2013

Therese Willkomm's Tablet Computer Stand Receives UNH’s First-ever Design Patent

A fully flexible, portable stand for tablet computers has received UNH’s first-ever design patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Therese Willkomm created the AT (assistive technology) Pad Stand as a presentation stand and a hands-free solution for people with disabilities to use tablet computers like the iPad. Willkomm is an assistant professor of occupational therapy at UNH and director of ATinNH, a statewide assistive technology program lead by UNH’s Institute on Disability.

Research Profile: Harlan Spence - Tightening Our Understanding of Earth's Radiation Belts

Physics Professor Harlan Spence helps lead a NASA project that has sent two unmanned probes to explore Earth’s volatile radiation belts.  The work builds on his long-running investigation of space weather. “We’re a space-faring nation and world,” says Spence, who directs UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space. “So much of the world economy depends on space technologies that can be affected by space weather.”

Research Profile: Extending the Conversation: Julee Holcombe

Associate Professor Julee Holcombe is an adventurer and a collector. These identities make a lot of sense when one considers Holcombe’s art ‒ stunning photographic collages assembled using Adobe® Photoshop® from photographs she’s taken in the field. It is not uncommon to find, in one of Holcombe’s sculptural, often unsettling, photographs seamlessly integrated images from opposite ends of the earth, such as China and America in her “Chimerica” series.

Research Profile: Venky Venkatachalam ‒ Helping Small Businesses Profit

With a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s and doctoral degrees in business and management, A.R. (Venky) Venkatachalam, professor of information systems in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics’ decision sciences department brings an informed problem-solving instinct to his work of creating new systems and understanding business connections. Both these strengths feed into his enthusiasm for collaborating with experts from every possible discipline in an effort to connect small businesses with the resources they need. 

Soybeans and DNA: Two Important Supreme Court Decisions

The U.S. Supreme Court recently delivered two unanimous decisions, Bowman v. Monsanto (Bowman) and Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (Myriad). One affirmed industry legal analysis, and the other upended it. In Bowman, the Court held that growing a patented plant and harvesting its seed is equivalent to making the patented seed.

Congress Puts Restrictions on Awards Made by NSF Political Science Program in FY 2013

The 2013 Federal Continuing Appropriations Act (P.L. 113-6) puts restrictions on the types of projects that can be supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Political Science Program for Fiscal Year 2013. Only projects promoting national security or the economic interests of the United States may be funded.

Review Panels will be asked to provide input on whether proposals meet one or both of these additional criteria.

Due to the provisions stipulated by P.L. 113-6, funding decisions for Political Science proposals may be delayed.

Updated List of Agencies Using New Public Health Service (PHS) FCOIR Regulations

The National Research Council has updated the list of agencies reported as using the revised Public Health Service (PHS) financial conflict of interest in research (FCOIR) regulations in their award terms.  The list is available on UNH's FCOIR for Projects Funded by the PHS webpage

The agencies are as follows:

Research Administration End of Fiscal Year Staff Meeting - Friday June 21, 2013

Dear UNH Research Community,

Research Administration has scheduled an end of FY staff meeting on Friday, June 21, 2013 and will be unavailable after 1 PM.   Please discuss any anticipated scheduling conflicts with your GCA.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

Welcoming Chris Leming and Nate Blase to the ORPC!

The ORPC is delighted to welcome our newest class of interns from the UNH School of Law!

Chris Leming and Nate Blase started in the office on June 3, 2013 and will be working with us throughout the summer and the next academic year. Nate and Chris just recently completed their 1L year of law school and bring a terrific variety of experiences to the ORPC.

Institutional Biosafety Committee Will Meet on Sept 12, 2013

The next Institutional Biosafety Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 2pm to 4pm in Rudman G04.

Registration submissions are due by August 22nd for review at the meeting.


IBC Registration information and forms can be found at http://www.unh.edu/research/ibc-registration.

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