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  • Northeast Passage, a UNH program, has been awarded the 2014 HealthcareGIVES donation designation. HealthcareGIVES is a giving circle of medical professionals who support not-for-profits in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Maine. The group collectively provides grants to worthy non-profit organizations who share the goal of growing healthy and abundant communities. Around 200 medical professionals have pledged to donate to Northeast Passage, totaling $25,000 or more in donations. 

    In its fourth year, HealthcareGIVES awarded Northeast Passage the grant based on this year’s theme, persons living with disabilities. “As we share a mission to cultivate health in the Seacoast community, Northeast Passage is the perfect fit for our 2014 grant focusing on living with disabilities,” said Dr. Bob Hickey, chairman of the board for HealthcareGIVES.

    Northeast Passage is a therapeutic recreation and...

  • Every four years presidential candidates and the national media descend on the Granite State in advance of its first-in-the-nation presidential primary. Students at UNH have a front row seat to the phenomenon and now people around the world can too as the university prepares to launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in the fall of 2015, leading up to the primaries in early 2016.

    Political science professors Dante Scala and Andrew Smith will teach the class that will look at the primary as it unfolds, and explore the unique qualities of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation status and the process of campaigning. It will combine lectures, discussions, and visits from practitioners of the political trade.

    The New Hampshire Presidential Primary has been the first in the nation since 1920, but it wasn’t until 1952 that citizens had the right to vote directly for a presidential candidate, not just delegates.  

    During the presidential election cycle, Scala...

  • graphDo Do you trust scientists as a source of information about environmental issues? Responses are categorized by respondent’s identification with a political party. Republicans are subdivided into those who do or do not support the tea party movement.

    Almost two-thirds of Granite State residents trust scientists as a source of information on environmental issues, but tea party Republicans are much less likely and New Hampshire Public Radio listeners much more likely to trust scientists, according to new survey research from the Carsey Institute at UNH.

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute policy brief “Do You Trust Scientists about the Environment?” It was conducted by Lawrence Hamilton, professor of...

  • Researchers at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, have received a $482,500 USDA grant to study the loss of environmental nitrogen in agricultural systems. A critical macronutrient that all plants need, nitrogen is an important part of plant growth and reproduction. 

    “Agricultural systems are highly susceptible to environmental nitrogen losses. These losses cost producers money, pollute groundwater, and contribute to the atmosphere nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas. A better understanding of the plant-soil interactions that regulate nitrogen availability is needed to solve this problem, even in heavily fertilized agroecosystems,” according to NHAES researcher Stuart Grandy, assistant professor of natural resources and the environment.  

    Other scientists on the project are NHAES researcher Kirk Broders, assistant professor of plant pathology, Erik Hobbie, research associate professor of terrestrial ecology...

  • Harris Family Furniture with locations in Chichester, Laconia and Plymouth has been named the 2014 Family Business of the Year by the UNHCenter for Family Business.  

    Harris Family Furniture will be recognized at the fourth annual family business recognition dinner Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Manchester Country Club. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:15 p.m., and the keynote address and awards at 7 p.m. 

    Lifetime achievement awards will also be presented to Gail Hayes Kelly of New Hampshire Distributors in Concord and Marc Drolet of General Linen Services in Somersworth. Amanda Grappone Osmer, CEO of Grappone Auto, a 90-year-old family business, is the keynote speaker. 

    Harris Family Furniture is a fourth generation company founded in 1961 in Bristol, New Hampshire, by Russell Harris and his brother Henry as Harris Brothers. Then in 1965, Russell opened what is now known as Harris Family Furniture on Main Street in...

  • Joe Faro, ’91, owner of Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market, will speak at the next meeting of the UNH CEO Forum Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 9 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics with coffee and networking, with a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

    Faro will talk about his passion for Italian food, his time at UNH, developing Joseph’s Pasta into a $60 million business, and launching Tuscan Brands and Tuscan Market in Salem. Attendees also will have the opportunity to tour Paul College. 

    With more than 25 years of food experience, Faro grew up appreciating the artisan craftsmanship behind creating great food by working in his parents' bakery in Haverhill, Mass. His first company, Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces, came to life first as a business plan that he was required to write for a UNH class. After entering the Holloway Prize Innovation-to-...

  • NASA’s Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science program has funded scientists from UNH to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Amazonian forest resilience and vulnerability to drought in the wake of two Amazon megadroughts in 2005 and 2010. 

    The three-year, $1.8 million project is led by environmental scientist Michael Palace of UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) and leverages the expertise of six current and former scientists from the EOS Earth Systems Research Center. Approximately $1.1 million of the grant will go to UNH. 

    The interdisciplinary project will take a novel approach by integrating multi-sensor remote sensing from satellites and aircraft platforms, contemporary physiological measurements that can determine how much a forest “drinks,” and analysis of an extensive paleoecological dataset, including pollen records dating back thousands of years that can identify periods of severe drought.

    Tropical forests...

  • UNH received a $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture to study climate change adaptation in the Blue Mountains of Oregon, an area that is prone to wildfires and drought that have impacted the area’s economy. 

    Building on previous community and environment research through the Carsey Institute at UNH, the grant is a partnership between Joel Hartter from the University of Colorado, Mark Ducey from the UNH Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, Larry Hamilton from the UNH Department of Sociology, Michael Palace from the Earth Systems Research Center at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, Forrest Stevens from the University of Florida, Paul Oester from Oregon State University College of Forestry Extension, and Nils Christoffersen of Wallowa Resources in Enterprise, Oregon. ...

  • Mice or mouses. Thief or stealer. These are some of the conundrums that Rochelle Lieber considers daily. A professor of English and linguistics who studies morphology, Lieber examines the way humans form complex words from smaller pieces of words called morphemes.

    Lieber has spent the last several years researching corpora, large databases of language that collect spoken and written text from a wide range of sources such as magazines, journals, webpages, novels, and speeches. What's she's found is a treasure trove of information about how English speakers have been forming and using words over the past 20 years. At times and to her surprise, this information contradicts what linguists have theorized about how word formation works.

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  • UNH women faculty and PAT staff are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the 2014-2015 HERS Management Institute for Women in Higher Education at Wellesley College. (Get full information on the HERS Institute at Wellesley College here. If your attendance is contingent on this scholarship do not open an application at the WEB site).

    Attendance comprises all of these dates: October 9-11, November 6-8, 2014; February 5-7, March 12-14, 2015

    The UNH scholarship covers tuition, fees, related hotel and meal expenses, and transportation associated with attendance.

    To apply, submit a letter of interest stating how you would benefit from the experience and how your attendance would contribute to your role at the university and further its mission. Include a letter of reference (emails are fine) from your chair, dean, director, or supervisor and a recent CV or resume...

  • UNH Cooperative Extension has unveiled an exhibit commemorating its 100th year of work in New Hampshire at the N.H. State Library in Concord. The exhibit, “Bringing the University to You: A Century of Service to the Granite State,” will be on display through June 30.

    The exhibit will take visitors on a pictorial journey through Extension’s work from its inception in 1914 to today, including photographs of M. Gale Eastman, the first Extension agriculture agent, and astronaut and former 4-H member Alan Shepard.

    Objects on display include equipment used by early Extension specialists, a partial shawl collection, a trebuchet and underwater vehicle engineered by New Hampshire students involved in 4-H, and agricultural and forestry items.

    “Not many organizations have had such a long history and important effect on our state,” said John Porter, historian and UNH Cooperative Extension professor emeritus. “This display will shed light on the often behind-the-...

  • Sophie Rathjen

    Sophie Rathjen '16 is a double major in sustainable agriculture and food systems major
    outdoor education
    What should students know about UNH Trash-2-Treasure's move out program this spring?
    Trash 2 Treasure is a ton of fun and a great way to meet interesting people and help our campus in a direct way. We always need help in the spring with collections, so any and all help we can get is appreciated.

    How do you plan...

  • The University of New Hampshire at Manchester will celebrate the achievements of 361 graduates at the college's 29th annual commencement proceedings Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the historic mill yard. The ceremony recognizes 242 undergraduate and 120 graduate students who have earned an associate, baccalaureate, or master’s degree, or an advanced graduate certificate at UNH’s Manchester campus.

    The program will include remarks from student speaker Raquel Gawron, a 2014 graduate of the history program, and a keynote address by Deborah Watrous, executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

    The 2014 Granite State Award will be presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester and will be accepted by Gary Frost, executive director.  The program will also include the presentation of the college’s teaching excellence award to John Cerullo, professor of history, and the adjunct teaching award to John Blumberg, adjunct professor of computer science...

  • Meeting called to order at 3:12 on April 28, 2014

    I. Roll – The following senators were absent: Harkless, Lauer, Mebert, Mulligan, and Shannon. Afolayan and Vashisth served as proxies for Mellyn and Wu, respectively. Gingras was excused. Lisa MacFarlane, Bruce Mallory, Barbara White, and Lu Yan were guests.

    II. Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost began her remarks by updating the senate on the recent Board of Trustees meeting, where the capital budget was a main topic of discussion. She announced that the monies to renovate Hamilton-Smith have been approved through internal funding. The only item requesting state funds in the biennium will be the Integrated Biological Sciences facility which will involve some renovation of space. The Board also voted on an uplift in the system operating budget margins from 1.7 to 1.9. The Board would like to see the USNH system margins at around 3. The university will project forward in order to proactively plan for...

  • UNH will build a $1.9 million Student-Athlete Center for Excellence at the Field House for its Division I and Northeast Passage student athletes. Funded entirely on private donations, the center will support individual and team-based programs for personal growth, life skills, academic support, career planning, networking, and community service. Construction will begin in early summer 2014 with a targeted opening of late fall.

    The center, which will occupy space on the second floor where the decommissioned squash courts are located, will support all students who strive to balance the challenges of representing UNH as students and as Division I athletes. It will enhance the university’s ability to attract talented and dedicated student-athletes, provide them with the tools they need to succeed, give them access to mentoring and networking services, and assist them in finding internships, employment, and/or post-graduate opportunities.

    “We’ve always had great academic...