Mark McConnell uses high altitude balloons to position detectors 130,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. At this height, they hover between the edge of space and the outermost limits of the Earth’s atmosphere. This allows for the collection of unhindered measurements of gamma radiation from space. “We are attempting a type of measurement that gives new insights into high energy phenomena in the Universe and provides training for the next generation of scientists,” he explains. The current experiment is known as the Gamma Ray Polarimeter Experiment, or GRAPE.
Scientists with the NH Agricultural Experiment Station are working to restore New Hampshire and Maine’s only native rabbit after new research based on genetic monitoring has found that in the last decade, cottontail populations in northern New England have become more isolated and seen a 50 percent contraction of their range.
Cooperative Extension’s Alyson Eberhardt leads a team of scientists and citizen volunteers in the annual counting of the number of American glass eels making their way from deep in the Sargasso Sea, 2,000 miles away in the heart of the Atlantic Ocean, to New Hampshire’s freshwater rivers and lakes. The eel count is one activity of many that goes into balancing the health of the eel population and the interests of fishermen who, worldwide, consider eels an important and lucrative catch.
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The UNH Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has set its meeting schedule for the Fall 2014 semester. Please contact Julie Simpson (603/862-200362-2003) in Research Integrity Services with any questions.
The next meeting of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections (SACHRP) is July 21-22, 2014 (agenda available here) in Rockville, MD. There will be a live webcast of the meeting.
Facebook’s 2012 study that involved altering the news feed of approximately 690,000 randomly selected users without their consent has caused quite a stir. The results were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), which then issued an Expression of Concern about the study. Articles in the Atlantic and
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has updated its Web-based resources on research integrity. New resources include a videoclip, “Protecting Confidentiality in Peer Review”, and links to NIH training on the responsible conduct of research. Other information includes related policies and regulations, research integrity professional codes, norms, and ethics training, and NIH bioethics resources.
The Research Computing Center is pleased to announce that Scott Troy, one of our system technologists, has successfully created e-Routes; a streamlined method that allows researchers at UNH to submit and route paperless proposals for internal approvals. e-Routes was created to save time for researchers and research faculty members by letting them submit and track the progress of their proposals online.