Stories in Topic: Science

  • UNH students and faculty working on NASA's MMS
    03.05.15 - For These UNH Students, It Is Rocket Science
    Work on NASA mission launches science careers
    Long before it blasts into space March 12, the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will have launched the careers of would-be rocket scientists who contributed to the mission as UNH undergraduates. “It really kick-started a passion,” says Caleigh MacPherson ’12, ‘14G, a mechanical engineering major who led UNH’s LunaCats lunar mining robot team to NASA competitions and is now an official NASA Ambassador.
  • 03.05.15 - Space Quartet
    UNH plays large role in large NASA mission
  • 02.23.15 - UNH Research: Flame Retardants Found to Cause Metabolic, Liver Problems
      Chemicals used as synthetic flame retardants that are found in common household items such as couches, carpet padding and electronics have been found to cause metabolic and liver problems that can lead to insulin resistance, which is a major cause of obesity, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.
  • 02.19.15 - Kelp Is On the Way: UNH Researchers Promote "Kale of the Sea"
    Seaweed has been on the menu for thousands of years, beloved particularly in Asia for packing a nutritional punch with the complex flavor of umami. Now, UNH researchers are hoping to tap locavore foodie fanaticism to promote this Gulf of Maine bounty as a healthy, delicious and local food that works overtime as fisherman-friendly aquaculture.
  • UNH PhD candidate Sophie Burke
    02.19.15 - Have Funding, Will Travel: Ph.D. Student and Fulbright Fellow Trots the Globe in Pursuit of a Scientific Career
    Belmont, Mass. native Sophie Burke’s decision to come to UNH in September 2009 was pretty much a no-brainer.
  • 02.18.15 - A Radiation Belt Twofer
    UNH-built "CubeSats" probe mysteries of Earth's radiation belts
    Astrophysicist Harlan Spence, director of the UNH Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space, is the university’s lead scientist, or “principal investigator,” on two NASA missions that are probing the mysterious inner workings of Earth’s high-energy radiation belts — the Van Allen Probes mission and the recently launched FIREBIRD-II "CubeSat" mission.
  • 02.11.15 - Kelp Is On the Way
    UNH researchers promote "kale of the sea"
    Seaweed has been on the menu for thousands of years, beloved particularly in Asia for packing a nutritional punch with the complex flavor of umami. Now, UNH researchers are hoping to tap locavore foodie fanaticism to promote this Gulf of Maine bounty as a healthy, delicious and local food that works overtime as fisherman-friendly aquaculture.
  • UNH graduate student Justin Williams
    02.05.15 - Pinpointing a Pint-Sized Pest From On High
    Master's student helps develop a way to detect a forest invader via satellite
    The hemlock woolly adelgid is the single greatest threat to hemlock health and sustainability in the East. The potential ecological impacts are comparable to that of Dutch elm disease and chestnut blight. —USDA Forest Service It would seem like the very definition of looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack: using satellites to hone in on a 1/16-of-an-inch — about the size of the period at the end of this sentence — aphid-like insect under the forest canopy before visible signs of its destruction appear.  
  • 02.04.15 - UNH Bee Hotel Will Be Featured at 2015 NH Farm and Forest Expo
    Visitors to this year's N.H. Farm and Forest Expo in Manchester, N.H., will have a chance to see what the accommodations are like for bees buzzing around UNH's Woodman Farm. A rendition of UNH's Bee Hotel, which is part of a research project at the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES), will be on display.
  • 01.29.15 - A River Runs Through It: Ph.D. Candidate Studies the Hydrologic-Human Cycle
    Water has coursed through Danielle Grogan's academic journey since her junior year
    University of New Hampshire Ph.D. candidate Danielle Grogan's scientific career was cemented by her undergraduate research experience at Smith College, where she majored in mathematics and minored in geology. Her research project involved a little campus pond that perpetually filled with silt and had to be dredged every few years.
  • UNH Professor Nancy Kinner looks at data collected by students in oil spill lab
    01.29.15 - Building a Better Oil Spill Response
    What happens to spilled oil on the bottom of a body of water? With a unique oil flume, UNH professor Nancy Kinner and undergraduates are working to find out. Their findings could improve  oil spill response. 
  • Claire Treat
    01.23.15 - Carbon Bomb with a Long Fuse: Ph.D. Student Makes Key Finding in the Climate Change Puzzle
    Claire Treat funded the bulk of her Ph.D. work by winning a graduate fellowship from the Department of Energy Office of Science for her proposal titled "Future of soil carbon in permafrost regions: The great northern carbon bomb?"
  • 01.14.15 - Assistant Professor Studying Non-Native Species in Hawaii with Dept. of Defense
    Kahanahaiki gulch, Hawaii   A Japanese white-eye scouts the underside of a broad leaf for insects on the island of Oahu. The notable feature of these songbirds is an eponymous white eye ring, no less striking than their jade heads and golden throats. The Japanese white-eye's vibrant hues seem natural among the colorful flora of these tropical forests; nevertheless, it's an invader.
  • Car driving on a flooded roadway
    01.13.15 - Three New Research Centers Support Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research and Scholarship
    UNH has established three new research centers that will leverage the university’s existing strengths to enhance interdisciplinary research opportunities for faculty and students — the Prevention Innovations: Research and Practice for Ending Violence Against Women Research Center; the Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Innovations (CAMMI), and the UNH Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate.
  • 12.16.14 - In the News: Are Algae Blooms Linked to Lou Gehrig's Disease?
  • 12.16.14 - Cloudy With a Chance of Copepods: UNH Student Forecasts Tiny Organisms’ Reactions to Changing Marine Environments
    Remember summer? While you pull on your winter boots and zip up your parka, allow us to take you back to the dog days, when Katherine Cart ’15 was in Walpole, Maine, studying some of the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Maine’s tidal waters. Her research project continues this fall and will culminate in a spring semester presentation at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference in April.
  • 12.11.14 - Research professor, paleoceanographer...Hollywood collaborator?
  • 12.11.14 - In Science We Trust?
    Climate change divides along political lines
    Gun control. Abortion. The death penalty. You wouldn’t be alone in assuming that these are the hot-button issues that create the widest philosophical and political divide between Republicans and Democrats. But survey data released in May from UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy yielded some surprising results: Democrats and Republicans are actually farther apart on their beliefs about climate change than on any of these other familiar political third rails.
  • Katherine Cart '15 measures turbidity
    12.10.14 - Cloudy With a Chance of Copepods
    UNH undergrad forecasts tiny organisms’ reactions to changing marine environments
    Remember summer? While you pull on your winter boots and zip up your parka, allow us to take you back to the dog days, when Katherine Cart ’15 was in Walpole, Maine, studying some of the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Maine’s tidal waters. Her research project continues this fall and will culminate in a spring semester presentation at the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference in April.
  • Professor Nancy Kinner is doused by a safety shower
    11.19.14 - Good, Clean (Safe) Fun: Professor Showers for Lab Safety
    Kinner showers for lab safety