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State-of-the-Art Lecture Series Begins Oct. 7

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
September 29, 2010

A new faculty lecture series for faculty, staff and students will help to shine the light on issues that impact our lives and our world. Starting this fall, there will be two lectures a semester aimed at discussing some of the most pressing concerns we face. A reception will follow each lecture.

The State-of-the-Art Lecture Series begins Oct. 7, 2010, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Dimond Library, room 510, with "Deepwater Horizon - Will It Really Change Anything?" presented by Nancy Kinner, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Coastal Response Research Center.
Nancy Kinner & Schooner
Since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill began in late April, Kinner has taken a leadership role in creating and disseminating scientific knowledge in support of clean-up efforts. She has testified before federal lawmakers four times, shared her expert commentary with hundreds of national media outlets, and convened several high-level meetings among spill responders, scientists, and other stakeholders in the Gulf of Mexico spill region.
On Nov. 15, 2010, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Dimond Library, room 510, Amitava Bhattacharjee will present “Magnetic Explosions in the Plasma Universe.”  

Bhattacharjee is the Paul Professor at the Space Science Center of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space. He also is the director of CICART (Center for Integrated Computation and Analysis of Reconnection and Turbulence), a collaborative center with Dartmouth College, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Next semester will feature Barry Rock, professor of forestry, botany and remote sensing, and Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history.

“Hosted by the provost, the series was English professor Michael Ferber’s idea, and such a welcome one, to remind us all of the superb and internationally known colleagues we work with everyday. Sometimes we forget,” says Lisa MacFarlane, senior vice provost for Academic Affairs. “May this become a tradition for UNH faculty and staff.”

Adds Provost John Aber, “It is easy in the everyday rush and stress of keeping this excellent university functioning, to lose track of the truly exceptional opportunities we have for hearing and thinking about the larger issues we face. These lectures will give us the chance to hear from some of the best minds on campus.”


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