UNH in Top 25 Public Colleges with Highest 4-year Graduation Rates

March 26, 2015

In a recent article in Time.com, “The 25 Public Colleges Where Students Graduate The Fastest,” the University of New Hampshire was named one of 25 public institutions with the highest 4-year graduation rates. According to the article, only one third of public college students earn their bachelor’s degree in four years, with the average time at 4.6 years. UNH’s rate is nearly double the national rate, with 64% of students earning a bachelor’s degree within 4 years.

UNH Psychologist Wins Award for Contributions to Psychology in NH

March 25, 2015

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Psychology professor Victoria Banyard has been elected to receive the Margaret M. Riggs Distinguished Contributions Award from the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). The annual award recognizes the psychologist who has demonstrated extraordinary skills in teaching, research, or service that have resulted in the advancement of psychology in New Hampshire. Banyard was nominated by colleague Joan Glutting, a clinical associate professor of psychology at UNH. Banyard will receive her award at the NHPA Annual Meeting in Portsmouth, NH on May 8, 2015.

Banyard received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and has trained at both the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire and the Trauma Center in Boston. She is a research and evaluation consultant with UNH’s Prevention Innovations Research Center. She conducts research on the long-term mental health consequences of interpersonal violence including resilience in survivors. She also conducts research on community approaches to prevention of interpersonal violence. She is part of a research team that has received funding from the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Revolutions Without Borders: New Book by Historian Janet Polasky

March 19, 2015

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For the tumultuous years from 1776 to 1804, a focus on compartmentalized national histories cannot do justice to the rowdy, radical interchange of ideas around the Atlantic world during the period. National borders were powerless to restrict the flow of enticing new visions of human rights and universal freedom.

In Revolutions without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World (Yale University Press), UNH Presidential Professor of History Janet Polasky focuses on the eighteenth‑century travelers who spread new notions of liberty and equality. It was an age of itinerant revolutionaries, she shows, who ignored borders and found allies with whom to imagine a borderless world. As paths crossed, ideas entangled. The author investigates these ideas and how they were disseminated long before the days of instant communications and social media or even an international postal system. Polasky analyzes the paper records—books, broadsides, journals, newspapers, novels, letters, and more—to follow the far‑reaching trails of revolutionary zeal. What emerges clearly from rich historic records is that the dream of liberty among America’s founders was part of a much larger picture. It was a dream embraced throughout the far‑flung regions of the Atlantic world.

Revolutions Without Borders explores how the revolutionary ideas that spurred the American and French revolutions reverberated far and wide, connecting European, North American, African, and Caribbean peoples more closely than ever before.

Janet Polasky is the author of the prize-winning Revolution in Brussels, 1787‑1793, The Democratic Socialism of Emile Vandervelde: Between Reform and Revolution, and Reforming Urban Labor: Routes to the City, Roots in the Country. Her book Emile Vandervelde, Le Patron won the Pierlot Prize in Contemporary History.

English Professor Publishes Book on Nonfiction Storytelling

March 17, 2015

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Associate Professor of English and journalist Sue Hertz has published a book aimed at helping narrative nonfiction writers improve their skills. Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling (CQ Press, Sage) takes readers through each of the major questions writers must answer as they craft nonfiction narratives, whether memoir, literary journalism, personal essay, or travel essay. The book provides writing exercises, best practices from seasoned writers, and information relevant to digital and multi-media storytelling. Lee Gutkind, editor of Creative Nonfiction, calls the book “a microscopic and truly impressive examination of craft.”

Write Choices is available from the publisher and major online retailers.

Sue Hertz is also the author of Caught in the Crossfire: A Year on Abortion’s Front Line (Prentice Hall). Her narratives have appeared in numerous national and regional publications, including Redbook, House Beautiful, Parenting, Boston Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, New England Monthly, and Walking. A newspaper feature writer before she began the double life of teaching and writing, Hertz worked for The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, The Herald in Everett, WA, and The Hartford Courant. She has appeared on various literary panels sponsored by organizations such as the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Key West Literary Seminar.

New Issue of Spectrum, the Undergraduate Journal of Anthropology

March 16, 2015

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The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce the publication of their newest edition of Spectrum: An Undergraduate Journal. In this fourth issue, students present research articles and book reviews that cover topics in religion and gender, medical anthropology, and archaeology and historical anthropology. The journal is a showcase for the kinds of research and inquiry that students and faculty engage in each year in the Department.

Student researchers featured in this issue are Molly Foye, Samantha Cotellessa, Holly Linseman, Benjamin Rideout, and Alecia Bassett. Providing book reviews are Christian Kapstad, James Naas, Emily Belanus, and Samantha Flecchia. The issue is edited by Professors Natalie Porter and Svetlana Peshkova.

“Students in our department mobilize everything from myth to material culture, oral history to ecological indicators, primary to secondary sources, firsthand experiences to media accounts, in order to explore the continuities and changes affecting various social and cultural groups worldwide,” note Porter and Peshkova in their introduction to the issue. “This holistic approach to academic research that builds on convergences between socio-cultural anthropology and archaeology is at the core of our identity as an undergraduate only Department of Anthropology.”

Read the journal at cola.unh.edu/anthropology/spectrum.

Endowed Research Fund in Neuroscience Making an Impact

March 13, 2015
Bob and Peggy Cole with grandson, Timothy Harry '18

Bob and Peggy Cole with grandson, Timothy Harry ’18

written by Carol Cooper, UNH Advancement Relations

If she were a college student today, Peggy Stockwell Cole ’72 says she could see herself majoring in neuroscience. Originally enrolled as an occupational therapy major, she left UNH to get married and raise three children, but continued to follow her educational goals on a part-time basis.  In her mid-30s, she returned to UNH full time to earn a degree in sociology. “I always loved research and the sciences,” she says. It’s one of the reasons that when Cole and her husband, Bob, learned that UNH was about to launch a new interdisciplinary major in neuroscience and behavior, they jumped right in to help.  “We were so excited about this new joint major when we heard about it in its conceptual stage, we proposed funding faculty research,” she explains.

The Coles established the endowed Cole Neuroscience and Behavior Faculty Research Fund in 2010 to support faculty research in the then-new major, which is housed jointly in the College of Liberal Arts and College of Life Sciences and Agriculture. The endowment has a particular focus on the development of successful grant applications to fund research projects— reflecting the couple’s deep passion for life-long learning and appreciation for innovation and breakthrough ideas that can arise from investments in education.

In its first year, the fund supported the collection of pilot data being gathered by psychology professor Robert Drugan for a research project on shock- and swimming-induced stress, which was subsequently submitted for publication. In August 2013, Drugan invited the couple to his lab, where they met with graduate student Nathan Stafford ’17G to talk about the work their endowment had made possible.  “It was thrilling to be able to see and learn firsthand what is happening in the field, and as result of our gift,” says Bob.

The Coles are so delighted with the early results of their endowment that they have made additional gifts to increase the impact of their fund. Jon Wraith, dean of the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, is equally enthusiastic about the positive impact the Coles’ generous support has had on the faculty and students of the still-growing neuroscience and behavior program.  “Peggy and Bob are intelligent and curious people, and that curiosity to learn and understand more is also exactly what our faculty are pursuing through their research in this exciting field,” he says. “Thanks to Peggy and Bob’s support, our faculty in both colleges are able to gather the data they need to pursue funding at the national level, which will continue to raise the profile and visibility of our program.  We are incredibly grateful to them for their foresight and for providing UNH an opportunity to position itself strongly within this emerging field.”

Phi Beta Kappa Essay Contests, Submissions Due April 10

March 11, 2015

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Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce its Twenty-Seventh Annual Essay Competition for first-year students and sophomores, as well as the Eighteenth Annual Competition for juniors and seniors sponsored by the Humanities Program. The Phi Beta Kappa competition was initiated by Professor Barbara Cooper to encourage freshmen and sophomores in general education (now Discovery) courses to strive for excellence in written work. Students do not have to be Phi Beta Kappa members to submit essays; all are encouraged to submit their superior work.

Each competition will award a first prize of $100 and up to two additional prizes of $50 at the Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony on May 9, 2015 for superior essays of no more than 3000 words, written as regular assignments in Discovery (including Inquiry) courses offered in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015.

Essays submitted in courses offered during spring semester 2014 are also eligible, but only if their due date was subsequent to April 15th, 2014. The deadline for submission of essays is Thursday, April 10, 2015. Essays must be endorsed in a statement by the instructor of the course.

Essays will be judged on depth of analysis, clarity of thesis, originality of thinking, synthesis of evidence, clarity of expression, correct usage, and organization. Submissions should be scholarly essays rather than personal narratives. For further details, contact Professor Scott Smith (Classics) at 862-2388 or scott.smith@unh.edu.

Please mail all submissions, in hard copy with course number/title and instructor’s endorsement, to Professor Scott Smith, Murkland Hall Room 301.

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