Leslie Couse Publishes Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education

November 30, 2015

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Associate Professor of Education Leslie Couse has co-edited, with Susan L. Recchia, a new book titled, “Handbook of Early Childhood Education,” published by Routledge. The handbook synthesizes both contemporary research and best practices in early childhood teacher education, a unique segment of teacher education defined by its focus on child development, the role of the family, and support for all learners. The first volume of its kind, the handbook provides comprehensive coverage on key topics in the field, including the history of early childhood teacher education programs, models for preparing early childhood educators, pedagogical approaches to supporting diverse learners, and contemporary influences on this quickly expanding area of study.

Couse’s expertise lies in preparing teachers for inclusive early childhood settings through interdisciplinary collaboration with parents, teachers, and service providers. Through community partnerships she researches inclusive teacher education, leadership development for the field of disability, and the use of technology in early education. Chair of the UNH Education Department, Couse is also an adjunct assistant professor of pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and project director for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education funded Early Childhood Special Education Assistive Technology Project.  Couse has served as guest editor for a special issue and is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and is a past Governing Board member of the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.

Liberal Arts Graduate Student Wins Student Track in N.H. Social Venture Innovation Challenge

November 25, 2015
Matt Wilhelm, Atlanta McIlwraithe, Eric Carlson, and Gary Hirshberg

Pictured (l to r) are Atlanta McIlwraithe and Eric Carlson from Timberland; Matt Wilhelm, a UNH master’s student in public administration; and Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and chairman of Stonyfield Farm. Photo by Perry Smith Photography.

The winners of the 2015 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge at UNH were recently announced. Matt Wilhelm, a UNH master’s student in the public administration program of the political science department, won in the student track for his idea to create Old Sol Music Hall, a not-for-profit concert venue and community center in downtown Manchester committed to building social capital for young professionals. He received $5,000.

The second place team in the student track was Connected C&D. The team won $3,000 for their idea to divert all ABC waste from landfills in the Greater Portsmouth area by establishing and maintaining connections with construction, demolition and recycling agencies. The team of four included Kendall Sebastian, a senior in Spanish and business administration.

The third place award in the Challenge’s community track went to a team that included a liberal arts alumna. The project, UNH Solar Power for Schools, plans to bring solar power to hundreds of students who currently lack access to electricity. The five-member team received $2,500 and included Tegan O’Neill of Dover, a 2014 UNH alumna and current graduate student in political science.

The winning teams were among 16 finalists who were judged by a dozen leading social venture founders, leaders and investors from New Hampshire and beyond.

The N.H. Social Venture Innovation Challenge engages aspiring and practicing student and community social entrepreneurs in designing novel, sustainable, business-orientated solutions to some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. The challenge is an idea-stage competition with the goal of inspiring innovative, solution-orientated thinking and providing a forum to shine a light on these ideas.

Source: UNH Media Relations

Professor’s Book Chapter Recognized by Milton Society of America

November 24, 2015

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Associate Professor of English Reginald Wilburn has won the John T. Shawcross Award from the Milton Society of America for the book chapter “Of Might and Men: Milton, Frederick Douglass, and Resistant Masculinity as Existential Geography,” which appears as chapter 4 in Wilburn’s book Preaching the Gospel of Black Revolt (Duquesne University Press, 2014). This award recognizes a distinguished edition of Milton’s works, a distinguished bibliography, a distinguished reference work, or a distinguished chapter on Milton in a monograph. Wilburn will receive the award at the society’s annual banquet, to be held in Austin, Texas on January 9.

Chair and Professor of English Rachel Trubowitz, also a Milton scholar, noted that 2014 was a very strong year in the field, making Wilburn’s recognition all the more impressive.

The Milton Society of America grants awards for scholarly achievement on an annual basis in the following categories: best book; best article; best bibliography, edition or book chapter; and best edited collection.

Rochelle Lieber Publishes Updated Text on Word Formation

November 23, 2015

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Professor of English and Linguistics Rochelle Lieber has published the second edition of her textbook “Introducing Morphology” (Cambridge University Press, November 30, 2015). Morphology is the study of how words are put together. A lively introduction to the subject, this textbook is intended for undergraduates with relatively little background in linguistics. Providing data from a wide variety of languages, it includes hands-on activities such as ‘challenge’ boxes, designed to encourage students to gather their own data and analyze it, work with data on websites, perform simple experiments, and discuss topics with each other. There is also an extensive introduction to the terms and concepts necessary for analyzing words. Unlike other textbooks it anticipates the question ‘is it a real word?’ and tackles it head on by looking at the distinction between dictionaries and the mental lexicon. This second edition has been thoroughly updated, including new examples and exercises as well as a detailed introduction to using linguistic corpora to find and analyze morphological data.

Rochelle Lieber is a theoretical linguist specializing in morphology and the mental lexicon. She has published nine books, the most recent of which are “The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology” (Oxford University Press 2014, with Pavol Stekauer), “The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology” (Oxford University Press 2013, with Laurie Bauer and Ingo Plag), “Introducing Morphology” (Cambridge University Press 2010), and “The Oxford Handbook of Compounding” (OUP 2009, with Pavol Stekauer). She has also published over 50 articles, reviews, and book chapters, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.

Melvin Dubnick Publishes New Edition of Public Administration, Policy Encyclopedia

November 20, 2015

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Professor of Political Science Melvin Dubnick has co-edited, with Domonic A. Bearfield, a new edition of the “Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy” (CRC Press, November 12, 2015). The Encyclopedia is the definitive source for article-length presentations spanning the fields of public administration and public policy. This revamped five-volume edition is a reconceptualization of the first edition by Jack Rabin. It incorporates over 225 new entries and over 100 revisions, including a range of contributions and updates from the renowned academic and practitioner leaders of today as well as the next generation of top scholars.

Dubnick is the author of numerous works on government accountability, administrative ethics, government regulation, and civic education as well as the co-author of textbooks on American government, public administration, and policy analysis.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.

Tom Paine Publishes Third Book of Fiction

November 19, 2015

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Associate Professor of English and fiction writer Thomas Payne has released his third book, “A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns: Stories,” under his pen name, Tom Paine. Published by LSU Press, the insightful and provocative stories in this collection spring from a series of seismic events that rocked the post-millennium world. News headlines from the last decade―the fall of Baghdad, the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the BP oil spill―not only inspire the settings but also raise ethical questions that percolate throughout this ominous and timely work. A stark reminder of the challenges and resultant anxiety facing a global society, “A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns” depicts the simultaneously dreamlike and brutally real experience of witnessing contemporary political and environmental catastrophes. Paine approaches the second U.S. invasion of Iraq through the eyes of a CBS radio journalist and her desperate Iraqi translator as they report the opening months of the attack and dodge danger with a newborn in tow. In other stories, a father blames global warming for the drowning death of his daughter and journeys by horseback across the last of the Montana glaciers; a Japanese reggae band struggles under the radioactive umbrella of the Fukushima nuclear disaster; and a genius at Goldman Sachs invents a money-making algorithm, then ends his days with a tribe of headhunters in the Amazon.

Earlier this year, “The Cincinnati Review” published a blog post about Paine’s book as well as one of the collection’s short stories in its entirety: http://www.cincinnatireview.com/blog/tag/tom-paine/.

Paine’s first short story collection, Scar Vegas (Harcourt), was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, a Pen/Hemingway Award finalist, a Village Voice “Writer on the Verge” pick, an Esquire “Hot List” book, a Barnes and Noble “Discover New Writers” pick, and was featured on National Public Radio. A finalist for the National Magazine Award, Paine has published stories in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Playboy, Zoetrope, The Boston Review, The New England Review, Glimmer TrainThe Oxford American, One Story, Story, and elsewhere. His fiction has also appeared in the award anthologies The O. Henry Awards, The Pushcart Prize (twice), Best New Stories from the South, American Fiction X: Best Stories from Unpublished Writers, and The KGB Bar Reader. His novel The Pearl of Kuwait (Harcourt) was featured on public radio, reviewed nationally, and recently optioned.

“A Boy’s Book of Nervous Breakdowns” is available from the publisher and major book retailers.

Katie Edwards Named APA Contributing Editor of the Year

November 18, 2015

Katie Edwards

Assistant Professor of Psychology Katie Edwards has been named the Contributing Editor of the Year 2015 by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the journal “Psychology of Violence.” The honor recognizes outstanding contributions by an ad-hoc reviewer based on the quality, quantity and timeliness of reviews.

“Psychology of Violence” is a multidisciplinary research journal devoted to violence and extreme aggression, including identifying the causes of violence from a psychological framework, finding ways to prevent or reduce violence, and developing practical interventions and treatments.

Edwards’s research focuses on predictors and correlates of intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization, perpetration, and bystander intervention among adolescents and young adults; leaving processes in relationships characterized by IPV; disclosure of IPV experiences and social reactions to these disclosures; and ethics of IPV research.

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