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  • Bruce Pfeiffer, assistant professor of marketing.

    Bruce Pfeiffer, assistant professor of marketing at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.  

    Clint Eastwood’s famous interview with an invisible President Obama seated in an empty chair at the Republican National Convention may have done more than elicit a round of late-night television jokes. Celebrities who publicly support political candidates may want to think twice about doing so, according to a UNH researcher who has found that those who are most vocal about political, religious, and social causes may pay with decreased popularity and a hit to their wallets. 

    In fact, the more the public knows about celebrities...

  • The UNH Center for Family Business kicks off the new year of business programming with the panel discussion “A Taste of Family Business Solutions” Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012.   

    The program begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester. Breakfast and registration begins at 8 a.m., followed by lunch and networking at noon. The panel topics and participants are as follows:

    The Healthy Family Business: Everett Moitoza, Moitoza Consulting
    Families who actively manage their firm using wellness-based vs. deficit models are more likely to succeed and prosper. Moitoza will present and discuss the top 10 characteristics of a healthy family business. 

    Role of Valuation in Business Planning: Jeremy Weir, Management Planning

    From purchasing new equipment or a competitor to strategic planning and business succession, Weir will cover how understanding the value of what you have, of what you...

  • David LaneCelebrate the life of David M. Lane, Sunday, Sept.30, at the Biological Sciences Library in Kendall Hall (behind Nesmith Hall) and the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses, noon to 3 p.m.  

    Lane worked at the Biological Sciences Library for 27 years as biological sciences librarian and associate professor.  

    Noon: Pizza and potluck at the Biological Sciences Library; remarks begin at 1 p.m. (bring your stories); 2 to 4:30 p.m. the Macfarlane Research Greenhouses will be open to view Lane’s carnivorous plant and orchid collections.

    For more information, contact: Francis Hallahan, 2-1018, frh@unh.edu or Emily Poworoznek, 2-4168, el@unh.edu....

  • UNH Manchester will host a traditional Chinese Moon Festival on Thursday, Sept. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the college’s third floor auditorium. The event will include an ensemble of traditional Chinese celebration, including making Chinese lanterns and lantern riddles, a gourd pipe show, a chorus of Chinese love songs, a sample of Beijing Opera and some traditional games.

    The Moon Festival (simplified Chinese: 中秋节; traditional Chinese: 中秋節), is also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival Moon Festival, Moon Cake Festival, and Zhongqiu Festival.

    The celebration honors the goddess, Chang’e, who stole the elixir of immortality and fled to the moon. She is known as the Moon Goddess of Immortality.

    Today, the popular lunar harvest festival is celebrated...

  • The second open forum on eUNH will take place Friday, Oct. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Squamscott Room in Holloway Commons. Sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Faculty Senate. Lunch will be provided and served starting at noon.

    To register visit http://survey.unh.edu/surveycat/surveys/survey1216_eunhforum2.htm. You will have the opportunity to indicate your top three choices for the question you would like to address as a participant in the discussion groups. You will also be able to send a comment or question about eUNH.

    The program for the eUNH Forum is as follows:

    Noon: Lunch

    12:30-1 p.m.: Update on eUNH
    Terri Winters, eUNH director

    1-2:15 p.m.: Vision for eUNH
    Mark Huddleston, president
    John Aber, provost
    Todd DeMitchell, Faculty Senate vice chair
    Terri Winters, moderator

    2:30-3:15 p.m.: Developing an eUNH...

  • Giant pumpkinAt the 15th annual harvest festival at the Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) last Thursday (Sept. 20), UNH’s youngest students of agriculture celebrated fall with parents, teachers, and friends. Between mule-drawn wagon rides, scavenger hunts, homemade snacks, and face-painting, the junior farmers picked from the community learning garden, eagerly sharing the fruits (and vegetables) of their labors.  

    The community learning garden is part of the CSDC’s Growing a Green Generation Project supported by a grant from the HNH Foundation and previously by the Anna and Raymond Tuttle Environmental Horticulture Endowment through COLSA. The collaboration with horticulturalists and students includes a gardening curriculum and community outreach activities.

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  • The UNH Department of Education has received a $1.2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a science-based afterschool program and to research whether the program improves science achievement in traditionally underachieving groups.

     The project will engage over 2000 rural and indigenous youth in afterschool programs across New England in which they will map sustainable practices (MSP) within their communities. The goal is to strengthen the connection for youth between science and their home and community lives.

    Rural and indigenous children experience higher dropout rates, perform worse on science achievement tests, and are underrepresented in science careers as compared to non-rural students, according to the researchers. The research team believes that children are always motivated to learn, although they sometimes engage in behaviors that both hinder their academic performance and establish identities as “unmotivated...

  • By Sonia Scherr and Lynnette Hentges 

    Imagine that certain individuals could receive big tax breaks based solely on a characteristic that has nothing to do with their earnings or expenses. What’s more, individuals with this characteristic would, overall, have a lower cost of living than the general population. And the number of people with this characteristic would be growing quickly, so their preferential treatment at tax time would lead to billions in lost revenue nationwide.  

    Actually, this scenario isn’t hypothetical. Older Americans receive income tax preferences – often significant ones – from every state and from the federal government. UNH professor of economics Karen Conway has been studying these tax breaks for the elderly. She wants to know how and why they arose, who benefits the most, how much they cost, their effect on the labor force, and whether they function as politicians claim they do....

  • Between 2010 and 2011, the child poverty rate rose modestly across the nation to 22.5 percent. Today 16.4 million children live in poverty; 6.1 million of them are under age six, according to researchers from the Carsey Institute at UNH.

    In addition, 45 percent -- 32.7 million of America’s children -- live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty line.

    “It is important to understand young child poverty specifically, as children who are poor before age 6 have been shown to experience educational deficits, and health problems, with effects that span the life course,” the researchers said.

    To evaluate the changes in child poverty, researchers focused on two time periods -- change since 2007, as the nation entered the recession, and change since 2010. They also looked at young children -- children under 6 years old -- living in poverty as well as national poverty rates for...

  • Through a series of facilitated meetings, the mail services team created proposals to develop efficiencies and cost savings strategies that reflect the general trends in the mailing industry. The volume of paper mail has steadily and significantly decreased in the electronic age.   

    The proposal to discontinue delivery service to outlying entities has been implemented (with the buy-in of the customer) and is projected to save $8,000 this year. Other staffing and process related strategies have also been implemented. 

    The major initiative remaining is the proposal to reduce campus mail deliveries to 76 campus buildings to three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We reached out to the campus community to solicit feedback and received 38 responses, many of them positive and supportive. The 18 individuals with concerns were contacted personally, and most of them were resolved quickly. The others are in the process of being resolved.  ...

  • UNH graduate student Jason Goldstein gives a diving demonstrationGraduate student Jason Goldstein gives a diving demonstration at the Judd Gregg Marine Research Facility at last year’s Know the Coast event. Credit: Dennis Chasteen.

    For 40 years, researchers at UNH have been working to better understand the state’s short coastline and the dynamic marine environment just beyond it. At the third annual Know the Coast Day, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, faculty and student researchers will share what they’ve learned with free demonstrations and activities at two UNH marine laboratories.  

    “University of New Hampshire faculty are conducting research from Great Bay to the Arctic Ocean and the...

  • Win Watson with lobster.By Alan Schulte

    Driving along the New England Seacoast in mid-summer, there is likely no more iconic symbol you will find on your journey through the salty seaports than the North American Lobster. Greenish-red, snappy-clawed, and googly-eyed, the highly caricatured lobster, or Homarus americanus, is considered a staple at seaside restaurants and summertime gatherings. However, Win Watson, professor of zoology in the Department of Biological Sciences, has revealed a deeper dimension to this tasty crustacean.

    Through years of study and close interaction with...

  • Kate BolickWhen Kate Bolick wrote in The Atlantic about why women are choosing to delay marriage, she didn’t know that her cover story “All The Single Ladies” -- a blend of personal

    reflection and reporting – would provoke so much discussion on national news talk shows, lead to a book contract, and develop into a CBS sitcom.

    The UNH Writers Series welcomes Bolick, the 2012 Hyde Hibberd Visiting Writer, who will discuss blending the personal with the public in her talk “Personal Journalism: Locating Yourself in the World” Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. The event takes place at 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union Building, Theatre I. It is free and open to the public.

    Thanks to the generosity of the Hibberd family, each year the UNH Master of Fine Arts in Writing program invites a writer to campus to talk to graduate students,...

  • A new project from the UNH Institute on Disability (IOD) will address health disparities for individuals with disabilities in New Hampshire. The project, entitled “New Hampshire Disability and Public Health,” is funded by a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

    Data collected by the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the American Community Survey indicate that New Hampshire residents with disabilities experience greater health risks (such as higher rates of smoking, physical inactivity, and obesity), lower rates of health screenings (such as mammography), and more common self-reports of poor health than the general population. Health disparities like these compromise the quality of life for people with disabilities and result in a significant proportion of the state’s total health care expenditures.

    In collaboration with the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, the NH Disability and Public...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Baldwin, Shore, Simos and Veal.  Guests were John Aber and Joe Gilbert.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost said that President Huddleston will do a state-of-the-university address in October.  In addition, the provost will send a letter to all faculty soon, regarding events of the last three years and especially the academic review and new budget initiatives.  The budget cuts were difficult but have been accomplished, and now the university will focus on excellence all across campus.  The separation incentive program resulted in 120 fewer faculty and staff.  That will put stress on many programs.  There are currently more out-of-state students, up to 55% from 50%.  The first set of Navitas students has matriculated at UNH, after spending a bridge year here in...