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Spring State-of-the-Art Lecture Series April 20 and May 11

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
March 23, 2011

The spring session of the new faculty lecture series for faculty, staff and students kicks off April 20 with Barry Rock, professor of natural resources and the environment, who will present “The Benefits to Scientific Research from the Involvement of K-12 Students”  from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Dimond Library 510 Reading Room.

The State-of-the-Art Lecture Series is designed to help non-specialists learn the most exciting and current developments in a variety of fields from some of the foremost scholars at UNH. The talks begin with a reception and conclude with a question and answer session.

Rock’s research focuses on the use of Earth-orbiting satellites to monitor forest health from space. His study sites have included New England, Canada, Central Europe (Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland), and Siberia.

Ellen Fitzpatrick

Since coming to UNH 23 years ago, Rock has developed a number of K-12 outreach programs that have engaged pre-college students, both in New England and around the world, in his research efforts, utilizing the “ground truth” information that such students can provide. In the process, these students learn the process of science directly by doing it. His presentation will focus the Forest Watch program and the lessons he has learned about the changing health of two iconic New England trees, white pine and the sugar maple.  

On May 11, American historian Ellen Fitzpatrick will present “What's New in the Past?” from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Murkland Hall 115. 

History is a discipline that is shaped by a central paradox. Although its focus is the past, its practitioners live in the present. As a result, the questions historians ask about the past, the research they pursue, the narratives they construct, and the conclusions they reach are inevitably shaped by the times in which they live.

In this lecture, Fitzpatrick will discuss how history today reflects both the pursuit of time honored questions and the preoccupations of contemporary America. She also will explore how this dynamic both enriches and poses dangers for our deeper understanding of the past.

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