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Today! Dean’s Lecture Series features Dr Susan Ellis Felege at #ScholarlyForum14

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Dr Susan Ellis-Felege, Wildlife Biologist, will discuss her research on avian ecology at noon today.

This year, the School of Graduate Studies again highlights outstanding faculty research through the Dean’s Lecture Series and we are delighted to announce the 2014 speaker is Dr Susan Ellis-Felege. Dr Ellis-Felege’s talk, “Birds’ Eye View“, will feature her research using nest cameras to understand avian ecology, and her collaborative Wildlife@Home project, bringing together UND biologists, computer scientists and the larger community to manage and analyze the vast digital data collections of video that enable the team to monitor nesting habits of North Dakota birds.

Dr Ellis-Felege’s presentation is Tuesday, 11 March at 12noon in the Lecture Bowl at the Memorial Union. If you are not able to join us in the Lecture Bowl, you can view the presentation via our live stream at: https://conted.breeze.und.nodak.edu/birds/

The 2014 Scholarly Forum is March 11 & 12 on the University of North Dakota campus and is hosted by the School of Graduate Studies.The event is free and open to all.

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March 11, 2014 at 7:10 am

Facts and Figures for #ScholarlyForum14

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The School of Graduate Studies’ annual event starts tomorrow and continues Wednesday, showcasing graduate, undergraduate and faculty research and scholarship from around the UND campus. Here are some data on this year’s event:

  • 13th annual conference showcasing research and scholarship
  • Since 2002, more than 1830 oral presentations, posters and exhibits have been presented
  • This year we have 24 sessions featuring 20 departments and the Graduate Student Association
  • 102 oral presentations
  • 89 research posters in the Ballroom
  • 12 posters by McNair students
  • 2014 is the second largest Scholarly Forum
  • Dr Susan Ellis-Felege is the 2014 Dean’s Lecture presenter on Tuesday at noon. It will also be live streamed.
  • SGS will present the 2013 Dissertation Award to Blake McCann on Wednesday at noon

For details on sessions for each day, and to learn more about the 2014 Scholarly Forum visit the School of Graduate Studies website.

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March 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

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Showcasing research from College of Engineering and Mines at #ScholarlyForum 14

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The annual Scholarly Forum showcases graduate research from around UND

The School of Graduate Studies’ annual Scholarly Forum showcases graduate and faculty research and scholarship from across the University of North Dakota’s campus. One of the largest participants is the College of Engineering and Mines, with oral and poster presentations from Chemical, Mechanical, Civil, Sustainable Energy and Electrical Engineering and Geology. For the past few years, the College has used the forum as a perfect backdrop to showcase their students’ work.

This year’s event features presentations from various departments in the College, with topics such as:

  • Economic Dispatch for Power Systems with Renewable Generation, Siby Jose Plathottam (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Hossein Salehfar) Department of Electrical Engineering
  • A Legacy of Past Climate Change on Today’s Landforms, Risa Madoff (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jaakko Putkonen) Department of Geology
  • On the Development of Fly Ash as a Cementitious Material, Surojit Gupta, M. F. Riyad, T. Hammann, R. Johnson (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Surojit Gupta) Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbial degradation of lignin for valuable chemicals production, Fnu Asina (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Yun Ji) Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Electroencephalogram Signal Processing Based on Pattern Recognition for Early Seizure Detection, Leila Azinfar (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Reza Fazel Rezai) Department of Electrical Engineering

Learn more about the session schedules for Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12, and the listings for the Poster session on Wednesday afternoon.

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March 7, 2014 at 9:03 am

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Arts & Sciences at #ScholarlyForum14

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Arts & Sciences students are among those to present their research with orals and posters at the 2014 Scholarly Forum

The School of Graduate Studies‘ annual Scholarly Forum showcases the exceptional research and scholarship from the University of North Dakota‘s graduate community.

The College of Arts and Sciences has been hard at work researching and writing presentations for next week’s graduate Scholarly Forum. On Tuesday and Wednesday, their sessions will feature over forty oral presentations with topics such as:

  • Adsorption of hydrogen in covalent organic frameworks using Expanded Wang-Landau simulations, Aaron Koenig, Caroline Desgranges, Jerome Delhommelle (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Jerome Delhommelle) Department of Chemistry
  • American Imperialism in the Pacific: A Historiographical Investigation, Andrew Larson (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Hans Broedel) Department of History
  • New Perspectives on the Occurrence of Absolute Pitch, Greg Schultz (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Katherine Norman-Dearden) Department of Music
  • Quantitative Real Time PCR Analysis of An Activation Tagged P. tremula x P. alba Mutant R19-6 Resistant to White Mark Tussock Moth (Orgyia leucostigma) Feeding, Samuel Bandi, Heidi Connahs, Brett Gross, Steven Ralph (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Steven Ralph) Department of Biology
  • A perceptual study of correction focus in Akan, Afua Blay (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Amebu Seddoh) Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
  • Poe as Cultural Critic: The Rhetorical Position of Women in the “Dupin Tales”, Meghan Hurley, Rhiannon Conley-Pierson, Anna Kinney (Faculty Sponsor, Dr. Heidi Czerwiec) Department of English

The 2014 Scholarly Forum is March 11 & 12 in the Memorial Union, University of North Dakota. To view the presentation schedules and the poster listing, click here.

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March 4, 2014 at 8:45 am

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Calling for Abstracts for 2014 Scholarly Forum

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The School of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Graduate Scholarly Forum, a two-day conference showcasing the cutting edge research and creative scholarship of UND’s graduate community.  Last year’s event was the largest to date with more than 200 participants who presented their research through oral presentations, posters and panel sessions. Image

Dr Wayne Swisher, interim dean of the School of Graduate Studies said, “The Scholarly Forum has grown to be the largest gathering of our academic community on our campus. The depth and breadth of graduate research is evident both in the Forum’s growth and the increasing number of interdisciplinary projects”.

The Scholarly Forum is the ideal opportunity to discover the independent and collaborative research projects that engage our graduate community. It allows students to gain valuable presentation experience and feedback ahead of regional and national conferences, and for departments to gather and support their peers and colleagues. For undergraduates interested in an advanced education, the Forum provides a perfect environment to learn more about a research topic of interest and what is expected at the graduate level.

Next year’s Scholarly Forum is set for Tuesday, March 11 and Wednesday March 12. The School of Graduate Studies is now calling for abstracts. If you would like to arrange a special session for your department or have questions about the event, please contact Susan Caraher.

SF Guidelines: http://graduateschool.und.edu/learn-more/sf-guidelines.cfm

Submission form: http://apps.und.edu/scholarly-forum/

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December 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

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Dr Debra R. Rolison to give 2013 Abbott Chemistry Lecture

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The University of North Dakota’s Department of Chemistry is hosting its annual Abbott Chemistry Lecture this week. Dr. Debra Rolison of the US Naval Research Laboratory is giving a public presentation on Thursday evening, followed by a lunch time presentation on Friday in the department. Details follow for the Thursday lecture and you can find more details on the department’s website.


Creating Change in Scientific Institutions through Subversion, Revolution (Title IX!), and Climate Change

The slow crawl at which research-intensive universities diversify their faculty is a national disgrace in that they actively recruit for students that reflect the face of America. Similar difficulties are apparent among the scientific staff of national/federal laboratories. But how can one person change the world of science? Subvert the standard operating procedure. Create a microclimate that shows―over time―how new patterns of operation and inclusiveness yield productive, innovative science. Use the scientific capital and street credentials accrued over time, thanks to the humane microclimate and research productivity of one’s team, to challenge the status quo with reasoned and bold arguments for change. Remember the importance of uppity behavior and applying “tipping point” mechanisms to move beyond initial reactions of dismissal to―over time―accepted inevitability (such as greeted my audacious suggestion in March 2000 to withhold federal funds from non-diversified chemistry departments through application of Title IX). Ask the leaders of our S&T institutions the following: how good can American science, engineering, mathematics, and technology (STEM) be when we are missing more than two-thirds of the talent? Learn to demand that our world of science be one that truly relishes the talent innate to all of humanity for science and discovery.

Dr. Rolison heads the Advanced Electrochemical Materials section at the NRL, where her research focuses on multifunctional nanoarchitectures for such rate‑critical applications as catalysis, energy storage and conversion, and sensors. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah (2000–present). She was a Faculty Scholar at Florida Atlantic University (1972–1975) and received a Ph.D. in Chemistry (UNC–CH, 1980).

Dr. Rolison is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Women in Science, the Materials Research Society (Inaugural Class), and the American Chemical Society and received the 2011 ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, the 2011 Hillebrand Prize of the Chemical Society of Washington, and the 2012 C.N. Reilley Award of the Society for Electroanalytical Chemistry. Her editorial advisory board service includes Analytical Chemistry, Langmuir, Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Advanced Energy Materials, Nano Letters, the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, and Annual Review in Analytical Chemistry.

When not otherwise bringing the importance of nothing and disorder to materials chemistry, Rolison writes and lectures widely on issues affecting women (and men!) in science, including proposing Title IX assessments of science and engineering departments. She is the author of over 200 articles and holds 24 patents.

Dr Rolison’s talk is Thursday, April 25th at 7pm in Abbott Hall 101. All are welcome and a reception will follow. 

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April 24, 2013 at 8:29 am

Showcasing our Graduate Research and Scholarship March 5 & 6

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Please join us on Tuesday March 5 and Wednesday March 6 for the 12th annual Scholarly Forum. Graduate Students and Faculty will showcase their research and creative scholarship at UND’s only campus-wide conference.

Please come and support your peers and colleagues, and learn about the outstanding research on our campus!

You can view all of the abstracts for each session here.

Here are some of the highlights for this year’s event:

Tuesday, March 5

Dr Mark AskelsonDean’s Lecture presentation
Dr Mark Askelson, Atmospheric Sciences at noon in the Lecture Bowl. Click here to read his abstract for Unmanned Aircraft: From Potential to Reality and here to read our interview.

If you are unable to join us in the Lecture Bowl, you can view Dr Askelson’s presentation live here.

Tuesday Sessions include Small Spacecraft interdisciplinary project OpenOrbiter, Criminal Justice, Earth, Space and Flight, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and panel sessions for Teaching and Learning, English and Communication and Public Discourse among others. See the full session list for Tuesday.


 Wednesday March 6

Dr Timothy PaschDean’s Lecture presentation
Dr Timothy Pasch, Communication Program at noon in the Lecture Bowl. Click here to read his abstract for The Evolution of the Scholarly Journal: Digital Convergence and Broader Impacts or click here to read our interview.

If you are unable to join us in the Lecture Bowl, you can view Dr Pasch’s presentation live here.

Wednesday Sessions include Biology, Phi Alpha Theta/History, Social Work, Mechanical and Civil Engineering as well as a panel session hosted by the Graduate Student Association. See the full session list for Wednesday.

Wednesday 2pm – 4pmPoster Session in the Ballroom will showcase more than 100 research posters

Click here to see photos from past events.

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March 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Student-run Space program featured at #ScholarlyForum13

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One of the wonderful outcomes of campus-wide conferences is discovering some of the great research projects being conducted by our students and faculty. It’s even more impressive when you discover that some projects are happening between departments, and even between colleges, involving graduate and undergraduate students and faculty.

Next Tuesday, we have the opportunity to learn about one such project. OpenOrbiter is a student-conceived and student-run research project looking to launch North Dakota’s first spacecraft in low-earth-orbit and involves participants from Computer Science, Space Studies, Electrical Engineering and the College of Business & Public Administration. Below are just a few of the presentations you can expect to hear:

  • OpenOrbiter: A Student-Run Space Program, Anders Nervold, Jeremy Straub, Josh Berk, (Faculty Sponsors, Multiple) Department of Business Administration, Department of Computer Science, Department of Space Studies
  • The Development of Payload Software for a Small Spacecraft, Kyle Goehner, Christoffer Korvald, Jeremy Straub (Faculty Sponsor, Dr Ronald Marsh) Department of Computer Science
  • A Power Generation System for the OpenOrbiter CubeSat-Class Spacecraft, Zachary Bryant, Matt Olson, Corey Bergrsud, Joshua Berk, Jeremy Straub (Faculty Sponsors, Multiple) Department of Electrical Engineering, Department of Space Studies, Department of Computer Science
  • Managing Communications, Outreach and Policy for OpenOrbiter, Anders Kose Nervold, Josh Berk, Jeremy Straub, Marian Courtney (Faculty Sponsor, Sheryl Broedel) Department of Business Administration, Department of Space Studies, Department of Computer Science, Department of Aerospace Sciences

The session involves 20 papers, and begins bright and early on Tuesday in the River Valley Room and continues through the day. You can view the booklet and read the abstracts for all sessions here. 

See the complete schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday on the School of Graduate Studies website. The 12th annual Scholarly Forum is March 5 & 6 in the Memorial Union on the University of North Dakota campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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February 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

#ScholarlyForum13, March 5 & 6 on the UND campus

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The 2013 Scholarly Forum will be held in the Memorial Union next week, and is set to be one of the busiest yet. I thought I would share some facts and figures about this year’s event.

  • 12th annual conference showcasing graduate student and faculty research at UND
  • 2 Dean’s Lecture Series presentations, Dr Mark Askelson and Dr Timothy Pasch
  • 27 sessions
  • 106 oral presentations and panels
  • 105 posters
  • Participants and contributors from every college and school at the University of North Dakota

For details on sessions for each day, and to learn more about the 2013 Scholarly Forum visit http://graduateschool.und.edu/learn-more/scholarly-forum.cfm

For the first time, we will be live streaming the Dean’s Lectures. If you are not able to join us at the Lecture Bowl, you can log in here to view Dr Askelson’s talk, and log in here to view Dr Pasch’s talk.


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February 26, 2013 at 7:58 am

The Evolution of the Scholarly Journal: Digital Convergence and Broader Impacts

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Dr Timothy Pasch will discuss the evolution of the scholarly journal for the Dean’s Lecture Series.

Dr. Timothy Pasch of the Communication Program will share some exciting insights into the future of scholarly publishing. Dr. Pasch is one of our two Dean’s Lecture Series presenters during the annual Scholarly Forum. I sat down with Dr. Pasch to learn more about his research in this area.

This presentation will be at the Lecture Bowl on the University of North Dakota campus, at noon on March 6th. It is free and open to the public.

Can you talk a little about your Dean’s Lecture Series presentation, The Evolution of the Scholarly Journal: Digital Convergence and Broader Impacts?

Granting agencies such as the NSF and others require, as part of their proposal process, explanation of how the grant recipient will disseminate the knowledge they will glean from their research. It’s no longer enough to simply gather research and create the knowledge, for after you have accomplished this, you are required to “share the wealth”, or disseminate that knowledge. This (in part), is what is referred to as Broader Impacts. Grants and journals serve a purpose closely related to (but not exactly) this.

Modern research is still embedded in the paradigm of the printed word on paper (journals). Digital journals, for their part, offer us convenience as they can be read on computers, tablets, and other mobile devices. Even still, the trend is still static – there’s printed text and there is some rudimentary video, but it’s primarily still simply text and image. We’re entering an era where this is no longer sufficient for granting agencies – they are looking for innovative New Media approaches for the dissemination of that knowledge. So artists and other digitally creative individuals have a very important role in creatively disseminating the knowledge of STEM and other researchers – there are exciting collaborative possibilities there.

There’s also a burgeoning opportunity for creative, immersive, convergent journals; so you are simultaneously engaging audio, video, interactivity. For example, you can “visit” a new discovery and engage with it in three dimensions, manipulate it, delve right into it. If you are a musician, for example you can do so much more than simply describe the music – you can have a waveform available for immediate interaction. These are living journals.

Part of your research is looking at communication in marginalized communities. How might the digitization of scholarly journals impact communities that might not have ready access to new technologies?

When you try to use technologies to assist individuals without technology, or those who don’t know how to use it, I’m sometimes asked, “How can it be accessible if you need to buy into the hardware in order to access it?”

One of the arguments we can make is the decreasing cost of getting into a computer or a tablet. When tablets first emerged their cost was close to $2000, however they are available for much less now. And there are a number of initiatives that aim to deliver technology to underprivileged individuals.  It’s also becoming easier to say that it is less expensive to purchase a tablet than to subscribe to a scholarly journal. And with an increasing move toward open source publishing, all of these factors may help to make knowledge much more accessible; although I will discuss models that strive to keep knowledge very closed as well.

What do you think is driving agencies to expect such Broader Impacts?

Funding is becoming more difficult to acquire based on the economy and other factors. When a grant is being evaluated, agencies are less likely to fund projects that don’t demonstrate a direct impact on the communities that this kind of work is designed to empower, or those projects that do not disseminate the knowledge as widely as possible to the target audience.

It is no longer sufficient to solely publish findings in a journal or “just make a website” as the primary vehicle for outreach. There is a greater expectation to have a detailed plan to market and distribute knowledge in a very compelling way. It needs to be engaging and inspiring.

With a greater emphasis on Broader Impacts by granting agencies, do you think this could influence the way in which academics will design their research?

The best proposals will be built around Broader Impacts and will incorporate these aspects from the beginning, rather than having them added as an afterthought, or attachment to the proposal itself.

Dr Mark Askelson, Atmospheric Sciences is also presenting for the Dean’s Lecture Series. His talk, Unmanned Aircraft: From Potential to Reality is scheduled for noon in the Lecture Bowl on Wednesday, March 6th. You can read his interview here.

Both presentations will be streamed live to the web so watch for details closer to the dates!!

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February 18, 2013 at 10:16 am


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