Inside September ’16
Athletics Feature The Small Price of Survival Professor Douglas Casa ’97 Ph.D. and the staff of UConn’s Korey Stringer Institute are working to prevent high school athletes from dying. Here’s what they want every parent — and coach — to know. With just a little knowledge and some very basic equipment, most sudden deaths in young athletes can be prevented. “How you respond in the first 10 minutes of a catastrophic incident is often the difference between life and death,” says Casa.
Business Feature Mission to Mars Getting to the Red Planet is a lot more than just rocket science. Management Professor John Mathieu is working with NASA on the human mechanics. Imagine traveling for three years and 500 million miles with five strangers, no rest stops, and no chance to get away from one another — and just to keep you on your toes, you could die any minute.
Faculty Feature The Case for Bilingual Deaf Children Marie Coppola and a number of other researchers at UConn want to understand the science behind how early access to language affects learning in deaf and hearing children. Deaf children are just as intellectually capable as hearing children — but if they do not have early access to language and communication, that intellectual capacity can quickly erode.
Arts Feature 50 Years of The Benton In honor of The Benton’s anniversary, we present highlights from favorite visiting exhibitions and examples of pieces added to the permanent collection, one for each year from 1967 to 2016. For the past 50 years, The William Benton Museum of Art on the Storrs campus has been Connecticut’s State Art Museum. In that time it has amassed a permanent collection of more than 6,500 paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, photographs, and sculptures, while serving as host to curated and traveling exhibitions dating from the 15th through the 21st centuries.
Faculty Feature First There Was Shirley Chisholm U.S. presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm paved a path for today’s politicians, says Associate Professor of Political Science Evelyn Simien. Chisholm holds the record of having received the most votes of any woman who has run for president of the U.S. in the twentieth century. On the first ballot at the 1972 Democratic Convention, she received a total of 152 delegate votes.
Alumni Checking in With... Jackie Burns '02 (SFA) Star of The New Musical "If/Then' Jackie Burns ’02 (SFA) got her first big break as Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway (she says she’s still finding traces of that green makeup!) Last fall she was on Broadway again, as Idina Menzel’s standby in “If/Then.” That gig turned into a star role in the touring production.
Students Student Perspective Carolina Reyes '17 (CAHNR) This Allied Health Sciences major gives back to UConn as a cultural host, a medical humanitarian, and a marathon dancer. Reyes, who works at the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center and hails from Wallingford, Conn., says she decided to study Allied Health Sciences because it mixes “all the interesting sciences with the patient care aspect.”
Photo Gallery Legacy One Day, One UConn Family The Machas Laurie ’87 (CAHNR), ’91 MS met Dave while she was a grad student and he was working at the Animal Barns, a job he still has. Their son, Jared ’18 (CLAS), is an environmental sciences student who recently transferred from the Avery Point campus to the Storrs campus. We spent a late-July day with the family.
Athletics Questions For David Benedict UConn’s new Athletic Director has worked in athletic departments around the country, including Arizona State, Minnesota, Long Beach State, and most recently Auburn University. He sat down with UConn Magazine in June to shed some light on himself and his vision for the Huskies’ future.
Alumni Off Campus Shakespeare’s Folio: What these eight alums’ dreams are made on Think sports tournaments are grueling? Try performing in three different shows playing three different roles on three different stages in one day! Meet eight alums schooled in Shakespeare at UConn and for whom the Bard remains an ever-fixed mark, if you will. At UConn, says Colby Lewis ’14 MFA, “we were never not around Shakespeare. ... If you can do Shakespeare as an actor, you can do anything.”