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Summer 2012
In this Issue of Spheres

Seeing the Forest
for the Trees

Tightening the Scientific
Understanding of the Belts

Big Science in a
Pintsize Package

Rock of Ages

Geospatial Science Gets
a Space of its own

News and Notes
Faculty, Staff, and Student News
From the Director


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Summer 2012

Crystal McMichael
Earth Systems Science
Seeing the Forest for the Trees
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER Crystal McMichael of the Earth Systems Research Center has a background in Amazonian paleoecology. She is not, she stresses, an archaeologist, but when she recently published a paper in Science, McMichael caused quite a stir in the latter discipline, and beyond. Read More

RBSP
Space Science
Tightening the Scientific Understanding of the Belts
IN THE PREDAWN HOURS of August 24, after more than a dozen years from concept to creation, the twin Radiation Belt Storm Probes will rocket into the harsh environment of Earth's Van Allen radiation belts to probe their inner workings as never before. On board both spacecraft will be scientific hardware and software components with a UNH Space Science Center stamp on them. Read More

Crystal McMichael
Space Science
Big Science in a Pintsize Package

YOU WOULD BE FORGIVEN for mistaking a satellite named FIREBIRD for one of those boxy little napkin dispensers in the corner booth at your local diner. But despite its 4x4x6-inch dimensions, Alex Crew is hoping FIREBIRD will prove to be The Little Satellite That Could when it is launched into orbit 400 miles above Earth. Read More…


Barry Rock
Earth Systems Science
Rock of Ages

TO PARAPHRASE General Douglas MacArthur's famous exit speech, old professors don't retire, they just continue teaching. That, anyway, is the case for Earth Systems Research Center botanist Barry Rock, who officially retired in late May after 40 years of teaching and research, including 25 at UNH. Read More…


GIS class
Earth Systems Science
Geospatial Science Gets a Space of its Own

FOR TEN YEARS, Michael Routhier has taught a one-week, non-credit course on Geographical Information Systems, GIS for short. Beginning this month, he will teach a new, two-week, four-credit course that represents the initial offering for UNH's new Geospatial Science Graduate Certificate program. Read More…


Around the Hall
News and Notes

• Faculty, Staff, and Student News  Read More…
• From the Director: Rust Never Sleeps Read more…