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Research Computing & Instrumentation Center is Award Finalist

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A Web-based oil spill response tool developed by UNH’s Research Computing & Instrumentation Center (RCI) was one of four finalists for the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for Homeland Security. The tool – Environmental Response Management Application, or ERMA® – was developed in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UNH/NOAA Coastal Response Research Center and was essential in coordinating the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“Being a finalist is a huge success. I was very impressed by the caliber of the finalists,” said RCI director Patrick Messer, who attended the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. last week.

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal, from the Partnership for Public Service, honors outstanding federal workers who are making high-impact contributions critical to the health, safety and well-being of Americans. The medals are considered the most prestigious awards for American civil servants.