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August 8, 2012

UNH Marine Docents Information Meeting Aug. 23rd
An informational meeting for those interested in becoming a marine docent will take place Thursday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. at the N.H. Sea Grant office at 122 Mast Road in Lee.
 
The UNH Marine Docent program is a group of more than 170 volunteers who educate the community about coastal resources, teaching up-to-the-minute marine science in classrooms and at sea aboard the University's research vessel.
 
To prepare for their roles as educators, Marine Docents get hands-on training in local history and science by UNH faculty, extension educators and other experts in the marine field. Training takes place both inside the classroom and out, with a variety of field trips to sites around the Seacoast. The five-month training program begins in September, with courses held Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
 
No prior experience is required. Ideal candidates possess a love of learning, a keen interest in the marine environment, a sense of stewardship for the marine world, and a desire to share their knowledge with children and adults in the community.
 
The Marine Docent Program is sponsored by N.H. Sea Grant and UNH Cooperative Extension. For more information or directions, contact Dari Ward at 2-6701 or Mark Wiley at 2-6702.
 
15 Percent Discount for Employees for Certificate in Corporate Responsibility 
UNH employees will receive a 15 percent discount on the Certificate in Corporate Responsibility, a 3-day program for professionals interested in deepening their understanding of sustainability issues and its benefits to their organization. Offered by the UNH Sustainability Academy, the Whittemore School of Business and NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, the institute will take place Nov. 7-9 on campus.
 
Registration is now open.
 
Official Campus Maps Available
The 2012-2013 official campus maps are available at www.unh.edu/map. Printable or downloadable maps include six campus maps, wireless, accessibility, fitness, sustainability and one that provides a 360 degree view of campus.
 
September 2012 Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Research Training 
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 opportunity involves two components:

  • Completion of UNH's Web-based RCR instructional modules (available here), followed by
  • Participation in a seminar on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, 12:30-4 p.m. (MUB 330/332)
     

This training is open to any member of the UNH community.  While it is primarily directed at postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students, faculty and staff are invited to participate.
 
The training will fulfill the new National Science Foundation (NSF) mandate that all postdoctoral researchers, and undergraduate and graduate students supported by NSF to conduct research on proposals submitted on or after Jan. 4, 2010 receive appropriate training in the ethical and responsible conduct of research.  (This training may be completed up to six months prior to employment on an eligible NSF grant.)
 
Modules must have been completed prior to participation in the seminar.  Successful completion of the training requires completion of both components.
 
Interested individuals must register for the training by Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.  Registration information is available at www.unh.edu/research/rcr-training-unh  

For more information, contact Julie Simpson in Research Integrity Services (2-2003) or Thomas Pistole in the Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences department (2-0111).  

UNH Kindergarten Accepting Applications
The UNH Child Study and Development Center (CSDC) has a limited number of openings for full-day (7:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m.) kindergarten for the school year beginning August 2012. A research and teacher training site, the CSDC's kindergarten program is open to 20 families from the Seacoast community; kindergarten families do not need to be affiliated with UNH.

The kindergarten program is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and headed by two state certified teachers with extensive experience.

For applications and more information, go to www.csdc.unh.edu e-mail csdc.info@unh.edu.

New Requirements for Public Health Service (PHS) Research Funding
UNH must comply in its research and scholarly activities with federal and state laws and regulations regarding financial conflict of interest in research (FCOIR).  Since 1995, UNH has had a Financial Conflict of Interest in Research (FCOIR) policy in compliance with requirements from the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Recently, PHS revised its FCOIR regulations regarding research funded by it or its component agencies (e.g., the National Institutes of Health). These regulations are effective Aug. 24, 2012.

To respond to these regulations, UNH will implement a new interim policy effective Aug. 24, 2012 that will affect individuals who submit proposals for research funding to PHS agencies and/or who may receive such funds on or after Aug. 24. The policy may also apply to funding from other organizations (e.g., American Heart Association) that require compliance with the PHS financial conflict of interest in research regulations.

Staff from the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Research (OSVPR) will hold an information session on the new requirements on Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Morse 401.  If you plan to attend, please register.   Another session will be scheduled in mid-September.  Anyone who has recently submitted a proposal for research funding to a PHS agency (or an organization requiring compliance with the PHS regulations), or who plans to submit a proposal in the near future, is encouraged to attend one of the sessions.  A list of PHS funding agencies adopting the new requirements can be found here.

A webpage containing information about the new requirements and the information sessions is available online. Information also will be posted on the Research Office blog as it is made available.  Contact Julie Simpson, director, Research Integrity Services (2-2003) or Tammy Goldberg, director, finance and administration (2-0152) with any questions.

Request for Proposals: 2012-2013 Liberal Arts & Sustainability Faculty Grants
The Sustainability Academy (www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/cas) invites proposals from COLA faculty members interested in developing and implementing programming that brings a liberal arts perspective to sustainability. Support is offered in two areas: course development and co-curricular programming. For information visit http://www.sustainableunh.unh.edu/casrfp.

Biofeedback Offered At Health Services
Health Services provides free biofeedback sessions. Biofeedback technology uses electronic equipment to measure and monitor changes in one’s internal physiological state while teaching breathing, relaxation and meditation exercises. Call 2-3823 to make an appointment. http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/biofeedback.html.          

Reminder: Turn in Your Faculty/Staff Tuition Benefit Forms
Faculty and staff, turn in your tuition waivers to Business Services by Aug. 9, 2012 in order to show on your student’s bill, and to avoid late fees on unpaid balances.

Undergraduate tuition bills will be posted July 13 and are due Aug. 9, 2012. Forms can be obtained at Human Resources, or the Business Services Office, Stoke Hall.Info and questions: Business Services at 2-2230 or email business.services@unh.edu.

Massage Therapy
Health Services provides 50-minute massage therapy sessions with licensed massage therapists. Prices for faculty and staff start at $45. Call 2-3823 to make an appointment. http://www.unh.edu/health-services/ohep/massage.html.

Holloway Commons Summer Hours
Holloway Commons is open 7 days a week, 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. throughout the summer, offering the full menu.
 
Faculty and staff meal plans are on sale now.  Purchase any plan (50, 75, 100 or 150 entries) prior to July 1 and receive 5 free meals as a bonus. Meal plan purchases can be spread over 15 pay periods, never expire, and are refundable at any time. More information on this great offer is available at http://www.unh.edu/dining/plans/fac-staff.html. Union Court is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

UNH Office of Conduct & Mediation Seeks Volunteers
The UNH Office of Conduct and Mediation is seeking faculty and staff volunteers. This is a great way to get involved on campus and have meaningful contact with students who may not be making the best choices. No prior disciplinary or legal experience necessary.
 
Take part in the disciplinary hearing process by serving on hearing boards or administering appeals. Scheduling and time commitment are flexible based on your needs. Training is provided and will take place at your convenience. We encourage anyone interested to apply but at this time, we are especially in need of more male faculty and staff volunteers.

For more information, visit www.unh.edu/ocm and click on volunteers.

Weight Watchers Online Program Eligible for Up to $200 Reimbursement
The Weight Watchers online program is now one of Harvard Pilgrim’s approved health education classes, allowing participants to apply for reimbursement for up to $200 per calendar year. Previously, reimbursement was for physically attending meetings. Read more at http://www.unh.edu/hr/health-wellness.htm.

Office of Human Resources Benefits Representatives on Campus
Every other Monday, representatives from the Office of Human Resources, Benefits Administration will be available on campus to answer benefits questions, assist with enrollment, change in status and retirement.  Call Sue Nolan, 2-0504, for an appointment. The full schedule of dates may be reviewed on the HR Web site at http://www.unh.edu/hr/HR-Benefits-Representatives-on-Campus.htm.

Lactation Room Available
Dimond Library and the UNH President’s Commission on the Status of Women would like to call attention to a lactation room that is available in Dimond Library. This private room contains a hospital-grade Medela breast pump, a gliding rocker, a refrigerator, and soft music. The room is designed for nursing and milk expression. A key can be checked out at the main circulation desk of the library. Please contact Pam Lehman at 2-1512 or the commission office at 2-1058 for more information.