Restoring Dunes

The National Wildlife Federation yesterday announced it received a $2.9 million restoration grant from the federal Department of the Interior. The money will be used for a variety of projects — among them importing sand to shore up dunes, planting dunegrass, ridding the marsh of invasive non-native plants, and studying the ebb and flow of sand along the beaches and through the marsh. One key aspect of the project will be directed by Greg Moore of the University of New Hampshire’s School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering. His goal will be to rebuild some of the eroded dunes at Salisbury Beach, and restore native dune plants to Salisbury and Plum Island. Dune plants are seen as a natural defensive barrier against storms, because their roots hold the dune together and their grasses collect drifting sand.

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Finally, a Mug Shot for a Crop-Killing NH Pest

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Nature Conservancy, UNH construct oyster reef

This week marked the start of the restoration of an oyster reef in the Great Bay estuary with The Nature Conservancy and the University of New Hampshire partnering up to mend this habitat.

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Fairchild Dairy Center Receives 2013 Quality Milk Award from Dairy One

Dairy herds that produce high quality milk with a low somatic cell count set a standard of excellence for the entire industry. Story >>>

Interviewing Adults with Intellectual Disabilities about Oral Health in Brisbane, Australia

Brushing our teeth is as routine as is going to the dentist twice a year. Today so much goes towards preventative care, and yet we still end up with cavities or imperfections that need treatment—even just for vanity. Now, imagine a person with an intellectual disability, a person who may find it hard to remember, concentrate, or make decisions easily or quickly. He or she may need constant reinforcement about the basic tasks of everyday living. Regular teeth brushing and trips to the dentist don’t happen, and their oral health suffers.

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Grow Your Greens, Underwater

The next time you sit down to eat a bowl of ice cream, consider reading the ingredients listed on the carton. This is not to deter you from enjoying dessert, but to help you appreciate what gives your smooth and creamy treat its desirable texture. You may be familiar with the word carrageenan, but did you know that it’s a gelling substance extracted from red seaweeds?

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High-Season For Lyme Disease Begins, Ticks Out In Force

Health and environmental officials say New Hampshire is entering the highest risk time of year for exposure to Lyme disease, and the ticks could be especially bad this year.

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In Bees, A Hunt for the Roots of Social Behavior

By comparing the genomes of social and solitary bees, scientists hope to uncover the basis for communal behavior.

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A Showcase of Outstanding Research

The day Erica Brasley ‘14 arrived on campus for freshman orientation, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) announced a new major in Neuroscience and Behavior. The multidisciplinary program draws from the expertise of faculty in both the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) to provide students with an opportunity for hands-on research in animal physiology, cognition, and behavior. For Brasley, that serendipitous event ushered in important experiences with undergraduate research. Over the following few years, Brasley delved deep into the Department of Biological Sciences major at COLSA to prepare herself for the next steps in ultimately becoming a doctor, who will be actively involved with research, in one of the fastest growing scientific fields in the world.

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Horsing Around

Approximately 85 students attended the 2014 Equine Education Day, during which they had the opportunity to learn about equine first aid, sport horse in hand showing, Western horse in hand showing, equine assisted learning, the basics of breeding and foal handling, body condition, laminitis, and body conformation and discipline selection. Seniors in COLSA’s Equine Studies program at UNH organized and executed the successful event to fulfill a portion of their capstone projects. During lunch, Assistant Director of Admissions, Tyler Wentworth, spoke to the student attendees about the various educational opportunities at UNH.

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