2013

UNH Scientists Document First Expansion of ‘Sea Potato’ Seaweed Into New England

A team of UNH researchers and students have documented the rapid southern expansion of Colpomenia peregrina, also known as sea potato or oyster thief, from Novia Scotia to Cape Cod. While the sea potato is an introduced, not invasive, species in New England waters, its rapid expansion into Gulf of Maine oyster beds raises concerns.

The researchers and other scientists are keeping a close eye on C. peregrina for other ways it could alter the natural community and native flora, as well as its impact on oysters.

The Art of Copyrights: What You Need to Know About Your Legal Rights and the Art You Create

On vacation, you browse through a local art gallery and purchase a small painting as a memento of your trip. You hang the painting in your home, and find that you just love the painting and the ambience that it evokes. You decide that you would like to have note cards made of the painting – what a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends while sharing your love of the painting. And your friends respond about the vibrancy of the artwork, asking if you could sell them some of the notecards for their own use.

No problems, right?

Innovations in…Mobile Apps

The ORPC Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series is hosted monthly during the academic year. The Series allows for the discussion of issues and case studies, led by experienced speakers, that are of common interest and relevant to technology innovation and commercialization. In February, ORPC hosted a lively discussion on Innovations in Mobile Apps.

Our speakers presented different experiences and driving forces behind their own app development activities to a packed house of faculty, staff, students, and budding app developers from around New Hampshire.   

March 16, 2013: End of an Era

Since President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) in September 2011, people with even a passing interest or remote connection to the patent system have had March 16, 2013 circled on their calendar.  The United States Patent System has been turned on its head, with some proclaiming victory. Common sentiments are that the law brings U.S.

Authorship v. Inventorship: The Difference Between Journal Authors and Patent Inventors

Being an author on a peer reviewed article or an inventor on a patent are highly respected achievements. However, to some, the concept that you are not automatically an inventor on a patent even though you are an author of a paper on the same subject matter is a profound concept.

Generally speaking, to be an author of an article, a person can have performed the underlying research, supervised the research, or written the paper, among other criteria. This is much less stringent than the requirement to be an inventor, because inventorship has a legal definition.

UNH and Southwest Research Institute to Collaborate on Space, Earth and Ocean Science Research

UNH and the Southwest Research Institute have signed a 5-year research collaboration agreement. Roy Torbert, UNH professor of physics and director of the UNH Space Science Center, says it "will allow UNH to expand our involvement into larger and more complex space missions, and SwRI will be able to tap into UNH’s expertise to diversify its program into Earth and ocean science.”

SwRI will open a new department — the SwRI Earth, Oceans and Space (SwRI-EOS) Department — at UNH’s Durham, N.H., campus, which will be led by Torbert.

Jo Daniel and Other Faculty Receive UNH ADVANCE Leadership and STEM Collaboration Awards

Jo Daniel, associate professor of civil engineering, has been awarded this year’s Karen Von Damm Leadership Development grant by the UNH ADVANCE program. The grant, designed to help female faculty members assume leadership roles within the university while maintaining their research, honors Von Damm, a world-renowned UNH chemical oceanographer who passed away in 2008.

Katie Edwards Participates in White House Event for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

Katie Edwards, assistant professor of psychology and women’s studies, recently was one of a select group of researchers to attend the “1 is 2 Many" Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month event at the White House in February.

Tom Paine's Creative Ideas Find Life as Short Stories, a Novel, and Films

When Tom Paine teaches creative writing to undergraduates and to graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts program at UNH, he does it from personal experience.  He has published commercially-acclaimed short stories, a novel, and developed ideas for films.

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Civil engineer Paul Kirshen: In a changing climate, facilities will have to adapt to changing conditions

A University of New Hampshire civil engineer thinks infrastructure must be designed to fail safely to be able to respond as climate change alters natural cycles.  Paul Kirshen, an expert on climate change adaptation and water resources, thinks the U.S. needs to change its approach to designing structures such as dams and bridges.

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