New Online Program Launches

January 26, 2015

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The Department of Education has launched an online master of education degree program, 100 years after the department was founded. The program can be completed in as little as 14 months and is customizable to specific career goals. It is not part of a teacher certification program.

The application deadline for the first session of the online MEd, which begins at the end of May, is March 1, 2015.

“A master’s of education is a versatile degree that is not only valuable for advancing the careers of teachers in public schools to deepen their knowledge and teaching practice but this degree also provides opportunities for those in business, research centers and human service agencies whose focus is on education and learning,” said Leslie Couse, associate professor of education and chair of the department. “This program is a great way to start a new career or advance in your current one.”

The program, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, comprises eight courses offered completely online with no campus visits required. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students can participate, view lectures, complete assignments, and access materials at any time. Students can attend part or full time. In addition, there is a hybrid version of the program where students take the four core courses online and then choose electives from the full curricular offerings in Durham and Manchester.

Learn more.

Emerita Mil Duncan Publishes Updated Research on Poverty in Rural America

January 23, 2015

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Professor emerita of sociology Cynthia M. Duncan has published a second edition of her 1999 book, Worlds Apart: Poverty and Politics in Rural America (Yale University Press), which examines poverty in three U.S. regions: rural New England, Appalachia, and the Mississippi Delta. For the new edition, Duncan returned to the communities in which she had conducted her original research to tease out what has changed in the intervening years, and what has not.

Read an interview with Duncan in The Baffler.

Victims of Stalinist Repression Share Their Stories in New Book

January 20, 2015

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UNH professor of history Cathy A. Frierson has published a new book that tells the stories of ten Russians who, as children, suffered banishment, starvation, disease, anti-Semitism, and trauma because their parents were political victims of the Stalinist regime. Roughly ten million children were victims of political repression in the Soviet Union during the Stalinist era. Silence Was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and World War II in the Soviet Union is due out from Yale University Press later this month.

Frierson is an historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union and the author or editor of seven books on Russian and Soviet history. She has been traveling to Russia since 1984 for research or U.S. Department of State programs related to the rule of law. Since 2005, she has focused on child survivors of Soviet political repression, forging relationships with survivors and their advocacy and commemorative organizations.

Prevention Innovations Named Research Center

January 15, 2015


UNH has established three new research centers that will leverage the university’s existing strengths to enhance interdisciplinary research opportunities for faculty and students — the Prevention Innovations: Research and Practice for Ending Violence Against Women Research Center; the Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Innovations (CAMMI), and the UNH Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate.

Each new center, selected by the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research via an internal grant initiative, will receive $200,000 to boost its ability to compete for federal, state and private grants and contracts that support innovative research and scholarship.

Established in 2006, Prevention Innovations is a research and training unit at UNH that develops, implements and evaluates programs, policies and practices to help end violence against women. The center’s work is nationally and internationally recognized for its contributions to the prevention of sexual and relationship violence and stalking. The multidisciplinary center includes faculty and students from the sociology, psychology, social work and justice studies departments as well as the women’s studies program and UNH Law School; Sharyn Potter (sociology) and Jane Stapleton are center co-directors.

The post was excerpted from a longer article in UNH Today by Beth Potier.

What the Heck is on the Trees…

January 14, 2015

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…outside the Paul Creative Arts Center?

The prickly neon tree ties are an art installation that is part of the Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition “The Physicality of Color” opening Jan 23, 2015.

Boston based artist Catherine Evans’s installations deal with the repurposing of common objects and transforming everyday materials into the powerful, the un-ordinary; stretching preconceived notions of the limits and boundaries connected to that object. Multiples are an important part of her work. Repetition of process is also paramount, building connection between the art and artist. Often, her creations embody the multitasking required in doing work in a woman’s life—repetitive braiding, knotting, tying as a way of fixing, maintaining and being. She finds a calmness and satisfaction in creating art through life’s concerns.

Evan’s piece, Thistle, created from brightly colored plastic cable ties and plastic hardware cloth, is a tribute to the importance of trees in our lives, says the artist. The piece can be seen outside the museum in the Mills Courtyard on a number of trees through March 29, when the exhibit closes.

See more wrapped trees in this short video:


2014-2015 COLA Student Fellows Named

January 13, 2015

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Each year, the College selects a handful of students to represent the University, the College, and their respective academic departments. Students are nominated by department chairs and chosen by the associate dean of the College. Typically seniors, Student Fellows have dynamic backgrounds and stellar academic records. They serve as student ambassadors during the open houses for prospective students, describing their experiences to and answering questions from students and parents. Other responsibilities include meeting with alumni and donors to the College, and representing the College at special events. The Student Fellows program is intended to recognize fine achievement at UNH and provide a way for students to serve the University in their final year of study.

The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Student Fellows:

  • Ben Bertrand, a history major in the Honors Program from Wakefield, Mass. Passionate about history, Ben is particularly interested in Crusade history and the material culture of weapons and armor. Last summer, he received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from UNH to conduct research into depictions of Muslims in illuminated manuscripts. He also works as a research assistant for history professor Lucy Salyer, who is doing research on expatriation laws in the 19th century. Last year, he was awarded the Charles Clark Prize by the Department of History for the best undergraduate research paper. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, martial arts, and theatre.
  • Gennifer Davidson, a communication major with a business applications option from Lee, N.H. Gennifer is editor-in-chief of Comm-Entary, the Department of Communication’s undergraduate research journal. She is the business manager of Lambda Pi Eta, a member of the communication honor society, a writer for Her Campus, and has worked as a peer advisor during first-year orientations. Gennifer has interned for New Hampshire Public Television, The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, The Boston Celtics, and The Boston Bruins. She received the J. Gregg Sanborn Alumni Association Scholarship for her contributions to the UNH community through demonstrated leadership and involvement with campus activities.
  • Nadine Maliakkal, an honors psychology major from Rochester, N.Y. Nadine is a member of Dr. Ellen Cohn’s Legal Socialization Lab. She received the Undergraduate Research Conference Award of Excellence in 2013 for her research. She was subsequently awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to continue research on parental factors and how they influence adolescent engagement in rule-violating behaviors. She is co-author of an article that is currently in preparation for the Journal of Research on Adolescence. In addition, Nadine is a synchronized skater who has not only skated for UNH at the national level, but has also been elected president of UNH’s Synchronized Skating Team for the past two years.
  • Daniel S. Roberts, an English teaching major from Sandown, N.H. An avid believer that anyone can be taught and that there is no excuse for failing a student, Daniel plans to earn a master’s degree and teach in inner-city schools. He intends to study and implement innovative pedagogical techniques that will enable him to empower all students to live according to their passions and succeed in any goal they truly wish to accomplish. In his down time, Daniel enjoys surfing the coast, skating the streets, and biking the vast roads that New Hampshire has to offer.
  • Hannah Waller, a dual major in political science and international affairs from Spokane, Wash. Hannah is deeply interested in the field of human rights. She has interned at Amnesty International in Washington, D.C., conducted field research on human rights in Bosnia-Herzegovina through a UNH International Research Opportunities Program grant, and studied peace and human rights at Lancaster University in the UK. Throughout her time at UNH, Hannah has been involved in a variety of clubs and held numerous executive positions, including founder and former president of Amnesty International UNH, former president of STAND (United to End Genocide), former secretary of UNH Model United Nations, and member of Buddies Without Borders.

Alum’s Story Chosen to Lead the 39th Annual Pushcart Prize Anthology

January 12, 2015

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COLA alum Emma Duffy-Comparone ’10 (English and Political Science) has had her first-published story, “The Zen Thing,” chosen as the lead story in the 2015 Pushcart Prize anthology. This is the first time in the history of the prize that an author’s debut story has been chosen to lead the collection.

Read an interview with Duffy-Comparone and a excerpt from “The Zen Thing” here.

After graduating from UNH, Duffy-Comparone attended Boston University where she earned an MFA. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pushcart Prize XXXIX, Ploughshares, One Story, American Scholar, Southern Review, Mississippi Review, Cincinnati Review, and The Sun. She has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Elizabeth George Foundation. She is a lecturer at Tufts University.

The Pushcart Prize series, published every year since 1976, is an honored and prestigious American literary endeavor. The series was named among the most influential projects in the history of American publishing by Publishers Weekly.

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