2012

NSF Seeks Science and Technical Committee Members

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership for its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Self recommendations are accepted.  NSF will keep recommendations active for 12 months from the date of receipt.

Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research Celebrates 25 Years

The Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research celebrates its 25th anniversary this spring. It has transformed undergraduate learning at UNH by allowing students in all disciplines and in all years to participate in research—both at UNH and around the world.

Each year, the center awards grants to about 250 undergraduates, allowing them to experience firsthand what it means to conduct research in their fields.  So, with the center’s assistance and grants, some 3,000 undergraduates have takien their research to a new level since the Center began in 1987.

Cosmic Rays Alter Chemistry of Lunar Ice

Space scientists from UNH, working as part of a multi-institutional team, have quantified levels of radiation on the moon’s surface from galactic cosmic ray (GCR) bombardment that over time causes chemical changes in water ice and can create complex carbon chains similar to those that help form the foundations of biological structures. In addition, the radiation process causes the lunar soil, or regolith, to darken over time, which is important in understanding the geologic history of the moon.

TSAS Professor's Passion for "Pastoralism" Helps Feed a Hungry Planet

A new audio slideshow explores the work of UNH's Drew Conroy during the year he spent in Namibia, Africa. Conroy, a professor of applied animal science at the Thompson School of Applied Science, has traveled the world teaching about and researching techniques that are helping people to sustainably feed themselves.  Known in New Hampshire as "the Ox Man," Conroy believes that oxen can play an important role in making small farms sustainable.

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UNH Scholar Explores What Prisons Say About American Society

Prison is an institution that the humanities should have something to say about, says Courtney Marshall, assistant professor of English and women’s studies. With over 2 million Americans behind bars, the most by far of any country in the world, incarceration is that aspect of American life that seldom makes it to the forefront of public concern.

Marshall is exploring the different ways in which African Americans have been defined as criminals. What makes Marshall’s work unique is her focus on black women’s literature to explore the subject of prison and race in America.

UNH Research on Coal-Tar-Based Sealcoat Contributes to Growing Concerns About Environment and Health

Research conducted at the UNH Stormwater Center has found that coal-tar-based pavement sealcoat, a type of pavement sealcoat common on driveways and parking lots throughout the nation, has significant health and ecosystem implications.  The research is reported in a feature article in the latest issue of the journal Environmental Science & Technology co-authored by Alison Watts, research assistant professor of civil engineering at UNH. 

Internal Approval Form (aka Yellow Sheet) Modification

Dear UNH Research Community,

At the request of the UNH Disclosure Review Committee (The faculty committee responsible for the oversight of the financial conflict of interest in research program, aka DRC) we have amended the current Yellow Sheet language regarding financial conflict of interest in research to read as follows:

UNH ADVANCE PAID Program Makes Awards to Women Faculty in the Sciences

The UNH ADVANCE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) program has announced the recipients of its 2011-2012 grants to encourage research and leadership. The grants, funded with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), are part of an ongoing effort to support the advancement and leadership of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at UNH.

This year's awards were:

Cord Whitaker Awarded Woodrow Wilson/Mellon Career Enhancement Fellowship

Cord Whitaker, assistant professor of English, has been awarded the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship for junior faculty. The award supports promising research by young scholars who "are committed to eradicating racial disparities in core fields in the arts and sciences." 

The Career Enhancement Fellowship Program provides one year of financial support, mentoring, and a fall retreat for participants.  Its goal is to "aid the scholarly research and intellectual growth of fellows."

NASA Rocket Carrying Instruments Built at UNH Launched Into Aurora

With the full sky shimmering in green aurora on Feb. 18, 2012, a team of scientists, including space physicist Marc Lessard and graduate students from UNH’s Space Science Center, launched an instrument-laden, two-stage sounding rocket from the Poker Flat Research Range in Fairbanks, Alaska. The precision measurements from the rocket’s instruments will shed new light on the physical processes that create the northern lights and further our understanding of the complex sun-Earth connection.

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