2012

USDA Releases White Papers Supporting Priority Research Areas

USDA has released peer-reviewed science papers that elaborate on USDA's Action Plan for science.

Some of the biggest challenges facing us include a changing climate, uncertain energy sources, rising childhood obesity rates, food insecurity around the globe. The Action Plan provides an in-depth analysis of these challenges and identifies the roles of USDA’s science agencies in addressing them.

New Study Documents Community Leadership and Economic Change in Coös County

From June 2009-December 2011, UNH Professor of Sociology Michele Dillon conducted a case study of community change in Coös County, New Hampshire, to investigate how local community leaders in Coös assess the initiatives, challenges, opportunities, and progress in the North Country during this time of economic transition.  Her discoveries and insights are presented in a new report published by UNH's Carsey Institute entitled, Forging the Future: Community Leadership and Economic Change in Coös County, New Hampshire.

UNH Ocean Scientists Get Funds for Continued Coastal Water Monitoring

Scientists from the UNH's Ocean Process Analysis Laboratory (OPAL) have received funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of a five-year, $2 million-plus grant to continue monitoring carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Gulf of Maine and New Hampshire's Great Bay and the effects of ocean acidification on coastal ecosystems.

The work is a critical component of region-wide efforts by the Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Observing Systems (NERACOOS) to monitor the health of coastal waters under changing environmental conditions.

Fall 2012 Semester IRB Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research has set the meeting schedule for the Fall 2012 semester.  It is available at http://www.unh.edu/research/irb-meeting-schedule.  Please contact Julie Simpson (603/862-2003) in Research Integrity Services with any questions.

NH Charitable Foundation Announces Changes to its Competitive Grant Programs

Dear UNH Research Community, 

RESEARCH PROFILE: Bill McDowell – Protecting Water Quality for Now and the Future

UNH Environmental Science Professor Bill McDowell studies watersheds in southern New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and the Czech Republic.  He's working to understand the impact of suburbanization and urbanization on water quality.  Learn more about McDowell's efforts to protect the Lamprey River and Great Bay Estuary in: RESEARCH PROFILE: Bill McDowell – Protecting Water Quality for Now and the Future.

RESEARCH PROFILE: James Ryan – Using Space Technology to Detect Radiation Threats on Earth

Dr. James Ryan and his team in UNH's Space Science Center (SSC) are using his research into neutrons and gamma rays from space to construct the Portable Neutron Spectroscope (NSPECT), a device that will allow authorities to pinpoint from a safe distance materials used to make a nuclear bomb.

UNH Researchers Honored with Awards and Fellowships

Four UNH researchers recently were honored for their outstanding research and public service: David M. Burdick, Andy Fast, Becky Sideman and Lisa M. Jones.

New Director of USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Visits UNH

COLSA hosted Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA), at a town hall-style meeting at UNH’s Woodman Horticultural Farm recently.

In attendance were many of COLSA’s faculty, students, and staff; UNH senior vice provost for research Jan Nisbet; and members of the public, including Commissioner of Agriculture, Lorraine Merrill; State Senator Amanda Merrill; and Director of the New Hampshire Farm Bureau, Rob Johnson.

Congress Restricts Collaborations Between NASA Grantees and China

Public Law 112-55, SEC. 539, the legislation addressing appropriations for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), contains a brief statement restricting the use of NASA funds. The bottom line is that NASA funds, including ROSES research grants, can no longer be used “…to participate, collaborate, or coordinate bilaterally in any way with China…”

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