News Archives: September, 2016

UNH one of twelve institutions to receive NSF award to foster new understanding of biological systems on regional to continental scales

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To better detect, understand and predict the effects of climate and land-use changes on organisms and ecosystems at these large scales, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Biological Sciences has awarded $15.9 million for 12 new MacroSystems Biology and Early NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) Science projects.

Early National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) Science grants go to projects that don't otherwise fit into the macrosystems biology focus on regional- to continental-scale questions, but use or leverage NEON data and/or NEON samples and specimens to address innovative ecological or other biological questions, or develop analytic or computational tools that enhance the use and value of NEON data.

Scott Ollinger from the University of New Hampshire received funding for his project, 'The influence of biological diversity on land-atmosphere exchange in forests: confronting theory with data.'

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UNM assistant professor earns Dept. of Energy grant to develop novel lighting technology

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Daniel Feezell (pictured left), Center for High Technology Materials (CHTM) Nanofabrication advisor, and assistant professor with Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of New Mexico (UNM), is the Principal Investigator (PI) for a project that was recently awarded two-year, $400,000 grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science.

This is an "Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research" (EPSCoR) grant. The Office of Science (SC) is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.

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NIH awards more than $150 million for research on environmental influences on child health

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The National Institutes of Health today announced $157 million in awards in fiscal year 2016 to launch a seven-year initiative called Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). The ECHO program will investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development — from conception through early childhood — influences the health of children and adolescents. 

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Register now: NIH 2017 Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research Course

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The online Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (IPPCR) is a course to train participants on how to effectively conduct clinical research. The course focuses on the spectrum of clinical research and the research process by highlighting epidemiologic methods, study design, protocol preparation, patient monitoring, quality assurance, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issues. This course will be of interest to physicians, scientists, medical students, nurses, public health professionals, and all other health professionals planning a career.

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University of Alaska one of eight recipients of NSF's third set of coastal sustainability grants

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At a time when sea-level rise is flooding cities in the U.S. Southeast, harmful algae blooms are threatening seashore communities, and climate change is affecting fisheries just offshore, how do we coexist with our coastlines?

To answer that question, the National Science Foundation (NSF), through its Coastal SEES (Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability) program, has funded a third set of awards totaling $13 million to study coasts in the U.S. and around the world.

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EVENT: Maine NSF Days

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NSF Days provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding for science, engineering and education research. This day-long workshop will provide background on the Foundation, its mission, priorities, and budget. During the day, NSF will give an overview on proposal writing, NSF's merit review process, and programs that fall within their seven scientific and engineering directorates, as well as funding opportunities that cross disciplinary boundaries. NSF representatives from each directorate will be on hand to answer questions and to host discipline-specific breakout sessions to personally engage in discussions with attendees.

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NSF awards $18.9 million for research to transform our understanding of life on Earth

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Humans are largely made up of millions of microbes, collectively called our microbiomes. These microbial "ecosystems" contribute to keeping us healthy. It's the same for corals and other species such as marine sponges, scientists are finding.

Through a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of Biodiversity grant, Michael Lesser of the University of New Hampshire and colleagues are studying the evolutionary ecology of sponges, and how their microbiomes drive diversity on coral reefs.

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University of Maine one of 37 nationwide STEM projects to receive NSF grant

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Researchers at the University of Maine in Orono will get a $299,451 grant from the new National Science Foundation INCLUDES program aimed at diversifying and boosting participation by women and minorities in STEM fields.

The school is the only one in Maine to have received one of the grants.

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