Inquiring minds

April 25, 2013
An illustration of a mid-seventeenth-century lamb to human blood transfusion (Science Photo Library)

An illustration of a mid-seventeenth-century lamb to human blood transfusion (Science Photo Library)

A new edition of Inquiry, the UNH undergraduate online journal of research has just been published. Several Liberal Arts students are featured in research articles and commentaries, including Jennifer Allen, a pre-med student with a minor in history who has an interest in the history of medicine. She worked with Professor Marion Girard Dorsey on research into the history and practice of bloodletting and blood transfusions.

“I found many interesting articles and much information,” writes Allen, “such as a video which described an early transfusion technique that used goose quills in place of needles and lamb’s blood for the transfusion…. I learned that cadaver blood was used for transfusions in the 1920s by the Soviet Union, and the first mobile blood service was established during the Spanish Civil War. I further found that transfusion medicine was spurred by the many advances in transfusion techniques made during wartime, especially during World War II.  Examples were the invention of blood bags and the discovery of plasma. I began to envision how political, societal, and scientific factors like wars, technological innovations, and race influenced blood transfusion medicine.”

Read more about Allen’s research experience.

Other Liberal Arts research stories include:

In the Shadow of Court-Clearing: The New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Struggle for Autonomy
by Cory McKenzie (Mentor: Jessica M. Lepler)
Cory McKenzie’s curiosity for New Hampshire legislative history led him to discover that a nineteenth-century trend for abolishing the state court is still a pertinent constitutional issue today.

“Who Will [Independence] Please but Ambitious Men?”: Rebels, Loyalists, and the Language of Liberty in the American Revolution
by Alexa Price (Mentor: Eliga Gould)
Alexa Price studied documents written by New Hampshire loyalists during the American revolutionary period and learned that the loyalists shared a common rhetoric of liberty with their patriot neighbors.

Interviewing the Street Children of Mekelle City, Ethiopia: Their Plight and What Help Public and Private Organizations Offer
by Merhawi Wells-Bogue (Mentors: Lisa C. Miller, Eden Fitsum)
Merhawi Wells-Bogue visited his home country, Ethiopia, and was inspired to use his journalism training to help the street children there.

Investigating the Presence of a Red Zone for Unwanted Sexual Experiences among College Students: Class Year and Gender
by Elizabeth Wible (Mentors: Victoria Banyard, Ellen Cohn)
Elizabeth Wible investigated a red zone for unwanted sexual experiences on a New England university campus as part of an on-going research project.

A 2009 alumna, Emily Louick (Spanish and theatre/dance double major) contributed an article about her IROP experience at UNH: “Menudas Vueltas da el Destino”: How Choosing to Live in a Homestay Brought Me Closer to a Culture.


April 22, 2013

statue of hand with outstretched laurel

Each spring, university-wide, competitive achievement awards are given to only a dozen or so of the most accomplished and impressive undergraduates at UNH. This year, five liberal arts students won awards.

The award ceremony to honor these students is Tuesday, May 7, at 3 p.m. in Holloway Commons. All are welcome to attend.

The Class of 1899 Prize went to Megan Brabec, a political science and international affairs dual major from Spofford, N.H. This award is given to that senior who has developed the highest ideals of good citizenship during his or her course of study.

The Dean Williamson Award went to Kate Brock, a Spanish major from Marblehead, M.A. This award goes to that senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics, and loyalty to the University.

The Erskine Mason Award went to Eric Sales, a political science and international affairs dual major from Exeter, N.H. This award goes to that senior who is distinguished for the most consistent progress and achievement.

The Frederic Smyth Book Award went to Joshua Hamor, a philosophy major from Kingston, N.H. This award goes to the most meritorious student for the purchase of books.

One of two UNH Awards of Excellence went to Merhawi Wells-Bogue, an English journalism major from Grantham, N.H. These awards recognize excellence in leadership, scholarship, and citizenship.

Congratulations all!

David Richman awarded Class of 1938 Professorship

April 18, 2013

David Richman
David Richman, Professor of Theatre and Dance, has been selected by the Provost to receive the Class of 1938 Professorship Award. This award recognizes a UNH faculty member for excellence in teaching and provides a discretionary allowance for professional expenses for a three-year term.

With the help of the University of New Hampshire Foundation, UNH initiated the Professorships program in 1990 to help support faculty members in their teaching, public service, and research. The purpose of the program is to help the University be more competitive in hiring new faculty members, reward outstanding academic accomplishments, and enhance the faculty’s opportunities for superior scholarship, innovative teaching, and meaningful service. Professorships are awarded by the provost based on nominations by deans.

Political Science student attends Clinton Global Initiative in St. Louis

April 15, 2013
Hannah Waller and Jada Pinkett-Smith

Hannah and actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, who is working on a Be Safe smartphone app (@BeSafeapp) that she hopes will become the “new 911.”

Hannah Waller, a political science/international affairs dual major, was selected as one of three student representatives from Amnesty International to attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU), held earlier this month in St. Louis. Hannah is interning at Amnesty International in DC this semester through The Washington Center program.

The Clinton Global Initiative brought together 1000 students from all over the world, as well as topics experts and celebrities such as Stephen Colbert and Jada Pinkett-Smith in a weekend of discussions aimed at developing solutions to world problems in the areas of education, environment, human rights, poverty, and public health. Both President Clinton and daughter Chelsea were active participants at CGIU.

Hannah focused on human rights during the conference and committed to starting an Amnesty International chapter at UNH when she returns in the fall.

In a blog post about her experience on, Hannah concludes:

“Sometimes, we feel too young and inexperienced to make a difference, but this is a complete misperception. We have the time and energy to commit ourselves fully to our passions, and we need to seize the moment. As President Clinton told us this weekend, ‘If you lost a bunch of yesterdays, welcome to the human race. But you don’t have to give anybody your tomorrows.’”

Musical group Okbari on campus this week for 2-day residency

April 8, 2013

Playing the traditional music of the Ottoman Empire, Okbari will present a lecture, a hands-on workshop, and a performance, all free and open to the public.

two members of Okbari

Okbari’s Amos Libby plays oud, Eric LaPerna percussion, and Duncan Hardy qanun. Their multi-cultural music, stemming from the Ottoman Empire, traveled with the Ottomans across the Mediterranean basin into North Africa, carrying with it the musical and devotional practices of the Sufi sect of Islam. Okbari brings the perspective of Armenian contributions to Ottoman music and the ways Ottoman musical traditions came to the U.S. in the early 1900s with Armenian, Greek, Turkish, and Arabic immigrants, a number of whom settled in the Northeast. Here they carried on their musical and cultural traditions, interacting in new ways and new contexts with each other, even after the Armenian genocide.

Public talk: Wednesday, April 10, 4:30 p.m., PCAC room M223
Hands-on workshop: Thursday, April 11, 3:30 to 4:45 p.m., Bratton Recital Hall, PCAC
Public concert: Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Theater, PCAC

This residency  is sponsored by the Department of Music, the Middle Eastern Studies Minor, the Center for the Humanities, the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office, and the Class of 1954 Academic Enrichment Fund. Questions may be directed to the Music Department, (603) 862-2404.

National Scholarship Winners Explore Abroad

April 4, 2013
Brianna Cole and Kellie Shea in country

Photo at left: Brianna Cole (right) and friend celebrating Carnaval in Gualehuaychu, Argentina; Photo at right: Kellie Shea (center) and classmates at the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg

In December, five UNH students were awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to fund their study abroad trips this semester. This highly competitive national program offers awards of up to $5,000 per student for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Scholarships are awarded to U.S. undergraduate students who receive Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.

Two of the five UNH recipients are students in the College of Liberal Arts. Junior political science/international affairs dual major Brianna Cole is exploring Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she is studying at the University of Belgrano. Honors student Kellie Shea is a junior Russian/international affairs dual major studying in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the Gertsen Institute.

Read about their experiences in the International Educator.


Tales of love and marriage…

April 2, 2013
children and students

Children from the Child Study Development Center with UNH students Lindsay Goldsmith, Jesse Parent, Greg Daigle, Eric Berthiaume, and Abigail Arenstam.

Enthusiastic children and teachers from the Child Study Development Center on campus visited the Music Department recently to watch Music students perform scenes from their upcoming Opera Workshop.

Abby Arenstam playing game with students.

Abby Arenstam with students.

One performer, Abby Arenstam, who sang an aria in both English and Italian, played a game with the students, asking them to raise their hands when they noticed a change in language.

Last week, Opera Workshop students performed at Nottingham Elementary School, as well.

This year’s Opera Workshop tackles scenes from three operas:  Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte (Women Are Like That) and Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and Gaetano Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love). Director Jenni Cook calls the operas timelessly funny and clever. “Mozart and Donizetti recognized the value of love, marriage, and legend in these witty tales,” she says.

Lindsay Goldsmith and Greg Daigle singing the charming Barcarolle duet from Elixir of Love.

Lindsay Goldsmith and Greg Daigle singing the charming Barcarolle duet from Elixir of Love.

The program was chosen to display the talents of voice majors in the Department of Music, says Cook. The students will be singing in English, a deliberate choice in order to facilitate plot and character development, though not necessarily an easy one.

“Many students found singing opera in English a challenge in terms of achieving round, rich vowels and clear diction,” notes Cook. “This was a good exercise for them to sing clearly in the language we American singers take for granted at times: our own.”

The UNH performances of Opera Workshop are this Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. in Bratton Recital Hall, Paul Creative Arts Center. Admission is free.

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