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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published March 13 2011

Higher education notebook: NDSU to host international conference

An international physics conference that was most recently held in Rome and Beijing will be in Fargo this summer.

North Dakota State University will host the Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics conference Aug. 8-12.

Alexander Wagner, NDSU associate professor of physics who is chairman of the conference’s organizing committee, said the event rotates among Europe, Asia and the Americas, and he suggested holding it in Fargo.

Participants will come from more than 14 countries, including some who have never visited the United States before, Wagner said. Eighty speakers have registered so far.

The event will be held at Richard H. Barry Hall, Wagner said.

“We want to highlight the downtown and how it’s developed,” he said.

New fundraiser

Minnesota State University Moorhead has hired a new vice president for development to lead fundraising efforts.

Laura Huth, who most recently worked for the NDSU Development Foundation, started at MSUM last week.

She succeeds Joan Justesen, who recently retired. Huth, who also

will lead the Alumni Foundation, was selected from a national search.

MSUM President Edna Szymanski said Huth has significant higher education fundraising experience.

Concordia gets grant

Concordia Language Villages will receive nearly $300,000 in grant funding from STARTALK for its summer of professional development programs for teachers of Arabic, Chinese and Russian.

STARTALK is a presidential initiative that aims to expand and improve the teaching and learning of critical languages.

Portuguese was recently added to the languages supported by STARTALK, and a combination grant that provides scholarships to students and professional development to teachers of Portuguese was also secured.

This is the fifth summer the Language Villages has received STARTALK funding.

Teachers interested in professional development can learn more at www.concordialanguagevillages.org.

VCSU signs agreement

Valley City State University has signed an agreement with the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) in La Paz, Mexico, to extend a sister university relationship for the next three years.

The two universities have had a relationship since 1994. The new agreement will expand the scope of the partnerships to allow exchange programs for non-teaching majors and staff members.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590 or adalrymple@forumcomm.com