2014

Request for Faculty Feedback on Teaching Ethics in Science & Engineering

The National Academy of Engineering’s Online Ethics Center website serves as a resource for educators, practitioners, and students seeking to understand and address ethical issues that arise in their work.  Primary audiences for the website are instructors and faculty who teach ethics topics as part of their classes or their mentoring activities, or as an entire class.

NIH Systematic Application Compliance Checking – What It Is and What It’s Not

Automated enforcement of business rules by NIH eRA systems plays an important role in the application submission process – it helps you and it helps NIH. Understanding what that role covers can be the difference between your application moving forward to review and not.

 

System-enforced application validations are what they are – nothing more, nothing less.

They ARE

John Aber ‒ Organic Farming with the Former “Provost of Compost”

What makes a distinguished career in research? Perhaps the key is reinvention, or a willingness to embrace new directions and ideas. When University Professor John Aber stepped down from his role as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2013, he returned his full attention to research, focusing on the sustainability of UNH’s innovative Organic Dairy Research Farm.

UNH Ocean Mappers Discover Seamount in Pacific Ocean

University of New Hampshire scientists on a seafloor mapping mission have discovered a new seamount near the Johnson Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. The yet-unnamed summit, located about 300 kilometers southeast of uninhabited Jarvis Island, lies in one of the least explored areas of the central Pacific Ocean.

The seamount was discovered in August when James Gardner, research professor in the UNH-NOAA Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, was leading a mapping mission to help delineate the outer limits of the U.S. continental shelf.

Urban Ecosystems “Evolve" and Require Sustainable Management

In a series of studies published in a special issue of the journal Biogeochemistry, scientists specializing in urban ecosystems, including two from the University of New Hampshire, show urban and suburban environments are dynamic biological, chemical, and even geological ecosystems that can change relatively quickly in response to human activities.

William McDowell of the UNH department of natural resources and the environment (NREN) and Wil Wollheim of NREN and the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space are co-editors of the Biogeochemistry special issue, as well as co-authors of several of the studies included in the issue.

Mathematician Yitang Zhang Awarded MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant"

University of New Hampshire professor of mathematics Yitang “Tom” Zhang has been named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow. Zhang is one of 21 “exceptionally creative individuals with a track record of achievement and the potential for even more significant contributions in the future,” according to the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

The so-called “genius grant” recognizes Zhang’s breakthrough proof related to one of mathematics’ oldest and most captivating problems, the twin prime conjecture.

UNH Research Digest ‒ August 2014

The UNH Research Digest collects research news stories from across the University and provides brief summaries that showcase the breadth and depth of our research, scholarly activity, and artistic endeavors.

Preview a few of August’s stories below. Find the rest of the August Digest articles at the UNH Research Office web site: http://www.unh.edu/research/unh-research-digest.

NASA Invites Public Nominations by U.S. Citizens for Service on Science Advisory Subcommittees

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced its annual invitation for public nominations for service on NASA science advisory subcommittees. The five science advisory subcommittees report to the Science Committee of the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), a Federal Advisory Committee. 

Self-nominations by U.S. citizens for consideration to fill unscheduled intermittent vacancies on the subcommittees must be received by NASA by October 1, 2014.

NASA is committed to selecting members to serve on its science advisory subcommittees based on their individual expertise, knowledge, experience, and current/past contributions to the relevant subject area.

NIH Wants Your Input on Sex as a Biological Variable in Research

In her September 11, 2014 issue of Rock Talk , Sally Rockey, National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Deputy Director for Extramural Research, reported on NIH’s efforts to develop policies requiring applicants for NIH biomedical research funds involving animals and cells to address sex as a variable.

Wanted by 9/23/2014: Your Comments on “Reproducibility”

As part of its charge to update the “Strategy for American Innovation”, the White House’s Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Economic Council are seeking public comments on reproducibility of scientific findings: specifically, “Given recent evidence of the irreproducibility of a surprising number of published scientific findings, how can the Federal Government leverage its role as a significant funder of scientific research to most eff

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