December 2013, Faculty and Student Scholarship, awards, and noteworthy service activities

December 4th, 2013 by Hyung Park

Art

  • Kathi Smith has artwork currently showcased through the winter at the George Marshall Store Gallery, in York, Maine as part of a group show “Winter Expectations.”(http://www.georgemarshallstoregallery.com/styled-2/index.html)  In January she will be participating in a Invitational Show “On and Off the Wall” at the First Street Gallery, 526 W26th St. NY, NY. www.firststreetgallery.net.  The artist reception is January 23, 6-8pm.  In addition she will be exhibiting artwork in one of Portland Maine’s premier commercial art galleries, Aucocisco Galleries, www.Aucocisco.com from January 19 – Feb 2.  The artist’s reception for this 3-person show is January 24 5-8pm.  Works exhibited at Aucocisco will be from a series of landscapes completed during her summer artist residency at The Heliker-LaHotan Foundation on Great Cranberry Island, in Maine. http://www.heliker-lahotan.org

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Jason Cordeira published two papers in the peer-reviewed journal Monthly Weather Review:
    • Cordeira, J. M., F. M. Ralph, and B. J. Moore, 2013: The development and evolution of two atmospheric rivers in proximity to western North Pacific tropical cyclones in October 2010. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 4234-4255.
    • Schreck, C. J., J. M. Cordeira, and D. Margolin, 2013: Which MJO events affect North American temperatures?. Mon. Wea. Rev., 141, 3840-3850.

Center for the Environment and Environmental Science and Policy

  • PSU’s Center for the Environment (CFE) and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) would like to announce that we are accepting applications for the Summer 2014 Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU), centered at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Students will immerse themselves in research in collaboration with an experienced mentor in various fields of environmental change. Students will also interact with the broad summer research community at Hubbard Brook, interacting with graduate students, post-doctoral workers and other research professionals living and working at HBEF. For additional information, please connect to the following link within CFE’s website: http://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/hubbard-brook-reu/ . The Hubbard Brook REU program is funded through the National Science Foundation. Michele Pruyn is project PI, Geoff Wilson (Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, member of CFE, and PSU adjunct faculty) coordinates the program, and CFE provides support.
  • CFE is working on coordinating the 2014 New Hampshire Water and Watershed Conference which will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Plymouth State University. The conference theme is “Sustainability of New Hampshire’s Water Resources” and we invite abstracts on a variety of topics. Abstracts are due on December 10. For more information, contact June Hammond Rowan.
  • Graduate student Matt Cummings presented “Energy Consumption and Sustainability opportunities at USACE Franklin Falls Dam” to US Army Corps of Engineers project and regional staff on November 14. Shelly Garber presented to the Thornton Planning Board findings from his work on a floodplain GIS analysis on November 21. Both of these presentations were part of the students’ research and outreach projects for the MS in Environmental Science and Policy.
  • Senate Bill 99 (2013) requires the NH Office of Energy & Planning to “contract with an outside vendor for a study of the site evaluation committee and its processes.” Joe Boyer was invited to participate in reviewing and providing feedback on the NH Energy Facility Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) process and decision making criteria, and to discuss ideas as to what should be changed.
  • Joe Boyer, Doug Earick, Rachelle Lyons (grad asst), and Nadine Orjola (grad asst) were invited to attend the STEM faculty meeting at Plymouth Elementary School. They discussed complementary ways for CFE and ES&P to better provide exposure to STEM ideas and concepts as well as how to enhance PSU faculty and student support for STEM-based projects in elementary and middle schools.
  • Joe Boyer has a new peer-reviewed publication:  Buzzelli, C., Y. Wan, P. H. Doering, and J. N. Boyer. 2013. Seasonal dissolved inorganic phosphorus budgets for two sub-tropical estuaries in south Florida, USA. Biogeosciences 10: 6721-6736.
  • Mark Green presented an invited talk at the Annual New York State Energy Research & Development Authority Meeting on “Using our over-sampled environments to design efficient monitoring programs” on November 6 in Albany NY.  Mark also gave a presentation for the National Conservation Training Center, Conservation Science Webinar Series on “Hydrologic change at Hubbard Brook induced by calcium amendment” on November 19. The Conservation Science webinar is run by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
  • On November 13, Mark Green, Doug Earick, and Shannon Rogers traveled to Falmouth, Maine to meet with other project team members for the EPSCoR Track II project “Safe Beaches and Shellfish.”
  • On November 20, Shannon Rogers, Mark Green, and Doug Earickall gave presentations at the NH EPSCoR Track I team meeting in Concord, NH.  The following posters by students and faculty were presented at this meeting:
    • Becky Brown, Ashley Hyde, & Shannon Rogers: Viewshed Valuation Pilot Project.
    • Mark Green, Doug Earick, Steve Hale (UNH), Ashley Hyde, & Errin Volitis: Lotic Volunteer Temperature, Electrical Conductance, and Stage Sensing Network.
    • Ashley Hyde: Using Specific Electrical Conductance to Compare Rainfall Runoff in NH Urban and Rural Catchments.
    • Shannon Rogers, Chelsea Berg, & Jonathon Loos: Evaluating Watershed Ecosystem Services in New Hampshire.
    • Liza Tetley: An Evaluation of Cultural Ecosystem Services in the Mirror Lake Watershed and Community Surrounding Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Linda Upham-Bornstein (HPSSE, CRP) was appointed on October 18 to the New Hampshire State Historic Records and Advisory Board by Governor Margaret Hassan. Established in 1976, the NH SHRAB is the state level review board for grant applications submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC].  The Board provides advice and assistance to prospective applicants for grant funds for preserving, managing and providing access to records.  These proposals may be submitted by any public or private entity – municipal government, libraries, museums, or schools in the state of New Hampshire.  Linda also presented a program for One Book One Valley with support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council:  “The Metropolis of Northern New Hampshire: How an Industry Shaped a Region.” This program examines the causes and consequences of the rise and decline of New Hampshire’s pulp and papermaking industry.  AND, Linda contributed Historical content and narrative portions to The Berlin Mural – A film by Kaleb Hart.
  • Rachelle Lyons (graduate assistant), in conjunction with Wholesome Wave, hosted a statewide gathering of professionals from the health care, social welfare and farming communities to facilitate a discussion of potential partnerships that can improve equitable access to local, healthy food.  Rachelle was also appointed to the Plymouth Conservation Commission as a full member for a 2-year term.
  • Rachelle Lyons and students from ES+P organized a field experience with NH Fish and Game to assess Lake Trout populations across Coos County. This trip was part of the Center’s new Community Engagement Field Program, which provides opportunities for faculty to bring students off-campus for hand-on experiences with regional partners. Any faculty member (full-time or adjunct) wishing to learn more about the program should contact Rachelle or Ben Amsden.
  • Linda Upham-Bornstein has been appointed to the New Hampshire State Historical Records Advisory Board. The NH SHRAB reviews applications for grants submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, which is run through the National Archives and Records Administration.
  • Marylynn Cote worked with the Laconia Area Community Land Trust to administer a resident-satisfaction survey in Laconia, Tilton, and Meredith. This project resulted in three sets of off-campus field experiences for students from Social Science and ES+P interested in learning about social science research methods.

College of Business Administration

  • Students from the Professional Sales Leadership Program competed in the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition hosted by Bryant University on November 8. There were 11 schools competing. Plymouth had 14 students compete, and 8 (57%) made it into the semi-finals (unheard of!) and 2 to the finals. During the awards ceremony, it was impressive to hear Plymouth State University students called up to the podium to receive plaques 10 times in a row.
  • Warren Mason (CoBA and CMS) recently presented at James Jones Society Writing Symposium in Robinson, Illinois.  Entitled “Enlistment, Conscription, and Writing Reservoirs,” the presentation was attended by the local general public, James Jones Society members, and selected students from local high school and colleges.  The James Jones Society, which financially encourages beginning writers, awarded more than $12,000 at this symposium to novice authors from across the nation.  At the following JJS Board of Directors meeting, Prof. Mason was unanimously re-elected the Society’s Treasurer, as well as to other Society committees, for another three year term.

Communication and Media Studies

  • Annette Holba’s (CMS and HPSSE) book, “Transformative Leisure: A Philosophy of Communication” (Marquette University Press, 2013) was published/released in November. Her co-authored book, “Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning” (published 2012) received the Top Book Award from the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Philosophy of Communication Division at the annual convention on November 24.
  • Annette Holba also presented two papers at the NCA convention last week entitled, “Meditative Practice in any Classroom: Revisiting Meditative Traditions as a Pedagogy of Inquiry” and “Reconnecting through Active Contemplation: Recovering Human Meaning, the Silent Side of Speech.” In Annette’s position as vice-chair elect in the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA, she has moved into Vice Chair and will plan the centennial program in 2014.

Early Childhood Studies

  • The Early Childhood Studies Department held its Early Childhood Showcase event in the HUB on November 18, featuring poster presentations by 41 first-year and senior students, and workshop sessions by 24 seniors on a variety of topics.  This culminating event for early childhood majors, which is modeled after a professional conference, has been held every semester since 2003.
  • Early Childhood Studies faculty presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference in Washington, DC, November 19-23.   Pat Cantor presented as part of the day-long History Seminar, on the use of stories to advocate for the creation of charity kindergartens in the US during the 1880s.  Clarissa Uttley presented a session titled “So you think you can present? Of course you can! Developing proposals for local and national conferences,” which was attended by over 150 early childhood professionals with representation from many US states, Taiwan, and Finland.  As part of the NAEYC Conference, Pat Cantor participated as a member of the NH team on the Day on the Hill, meeting with staffers from the offices of Senators Shaheen and Ayotte to discuss early childhood issues.

Elementary Education and Childhood Studies

  • Alison Wenhart (Education) and Michael Kopish (HPSSE) presented, “Children Have the Right to Say! Literacy, Justice, Civic Potential” at the Kappa Delta Pi Convocation in Dallas, Texas on Friday, October 25. The session focused on promoting civic literacy and meeting the common core standards. Strategies, methods and a newly developed “ibook” were shared with middle school educators from around the country.  They gave the same presentation at the New Hampshire Council of Social Studies on October 29 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The session focused on connecting Social Studies curriculum, particularly issues of juvenile justice, to the common core standards.   They also presented, “Children Have the Right to Say! Literacy, Justice, Civic Potential” at the Maine Council for Social Studies Conference in Augusta, Maine on Friday, November 8.  The session focused on curriculum design to promoting civic literacy through analysis and discussion of current events and controversial issues important to the lives of young people. They also gave the same presentation at the National Council for Social Studies Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday November 23. The session focused on connecting literacy practices in social studies to the common core standards.

English

  • Meg Petersen presented at the annual NCTE conference in Boston, one with fellow National Writing Project members and one with a group of PSU English teacher certification students.

Health and Human Performance

  • Christian Bisson presented the results of pilot research on The Effects of Using Directed Rehearsal on Teaching Skills Development at the 2013 International Conference for the Association for Experiential Education in Denver, CO.
  • Ryanne Carmichael joined two PSU alumni at the New England American College of Sports Medicine conference in Providence, RI on November 14th and 15th. Adam Gray (BS ’13) and Tim Visich (BS ’13) and presented a poster on their undergraduate research, Effect of Compression Garments on Lactate Threshold in Athletes and Non-Athletes.
  • Cheryl Coker presented Intervention Strategies for Skill Development at the New Hampshire Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with students Chelsea Cooper and Matt McGuigan. 
  • Louise McCormack hosted the 8th Annual PSU Breakfast while presenting 2 sessions: What’s Happening in NH? How We Can We Jump On Board? and The Highlights and Woes of Student Teaching: A NH College/University Student Panel.  Lynn Johnson presented Do you have what it take to become a professional?…What should you be doing NOW to prepare for your future? 
  • Jamie Hannon presented three workshops.  HHP Students Shannon Murphy, Matt McGuigan, Zackary Thomas, Meghan Cassidy, Kaela Mitchell, Kristina Otis, Anna Cochran presented Making Fitness Fun:  K-6 Activities that develop Health-Related Fitness Components, students Anthony Tedesco, Scott Giusti, Tim Jewett, Jake Tyler, Amy MacDonald, Joey DiTommaso, Chris Annunciata, Rex Rosen, Peter Skevas, Mike Russell presented Fitness for High School Physical Education, and students Chelsea Cooper, Lynne Glass presented Learning Through Physical Activity.
  • At the NHAHEPRD conference, Matthew McGuigan and Anna Curry were honored as the Plymouth State University Outstanding Student Majors and Matthew McGuigan was selected as one of the two Outstanding Student Majors from New Hampshire.  Matt will represent Plymouth State University and New Hampshire at the 2014 Eastern District/AAHPERD Convention in Newport, RI as one of the District Outstanding Future Professionals.
  • Irene Cucina presented two sessions at the New York State Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention in Verona, NY. One of the sessions was the highly esteemed Ronald Feingold Lecture where Irene presented on the benefits of Active Schools. As part of the lecture a donation will be sent to the Circle program in her name. Irene also attended the South Dakota Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance convention in Brookings, SD where she gave multiple presentations. The Superintendent of the Brookings School District cancelled school the day before the conference so that Irene could do an all-day professional development for all the K-12 teachers on how to integrate activity into the school day. Over 350 teachers and administrators were involved.

History, Philosophy and Social Science Education

  • Michael Kopish (HPSSE) and Alison Wenhart (EECS) presented, “Children Have the Right to Say! Literacy, Justice, Civic Potential” at the Kappa Delta Pi Convocation in Dallas, Texas on Friday, October 25. The session focused on promoting civic literacy and meeting the common core standards. Strategies, methods and a newly developed “ibook” were shared with middle school educators from around the country.  They gave the same presentation at the New Hampshire Council of Social Studies on October 29 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The session focused on connecting Social Studies curriculum, particularly issues of juvenile justice, to the common core standards.   They also presented, “Children Have the Right to Say! Literacy, Justice, Civic Potential” at the Maine Council for Social Studies Conference in Augusta, Maine on Friday, November 8.  The session focused on curriculum design to promoting civic literacy through analysis and discussion of current events and controversial issues important to the lives of young people. They also gave the same presentation at the National Council for Social Studies Conference in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday November 23. The session focused on connecting literacy practices in social studies to the common core standards.
  • Michael Kopish co-authored a chapter titled, “Youth Organizing for School and Neighborhood Improvement” in the book Schools and Urban Revitalization: Rethinking Institutions and Community Development.” (2013:  Routledge).
  • Annette Holba’s (CMS, HPSSE) book, “Transformative Leisure: A Philosophy of Communication” (Marquette University Press, 2013) was published/released in November. Her co-authored book, “Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning” (published 2012) received the Top Book Award from the National Communication Association’s (NCA) Philosophy of Communication Division at the annual convention on November 24.
  • Annette Holba also presented two papers at the NCA convention last week entitled, “Meditative Practice in any Classroom: Revisiting Meditative Traditions as a Pedagogy of Inquiry” and “Reconnecting through Active Contemplation: Recovering Human Meaning, the Silent Side of Speech.” In Annette’s position as vice-chair elect in the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA, she has moved into Vice Chair and will plan the centennial program in 2014.
  • Linda Upham-Bornstein (HPSSE, CRP) was appointed on October 18 to the New Hampshire State Historic Records and Advisory Board by Governor Margaret Hassan. Established in 1976, the NH SHRAB is the state level review board for grant applications submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission [NHPRC].  The Board provides advice and assistance to prospective applicants for grant funds for preserving, managing and providing access to records.  These proposals may be submitted by any public or private entity – municipal government, libraries, museums, or schools in the state of New Hampshire.  Linda also presented a program for One Book One Valley with support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council:  “The Metropolis of Northern New Hampshire: How an Industry Shaped a Region.” This program examines the causes and consequences of the rise and decline of New Hampshire’s pulp and papermaking industry.  AND, Linda contributed Historical content and narrative portions to The Berlin Mural – A film by Kaleb Hart.
  • Marcia Schmidt Blaine contributed to several stories for NHPR’s ”250 Years in the Making” series on all the towns celebrating the 250th anniversary of their founding.
  • Rebecca Noel presented “The Frailty of Scholars:  European Enlightenment Medicine, Samuel Tissot, and American School Health” at the New England Historical Association conference on October 12 in New Haven, CT.  Whitney Howarth chaired the session.

Language and Linguistics

  • Katharine Harrington has been elected Vice President of the American Council for Quebec Studies.  She will serve a two-year term as VP and will serve as the conference chair for the ACQS’s November 2014 Biennial Conference in Montreal.
  • Wilson Garcia conducted a presentation on the everyday life in Colombia for the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus at the Plymouth Congressional Church on November 2nd.  On November 19th, he facilitated the screening of the movie The Colors of the Mountain.  This event was part of PSU International Education Week.

Music, Theater, Dance

  • Kathleen Arecchi was an Adjudicator for the New Hampshire All-State Chorus Auditions held in Manchester on November 16.
  • The PSU Theatre production of Orpheus in the Underworld” placed 3rd in Division II of the National Opera Association (NOA) opera production competition for 2012-2013. The other winners in this division were SUNY-Purchase and Oberlin Conservatory.
  • Robert Swift has had five hymn tunes accepted for publication in 2014 in a new collection of settings of hymn texts written by Sir Isaac Watts.  The titles for his tunes include “Campton,” “Holderness,” and “Mt. Pero.”

Nursing

  • PSU’s Nursing program has received a five-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), a branch of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, for the program’s Bachelor of Science in nursing. CCNE awarded five years of initial accreditation to PSU, which is the maximum number of years granted for new degree programs.
  • Sandra Gamble was notified that she has been admitted to the Graduate School at the University of New Hampshire for the Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program.
  • Mary Bantell participated on the organization and planning committee for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Organizational Leadership Conference at the AACN Semi-Annual Meeting.

Social Science

  • Katherine Donahue (Anthropology) presented a paper on the topic “Vessels of Freedom: The Cultural Capital and Social Ecology of Boat Shows” as part of a panel on trade shows at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) in Chicago. She also organized a tour “Finding Europe in Chicago” for the Society for the Anthropology of Europe, which holds its meetings in conjunction with the AAA.
  • David Starbuck (Anthropology) attended the Annual Meeting of the Council for Northeast Historical Archaeology (CNEHA) on November 7-10 at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE) and delivered his annual report as Editor of CNEHA.  David produces three newsletters for CNEHA each year and has been editor since 1989.
  • Filiz Otucu (Political Science) led discussions of the book “House of Stone” by Anthony Shadid on November 5 and the book “Broken Verses” by Kamila Shamsie on November 19 at the Pease Library in Plymouth. These events are parts of the continuing series in the “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” book discussions made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.

University Studies

  • Barbara LaJeunesse had an article published in the NACADA Region One bi-monthly newsletter.  Her article, “Why Advising Retention Efforts Begin or End at the Front Desk” was a continuation of the professional development session Ms. LaJeunesse presented to academic affairs administrative assistants during Faculty Week in 2012.  The newsletter can be found online at http://www.nacada.ksu.edu/.

 

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