When the White House Calls

For Karen Dahl ’99 (CLAS), lead architect of the Biden administration’s ambitious Public Health AmeriCorps job-training initiative, the path to a presidential appointment began with a chance encounter.

Engineering Her Best Self

It’s no surprise that Courtney Luker ’22 (ENG) enjoyed Playmobil when she was a kid. Lots of children do. But not too many mention their devotion to this iconic, people-centric, role-playing, let’s-build-something-fun collection on their college applications. She did.

3 Books with Stephen Slota

A triple alum and double professor Stephen Slota ’07 (CLAS), ’08 MA, ’14 Ph.D. specializes in educational game development and says his voracious childhood reading of science fiction and comics molded him into “the kind of adult who proudly displays Legos as art.”

Speaking the Language

Adrienne Bruce is putting her pastime to the test this semester at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, on a Gilman Scholarship for undergraduate studies abroad from the U.S. State Department.

Elevating English Majors

English professor Gina Barreca, dubbed the “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine has kept us laughing through 10 books from “I Used to Be Snow White But I Drifted” to “If You Lean In, Will Men just Look Down Your Blouse?” Her latest, though, invites others to the party.

Just Folk

“Every single light bulb in my heart and soul went off,” says Lara Herscovitch ’95 MSW. “It wasn’t even a choice. I knew I had to do this.”

On the March

Senior staff editor for The New York Times opinion section Alexandra March ’10 (CLAS) penned her first opinion piece for the paper about being pregnant in a pandemic.


Bryan Stevenson, the civil rights lawyer and author of “Just Mercy,” was on campus to receive the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights.

Rock On

Robert M. Thorson is crazy about stone walls. He spent years trying to dig up proof that former University president Homer Babbidge shared that love — and along the way found evidence of UConn’s first recorded student protests.

Mission to Mars

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.

Are Charter Schools the Second Coming of Enron?

Story from UConn Today The Whole Truth Are Charter Schools the Second Coming of Enron? In a research paper that’s spurring a national conversation, Preston Green III and co-authors outline the many parallels they see between today’s charter school systems and the early days of the subprime mortgage crisis, when aggressive business practices and unchecked […]