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  • 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...

  • Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP), a University of New Hampshire-based organization, has received a donation of $10,000 from NextEra Energy Seabrook Station for water monitoring and research efforts. This donation comes on the heels of PREP’s 2013 State of Our Estuaries Report, which called for increased investment in the data collection (monitoring) and research being conducted in the Great Bay and Hampton Seabrook estuaries.  

    “Funds for data collection are extremely limited, and it is more important than ever to have complete data sets from areas throughout our watershed to help provide a clear understanding of the health of our estuaries. This investment from Next Era will have a significant impact in terms of the information we can provide back to our partners and communities as a tool for local decision-making,” says Rachel Rouillard, PREP’s executive director. 

    NextEra’s donation will go to sustaining current...

  • 2013 Chinese New Year Gala sponsored by the Confucius Institute at UNH took place Feb. 4 in the Johnson Theater. Seven performers with Chengdu University were joined by seven local artists from China for the evening festivities, which included singing, dancing, musical performances, and martial arts.

     

    2013 Confucius Institute Celebration of the Chinese New Year

    2013 Confucius Institute Celebration of the Chinese New Year

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  • The Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach will be conducting an internal search for a UNH faculty member to fill the position of executive director for Engagement and Faculty Development. This is a full time appointment reporting directly to the Senior Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach. A position description with qualifications and expectations for the position are attached.

    This internal search will follow a process similar to other successful internal searches recently conducted.   

    Interested candidates should submit a vita, a letter describing their qualifications, interest and experience addressing the major position responsibilities as described in the job description and the names and contact information for 3-5 references by March 1, 2013. A search committee will evaluate and recommend 2-3 candidates for consideration by the campus community.  Finalists will be asked to participate in an on-...

  • The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics is offering tax preparation help to low-income residents.

    The students, all accounting majors, are certified tax preparers with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a collaboration among the university, Internal Revenue Service, Northeast Credit Union and the Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) Coalition of Southeastern New Hampshire.

    UNH volunteers will be available:

    • Friday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MUB, Room 207. 
    • Friday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the MUB, Room 207.

    The VITA program offers free tax help to low-income residents who need help preparing their own tax returns. The UNH students providing the help are graduates and undergraduates who are IRS VITA-certified to help prepare basic tax returns. This is the ninth year UNH students have volunteered for the program and over the years have helped hundreds of Granite Staters....

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     Jan Golinski, professor of history, became an American citizen Friday, Feb. 1, during a naturalization ceremony in Concord. A British citizen who has taught at UNH since 1990, Golinski led the Pledge of Allegiance for the group.

    He is shown with U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Laplante, Gov. Maggie Hassan, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, and UNH School of Law Dean John Broderick. 

    “I was delighted to be able to receive my U.S. Citizenship in a ceremony at the new UNH School of Law. It was a great pleasure to meet the dignitaries and the other new citizens from many countries who attended,” Golinski said.

     

     

  • Public health in New Hampshire is the subject of the next Seacoast Science Café at the Portsmouth Brewery Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at 6 p.m. At the first in the spring series of cafes, UNH professors Michael Palace and Rosemary Caron will discuss two health threats familiar to New Englanders: Lyme disease and lead poisoning. 

    Seacoast Science Cafés provide a unique chance for members of the public to learn about issues in contemporary science from scientists who lead the research in the relaxed atmosphere of a pub.   

    Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in the world and infections can lead to severe health problems. Because of the complicated aspects of this disease, it requires knowledge of ecology of multiple host species, which is directly tied to vegetation structure and landscape characteristics.  

    Lead poisoning is a public health issue that predominantly persists in children residing in urban communities in...

  • A three-dimensional diagram of the retention region shown as a "life preserver" around our heliosphere bubble along with the original IBEX ribbon image. The interstellar magnetic field lines are shown running from upper left to lower right around the heliosphere, and the area where the field lines "squeeze" the heliosphere corresponds to the ribbon location. The red arrow at the front shows the direction of travel of our solar system. Image credit: Adler Planetarium/IBEX Team.

    After three years of puzzling over a striking “ribbon” of energy and particles discovered by NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) at the edge of our solar system, scientists may be on the verge of cracking the mystery. 

    In a...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Baldwin, Connelly, Dubnick, Ferber, Kaen, Minocha, Shetty, Shore, and Simos.  Guests were John Aber, Sonic Woytonik and Faye Richardson.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost said that three administrative searches are active.  One is to fill a position on inclusive excellence and faculty development, via an internal search as is done for interim dean searches.  Chris Shea of WSBE has been selected for that position and will start in January.  Another search is for an interim dean of the library and will use the same internal process.  The third search began during the summer for a dean of CHHS and is an external national search.  The on-campus interviews for three finalists will start this week.  The new method for “airport interviews” is to do them...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Dubnick, Harrist, Hartter, Laird, Mellyn, Minocha, Pohl, Scherr, Shore, Simos and Zang.  Guests were John Aber, Doug Bencks and Faye Richardson.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost said that the campus was fortunate during the recent hurricane.  He said that he watched with interest the discussion about and passing of the general schools policy and thought that this was a good example of shared governance.  He added that the faculty proposing the marine school will revise their proposal in conformance with the senate’s motion on general schools policy.  The recent forum on e-UNH went well and was useful, and another similar forum is planned for the future.  He said that the president indicated his support for a high-quality residential undergraduate experience at UNH and...

  • UNH Manchester is featuring two photography exhibits this spring. The exhibits include “Gypsies without Borders” by photographer Ellie Ivanova of Dallas, Texas, and “Celebrating Cultural Diversity,” a photo project by Becky Field of Concord.  

    The exhibits are free and open to the public. Visit www.manchester.unh.edu for directions and parking information. Call 603-641-4101 for building hours.  

    “Gypsies without Borders” by Ivanova is on display in the second floor gallery through April 19, 2013. Ivanova began this project in the summer of 2010, with the mass deportations of Bulgarian and Romanian Roma living in France to their countries of origin. The project explores how Roma people in several Bulgarian cities have carved protective spaces and how they negotiate the constrictions of modern society while living on its margins and creatively adopting its paraphernalia. 

    Ivanova is a fine art and...

  • A record number of U.S. children were covered by health insurance in 2011, mostly due to substantial increases in the enrollment rates of public insurance, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. 

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute brief “Record Number of Children Covered by Health Insurance in 2011” conducted by Michael Staley, a research assistant at the Carsey Institute and a doctoral candidate in sociology. 

    “The increase in children covered by health insurance likely stems from policies enacted to increase participation in government-sponsored health insurance programs. In addition, we continue to see significant declines in private insurance and increases in public insurance, which reflects the economic and job market of 2011, four years after the beginning of the Great Recession,” Staley said.

    According to Staley, between 2008 and 2011, the rate of private coverage...

  • For Faculty and Staff:

    What to Do When You See a Disruptive or Threatening Situation on Campus

    Feb. 1, 2013

    As we settle into spring semester, I wanted to remind all faculty and staff about the Behavioral Intervention Team which provides prevention, early intervention, and crisis response services for students thought to be threatening to themselves or others.  Members include Paul Dean, executive director of Public Safety and Chief, UNH Police Department; Scott Chesney, director of Residential Life and assistant vice president for Student and Academic Services; David Cross, director of the Counseling Center; Judy Spiller, associate provost for Academic Achievement and Support; Kathleen Grace-Bishop, director of education and promotion, Health Services; and Anne Lawing, Dean of Students.

    The team meets on a regular basis to coordinate various types of responses whenever a member of the community shares information about a student who may be a...