UND awarded interprofessional training grant to address substance abuse and dependence in North Dakota

An interprofessional team of University of North Dakota faculty members from various disciplines was recently awarded a $550,000 grant to implement an evidence-based model addressing substance abuse and dependence in North Dakota.

This grant was provided by the United State Department of Health and Human Services through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Faculty from the departments of nursing, social work and psychology have teamed up to secure this funding, which will benefit outreach efforts and the education of students enrolled in nursing and social work programs.

Students in UND’s Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and the Master of Social Work programs will be trained to use Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) techniques. Additionally, they will secure skills necessary to engage in best practices when collaborating with interprofessional colleagues, while also addressing substance abuse identification and treatment.

The project will focus heavily on outreach and sustainability by providing SBIRT training to members of interprofessional health care and social services teams  in order to ensure that the state’s workforce can implement it. The project team will specifically target the training  to those who work with vulnerable, oppressed, disadvantaged and at-risk populations.

These efforts will further enhance the concept of using professional teams to identify substance abuse in multiple settings, expand referral bases and strengthen the approach to multifaceted treatment options.

Project Team:

The inter-professional grant team comprises:
Christine Harsell-Nursing
Maridee Shogren-Nursing
Jackie Roberts-Nursing
Angie Muhs-Social Work
Thomasine Heitkamp-Social Work
Joseph Miller-Psychology

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For more information, contact Chris Harsell at 701.777.2403 or chris.harsell@UND.edu

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Registration deadline nears for 2015 North Dakota Math Kangaroo competition at UND

The North Dakota Math Kangaroo 2015 competition will be held on Thursday, March 19, on the University of North Dakota campus. Please note that the registration has started and will end on Dec. 31.

Math Kangaroo is a competition for students in grades 1 through a senior class in high school. Every year more than 5,000,000 students from over 45 countries participate in the competition.

About the competition:

  • 75 minute multiple choice test.
  • 24 questions (for grades 1 through 4) or 30 questions (for grades 5 and up).
  • Each participant receives recognition, a t-shirt, a certificate and gifts on the test day.
  • In May national winners and state winners are recognized and awarded.
  • There are international summer camps and college grants among top awards.

For more information and to register, please visit www.mathkangaroo.org, or contact Dr. Reza Fazel-Rezai, Electrical Engineering, reza@UND.edu, 701.777.3368.

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Soon-to-be UND grad and Florida native Ted Bibby rides bike year round as a way to keep in shape, brighten mood

Jaakko Putkonen, left, and Ted Bibby. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

Jaakko Putkonen, left, and Ted Bibby. Photo by Jackie Lorentz.

By Juan Pedraza, University & Public Affairs writer

This guy took the concept of “study abroad” to a whole new level. Actually, two levels: the Himalayas, for starters, and Antarctica for an encore.

Theodore “Ted” Bibby, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., graduates from the University of North Dakota this week with a Ph.D. in geology and geological engineering, with proven expertise in the use of cosmogenic isotopes to date rock and ice samples hundreds of thousands of years old.

And how does he take “time out” from his frigid-zone scientific adventures? He bicycles — all year round — something that might not be out of the ordinary in balmy Jacksonville, but, during a North Dakota winter, it’s a bit of a challenge.

Bibby, whose advisor is geomorphologist Jaakko Putkonen, says it’s been quite a ride here at UND, where he constructed, as part of his Ph.D. program, a cosmogenic isotope laboratory in the Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering. It’s the only such lab in the region.

Bibby has accompanied Putkonen on several teaching and research trips into the Himalayas during the course of his Ph.D. studies here at UND.

The rock-probing lab that Bibby built detects specific isotopes, or variant forms of certain atoms that “live” in rock samples, such as those that Putkonen and Bibby and their team of students brought back from Antarctica last year. It’s all part of an interest that Bibby developed in Earth science classes in high school. He majored in geology for his undergraduate degree.

“We prepare the isotopes samples, and send them to a much bigger lab to be dated — that tells us how old the rocks and the formations that we obtained them from are,” said Bibby. This technology also is useful for dating glaciers, which may tell us more about how fast they move.

That’s pretty slow compared to Bibby’s other passion, cycling.

“I ride my bicycle all year around,” said Bibby, who plans to move on to a post-doctoral research fellowship in his field. “There’s a physical benefit, absolutely, but in addition, my mood is always better when I’m riding.”

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Tiffany Swarmer hopes to use her new space studies graduate degree to be part of a future human-crewed roundtrip mission to Mars

Tiffany Swarmer

Tiffany Swarmer

By Juan Miguel Pedraza, University & Public Affairs writer

Tiffany Swarmer squeezed into an analog space suit, climbed the jagged surface of a Hawaiian volcano, lost three pounds doing it, and laughs today about that unique experience.

The self-titled “military brat’” who calls Colorado Springs, Colo., home, graduates on Friday, Dec. 19, with a master of science in space studies from the University of North Dakota John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.

Selected from a pool of several hundred people for a six-person, 120-day mission at a space simulation lab in Hawaii last year, Swarmer is no stranger to Earth-bound space missions. She’s helped two UND teams endure the rigors of confinement in UND’s own Inflatable Lunar Mars Habitat (ILMH) — a 10 day mission last year and a 30-day mission this year, where she monitored, among other complex tasks, the safety and wellbeing of the team inside. Her master’s thesis was about simulated space missions.

The ILMH is an inflatable habitat designed, built, and deployed by students here at UND. The unit’s first mission took place in the parking lot of Clifford Hall (home to the Space Studies Department and to the Human Spaceflight Laboratory, run by Argentine aerospace engineer and UND Space Studies faculty member Pablo de León). The ILMH is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

“I learned a lot about team cohesion, psychological factors and how to function well in the isolated, extreme environment on the slopes of Mauna Loa,” said Swarmer, who also helped to crew the mission control unit for UND’s ILMH 30-day mission. Those experiences shaped her career ambition to be part of the international effort that eventually will fly a human crew on a roundtrip mission to Mars.

Pablo De León, lead investigator on the ND Planetary Exploration Initiative, foresees that UND will be testing and working a lot more with NASA as well as with the space industry and international partners to make lunar and Mars missions a reality — with the help, he points out — of capable students including Swarmer, a key aide in the ILMH experiments so far.

Swarmer dreamed of one day becoming an astronaut; but a sports-related injury shattered those plans.

“It took me awhile to realize that I could still pursue my space travel dreams without necessarily flying out there myself,” said Swarmer, who, after several years of painful rehab, now runs several miles weekly. “I hope to go onto a Ph.D. program or work with flight crew operations for a company such as SpaceX or Bigelow Aerospace.”

With a fresh Space Studies graduate degree from UND and her own drive, Swarmer will soon have her name on a Mars mission planning team.

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UND students know tis the season for giving back: so they’re constructing toys from scratch and collecting gifts for local boys and girls

Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

By Jordan Cespedes, University & Public Affairs student writer

Santa’s elves have help this year thanks to collaborations between the University of North Dakota and the United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks & Area, which administers the local Toys for Tots project.

Alex Johnson, an assistant professor in UND’s School of Entrepreneurship, is one of those helpers. He’s asked students in his Technology 110 class to design and build toys to donate to the effort.

“The Toys for Tots project offered a way that students could help out their local communities and provide an ideal platform on which to teach basic manufacturing principles and also product design,” Johnson said.

Even though the project is incorporated into the students’ course as part of the curriculum, they have embraced the project.

“Our students have put in a lot of time and effort into these projects and I think this is largely due to the fact that they know they are helping out the community,” he said. “Also, most enjoy the design and fabrication processes.”

Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

Students are creating a variety of toys, including dollhouses, rubber-band guns, tanks, trucks, boats, airplanes, 3-D puzzles and more. Johnson hopes to donate about 140 toys to the program this year.

“It is my intent to continue to develop and improve this project, Johnson said. “It may take a slightly different path in future classes, but the intent will still be the same.”

Filling the bins

Another student organization at UND that is work with the Toys for Tots project is Order of Omega, a Greek honor society. This is its third year participating in the effort.

“We got started with the Toys for Tots drive when our (former) president, Megan Hop, wanted to find a way for the University to give back to the community, and so she reached out to United Way,” said Trevor Trombley, a senior at UND and president of Order of Omega.

Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

Photo by Shawna Noel Schill.

This year, Order of Omega placed toy bins in all of the Greek houses to collect donations. An extra bin also made an appearance elsewhere on campus, this year, to try to spread the word about the toy project.

“We expanded to have a bin in the Student Involvement and Leadership Office (in the Memorial Union),” Trombley explained. “Next year, we are hoping to expand into other campus buildings as well as the dorms.”

Trombley said there is always an overwhelming amount of participation from students.

“It shows that the UND Greek community cares and selflessly gives back to the Grand Forks community,” he said.

Members of the University community can drop off toy donations at the UND Student Involvement and Leadership Office in the Memorial Union, Twamley Hall and the Gorecki Alumni Center.

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UND Winter Commencement events to be broadcast, live streamed; approximately 900 eligible to graduate Friday, Dec. 19

Nearly 900 University of North Dakota students are eligible to receive degrees during Winter Commencement events to be held, Friday, Dec. 19, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on campus.

Professional and graduate degrees will be presented at a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Fritz. Recent updates show that 21 juris doctoral, 33 doctoral and 190 master’s degrees will be awarded.

At 2 p.m., UND will host a ceremony for undergraduates. UND President Robert Kelley will preside over both events.

Watch the events:

UND will provide live television coverage and a video stream of commencement to allow family and friends to participate in commencement, if they cannot attend in person.

The video feed is provided in Adobe Flash Video format, so you may need to download the Free Player at Adobe – Install Adobe Flash Player. (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer)

The ceremonies will be telecast live on Cable Channel 3 in Grand Forks/East Grand Forks. UND’s Cable Channel 3 will appear on the web stream until each ceremony begins. The ceremony will be rebroadcast on Channel 3 Tuesday, Dec. 23 to Friday, Dec. 26, at noon and 8 p.m.

DVDs of the ceremony will be available for purchase at the UND Bookstore. To obtain a copy, contact the bookstore at 701.777.4980.

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UND Engineering team scores international victory in UAS design

(from left to right) Alex Heyd, Chris Borseth, Scott McDaniel and Daniel Smith. Aric Glaser is not pictured.

(from left to right) Alex Heyd, Chris Borseth, Scott McDaniel and Daniel Smith. Aric Glaser is not pictured.

By Juan Miguel Pedraza, University & Public Affairs writer

A team of University of North Dakota engineering students recently won a major international competition, nailing down the lead with an impressive unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that they designed and built from scratch.

Eighteen teams of student engineers competed for the world championship at the 22nd annual ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Student Design Competition finals, held in Montreal as part of at this year’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exhibition.

The UND team, comprising, Christopher Borseth, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Aric Glaser; Alex Heyd, East Grand Forks; Scott McDaniel, Darlington, Wisc.; and Daniel Smith, Grand Forks; are all juniors in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, part of the UND College of Engineering and Mines. A press report about UND’s win noted that their victorious UAS weighed in at a “massive” 78.4 pounds, nearly twice as much as their nearest competitor.

“This year’s student competition was given the following challenge: we had to design, build and fly an original UAS, navigate the machine through high and low gate, complete a targeted payload drop (on a simulated forest fire), and return to the start through a hula hoop,” Borseth said. “We figured the best option in this competition would be a quadcopter, and we built ours with eight motors, two on the end of each arm, driving counter-rotating propellers. Before the world final, we added another arm with a motor on each end, for a total of 10 motors.”

The main objective required to capture the title: the heaviest payload.

“The group was so successful because they had a strong team that worked well together, had good ideas, and, most importantly, put in the time to continually make improvements and test their prototype,” said Dustin McNally, a mechanical engineering faculty member and the team’s advisor.

“They also received funding from the department and college, which was critical for this competition,” McNally said. “They had to design a flying vehicle, and the components can be quite expensive. It is very difficult to control and fly these designs when they are loaded with a lot of weight, and UND’s team spent a lot of time maximizing their payload while still being able to complete the course and maneuver satisfactorily.”

“The students learned how to go through the engineering design steps to evaluate and optimize their design instead of jumping to conclusions and hoping that an idea will work,” McNally said. “So they were sure to test everything completely before relying on it.”

Another thing the team learned in class was that even small details can take a lot of time so budgeting their time and being motivated was also very important.

“This combination of having a good team, using the engineering design process to optimize their design and ensuring that it all gets done on time was critical to their success,” McNally said.

At the International and District level, McNally noted, there were teams that should have done better than they did because their prototypes looked competitive.

“UND came through as a clear winner at each level of the competition as the team had put so much quality effort into the right areas,” McNally said.

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David L. Dodds
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University of North Dakota to hold Town Hall Meeting on Nickname and Logo Process in Denver Tonight, Thursday, Dec. 11

The University of North Dakota Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force will hold a Town Hall meeting Thursday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m., at The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center at 200 Inverness Drive West in Englewood, Colo.

The Town Hall will be hosted by Task Force member Karl Goehring, the UND alum who helped lead UND to a national hockey championship in 2000, and Sandra Mitchell, UND Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion. Goehring and Mitchell will facilitate a conversation about a process for the potential selection of a new nickname and logo, and will gather feedback from attendees. The public is invited to attend.

While the Task Force is not charged with the final selection of a new nickname and logo, the Task Force members anticipate submitting recommendations for a potential logo selection process to UND President Robert Kelley by the end of this year.

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Media Contact:  Susan Balcom Walton, UND Vice President for University & Public Affairs, susan.walton@UND.edu, 701.213.9604 cell

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UND alumna, children’s author Wendy Muhlhauser to sign books in Grand Forks TODAY, Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13

Lifelong Twin Cities area educator and University of North Dakota alumna Wendy Muhlhauser, who writes under the pen name, SissyMarySue (which also is the name of her publishing company), will be present for a book signing 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the UND  Bookstore, TODAY and on Friday, Dec. 12; and again, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13, at Ferguson Books in Grand Forks.

Muhlhauser will be in Grand Forks in support of her children’s book, Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope, illustrated by Jacob Peterson, a student at Brooklyn Center (Minn.) High School;  and Shelby Graves and Kylie Yeigh, also high school students, at the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Twin Cities area college students, on internships, have assisted with marketing the book.

Muhlhauser, Eagan, Minn., says that the book is endorsed by the Cheetah Conservation Fund, an alliance to help save the endangered cheetah. She added that there are scientific facts peppered throughout the story.

Muhlhauser’s book is published in association with Beaver’s Pond Press., and  Ingram and Taylor is the distributor. The book, Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope, is about empathy, shared humanity and its connection to all.

Muhlhauser says she has been teaching from the book for three and a half years, while it was in development.

Muhlhauser graduated from UND with a degree in theatre arts. Over the years, she has used her expertise in drama to enhance the art of teaching and to promote mental growth and critical thinking.  She recently launched SissyMarySue LLC to focus on preparation for children’s books, such as, Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope. The book was inspired by a 2007 trip that Muhlhauser took to the nation of Tanzania in support of a humanitarian mission for clean water.

There, she interacted with the Barabaige tribe, and according to an interview Muhlhauser gave the Minnesota Sun Post of Brooklyn Center, the experience had a profound effect on her.

“I think I was always a deeply caring person, but I think I connected to mankind and just was really struck by the need in my world that I didn’t realize until I saw it up close,” Muhlhauser told the Sun Post. “As a teacher and an educator, it just inspired me to want to share. I knew when I went there I would take it in, and I would share it in programs when I got back. But I had no idea of the depth of feelings I would have about it, and maybe the drive to want to keep getting it out.”

Her new children’s book is a blend of fiction and Muhlhauser’s real-life experiences in Tanzania. It features a cheetah with markings on its fur that distinctly resemble jelly beans. The story is an educational lesson about love, interconnectedness, family and acceptance.

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UND Chester Fritz Library extends its December hours to meet students’ needs

The University of North Dakota Chester Fritz Library has extended its December hours, in part, because of student input and requests, as well as usage and number counts at the library.

The change is the first of many at UND’s main reference center, as renovations are in the works to help the library provide the best support for UND students and faculty as possible.

The new extended hours will run from Monday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 19.

Dec. 1-4:  7:45 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 5:  7:45 a.m. – midnight

Saturday, Dec. 6:  10 a.m. – midnight

Sunday, Dec. 7:  1 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Dec. 8-11:  7:45 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 12:  7:45 a.m. – midnight

Saturday, Dec. 13:  10 a.m. – midnight

Sunday, Dec. 14:  1 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Dec. 15-18: 7:45 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 19:  7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 20-21:  Closed

The library’s Circulation and Periodical Desks will be staffed during all hours of operations.  However, other departments, such as Reference Services and Special Collections, will maintain regular hours.

The library has also added a print kiosk to its north lobby. It now opens at 7:30 a.m.  This kiosk, as well as the new opening hours, give students additional time to print assignments they have prior to their early morning classes.

Once final exams commence, the library will provide coffee every evening for students striving to meet deadlines and studying for finals.

The library also will host “short break” activities by offering jigsaw puzzles and games for students.

Contact the Chester Fritz Library Administration at 701.777.2189 with any questions regarding the extension of building hours.

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