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Search Committee Formed for EOS Director

October 15, 2008

Bruce Mallory, Provost and executive vice president, has announced the formation of a search committee to recruit and approach a director for the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS).  

The Search Committee includes the following members:

Janet Campbell, [ co-chair] research professor

Taylor Eighmy, [co-chair] vice president of research

John Aber, Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment

David Bartlett, Research professor, EOS administration

Tom Brady, Dean, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture

Jeanne Davis, assistant director, Space Science Center

Jack Dibb, research associate professor, Climate Change Research Center

Terry Forbes, research professor, Space Science Center

Steve Frolking, research associate professor, Complex Systems Research Center

Chris Glass, director, NE Consortium

Jennifer Hegarty, graduate student

Larry Mayer, director, Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping

Eberhard Moebius, professor of physics, Space Science Center

Bob Talbot, director, Climate Change Research Center

Mark Twickler, research project manager III, Climate Change Research Center

Ruth Varner, research associate professor,  Climate Change Research Center


EOS was established in 1985 to consolidate several separate UNH research programs in Earth, ocean, and space sciences and align them with emerging national priorities, and “…to develop some [UNH] research and educational programs of a national and international reputation.” EOS shares faculty and graduate students with numerous departments across the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA), as well as with the cross-college PhD program in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science (NRESS), the largest PhD program at the University, currently enrolling more than 70 students.

In 2006, EOS was designated as UNH’s first “University Institute,” conferring an expanded and permanent role in the university’s research, education, external engagement, and governance functions, equivalent to UNH Colleges.

The research and scholarship mission of the Institute is to develop quantitative descriptions and in-depth understanding of the Earth and its setting in the universe. The teaching mission of the Institute is to educate outstanding students capable of advancing our understanding of the Earth and its setting in the universe – with emphasis on engagement of graduate students in the research programs of Institute faculty. The external engagement mission is to help shape the intellectual character and the appreciation of knowledge in our state and country, and in international communities in the broad arena of Earth and space sciences.

The Institute is organized around four research centers: The Climate Change Research Center (CCRC), the Complex Systems Research Center (CSRC), the Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory (OPAL), and the Space Science Center (SSC). In depth information about the Institute, its programs and faculty can be found at: http://www.eos.unh.edu.   

Dr. Wanda Mitchell, vice provost for diversity, will work closely with the committee to create a strong and diverse pool of internal and external candidates, through both formal and informal means.
The search committee will determine finalists for campus interviews and make final recommendations to me. All members of the university community are encouraged to utilize their professional networks in order to forward qualified nominations to the committee. Nominations and other communication with the committee can be addressed to: EOS.Search@unh.edu


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