UNH Offers National Program to Increase Number of Women Running for Office

October 6, 2015

Wordmark: Elect Her

The University of New Hampshire was selected as one of 50 campus sites across the United States and Jamaica to host Elect Her—Campus Women Win this fall. UNH’s training was extended and will include a second session for the surrounding community as well as training for students to run effective student government and future office campaigns Nov. 6-7, 2015.

The NH Feminist Leadership Community Summit will be held Friday, Nov. 6, from 5-8 p.m. Local women and feminist leaders at all levels from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine will join with community members, faculty, staff, and students to discuss the future of feminist leadership over dinner and workshops. RSVPs are required and should be sent to Faina.Bukher@unh.edu.

The second part, Elect Her Training, will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. A collaboration between American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start, Elect Her addresses the need to expand the pipeline of women candidates and to diminish the longstanding gender gap in political leadership. Student requests for applications should be sent to Faina.Bukher@unh.edu.

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“Elect Her is such an excellent program because it is the only program that prepares women to run for student government and public elected office,” said Marla Brettschneider, professor of women’s studies and political science at UNH. “That is so important because there remains a tremendous gender gap at both levels, even starting at the student level.”

“We want women to see themselves as political leaders on campus, because that makes them more likely to continue on in public office after college,” said Kate Farrar, director of AAUW Campus Leadership Programs. “Our nation needs women leaders because they help change the conversation, whether it’s in student government, City Hall, or Congress. The problems facing our country are tremendous, and we can’t just be satisfied with the status quo. Having a diversity of perspectives is crucial to addressing our biggest challenges.”

UNH Hosts “Meet the Press” Moderator and NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd Oct. 14

October 5, 2015

Chuck Todd photo

Chuck Todd, moderator of “Meet the Press,” NBC’s flagship public affairs program and the longest-running broadcast in television history, will speak as part of the Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency at the University of New Hampshire Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Field House. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required at: www.cola.unh.edu/chuck-todd.

Prior to taking the helm of “Meet the Press” in September 2014, Todd served as NBC News chief White House correspondent (2008-2014) as well as host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” (2010-2014). He has held the role of political director at NBC News since March 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis across every platform. He now also hosts MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” a weekday show designed to offer insight into the 2016 election cycle.

A self-described political junkie, Todd has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. Upon his appointment to “Meet the Press,” influencers and competitors praised him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.”

Todd co-authored the definitive election result analysis book for the 2008 presidential campaign, titled “How Barack Obama Won.” His second book, “The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House” was published last November.

The Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency is generously supported by J. Morgan ’84 and Tara Rutman. The series focuses on American political history with an emphasis on the modern and historical context of the American presidency.

Memorial Service: Marion James

October 1, 2015

photo of Marion James

Professor Emerita of History Marion E. James passed away on September 21, 2015. Please read her memorial page here, which notes the many accomplishments Professor James achieved in her 97 years.

A celebration of Professor James’s life will be held at the University of New Hampshire on Friday, October 16, at 4:00, in Richards Auditorium (115 Murkland Hall). A reception will directly follow, from 4:30-5:30, in the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (110 Murkland Hall).

Visitor parking is available at the Edgewood Road Visitor Lot (paystation payment required). Full parking information is available at http://www.unh.edu/transportation/visitor-parking.

This event is supported by the James Trust. The celebration and service are open to the public.

New Poll Results: Trump Still Atop GOP Field in NH, Fiorina Rises to Second, Sanders Surges

September 25, 2015

Andrew Smith of The UNH Survey Center has released two new reports on poll results from the CNN/WMUR New Hampshire Primary Poll, sponsored by WMUR-TV and CNN, and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

In the first, results show that Donald Trump has maintained the lead in the New Hampshire Primary race but Carly Fiorina has jumped into second place. Trump remains an extremely divisive candidate within the party and is the candidate that New Hampshire Republicans say they are least likely to vote for. However, only one in 10 New Hampshire Republican Primary voters say they have firmly decided who they will vote for in the Primary.

For the complete press release and detailed tabular results, please visit: https://cola.unh.edu/survey-center/trump-still-atop-gop-field-nh-fiorina-rises-second-92415

Graph for GOP Primary: Who Support if Vote Held Today? Trump at top.

In the second report, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has taken a lead over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Clinton, Sanders, and Vice President Joe Biden are all popular among Democratic primary voters.

For the complete press release and detailed tabular results, please visit: https://cola.unh.edu/survey-center/sanders-surges-nh-92415

Graph for DEM Primary: Favoribility Ratings, Potential DEM Presidential Candidates: Sanders at top.

Sidore Series: Personal Genomic Medicine

September 24, 2015

genome sequence on human bust

The Center for the Humanities is proud to announce the 2015-2016 Sidore Lecture Series: Personal Genomic Medicine.

With the success of the Human Genome Project and advances that permit individuals to have their genetic code determined, the era of personal genomics is upon us. Leading scholars representing multiple areas of human genome and microbiome research will outline and navigate the current state of knowledge. The series will explore how the genomic revolution will affect our lives, and will stimulate debate about the scientific, medical, ethical, legal, and societal implications of sequencing human genomes. Organizers of the series are Professor Kelley Thomas, Director of the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies and Professor Rick Cote, Chair of the Department of Molecular Cellular and Biomedical Sciences.

Lectures include:

Gut Feelings: How the Microbiome Influences Behavior

by Dr. Jane A. Foster, Brain-Body Institute, McMaster University
October 14, 2015
3:10-4:30 in MUB Theater I

Personalized Medicine: Using Integrative Omics to Analyze Complex Disease and Manage Health

by Dr. Michael Snyder, Director, Stanford Center for Genomics and Personal Medicine
December 7, 2015
3:10-4:30 in MUB Theater II

Implementing ‘Precision’ Medicine: Ethical Concerns in a Postgenomic World

by Dr. Barbara Koenig, Institute for Health and Aging, UCSF
February 10, 2016

The Dog Genome: Shedding Light on Human Diseases

Dr. Elaine Ostrander, Head of Comparative Genetics, NIH
March 9, 2016

The Invisible Influence of the Human Microbiome

Dr. Jack A. Gilbert, University of Chicago
April 13, 2016

Probing Human Ancestry with Ancient DNA

Dr. John Hawks, University of Wisconsin
April 27, 2016

Locations, times, and full information will be available at cola.unh.edu/center-humanities/sidore.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

UNH Receives Grant to Examine How Communities Build Capacity to Prevent Violence

September 23, 2015

Researchers at the Prevention Innovations Research Center at UNH will study how people in communities work together to address violence thanks to a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers will evaluate prevention strategies developed by GreenDot, Etc, an organization that provides training and resources necessary to support individuals, institutions and communities in reducing power-based personal violence.

“The study will help us better understand how to assist broader communities, not just schools or campuses, to work together to address complicated problems like interpersonal violence. We know much more about changing people individually than about what moves communities forward as a whole,” said Vicki Banyard, professor of psychology and principal investigator on the grant.

Research on violence prevention has often looked at the impact of classroom or workshop-based strategies. There are a number of programs that show promise in changing the attitudes and behaviors of groups of students using these approaches. But research is also clear that characteristics of communities where those individuals live and work and study are also related to how people think about problems like violence. “We know from research that feeling close to and mattering to people in one’s community is related to lower rates of violence. It is exciting to be translating this research into community-based practice and action,” says Katie Edwards, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies and an investigator on the grant. “We know that interpersonal violence is a complex problem that will take more than one tool to solve,” says Banyard. “It is time to take prevention to the next level and add community work to our toolkit.”

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UNH Psychology Professor Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

September 21, 2015

photo of Ben Harris
Benjamin Harris
, professor of psychology at UNH, has been awarded the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the History of Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association. The award recognizes individuals who have made sustained, outstanding, and unusual contributions to the history of psychology over the course of a career.

“Benjamin Harris has published groundbreaking historical studies on topics in the history of psychology and psychiatry over the past 35 years,” said Henderikus Stam, president of the Society. “His important and original articles, chapters, and edited works have pushed psychologists not just to reconsider events and players in their history, but have shown the importance of critical historiographies to understanding the present. Furthermore, his commitment to mentoring students and his many leadership roles in organizations that represent historians of psychology has been exemplary.”

Harris has taught courses on the history of psychology and psychiatry at UNH since 2001. He has written widely on the history of behaviorism, psychology in the mass media, and on the politics of psychiatry. His chapter on work therapy for mental patients in the U.S. will soon appear in an edited history of patient labor around the world (Manchester University Press, January 2016). He is also an affiliate professor in the UNH Department of History.

The Society for the History of Psychology is an international organization of scholars, co-founded by UNH professor Robert Watson, who served as its first president in 1966. Watson was instrumental in developing UNH’s doctoral program in psychology.


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