February/March 2014, Faculty and student scholarship, awards, and noteworthy service activities

March 21st, 2014 by Jennifer


  • Kimberly Ritchie is currently exhibiting her work in the juried exhibition Water: A Universal Human Right” at the Robert Morris State Street Gallery at Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL.  Her work was also exhibited in the “Prints of the Year” exhibition at the Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery in Portsmouth, NH during the month of January.
  • Jason Swift presented his research paper, “De-Siloizing the Foundations Studio Program: The Role of a Studio Based Art Education Program on an Art Department Foundations Task Force,” in the session “Why Foundations?: What is the Role of a First Year Studio Foundation Program in an Art and Design Education?” juried and chaired by Maureen Garvin, Dean of the School of Foundations Studies Savannah College of Art and Design, at the 2013 Southeastern College Art Conference in Greensboro, NC.
  • The PSU Art Department faculty will be featured in a group show, “Faculty Selections,” at the Belknap Mill Society in Laconia NH, February 5th-28th.  An artist reception and talks will be held February 21st from 5-7 pm.  This faculty show has been coordinated by Kathi Smith (AR Teaching Lecturer) in conjunction with Denise Sharlow (Executive Director of the Belknap Mill Society) and will be installed by students from Smith’s course 2D Presentation Practices course.  For more information please contact:  Belknap Mill Society, 25 Beacon St. East, Laconia, NH 03246, 603-524-8813.

Atmospheric Science and Chemistry

  • Jason Cordeira gave a presentation to the National Weather Service Western Region Headquarters on processes associated with extreme rain events titled, “Atmospheric River Formation and Evolution in Proximity to North Pacific Tropical Cyclones.”
  • Lourdes Aviles’ book, “Taken by Storm, 1938: A Social and Meteorological History of the Great New England Hurricane,” has won the ASLI (Atmospheric Science Librarians International) 2013 Choice History award, which will be presented during the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society annual meeting in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, February 5.
  • The Global Ethics Network  interview Sam Miller about …”Weather, Climate & Climate Change.” http://www.globalethicsnetwork.org/profiles/blogs/understanding-weather-climate-climate-change-interview-dr-sam

Biological Sciences

  • Graduate student Rebecca Anderson and her advisor Chris Chabot co-authored an article, “Sublethal behavioral and physiological effects of the biomedical bleeding process on the American Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus,” published in The Biological Bulletin (volume 225, pages 137-151)Their article was featured on the cover of the December 2013 issue, with an explanation given here: http://www.biolbull.org/content/225/3.cover-expansion
  • Len Reitsma co-authored an article, “Two song categories in the Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis),” published in The Auk (volume 130, pages 609-616).  
  • Kerry Yurewicz and six students from her fall Freshwater Ecology course attended the 12th annual Undergraduate Symposium on Sustainability and the Environment at Bridgewater State University on December 7th.  Sixty posters from students and their faculty mentors at 19 schools throughout New England were presented, including the following two from PSU:
    • Amanda Kelly, Gabriel Winant, Nicole Parker, and Kerry Yurewicz:  Moisture levels in Riparian Zone Soil and Density Patterns in Fallopia japonica
    • Charlotte Harding, Josiah Weeks, Briseis Wray, and Kerry Yurewicz:  Effects of Predators on Habitat Selection of the Freshwater Insect Notonecta lunata 

Center for the Environment

  • Ashley Hyde presented a poster at the December annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, CA titled “Using Specific Electrical Conductance to Compare Rainfall Runoff in NH Urban and Rural Catchments.” At the same meeting, Mark Green gave an invited talk titled “Soil Texture Controls Broad Scale Dissolved Organic Carbon Transport Efficiency in Watersheds.”
  • Errin Volitis and Ashley Hyde presented research results from the NH LoVoTECS water sensing network to the Piscataquog River Local Advisory Committee on January 20th.
  • Mark Green has a new publication:  McGuire, K., S. Sebestyen, N. Ohte, E. Elliott, T. Gomi, M. Green, B. McGlynn, N. Tokuchi. 2014. “Merging perspectives in the catchment sciences: the US–Japan Joint Seminar on catchment hydrology and forest biogeochemistry.”  Hydrological Processes, doi:10.1002/hyp.10129.
  • As a senior fellow in the National Environmental Leadership Program, Shannon Rogers has been appointed to the selection committee this year, helping to choose a new class of fellows working in the Pacific Northwest Region of the U.S.

Center for Rural Partnerships

  • Dan Lee delivered two presentations describing tourism research. On December 10th, he addressed the NH Tourism Coalition in Concord on the topic of the state’s return on investment in tourism (ROI). On December 27th, he made a presentation about the INHS’ tourism research methodologies to the Commissioner of DRED, the Director of DTTD, and others.
  • The Center has received funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to continue facilitating projects and partnerships in Coos County.  If you have ideas for research, community engagement, or student projects, please contact Ben Amsden.  More information will be forthcoming this month describing how faculty can access this Coos funding.

College of Business Administration

  • Yvette Lazdowski was presented with The Alfred R. Roberts Memorial Research Award at the Academy of Accounting Historians Research Conference in October 2013, which was held at the University of Wisconsin–Osh Kosh.
  • Robyn Parker’s book was published- “Redesigning Courses for Online Delivery: Design, Interaction, Media & Evaluation.” The book is part of the Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Education series published by Emerald Insight. This volume presents a unique approach to the redesign process.

Counselor Education and School Psychology

  • Stephen Flynn had a first author book chapter publication in January 2014.  The chapter, entitled “Professional roles, functions, and consultation with other professionals,” in “Introduction to Professional Counseling.” The chapter can be viewed online at http://www.sagepub.com/books/Book238071/toc
  • Jonas Taub, Teaching Lecturer in the School Psychology Program was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the NH Association for School Psychology this week.

Early Childhood Studies

  • Pat Cantor served as the moderator for an Education Policy Roundtable at the annual Children’s Summit of the NH Children’s Advocacy Network (NH CAN) on December 4th.  Panel members included Todd DeMitchell, Chair of the Education Department at UNH, Bill Duncan, Education Advocate, and Ted Gatsas, Mayor of Manchester.
  • Pat Cantor and Mary Cornish offered two full-day Professional Development Institutes on January 15th and 16th for 29 early childhood teachers and directors from 9 early care and education programs in Coos County.  This was the latest offering in an ongoing series of professional development opportunities, including on-site consultation for teachers and directors, that Pat and Mary have been providing in Coos County as part of their five-year grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund to promote higher quality early care and education in the North Country.  Over the last three years, participants have focused on Integrating Play in the Curriculum, and Pat and Mary have provided materials and introduced evidence-based strategies to support children’s development through playful learning and exploration.
  • Meagan Shedd presented on “Building the Base of the Pyramid: Health and Nutrition as a Bridge to Home Literacy Practices” at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association in Dallas, Texas, in December.  Meagan also has been asked to continue serving for two more years on the Boston Bruins I.C.E. School Committee, Community Outreach and Educational Programming Development.

Educational Leadership, Learning and Curriculum

  • Linda Carrier published an article, “If We Want to Really Improve Our Schools, We Need to Make Leadership a Priority for Instructional Leaders,” in the NH Education Journal.
  • Marcel Lebrun presented two workshops in Wakeham Bay, Nunavik, Canada, January 13th-18th, entitled “PBIS in the K-12 School and Classroom Management for Educators.”
  • Kathleen Norris presented her qualitative research paper, “Perceptions of Learning Described By Graduate Research Design Students” at the Oxford Educational Research Symposium. She also facilitated a training session on Assessment and Evaluation at Lin-Wood Public School and developed an Evaluation Training for the NH Department of Health and Human Services. She has completed her service as the Professional Standards Board Subcommittee Chair to revise the Curriculum Administrator standards and those were approved and sent forward to rule-making and final approval.  She continues to serve as the Vice Chair of the Professional Standards Board.


  • Liz Ahl’s poem, “Buoyancy,” was published in the December 2013 issue (No. 6) of Conclave: A Journal of Character.  The editors also nominated the poem for a Pushcart Prize.  http://www.conclavejournal.com/.  Liz also has four poems in Vol. 8, No. 2 of Mezzo Cammin, an online journal devoted to poems in traditional forms written by women. The issue can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/ngtv2v8
  • Ann McClellan gave the keynote at New Hampshire Public Television’s early premiere of PBS Masterpiece’s Sherlock at Red River Theaters in Concord, NH. She also gave spoke on “Romantic Revolutionaries” for the New Hampshire Humanities Council at the Gordon Nash Library in New Hampton, NH.

Health and Human Performance

  • Linda Levy was awarded the Cramer Award from the Eastern Athletic Trainers’ Association.  The award honors those members who have provided excellent leadership in serving the EATA and in doing so, advanced the profession of Athletic Training.
  • Josh Engelbrecht (MS ’14) earned a spot on the District 1 Quiz Bowl team where he will compete against students from across the country at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference and Clinical Symposium in Indianapolis in June.

Music, Theatre and Dance

  • Rik Pfenninger was featured in a story on NHPR in December.  The segment with Sean Hurley focused on Rik’s work as a composer for film, television, and new media, with primary emphasis on the soundtrack he’s currently creating for a Turkish TV show.
  • As National Association of Teachers of Singing VP for Workshops, Kathleen Arecchi collaborated with National Opera Association (NOA) colleagues in the planning and running of the joint conference:  “Opera and Musical Theatre in the 21st Century:  Tradition and Innovation Converge,” January 9th-11th.  At the Gala Banquet, she accepted the 3rd place NOA award for PSU’s production of Orpheus in the Underworld” (April 2013).  Also in January, and at the invitation of the choral director, Kathleen conducted a voice master class at Salem High School (NH)
  • Dan Perkins has just been appointed principal guest conductor and director of choral activities for the New Hampshire Music Festival.
  • MTD alumna Catherine Dwinal has been named the Teacher of the Year by the organization Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME).  This prestigious award recognizes outstanding dedication and enthusiasm in music educators who have introduced technology into their music classrooms as a means to teach the standards of their music education program.

Social Science

  • Brian Eisenhauer and Matt Bartley (Graduate student, Center for the Environment) recently submitted the final report for the project “Using Community-Based Social Marketing to Improve Angler Retention in New Hampshire” to The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and to the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, a national non-profit organization. The project used social science research to produce empirically grounded recommendations for improving The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s efforts to fund conservation efforts throughout the state through improved licensing and communication. The research was funded by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, and The Center for the Environment which supported Matt’s studies.

Social Work

  • Stephen Gorin was invited by NASW to participate in a roundtable discussion in Washington, DC on the Affordable Care Act and social work. Members of Congress who are social workers, including Carol Shea Porter, participated in the event. He was also invited by Oxford University Press’s Blog to submit and publish Will young invincibles buy into the ACA?
  • Kristina Lind had an article published in December:  Hessenauer, Sarah & Lind, Kristina (2013). “Preparation for Group Work: Perceptions of Bachelor-Level Social Workers.”  Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, Vol. 18. She also had a poster accepted at the Society for Social Work and Research, 2014 Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX held in January titled “The School Staffing Experience: Mothers’ Perceptions of Social Work Help-giving Practices.”
  • Cynthia Moniz and Stephen Gorin had the 4th edition of their social work textbook, “Health Care Policy and Practice: A Biopsychosocial Perspective” (2014) published by Routleledge.

University Studies

  • Patrick Cate held two workshops on student success and advising in January.  On January 13th he led a two-hour workshop for the college of arts and sciences at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME.  About 90 faculty members attended the workshop on faculty advising and working with ill-prepared but career-focused students.   On January 16th, the University Studies department hosted the NH State NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) drive-in. About 17 faculty and professional advisors, from two- and four-year institutions from around the state attended the workshop, “Foundations of Advising” at the PSU Pillsbury building in Concord.  Patrick is the New Hampshire State Liaison for NACADA

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