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  • An authority of Jewish architecture and the memory of the Holocaust will deliver the Hans Heilbronner Lecture at UNH Wednesday, April 24.

    Presented by the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History, the lecture “Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust” begins at 5 p.m. in the Murkland 115. The lecture and following roundtable discussion are free and open to the public and sponsored by the Endowed Fund for Holocaust Education.

    The lecture will be delivered by Gavriel Rosenfeld, associate professor of history and director of the undergraduate program in Judaic studies at Fairfield University. Rosenfeld’s area of specialization is the history and memory of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. 

    He is the author of several books, including “Building after Auschwitz: Jewish Architecture and the Memory of the Holocaust” (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011), “The World Hitler Never Made: Alternate History and the Memory of Nazism...

  • A film screening and discussion at UNH takes on the widespread and growing issue of bullying Wednesday, April 10, 2013. A free screening of the documentary film “Bully: The Movie” will be followed by an audience discussion of bullying led by a panel of UNH experts.  

    The event, sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, the departments of education and social work, and the Browne Center, is at 6:30 p.m. in Theatre II of the Memorial Union Building at UNH.

    “Bully” is the first documentary to show the wide-ranging effects of bullying on its victims, perpetrators, and witnesses. The film opens on the first day of school, a day filled with anxiety for the more than 13 million kids who will be bullied this year in the U.S. From the first day of school through the last, the character-driven “Bully” explores the lives of a few people touched by bullying.

    “Every school in the U.S. is grappling with bullying -- each day more than 160,000 kids across the country are...

  • Serita Frey

    Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology.

    From climate regulation to rain forest clearing to water pollution, dirt has a bigger impact on the world’s ecosystems than most of us imagine. Soil and the processes it carries out is the subject of the next Portsmouth Science Café Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the Portsmouth Brewery’s Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. 

    Serita Frey, professor of soil microbial ecology, and Alix Contosta, a postdoctoral research scientist at UNH, will present their most recent soil research and lead a discussion about how the quality of the soil determines the capacity of land to support natural ecosystems and human society. As humanity becomes increasingly...

  • UNH Manchester has again been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. This is the third time the college has been awarded this achievement after receiving it in 2009 and 2012.

    UNH Manchester was admitted to the honor roll in March 2013 for its work in education, community service, and community based research. The college was among only eight institutions in New Hampshire and one of 558 across the United States to receive this distinction.

    “Congratulations to the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, its faculty and students for its commitment to service, both in and out of the classroom,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.  “Through its work, institutions of higher education are helping improve their local communities and create a new...

  • UNH Cooperative Extension is seeking volunteers for three upcoming events designed to help restore the habitat of the endangered New England cottontail rabbit. In Dover and Durham, volunteers will plant native shrubs that the rabbits use for shelter.  

    Volunteers can choose any or all of the following days/locations: 

    • Saturday, April 20, Dover, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • Saturday, April 27, Durham, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, April 28, Durham, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    “This is a great chance to get outdoors and do good work for the benefit of an endangered species,” says Emma Carcagno, Cooperative Extension wildlife program assistant.

    The New England cottontail has been in decline for several decades largely due to habitat loss. It is believed there are less than 100 remaining in New Hampshire. The rabbit was placed on the state’s endangered species list in 2008 and is a candidate for...

  • This summer, UNH will bring the magical world of Harry Potter to young learners who will have a chance to participate in the university’s first Massive Online Course for Kids (MOCK).

    “Harry Potter as Storytelling: An Online Adventure for the Young Fan” is designed for youth entering grades 4 to 8. The two-week session will run from July 15 to July 26, 2013, and will cost $200. To register for the course, visit www.unh.edu/liberal-arts/potter-storytelling.html.

    “This online course is designed to help kids avoid ‘the summer slide’ by having them working on their language arts skills in the fun, appealing context of Harry Potter. Students participate in the enrichment program at whatever time of day is most convenient for them. The material has been...

  • The John C Edwards Undergraduate Prize Plays honors outstanding work in playwriting, as well as directing, stage management and design. The program has been created to foster student playwriting through the development of new works. It has been underwritten through a generous gift by Mike O’Malley ’88, (“Diverting Devotion,” “Yes Dear” and “Glee”).

    These original student productions will be featured in an evening of one-act plays, April 17-21, 2013 in the Hennessy Theatre.  The winning entries are:

    “A Love Story” written by Jessica Miller ‘13 of Lee, NH.

    When Amber, a young woman with an eating disorder, is placed into residential care, she is faced with the most difficult battle of her life.  Luckily her boyfriend, Ed, is by her side.  However, Amber and Ed begin to realize that their own idea of "support" and "recovery" are vastly different from one another, and thus they must also fight for...

  • How delivering the unexpected can deliver profits and employee loyalty will be discussed at the next meeting UNHCEO Forum. 

    The event will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013. The program begins at 8 a.m. at the Derryfield Country Club in Manchester with coffee and networking, with a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m. 

    Howard Brodsky, CEO and chairman of CCA Global Partners, is a pioneer of the cooperative business model. He has dedicated his career to helping entrepreneurs build successful businesses by providing the scale, resources, and innovation needed to compete in an evolving marketplace. CCA is comprised of 14 affiliated companies with aggregated sales of more than 10 billion.

    Named the 2012 Business Leader of the Year by Business NH Magazine, Brodsky’s most significant accomplishment was his induction into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, established by the National Cooperative Business Association to recognize individuals and...

  • From the Pyrennes Mountains to the shores of southern Italy, from classic pastries to gluten-free concoctions, a new series of cooking classes at the Thompson School of Applied Science introduces adult learners to a wide range of cuisines and culinary techniques. 

    The classes, which are ongoing throughout the spring on Wednesday and Friday nights, can be taken individually or as themed series.  

    “These courses offer adults the chance to learn valuable skills and recipes they can use in a professional kitchen under the guidance of a professional chef,” says Julienne Guyette, chef and a lecturer in the Thompson School’s culinary arts program. “And, of course, everyone enjoys eating what they cook.” 

    “We’ve had requests for this type of class for a long time, so we’re pleased to be able to offer these courses,” adds Thompson School director Regina Smick-Attisano. “The Thompson School already enrolls nontraditional students, so this audience is...

  • Jan Golinski, professor of history and humanities and recipient of the 2012 Lindberg Award.

    Jan Golinski, professor of history and humanities and recipient of the 2012 Lindberg Award, will deliver the Lindberg Lecture Thursday, April 11, 2013. The highest award of the College of Liberal Arts, the Lindberg Award is given annually to an outstanding teacher and scholar in the college.

    Golinski’s lecture, “Romantic Science: Humphry Davy’s ‘Consolations in Travel’,” begins at 1 p.m. in 110 Murkland Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

    “Professor Golinski’s record of scholarship over the past two-plus decades is impressive. He is now considered a leading international scholar in the history of science...

  • Two new high tunnels growing greens for the UNH Dairy Bar are classrooms for the Food Production Field Experience class.

    Credit: Beth Potier, UNH Media Relations

    Order a salad at UNH’s popular Dairy Bar restaurant, and you join a closed loop of sustainability: The greens were grown on campus, less than a mile away, by students in UNH’s sustainable agriculture and food systems major. And that salad got its start in compost created from food waste from the Dairy Bar and other university dining facilities. 

    The course, Food Production Field Experience, borrows from the structure of community supported agriculture for its 20 undergraduate students to get their hands dirty – literally -- by planning, growing, marketing, and...

  • U.S. lodging executives reported strong optimism about general business conditions in February, an improvement in their outlook compared with the prior month, according to the UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current month ending February 2013. The index increased from 61.7 in January 2013 to 72.6 in February 2013.  

    “This increase results from lodging executives’ positive opinions of the present general business conditions for their properties, as well as their optimism for general business conditions 12 months in the future. However, they were cautious about expectations for room reservations looking forward 12 months,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index. 

    Fifty-two percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, an improvement from 27 percent last month, while 43 percent indicated conditions were normal, down from 66 percent in January. Five...

  • The UNH ADVANCE program, funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, has awarded its Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Awards and the 2013 Karen Von Damm Leadership Development grant. UNH’s Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education at UNH administers the grants. 

    Jo Daniel, associate professor of civil engineering, received this year’s Karen Von Damm Leadership Development grant, which honors Von Damm, a world-renowned UNH chemical oceanographer who passed away in 2008. The grant, designed to help female faculty members assume leadership roles within the university while maintaining their research, will provide Daniel with summer salary support as she works on strategic initiatives for the department graduate...

  • Professor Julia Rodriguez doesn’t come up with scientific theories or observe cells through a microscope.  She has, however, spent her life studying science. A contradiction in terms? Not at all.  

    Rodriguez is less interested in the validity of scientific claims themselves than in the question of how scientific ideas about race and gender intersect in society, specifically in Latin America.  

    Rodriguez’s passion for this nexus is evident in virtually every task she undertakes, from using her prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to create HOSLAC (History of Science in Latin America and the Caribbean), a digital archive of primary sources, web links, and references for students and professors, to writing award-winning papers such as “A Complex Fabric: Intersecting Histories of Race,...

  • UNH researcher Laurence French gives a talk on “PTSD in the Balkans” at the University of Tusla in Bosnia. French was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, from 2009 to 2010.

    Second-generation teenage victims of the Balkan Wars (1991-2002) are struggling with violence and substance abuse due in large part because their parents were never treated for war trauma, according to new research from UNH. 

    The research findings by Laurence French, senior research associate at UNH Justiceworks, are presented in the article “Assessing the Aftermath of War Among Teens in Bosnia & Serbia: Measures of Substance Abuse and Delinquency with the POSIT (Problem-Oriented Screening...