2014

Five Benefits for Faculty who Partner with Businesses

Companies often have a problem that can be uniquely solved by a university partnership.  They will invest in external research to achieve an innovative solution for a new product or process that has great commercialization or market potential.  But why would an academic want to be involved with addressing current business challenges?

Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protection

UNH is initiating procedures to comply with the requirements of a Pilot Program for Enhancement of Employee Whistleblower Protection, as authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act ("NDAA") for Fiscal Year 2013 (Pub. L. 112-239, enacted January 2, 2013).

New Fringe Benefit Rates for FY15 Sponsored Programs

New fringe benefit rates for FY15 sponsored programs have been finalized and should be used immediately in proposal budgeting.  

The primary changes are:

Budget for Mobile App Development in Your Proposals!

Mobile device usage and as a result, mobile app usage, has exploded over the last few years with thousands of new apps and billions of downloads.  Universities are just beginning to participate in the mobile space: very few institutions have designated funding sources for research-focused or research-derived mobile app development programs.

“Excuse me, can you repeat that? What does that mean?” Part II

We are regularly reminded that acronyms and terms that are used at UNH and more specifically within UNHInnovation (UNHI) and in other technology transfer offices are not everyday phrases. Thus, the need arose for a continued discussion of these terms, as seen in UNHI’s December 10, 2013 blog post. The focus of this posting is to again look at some more general terms that are regularly used and more specifically, why they are used.

Forest Watch and State Data Show that New Hampshire White Pines Are Healthier

More than 20 years of data from UNH’s K-12 inquiry-based Forest Watch research program show the state’s population of white pine trees have regained health as smog levels have declined due to tougher federal and state air quality standards.

J. William Harris and Tom Safford Receive Fulbright Awards to Do Research Abroad

Two UNH professors have received Fulbright awards, which are among the most prestigious awards that a faculty member can receive. The awards will allow them to do in-depth research abroad in the fall of 2014.  J. William Harris, professor of history, has been named to the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center in the Netherlands. Tom Safford, associate professor of sociology, received a Fulbright Scholar award to study science and coastal development planning in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

Horseshoe Crab Behavior Affected by Biomedical Bleeding

New research from Plymouth State University and the University of New Hampshire indicates that collecting and bleeding horseshoe crabs for biomedical purposes causes short-term changes in their behavior and physiology that could exacerbate the crabs’ population decline in parts of the East coast.

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Psychology Professor Describes New Theory of Learning - Personal Intelligence

In his new book, psychology professor John Mayer takes readers on a journey to uncover the history of personality research and the shaping of a framework for a new theory of learning—personal intelligence. The book weaves anthropology, history, literature, stories of individuals, case studies, and recent psychological research, including the latest in neuroscience, into a compelling narrative about this new discipline that brings together self-knowledge, reading people, and functioning well .

Scientists Reveal Cosmic Roadmap to Galactic Magnetic Field

Scientists on NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) mission, including Nathan Schwadron, lead scientist for the IBEX Science Operations Center at the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, report that recent, independent measurements have validated one of the mission’s signature findings—a mysterious "ribbon" of energy and particles at the edge of our solar system that appears to be a directional “roadmap in the sky” of the local interstellar magnetic field.

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