THRIVE Fall 2022


Soil Microbes, Arctic Permafrost & Global Warming

Associate professor Jessica Ernakovich is studying how soil microbes behave as permafrost thaws and how the rate of their consumption of organic matter is impacting greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Read more

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Big Discoveries, Micro Scale

Research from COLSA published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution peers into coral reef ecosystems with a novel approach to understanding the complex evolution of sponges and the microbes that live in symbiosis with them. Read more

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Neuronal Primary Cilia and the Treatment of Brain Disorders

UNH researchers are studying the tiny antenna-like projections on the surface of brain cells, called neuronal primary cilia, to better understand how they regulate hippocampus-dependent memory formation and why their defects lead to brain disorders. Read more

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To Treat Breast and Ovarian Cancers, A Look at Drugs Prescribed For Other Illnesses

Sarah Walker, assistant professor in the department of molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences, and her team are researching new ways to treat triple-negative breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Read more

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Hunger for Change

Since graduating from UNH in 2017 with a degree in dietetics, Alana Davidson '17 has been continuing the work she began as an undergraduate to reduce food insecurity and building a career committed to sustainable and equitable access to food for all. Read more

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Healthy Food for All

How does food and nutrition insecurity affect physical, mental and social well-being? How does it vary by race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality? These are questions that researchers in the agriculture, nutrition, and food systems (ANFS) department at COLSA ask themselves daily, and they seek to find the answers through their research. Read more

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Scialla! (Relax!)

Slow down, take time to enjoy your meals and really think carefully about your food choices. Those are just a few of the lessons that Julia Landcastle ’23 took away from her participation in COLSA’s UNH-in-Italy study abroad program in the spring of 2022. Read more

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A Singular Influence

From introducing hands-on clinical experiences to designing courses to launching the UNH dietetic internship, Colette Janson-Sand, professor emerita of nutrition and dietetics, has had a transformative impact on the UNH dietetics program and the more than 500 students she has taught during her impressive career. Read more

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Nutrition Training That Makes Cents

COLSA’s 21-month Master of Science in nutritional science with dietetic internship (MSDI) program is unique: Very few nutritional science programs offer the same level of practicum training, breadth of skills development and opportunity to network and learn one on one. COLSA graduates truly stand out when seeking employment opportunities. Read more

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Spaulding Biosciences Update

The new 47,000-square-foot addition to COLSA’s Spaulding biosciences building was completed this spring and began hosting classes and research in summer 2022. The addition is part of a $95.5 million expansion and renovation of the building, originally built in 1960. Read more

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News About Nitrogen

An important study by UNH researchers indicates that nitrogen levels — which often lead to problems if they are too high in the soil, air and water — are actually declining in some regions of the world. This includes the remote forests of New Hampshire’s White Mountains, which aren’t exposed to excessive nitrogen input from human activities. Read more

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From THRIVE Fall 2022: Healthy Food for All

Learn about the work University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) researchers Sherman Bigornia and Maria Carlota Dao are doing to support the health of underrepresented communities in New Hampshire.

Videos from Past Issues of THRIVE

Sustainable Agriculture at UNH

UNH's College of Life Sciences and Agriculture is leading the way in developing new sustainable agriculture techniques and methods of promoting local and sustainable food systems.

Protecting New Hampshire Forests

Researchers at UNH's College of Life Sciences and Agriculture are working to protect New Hampshire's forests from the effects of climate change, as well as other factors that threaten our trees.

Conserving Coastlines

Salt Marshes are critical habitats in New Hampshire. Researchers at the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) are working to protect these areas from the impacts of climate change.

Food Repurposing Project

UNH Nutrition has developed the Food Repurposing Project, which aims to help combat food insecurity while reducing food waste.

THRIVE Fall 2022

Published on Oct. 3, 2022

The fall 2022 issue of the UNH College of Life Sciences and Agriculture's flagship print publication THRIVE features stories highlighting our nutrition program as a part of our celebration of 100 years of nutrition graduates as well as information about other areas of research and teaching that are impacting human health, both directly and indirectly. As always, we endeavor to our readers with a range of content designed to inform, excite and inspire.