Earth Systems Research Center botanist Barry Rock officially retired in late May after 40 years of teaching and research, including 25 at UNH. However, he will still serve as director of Forest Watch, which he founded 21 years ago. Forest Watch is a unique program that engages primary and secondary school students in the hands-on collection and processing of field data relating to air pollution damage in forest stands.
UNH graduate student Matthew Vadeboncoeur was recently awarded a 2011 Switzer Environmental Fellowship by the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation. The fellowship is one of just 20 awarded this year by the foundation for emerging environmental leaders who are pursuing graduate degrees and are dedicated to working towards positive environmental change in their career work. Fellows, chosen from universities in New England and California, each receive $15,000 to help them complete their degrees.