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  • 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.  


  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent: Bromberg, Caron, Guo, Harkless, Kalinowski, Morgan, Onosko, Scherr, Shore, Simos, Tenczar,  A guest was Lisa MacFarlane. 

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost welcomed the senators and wished them all a year of optimism and possibility.  She shared some ideas on the university’s Strategic Plan, beginning with reference to the 1862 Morrill Act, which assumed that a broadly, liberally educated population will be more civically engaged.  This continuing philosophy shapes the research mission, the teaching mission, and the engagement mission of this university.  The new initiatives from the provost’s office this year will be on the following items currently of great importance to the university president:  advancement, research and commercialization, stabilizing enrollments,...

  • Story contributed by Carmen Garcia de la Rasilla, associate professor of Spanish

    Who said that imaginary places exist only on the pages of books? Don Quixote demonstrates that on any road one may find giants disguised as windmills, fantastic medieval castles or strange caves where our past, although buried, is still alive. Travel and imagination, if they're different things, are the two key ingredients to live out the fantastic and the wonderful and even the impossible.

    With this quixotic formula in mind, a group of UNH students and I set out to travel in Spain last spring. We visited some of that land's most important cultural enclaves spanning from prehistory to the present, engaged in direct contact with masterpieces of art and literature, and attended a number of wonderful concerts and performances.

  • Maybe you want to quit smoking, or would like a little help figuring out how to best manage your money. Or, maybe you’re looking to have some fun. You can find information on all three and more with the online Wellness Resource Guide, sponsored by Healthy UNH.

    It’s easy to find what you’re looking for; you can search by the more than 150 program names, by topic, department, or participant (faculty, staff, community member, i.e.).

    Topics include financial wellness, fitness, health education, health screening, holistic care, medical services, mental health, nutrition, sexual health, tobacco cessation, and general wellness.

    New this year is the addition of information on how to access services once you find the program you’re looking...

  • An extensive analysis of New Hampshire child support guidelines by UNH has resulted in a substantial change in how child support is calculated in the Granite State. 

    The UNH researchers recommended that the state adopt the income shares model for calculating child support. The idea behind the income shares model is that a child should receive the same amount of financial support had the family remained intact. Under the new formula, the incomes of each parent are combined to determine the total amount that would have been spent on the child, and each parent’s contribution toward child support is allotted based on that joint income figure. 

    Previously, one parent was assessed a percentage of his or her income to provide to the other parent, regardless of the other parent’s income, even if the parent receiving the child support actually made more than the parent providing the support. 

    The new child support guidelines went into effect July 1, 2013....