UNH College of Liberal Arts (COLA) students Julia Krank ’17, a dual psychology and justice studies major, and Patrick Sullivan ’17, a dual sociology and justice studies major, are two of approximately 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Both Krank and Sullivan will be studying abroad this fall semester through the UNH COLA-managed justice studies program in Budapest, Hungary, that allows students to deepen their knowledge of modern European justice systems. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship abroad costs. UNH student Kimberly Lavoie ’18, a wildlife and conservation biology major, also received a Gilman Scholarship.
Crystal Napoli ’18, an honors history and justice studies major, and Eden Suoth ’18, an honors mechanical engineering and philosophy major, won Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to participate in fully funded summer language and cultural immersion programs in China and Indonesia, respectively. Under the U.S. Department of State, the CLS program is part of a U.S. governmental effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. Napoli and Suoth are the only students from UNH this year to win the scholarship.
Laurence Armand French, a senior researcher at Justiceworks and affiliate professor of justice studies, has published “Policing American Indians: A Unique Chapter in American Jurisprudence” (CRC Press), a book that examines the treatment of American Indians in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Bias, prejudice and corruption riddle the history of U.S. jurisprudence. “Policing American Indians” explores these injustices. A mix of academic research as well as field experience, this book draws on French’s more than 40 years of experience with American Indian individuals and groups. It illustrates how, despite changes in the law to correct past injustices, a subculture of discrimination often persists in law enforcement, whether by a prosecutor or a street cop.
French has published over 300 publications including 19 books. His most recent books are “Frog Town: Portrait of a French Canadian Parish in New England” (University Press of America, 2014), “War Trauma and its Aftermath: An International Perspective on the Balkan and Gulf Wars” (University Press of America, 2012), and “Running the Border Gauntlet: The Mexican Migrant Controversy” (Praeger, 2010).
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.
Several academic departments and research centers in the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) have moved over the summer and are starting the fall semester in new or renovated locations. Here’s a rundown by building of where departments and centers are now housed.
After the move of Paul College to its new home on Garrison Avenue, McConnell Hall underwent extensive renovations in preparation for housing several COLA units:
- the Department of Psychology on the fourth floor;
- the Department of Sociology on the third floor; and
- the Crimes Against Children Research Center, Family Research Lab, and the Foundation’s development team for COLA on the first floor.
Horton Social Science Center
- Renovations to the third floor of Horton have changed the location of the main office for the Department of Political Science, which will be room number 327 as of August 25th (the office is located in 125 until then).
- The Justice Studies Program has moved to a different office on the second floor, room 206, most easily accessible by the building side entrance closest to Holloway Commons.
- Prevention Innovations has moved to the space formerly occupied by Justice Studies on the second floor of Huddleston, room 202.
- Confucius Institute at UNH has moved from Murkland Hall to the first floor of Huddleston Hall, in the office suite formerly occupied by the Humanities Program, room 104.
- The newly created Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies is located on the third floor of Murkland Hall.
LAST WEEK TO REGISTER! Course registration for Investigating Homicide ends this Friday, August 1 at 4 p.m. Don’t miss out! Course dates: August 4-15, 2014.
Does your son or daughter enjoy CSI? Does he or she aspire to a career as an investigator? If so, your child will love this program! During this online course, students will work with University of New Hampshire Professor Charles Putnam in a 2-week program that explores the world of forensic investigation through case studies in homicide. For youth entering grades 8 – 11.
UNH faculty and staff receive a 50% discount on tuition when they use their UNH emails to register their children.
More info and registration at: http://cola.unh.edu/investigating-homicide
For a Saturday, Murkland Hall, home of the College, is a busy place. The UNH Mock Trial team is hosting a regional tournament today, and future lawyers are strategizing in the halls while the judges are getting ready in their chambers. There are 10 courtrooms set up in in the building–rooms that serve as classrooms on any other day–in which trials will be running throughout the weekend. Murkland Hall has never seen so many suits!
Today is also a university-wide open house for prospective students and their families. Thousands of people are exploring every corner of the campus. Faculty and staff members throughout the College are on campus to answer questions about majors and minors and to provide information about opportunities for student research and creativity. In Murkland Hall, informational meetings are being held on foreign language and culture study, the undeclared liberal arts status, and financial aid.
It’s a beautiful fall day for our visitors!