FY2018 CoRE Projects

FY2018 CoRE Awardees.  In FY2018, CoRE awarded $400,000 to support 22 projects involving 138 researchers from across UNH.

Interdisciplinary Working Groups support groups of faculty (up to $10,000 for projects lasting one year) to convene around research topic areas to build awareness and relationships across disciplines, allow for cross-fertilization of ideas, identify potential collaborative research opportunities, and provide a venue for finding partners.

  • NSF-MRSEC Development Working Group (faculty lead: Shawna Hollen, physics)
  • Promotion of Early Childhood Coalition (PECC) (faculty lead: Kerry Kazura, human development and family studies)
  • UNH Arctic Seminar Series and Workshop (faculty lead: Katherine Duderstadt, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space)
  • CRISTaL: Center for Research at the Interface of STEM, Teaching and Learning (faculty lead: Chris Bauer, chemistry)
  • The UNH Data Science Interdisciplinary Working Group (faculty lead: Tevfik Aktekin, decision sciences)
  • TIGERS: Transformative Investigations of Geospatial, Environmental and Social Sciences (faculty lead: Jeannie Sowers, political science)
  • Interdisciplinary Working Group on Environmental Acoustics (faculty lead: Jennifer Miksis-Olds, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering)
  • Industry 4.0 Interdisciplinary Working Group (faculty lead: Brad Kinsey, mechanical engineering)
  • Effective Supports for Children, Youth and Young Adults with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges (faculty lead: JoAnne Malloy, Institute on Disability)


Pilot Research Projects seed-funds (up to $25,000 per project for one year) collaborative research projects with strong potential to garner future funding from external sources, and/or with outstanding commercial potential.

  • Coupling Geochemistry and ‘omics to Quantify Environmental Controls on the Diversity and Appetite of Rock-Eating Microbes (Julie Bryce and Louis Tisa)
  • Treatment to Reduce Head Impacts in Youth Football: Neural and Cognitive Effects (Erik Swartz and Don Robin)
  • Exploring Watershed Investment Mechanisms (WIMs) for Sustaining Water Resources across Diverse Socioecological Contexts (Heidi Asbjornsen and Catherine Ashcraft)
  • Housing Environment and Food Deprivation: A First Step Toward Understanding Linkages Between Poverty and Pain (Arturo Andrade and Beth Mattingly)
  • Real-time Recognition of Older Adult Activities from Motion Primitives (Momotaz Begam and Dain LaRoche)
  • A Wireless  Acoustic  Emission  Sensor  for  Sheet  Metal  Forming  in  an Industry 4.0 Environment (Yannis Korkolis, Brad Kinsey, and Nicholas Kirsch)
  • Integrative Approaches for Understanding Structure and Function of Multidomain Enzymes in Photoreceptor Signaling (Harish Vashisth, Feixia Chu, Rick Cote, Krisztina Varga)
  • Screening Children and Youth for Social and Emotional Risk Factors in Primary Care Settings: A National Survey of Pediatric and Family Health Care Providers (Lisa Jones and Alyssa Abraham O’Brien)
  • Microbial Diversity and the Biotransformation of Anticancer and Carcinogenic Chemicals  (Brian Barth and Cheryl Andam)
  • Molecularly Imprinted Polymers for Selective Detection of Neurotransmitters Serotonin and Dopamine (Edward Song, W. Rudolf Seitz, and Jeffrey Halperin)


Strengthening Centers provides funding (up to $50,000 for one year, to be matched 1:1 with additional funds) to shape and position existing research centers for success.