UNH History Professor Shares Russian Experiences in Annual Lindberg Address

By Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau

April 11, 2001

DURHAM, N.H. -- Cathy Frierson, associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, will talk about her experiences as a historian of Russia over the last 15 years during the annual Lindberg ceremony Monday, April 23. Frierson was the 2000 recipient of the Lindberg Award for her achievements as an outstanding scholar and teacher in the College of Liberal Arts.

In her address, "Mysteries of History and Memory in Russian Historical Research," Frierson will discuss the circumstances surrounding her access to archives in Moscow and provincial towns in Russia since 1984. A reception in the dean's office in Murkland Hall will begin at 3 p.m., followed by the address at 3:30 p.m. in room 110 of Murkland. Both the reception and address are free and open to the public.

Following tradition, Robert Mair, professor of psychology at UNH, will receive this year's Lindberg Award at the ceremony. Nominated by students and colleagues, Mair is an internationally known researcher of neurobiological models of memory loss (amnesia). His work has increased scientists' understanding of the etiology of and memory deficits associated with Korsakoff's disease, which is caused by the thiamine deficiency often seen in alcoholics. Ultimately, this could lead to the development of a drug treatment for the disease.

The annual Lindberg Award was established by the College of Liberal Arts in 1986 in memory of Professor Gary Lindberg of the Department of English. Professor Lindberg was an exceptional scholar and outstanding teacher whose dedication and service to UNH as well as the wider community exemplified the highest academic standards and ideals.

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