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Researchers at the University of New Hampshire and Dartmouth's Tiltfactor Laboratory have piloted two video games aimed at teaching bystander intervention skills to college students.

Bystander intervention means diffusing a situation that could become dangerous or lead to sexual assault.

In the games, students can practice intervening: in one game, called Ship Happens, players navigate scenarios in a faraway galaxy. The second game is Mindflock, a competitive team-based trivia game about college life.

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The University of New Hampshire School of Law says it will launch a first-of-its-kind certificate program on blockchain and cryptocurrency.

 

UNH Law Professor Tonya Evans developed the program. She's a self-professed blockchain enthusiast in her spare time and says she appreciates efforts from businesses in the Portsmouth area to bring bitcoin transactions into the mainstream.

 

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Six UNH lecturers whose contracts were not renewed have filed a complaint with the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission alleging age discrimination.

 

This comes after a total of 17 lecturers with the College of Liberal Arts received notice earlier this year that they would be cut.

 

University of New Hampshire Lecturers United president Catherine Moran said newly-hired faculty has moved into many of the positions and that those let go had worked for the university for between eight and 20 years.

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A UNH study looks at how the costs of childcare are pushing some families out of the middle class.

The study found that 9 percent of families with kids under 6 fell into low-middle class or low class because of childcare costs.

Beth Mattingly is the director of the Vulnerable Families Research Program at UNH. She said once kids reach school age, some families do find more economic stability. 

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The University of New Hampshire football team gets its season started Thursday night against their rivals from Maine.

The Wildcats enter the game ranked 9th in the Football Championship Subdivision, formally Division 1-AA.

The team finished last year’s regular season with a 7-4 record, advancing to the playoffs for a 14th consecutive season, the longest active streak in the country.

Coach Sean McDonnell, now in his 20th year leading the team, says he’s eager to get going.

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The University of New Hampshire and the state's community college system have signed an agreement that will help transfer students interested in studying science transfer their community college credits.

As part of this agreement, community colleges took a look at the depth of what they taught in their introductory science courses, and made sure the content matched up with introductory classes at UNH.

The idea is that way, students start at the right level when they transfer, and not have to take extra time to catch up.

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A new UNH study looked at how well college personnel understand sexual assault and rape reporting regulations.

Researchers called Title IX offices, which oversee gender equality issues, and campus police at more than one hundred and fifty colleges around the country.

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UNH announced today it will take over publication of a widely referenced research publication.

 

"What is New Hampshire?" was previously produced by the now defunct Center for Public Policy Studies.

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An invasive earthworm may be on the move in New Hampshire.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is hosting a public seminar later this month about a fast, hungry species called the "jumping worm" that was recently introduced to North America from eastern Asia.

Watch a video the worms here.

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The University of New Hampshire is seeking $10 million in state funding to begin building new research laboratories to better prepare students for careers in regenerative medicine, bioengineering and other competitive growth industries.

Officials made their pitch Thursday as Republican Gov. Chris Sununu opened a hearing on the capital budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Sununu said he would recommend spending no more than $120 million.

UNH Seeks to Attract China's Best and Brightest Students

Jun 11, 2018
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The University of New Hampshire has unveiled a program designed to attract Chinese students with high scores on a national exam in China.

The gaokao is the nation's rigorous college entrance exam administered in June over two days. Nearly 10 million students are set to take the exam this year.

Chinese high school graduates would have to submit their gaokao scores, take an English test, undergo a video interview and submit their transcripts.

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A University of New Hampshire astrophysics team will be part of a NASA mission to study the edge of the solar system.

UNH astrophysics professor Nathan Schwadron says he’s been working for 10 years on the instrument NASA has chosen to send into space. 

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The chairman of the board of the Maine outdoor retailer L.L. Bean is encouraging University of New Hampshire graduates to live adventure filled lives.

Shawn Gorman, the great-grandson of L.L. Bean founder Leon Leonood Bean and a 1989 UNH grad, told graduates in Durham Saturday that the outdoors should be part of their lives.

Gorman said the outdoors "is a critical antidote to this hyper-competitive, hyper-stressed, tech-driven world we live in."

Two documentaries, Intelligent Lives, and a companion film about New Hampshire native Garrett Shows (forthcoming in the fall), challenge our perception of people with intellectual disabilities, which resulted in systemic segregation and limited them from participating fully in school, work and society.  We talk with those who created these films, and those whose stories, struggles and triumphs are portrayed.

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Officials at the University of New Hampshire are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s racially charged Cinco de Mayo celebrations with a new community service event this Saturday.

UNH to Honor Pioneering Woman, L.L. Bean Chairman

Apr 24, 2018
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The first woman to earn an advanced degree in physics from the University of New Hampshire will be among those recognized at the school's commencement ceremony next month.

Margaret Shea, who earned degrees in 1958 and 1961, spent 50 years researching the interplay between cosmic rays and the earth's magnetic field. Her achievements include developing standards that are used by NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration to determine radiation exposure of astronauts and airline crews.

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A UNH task force on campus climate has released its final report roughly a year after a series of racially charged incidents embroiled the campus.

The task force makes fifteen recommendations in the report, including one to make the group permanent as an advisory council to the UNH president.

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The University of New Hampshire has named James Dean Jr. as the 20th President of the state's flagship university. 

Dean was recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he is a professor of organizational behavior.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Dean about his new plans for UNH moving forward.

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The chairman of the Governor’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion is raising questions about the announcement of UNH’s new president, James Dean.

Rogers Johnson, who is also president of the Seacoast NAACP, has called for more transparency in the search process.

Now he says the unveiling of UNH’s choice for president seems to emphasize his ability to raise revenue for the institution.

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The University of New Hampshire has named James W. Dean Jr. as the 20th President of the state's flagship university.

Dean was recently executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he is a professor of organizational behavior. He will take office June 30, and succeed Mark Huddleston.

The University System of New Hampshire board of trustees voted unanimously to select Dean. 

The Thompson School of Applied Science at UNH will be cutting four programs from its curriculum.

Two-year degrees in horticulture technology, culinary arts and nutrition, civil technology, and integrated agriculture management will not be offered after the 2018-2019 academic year.

All Things Considered Host Peter Biello interviewed UNH horticulture technology student Brooke Wilson about the changes.

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Brooke thank you very much for speaking with me.

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University of New Hampshire researchers say warmer, wetter springs have been contributing to the yellowing and loss of white pine tree needles in the state.

They say since 2010, White Pine Needle Damage has become more widespread. Infected trees experience a yellowing of mature needles and loss of foliage.

Researchers are assessing the impacts of the disease on tree health and productivity, and developing guidelines for land managers.

Eastern white pine composes more than 500,000 acres of New Hampshire forestland.

A new national study finds high school graduation requirements in New Hampshire don’t align with criteria for college admissions.

The research from the Center for American Progress finds that in many states, including New Hampshire, there’s a gap between what is required to graduate from high school and what is required to start at the local public university.

New research from the University of New Hampshire shows a slight increase in the rate of child abuse nationwide.

The report from the Crimes Against Children Research Center shows that from 2015 to 2016, child physical abuse increased by 5%, while child maltreatment fatalities increased by 8%.

UNH professor and author of the report David Finkelhor says the results are troubling, but he cautions against reading too much into the single data point.

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New research from UNH says nuisance flooding of roads on the East coast has increased by 90 percent over the last two decades.

Nuisance flooding occurs as a result of normal tidal activity. It's the kind of flooding that can happen on sunny day with calm weather.

The new report estimates that nuisance flooding is already causing over 100 million hours of delays for drivers each year. As oceans rise, the report says, so could that number.

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Two University of New Hampshire researchers have been arrested for allegedly misusing federal grant funds.

 

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Concord says Hailong Zhang, 44, of Nottingham, and Jichun Zhang, 45, of Durham, were arrested on Friday. The men each face 31 counts of theft of government money for spending nearly $90,000 in research funding on personal items, including Amazon gift cards.

 

 

N.H. Program Launched to Treat Pregnant Substance Abusers

Mar 19, 2018
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  Experts from the University of New Hampshire are teaming up with several New England health care providers to offer education and support in rural areas for pregnant women with substance abuse disorders.

Health care providers from Aroostook County in Maine, northern and central New Hampshire and southern Vermont will get access to behavioral health experts through a telehealth system.

The experts will work to identify clinical strategies, screening tools and available resources.

University of New Hampshire Updates 2-year Degree School

Mar 12, 2018
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  The University of New Hampshire is changing its two-year degree programs to refocus on agriculture and respond to evolving workforce needs.

Officials recently completed a four-year review of the Thompson School of Applied Science, which has been offering two-year associate degree programs for 125 years.

Three programs — forest technology, animal science focused on livestock and large animal veterinary technology — will be integrated more closely with four-year degree programs, while four other programs will be dropped after 2019.

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The University of New Hampshire announced last week it has selected finalists in its search for a new president, but the list of candidates will be kept private.

This has prompted leaders of the Seacoast NAACP and the ACLU of New Hampshire to demand more transparency in the search for a new president. But confidential searches have now become common among universities across the country.

Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Eric Kelderman, a senior reporter at The Chronicle of Higher Education, about the growing trend.


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The University of New Hampshire is deciding to keep the list of final candidates in its search for a new president private.  

 

Last week the Seacoast NAACP and ACLU of New Hampshire sent a letter to John Small, Chairman of the University System of New Hampshire’s Board of Trustees. The message encouraged Small to allow for student and faculty input on the presidential search finalists.

 

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