Newly discovered insect named for retired NDSU professor

Nabis ashworthi

Researchers in the NDSU systematics entomology laboratory have identified a new insect, and they’ve named it after a retired University Distinguished Professor.

Entomology doctoral student Eduardo Faundez and research assistant Mariom Carvajal, a freshman majoring in microbiology, recently discovered the insect in the collection of Allan Ashworth, NDSU Distinguished Professor-Emeritus of geology.

According to Faundez, the discovery came as the researchers were working on projects about insects of their homeland of Chile, in particular the damsel bug. They visited Ashworth’s lab to investigate his insect collection, which he compiled during scientific trips to southern Chile years ago.

“We found a really strange one that resembles some Australian species,” Faundez explained. “After some research, we realized that it was a new species and we decided to describe it in our research paper. We decided to name the new species after Dr. Ashworth in recognition to his excellent collecting work; and to thank him for making his collection available for our study so selflessly.”

The new damsel bug was named “Nabis ashworthi” in Ashworth’s honor.

Ashworth said the insect was among his collections from a paleoclimate project funded by the National Science Foundation. “I have long felt the collections would be valuable in the future as the insects’ habitats more often than not have been destroyed or disturbed by forest clearance for agriculture or by logging,” he said. “I’m delighted Eduardo and Mariom are finding the insect collections valuable for their studies. And, of course, I’m very flattered to have my name associated with this particular bug.”

There are more than 500 species of damsel bugs, which are soft-bodied, winged insects that are yellow to tan in color. They are seen as helpful insects for agriculture because they prey on many crop pests.

The research paper by Faundez and Carvajal, titled “Contribution to the knowledgment of the Nabis punctipennis Blanchard, 1852 complex (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Nabidae) in Chile,” was published in the Annals of the Institute of Patagonia.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU fall enrollment at all time high

North Dakota State University’s fall 2014 enrollment is the highest in university history. The university’s official fourth-week enrollment is 14,747 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The average high school grade point average of entering freshman is 3.43. Thirty percent of the entering students have high school grade point averages of 3.75 or higher. The average ACT score is 24.02.

The number of National Merit Scholars choosing to enroll at NDSU ties the all time high with 12 scholars.

The number of new transfer students is up 10.5 percent from last fall.

The doctoral enrollment is the largest in NDSU history.

Ninety-three percent of students are enrolled face to face. Overall undergraduate enrollment grew by 176 students.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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New NDSU engineering center to support North Dakota industry

A new engineering center at NDSU is aimed at helping support the state’s growing oil, wind, power and manufacturing industries.

The NDSU College of Engineering announced the creation of the Center of Quality, Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. The new center will allow NDSU students and faculty to work with industry partners to improve product quality and reliability and to optimize maintenance plans.

Area companies, universities and NDSU departments will be able to use the center to collaborate on research projects, according to Om Prakash Yadav, center director and NDSU associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering.

“The center will serve as a resource center for local companies, especially for new startups to facilitate testing and validation of their new products as well as help analyze the functional performance and future potential in the market,” Yadav said.

Seven local companies have committed a combined $90,000 per year in membership fees to support the center for the next three years. Member company representatives serve on the center’s advisory board and help guide the center’s research.

Member companies will have direct access to center resources and get help in design testing and validation, failure and risk analysis, and establishing effective quality systems for their manufacturing operations. They, along with NDSU faculty, can submit research proposals to the center. If selected, the center will fund the research and member companies will have access to the results.

Yadav said NDSU faculty and students also will conduct reliability and maintainability training and workshops with member and nonmember companies.

Tucson, Arizona-based ReliaSoft donated $4,000 to purchase computers for the center. The company also donated more than $400,000 in workstation licenses for its software for students to use in the center’s lab. Denver-based Qualmark Corp. donated a $200,000 test chamber designed to test products at the center.

Representatives from both companies said NDSU received the latest upgrades of all equipment and software.

The center is rare in higher education, according to Pantelis Vassiliou, ReliaSoft president and CEO. His company made a similar commitment to support the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Yadav said North Dakota’s oil industry is a good example of the benefit of maintainability engineering. He said oil companies could use condition-based maintenance plans to indicate when to schedule maintenance in isolated areas that are hard to reach in the winter.

Quality, reliability and maintainability engineering is a big business. Major U.S. companies spent $25 billion per year on warranty-related costs, said Andy Drenick, Qualmark president and CEO. “The best way to make better products is to ensure reliability when you are designing them,” he said.

Yadav said the U.S. Department of Defense and NASA have focused on quality and reliability engineering. “They can’t afford to build a rocket and have it not work,” he said.

The center is the first of its kind at NDSU to solely focus on issues related to reliability, risk and safety, and quality in product or system design. It will operate in temporary space in the NDSU Research and Technology Park until a permanent location is established within the College of Engineering complex. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved the center in September 2013.

“As North Dakota builds it research corridor, the center will play an important role in meeting the continuous improvement needs of private sector partners,” Yadav said.

For more information, contact Yadav at or 701-231-7285.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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Veterans writing workshops planned

The Red River Valley Writing Project is offering a special six-week workshop for veterans called “Warrior Words.” The goal is to support veterans to write a monologue about their experiences to share with the public.

The workshop is scheduled Saturdays Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 11, Oct. 18, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. in the Fargo Public Library’s Dawson Conference room.

Writing project teacher Lori Koenig, Fargo Public Schools teacher and NDSU adjunct instructor, will lead the workshops.

“We anticipate there will be stories about sacrifice, but we also expect to see a blend of humor, as well, as veterans of different generations share stories about their experiences on topics such as drill sergeants and food rations,” said Kathy Coudle-King, Greater Grand Forks Community Theatre executive director.

Veterans also will have the opportunity to read their work aloud before an audience on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The Red River Valley Writing Project is a professional development and support network for teachers. It concentrates on improving the teaching and use of writing across all grade levels and subject areas.

To enroll, veterans may contact project director Kelly Sassi, NDSU assistant professor of English and in the School of Education, at 701-231-7156 or

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU receives $1 million endowment for adult learners returning to college

NDSU has received a $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation to support scholarships for adult learners who are beginning college or returning to college to finish an undergraduate degree.

“The Bernard Osher Foundation endowment will allow NDSU to sustain efforts to attract adult learners and help them achieve their educational goals,” said Laura Oster-Aaland, dean of enrollment management. “NDSU is fortunate to have been chosen by the foundation to be stewards of these funds.”

The Bernard Osher Foundation has each year since 2012 provided NDSU with a $50,000 grant to assist adult learners.

Scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 have been awarded to 21 re-entry students and adult learners studying several disciplines the last two academic years. NDSU awarded 15 Osher scholarships this academic year.

The Osher Foundation defines re-entry students as individuals who have experienced an interruption in their education of five or more years, and who want to resume their education at the undergraduate level. The scholarship is intended to benefit students age 25-50.

The average age of a student who receives the Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarship at NDSU is 34.

NDSU will continue through the Osher endowment to award at least 10 scholarships of up to $5,000 each year.

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. It awards yearly institutional grants of up to $50,000 to several universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Grants can be awarded for up to three years.

The foundation considers permanent $1 million support for Osher Re-entry Scholarships when institutions demonstrate a successful outcome with yearly institutional grants.

“The Osher scholarship helped me find the balance I needed to excel in my studies and still manage my other obligations,” said Kevin Doran, a 35-year-old civil engineering major from Stanley, North Dakota. “I have now managed to make the dean’s list four semesters in a row, and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.933. The Osher scholarship helped make that possible.”

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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NDSU, F-M community to take part in Take Back the Night

The fourth annual Take Back the Night event is scheduled on the NDSU campus. A rally, march through campus and a candlelight vigil are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. beginning in the Memorial Union Century Theater.

All NDSU students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.

The NDSU event is sponsored by the Office of Student Life – Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy, Residence Life, Women and Gender Studies, Student Activities Office and Equity and Diversity Center.

For more information, contact Sarah Dodd at

The NDSU event is part of communitywide plans to mark Take Back the Night.

The Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead is sponsoring a communitywide march and rally Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at Fargo’s Island Park. The purpose of the event is to celebrate those who have survived domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, and to remember those who have lost their lives to an abuser. The event also promotes the prevention of domestic and sexual violence.

The community event includes a downtown march, rally and moment of silence. For more information, visit

Minnesota State University Moorhead also is holding similar events.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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Naturalization ceremony scheduled at NDSU

NDSU is scheduled to host a naturalization ceremony for individuals becoming United States citizens on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Memorial Union Plains room. The event is in honor of Constitution Day.

During the ceremony, about 60 individuals from more than 30 countries will take the Oath of Citizenship and become citizens of the United States. In addition, members of the NDSU Army and Air Force ROTC units will present the colors, students will sing the national anthem and NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani will give a brief message.

“On this day, we honor not only the Constitution, but also our guaranteed rights and freedoms as a citizen of the United States,” explained Hailey Goplen, assistant director for service-learning and civic engagement.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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One-act play highlights Latino Heritage Month

North Dakota State University will host a popular one-act play to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.

The play “Help Wanted” is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at Beckwith Recital Hall in the Reineke Fine Arts Center on the NDSU campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

Based on true events, the satirical play tells the story of impoverished Mexican immigrants who came to Minnesota to find a better life and to help their family. The play is produced by “Teatro del Pueblo,” a nonprofit theater company based in St. Paul, Minnesota, whose mission is to promote cultural pride in the Latino community, to develop and support Latino talent, to educate the community at large about Latino culture and to promote cultural diversity in the arts.

The event is sponsored by the NDSU Office of Multicultural Programs and Campus Attractions Issues and Ideas.

The Office of International Student and Study Abroad Services Fall World iView series features a presentation related to Latino Heritage Month. “Discover Mexico: Perception, Passion, Purpose” will be presented on Thursday, Sept. 18, by Deb Maertens, assistant director of faculty immigration, and Bradley Benton, assistant professor of history. Several students will join them to discuss the 2014 spring break course that combined a historical and cultural survey of Puebla and Mexico City with a three-day home stay where students took part in service-learning projects in a rural community. The presentation is scheduled for noon in the Memorial Union Room of Nations.

Latino Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The celebration honors the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. More information on Latino Heritage Month is available at

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.


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NDSU Homecoming, set for Oct. 6-11, to be community celebration

NDSU invites the campus and Fargo-Moorhead community to participate in Homecoming 2014 activities during the week of Oct. 6-11.

The schedule of key events is shifting to better connect with traditions of the past and strengthen connections for the future.

Major events include the President’s State of the University Address scheduled Thursday, Oct. 9, at 11 a.m. in the Festival Concert Hall. The Blue Key Homecoming show is set for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Festival Concert Hall.

The Homecoming parade is scheduled to begin Friday, Oct. 10, at 5:30 p.m. It will once again be on Broadway in downtown Fargo, where it was held from 1922 to 1982. Live music from the band Brat Pack Radio will follow the parade on 2nd Avenue between Broadway and 5th Street.

The Bison football game against Southern Illinois University Saturday, Oct. 11, is sold out, although a limited number of standing room only tickets may become available at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Multiple locations are being organized to watch the football game and planning continues for ways to greater showcase NDSU’s educational and research capabilities.

For more information, a map of downtown activities and the parade route, and a complete schedule of events, visit

Organizations sponsoring an open house, reception or other special event during Homecoming week are encouraged to submit information online at

In 2012, President Dean L. Bresciani assembled a committee to expand participation in Homecoming and celebrate NDSU as a top 100 research university, in addition to enjoying successful Bison athletics in the Fargo-Moorhead community.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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Scheels recognized as NDSU Campus Community Partner

NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani, left, and Scheels CEO Steve D. Scheel recognize Scheels as a Campus Community Partner.

NDSU recognized Scheels as a Campus Community Partner during flag raising ceremonies Sept. 12.

“We realize that although we are a top 100 research university, we are also part of something much bigger, which is our Fargo-Moorhead community,” said NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani. “What makes that particularly exciting is the firms and organizations that partner with NDSU to make the Fargo-Moorhead area one of the most vibrant, successful, prospering communities in the nation.

“One of the exemplars of that is the Scheels organization, now literally one of the most successful sporting goods retail firms in the nation. Scheels is an exemplar of giving back to the community of which they are a part,” Bresciani continued. “Our success and their success are intimately tied.”

In 2012, Bresciani established the Campus Community Partner program to recognize private sector collaborations with the university that benefit the community.

Scheels, a strong supporter of NDSU, is an employee-owned, privately held business with stores in 11 states. The business has more than 5,000 associates.

“We are just proud to be a Bison partner,” said Steve D. Scheel, Scheels CEO, noting his father led the fund drive for NDSU’s Askanase Hall, the company participated in the downtown Barry Hall project and the firm has signed on as a partner for the Scheels Center for Bison basketball. “Our philosophy is: When we do well in the community, we do well in business and we can do good in the community.”

The Scheels corporate flag will fly with the NDSU flag for the next several months at the NDSU Flag Plaza located in the southwest corner of campus at 12th Avenue North and 18th Street.

NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.

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