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Inside CLAS September 2016

New Department Heads Share Their Visions

This semester, CLAS welcomed nine new department and program heads. These accomplished professors balance research and teaching with the significant administrative work required to run a department. Here, they talk about their departments’ strengths, their visions for the future, and their personal journeys to where they are now. Read more.

College News


humility event

“Humility In Politics” Kicks Off Public Discourse Project

Political figures, journalists, and educators came together for the UConn Humanities Institute’s forum, titled “Humility in Politics,” at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.


fishing boat

Ocean’s Largest Life Under Threat of Extinction

The bigger the ocean animal, the more likely it is to become extinct, according to research published in Science by Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Andrew Bush and colleagues.

UConn Reads

george washington

Religion and the Promise of the United States

Eboo Patel's Sacred Ground contemplates the broad-minded promise of America, says UConn Reads Chair and Professor Cathy Schlund-Vials.


English graduate students

Shakespeare in Context: Player, Author, Imposter

Three English Ph.D. candidates gave a symposium about Shakespeare and his legacy in honor of the First Folio traveling exhibit at the William Benton Museum of Art.
    More College news >>

Media Coverage

September 1, 2016

College Graduates Weigh In On The Value Of Higher Education

Rhys Hall, a Ph.D. student in sociology, is featured in a segment interviewing college graduates about expectations, experiences, and investment in different types of college education.

September 16, 2016

Can You Erase the Trauma From a Place Like Sandy Hook?

The New York Times Magazine
Professor and Department Head of Geography Kenneth Foote says the ability to confront death is critical to the process of returning places like Sandy Hook to regular civic life.

September 21, 2016

Has Sean Hannity’s Trump support crossed the line?

Christian Science Monitor
David D’Alessio, associate professor of communication at UConn Stamford, says that the show host “allowed the [Trump] campaign to have a more or less unfettered channel to the public.”

September 23, 2016

Gut Bacteria Differ Between Obese and Lean Youth

CNB News
A recent study by Joerg Graf, professor of molecular and cell biology, found that obese children and teenagers have different digestive tract microorganisms than their lean peers.
    More media coverage >>
Awards and Grants
Manisha Sinha, professor of history and Draper Chair of American History, has been nominated for a National Book Award for her latest book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition. Sinha is currently at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Julie Shoults ’15 Ph.D. received the Women in German Dissertation Prize this year from the Coalition of Women in German. The Coalition provides a democratic forum for all people interested in feminist approaches to German literature and culture or in the intersection of gender with other categories of analysis such as sexuality, class, race, and ethnicity. Shoults is currently a lecturer in German studies at Moravian College.
Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Eldridge Adams has been awarded the 2016 Faculty Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award. This honor is presented by the UConn Foundation and the Office of Alumni Relations.
Professor and Associate Department Head of Psychological Sciences Janet Barnes-Farrell has been elected a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). Fellow status is an honor bestowed upon APA members who have shown evidence of unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology, and whose work has had a national impact on the field beyond a local, state, or regional level.
    More awards + achievements >> 
    Media Coverage

September 28, 2016

Women & Girls of Color Collaborative Launch and Lecture

4:00 p.m.
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium
Storrs Campus

September 30, 2016

Holster Scholar Research Presentations

8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium
Storrs Campus

October 6, 2016

Latino Census Participation in the US and Cross-cultural Survey Research

4:00 p.m.
El Instituto, Ryan Building
Storrs Campus

October 20, 2016

Jews, Liquor, and Life in Eastern Europe

12:30 p.m.
Babbidge Library, Class of '47 Room
Storrs Campus
    More upcoming events >>

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Storrs, CT 06269


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