Accomplishments | May 2018

Arts & Technologies


  • Carleen Graff and colleague Constance Chesebrough (Music, Theatre & Dance) hosted the twentieth Contemporary Piano Festival on Saturday, March 10, at Plymouth State’s Silver Center for the Arts. The day began with a competition for 7th – 12th grade pianists. Dr. Graff gave a lecture/performance on the piano music of American composer George Crumb and a master class working with solo pianists. Ms. Chesebrough’s lecture, The Collaborative Pianist, featured performances by three Plymouth State music students. The event culminated with a performance by Plymouth State piano students and the winners of the performance competition.


  • Carleen Graff also gave a piano master class on March 24 at the Nashua Community Music School working with advanced high school students.


  • Scott Coykendall‘s poem, “After house painting…”, and his voice recording of the poem, are appearing on the Summer issue of 2 River.


  • Cathie LeBlanc presented Wicked Problems in Pop Culture: An Open Pedagogy Experiment in Student Engagement at the Popular Culture Association conference in Indianapolis on March 31. The presentation focused on the use of problem-based learning and open pedagogy in a First Year Seminar on the wicked problem of fake news.


  • Liz Ahl was interviewed for NHPR’s “The Bookshelf,” which aired on March 30 and can be heard here: She was a featured reader in the Collected Poets Reading Series in Shelburne Falls, MA, on April 5, and also gave readings with fellow Granite State Poetry Series author Martha Carlson-Bradley at the public libraries in Francestown, NH, and Candia,


  • Ann McClellan presented her paper, “By Black Sherlockians, for Black Sherlockians? Race and Sherlock Holmes” March 31 at the National Popular Culture Association annual conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also presented talks on “Life Downstairs: British Servants in Fact, Fiction, and Film” In Stratham and Bristol, NH and Groveland, MA.


  • In late March, Paul Rogalus interviewed local filmmaker Jamie Sharps on his Pemi Baker Public Access TV show, “Writers on the Storm.” Back in February, Rogalus interviewed fiction writer, and Plymouth State alum, Nathan Graziano.


  • Kristen Stelmok (English, Women’s Studies) was honored in late March for her contributions to women’s and gender issues on campus and in our community with the Theo Kalikow award.


  • English major Paige Schoppmann, junior and founder of the PSU SAVE ALL student organization, was awarded with the Powerful and Outstanding Woman award for her contributions to sexual assault and domestic violence on campus.


Education, Democracy & Social Change


  • Current Ed.D. student and superintendent program alum Jack Finley has been appointed as the Principal of Hanover School in Lebanon, NH.


  • Superintendent program alum Dave Backler has been appointed as the new superintendent for New Hampshire’s SAU 20 – Gorham, Errol, Milan.


  • Marcel Lebrun presented a full-day training at Henry Wilson Middle School on March 30, 2018 on Anxiety in School and Students.


  • Ann Berry, ELLC, presented at the 37th annual national conference of the American Council for Rural Special Education in March on the outcomes of her collaboration with Delia Baskerville from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. The presentation was titled “Collaborating Across Continents: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Meeting the Needs of Pre-Service Teachers and Their Students” and explored effective pedagogy when working with pre-service teachers. The project was one part of Ann’s work during her sabbatical.


  • Ann Berry, ELLC, presented with Steve Bigaj and Betsy Street from Keene State University on the outcomes for youth with disabilities involved in the Next Steps New Hampshire project. Following two years of involvement with Next Steps NH, which included teacher professional development and coaching on effective transition planning and engaging students in services, participating high school teachers reported increased levels of knowledge and confidence in post-secondary transition activities. Students demonstrated improved attainment of their transition goals. The presentation , “Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth in New Hampshire: The Next Steps Transition Initiative”, was presented at the 37th annual national conference of the American Council for Rural Special Education in Salt Lake City, Utah this March.


  • Next Steps New Hampshire: College, Career, and Life Readiness received an Exemplary Program Award from the American Council for Rural Special Education at their 37th annual national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah this March. The program is funded by a federal grant and has involved a six year collaboration between PSU, Keene State, regional partners, high schools and the NH Department of Education. Dr. Ann Berry from PSU, Dr. Steve Bigaj and Betsy Street from Keene State College accepted the award on the behalf of Next Steps NH.
  • Megan Birch (English) co-presented a paper, Knowledge of Learners in Context: Teacher Candidate Performance Assessment and Novice Teacher Practice, at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference in New York City on April 16th. Co-authors of the paper include Emilie Mitescu Reagan and Kathryn McCurdy (UNH), Audrey P. Rogers, (SNHU), and Diana Sherman and Dianna Gahlsdorf Terrell (Saint Anselm).
  • Six students from Pat Cantor’s (Early Childhood Education) ER 4300 Leadership, Advocacy, and Policy class–three Early Childhood majors and three Youth Development majors– attended the day-long Spark NH Early Childhood Framework for Action Summit on March 29. One of the students, Abigail Blodgett, helped to organize the Summit as part of her early childhood internship experience with the Early Learning NH organization.
  • Pat Cantor (Early Childhood Education) served on a two-person team to conduct an external review of the Early Childhood and Community Education programs at Curry College in Massachusetts on April 9-10.


  • Pat Cantor (Early Childhood Education) provided two professional development sessions, “Becoming a Techwise Early Childhood Educator” and “A Collaborative Process for Developing Policies about Screen Media Use in Early Childhood Programs” for the entire staff of the NHTI Child and Family Development Center in Concord on April 17.


  • Mary Cornish (Early Childhood Education) and Pat Cantor (Early Childhood Education) presented a session on “Teaching Naked” Right from the Start: Keeping Screen Media Out of Infant/Toddler Classrooms, at the Inaugural Conference of the Children’s Screen Time Action Network in Boston on April 20. They presented with Dr. Susan Lynn, a research associate at Boston Children’s Hospital.


  • Elisabeth Johnston (Early Childhood Education) presented a session titled Using Children’s Literature as an Entry Point to the Math and Science Practices at the New Hampshire Science Teacher Association and New Hampshire Teacher of Mathematics Joint Spring Conference at Pinkerton Academy.


  • Alison Wenhart (Elementary Education & Youth Development) and Brandon Haas (Social Studies Education) were named to the NH Department of Education Social Studies Standards Strategic Leadership Team.


  • James Whiting (Languages & Linguistics) gave an invited lecture, “Advocacy for English Language Learners: Policy, Practices and Possibilities”, to students in the graduate TESOL program at Southern Connecticut State University on April 21. The lecture was based on a chapter in Whiting’s forthcoming book, Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning (Linville & Whiting, Routledge, 2018).


Exploration & Discovery


  • We recently had several posters presented at the New Hampshire Psychological Association student conference, held on Saturday April 7 at Granite State College in Concord:
  • “Can People Ignore False Feedback When Making Relative Judgments?” by Alexandra Lugar, Christopher Moore, and Angela Kilb
  • “The Effect of Facial Familiarity on Change Detection Ability in a Flicker Task” by Michael Cataluna, Brooke Robinson, and Angela Kilb
  • “Effects of a Bystander Training Video for Sexual Assault Prevention” by Kathleen Herzig, Callie Geiger, Jenna Gogliettino, and Johanna Soule


  • Eric Kelsey presented his research at the 43rd annual Northeast Storm Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York, March 9-11.


  • Several media outlets (NHPR, Laconia Daily Sun, Union Leader) reported on the remarks given by Eric Kelsey and Lisa Doner about the health of sugar maple trees and potential future climate change impacts on the maple syrup industry at the 4th annual Climate and Pancakes Breakfast held in Merrill Place on March 27th.


  • Undergraduate Matthew Treanor (Business Administration major, Biology minor) was awarded SRAC funding for his proposal ‘Morphological Identification of Boechera in the Four Corners Region’. With this support he will travel to (a) New Mexico to work with Navajo botanist Arnold Clifford researching apomictic western mustards, and (b) the Botanical Society of America conference in Rochester, Minnesota to present his research on the diversity of flowering plants contained within the Plymouth State University Herbarium, which represents 70% of the New England Angiosperm flora.


  • A new paper by Dr. Thomas Stoughton and coauthored by Dr. Diana Jolles, Next-generation lineage discovery: A case study of tuberous Claytonia L., was published in American Journal of Botany and can be viewed here:


  • Robin DeRosa was the keynote speaker for the NY statewide showcase on Open Educational Resources hosted by CUNY and SUNY. Her talk focused on open pedagogies and ecosystems for the future of public higher education. Robin and Rajiv Jhangiani (Kwantlen Polytechnic University of Canada) launched The Open Pedagogy Notebook, a website dedicated to the sharing of ideas and materials related to teaching with open techniques and technologies. Robin, with Maha Bali and Mike Truong, was also invited to be a guest on the celebratory 200th episode of the “Teaching in Higher Ed” podcast; the theme of podcast was “Changing Our Minds About Teaching.” Robin also conducted an external review for Delta College, an alternative integrated General Education program at the College at Brockport, and keynoted an Open Education colloquium at the University of Rochester. Janina Misiewicz presented a paper on “Connected Learning and Reimagining How We Serve Students” at the Individualized Major Programs Conference at Duke University.


  • Amy Ueland, Amber Lauchner and Kelsey Pangam (Biology, E&D) continue to work with a group of Plymouth Elementary School fourth graders for a science enrichment program. During the fall students completed research on specific habitats, created models and presented them to their classmates. So far this spring we have researched water and assisted the entire fourth grade with questions on their water fair projects. Two of the projects were chosen to be presented at the state water fair in May.


  • Kerry Yurewicz (Biological Sciences, E&D) organized and moderated two oral presentation sessions on Freshwater Community Ecology at the Northeast Natural History Conference in Burlington, VT on April 14-15.


  • Friday, April 13th, Larry Spencer, Professor Emeritus of Biology, offered a three-hour workshop on the use of remote sensing in the environmental sciences at the annual Northeastern Natural History Conference in Burlington, VT. The workshop described the basics of remote sensing and then used a publicly available program, MultiSpec, for the hands-on segment of the workshop. The participants worked with satellite images of the Burlington area to determine summer-time photosynthetic activity and also learned to do unclassified and classified imaging to determine land use in western Vermont.


  • Larry Spencer, Professor Emeritus of Biology attended the spring meeting of the New England Estuarine Research Society in Portsmouth, NH. On Friday morning, he made a presentation on the history and outcomes of the Marine Science Program that Plymouth State participated in the 1970s. The Marine Science Program was a cooperative program among the members of the NH University and College Council plus Suffolk University. During the time the program was active, an introductory course on the marine sciences was offered fall and spring semesters. Each Saturday of the semester, student would attend a session at one of the colleges on a specific The semester ended with a field trip on the Jere Chase out of UNH or on a similar vessel out of Woods Hole. The program also had a summer institute a couple of summers at the Roberts S. Friedman Field Station in Cobscook Bay. Dr. Spencer was in charge on one of the summer institutes and taught courses on marine ecology and marine invertebrates.


Health & Human Enrichment


  • Christian Bisson and his students from the Foundations of Adventure Education (AP2010) class hosted twelve 4th grade students from Sant Bani School for a lesson on low impact campfire making using only flint and stee.


  • School counseling students Katherine Newbegin, Rachel Stanton, Saaz Bajewa, Erin Connolly, and Sarah Gahm, under the direction of Robin Hausheer, presented research posters at the Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference held at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan on April 19th and 20th. Katherine Newbegin and Rachel Stanton’s poster presentation was titled “Designing an Instrument to Assess School-Based Peer-to-Peer Heroin and Opioid Prevention Program Outcomes”. Saaz Bajewa, Erin Connolly, and Sarah Gahm presented their poster titled “A Victim Centered Approach to Restorative Justice: Implications for School Counselors”.


  • Robin Hausheer facilitated a presentation titled “Classroom Counseling Lesson Development: Using the ASCA National Model and a Teaching Framework to Support Student Outcomes” at the Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference held at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan on April 19th and 20th.


  • Robin Hausheer presented a poster titled “Program Evaluation Development: Partnership between School Counselors-in-Training and a Non-Profit Organization to Address Youth Societal Issues” at the Evidence-Based School Counseling Conference held at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan on April 19th and 20th.


  • Robin Hausheer recently published an article titled “Evaluation Of A Web-Based Alcohol Program Alone and In Combination With a Parent Campaign For Ninth Grade Students” in the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship


  • Students from Enactus are excited to share that they will be advancing to the Enactus Nationals in Kansas City next month. Students received high scores from the judges on their three projects presented which include; Caring Scoops, Climb Above Addiction, and Panther Pitch. This is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations to our Enactus team!


  • Students in the Marketing Association at Plymouth State (MAPS) attended the 40thAmerican Marketing Association Collegiate Conference in New Orleans from April 5-8. This year over 400 AMA collegiate chapters around the US and Canada were in attendance. We are excited to share that our students came home as a top 10 chapter out of over 400 colleges and universities. Students also brought home a 6th place rank in the SABRE competition and presented to other students about their experience as a Student-Run Marketing Firms at the conference. This is a huge achievement for this group, and we are very proud of all the work that has gone into this accomplishment!


  • Students in the Professional Sales Program attended the National Collegiate Sales Competition (NCSC) in Atlanta, Georgia from April 3-6. The NCSC is the longest running university sales role-play competition in existence. Participants come from the most elite sales programs from universities around the world. Students were able to score high enough to be invited back for next year’s competition. Congratulation to our sales students!


Justice & Security


  • Wilson Garcia and Dr. Barbara Lopez-Mayhew attended and presented “Integrating Interpretation to Redefine World Languages in Higher Education” at the 22nd Annual (NETA) New England Translators and Interpreters Conference in Boston, April 28, 2018. This year’s theme was Diversity Through Language. Four modern language students presented two presentations during an hour-long panel titled “Diversifying Our Lives and Interpreting Cultures: Opening New Doors Through Interpretation.” Lindsey Coolidge (Interdisciplinary Studies, Spanish & French), Alyssa Brown (Spanish major), Paola Rivera Villafane (Spanish major) and Brianna Muñoz (Social Work major, Spanish minor) had completed Community Health Interpretation Training in the Fall 2017 and spoke about the fast-growing profession of interpretation and its training, the importance of learning a second language and of gaining cultural understanding.


Tourism, Environment & Sustainable Development


  • Katharine Harrington presented a paper entitled “Innovation and Project Based Teaching in an Advanced French Course” on April 13th at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Pittsburgh, PA. Her paper was part of a panel on “Global Perspectives: Fostering Interdisciplinarity in the French Curriculum.”


  • Katharine Harrington was the keynote speaker at St. Anselm College’s Fête de la francophonie on March 20, 2018. Her talk was entitled “Francophone Communities in New England: Past, Present and Future.”


  • Katharine Harrington was an invited presenter at Merrimack Valley High School’s Fête de la francophonie on March 23, 2018, an event which brings together French students from multiple area high schools for a day of French sessions and cultural activities. She presented along with Emilie Talpin of UNH on “Study Abroad in a Francophone Country: Do’s and Don’ts”


  • Lisa Doner co-authored a paper highlighting a recently published teaching module from NSF’s InTeGrate project: Stapleton, P. and Doner, L. (2018). Major Storms and Community Resilience: Introducing a Peer Reviewed Module for Teaching Societal Risk and Resilience. Environment, Coastal and Offshore, Mar/Apr, 2018, p. 30-35.


  • In addition, Doner and three Plymouth State University students presented three different papers at the Northeast Geological Society of America meeting, Burlington, VT, March 17-20:
  1. One of the presentations is the result of faculty-sponsored undergraduate research involving a community partnership between Dr. Doner, the Kezar Lake Watershed Association and the Kezar Lake Climate Change Observatory in Lovell, Undergraduate students in two different clusters, Tristan Ness (ESP-TESD) and Andrew Dawes (BIO-E&D), produced the following publication: Ness, T.A., Dawe, A, and Doner, L.A. (2018). Historical trends preserved in the sediment record: Kezar Lake. T12 Posters. Paleolimnological Records of Landscape Change. NE Section Geological Society of America, 53rd Annual Meeting, Mar 18-20, 2018, Burlington, VT. GSA Abstracts with Programs 50(2). ISSN 0016-7592, doi: 10.1130/abs/2018NE-310614
  1. Another presentation is the result of grant-funding and faculty-sponsored graduate research involving Dr. Doner, ESP MS student William Tifft and a community partners, the Town of Hancock, NH and the Norway Pond Commission. That work resulted in the following publication: Tifft, W. and Doner, L. (2018). Scales of influence: events that create lake sediment records. T12. Paleolimnological Records of Landscape Change. NE Section Geological Society of America, 53rd Annual Meeting, Mar 18-20, 2018, Burlington, VT. GSA Abstracts with Programs 50(2). ISSN 0016-7592, doi: 10.1130/abs/2018NE-310556
  1. Finally, Doner worked with the students in ESP 5510 Analysis of Limnological Systems class in Fall, 2016 to compile big data from three years of continuous, 15-minute underwater temperature observations at Squam Lake, NH. Dr. Doner added newer data and developed it into a poster that highlights how lake stratification may enhance Squam Lake’s transport of DDT contamination across the entire lake, entitled: Doner, L. (2018). Under ice translation of winter surface conditions to deep lake strata. T12 Posters. Paleolimnological Records of Landscape Change. NE Section Geological Society of America, 53rd Annual Meeting, Mar 18-20, 2018, Burlington, VT. GSA Abstracts with Programs 50(2). ISSN 0016-7592, doi: 10.1130/abs/2018NE-310562.


  • Filiz Ruhm and ten PSU Model UN Students from Political Science, Public Management, Criminal Justice, French, English, Business Administration, Anthropology, and Computer Science disciplines, attended Harvard University’s World Model UN Conference in Panama City, Panama. There were over 1,200 students coming from 80+ countries. PSU students participated in this simulation representing Ireland in several United Nations institutions.


  • David Starbuck (Anthropology/Sociology, TESD) hosted the Annual Conference on New England Industrial Archeology on March 3 at Plymouth State University and presented a paper entitled “A January Visit to Egypt.” David then hosted the Spring Meeting of the New Hampshire Archeological Society at Plymouth State University on March 31, this time presenting “Ancient Egypt: An Overview.” In March, David also published Vol. 57 of The New Hampshire Archeologist (for 2017), an all-industrial volume. David has been editor of the journal for some 26 years.


  • David Starbuck (Anthropology/Sociology, TESD) hosted a series of four April lectures here at PSU for Archaeology Month, including his own presentation on “The Archaeology of the French & Indian War” on April 10. David also presented lectures on “A Recent Visit to Ancient Egypt” at the Fort William Henry Conference Center (April 13), “Adventures in Egypt” to the Adirondack Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association (April 20), and “New Research on Rogers Island in Fort Edward” to the Annual Meeting of the New York State Archaeological Association (April 28) in Syracuse, New York.


  • Laura Tilghman presented a poster entitled “The Value of Anthropology: engaging undergraduates through ethnographies of student financial issues” at the Society for Economic Anthropology annual meeting in Tempe AZ on March 2, 2018. It presents successes and ideas for improvement after Tilghman partnered with PSU’s Financial Aid Office for her Spring 2017 “Economic Anthropology” course, wherein students conducted ethnographic research on student financial issues, and then presented their findings to office staff.


  • The project course IS3080 “Welcoming Immigrants to New Hampshire” co-taught by Laura Tilghman and Whitney Howarth (History/Arts and Technology Cluster) was featured on the front page of The Clock, the student newspaper. This project course gives students hands- on experience with two refugee service providers in Concord, NH. Check out the article online at Immigrants-to-New-Hampshire



  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE), Katerina Crowley (MS ESP), Roy Fruit (MS ESP), and Matt Mazzone (MS ESP) participated in the annual New England Association for Environmental Biologist meeting March 13-15, during which their NH Water Resources Research Center and USGS-funded research on the effects of temperature and salt stress on macroinvertebrates in NH streams was presented. Roy Fruit presented his thesis research on heat shock proteins during the oral sessions (few students get this opportunity) and Kat Crowley presented results on macroinvertebrate communities during the poster session and was recognized with a student presentation award.


  • Tyson Morrill (MS Bio) and Roy Fruit (MS ESP), co-advised by Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE) and Brigid O’Donnell (Bio-CFE), presented their thesis research on Brook trout in the Beebe River and heat shock protein response in stoneflies (respectively) at the NH Water and Watersheds conference at PSU March 23, 2018.


  • Katerina Crowley (MS ESP), advised by Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE), presented the results from a two –year study of macroinvertebrate response to potential temperature and salt stressors in NH streams during the poster session at the NH Water and Watersheds conference at PSU March 23, 2018.


  • Amy Villamagna (ESP-CFE) and Katerina Crowley (MS-ESP) met with representatives from Warner River Conservation Project, including NH Fish and Game Dept and the Basil Woods chapter of Trout Unlimited, to build a research and conservation collaboration focusing on the potential inclusion of the Warner River in the NH Rivers Management and Protection program. This collaboration will include GIS analysis of previously collected brook trout population data and culvert assessments, landowner surveys conducted over the summer, and the development of a watershed plan. For more information on the Warner River Conservation Project please visit:


Center for Business and Community Partnerships


  • Planning for the 2018 Showcase of Research and Engagement is well underway. The Showcase, which features student scholarship from a variety of disciplines ranging from science to the arts to the humanities, will be held at the HUB on Thursday, May 3, 2018. Showcase organizer Nina Domina reports that approximately 100 posters and other scholarly endeavors will be on display. Erika Rydberg and the Lamson Print Depot will be printing posters again this year. The Showcase Steering Committee includes Nina Domina, Ben Amsden, Chris Chabot, Jean Coffey, Andrew Ines, Angela Kilb, Mary Ann McGarry, Christin Wixson, Emma Wright, and Kerry Yurewicz. Following tradition, the current PSU Distinguished Scholar (Brian Eisenhauer) will be delivering the keynote address.


  • The CBCP, along with Tinglan Yang (COBA), welcomed Liz Kelly and Nik Coates from the Town Of Bristol. They are interested in working with PSU on the following items (contact Ben or Tinglan for more info):
  • A “market analysis” for business recruitment
  • An inventory of existing properties and their readiness for business applications
  • Feasibility study for a business-traveler hotel (like Fairfield)
  • Branding of the town and its assets

Given the interest that we’ve seen from our local municipalities (Bristol, Ashland, Plymouth), it might be a good idea to develop an “open lab” focusing on “municipal support and development” (or something along those lines). Topics could include rural economic development, regional planning, grassroots activism, or any of the other topics that towns generally deal with. There are certainly plenty of projects. Let Ben know if you’re interested.


  • Ben Amsden attended the Creative Communities Network workshop at the Pease Library in Plymouth, hosted by the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Ben is also a Board Member of the Arts Alliance.


  • Ben Amsden attended the quarterly meeting of the Food Solutions New England Network Team. Ben is currently the co-chair of the Network Team’s Food Policy Platform working group.


  • The NH Commission on Rural Affairs (of which Ben is vice-chair) held a strategic planning session at the NHTI in Concord. June Hammond Rowan facilitated the meeting.


Center for the Environment

  • NH Water & Watershed Conference

The 2018 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference (NHWWC) held at Plymouth State on March 23 during Spring Break. PSU’s Center for the Environment organizes this important event and works with a committee of 15 dedicated professionals from around the state who help with developing the content and structure of the conference. This year, the event focused on regional environmental stresses and how we are adapting to new information, emerging issues, and current events affecting water quality and water supply. There were 28 talks and 10 posters throughout the day which were selected by a competitive abstract submittal process. The event brought 160 attendees from watershed associations, conservation organizations, municipal staff from public works and planning departments, local volunteer Planning Board and Conservation Commission members, representatives from state and federal agencies, environmental consultants, researchers, educators, and students to campus and NH Department of Environmental Sciences posted throughout the day on Twitter. The following PSU and CFE faculty and students presented at the conference:

  • PSU alumnus Chuck Morse, President of NH Senate, provided an update on the NH Drinking Water and Groundwater Advisory Commission Trust Fund. This Commission oversees a $270 million trust fund established to provide financial support to communities to protect drinking and groundwater in
  • Katerina Crowley* (MS in ESP student) presented a poster on “Hot and Salty: Assessing ecological stress in New Hampshire streams at community and population levels”.
  • Roy Fruit* (MS in ESP student) presented a poster on “Quantification of HSP70 in Stonefly Nymphs: A novel approach to biomonitoring”.
  • Mark Green (ESP/CFE) presented a talk on “Potential Drivers of a Regional Stream Water Nitrate Pulse”.
  • Carolyn Greenough (MS ESP ’17) chaired two sessions, one on “Addressing Stormwater” and another on “Ecological Health”.
  • June Hammond Rowan (ESP/CFE) presented a talk on “How do New Hampshire Communities Address Stormwater in their Master Plans?”
  • Tyson Morrill* (MS in BIO student) presented a talk on “The Effects of Historic Land Use on Wild Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) in Headwater Streams”.
  • Tyler Simonds* (MS in ESP student) presented a talk on “New England can Benefit from Parking Lot Trees: Municipal Data and Recommendations”.
  • Andrew Veilleux (MS ESP ’13) gave “A Permaculture Perspective on Low Impact Landscape Design”.
  • Joe Boyer (ESP/CFE) chaired a session on “Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling”.

CFE thanks Emma Handy**, undergraduate student in ESP, and Shaughn Bolton, CFE administrative assistant, along with staff from Events, Classroom Technology, Facility Services, and Sodexo for their help in making the 2018 NHWWC a highly successful event.


· Faculty Research/Service/Outreach

  • Tommy Stoughton (BIO-CFE) travelled on invitation earlier this month to University of Vermont, and to Colby College, in order to present his research and to meet with faculty/students at each university. The research presented is in press and scheduled to be published in the coming weeks in the American Journal of Botany. Title: Next Generation Lineage Discovery: A case study of tuberous Claytonia L. (Montiaceae).


  • Mark Green (ESP-CFE) received $40,000 for Hydrological Research in the Northern Forest as part of a Joint Venture Agreement (Mod4) with USFS-Northern Research Station.


  • Mark Green received $44,998 for Hydrological Research in the Northern Forest as part of a Joint Venture Agreement (Mod5) with USFS-Northern Research Station.


  • Student Research & Service (*graduate student, ** undergraduate student) Three ESP/CFE graduate students presented their thesis research proposals at the Environmental Colloquium series:


  • Katerina Crowley* Proactive Watershed Planning & Community Engagement in the Warner River Watershed;


  • Mallory Hirschler* Biotic Impacts of Fine Sediment on Stream Fishes in the Dan and Roanoke River Basins;


  • Paige Wilson* Improving Food Waste Management in New Hampshire.


· CFE partnered with SRAC to provide research awards to 4 students, which allowed 4 other     students to be funded.


  • Adam Bowman* (MS in BIO student) received $336 from SRAC and $500 from CFE for “Crayfish Thermal Ecology”. Kerry Yurewicz (BIO/CFE) mentor.


  • Bao Nguyen** (BS in BIO student) received $700 from CFE for “The Expressions of HSP70 and HSP90 Proteins in Mayfly, Stonefly, and Brook Trout Exposed to Elevated Water Temperature and Conductivity Treatments”. Brigid O’Donnell (BIO/CFE) mentor.


  • Will Tifft* (MS in ESP student) received $200 from SRAC and $800 from CFE for “Furthering Understanding of Historic Lake Conditions in New Hampshire Lakes”. Lisa Doner (ESP/CFE) mentor.


  • Gabriel Winnant* (MS in BIO student) received $950 from CFE for “Trophic Consequences of a Pumpkinseed Sunfish Introduction into Mirror Lake, NH”. Kerry Yurewicz (BIO/CFE) mentor.


  • Peer Reviewed Publications (*graduate student, ** undergraduate student)
    • Wilson, G., B. Green, and K. Mack. 2018. Historical climate warming in the White Mountains of New Hampshire (USA): implications for snowmaking water needs at ski areas. Mountain Research and Development. (in press)


  • Green, M.B., J.L. Campbell, R.D. Yanai, S.W. Bailey, A. Bailey, N. Grant, I. Halm, Kelsey, and L. Rustad. 2018. Downsizing a long-term precipitation network: using a quantitative approach to inform difficult decisions. PLoS One. (in press)


  • Troxler, T. G., G. Starr, N. Boyer, J. D. Fuentes, and R. Jaffe. (in press). Carbon Cycles in the Florida Coastal Everglades, pp. xxx. In: D. L. Childers, E. Gaiser, and L. Ogden (eds.) The Coastal Everglades: The Dynamics of Social – Ecological Transformation in the South Florida Landscape. Oxford.


  • Stoughton, T. R., R. Kriebel, D. Jolles, and R. L. O’Quinn. 2018. Next-generation lineage discovery: A case study of tuberous Claytonia L. American Journal of Botany 105: 1–13.


Center For Transformation


  • A group of three student leaders representing four student organizations traveled to the IMPACT Conference in Dayton, Ohio on March 1-4 with staff advisor, Casey Krafton. IMPACT is the largest national annual conference focused on the civic engagement of college students in community service, service learning, community-based research, advocacy, and other forms of social action.


  • Alternative Spring Break sent out 24 students and three staff members to three different sites across the country. Students served in Biloxi, MS, Jacksonville, FL, and New Orleans, LA on areas focusing on hurricane relief and environmental restoration. The ASB program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, group discussion, and reflection. The goal of the program is to immerse students in diverse communities to learn from those around them as well as learn about themselves.


  • First Year Seminar Session – This session in the Center for Transformation, organized by Josh Perks, focused on changes to the first year seminar. New participants were given an introduction to the concepts of Wicked Problems and discussed how the skills students acquire solving these problems can be applied throughout their PSU coursework. This session was facilitated by a group of former First Year Fellows.


  • Graduate Assistant, Jay Arasu, hosted informational drop-in sessions for the Global Village Cluster Project, which will take place AY2018-19 and will celebrate diverse ways of being in our community.


  • Compassionate and Courageous Conversations – Jessica Dutille and Kelsey Donnelly hosted this open dialogue session on building connections on college campuses. These conversations will take place on the first Thursday of each month from 4-5pm in the Center for Transformation. All students are welcome to attend and engage in meaningful dialogue about different topics.


  • Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards – The Center for Transformation collaborated with the President’s Office to recognize members of our community at the Campus Compact Presidents’ Awards Luncheon on April 10th. Award recipients are dedicated to advancing civic engagement opportunities for students. Congratulations to Dr. Brad Allen, the Student Support Foundation, and Ladders Thrift Store for receiving this recognition.


  • The Center for Transformation also hosts monthly sessions including Faculty Roundtables on the second Thursday of each month (time will vary), TED Talk Tuesdays on the first Tuesday of each month at noon, Student Engagement Workshops on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm.


  • The President’s Commission on the Status of Women held the Theo Kalikow Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 27th and recognized members of our community whose exceptional work advances women’s issues. Janette Wiggett was the keynote speaker, and President Birx conferred awards to Teaching Lecturer, Kristin Stelmok, students, Paige Shoppmann, and Madison Roberge, and Mn’M Scoops Owners, Maryann and Melinda Barnsley. Congratulations to award recipients.


Museum of the White Mountains


  • Partnership with the White Mountain National Forest

As part of the MWM partnership with the White Mountain National Forest, we used the Lamson Video Studios during Spring Break to record interviews of 14 WMNF employees. The video content is being edited by both a Plymouth High School video student and a PSU student videographer to create an interactive WMNF career wall for the upcoming exhibit, “The People’s Forest: A Centennial Celebration of the WMNF”. Some of these same Forest workers returned to campus on April 5th to share their experiences in a well-attended WMNF Career Panel event, which was co-sponsored by MWM and Adam Keul’s Tourism Management and Policy program.


  • Peace Wall Unveiled

MWM was proud to be part of the Peace Wall project unveiling in the HUB. With approximately 500 students and community members’ tiles and a design crafted by the Student Design Company, this Peace Wall is already enriching the HUB experience. “Phase Two” of the Peace Wall project is already in motion, as 67 Model UN visitors painted tiles at MWM on April 14, as have additional PSU classes like “Transformation Through the Arts” students.


  • BFA Exhibits

Record numbers attended the Bachelor of Fine Arts opening receptions! 313 gathered in Silver Center to celebrate BFA in Graphic Design students’ displays. 203 celebrated the BFA in Studio Art students’ exhibit at the Museum.


  • New Logo

MWM has a new logo and tag line, and our new micro site will be launched shortly!