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  • The University of New Hampshire lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 26 percent compared to a 2001 baseline, it reported in its latest greenhouse gas emissions inventory, released today. Based on current emissions reduction goals set forth in UNH’s Climate Action Plan, called “WildCAP”, the university is well on the way to achieving its goal of reducing emissions 50 percent by 2020.

    The latest greenhouse gas emissions inventory public report and a longer technical report can be downloaded at www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/ghginventory.

    UNH has steadily reduced its carbon footprint, primarily because of its cogeneration heat and power plant, the EcoLine landfill gas project, and a revolving energy efficiency fund (EEF) that invests in on-campus energy efficiency projects. UNH sells the renewable energy certificates (RECs) associated with EcoLine’s electricity generation and uses the funds generated...

  • Three new exhibitions featuring the work of emerging artists are on display at the Museum of Art. The 2013 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition, the 2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition I, and the2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II, showcase the artistic talents of students graduating from the department of art and art history’s studio art program.

    The exhibitions include a variety of creative works in drawing, ceramics, painting, photography, and printmaking. The2013 M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition II opens to the public on Friday, May 3 from 6-8 p.m.The artists will be present at the reception, which is open to the public free of charge.

    2013 Senior B.A and B.F.A. Exhibition

    The 2013 Senior B.A. and B.F.A. Exhibition features works by 12 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree who draw upon their own experiences, interests, and studies to develop a strong body of work to present in this...

  • river fireWhen Northern Ohio’s Cuyahoga River caught fire back in 1952, the depth of American environmental degradation was made manifest. The startling image helped spawn the environmental movement and the eventual passage of laws that cleaned up the nation's water and air.

    In like fashion, if the ever-thickening blanket of planet-warming carbon dioxide were to blacken the sky, would mankind move with similar resolve to apply the brakes on global warming?

    "There is a critical need in the whole range of climate change science to make the invisible visible," says Cameron Wake of the Earth System Research Center, "and measuring carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a great example."

    If people could see the parts per million of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, Wake says, "I think there...

  • In the wake of a hot water pipe break Saturday, April 6, 2013, that left three female students with serious burns to their feet, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston has called for an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

    “I was devastated to learn three of our students suffered serious burns when this pipe failed,” said Huddleston. “The safety of the campus community is our top priority and we need to do everything we can to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.”

    The inquiry will be led by Paul Dean, executive director of public safety.

    Officials found the pipe that delivered hot water to Hunter Hall for the heating system was located under a pipe that delivers hot water for sinks and showers. That pipe, which is several decades old, had been slowly leaking for some time, continuously spraying hot water on the second larger and newer pipe, corroding the exterior and causing premature failure.

    The three...

  • Students at UNH are unearthing the site of the original train depot that used to be on the great lawn near Morrill Hall until it was moved after a tragic 1905 train accident. 

    The archaeological dig is part of UNH’s innovative “The Lost Campus: The Archaeology of UNH” course taught by Meghan Howey, assistant professor of anthropology. This is Howey’s third archaeological dig on campus; previously UNH students under Howey’s direction excavated the site that once was home to the late Charles Holmes Pettee, a longtime UNH professor and dean, and the site of a World War I Army barracks.

    “My hope is to build a longer-term commitment regarding UNH’s cultural heritage. When we have new building projects, I hope we consider our cultural and historical resources. When we think, we want to think big,” Howey says. “The land records and holds memory, and what happened at this site, even before UNH was here, is part of our cultural heritage and identity.”

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  • When the second annual Wildcat Commuter Challenge launches on Monday, April 15, more than 50 UNH faculty and staff will forgo to their single-rider car trips to campus in favor of a more environmentally friendly, community-building commute. And by tracking the number of commutes they take via bus or train, carpooling, biking or walking to work, those employees will spark some healthy competition between colleges and administrative areas.

    Sign-ups for the commuter challenge are still open at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=11878. The top prize for alternative commuters in each category is a catered lunch. And, new this year, scoring will be percentage-based, so participants who regularly commute to campus fewer than five days per week will have an equal chance at winning.

    Commuting in single-occupancy vehicles accounts for a whopping 25 percent of UNH’s greenhouse gas...

  • soldier's letter

    Letter written by John Henry Jenks, a soldier from Keene who served in the 14th N.H. Infantry Regiment, to his wife dated June 9, 1864.

    Despite New Hampshire being one of the most liberal states in the nation at the time of the American Civil War, racism was common in the letters of New Hampshire soldiers, including those who said they supported freeing the slaves. 

    Senior Nathan Marzoli, a history major from Dover, investigated the attitudes of New Hampshire Civil War soldiers for his senior undergraduate research project, “New Hampshire Civil War Soldiers and Slavery.”

    “Similarly to the rest of the nation, there appeared to have been a huge variety of views among...

  • In a tribute to its rich history of gourmet dinners, UNH will host five courses of fine cuisine paying homage to all of the shared experiences in Stillings Hall at its April gourmet dinner.

    Organized by 22 hospitality management students at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, The Gourmet Dinner: A Tribute, will be held Friday, April 19, and Saturday April 20, at Stillings Hall. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow. 

    The Gourmet Dinner: A Tribute will recognize the triumphs of hospitality management alumni with an assortment of dishes from past dinners that have been revamped and further perfected. Students have six weeks to plan, prepare, and execute the dinner. Throughout the process students take on real-world executive management positions.

    Tickets for the dinner are $60 per person and may be purchased online at...

  • An authority of Jewish architecture and the memory of the Holocaust will deliver the Hans Heilbronner Lecture at UNH Wednesday, April 24.

    Presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History, the lecture “Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust” begins at 5 p.m. in the Murkland 115. The lecture and following roundtable discussion are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Endowed Fund for Holocaust Education.

    The lecture will be delivered by Gavriel Rosenfeld, associate professor of history and director of the undergraduate program in Judaic studies at Fairfield University. Rosenfeld’s area of specialization is the history and memory of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. 

    He is the author of several books, including “Building after Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust” (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), “The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism...

  • A film screening and discussion at UNH takes on the widespread and growing issue of bullying Wednesday, April 10, 2013. A free screening of the documentary film “Bully: The Movie” will be followed by an audience discussion of bullying led by a panel of UNH experts.  

    The event, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, the departments of education and social work, and the Browne Center, is at 6:30 p.m. in Theatre II of the Memorial Union Building at UNH.

    “Bully” is the first documentary to show the wide-ranging effects of bullying on its victims, perpetrators, and witnesses. The film opens on the first day of school, a day filled with anxiety for the more than 13 million kids who will be bullied this year in the U.S. From the first day of school through the last, the character-driven “Bully” explores the lives of a few people touched by bullying.

    “Every school in the U.S. is grappling with bullying -- each day more than 160,000 kids across the country are...

  • Serita Frey

    Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology.

    From climate regulation to rain forest clearing to water pollution, dirt has a bigger impact on the world’s ecosystems than most of us imagine. Soil and the processes it carries out is the subject of the next Portsmouth Science Café Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Portsmouth Brewery’s Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. 

    Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology, and Alix Contosta, a postdoctoral research scientist at UNH, will present their most recent soil research and lead a discussion about how the quality of the soil determines the capacity of land to support natural ecosystems and human society. As humanity becomes increasingly...

  • UNH Manchester has again been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. This is the third time the college has been awarded this achievement after receiving it in 2009 and 2012.

    UNH Manchester was admitted to the honor roll in March 2013 for its work in education, community service, and community based research. The college was among only eight institutions in New Hampshire and one of 558 across the United States to receive this distinction.

    “Congratulations to the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new...

  • UNH Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for three upcoming events designed to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit. In Dover and Durham, volunteers will plant native shrubs that the rabbits use for shelter.  

    Volunteers can choose any or all of the following days/locations: 

    • Saturday, April 20, Dover, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 27, Durham, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 28, Durham, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    “This is a great chance to get outdoors and do good work for the benefit of an endangered species,” says Emma Carcagno, Cooperative Extension wildlife program assistant.

    The New England cottontail has been in decline for several decades largely due to habitat loss. It is believed there are less than 100 remaining in New Hampshire. The rabbit was placed on the state’s endangered species list in 2008 and is a candidate for...

  • This summer, UNH will bring the magical world of Harry Potter to young learners who will have a chance to participate in the university’s first Massive Online Course for Kids (MOCK).

    “Harry Potter as Storytelling: An Online Adventure for the Young Fan” is designed for youth entering grades 4 to 8. The two-week session will run from July 15 to July 26, 2013, and will cost $200. To register for the course, visit www.unh.edu/liberal-arts/potter-storytelling.html.

    “This online course is designed to help kids avoid ‘the summer slide’ by having them working on their language arts skills in the fun, appealing context of Harry Potter. Students participate in the enrichment program at whatever time of day is most convenient for them. The material has been...

  • The John C Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays honors outstanding work in playwriting, as well as directing, stage management and design. The program has been created to foster student playwriting through the development of new works. It has been underwritten through a generous gift by Mike O’Malley ’88, (“Diverting Devotion,” “Yes Dear” and “Glee”).

    These original student productions will be featured in an evening of one-act plays, April 17-21, 2013 in the Hennessy Theatre.  The winning entries are:

    “A Love Story” written by Jessica Miller ‘13 of Lee, NH.

    When Amber, a young woman with an eating disorder, is placed into residential care, she is faced with the most difficult battle of her life.  Luckily her boyfriend, Ed, is by her side.  However, Amber and Ed begin to realize that their own idea of "support" and "recovery" are vastly different from one another, and thus they must also fight for...