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UNH Researchers Discover Destructive Southern Pine Beetle in Northern Forests

DURHAM, N.H.—Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have discovered the southern pine beetle, one of the most damaging tree-dwelling insects in the Southeast, in forests in Maine and New Hampshire. The southern pine beetle has never been seen this far north and has forestry experts concerned, specifically about the pitch pine barren trees found throughout New England. “Warmer winter temperatures make it easier for beetles to survive further north,” said Jeff Garnas, associate professor of forest ecosystem health, whose research team made the discovery. “While not exactly surprising, this finding is a stark reminder of how species, including those of significant ecological and economic importance, are already responding to the changing climate.” The southern pine beetle was found...

University of New Hampshire Announces December 2021 Graduates

The following students graduated from the University of New Hampshire in December 2021. Students who received the honor of summa cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.85-4.0; students who received the honor of magna cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.65-3.84; and students who received the honor of cum laude graduated with a GPA of 3.50-3.64. Students are only graduated after the Registrar’s Office has certified that all degree requirements have been successfully completed. UNH Graduates New Hampshire (by County): Belknap CountyCarroll CountyCheshire CountyCoos CountyGrafton CountyHillsborough CountyMerrimack CountyRockingham CountyStrafford CountySullivan County UNH Graduates Regionally by State: ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsRhode IslandVermont UNH Graduates Outside of New England:Non-New...

UNH’s Innovative, State-of-the-Art Lab Surpasses One Million COVID-19 Tests

DURHAM, N.H.—A uniquely designed lab on the campus of the University of New Hampshire has completed over one million tests to detect and monitor the coronavirus. The cutting-edge lab not only performs specifically designed self-swab tests for students, faculty and staff but also plays an important testing role to help provide a safe environment for the greater community by processing tests for more than 125 other groups, including secondary schools, long term-care facilities and other colleges in the state. “The UNH lab was set up in record time to provide an aggressive way to keep our university community safe and over the past year and a half has grown to be an integral part of the state’s COVID-19 surveillance as well as a national leader in COVID genomics and a model for collegiate...

UNH Research Finds Lack of Childcare Led to Disproportionate Job Loss

DURHAM, N.H.—About five million U.S. households had a child under age 12 who was unable to attend childcare as a result of it being closed, unavailable, unaffordable or because parents were concerned about the child’s safety, according to new research released by the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. This lack of access to childcare led to a loss of employment for one in five of those households. Black and low-income households with a child under age 12 were more likely to report inadequate access to childcare—one third versus one quarter among all households. “Any illusion that the childcare crises of early 2020 were transitory and now resolved is incorrect,” said the researchers. “Our study illustrates multiple and overlapping forms of disadvantage. Not...

UNH Research Amidst COVID-19 Finds Leadership Style May Impact Crisis Outcomes

DURHAM, N.H.— As the saying goes, with great power comes great responsibility and new research shows that may have had significant meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic where varying responses from world leaders influenced infection outcomes. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Nebraska at Omaha took a closer look at international leadership styles and found global leaders that had a rational, problem-solving approach toward the crisis were associated with fewer country-wide infections. “We found that differences in leadership sensemaking style significantly predicted case rates,” said Jennifer Griffith, UNH associate professor of organizational behavior and management. “In short, how leaders process, categorize and interpret information can impact their...

UNH Receives $3.5 Million to Develop Innovative STEM Education Programs

DURHAM, N.H.— Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have received $3.5 million over five years from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a multi-tiered program that will support New Hampshire middle and high schoolers in learning topics related to STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program will supply enrichment training to teachers and establish a peer mentoring program for students, focusing largely on English learners, students often underrepresented in the STEM field. “As a group, multilingual students continue to be inadequately represented in STEM in college and in the workforce, and these issues have been further complicated by recent education disruptions, for all students, because of COVID-19,” said Julie Bryce, professor in Earth...

UNH Receives Over $3 Million For Multi-State Coastal Restoration and Resilience Program

DURHAM, N.H.— Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have received $3.1 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) for an innovative project to pair marsh restoration and resilience efforts in the Hampton-Seabrook Estuary with dune stabilization measures from northern Massachusetts to southern New Hampshire. These endeavors are aimed at protecting the Great Marsh which ecologically extends across the two states. The project will use a variety of restoration techniques coupled with the latest technology, like drone-based modelling, and will involve stakeholders, community volunteers and K-12 students to participate in creating solutions to stabilize and manage these fragile ecosystems. “The Great Marsh is a dynamic watershed system that serves as the primary...

UNH Research Finds Future Snowmelt Could Have Costly Consequences on Infrastructure

DURHAM, N.H.— Climate change and warmer conditions have altered snow-driven extremes and previous studies predict less and slower snowmelt in the northern United States and Canada. However, mixed-phase precipitation—shifting between snow and rain—is increasing, especially in higher elevations, making it more challenging to predict future snowmelt, a dominant driver of severe flooding. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire took a closer look at previous studies, and because geographical areas respond differently to climate change, they found future snowmelt incidences could vary greatly by the late 21st century. Snowmelt could decrease over the continental U.S. and southern Canada but increase in Alaska and northern Canada resulting in larger flooding vulnerabilities and possibly...