Inside January ’16
Feature Feature Going, Going, Gone… Around the globe, on every continent, UConn professors are working to prevent species extinction in the face of escalating climate change. For every degree that global temperatures rise, more species will become extinct, says Mark Urban, a UConn professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. If current climate policies are not modified, warns Urban, rising global temperatures will threaten up to one in six species.
Alumni Feature The First Draft of History Charleston’s Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist Glenn Smith ’87 has had a front-row seat to turmoil and tragedy, from church shootings and police brutality to record-setting domestic violence. But he has used good journalism to force political change. Glenn Smith’s belief in community journalism often drives him toward scenes of violence including, recently, the shootings at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston.
Feature Feature Hot or Trustworthy UConn Communications professors made waves with a study measuring how users of dating sites evaluate trustworthiness from potential dates’ photos. Amanda Denes and Rory McGloin asked research subjects to decide if potential dates were trustworthy based solely on their dating-site photographs. Men and women had different reactions.
Faculty Feature Taking It To The Streets History professor and Fulbright scholar Alexis Dudden watches an historic, peaceful protest movement take shape in Japan. This past summer, for the first time in more than 50 years, Japanese citizens poured onto the streets in regular protest. Alexis Dudden takes us there.
Students Snap! UConn Nation's Class of 2019 The making of the University’s first official class photo. The University's first official class photo took three months to plan but new freshman filed the Great Lawn in just under an hour. Learn more about the Class of 2019, the university's most accomplished and diverse to date.
Campus News On Campus Bill Clinton and the Dodd Center Celebrate 20 Years Clinton returns to UConn to receive the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights. “You all have the power to be soldiers for human rights. I urge you to use that power,” former President Bill Clinton told a packed Jorgensen Center audience.
Alumni Checking in With… Mo Pleasure '86, On Tour With Bette Midler The musician’s musician dishes on the Divine Miss M. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Morris Pleasure ’86 (SFA) hit the road with the Ray Charles Orchestra right after graduation and hasn’t stopped touring with the stars. His most recent gig was Bette Midler’s Divine Intervention Tour.
Students Student Perspective Student Perspective - Calliope Wong A woman of many talents, Wong told us about recording an album, crusading for transgender equality, and deciding to graduate a full year early — with honors. Since not being accepted to Smith College in 2013, Calliope Wong ’16 (CLAS) has been fighting for the rights of gender-transitioning women from her home at UConn.