Accomplishments | February 6, 2018

Arts & Technologies

  • Dan Perkinsled the 22 members of PSU’s Chamber Singers on a week-long study and performance tour in New Orleans.  The group performed and presented workshops at 4 inner-city schools, several churches, a retirement home, and a hospital.  A day was spent at the World War II Museum in preparation for April 2018 collaborative (with the Contemporary Dance Ensemble) performances of “Annelies,” a choral work based on the Diary of Anne Frank.
  • Jason Swift, Art Education, chaired his juried panel The Education of Punk Rock: What Art School Couldn’t Teach You at the 2017 SECAC Annual Conference hosted by the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Jason Swift, Art Education, presented his paper Design in Art Education at the 2017 New Hampshire Council on the Arts’ Teaching, Innovation and Creativity conference and was part of the Keynote Panel: Design in Education.

Education, Democracy & Social Change

  • James Whiting continued his service on the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Whiting and the other committee members met in New York City in early December to finalize the 2018 award recipients.
  • Meg Petersen (English) and Fanny Fernandez (graduate student, English) with Diomedes Fernandez, created and implemented an intensive week-long writing workshop (Writing with PEN) for Professors in the English Department of the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo this January.  This workshop hosted a visit from the National Writing Project in Berkeley, California as part of the process of certifying the Proyecto Escritura Nacional (PEN) as an associated international site of the National Writing Project.  Dr. Petersen also provided workshops in Writing at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at Colegio Babeque.
  • Hilary Swank (Elementary Education & Youth Development) completed a three-year evaluation of the state’s federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLCs) for the NH Department of Education.  Her report will be published on the NH Department of Education’s website and submitted to the federal 21st CCLC program office for review. She has also been appointed to continue her evaluation work for the next academic year.
  • Students in ED 3060, Social Studies Methods, and Alison Wenhart (Elementary Education & Youth Development) worked with the New Hampshire Historical Society to develop K-12 curriculum for teachers in New Hampshire. The project will be featured on the NH Historical Society website.  It is intended to support teachers to utilize best practice and local resources when teaching social studies in their classrooms.
  • James Whiting (Languages & Linguistics) continued his service on the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.  Whiting and the other committee members met in New York City in early December to finalize the 2018 award recipients.

Exploration & Discovery

  • Robin DeRosa visited SUNY Binghamton to talk with faculty and administrators about open pedagogies for public colleges and universities.  She was also a guest on the podcast “Teaching in Higher Ed,”  where she talked about Open Education and the future of public Higher Education in the U.S.
  • In January, Dennis Machnik travelled to Rhode Island with the portable planetarium.  He did programs at Curtis Corner Middle School in Wakefield, RI and at Bain Middle School in Cranston, RI for a total of 5 days, about 30 programs, for over 1,000 students.

Health & Human Enrichment

  • Eydie Kendall had an article published in Pediatric Physical Therapy Journal. The article entitled “Trends in Attitudes and Practice Patterns of Physical Therapists in Addressing Childhood Obesity in Schools” is the January featured article, and is accompanied by a video interview recorded at the Physical Therapy Program here at PSU.  The video also includes Kelly Legacy in our laboratory and the DPT students practicing orthopedic interventions. https://journals.lww.com/pedpt/pages/default.aspx
  • Kelly Legacy and Eydie Kendall were elected as officers for the New Hampshire American Physical Therapy Association (NHAPTA). Kelly is the chair of the Nominating Committee, which is responsible for developing the slate of officers for Board of Director/Officer positions and for conducting Elections at the Annual Meeting.  The Committee serves as the Chapter’s liaison with the National Nominating Committee.  Eydie is a member of the Board, specifically working on continued education opportunities for member clinicians.
  • The DPT program, in collaboration with the Theater program, successfully completed their 2nd “pilot” of a Cluster Project that deploys Standardized Patients in DPT Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCEs). Over 12 physical therapy clinicians and clinical partners from across the state of NH came to campus to participate in this day-long, comprehensive, practical assessment of DPT students.
  • PSU students represented the undergraduate and graduate athletic training programs well at the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association (EATA) Annual Conference in Boston in January. Lauren Burke (MS ’18) placed 1st in the Quiz Bowl.  Moenique Parris (MS ’18) and Allison Purdue (BS Dec. ’17), with Hayley Quirk (BS ’19) as the model, won the Taping Skills Contest at the EATA Annual Conference.  Emily Gray (MS ’18) earned an EATA Scholarship.  Additionally, Linda Levy was inducted in the EATA ’49 (Hall of Fame) Club.
  • Christian Bisson contributed a chapter in the 3rd edition of Priest and Gass book, Effective Leadership in Adventure Programming. Bisson wrote a chapter on how to teach social psychology concepts and theories to adventure education leaders in the companion instructor guide to the classic textbook.
  • Christian Bisson also presented in November in Montreal at International Conference for the Association for Experiential Education. Bisson presented a workshop on ePortfolio in Outdoor Education career development.  The presentation was entitled, Mapping your Career in EE and using ePortfolio to Help you Get your Dream Job.
  • Mardie Burckes-Miller and the Eating Disorders Institute (EDI) received a grant from The Hilda and Preston Foundation for the 8thNH Eating Disorders Conference at Mill Falls Inn scheduled for September 20-21, 2018.  Undergraduate, graduate students, EDI alumni and professionals attend this premier event held every two years and will assist with conference planning and implementation.  It is the largest eating disorders conference in Northern New England.  The Eating Disorders Institute is the only approved academic graduate program by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP) to offer their courses for professionals to be eligible to sit for the certified eating disorders specialist exam.  The fifth year of  partnerships with some of the elite eating disorders treatment centers in the country  began at Remuda Ranch at the Meadows in Arizona  in mid- January.  A highlight for students from New Zealand and across the country was the 2 ½ hour tour of the treatment center, neurofeedback lab and equine facility.  One Plymouth nursing student was a participant in the class.
  • Stephen Flynn served as first author on an empirically-based publication, entitled: Grounded Theory Research Design: An Investigation into Practices and Procedures. The article appeared online in the most recent edition of Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation (CORE).  CORE is the official journal for the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC).

Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • Marcel Lebrun presented a full day workshop to the Gilford School District on January 19th entitled “Anxiety Disorders: Strategies and Intervention”.
  • Kathleen Norris, Emeritus Professor of Educational Leadership, has been selected as a Fulbright Specialist for the University of Prishtina in Kosovo where she will assist in the development of a strategic plan for their research goals.
  • Linda Carrier was awarded $7,500 from the PSU Faculty, Research, and Scholarship Fund for a qualitative study she’ll be launching in September.  The study will utilize portraiture as a strategy for developing an understanding of the relationship between the rural New England context and the professional practice of school principals.
  • Linda Carrier and PSU Doctoral Candidate Michael Whaland co-authored a paper that was published in the fall edition of The Rural Educator.  Recently released, Left Behind by Policy: A Case Study of the Influence of High Stakes Accountability Policy on Data-Based Decision Making in One Small, Rural New Hampshire School, can be found in the third edition of volume 38 of the journal.
  • Linda Carrier facilitated the January 24th meeting of the Rural Educational Leaders Network (RELN).  The meeting was hosted by White Mountain Regional High School and their amazing culinary students.  The focus of the meeting was placed-based educational opportunities as means of affecting outmigration of youth trends in New Hampshire’s rural areas and the development of partnerships between RELN and other professional organizations.  The meeting was well attended and participants were highly engaged in the conversation.  RELN is a cluster project that is funded by the Holmes-Patee-Haggart endowment.
  • Amanda Isabelle has been named as the interim Superintendent for the Mascoma Regional School District for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Michael Whaland was appointed as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Raymond School District. Michael is also a Doctoral program candidate.
  • Amy Allen has been named as an Assistant Superintendent for the Manchester Public Schools.
  • On January 14th, Chantalle Forgues played in the New Hampshire Bar Association Pro Bono Hockey tournament. The Pro Bono tournament is an annual benefit that supports low-income families and individuals and assists with their basic legal needs.
  • Chantalle Forgues published “Traps for the Unwary Commercial Drone User” in the Business Law Review. The paper offers practical guidance for businesses using drones as part of their operations and provides legal, regulatory, and aeronautical analysis for anyone interested in using drones in commerce.
  • Daniel Lee worked on the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) Annual Economic & Demographic Research Project. This project assists with assessing the level of economic and demographic distress within the region.
  • The Plymouth State Sports Management Club hosted their third annual dodgeball tournament in ALLWell North. The group began planning the dodgeball tournament in September.  There were nine teams participating which included athletes, students, and the University Police.  Each team was set into a round robin bracket system run by the students.  The club officers and active members hosted a post-event evaluation in order to go over strengths and weaknesses.  Overall, this event has grown since 2014 and will continue to grow throughout the years to come.

Justice & Security

  • On December 5th, four students from  Barbara Lopez-Mayhew’s fall 2017 course – Spanish Conversation, Phonetics and Phonology – successfully  completed a  64-Hour Health Interpretation Training Program in Manchester, NH offered by the Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center.  Alyssa Brown (Spanish Major), Paola Rivera-Villafane (Spanish and Business Majors), Brianna Muñoz (Spanish Minor, Social Work Major) and Lindsey Coolidge (Interdisciplinary Studies – French & Spanish) were under Professor Lopez-Mayhew´s mentorship and partial sponsorship as a follow-up opportunity to last fall´s on-campus  presentation on Health and Legal Interpretation Training Programs, sponsored by the Justice & Security Cluster.  Alyssa, Paola, Brianna, and Lindsey received certificates of completion of a 10-week SNHAHEC comprehensive program in Interpretation Training to work in healthcare, some legal fields, and educational and social services.
  • David Mackeyand Kyle Kosiorek (Criminal Justice, ’18) recently completed the Goffstown Police Department Community Satisfaction Survey 2017.  The survey is among the indicators used to maintain the Department’s accreditation through The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development

  • Katharine Harrington’s article “Shitakes and Fondue: Creating Community among French Teachers in a Unique Setting” was published in the January 2018 issue of the American Association of Teachers of French National Bulletin.
  • Katharine Harrington, (along with a colleague from UNH and another from Belmont High School) gave a presentation on “The State of French Education in N.H.” to the NH/Canada Trade Council as well as to the Commissioner of Education, Frank Edelblut, at the New Hampshire State House on January 19, 2018.
  • Lisa Doner presented in a national webinar on December 8, 2017 sponsored by the Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton University as part of the Interdisciplinary Teaching about Earth for a Sustainable Future (InTeGrate) project. The webinar, “InTeGrate 101: How to incorporate InTeGrate classroom materials into your courses”, is part of a series that supports teaching with InTeGrate principles, (https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/workshops/index.html).  It highlighted courses and modules published in 2017, including a module entitled “Major Storms and Community Resilience” that Dr. Doner co-authored with faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and City College of New York.  That module, pilot tested at PSU in 2015-16, is available here: https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/storm_resilience/index.html
  • In December 2017, Lisa Doner was elected to a three–year positon on the Board of Directors, and Treasurer, of a new volunteer organization based in Campton, NH: World Trails Network – HUB for the Americas (http://worldtrailsnetwork.org/americas/. The mission of this organization is to promote conservation of natural areas through trail users in North, Central and South America.  It is a regional partner to the larger World Trails Network which brings trail associations, trail advocates, walkers, hikers and people passionate about the outdoors together from around the world to foster global collaboration and networking for the betterment of the world’s trails.
  • In January 2018, Lisa Doner was reappointed to her second three-year position on the Board of Directors for the Quincy Bog Natural Area/Pemi-Baker Land Trust: http://www.quincybog.org. This volunteer organization creates public opportunities for nature education, research and nature-centered outdoor recreation at the Quincy Bog and Quincy Pasture Forest, and protects open space in the greater Baker River Valley in cooperation with area landowners. Dr. Doner serves on the land acquisition and the program committees, and co-edits the biannual newsletter, Bog Notes.
  • On January 17, 2018, Lisa Doner hosted guest speaker Mary Ann McGarry to the Plymouth Area Rotary Club to speak about the TESD Cluster Project on the Bicknell’s Thrush (The Bird that Knows No Borders). Lisa is a 1-year member of the Rotary Club.
  • In January 2018, Lisa Doner began serving as the Environmental Science and Policy program’s first Undergraduate Program Coordinator, a new position created to facilitate the transition into the TESD Cluster in the absence of a Departmental Chair. This appointment is annual and renewable.
  • June Hammond Rowan recently completed the Mt. Prospect Region Land Conservation Cluster Project. This project integrated a graduate course, ESP 5160 Land Conservation Techniques, with the Town of Holderness, NH’s Conservation Commission interest in conserving land around Mt. Prospect in Holderness.  Students met with representatives of the Holderness Conservation Commission and Squam Lakes Conservation Society in class and on two field trips; researched existing public lands and conservation easements in the Mt. Prospect region along with ownership and value of other large parcels in the area; assessed conservation priorities of the area using state resources such as NH Granit and the Wildlife Action Plan; compiled information about land conservation from Holderness Master Plan, management plans for Town owned parcels, and other sources; and shared findings with project partners through a presentation and a written report.
  • Richard Kipphut was appointed to the position of the Barn Survey Project Director for the Center Harbor Heritage Commission. His mission is to survey all historic barns in Center Harbor by filling out a Farm Reconnaissance Inventory Forum for each barn, which will be submitted to the Center Harbor Heritage Commission, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, and the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources.
  • Richard Kipphut has been invited with Cristina Ashjian to discuss the state-wide barn survey and the state’s RSA79-D, a discretionary tax easement created by the state to assist local barn owners, with the Moultonborough men’s breakfast club.
  • Richard Kipphut will take part in a panel discussion with Beverly Thomas of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance on the important of a town-wide barn survey at the Old Home and Barn Expo in Manchester on March 24th. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s 52 Barns in 52 Weeks program is an important tool to help arrest the rapid disappearance of our barns and our agricultural heritage.
  • Richard Kipphut’s town-wide barn survey has been featured in four editions of the Meredith News, one edition of the Laconia Daily Sun, and one edition of the Sunday News.
  • David Starbuck chaired a symposium entitled “Fortifications and Landscapes of Conflict” at the annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology in New Orleans, LA on January 6th and presented a paper in that session entitled “Archaeology on Rogers Island in the Hudson River.”
  • David Starbuck also organized and led a tour group around Egypt for 10 days in mid-January under the auspices of Penny Pitou Travel in Laconia and G Adventures in Toronto.
  • Laura Tilghman was elected to a 3-year term as Board member for the Society for Economic Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association.
  • Laura Tilghman participated in a Sustainability Planning workshop for the Lakes Region Immigrant Integration Initiative in Laconia, NH in August 2017. The workshop goals were to assess the accomplishments of the initiative during the past 3 years and plan for future work. Dr. Tilghman has served on the initiative’s steering committee since August 2016.
  • Laura Tilghman was invited to speak at the Howard E. Woodin Colloquium Series for the Environmental Studies Program at Middlebury College on October 5, 2017. Her presentation, “Mind the Gap Link: Integrating urban migrants and their hometown ties into conservation policy in Madagascar”, explored how rural-urban linkages are extremely important but often ignored in the country’s natural resource conservation efforts.
  • Laura Tilghman attended the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in December 2017, where she presented a paper entitled “Matoy Jirofo, Masaka Lavany: using the clove commodity cycle to explore rural-urban linkages in Madagascar.” The paper was part of a panel that she co-chaired with Sarah Osterhoudt of Indiana University called “Boom and Bust: cultural dimensions of commodity cycles.
  • Steve Whitman of the Social Science Department and the Office of Environmental Sustainability was the keynote speaker at the Granite State Landscape Architects annual meeting in Concord. Steve’s talk was on the role of green infrastructure in the built environment and techniques for incorporating a fuller range of ecosystem services. Steve also recently facilitated a regional meeting of Conservation Commission members and other municipal officials from seven towns for the Moose Mountains Regional Greenways. Steve is also happy to report that the Lancaster Elementary School has constructed their new net zero energy bioshelter which is a product of a STEM and Permaculture course taught through Plymouth State University last year.
  • Forest to Forest: Bicknell’s Thrush TESD Cluster Project
    • Summary of summer and fall ’17 events
    • The Forest to Forest:  Bicknell’s Thrush Cluster Project Management Team (Gerry Buteau, Mary Ann McGarry, Meg Petersen, Len Reitsma, Sheryl Shirley, Cynthia Robinson, Steve Whitman and graduate student Tyler Simonds) implemented the following events beginning in the summer 2017.
      1. We ran a fieldtrip on July 15, 2017 to Cannon Mountain where a group of educators from the Dominican Republic and a class of education graduate students and PSU faculty and staff took a 7:00 a.m. tram ride to the top of the mountain, courtesy of Cannon Mountain, to visit the breeding/summer habitat of the Bicknell’s Thrush. We heard and saw the bird thanks to Clint Parrish, a MS biology PSU alumnus who worked with Len Reitsma.  We then met at the Franconia State Park conference room and shared our reactions via writing prompts followed by multicultural discussion.  A video and writing from the event was part of the Bicknell’s Thrush exhibit opening at the Museum of the White Mountains on January 30, 2018, 5 to 7 p.m.  Approximately 20 people attended.  The education students in Gerry Buteau’s course developed curricular materials which will be shared at the exhibit.
      2. Next, we hosted a screening of the new movie “Death by a Thousand Cuts,” released in 2016. Over 100 people attended and stayed for the moderated discussion facilitated by Sheryl Shirley and Meg Petersen.
      3. We held a conference on October 25th at the Merrill Place on campus; over 100 people attended the day-long event. We had 6 special guests presenting.  The 4 Ted Lite talk presentations were given by: 1) Chris Rimmer, the world’s expert on the bird; 2) Leighlan Prout, the wildlife biologist for the USFS who developed mitigation strategies to conserve the bird; 3) Aviram Rozin, a man who has spent 8 years working with Haitians to reforest the winter habitat of the bird; and 4) Keysi Montas, a Dominican Republican professional who presented on the historical and political scene impacting conservation efforts.  In addition, Sam Evans Brown from NH Public Radio served as the moderator, and a cartoonist/educator, Marek Bennett, facilitated the afternoon creation of visuals which will be displayed in the MWM exhibit.  From the 54 evaluations returned, the following data emerged:  Figure 1 shows the demographics of the attendees, Figure 2 shows outcomes of learning as reported by the attendees, and Figure 3 shows how the participants rated the conference, with 4 and 5 indicating positive satisfaction.
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      4. Below are highlights from the comments written on the evaluation forms, which indicate we accomplished our goals:
        • The Most Valuable Take-Away Message(s)
          • A valuable take away was the panel for discussion. It was nice to hear other people’s thoughts; it helped provoke my own questions and concerns.
          • Aviram’s program of creating Plantings on Private land for landowners to have investment.
          • Education about these issues is a powerful tool in aiding conservation.
          • In terms of environmental issues, problems faced by Bicknell’s Thrush should not be overlooked despite how under the radar the issues may seem.
          • It’s a global problem requiring global solutions. Political climates in both areas create challenges.
          • Learning about a bird that I did not even know existed! Very informative!
          • Linking the small Bicknell thrush problems with larger conservation concerns. Learned a lot more about Hispaniola habitat concerns!
          • The # of really bright, creative, & passionate people it takes in different fields, putting in their own effort & time, to begin to solve such a wicked problem as the suffering populations of Bicknell’s Thrush.
          • The cartoons really enlightened my awareness.
          • The conservation of one tiny bird can overlap and unite many different agencies and countries.
          • The full scale or cluster style of the conference gave me a better understanding of the issue as a whole.
          • The history and relationship between the environment today and the Bicknell Thrush and how sustainability relates to the wicked problem.
          • The interconnectedness and how global the issue is.
          • The large number of small improvements being made to improve the Bicknell’s.
          • The thrush isn’t an endangered bird that in & of itself needs to be protected – rather, the bird is a symbol for deforestation, global warming, and other environmental issues as well as socio-economic issues that need attention with conservation efforts.
          • This is a complex issue related to climate change and deforestation across the world.
          • Look forward to another conference like this. Didn’t expect [the visual creation] to be such fun.
          • This was wonderful, informational, and fun.
          • Thanks so much for inviting us. This was a really fantastic conference–well organized from start to finish with outstanding content. The creation of the visuals were critical for maintaining the engagement of my high school students who are not used to sitting and listening to “lectures”–>it got them directly involved and reinforced key concepts.
  • Following the conference, three water color classes were held at the Museum of the White Mountains, for individuals to paint the bird in its breeding and winter habitat. These are featured in the exhibit.
  • An “Envisioning the Exhibit” event was held to involve those interested in learning about how exhibit design can inform and propel people to action.
  • PSU students were given opportunities to reflect and write about their participation in all of the above events, and their messages are part of the exhibit.

The Project is proposing new initiatives for 2018 and beyond and will advertise these on the Cluster Connect software.  We welcome new ideas, participants, and partners.

  • “Valuing Our Campus Trees and Community Forests” is a funded TESD Cluster Project that emerged from the Environmental Science and Policy capstone class focused on assessing the ecosystem services of trees on the Plymouth State University campus and surrounding forests. One main goal of the project is to seek and maintain “Tree Campus USA” status with the Arbor Day Foundation; our application was submitted December 2017.  To apply we had to meet the following five criteria:

1) establish a PSU Tree Advisory Committee, (ours is comprised of faculty, PSU physical plant staff and community members, and a graduate student leading the charge, Tyler Simonds, any are welcome, the next meeting is February 11th, from 11:00 a.m. to noon at physical plant;

2) develop a campus tree care plan, which the committee worked on during fall ’17, available on request from Mary Ann McGarry mmcgarry@plymouth.edu, soon to be on line.

3) create a Campus Tree Program with dedicated annual expenditures.  In 2017, Bartlett Tree Experts identified, tagged, and assessed (for risk) all trees on campus; their database is maintained by physical plant;

4) observe Arbor Day, which PSU has been doing for years; Brian Eisenhauer as the Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability leads this charge and is a member of the PSU Tree Advisory Committee;

5) engage in a service learning project.  In spring of ‘17 and again this spring ‘18 the Environmental Science and Policy Seminar capstone class will be involved in quantifying and sharing ecosystem services provided by the diverse, numerous, valuable trees on the PSU campus.  In addition, funding was received to offer a series of thematic “tree walks” on campus, such as “edible and medicinal uses of trees” which will feature our two Gingko Biloba specimens among others.  We will create durable plaques with information about specific trees and their properties for temporary display and student guides will provide tours at key times during the year- family and friends weekend, orientation days, Arbor Day, and more.

Center for the Environment

  • Plymouth State University with the Center for the Environment and the Squam Lakes Association (SLA) continued their joint agreement to protect and improve the health of the Squam Lakes Watershed ecosystem. PSU President Don Birx and SLA President Bob Lucic signed the agreement at a December 18 ceremony. The objective is to facilitate and grow both programs’ capacity to engage in research, monitoring, education, and stewardship of the Squam Lakes Watershed.
  • June Hammond Rowan (ESP/TESD) coordinated and facilitated a meeting in Concord with over a dozen members of the NH Water and Watershed Conference (NHWWC) Planning Committee from around the state. This half-day meeting focused on reviewing abstracts, building conference sessions, and overall conference planning. The 2018 NHWWC will be at PSU on March 23, 2018. This annual event brings close to 200 people to campus to share information about NH’s water resources. https://campus.plymouth.edu/cfe/2018-nh-water-watershed-conference/
  • Alana Westwood, Dan Lambert, and Len Reitsma presented Guidelines for Managing Canada Warbler Habitat in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada, the final results of a project on habitat management and spatial prioritization for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern forest of Canada.
  • Joe Boyer (ESP/TESD), as member of the Policy Advisory Committee, participated in the candidate interview process for the new NH Sea Grant Director position. The decision will be announced soon.
  • Lisa Doner (ESP/TESD) with Jeremiah Duncan (CHM/E&D) received a PSU Faculty Research & Scholarship Fund award for their proposal, Watershed Approaches to DDT Point-Source Detection.
  • Mark Green (ESP/TESD) with Eric Kelsey (MET/E&D) received a PSU Faculty Research & Scholarship Fund award for their proposal, Water Vapor Cycling under a Forest Canopy.
  • Diana Jolles (BIO/E&D) with Tommy Stoughton (CFE/BIO) received a PSU Faculty Research & Scholarship Fund award for their proposal, Montane Mexico and Central America as Harbors of Diversity for Northern Lineages: A Case Study Using Prince’s Pine (Chimaphila, Ericaceae).
  • Eric Kelsey with Mark Green and Jason Cordeira (MET/E&D) received a PSU Faculty Research & Scholarship Fund award for their proposal, Snowpack Sensing on Mountain Slopes to Improve Flooding and Avalanche Risk Assessment.
  • Tommy Stoughton with Diana Jolles received a PSU Faculty Research & Scholarship Fund award for their proposal, PSU Herbarium Digitization: Protecting Our Future by Preserving Our Past.
  • Kerry Yurewicz (BIO/E&D) received a PSU Faculty Research & Scholarship Fund award for her proposal, Food Web Consequences of a Fish Invasion in Mirror Lake, NH.
  • Student Research & Service (*graduate student, ** undergraduate student)
  • Roy Fruit* (ESP/TESD) defended his thesis January 26, Heat Shock Protein Expression Identifying Communities At-Risk from Salinization – Induction of HSP70 in Stonefly Nymphs.
  • Publications (*graduate student, ** undergraduate student)
  • Westwood, A., Reitsma, and D. Lambert. 2017. Prioritizing Areas for Canada Warbler Conservation and Management in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada. Report to Environment and Climate Change Canada by High Branch Conservation Services. Hartland, VT.

Final reports, interactive maps, and code are on the project website. http://naturecanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/CAWA_BCR14_Spatial_en.pdf. The authors thank Alaine Camfield and others at Environment and Climate Change Canada as well as the Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) Project for their support with this project, and also thank the many draft readers.

Lamson Learning Commons

  • The PSU philosophy club and advisor, Michael Davidson, welcomed Dr. James Binkoski who delivered a lecture on the philosophy of time on November 15, 2017.

Global Engagement Office (CEO)

  • The Global Engagement Office team worked tirelessly the final three weeks of the semester to finalize details to send 47 students abroad for the spring term and 10 students abroad for the early spring/winterim term.  This is a record number of students to go abroad in a single term, and demonstrates the increased enthusiasm that PSU students are garnering for studying abroad.  We have begun the process of identifying exchange partners and agreements which may allow for strong consideration for collaborative cluster projects, further enhancing opportunities for both student and faculty exchange.
  • GEO also hosted its 4thannual Ugly Sweater Party, a favorite peer-planned opportunity for international students to experience this fun American holiday phenomenon and further engage with American students.
  • Robin Bryant andSandy McGarr, both from the Admissions team, have been approved by the federal SEVP as Designated School Officials (DSOs).  They will now be able to create and sign I-20 immigration documents for new international students; Robin will also begin a more hands-on role with incoming international students for initial communications and orientation preparation.