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UND President Robert Kelley announced Wednesday that a site has been selected for a new School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The $123.7 million facility will be located on an 8.25-acre plot of land at the southwest corner of the intersection of North Columbia Road and Gateway Drive, according to the university.
Grand Forks health officials are warning the public to protect themselves against mosquito bites after the first North Dakota case of West Nile virus was found Tuesday and the number of mosquitoes that can transmit the disease has risen. The percentage of culex mosquitoes, the most common species to transmit the virus and one of the most common mosquitoes in this region, jumped from an average of 15 percent of total mosquitoes to 58 percent on Monday, said Todd Hanson, supervisor of Grand Forks Mosquito Control. A crow had been found with the virus in Grand Forks Monday, and test results cam
UND's Social Work Department has grown dramatically in the past decade and, in doing so, it's making a greater impact on the way the state reaches out to its American Indian population. Grants received by the university along with a partnership between UND and tribal communities are improving the lives of American Indian children and their families, according to former department Chairwoman Thomasine Heitkamp.
Reports of child abuse continually surface in the office of Roxy Foster, who hears of the gamut of ways children are harmed -- one girl gets sexually abused by a relative, another baby boy gets brain damage after his inexperienced father throws him against the wall. Foster, director of prevention initiatives at St.
UND's research and economic development arm will now report to Provost Thomas DiLorenzo as part of a restructuring, according to the university on Tuesday. The intent is to have the division, as well as the School of Graduate Studies, working more closely with the provost's office to put a greater emphasis on undergraduate and graduate research, a UND newsletter stated.
Free online college courses have been part of the national discussion on college affordability this year, but while universities such as Harvard agreed to the idea early on, UND has been a more cautious observer. Though it already has a reputation for relatively low tuition rates, the university is considering offering the massive open online courses, or MOOCs, because they broaden student access to education and remain free -- at least for now. UND administration has not officially talked about offering the web-based classes, which are taught by instructors at elite universities and can ser
Though a vote of no confidence at his former university stripped UND's new provost of some of his authority, the move didn't hurt his chances for success in Grand Forks. Education faculty at the University of Alabama in Birmingham took the action against Thomas DiLorenzo, who was dean of its College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, after he left vacant positions unfilled during the college's restructuring, according to an Alabama newspaper. DiLorenzo, who was hired as UND's provost about two months ago, now holds the second-most important job at the university, charged with overseeing all acade
Like many parents, Katie Becker of Grand Forks said her search for the right day care provider grew complicated because of timing. Becker, owner of Dickey's Barbecue Pit, began her search five months before the restaurant's June 2012 opening and needed to find a place that would align with her work schedule.
North Dakotans and Minnesotans are among the states with the highest educational attainment in the country, according to a report by a private foundation focused on education. With 44.7 percent of the working-age population holding at least a two-year college degree, North Dakota is No. 10 among the states, the Lumina Foundation report said. That rate in Minnesota was 46.6 percent, making the state No.
Six vice presidents at UND say they welcome a full review of President Robert Kelley because they "respectfully disagree" with his job evaluation, which was written last week by the outgoing chancellor of the North Dakota University System. Chancellor Hamid Shirvani criticized three campus presidents in their annual evaluations and recommended a full review for Kelley and North Dakota State University President Dean Bresciani.