More than Shrews and Spinsters: True Tales of British Female Academics

October, 2006
Ann McClellan, assistant professor of English

Ann McClellan, assistant professor of English

Authors Dorothy Sayers, Iris Murdoch, Margaret Drabble, A.S. Byatt and Jeanette Winterson have all explored the worlds of female professors, researchers and academics in Britain through novels and other literary works. In an upcoming book about 20th century literary representations of academic women, Ann McClellan, assistant professor of English at PSU, explores the roles women play in British institutions of higher education, both fictional and real. Read More

PSU Climatologist Making International Headlines

October, 2006
Michael Prentice (with saw) capping a sediment core from L. Gwam at 11,000 ft in Papua New Guinea, with Professor Wibjorn Karlen, head of the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University in Sweden. Karlen is a world expert in this type of lake sediment coring.

Michael Prentice (with saw) capping a sediment core from L. Gwam at 11,000 ft in Papua New Guinea, with Professor Wibjorn Karlen, head of the Department of Physical Geography at Stockholm University in Sweden. Karlen is a world expert in this type of lake sediment coring.

Michael Prentice, a research climatologist appointed jointly to PSU’s Center for the Environment and meteorology program, has been showing up in the news from Norway to the U.K. to the U.S. and beyond.

An article in the British magazine New Scientist (March 11, 2006) featuring Prentice’s research on the effects of global warming in New Guinea captured the attention of a number of international publications as well as the Reuters news agency, which released the story March 9 to its international audience. Read More

Stephen J. Barba Heading University Relations

October, 2006

stevePlymouth State University has tapped Stephen P. Barba to head its University Relations efforts. Barba took over as executive director of University Relations at the end of March 2006. Read More

First-Year Student Skier Captures Giant Slalom National Championship

October, 2006

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A first-year student on the Plymouth State ski team brought home a national championship in the giant slalom in early March at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships, held at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. Read More

The Archeology of New Hampshire: Exploring 10,000 Years in the Granite State

October, 2006

David Starbuck, University Press of New England, 2006

archaeologyDavid Starbuck’s latest book, The Archeology of New Hampshire: Exploring 10,000 Years in the Granite State, details all types of New Hampshire archeology, including prehistoric, historic, industrial and marine. The book covers many of the things that make New Hampshire distinctive: the people, what they valued and how they lived.

“New Hampshireites can take pride in the history of their state and know its past is very rich indeed,” says David Starbuck, associate professor of anthropology/sociology at PSU. “A book like this is for everyone; to help shed light on our own history and help people appreciate the vastly different lifestyles and cultures that existed before us.” He notes that a lot of attention tends to be given to international archeological digs, such as those that focus on ancient Mayan or Greek cultures, but most American archeologists actually dig in America. “Archeologists are storytellers, and dig sites and artifacts put flesh on the bones. When you can take someone out to a site, put something in their hands and tell them how it relates to the present day, you close the gap on the distant past.

This is Starbuck’s sixth book for the University Press of New England. His next book will be The Archaeology of Forts and Battlefields, to be published by the University Press of Florida.—Michele Barney Hutchins

Sleeping Alongside the Road

October, 2006

Mark Okrant, Oak Manor Publishing, 2006

sleeping_alongsideMark Okrant’s third book, Sleeping Alongside the Road, offers a retrospective on the American motel. At just five and a half inches square, Sleeping has been designed to recapture the flavor of the White Mountain Vistas travel booklets that L. Prang and Company made famous during the 1890s. The book uses stories told by past patrons and proprietors to place the evolution of the motel into the context of changes in the travel and tourism industry during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Okrant also uses the volume to caution that motels are an endangered genre of lodging that should be appreciated and patronized, not ignored. Mark Okrant is professor of geography and tourism development, and director of the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.—Marcia L. Santore

One year after Katrina, a PSU meteorologist is asking Why So Many Hurricanes? Is Global Warming to Blame?

October, 2006

by Lourdes B. Avilés

house_collapsedIs global warming making hurricanes worse? What are the effects of increasing global temperatures on hurricane activity? Before we answer those questions, we must discuss what hurricanes are and what makes them tick. Read More

Distinguished Teaching Award: Wendy J. Palmquist

October, 2006

gradsWendy Palmquist received PSU’s most prestigious honor for faculty, the Distinguished Teaching Award, for her dedication to teaching, scholarship and meaningful, student-centered education during her 25 years of service to the University. Palmquist is professor of psychology and co-director of the Frost Faculty Center.

Palmquist officially received the award at the 2006 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 20. Provost Virginia Barry praised Palmquist for her “broad, extensive knowledge of higher education … qualities of fairness, tolerance and compassion” and devotion to promoting critical thinking as the “cornerstone of a Plymouth State University education.” Read More

Distinguished Graduate Teaching Awards Education: Meg Petersen

October, 2006

Meg Petersen, associate professor of English, is a passionate advocate for the teaching of writing at all levels. She is coordinator of PSU’s M.Ed. program in English and director of the Plymouth Writing Project, New Hampshire’s site of the National Writing Project. Read More

Distinguished Graduate Teaching Awards MBA: William “Bill” Benoit

October, 2006

Bill Benoit has been a professor of business at Plymouth for 25 years and has served as business department chair and as director of the MBA program. He was instrumental in achieving professional accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for all undergraduate and graduate business programs at Plymouth State. Read More