April 2016 faculty and student scholarship, awards, service activities, news, and updates for Academic Affairs offices and departments

Art

  • Annette Mitchell, Faculty Emerita of Art, has won First Place in the Daughters of the American Revolution’s national painting contest that celebrates contributions to America’s Distinguished History. Her acrylic painting “Dolley Madison Saving Gilbert Stuart’s Painting” will be on exhibition at the national museum in Washington, D.C. later this Spring.
  • Kimberly Anderson Ritchie was accepted in the national juried exhibition, “Art + Science,” at Indiana University East. She will be exhibiting the piece “Rock Tripe Lichen” which is a study on lichen as an early indicator of air pollution.  The exhibition runs through May.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Jason Cordeira was an invited speaker at the Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA on December 18, 2015, where he presented on the “Relationships Among Atmospheric Rivers, Tropical Moisture Exports, and Warm Conveyor Belts over the Northeast Pacific.”
  • Jason Cordeira attended a multi-day workshop sponsored by the California Department of Water Resources at the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography on January 19-22, and gave two presentations on research related to analyzing and forecasting precipitation extremes associated with “Atmospheric Rivers.”
  • Six PSU Meteorology faculty and staff members, 34 undergraduate students from the B.S. Meteorology program, and 10 graduate students in the M.S. Applied Meteorology program attended the 41st Annual Northeastern Storm conference in Saratoga Springs, NY on March 4-6. PSU faculty and students led an unprecedented 11 of 54 (20%) oral presentations and one poster presentation.
  • Faculty and staff presentations:
    • “Boundary Layer Exposure as a Control of Elevation Dependent Warming” by Eric Kelsey
    • “Precipitation Processes Leading to the Great New England Flood of 1936” by Jason Cordeira, Michael Wessler, and Lourdes Avilés
    • “Next-Gen Mapwall and Website at Plymouth State University” by Brendon Hoch and Kevin Lupo
    • Lourdes Avilés participated in a career panel discussion to present information about graduate school and careers in academia
  • Graduate student presentations:
    • “An Analysis of the Impacts over the Northeast Associated with the Extratropical Transition of Irene (2011), Sandy (2012), and Andrea (2013)” by Katie Towey and Lourdes Avilés
    • “The Downstream Response to Explosive Extratropical Cyclone Intensification over the North Pacific” by Kevin Lupo, Jason Cordeira, and Eric Hoffman
    • “Atmospheric Rivers, Debris Flows, and Shallow Landslides in California” by Allison Young, Klint Skelly, and Jason Cordeira
    • “Upstream Evolution of Landfalling Atmospheric Rivers and Their Impacts on Precipitation Distributions along the U.S. West Coast” by Chad Hecht, Klint Skelly, and Jason Cordeira
    • “Atmospheric Rivers, Floods, and Flash Floods in California” by Klint Skelly, Chad Hecht, and Jason Cordeira
    • “A Study of Extreme Weather Events across New Hampshire” by Kelly Neugent, Eric Kelsey, Kathleen Bush, and Matt Cahillane in collaboration with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Undergraduate student presentations:
    • “Hydrometeorology Extremes in New Hampshire’s White Mountains” by Michael Wessler and Jason Cordeira
    • “An Analysis of Electron Density and Virtual Height in the Ionsphere” by Anthony LaRosa and Lourdes Avilés
    • “Evolution of Tropical Cyclone Intensity with Regard to the Geometric Structure of Rainbands” by Vanessa Przybylo and Lourdes Avilés

PSU had a table with recruiting materials for both our BS Meteorology and MS Applied Meteorology degree programs. Faculty, staff, and students spoke with at least a dozen prospective students.

  • Over Spring break Dennis Machnik gave over 30 presentations in five days with the portable planetarium to over 900 students and children at Fr. Doyle Middle School in Coventry, RI; Bain Middle School in Cranston, RI; and Feinstein Middle School in Coventry, RI.

Biological Sciences

  • Larry Spencer was part of a three person group who made a presentation at the recent PSU Water and Watershed conference concerning the progress that the Friends of the Pemi, the Town of Holderness, and the New Hampshire Department of State Parks have made in transforming the section of the Pemi River going from Livermore Falls to slightly just south of Plymouth from an area with problems to a “family friendly” region.  The presentation will be made available on the group’s website: http://livermorefalls.org/.  Dr. Spencer chairs the Environmental Subcommittee of the Friends of the Pemi organization.

Center for Business and Community Partnerships

Business and Industry Connections

  • Working with the White Mountain National Forest, Ben Amsden, Adam Keul (TMP), Marcia Schmidt Blaine (MWM) and TMP student Ali Sekou hosted a gathering of the regional trail clubs and tourism industry partners that contributed to the “History of Trail Clubs” exhibit which recently finished its run at the Museum of the White Mountains. The topic of this convening was the development of a shared network focusing on stewardship, trail maintenance, and tourism development.
  • Ben Amsden hosted George Clayton, Owner and CEO of Utility Choice Savings, to discuss possible university partnerships. The CBCP is assembling a coalition of interested faculty/Strategic Clusters to partner with UCS on student internships, trainings, and professional development. Contact Ben if you’re interested in learning more.
  • Rachelle Lyons facilitated a discussion of agriculture as economic development in Coos County. Over 35 people gathered at Columbia Town Hall for a potluck and celebration of two successful agricultural entrepreneurs – Eric Mulligan of New Hampshire Mushroom Company and Annie Gaillard of Surfing Veggie Girl Farm and Buffalo Mountain Coop in Hardwick VT.
  • Ben Amsden and Thad Guldbrandsen hosted representatives from the Northern Forest Center to discuss the development of the CBCP and opportunities for future collaboration.

Community Partnerships

  • Rachelle Lyons was selected as curator of the “Lexicon of Sustainability Pop-Up Show”, a traveling art exhibit designed to inform people about their food system. Only 100 curators are chosen nationally each year, and as a curator, Rachelle will be responsible for helping students organize and host events that use the artwork to develop a more just and sustainable food system. ES&P senior Keith Skyta will lead the efforts to bring the exhibit to audiences across the region. The debut exhibit will take place on campus as part of the Earth Day Celebration on April 21.
  • Graduate Student Jacalin LaFrance hosted a series of food literacy events at Bethlehem Public Library as part of the CBCP’s “Who Grew My Lunch” (WGML) program. WGML uses books, art, growing and cooking demonstrations to promote food literacy for students in grades K-12. So far, over 25 students have participated in each event and there are requests for additional events!

Research and Engaged Scholarship

  • Daniel Lee (COBA) delivered a number of research reports to the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development. They include the monthly rooms and meals report for December 2015, a series of barometer reports detailing monthly, seasonal, and annual tourism activity, and a report detailing New Hampshire’s share of the U.S. Domestic travel and tourism market.
  • A team including Rachelle Lyons, New Hampshire Fish & Game, the Ammonosuc Chapter of Trout Unlimited, the North Country Council, and others received grant funding ($32,000) to oversee student-led culvert research, the training of volunteers, and the development of community capacity throughout northern New Hampshire. This project is a culminating effort of the “Clean Water, Healthy Trout” initiative that Rachelle has overseen since 2014. In addition to enhancing PSU’s community capital and goodwill around the region, this funding provides paid internships for students, faculty salary, and institutional overhead.

Center for the Environment

  • CFE was busy over Spring Break hosting the 2016 New Hampshire Water and Watershed conference on March 18. This event brought close to 200 people on campus for over 35 talks and 10 posters organized into ten sessions, a plenary talk, a panel discussion, and poster session. The conference focused on resiliency exploring: how it relates to water supply and demand; floods and flood hazards; watershed management and planning; the value of water; how New Hampshire communities are adapting; and the relationship between water and tourism in New Hampshire.

The conference was organized by CFE’s Associate Director June Hammond Rowan with assistance from ESP graduate student Carolyn Greenough, Director Joe Boyer, and a committee of partners from New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Fish and Game, New Hampshire Geological Survey, New Hampshire Water Resources Research Center, City of Portsmouth, Tighe & Bond, UNH, and US Geological Survey. Joe Boyer, Mark Green, and Shannon Rogers chaired sessions. The following talks and posters were given by ESP students and faculty funded through CFE grants:

  • “Plenary Talk on Resilience of New Hampshire’s Hydrology to Forest Harvesting,” by Mark Green
  • “An Algorithm for Analyzing Streamwater Specific Conductance Time Series,” by Daniel Demers
  • “High-Flow Transport of Metals Downstream of Ore Hill Mine, Warren, NH,” by Brittani Doran
  • “Monitoring Strategies for Characterizing Streamwater Inorganic Monomeric Aluminum,” by Carly Ellis
  • “Quantifying Morphological Location of hsp70 Stress Protein Expression in Mayflies,” by Roy Fruit
  • “Milfoil Management in the Squam Lakes: Tentative Success in a 15 Year Battle, “ by Rebecca Hanson
  • “Northern New Hampshire Snow Records from 1930 to 2015,” by Marina Plopeanu
  • “Exploring the Local Ecological Knowledge of Surfers in Maine and New Hampshire, “ by Sophia Scott
  • “Exploring Approaches to Assessing Natural Capital’s Role in Environmental Decision Making–Insights from Stakeholder Engaged Watershed Case Studies in New England,” by Shannon Rogers

CFE would like to thank staff from the Hartman Union Building, Sodexo, Facility Services, and University Police for all their help with the conference.

College of Business Administration

  • Students from Professor Robert Nadeau’s Professional Sales Program enjoyed participating in a unique opportunity with the DHL Company during a recent visit to the PSU campus. DHL is the 5th largest employer in the world and they brought 13 of their top executive team to the PSU campus to partake in several classroom activities. Over a three day period they evaluated 25 students in the Professional Sales program. The executives also ran a student team competition in Professor Roxana Wright’s Business Capstone class. The students used actual data from the company’s prior three years to develop logistics and staffing solutions that were aligned to the company’s overall strategy. The DHL logistics managers were impressed. One of the DHL managers stated: “I would hire ten of Professor Wright’s students on the spot.” They ended their visit by interviewing over 30 students for jobs and internships in sales and operations management roles. DHL has hired 27 PSU new college grads in the last few years.
  • Brad Allen went to Brisbane, Australia on March 11 where he presented a series of corporate social responsibility suggestions to the North Queensland Bulk Ports Authority (NQBPA).  The Ports Authority operates six of the largest commercial shipping ports on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and are seeking ways to improve stewardship initiatives to the reef while also beginning to measure economic impacts of new environmental policies being considered for 2016 and into the future.  Dr. Allen presented to over 60 employees, including the senior leadership team and two members of the Board of Directors regarding the benefits of a comprehensive materiality study and examples of corporate responsibility benchmarking initiatives. Tentative plans are being discussed for a longer engagement over the summer to plan implementation of the materiality study, as well as review of programs being used at other major global ports.
  • Brad Allen traveled with the PSU American Marketing Association (AMA) student chapter, also known on campus as Marketing at Plymouth State (MAPS), from March 16-20 to New Orleans and the National AMA Collegiate conference. This conference hosts over 300 colleges and universities with 1,500 students attending from the US and Canada each Spring.  Twenty students from MAPS competed in a variety of categories, with the students winning 3rd place in the Sabre marketing computer simulation contest besting other major schools including Penn State, Ohio State, and over 40 other universities.  Ms. Aisling O’Leary took third place in the national sales competition and also received honorable mention for national marketing student of the year.  In addition, the chapter earned third place in the exhibition tent contest where the students decorated the MAPS tent with conference themed based games and marketing materials.  Dr. Greg Dumont attended the event for the first time and was a great contribution to the chapter in supporting the students as they engaged in a full agenda of conference events.
  • Roxana Wright and Dr. Chen Wu participated in the February meeting of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Partnership in Concord, NH. The FDI Partnership is a collaboration between the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development (NHDED) and the Office of Research and Engagement at PSU. Dr. Wu and Dr. Wright shared the recent progress in their FDI research project: “New Hampshire Economic Globalization Report.” The staff of the Office of International Commerce at NHDED introduced their recent effort in traveling overseas to attract FDI, and announced their upcoming FDI activities in 2016. The two parts discussed funding options, and agreed to integrate the FDI research project into the development of state-wide FDI strategies that aim to serve the needs of both New Hampshire local communities and potential foreign investors.
  • Chantalle Forgues wrote a column, “At-a-Glance,” in the March issue of the New Hampshire Bar News reviewing recent slip opinions issued by the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
  • Chantalle Forgues’ article, “Got Breast Milk? WADA Sure Doesn’t: Prohibiting One of Nature’s Best and Worst Athletic Supplements,” was conditionally accepted for publication in the Journal of Performance Enhancement and Health.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy presented on a documentary film entitled “Faces of the Enemy”, which depicts the dehumanization process that individuals and nations use to make it easier to objectify and kill others. The presentation was given at the Eighth Annual Culture of Peace and Nonviolence conference at Colby-Sawyer College and was co-sponsored by New Hampshire Peace Action, PSU, and Colby-Sawyer College, along with student organizations at Colby-Sawyer College.
  • Leo Sandy is an advisor to Rise of Peace, Inc. (RISE). The RISE curriculum teaches critical thinking about the origins of conflict and solutions for peace. Each curriculum is tailored for a specific school at no cost. RISE presents an opportunity for any school to expand its educational curricula to include the fundamentals of peace and the concept of conflict resolution skills. Volunteer professionals confer with current school faculty to provide a relevant supplement to an existing curriculum. RISE views peace as not merely the cessation of war, but as a desirable alternative to conflict. The RISE rationale is that if we can agree that conflicts have historically reflected conscious decision-making, then perhaps we can also agree that alternative goals reached through critical thinking can result in peaceful outcomes. RISE seeks to promote discussion of conflict and peace with an understanding of the potential for nonviolent solutions in achieving peace.
  • The PSU Institutional Review Board (IRB), which supports responsible research with human subjects, has grown to 16 members, including a prisoner advocate and one external member. The IRB has reviewed approximately 45 applications so far this academic year.  Members of the IRB are Danielle Carkin, Ryanne Carmichael (vice-chair), Sean Collins, Heather Doherty, Stephen Flynn (chair), Elliot Gruner, Brian Healy, Bob Heiner, Marcel Lebrun, David Mackey, Shannon Rogers, Meagan Shedd, Christie Sweeney, Jason Swift, Clarissa Uttley and Kevin Young. The IRB, along with other similar boards devoted to federal and research compliance, are supported by the Office of Research and Engagement.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Elisabeth Johnston presented the session “Standards for Mathematical Practice and Play: What is the Connection?” at the New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics 2016 Spring conference at Keene State.

Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum

  • Ann Berry recently presented preliminary findings from the SATERA project (Support and Training for Special Educators in Rural Areas) at the national conference for the American Council on Rural Special Education (ACRES) in Las Vegas, NV on March 11. Dr. Berry’s research is funded by the Center for Business and Community Partnerships and the PSU Research Advisory Council. The title of the presentation was “Moving Toward Collaboration: Special Educators and General Education Teachers in Rural Areas.” Dr. Berry discussed the positive effects for students and teachers when a shared model for the delivery of special education services is present and the results of an investigation in two rural elementary schools that looked at factors contributing to collaborative service delivery.
  • During the 2015-16 academic year, Clarissa M. Uttley has been coordinating the Healing Paws Pet Assisted Therapy Program here on the Plymouth campus. Well over 1500 students and staff have spent time with several certified pet assisted therapy teams either at the HUB, in residential housing, or at Centre Lodge. We even have a therapy team working with one of the classrooms at the Center for Young Children and Families! With over 10 therapy dog teams available to provide volunteer services on campus, our students are seeking out these canines for quick pats to reduce anxiety before tests or for longer visits between classes or while doing homework. Throughout the remainder of the year, there will be scheduled times and locations for these visits to continue. If you are interested in scheduling a visit to your class or department, please email Clarissa at cmuttley@plymouth.edu. Visits are currently scheduled for April 5 (Mary Lyon), April 18 (Pemi), April 19 (Blair) from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at Mary Lyon.

Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

  • On March 21, Hilary Swank presented a workshop entitled “Data Data Everywhere but Not a Fact to Share!” at the National Afterschool Association’s annual convention in Orlando, FL. The workshop shared results of her research about 21st Century Community Learning Centers in New Hampshire and showcased the research partnership formed among the New Hampshire Department of Education, PSU, and the New Hampshire Afterschool Network.

English

  • Liz Ahl’s interdisciplinary scholarship across the disciplines of mathematics, psychology, and acting bore fruit at Foxwoods Resort Casino over Spring Break where she placed seventh, and well in the money out of 282 registered players. She also placed fifth (just in the money) in an earlier tournament. Poem(s) forthcoming.
  • Ann McClellan presented her paper, “Queering Sherlock’s World: Slash, Fan Fiction, and Conflicts in World Building,” at the 2016 Annual Popular Culture Association conference in Seattle, WA.
  • Marsi Wisniewski published two coloring books, both of which can be found on Amazon.com:

Environmental Science and Policy

  • In collaboration the Newfound Lake Watershed Association, Amy Villamagna (ESP and CFE), Brian Eisenhauer (Soc Sci & OES), Sean Donohoe (ESP 2016), and Josiah Perry (Sociology 2017) launched a participatory GIS survey to map conservation priorities, landscape threats, and landscape values throughout the basin. The survey closed on March 30 and the team will be presenting results to the community at the end of May.

Global Engagement Office

  • GEO placed 8 PSU students at the National Student Exchange conference for the 2016-17 year at universities in Hawaii, Miami, Los Angeles, New Mexico, New Orleans and the US Virgin Islands.
  • In collaboration with HHP, GEO hosted Simon Jeppesen from University College of Southeast Norway, Outdoor Life department to explore the establishment of a bi-lateral exchange partnership. Via exchange partnerships, students pay their usual tuition and fees to PSU. Simon also presented Friluftsliv, an ancient Nordic philosophy of outdoor life.
  • GEO hosted several events this month, including the semi-annual International Student Employment Readiness Workshop which guides international students through the processes of preparing for and immigration requirements of employment in the US, a Resume Writing workshop, Global Coffee Hour, and a trip to the VITA Tax Program hosted at SNHU. And, former COBA Dean Trent Boggess facilitated two specially-designed workshops for international graduate students on academic integrity concepts and policies.
  • The International Student Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships to 18 undergraduate students. The highly competitive applicant pool had an average GPA of 3.31.
  • Jess Morel was appointed to the CIS-Abroad (Northampton, MA) Advisory Board for a three year term.

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy gave a presentation entitled “Hand and Wrist” to the Elliot Hospital Medical Explorers in Manchester. The presentation also included information on athletic training and PSU’s Athletic Training program.  This was all part of National Athletic Training Month.
  • Sean Collins and Linda Levy hosted Sean Jordan, Assistant Athletic Trainer for the New England Patriots, as he spoke to the athletic training faculty, staff, and students about his professional football experiences.
  • Liesl Lindley and students Kelsey Towslee (’16), David Caponigro (’17), Meghan Gregoire (’17), Breanna Barksdale (’17), and Laura Jassowski (MS ’16) represented PSU at Governor Hasson’s declaration of National Athletic Training Month.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • Anne Jung-Mathews’ review of the book, Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet by Nikki Tate, was published in the March 2016 issue of School Library Journal.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews’ review of the book, Women in Blue: 16 Brave Officers, Forensics Experts, Police Chiefs, and More by Cheryl Mullenbach, was published in the March 2016 issue of School Library Journal.
  • Gary McCool presented a session on “Grant Research Using the Foundation Directory Online Database” at a day-long workshop on “Writing Winning Grants” sponsored by the New Hampshire State Conservation Committee, the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts, at Lamson Library on March 23.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews led 60 students and their teachers Kevin Greenler, Andy McDonald, Paula Tanner, and Jennifer Weatherbee from Plymouth Elementary School, Plymouth, NH in a science research visit at the Lamson Learning Commons on February 10.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews led 46 students and their teacher, Kelsie Eckert from Moultonborough Academy, Moultonborough, NH in a research visit at the Lamson Learning Commons for National History Day in New Hampshire on February 3.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews led 28 students and their teacher, Eric Reichert from Rivendell School, Orford, NH in a visit at the Lamson Learning Commons for individual historical fiction research on February 5.  The group returned for a follow-up visit on February 12.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews led 18 students and their teacher Carleen Steckert from Laconia Middle School, Laconia, NH in a research visit at the Lamson Learning Commons for National History Day in New Hampshire on February 15.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews welcomed back 15 students and their teacher Karen Sullivan from Holy Trinity School, Laconia, NH in a research visit to the Lamson Learning Commons for National History Day in New Hampshire on February 15.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews led 15 members of the Starr King Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Plymouth, NH on a tour of the Lamson Learning Commons on Friday, March 4.
  • Jane Weber (Director, Writing Center), Laura Hoffman (UG’16), and Brittany Faulkner (UG’16) proposed a roundtable session for the North East Writing Center Association (NEWCA) annual conference: “Footnotes to the Grand Narrative: Stories of Synergy We Forget to Tell.” The proposal was accepted and Hoffman and Faulkner will facilitate the session in Keene on April 2.

Languages and Linguistics

  • Katharine Harrington is the Humanities Expert for a successful New Hampshire Humanities Grant that she is working on in conjunction with the Castle in the Clouds. The $2,690 grant will fund a project entitled “French Speaking Culture in the Granite State: ‘Oui’ Francos are Still Here” which will include an exhibit this Spring and summer at the Castle on Franco-Americans around the state in honor of the Castle’s founder Thomas Plante who was the son of Quebecois immigrants, as well as a one-day academic symposium for K-12 French and Social Studies teachers.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Mark Stickney guest conducted the high school honor band at the Green Mountain Music Festival at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, VT.
  • Mark Stickney was selected as a judge for the chamber and solo instrumental competitions for the ENKOR International Music Competitions.
  • Mark Stickney conducted the Seacoast Wind Ensemble at the Timberlane Concert Band Festival.
  • Constance Chesebrough adjudicated pianists for the New Hampshire Music Educators Association (NHMEA) Solo and Ensemble Festival held at Keene State College on Saturday, February 13.  This festival brings in elementary through high school instrumental and vocal students from around the state.

Office of Research and Engagement

  • Samuel T. Miller, Eric P. Kelsey, Jason Cordeira, Eric Hoffman, and Lourdes B. Aviles were awarded a $317,398 grant from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled, “Analysis of Northern New England Cold-Air Damming Events.”
  • Jessica Dutille, presented an update on service learning outcomes to the Granite United Way Community Impact Committee on March 22. Jessica discussed the ways in which the Service Learning Partnership is addressing the demographic and socioeconomic crises in the State of New Hampshire by focusing on reducing poverty through youth empowerment, student engagement, and partnerships. Accomplishments to date include: 329 PSU students have served with 64 regional agencies, which totals approximately $151,000 value of student volunteer time in building capacities for non-profit partners.

Psychology

  • Katie Herzigwas invited to provide a day long training on evidence based treatment for anxiety disorders with Dr. Kelly Drake of Johns Hopkins University and Dr. Golda Ginsburg of the UConn Health Center. The training on cognitive behavioral therapy was provided to school nurses as part of ongoing efforts to disseminate evidence based treatments for youth.

Silver Center for the Arts

  • Technical Operations Manager Stuart Crowell, Technical Operations Supervisor Bob Bruemmer, and Scene Shop Foreman/Master Electrician Heather Manfredi attended the United States Institute for Theater Technology (USITT) annual conference and Stage Expo in Salt Lake City during Spring break.  USITT is an organization that connects performing arts design and technology communities to ensure a vibrant dialog among practitioners, educators, and students.

Social Science

  • PSU students Emily Hyde and Sam Bellamy (Environmental Planning 2016), under the supervision of Brian Felice (Sustainability and Environmental Planning), attended The Building Energy Boston Conference and Trade Show on March 8-10, where they were recognized as emerging professionals. Both Emily and Sam received one day scholarships as part of Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s (NESEA’s) Emerging Professionals Program and NESEA’s Career Forum – a free resource extended to emerging professionals, graduate and undergraduate students pursuing a career in the high performance building and renewable energy sectors. Produced by the NESEA conference, this event is the premier gathering for sustainable design, green building, and renewable energy professionals and attracts more than 3,500 practitioners working together to advance the adoption of sustainable energy practices in the built environment.
  • Adam Keul (Tourism Management and Policy) had his book chapter published “A Fragmented Shore: Class Politics and the Beach in Long Island Sound, Connecticut” in Nepal and Saarinen eds. Political Ecology and Tourism. Routledge.
  • Patrick May (Geography) was selected as the New England Regional Councilor for Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international honors society in geography and attended the Executive Council meeting at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted the annual meeting of the New England Chapters of the Society for Industrial Archeology at PSU on March 5 and presented a paper on “Ireland’s Favorite Industries on Display to Visitors from around the World.” David was also elected a Fellow by the New York Academy of History (NYAH).
  • Laura M. Tilghman (Anthropology) was invited to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus from February 17-19 to give two lectures on her research for mixed audiences of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and the public. The first lecture was part of the African Studies Program’s “Africa At Noon” lecture series which is a weekly event held since 1973. The presentation entitled “Mandehandeha Mahita Raha: New Immigrant Destinations and Madagascar’s Pivot to China” discussed Dr. Tilghman’s pilot research with Malagasy immigrants in China. The second lecture was part of the Geography Department’s “Yi-Fu Tuan” lecture series. Entitled “Who Needs the Village? Rural-Urban Migration and Llinkages in Northeastern Madagascar,” this presentation focused on Dr. Tilghman’s 2010-2012 research on internal migrants in Madagascar.
  • Laura M. Tilghman (Anthropology) recently published two book reviews. Her review of “Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa” by Abena Dove Osseo-Asare was published in the November 2015 issue of Journal of African History, and her review of the ethnography “Forest and Labor in Madagascar: From Colonial Concession to Global Biosphere” by Genese Marie Sodikoff was part of the November 2015 issue of Anthropology of Work Review.
  • Steve Whitman (Environmental Planning and Office of Environmental Sustainability) was part of a teaching team for a course entitled “Community Training in Ecological Design” in Feburary. The offering was through UNH Cooperative extension and the participants included municipal officials, state agency staff, and community activists. On February 13, Steve became a board member of the Permaculture Association of the Northeast. Steve also continues to advise the Forest to Forest project, working with Sadhana Forest on reforestation efforts in Haiti.
  • Steve Whitman (Environmental Planning) and students from the Introduction to Permaculture began site analysis for the Newfound Lake Region Association on their Grey Rocks property in Hebron. As a product of this course, students will deliver a complete site analysis and design concepts for the ecological restoration of the site.

Social Work

  • Scott Meyer provided a training session for the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness in Manchester, NH on March 21 entitled “Effective Client and Family Engagement: Working with Resistive Clients.”
  • Kristina Lind provided two workshops at the Social Work’s Bachelors Program Directors (BPD) National Conference in Dallas, TX, March 30-April 2, entitled“Team-Based Learning” and “Termination: A Neglected Feature of Social Work Internships.”

University Studies and the Academic Advising Center

  • Deb Tobine, Lauren Haley and Patrick Cate attended the NACADA Region One conference in Portland, ME, March 9-11. Lauren presented, “Don’t DQ the EQ: An Emotionally Intelligent Approach to Academic Advising.”  Lauren has also been appointed the New Hampshire State Liaison for NACADA; starting her two-year term in that role.  Patrick was the conference co-chair in his second year of that role; leading the conference of 500 participants over a three day span.  He also presented “Writing for NACADA,” a session designed to assist advising researchers interested in publishing and “A Conversation with NACADA Leadership,” where he led a discussion focusing on the core values of academic advising.  Patrick serves on the national taskforce revising the core values statement for the academic advising profession.