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  • Marisa FortiMarisa Forti was presented with the UNH at Manchester’s Staff Excellence award in June. Forti joined the college in 2009 and serves as an academic counselor in the Academic Counseling Office and coordinator of both the College Transition Program and Study Away programs. The annual award is presented to a staff member of the UNH community who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and distinguished service beyond their regular job responsibilities

     

    Forti was recognized for her outstanding services to students and commitment to the college community. 

     

    “She is truly dedicated, taking any step necessary to support each and every student…Her commitment to promoting a caring, welcoming and supportive community environment is further...

  • Too LeachThe University System of New Hampshire's board of trustees voted unanimously to name Todd Leach chancellor at its quarterly business meeting June 28, 2013. Leach has been serving as interim chancellor since March 2, when former Chancellor Ed MacKay retired.

    “Having watched Dr. Leach serve as interim chancellor, the board became convinced he was the best choice to lead the University System of New Hampshire,” said Richard Galway, chair of USNH’s board of trustees. “Dr. Leach demonstrated an incredible vision and work ethic. He’s an innovator and will continue the great work being done for our state at the university system.”

    Leach is the president of Granite...

  • Shortly after the legislature restored funding for the University System of New Hampshire to $69 million in the first year of the new biennium and $84 million in the second, the system’s board of trustees voted unanimously to freeze tuition for in-state students for two years, which will help thousands of New Hampshire students and families. This is the first time in 25 years the board has voted to freeze in-state tuition. 

    Gov. Maggie Hassan, an ex-officio member of the USNH board of trustees, made the motion to freeze tuition at the meeting, noting that it will make public higher education more affordable for more than 22,000 New Hampshire students. 

    “We are grateful for Gov. Maggie Hassan’s early and strong support for public higher education in the Granite State,” said Richard Galway, chair of the USNH board of trustees. “Her commitment and leadership in restoring a majority of the previous...

  • The provost and vice president for Academic Affairs is accepting applications and nominations for the position of interim senior vice provost (SVPAA), to serve from Aug. 2013 through June, 2014, while a national search is conducted in the upcoming academic year. 

    The senior vice provost has oversight and coordination responsibility for a wide range of academic curricula and policies, and for academic strategic initiatives, such as eUNH, and the development of the University of Choice initiative.  In particular, the SVPAA oversees the undergraduate curriculum and university-wide programs including the Discovery Program, Honors Program, Writing Program, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, the Fellowships Office, and ROTC. 

    The SVPAA oversees the university’s international initiatives,...

  • U.S. lodging executives’ sentiment about general business conditions was up slightly in May compared to the prior month, according to the UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current month ending May 2013. The index moved from 69.3 in April 2013 to 71.2 in May 2013. 

    “These results are from lodging executives’ sentiment of the present general business conditions for their properties, which moved upward 16 percent over last period, offset by a 7 percent decline in their sentiment for how they view general business conditions twelve months in the future. Future business conditions are influenced by the 3 percent decline in expectations about room reservations over the same twelve month period,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index. 

    Thirty-eight percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, an increase from 19 percent last period, while 62 percent indicated...

  • The board of directors of the UNH Alumni Association recently voted to provide $25,000 toward the construction of the STEM Discovery Lab in UNH Manchester’s new space in the Pandora building. This contribution was made in recognition of the importance of the project in furthering a joint effort among the state's institutions of higher education to double the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines by 2025.

    Scheduled to open this fall, the STEM Discovery Lab at Pandora will feature hands-on lab space for students in grades five through 12, with ongoing after-school and weekend exposure to activities facilitated by alumni and community mentors as well as UNH Manchester students and faculty.

    “This show of support for what we are trying to do is incredibly important,” said Ali Rafieymehr, dean of UNH Manchester. “In order to be successful in our efforts to meet the state’s need for more graduates we have to get young people interested...

  • the moon

    Panoramic lunar view taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera of the north rim of Cabeus crater. The distance from left to right is about 75 kilometers (46 miles). Image courtesy of NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.

    Using data gathered by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission, scientists believe they have solved a mystery from one of the solar system’s coldest regions—a permanently shadowed crater on the moon. They have explained how energetic particles penetrating lunar soil can create molecular hydrogen from water ice. The finding provides insight into how radiation can change the chemistry of water ice throughout the solar system.

     Space scientists from UNH and NASA’s...

  • UNH has licensed Qualtrics (qualtrics.unh.edu) online survey software for use by all faculty, staff, and students. Qualtrics is a robust tool with many powerful features. UNH Cooperative Extension, working with partners around the country who are also using Qualtrics, will be coordinating an informal learning community to help individuals master Qualtrics, and the fundamentals of online surveys.

    Extension evaluation specialists from Virginia will lead a webinar on Thursday, June 20 at 2 p.m. via Google+ Hangout to give an overview of online survey best practices. For more info, go to ...

  • An increase in the federal minimum wage will disproportionately benefit hourly paid workers who are young, female, nonwhite, never married, and less educated, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH.

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute policy brief “Who Would Be Affected By a New Minimum Wage Policy?” The research was conducted by Jessica Carson, a vulnerable families research scientist at the Carsey Institute.

    In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed increasing the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 per hour. Two legislative bills proposing to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour are currently in review by congressional committees.

    “Because it is unclear whether the proposed legislation will pass in its current incarnation, this brief describes the population who would be directly affected by the president’s proposal: workers earning between $7.25 and $9 per hour,” Carson said. “Although...

  • Five students studying in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture have been selected as the inaugural class of Marble Scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year. 

    The Marble Scholars is a prestigious new scholarship program created through the estate gift of Marilynn K. Rumley, a UNH alumna who graduated in 1952. Through her estate gift of more than $1.1 million, the Charles F. Marble Scholarship Fund was created to provide scholarship support to students enrolled in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, with preference given to students from New Hampshire. 

    The first recipients are Leah Tarleton, Derry; Christine Hebert, Pelham; Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Davila, Leominster, Mass.; Abigail Van Note, Scarborough, Maine; and Andrew Phinney, Bow. 

    “It is gifts like this that dramatically increase our ability to make an outstanding education affordable to deserving students, regardless of their financial circumstances,” says Debbie Dutton...

  • “It’s not fair!” “ “You’re not the boss of me.” “She hit me!” “He started it.” 

    Fights between siblings – from toy-snatching to clandestine whacks to being banished from the bedroom – are so common they’re often dismissed as simply part of growing up. Yet a new study from researchers at UNH finds that sibling aggression is associated with significantly worse mental health in children and adolescents. In some cases, effects of sibling aggression on mental health were the same as those of peer aggression. 

    “Even kids who reported just one instance had more mental health distress,” says Corinna Jenkins Tucker, associate professor of family studies at UNH and lead author of the research, published in the July issue of the journal Pediatrics. “Our study shows that sibling aggression is not benign for children and adolescents, regardless of how severe or frequent.” 

    The study, among the first to look at sibling aggression across a wide age and geographic...

  • moon explosion

    About four and a half billion years ago, a Mars-sized planetary body slammed into Earth. The resulting debris eventually evolved into the moon. Credit Lunar and Planetary Institute.

    On Sunday, June 23, 2013, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, in collaboration with UNH and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), will celebrate the grand opening of “Lunar Recon: Spacecraft, Craters and Cosmic Rays,” a new exhibit highlighting the scientific discoveries of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission as well as various historic aspects of lunar exploration. 

    “Lunar Recon” features visual displays and hands-on activities and, for...

  • To continue building their companies, growth entrepreneurs depend on short-term, liquid sources of debt financing such as bank loans, even though winning a thumbs-up from bankers is no cakewalk. Yet UNH researchers have shed new light on how entrepreneurs can influence their creditworthiness.

    In the paper “Entrepreneurial firms and signaling for creditworthiness: a Bayesian modeling approach,” the researchers show that entrepreneurs who avoid volatility in their workforce and revenues stand a better chance at winning funding. What’s more, having diverse sources of equity financing also can boost creditworthiness for certain types of companies.

    The research results were recently released by UNH and the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies (IEGC) and presented at the Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference. “Previous studies have shown that employee and revenue size will impact how creditworthy a company is viewed by the outside world,” says Devkamal...

  • Rural workers are more likely to work at middle-skill jobs that do not require a four-year college degree compared with their urban counterparts, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. 

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute policy brief “Middle-Skill Jobs Remain More Common Among Rural Workers.” The research was conducted by Justin Young, a doctoral student in sociology at UNH and a research assistant at the Carsey Institute. 

    Middle-skill jobs are defined as positions requiring at least some on-the-job training, an apprenticeship-type experience, or postsecondary education but no more than a two-year degree. They represent occupations that have been crucial to the American economy since the 1950s, including blue-collar positions such as those in the manufacturing and construction industries. 

    “Two different trends are apparent in rural versus urban America. In rural places, the prevalence of middle-skill work...

  •  Great Bay Community College President Wildolfo Arvelo and President Mark Huddleston, s

    Great Bay Community College President Wildolfo Arvelo and President Mark Huddleston shake hands over an articulation agreement signed Wednesday, June 5.  Mike Ross/UNH Photographic Services.

    The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and Great Bay Community College (GBCC) have signed an agreement that will allow qualified Great Bay students to transfer seamlessly into several four-year business programs at UNH. The agreement, signed by President Mark W. Huddleston and GBCC President Wildolfo Arvelo, maps course selection decisions for GBCC students to support university access and...