Education Notes: UND gets $10.5 million grantThe UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received $10.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, the school said.
By: Herald Staff Report, Grand Forks Herald
The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences has received $10.5 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, the school said.
The grants is part of a category of grants that builds research capacities in states that historically have low levels of NIH funding.
UND will use the money to research the epigenetics of development and disease. Epigenetics is the study of the epigenome, biochemical elements in the cellular neighborhood around DNA that may direct the expression of genetic code.
This cutting-edge field has the potential to develop new approaches to treatment and prevention for diseases such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, infertility and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s, the med school said.
• The UND Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering has organized an “Earth-Cycle” competition, encouraging faculty and students in the department to ride their bicycles to campus. The department said it hopes to get whole university involved in “Earth-Cycle” in April.
• Northland Community and Technical College will host the Minnesota Education Fair 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. at the Thief River Falls campus gymnasium. Representatives from more than 60 educational institutions from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Manitoba will be on hand to provide information for higher education planning.
• The UND Alumni Association and Foundation has honored Dawn Botsford, special events coordinator in the Office of Ceremonies and Special Events, with its Spirit Award. The award is presented to UND friends and alumni with uncommon dedication to the success of the university and its students.
• UND will host a welcome reception for Malak Kotb, the founding chair of the new Department of Basic Sciences at the med school, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Vennes Atrium, 501 N. Columbia Road.
• The Chamber-Grand Forks and East Grand Forks and UND will hold the eighth annual “Wake Up to UND” breakfast program featuring UND President Robert Kelley 7:30 a.m. Oct. 3 at at the UND Wellness Center, 801 Princeton St. Registration: $15; firstname.lastname@example.org, (701) 772-7271.
• The Lifelong Learning Program will begin Wednesday at Faith Lutheran Church, 32 Bagley Ave. N.W., Bagley, Minn. The first speaker will be Ty Reese discussing the lead up to the American Revolution. Info: Tamara Edevold, (218) 694-2856, email@example.com.
• The North Dakota Forest Service has created a STEM box filled with resources to complement the hands-on environmental education activities that go along with the Project Learning Tree guide book. STEM is short for “science, technology, engineering and math.” To check out the STEM box, contact the Grand Forks Area Teacher Center at (701) 777-3398 or Mayville Area Teacher Center at (701) 788-4710.
To see more regional higher education news, visit the websites of UND; University of Minnesota, Crookston; Northland Community and Technical College; Mayville State University; and Lake Region State College. To see more local K-12 education news, visit the websites of Grand Forks Public Schools and East Grand Forks Public Schools.