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Year In Review

Timeline: July 2007 – September 2008

July 2007

The University Office of Sustainability moves to the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President to strengthen its across-campus mission and reflect its leadership role in continuing the University’s national presence in sustainability-based education and research.
Lights ... camera ... escarole! “Ciao Italia,” America’s longest-running cooking television program, visits the Organic Garden Club. Host Mary Ann Esposito discusses growing – and cooking – escarole with students.
Research report: Many of the things that define New England—from knee-high snow drifts to lobster rolls—could disappear if global warming continues at its current pace.
New research proves the existence of a new type of electron wave on metal surfaces: the acoustic surface plasmon, which will have implications for developments in nano-optics, high-temperature superconductors, and the fundamental understanding of chemical reactions on surfaces.

August 2007

EcoLine project—a first among universities—is launched. The project will pipe enriched and purified gas from Waste Management’s landfill in Rochester to the Durham campus, replace commercial natural gas as the university’s primary fuel, enable UNH to receive most of its energy from a renewable source, and lower its greenhouse gas emissions an estimated 57% below 1990 levels.
Sorry, Charlie: UNH researchers find that the quality of giant bluefin tuna caught in the Gulf of Maine has declined significantly since the early 1990s. Potential changes in food sources, shifts in reproductive or migratory patterns, or the impact of fishing may be the cause of this decline.
What costs nearly half-a-million dollars and can detect elements of the periodic table down to levels of a few hundred parts-per-quadrillion or the equivalent of one particle in 9,999,999,999,999? An Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer, the first of its type to be installed anywhere, is now housed at its Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS).
UNH constructs the first major pervious concrete parking facility in New England. Researchers from the UNH Stormwater Center, will study its effectiveness as a stormwater management tool. Nonpoint source pollution carried by stormwater is one of the greatest threats to water quality nationwide.
UNH research finds that US Food Stamp recipients cannot typically afford to eat the healthy meals recommended by the US Department of Agriculture.
Four acres of sunflowers at Kingman Farm are in bloom. They are part of a larger experiment testing the feasibility of using locally grown plants to make biodiesel to easy energy costs, improve farm income, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

September 2007

UNH is a significant partner in a $6.7 million Research Infrastructure Improvement grant from the National Science Foundation.
An interdisciplinary research team conducts work on the ecology and risk factors of Lyme disease in N.H. and neighboring states, identifies “hot spots,” and issues early warning to help prevent human exposure and disease.

October 2007

Gay men working in management and traditional blue-collar, male-dominated jobs make less than straight men because they are discriminated against by their employers, according to research released by the Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
Right Whales, Wrong Place: Only 300-350 right whales remain along the continental shelf of North America, making them the most rare of all whales. UNH researchers track the effects of their perilous trip across Boston Harbor’s international shipping routes en route from their breeding grounds off the Florida coast to the feeding grounds in the Gulf of Maine.
The nation’s first commercial offshore mussel farm—both environmentally sustainable and economically viable—becomes a reality. The farm’s blue mussels — “Isles of Shoals Supremes” — are now a staple in local markets and restaurants.
UNH scientists release a report proposing performance measures to address overfishing in U.S. waters and establish effective catch limits.

November 2007

An international team of space scientists led by UNH researchers examines, a mystery that involves electron acceleration during magnetic explosions in the Earth’s magnetosphere.

A research team of scientists estimates that Hurricane Katrina killed or severely damaged approximately 320 million large trees in Gulf Coast forests. Katrina’s huge footprint affected five million acres of forest across Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama. They forecast that the felled trees will end up being the largest ecological disaster in U.S. history.
The New England forecast for the economy is not good. It is expected to experience slow growth over the next six months as the region struggles with the broadening effects of the housing credit crisis and rising energy prices.
UNH research scientists share the laurels with former Vice President Al Gore in receiving a Nobel Peace Prize for work on global warming.

December 2007

SeagrassNet, a global monitoring program receives a multi-million dollar gift to provide a global assessment of coastal marine seagrasses and increase government and public awareness of the importance of the seagrass habitat.
An analysis of demographic trends reveals that New Hampshire, with a total population of 1.3 million, gained 79,000 residents between 2000 and 2006, and that most of this growth—51,000 residents—came from net migration. The net migration also brought economic gains.
Houston, we have a mission: Scientists, engineers, and technicians at the UNH Space Science Center get the go-ahead (and a $61 million award) from NASA to begin building instruments for a four-satellite Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, which will study little-understood, fundamental processes of Earth’s magnetosphere.
Slippery slope: UNH research reveals that city dwellers are less likely to head to the slopes when their backyards are bare, even if New England ski resorts have many feet of packed power and ideal skiing conditions.
Big Kahuna: Scientists from the UNH Large Pelagics Research Center (LPRC) join colleagues from 25 countries at the first Climate Impacts on Oceanic Top Predators (CLIOTOP) Symposium in La Paz, Mexico to launch a 10-year project to investigate the impact of climate variability and change on top predators in the world's oceans, including the tunas that support major global fisheries, as well as billfish, sharks, marine mammals, sea turtles and sea birds.

Students in the Research & Discover program present their findings to more than 15,000 participants from around the world at the 2007 American Geophysical Union meeting, where scientists share the latest research in the Earth and space sciences.

January 2008

Working as part of the National Science Foundation's West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide (WAIS Divide) Ice Core Project, a team of scientists, engineers, technicians, and students from multiple U.S. institutions recover a 580-meter (1,900-foot) ice core—the first section of what is hoped to be a 3,465-meter (11,360-foot) column of ice detailing 100,000 years of Earth's climate history, including a precise year-by-year record of the last 40,000 years.
A study from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics examines the changes affecting New Hampshire homeowners over the past three decades.
The snow of our childhood really was deeper. A student-led comprehensive analysis on changes in winter climate across the Northeast United States found that winters have been warming over the past four decades and that snow-covered days have been decreasing at a rate of 2.6 days per decade.

February 2008

Contrary to stereotype, most Internet sex offenders are not adults who target young children by posing as another youth, luring children to meetings, and then abducting or forcibly raping them. Rather, most online sex offenders are young adults who target teens and seduce victims into sexual relationships.
Low sodium diet? Salt may make road conditions safer after a snowstorm, but it's tough on the environment, contaminating groundwater, wells, and freshwater streams and lakes.
New Arctic sea floor data suggests that the foot of the continental slope off Alaska is more than 100 nautical miles farther from the U.S. coast than previously assumed and could support U.S. rights to natural resources of the sea floor beyond 200 nautical miles from the coast.
The nation’s poorest cities experienced a substantial drop in poverty rates during the economic boom from 1992 to 2003, but not enough to lift them out of their relative positions as the most impoverished communities in America.
The Campus Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Calculator, a greenhouse gas inventory tool developed at UNH and used by nearly 700 American colleges and universities and emissions undergoes its fifth revision and is ready for testing.

March 2008

The modeling results of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtype H5N1 outbreaks in Southeast Asia suggest improved ways to predict where outbreaks will most likely occur, providing significant implications for disease surveillance, risk management, and policymaking.
Small streams play a significant role in retaining human-generated nitrogen, serving as the kidneys of watersheds by removing nitrogen before it ends up in estuaries and oceans.

New research from the University of New Hampshire Crimes Against Children Research Center finds that child sexual abuse cases in the criminal justice system take an unusually long time to be prosecuted and resolved. This is concerning because a prolonged court process has been shown to be detrimental to a child victim's recovery and ongoing mental health.

April 2008

UNH scientists head to Denali National Park on the second leg of a multi-year mission to recover ice cores from glaciers in the Alaska wilderness, where small villages are slipping into the sea due to coastal erosion, and soggy permafrost is cracking buildings and trapping trucks as a result of climate change.
UNH business and engineering students win first place in their task at the 2008 Environmental Design Contest at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M. The team, Retrolutions, retrofitted an existing commercial building to reduce its environmental footprint. The 14-member team is invited to present their project at the EPA Science Forum in Washington, DC.
UNH and Durham team up to conduct a yearlong study on a small population of black bears that have taken up residence in Durham’s back yards.
The Undergraduate Research Conference—the largest conference of its kind—celebrates the results of student research from every UNH school and college.

May 2008

Students release finding from their research at Willand Pond to local and state officials and area residents that will help to remedy a public health hazard resulting from an explosion of blue-green algae.
UNH professor and state public health veterinarian helps N.H. launch an ambitions collection and monitoring program for ticks and mosquitoes, some potentially bearing the West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
UNH receives a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the organic dairy farm as a sustainable closed agroecosystem.

June 2008

Regional scientists, industry experts, and policymakers share the latest innovations in alternative energy at the first UNH Energy Conference.
UNH, Durham and the Strafford Regional Planning Commission receive funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to identify the road culverts in the Oyster River watershed that are subject to failure during extreme storm events.
Findings on yeast mutations bring researchers closer to understanding the role of evolutionary genetics in human diseases and cancer.


July 2008

UNH researchers tag one male and two female leatherback turtles— the first free-swimming leatherbacks ever tagged in New England—off Cape Cod.
An undergraduate research project by UNH students leads to a new state law that supports the use of residential wind energy.
From waving wheat fields to shuttered manufacturing plants... from the majestic Rocky Mountains to the impoverished Mississippi River Delta ... rural America is as varied and nuanced as the landscape it inhabits.

August 2008

Back to school special: School districts face an often complicated and confusing legal landscape on how to deal with cyber-bullies in their schools.
Such projects as the solar edition of the Stirlin engine, wind turbine, solar radios, electrocardiogram (ECG) and pulse oximetry, electromyography (EMG) vs. joint angular position measurements, and autonomous robots are not your typical junior high and high school experiments.

The possibility of eternal damnation has no sway over whether men stay faithful to their wives, but the possibility of getting caught sure does. These are among the results found in new research released today by the University of New Hampshire about the economic costs and benefits of cheating on a spouse and how they differ for men and women.

September 2008

A $75,000 grant creates a new study abroad program for students in Ghana. It will be the university's first formal study abroad program in Africa.

It’s a deal: A licensing agreement with Itaconix LLC to commercialize green chemistry developed by the University's Nanostructured Polymers Research Center gives Itaconix full rights to a process for creating a new generation of environmentally friendly polymers derived from renewable resources.
When the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator that is the world's most eagerly anticipated physics experiment, starts up near Geneva, Switzerland, a University of New Hampshire undergraduate is among the 7,000 scientists worldwide to claim credit for the creation of this landmark scientific instrument.
A new brain imaging study led by a UNH cognitive neuroscientist finds that there are optimal times when we are better suited to multitask.
A groundbreaking EcoGastronomy program that takes students to the field, the kitchen, the lab and Italy to study the complexities of sustainable food systems is launched. It is the first such program at any U.S. university.


The CSDC's new natural playground, the first of its type in the state, designed by Concord-based Natural Playgrounds Company in close collaboration with CSDC teachers, parents, and children created a space that reintroduces children to the joys and creative possibilities of the natural world.
UNH Dining serves up science—as squash. The butternut squash served in the University of New Hampshire's dining halls shows that you can do your science —and eat it, too. Long before it hit the steam table, the orange fall favorite helped a UNH researcher develop a better strain of squash for regional farmers.

The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire opens its third year of the Policy Leadership Initiative with 24 leading practitioners addressing energy issues faced by low-income families in communities in Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.


Associate Professor of Geography Blake Gumprecht explores the distinctive character and culture of the American college town that are so prominently held in the American mind in the first book of its kind to be published.

High credit score? You must be a good, responsible person. Average credit score? You're a decent person but could use some improvement. Low credit score? You're probably irresponsible and morally questionable, according to findings by Josh Lauer, assistant professor of communication, who researches credit reporting and the invention of financial identity in the United States.

A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that forests may play overlooked role in regulating climate. Forests with high levels of foliar nitrogen have a two-fold effect on climate by simultaneously reflecting more solar radiation and by absorbing more CO2 than their low-nitrogen counterparts.


A report from the Carsey Institute finds that as men's employment rates have dropped over the past four decades, more rural women are working to keep the lights on at home.
"The rural America of our collective imagination is changing. Mom is no longer home in the kitchen, and dad is no longer on the tractor or in the mines," says Carsey Institute family demographer and report author Kristin Smith." Rural women are just as likely as their urban counterparts to work for pay, but they earn less, have fewer occupational choices, and have seen their family income decline as men's wages have not kept pace with inflation,” says Smith.
Jason Goldstein checks his lobster traps in New Hampshire's Great Bay Estuary once a week, but not for tasty crustaceans to sell. Instead, the University of New Hampshire Ph.D. candidate is fitting these lobsters with transmitters and tracking their migrations year-round.

UNH professors at the Whittemore School of Business and Economics discuss the continuing crisis of the national and world economies with research rom several perspectives: macroeconomics and monetary theory; early stage equity financing of high growth ventures, trends in the angel market, and entrepreneurship; and governance, and analyst forecast issues.


Dennis Meadows, professor emeritus of systems policy at the University of New Hampshire, is one of two American scientists to be awarded the 2009 Japan Prize by the Science and Technology Foundation of Japan; one of the world's most prestigious awards in science and technology.
Meadows, 66, was recognized for "his contribution towards a sustainable world founded in the 1972 report titled 'The Limits to Growth.'"

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Polar Programs (OPP) announces the signing of cooperative agreements with teams from the University of New Hampshire, University of Wisconsin (UW), and Dartmouth College that create two new entities to support, advise, and conduct ice coring and drilling used in polar research.
Effective ice-core drilling is vital to NSF's polar research. Through the OPP the federal agency manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, which coordinates all U.S. research on the southernmost continent. OPP also oversees NSF's research and scientific stations in the Arctic.

UNH/NOAA Report finds that Arctic Region underprepared For maritime accidents
A new report released by the University of New Hampshire and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration finds that the existing infrastructure for responding to maritime accidents in the Arctic is limited and more needs to be done to enhance emergency response capacity as Arctic sea ice declines and ship traffic in the region increases.





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