Thomas Newkirk, professor of English, has won a national award for his book The Performance of Self in Student Writing. The David Russell Award, given by the National Council of Teachers of English, honors excellence in composition research. Newkirk is the second UNH professor to receive the award. Professor emeritus Donald Graves won in the early 1980s.
UNH anthropologist Stephen Reyna has been awarded a fellowship at the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. Reyna will spend 18 months in Halle, Germany, conducting research on global warring. "The goal is to provide a theoretical understanding of force and power, with particular emphasis on the connections between military force and economic growth," he explains. "I am arguing that there was an interplay between the growth of militaries and the growth of capitalist economies."
Brent Loy, UNH professor of plant biology, has received the Pioneer Award from the American Plasticulture Society, recognizing outstanding research. UNH professor emeritus Otho Wells is a previous recipient.
Three UNH students have been named Gates Millennium Scholars. They were selected from the more than 62,000 students who were nominated for the scholarships, which are funded by a grant from the Bill Gates and Melinda Gates Foundation. Applicants had to demonstrate leadership skills and community involvement and maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher. The students are:
Sophomore Gaelle Gourges, a native of Haiti who now lives in Queens Village, N.Y. She has been a leader for both the students-of-color orientation and freshman orientation programs. She was named outstanding freshman last year by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.
First-year student Dung Nguyen, a native of Vietnam who now lives in Manchester, is involved in the students-of-color orientation program. She is majoring in economics.
Senior Francine Ndayisaba, who lives in Dover, N.H., is majoring in business administration with a concentration in accounting. A native of Rwanda, she is the mother of a 3-year-old daughter and a full-time student who works part time in the student computing center.