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  • A draft of a policy that addresses kids participating in UNH programs was presented to the PAT Council last week and will be discussed at the monthly meeting of the OS Council today. It will also be shared with other UNH governance groups and councils during the next few months. 

    The draft, titled “UNH Policy for the Protection of Minors” aims to provide a secure environment for children attending university programs. 

    “Adopting and implementing a successful university wide policy is imperative in establishing a safe environment for any youth that are here in our community,” the draft reads.  

    UNH brings upwards of 30,000 youth under the age of 18 to campus each year. Having this many children either in day camps or staying overnight for various sports camps and academic programs requires careful program planning, policy and training for employees and program managers. 

    A working group that includes child safety experts in UNH’s...

  • President Mark Huddleston is one of 10 university presidents who contributed to the 2013-2014 edition of “Presidential Perspectives”, a higher education leadership series, now in its eight year, written by college presidents for college presidents.

    This year's theme, "Elevating Sustainability Through Academic Leadership," addresses how colleges and universities can support environmental stewardship initiatives while incorporating sustainability into their curriculum.

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    In the Thompson School of Applied Science Human Relations 201 class, Mary DeTurk teaches students to knit baby caps. The students have partnered with the New Hampshire Children’s Trust to raise awareness of shaken baby syndrome.

    Students in a general social science course at the Thompson School of Applied Science have aligned with the New Hampshire Children’s Trust to help prevent shaken-baby syndrome – and they’ve taken up hooks and needles to do so. Participating in the Trust’s CLICK for Babies...

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    Larry Hamilton, professor of sociology and senior fellow at the Carsey Institute

    When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010 and released nearly 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, UNH researchers responded by sharing their expertise with the government, the media, and the scientific community. On Monday, Sept. 23, they’ll bring their perspectives to the public at the inaugural event of the Faculty Research Excellence Seminar Series. 

    Seminar: Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Monday, Sept. 23, 4 – 6:30 p.m., Squamscott Room, Holloway Commons. A reception will follow.

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  • The Issues and Ice Cream discussion series returns Sept. 19 with a conversation about youth and child obesity prevention at 12:30 in MUB rooms 338-340.

    Issues and Ice Cream is a monthly discussion series where UNH and Cooperative Extension faculty, specialists, students and special guests come together to discuss pertinent topics and opportunities for collaboration.

    At the Sept. 19 event, panelists will discuss what has become a critical societal issue, childhood obesity, and what university and statewide partners are doing to help prevent it.

    “Although obesity rates have declined slightly in recent months, there is still a long way to go with families, youth, communities and policies before there is any long-term and sustained changes in obesity rates,” said Debbie Luppold, professor for UNH Cooperative Extension, the sponsor of the event.

    Speakers include Semra Aytur of UNH Health Management and Policy, Cheri White from the New Hampshire Department of...

  • solar systemThis image shows the nearest interstellar gas clouds around the solar system, including the Local Interstellar Cloud (LIC) and G Cloud, along with positions of neighboring stars in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. The arrow shows the sun's motion relative to neighboring stars....
  • Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Executive Council held their regularly monthly meeting on the UNH campus today and university officials took the opportunity to offer thanks for their work to restore state funding for higher education. The restoration made it possible for UNH to freeze in-state tuition for two years, a move students celebrated at the meeting with a reverse commendation.

    Led by student body president Bryan Merrill, the students shared the commendation for the governor’s work, noting that it was the first time in 25 years there was a tuition freeze.

    “This is a great step in the right direction on what we believe must be an ongoing path towards a stronger University system,” read the commendation. “If our state and our school continue in this direction, this university can be an increasingly powerful driver for a New Hampshire economy and workforce that are both nationally and globally competitive.”

    President Mark Huddleston also addressed the group...

  • Peter Egelston, founder and president of Smuttynose Brewing Co. and the Portsmouth Brewery, will speak at the next meeting of the UNH CEO Forum Thursday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. in Huddleston Hall with coffee and networking, with a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m. 

    Egelston grew up in Southern California and earned a degree in Spanish literature at NYU. He went on to teach English as a second language in two New York City schools and was in graduate school when his sister Janet convinced him to join her in founding what is now the oldest brewpub in the Northeast, the Northampton Brewery in Northampton, Mass.

    Egelston and his sister opened the Portsmouth Brewery, the Granite State's first brewpub, in 1991. Two years later the brother and sister opened Smuttynose Brewing Co. Today, Egelston and his partner Joanne Francis are the sole proprietors of Smuttynose and the Portsmouth Brewery, while Egelston’s sister is sole proprietor of the...

  • Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history A special screening of a documentary film based on the book “Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving Nation” by Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history, will take place on campus Wednesday, Sept. 18. The major documentary produced by TLC involves many A-list actors, including Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Laura Linney, and Betty White.

    The screening of the 90-minute film “Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy” will be held at 7 p.m. in MUB Theater II. A discussion with...

  • Sheila McNameeSheila McNamee, communication professor, and UNHSI culture and sustainability faculty fellow, talks about the sustainability. 

    What role do you see the UNH Culture and Sustainability Task Force playing on campus?

    To me the Culture and Sustainability Task Force (CAST)...

  • sustainable horticulture Becky Sideman Becky Sideman, a vegetable and berry specialist with UNH Cooperative Extension, will use cutting edge technology to assist with crop research and classroom teaching.

    During those endless sultry days last June, Rolling Thunder appeared on the crest of the Woodman Horticultural Farm, a facility of the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) at UNH. This particular expansion of rapidly heated air didn’t break the brutal cycle of humidity, however, as the only thing it has to do with weather is to buffer crops from nature’s extremes and extend the growing season. 

    Rolling Thunder is actually the name of a moveable high tunnel, developed and...

  • UNH announces the 2013-2014 Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series “Health and Freedom in the Balance: Exploring the Tensions among Public Health, Individual Liberty, and Governmental Authority,” which will examine the intersection of public health policies and individual freedom.

    “Quarantines, vaccinations, and municipal hygiene are respected tools in the public health arsenal. Invasions of bodily integrity, privacy, and freedom of movement are resultant consequences to these protective efforts,” according to Sidore series organizers Marion Girard Dorsey, associate professor of history, and Rosemary Caron, associate professor of health management and policy.

    “The clash of the needs of public health and the boundaries of personal freedom has occurred throughout history and will continue to occur based on the public health threats anticipated in the 21st century. The intersections between the past and present and the authoritative issues raised by these events warrant...

  • child looking through magnifiying glass Touch a prehistoric sea creature, drive a remotely operated vehicle, or tour a new state-of-the-art research ship at the Ocean Discovery Day Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. Formerly Know the Coast Day, Ocean Discovery Day brings UNH research to life with hands-on fun and education for families at two locations, the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the UNH campus in Durham and UNH’s Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex in New Castle. The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    The day’s activities kick off at 9:30 a.m. with a homeporting ceremony for NOAA’s new coastal mapping ship the ...

  • Kicking off the fall series and following on the heels of Portsmouth’s annual Fish and Lobster Festival is the first fall science café on the topic of North Atlantic fish stocks and long-term human trends at the Portsmouth Brewery Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at 6 p.m.  The fall 2013 science café series, hosted by UNH, NH EPSCoR, and the Portsmouth Brewery, explores topics related to the sustainability of food.

    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 held once a month on Wednesday evenings in the Portsmouth Brewery’s Jimmy LaPanza Lounge from 6-8 pm. Doors open at 5 p.m. for food and drinks.

    Sept. 18: Long-Term Human Trends on North Atlantic Fish Stocks
    Presented by Jeff Bolster and Jaime Cournane
    Bolster is a professor of history at...

  • Donna Marie Sorrentino, director of Affirmative Action and Equity; Jim Piet, N.H. Vocational Rehabilitation; President Mark Huddleston; and Gov. Maggie HassanDonna Marie Sorrentino, director of Affirmative Action and Equity;...