other news

  • Women leaders dealing with “glass ceiling” and “sticky floor” barriers to the success will have the chance to learn about the latest strategies to address these issues as the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics kicks off its fall Women’s Leadership Development Program Sept. 16, 2013. The intensive, three-day program focuses on the critical capacities of women leaders, cultural and institutional challenges they may face, and strategies and techniques for driving career transitions. 

    UNH Women’s Leadership Development Program will be held Sept. 16-18, 2013. The program will be held on campus in Durham in the new Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. It is part of a broad range of executive development programs offered by Paul College that provide intensive study for business leaders who want to strengthen their management skills and leadership capabilities. 

    “Women face unique challenges on their journeys to senior positions.  A women...

  • employees enjoying the moonlight cruiseIT’s Barry Glunt and his wife, Sherry, enjoy the view on the moonlight kayaking tour.

     

    Recently,...

  • At its August meeting, the PAT Council reviewed a draft of a conflict of interest and commitment policy. Feedback still being gathered and will be forwarded to Jan Nisbet, senior vice provost for research.

    The unedited draft appears below.

    UNH policy on Conflict of Interest and Commitment[1]

    7/15/13 Draft

    1. Preamble

    1.1 University of New Hampshire (UNH) faculty, extension educators, and staff are encouraged to participate in external activities as a means of improving not only their own competence and prestige, but the prestige of UNH as well.  These activities also provide external organizations, institutions, corporations, and...

  • A new UNH study challenges the view that online predators are a distinctly dangerous variety of sex offender, requiring special programs to protect youth.

    The study from the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center finds that sex offenders who target teens increasingly use Internet and cell phone communications to lure teens into sexual relationships. In crimes that involve such communications, offenders who meet and recruit youth online operate in much the same way as offenders who meet and know youth in ordinary offline environments.

    “These are all serious crimes,” said lead author Janis Wolak, a senior researcher at the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center. “But the so-called ‘online predators’ are not more insidious.”

    The research results are presented in the Journal of Adolescent Health in the article “Are Crimes by Online Predators Different From Crimes by Sex Offenders Who Know Youth In-Person?” authored by Wolak and David Finkelhor,...

  • Granite State social entrepreneurs now have the opportunity to participate in a statewide competition that also challenges New Hampshire college and university students to find innovative, market-based solutions to pressing social and environmental issues at the state, national or global level.

    In September, UNH will host the first statewide New Hampshire Social Business and Microfinance Forum and Social Business Innovation Challenge. Initially, the competition included only New Hampshire college and university students, but organizers have expanded the challenge to include a community competition for current and aspiring Granite State social entrepreneurs.

    Noble Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus will present the winners of the community competition with their awards of $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, and $1,000 for third. Cash prizes for the community track are made possible in part by a grant from the Transformation and Innovation Fund of the N.H. Charitable...

  • Cooperative Extension is accepting registrations for its Agriculture and Natural Resource Business Institute (ANRBI). Those interested in starting or expanding an agricultural or natural resource business are encouraged to attend the 13-week course, which starts Sept. 11. 

    Weekly classes will take place Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 11  at the Nature Conservancy in Concord.  

    The institute provides individuals and families who want to start or expand an agricultural or natural resource business with the essential preparation they need to be successful. Collaborating with industry partners, Extension experts will help participants develop...

  • Learn about the marine environment and give back to your community by becoming a UNH Marine Docent. An informational meeting for those interested in becoming a docent will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. at the N.H. Sea Grant office, 122 Mast Road in Lee. 

    The UNH Marine Docent program is a group of more than 170 volunteers who educate the community about coastal resources, teaching up-to-the-minute marine science in classrooms and at sea aboard the University’s research vessel. 

    The docents' challenge is being able to translate scientific information to the public to match the needs of the current times, says Mark Wiley, assistant director of marine education for N.H. Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension. 

    To prepare for their roles as educators, marine docents get hands-on training in local history and science by UNH faculty, Extension educators and other experts in the marine field. Training takes place both inside the classroom and...

  • New research from UNH finds that most people think future Arctic warming will affect the weather where they live. 

    The research was conducted by Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology and senior fellow at the Carsey Institute, and Mary Stampone, assistant professor of geography and the New Hampshire state climatologist. Their study, combining surveys with weather data, is presented in the article “Arctic Warming and Your Weather: Public Belief in the Connection” in the International Journal of Climatology.  

    Hamilton and Stampone used data from more than 1,500 random-sample telephone interviews conducted in 2012 and 2013 by the Granite State Poll. Recent scientific studies have reported that Arctic warming affects the weather farther south, changing the likelihood of extreme hot or cold events, unusual snowfall patterns, and drought. The UNH researchers explored public acceptance of such ideas by asking whether people believed that future Arctic...

  • The New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice (NHIHPP), a research institute at UNH, has received a $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to identify New Hampshire’s myriad sources of public health funding with an eye toward improving the funding and delivery of public health services in the state. 

    The project, led by NHIHPP in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, the Community Health Institute, and four community-based public health entities (in Manchester, the Monadnock region, the North Country, and the Lakes region), will focus on funding for addressing tobacco use and prevention. 

    “New Hampshire has a particularly complex public health infrastructure. It’s not clear exactly how the services we receive as people are being paid for,” says Jo Porter, deputy director of the NHIHPP and principal investigator on the grant. For example, she says, tobacco prevention services may be supported...

  • Professor Pete EricksonPete Erickson, professor of dairy cattle management, has received Land O’Lakes/Purina Teaching Award in Dairy Production, the nation’s highest award for dairy science teaching. Erickson was honored with the award at the annual meeting of the American Dairy Science Association in Indianapolis in early July. 

    “Erickson engages students in hands-on learning, challenging them to find answers to problems encountered at the university farms or dairy farms around the state,” wrote NH Commissioner of Agriculture Lorraine Merrill ’73 in the Weekly Market Bulletin. “He also involves undergraduate students...

  •  

    The Department of Theatre and Dance has added a universal ticket price of $8 for all shows for youth, 17 and under.  

    “We are dedicated to nurturing the next generation of theatre goers, says David Kaye, department chair and director of the acting and playwriting program. “We offer youth drama theatre tours throughout New England, summer youth drama and dance camp programs and at least one show each season on our main stage that is family friendly, so the ticket price needs to be family friendly too.”  

    Any production deemed not suitable for children will have a mature content statement when ordering tickets online that will guide ticket buyers to additional information. Box office personnel will utilize the...

  • artist’s conception shows an enhancement in the electron intensity in the heart of the radiation belts

    This artist’s conception shows an enhancement in the electron intensity in the heart of the radiation belts where they are accelerated. The reddish area shows the shape that is characteristic of local acceleration and the yellow curve shows the actual observations as obtained by the Van Allen Probes. Image courtesy of Geoff Reeves and Mike Henderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Space scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe called the Van Allen...

  • With the value of coastal recreation estimated at some $20 billion nationally and $400 million in New Hampshire and Maine, coastal closures represent a significant sustainability problem with complex and interacting economic, social and environmental dimensions. As long-term trends indicate worsening coastal pollution, this research will inform choices and provide a promising model for interactions between science and decision-making. A team of researchers led by UNH and the University of Maine will conduct a three-year study of the many factors affecting the health of their shared coastal ecosystem. This collaboration, funded by a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation, aims to strengthen the scientific basis for decision making for the management of recreational beaches and shellfish harvesting.

    The project, known as the New England SusTainability Consortium (NEST), is managed by the EPSCoR programs at UNH and UMaine in partnership...

  • U.S. lodging executives were less optimistic about present and future business conditions in June, according to the UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index. The index declined from 71.2 in May 2013 to 65.3 in June 2013.

    From May to June 2013, lodging executives were less optimistic about present general business conditions, with optimism falling 11.7 percent. They also were less optimistic about general business conditions in the next 12 months, with future sentiment falling by 5.1.

    “Some lodging executives were concerned about the economic conditions and the impact of the sequestration, particularly on the Washington, D.C., market. Future business conditions were influenced by the 6.1 percent decline in expectations about room reservations over the same 12-month period,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index.

    Twenty-eight percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, a decrease...

  • Cooperative Extension is seeking those interested in protecting New Hampshire's wildlife to volunteer with its New Hampshire Coverts Project. Landowners, wildlife enthusiasts, and the conservation-minded are encouraged to apply for the 2013 New Hampshire Coverts Project training workshop by Aug. 1. 

    The annual training workshop, now in its 18th year, takes place Sept. 18-21 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield. 

    For three and a half days, participants learn about the latest concepts and issues in wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, land conservation, community conservation planning, and effective outreach. Attendees pay a $50 registration fee, with room, board, and materials provided by program sponsors. 

    Upon completion, trained volunteers, called "coverts cooperators," return to their...