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Marc Reyes 2018 Fulbright Award

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Marc Reyes Receives Fulbright Award


Marc_Reyes_ColorMarc Reyes of the University of Connecticut’s Department of History has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to India from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Reyes will conduct research in Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmedabad. He will be affiliated with Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of International Studies. His project, “In the Circle of Great Powers: India, the    United States, and the Postcolonial Atomic State, 1947-1974” examines the political and cultural contexts of India’s atomic energy program and U.S. involvement in the development of their nuclear weapons program.

Reyes is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office at

Marth Award 2018

Marth Award 2018 Group Photo

Colleagues, students, family, and friends gathered recently at a reception to celebrate with Professor Maria Luz Fernandez, this year’s recipient of the Edward C. Marth Mentorship Award.  This award, established by the UConn AAUP to honor Ed Marth, former Executive Director of the UConn AAUP chapter, recognizes a faculty member for outstanding leadership and dedication to excellence in mentoring graduate students. As a professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Dr. Fernandez has epitomized all of the qualities celebrated by this award.  Not only is she a world-renowned scholar, but she is also a tireless advocate for graduate students and graduate education more generally.  She has supervised over 50 graduate students (PhD and MS), regularly publishing with student co-authors, and has played a prominent role in the recruitment and retention of minority graduate students at UConn. Dean Kent Holsinger from The Graduate School presided over the ceremony conferring this award to Dr. Fernandez and led the toast honoring her many contributions.

UCANR Job Announcement

Hello Colleagues:

The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources division seeks an academic, career-track Master Food Preserver/Food Entrepreneurship Academic Coordinator I to develop and oversee an annual statewide plan that implements the priorities established by the current Nutrition Family and Consumer Science (NFCS) Strategic Plan. This position is headquartered in the Davis Statewide Office. The attached announcement is posted at the UC ANR online job board at

For full interview consideration, complete application packets are due no later than May 11, 2018 from candidates who, by the hire date, will possess at least a master’s degree in disciplines such as, Nutrition/ Food Science, Food Entrepreneurship, Food Safety, Culinary Skills/ Nutrition Education, Family and Consumer Science, or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment. All application packets must be submitted via e-mail

Please forward to possible interested parties such as graduate degree candidates and holders as well as their academic mentors and your colleagues for access to the position vacancy announcement.

Any questions related to this searchplease contact LeChé McGill at (530) 750-1281 or and refer to AP # 18-02.

Thank you very much for your collective efforts.

Master Food Preserver/Food Entrepreneurship Academic Coordinator I

Location:  Davis, California

Date Posted: March 29, 2018

Apply by Date:  May 11, 2018

Job Description:  Download

Download ApplicationPDF

Communication Workshop RSVP

Registration for Negotiation Workshops on 2/23/18 and 3/1/18. You must be able to attend both. Limited registration to 30 participants.

Colin Cleary, Ph.D. Student, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

Colin Cleary, Ph.D. Student, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology

First year doctoral student secures highly competitive NIH Fellowship.

Colin is a first year graduate student and recipient of the highly competitive Ruth L. Kirschstein Pre-doctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute of Health.  As an undergraduate student working the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Mulkey here at UConn, Colin discovered that regulation of vascular tone in a respiratory center is specialized to contribute to respiratory behavior. This finding has established vasculature as a novel modulator of respiratory activity.  Colin’s fellowship builds on this work by investigating the molecular basis of functional vascular heterogeneity. Specifically, he will characterize the genetic profile of cell populations at the astrocyte-arteriole interface, and selectively manipulate candidate genes within each cell population while assessing regulation of vascular tone in brain slices and whole animal respiratory behavior.  Results of this work will identify how regulation of vascular tone is specialized to support respiratory behavior, and identify novel cellular and molecular targets for treating respiratory disorders.

Fu-Shan Kuo, Ph.D. Student, Department of physiology and neurobiology.

Fu-Shan Kuo

Fu-Shan Kuo, Ph.D. Student, Department of physiology and neurobiology.

Fu-Shan is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2017 pre-doctoral fellowship from American Epilepsy Society. The focus of Fu-Shan’s project is to understand whether and how disordered breathing contributes to mortality in a mouse model of Dravet Syndrome (DS), a severe form of neonatal epilepsy.  This is an important research focus because respiratory failure is a leading cause of death in epilepsy, yet virtually nothing is known regarding how seizure activity or expression of epilepsy-associated channel mutations in respiratory neurons affect neural control of breathing.


Dravet syndrome is most commonly caused by mutations in Scn1A, the gene that encodes a type of sodium channel preferentially expressed by inhibitory neurons.  As part of her thesis work she will determine how expression of a DS associated Scn1A mutation in inhibitory neurons affects control of breathing at the cellular, neural network, and whole animal levels.  Results of this endeavor will provide the first mechanistic insight into disordered breathing in DS, and in doing so establish a foundation for future therapeutic approaches to improve breathing and prevent mortality in DS.   


 After earning her doctorate, she plans to continue pursuing her research interests related to synaptic integration and autonomic function. 

Transition of Graduate Enrollment Services





Over the past several months, The Graduate School and the Office of the Registrar have been working to evaluate and enhance the way in which the University provides enrollment services to graduate students. In close collaboration with the Office of the Provost, Human Resources, and Vice President for Enrollment Planning and Management, we worked to identify ways to better serve our students, faculty, and staff through all aspects of the enrollment process.  


As a result of this review, functions associated with graduate student enrollment will move from The Graduate School to the Office of the Registrar effective August 23, 2017. Services that the Registrar will assume include: records and enrollment services, degree audit, the graduate commencement book, graduate record retention and compliance activities, and administration of graduate catalog changes. As a part of this transition, The Graduate School’s enrollment services staff have been reassigned to the Office of the Registrar.


We have developed a number of resources to guide students, faculty, and staff through this transition. Please visit

to view details about all changes, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and updated contact information. As we continue to improve processes and work through details of the transition throughout the Fall semester, we will provide updated information here to guide you to the services and staff you may need.


We are committed to enhancing the experience of our graduate students and providing efficient graduate enrollment services to the University community. If you have any questions about the transition of enrollment services to the Office of the Registrar, please feel free to contact us directly.


Sincerely yours,


Kent Holsinger

Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Biology

Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of The Graduate School


Lauren DiGrazia

University Registrar


Gregory Bouquot

Interim University Registrar

Summer Graduate Fellowships Writing Institute

grad fellow writing institute


Students of various disciplines work on their writing individually and in small groups, participate in writing-related workshops, attend presentations on writing-related topics, and receive individual tutoring. This program helps graduate students jump start fellowship applications.

Dates: June 5th-June 22nd
Times: Mondays and Thursdays (9am-noon)
Location: Laurel Hall 308

Registration Deadline:  MAY 5th, 2017

Register here:
Space is limited to 25 participants.

-You must be a registered student at the University of Connecticut to participate in the Summer Writing Institute
-You must be working on an active fellowship application for the upcoming school year
-You must have no other commitments that conflict with your attendance at the Institute

During workshop sessions, you are expected to be actively working on drafts, so it is strongly recommended that you bring a laptop or tablet with you on those days.