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  • Next week, some of the region’s brightest up-and-comers in the hot field of cyber security will gather at UNH for the Northeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, hosted by UNH’s computer science department March 14 – 16, 2014. 

    The UNH Cyber Security Club Wildhats (a play on “black hats,” slang for hackers) will compete against teams from Alfred State College, Champlain College, Northeastern University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), SUNY IT, Syracuse University, University of Maine, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). 

    “Hosting this year’s NECCDC is not only a big opportunity for us personally, but for the computer science department and our university as a whole. It proves that we are serious and invested in excelling in the area of cyber security,” says Wildhats team president Greg Hilston ‘15. “It is an opportunity to exhibit our skills and talents as students, all while showcasing the...

  • In a paper recently published in Nature Communications, an international team of scientists, including three from UNH’s Space Science Center, uncovers the origin and cause of an extreme space weather event that occurred on July 22, 2012 at the sun and generated the fastest solar wind speed ever recorded directly by a solar wind instrument. 

    The formation of the rare, powerful storm showed striking, novel features that were detected by a UNH-built instrument on board NASA’s twin-satellite Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) mission. An instrument led by the University of California, Berkeley also made key measurements.

    The 2012 storm was so powerful that had it been aimed at Earth instead of at the STEREO A spacecraft, which was located 120 degrees off to the side of Earth, the consequences would have been dramatic: widespread aurora, satellite malfunctions, and potential for failures with ground-based electricity grids.

    To date, it has been...

  • Whether you are at home, at work, in a public place, or on the UNH campus, it’s likely you are often in areas served by natural gas pipelines. Across the U.S., more than 2.2 million miles of pipelines and mains deliver natural gas for use by residential, commercial and industrial customers. 

    Like all forms of energy, natural gas must be handled properly. Despite an excellent safety record, a gas leak caused by damage to a pipeline may pose a hazard and has the potential to ignite.

    On the Durham campus there are two underground gas piping networks beneath the roads and grounds of campus. EcoLine™, UNH’s landfill gas-to-energy project, delivers processed landfill gas to campus for use in our two gas turbines via a 12” underground transmission pipeline beginning 12.6 miles away at the Waste Management Turnkey Landfill in Rochester and terminating at the central heating plant on Library Way. There is also a distribution network of smaller diameter underground natural...

  • The UNH Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program, which focuses on the tools, techniques and solutions for implementing environmentally and socially responsible business practices, will hold its next session April 2-4, 2014.

    Formerly known as the Institute for Corporate Sustainability, the Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program is directed toward mid-level and senior professionals seeking to increase knowledge and functional skills in the practices and principles of corporate sustainability. It is a collaboration of the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, the UNH Sustainability Institute and the New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility.

    “The program is based on the core premise rapidly being adopted by leading global companies that businesses can continue to drive profitable growth for the shareholders while also helping address some of the major challenges we face as a society by incorporating sustainability concepts into their core...

  • Faina Bukher

    Faina Bukher is the assistant to the Women's Studies Program coordinator

    How does the Women's Studies Program connect to sustainability?

    The way the Women's Studies Program is constructed foundationally supports creating sustainable feminists and diverse activists and social transformation for the long haul. We do this by employing feminist principles of commitment to process, empowerment, self-care and allyship both in and out of the classroom.

    Tell us about the UNH Feminist week at UNH this March.

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  • Forest Watch, UNH’s pioneering K-12 inquiry-based research program, recently recognized two teachers for 17 years of service to the program and their students at a ceremony held on the Durham campus.

    High school teacher Frank Schmidt of Hebron, Conn. and 6th grade science teacher Otto Wurzburg of St. Johnsbury, Vt. each received the 2014 Gary N. Lauten Award for outstanding service and commitment. The event was held as part of the Forest Watch annual teacher workshop.

    For more than 20 years, Forest Watch has taken students and teachers out of their classrooms to study air pollution and forest health. Since 1991, more than 350 schools across New England have helped researchers at UNH to gather samples and measurements of white pine needles to monitor the impacts of ground-level ozone, or smog. Student data have clearly shown that white pine health is closely tied to variations in ozone levels, which have dropped steadily in NH since 1991.

    Schmidt teaches...

  • Joe Faro ’91, owner of Tuscan Kitchen and Tuscan Market in Salem, will speak at the next meeting of the UNH CEO Forum Thursday, March 13, 2014, at 9 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics with coffee and networking, with a full breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

    Faro will talk about his passion for Italian food, his time at UNH, developing Joseph’s Pasta into a $60 million business, and launching Tuscan Brands and Tuscan Market in Salem. Attendees also will have the opportunity to tour Paul College. 

    With more than 25 years of food experience, Faro grew up appreciating the artisan craftsmanship behind creating great food by working in his parents' bakery in Haverhill, Mass. His first company, Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces, came to life first as a business plan that he was required to write for a UNH business class. After entering the UNH Whittemore School ...

  • Students bleeding horseshoe crabs

    Students bleed a horseshoe crab to replicate the biomedical process used to procure Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL), a product used to ensure vaccines are free of bacterial contamination.

    Credit: Alexandria Sandry, Plymouth State University  

    New research from Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire indicates that collecting and bleeding horseshoe crabs for biomedical purposes causes short-term changes in their behavior and physiology that could exacerbate the crabs’ population decline in parts of the east coast.

    Each year, the U.S. biomedical industry harvests the...

  • More than 20 years of data from UNH’s K-12 inquiry-based Forest Watch research program show the state’s population of white pine trees have regained health in step with lower smog levels attained through tougher federal and state air quality standards.

    The Forest Watch research documenting improved tree health since 1991 was borne out by data recently compiled by the state’s Department of Environmental Services-Air Resources Division that show a steady decline in ground-level ozone (smog) since the late 1980s. The collective results were reported at the annual Forest Watch teacher’s workshop held recently on the university’s Durham campus. 

    State records indicate that 1991 was the peak year for ozone and that levels have been declining ever since. This is due in part to passage of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which among other things increased restrictions on ozone-producing pollution emissions, as well as related state and regional efforts to...

  • Facilities invites campus customers to attend an information session on their new integrated facilities project management tracking and reporting process and communication tool Tuesday, March 18, from 12:40 – 2 p.m. in the Paul College, room 185.  

    They also will share their process for assigning new projects via their control center (FCC), robust asset management information system FAMIS and the new project portal.  

    The new project management tracking tool consists of real time, up-to-date status reports for indoor and outdoor construction projects and will be accessible to anyone on campus. 

    The online website, UNH FPM construction map, which uses Geocortex software, is a graphical campus map interface that uses GIS and project portal data to plot information about current construction projects. 

    The facilities project management portal is an...

  • The UNH Lodging Executives Sentiment Index (LESI) for the current period ending January 2014 dropped to 76.9 from 80.8 in December 2013. Overall the lodging executives’ sentiment for present business conditions was down during this current period while future business conditions increased.

    “There appears to be concern surrounding corporate travel business, with questions on the Asian business climate,” said Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management, who manages the index.

    Sixty-two percent of lodging executives indicated current business conditions were good, a decrease from 77 percent last period, while 23 percent indicated conditions were normal, up from 15 percent during the previous period. During the current period, 15 percent of executives indicated present conditions were bad, an increase from last period when 8 percent of executives had such concern. 

    Managed by the Department of Hospitality Management at the UNH Peter T. Paul...

  • Faculty and staff:

    As we settle into spring semester, I wanted to remind all faculty and staff about the behavioral intervention team which provides prevention, early intervention, and crisis response services for students thought to be threatening to themselves or others.  Members include Paul Dean, executive director of public safety and chief, UNH Police Department; Scott Chesney, director of residential life and assistant vice president for student and academic services; David Cross, director of the Counseling Center; JudySpiller, associate provost for academic achievement and support; Kathleen Grace-Bishop, director of education and promotion, Health Services; Anne Lawng, dean of students; and Shannon Brown-Marthouse, assistant dean of students.

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  • Colin WareWhat do ocean currents, sea lions, and Twitter data have in common?

    “Patterns,” replies Colin Ware, a professor of computer science and Director of the Data Visualization Research Lab, a part of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire.  

    Ware’s current research, which covers a range of subjects, from tracking sea lions and humpback whales to creating more effective methods of mapping ocean and wind currents, has a unifying...

  • UNH 2013-2014 Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture “The Crime of Refusing Vaccination: Balancing Police Power and Personal Liberty During the Last Great American Smallpox Epidemic” has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 27. The original lecture scheduled on Feb. 13 was canceled due to curtailed operations. The lecture is part of the series Health and Freedom in the Balance:  Exploring the Tensions among Public Health, Individual Liberty, and Governmental Authority.” 

    The lecture by Michael Willrich of Brandeis University begins at 4:15 p.m. in Richards Auditorium (Murkland).

    “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...

  • This spring, the changing nature of tides, families, and stormwater management will spark lively discussions at the Portsmouth Science Café. Hosted by UNH faculty member Cameron Wake at the Portsmouth Brewery's Jimmy LaPanza Lounge, the Portsmouth Science Café 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, run from 6-8 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. for food and drinks.

    March 5, 2014: The Tides They Are A-Changin'

    UNH professors Larry Mayer and Diane Foster lead a discussion on sea changes—from ocean mapping in the Artic to beaches in a changing environment.

    Mayer is director of UNH's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping and School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering and the co-director of the NOAA/UNH Joint Hydrographic Center. He has been chief or co-chief scientist of numerous expeditions, including two legs of the ocean...