In 2011, the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) revised its financial conflict of interest in research (FCOIR) regulations regarding research funded by it or its component agencies (e.g., the National Institutes of Health; see list [here]). These regulations are effective August 24, 2012.
A new research report from UNH’s Institute on Disability (IOD), commissioned by the New Hampshire Bureau of Behavioral Health (BBH), documents some of the strengths of New Hampshire’s community mental health service system and identifies multiple critical issues that need to be addressed in order to ensure timely access to high-quality care. The report, “New Hampshire Public Mental Health Consumer Survey Project, Summary of Findings 2012,” provides the fourth year of data based on consumer ratings of New Hampshire’s 10 regional community mental health centers (CMHCs).
UNH Cooperative Extension’s Brian Krug made the “40 under 40” list posted by the Greenhouse Product News online magazine. This inaugural list is comprised of 25 men and 15 women who “are some of the brightest minds in horticulture,” according to the magazine article. Krug has conducted significant applied floriculture research and been instrumental in creating new and innovative electronic delivery methods for presenting research and educational materials, including the “PGR Mix Master,” now available to growers.
New high-resolution topographic data covering approximately 900 square miles of New Hampshire’s coastal communities show the elevation and shape of the landscape as if stripped of all trees and buildings. The data were collected using airborne laser technology known as light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and are the result of work done by a diverse consortium of state and regional stakeholders, including UNH’s Geographically Referenced Analysis and Information Transfer System (NH GRANIT).
Margaret Boettcher, assistant professor of Earth sciences at UNH, along with graduate students Evangelos Korkolis and Ian Honsberger, will place seismometers – instruments that record earthquakes – at 24 sites across northern New England as part of a nationwide effort that’s been described as a telescope into the Earth’s interior. They are just 3 of the many scientists helping to place seismometers every 70 kilometers throughout the continental U.S.
Project54 is a system that was developed in 1999 by UNH’s Consolidated Advanced Technologies Laboratory (CATlab) to operate a patrol car’s equipment—radio, siren, lights, radar, etc.—with voice commands, allowing police officers to keep their hands and eyes on the road. Andrew Kun, associate professor electrical and computer engineering and Project54’s principal investigator, is continuing to refine the system, working to minimize distractions and learn how to optimize human-computer interactions.
Bioinformatics, or the computer analysis of biological data, makes it possible for scientists to make sense of the huge amounts of data contained in the genes of an organism. Kelly Thomas, director of the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies at UNH, and his colleagues are using bioinformatics to discover subtle patterns, predict gene locations, determine links between gene expressions, develop expectation for reactions to specific medications, and much more.
Citizen scientists are helping doctoral student Elizabeth Burakowski and her adviser Cameron Wake (of the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space) collect data for the first study ever to measure the albedo of the New Hampshire landscape in winter. Changes in albedo (the amount of solar radiation reflected from the Earth's surface) due to reforestation of previously-cleared areas may play a role in climate change in New England.
Ed Tillinghast, UNH professor emeritus of zoology, has studied spiders for more than 35 years. He has been one of the most important figures studying the chemistry of silk, especially in understanding how liquid glues in webs operate.