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  • Community members are invited to embrace their inner spy for the next gourmet dinner hosted by the Advanced Food and Beverage Management students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. The students will host the James Bond-themed License to Dine dinner Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, and the dinner’s first formal brunch Sunday, April 6, 2014.

    “The gourmet dinner features six courses inspired by the stories of James Bond, created by Ian Fleming. His work originated on paper and transformed into films. We will recreate the style and imagery for this themed event. Guests are invited to embrace their inner spy on this culinary mission as they enjoy a night of taste, elegance, and mystique,” said Lucy McGinty, general manager for License to Dine.

    The evening begins with cocktail hour at 5 p.m., followed by a formal dinner at 6 p.m. The Sunday brunch begins with cocktail service at 11:30 a.m. followed by a formal brunch at noon.

    McGinty said the...

  • Former UNH Police Chief Nick Halias died Monday, March 3, 2014. A 43-year veteran of New Hampshire law enforcement, Halias was chief of the UNH department from 2000-2012.

    In 1969, Halias joined the New Hampshire State Police, retiring in 2000. During his time with the state police, he was commander of the narcotics and intelligence unit and the Governor's Executive Protection Unit. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Halias had a Master of Science in criminal justice from Fitchburg State College.

    Halias served on numerous boards, including the board of trustees for the Community College System of New Hampshire; the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Committee of the Governor's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, Northeast Region; and the Department of Justice, Electronic Crime Partnership Initiative (ECPI);

    He also was an adjunct faculty member with the Community College System of New...

  • The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics has received two 2014 Best of Business (BOB) awards from New Hampshire Business Review recognizing the business college’s MBA program and the Paul J. Holloway Innovation-to-Market Prize.

    In a statewide readers' survey, the MBA program was named the Best MBA Program in the state and the Paul J. Holloway Innovation-to-Market Prize was honored as the state’s best Business Startup Competition. The New Hampshire Business Review’s 2014 BOB Awards honor the best of business in New Hampshire in more than 90 categories.

    Winners will be honored Thursday, March 6, 2014, at a celebratory event at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

    "With 3,900 ballots cast for the 2014 Awards, the BOBs continue to be a considered a standard of excellence in New Hampshire’s business community," said Jeff Feingold, editor of NH...

  • From campfires to computers, sailing to singing, the University of New Hampshire offers a range of summer camps and programs to entertain and educate K-12 youth. Registration for many of the 2014 offerings, now easier to explore on a new website, is now open. 

    Programs range from traditional summer camp fare to specialty athletics camps for athletes of all ages to offerings that scratch a variety of academic itches. Young visual artists, dancers and thespians can pursue their artistic passions, and instrumental and choral musicians can spend tuneful weeks in Durham. For a full list of...

  • Next week, some of the region’s brightest up-and-comers in the hot field of cyber security will gather at UNH for the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, hosted by UNH’s computer science department March 14 – 16, 2014. 

    The UNH Cyber Security Club Wildhats (a play on “black hats,” slang for hackers) will compete against teams from Alfred State College, Champlain College, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), SUNY IT, Syracuse University, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). 

    “Hosting this year’s NECCDC is not only a big opportunity for us personally, but for the computer science department and our university as a whole. It proves that we are serious and invested in excelling in the area of cyber security,” says Wildhats team president Greg Hilston ‘15. “It is an opportunity to exhibit our skills and talents as students, all while showcasing the...

  • In a paper recently published in Nature Communications, an international team of scientists, including three from UNH’s Space Science Center, uncovers the origin and cause of an extreme space weather event that occurred on July 22, 2012 at the sun and generated the fastest solar wind speed ever recorded directly by a solar wind instrument. 

    The formation of the rare, powerful storm showed striking, novel features that were detected by a UNH-built instrument on board NASA’s twin-satellite Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) mission. An instrument led by the University of California, Berkeley also made key measurements.

    The 2012 storm was so powerful that had it been aimed at Earth instead of at the STEREO A spacecraft, which was located 120 degrees off to the side of Earth, the consequences would have been dramatic: widespread aurora, satellite malfunctions, and potential for failures with ground-based electricity grids.

    To date, it has been...

  • Whether you are at home, at work, in a public place, or on the UNH campus, it’s likely you are often in areas served by natural gas pipelines. Across the U.S., more than 2.2 million miles of pipelines and mains deliver natural gas for use by residential, commercial and industrial customers. 

    Like all forms of energy, natural gas must be handled properly. Despite an excellent safety record, a gas leak caused by damage to a pipeline may pose a hazard and has the potential to ignite.

    On the Durham campus there are two underground gas piping networks beneath the roads and grounds of campus. EcoLine™, UNH’s landfill gas-to-energy project, delivers processed landfill gas to campus for use in our two gas turbines via a 12” underground transmission pipeline beginning 12.6 miles away at the Waste Management Turnkey Landfill in Rochester and terminating at the central heating plant on Library Way. There is also a distribution network of smaller diameter underground natural...

  • The UNH Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program, which focuses on the tools, techniques and solutions for implementing environmentally and socially responsible business practices, will hold its next session April 2-4, 2014.

    Formerly known as the Institute for Corporate Sustainability, the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program is directed toward mid-level and senior professionals seeking to increase knowledge and functional skills in the practices and principles of corporate sustainability. It is a collaboration of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the UNH Sustainability Institute and the New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.

    “The program is based on the core premise rapidly being adopted by leading global companies that businesses can continue to drive profitable growth for the shareholders while also helping address some of the major challenges we face as a society by incorporating sustainability concepts into their core...

  • Faina Bukher

    Faina Bukher is the assistant to the Women's Studies Program coordinator

    How does the Women's Studies Program connect to sustainability?

    The way the Women's Studies Program is constructed foundationally supports creating sustainable feminists and diverse activists and social transformation for the long haul. We do this by employing feminist principles of commitment to process, empowerment, self-care and allyship both in and out of the classroom.

    Tell us about the UNH Feminist week at UNH this March.


  • Forest Watch, UNH’s pioneering K-12 inquiry-based research program, recently recognized two teachers for 17 years of service to the program and their students at a ceremony held on the Durham campus.

    High school teacher Frank Schmidt of Hebron, Conn. and 6th grade science teacher Otto Wurzburg of St. Johnsbury, Vt. each received the 2014 Gary N. Lauten Award for outstanding service and commitment. The event was held as part of the Forest Watch annual teacher workshop.

    For more than 20 years, Forest Watch has taken students and teachers out of their classrooms to study air pollution and forest health. Since 1991, more than 350 schools across New England have helped researchers at UNH to gather samples and measurements of white pine needles to monitor the impacts of ground-level ozone, or smog. Student data have clearly shown that white pine health is closely tied to variations in ozone levels, which have dropped steadily in NH since 1991.

    Schmidt teaches...

  • Joe Faro ’91, owner of Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market in Salem, will speak at the next meeting of the UNH CEO Forum Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 9 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics with coffee and networking, with a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

    Faro will talk about his passion for Italian food, his time at UNH, developing Joseph’s Pasta into a $60 million business, and launching Tuscan Brands and Tuscan Market in Salem. Attendees also will have the opportunity to tour Paul College. 

    With more than 25 years of food experience, Faro grew up appreciating the artisan craftsmanship behind creating great food by working in his parents' bakery in Haverhill, Mass. His first company, Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces, came to life first as a business plan that he was required to write for a UNH business class. After entering the UNH Whittemore School ...

  • Students bleeding horseshoe crabs

    Students bleed a horseshoe crab to replicate the biomedical process used to procure Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL), a product used to ensure vaccines are free of bacterial contamination.

    Credit: Alexandria Sandry, Plymouth State University  

    New research from Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire indicates that collecting and bleeding horseshoe crabs for biomedical purposes causes short-term changes in their behavior and physiology that could exacerbate the crabs’ population decline in parts of the east coast.

    Each year, the U.S. biomedical industry harvests the...

  • More than 20 years of data from UNH’s K-12 inquiry-based Forest Watch research program show the state’s population of white pine trees have regained health in step with lower smog levels attained through tougher federal and state air quality standards.

    The Forest Watch research documenting improved tree health since 1991 was borne out by data recently compiled by the state’s Department of Environmental Services-Air Resources Division that show a steady decline in ground-level ozone (smog) since the late 1980s. The collective results were reported at the annual Forest Watch teacher’s workshop held recently on the university’s Durham campus. 

    State records indicate that 1991 was the peak year for ozone and that levels have been declining ever since. This is due in part to passage of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which among other things increased restrictions on ozone-producing pollution emissions, as well as related state and regional efforts to...

  • Facilities invites campus customers to attend an information session on their new integrated facilities project management tracking and reporting process and communication tool Tuesday, March 18, from 12:40 – 2 p.m. in the Paul College, room 185.  

    They also will share their process for assigning new projects via their control center (FCC), robust asset management information system FAMIS and the new project portal.  

    The new project management tracking tool consists of real time, up-to-date status reports for indoor and outdoor construction projects and will be accessible to anyone on campus. 

    The online website, UNH FPM construction map, which uses Geocortex software, is a graphical campus map interface that uses GIS and project portal data to plot information about current construction projects. 

    The facilities project management portal is an...

  • The UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current period ending January 2014 dropped to 76.9 from 80.8 in December 2013. Overall the lodging executives’ sentiment for present business conditions was down during this current period while future business conditions increased.

    “There appears to be concern surrounding corporate travel business, with questions on the Asian business climate,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index.

    Sixty-two percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, a decrease from 77 percent last period, while 23 percent indicated conditions were normal, up from 15 percent during the previous period. During the current period, 15 percent of executives indicated present conditions were bad, an increase from last period when 8 percent of executives had such concern. 

    Managed by the Department of Hospitality Management at the UNH Peter T. Paul...