Author: Grace Merritt

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UConn’s Own “Folk Hero” on Basketball and Green Tea Lava Cake

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Do you remember Ace Watanasuparp?

He was the first Asian-American walk-on for the UConn men’s basketball team in 2000.Read Full Story

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Grab a Rake, a Hammer, or a Paint Brush

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From cleaning up beaches to building homes, UConn alumni groups across the country will be volunteering in their communities during the month of April for a new community service initiative called UConn Cares.Read Full Story

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Parents Fund Brings Civil Rights Advocate to Campus

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New York civil rights attorney Charles F. Coleman Jr. visited the Storrs campus recently to speak to students about “America After Obama.”Read Full Story

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Female Artists Brought Home the Bacon

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New exhibit opening at Benton

How do you make your mark as an artist when you have to support your family and don’t get invited to show your work in serious art exhibits because of your gender? Read Full Story

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New Legacy Medals for Students with UConn Parents

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This year, for the first time, the UConn Office of Alumni Relations will distribute legacy medals to graduating seniors who have a parent, grandparent, or sibling who graduated from UConn.Read Full Story

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From Forest Labs to Rare Diseases

photo of Kepeng Wang, assistant professor of immunology, right, works with research associate Kasandra Rodriguez in the lab at CaroGen Corp. in the technology incubator at Farmington
Kepeng Wang, assistant professor of immunology, right, works with research associate Kasandra Rodriguez in the lab at CaroGen Corp. in the technology incubator at Farmington. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Philanthropic Grants Boost UConn’s Research Partnerships with Industries

By Grace Merritt and Jessica McBride

Deep in the woods behind Horsebarn Hill, UConn has its own forest lab.

There, you’ll see sensors on trees of different species shifting and swaying under ice, snow, wind and torrential rain. Read Full Story

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UConn Donors Break Record on Giving Tuesday

giving tuesday logoUConn Nation stepped up to the plate on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29, leading to an increase in dollars and donors. With UConn’s schools and colleges—along with athletics—helping tell UConn’s story through email and social media, the special day that has become a nationwide call for generosity was a success.
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Five Questions with

photo of new neag school of education dean gladis kersaintGladis Kersaint, the new dean of the Neag School of Education, arrived at UConn in June and is spending her first winter in the Northeast. She’s a mathematics education scholar and most recently worked at the University of South Florida, where she was associate dean of academic affairs and research for the College of Education. Read Full Story

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Alum Leaders Drop Off Life Advice at Residence Halls

photo of uconn alumni richard robinson '79Students relaxed on chairs and couches in South residence hall one night in September and listened to Richard Robinson ’79 (CLAS) talk about his journey from his undergraduate days at UConn to becoming one of the first African-American state Supreme Court judges in Connecticut.Read Full Story