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

NH Agricultural Experiment Station Scientists Receive USDA Grant to Study the Loss of Environmental Nitrogen in Agricultural Systems

Researchers at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH, have received a $482,500 USDA grant to study the loss of environmental nitrogen in agricultural systems.  “Our work will advance understanding of plant-microbe controls on the nitrogen cycle, enabling agricultural  systems that match nitrogen inputs more closely to plant demand, thereby reducing environmental nitrogen losses and creating more efficient, productive agricultural systems,” Grandy says.

New Demographic Change Database Available

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David Finkelhor Named the First Recipient of the National Kempe Scientific Impact Award

David Finkelhor, PhD, director of the Crimes against Children Research Center and co-director of the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire, has been named the first recipient of the National Kempe Scientific Impact Award. This award from the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect will be given annually to a research scholar who has made leading and sustained scientific contributions during the past decade to the field of child abuse and neglect.

UNH Scientists to Assess Amazonian Forest Resilience and Vulnerability

NASA’s Interdisciplinary Research in Earth Science program has funded scientists from the University of New Hampshire to conduct a comprehensive assessment of Amazonian forest resilience and vulnerability to drought in the wake of two Amazon megadroughts in 2005 and 2010. The three-year project is led by environmental scientist Michael Palace of UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) and leverages the expertise of six current and former scientists from the EOS Earth Systems Research Center.

Translating Copyright Law from Legalese into English

Statutes, legal treatises, and judicial opinions are often disparaged as wordy, dense, and unnecessarily convoluted – and with good reason. It can be difficult for a non-lawyer to grasp the kernel of knowledge he seeks from the reading. Compounding this issue are the myriad of articles and websites that misinform, misdirect, or otherwise perpetuate misunderstood concepts. This problem is prevalent with U.S. copyright law: especially in regard to copyright creation, ownership, and use.

Drop-in Sessions at Dimond Library with Grant & Contract Administrators and Financial Research Administrators

Dimond Library Room 343, no appointment needed



  • Drop-in between 11:00 and 12:00
  • A Grant and Contract Administrator (GCA) and a Financial Research Administrator (FRA) will be there to guide and assist you.
  • Have your research administration questions answered and needs met.
  • Wondering what services we offer? Come ask!
  • Don’t know where to start?  We’ll point you in the right direction!


See your GCA with any questions

National Academies Roundtable on Laboratory Animal Science & Welfare

The National Academies Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) will host a workshop entitled,

Office of Justice Programs Consultant Rate and Procurements Approval Revisions

Effective June 1, 2014, for future awards and current active grant and cooperative agreement awards, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is increasing the Consultant Rate Threshold to $650 per day, and the prior approval threshold for noncompetitive procurements (e.g., Sole Source) to $150,000.



Consultant Rate:

Andy Glode Receives Award of Honor

Andy Glode, the Laboratory Safety Officer in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, received the UNH Chemistry Department’s 2014 Unsung Heroes Award at an awards ceremony in Parsons Hall on May 2, 2014.  The award is made in recognition of special efforts made on behalf of the Chemistry Department.  The faculty presenter was Professor Sterling Tomellini.  


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