minutes - top

The University Assessment Committee met Monday, March 14 at 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room.

Present were Earley, Siewert, D. Wessel, Strand, Alsup, and Sarkar. C. Cremean, Hagerty, and S. Hupp were absent.

The committee reviewed the following annual assessment reports:

  • Bachelor of Applied Technical Science (BATS) - Approved with the recommendation that next year's report break out the numbers specific to the BATS program.
  • Technology Education Major - Approved with the recommendation that next year's report break out the numbers specific to that program.
  • Technology Major - Approved with the recommendation that next year's report break out the numbers specific to that program.
  • Business Education - Approved.
  • Business Administration - Approved and applauded as a model for other reports.
  • Professional Accountancy - Approved.
  • Chemistry - Approved.
  • Outdoor Education - Approved with the agreement that the rewriting of the exit exam should be done in a manner to include questions specifically addressing course content.

The next meeting will be Monday, March 21 at 1 p.m. in the Meier Hall Conference Room. Reports to be considered are English, Environmental Physical Science, Physical Education, Physical Science, Psychology, and Theatre.


Graduate Council minutes - top

The Graduate Council met Tuesday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Present were Earley, Biggin, Dana, Fuller, Molseed, Ahmad, and B. Smith. Austin, Mackin, and Erickson were absent.

Master of science in business services management (MSBSM):

Dana explained the proposed changes to the MSBSM which include:

  • Changing the title from MSBSM to master of science in business management (msbm).
  • Reducing the required hours from 36 to 33.
  • Dropping the word "service" from course descriptions.
  • Changing the content of courses to better prepare students for the master's degree.
  • Making it a better fit for the faculty we have in terms of courses and expertise.

The council agreed that they would have until Wednesday, March 30 to vote by e-mail on the changes.

Master of science in curriculum and instruction (MSCI):

Molseed explained that the graduate faculty in the college of education are creating new cohorts. They also are re-emphasizing the importance of the portfolio as a part of the degree.

Master of science in integrative genomics (MSIG):

Smith explained that the biology faculty were still waiting for a response to their offer of joint sponsorship of the degree with the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.

The next meeting is Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m.


Faculty Senate minutes - top

The Faculty Senate met Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 3:15 p.m.

Members present were: Kristi Pearce, Randall Royer, Barbara Chrisman, Steve Andersen, Curtis Card, Jim Hesson, Micheline Hickenbotham, Roger Miller, Christine Shearer-Cremean, Sharon Strand, and Ian Laber (Student Senate representative).

Dr. Flickema attended as an invited guest to discuss campus issues with the Faculty Senate. Issues discussed included the miscommunication between administrators involved with general education mandates and the general faculty; the lack of communication related to changes in administrative structure in Woodburn; the current benefits package as a legislative issue of concern to the institution and other state employees; the position of Black Hills State University as the third largest state institution without the appropriate financial recognition; salary improvement; the success of our students in statewide tests (fourth with South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (S.D. Tech) first); the importance of the Faculty Senate's annual selection of the Distinguished Faculty member; Dr. Myer’s position as permanent vice president of Academic Affairs; Myers responsibility for the West River Education Center in Rapid City; the president’s perception of the purpose of Faculty Senate; and the invitation for the Faculty Senate to review its organizational structure.

Following the discussion with Flickema, the Faculty Senate proceeded through a short meeting. The agenda was approved, and the minutes of the Feb. 2 meeting were accepted.

Hickenbotham reported on the final plans for the joint Student-Faculty Senate Forum. She asked for help to complete advertising posters. Pearce will do this.

Pearce reported on the need for marshals for May graduation. Dr. Chrysler will be asked to join Hesson, Miller and Strand for this duty.

Laber reported on the experiences of the six students who attended the Students for Higher Education Days(SHED). They attended the Student Federation meeting and learned that the operating account for BHSU Student Senate is the smallest in the system. They also learned that the SDSU Student Senate pays for a lawyer to help students with legal issues that arise. Dr. Perry asked the students to lobby for higher education. They were told that vocational schools will have faculty from four-year institutions teaching courses so that the courses will transfer to the four-year institutions. Although the location in the basement of the Capitol was not very suitable, BHSU student senators and the Rodeo Club joined together to hand out jerky in the Capitol. While in Pierre, the students talked with Lawrence County House members Hills and Turbiville. At the meeting with the Governor on Monday evening, Black Hills students asked most of the questions—2010 funds, university closings, etc. It appears that SDSU took all university banners back to their campus so the BHSU banner will need to be retrieved from them.

Committee Reports:

  • The Assessment Committee will continue to review assessment documents from the departments. Changes are limited this time around; however, sociology will be revising curriculum and aligning tests to go with current course content.
  • The Strategic Planning Committee is continuing to review budget presentations. Chief Information Officer Arnie Hemmingson’s area reported most recently. His area includes the computer center, graphics & media, instructional design, and the library.
  • The Library Committee has met with Myers. He has asked that the committee provide him with some concrete suggestions on what needs to be done to enhance the library collections.

The meeting adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Chrisman, recording secretary.


Grant opportunities announced - top

Below are the program materials received in the Grants Office, Woodburn 309, through March 18. For copies of the information, contact the office at 642-6204 or e-mail requests to grants@bhsu.edu. Fellowship information will also be posted on the Student Union bulletin board near the information desk.

National Lakes Assessment Planning Project (NLAPP)

The National Lakes Assessment Planning Project (NLAPP) is a program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. The National Lakes Assessment Planning Project (NLAPP) cooperative agreements will provide eligible applicants an opportunity to develop pilot projects to design a national lakes assessment. “Lakes” in this request for proposals (RFP) shall include lakes, reservoirs and ponds but exclude the Great Lakes. These projects may include evaluations of various indicators of lake condition (e.g., physical, chemical, biological integrity, fishable and swimmable goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA), sampling methods (e.g., field and lab protocols, remote sensing, etc.), interpretation tools (e.g., classification and reference condition, matrices, indices, models, etc.) and organization of expert conferences and workshops.

Deadline: The deadline for the EPA receipt of proposals is April 17 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered. For details see the Notice of FY 2005 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the National Lakes Assessment Planning Project (NLAPP).


National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)

The National Center for Research Resources (of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health) invites applications for Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA) programs whose goals are to foster the development of novel programs to improve K-12 and the general public's understanding of the clinical trial process as well as the health science advances stemming from National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded clinical and basic research. The SEPA program supports the creation of innovative partnerships between biomedical and clinical researchers and K-12 teachers and schools, museum and science center educators, media experts, and other interested educational organizations. Particular importance will be given to SEPA applications that target K-12 science educational topics that may not be addressed by existing science curricula, community-based or media activities.

Deadline: May 18. Complete information and requirements are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-05-068.html.


DDDAS: Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems (NSF)

Information technology-enabled applications/simulations of systems in science and engineering have become as essential to advances in these fields as theory and measurement. This triad of approaches is used by scientists and engineers to analyze the characteristics and predict the behavior of complex systems and the applications that represent them. However, accurate and comprehensive analysis and prediction of the behavior of complex systems over time is difficult. With traditional simulation and measurement approaches, even elaborate computational models of such systems produce applications and simulations that diverge from or fail to predict real system behaviors. This solicitation focuses explicitly on Dynamic Data Driven Applications Systems (DDDAS), a promising concept in which the computational and experimental measurement aspects of a computing application are dynamically integrated, creating new capabilities in a wide range of science and engineering application areas. Computational aspects of DDDAS may be realized on a diverse set of computer platforms including computational grids, leadership-class supercomputers, mid-range clusters, distributed, high-throughput computing environments, high-end workstations, and sensor networks.

Deadline: June 13. Details are available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-570/Grant.html.


Teacher Quality Enhancement (TQE) Recruitment Grants for States and Partnerships

The purpose of this program is to afford an opportunity for states and partnerships receiving grants to address the challenge of America's teacher shortage by making significant and lasting systemic changes in the way that teachers are recruited, prepared and supported to teach in high-need schools. The Department of Education's goal is that these systemic changes lead to important improvements to the supply of well-trained and highly-qualified teachers.

Deadline: May 2. Review the official application notice for pre-application and application requirements, application submission information, performance measures, priorities and program contact information. They are available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/ED/HRO/DCMGC/ED-GRANTS-032105-001/Grant.html.


Biological Research Collections

The Biological Research Collections Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) provides support for biological collection enhancement, computerization of specimen-related data, research to develop better methods for specimen curation and collection management, and activities such as symposia and workshops to investigate support and management of biological collections. Biological collections supported include those housing natural history specimens and jointly curated collections such as frozen tissues and other physical samples, e.g. DNA libraries and digital images. Such collections provide the materials necessary for research in a broad area of biological sciences.

Deadline: July 15. Complete information is available at http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-575/Grant.html.


Cooperative Activity for Education and Human Resource Development

This is a cooperative effort between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science. To support the continued leadership of the United States in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and the continued development of a competitive, diverse STEM workforce, NSF and DoE are implementing collaboration between the agencies' programs for the development of human resources in STEM. NSF and DoE will support students and faculty from eligible NSF projects who are accepted as participants in one of four DoE initiatives that provide hands-on research opportunities in DoE national laboratories during the summer: Science Undergraduate Research Internships (SULI), Faculty and Student Teams (FaST), Community College Institute of Science and Technology (CCI), and Pre-Service Teacher (PST) Internships.

Deadline: April 20. See http://fedgrants.gov/Applicants/NSF/OIRM/HQ/05-573/Grant.html for details and application instructions.


Students invited to apply for science/technology entrepreneurship program - top

The South Dakota EPSCoR Program, National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation Project, South Dakota Office of Commercialization, and South Dakota Small Business Innovations Research Center are sponsoring the South Dakota Science/Technology Entrepreneurship Program for summer 2005.

Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in South Dakota universities are eligible to apply for the 10-week Science/Technology Entrepreneurship Program, which will be held May 26-July 22. All students will participate in an initial one-week boot-camp in which they will learn the basics of science/technology entrepreneurship. Students will be paired with 2010 Research Centers and university-based researchers for the remainder of their summer experience.

Undergraduate students will receive a $3,000 stipend and graduate students will receive a $4,000 stipend for the 10-week period. Travel, lodging, and meals will also be provided to all participants during the science/technology entrepreneurship boot-camp held the first week.

Complete information and application materials may be obtained at www.usd.edu/oorsch/newsevents/STEP.RFP.pdf.

Applications are due Friday, April 1.


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