UNH's ADVANCE Program annually provides several Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Awards. The awards are designed to enhance collaboration between research and tenure track faculty in the STEM disciplines.
2013 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Serita Frey, Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
Alexandra Contosta, Post Doctoral Researcher, EOS Earth Sys. Research Ctr.
received an award to develop a research-teaching collaboration that will integrate new, sensor-based research on soil processes with a new curriculum focused on environmental sensors in soil ecology, to be incorporated into the Soil Ecology course taught by Dr. Frey.
|Sensor-based soil research incorporated into a Soil Ecology course.
Meghan Howey, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Adrienne Kovach, Research Assistant Professor, Natural Resources
received an award for an interdisciplinary study using ancient DNA to inform contemporary cod fishery management. This collaborative project will provide the conceptual basis and the data to develop new teaching models and to pursue new cross-disciplinary funding opportunities.
|Courtney Mills, UNH Anthropology major, working with Atlantic cod vertebrae from the Seabrook archaeological site excavated in the mid-1970s.|
Linda Kalnejais, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences
Joe Salisbury, Research Assistant Professor, EOS-OPAL
received an award to develop a research collaboration coupling marine chemistry observational data with sediment geochemistry. They will study reactions occurring in sediment near a Stellwagen Bank mooring, the site of an instrument array measuring carbonate-system parameters. This collaboration will provide a new understanding of carbon chemistry in the bottom waters of this region, and will provide an assessment of the impact of ocean acidification on the calcifying organisms in the Southern Gulf of Maine.
|Linda Kalnejais (2nd from left) and Joe Salisbury (left), with students, processing samples from Stellwagen Bank sediment cores.|
Feixia Chu, Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
Kevin Culligan, Research Assistant Professor, Molecular, Cellular & Biomedical Sciences
received an award to study how eukaryotic cells respond to DNA damage and replication blocks. They use Arabidopsis thaliana as a model to understanding molecular pathways involved in sensing DNA damage, using both genetic and biochemical approaches.
|Feixia Chu (right), and Kevin Culligan (left), with plants used in study of DNA damage response.|
2012 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Rosemarie Came, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences, and
Tom Lippmann, Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
received an award to collaboratively study the link between Milankovitch forcing and changes in the intensity of the Indian monsoon over the past 100,000 years—a geochemical time series approach.
|Rosemarie Came and Tom Lippman, team teaching for ADVANCE-funded project.
Mary Stampone, Assistant Professor, Geography, and
Cameron Wake, Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and EOS
received an award to enhance scholarly collaboration on New England climate change. They will establish a research, teaching, and engagement program on New England climate change. Jo Sias Daniel, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, and
Paul Kirshen, Research Professor, Civil Engineering and EOS
received an award to study climate change adaptation for coastal roads. They will look at the benefits and costs of various adaptation methods for coastal roads, with an emphasis on the roles of pavement materials and pavement thickness.
|Student Rob Chase conducts tests on aggregate samples under varied climate conditions as part of an
Ruth Varner, Research Associate Professor, Earth Sciences and EOS, and
Joel Johnson, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
received an award to document an in situ sediment source of methane in the Great Bay Estuary, NH: "Assessing the role of estuaries in the global methane cycle." Along with their research collaboration, they will develop a teaching module for training students in field sampling tools and tecniques, sampling protocols, and sample storage.
|Professors Ruth Varner (left), Joel Johnson (right), and UNH undergraduate student Samantha Sinclair (middle photo),
sampling sediment in the Great Bay Estuary — a project for which they received a 2012 ADVANCE scholarship award.
2011 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Adrienne Kovach, Research Associate Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment, COLSA
Eleanne Solorzano, Associate Professor, Decision Sciences, WSBE
William Kelly Thomas, Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology, COLSA
received an award to integrate genomic and statistical tools for enhancement of research and teaching using the population genomics of the saltmarsh sparrow. Elizabeth Fairchild, Research Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Linda Kalnejais, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences and EOS
received an award to study the effects of ocean acidification on fish development: preliminary testing of a carbon dioxide-injected seawater system on winter flounder embryonic development.Heidi Asbjornsen, Assistant Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment
Michael Palace, Research Assistant Professor, EOS Earth Systems Research Center
received an award to understand tropical ecosystem responses to climate change from leaves to landscapes. Li-Jen Chen, Research Assistant Professor, EOS Space Science Center and Department of Physics
Roy Torbert, Professor, EOS Space Science Center and Department of Physics
received an award to conduct a joint study on magnetopause reconnection. The new research results and activities will form the core materials of a new course "Magnetic explosions in space", which will be open to all CEPS graduate and advanced undergraduate students.
Professional Development Grants
UNH's ADVANCE program also awarded a 2011 professional development grant to
Michele Dillon, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, COLA
The funds will be used to support her leadership position as the President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSR), a professional association of scholars from different disciplines (including sociology, psychology, economics, and history) who are dedicated to the scientific study of religion. Dr. Dillon will be the eighth woman to assume this important leadership role in the Society's 60-year history.
2010 Collaborative Scholarship Advancement Award Recipients
Julia Bryce, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences
Erik Hobbie, Research Associate Professor, Natural Resources and the Environment and EOS
The award funded proposed work incorporating samples from innovative biogeochemical experiments into a framework of project-based learning in a jointly taught graduate/undergraduate interdisciplinary Earth Science course. Alison Watts, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Jennifer Jacobs, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
received an award to develop a collaborative research program exploring the impact of stormwater runoff on stream temperature.
In planning for the next opportunity, consider these examples of successful proposals: