UNH Research Digest ‒ January 2014

UNH Research Digest ‒ January 2014

May 13, 2014
UNH Research Digest ‒ January 2014

The UNH Research Digest collects research news stories from across the University and provides brief summaries that showcase the breadth and depth of our research, scholarly activity, and artistic endeavors.

Preview a few of January’s stories below. Find the rest of the January Digest articles at the UNH Research Office web site: http://www.unh.edu/research/unh-research-digest.

Map NH Health Brings the State's Health Future Into Focus


Logo for the Institute fo Health Policy and Practice at the University of New HampshireMapNH Health, a new collaboration between the NH Citizens Health Initiative and the Institute for Health Policy and Practice at UNH (IHPP), is developing a map-based interactive web site designed to forecast and address future health issues throughout New Hampshire. Callie Carr, project director for the IHPP, explains, “Users will be able to see graphed projections of future demographics, health behaviors, outcomes and cost.” The project also will include outreach to its stakeholders ‒ consumers, policy makers, business and industry leaders, hospitals and health systems, social service providers, public health professionals and educators throughout the state.

The Tales a Lobster Trap Tells


A lobster entering a lobster trapThe lobster research lab team supervised by professor of zoology Win Watson has produced a video detailing their work studying the effectiveness of lobster traps. The video, titled “What do lobster traps tell us about the lobsters on the bottom?”, features underwater footage of the lobsters interacting with the traps. Results of the study could inform New England fishing practices and future marine research approaches. The video was selected as a finalist for the Ocean 180 Video Challenge which aims to engage non-scientists and students in timely and relevant ocean science research. It will be viewed and judged by over 30,000 middle school students internationally.

Photo: Win Watson

UNH Stormwater Center Awarded Nearly $1M from EPA for Philadelphia Green Infrastructure Project


Tom Ballestero, director of the UNH Stormwater Center, in Philadelphia for the announcement of the EPA grant to address water management issues in that city.The UNH Stormwater Center, a leader in tackling urban stormwater issues, was awarded nearly $1 million from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist the city of Philadelphia in a project called “Green Infrastructure for Sustainable Philadelphia Communities.” The team will work to reduce runoff from overflowing sewer systems and to redirect the water through natural filtration systems. UNH was the only university from outside Pennsylvania to be selected to work on this initiative.


Photo: Lahne Mattas-Curry, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Communications


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