Tech Tidbits From Across New Hampshire
National Science Foundation awards grants to encourage STEM graduates, enhance curriculum ... and more
On August 14th, the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law welcomed its inaugural class to the nation’s first Hybrid (online and residential) JD Program with a focus on Intellectual Property, Technology, and Information Law. Forty-five students came together as part of the initial cohort of this innovative program with a five-day residential session and orientation at the school’s Concord campus. “We are revolutionizing legal education,” said Megan Carpenter, dean of UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. “I believe this program will serve as an example on how to best deliver the next iteration of legal education.”
The National Science Foundation has awarded Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire $3.8 million for projects that invest in STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Dartmouth will receive $2,791,391 for a project that targets STEM undergraduate curriculum. UNH will receive $999,558 for a project that prioritizes training and retention of STEM students in an effort to increase degree completion of low-income undergraduates in STEM fields. The UNH funding will specifically pay for scholarships for STEM students transferring from Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth to UNH.
U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan joined other members of Congress in sending a letter to the Federal Communications Commission, asking the agency protect and educate consumers on the issue of cellphone fraud and assist victims in understanding their recourse options. In 2018, there were 680,000 reported victims of cellphone fraud, a 78% increase from 2017. Sen. Hassan is also a cosponsor of the bipartisan Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act to address the growing number of robocall scams targeting Granite Staters and Americans. Senator Hassan recently published an op-ed with Senator Jeanne Shaheen highlighting the importance of passing the TRACED Act to ensure consumers are protected from these illegal scams.
Franklin Savings Bank has joined a collaborative effort spearheaded by the National Collaborative for Digital Equity to assist low- to moderate-income communities with obtaining access to both digital broadband services and educational resources for students. Using Community Reinvestment Act funding, the bank will provide two computers and 25 subscriptions to financial literacy programs to Franklin High School, in partnership with Sage Sustainable Electronics, Rosen Digital and EBSCO Information Services.
“I first learned about the National Collaboration for Digital Equity at a summit they hosted last year attended by many concerned about bridging the digital divide,” said Ulrike Smith, CRA Officer for Franklin Savings Bank. “Their partnerships at the federal and state level and with the private sector, through Bob’s tenacious efforts to provide digital equity for everyone, really impressed me.”
“Our teachers, librarians and I are deeply grateful and heartened by Franklin Savings Bank’s support for our students and their families,” noted Dr. Daniel LeGallo, Franklin School District Superintendent. “We know this is the first step in a long-term initiative in Franklin to bring to our learners key resources needed for educational and economic opportunity, from computers they can use at home to digital educational materials. This will put our students on an equal footing with pupils everywhere.”