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UNH Astrophysicists Create First Web-based Tool for Predicting Space Radiation Risks

Astrophysicists from UNH’s Space Science Center (SSC) have created the first online system for predicting and forecasting the radiation environment in near-Earth, lunar, and Martian space environments. The near real-time tool will provide critical information as preparations are made for potential future manned missions to the moon and Mars.

Associate professor of physics Nathan Schwadron of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS), which houses the SSC, is the lead developer of the new web-based tool known as PREDICCS.

UNH Researchers to Create Sustainability Science-Based Afterschool Program for Rural and Indigenous Youth of New England

A multidisciplinary team led by UNH researchers will engage over 2000 rural and indigenous youth in afterschool programs across New England in which they will map sustainable practices (MSP) within their communities.

The goals of the project are to (1) strengthen the connection for youth between science and their home and community lives, and (2) research whether the program improves science achievement in traditionally underachieving groups.

NSF Awards $450,000 to UNH and Conductive Compounds Inc. for Solar Panel Innovation

UNH researchers Dale Barkey (chemical engineering) and Xiaowei Teng (chemical engineering) and their partner Don Banfield (CEO) of Conductive Compounds Inc. in Hudson, NH, recently received $450,000 from the National Science Foundation to help produce more conductive and cost-effective solar panels. The three-year grant, under the GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) program, will support the engineering of nanoparticles of silver suitable for screen-printing onto photovoltaic solar panels.

UNH Professor and Oyster River Middle School Teacher Share Research in the Netherlands with Students

This summer, students at Oyster River Middle School in Durham got a close-up look at real-world research when their intern, Berkley Sadana, accompanied Diane Foster, UNH associate professor of mechanical engineering, on a trip to the Netherlands to study how waves cause beach erosion.

NSF Seeking Engineering Community Input for Topic Ideas for FY 2014 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation

The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites the engineering research community to submit suggestions for topic ideas to be considered for the FY 2014 Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program Solicitation. The deadline for submission is September 14, 2012.

Suggestions for EFRI Topic Ideas are solicited and vetted every two years. Selected Topics become the foci of EFRI-supported research. Solicitations are announced annually for research proposals that fall under the specified topic areas.

UNH Geologists Placing Seismometers Across Northern New England

Margaret Boettcher, assistant professor of Earth sciences at UNH, along with graduate students Evangelos Korkolis and Ian Honsberger, will place seismometers – instruments that record earthquakes – at 24 sites across northern New England as part of a nationwide effort that’s been described as a telescope into the Earth’s interior.  They are just 3 of the many scientists helping to place seismometers every 70 kilometers throughout the continental U.S.

COLSA Professor's Research Featured on Government's SEE Innovation website

A new article on the on the SEE Innovation website features the research of the team led by Stacia Sower, Director of the Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology and Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences. 

"Hagfish Hormone Discovered" describes the identification of the first reproductive hormone in the hagfish, a primitive jawless fish. The research, which sheds new light on evolutionary divergent processes involving reproduction and growth, was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation .

NSF Seeks Science and Technical Committee Members

The National Science Foundation (NSF) requests recommendations for membership for its scientific and technical Federal advisory committees. Self recommendations are accepted.  NSF will keep recommendations active for 12 months from the date of receipt.

UNH ADVANCE PAID Program Makes Awards to Women Faculty in the Sciences

The UNH ADVANCE Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination (PAID) program has announced the recipients of its 2011-2012 grants to encourage research and leadership. The grants, funded with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), are part of an ongoing effort to support the advancement and leadership of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at UNH.

This year's awards were:

3 UNH Faculty Receive Prestigious NSF CAREER Awards

Three UNH faculty members will explore energy from the ocean, manufacturing on a tiny scale, and speedier computer planning, thanks to prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grants, totaling nearly $1.3 million over five years, went to assistant professors Yannis Korkolis and Martin Wosnik of the mechanical engineering department and Wheeler Ruml of the computer science department.

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