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  November 20, 2000


Input Sought on New Online Archive of Historical Images
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, the Connecticut Historical Society and Mystic Seaport are requesting input on a prototype website they have created, Connecticut History Online. The website provides access to a sample of historical images from the collections of each of the organizations. To improve the website, the three groups hope to receive comments from teachers, researchers, students and the public regarding its value and usability. The website currently offers 1,000 images of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century Connecticut history, as well as two sample lesson plans designed to help students in grades 7-12 use primary resources to build observations. By summer 2001, the site will be the largest database of Connecticut historical images on the web, containing approximately 14,000 photographs reflecting Connecticut life during the period 1800-1950. Additional lesson plans and learning activities are also under development. Send comments on the prototype website by e-mail to; by mail to the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT 06105; or by phone: (860) 236-5621, ext. 272.

Entries Sought for Undergraduate Research Poster Session
Applications are currently being sought for the 2001 Frontiers in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Poster Session. Faculty are asked to encourage any student who has undertaken a research project to submit an abstract application. Research projects may come from any discipline. To be considered, research projects should have a clear objective and a thoughtful consideration of the problem as well as the outcome, be creative and aim to discover. Any undergraduate or team of undergraduate students involved in original project work that has progressed to a point that permits communication of the project's essence is encouraged to submit an abstract. Applications are available online at, from the Honors Office in room 126, South A, the Undergraduate Research Office in room 106, South A, or from Bob Vieth, chair of Frontiers in Undergraduate Research and Creativity, at (860) 486-2590. Abstracts should be submitted to Kathy Usher in the Undergraduate Research Office, by March 2. Eligible undergraduates need not be on campus during the spring semester to submit an application. For more information, contact Vieth at (860) 486-2590 or Usher at (860) 486-6255.

Poinsettia and Wreath Sale to Benefit Horticulture Club
The Horticulture Club is currently holding a sale of poinsettias and hand-made wreaths. Both poinsettias and wreaths are offered in a variety of sizes and prices. Poinsettias are available with red, white, pink and marble coloration and range from $4 for a 4.5-inch pot to $30 for a 10-inch pot. Wreaths come in various diameters between 12 and 25 inches, and range in price from $8 to $26. Items must be pre-ordered and prepaid by Nov. 30 and will be available for pick up in the Ratcliffe Hicks Arena on Dec. 12 between noon and 7 p.m. Deliveries on campus may be made for an additional $3 charge. There is no off-campus delivery. To obtain an order form, call (860) 429-8605.

Holiday Sale at Benton Museum Gift Shop Starts Dec. 3
A holiday sale at the Benton Museum Gift Shop will run from Sunday, Dec. 3 through Sunday, Dec. 10, offering a 15 percent discount off nearly everything in the store. The sale will feature an eclectic mix of gifts that reflect the museum's mission to "bring the art of the world to the University of Connecticut." Some items available include: Haitian sequined angel flags and sequined magic bottles, Robert Held art glass from Canada, and Peruvian vases and bowls. Museum members will receive an additional 10 percent discount off their purchases and an extra day, Dec. 2, to enjoy the sale. Free gift wrapping is available for everyone. For more information, call (860) 486-4520.

Connecticalendar Inserts for 2001 Now Available
Free Connecticalendar inserts for 2001 are now available to members of the University community. These desk calendars promote awareness of the breadth and depth of research at the University. Insert cards for the calendar and, if needed, calendar stands, may be requested through or by phoning (860) 486-4997.