News and Events
UNH's Holden Lecture delivered by "culinary geographer" Jeffrey Alford, October 25, 2012
Jeffrey Alford is an explorer, writer, and photographer, who has co-written, with Naomi Duguid, several books about geography and food. 7 p.m., Murkland 115
Geography alumnus nominated for ESPY
Tyler Walker, a 2008 UNH geography alumnus, is a finalist for ESPN television's 2012 Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) Award in the category of best male athlete with a disability.
Walker is a two-time Paralympian and a current member of the U.S. Paralympic alpine national team. The 26-year-old has captured national championships in giant slalom and slalom, won a World Cup title and earned a gold medal at the Winter X Games.
You can read more about Tyler's ESPN nomination here: http://unhwildcats.com/releases/walkerespynominee
You can vote for Tyler for an ESPY here (you must vote by July 9): http://tylerwalker.org/
You can learn more about Tyler on his website: http://tylerwalker.org/
Geography major awarded SURF
Kurt Murphy, a junior geography major from Stratham, has been awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship with UNH's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. He will spend most of the summer conducting research with a CCOM faculty mentor.
Geography faculty member awarded university professorship
Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography, has been awarded the Roland H. O'Neal Professorship by the University of New Hampshire. The award honors an outstanding untenured teaching faculty member and provides $8,000 a year for professional expenses for a three-year term.
The O'Neal Professorship was established by Virginia O’Neal in memory of her husband, Roland O’Neal, member of the UNH Class of 1934.
Geography major wins URC award
Geography major Nick Dowhaniuk was honored with an award of excellence at the 2012 UNH Undergraduate Research Conference. The award recognizes the best presentations at the conference.
Nick's poster and presentation was entitled "Monitoring Forest Loss and Population Growth in a Biodiversity Hotspot of Africa," and was based on research conducted with a grant from UNH's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. That project investigated the relationships between population growth and forest loss around Kibale National Park in Uganda. He worked with Professor Joel Hartter and Michael Routhier, director of the GIS and Remote Sensing Lab at UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space.
Two geography majors honored
The Department of Geography is pleased to announce the winners of our two annual student awards.
Paul Goodwin has been awarded our Robert LeBlanc Prize, given annually to the best all-around student in the department. The LeBlanc Prize is named for Robert LeBlanc, a native of Nashua who was a faculty member in the Department of Geography from 1963 until 1999. He was killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York's World Trade Center.
Brent Tardiff has been awarded our Malcolm and Virginia Smith Award, given annually to a graduating senior in each department in the College of Liberal Arts who has demonstrated the most progress and growth academically in their major field of study during their undergraduate years.
Geography major wins photography fellowship
Sydney Bilodeau, a senior geography major, has been awarded a photography fellowship by UNH's Department of Art and Art History. The fellowship is awarded annually to an art major who has demonstrated outstanding performance in photography. The fellowship will pay her in-state tuition next year in return for her managing the art department's photography facilities.
Sydney had planned to graduate in May 2012, but will now stay at UNH an extra year so she can complete a dual major in studio arts.
Two geography majors win awards
Duncan Nelson, a junior geography major from Canaan, New Hampshire, has been awarded the Coe-Hall Dean’s Scholarship by the College of Liberal Arts for 2012-13. The scholarship was established through the generosity of Fred W. Hall (UNH class of 1941) and Jane Coe Hall (class of 1939) to provide support for outstanding students in the College of Liberal Arts. This scholarship rotates among departments in the college each year.
Paul Goodwin, a senior geography major from Dover, New Hampshire, has been awarded a Winant Fellowship by Carsey Institute at UNH, which will pay him to complete an internship this summer with the City of Somersworth Planning Department. The Winant fellowship program was established in 1982 in memory of the late New Hampshire governor John G. Winant to encourage the professional development of undergraduates with a strong commitment to public service.
Blog written by UNH geography grad nominated for Webby award
A blog called Ecocentric that is written in part by a UNH geography graduate, Peter Hanlon, has been nominated for a Webby Award, an international awarded presented annually for excellence on the Internet by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Ecocentric (http://www.ecocentricblog.org/) is a blog about food, water, and energy produced by New York-based GRACE Communications Foundation. Ecocentric has been nominated from a Webby Award in the “green” category. For more information about Ecocentric's nomination go to http://pv.webbyawards.com/ballot/101
Peter Hanlon, a 1996 UNH grad, is a senior research and policy analyst for the GRACE. After graduating from UNH, he earned an MA in marine affairs from the University of Rhode Island.
Three geography majors win research awards
The Department of Geography is proud to announce that three of our majors have won undergraduate research grants or awards to support their research.
Nick Dowhaniuk, a senior geography major, has been awarded a grant by UNH’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) to study the relationships between population growth and forest loss around Kibale National Park in Uganda. Professor Joel Hartter will be advising Nick on this project and will incorporate the results into his own research in the region. Nick will also be working closely with researchers at McGill University. He will work with Michael Routhier from the GIS laboratory at UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space to produce an interactive map depicting land use, population density, and land cover change around Kibale that will be accessible via the world wide web to researchers, park wardens, and government officials working in the area.
Irene Feretti, a dual major in geography and biology, has been awarded a grant by UNH’s International Research Opportunities Program (IROP) to fund her research investigating the effectiveness of malaria prevention programs among young girls in northern Uganda who have experienced severe physical and emotional trauma as a result of armed conflict in the region. Professor Joel Hartter is advising her on this project. Irene will spend nine weeks in Uganda next summer conducting research and interviewing girls in the region. She will work closely with Child Voice International, health professionals, and local women.
Eric Pugliano, a dual major in geography and history, has won a UNH Undergraduate Research Award to support his work to create a series of maps depicting the journeys of people who were forcibly relocated by the Soviet Union during the 1930s and 1940s. He is working with Cathy Fierson, professor of history, on that project. Professor Blake Gumprecht has advised Eric on map making to enable him to learn how to create such maps. The maps will be published in a book entitled I Survived, I Speak: Children of the Gulag Tell Their Stories, which will be published by Yale University Press.
Congratulations to Nick, Irene, and Eric, and good luck with your projects! We hope their efforts will inspire other geography majors to pursue independent research projects.