November 2013, Faculty and Student Scholarship, Awards, and Noteworthy Service Activities


Scholarship, Awards, and Noteworthy Service Activities for PSU Faculty and Students

November 2013


  • Over the last several months, Kimberly Anderson Ritchie exhibited her prints at “Ava’s 20th Annual Juried Exhibition” at Ava Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH, in the “Unique Impressions III” exhibition held at Zullo Gallery and Center for the Arts in Medfield, MA, and locally in the “New Hampshire Printmakers Exhibition” at the Rey Center Gallery in Waterville Valley, NH.
  • The Art Department Printmaking Students and Faculty are represented in the 8th Arches Juried Student Print Exhibition held at Boston University through December 20th.  Four printmaking students were juried into the exhibition: Kristin Horan, Drake McKay, Hannah Smith, and Lauren Sayers.  Kristin Horan won a materials award and Drake McKay sold his artwork.  They were selected over many other students from participating New England colleges and represented PSU with great pride.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Susan Swope and Marguerite Crowell, brought PSU students to the 2013 NERM conference, the Northeast Regional American Chemical Society meeting, in New Haven, CT, Oct 24-26.    Students Ashley Maxner and Alyssa Audet presented a poster on their undergraduate research project:  Effect of tyrosol, a phenol found in extra virgin olive oil, on paralysis in a Caenorhabditis elegans model of β-amyloid peptide toxicity,

Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities

  • Rebecca Busanich published an article titled “Comparing elite male and female distance runner’s experiences of disordered eating through narrative analysis” in the Psychology of Sport and Exercise’s Special Issue on Eating Disorders in Athletes.

Center for the Environment

  • On September 6, graduate students Jennifer Bell, Heidi Baker, and Ashley Hyde along with research technician Errin Volitis assisted NH Fish and Game with pit tagging in Johnson Brook in the Nash Stream Forest. The stream was last surveyed in 2005. Since then, they have completed several in-stream restoration projects and wanted to reevaluate native fish populations.
  • Mark Green presented at the annual International Long-term Ecological Research meeting in Seoul, South Korea on October 6-11 on “Leading with data to integrate our understanding of ecosystems.”
  • On October 29, Lisa Doner presented “Climate change communication between TV broadcast meteorologists and their viewing audience” at the Geological Society of America Annual meeting in Denver, CO.  Co-authors include PSU faculty Mary Ann McGarry and Lourdes Avilés, and PSU graduate students,  Rachelle Lyons and Kristiana Wilkinson. The work is published in the Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 655.
  • Mark Green has joined the editorial board of “Progress in Earth and Planetary Science,” a peer-reviewed open access e-journal which was launched by the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) in 2013 and is devoted to original articles and reviews in the research fields of space and planetary sciences, atmospheric and hydrospheric sciences, human geosciences, solid earth sciences, and biogeosciences.
  • Joseph Boyer has two recent publications:  Briceño, H. O., J. N. Boyer, J. Castro, & P. Harlem. 2013. Biogeochemical classification of South Florida’s estuarine and coastal waters. Marine Pollution Bulletin. 75: 187–204. AND Yamashita, Y., J. N. Boyer, & R. Jaffé. 2013. Evaluating the distribution of terrestrial dissolved organic matter in a complex coastal ecosystem using fluorescence spectroscopy. Continental Shelf Research. 66: 136–144.
  • Shannon Rogers has been invited to join the Advisory Committee of the New Hampshire Estuary Spatial Planning Project.  At the Advisory Committee kickoff meeting on October 30 Rogers gave a presentation about the research she and graduate student, Chelsea Berg, will be conducting in Great Bay.  Both Shannon and Chelsea attended the day-long workshop at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.
  • Plymouth’s first Science Café was held on October 15 at Biederman’s Deli and Pub and organized by Shannon Rogers. Even though the Red Sox were playing a post-season game, over fifty people, including community members and PSU students, came to learn about science in an informal setting. The topic on tap for the first Science Brew Café was “Sensing New Hampshire’s Streams and Rivers.” Mark Green, Errin Volitis, and Ashley Hyde gave a short overview of a research project using 200 sensors at 100 sites to study water quality and flow followed by questions and discussion about the project and water quality in New Hampshire. We are planning additional Science Café’s for the spring.
  • Jamie Sydoriak has been awarded the 2014 James Tethers Fellowship and Melanie Perello was awarded the 2014 Pamela Marrapese Scholarship. Both Jamie and Melanie are students in the MS in Environmental Science and Policy program. CFE is responsible for the selection of students for these awards and we thank our generous donors.
  • Joe Boyer was re-selected as Technical Advisory Committee member of the Southeast Florida Coral Reef Initiative. SEFCRI is chartered under the United States Coral Reef Task Force, as established by Presidential Executive Order #13089, to lead U.S. efforts to preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. The mission of the SEFCRI is to develop and support the implementation of an effective strategy to preserve and protect Southeast Florida’s coral reefs and associated reef resources, emphasizing balance between resource use and protection, in cooperation with all interested parties. He attended the bi-annual All Hands meeting in Ft Lauderdale.  Joe was also recently selected as member of PBLG Budget Subgroup.

College of Business Administration

  • Christina Bradbury presented her healthcare economics/management accounting study, “Determinants of Physicians’ Acceptance of new Medicare Patients,on October 12 at the International Atlantic Economic Conference in Philadelphia. She also served as a discussant for Dr. Joseph Falzone of Pierce College in reviewing his work, “On the Sidelines; Labor Force Participation of Prime Age Men.”

Communication and Media Studies

  • Warren Mason has received photo credit and author appreciation in the newly published biography Norman Mailer: A Double Life (Simon & Schuster) by J. Michael Lennon, Ph.D. It was the recent cover review of the October 20th “The New York Times Book Review” by Graydon Carter, Editor of “Vanity Fair” magazine, who called it a “… glorious biography.”  Mason, who is a friend of Lennon and knew Mailer, was involved in the organization of The James Jones Society’s 1999 Symposium at the Southampton Campus of Long Island University where Mailer, William Styron, Joseph Heller, Budd Schulberg, Betty Comden, and Peter Matthiesssen were the featured speakers. His photograph of William Styron (“Sophie’s Choice,” “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” “Lie Down in Darkness,” etc.) was chosen for inclusion in the biography, which took Lennon seven years to write. Mason is an officer and Board of Directors member of The James Jones Society, a nonprofit organization that encourages student writing and financially rewards beginning novelists.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Leo Sandy presented on “Parental Awareness Levels:  Implications for Intervention” at the National Alliance on Mental Health Annual Conference on Mental Health and Schools held in Concord, NH.  He also spoke at the YMCA in Keene on “The School Age Child: Self-Concept, Self-Esteem, Self-Worth and Resiliency.”
  • Gary Goodnough co-led a roundtable discussion at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision’s biannual conference in Denver, CO entitled “Playing Referee: Responding to Students’ Concerns about Other Students.”
  • During the recent (October 2013) Association for Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference, Stephen Flynn presented “American Indian transition from tribal lands to predominately White culture.”

Criminal Justice

  • Mark Fischler gave the first of a series of PED Talks: Timeless Advice on Living a Good Life! on October 29th.  PED Talks, similar to the well-known TED Talks, are part of a collaborative effort. The Student Activities Office, faculty, staff, and administrators are coming together to provide campus with these brief educational talks that will be motivational and informative.
  • Stephanie Halter presented “Using a Participatory Approach for Data Collection in Evaluating Improvement Initiatives in the Courts: Increasing Accessibility, Gaining Support and Facilitating Evidence-Based Practice” on October 16 at the American Evaluation Association annual conference in Washington D.C.
  • Kristine Levan coauthored an article with Steven Downing (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Katherine Polzer (Texas Christian University) Space, Time and Reflexive Interviewing: Implications for Qualitative Research with Active, Incarcerated and Former Criminal Offenders in International Journal of Qualitative Methods, Volume 12.  She also published a book chapter:   “Consensual Sex.” Sex in Prison: Myths and Realities. (Edited by Catherine D. Marcum and Tammy L. Castle, Editors). Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Clarissa Uttley presented at the 2013 Early Learning New Hampshire early childhood conference on October 26. Her session, “Development and Screening for Infants and Toddlers,” was part of a full-day session designed specifically for infant and toddler educators by the state-wide Infant-Toddler Task Force. Clarissa is also a member of this Task Force representing institutes of higher education and the New Hampshire Association for the Education of Young Children.

Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

  • Suzanne Moberly, PSU EdD Candidate and Adjunct faculty member, presented her research on “Fostering Success” at the American Evaluation Association national conference in Washington, DC in October. Kathleen Norris accompanied Suzanne and her cohort members, Eric Feldborg and Kathy Desroches.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented “Dangerous Juveniles, Navigating the Stormy Seas of Behavior” at SERESC on October 18 to a group of 50 educators.  Marcel also spent a week October 20-27, in Umiaq, Nunavut working at Kiluutaq School on PBIS and Classroom Management with Inuit, French and English teachers.
  • Kathleen Norris was elected program co-chair for the Assessment in Higher Education Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association.

Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

  • Gerard Buteau is one of 36 Governing Board Members of the Regional Education Laboratory Governing Board.  The recent meeting held in Providence, Rhode Island included: Updates on Research Alliances work or “Table Talks”  to discuss new research topics and opportunities, namely “Principals Roles and Responsibilities in Low-Performing Schools,” “Building Capacity for Data Use,” and “Early Childhood Survey Development.”  The 2-day event also included a presentation by the Commissioner of Education for the state of Rhode Island.
  • Alison Wenhart and Michael Kopish presented, “Children Have the Right to Say! Literacy, Justice, Civic Potential” at the Kappa Delta Pi Convocation in Dallas, Texas on Friday, October 25. The session focused on promoting civic literacy and meeting the common core standards. Strategies, methods and a newly developed “ibook” were shared with middle school educators from around the country.  They gave the same presentation at the New Hampshire Council of Social Studies on October 29 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The session focused on connecting Social Studies curriculum, particularly issues of juvenile justice, to the common core standards.
  • James Stiles was re-elected to serve a second term on the United States Board on Books for Young People.


  • Karolyn Kinane’s article “Contemplative Pedagogy, Enchantment, and the Medieval Past” has been published in postmedieval Forum IV October 2013. Available here:
  • Ann McClellan’s article, “A Case of Identity: Role Playing, Social Media, and BBC Sherlock” was recently published in The Journal of Fandom Studies.
  • Liz Ahl has two poems in the October 2013 issue of Blast Furnace. You can read the issue online here:

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina presented two programs at the Florida Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport annual convention in Orlando. The sessions including “Measuring your Impact through Assessment” and “How to implement an active school.”
  • The senior Athletic Training majors presented a workshop titled “What’s the Impact?  Concussion Diagnosis and Management Procedures” to athletes, parents and coaches on September 23 in the Center Lodge Bradford Room.
  • Cheryl Coker and Lynn Johnson presented “Perceived vs. Actual Competence in Fundamental Skill Performance in Pre-Service Physical Education Teachers” at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Psychology for Sport and Physical Activity in New Orleans this past June.
  • Louise McCormack was one of 50 presenters at the 25th Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture this past summer. The Symposium, co-sponsored by the State University of New York College at Oneonta and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, examines the impact of baseball on American culture from interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary perspectives.  The topic was The Legacy of the Draper & Maynard Sporting Goods Factory.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller presented a session at the National Eating Disorders Conference, “Amazing Just the Way You Are: Body Acceptance” in Washington, DC in October.  She also lobbied in DC and met personally with Senator Ayotte about eating disorder bills.  Last summer she presented three sessions on the Body Acceptance and Body Image Program at the 38th National Wellness Conference, as well as a research session at the Marketing and Public Policy Conference titled, “Media Inspired Thin-ideal: Understanding Trade-offs Involving Social and Health Risks and Benefits.”  Aditi Grover of the College of Business Administration was one of the researchers.
  • Christian Bisson presented the results of a pilot study on “The Effects of Using Directed Rehearsal on Teaching Skills Development” at the 2013 International Conference for the Association for Experiential Education in Denver, CO.

Lamson Library

  • David Beronä presented his papers, “Reading Wordless Books,” at the Kate Chappell Center for Books Arts Lecture Series, University of Southern Maine, Portland, October 8, and “Frans Masereel and the Woodcut Movement in China,” at the PSU Adventures in Chinese Culture Lecture Series, October 24.

Language and Linguistics

  • As part of Hispanic Heritage Month at PSU, in cooperation with Scott Meyer of the Social Work Department, Wilson Garcia and Eric Cintron presented “The importance of the family as one of the most enduring values in Hispanic/Latino culture.”  This presentation also included a web-conference discussion with students, faculty, staff, and community members from Western New Mexico University.
  • Katharine Harrington presented at the New Hampshire Association of World Language Teachers conference October 25-26.  The presentation was entitled “Promouvoir le français dans votre école et dans notre état: Perspectives et methods pour créer un programme de français visible et pertinent.”  Katharine was elected President of the American Association of Teachers of French New Hampshire Chapter.  She will serve a 3-year term as President.

Museum of the White Mountains

  • The Museum of the White Mountains has a new display. “Through the Eyes of the Dealers: Bob and Dot Goldberg” was curated by Marcia Schmidt Blaine and art historian Charles Vogel. The seven paintings, once owned by the Goldberg’s, were donated to Hood Museum, Dartmouth College. They are on loan through March 2nd.

Music, Theater and Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi presented a workshop on Italian lyric diction at the New Hampshire Music Educators Association Octoberfest held at SNHU.
  • Elizabeth Daily and Allan DiBiase performed “Living in the Moment,” a collaborative performance including poetry, music and improvisational music with the written word.  Poetry from Liz Ahl, Jane Kenyon, William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson and Rainer Maria Rilke was featured along with music from Charles Ives, Daren Aric Hagen and Ricky Ian Gordon.  Beth also appeared as Amanda in “The Glass Menagerie” in Plymouth State Theatre’s recent production.
  • Aubrie Dionne has been named principal flute of the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Rik Pfenninger just completed scoring the music for made-for-TV movie titled “Stories from the Other Side” by Turkish director Stare Yildrim, which is the first episode in a ten part series for Turkish Television. The link to the trailer can be found here:  Rik also scored the trailer music for a Video Game titled “Voodoo Heads”  The soundtrack music for the two projects has also been released on a CD titled “House of Horrors: Orchestral Music That Terrifies,”  and is available on Apple iTunes, Amazon Music, and Walmart Music


  • John Kulig moderated a panel discussion entitled “Theory in Practice: Building Research in NH” at the annual meeting of the New Hampshire Psychological Association on Friday October 25th in Nashua, NH.

Social Science

  • Khuan Chong (Political Science) and Stacey Yap (Sociology) gave lectures as part of the month-long series “Adventures in Chinese Culture” at the Karl Drerup Art Gallery. These presentations accompanied the exhibition of the paintings by traditional Chinese painter Yang Jikui. Khuan’s talk, on October 10 was on “Living Confucianism: Growing up in Malaysia and America” and Stacey’s was on “Chinese-American Contributions to the United States of America.”
  • Brian Eisenhauer (Sociology and Office of Sustainability) delivered the Helen Abbott ’39 Professorship of Environmental Studies inaugural lecture on October 16. His topic was “Continuing the Abbott Tradition:  Connecting Students and the Environment to Make a Difference.”
  • N.H. Sea Grant/UNH Cooperative Extension has created a new information sheet that summarizes survey results and recommendations based on research funded by USDA and conducted by Brian Eisenhauer, Brian Gagnon, and Nicholas Stevenson (at the time graduate students in the Environmental Science and Policy program) on lawn care, reduction of nutrient runoff and leaching in New England.   Soon to be available here –

  • Robert Heiner just published the second edition of his “Deviance Across Cultures: Constructions of Difference.”  NY/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Bryon Middlekauff  (Geography and Environmental Science and Policy) and Patrick May attended the annual New England and St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL)  meeting held at Clark University October 18-19, 2013 where Bryon received the NESTVAL Lifetime Contribution Award at the annual banquet. Patrick May served as secretary to the organization (an elective position) and moderated the World Geography Bowl Contest. Five Plymouth State students attended, and participated in the Bowl.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted the fall meeting of the New Hampshire Archeological Society at Plymouth State on October 26; he delivered a presentation entitled “Scotland’s Ancient Heritage” based on the tour he led from PSU to Scotland at the end of May.  David also delivered a presentation to the Vermont Archaeological Society on October 5 in Warren, VT, entitled “The Archaeology of Fort William Henry.”  David’s “digs” with his students on the PSU campus behind Holmes House have been featured this month in the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Plymouth Record Enterprise, and other New Hampshire newspapers. On October 28 David was re-elected as Chair of the New Hampshire State Historical Resources Council which oversees the NH Division of Historical Resources in Concord.  The Council approves all National and State Register of Historic Places nominations within the State of New Hampshire.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin participated as an appointed member of the Council on Leadership Development (CLD) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the fall annual meeting in Dallas, TX; he served as a coordinator of the CLD’s Annual Networking Reception held at the conference. Steve also published an entry on the Affordable Care Act for Oxford Bibliographies Online. He arranged for Hedrick Smith, former NYT’s journalist to lecture at PSU on his new book “Who Stole the American Dream” and introduced Smith at the event.
  • Cynthia Moniz chaired her first Commission on Membership and Professional Development meeting at the Council on Social Work Education annual program meeting/conference.  As an appointed Chair of the Commission, Cyndy participated in an orientation for new members of CSWE’s Board of Directors (BOD) and participated in the BOD meeting. As a BOD member she was appointed to CSWE’s National Awards Committee and participated in this meeting at the conference, as well. Both Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin participated in a meeting of faculty of the 8 universities selected for participation in CSWE/Gero-Ed’s new Partnership Project as part of the start-up funding received this year for this project.
  • Scott Meyer presented a workshop on “The Meaning of Death” for hospice volunteers at Pemi Baker Community Health in Plymouth, NH. He was also a guest speaker for Dr. Flynn’s graduate course on the topic of Program Evaluation.

University Studies

  • Patrick Cate (Director of University Studies) authored a chapter in a new publication addressing academic advising approaches. (Cate, P. (2013). “So I was Thinking…” in J.K. Drake, P. Jordan, & M.A. Miller (Eds.), Academic Advising Approaches: Strategies That Teach Students to Make the Most of College. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass and Manhattan, KS: National Academic Advising Association) At the NACADA national conference in Salt Lake City, he participated in an author signing celebrating the new publication’s release.  Also at the conference, he presented “Introduction to Advising; Developmental and Learning” preconference to 159 registered faculty and professional advisors.  It was one of the largest preconference workshops ever at a NACADA attendance wise.