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Inside CLAS Header March 2016

A Judgment on Behalf of Humanity

The fundamental and celebrated statute of habeas corpus is more than a protection against imprisonment, according to Professor of English Sarah Winter; it also has the power to give rights to the rightless. She explores its development in her National Endowment for the Humanities faculty fellowship. Read more.

College News



The Economics of Political Change

Assistant Professor of Economics Nishith Prakash uses economics to understand development and measure the success of government policies in India.



After Scalia: Battle for the Supreme Court

Professor and Department Head of Political Science David Yalof discusses the political tensions surrounding the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice.



Words Matter

Conceptualizing Racism, a new book by Professor of Sociology Noel Cazenave, discusses the need for more direct language to address systemic racism.



Student Perspective: Calliope Wong ’16 (CLAS)

The English major talks about her experience, including her plan to combine humanities and medicine to help transgender people like herself.
    More College news >>

Media Coverage

February 25, 2016

Is Blind Hiring the Best Hiring?

The New York Times Magazine
Associate Professor of Sociology Maya Beasley says that companies disproportionately hire whites and Asians, even when correcting for the proportion of qualified applicants.

March 8, 2016

Israel’s day of terror: what we know

Associate Professor of Political Science Jeremy Pressman comments on the seemingly random assaults on civilians in Israel over the past six months.

March 9, 2016

Googling Is Believing: Trumping the Informed Citizen

The New York Times
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Institute Director Michael Lynch writes about the ebb and flow of information, and who controls it.

March 14, 2016

The Matter of Black Lives

The New Yorker
Associate Professor of History and Director of the Africana Studies Institute Jelani Cobb explores the history of the Black Lives Matter movement, and where it's going next.
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Awards and Grants
The American Association of University Professors has honored five CLAS faculty with its annual awards, which showcase academic excellence in research and teaching:
  • Early Career Teaching Excellence: Amanda Denes, assistant professor of communication
  • Career Teaching Excellence: Etan Markus, professor of psychological sciences; and Margaret Rubega, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Early Career Excellence in Research and Creativity: Marie Coppola, assistant professor of psychological sciences
  • Career Excellence and Research and Creativity: Zeljko Boskovic, professor of linguistics
Aneesa Bey, program assistant in the Department of Chemistry, received the 2016 UConn Rising Star Award at the UConn Spirit Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 8. The Rising Star Award is given to a staff member who contributes significantly to his/her department and University community with enthusiasm, strong work ethic, superior leadership, and reliability.
Department Head and Professor Larry Renfro and Associate Professor in Residence Xinnian Chen from the physiology and neurobiology department have received a 2016 Beckman Scholars Program Award from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The award will support six undergraduate researchers and mentors for a sustained research experience that will span two summers and one academic year.
Professor of Physics Robin Côté was presented with the Willis E. Lamb Award for Laser Science and Quantum Optics at the Winter Colloquium on the Physics of Quantum Electronics, an annual conference that attracts the world's experts in laser physics and quantum electronics. Côté received the medal for his pioneering work in the field of ultracold atomic and molecular gases.
Professor of Mathematics Maria (Masha) Gordina was named a 2016 Fellow of the Simons Foundation. The Simons Foundation Fellows Program, in its Division for Mathematics, provides funds to faculty for a semester to focus on basic research, with the intention of increasing creativity and intellectual stimulation.
    More awards + achievements >>

  Media Coverage

March 31 and April 1, 2016

Institute for Brain and Cognitive Science Meet-and-Greet

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom 331
Storrs Campus

April 5, 2016

Annual CLAS College-wide Celebration

4:00 p.m.
UConn Alumni Center Great Hall
Storrs Campus

April 5, 2016

Gerson Irish Reading: Sinead Morrisey

7:00 p.m.
William Benton Museum of Art
Storrs Campus

April 8 and 9, 2016

Frontiers Poster Exhibition

Friday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wilbur Cross Reading Rooms
Storrs Campus
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