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Inside CLAS Dec 2016

Black Sea Project Discovers Ancient Medieval Ship

The masts were still standing on the 13th-century vessel when Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kroum Batchvarov and his colleagues discovered it in the anoxic waters of the Black Sea. It’s one of 43 ships the crew discovered this summer, dating from the 9th to the 19th centuries. “That was a truly thrilling moment,” Batchvarov says. See photos and read more.

College News

College News


Dean Jeremy Teitelbaum to Serve as Interim Provost

Jeremy Teitelbaum, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named UConn’s Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, beginning February 1, 2017.



Biologist Wins Gates Foundation Grant for Contraceptives Research

Jianjun Sun, assistant professor of physiology and neurobiology, received the Grand Challenge Explorations award for development of non-steriod contraceptives.



Mathematician Attends White House Computer Science Education Conference

Amit Savkar, associate professor in residence of mathematics, recently represented Connecticut at the White House Symposium on State Implementation of CS for All in Washington, D.C.

Hot Topic


Polling Process Produced Flawed Election Predictions, Panel Says

The disappearance of landline phones, which provided information on where voters lived, was one of the factors affecting the accuracy of the polls, said experts at a post-election discussion.
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Media Coverage

November 13, 2016

The Foolproof Recruiting Tool

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Professor of History Manisha Sinha comments on her experience in an article about recruiting faculty using endowed chair positions.

November 14, 2016

How ‘elite overproduction’ and ‘lawyer glut’ could ruin the U.S.

National Post
An article by Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Peter Turchin analyzes historical cycles that reflect well-being, inequality, and social cooperation in the U.S.

November 21, 2016

The ‘Surprising’ Way Food Ads Sway Preschoolers’ Snacking Habits

KFSM 5 News
“Parents should not shrug off food marketing,” says Marlene Schwartz, professor of human development and family studies.

November 28, 2016

Fake News and the Internet Shell Game

The New York Times
Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Institute Director Michael Lynch explains the difference between lying and deception in a “post-truth” era.
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Awards and Grants
David Benson, professor of molecular and cell biology; Jonathan Bobaljik, professor of linguistics; and Michael Willig, Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS, which publishes the journal Science, grants fellow status based on scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
UConn physiology and neurobiology graduate student Brock Chimileski has been named a 2016-2017 Beckman Scholar. This honor is given to young scientists who are selected by the Beckman Scholars Program (BSP). The scholars will perform research at their institutions over the next 15 months under the guidance of BSP mentors, and they will present their findings at the 2017 Annual Beckman Symposium.
Professor and Department Head of Sociology Manisha Desai was named the 2016 Faculty Mentor of the Year by the Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. She received the award at a ceremony held on October 29 in Tampa, Florida.
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology Ken Campellone has been awarded a $754,675 grant from the NIH’s Department of Health and Human Services and National Institute on Aging. Campellone’s grant is titled “Cytoskeletal Functions in Cell Aging and Disease.”
    More awards + achievements >> 
    Media Coverage

December 5, 2016

Defending Interdisciplinary Spaces in a Trump Administration

3:00 p.m.
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium
Storrs Campus

December 8, 2016

Weapons of Math Destruction: A Conversation with Cathy O’Neil

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