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


  • Henrieke I. Strecker will host an Artist Talk at the University of New Hampshire on October 21.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Lourdes Avilés’ book about her research on the science and history of the 1938 Hurricane, “Taken by Storm, 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane,” was just published by the American Meteorological Society. The publishing of the book, together with the 75th anniversary of the storm on September 21, has prompted a variety of newspaper, Internet and TV interviews and appearances (including the Weather Channel, Associated Press, New Hampshire Public radio and others). Over the course of the past few months, Avilés has presented different aspects of her research to public and professional audiences including the American Meteorological Society’s History Symposium, Northeastern Storm Conference, Mount Washington Observatory, Quincy Bog Natural Area, Campton Historical Society, and the WMUR TV Channel 9 1938 Hurricane Anniversary event. She also curated an educational panel exhibit sponsored by the Museum of the White Mountains, “The Great Blowdown: Effects of the 1938 Hurricane in Northern New England,” which is on display at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center through the end of the year. More local and national presentations are still to follow during the upcoming months.

Biological Sciences

  • Chris Chabot and his M.S. in Biology student Steve Simpson co-authored an article, “Patterns of activity expressed by juvenile horseshoe crabs,” that was published in the September 2013 issue of Biological Bulletin (Volume 225, pages 42-49).
  • Chris Chabot’s research was cited in a news story about biological clocks in the prestigious scientific journal Nature:  http://www.nature.com/news/biological-clocks-defy-circadian-rhythms-1.13833

Business Administration

  • Daniel Lee (CoBA/CRP) gave a presentation on the State of New Hampshire’s return on its investment in tourism to the New Hampshire Tourism Council and the Commissioner of the Department of Resources and Economic Development on September 12.
  • David Leuser conducted an image-based presentation and on-site activity entitled “Lessons from Ossipee Park” this past August 2nd, which was based upon his ongoing research and collection of related historical materials from the 19th and early 20th century.  The presentation was sponsored by the PSU White Mountain Institute, and was conducted in collaboration with the Moultonboro Historical Society and the Lakes Region Conservation Trust.  The event was well attended by a variety of permanent, as well as summer, residents of the Lakes Region, and served to not only inform residents about the fascinating history and current recreational availability of the Castle in the Clouds property in Moultonboro, but also enhanced the reputation of PSU as a source of professional activity and continuing education for the citizens of New Hampshire.

Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities

  • Rebecca Busanich co-authored an article titled “A social ecological exploration of physical activity influences among rural men and women across life stages” in Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health.  Rebecca also co-authored an article titled “Moving toward trust and partnership: An example of sport related community based participatory action research with aboriginal people and mainstream academics” in the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research. AND she co-authored a book chapter titled “Cultural Sport Psychology: Considerations for Enhancing Cultural Competence of Practitioners” in L.S. Tashman & G. Cremated (Eds.), Becoming a Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Professional: International Perspectives. (London: Routledge)
  • Barbara McCahan is participating in the ongoing strategic planning process funded by the HNH Foundation that convened statewide stakeholders to develop a five-year plan to support healthy people and healthy places in New Hampshire.  The process will build on the HEAL Action Plan of 2008 and serve in the development of a collaborative network for implementation of an updated strategic plan.

Center for the Environment

  • Mark Green presented on “Regional detection of environmental thresholds” at the United Nation’s International Symposium on Ecohydrology, Biotechnology & Engineering: Towards Harmony between the Biogeosphere and Society on the basis of Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Lodz, Poland, September 16-22.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • The Center’s new Student Engagement Laboratory welcomes four new students this fall: James Patton (Criminal Justice), Jacqueline Savage (Anthropology/Sociology), Iveta Stefancova (Tourism Management and Policy), and Jessica Wilhelm (Environmental Science and Policy) . The purpose of the Student Engagement Laboratory is to involve students in collaborative research and outreach projects with and among local, regional, and international partners. Students interested in learning more about the Lab should contact Ben Amsden or Marylynn Cote.
  • Katharine Harrington  (Language and Linguistics) organized a workshop in Littleton to help local business owners be more supportive of French-speaking visitors. This workshop was part of the Center’s Tourism Development Toolkit Series and was organized in conjunction with the Institute of New Hampshire Studies, the NH/Canada Trade Council and both the Pemi Valley and Littleton Chambers of Commerce.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Scott Coykendall performed at the first ever Mud Room storytelling event at the AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH, on September 19.
  • Annette Holba published a coauthored article (with Christina Noyes) entitled, “Mindfulness Learning and Contemplative Inquiry in Online Environments” in the Journal of Online Education.
  • Annette Holba’s coauthored book, “An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning,” won the National Communication Association’s Philosophy of Communication Division’s Best Book Award.  She has also recently published, “Mindfulness Learning and Contemplative Inquiry in Online Environments” in the Journal of Online Education.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

Criminal Justice

  • David Mackey presented a paper titled “Sorting the good guys from the bad guys in the discretionary exercise of rights: Examining views towards open carry in NH” at the annual meeting of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, September 19, in Virginia Beach, VA.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Meagan Shedd wrote the professional development and resource guide for MIchigan Reads! in partnership with the State Library of Michigan Foundation. The printed guide was distributed to all Head Start classrooms and public libraries in the state of Michigan, as well as available electronically, found at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/libraryofmichigan/lm_2013_Michigan_Reads_programming_guide_FINAL_421710_7.pdf.
  • Clarissa Uttley’s article, “Animal Attraction: Including Animals in Early Childhood Classrooms to Engage and Inspire Young Learners,” appeared in the September 2013 issue of Young Children, the publication of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  This publication was created with the data collected from a research study funded by the PSU Faculty Development Fund and included the involvement of over 1400 accredited early childhood centers throughout the country.
  • Pat Cantor represented Plymouth State as a member of the state item validation team for the NH Foundations of Reading Test, which will be required for all candidates seeking certification in early childhood, elementary education, reading and writing teacher, and reading and writing specialist, beginning in July 2014.

Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

  • Ann Berry has recently had a manuscript published in the Rural Educator. “The Benefits and Challenges of Special Education Positions in Rural Settings: Listening to the Teachers” discusses what special education teachers like best and find most challenging about their positions in rural schools. The study investigated 203 special education teachers from a national sample using survey research. The teacher’s perceptions highlight many of the assets found in small, rural, communities and the sense of a close relationship with coworkers, students and their parents. Berry, A., & Gravelle, M., (2013). The benefits and challenges of special education positions in rural settings: Listening to the teachers, Rural Educator, 34(2).

Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

  • In June, Trish Lindberg directed her original musical “Fum, Fo, Fi, Fee,” an adaptation of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” with thirty-four children performing at the Flying Monkey Performance Center and Movie House in Plymouth, NH in a collaborative project with Plymouth Parks and Recreation.
  • Alison Wenhart  co-presented a professional development workshop with Mike Kopish (History, Philosophy and Social Science Education) on July 13 titled “Constitutionally Speaking: Reading, Writing, and Speaking — Preparing common core civics curricula for the elementary, middle and high school students.” The presentation was sponsored by Plymouth State University and Constitutionally Speaking.   Ali’s article, “Maximize Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship” was published in The New Teacher Advocate (a KDP publication) in August.
  • This summer, James Stiles and Gerard Buteau along with Anne McQuade and Tina Proulx, Middle school Teachers at McLaughlin Middle School located in Manchester, NH, presented “Journal to Understanding:  A University-Middle School Partnership Brings Literacy Alive” at The Whole Language Umbrella Literacy for All Institute, a subsidiary group of National  Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) held at Hofstra University.


  • Liz Ahl will be giving a reading with poet Sandy Yannone at Wheaton College (MA) on Thursday October 3.
  • Karolyn Kinane’s piece, “Arthurian Legends in General Education: An Example of Student-Centered Pedagogy,” has been published in the Volume 20 Fall 2013 issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching.

Health and Human Performance

  • Irene Cucina was a guest on the Mary Jones radio show which aired in CT during the GET FIT segment.  Ideas on how children, families and communities can engage in physical activity to promote health were shared.

History and Philosophy

  • Linda Upham-Bornstein has been appointed to the New Hampshire State Historical Records Advisory Board. The NH SHRAB reviews applications for grants submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which is run through the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • David Haight, without his instigation, has been notified by the Taylor and Francis Group, an online publisher and division of Routledge, Inc., that his solution to the Clay Mathematics Institute millennium problem of the Riemann Hypothesis regarding prime numbers has been posted on the internet for world-wide evaluation.  The paper, “Scaling Riemann’s Mountain: Summa Characteristica and The Riemann Hypothesis,” originally appeared in “The Journal of Interdisciplinary Mathematics,” vol. 11, number 6, December 2008.  A follow-up paper regarding the Generalized Riemann Hypothesis was published in the same journal in October 2010.

Lamson Library

  • David A. Beronä is the curator of the exhibit, “The Modern Woodcut Movement in China,” being held in Lamson Learning Commons September 30-December 20, 2013.

Music, Theater and Dance

  • New Hampshire Public Radio recently aired a program featuring Jonathan Santore and his recent award of The American Prize.  The piece also featured Jonathan’s ongoing collaboration with Dan Perkins (featuring Dan skyping from the Colombian jungle!) and the New Hampshire Master Chorale.  Here is a link to the story:  http://nhpr.org/post/local-composer-wins-american-prize
  • Dan Perkins hosted the 2nd Annual American Choral Directors Association Collegiate Chapter Conference at PSU on Saturday, September 28th.  80 students and professors from UNH, Keene, Castleton State, and PSU participated in the themed event:  Movement and Body Awareness for Conductors and Singers.  The PSU Chamber Singers performed as the demonstration chorus.
  • Dan Perkins and his Trio Veritas performed concerts on September 22 and 28.
  • Robert Swift’s article “And the Greatest of These …” has just been published in New Hampshire Quarter Notes and other regional New England music education magazines.
  • Mark Stickney also had an article published in NH Quarter Notes this month.


  • John Kulig has been elected to serve on the New England Psychology Association (NEPA) steering committee.

Social Science

  • Michael Capsalis has been elected Chair of the Bridgewater Planning Board to develop and administer a comprehensive plan to regulate, permit and inspect gravel pit operations in the Town of Bridgewater NH. This plan also calls for the day to day operations, reclamation and closure of said gravel pits as well as a best practices management plan.
  • Brian Eisenhauer and Matthew Bartley (graduate student, Environmental Science and Policy) submitted a final project report to the NH Fish and Game Department, with thanks to both the Social Science Department and the Center for the Environment as key supporting organizations. The report is titled “Using Community Based Social Marketing to Improve Angler Retention in New Hampshire: Final Report and Recommendations to NH Fish and Game Department.”  Brian also has published two articles: “Environmental Concern: Examining the Role of Place Meaning and Place Attachment” co-authored with Joan M. Brehm, and Richard C. Stedman,  Society & Natural Resources , Vol. 26, Iss. 5, 2013 and “Identifying Key Factors in Homeowner’s Adoption of Water Quality Best Management Practices”, co-authored with Joan M. Brehm and Danielle K. Pasko, Environmental Management, July 2013, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 113-122.  He also gave a lecture at The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, Waterville Valley NH, on August 2 on the topic “Exploring Wilderness By Mind and By Foot” which examined the concept of wilderness, its evolution, and the role it plays in contemporary understanding of the environment.
  • Filiz Otucu led a discussion of the book “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Mata at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth on September 24. This event was part of the continuing series in the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys book discussions made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
  • Kurt Schroeder At the International Conference on Military Geosciences June 17-21 in Aviemore, Scotland, Kurt presented an invited paper, “The Wars of the Century of Peace (1815-1914): Rebellion, Colonialism, and Major Power Wars in a Century of Rapid Technological Change.”  This paper examined the four phases of Nineteenth Century warfare and the effects of the rapid technological change during the century on weapons, such as rifles and artillery, logistics, such as railroads and roads, communications, such as the telegraph and the telephone, and the organization of strategy, operations, and tactics. Concurrent waves of technological evolution lead to a synthesis of the four periods into an explication of one era of rapid technological change.  Other activities included field study at battle sites such as Culloden and Cranmore, the fortieth largest, and an examination of the English occupation of Scotland as an example of control of the landscape through the control of key points dictated by the mountainous geography of Scotland.  Dr. Schroeder also handled firearms for the first time in his life, as the conference included a visit to a private firing range near Inverness, where he fired eight antique longarms from the period 1775 to 1915.
  • David Starbuck conducted a public “mini-dig” and lecture on Saturday, September 28, at the site of the Temple Glassworks in Temple, NH.  This was the featured event at “Temple Glassworks Day,” sponsored by the Temple Historical Society, and honoring the oldest glass factory (1780-82) in the state of New Hampshire.   David and anthropology students are also digging on Tuesdays and Wednesdays behind historic Holmes House on the PSU campus.  This is the fourth fall they have dug on campus, finding pottery, buttons, nails, pipes and other evidence for what life was like in Plymouth, NH, before the formation of the university.  Our campus most definitely has a history!
  • Grace Fraser, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, organized the annual Harvest Moon Festival held at the Museum on September 21.   The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin published “We Don’t Need a Chained Consumer Price Index” in Health & Social Work, Vol. 38 (3), August 2013.
  • Stephen Gorin and Cynthia Moniz participated in a day-long kick-off orientation and planning meeting of the CSWE Gero-Ed Partners Project at Boston College. Eight states/universities (CT, MD, MA, NH (PSU), NY, OR, VT, WA, and WI) were chosen to be project participants. The Partnerships project will build the workforce pipeline for Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) and, more broadly, for the Aging and Disabilities (A/D) Network.   http://www.cswe.org/News/PressRoom/PressReleaseArchives/68254.aspx
  • Scott Meyer co-authored “JROTC, Youth Socialization and the Culture of Peace” which was published in  Perspectives, Vol. 16, Fall 2013 by the American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences.