Anna Burleson is the higher education reporter for The Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of South Dakota's Mass Communication program and is originally from Watertown, S.D. Contact Burleson by either phone or email, both of which are listed below, or on Twitter @AnnagatorB.
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The number of in-state high school graduates attending college in North Dakota has been decreasing while the number of non-resident students has grown, according to a new North Dakota University System online dashboard. The North Dakota University System has launched an interactive online website for the public to easily access facts and figures pertaining to higher education in North Dakota. The site shows that in 2009-2010, 58 percent of North Dakota high school graduates were enrolled in an NDUS school, and that number has decreased annually to 51 percent in 2012-2013. Overall headcount
The National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has granted $1.45 million to UND professor Jonathan Geiger and assistant professor Xuesong Chen to study how drugs used to treat HIV interact with calcium in the body. Earlier this year, Geiger and Chen also received a $1.6 million five-year NIH grant for similar work with HIV-1 proteins. "We're pretty jazzed about this because it's really challenging to get these (research project) grants and to get two is a huge accomplishment, but to get two in the same year is even more rare," Geiger said.
The UND Nickname and Logo Process Recommendation Task Force will now have until some time in January to submit the plan for choosing a new nickname for the school. The group's original deadline of Dec. 31 was changed at a meeting via a realtime online document sharing website Tuesday. Task force co-chair and UND alumna Sheri Kleinsasser Stockmoe said the holidays really hindered their ability to complete the plan. "We want to do this right and we want to make sure we're providing the president with everything that we've found," she said.
George Bibel says he started researching plane and train crashes to make his lectures as a mechanical engineering professor at UND more exciting. Now, the hobby has turned him into a national source on the topic. The published author has been interviewed on the subject by several major news outlets including CNN, the New York Post, Popular Science magazine and most recently Fox News after a commercial flight operated by the Indonesian affiliate of AirAsia, a carrier based in Malaysia, lost contact with ground controllers Sunday morning off the coast of Borneo.
During the last fiscal year, UND and the system that governs all of North Dakota's public universities had the largest economic impact on the state to date. UND had a $1.4 billion economic impact on North Dakota's economy in fiscal year 2013, which has climbed steadily since it was $657.4 million in 1999, according to the North Dakota University System's recently released report on the subject. According to the report, UND expenditures in 2013 alone would support 3,387 secondary jobs in addition to the 4,190 positions, excluding student employees, at the school.
North Dakota is still struggling to educate future teachers, according to one report. The National Council on Teacher Quality gave North Dakota a D in teacher quality and preparedness in its annual yearbook that analyzes state policy on the subject.
UND faculty member Dustin McNally said he knew when his team of engineering students was testing their massive unmanned aerial system project even though his office was on another floor.
Michelle Eslinger-Schneider, UND's Director of Student Health, said the mental health services offered at college campuses have changed a lot in recent years. "Twenty years ago when we were in undergrad you would have never made it through because a support system wasn't built in," she said. Eslinger-Schneider, who has served as director since 2008, said mental health services have become a safety net for students that interlock with other student services on campus. "The country is going this way because it's more comprehensive care," she said. According to the 2012 American College Healt
UND has received a $550,000 grant to address substance abuse and dependence in the state.
Cristina Campos says she owes everything to her mother. "My mom was a very gentle woman," she said. "She raised us all in a gentle manner, in a gentle voice and never raised her voice.