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  • The Institute on Disability (IOD) at UNH has been awarded a five-year, $4.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The grant, called the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (StatsRRTC), works towards improving knowledge about and access to existing disability data and generating the knowledge needed to improve future disability data collection and dissemination. 

    “Statistics are powerful tools—in research, policymaking, program evaluation, and advocacy,” says Andrew Houtenville, research director at the Institute on Disability and principal investigator for the StatsRRTC grant. “They are used to frame the issues, monitor current circumstances and progress, judge the effectiveness of policies and programs, make projections about the future, and predict...

  • Ann rivet

    Ann Rivet

    The Faculty Research Excellence Seminar Series continues Monday, Oct.  21, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education for K-12 students. Free and open to the public, the seminar takes place at 4 p.m. in the Squamscott Room at Holloway Commons. RSVP here

    Guest Ann Rivet, associate professor at Teachers College Columbia University, will present current research on scientific reasoning, learning progressions, and assessment models that underlie the new science education reforms as well as addressing implications for what and how science is taught, learned, and assessed, and the...

  • Meeting called to order at 3:10 p.m.  October 7, 2013                       

    I.  Roll – The following senators were absent: Basterra, Caron, Denis, Guo, Harkless, Kaen, Kalinowski, Morgan, Pescosolido, Shannon, Shore, Tenczar, Weintraub, White.  Guests were Eleanor Abrams, Lisa MacFarlane, Michael Middleton, Mihaela Sabin, Julie Williams, and Joanna Young. 

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – Provost Lisa MacFarlane began her remarks by reminding the senate of...

  • Two exhibitions focusing on the cultural impact of social, economic, and historic events are on view at the Museum of Art. “Honoré Daumier: Images of Protest, Voice of Dissent” and Wake Up Call: Recent Work by Raul Gonzalez III and Elaine Bay” runs through through Dec. 8. The Museum of Art is open to the public free of charge.


    Honoré Daumier, “Running to Rejoin the Rebels,” 1854, lithograph (2nd state) on newsprint, 9 5/8" x 8 1/8", Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Lee, collection of the Museum of Art, 1976.514.40

    “Honoré Daumier: Images of Protest, Voice of Dissent”

    In the span of four decades, Honoré Daumier (1808–1879) produced more than 4,000 lithographic prints of social...

  • On March 20, 2012, the Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) revised the Hazard Communication Standard to align the regulation with the provisions of the globally harmonized system of classification and labeling of chemicals (GHS).

    These changes will impact all users of hazardous chemicals at UNH. GHS is an international, standardized approach to hazard communication. The introduction of this new system ensures that chemical users worldwide will understand the labeling and hazard identification associated with chemicals. 

    The intent of GHS is to ensure hazard classifications are consistent and standardized on an international level. This will help prevent workplace injuries, illnesses, and fatalities while ensuring the safe use of chemicals from cradle to grave. The GHS benefits include consistency and quality of information by adopting a standardized worldwide approach for chemical classification, standardized labels and safety data...

  • Last week at the beginning of Cyber Security Month, hackers attacked Adobe’s computer system. This week, they targeted well-known antivirus companies. Proving yet again that breaches can happen to anyone, and threats need to be taken seriously.

    UNH’s IT Security attempts to keep safe computing in the forefront of employees’ minds, periodically reminding people not to give personal information online and to be cautious about opening emails when you don’t know the sender.

    Identity theft, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, hoaxes are all issues of cyber security. Smartphones and other portable devices can pose as much of a risk as desktop computers and laptops. Hackers don’t care what kind of network you’re on; if it’s unsecure, there is a risk.

    "If you are concerned with your online privacy and data security, UNH IT offers numerous resources.  In addition to IT Security, you can get help and guidance from Academic Technology, Network Security/Telecom and of course...

  • Customers of farmers markets in Rockingham and Strafford Counties are highly satisfied with the quality of the products sold at their local markets, and the number of vendors participating in the markets has grown since 2005. Those are some of the findings of two recent studies of farmers markets conducted by the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and UNH Cooperative Extension.

    The findings reveal details about consumers’ preferences and behavior and provide benchmarks and insight for market managers and those considering starting a farmers market. One study polled 388 customers of 24 markets in the two counties. Another study polled the managers of 25 farmers markets in the counties.

    Nada Haddad, Cooperative...

  • Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Emmy Award winning producer Hedrick Smith will speak at UNH Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in MUB Theatre II. The event is free. 

    Smith will discuss his latest book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” in which he describes an America that has moved from an era of middle class prosperity and power, effective bipartisanship and grass roots activism to polarized gridlock, unequal democracy and an unequal economy that has unraveled the American Dream for millions of middle class families. 

    The event is co-sponsored by Cooperative Extension and The Carsey Institute. A panel discussion with representatives from Cooperative Extension, The Carsey Institute, the student body, and other organizations follows Smith’s presentation.   

    “We are thrilled to have someone of Hedrick Smith’s stature coming to campus,” says Charlie French, head of UNH Cooperative Extension’s community and economic development unit. “This is a...

  • UNH will celebrate the culture and history of Greece during three days of events, including the 2013 Rouman Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 23 to Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. All events are free and open to the public.

    "The classics program at UNH is proud to present valuable and enriching lectures and other events, both to the university community as well as the wider public, and sees this as an important part of the university's commitment to outreach," said Robert Scott Smith, associate professor of classics.

    The John C. Rouman Classical Lecture at UNH was created in 1997 by a generous gift from the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Charitable Foundation. This series of lectures and events promotes and enhances awareness of the classics in New Hampshire, throughout New England, and beyond. Topics explored each year by the series cover a range of subjects within Greco-Roman civilization including mythology, literature, history, philosophy, art, and language. Lectures are...

  • Nearly 1 in 10 people 21 years of age or younger reported perpetrating some type of coercive or forced sexual violence during their lifetime, and perpetrators reported more exposure to violent X-rated material, according to a new UNH study published by JAMA Pediatrics, a JAMA Network publication. 

    Sexual violence is a public health problem with more than 1 million victims and associated costs of almost $127 billion each year, according to the study background. Sexual violence can start in adolescence but estimates of adolescents who perpetrate sexual violence are lacking, according to the authors. 

    The study is co-authored by Kimberly Mitchell, research associate professor of psychology at the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center, and Michele Ybarra, president and research director of the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, Calif. Mitchell and Ybarra estimated adolescent sexual violence perpetration...

  • Meeting called to order at 3:11 p.m.  September 23, 2013                        

    I.  Roll – The following senators were absent: Caron, Denis, Guo, Harkless, Kalinowski, Minocha, Morgan, Pohl, Shore, Tenczar.  Guests were Monica Chiu, Karen Graham, President Huddleston, Lisa MacFarlane and May-Win Thein. 

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the president – President Huddleston expressed pleasure to meet with the senate in its new venue and in this time of relative calm in the university climate.  He reported on the Board of Trustees retreat held a few weeks ago.  At that retreat, the president reported to the board on four major topics: 1. Making good on the university’s commitment to double STEM graduates by 2025. 2. Securing our...

  • Linda Conti

    Linda Conti, marketing director for UNH’s Professional Development and Training, and an interpreter, at a meeting with North African educators.

    Educators from North Africa met with UNH’s Professional Development and Training team recently to learn more about the way it provides training and workforce development to businesses, organizations, and individuals. The visitors also were interested in how training and public-private collaborations and partnerships relate to social and economic initiatives.

    The group included university administrators, adult education directors, professors from vocational-technical institutions, HR consultants, and government officials from Morocco,...

  • Due to a lapse in appropriated funding and the government’s failure to put a continuing resolution into place for fiscal year 2014, the federal government began a partial shutdown, at 12 a.m. Tuesday, Oct.1, 2013.Absent specific direction from sponsors, UNH is following the guidance sponsors already provided in their published contingency plans as well as the Office of Management and Budget Memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on planning for agency operations during a potential lapse in appropriations.    

    The rest of this document outlines our current expectations for continuing sponsored research work at UNH. 

    How will the lack of appropriations impact my...

  • Despite an improving economy, many individuals and families in New Hampshire face complicated financial decisions, high debt, low savings, and uncertainty. What is the role of financial education and community collaborations in strengthening financial stability? 

    The Issues & Ice Cream discussion series sponsored by Cooperative Extension returns Oct. 9 at 12:30 p.m. in MUB rooms 338-340. Panelists will discuss the need for better financial education and potential community partnerships.

    “In New Hampshire, we see individuals and families facing financial hardship for a variety of reasons, or they are working to change past habits,” says Cooperative Extension youth and family field specialist Sharon Cowen, one of the speakers. “Others are just starting out and want to ensure a good solid financial foundation for their future.” 

    UNH Cooperative Extension collaborates with agencies and coalitions to provide educational resources to individuals and...

  • Tom KellyNew England’s food vision is the subject of the next Science Café in Portsmouth, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at the Portsmouth Brewery. UNH chief sustainability officer Tom Kelly and nutrition professor Joanne Burke, both involved in creating a sustainable food system for the region, are the speakers. 

    The Science Café, hosted by UNH faculty member Cameron Wake, provides a unique opportunity for Seacoast residents to feed their minds with contemporary science in the relaxed atmosphere of a pub. The discussions, which are free and open to all, are in the Portsmouth Brewery’s Jimmy LaPanza Lounge from 6 to 8 pm. Doors open at 5 p.m. for food and drinks.