UNH Welcomes Jacqueline Jones Royster for Global Leadership Lecture Sept. 28

September 11, 2017

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Jacqueline Jones Royster, Dean of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will deliver the 2017 John T. Holden Lecture titled “An Ecosystem for 21st Century Global Leadership” on Sept 28, 2017, at 12:40 p.m. in Hamilton Smith Hall in Durham. The talk is free and open to the public.

“We are honored to host Dr. Jackie Royster at UNH,” says Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She is a transformational leader at Georgia Tech – an expert innovator who understands the crucial importance of interdisciplinarity and the liberal arts as we face 21st century grand challenges. Her work on global citizenship and leadership is particularly timely.”

A leading scholar of rhetoric, literacy and women’s studies, Royster has published six books and two textbook series, including her 2000 book, “Traces of a Stream: Literacy and Social Change among African American Women,” which won the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize from the Modern Language Association. Her research focuses at the intersections of the history of rhetoric, feminist studies and cultural studies with a primary interest in the connections between human and civil rights.

The John T. Holden Memorial Fund in the College of Liberal Arts is dedicated to bringing signal scholars in the social sciences to UNH.

For more information, visit cola.unh.edu/holden-2017.


A Fine Restoration Caught on Video

August 22, 2017

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They’ve been hidden from view for decades, but now two murals on the walls of Hamilton Smith Hall will see the light of day again. Conservationists have been restoring the WPA-era murals, which were completed in July 1940 when Ham Smith was the university’s library. Art history graduate Corrine Long ’12 has been part of the restoration, which was funded in large part by Peter T. Paul ’67, whose godfather, George Lloyd, was one of the artists.

The College of Liberal Arts is seeking memories for a time capsule that will be entombed within the newly renovated Ham Smith during a grand re-opening celebration in September. Share your memories by Sept. 8, and then join us for the Sept. 22 grand re-opening during Homecoming and Family Weekend.

video by Scott Ripley, post written by Tracey Bentley
Source: UNH Today


Keeping It ‘Frozen,’ but Still Fresh

August 15, 2017

UNH alumna Jennifer Lee ’92 (English) is adapting her Oscar-winning movie “Frozen” for the Big Apple. The show will open in the spring of 2018.

Read the New York Times article: Disney’s Challenge: Keeping It ‘Frozen,’ but Still Fresh


Sociology Undergrads Publish New Work

August 9, 2017

The 2017 edition of Perspectives, the UNH online undergraduate journal in sociology, is now available. A student editorial team worked with 11 fellow students to craft their papers into publishable articles for inclusion in this year’s edition.

Articles tackle topics such as racial bias, suicide and mental health, prescription stimulant use and how students’ paid jobs impact academic outcomes.

“We were overwhelmingly impressed and pleased at the high number of submissions we received from undergrads this year,” wrote the editors in their introduction. “It’s truly incredible that so many students went the extra mile to submit these papers, particularly those who worked tirelessly to complete their final year here at UNH prior to stepping out into the post-college world.”

Read the latest edition.


Passing: David L. Larson

July 31, 2017

photo of David Larson on boat

David L. Larson, professor emeritus of political science, passed away on July 26, 2017. He served the Department of Political Science and the University of New Hampshire from 1965 to 1996.

Read his obituary.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, August 5th from 2 – 4 p.m. at Kent & Pelczar Funeral Home, 77 Exeter Street, Newmarket, NH. A private burial will be held at a later date at the Durham cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Rd, Dover, NH 03820.


To address the Anthropocene, engage the liberal arts

July 20, 2017

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Heidi Bostic, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Meghan Howey, associate professor of anthropology, have teamed up to write an article for the journal Anthropocene. They argue for early and frequent collaboration between the geosciences and liberal arts disciplines when trying to understand our current era of human geologic impact, called the anthropocene. Interdisciplinarity is key to successfully addressing the grand challenges of our era, which include sea-level rise, food insecurity, and global health issues, among others.

The full text of the article is available for a limited time.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: Anthropocene


UNH Research Finds Majority of Americans Trust NASA on Climate Change

June 13, 2017

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Article Source: UNH Media Relations

Seventy-three percent of Americans trust science agencies like NASA for information about climate change, according to new research released by the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH. This includes a substantial majority within every political group.

In addition, a follow-up survey by the researchers found more than 80 percent of survey respondents – again including majorities in all political groups – favor continuing or expanding NASA’s Earth observations programs rather than cutting them.

“NASA and scientists in general know they face challenges in communicating the results, reasoning and importance of their work to the public,” the researchers said. “That is true now more than ever, as the scientific community interacts with a Trump administration that has been widely dismissive of science. As NASA scientists continue to carry out and communicate Earth observations, efforts to curtail their work will not find a sympathetic public, even among partisans.”

Original data was collected for the nationwide Polar, Environment and Sciences (POLES) survey conducted just after the election and for a statewide follow-up survey in May. Similarly, high trust in NASA climate science was found on a separate survey conducted last August. The full report can be found here: https://carsey.unh.edu/publication/eyes-earth

The research was conducted by Lawrence Hamilton, UNH professor of sociology and senior Carsey fellow; Jessica Brunacini, assistant director of the Polar Learning and Responding (PoLAR) Climate Change Education Partnership at the Earth Institute of Columbia University; and Stephanie Pfirman, Hirschorn professor of environmental sciences at Barnard College, Columbia University, and director of PoLAR.


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