Research Articles

Research articles describe research and creative projects in all the disciplines and are authored by UNH undergraduates or recent graduates in collaboration with Inquiry student and staff editors. They should not exceed 2500 words (excluding bibliography). These articles are based on research reports or essays written for a course or independent study. Because of the relatively short length and general audience of research articles, their authors often choose to narrow or refocus their original text. The research experience is held to be as important as research results.

Connecting Composting and Greenhouses: An Energy Capture and Usage Model

Composting is an important practice used in sustainable agriculture and gardening. Disposing of food scraps through composting creates fertilizer that can be used in home gardens, in greenhouses, and on farms. Food scraps aren’t the only material that is valuable for creating compost; animal waste, human waste, and items such as wood shavings and paper plates and napkins are also decomposable ingredients.

Living in a World Where Seeing Is No Longer Believing: Artificial Intelligence as a Disinformation Engine

I have been fascinated by technology since my childhood. In high school, I realized that I wanted to dedicate my life to the pursuit of technology and to unlock new ways it can help humanity grow and flourish. During my sophomore year at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), I became inspired to double major in philosophy in addition to my original coursework in information technology. Although seemingly contrasting majors, the two come together beautifully when studying how our society influences (and is influenced by) technological innovations.

Professional Nurse-Led Unjani Clinics: Empowering the Nurse Entrepreneur

Many countries, including the United States, struggle with the accessibility and affordability of health care. In South Africa, health care is written as a constitutional right. However, the 45 million South Africans who live without health insurance are unable to access the private sector providers (South Africa Department of Statistics, 2017). This is a problem because the uninsured are subjected to public sector clinics, which are burdened by long queues and perceived ineffective care.

Clothing and Power in the Royal World of Catherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, and Elizabeth I

At President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union speech, “the women of the US Democratic party dressed in unanimous white” to make “a powerful statement that the status quo in Washington will be challenged” (Independent 2019). In the 1960s, women burned bras in support of women’s rights. In the late 1500s, Queen Elizabeth I took the reins of England, despite opposition, by creating a powerful image using clothing as one of her tools.

The Post-Tonal Pedagogical Piano Music of Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee

I played piano for about ten years before deciding that I wanted to major in music performance and teach private lessons. As a beginning student, I was captivated by the wide variety of musical styles readily available in piano music and always wanted to explore sounds beyond those of the baroque, classical, and romantic eras. My longtime piano teacher throughout all of grade school, Kathryn Southworth, always provided me with these opportunities through exposure to interesting and often lesser-known composers.

Contributing to the Field of Dam Removal Science: Analyzing Sediment Characteristics in Mill Pond and Sawyer Mill

Research, whether formal or informal, is woven into the intricacies of everyday life. In its rawest form, it is the pursuit of truth; research seeks to provide a better understanding of the world we live in. Entering the University of New Hampshire (UNH) campus as a civil engineering student, I didn’t anticipate the vital role research would come to play in my academic experience or in my understanding of how engineering principles are developed.

Using Magnetostratigraphy to Find the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina

Approximately 66 million years ago (Clyde et al., 2016), an asteroid collided with the Yucatan Peninsula (Schulte et al., 2010). The effects of this event, which marks the end of the Cretaceous period, were felt around the globe. It induced earthquakes and tsunamis around the impact site. Material released into the atmosphere caused acid rain and blocked sunlight, which caused global temperatures to cool. This cascading sequence of events also caused one of the largest mass extinctions in the history of Earth.

Remote Sensing for River Restoration and Dam Removal Studies

From a young age, I learned the importance of respecting the natural environment from my parents, particularly my dad, who is a restoration ecologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). My experiences growing up in a family that enjoys hiking, kayaking, traveling, and other outdoor activities also contributed to my appreciation for natural resources. I took this passion for the environment and followed in my father’s footsteps by becoming an environmental conservation and sustainability major at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). 

Media, Gender, and National Identity in Almaty, Kazakhstan

The visuals we encounter every day present us with messages that convey cultural norms and values; billboards, magazines, books, television, and social media provide information about culture and gender, which are mutually informative. In the summer of 2019, I traveled to the city of Almaty, the cultural center of Kazakhstan, to conduct exploratory research on gender as it is transmitted in the mediascape. Mediascape refers to “a landscape of images that produce and disseminate information (newspapers, magazines, television stations, film production studios, etc.) . . .

I Cannot Tell a Lie: Emotional Intelligence as a Predictor of Deceptive Behavior

As a senior psychology student at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, I serve in many roles. Professionally, I work as the senior career peer in the Career and Professional Success office, as assistant to the lead ambassador in the admissions office, and as a peer assistant leader in the office of Student Development and Involvement. Throughout my experiences, I have developed a keen interest in what allows people to succeed.

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