The Newsletter of UNH Global Engagement
Spring 2015

International Research at UNH

UNH Research 2014, from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research

Below is a sampling of international research by UNH faculty, excerpted from UNH Research 2014. Please send us information about your international publications, grants or research achievements for the next issue of the UNH International Educator.

Charles Drum Delivers Keynote at 2014 Pacific Rim Conference
Charles Drum, director of the Institute on Disability at UNH, gave the keynote presentation at the 30th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity. In his presentation, “Disability and Public Health - Five Years later,” Drum discussed the continuing evolution of research, policy, and practice related to public health and disability. More >>

David Hagner Joins the AAIDD Delegation to Poland
Research professor David Hagner of the UNH Institute on Disability traveled to Poland with a delegation sponsored by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. In Poland, Hagner studied the country's support systems for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and explored ideas for future collaborative projects with Polish researchers. Hagner also presented “Current Practices in the U.S. on Employment for People with Disabilities” at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and at the Jagellonian University in Krakow. More >>

Dr. Therese Willkomm Brings Assistive Technology Solutions to India
Therese Willkomm, director of ATinNH (Assistive Technology in New Hampshire) in the Institute on Disability at UNH, conducted twelve hands-on assistive technology workshops with over 1000 students and faculty members at three colleges in India during January. Read more below.

History Professor Wins John Lyman Book Award for “Whales and Nations”
Kurkpatrick Dorsey, professor of history, has won the 2013 John Lyman Book Award in the category “Naval and Maritime Science and Technology” for Whales and Nations: Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas, published by the University of Washington Press. His book provides a unique perspective on the challenges facing international conservation projects that has profound implications for current questions of global environmental cooperation and sustainability. Read more below.

Justiceworks Researcher Recognized for Distinguished Contributions to Research
Laurence Armand French ’68 ’70G ’75G, affiliate professor with Justiceworks, was awarded the Distinguished Career Contribution to research Award by the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race (Division 45) of the American Psychological Association. More >>

New Book Explores Courts and Mental Illness in Early Modern Italy
Assistant professor of history Elizabeth W. Mellyn has published her first book Mad Tuscans and Their Families: A History of mental Disorder in Early Modern Italy, which uses court cases to examine four centuries of Italian policy and practice concerning citizens with mental disorders. More >>

UNH Anthropologist Publishes Book on Women and Islam
Svetlana Peshkova, assistant professor of anthropology, has published a pioneering ethnographic study analyzing the role of “otinchalar,” female religious leaders in a conservative Muslim community located in the Fergana Valley of Uzbekistan. In Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces, Peshkova draws upon several years of fieldwork to chronicle both daily life and structures of social power for Muslim women in Uzbekistan. More >>

History Professor Publishes Book on Transnationalism and the German City
Jeffrey Diefendorf, Pamela Shulman Professor in European and Holocaust Studies and professor of history, has co-edited a volume of essays in urban studies on the topic of the German city, titled Transnationalism and the German City (Studies in European Culture and History). More >>

Antartic Ice Sheet is Result of CO2 Decrease, Not Continental Breakup
In a paper published in Nature, Matthew Huber of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and department of Earth sciences provides evidence that the most likely explanation for the initiation of Antarctic glaciation during a major climate shift 34 million years ago was decreased carbon dioxide (CO2) levels. The finding counters a 40-year-old theory suggesting that massive rearrangements of Earth's continents caused global cooling and the abrupt formation of the Antarctic ice sheet. Read more below.