July 2, 2015
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.
June 30, 2015
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.
June 24, 2015
Todd DeMitchell has published a new book that explores the issue of public school uniform requirements. The Challenges of Mandating School Uniforms in the Public Schools: Free Speech, Research, and Policy was co-written with Richard Fossey, Paul Burdin Endowed Professor of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and published by Rowman & Littlefield.
DeMitchell, the John & H. Irene Peters Endowed Professor of Education at UNH, spent eighteen years in the public schools serving as a teacher, principal, director of personnel and labor relations, and superintendent. He now studies and teaches school law and labor relations at UNH. DeMitchell and Fossey are also the co-authors of a companion book, Student Dress Codes and the First Amendment: Legal Challenges and Policy Issues, published last year by Rowman & Littlefield.
“School uniform polices, often associated with private schools, are increasingly being adopted in public schools; but not without controversy. The often asserted reasons for mandating uniforms include improved student behavior, better attendance, less competition over clothing, and improved student learning because students would not be distracted by who was wearing what and could focus on their studies. Wishful thinking or empirically tested hypotheses? However, opponents assert that a mandated uniform seeks to homogenize the students, violates their free speech rights, and does not solve the problems the policy is intended to remedy. The Challenges of Mandating School Uniforms in the Public Schools: Free Speech, Research, and Policy explores the policy rationale, the constitutional rights of students, and the research on the impact of school uniforms.” –Rowman & Littlefield
June 17, 2015
UNH Today asked sociologist David Finkelhor to weigh in on the sex scandal that emerged in the Duggar family, the subjects of the TLC show “19 Kids and Counting.” Here is Finkelhor’s response to the question:
In your opinion how should we be handling juvenile sex offenders?
DF: The juvenile justice system is intended as a rehabilitative process. When it works well, it is sensitive to the developmental needs of the offender as well as the victim. The research suggests that most adolescent offenders have a pretty good prognosis to not re-offend; an incident as a juvenile is not a sign that they are headed for a lifetime of sexual deviance. The recidivism rate among juveniles is relatively low — around 5 percent. The problem is that we live in a time of enormous alarm and anxiety about sex offenses, and there’s been a big political effort to make sure that people don’t get away with it. Recently, a lot of statutory changes have occurred to have made the criminal response to juvenile offenders much more punitive and draconian, such as the Adam Walsh Act of 2006, which required states to put juvenile sex offenders on sex offender registries — quite a few states have refused to comply. There could be a scenario where a teenager sends a naked picture of him or herself and ends up on a sexual offender registry. So anyone working with adolescent perpetrators, including therapists and family members, have some credible trepidation about involving the justice system. But at the same time, clinicians and advocates feel it is important for these offenders to get some kind of treatment, and that there is some kind of restitution.
Read the full interview by Michelle Morrissey ’97
June 11, 2015
Prevention Innovations Research Center (PIRC) at UNH released important findings earlier this week in a report, “It’s Not Just the What but the How,” prepared for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The findings inform strategies for the prevention of and response to sexual violence on college and university campuses.
The findings conclude that campus sexual misconduct policies need to be disseminated in a manner that is engaging for students and provides opportunities for them to increase their knowledge and develop skills so that they are able to help themselves, their friends, and people they don’t know. Findings also indicate that varying the way the messages are delivered works best as does reminding students about the policies throughout their years on campus. The goal of creating campus communities that are free of sexual assault will be reached through strategic planning and resource allocation for multiple prevention and response strategies that reach students, faculty and staff in ongoing ways.
In April 2014, UNH was one of three universities tapped by a White House task force to conduct further research related to ending campus sexual assault. They were also identified in “Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault,” for developing and implementing evidenced-based prevention strategies.