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  • 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. 

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  •  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...

  • Professor Jack ReschProfessor Jack Resch, professor of history at UNH Manchester, was admitted to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in April.

    The Fulbright Specialist Roster, which was developed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), a non-governmental organization, was designed as a tool for the Fulbright Specialist Program.

    The roster is a directory of U.S. scholars and professionals who applied through an open competition, were selected by a panel of their peers, and were approved by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board as potential candidates for Fulbright Specialist awards. Fulbright Commissions, U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Sections, and selected host institutions use the Roster for the purpose of...

  • kids at singalongIn celebration of National Week of the Young Child, the children and staff from the UNH Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) travelled by foot, buggy and Wildcat shuttle to enjoy a community sing in Murkland Courtyard next to T-Hall on April 17. The annual campus community sing, which included a variety of yoga poses this year, not only attracted family members from across the campus but also a number of UNH students on their way to classes. kids looking at mural

    “The Week of the Young Child highlights the work of early childhood teachers and the rights of young children,” says CSDC executive director John Nimmo. “Closer to home, this event...

  • This Memorial Day weekend, the public will have an opportunity to celebrate the kickoff of the 2013 New Hampshire commercial fishing season while tasting local seafood and beer.  

    The N.H. Fresh and Local Seafood 2013 Kickoff will take place at the Portsmouth Fishing Pier on Sunday, May 26 from noon – 3 p.m. UNH Cooperative Extension and N.H. Sea Grant (NHSG) have teamed up with N.H. commercial fishermen, lobstermen, chefs, seafood retailers, Redhook Brewery and numerous other local organizations and individuals to host the kickoff.  

    The new Redhoook Black Lobstah Lager—a brew made with N.H. lobsters—will be on tap, and attendees can taste alternative seafood species like redfish and hake prepared by local chefs.  

    This year will be a challenging one for local fishermen as they face drastic cuts in groundfish quotas, low prices for lobster and the continued high cost of fuel. They are seeking ways to make ends meet and continue...

  • award winners

    D. Jay McSharry, owner of Jumpin Jay’s Fish Café, Dos Amigos Burritos and Moxy in Portsmouth, has been named the 2013 Small Business Administration NH Small Business Person of the Year. Here he is pictured with staff of the NH Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration. From left to right: (front row) Mary Collins, SBDC; Kit McCormick, SBDC; (back row) Chris Duffy, SBDC; Jay McSharry, SBA NH Small Business Person of the Year; Warren Daniel, SBDC; and Brian McDonald, U.S. SBA.

    The NH Small Business Development Center (NH SBDC), an outreach program of UNH, will host the 2013 Small Business Administration’s N.H. Small Business Awards celebration...