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Education
5:25 am
Mon May 5, 2014

As Research Gets More Expensive, Universities Will Be Pushed To Justify Costs

The Cray supercomputer cost over a million dollars to install at UNH, and runs math used in space physics, among other computations.
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Research at big universities is expensive, and the price tag is rising. At the same time securing money for research is getting harder as more and more academics are competing for research grants that are less and less generous. This raises a question: are universities that do research more likely to raise tuition.

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NH News
9:38 am
Wed April 30, 2014

White House Task Force Taps UNH For Sexual Assault Prevention Program

The University of New Hampshire has been asked to help a White House task force end sexual assault on college campuses.

A UNH program called Prevention Innovations was identified in a report to help protect students. The program is designing a training program in cooperation with campus-based practitioners around the country.

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Word of Mouth
10:17 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Has Terrorism Research Become Stagnant?

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“Why did they do it?”  That’s one of the first questions on the lips of every reporter and pundit after a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing, and often there is no satisfying answer.  In cases of domestic terrorism, the motives of the perpetrator leave us with other, equally difficult questions:  what separates angry young men, most of whom will never commit acts of mass violence, from those who do?

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Word of Mouth
10:37 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Political Science Under Attack

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Two weeks ago, Congress passed a continuing budget resolution that included an amendment to cease all funding of political science research. Currently, Poly-Sci gets about ten million dollars a year in support from the national science foundation. In a recent series of posts on Pacific Standard, Seth Masket, political scientist at the University of Denver, says his field has become a new political punching bag. We’ve asked Seth on to tell us why…and why he thinks such research matters.

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Word of Mouth
4:18 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

High Heels Are Sexy and Other "No Duh" Research

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The high heel—ever the fashion accessory—has always attracted attention. Turns out (insert astonishment here) that they make the wearer more attractive and more feminine. 


In honor of this not quite surprising research, here are our top scientific no-brainers inspired by the Ig Nobel prizes for thoughtful, humorous and sometimes absurd research.

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Word of Mouth
1:54 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Matchmaking for Medical Research

Dating sites like E-Harmony and Match.com use complex math to bring people together. Now, a project funded by the Michael J. Fox foundation is leveraging similar matchmaking algorithms to link people with Parkinson’s disease to appropriate clinical trials. 


Journalist Neal Ungerleider wrote about the Fox Trial Finder tool for Fast Company. 

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Environment
3:24 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

UNH To Lead Study Of Climate Change's Impact On Roads And Bridges

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The National Science Foundation has given The University of New Hampshire $750,000 to coordinate the study of the impacts of Climate Change on roads and bridges.

The grant money will establish a network of Northeast climate scientists and civil engineers led by UNH researchers.

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Word of Mouth
10:02 am
Thu June 21, 2012

The Downside of Happiness

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The science behind our most-sought after emotional state has positively exploded in recent years – with psychologists and social scientists probing just about everything – income, gender, relationships, kids, chocolate – in an effort to find out what makes us more or less happy.   June Gruber is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yale University, and Director of the Yale Positive Emotion and Psychopathology lab. 

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Word of Mouth
10:16 am
Thu May 31, 2012

The 'I' in Innovation?

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Icons of creativity like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg are romanticized as lone wolves, toiling alone deep into the night on ideas that one day change the world. Truth is, most get help along the way. Even Thomas Edison had a crew: 40 or so scientists helped him invent the light bulb. So is it the 'I' or the team that matters most?

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Word of Mouth
11:07 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Breaking Down the Brain

Scientists at the University of Illinois report that they have mapped the physical architecture of the brain with accuracy never before achieved. Their study, published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology is the largest, most comprehensive analysis so far of the brain structures vital to general intelligence –which depends on a remarkably circumscribed neural system – and to specific cognitive functions, like memory, self-control and recognizing speech. 

Get it?

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Research News
8:17 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Death Penalty Research Flawed, Expert Panel Says

Proponents of the death penalty often argue that the threat of being executed acts as a deterrent that prevents people from committing murder. But those who oppose capital punishment challenge that claim. And some researchers argue that state-sanctioned execution might actually increase homicide rates.

Now, a panel of independent experts convened by the prestigious National Research Council has taken a look at this question and decided that the available research offers no useful information for policymakers.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
10:50 am
Mon March 12, 2012

On Fouls and Free Throws: New Basketball Research Hits the Court

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March Madness begins this week. Pro-basketball stars like Larry Bird and Magic Johnson built their legends in college basketball: both players were known for coming through at critical moments. Others, like Lebron James, are accused of not being able to handle the heat – or come through in the clutch. A wave of new academic research on last-second shots, free throws and playing time recently hit the court.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:39 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

We needed scientists for THIS?

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Rap mogul Jay-Z and his pop star wife Beyonce welcomed a baby girl at Lenox Hill hospital two weeks ago. The news quickly outpaced other top stories on Twitter, helped along by the announcement of her name: Blue Ivy Carter, just the latest celebrity moniker to inspire a collective groan and the Twitter hashtag #NamesBetterThanBlueIvy.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
12:40 pm
Thu December 1, 2011

Are WE ruining research?

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Word of Mouth keeps its eye out for stories that are interesting, counterintuitive, many of which come from the world of science. It’s part of our mission to find the under-reported, simmering, surprising ideas that make us go “what?”

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