Sara Ernst

News Fellow

Sara is NHPR's Couch Fellow for Innovation, working in the newsroom and on NHPR's Creative Production Unit.

Sara Ernst

Nashua Drug Court held a ceremony on Thursday for four new graduates of its program to help those struggling with addiction. The program aims to reduce recidivism and harsh jail time with the alternative of rigorous drug rehabilitation.

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The Manchester City School District held a Q&A forum with superintendent candidates in their search for new school leadership on Wednesday. Parents, teachers, principals, board members and students showed up to the event, which took place at Memorial High School.

The search has been whittled down to three candidates: the two interim co-superintendents Jennifer Gillis and Amy Allen, as well as John Goldhardt, an educator from Salt Lake City.

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Dartmouth College is challenging the anonymity of plaintiffs in a $70 million class-action lawsuit that claims the school mishandled sexual abuse complaints for years.

Dartmouth argues the use of pseudonyms for two recently added plaintiffs will make it unfairly difficult for the college to defend itself.

The lawsuit, filed last fall, centers around three former members of the school’s neuroscience faculty. Plaintiffs argue Dartmouth administrators failed to properly protect students from harassment and assault by the men.

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New England College celebrated its largest graduating class at the school’s 77th commencement on Saturday. 950 undergraduate, graduate and online students received their degrees.

The private liberal arts school is the most diverse university in New Hampshire. Graduates this year hailed from 47 states and 16 countries.

Although it was a day of celebration, some students did have some mixed feelings on graduation day.

NH Fish and Game

  The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services has closed the state’s ocean coastline and Hampton Seabrook Harbor to shellfish harvesting. The agency came to this decision after finding high levels of a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in mussel samples taken yesterday. The toxin comes from what’s known as red tide.

 

Chris Nash is the Shellfish Program Manager at the department and he says the toxin is produced by algae.

The University of New Hampshire will join a new consortium of research institutions to explore three billion acres of U.S. ocean. The research at UNH will focus primarily on ocean mapping and data visualization.

“What I think people don’t realize is how little of the ocean is known,” said Larry Mayer, principal investigator for UNH on the project. “Only about 6-10 percent of the ocean has ever been mapped. So that leaves 90% that is totally unknown.”