2014

Soil Minerals May Be Related to Soil Fertility in Uganda

Stuart Grandy, soil biogeochemist and assistant professor of natural resources and the environment, and his colleagues have found some unique properties of the clay minerals in the soil that may underlie agricultural problems in Uganda. 

“I’m hoping to continue exploring the soil fertility issues that are limiting agricultural sustainability in Uganda. I want to more deeply understand the unique soil processes there, which are key to sustaining agricultural productivity and improving people’s livelihoods,” explained Grandy.

Positive Memories of Exercise Spur Future Workouts

New research from psychologists at UNH shows that simply remembering a positive memory about exercise may be enough to motivate individuals to engage in regular exercise.  “From a public health perspective, identifying factors that can motivate individuals to engage in regular exercise is vital,” according to co-investigators Mathew Biondolillo, a doctoral student in psychology, and David Pillemer, Dr. Samuel E. Paul Professor of Developmental Psychology.

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New Hampshire is Getting Warmer and Wetter as Climate Changes

Two reports produced by Climate Solutions New England, an initiative of the Sustainability Institute at UNH, predict that average annual temperatures in New Hampshire will likely rise by 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit and extreme precipitation events will likely double by mid-century.

New Grant Supports UNH Social Work Dept. - NH DCYF Partnership for Child Welfare Workforce Development

A new grant to UNH’s social work program will enhance child welfare workforce development in New Hampshire, providing professional development, education, and UNH interns to the state’s Division for Children, Youth and Families.

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.

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