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  • The state of New Hampshire made history last fall when it became the first state with an all-female Congressional delegation. This March, UNH will celebrate this milestone as part of Women’s History Month.

    “New Hampshire Women in Politics: First in the Nation,” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Huddleston Hall. The event is hosted by the College of Liberal Arts and the Women’s Studies Program. It is free and open to the public.

    The event will celebrate New Hampshire’s strong tradition of electing women at the local, state, and national levels. It also will include a discussion with women political leaders about the history of women in politics and how women’s roles have evolved over the course of their political careers.

    “The Women's Studies Program at UNH is delighted to host this event and reception on behalf of all of us on campus. New Hampshire has kept its position as first in the nation, though this time with a great twist. It is...

  • UNH’s Child Study and Development Center has received re-accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest professional organization focused on early childhood education. The accreditation, which the CSDC has held since 1999, places the UNH laboratory school in select company: Just 5 percent of early childhood programs in New Hampshire and 8 percent nationally carry this accreditation. 

    “Accreditation is a way for families to know that we are a high quality center that follows best practice and can be trusted to be part of children’s lives. The process enables us to stay abreast of the latest standards in the field from health to cultural relevancy,” says center executive director John Nimmo, who is an associate professor of family studies. “As a lab school we also take seriously our role in providing a living and learning example to UNH students of a center seeking excellence in early education and mentoring...

  • Sustainable investing at UNH will be the focus of a campus conversation Monday, March 4, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Huddleston Ballroom. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the event is free and open to the public.

    Coordinated by UNH’s Discovery Program and NH Listens, the conversation on investment and divestment is designed to give the university community an opportunity to become informed and explore issues related to the sustainable investment of the UNH endowment portfolio.

    A discussion guide with a variety of background materials on the topic will be available here http://www.unh.edu/discovery/campus-conversation several days before the event. 

    The UNH Discovery Program is the core curriculum program for undergraduate students in all majors. For more information, visit www.unh.edu/discovery

    NH Listens, the civic engagement initiative of UNH’s Carsey...

  • 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...