NASA to Live Stream Virtual Town Hall on Dec 3 to Present Restructured Research & Analysis Program

NASA's Planetary Science Division announces a virtual town hall presenting the Research and Analysis Program Restructuring. The town hall will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm (EST). A presentation by Jonathan Rall will be followed by a question/answer period. The town hall will be live-streamed with participation available to anyone having Internet access.

UNH to Receive Scanning Electron Microscope

UNH has recently received a NSF Major Research Instrumentation award for a new Focused Ion Beam Scanning Electron Microscope (FIB-SEM).  The unit will be housed at the University Instrumentation Center (UIC) in the basement of Parsons Hall.  The grant is a result of a collaborative proposal developed by investigators from Mechanical Engineering, Earth Sciences, Materials Science, and the UIC.  Expect to hear more about this in February 2014.

IP Matters in Every Deal

I attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), held in Philadelphia from September 22-25. As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post, LES is an international association of members with an interest in the transfer of technology, or licensing of intellectual property (IP) rights - from technical know-how and patented inventions to software, copyrights and trademarks.

Spring 2014 Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research Training Session

The UNH Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarly Activity (RCR) Committee announces the availability of training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.  This training is open to any member of the UNH community.  While it is primarily direct

IRB Sets Spring 2014 Semester Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) has set its Spring 2014 semester meeting schedule, available at /research/irb-meeting-schedule 

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

NSF Issues New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide

A new version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 14-1) has been issued.  The PAPPG is comprised of documents relating to the Foundation's proposal and award process and consists of the:

(a) Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) for guidance on the preparation and submission of proposals to NSF; and

Keep Up on Issues in Scientific Publishing by Following Retraction Watch

Retraction Watch is a blog created by two medical reporters, Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky.  The site tracks, investigates, and reports on scientific retractions so researchers can keep up on what is going on in their fields in terms of publication issues.  Here’s an entry from November 15:

RCI Home to First Cray Supercomputer in New England

The Lenharth Data Center has become home to the first Cray supercomputer in New England.  On Monday, November 4th, an open house was held to introduce the community to the new supercomputer and to share with people the importance of this acquisition. 

Changes in Mammal Body Size in the Geological Past Provide Clues to Understanding Current Climate Change

Using the size of fossil molar teeth as a proxy for body size, doctoral student Abigail D’Ambrosia and colleagues have shown that early mammals shrank twice in the Paleogene Era, indicating an important pattern that could inform our understanding of current climate change.

UNH-led Team Finds that Humpback Whales in the Southern Gulf of Maine Prefer to Feed on the Ocean Floor

Collaborative research led by professor of data visualization Colin Ware of UNH’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping has found that humpback whales in the southern Gulf of Maine feed on the ocean bottom more often than humpbacks in other regions, putting the Northeastern whales at increased risk for entanglement in bottom-set gear such as those used in lobster traps.


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