Bee populations are in decline worldwide. At UNH, researchers are beginning the first major assessment of diversity in New Hampshire’s bee populations. Part of that effort involves a "bee hotel" at Woodman Farm in Durham.
UNH Biology professor Sandra Rehan says the hotel, made of bricks and wood, will provides a habitat for bees to nest and forage freely. The idea, she says, "is to create and maintain native bee habitats to improve healthy pollinator communities."
As another academic year closes, our guest today, University of New Hampshire President Mark Huddleston, can look back at a year that was a little easier than 2011, when the legislature cut appropriations to higher education in half. Now, with some of that money restored, tuition was frozen for a time, while other initiatives (many bolstered by private money) moved ahead. In January, UNH and Franklin Pierce law center made it official, and now there’s “UNH Law School” in Concord. In April, a new school of business and economics opened on the Durham campus, and planning is also underway
The University of New Hampshire says close to 3,400 first-year students are entering the school this fall — its largest incoming class ever.
This year's first-year class saw an increase of 7 percent in the number of in-state students over last year, up to over 1,400. President Mark Huddleston says UNH attributes that at least partially to the restoration of state funding that allowed the school to freeze in-state tuition for two years.
Previously, the largest class to enter the university was in 2006 with 3,079 students.
The University of New Hampshire is opening up its class on the state's leadoff presidential primary to a wider audience through a Massive Open Online Course. The course will be offered in the fall of 2015 and will build on a popular class the university has offered for the last several election cycles. Those participating from afar will be able to watch lectures and presentations from classroom guests and join in on discussions. They won't earn college credit, and the university is still deciding how much they will be charged.
The University of New Hampshire is bringing sports and studying closer together with a new Student-Athlete Center for Excellence. Paid for entirely with private donations, the $1.9 million center opening next fall will be housed at the university's field house and will include a large, comfortable study space staffed by advisers and tutors and smaller rooms where teams and small groups can work together. Heather Barber, the university's faculty representative to the NCAA, says it will be a huge improvement over the current situation.
The University of New Hampshire has been asked to help a White House task force end sexual assault on college campuses.
A UNH program called Prevention Innovations was identified in a report to help protect students. The program is designing a training program in cooperation with campus-based practitioners around the country.
The University System of New Hampshire voted Friday to put $54 million toward building renovations and acquisitions at UNH’s Durham Campus.
$37 million will be spent renovating Hamilton Smith Hall, which houses UNH’s English Department, ESOL, Journalism and writing programs. The building has not been renovated in more than 30 years, and does not meet all disability and safety standards.
Facebook is making headlines once again with its two billion dollar acquisition of virtual reality company Oculus VR. Today on Word Of Mouth, a look into why the social network has put so much stock in virtual reality. And it’s opening day for the Red Sox as they take on the Baltimore Orioles today. Fans are hoping this year’s roster will bring them to the World Series again, but how much can we really predict at this point in the season? And are stats the final word?
Producer Zach Nugent has been scouring record stores for the best new music offerings in a new segment we're calling The Audio Orchard.
Then we talk with a National Geographic columnist who argues for lifelong love of dinosaurs.
Finally, NHPR environmental reporter Sam Evans-Brown brings us the story of a UNH "pee bus" project. Urine, it turns out, can be pretty useful.
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3.31.14: Oculus Rift, The Sabermetric Revolution, Audio Orchard & Dinosaurs
The University of New Hampshire is holding its annual Greenhouse Open House for eager gardeners — some still aching from shoveling snow the first day of spring.
The MacFarlane Greenhouse will be open Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University faculty, staff and students will offer lectures on a variety of topics including seed saving, drip irrigation and soil testing. Visitors can also learn about UNH research on cutting-edge genetics and hydroponics.
The new book "Whales and Nations" by UNH professor Kurkpatrick Dorsey explores the history of international conservation efforts through the lens of the commercial whaling industry. We’ll talk with him about the whaling in the 20th century and why international diplomacy failed to regulate commercial whaling.