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Politically active couple, high-tech firm honored by UNH

A New Hampshire couple active in state politics and a Portsmouth-based high-tech firm are being honored by the University of New Hampshire during this year’s commencement.

The Granite State Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the state.

Honorees are UNH alums Douglas and Stella Scamman of Stratham. He served 13 terms and she served three terms in the state House of Representatives.

Douglas Scamman was budget director for Gov. Steve Merrill and director of administration at the state Department of Transportation. Stella Scamman was a member of the board of trustees for the University System of New Hampshire for 12 years.

Bottomline Technologies is recognized for its commitment to local communities. One program allows employees to designate specific organizations to receive a donation from Bottomline in the employee’s name.

Two others are receiving honorary degrees at the May 18 commencement: David Hajjar, executive vice provost of Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and commencement speaker Jennifer Lee, screenwriter/co-director of Frozen.

Hajjar has been the primary recipient of approximately $100 million in research grant support from the National Institutes of Health. His research has led to greater understanding of the molecular relationships that cause arterial cholesterol accumulation.

Lee is the first woman to direct an animated feature film for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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