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J. William Harris, UNH professor of history, has won two major awards for his 2001 book, Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in the Age of Segregation (Johns Hopkins University Press). The book was also one of three finalists for this year's Pulitzer Prize in history. The Organization of American Historians named the book co-winner of the James A. Rawley Prize, given annually for a book on race relations in the United States. The Agricultural History Society chose Deep Souths as winner of the Saloutos Memorial Award in Agricultural History, given annually for the best book in the field of U.S. agricultural history. Deep Souths tells the stories of three southern regions from Reconstruction to World War II. Although the regions initially all had economies based on slave plantation labor, their histories diverged sharply during the three generations after the Reconstruction.

David Finkelhor, UNH professor of sociology and director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, has been appointed to Cardinal Bernard Law's Commission for the Protection of Children. Finkelhor is a nationally recognized expert who has published extensively in the field of child abuse treatment, prevention and developmental victimology. He currently serves on the Youth Protection Advisory Board for the Boy Scouts of America and was a consultant to the National Catholic Risk Retention Group in developing abuse prevention strategies for Catholic dioceses around the country.

UNH's Academic Program in College Teaching has received a national certificate of excellence for its innovative approach to faculty and future faculty development. The certificate, and accompanying $5,000, was awarded as part of the 2002 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, presented by the American Council on Education. UNH's Academic Program in College Teaching is a professional development program for current faculty that also prepares doctoral students for the challenges of college teaching careers.


UNH's Center for the Humanities has appointed W. Jeffrey Bolster, associate professor of history, the next James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities. Bolster will assume the chair in July. Bolster has also been appointed one of 40 Fulbright Distinguished Chairs and will spend the 2002-2003 academic year as the Odense Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. The James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities was endowed a decade ago by the Hayes family to promote the study of New Hampshire's history, culture and politics.

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Two UNH professors have been named fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Karen Von Damm and Joseph Hollweg, both faculty members in UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space and College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, were recently elected as fellows. This honor is given to scientists who have "attained acknowledged eminence in the geophysical sciences."

Clifford Wirth, UNH associate professor of political science, has been selected as a Fulbright Scholar to research and teach in Mexico City for the 2002-2003 academic year. Wirth has studied transportation policy and democratization in Mexico City since 1988. This award will allow him to complete his research on the government policies designed to protect the Ecological Zone of Xochimilco, an ancient agricultural area in the Federal District of Mexico City. Xochimilco is known for its method of farming using chinampas-long plots of land surrounded by canals-resulting in a built-in irrigation system.

UNH's Office of Economic Initiatives (OEI) at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics has won a national award for research on business and labor needs in New Hampshire's North Country. "Underemployment and the Living Wage in New Hampshire" won recognition in the economic development category of the National Association of Management and Technical Assistance Centers' Project of the Year competition.

Scott Fletcher, UNH assistant professor of education, was awarded a 2001 American Educational Studies Association Critic's Choice Award for his book, Education and Emancipation: Theory and Practice in a New Constellation. In Education and Emancipation, Fletcher argues for a form of education that helps students develop autonomy and the ability to critically analyze the world around them, as well as providing them with the tools needed to be part of a democratic society.

Six UNH students recently won the Intel Environmental Innovation Award-beating out 40 other teams-at a highly competitive international contest. Sponsored by the Waste-Management Education and Consortium, which includes several universities and national laboratories in New Mexico, the event involves tackling real environmental problems provided by industry and government. The five UNH environmental engineering majors, along with one natural resources major, wowed the judges with their innovative household system for removing toxic uranium from groundwater. For more information about the contest, visit

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