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 April 24, 2000

Activities & Achievements/Newsmakers
Entries Welcome

We invite faculty (including emeriti), staff and graduate students to submit entries for Activities and Achievements. Entries must be typed and e-mail submissions are strongly encouraged: Elizabeth Omara-Otunnu, editor,

Newsmakers is a selection of UConn people and programs in the media. Most of these stories were placed by University Communications staff.

Robert Broadhead, Sociology, and Jeff Fisher, Psychology, were featured in an article about grants they have received to investigate ways to slow the spread of AIDS: March 14, The Hartford Courant.

Richard Brown, History, was featured in an article about the advantages of teaching micro-history: March 6, The Hartford Courant. His micro-history class was profiled in a column on interesting college courses: April 7, Chronicle of Higher Education.

Ellen Censky, Museum of Natural History, was interviewed in an article about the biodiversity discovered in Hartford during last year's BioBlitz event in Keney Park: April, Smithsonian magazine.

The results of a survey by the Center for Survey Research and Analysis about the use of computers were published in the Feb. 28 issue of Business Week.

An opinion piece by Ken Dautrich, Political Science, concerning the presidential primary election was published in the March 5 Hartford Courant.

Julian Ford, Psychiatry, was interviewed about on whether and how parents should speak to their children about the shooting of a first-grader by a classmate in Michigan: March 1, WTIC-TV 61.

Brad Formaker, Psychobiology & Medicine, was interviewed about food cravings and the reasons people have them: March 2000, Cosmopolitan.

Richard French, Pathobiology, and Hans Laufer, Marine Sciences, were interviewed about their research on the lobster kill and a two-day lobster health workshop co-sponsored by UConn and Connecticut Sea Grant: April 18, Associated Press and April 20, News 12, Newsday.

Antonio Garmendia, Pathobiology, and his work on the West Nile encephalitis virus were profiled: March 31, Agence France Press (French AP) and April 2, Diario La Prensa.

Carolyn Ginsberg, Fine Arts and Stamford campus, was interviewed about the impact that the arts are having on business and the economy in Stamford: Feb. 10, Stamford Advocate and Greenwich Time.

Robert Jungas, Physiology, and participants in the Health Center's Mini-Medical School were interviewed about this program and how it benefits health care consumers: March 9, NBC 30.

James Kiwanuka-Tondo, Communication Sciences, and his research about what makes an AIDS prevention campaign in Uganda successful, are featured on the websites: and

A symposium at the School of Law about guns and liability was covered in several newscasts: March 3, WTNH Channel 8, WVIT Channel 30, Fox 61-TV.

Mary McCormick, Connecticut Poison Control Center, discussed the increasing popularity among college students of mixing drugs, and the dangers involved: April 1, MSNBC.

The Neag School of Education was mentioned in a short article honoring Raymond Neag for his generous $21 million gift to the school. Neag was honored as the National Education Association's "Hero" in the March issue of the organization's magazine.

Jim O'Brien, Psychiatry & Pharmacology, was interviewed about the connection between smoking marijuana and having heart attacks: March 3, The Hartford Courant.

Nancy Petry, Psychology, was interviewed in a news story about the NCAA tournament and compulsive gambling: March 17, Connecticut Public Radio, NBC 30.

Lawrence Raisz, Medicine, commented on a new database of the National Institute of Health that gives the public easy access to information about research studies: March 1, The Hartford Courant.

An op-ed by Howard Reiter, Political Science, about the presidential primary election in Connecticut was published in the March 12 Hartford Courant.

Joseph Renzulli, National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented and Neag Center, was interviewed about funding for special education and gifted programs: March 28, Christian Science Monitor.

The School of Business' $1 million student investment fund was profiled: April 12, New Haven Register and April 13, Associated Press, WFSB-TV Channel 3.

Jonathan Schreiber, Plastic Surgery, explained the post-operative adjustment of breast implants: March 1, WVIT Channel 30.

The research of Michael Turvey, Psychology, which deals with people's ability to hear the shape of a vibrating object, is featured on the website,

UConn students traveling to California to build homes for Habitat for Humanity were the topic of a news story: March 3, WVIT Channel 30.

UConn is featured in an article about how public and private colleges in New England choose their graduation speakers: April, Wall Street Journal.

An opinion piece by Herbert Van Kruiningen, Pathobiology, calling on the state legislature to provide funds for research of the West Nile encephalitis virus was published in the March 12 Hartford Courant. He was also quoted about the West Nile virus: March 18, Washington Post; and was interviewed with Antonio Garmendia, Pathobiology: March, WABC-TV New York.

Nick Warren, Occupational Medicine, was featured in an article on a day-in-the-life of an ergonomist: March 2000, Biography magazine.

An opinion piece by Steve Wisensale, Family Studies, on why the U.S. should move toward paid family and medical leave ran: March 28, The Hartford Courant; April 4, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; and April 17, Baltimore Sun.

Jerry Yang, Animal Science, was quoted in a story about a Scottish scientist's breakthrough in cloning pigs: March 15, The Hartford Courant.