University of North Dakota – Campus Successes December

December 11, 2015

UND Receives Nearly $750,000 Grant to Explore Recovering Rare Earth Elements

The University of North Dakota’s College of Engineering & Mines Institute for Energy Studies has been selected as one of 10 nationwide projects to receive federal support to bolster the university’s cutting edge coal energy development research.

Working in tandem with UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) and with the Barr Engineering and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, UND’s College of Engineering & Mines Institute for Energy Studies will receive nearly $750,000 in federal funding to boost the school’s efforts to recover rare earth elements from coal that are essential – and in high demand – across electronic, computer, transportation, health care, and national defense industries nationwide.


UND professor’s translation released in NYC

The release of University of North Dakota English Professor Elizabeth Harris’ translation of Antonio Tabucchi’s bestselling novel, Tristano Dies, from Italian, was celebrated recently in New York City. Harris also visited translation students at Columbia University and Barnard College. Tabucchi is considered the most important writers of postwar Italy.


UND student named University Innovation Fellow

University of North Dakota student Benjamin Olson was named a University Innovation Fellow by the National Center for Engineering Pathways to Innovation. He is the first Innovation Fellow from UND. The NSF-funded program is directed by Stanford University and VentureWell, and promotes engineering and entrepreneurship on college campuses.


UND students pile food for local backpack program

University of North Dakota’s Introduction to University Life students recently built a “mountain of giving,” comprising  weeks’ worth of nonperishable food collections around campus. Students encouraged the campus community to donate to the local Northlands Rescue Mission’s Kids+ Backpack Distribution Program, which distributes about 600 bags of food each week.


UND Mortar Board delivered food baskets for Thanksgiving

The University of North Dakota Quo Vadis Chapter of Mortar Board, a national senior honor society, played host to its 36th annual Turkey Basket Drive, distributing food baskets to the nearly 1,300 families from the Grand Forks area. Nearly 5,000 people were fed on Thanksgiving thanks to the turkey baskets.