Passing: Earl C. Hagstrom

October 25, 2016

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Professor Earl C. Hagstrom died peacefully on October 16, 2016 at the age of 88. Earl was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology from 1965 until 1994. He graduated from Tufts University in 1952 and received his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1957. His graduate work with Carl Pfaffmann included some of the first systematic studies of the activity of taste fibers in the chorda tympani nerve. Earl held faculty positions at Princeton and Columbia Universities and conducted post-doctoral research at the Medical College of Virginia. He joined the faculty at the University of New Hampshire in 1965 just as the doctoral program in psychology was starting up. Earl was one of the earliest faculty members at UNH in the neurosciences. He continued to study gustatory physiology in several species and later branched out to examine EEG activity to understand the neural basis of cognitive function in human subjects. He was a popular and well-respected teacher, renown for his ability to hold pieces of chalk in both hands and simultaneously sketch anatomical structures in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Earl served as Chair of the Psychology Department in the mid 1980s. As Chair he successfully negotiated challenging transitions as the department moved out of antiquated facilities in Conant Hall into temporary quarters in wood frame houses and then back into the newly renovated Conant Hall. Earl will be remembered for his many contributions to the Psychology Department as it grew to serve the largest undergraduate major at UNH and a graduate program with a long history of success preparing future faculty for colleges and universities across the country.

SERVICES: He will be laid to rest in a private family service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society, 9 Erie Dr., Natick, Mass., 01760.

Read obituary published in seacoastonline.

This post was written by Robert Mair, UNH Professor of Psychology


UNH Psychologist Katie Edwards Receives Early Career Award

September 7, 2016

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Assistant professor of psychology Katie Edwards has received the 2016 Louise Kidder Early Career Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues. The selection committee cited Edwards’s commitment to both science and advocacy, and her work with underrepresented and marginalized groups as particularly impressive. They noted Edwards’s extensive record of publications and presentations, as well as her leadership at the state and national level on issues of sexual violence.

Edwards’s interdisciplinary program of research focuses broadly on better understanding the causes and consequences of interpersonal violence, primarily intimate partner violence and sexual assault among adolescents and young adults. Edwards uses this research data to develop, implement and evaluate prevention, intervention and policy efforts.

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues is a group of over 3000 scientists from psychology and related fields who share a common interest in research on the psychological aspects of social and policy issues. The independent Society is also a division of the American Psychological Association.


Liberal Arts Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarships

August 10, 2016
ulia Krank ’17 (left) and Patrick Sullivan ’17 (right)

Julia Krank ’17 (left) and Patrick Sullivan ’17 (right)

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.

UNH students can receive support on their Gilman applications from the Office of National Fellowships. For more information, contact Laura Perille.


Five Students Named 2016 Trout Scholars

April 27, 2016
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B. Thomas Trout

Five New Hampshire students have been awarded B. Thomas Trout Scholarships from the College of Liberal Arts to support their study abroad experiences in the 2016-17 academic year.

The scholarship recipients are Jessica Gero, an English teaching and classics double major from Milton; Jess Hesse, a German major from Derry; Andrew Jablonski, a French major from Newmarket; RoseAlaina Leone, a psychology and anthropology double major from Walpole; and Carlos Martens, an English Journalism major from Newmarket.

The B. Thomas Trout Scholars Fund supports academically outstanding College of Liberal Arts undergraduates, allowing them to participate in UNH-managed study abroad programs in the College.

Learn more about the recipients.


2016 Liberal Arts Student Fellows Named

March 15, 2016

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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 2016 Student Fellows: Hannah Drake, an English and International Affairs major from Nashua, N.H.; Ian MacKay, a German and International Affairs major from Peterborough, N.H.; Michael Mignanelli, a classics major from Campton, N.H.; Lauren Percy, a history major from Bow, N.H.; and Stephanie Yee, a psychology major from Concord, N.H.

Click here to read the bios of the student fellows.


New Associate Deans Named in COLA

March 10, 2016

Brett Gibson and Mary Rhiel

Brett Gibson, associate professor of psychology, has been named associate dean of faculty for the College of Liberal Arts, effective July 1, 2016. Current associate dean and professor of geography Alasdair Drysdale will be stepping down from the position at the conclusion of this academic year. Gibson’s responsibilities will include oversight of a number of important faculty areas including faculty appointments, the promotion and tenure process, lecturer promotions, computing, professional development funds, annual faculty and departmental reports, and sponsored research. “As a faculty, we often become insular and necessarily focus on our own scholarship and department. I am looking forward to working with faculty across the diverse programs offered by the College of Liberal Arts,” says Gibson, who brings 13 years of experience to UNH, including service as coordinator of the neuroscience and behavior major as well as acting chair of the Department of Psychology.

Mary Rhiel, interim senior vice provost of academic affairs and associate professor of German, has been named associate dean of academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts, effective June 1, 2016. John T. Kirkpatrick, named senior vice provost and dean of students earlier this year, had served in the associate dean role, with only a 2-year hiatus, since 1988. Rhiel’s responsibilities will include oversight of key undergraduate and graduate areas including student academic matters, student recruitment, study abroad, student conduct, student scholarship, career advising and curriculum. Rhiel brings many years of service to the University including the current year in Academic Affairs, two years as faculty fellow in the Dean’s Office, and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Rhiel also created the Berlin summer study abroad program, serving as its director since 2009. “I care deeply about students and believe strongly in the value of a liberal arts education. I am excited to assume a position in the College of Liberal Arts in which both are central to the work I’ll be doing,” says Rhiel.

Dean Kenneth Fuld, who himself will be stepping down at the end of the academic year, has invited the newly appointed associate deans to work alongside the Dean’s Office staff this spring, whenever possible, in order to aid with a smooth transition. “Professors Gibson and Rhiel are and will continue to be wonderful assets to the College,” says Fuld. “They will be key figures in supporting the incoming dean, Dr. Heidi Bostic, as she familiarizes herself with the faculty, staff and programs in the College.”


Celebration for Dean Kenneth Fuld Announced

March 1, 2016

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A celebration for Dean Kenneth Fuld and his years of service to the Department of Psychology, the College of Liberal Arts and the University of New Hampshire will take place on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Huddleston Hall Ballroom. Dean Fuld will be stepping down in June of 2016. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

An RSVP is requested by April 10, 2016. Please click here to RSVP.

Fuld joined the UNH Psychology Department in 1979 after spending three years as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at Brown University. He earned his Ph. D. in psychology from Dartmouth College and his B.A. in psychology from Northeastern University. After serving as chair of UNH’s Psychology Department for more than eight years, Fuld joined the Dean’s Office as Associate Dean in January 2008. He was appointed Interim Dean in July of that year, and became Dean in July 2010. Fuld’s field of research, broadly construed, is neuroscience, with an emphasis on vision and visual perception. He has published in leading journals on the topics of color vision, spatial vision, and physiological optics and has taught courses ranging from Introduction to Psychology at the undergraduate level to advanced seminars in color vision and the development of vision at the graduate level.


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