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  • Jessica LeplerThe credit market had ground to a halt. Banks suspended their operations. Economic giants around the world teetered on the edge of financial collapse. Global banks appealed to governments for support.

    Though it sounds eerily familiar, this is a description of the Panic of 1837, which led to a global depression that ushered in nearly a decade of poverty, dispossession, and exploitation.

    In her new book "The Many Panics of 1837: People, Politics, and the Creation of a Transatlantic Financial Crisis" (October 2013, Cambridge University Press), Jessica Lepler, assistant professor of history, details how in the spring of 1837, people panicked...

  • Cray supercomputer with UNH staff

    From left to right, Bernie Vasquez, Kai Germaschewski, Gregory Chini (front), Jimmy Raeder, Benjamin Chandran, John Gibson, and Patrick Messer. Photo by Kristi Donahue, UNH-EOS.

    A new supercomputer at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) will enable leading-edge research in multiple facets of modern physics. The Cray supercomputer, the only one in New Hampshire, was made possible by a $534,977 Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award from the National Science Foundation, including $196,995 from NSF’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR. 

    UNH will introduce the new supercomputer, dubbed Trillian after a...

  • From College Letter:

    Nine new assistant professors as well as a number of new teaching lecturers have joined the College of Liberal Arts' ranks this year.

    The department of education has welcomed four new assistant professors this year—Jade Caines, Elyse Hambacher, Emilie Reagan, and Winston Thompson—a cadre with cutting-edge expertise particularly in the area of teaching education. The department of English has gained two assistant professors who teach in English education and linguistics, Soo Hyon Kim and Alecia Magnifico. A neuroscientist, Robert Ross, joins the department of psychology, supporting the burgeoning neuroscience and behavior major. Two additional assistant professors will join us in January: Natalie Porter, a medical anthropologist, who is finishing up postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford; and Subrena Smith, a philosopher, who is completing her doctorate at Cornell.

    A number of new teaching lecturers have also joined the...

  • UNH will continue to open its doors to the business community and create new streams of revenue with the creation of UNH Innovation. UNH Innovation is about providing access to the outputs of the university.

    “UNH Innovation will make the university a leading voice for innovation in the state,” said President Mark Huddleston. “Our history as a land-grant institution has always been one of providing access to the latest knowledge and research to solve the challenges facing New Hampshire and the world. UNH is committed to helping accelerate the state’s economy, and we believe this will help tremendously.”

    UNH Innovation comprises licensing, what was once the university’s Office of Research Partnerships and Commercialization; services like the InterOperability Lab and equipment or facilities rentals; and ventures and economic development, with plans to create a mentorship program and increased opportunities for students to work directly with businesses.

    “UNH...

  • Art for The GraduateThe UNH Celebrity Series will present “LATW: The Graduate” Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Paul Creative Arts Center’s Johnson Theatre. 

    “The Graduate,” its characters, phrases, and themes, continue to ring true a half century after the publication of the novel. Whether seen on film or stage, or read, “The Graduate” has been a touchstone for generations, representing the universal feelings of rebellion, confusion, frustration, love, and redemption so honestly, and hilariously, embodied by the characters of Mrs. Robinson, Benjamin Braddock, Elaine, and the rest. 

    In the early 1960s, when Charles Webb wrote a novel called “The Graduate,” America was in an “age of youth.” Young people were leading the way to social, political, and cultural transformation. Webb’s novel, published in 1963, was...

  • The UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index for September 2013 dropped to 76.8 compared with 78.1 in August 2013. Overall the lodging executives’ sentiment for present and future business conditions have weakened slightly compared to last month’s robust reporting.

    “What lodging executives are saying is the current deadlock in Washington has impacted demand as occupancy has flattened,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index. 

    Thirty-eight percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, a decrease from 44 percent last period, while 62 percent indicated conditions were normal, up from 56 percent during the same period. No executive indicated such conditions were bad in either period. 

    Managed by the department of hospitality management at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the LESI is based on a monthly survey of lodging executives representing companies with...

  • Paul College students observe a 3D printer

    Kevin Klosek-Stevens, left, and Spencer Roux observe a 3D printer in the new Innovation Lab at the Paul College. Mike Ross/UNH Photographic Services.

    For the first time, UNH students will be able to rapidly prototype new products – in a matter of hours – with a 3D printer and 3D image scanning system that are part of the new Innovation Lab at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. 

    Paul College recently launched the Innovation Lab, which was made possible by support from Borealis Ventures, New Hampshire’s largest venture capital firm, and Unitil, a public utility holding...

  • Erica BourqueWhen senior Erica Bourque was studying in Budapest last year, her most profound experience was visiting Auschwitz and Birkenau. She had classroom knowledge of the atrocities that had occurred in the camps, but to stand in the places where the events happened was powerful. "To think that so many innocent people were treated in such a way is horrifying," says Bourque. "It was life-changing."

    It's that capacity for empathy that drives Bourque, a psychology major from Londonderry, N.H. As she considers her options for life after UNH, one thing she knows for sure is that she wants to work with and for people, perhaps as a guidance counselor in schools or in a social services agency.

    Because of a stellar academic record and her study in Budapest, Bourque has been chosen to receive the first Evelyn E....

  • Tegan O'Neill, a political science major, is an intern at the Sustainability Institute.

    Tegan O'NeillWhat will you be doing as an intern at the Sustainability Institute at UNH (UNHSI)?

    I am excited to be joining UNHSI as an intern this fall. I will be working on student outreach projects, including blogging, mapping, and finding creative ways to get students and the community involved in UNHSI.

    How will you use what you've learned in your classes in your work at UNHSI?

    As a political science major, I have learned...

  • On March 20, 2012, the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) revised the hazard communication standard to align with the provisions of the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS).

    These changes impact all users of hazardous chemicals at the UNH. GHS is an international, standardized approach to hazard communication. This new system ensures chemical users worldwide will understand the labeling and hazard identification associated with chemicals. 

    The intent of GHS is to ensure hazard classifications are consistent and standardized on an international level to help prevent workplace injuries, illnesses and fatalities while ensuring the safe use of chemicals from cradle to grave. The GHS benefits include consistency and quality of information by adopting a standardized worldwide approach for chemical classification, standardized labels and Safety Data Sheets.

    What are the major changes to the hazard...

  • Author and social entrepreneur Sam Daley-Harris will visit UNH Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, to discuss how citizens can make a difference in their communities and the nation.

    The lecture will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the MUB Strafford Room. The visit is sponsored by the Carsey Institute, New Hampshire Listens, Student Environmental Action Coalition, and Climate Counts. It is free and open to the public.

    In his book “Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government,” Daley-Harris calls on ordinary citizens to stand up, speak up and take action. Daley-Harris and the organizations he has founded or coached have been leading advocacy voices in three global movements: microfinance, which provides small loans for the poor around the world; child survival, which is saving...

  • Joanna Young has been appointed associate vice president for finance at the university in addition to her role as chief information officer. She has been serving in the financial position on an interim basis for the past two years.

    “During the interim period I asked Joanna to bring her skills to bear in strengthening the financial organization,” said Dick Cannon, vice president for finance and administration. “She has demonstrated very strong leadership skills and management abilities, and I am confident she will continue to do so in this important role.”

    Not only will combining the two positions result in a salary and benefits savings for an executive level position, but it will continue to improve efficiencies at the university. 

    “This move allows us to leverage two great teams of technology and financial experts,” Cannon said. “Technology is an enabler of efficiency, innovation and information management. Finance has a keen focus on analytics and...

  • Jeff Sohl

    The U.S. angel investor market in the first two quarters of 2013 showed signs that sustainable growth has taken hold since the correction in the second half of 2008 and the first half of 2009, with total investments at $9.7 billion, an increase of 5.2 percent over the same period in 2012, according to the Center for Venture Research at UNH. 

    The UNH Center for Venture Research released new data about the state of the U.S. angel investor...

  • The Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization has announced the research poster tutorial, Creating a Large Format Poster to Present Your Research, is available for download and use on Blackboard. 

    The tutorial is designed as a self-paced, cross-referenced guide to creating a research poster. The format is PDF, kept simple, and not dependent on sound or animation. It is to be viewed on-screen since many of the slides are a series, building one upon the other. Faculty are urged to share the tool with students.  

    It consists of 10 chapters. View chapters as they apply...

  • Oct. 24, 2013                       

    To:       Members of the University Community                                                                                       

    From:  Dick Cannon, Vice President for Finance & Administration

    Re:      Curtailed Operations – Normal Work Week and Weekends

    As we...