Campus Journal News
MLK event features black psychology leader
by Lori Gula
The University of New Hampshire welcomes Joseph L. White to campus as part of its Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
White is the keynote speaker for the event. His speech is titled, "The Voice of Martin Luther King: Once Again the Trumpet Sounds."
The UNH SIS Step Team, UNH vocal group Soul Sistahs and the UNH women's a cappella singing group, the New Hampshire Notables, will perform. The Rev. Arthur Hilson, pastor of the New Hope Baptist Church in Portsmouth, will give the invocation. UNH Chaplain Larry Brickner-Wood will offer the benediction.
The event, sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, begins at 7 p.m. at the Field House. A reception will follow in the Rockingham Room on the 3rd floor of the MUB. Parking is available in A-Lot (commuter lot) across the street from the Field House. The event is free and open to the public.
For 38 years, White has enjoyed a distinguished career in the field of psychology and mental health as a teacher, mentor, administrator, clinical supervisor, writer, consultant and practicing psychologist. He is professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he has spent most of his career.
He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Michigan State University in 1961.
He is the author of several papers and three books: The Psychology of Blacks: An African-American Perspective, The Troubled Adolescent and Black Man Emerging: Facing the Past and Seizing a Future in America. A pioneer in the field of black psychology, he is known as one of the founders of black psychology by his students and younger colleagues. His seminal article in Ebony magazine in 1970, "Toward a Black Psychology," was instrumental in beginning the modern era of African-American and ethnic psychology.
by Amy Seif and Lori Gula
While 23 scientists, engineers and students venture into the ocean's depth during a National Science Foundation-sponsored expedition beneath the tropical waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean, the UNH community and public will be able to track their progress and the discoveries of the crew.
Weekly updates from the expedition will be posted to the Website for the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) at divediscover.sr.unh.edu.
Karen Von Damm, professor in the Institute's Complex Systems Research Center, is the principal investigator for the voyage. She is accompanied by two UNH students, Rachel Gallant (graduate student) and Jack Loveless (undergraduate student) as well as UNH graduate and lab technician, Cheryl Parker.
The research team also includes investigators from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Minnesota, Portland State University, University of Washington, Yale University and others.
For one month, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 10, the crew is living aboard the U.S. academic fleet research vessel Atlantis, the "mother ship" for the Alvin submersible. Their explorations will take them down to an undersea mountain range, formed by the gradual spreading apart of the Pacific Plate from the Cocos Plate, and comprised of many active volcanoes erupting lava that forms new ocean floor.
"It's very significant scientifically. Professor Von Damm brings a lot of visibility to UNH, and as far as I know, this is the first time one of these features has been revisited a number of years after the first observation," said David Bartlett, associate director of EOS.
While having graduate students on such expeditions is not unusual, Bartlett said it's unusual for an undergraduate student to make such a trip and is another example of the research opportunities available to UNH undergraduate students that are not offered at other institutions.
The scientists are studying both the volcanic ridge and the creatures that live deep in the ocean, such as tubeworms that can grow to three meters in length.
Twenty-five deep-sea dives with Alvin are dedicated to this mission, providing a unique opportunity to understand "black smoker" hot springs and other underwater systems. Alvin will bring the scientists down to the sea floor, nearly two miles beneath the water's surface. These deep-sea explorations are rare due to the extreme challenges of bringing people and machines down far beneath the sea surface.
"How fast things happen in the deep ocean remains a great unknown," Von Damm said. "Over the last decade, scientists have learned that changes that people thought took hundreds of years to occur take just a few years.
The first five dives are where "black smokers" were first discovered in 1979. The next 20 dives are where Von Damm saw the effects of a volcanic eruption in 1991.
"Going back to the first site where black smokers were discovered more than 20 years later, we hope to learn more about how long these systems last, and how they change. We will also be going to another site where we know of a volcanic eruption that took place approximately 10 years ago, so we will be looking at what that site is like now," she said.
Since 1991, Von Damm has been working on the chemistry of the hot springs in the East Pacific Rise.
"In 1991 we discovered a new volcanic eruption at this site, and were able, for the first time, to observe 'time zero' in terms of the hydrothermal system. We have been back to this site several times since the eruption occurred, and have been tracking the evolution of the hydrothermal system," she said on her Website. vIn 1993 she was part of the first Alvin cruise to the Lucky Strike hydrothermal site on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. "Few hydrothermal systems had been identified in the Atlantic at that time, and this site remains unique because of its occurrence on a seamount, making it unusually shallow as well as on enriched-oceanic crust."
She returned to Lucky Strike in 1996 with the ROV Jason and again in 1997 with the Alvin, providing her with a timeline at this site. In late 1998 she and her crew took Alvin to work in another area on the East Pacific Rise. "We sampled 40 hydrothermal vents, many of which had never been previously sampled. Understanding the hydrothermal systems at this ultra-fast spreading center will be a major focus in my lab for the next three years," she said.
The Campus Journal welcomes its new editor, a Dover resident with experience in print, new media and corporate communications who has worked at several New Hampshire newspapers.
Lori Gula joined the News Bureau in mid-December as editor of the Campus Journal. She also covers administration issues and the Art Gallery.
"I am pleased to join the UNH community as the Campus Journal editor. The university has many people working on exciting projects that should be shared with the larger community. I hope to tell these interesting stories that reflect UNH's diversity and energy," Gula said.
Gula, 33, has worked for 11 years as a journalist in both print and new media. She began her career in 1991 as a daily newspaper reporter and became an editor in 1996. She has worked for several newspapers as a reporter and editor, including The Union Leader, the Concord Monitor, the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal and the Conroe (Texas) Courier. She was the chief copy editor for a national financial news Website and the corporate communications specialist with a Concord software company.
She graduated from Louisiana State University in May 1991 with a bachelor's in journalism and holds an associate's in business administration from UNH. Her professional coursework includes studies at UNH and The Poynter Institute For Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla.
by Erika Mantz
"The Narrative Impulse: Works by Carl Grupp and James Munce" and "Action/Reaction: Women's Caucus for Art Juried Exhibition" run Jan. 24 through April 6. The preview reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Art Gallery in the Paul Creative Arts Center, and the gallery talk will be held at 4 p.m. Both exhibitions and related events are free and open to the public. The exhibitions are funded in part by The Friends of The Art Gallery.
Some believe that a picture can say a thousand words. For many visual artists, it is the image that tells the story. The works of Carl Grupp and James Munce are narrative images that tell a story on a two-dimensional piece of paper. Without the encumbrance of nouns, adjectives and verbs, these prints draw in the viewer by telling a story in exquisite detail.
Munce is professor of printmaking at Kansas State University. He is also a well-known artist whose record of solo and group shows stretches from California to New York. A self-described storyteller, he writes of his work, "My function, as a visual artist, is to create a two-dimensional formal structure that will best contain the story being told. I am always trying to create a sense of space that has somehow been altered or transformed by an event." Following in the tradition of Renaissance masters, Munce's subject matter is derived from Christian literature. The twist is that he represents these standard biblical stories in modern-day surroundings.
Grupp is professor of art at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. His work is difficult to describe. The incredible draftsmanship of each print is enhanced by the somewhat surreal flavor of his subjects. Grupp explains his motivation saying, "A statement about my beliefs on drawing is like being asked to write a statement on my beliefs on life. I love drawing. I love the wonder of making marks, the simplicity, the immediacy, the limitations, the search. Drawing is like going on an adventure, sometimes peaceful and pleasant and at other times rough and scary. Drawing is like fighting a war. Drawing is like making love. Drawing is like praying. Drawing is like life itself. We create, through our marks, our own reality and illuminate our life by them."
Scott Schnepf, exhibition curator and chair of the UNH Department of Art and Art History, talks about his personal connection with the artists saying, "I was fortunate enough to have studied with both Carl and Jim. Carl was my undergraduate printmaking and drawing teacher and Jim was my instructor in graduate school. My whole identity as an artist is in many fundamental ways wrapped in the work of James Munce and Carl Grupp and it is a real pleasure to have their work here at UNH."
For much of history, the visual arts arena was one centered around men. It was the rare woman who could break into that elite circle of well-known male artists and be successful as a professional artist. Today, society's views of artists are changing, opening up more opportunities for women to make significant contributions to the art world. One such organization helping to support women in the arts is the Women's Caucus for Art, a national organization devoted to women involved in all aspects of the arts.
"Action/Reaction" is a juried exhibition featuring the work of 36 women artists, including Gail Smuda, Sarah Haskell, Robi Jackson, Lynn Szymanski and Ruthanne Weston. The exhibition juror is Rachel Rosenfield Lafo, director of curatorial affairs at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Mass. On selecting the objects for the show, she commented, "The works submitted reflected a wide range of contemporary genres, styles, and themes, including traditional landscapes, lyrical abstractions and surreal narratives. Some of the works deal with topical issues such as the role of the artist in society, current world events, critiques of corporate America, childbirth, motherhood and women's body image, the environment and women's place in nature. These are concerns that interest artists everywhere."
Art historian and UNH women's studies professor Mara Witzling explains, "The WCA is important because it supports women artists in the area and helps to keep their work visible. The work in the exhibition shows women artists actively engaged in a dialogue with contemporary art issues. This work provides forward-looking and varied responses to some of the current artistic questions."
Gallery hours are: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. The gallery is closed Fridays, university holidays (including March 15-24 and 31) and during exhibition changes. School and group tours are offered free with advance reservation and can be scheduled by called the Outreach Program at (603) 862-3713. For more information, call (603) 862-3712 or send e-mail to email@example.com.