News from UNH campus

Thursday, June 19, 2014

J. William Harris and Tom Safford

KUDOS: Two UNH professors will be taking their talents abroad this fall as recipients of Fulbright awards, which are among the most prestigious awards a faculty member can receive. J. William Harris, professor of history, has been named to the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center in the Netherlands, where he will work on a book about the history of the American South since the Civil War. Tom Safford, associate professor of sociology, received a Fulbright Scholar award to study science and coastal development planning in Santa Catarina, Brazil. Harris and Safford will return to UNH in 2015 to share the fruits of their studies with students and colleagues here.

Jennifer Seavey

FAMILY TIES: On April 1, wildlife ecologist Jennifer Seavey became executive director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory, operated jointly by UNH and Cornell on Appledore Island. Seavey is the first executive director to be based at UNH—and also the first to have a familial connection to the Isles of Shoals, an archipelago of nine islands six miles off the New Hampshire shoreline. Seavey Island, one of Appledore's smaller neighbors, is named after her ancestor, William Seavey. Seavey comes to the lab from the University of Florida's Seahorse Key Marine Laboratory and brings "an ideal combination of academic credibility and relevant marine lab leadership experience," says Larry Mayer, director of UNH's School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering.

TRANSITION: This summer, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice John T. Broderick will step down as dean of UNH Law to become the school's first Warren B. Rudman Chair and executive director of its Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership, and Public Policy. Taking Broderick's place at the helm of the law school is Jordan Budd, who joined the faculty in 2006 and currently serves as associate dean for academic affairs. Budd, who was centrally involved in the school's 2010 integration with UNH, has been appointed to a three-year interim term.

PAUL CHAIR: Joseph Dwyer, one of the leading lightning experts in the academic community, has been named the new Peter T. Paul Chair in Spaces Sciences at UNH. Credited with creating a new field of research on high-energy physics in lightning, Dwyer currently heads up the Lightning Research Group at Florida Institute of Technology's Geospace Physics Laboratory. He will join the UNH faculty at the start of the fall semester, with dual appointments in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS). "The EOS Space Science Center is one of the best places in the world to do space-based research and will provide me with the opportunity to expand my research in exciting new directions," Dwyer says.

Originally published by:

UNH Magazine, Spring 2014 Issue


Photography by Perry Smith and Lisa Nugent