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Inside CLAS Header February 2016

Keeping an Eye on Human Behavior

Even if you don’t realize it, you probably behave better when you think someone is watching you. But, according to a new study by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dimitrios Xygalatas and doctoral student Jan Krátký, how much you change depends on who's watching. Read more.

College News

Field Work


Field Course Investigates Sustainability in the Bahamas

Geoscience students traveled to San Salvador Island this January to study geological and climate-related issues facing small island nations.


Historic First book cover

A Candidate Like Me

Evelyn Simien, associate professor of political science, examines how historic African-American and women presidential candidates have changed American politics.


Ross Buck interview

Studying Emotion with Brain-Imaging Technology

Watch the new fMRI in action with Professor of Communication Ross Buck’s new study on how the brain responds to emotional cues.

Student Outreach

student weighs soil sample

Improving Water Access

Kristin Burnham ’19 (CLAS, ENG) traveled with Engineers Without Borders to a drought-stricken village in Ethiopia to help update the community’s water infrastructure.
    More College news >>

Media Coverage

February 5, 2016

Study: Blacks at a 54% Greater Risk of Having High-Interest Mortgage Based on Race

Atlanta Blackstar
Research by Professor of Economics Stephen Ross and colleagues explores race-based mortgage discrimination.

February 5, 2016

T-Shirt Weather in the Arctic

The New York Times
In this op-ed, Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Mark Urban writes about the challenges that Arctic ecosystems will face in the coming heat age.

February 8, 2016

Activism Is Politically Essential to Society

The New York Times
Professor of History Jeffrey Ogbar’s op-ed stresses the need for “smart, energetic, courageous activists with integrity and vision to…galvanize people when elected officials cannot do it.”

February 11, 2016

Open-source textbooks gain in push for college affordability

The Big Story
Edward Neth, lecturer in chemistry, talks about his work to provide open-source textbooks to chemistry undergraduates, saving them up to $303 for a general chemistry course.
    More media coverage >>
Awards and Grants
Fotios Papadimitrakopoulos, professor of chemistry, received a ~$2.5 million award from DOD, Army, MedicalResearch, and Materiel Command for his project, “Tracking the Health of Soldiers with Advanced Implantable Nano-Sensors.”
Veronica Herrera, assistant professor of political science, was awarded a 2016-2017 Career Enhancement Fellowship by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The award provides Herrera a sabbatical year to pursue her research project, “The Politics of Pollution, Environmental Inequality, and Collective Action in Latin American Cities.”
Kenneth Foote, professor and department head of geography, has been selected for the AAG Susan Hardwick Excellence in Mentoring award for his dedication throughout his career to mentoring.
Professor of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages Anne Berthelot was awarded the medal of ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques’ (Knight of the Order of Academic Palms), one of the highest distinctions given by the French government to individuals who have made great contributions in the fields of education and culture.
    More awards + achievements >>

  Media Coverage

February 25, 2016

Little Failure: An Evening with Gary Shteyngart

7:00 p.m.
Charter Oak Cultural Center
Hartford, CT

March 22, 2016

53nd Annual Wallace Stevens Poetry Program: Carl Phillips

7:00 p.m.
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium
Storrs Campus
    More upcoming events >>


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