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

Scholarship, Awards, Service Activities, News, and Updated for Academic Affairs Offices and Departments


  • Kimberly Anderson Ritchie was juried into and awarded an artist residency at the competitive Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency program in Joshua Tree, CA during the month of January.  Ritchie spent part of January exploring and researching issues related to the California drought focusing on Joshua Tree National Park and the Salton Sea area.  A new body of artwork was produced while at the residency.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • A contingent of 5 meteorology faculty and 11 students attended the 96th American Meteorological Society annual meeting in New Orleans, LA and participated in several of the concurrent scientific conferences and a large variety of other activities.
  • Faculty members, Lourdes Avilés, Jason Cordeira, Eric Hoffman, Eric Kelsey, and Sam Miller recruited students for the Graduate program with a table at the Career Fair. Eric Hoffman chaired the “Extreme Events” session of the 28th Conference on Climate Variability and Change. Lourdes Avilés was the program chairperson for the 14th AMS History Symposium and chaired two sessions on the “History of Atmospheric Science” and “Historical Events and Practices.” Lourdes wrapped up her two-terms (six years) of service to the AMS History Committee by participating in their business meeting, participating in a discussion about the AMS and curricular guidelines for degrees in meteorology, and the National Weather Service requirements for employment as a meteorologist sponsored by the AMS Board on Higher Education. Additionally, Lourdes was part of a book-signing event with other AMS book authors.
  • Four undergraduate students were chosen to serve as student volunteers: Michael Clair, Daniel DuBois, Ryan Hevey, and Colleen Hurley. Two additional students attended: Michael Wessler, who received a travel grant from the AMS, and Vanessa Przybylo, who was awarded an AMS sponsored scholarship and a presented poster in the student conference about her Hollings scholarship summer research experience. Applied Meteorology graduate students Matt Cann, Chad Hecht, Kevin Lupo, and Klint Skelly presented posters in various conferences. Graduate students Katie Towey, Allison Young, and James Romer also attended the meeting.

Faculty and students presented the following research:

  • 30th Conference on Hydrology

Jason Cordeira and co-authors at the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography:

  • “Forecasting Atmospheric Rivers during CalWater 2015” (poster)

Chad Hecht, Klint Skelly, Jason Cordeira (advisor):

  • “Upstream Evolution of Landfalling Atmospheric Rivers and Their Impacts on Precipitation Distributions along the U.S. West Coast” (poster led by Hecht)
  • “An 11-year Climatology of Atmospheric River Conditions within Different Watersheds along California and Their Association with Floods and Flash Floods” (poster led by Skelly)
  • 28th Conference on Climate Variability and Change

Kevin Lupo, Jason Cordeira and Eric Hoffman (advisors): “The Downstream Response to Explosive Extratropical Cyclone Intensification over the North Pacific” (poster)

Eric Kelsey and Georgia Murray (Appalachian Mountain Club): “Boundary Layer Exposure and a Control on Elevation Dependent Warming” (oral presentation)

Matthew Cann and Eric Kelsey: “Orographic Impact on Precipitation Amount in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire” (poster)

  • 18th Symposium on Meteorological Observations and Instrumentations

Michael Dorfman (MWO), Kaitlyn O’Brien (MWO), and Eric Kelsey: “Procedures and Advances in Mount Washington Observatory’s Mountainous Mesonet Sites” (poster)

  • 15th AMS Student Conference

Vanessa Przybylo: “Depicting Aviation Weather Threats in the Upper Troposphere in Hurricanes”

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot co-authored an article, “Rhythms of Locomotion and Seasonal Changes in Activity Expressed by Horseshoe Crabs in Their Natural Habitat,” that was published in the January 2016 issue of Marine Ecology Progress Series (Volume 542, pages 109-121).
  • Fred Prince published an essay entitled “Trout Fishing in the F-Month” in the February issue of Northwoods Sporting Journal.
  • Len Reitsma and M.S. in Biology alumnus Chris Conrod co-authored an article, “Demographic Responses of Myomorph Rodents to Mast Production in a Beech-and Birch-Dominated Northern Hardwood Forest,” that was published in Northeastern Naturalist [Volume 22, Issue 4 (2015), pages 746-761].

Center for Active Living & Healthy Communities

  • Barbara McCahan and Denise Normandin were invited speakers at the December meeting of the North Country Health Consortium, which serves in innovative collaboration to improve the health status of northern New Hampshire. Barbara and Denise presented the framework and findings from the ongoing Healthy PSU campaign as a model for worksite wellness program.
  • Rebecca Busanich was elected to serve on the Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s (AASP) Diversity Committee. The mission of this Committee is to “ensure that AASP honors its commitment to diversity” and makes recommendations accordingly to the Association’s Executive Board.

Center for the Environment

  • Shannon Rogers (ESP) and Chelsea Berg ’15G published the following journal article based on work they have been doing under the New Hampshire EPSCoR program, supported by the National Science Foundation:
  • Berg, C, Rogers, SH, Mineau, M. (2016), “Building Scenarios for Ecosystem Services Tools: Developing a Methodology for Efficient Engagement with Expert Stakeholders.” Futures (in press). http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0016328715001639 
  • On January 20, 2016, June Hammond Rowan (ESP) and ESP graduate student Rebecca Hanson organized and facilitated a community public meeting about creating a new Squam Lakes Watershed Plan. The current plan was created 25 years ago and was a model for the rest of New Hampshire to follow. Now, the Squam Lakes Association and CFE are partnering to create a new plan to help protect the watershed. Almost 50 people attended and gave input about key issues for the plan.
  • Mark Green’s (ESP) research group is hosting a visiting postdoctoral researcher, Marino Hiraoka, from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology. Marino will be visiting through March to study forest hydrology at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.
  • The 2016 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference is being organized by CFE and will be held on March 18, 2016 at PSU. This event brings over 180 people to campus to hear more than 35 talks about New Hampshire’s water resources. The conference agenda and registration information is available at https://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/2016-nh-water-watershed-conference/. For more information, contact Associate Director June Hammond Rowan.
  • Joe Boyer represented PSU at the Whitten Woods Stakeholder Meeting held at Riveredge Marina on January 13.
  • Joe Boyer met with the South Florida Water Management District in West Palm Beach to provide input to their proposed $100M restoration of the Caloosahatchee River watershed. The C-43 Water Quality Treatment Area Nutrient Removal/Reduction Test Facility is an engineered wetland being built to reduce nutrient loading to the Caloosahatchee River Estuary.
  • ESP graduate student Laura Getts and Amy Villamagna (ESP) led a meeting with representatives from New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Central New Hampshire and Nashua Planning Commissions, Bike Walk Alliance of New Hampshire, and New Hampshire Foundation for Healthy Communities to report year-end progress and prioritize active transportation analyses for 2016.
  • Lisa Doner (ESP) received $8,783 from the Faculty Research and Scholarship Fund for her project entitled, “Diatom Reconstructions of Lake Environmental Change.”
  • June Hammond Rowan received $6,387 from the Faculty Research and Scholarship Fund for her project entitled, “Planning for the Future: How are our Communities Addressing Changes in Land Use and the Environment?”
  • Amy Villamagna and Brigid O’Donnell (BIO) were awarded $20,000 in funding from USGS NIWR 104b program for their project entitled, “Salt and Streams: Assessing Ecological Stress in New Hampshire Watersheds at Community, Population, and Molecular Levels.”

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Dan Lee (COBA) released the latest installment of the North Country Economic Index report, detailing Fall 2015.
  • Ben Amsden participated in the USDA NIFA Outdoor Recreation Multistate (NE1962) Research Team meetings in Washington, DC.
  • Dan Lee submitted two reports to the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development – the monthly rooms and meals report and the monthly travel barometer report for October 2015.

College of Business Administration

  • Chen Wu attended the 20th annual meeting of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development (NHDED) in Concord, NH. The meeting reviewed what was new in New Hampshire economic development in 2015 and identified the trends and the new tools of economic development.
  • Dean Robyn Parker, Dr. Roxana Wright, and Chen Wu participated in the December meeting of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Partnership in Plymouth, NH. The FDI Partnership is a collaboration between the NHDED and the Office of Research and Engagement at PSU. The staff of the Office of International Commerce at NHDED introduced the statewide FDI background and needs. Dr. Wu and Dr. Wright discussed their research in the impacts of FDI on local economies. The two parts agreed to further explore collaboration opportunities of engaging FDI research projects to serve the needs of both New Hampshire local communities and potential foreign investors.
  • Chen Wu participated in the December team meeting of New Hampshire Community Resource Network (NHCRN) in Concord, NH. The NHCRN is a collaboration between the Center for Rural Partnerships at PSU, the Cooperative Extension at the University of New Hampshire, and the NHDED. It aims to be a resource partnership that delivers resources, support, and information to communities and organizations. During this collegial meeting the team members shared ideas in clarifying a purpose, crafting a mission/vision, and developing goals and next steps to best proceed together.
  • Christina Bradbury presented “Financial Accounting Concepts” on January 4, 2016 for the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in support of candidates pursuing the Certified Healthcare Financial Professional (CHFP) designation.
  • Professor Robert Nadeau worked with 14 students over winterim which resulted in facilitating several sales consulting opportunities with four different New Hampshire companies. Students were able to participate in experiential learning and working in real life situations with actual businesses. The feedback received was astounding.  The businesses were thrilled to see that our students were well prepared, professional, and felt confident that they would hire each and every one of them if given the chance.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Annette Holba published an essay, “Leisure as Catalyst for Social Justice: Transforming the Political” in theAtlantic Journal of Communication, 24(1).  She also published a co-authored essay with Igor Klyukanov (Eastern Washington University), “A Centennial Celebration: Benchmarks for Philosophy of Communication” in The Review of Communication, 15(4).

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Principal Investigators Cindy Waltman, Gary Goodnough, and Christina Flanders report the establishment of a collaboration with the Winnisquam and Franklin school districts as part of the HRSA: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for School Psychologists and the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Counselors grants. The purpose of this collaboration is to implement the DESSA universal screening assessments and interventions for social and emotional learning competencies for students in grades kindergarten through eight. Results will inform interventions to support the development of competencies. Student progress will be monitored three times during the academic year using a parallel form of the universal screener and interventions will be adjusted based upon the results. Cindy Waltman and Christina Flanders have provided several presentations on this topic for staff and Boards of Education in Franklin, Winnisquam, and the Swasey school districts. They are also establishing collaborations with schools in Exeter and Weare. Graduate student Megan DeVoe and undergraduate student Tierra Huntley are assisting with this research.
  • Gary Goodnough had the following article published: Goodnough, G.E. (2015, November). “Growth and Connection: Strong Back, Soft Front.” NARACES Fall Newsletter, pp. 16-17.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Mary Cornish, Elisabeth Johnston, and Meagan Shedd convened early childhood faculty from 4-year educator preparation programs across the state to facilitate the development and implementation of an Early Childhood New Hampshire Teacher Candidate Assessment of Performance (NH TCAP).
  • The Center for Young Children and Families is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with the Nursing Department. Nursing faculty Julie Fagan will be serving as the health consultant for the CYCF. Beginning in the Fall of 2016, 40 nursing students will complete pediatric rounds at the CYCF.
  • On January 26, Pat Cantor presented on Health in Early Childhood Settings at the PSU Concord site.  This was the third session in a six-part professional development series that the Early Childhood Studies Department is offering free in 2015-2016 for New Hampshire early childhood professionals.  The series is designed to meet the new training requirements for early childhood teachers and directors under the federal Child Care Development Block Grant.  Several PSU early childhood alumni were among the 30 participants who attended the session.

Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

  • Marcel Lebrun presented a full day training at Southside Middle School on “Behavior Management” on January 8, 2016 to over 100 teachers.
  • Susan Shapiro continues to consult with the Dover Public School system, working specifically with the district’s Inclusion Facilitator to build educator capacity for extending rich academic and social learning opportunities to all children and youth – including those with developmental disabilities, who historically have been marginalized in schools. (It is noteworthy that this year is the 40th anniversary of the P.L. 94-142 that stated ALL students have the right to go to school.)

Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

  • Kelly Swindlehurst recently gave a presentation entitled “Blogging for Learning: Using Student Blogs to Transform Traditional Homework” at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference.  In addition, Dr. Swindlehurst was recently awarded a scholarship to take nine teacher education students to the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference.  This provided an important way for them to learn about how to effectively use technology in the classroom.


  • Michelle Diamondsuccessfully defended her EdD dissertation proposal, “The Lived Experiences of AVID Students in New Hampshire.”
  • Robin DeRosa was one of three professors presenting work in a webinar entitled “The Literary Anthology in the Age of Web Annotation.”  Robin was also the featured speaker at Keene State’s Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching faculty enrichment day, where her talk focused on open-access pedagogies. In addition, Robin was an invited speaker for a faculty course on digital identity and networked learning at St. Norbert College.
  • Ann McClellan was awarded one of six summer visiting faculty research fellowships at Richmond, the American International University in London, UK. She will spend two weeks this June at the Westminster Reference Library in London researching Sherlock Holmes in/and popular culture. Her article, “‘I was my War; My War was I’: Vera Brittain, Autobiography, and University Fiction during the Great War,” was also published this month in Paedagogica Historica: The International Journal on the History of Education. 

Environmental Science and Policy

  • In December, a new white paper, “Informing Community Relevant Research in the Northern Forest,” was published through the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. Students in Shannon Rogers‘ graduate course in environmental ethics were the authors of the report:  Chelsea Berg, Cary Ellis, Cory Gucwa, Kristen Melendez, Curtis Mooney, Jonathon Loos, and Sophia Scott. Shannon and Sarah Garlick, Director of Science Policy and Outreach at Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, served as editors.  You can read more about this and access the white paper athttp://hubbardbrookfoundation.org/forest-science-dialogues-informing-community-relevant-research-in-the-northern-forest/.
  • Amy Villamagna’s GIS Applications in Environmental Science (aka Environmental GIS) course, which included undergraduate and graduate students, served as GIS consultants for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s advertising division. Using license holder records for 3 consecutive years, students analyzed spatio-temporal patterns in angling across New Hampshire in conjunction with key demographic and landscape parameters that help inform recruitment, retention, and reactivation efforts led by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department to maintain and enhance funding for environmental conservation. Students presented the results of their analyses to the agency’s advertising director during finals week.
  • Amy Villamagna received advanced volunteer training at the New Hampshire Humane Society (Laconia) to help care for dogs with behavioral challenges.

Global Engagement

  • Spring ’16 International Orientation was a great success. Plymouth State welcomed 15 students to campus from India, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, along with a National Student Exchange student from Wisconsin. Orientation included academic, social, cultural presentations, campus tours, Lamson Library/Counseling Center presentations, and several social activities. Two GEO student leaders (Ronja Lotse and Brianna Pintauro) also did an intercultural communication workshop for all 55 CAs. A lunch-time meet and greet and ‘Worry List’ activity was also held with the CAs and their new international residents.
  • On the flip side, 29 PSU students began their Spring study away programs in Ireland, Montreal, UK, France, Ireland, Australia, South Korea, Spain, Indonesia, and the US Virgin Islands. A group of students will also be spending the semester in Sorrento, Italy with Professor Scott Coykendall (Communication and Media Studies).
  • GEO assisted faculty leading student groups to Cuba (Filiz Otucu), Belize (Len Reitsma), and Costa Rica (Sandra McBournie and Annie Cote). GEO also worked with Professor Elizabeth Daily in coordinating a winterim theatre course in Dublin for 5 students for the third consecutive year.
  • PSU student Frank Pattiasina, a Global Student Coordinator for the GEO, was invited by The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) to attend and present at the Lessons from Abroad re-entry conference in Chicago. Frank studied abroad last Spring and was one of our very first students in Seoul, South Korea last year, studying at the prestigious Korea University.

Health and Human Performance

  • Athletic Training faculty and students attended the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association Symposium in Boston, MA in January, where the students performed brilliantly in the Taping Contest and Quiz Bowl.
  • Irene Cucina was the invited speaker at a number of state health and physical education conferences including: Connecticut, New York State and New Jersey.  Irene was also the keynote speaker at the New Jersey Hands on Health Conference in December.  The title of the keynote was “Skills Based Health Education – It’s What You Do!”
  • Irene Cucina has been named an auditor for the Health Education Specialized Professional Association (SPA). Irene is also a member of the Health Education Teacher Education Standards Task Force rewriting the health education teacher preparation standards.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • Anne Jung-Mathews’ review of the book The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker, was published in the November 2015 issue of School Library Journal.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews’ article “Why (and How) to Set up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers” was published in School Library Journal, January 4, 2016.
  • Michael Davidson was an invited presenter on a panel at the American Library Association’s MidWinter conference in Boston, MA.  The panel was on the adoption and usage of the Library’s search and discovery system.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Mark Stickney was appointed the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Seacoast Wind Ensemble, based in Kittery, ME. This is a wind ensemble that performs throughout the northern New England region.
  • Mark Stickney conducted the Connecticut Music Educators East Region High School Orchestra, a two day festival at the University of Connecticut. The Orchestra was made up of the top high school musicians in the eastern half of Connecticut. Mark also completed a three-day residency with the King City, CA school district in January.


  • The following article written by Angela Kilb and Kathleen Herzig is now in print: Kilb, A. & Herzig, K. (2016). “Increasing the Efficiency of Data Collection with a Research Participation Night.” Teaching of Psychology, 43(1), 53-58.
  • Angela Kilb edited the latest edition of the following Stats text: Pyrczak, F. & Kilb, A. (2016). Success at Statistics: A Worktext with Humor. Glendale, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Social Science

  • Bob Heiner (Sociology) had two of his books published in November: Social Problems: An Introduction to Critical Constructionism was released in its fifth edition by Oxford University Press; and Criminological Theory: Just the Basics was released by College Publications of the UK.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology) spoke in November on the following topics:
  • “Excavations Begin at Enfield Shaker Village in New Hampshire” on November 6-8 at the annual meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology in Fredericksburg, VA;
  • “Fighting on the Frontier in America’s Colonial Wars,” on November 14 to the Beauchamp Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association (NYSAA) in the Liverpool (NY) Public Library;
  • “Archaeology in the Adirondacks” on December 5 at the annual Christmas meeting of the Adirondack Chapter of the NYSAA in Lake George, NY;
  • “The French & Indian War” on December 16 to students at The Beech Hill School in Hopkinton, NH; and
  • “Archaeology in Ireland” on January 15 to the Adirondack Chapter of the NYSAA in Fort Edward, NY.
  • Steve Whitman (Environmental Planning, Office of Environmental Sustainability) worked with students in the EPL 3100: Environmental Planning course, during Fall 2015 to develop site design guidelines for the PSU campus. The standards were delivered to Physical Plant in December and are now being incorporated into the University’s Campus Standards for all new development.
  • Steve Whitman (Environmental Planning, Office of Environmental Sustainability) will be presenting at the annual conference of the New Hampshire Association of Natural Resource Scientists on January 29. The focus of his presentation is on the use of the Permaculture design process in ecological restoration projects.

Social Work

  • Kristina Lind’s article was accepted for publication in the Journal of Social Work. Maynard, B. R., Lind, K., Berglund, A. H., Albright, D., & Labuzienski, L. (In press). “Social Work Doctoral Education: Are Doctoral Students Being Prepared to Teach?”
  • Scott Meyer spoke at the Newfound Area Nursing Association’s Memorial Service about “Reflections on Family during End of Life Care,” trained their hospice volunteers on “Ethics in Hospice Care for Volunteers.” In January, Scott presented to Social Work Field Instructors on “Educating Undergraduate BSW Students in Field Settings.”