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  • The UNH Foundation has announced the establishment of The Josephine A. Lamprey Fellowship in Climate and Sustainability, a gift that supports a five-year fellowship designed to promote more focus on the climate and energy issues that interconnect with biodiversity and ecosystems, food systems and culture under sustainability.

    The gift was made to the university’s Sustainability Institute by Jo Lamprey, retired president of Lamprey Brothers, a local company providing heating and cooling solutions since the late 1800s.

    “If there were more Jo Lampreys in the world, we’d be much better off as a society,” says Tom Kelly, chief sustainability officer at UNH. “Her gift gets to the real heart of what we need to do next and we are so grateful for her support.”

    The first recipient of the fellowship is Cameron Wake, associate research professor, who leads programs to assess the impact of climate change in New England and to reconstruct climate change from glacial ice cores...

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    Food Solutions New England, a regional food systems learning-action network at the Sustainability Institute, received Henry P. Kendall Foundation funding to help advance New England’s capacity to provide citizens with food that is “clean, just, fair, and accessible.”

    A new grant from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation of Boston will help New England build its capacity to feed itself. The Kendall Foundation board announced today it has awarded Food Solutions New England (FSNE), an initiative of the Sustainability Institute at UNH, $185,000 to further its regional food system work. The funding will support a year-long design process that will strengthen collaboration and collective impact of the FSNE network across New England. The aim of the network...

  • UNH has received a $3.4 million ADVANCE Institutional Transformation (IT) grant from the National Science Foundation to strengthen policies and implement practices to address gender imbalance, primarily in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  

    Provost John Aber is the principle investigator on the grant. The three co-principal investigators are Karen Graham, professor of mathematics and director of the Joan and James Leitzel Center; Sam Mukasa, dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences; and Christine Shea, professor of technology and operations management at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.   

    “This high-impact award comes to UNH through a very competitive proposal process, and is the result of wonderful dedication and collaboration among the ADVANCE team here on campus, especially Professors Graham and Shea and Dean Mukasa, the co-principal investigators on this...

  • University officials have learned that the artificial turf surface installed at Memorial Field in 2002 has degraded to a point where measurable lead levels have been detected in dust samples taken on the surface of the field. As a result the field has been closed, effective immediately. Any remaining varsity team practices and games will be rescheduled and relocated, and the field will be replaced as soon as possible. 

    “The safety and well-being of our students, staff and faculty, as well as our many visitors, is of the utmost importance,” said Director of Athletics Marty Scarano. “We felt any risk of exposure to lead was too much and that closing the field was the right thing to do.” 

    Currently there are no standards for lead levels for outdoor artificial turf fields. The closest relevant health standard is a limit for lead dust on...

  • The Information Systems Management Program at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics invites businesses and not-for-profit organizations to work with students on technology-focused projects during the 2013 spring semester. 

    “Our students have helped New Hampshire businesses address some very challenging situations and have worked with them in developing many technology solutions that are in use today. Everyone gains, both businesses and students. And for our student, nothing beats real-world experience,” said Barry Shore, professor of decisions sciences who manages the program.  

    Interested businesses may submit a one-page proposal (in Word or PDF format) containing the name of business, address, contact information, and brief (not more than 200 words) description of their problem/needs. All submissions, including questions and clarifications, should be sent electronically to Barry Shore at...

  • The Center for Family Business at UNH will launch its next leadership development program Tuesday, Oct. 30. The leadership development program assists the next generation to assume greater leadership roles in their family businesses. Attendees develop confidence, plan for the future, learn to apply new management skills to company projects and build a peer network of support. The program is taught by faculty of the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

     The program includes sessions on:

     Understanding effective leadership.

    • Building self-awareness and a personal vision.
    • Motivating employees.
    • Building a synergistic team.
    • Managing confrontation and conflict.
    • Becoming a resonant leader in the organization. 

    The eight-session program meets once a month for full-day work sessions. A certificate in family business leadership will be awarded to those who successfully complete the program. For...

  • There is a lot at stake in the Nov. 6 election. Who will be the next president? Which party will control Congress? Who will New Hampshire’s next governor be, and which party will control the State House? 

    Two days after the acceptance and concession speeches have concluded, political scientists Dante Scala and Andy Smith will dissect election night and try to make sense of what happened in the Nov. 6 election, both nationwide and statewide.  

    “What Happened? A Post-Election Discussion with Dante Scala and Andy Smith,” kicks off at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 in the MUB Strafford Room.  

    Both national political experts on presidential elections, Scala, associate professor of political science and regular tweeter at @graniteprof, and Smith, associate professor of political science and director of the UNH Survey Center, will share their insights and answer questions from the audience. The discussion will be moderated by...

  • Authentic Italian-American cuisine is on the menu for the next gourmet dinner hosted by the Department of Hospitality Management, and for the first time, the dinner will feature the pop-up restaurant concept.

    A new trend in the hospitality industry, pop-up restaurants appear in surprise locations and offer guests access to delicious new foods and restaurant experiences.

    The pop-up restaurant VentiQuattro – Italian for 24 and representing the number of students participating in the gourmet dinner class -- will open its doors at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, and Saturday, Dec. 1, at Stillings Hall. Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour of passed hors d’oeuvres, beer from Smuttynose Brewing Co., and wine from E & J Gallo Winery.

    Highlights of the gourmet dinner include pear and ricotta ravioli, roasted beef tenderloin, and truffle-infused mashed potatoes. “The food is going to be bold, flavorful, and diverse in its origin. The menu’s inspiration stems from a variety of...

  • The University of New Hampshire has been awarded a five-year federal grant of $1.25 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology (SEAT) Project, which will allow UNH to meet the regional workforce needs of highly qualified teachers for children with disabilities through third grade. 

    The Early Childhood SEAT Project will prepare 40 early childhood special education teachers with a specialty in assistive technology. The strength of the project is that it combines expertise in special education with assistive technology.  

    “Assistive technology focuses on giving individuals with disabilities greater independence in daily life. It could be something as simple as preferred seating in the front to an electronic device that helps a child communicate,” said Leslie Couse, associate professor of education and lead researcher for the project.  

    “Research has found that assistive...

  • In a paper published in the journal Nature, scientists explain why salt marshes have been disintegrating during the past two decades along the U.S. Eastern seaboard and other highly developed coastlines. Unexpectedly, they discovered that nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from septic and sewer systems and lawn fertilizers can cause salt marsh loss.  

    The researchers, including aquatic ecosystem ecologist Wilfred Wollheim of UNH, based their findings on a long-term, large-scale study of salt marsh landscapes in an undeveloped coastline section of the Plum Island Estuary in Massachusetts. A nitrogen flux model Wollheim developed was used to demonstrate potential areas of global vulnerability.

     "With nutrient enrichment increasing globally due to human activities, these results suggest salt marsh vulnerability to nitrogen pollution could be a widespread concern," says Wollheim, an assistant professor in the UNH department of natural...

  • By Sonia Scherr

    Brad KinseyDo you drive a car? Drink out of soda cans? Use a washing machine? Travel by plane?

    If so, Brad Kinsey’s research could have an impact on your daily activities. He studies how to better predict failure in sheet metal, the thin metal skin used in products ranging from retro Coca-Cola Zero bottles to the ultra-modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Kinsey’s research has the potential to improve manufacturing processes, because sheet metal undergoes stretching when it’s formed into a part.  

    “Most people don’t think of sheet metal as stretching, but work hardening (stretching) the material strengthens it through changes at the atomic level,” says Kinsey, UNH professor of mechanical engineering. “However, if stretched too much...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Scherr and Simos.  Guests were John Aber, Lisa MacFarlane and Sonic Woytonik.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost handed out copies of the 9/3/2012 revision of the Policy on Interdisciplinary Schools at UNH.  He recapped the history of interest in a new schools policy, starting in 2003 with certain parts of the Academic Plan, work on a definition of colleges and schools, a study group on a proposal for a marine school, parts of the Strategic Plan, the summer retreat which discussed combining studies in different colleges, last year’s proposed policy on interdisciplinary schools which went to UCAPC and then to the senate for recommendations, and the 5/7/2012 Faculty Senate motions XVI-M23 and XVI-M24 on the proposed general schools policy and marine school policy.  This summer,...

  • Astrophysicists from UNH’s Space Science Center (SSC) have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The near real-time tool will provide critical information as preparations are made for potential future manned missions to the moon and Mars.

    “If we send human beings back to the moon, and especially if we’re able to go to Mars, it will be critical to have a system like this in place to protect astronauts from radiation hazards,” says associate professor of physics Nathan Schwadron of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), which houses the SSC.

    Schwadron is the lead developer of the new web-based tool known as PREDICCS, which for the first time integrates numerical models of space radiation, a host of real-time measurements being made by satellites currently in space, and “propagation codes” that can accurately project radiation levels out as...

  • UNH is the state’s host site for the sixth annual China Town Hall, an international event that will focus on China’s rapid development and feature Gary Locke, U.S ambassador to the People's Republic of China.

    “China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections” is a national day of programming designed to provide Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss these issues with leading experts. The sixth annual CHINA Town Hall will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in Richards Auditorium, Murkland Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

    UNH is one of only 59 sites in the nation selected to co-host the event with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire. The event is sponsored by the UNH Department of Political Science and the Asian Studies program.  

    The event features a webcast by Locke, who assumed duty as the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary...

  • You know how there are some restaurants that have a note on their menus letting patrons know they can meet special dietary needs? UNH’s dining halls can do that. No—not just can, do. On a daily basis. For more than six years now, UNH Dining—which serves more than 100,000 meals a week-- has been providing gluten-free food in all three of the dining halls. Each has separate refrigerator areas for gluten-free items as well as separate gluten-free cooking stations, cutting boards, and utensils.

    That’s an important distinction for someone with celiac disease. The separate-everything avoids the risk of the cross-contact contamination of gluten, which causes inflammation and other complications in people suffering from the disease.

    “There are many foods that are naturally gluten-free but you still have to have separate areas to avoid cross-contact. For instance, peanut butter is gluten-free but it can’t be spread using the same knife that was used on regular wheat bread,”...