GeoBowl Champs

October 25, 2017
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Pictured left to right: Evan Collins ’18, Stephen Geis ’20, Drew Guilbault ’18, Cara Buccini ’18 (courtesy photo)

A team of UNH geography students won the World Geography Bowl contest at the annual conference of The New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL), which is a regional division of the Association of American Geographers (AAG). This year’s conference was held at Central Connecticut State University.

Six teams, comprised of 4 students each, competed in the Bowl this year — two each from New Hampshire, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The UNH team members were Cara Buccini ‘18, Evan Collins ‘18, Stephen Geis ‘20 and Drew Guilbault ‘18. Jennifer Brewer, associate professor of geography, was the organizer.

UNH students have taken part in this competition for the last ten years, placing second twice, but this is the first time the UNH team has won.

The highest scoring students from all of the teams are invited to join a NESTVAL team to compete against the other AAG regions at the national conference in the spring. Collins and Buccini both qualified based on points scored. Collins also qualified last year and attended the national competition in Boston.

“We are one of the smaller geography programs in the region, and, as undergraduate-only department, it is really exciting to get our first Geography Bowl win,” said Mary Stampone, chair and Class of 1941 Associate Professor of Geography.

“We did well because each team member had a complementary knowledge base in a geographic subfield — human rights, international, remote sensing, environmental, etc.,” said Buccini. “So among all of us, we made a strong team, whereas no single one of us knew all the answers.”

The World Geography Bowl is intended to provide fun and friendly academic competition among college and university students based on geographic fundamentals and concepts.


COLA Faculty Awarded Professorships

March 30, 2017

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Five faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts have received professorship awards, effective July 2017.

University professorships are supported through the generosity of donors and awarded to faculty members who have demonstrated the highest levels of excellence in teaching, scholarship (including the creative arts) and service over an extended period of time. The UNH provost awards professorships based on nominations from deans. Each professorship carries a 3-year term.

photo of Michele Dillon

Michele Dillon of the department of sociology will be the Class of 1944 Professor. The award recognizes an outstanding faculty member.

photo of Kurk Dorsey

Kurk Dorsey of the department of history will be the Class of 1938 Professor. Established by alumni from that class, this award recognizes excellence in teaching.

photo of Nora Draper

Nora Draper of the communication department will be the Roland H. O’Neal Professor. Established by Virginia O’Neal in memory of her husband, who was a member of the UNH Class of 1934, this award recognizes an outstanding untenured member of the teaching faculty.

Photo of Ken Johnson

Kenneth Johnson of the department of sociology will be the Class of 1940 Professor. This professorship, established in honor of the 50th reunion of the Class of 1940, recognizes a UNH faculty member for outstanding interdisciplinary teaching and research. Johnson is also a senior demographer at the Carsey School of Public Policy.

photo of Mary Stampone

Mary Stampone of the department of geography will be the
 Class of 1941 Professor. Established with a gift from that class, this award recognizes outstanding teaching, research or public service, especially from an international perspective.


Water in a Changing World

October 22, 2014

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The University of New Hampshire’s Department of Geography will host the annual New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL) conference on the Durham campus on October 24 and 25, 2014. The 2014 conference, “Water in a Changing World,” will focus on the importance of coastal and inland water resources on the region’s settlement, development, and future.

The two-day event features a keynote address by UNH Professor of History Jeffrey Bolster who will speak on the human impacts on the Piscataqua Estuary and Gulf of Maine. Students from regional universities, including UNH geography students, will participate in a competitive Geography Bowl. Faculty from UNH and other institutions across New England will present papers on their research.

Registration is required. Please see the event webpage for more information.

The New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society is a regional division of the Association of American Geographers. The Society contributes to the advancement of geography by holding a fall annual conference, publishing a peer-review professional journal, The Northeastern Geographer, and recognizing and supporting geography professionals and students through awards and annual activities.


New Associate Dean Named

August 13, 2013

Alasdair Drysdale

Dean Kenneth Fuld of the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce that Alasdair Drysdale, Professor of Geography and Senior Faculty Fellow in the College, has been appointed to the position of Associate Dean, effective August 26, 2013. Professor Drysdale’s responsibilities will include some of those he previously held as Senior Faculty Fellow as well as some new areas: the promotion and tenure process, computing, professional development funds, annual faculty and departmental reports, physical plant and repair and renovation, and sponsored research. Professor Drysdale brings many years of service to UNH, including 11 years as Chair of Geography.


Shout-out from Afghanistan

January 23, 2013

Ryan Grochmal in Afghanistan

Ryan Grochmal ’11 (geography) is currently serving as a U.S. Army Platoon Leader in Afghanistan. He sends this photo as a shout-out to UNH and the geography department. “Can’t wait to make it back to Durham,” writes Grochmal. We can’t wait to see him here!


New grant awards assist women in leadership roles and in interdisciplinary collaborations

July 30, 2012
Alynna Lyon and Mary Stampone

Alynna Lyon (left) and Mary Stampone (right)

Excerpted from a story by Beth Potier in the Campus Journal.

New grants will help female faculty members maintain critical research while assuming leadership roles within the university. Three Karen Von Damm Leadership Development Grants from the UNH ADVANCE program were awarded this year, one of which went to Alynna Lyon, associate professor of political science.

The grants, funded with support from the National Science Foundation, are part of an ongoing effort to support the advancement and leadership of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at UNH.

Lyon, a political scientist whose research strives to make bridges between hard science and social sciences, recently assumed a leadership role as graduate director for the Master of Arts and Master of Public Administration programs in the political science department. The grant will provide support for her teaching while she fulfills this role and completes a book examining “United States Relations with the United Nations in an Era of Globalization.”

In addition, the UNH ADVANCE program awarded four Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Awards designed to enhance collaboration between research and tenure-track faculty in the STEM disciplines. One award was given to Mary Stampone, assistant professor of geography, and Cameron Wake, research associate professor of Earth sciences and the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space (EOS), to enhance scholarly collaboration on New England climate change. They will establish a research, teaching, and engagement program on New England climate change.

Read full story in the Campus Journal.


Travel Grant Helps Professor Travel to Uganda

December 1, 2011

Joel Hartter working on laptop in Kibale National Park in Uganda
Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography, traveled to western Uganda in summer 2011 to visit the communities outside Kibale National Park. He recently reported on his trip:

“Kibale is not the typical national park when you think of Africa. Most people I know think of the vast savannah landscapes, such as the Serengeti – big open grassland expanses with few trees teaming with wildlife. They think of hot, dry days, with the lions and antelope seeking refuge in what little shade they can find, while elephants and hippos try to keep themselves cool near the water.  Kibale is very different from that picture.”

Find out why in the full article: Campus Journal: CIE Travel Grant Helps Professor Travel to Uganda


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