NSF Publishes Report on Awards and Strategic Activities in 2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published FY 2011 Performance and Financial Highlights which summarizes the agency's budget, grant making activity, and progress towards its strategic performance goals in 2011.

The report indicates that fewer proposals were submitted and fewer awards were made in FY 2011 compared with FY 2010. As a result, NSF’s funding rate was about the same for 2010 and 2011, and only slightly below the rate for previous years (excepting 2009 when ARRA (stimulus) funds pushed the funding rate up significantly).

UNH-led Mission Concludes Joint US-Canada Arctic Seafloor Survey

A recent mission marked the completion of a five-year collaboration between the United States and Canada to survey the Arctic Ocean. The bilateral project collected scientific data to delineate the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles from the coastline, also known as the extended continental shelf (ECS).

The 2011 joint Arctic mission spanned nearly six weeks in August and September and was the fourth year to employ flagship icebreakers from both countries, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent.

Natl. Inst. of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Education Program Grants (R25) Available

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will support the creation of educational opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in areas of biomedical or behavioral research of particular interest to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) , while fostering the career development of these students and fellows.

Businesses Invited to Team Up With UNH Information Systems Students

The Information Systems Management Program in UNH's Whittemore School of Business and Economics invites businesses and industry organizations to work with students on projects during the spring semester 2012.

The projects will provide business administration seniors who specialize in information systems management with real-world experience in business enterprises, including the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. Barry Shore, professor of decision sciences, manages the program.

Oceans' Depths Remeasured by CCOM Scientists

Scientists from UNH's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM), led by Jim Gardner, have mapped the deepest part of the world's oceans in greater detail than ever before.  Measurement of the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific was completed to help determine the exact extent of US waters in the region.

'Understanding' of Climate Change Depends on Politics, New Study Finds

While many Americans believe that climate change is happening today, their opinions about the science that explains it are tied to other political beliefs, according to new research from Carsey Institute at UNH.  Views of New Hampshire residents largely mirror the national patterns.

UNH Researchers Find that 'Sexting' by Minors Isn’t Very Common

According to a new study by researchers from UNH's Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC), one in 10 children ages 10 to 17 has used a cellphone to send or receive sexually suggestive images, but only 1 in 100 has sent images considered graphic enough to violate child pornography laws. 

“Lots of people may be hearing about these cases discovered by schools and parents because they create a furor, but it still involves a very small minority of youth,” said lead author Kimberly Mitchell, research assistant professor of psychology at the CCRC.

UNH Professor's New Book Outlines Why Students Learn More By Reading Slowly

Thomas Newkirk, professor of English at UNH, suggests that students get more enjoyment out of and have greater success with reading when they slow down. Newkirk outlines how to boost student enjoyment of reading in his new book “The Art of Slow Reading.”

“This book challenges popular notions of reading—the idea that quick, extractive reading is the goal for students. I argue that traditional acts of ‘slow reading’—memorization, performance, annotation, and elaboration—are essential for deep, pleasurable, thoughtful reading,” Newkirk says.

IRB Sets Spring 2012 Semester Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) has set its Spring 2012 semester meeting schedule, available at http://www.unh.edu/research/irb-meeting-schedule 

Please contact Julie Simpson (603/862-2003) in Research Integrity Services with any questions.

UNH Scientists Receive NASA Funds to Measure Impact of Melting Mountain Glaciers for Next IPCC Assessment

Scientists in the Water Systems Analysis Group in the University of New Hampshire’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) have been funded by NASA to improve estimates of how melting mountain glaciers around the globe will contribute to sea level rise in the future. The data will be a critical new element in the next assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


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