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  • U.S. lodging executives’ sentiment about general business conditions was flat in April compared to the prior month, according to the UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the month ending April 2013. The index showed little growth to 69.3 from 68.8 in March 2013.  

    “These results are from lodging executives’ sentiment of the present general business conditions for their properties that continued downward, offset by their sentiment for how they view general business conditions 12 months in the future and by higher expectations about room reservations over the same 12-month period,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index.  

    Nineteen percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, a decline from 44 percent from February, while 77 percent indicated conditions were normal, up from 56 percent during February. Four percent of the executives indicated such conditions...

  • Xiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineeringXiaowei Teng, assistant professor of chemical engineering, has received an Early Career Research Award from the U.S. Department of Energy to pursue research that will improve the ability to store energy in supercapacitors. The award, of $750,000 over five years, is one of just 61 that went to researchers from universities and national laboratories; it was chosen from about 770 proposals. 

    Teng’s work aims to fill a void in the energy storage field, particularly related to electric vehicles. Electric vehicles currently use lithium-ion batteries to store the energy needed to run them; the long charging time of these batteries has proved to be a major barrier in the development of electric vehicle technology. 

    “If you pump gas into an 18-gallon car, it only...

  • UNH is committed to improving the health of its faculty, staff, and student population through the work of Healthy UNH, and to making UNH the healthiest campus community in the country by 2020.  

    In honor Employee Health and Fitness Month, Healthy UNH offers the following tip:  

    1. Take your meeting on-the-go. Rather than sitting in a conference room or meeting for coffee, go for a walk or run. Keep a spare pair of sneakers at your work station and you will always be prepared. Campus Rec provides several options for walking and running routes on their website.
    2. Stop to smell the flowers. Take a break from your computer screen and de-stress with a short break outside. The UNH Tree Walk Podcast can help you learn to appreciate the great outdoors.
    3. Eat locally. The...
  • The annual staff recognition luncheon was held May 1 honoring 199 employees who together have 3,605 years of service.  

    Included were staff members who have worked at UNH 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years.  

    During the celebration, President Mark Huddleston presented the 2013 Presidential Award of Excellence to this year's five award recipients.   

     staff with 40 years of service

    Staff who have been here 40 years: (l to r) James Williams, CEPS, department of physics; Edward Ricker, UNH Dining; Diana Couture, Office of the Vice Provost for Research; Marlene Norton, COLSA, natural resources and the...

  • UNH Cooperative Extension continues its “Issues and Ice Cream” series May 22 at the Chase Ocean Engineering building.

     Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn more about “UNH and the STEM Workforce: What is Our Role?”

    The presentation and discussion, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., will focus on efforts at UNH and throughout New Hampshire to address science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy and how to build a STEM-literate workforce.  

    Join your colleagues from UNH Cooperative Extension, New Hampshire Sea Grant, the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, and other campus departments to:

    • share what you and your program do,
    • learn about the SeaPerch program,
    • find out about STEM-NH, a statewide effort to facilitate collaboration among STEM programs to increase their impact,
    • hear about the ways that animal science excites kids about STEM in 4-H—the youth development program of Cooperative...
  • Spend an afternoon at Concord’s Dimond Hill Farm Sunday, June 2, 2013, at a farm day event to benefit NH Farm to School, a project of UNH's Sustainability Institute that connects New Hampshire farms with local schools. The free event, from noon – 4 p.m., will feature music, food, and educational opportunities. 

    “What better way to celebrate spring and connect with local food and farmers than by spending a day on a working farm,” says Stacey Purslow, NH Farm to School coordinator. 

    Highlights of the day include a performance by Lakes Region singer/songwriter Don Watson and educational presentations addressing a range of agricultural topics from bees to soil to llamas. Food from The Soup Guy will be available for sale. While the farm day is free, NH Farm to School will accept donations; in addition, proceeds from a raffle and from sales of locally made ice cream will benefit the organization. 

    Dimond Hill Farm (...

  •  New Hampshire Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension coastal ecosystems specialist Alyson Eberhardt.

    Alyson Eberhardt, NHSG/UNHCE coastal ecosystems specialist, discusses plant identification with volunteers as part of their phenology training.

    Citizen scientists in southeastern N.H. are documenting small-scale impacts of climate change in their backyards and neighborhoods. Equipped with pencils and data sheets or simply an app on their mobile device, these volunteers will meticulously record the dates of seemingly innocuous events: What date the tree buds open up, when chipmunks begin scurrying through the yard, and when blackbirds begin nesting in nearby marshes.


  • Alex FreidRecent graduate Alex Freid ’13 has received the 2013 Samuel Huntington Public Service Award. The award, granted by National Grid, provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service.  

    Freid, a political science/philosophy double major from Lee, will use his award toward the national launch of the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), inspired by the success of UNH program Trash 2 Treasure. Trash 2 Treasure collects “trash” from students moving out in the spring then resells it in the fall to incoming students, reducing the impact on landfills. 

    Launched by Freid and Emily Spognardi ’14 with UNH’s Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) in 2011, Trash 2 Treasure has diverted more than 65 tons of waste from landfills and earned more than enough...

  • I.  Roll – The following senators were absent:  Connelly, Guo, Harrist, Hartter, Johnson, Kaen, Minocha, Scherr, Shore, and Simos.  A guest was John Aber.

    II.  Remarks by and questions to the provost – The provost said that he recently attended the Undergraduate Research Conference, which is a celebration of academic excellence at UNH. About 1300 UNH undergraduate students, from all academic disciplines, presented research at this conference, to showcase the results of their scholarly, engaged and creative research.  The provost also mentioned the archeological dig at the site of the old train station and has enjoyed presentations by the Confucius Institute.  The provost added that the senate chair and vice chair came to the dean’s council recently to discuss issues regarding non-tenure-track faculty.  Today the senate chair also attended the...

  • Low-income families have been hit hard by the rising cost of child care in America, and federal child care subsidies are one of the most important ways to mitigate rising child care costs that, for some households, now represent more than a third of their annual income, according to new research from the Carsey Institute at UNH. 

    The new research is presented in the Carsey Institute policy brief “Child Care Subsidies Critical for Low-Income Families Amid Rising Child Care Expenses.” The research was conducted by Kristin Smith, family demographer at the Carsey Institute and research assistant professor of sociology, and Nicholas Adams, a research assistant at the Carsey Institute and a doctoral student in sociology. 

    “Child care represents a considerable expense for poor and low-income working families in America, regardless of location. Many low-income families depend on child care subsidies to maintain employment, but...

  • UNH doctoral candidate Sylvia Rodriguez-Abudo has been selected as an awardee in the Ford Foundation Fellowship 2013 dissertation competition. The fellowship provides a one-year stipend of $21,000 and pays Rodriguez-Abudo’s expenses to attend the annual Conference of Ford Fellows.  

    The ocean engineering student was one of 35 awardees out of 640 applicants. “Your selection for this prestigious award reflects our review panelists’ judgment of your scholarly competence as well as the promise that you show for future achievement as a scholar, researcher, and teacher in an institution of higher education,” her award letter said. 

    “I’m happy, honored, and very proud,” Rodriguez-Abudo says. “This will allow me to concentrate 24 hours a day on my dissertation.” 

    That dissertation, called “Seabed Roughness in the Coastal Ocean,” aims to better inform forecasting models of beach erosion in response to forces such as hurricanes, tsunamis or sea...

  • A new study from the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center shows that there has not been a recession-related increase in violence exposure among children and youth. The research tracking more than 50 forms of violence, crime, bullying, and child maltreatment from 2008 to 2011 found levels for most forms of violence either declining or near the same levels. 

    “Many observers expected that increased unemployment and housing foreclosures would translate into more youth problems through family stress and pessimism about future jobs and educational opportunities,” said study author David Finkelhor, director of the UNH Crimes against Children Research Center and professor of sociology. 

    However, rates of exposure were nonetheless high. More than one in 10 girls age 14 to 17 was sexually assaulted in 2011. One in 10 of all children age 0 to 17 was injured in a physical assault. One in eight of any age was maltreated by a caretaker.  

    “We usually...

  • Farrell

     Elisabeth Farrell

    What do you do at the Sustainability Institute at UNH (UNHSI)?

    I'm a project manager at UNHSI, where I oversee a range of projects and initiatives across curriculum, operations, research, and engagement at UNH. I'm involved in many different areas, from our Food Solutions New England and Climate Solutions New England initiatives, which are engaging the entire region, to the campus-based work of our four task forces.

    I see my role as straddling the visionary and the practical....

  • CHHS dean Michael Ferrara






    Kindergarteners from UNH’s Child Study and Development Center visited Hewitt Hall last week to welcome new CHHS dean Michael Ferrara to UNH.  

    The young students presented Ferrara, who joined UNH from the University of Georgia this spring, with a collage they made.

  • Goedecke Flooring and Design Center of Bedford has been named the 2013 Family Business of the Year by the UNH Center for Family Business. 

    Goedecke Flooring and Design Center will be recognized at the 3nd Annual Family Business Recognition Dinner Wednesday, May, 22, 2013, at the Wentworth by the Sea, New Castle. The reception begins at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tom Varley, senior vice president of Ocean Properties, is the keynote speaker and will discuss “Saving the Historic Wentworth.”  

    Lifetime achievement awards will be presented to C. Thomas Brown from New Hampshire Distributors in Concord and Chet Dunn from Dunn Industries in Manchester.  

    Goedecke Flooring and Design Center has been in business for 90 years, started in 1923 by George Goedecke as Goedecke Painting in Manchester. Four generations later, Goedecke Flooring and Design Center has evolved into a one-of-a-kind store for flooring and design.  Today the...