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  • Fiona Wilson is an assistant professor of strategy, social entrepreneurship, and sustainability at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

    What role do companies play in advancing sustainability?
    The social and environmental problems facing our world are increasing, not decreasing. It is becoming rapidly apparent to many that government and non-profits will not, alone, be able to help address these issues, and that we need fundamentally different approaches.

    The business world has tremendous power and influence: for example, business corporations make up 52 of the world’s 100 largest “economies”; just one company alone, Walmart, has annual sales that are greater than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 85 percent of the world’s countries...

  • Scoop up a handful of dirt from your garden or backyard.  It may look like nothing’s there.  In fact, you’re holding some 200 billion organisms, including tens of thousands of different species.  And most of them are in the midst of a vital job: recycling dead plant and animal debris. 

    “If it weren’t for the activities of soil organisms, we’d be buried in organic (once living) matter,” says Serita Frey, UNH professor of soil microbial biology.  “Anything organic that lands on the soil gets decomposed very quickly by these organisms: leaves, trees, dead animals.” 

    Invisible to the human eye, this work is nonetheless critical to the health of our planet.  “I don’t think ecosystems could survive without decomposition,” Frey says.  “If organic materials weren’t broken down, the nutrients held...

  • The Department of Hospitality Management will host the “Dash” Gourmet Dinner Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, which will feature an evening of fine cuisine showcasing culinary seasonings inspired by a diverse array of aromatic herbs and spices.  

    Hosted by Advanced Food and Beverage class students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the Dash will be held at the Stillings Dining Hall, 20 Ballard Drive. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. 

    Students have six weeks to plan, prepare, and execute the six-course dinner. Throughout the process, students are responsible for every aspect of the dinner and take on real-world management roles.   

    Tickets for Dash are $60 per person and may be purchased online at http://paulcollege.unh.edu/gourmet-dinner-tickets...

  • From left to right, Forest Watch director Barry Rock, 2013 Lauten Award recipient Wesley Blauss, former program coordinator Mike Gagnon, and current Forest Watch program coordinator Martha Carlson. Photo by Kristi Donahue, UNH-EOS.

    For two years, people in northern New England have reported seeing unusually large numbers of white pine needles piled up along sidewalks and roadways. Data released this week by the UNH’s Forest Watch program show that 2010 marked the first time in 20 years of the program’s observations that white pines did not retain important older needles. 

    “White pines usually keep healthy, green needles that contribute significantly to the photosynthetic process by the whole tree for two or...

  • A research center dedicated to ending violence against women is building on its successes.

     Nine faculty and staff members are gathered around a conference table in Huddleston Hall. Each has carved out a space amidst the papers, bagels, laptops, bananas, and coffee for a four-hour retreat. Today’s goal? To plan the future of their research center, Prevention Innovations. The tenor of the room is hopeful, excited. The future is filled with possibility. That’s partly because the past has been such an unmitigated success for this collection of scholars.

    Established at UNH in the fall of 2006, Prevention Innovations has, in its relatively short life, established its faculty as national leaders in research and practices for ending violence against women. Though the center has a half-dozen projects going at any one time, one of its most widely...

  • The presidents and chancellor of New Hampshire’s public four-year colleges and universities have thanked Gov. Maggie Hassan for her biennial budget proposal, in which she recommends increasing funding on behalf of in-state students to $75 million in FY14 and $90 million in FY15. 

    “We are grateful to Governor Hassan for her leadership in re-establishing public higher education as a priority for the future of New Hampshire,” said Todd Leach, president of Granite State College, on behalf of the presidents of the four, four-year public colleges and universities. “Our students and their families deserve this investment, and all New Hampshire citizens will benefit. We look forward to working with the governor and the legislature to restore the budget fully as soon as fiscally possible.”

    In addition to his role at Granite State, Leach will serve as interim chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire when Chancellor Ed MacKay retires March 1. 


  • On Monday, Feb. 18, weekday bus service between Rochester and UNH began with the Wildcat Transit’s new Route 125/Rochester Express. Seven runs will be offered daily, Monday through Friday.  The ride between Rochester and UNH takes about 35 minutes. The one-way fare is $1.50; passengers with valid UNH student or employee IDs ride free.  

    A celebration of the Route 125/Rochester Express’s inaugural run was held Monday when the bus arrived at the bus shelter on Main Street near Thompson Hall.


  • Marty Scarano, UNH director of Athletics; Dr. Stephen Hardy and Donna Hardy, parents of Nate Hardy; Sgt. Christy Gardner, retired U.S. Army sergeant, member of UNH sled hockey team and U.S. National Team; Keely Ames, Northeast Passage operations coordinator; Dot Sheehan, UNH senior associate athletic director of external relations and Operation Hat Trick founder; and Moxie the dog. Photo courtesy Gil Talbot.

    Operation Hat Trick (OHT), UNH's athletics department and Northeast Passage (NEP) announced Monday the creation of the NEP Athlete Opportunity Fund, a collaborative partnership that will be funded in part by OHT to provide supplemental programmatic support for recruiting, training and coaching of student-athletes with...

  • In her office in Kingsbury Hall, Erin Bell is explaining her research. “When you go to a doctor, they don’t just look at you. They do blood work; they run tests. Bridge instrumentation and testing is almost like an EKG of a bridge. You gather data, and looking at that data you can tell if something needs to be done prior to a collapse.” 

    Bell delivers this explanation with infectious enthusiasm. An associate professor in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS), Bell was chosen in 2007 as only the second-ever UNH civil engineering faculty member to receive a prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award. Since then, she’s been hard at work on her project, “Integrating Structural Health Monitoring, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Model Updating Into a Bridge Condition Assessment...

  • Gail Fensom works in a laboratory. But, instead of pouring over beakers of bubbling concoctions, her experiments are human.

    "I would consider myself a teacher-researcher," says Fensom, assistant professor of English and director of the first-year writing program at UNH Manchester. "So my research basically is my students. My classrooms are my research labs and my students are my subjects."

    Fensom has used what she's learned in her classrooms at UNH Manchester to help college students pick up the writing and reading fundamentals they may have missed along the way. Her passion for her craft has led her to spread this mission of helping students to be prepared for college and careers throughout the state and nationally.

    Fensom started teaching at the University of New Hampshire in 1986 and is presently the director of the college’s first year writing program. Throughout the years, she's used her classes as research to figure out what made students unprepared time...

  • U.S. lodging executives were more optimistic about general business conditions in January than the prior month, according to the UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current month ending January 2013. The index increased from 53.8 in December 2012 to 61.7 in January 2013.  

    “This increase results from lodging executives’ positive opinions of the present general business conditions for their properties, as well as their positive sentiment for how they view general business conditions 12 months in the future. Expectations about room reservations during the same 12-month period also moved upward,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index. 

    Twenty-seven percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, an improvement from 15 percent last period, while 67 percent indicated conditions were normal, down from 69 percent during the same period. Seven percent of the...

  • Whether you are at home, at work, in a public place, or on the UNH campus, it’s likely you are often in areas served by natural gas pipelines. Across the U.S., more than 2.2 million miles of pipelines and mains deliver natural gas for use by residential, commercial and industrial customers. 

    Like all forms of energy, natural gas must be handled properly. Despite an excellent safety record, a gas leak caused by damage to a pipeline may pose a hazard and has the potential to ignite.

    On the Durham campus there are two underground gas piping networks beneath the roads and grounds of campus. EcoLine™, UNH’s landfill gas-to-energy project, delivers processed landfill gas to campus for use in our two gas turbines via a 12” underground transmission pipeline beginning 12.6 miles away at the Waste Management Turnkey Landfill in Rochester and terminating at the central heating plant on Library Way. There is also a distribution network of smaller diameter underground natural...

  • Abusive bosses who target employees with ridicule, public criticism, and the silent treatment not only have a detrimental effect on the employees they bully, but they negatively impact the work environment for the co-workers of those employees who suffer from “second-hand” or vicarious abusive supervision, according to new research from UNH. 

    In the first ever study to investigate vicarious supervisory abuse, Paul Harvey, associate professor of organizational behavior at UNH, and his research colleagues Kenneth Harris and Raina Harris from Indiana University Southeast and Melissa Cast from New Mexico State University find that vicarious supervisory abuse is associated with job frustration, abuse of other coworkers, and a lack of perceived organizational support beyond the effects of the abusive supervisor. 

    The research is presented in the Journal of Social Psychology in the article “An Investigation of Abusive Supervision, Vicarious Abuse Supervision, and...

  • NH SBDC launches its exporting e-courses at its advisory board meeting. From left to right: Tim Dining, Greenerd Press & Machine Co.; Janice Gregory, NH SBDC; Liz Gray, NH DRED; Erle Pierce, Pierce Public Affairs; Fred Kocher, Kocher & Co.; Maura Weston, MM Weston & Assoc.; Jonathan Smith, TD Bank; Mary Collins, NH SBDC; Scott Merrick, Office of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen; Adria Bagshaw, W.H. Bagshaw; Jason Cannon, NH SBDC; Paul Creme, Hamblett & Kerrigan; Heidi Edwards Dunn, NH SBDC; and Greta Johansson, U.S. Small Business Administration.

    The UNH New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC) has launched two e-courses on exporting as part of its new exporting portal.

    “Basics of...

  • Abused children who are removed from their homes are likely to be placed voluntarily in the homes of other family members instead of other placement arrangements, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH.  

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute brief “Informal Kinship Care Most Common Out-of- Home Placement After an Investigation of Child Maltreatment” conducted by Wendy Walsh, research associate professor of sociology at the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center and research associate at the Carsey Institute. 

    Walsh looked at placement patterns nationally in both rural and urban areas. She evaluated whether abused children were placed in foster care, formal kinship care (state has legal custody and places the child with a family member), informal kinship care (a parent voluntarily places a child with a family member), or group homes or other out-of-home settings, such as emergency...