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  • artist’s conception shows an enhancement in the electron intensity in the heart of the radiation belts

    This artist’s conception shows an enhancement in the electron intensity in the heart of the radiation belts where they are accelerated. The reddish area shows the shape that is characteristic of local acceleration and the yellow curve shows the actual observations as obtained by the Van Allen Probes. Image courtesy of Geoff Reeves and Mike Henderson, Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Space scientists have discovered a massive particle accelerator in the heart of one of the harshest regions of near-Earth space, a region of super-energetic, charged particles surrounding the globe called the Van Allen...

  • With the value of coastal recreation estimated at some $20 billion nationally and $400 million in New Hampshire and Maine, coastal closures represent a significant sustainability problem with complex and interacting economic, social and environmental dimensions. As long-term trends indicate worsening coastal pollution, this research will inform choices and provide a promising model for interactions between science and decision-making. A team of researchers led by UNH and the University of Maine will conduct a three-year study of the many factors affecting the health of their shared coastal ecosystem. This collaboration, funded by a $6 million award from the National Science Foundation, aims to strengthen the scientific basis for decision making for the management of recreational beaches and shellfish harvesting.

    The project, known as the New England SusTainability Consortium (NEST), is managed by the EPSCoR programs at UNH and UMaine in partnership...

  • U.S. lodging executives were less optimistic about present and future business conditions in June, according to the UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index. The index declined from 71.2 in May 2013 to 65.3 in June 2013.

    From May to June 2013, lodging executives were less optimistic about present general business conditions, with optimism falling 11.7 percent. They also were less optimistic about general business conditions in the next 12 months, with future sentiment falling by 5.1.

    “Some lodging executives were concerned about the economic conditions and the impact of the sequestration, particularly on the Washington, D.C., market. Future business conditions were influenced by the 6.1 percent decline in expectations about room reservations over the same 12-month period,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index.

    Twenty-eight percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, a decrease...

  • Cooperative Extension is seeking those interested in protecting New Hampshire's wildlife to volunteer with its New Hampshire Coverts Project. Landowners, wildlife enthusiasts, and the conservation-minded are encouraged to apply for the 2013 New Hampshire Coverts Project training workshop by Aug. 1. 

    The annual training workshop, now in its 18th year, takes place Sept. 18-21 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center in Greenfield. 

    For three and a half days, participants learn about the latest concepts and issues in wildlife and forest ecology, habitat management, land conservation, community conservation planning, and effective outreach. Attendees pay a $50 registration fee, with room, board, and materials provided by program sponsors. 

    Upon completion, trained volunteers, called "coverts cooperators," return to their...

  • Campus Planning has released the 2013-2014 official campus map. It is available (along with other official maps and directions to/from campus) for downloading here.

    Changes to this year's map include:

    SERC (Southeast Residential Community) buildings have now been named. The USNH board of trustees approved the following at their June meeting:

    SERC A is now known as Handler Hall in honor of Evelyn E. Handler

    SERC B is now known as Peterson Hall in honor of Walter R. Peterson

    SERC C is now known as Haaland Hall in honor of Gordon A. Haaland

    The Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and associated access ways and lots is now shown in detail at its 10 Garrison Avenue location

    The Taylor Hall Campus Connector bus stop is being relocated further south on College Road at a new dedicated bus pullout at the Service Building and College Road itself is being resurfaced with bike...

  • American workers who found themselves in part-time positions in the aftermath of the economic downturn still struggle to find full-time work and are much more likely to be living in poverty than their peers with full-time work, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. 

    “Part-time employment increased dramatically during the recent recession for both men and women. Individuals work part time for many reasons. Some do so to care for children and elderly family members. Others do so because they are in school. Yet others work part time because they cannot find full-time work. This latter reason may be a cause of concern for both workers and employers, as well as those interested in the long-term productivity and efficiency of the U.S. economy,” said researcher Rebecca Glauber, assistant professor of sociology and a faculty fellow at the Carsey Institute. 

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute policy brief “Wanting More but...

  • By a two-to-one margin, New Hampshire residents believe there should be a higher priority put on increasing the use of renewable energy instead of increased drilling for oil. Large majorities also say an ecosystem that offers clean water, scenic values, and outdoor recreation is very important to their quality of life, according to new survey research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. 

    “The ‘New Hampshire Advantage’ is an expression that sometimes refers to the Granite State’s lack of income and sales taxes. But, for many people, the state’s advantages also include clean air, clean water, abundant natural resources, and a plethora of recreational activities,” the researchers said. 

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute policy brief “Granite Staters Weigh in on Renewable Energy vs. Drilling: Environmental Quality of Life Ranks High Across Party Lines.” The research was conducted by Lawrence Hamilton, professor of sociology and a senior fellow at...

  • Paul Dean, chief of police and executive director of public safety at UNH was appointed chair of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators’ (IACLEA) Domestic Preparedness Committee (DPC) by IACLEA President Vickie L. Weaver.

    Originally set up to oversee IACLEA’s federal Department of Homeland Security grant training program, the DPC’s current charge is to identify emerging trends and best practices in campus preparedness for man-made and natural disasters. The committee also seeks opportunities to partner with other entities to develop and promote an all-hazards approach to emergency preparedness and campus safety.

    A 28-year veteran of law enforcement, Dean was instrumental in the development of IACLEA’s DHS-funded three-day course, “Managing Critical Incidents for Higher Education Institutions: A Multi-Disciplinary, Community Approach,” as well as a three-hour executive overview of that course designed for senior higher education...

  • John Godsman lloking at art

    Opening reception, 2008, “In the Company of Artists” exhibition. Staff art participant, John Godsman, looking at “Enchanted Chess” by Holly Harris.

    The University Museum has put out a “call for entry” to UNH employees for this year’s “In the Company of Artists” staff arts and fine crafts exhibition, taking place Sept.13 – Dec. 13.

    The exhibit will recognize employees for the work they do outside their UNH jobs Original art and fine crafts in any media will be considered.

    All full and part-time faculty and staff are eligible with the exception of studio arts faculty who have opportunities to exhibit their work in the UNH Museum of Art...

  • There is still room in many of the classes offered this summer by the UNH Museum of Art. Youngsters through teens can take such things as drawing, painting, printmaking, woodworking, knitting and crocheting, advanced comic making and photography.

    The Museum of Art camp program runs July 29 – Aug. 2, and Aug. 5 – 9. For more information, contact Catherine A. Mazur at 2-3713.

    The cost is $125 per session or $225 for two sessions. Additional material costs may apply.

    The maximum enrollment is 10 students per class with a minimum of six students needed to...

  • N.H. Sea Grant has released its 2013 Discovery Cruise schedule. Discovery Cruises give the public hands-on marine learning opportunities and an inside look at what UNH researchers are learning about marine and estuarine environments at two coastal locations—the Isle of Shoals and the Great Bay Estuary. Discovery Cruises will depart from New Castle, N.H. on July 11, 14, 19, 21, and 28 and Aug. 1, 3, 18, and 25.  

    Schedule information can be read here. 

    Aboard the university’s research...

  • An interview with Michael Palace,research assistant professor, UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space and UNH Department of Earth Sciences, UNHSI Biodiversity Education Initiative Faculty Fellows

    Michael PalaceTell us about your research and how it advances sustainability.

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  • Physical fences will soon replace electric fences at UNH’s Woodman and Kingman farms in an effort to protect the teaching and research facilities from deer. The woodland areas at both farms will remain outside the deer fences and the gates will be open to the public weekdays during farm staff work hours. 

    “Our farms have suffered increasingly serious damage from deer over the past several years,” said Jon Wraith, dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. “They are so determined that the 8,000 volt electric fence around our young orchard trees do not deter them, as one among many examples. The principal use of our farms is for research, teaching and engagement, and we have a responsibility to maintain an environment that makes these possible.” 

    Wraith and other university officials have tried alternative management measures, including having state Fish and Game officers help reduce the population, but the deer damage has only increased. 

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  • Two delegations of international visitorsdelegations of international visitors from Japan, and Israel and the Palestinian Territories recently visited UNH to learn about the Green Launching Pad and New Hampshire’s green innovation efforts.  

    The visitors met with Venky Venkatachalam, associate dean at the Paul College and director of the Green Launching Pad. 

    “We were pleased to share our success of...

  • : Michael Routhier, instructorRouthier (left) is the certificate program coordinator and instructor for the applied GIS for research class. Photo by Katelyn Dolan, UNH-EOS.

    A two-week course in UNH's geospatial science graduate certificate program is being offered beginning Monday, July 15 and running throuhg July 26.  

    The four-credit applied GIS for research class is open to anyone holding an undergraduate level degree, and can be taken as one of the five requirements for completion of the certificate program or as an independent class. 

    The course goal is to provide students with a solid foundation in the use of the concepts and applied techniques of GIS (Geographic Information System) as...