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The salaries that UND and North Dakota State University pay its professors are among the nation's lowest, according to a higher-education report released Monday. The American Association of University Professors compared the average salaries paid at 215 public and private research universities, and North Dakota's two flagship institutions ranked among the bottom 20 percent. Full professors at UND make an average of $99,000 per year, while full professors at NDSU make $103,200.
Standing in front of a computer screen, fifth-grader Hannah SnoBeck of Ben Franklin Elementary in Grand Forks held up a page of her homework. Above her, the blurred image of students in Kongsvinger, Norway, filled a projection screen. "This is what our math work looks like," she told them. "We're working on circle graphs in math.
Regional education officials are asking students and staff to report bullying on Twitter after noting a surge in negative social media behavior by students. Crookston High School Principal Lon Jorgensen sent a message to staff and students encouraging them to report social media abuse and notify parents. Abusive comments can be reported on Twitter's help page, support.twitter.com. "It's a teachable moment," Jorgensen said Monday.
The stars aligned for UND graduate students Annie Wargetz and Katrina Jackson when they were recently chosen as 2013 ambassadors for NASA. The duo is among five North Dakota women selected as solar system ambassadors. The other three ambassadors -- Kristin Brevik, Scarlet Gray Bernard and Carrie Leopold -- hail from the Fargo area. Bernard said the state has previously been underrepresented in the program. Although ambassadors are volunteers, only 55 of 99 applicants were selected nationwide this year. "It's a prestigious title to be a volunteer," Wargetz said.
Flood experts rely on various methods of data-gathering for their forecasts, ranging from human observation to aerial mapping and river gauges. During flood season, the weather service relies on about 300 volunteers in its coverage area -- expanding from the Canadian border to South Dakota, then from Devils Lake to Bemidji -- who provide snow core readings, wind speeds and other information.
Lugging a large modified rain gauge, Bill Barrett of the National Weather Service stepped outside his office in Grand Forks on Thursday to collect snow from a trodden field. He and Mark Ewens, data acquisition program manager, were tracking a key part of the flood forecast by checking the moisture con9tent in the snow, also known as snow core to meteorologists. "This all goes into the process so we can say, this winter we had 53 inches of snow...
The cost of attending colleges and universities in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota are still mostly on the low end compared to similar institutions nationwide, according to the U.S.
HILLSBORO, N.D. -- Standing in the lunch line at Hillsboro High School, Brandon Berg, 18, said Wednesday that the free second helpings the school started providing this week for the first time has been nice. "I never really wanted to eat here," he said. "I wanted to go to Burger King or Stop and Go because we didn't get enough food." Federal nutrition rules unrolled this year requires schools to provide less sodium and sugar and more whole grains in meals to help combat childhood obesity.
Former National Rifle Association president Sandra Froman told a group of UND law students Thursday that the rate of gun violence rises with a population's diversity. "That fact is true throughout the rest of the country," she said. "Countries that have homogeneous populations tend to have lower crime rates with guns." Froman, who now sits on NRA's board of directors, was taking part in an afternoon debate at UND's School of Law with philosophy professor and "Why?" radio host Jack Russell Weinstein, who didn't let the comment slide. The reasons behind crime are complex, he said.
Grand Forks Public Schools received $2.2 million in federal funding to support students from military families this year, or about half of what they expected, according to district officials Monday. The federal Impact Aid funding for the district has been declining in recent years because of a drop in enrollment in schools on the Grand Forks Air Force Base, housing there and a lack of money for the program itself, Superintendent Larry Nybladh told School Board members at their Monday meeting. The money compensates local school districts that lose property tax revenue because of tax-exempt fe