April 2014 faculty and student scholarship, awards, service activities, news, and updates for Academic Affairs offices and departments

Faculty and student scholarship, awards, service activities, news and updates for Academic Affairs offices and departments


  • Kimberly Anderson Ritchie’s handmade artist book was juried into the traveling exhibition “Monumental Ideas in Miniature Books III.”  It is currently being exhibited at San Francisco State University.
  • Jayme Yahr presented “The Emerging Curator Initiative: Trial by Fire” at the College Art Association’s annual conference in Chicago this February as part of the panel “Bridging Theory and Practice: Exhibition and Curatorial Studies.”

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Jason Cordeira co-authored two presentations related to weather extremes over the Midwest U.S. that were presented in collaboration with faculty and students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Geneva, NY) at the Northeastern Storms Conference in Rutland, Vermont in March. Jason also traveled to Zurich, Switzerland and Bern, Switzerland over spring break in March in order to give an invited lecture on “The Role of Water Vapor Transport in Weather and Climate” at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) and to discuss future collaborations with researchers and students at ETH and the University of Bern on topics related to the hydrological cycle and extreme precipitation events.
  • Marguerite Crowell has served on an advisory group, in collaboration with the NH Department of Environmental Services, Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau, for the past year and half to complete a statewide water education plan.  The next step is implementation of the plan within NH schools and organizations.
  • During spring break, Dennis Machnik did two afternoon planetarium programs at Gilbert Stuart Middle School in Providence, RI, and 14 programs over 2 days at Allan Shawn Feinstein Middle School in Coventry RI.  About 500 students and teachers attended.  He made the front page of the local paper (see a recent FYI).
  • Jeremiah Duncan attended the 2014 Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Dallas Texas (March 16-20), where he presented a talk entitled “Use of a complementary companion course for improving student success in and attitudes toward General Chemistry.”  He also accompanied Katie Hills-Kimball, graduating senior in chemistry, who presented a poster entitled “Quaternary ammonium salt functionalized gold nanoparticles as phase transfer catalysts.”

Career Services

  • During the month of March, Jim Kuras spoke to the following classes/groups regarding career services: Interdisciplinary Studies, History and Philosophy Career Night, 100+ student teachers, 2 career exploration classes, and an Anthropology and Sociology Seminar. Please contact Jim if you would like him to visit your class or participate in an event that you are sponsoring. Jim also was asked by the Plymouth Regional Chamber of Commerce to participate in one of their Chamber after Hours networking events.  Jim gave a short presentation on Career Services and Internships and how we can help match students and graduates with local employers.
  • Career Services participated in Graduates Day where we saw more than 50 students for resume reviews.

Center for the Environment

  • The 2014 NH Water and Watershed Conference was held on Friday, March 21 at PSU. Approximately 200 people attend the event to hear almost 40 talks and network with other people interested in our water resources. This year, the theme was “Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources.” The conference was organized by June Hammond Rowan and the Center for the Environment, and thanks to many people on campus from Facility Services, IT, and the HUB for their assistance with a successful event.  Many people from CFE participated in a variety of ways:
    • Kathleen Bush chaired a session on “Emerging Issues in Water and Public Health.”
    • Mark Green co-chaired a session on “Where are New Hampshire’s Water Data?”
    • Shannon Rogers chaired a session on “Land Use Planning for Conservation and Water Sustainability.”
    • Graduate student Cory Gucwa chaired the poster session on NH water topics.
    • The following talks were presented:
      • “Developing Social Indicators Regarding Water Resources in New Hampshire” – Shannon Rogers
      • “Impacts of road salt application on heavy metal mobilization in New Hampshire Watersheds” – Kathleen Bush, Jess Wilhelm
      • “Water Quality Management: All Lakes are Not Created Equal” – Joe Boyer
      • “Using Specific Electrical Conductance to Compare Rainfall Runoff in NH Urban and Rural Catchments” – Ashley Hyde
  • The following posters were presented:
    • “Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage:  Five Years of Monitoring at Ore Hill Mine Site, Warren, New Hampshire” – Aaron Johnson
    • “Use of the World Café method of stakeholder engagement for developing a Squam Watershed plan” – June Hammond Rowan, Chelsea Berg, Greg DiSanto, Jonathon Loos
    • “Evaluating Watershed Ecosystem Services in New Hampshire” – Chelsea Berg, Jonathon Loos, Shannon Rogers
    • “A Rapid Floristic Quality Assessment for NH Wetlands” – Jennifer-Lee Bell
    • “Use of Community-Based Social Marketing to Promote Sustainable Fishing Behavior in New Hampshire Recreational Lakes and Rivers” – Melissa Leszek
    • At the Northeastern Geological Society of America meeting on March 23-25 in Lancaster, PA, Nadine Orejola and Lisa Doner presented a poster on “Characterizing Iceland Lake Sediments: Lake system changes from marine vs. freshwater.”
    • Mark Green was a plenary speaker at the New England Society of American Foresters meeting on March 25-27 in Nashua. Mark’s talk was on “How Resilient Are New England Forests After Biomass Harvesting? Effects on Water Quality & Quantity.”
    • Shannon Rogers has two new publications that came out in March:

Shannon also presented findings from the water report at the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership Management Committee on March 11 in Portsmouth, NH, and she attended and presented on watershed ecosystem services at the NH EPSCoR all hands meeting on March 20 in Durham, NH.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Rachelle Lyons and Charlie Burke (NH Farm to Restaurant Connection) gave a talk titled “The Local Food Movement in New Hampshire – Why It Matters” at NHTI as part of their “Wings of Knowledge” lecture series.
  • Daniel Lee and the Center for Rural Partnerships have been awarded two contracts to provide research services – one from the Appalachian Mountain Club to perform an economic impact analysis of their backcountry hut system, and one from the New Hampshire Timber Owner’s Association to articulate the impact of logging activities in Coos and Grafton Counties.
  • Ben Amsden participated as a panel discussant at a recent workshop held by the Route 3 Retrotour owners association. The workshop, part of the Center’s Tourism Development Toolkit Series, focused on collaborative marketing strategies for regional tourism destinations.
  • Ben Amsden submitted a research report describing the demographic, activity, and spending profiles of New Hampshire visitors during the summer seasons of 2012 and 2013 to the New Hampshire Department of Travel and Tourism Development.
  • Ben Amsden and Joyce Larson facilitated a two-day strategic planning process (StratOp) focused on university marketing for the Office of Public Relations, the College of Graduate Studies, and the Office of Enrollment Management.
  • As part of the CRP’s Coos County Outreach Initiative, Rachelle Lyons worked with Social Science student Taylor Dillingham to conduct a membership survey and facilitate action planning for the North Country Farmer’s Coop.
  • Daniel Lee was named to New Hampshire’s Economic Development Advisory Council as economist for a three-year term. He attended his first meeting in March.
  • The Center’s Student Engagement Laboratory welcomes Brittany Snow (COGS), who will be working with Ann Berry on her “Training for Educators in Rural Areas (SATERA)” project. This project is funded in part by the Center’s Rural Community Education Institute (RCEI), which funds faculty projects relating to professional development in Grafton County.

Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities

  • Rebecca Busanich, Associate Director of CfALHC, presented a 4-week workshop for Healthy PSU titled “Re-story (and Restore) Your Relationship with Your Body, Food & Exercise,” where employees were taught ways to explore and challenge cultural and personal narratives around the body, food and exercise to lead healthier lives.  Rebecca also conducted a 3-part workshop for the 4th grade girls at Plymouth Elementary School that focused on healthier ways to talk about the body and health behaviors in an effort to promote more positive body image, physical self-esteem and overall wellness
  • Jamie Hannon, CfALJC Affilate, was a featured presenter at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance – Eastern District Association Annual Meeting in Newport, RI.  His session was entitled “Team Building for Adults Through Experiential Learning.”
  • Barbara McCahan, Director of CfALHC, was also a presenter at AAHPERD-EDA in Newport, RI where she led a session entitled “Yoga/Dance for Everyone” which addressed ways for exercise and dance professionals to apply principle of inclusion in their leadership.
  • Marjorie King, CfALHC Affiliate, presented a seminar entitled “Breast Cancer and Exercise” to the Networking and Educational Seminars for Lymphedema Therapists at the Women’s Hospital of Texas, Houston.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Pat Cantor was one of the presenters in the March 4 webinar, “Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory: Taking Stock of the States,” hosted by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration of Children and Families.  Co-presenters included Dr. Marcy Whitebook and Dr. Fran Kipnis of the Center on the Study of Child Care Employment at UC Berkeley and Dr. Sharon Ryan of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University.  Pat presented on the findings of the Early Childhood Higher Education Inventory in New Hampshire and how these findings are being used to inform workforce and professional development initiatives in the state.  Information about the Inventory, the NH findings, and the webinar can be found at http://www.irle.berkeley.edu/cscce/2013/early-childhood-higher-education-inventory/
  • Pat Cantor was invited by the NH Endowment for Health to serve on its Early Childhood Advisory Committee.  Ensuring the healthy development of young children is one of the priority areas in the Endowment for Health’s strategic plan, and the Advisory Committee will assist the foundation in identifying and prioritizing strategies.
  • Meagan Shedd published H. K., Duke, N. K., Moses, A. M., Spybrook, J., & Shedd, M. K. (2014). “How much for whom? Lessons from an efficacy study of modest professional development for child care providers.” Early Education and Development, 25(3), 421-441.
  • Over spring break, Clarissa M. Uttley delivered two presentations at the University of Pittsburg in Bradford, PA. She served as a guest lecturer in the course “Comparative Justice” where she discussed how human-animal interaction is included with at-risk and incarcerated populations throughout the world. In addition, she presented an evening lecture entitled “Taking a Bite out of Crime: Inmate Rehabilitation through Prison-based Animal Programs.” The talk, sponsored by the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, was attended by over 50 university and community members and will be made available via video on social media outlets. In addition to providing information on prison-based animal programs currently in existence, Clarissa discussed how to establish these programs in the Bradford community and how students can get involved in similar programs as volunteers or through their work in the Criminal Justice field.  Please see web link for local write-up of the event, http://www.bradfordera.com/news/article_2163d916-ae4d-11e3-98a3-001a4bcf887a.html

Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

  • Susan Shapiro presented “Friendship as Foundation for Inclusive Education” to parents, caregivers, and self-advocates of UNH’s Institute on Disability’s Leadership Series, on Friday, January 10, in Concord, New Hampshire.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented “Developing the Inner Leader in You” March 6 at SERESC.

Enterprise Center at Plymouth

  • To date, the ECP and its partners have met with over 70 companies and 30 want-to-be entrepreneurs from Grafton, Carroll, and Coos Counties.
  • ECP has welcomed hundreds of people through the doors of the ECP since opening on Oct. 15, 2013.
  • Eight companies are working with PSU students doing internships and several more companies are utilizing work study students.
  • ECP-sponsored seminars and workshops have attracted over 467 participants.
  • ECP staff, in the past six months, has presented to 48 regional groups requesting a speaker.

Global Education Office

  • 15 PSU students were placed for exchange at the National Student Exchange conference in March.  Students will be studying at universities in the following states: Indiana, Mississippi, Colorado, Louisiana, Tennessee, British Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands – St. Thomas.  We will be hosting 4 visiting students next year as well, from Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado.
  • A Study Away Open House was held on March 4.  Returned study away students and some exchange students from our international partners presented on their experiences.  Appetizers from around the world were served.  The deadline for students wanting to study away for the fall semester is April 15.
  • The Center for Global Engagement selected a new group of Global Ambassadors, Global Orientation Leaders, and Student Coordinators for 2014-15.  We were excited by the number of interested and qualified applicants we had for this growing and important program.
  • The CGE also organized a trip to Concord for international students to receive tax preparation assistance.

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina was selected as the 2014 AAHPERD Rachel E. Bryant Lecturer. Her presentation, “Active Girls Become Strong Women,” will be given at the annual convention in St. Louis, April 3.
  • Irene Cucina represented NH at the 6th annual SPEAK Out Advocacy Day in Washington, DC where she met with legislative aids for Jeanne Shaheen, Annie Kuster, and Kelly Ayotte to discuss the PHYSICAL Act. The PHYSICAL Act would include health and physical education as part of the core curriculum so that schools could use federal funding to support these programs.
  • Physical Education students gave 3 presentations at the Eastern District Association of the Society of Health and Physical Educators in Newport, RI on March 1st.
    • “Making HR Fitness Fun for K-6 Physical Education” – Presenters:  Matt McGuigan, Anna Cochran, Meghan Cassidy, Dillon Leary, Nathan Leahy-Trask, Kaela Mitchell
    • “Fantastic Fitness Activities for HIgh School Physical Education” – Presenters:  Tim Jewett, Mike Russell, Ben Haskell, Alex Simo, Joey DiTommasso
    • “Moving to Learn:  Integrating Health and Physical Education” –  Presenter:  Chelsea Cooper

History, Philosophy and Social Science Education

  • Philosophy 4 Life is a radio talk show providing a public forum for philosophy. So far, the following programs have aired live:
    • IDENTITY with Jayme Yahr, Art History.
    • HUMAN HEALTH with Kathleen Bush, Center for the Environment and Mr. Brian Sanders, community member (local meat cutter)
    • LEISURE with Annette Holba, Media and Communications
    • MAJORING IN PHILOSOPHY with Kobit Beaver and Christian Passen, PSU students
    • SUSTAINABILITY with Brian Eisenhauer, Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Helen Abbott ‘39 Professor of Environmental Studies, and Associate Professor of Social Science
    • WORRY with Kathleen Herzig, Clinical Psychology
    • JUSTICE AND THE LAW with Mark Fischler, Criminal Justice

NOTE: Eight additional programs have also already been planned for the upcoming weeks.

  • Maria Sanders (Philosophy) presented at Texas Community College Teachers Association on “Equality and Liberty: Utilizing classroom activities to analyze Rawls’ theory of justice.” [February 7, San Antonio, Texas].  Maria also chaired a session at the American Philosophical Association’s Central Division Meeting on “History of Philosophy as Philosophy of Law” sponsored by the Philosophy and Law Subcommittee. [March 1, Chicago, Illinois]
  • Rebecca Noel attended the Eastern American Studies Association conference at La Salle University in Philadelphia, where she delivered the paper, “The Child’s Body in Antebellum Hygiene Textbooks.”  She also gave a presentation to PSU’s Philosophy Circle entitled “Beyond Emile: Educational Experiments Inspired by Rousseau in Late Eighteenth-Century Europe.”

Languages and Linguistics

  • Katharine Harrington was an invited speaker at the “Fête de la Francophonie” on March 17, hosted by Belmont High School, with the participation of students and teachers from six different area high schools.  Katharine, along with student Mike Farkas (’14) presented a talk entitled “Why Should You Study French? Employment and opportunities for French.”


  • John Donovan presented “Thinking about thinking, what thinking do problem-solving tasks require?  Tasks and a framework” at the 51st Annual Spring Conference of the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics.
  • At the same conference, Osama Taani presented “Using Visual Representations to Meet the Standards for Mathematical Practice.”

Museum of the White Mountains

  • The Museum of the White Mountains opened its second exhibition on March 25, “Beyond Granite: The Geology of Adventure.” The exhibition explores connections between geological history and recreation in the White Mountains. The exhibit is curated by geologist and author Sarah Garlick. The exhibition features ultra-high resolution panoramic photographs, called Gigapans, of Cannon Cliff, the Franconia Ridge, and the east side of Mt. Washington. Each Gigapan is a composite of over 500 individual images.

Carnegie Mellon, working in collaboration with NASA researchers and funding from the National Science Foundation, developed software and technology for the Mars Rover project. Carnegie Mellon has continued to work with GigaPan technology for scientific and educational purposes, and this has led to partnerships with other institutions, such as the one we developed for this exhibition.

These panoramas span near entire walls of the gallery and are featured in a touch-screen digital exhibit. The integration of Gigapan technology will allow visitors to have an interactive, ‘hands-on’ experience with the emblematic cliffs and ranges of the White Mountains, while learning about the features in pop-up windows selected by users. By incorporating this technology, informal science education is integrated into the awe of the mountain experience and we extend Plymouth State University’s mission to bring science education to new audiences. The exhibition is accompanied by a video by Jim Surette of Granite Films. The exhibition, the video and the standards based curriculum packets will be added to the growing museum website.  The exhibition was fully funded by members and donors.  Students working on digitizing the collection this semester include Kevin McGuinness from Ireland for an Internship.

  • Liz Ahl’s poetry class did a reading in the museum of poems the students wrote based on works of art in the exhibition.
  • Ben Amsden is the Museum Scholar this semester and is working with two outside co-curators on the third exhibition “Trail Clubs of the White Mountains” slated to open March 2015.
  • In partnership with the National Forest Service, the Museum recently hosted an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the purchase of the first tract of land that would become part of the White Mountain National Forest.
  • Catherine Amidon was recently appointed to the Advisory Committee of the North East Document Conservation Center in Andover, MA.  A new member was appointed to the Advisory Committee. Edward B. Roberts is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology at M.I.T., where he long chaired the Sloan School’s Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship research and education programs. He founded and chairs the MIT Entrepreneurship Center.

Office of Educator Preparation

  • Irene Cucina, Marianne True, Christie Sweeney, Mike Kopish, Gail Mears and Cynthia Vascak attended the annual Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation conference March 26-28 in order to begin the transition from NCATE to the new educator preparation standards.

Social Science

  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) and Ava Tyler, undergraduate student in Sociology, attended the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Albuquerque, NM, in March. Ava Tyler presented the paper “The Diffusion of Innovation in Environmental Sustainability in Recreational Boating” which is based on RAC-funded research done by Brian Eisenhauer (Sociology/Office of Sustainability), Kate Donahue, Ava Tyler, and Matt Bartley, who graduated in December with an MS in Environmental Science, and Policy.
  • Brian Eisenhauer(Sociology/Office of Sustainability) was named to the governing council of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources (IASNR). IASNR is an interdisciplinary professional association open to individuals who bring a variety of social science and natural science backgrounds to bear on research and application strategies pertaining to the environment and natural resource issues.  Also, Brian appeared as the featured guest on the radio show “Renewable Now” on Wednesday, March 26, to speak about sustainability in Higher Education, Plymouth State University’s efforts, and the EcoHouse project at PSU. The show is broadcast in Rhode Island on WARL 1320, and has a worldwide stream online with an audience of more than 250,000.
    • This year the Social Science Department initiated a Certificate in Hospitality Management to reflect the fact that travel, hospitality and tourism are key economic components of the North Country. Students taking TMP 3000, the introductory course, were invited to an overnight at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods. Carl Lindblade (Tourism, Management, and Policy), the Certificate designer and lecturer for the course, arranged for students to arrive on a Thursday evening and enjoy classic dining, and the following day to experience an intense mini internship rotating through the Front Desk, Spa, Food and Beverage, and Engineering Departments. This provided students with a hands-on experiential opportunity to understand what is covered in class each week. Upon completion of the course and the Hospitality Management certificate students will, in addition to their PSU degree, have certification from the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
    • Filiz Otucu (Political Science) in collaboration with the NH World Affairs Council and Model UN students co-organized a talk, “Making a Stand: U.S. Leadership in Emerging Crisis,” on March 27 by Ambassador Richard Barton, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization.
    • Steve Whitman (Geography/Environmental Planning) and the students in Advanced Planning are assisting the Town of Plymouth’s Energy Commission with a study of “group net metering”. Recently enabled by the legislature in 2013 this would allow for the construction of one solar array to provide energy to a number of structures with their own electrical meters. The class is reviewing municipally owned properties to identify suitable sites for a solar array, analyzing electric data for the municipal buildings, and will be reporting out to the Energy Commission in April on their initial findings and what this may mean for the size options and costs of such an infrastructure investment.
    • David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted the annual meeting of the New England Chapters of the Society for Industrial Archeology on March 1 in Boyd Hall. The conference featured multiple presentations on the subject of early industry in New Hampshire.  He also concluded his exhibit on the early cartoon character, “Foxy Grandpa,” which had been featured on the first floor of Lamson Library since late January. “Foxy” was one of the most unique subjects of comic book art between 1900 and ca. 1920.  David also submitted to the New York State Museum his final archaeological report on past excavations at the Lake George Battlefield Park (New York) as a prelude to directing a new series of excavations in the Park that will commence this coming summer.  David is editor of The New Hampshire Archeologist, and in March he published Volume 52, devoted to Native American sites in New Hampshire.
    • Ricardo St. Hilaire, Affiliate Faculty and Cultural Heritage lawyer, will give a talk on “US v. Shultz,” involving the criminal case of Tutankhamun’s grandfather, the fake “Thomas Alcock” collection, an Egyptian tomb ravaged by chainsaws, a criminal defendant who tried to escape prosecution by ingesting hemlock, the cover-up using teabags and liquid plastic, and prison time for the former head of the National Association of Dealers in Ancient, Oriental, and Primitive Art.- — Wednesday, April 2, 12-1p in Rounds 304A.  Bring your lunch.

Social Work

  • Samantha Nolin, graduating senior, was honored as the BSW Student of the Year from PSU at the NH Chapter, NASW’s Annual Awards Brunch in Concord (March 28) for her academic excellence, student engagement, and community service. Stephen Gorin presented the chapter’s Legislator of the Year award to Senator Andrew Hosmer and introduced representatives from Governor Hassan and Representative Carol Shea-Porter’s offices who delivered brief remarks. The representative from Governor Hassan’s office read a proclamation from the Governor declaring March as Professional Social Work Month in NH.
  • Scott Meyer and Leo Sandy (Counselor Education and School Psychology) co-presented (March 31) “Parental Awareness: A Cognitive Buffer for Depression and Anxiety” at this year’s NH Children’s Trust statewide Strengthening Families Summit, Parental Depression: Impact on Families and Children.”

University Studies

  • Jennifer Tyniec presented “Positivity Works! Boosting Your Resilience and Job Satisfaction” at the National Academic Advising Association conference in Newport, RI in March.  The session was geared to introduce attendees to positive psychology and Jennifer’s doctoral research.
  • Patrick Cate was the closing keynote speaker at the same conference of 540 attendees.  His speech, “Go Electric, Stay Dylan,” focused on overcoming the challenges that higher education and academic advising face while remaining true to the core of student learning.  Patrick also presented a two-hour preconference on “Intro to Developmental Advising and Learning” and a concurrent session titled ”Research Methods in Academic Advising.”