2012

UNH Astrophysicists Create First Web-based Tool for Predicting Space Radiation Risks

Astrophysicists from UNH’s Space Science Center (SSC) have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The near real-time tool will provide critical information as preparations are made for potential future manned missions to the moon and Mars.

Associate professor of physics Nathan Schwadron of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), which houses the SSC, is the lead developer of the new web-based tool known as PREDICCS.

Sustainable Agriculture Research in Uganda Funded by NSF SEES Grant

Lisa Tiemann, a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, has been awarded a prestigious three-year, $520,299 fellowship through the National Science Foundation’s Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (NSF SEES) program. The grant will fund interdisciplinary research on sustainable agricultural practices in Uganda

UNH faculty members Stuart Grandy, assistant professor of soil biogeochemistry, and Joel Hartter, assistant professor of geography, will serve as her advisors and collaborate closely with Tiemann on the project.

UNH Researchers Create New Index to Assist Lodging Industry with Economic Planning

A new tool for short- and long-range economic planning in the lodging industry has been created by UNH researchers E. Hachemi Aliouche, associate professor of hospitality management and associate director of the Rosenberg International Franchise Center; Nelson Barber, associate professor of hospitality management; and Raymond Goodman Jr., professor emeritus of hospitality management.

Landmark Study Shows Collapse of East Coast Salt Marshes Due to Excess Nutrients

In a paper published in the journal Nature, scientists explain why salt marshes have been disintegrating during the past two decades along the U.S. Eastern seaboard and other highly developed coastlines. Unexpectedly, they discovered that nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus from septic and sewer systems and lawn fertilizers can cause salt marsh loss.

From Orlando to Toronto: Two Weeks in the ORPC Vortex of Activity

Admittedly, the title is a little “cheese ball” but the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization (ORPC) as staff members have been involved in numerous events that promote the visibility and mission of our office. 

The America Invents Act: Prior Art and First-to-File

Since the formulation of the patent system with the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1787, the U.S. has focused on awarding a patent to the first inventor to invent. Recently in 2011, President Obama signed into law the America Invents Act (AIA) that changes the preexisting first-to-invent system into a first-inventor-to-file structure. This was an effort to harmonize the U.S. patent system with the European and other patent systems around the world that already use the first-to-file structure.

OJP Conference Policy Update

Dear Cooperative Agreement Recipient:

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) revised its “Policy and Guidance for Conference Approval, Planning, and Reporting” webpage on Friday, October 5, 2012 in order to provide the most recent and comprehensive guidance related to conference costs.  The Conference Webpage can be accessed via the following link:  http://www.ojp.gov/funding/confcost.htm

Following is an outline of changes to the guidance:     

Center for the Humanities Announces 2013-2014 Faculty Research Fellows

Jeffry Diefendorf, Professor of History; Douglas Lanier, Professor of English; Josh Lauer, Assistant Professor of Communication; and R. Scott Smith, Associate Professor of Classics, have been awarded Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowships for 2013-2014.

Revised IACUC Application Forms

The UNH Insitutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has made changes to application forms for use of vertebrate animals in research and in instruction. The revised forms are available on the IACUC webpage at http://www.unh.edu/research/animal-care-use as Word, RTF and PDF files.  

UNH Researchers to Use Satellite Imagery in Study of Michigan Archaeological Sites

Researchers from UNH have received a grant from NASA’s Space Archaeology program to investigate the transition of indigenous hunter-gatherer cultures to agricultural-based communities in the U.S. Great Lakes region prior to European contact between AD 1200-1600.

The focus of the study will be to determine if “micrometeorological lake effects” around major inland lakes contributed to settlement and development of prehistoric agriculture by creating favorable conditions for an extended growing season.

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