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Robert Heiner had an article on “Social Problems” included in the Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Robert Heiner had an article on “Social Problems” included in the Concise Encyclopedia of Comparative Sociology published by Brill in the Netherlands.

David Starbuck spent the summer excavating at the Lake George Battlefield Park (Lake George, NY),

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

David Starbuck (Anthropology) spent the summer excavating at the Lake George Battlefield Park(Lake George, NY), site of the Battle of Lake George (1755); home to Fort George (1759); and site of the largest smallpox hospitals in the country in 1775-­‐76.  David’s work was the subject of two news stories by the Associated Press that were carried in newspapers across the country, and he was also covered by Public Radio (WAMC) in Albany. David’s eighth book published by University Press of New England, “The Legacy of Fort William Henry,” came out in May; also, the New Hampshire Archeological Society published David’s book, “The New England Glassworks in Temple, New Hampshire” (revised 2nd Edition) in July.  David also created an exhibit of 18th century coinage that opened at Fort William Henry in July, and he presented a public lecture at Fort William Henry entitled “Fighting on the Frontier in America’s Colonial Wars” on August 7.

Jason Paling completed the second field and laboratory season as co-­‐ director of the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua.

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Jason Paling (Anthropology) has recently completed the second field and laboratory season as co-director of the Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project in Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua.  From July to August undergraduate students from George Mason University participated in a field school where they conducted mapping and survey operation, as well as, participate in excavations.  Ceramics from their operations dated to the Tempisque and Bagaces transition (around AD 250-­‐300).  While in Nicaragua, Paling and Justin Lowry presented the results of their first field season at Conversatorio Arqueológico: Realidades y Retos de la ciencia en Nicaragua, which was an archaeological   conference held at the University of Nicaragua, Managua campus.  The title of that paper was “Resultados preliminares: Ecavaciones arqueologicas en la comunidad de Chiquilstagua 2013.”   The results of their first season were also presented at the 79th annual conference for the Society for American Archaeology which was held in Austin, Texas.   Paling was also a co-author along with   Colin Quinn and Dr. Deborah Nichols from Dartmouth College, Michael D. Glascock from MURR of the paper “Chiquilistagua Archaeological Project 2013 Obsidian Analysis and Sourcing.” The paper was also presented at the 79th Society for America Archaeology meetings.  Paling also presented a public lecture organized by the New Hampshire Archaeological Society at Plymouth State University on April 29.  The paper was titled, “Examining the Origins of Mayan Ideology: A Case Study from K’o Guatemala.” Paling was responsible for editing the 2014 Investigaciones Arqueologicas en la Region de Chiquilistagua, Nicaragua written by Justin P. Lowry, Jason S.R. Paling, Colin A. Quinn, Derrick Chow, and Jeffrey McAndrews.  This report was submitted to the Institute of Nicaraguan Culture,Managua,  Nicaragua.

Filiz Otucu presented a paper at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference in Barcelona, Spain.

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Filiz Otucu (Political Science) presented a paper titled “Veiled Atrocities, Responsibility to Protect and Millennium Development Goals: Case of Sudan” at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference, June 16-­‐19, in Barcelona, Spain.

Stacey Yap helped organize and attended a conference on law and the creative arts.

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Stacey Yap helped organize and attended a conference on law and the creative arts, “Protecting the Creative Spirit: Copyright, Intellectual Property Law, and the Creative Arts” held at Plymouth State and sponsored by the Dean of the College of Arts and Science and the Office of Research and Engagement on May 30. A series of interactive panels highlighted issues concerning intellectual property rights, copyright, contracting, commissions, and provenance. Panelists included legal specialists Drs. Kate and Peter McGovern, Susan Richy, Sarah Chafey, and Amanda Nelson; musicians Romeo Melloni and Paul Warnick; and PSU faculty Thaddeus Guldbrandsen and Rick St. Hilaire.

Stacey Yap and Khuan Chong had a conference with the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR )

October 3rd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Stacey Yap (Sociology) and Khuan Chong (Political Science) had a conference with the Faculty of Arts and Social Science at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) on August 1-­‐2 in Kampar, Malaysia. The agenda included topics related to faculty and student exchanges. Also, the meetings that followed saw the presentation of 3 CDs that covered the topics of: “Tin and the Malaysian Communists,” “The Role of Women Dulangs in Tin Mining,” and “Tin Mining and the Growth of Malaysia.” These works came about from the suggestions made to the Social Science and Journalism Departments of UTAR in 2012, when Stacey and Khuan visited the University and attended the establishment of the Tin Museum in 2012. The collaboration of PSU and UTAR to produce such quality works set the foundation for future academic exchanges.

Ricardo St. Hilaire, Affiliate Faculty and Cultural Heritage lawyer, gave a talk on “US v. Shultz,”

April 2nd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann
  • Ricardo St. Hilaire, Affiliate Faculty and Cultural Heritage lawyer, gave a talk on “US v. Shultz,” involving the criminal case of Tutankhamun’s grandfather, the fake “Thomas Alcock” collection, an Egyptian tomb ravaged by chainsaws, a criminal defendant who tried to escape prosecution by ingesting hemlock, the cover-up using teabags and liquid plastic, and prison time for the former head of the National Association of Dealers in Ancient, Oriental, and Primitive Art.- — Wednesday, April 2, 12-1p in Rounds 304A.  Bring your lunch.

David Starbuck hosted the annual meeting of the New England Chapters of the Society for Industrial Archeology

April 2nd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

David Starbuck (Anthropology) hosted the annual meeting of the New England Chapters of the Society for Industrial Archeology on March 1 in Boyd Hall. The conference featured multiple presentations on the subject of early industry in New Hampshire.  He also concluded his exhibit on the early cartoon character, “Foxy Grandpa,” which had been featured on the first floor of Lamson Library since late January. “Foxy” was one of the most unique subjects of comic book art between 1900 and ca. 1920.  David also submitted to the New York State Museum his final archaeological report on past excavations at the Lake George Battlefield Park (New York) as a prelude to directing a new series of excavations in the Park that will commence this coming summer.  David is editor of The New Hampshire Archeologist, and in March he published Volume 52, devoted to Native American sites in New Hampshire.

Steve Whitman (Geography/Environmental Planning) and the students in Advanced Planning are assisting the Town of Plymouth’s Energy Commission with a study of “group net metering”

April 2nd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Steve Whitman (Geography/Environmental Planning) and the students in Advanced Planning are assisting the Town of Plymouth’s Energy Commission with a study of “group net metering”. Recently enabled by the legislature in 2013 this would allow for the construction of one solar array to provide energy to a number of structures with their own electrical meters. The class is reviewing municipally owned properties to identify suitable sites for a solar array, analyzing electric data for the municipal buildings, and will be reporting out to the Energy Commission in April on their initial findings and what this may mean for the size options and costs of such an infrastructure investment.

Filiz Otucu collaborates with NH World Affairs Council and Model UN students

April 2nd, 2014 by Nikki-Ann

Filiz Otucu (Political Science) in collaboration with the NH World Affairs Council and Model UN students co-organized a talk, “Making a Stand: U.S. Leadership in Emerging Crisis,” on March 27 by Ambassador Richard Barton, Assistant Secretary of State for Conflict and Stabilization Operations Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization.

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November 14th, 2013 by Eric


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Department News

David Starbuck speaks on the subject of the Platinum Age of Comic Book History

Jason S.R. Paling will be directing the PSU Archaeological Field School.

Mark Okrant has his eighth book,