NASA's Planetary Science Division announces a virtual town hall presenting the Research and Analysis Program Restructuring. The town hall will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm (EST). A presentation by Jonathan Rall will be followed by a question/answer period. The town hall will be live-streamed with participation available to anyone having Internet access.
UNH has recently received a NSF Major Research Instrumentation award for a new Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM). The unit will be housed at the University Instrumentation Center (UIC) in the basement of Parsons Hall. The grant is a result of a collaborative proposal developed by investigators from Mechanical Engineering, Earth Sciences, Materials Science, and the UIC. Expect to hear more about this in February 2014.
I attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), held in Philadelphia from September 22-25. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post, LES is an international association of members with an interest in the transfer of technology, or licensing of intellectual property (IP) rights - from technical know-how and patented inventions to software, copyrights and trademarks.
The UNH Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee announces the availability of training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research. This training is open to any member of the UNH community. While it is primarily direct
Retraction Watch is a blog created by two medical reporters, Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky. The site tracks, investigates, and reports on scientific retractions so researchers can keep up on what is going on in their fields in terms of publication issues. Here’s an entry from November 15:
The Lenharth Data Center has become home to the first Cray supercomputer in New England. On Monday, November 4th, an open house was held to introduce the community to the new supercomputer and to share with people the importance of this acquisition.
Using the size of fossil molar teeth as a proxy for body size, doctoral student Abigail D’Ambrosia and colleagues have shown that early mammals shrank twice in the Paleogene Era, indicating an important pattern that could inform our understanding of current climate change.
Collaborative research led by professor of data visualization Colin Ware of UNH’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping has found that humpback whales in the southern Gulf of Maine feed on the ocean bottom more often than humpbacks in other regions, putting the Northeastern whales at increased risk for entanglement in bottom-set gear such as those used in lobster traps.