UNH Celebrity Series Announces New Season

August 3, 2015

photos of performers

The 2015-2016 UNH Celebrity Series:

Women of the World, an international world music ensemble | September 21 at 7 p.m.

Pavel Haas String Quartet | October 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Taylor 2 Dance Company | November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

A Moon for the Misbegotten, Walnut Street Theatre of Philadelphia | February 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Mnozil Brass | April 9 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets prices are $30 General, $10 UNH Student with ID and Youth under 18. Tickets for the series season can be purchased on line at www.unharts.com, or by calling the Box Office at 603-862-7222 (PCAC). The hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. as well as one hour before each event.

Learn more about the 2015-2016 performers.


UNH Professors Receive Spencer Grant for Education Research

July 31, 2015

Education professors Emilie Reagan and Thomas Schram have been awarded a research grant from the Spencer Foundation to support research on how and if teacher education performance assessments effectively prepare teachers for the classroom and their first year of teaching. The $50,000 grant project will inform the work that Reagan, Schram, and faculty across five New Hampshire higher education institutions have been conducting to develop an effective state-wide assessment tool for teacher candidates.

“Across the nation, calls for performance assessments in teacher preparation are widespread,” write Reagan and Schram in their grant proposal. “Many states now require performance assessments as part of teacher licensure and program approval processes. However, there is a lack of knowledge surrounding the impact of performance assessments on teacher learning and practice beyond teacher preparation—that is, how performance assessments support teacher learning over time.”

Reagan and Schram intend to close those gaps in knowledge. They also hope their findings will inform the ways teacher preparation performance assessments are implemented throughout the United States—with an eye to enhancing teacher learning and teaching effectiveness from preparation to practice.

“Receiving the highly competitive Spencer grant is something few are able to do and signals leadership in education on a national scale,” says Leslie Couse, chair and associate professor of education at UNH.


New UNH Fellowships Available in the Humanities

July 29, 2015

The UNH Center for the Humanities has announced a new funding opportunity for UNH faculty: Fellowships in Publicly Engaged Humanities. Up to three fellowships of $5,000 each will be awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year. These awards will enable individual humanities scholars or teams of scholars to undertake collaborative projects, partnering with community or other public organizations, bringing humanities scholarship to bear in the context of advancing democracy, civic life, and the public good. The deadline for proposals is October 30, 2015.

The announcement can be read here.

For criteria, guidelines, deadlines, and more, please see this page.


New Book Analyzes Role of New Hampshire Primary

July 21, 2015

book cover

Andrew E. Smith has co-written a book that examines the history and impacts that the New Hampshire first-in-the-nation primary has on American presidential politics. The First Primary: New Hampshire’s Outsize Role in Presidential Nominations is co-authored with David W. Moore, senior fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH and former vice president of the Gallup Organization. Smith is associate professor of practice in political science at UNH and director of the UNH Survey Center. He oversees the Granite State Poll, a quarterly survey of public opinion and public policy.

Since 1952, the primary election in a small, not very diverse New England state has had a disproportionate impact on the U.S. presidential nomination process and the ensuing general election. Although just a handful of delegates are at stake, the New Hampshire primary has become a massive media event and a reasonably reliable predictor of a campaign’s ultimate success or failure.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.


UNH Furniture Makers Featured in Concord, NH Exhibit

July 2, 2015
wooden stand

Library Stand by David Masury

The New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association is sponsoring an exhibition that celebrates the work of furniture makers who have studied in UNH’s Department of Art and Art History. This free exhibition opened earlier this month and runs through September 7 at the Furniture Masters Gallery at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH.

The fourth exhibition in the Association’s “Schools of Thought” series, this show examines work by graduates of the UNH program and considers the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists. Artists include Michael Ciardelli, Jeffrey Cooper, David Masury, John McAlevey, Fred Puksta, Mark Ragonese, and Molly Thunberg. The work of UNH Associate Professor of Art Leah Woods is also on display.

“The Furniture Masters group, both the UNH alumni who are part of it, and those who hail from elsewhere, are incredibly talented and generous with their time and knowledge,” says Woods. “They easily share techniques, ideas, and thoughts about each other’s work. This is an important dynamic of the group for me. Sometimes people can feel proprietary over their ideas, but the people in this group have such an open, supportive attitude–they want to succeed and make great work and they want others to be equally successful. I feel lucky to be connected to these artists.”

The Furniture Masters Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gallery is closed on Sundays.


Women As Economic Providers

June 30, 2015

key findings graphic

In new research from UNH, Professor Kristin Smith examines married and single women’s contributions to family income using Current Population Survey data for 2000 and 2013. Key findings are contained in the graphic above. Read the full analysis here.

Smith is a family demographer at the Carsey School and research associate professor of sociology.


The Winds of (Climate) Change

June 29, 2015

Larry Hamilton

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, Pope Francis made history in an encyclical — a papal letter that is distributed to all bishops in the Roman Catholic Church — entitled “Laudato Si,” in which he acknowledged that climate change is real. The 180-page document is the first to focus only on environmental issues. In it, the pope stated that climate change “represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day,” and he hopes the letter will help us recognize “the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face.”

UNH Today asked some of UNH’s climate change experts about the implications of the encyclical. UNH sociology professor Larry Hamilton, who studies environmental sociology, says that Pope Francis’s words could influence people’s political views on climate change. “A lot of people who don’t have much information on climate change are not very set in their opinions,” he says, “so the pope’s statements have the potential to be influential.” However, not everyone’s opinions will change. Hamilton notes that more than 95 percent of scientists who study this topic already think that human-caused climate change is real and problematic, and the pope’s encyclical adds a moral dimension to this scientific consensus. He adds that those with “hardcore ideological views” that climate change is a hoax and conspiracy will not be swayed, but instead “will go to back to sources of information that tell them they’re still right.”

When asked about the effect the encyclical will have on the upcoming 2016 presidential election, Hamilton thinks the candidates are “not talking enough about science in general,” and that there is an “anti-science sentiment in the race.” He hopes that, regardless of whether the pope has changed people’s minds about climate change, his statements bring the conversation about climate, the environment and science back to the public’s attention.

The above post was excerpted from a piece by Madeleine Shuldman in UNH Today.


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