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


  • The printmaking folio and exhibition Tributaries is installed in the Lamson Learning Commons gallery.  The exhibition showcases an artist folio exchange between Platetone: Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts in Nashville, TN and Red Delicious Press in Denver, CO.  The exhibition includes a variety of printmaking processes including lithographs, etchings, silkscreens, and cyanotypes. Sixteen artists created work around the “tributaries” theme.  PSU Art Professor Kimberly Anderson Ritchie participated in the folio exchange. The exhibit will run until the end of March.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • On Sunday, February 22, 2015, Stephen R, Cantor, teaching lecturer, presented a mini-course on the topic of “The Possibility of Extra-Terrestrial Life in Our Solar System and on ExoPlanets” at the Congregation Bnai Israel, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Jason Cordeira attended the Fall 2015 meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA and presented a poster on “Extreme Daily Precipitation in the Northern Sierra Precipitation 8-Station Index: The Combined Impact of Landfalling Atmospheric Rivers and the Sierra Barrier Jet.” The research was conducted in collaboration with the NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory in Boulder, CO and the UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA.
  • Jason Cordeira and two graduate students, Brian Kawzenuk and Klint Skelly, from the M.S. Applied Meteorology program, participated in the CalWater 2015 field program in Sacramento, CA on January 11-24, 2015. Jason was the forecast team leader for the six-week multi-aircraft and collaborative CalWater 2015 field program studying winter storms over the North Pacific Ocean. PSU’s contribution to the CalWater 2015 field program has been recognized in several press releases by the project’s lead institution.
  • Jason Cordeira received an award of $1,212 in conjunction with a partnership between the PSU Meteorology program and a company called “OpenSnow” that will provide funding for students to create winter weather forecasts for skiing, snowboarding and winter weather activities at ski resorts across New England. The project will employ two undergraduate students and one graduate student for the remainder of the 2015-16 winter season. Their forecasts are viewable online at:
  • Eric Kelsey was the featured speaker for the Environmental Science Colloquium held by the Center for the Environment on February 25, 2015, and at the Laconia Rotary Club meeting on February 26, 2015.  In both presentations entitled “Refuge in the Whites: Why is Warming Weaker at Higher Elevations in New England?”, he discussed the observations showing slower seasonal warming trends at Mount Washington relative to low elevations in New England and discussed leading hypotheses explaining this elevation dependent warming.
  • Eric Kelsey was awarded a PSU Faculty Research and Scholarship Fund award for his project entitled, “Water Vapor Isotopes as an Indicator of Boundary Layer Exposure on Mount Washington: A Proof of Concept.” This project will collect data to support his National Science Foundation proposal that aims to explore why Mount Washington is warming at a slower rate than the lower elevations of New England.
  • Eric Kelsey was invited to present at the Lyndon State College Department of Meteorology seminar on Thursday, February 18. Eric discussed MWO weather and climate, internship and job opportunities, and his elevation dependent warming research. It was attended by well over 40 students and faculty.  Video posted here:
  • Dennis Machnik delivered presentations in the Mark Sylvestre Planetarium to a class from the Peak program at Waterville Valley and to the Plymouth Senior group.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot co-authored an article, “Circalunidian Clocks Control Tidal Rhythms of Locomotion in the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus,” in the most recent issue of Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology (Volume 49, pages 75-91).
  • Len Reitsma co-authored an article, “Repertoire Structure, Song Sharing, Reproductive Success, and Territory Tenure in a Population of Canada Warblers (Cardellina canadensis) in Central New Hampshire,” in the Canadian Journal of Zoology [doi: 10.1139/cjz-2015-0213]. Len also gave an invited talk on “Mating System and Age Structure of a Canada Warbler Population in Canaan, NH: Results of a Long-term Study” to the Mascoma Audubon Chapter in Hanover, NH on February 8.
  • Mike Son and his graduate and undergraduate students attended the Microbiology and Molecular Pathogenesis Program (M2P2) conference on February 11-12 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Kyle Brumfield (graduate student) presented a poster on his research project entitled, “A Clinically Relevant SNP in frhA Improves Attachment of Vibrio cholerae Using an in vitro Copepod Model.”  Bailey Carignan (graduate student) presented a poster on her research project entitled, “Clinically Identified SNPs in Vibrio cholerae Affect Virulence Capabilities.”
  • Karina Villegas (senior) and Ghada Swissi (sophomore) presented their poster on a group research project with Gordon Ceasar (senior) entitled, “Clinically Relevant SNPs in Vibrio cholerae Regulatory Genes Affect Metabolic Activities and Virulence Capabilities.”
  • Larry Spencer received a certificate from the American Association for the Advancement of Science notifying him that he has belonged to the AAAS for 50 years. This entitled Larry to a lifetime membership.

Center for Active Living & Healthy Communities

  • Rebecca Busanich (HHP) presented her research entitled, “A Magic Carpet Ride: Adaptive Skiing Narratives for Individuals with Varying Disabilities,” on February 15 as part of the 2015-16 Center for Active Living & Healthy Communities Research Colloquium Series.

Center for Rural Partnerships (Now Center for Business and Community Partnerships)

  • Note from Ben and Rachelle: “As the provost mentioned above, this will be the last note from the Center for Rural Partnerships as we assume our new identity as the “Center for Business and Community Partnerships” on Monday, February 29.  Rachelle Lyons and Ben Amsden would both like to extend deep thanks and gratitude to the numerous faculty, students, and partners that have worked with the Center over the years. We’ve all got a lot to be proud of. Thanks also to Thad Guldbrandsen for helping facilitate the transition. We’re excited for this new Center, and we hope that you’ll consider joining us as we continue our work creating great projects with great people. There’s certainly a lot to learn and do, and we’re looking forward to the journey.”
  • Over the past month, Rachelle Lyons hosted a series of book and film discussions in Franconia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Colebrook. These events explored the region’s food systems in terms of the critical issues, successful programs, challenges, and opportunities facing farmers, food advocates, and food entrepreneurs. Graduate student Jacalin LaFrance and undergraduate Paige Wilson hosted food literacy activities for younger participants. This work is part of PSU’s partnership with the Amonoosuc Conservation Trust’s “Keep Growing Initiative.”
  • As part of the Center’s “Clean Water, Healthy Trout” project, Student Engagement Lab members Sam Aldridge and Paige Wilson worked with Rachelle Lyons to deliver a fish-focused STEM outreach series at Bethlehem Elementary School.  The team helped 32 4th graders learn about stewardship of fresh water resources, healthy and unhealthy streams, and the habitat requirements of brook trout.
  • The Center’s “Food Recovery Network” (formerly known as “Feed the Freezer”) rescued over 500 pounds of food from Prospect Hall this month. The food was redistributed to the Pemi Youth Center, Helping Hands Food Pantry, and the Bridge House. The Food Recovery Network is made possible by the diligent and committed work of students Haley Poirior and Shelby Chapman and the cooperation of Sodexho employees David Mudge and Ryan McQueeney.
  • Dan Lee (COBA) completed two reports for the New Hampshire Division of Travel and Tourism Development: the monthly rooms and meals report for November 2015 and the monthly travel barometer report for November 2015. These reports can be found at
  • Dan Lee and Ben Amsden are partnering with the New Hampshire Timber Owners Association to conduct research focusing on the economic impact of New Hampshire’s sawmills. This project is an extension of Dan’s work from 2014 assessing the economic impact of New Hampshire’s timber industry.
  • Ben Amsden (as part of the Community Resource Network) will be partnering with UNH Extension to conduct a study of workforce housing needs in the Lincoln/Woodstock area for AHEAD and the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ben Amsden, as part of the Center’s “Coos County Outreach Initiative,” will be working with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire on the organization’s three-year strategic plan.

Center for the Environment

  • Shannon Rogers (ESP) and Sophia Scott (MS ESP student) recently attended the NOAA Social Coast Forum in Charleston, SC where they presented their research with Scott Lemos (UNH), “Are the Waves Worth It? Exploring the Socio-Economic Landscape of Surfing in the Gulf of Maine”
  • Len Reitsma (BIO) gave an invited talk to the Mascoma Audubon Chapter at The Howe Library, Hanover, NH entitled: “Mating System and Age Structure of a Canada Warbler Population in Canaan, NH.”
  • Amy Villamagna (ESP) and Laura Getts (MS ESP student) presented research progress to date and the 2016-17 research proposal at the New Hampshire DOT’s Bike-Ped Technical Advisory Committee meeting.
  • Shannon Rogers attended the annual New Hampshire Environmental Policy breakfast “Green Eggs & NewHAMpshire” hosted by The Nature Conservancy and the Appalachian Mountain Club in Concord, NH.
  • Publications reported this month include:
  • Chambers, L. G., R. Guevara, N. Boyer, T. G. Troxler, and S. E. Davis. 2016. Effects of salinity and inundation on microbial community structure and function in a mangrove peat soil. Wetlands. DOI 10.1007/s13157-016-0745-8.
  • Demko, A. D., R. Reitsma, C. A. Staicer. 2016. Repertoire structure, song sharing, reproductive success, and territory tenure in a population of Canada Warblers (Cardellina canadensis) in central New Hampshire. Canadian Journal of Zoology (in press).

College of Business Administration

  • Christina Bradbury and her Financial Analysis class BU5120 students lent their expertise to the local, not-for-profit, “The Bridge House Ladders Thrift Store.” Students were tasked with evaluating the organization’s business plan and internally generated financial statements so as to provide an informal assessment of Ladders’ strengths and potential weaknesses to mitigate, including formulation of questions that would assist in budget preparation. A four page compilation of the students’ findings was presented to Ladders’ Executive Director, Cathy Bentwood, on January 15.
  • Robert Nadeau of the Professional Sales Program (PSP) recently acquired two additional corporate sponsorships, most notably a sponsorship from Monster is highly recognized as one of the most utilized employment networking websites worldwide. Monster will be visiting PSU on March 1 and 2 to participate in our sales competitions, class presentations and interview students for careers. Additionally, a new PSP sponsorship comes from Bank W. Holdings, LLC, a New England based holdings and management company that represents four well known specialized staffing and recruiting companies. They will be participating in the PSU Spring Career Fair on March 24.
  • Dave Talbot and his wife Marti joined faculty leader Filiz Otucu and eight students for the study-abroad program in Cuba over Winterim. The program was offered through PSU’s Global Engagement office. Students and faculty visited historical and revolutionary sites in Havana, several farms, an ecological improvement project, an artist’s project, and several museums, including Bay of Pigs and Museo de Revolucion. They also attended classes on culture, economic and ecological sustainability, government, energy, agriculture, and politics.
  • Chantalle Forgues recently participated in a New Hampshire Bar Association seminar entitled “Drone Law,” which discussed federal aviation regulations, criminal statutes, and tort cases relative to the professional and personal use of drones across the country.
  • Chantalle Forgues represented PSU at the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Pro Bono Hockey Tournament at the Verizon Center in Manchester, NH.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Cathie LeBlanc served as a Funding Proposal Reviewer in the“Advancing Informal STEM Learning” program for the National Science Foundation on January 21 and 22.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • PSU’s School Psychology program recently earned national program accreditation with conditions from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Program Accreditation Board. Our students and faculty are now eligible for all of the benefits of a fully recognized program. The program will meet these conditions and resubmit for full approval in September. This is the first and only nationally recognized school psychology program in New Hampshire and Vermont. While at the NASP annual convention in New Orleans, Cindy Waltman attended two reviewer trainings with the NASP Program Accreditation Board.
  • Cindy Waltman and Christina Flanders were invited speakers at the annual conference of the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) in New Orleans. They presented: “What Grants Can Do for You: Demystifying Training Grants in School Psychology” with Prerna G. Arora, Ph.D., Bonnie K. Nastasi, Ph.D. and Shereen Naser, Ph.D.
  • Cindy Waltman and Christina Flanders presented “Helping Schools Help Kids: Engaging Educators in Universal Screening” at the February annual convention of the NASP in New Orleans. Six school psychology graduate students received funding from the department’s HRSA: Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for School Psychologists grant to attend the NASP convention. Those students are Lauryn Barton, Brett Billings, Corrie-Nicole Charland, Melissa Clay, Brandi Drinkwine, and Ashley Hess.
  • Jonas Taub, School Psychology lecturer, attended the TSP conference and the NASP convention in in New Orleans, LA. Jonas also represented New Hampshire at the State Credentialing Resource Specialist meeting.
  • HRSA principal investigators Cindy Waltman, Christina Flanders, and Gary Goodnough are organizing an event entitled, “2016 School Mental Health Summit: Promoting Student Success through Behavioral Wellness” to be held on campus May 21. This is a joint effort on behalf of the New Hampshire Association of School Psychologists (NHASP), the department HRSA grants, and the Counselor Education and School Psychology Department. Invited speakers include Paul LeBuffe, coauthor of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) and Commissioner Virginia Barry. Senator Kelly Ayotte will be presented with an award on behalf of NASP who selected her as a recipient of the 2016 Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Special Friend of Children Award.
  • Christina Flanders presented a poster on February 11 in New Orleans at the NASP convention entitled, “Self-Regulated Strategy Development for Writing: A Tier 2 Intervention.”
  • Christina Flanders wrote an article for the Winter 2016 NHASP quarterly newsletter entitled, “Every Student Succeeds Act: What New Hampshire School Psychologists Need to Know.”

Criminal Justice

  • Francis Williams’ book chapter, “Community Corrections” was recently published in: Introduction to Criminal Justice 1st edition: Structure, Process, Principles and Morality, E Carolyn Petrosino, San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing, 2016.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Elisabeth Johnston, along with a colleague from Texas, presented the session entitled, “Preliminary Data from a Validation Study of the Elementary Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Instrument-Math (ETEBI-M) and the Elementary Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Instrument-Science (ETEBI-S)” at the Association of Teacher Educator’s annual conference in Chicago. In addition, Elisabeth joined the Commission on the “Effects of Language on Children’s Conceptual Understanding of Mathematics.” This group of researchers is in the beginning stages of planning a multi-year research plan related to this charge outlined by the president of ATE.
  • On February 9, Pat Cantor presented on “Environmental Health and Safety in Early Childhood Settings” at the PSU Concord site.  This was the fourth session in a six-part professional development series that the ECS 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.
  • Pat Cantor served on the five-person selection committee for the Early Childhood Community Conversation grant being offered by New Hampshire Listens, in collaboration with the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.  The selection committee reviewed applications and chose five New Hampshire communities to receive technical assistance in the development of action plans leading to innovative, effective, and sustained supports for young children and their families.  The grant awards will be announced soon.

Educational Leadership, Learning, and Curriculum

  • Mike Fischler, ELLC department, made a presentation at the Flying Monkey theater honoring Dr. Martin Luther King in commemoration of Black History Month on February 11.
  • Christie Sweeney presented at the 2016 Lilly Conference on Evidence-Based College and University Teaching and Learning, Friday, January 8, in Austin, TX. Christie’s presentation entitled “Reflections of Reluctant Researchers: How Changing Instruction Informed Learning”, described how embedding biweekly reflection papers into a research design course became a powerful tool for graduate students to understand inquiry from a personal and professional point of view.

Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

  • Kelly Swindlehurst and Ann Berry (ELLC) gave a presentation entitled: “Practices You Can Use: Evidence Based Practices in Special Education That Have Positive Impacts for All Learners” to the New Hampshire Innovation Conference hosted by PSU.


  • Liz Ahl had seven poems included in the latest issue of Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women. Her poem “Playa,” is part of the art exhibition, “Sediments, Sequences & Solitude,” which will be on display at the Umpqua Valley Arts Association Hallie Brown Ford Gallery in Roseborg, OR, until March 11. The show will then travel to Atelier 6000 gallery in Bend, OR(April 1-30) and to the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR (July 28 – September 25). Information about the exhibition can be found here:
  • Robin DeRosa served as an External Reviewer for the SUNY-Polytechnic Interdisciplinary Studies program.

Environmental Science and Policy

  • Amy Villamagnaand Brian Eisenhauer (Soc Sci) met with partners in the Newfound Lake Regional Association to launch an undergraduate student research project investigating conservation priorities and landscape value within the watershed using public participatory GIS.
  • Two undergraduate Environmental Science and Policy majors, Ryan Duquette and Thomas Lafortune, were selected to conduct research investigating the impacts of temperature and salt stress on freshwater biota with Amy Villamagna(ESP & CFE) through the EPSCoR-funded “Research Experience for Undergraduates. These students will join a research team comprising two ESP graduate students, Amy and Brigid O’Donnell (Biology), between April and September.

Health and Human Performance

  • Mardie Burckes-Miller and MEd ‘13 alumna Stephanie Haines presented, “School Strategies for Assisting Students with Eating Disorders,” at the American School Health Association National Conference.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller, MEd ’13 Eating Disorders alumni Eileen Moran, and Stephanie Haines presented, “Schools Making a Difference Tackling Eating Disorders,” at the NHNEA Instructional Conference.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller received a $12,000 grant from the Hilda Preston Davis Foundation for the 7th New Hampshire Eating Disorders Conference in September 2016. Mardie is also in her second year of another Davis Foundation grant training professionals (medical, dieticians, and therapists) by attending weekend workshops in order to function as eating disorders treatment teams in 5 towns in Northern New Hampshire.
  • Irene Cucina presented the keynote address, “Promoting Healthy Active Lifestyles by Teaching with Your Heart” at the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance in Long Branch, NJ. Over 1,900 health and physical education teachers were in attendance.  Irene also presented a session on “Teaching Sexual Education in an Image Based Culture.”

Lamson Learning Commons

  • Anne Jung-Mathews’ review of the book Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard, was published in the February 2016 issue of School Library Journal.
  • Anne Jung-Mathews led 28 students and their teachers, Carleen Steckert and Seth Pingree, from Laconia Middle School in Laconia, NH in a research visit at the Lamson Learning Commons for National History Day New Hampshire research on January 6.

Languages and Linguistics

  • Katharine Harrington conducted a site visit on February 11 and 12 at Keene State College where she served as an External Reviewer, along with Lina Lee from UNH, for Keene’s Modern Language department’s 10-year program review.

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 Sponsored Programs

The following Research Advisory Council grants were awarded for FY17:

RAC Awards for FY 2017

Name Project Title Amount Funded
Carmichael, Ryanne Physiological Predictors of Cyclocross Performance $3,893.95
Doner, Lisa Diatom Reconstructions of Lake Environmental Change $8,783.00
Hammond Rowan, June Planning for the Future: How Are Our Communities Addressing Changes in Land Use and the Environment? $6,387.00
Herzig, Kathleen (Katie) Co-worry in Friendship Dyads $5,184.00
Kelsey, Eric Water Vapor Isotopes as an Indicator of Boundary Layer Exposure on Mount Washington: A Proof of Concept $7,223.60
Mroczka, Paul Performing Arts and Digital Technology $6,504.00
Ritchie, Kimberly Researching and Responding to Global Climate Change and its Impact on Water, a National and International Examination $3,200.00
Swindlehurst, Kelly Preparing Effective Educators: The Impact of Special Education Coursework on Beliefs and Skills $1,084.00
Wu, Chen New Hampshire Economic Globalization Report: Contributions and Opportunities for the Local Economy $6,000.00
Total $48,259.55
  • Showcase of Excellence (worth repeating)

The Student Showcase of Excellence will be held on May 6 in PSU’s Hartman Union Building (HUB) from 2:00-6:00.  We are now accepting proposals online at PSU’s competition portal: The deadline for proposals is April 4. Early applications are welcome and appreciated.  We encourage a wide range of scholarly presentations, including scientific posters, performances, readings, PowerPoint presentations, multi-media presentations, musical performances, business plans, marketing presentations and more.  Additional information, including a video of our 2015 Student Showcase of Excellence, can be found on the Student Showcase of Excellence Website: