Fulbright Grant Recipients: Tanisha Williams

The recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant to South Africa, Tanisha Williams (Ph.D Candidate, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), focuses her research on the relationship between plant functional traits and their environments to assess how variation in phenotype will determine adaptability to changing climates in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR). In addition, Williams will volunteer with the non-profit organization SEED, which promotes outdoor biology learning for primary school children and involvement of the community through a food garden project within the Mitchell’s Plain area of the Cape Flats. Upon completion of her doctoral program, Williams aims to integrate research with science policymaking and to mentor underrepresented students in the STEM fields.

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EEB Student Earns Prestigious AAAS Fellowship

Currently a Ph.D candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary biology, Jessie Rack is a recent recipient of the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship. In addition to this prestigious fellowship, Jessie also received an internship with National Public Radio.

Jessie is studying predator-prey interactions between two species of salamanders: the spotted salamander, whose aquatic larvae make easy prey for all manner of predators; and adult Eastern newts, amphibian predators that are primarily aquatic. She studies how behavioral responses differ depending on geographic origin of the newt predator, what the newt has been eating, and the larvae’s own pond of origin. In studying and understanding these interactions, Jessie hopes to gain some insight into interactions in a temporary pond community and help predict how amphibians might deal with an unfamiliar predator.

After she earns her Ph.D, Jessie plans to work toward a career in science communication. But she isn’t ruling out freelance, nonprofit work, or finding some wonderful opportunity that she doesn’t yet know exists!

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Fulbright Grant Recipients: Dasal Jashar

Doctor of Philosophy, Psychology

As the recipient of a Fulbright Research grant to India, Dasal will examine parents’, teachers’ and health care providers’ knowledge of autism in the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India. In particular, she is interested in the role that culture plays in the presentation, screening and diagnosis of autism in this community.

While there she also plans to teach English and, with her research findings, publish a pamphlet on Autism Spectrum Disorder which is specific to the needs and beliefs of the Tibetan community.

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Open Access Journal for The Humanities

With the help of UConn Libraries, graduate students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the University of Connecticut have constructed a journal that facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration towards social and cultural awareness. Titled The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal, all involved in its creation hope the open-access model will encourage cross-discipline engagement, critical thinking, and creativity.

Visit the online journal here.

Fulbright Grant Recipients: Christina Wilson

Doctor of Philosophy, English

As the recipient of a Fulbright Archival Research grant to Ireland, Christina will be spending six months analyzing materials from the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive in the James Hardiman Library at the National University of Ireland Galway.

She will examine materials related to Sam Shepard, the American playwright who was worked extensively at the Abbey Theatre, to complete her dissertation titled, “Scots-Irish Frontiers Across 20th and 21st century American Literature.” While there, she plans to volunteer in Galway’s theatre scene and engage with local culture through music, running, and knitting.

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Fulbright Grant Recipients: Timothy Ravis

Master of Arts, Geography

As the recipient of a Fulbright Research grant to Indonesia, Tim will be studying the implementation of Indonesia’s spatial planning law 26/2007 across three sites – Bandung, Yogyakarta and Balkpapan – to understand the effects of decentralization on metropolitan planning.

Upon completion of his Fulbright project, Tim will enter a doctoral program in urban planning with the goal of becoming a professor of international urban planning to continue the conversation between the East and West.

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STEM Postdoctoral Fellowship Workshop

This workshop, intended for first-year graduate students, is designed to introduce students to the process of applying for and earning fellowships while at the University of Connecticut. Hosted by our Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, this informative session will answer questions and eliminate any confusion about the process. We hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact: Rowena Grainger

Spring Dissertation Boot Camp

If you are working toward that May or August graduation date, this event is for you! Over spring break, The Writing Center will be offering another Dissertation Boot Camp, an opportunity to write among your fellow dissertation writers, drink free coffee, and even do some yoga, all with little campus traffic getting in your way!

Click on the link below to sign up and get more details.

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Connecticut Repertory Theatre Presents: Lysistrata

February 26 – March 8, 2015
Nafe Katter Theatre

The Connecticut Repertory Theatre will stage Aristophanes’ Lysistrata for 9 shows over the course of 12 days. The play, based on an adaptation by Jen Wineman–who also serves as the director– is set in the 1940s and addresses the seriousness of war through a comedic lens.

For more information, including ticket purchases, please visit CRT’s website here.