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Amy Weiss

Amy Weiss Names Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies

Amy Weiss, PhD, as the new director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies. She comes to the University from Saint Elizabeth University in Morristown, New Jersey, where she directs the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Weiss will join the Greenberg Center in January 2021 after completing the Thomas and Elissa Ellant Katz Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, where she is working on a book on American Jewish-evangelical relations.

Bryson Owens

Bryson Owens '18, M'20 Secures Position with Newsweek

Bryson Owens is working remotely as an associate video producer for Newsweek providing video content for its social media channels and website including the presidential and vice-presidential debates, the Amy Coney Barrett supreme court confirmation hearings, as well as election night coverage.

Peter Graywacz

Hands-On Experiences, Faculty Mentoring Help Launch Teaching Career

Just a few months after graduating with a degree in Mathematics with a Certification in Secondary Education, Peter Graywacz ‘20 is realizing that dream as a ninth-grade algebra teacher at Classical Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut.

Caitlin Cabral

Research Experience Helps Caitlin Cabral '20 Launch Her Career

This summer Caitlin Cabral ‘20 was hired as a project research assistant for Optum, a pharmacy benefit management company that is part of UnitedHealth Group. Cabral, who earned a degree in psychology with a minor in Gender Studies (now Gender and Sexuality Studies) from UHart’s College of Arts and Sciences, joined Optum’s Patient Insights Division to support scientists who are working on patient-reported outcomes.

Jake Fay

Cinema Alumnus Turns Movie Idea Into Reality

Jake Fay ’16 started writing the screenplay for his first feature film, The Process, during his senior year as a cinema student in UHart’s College of Arts and Sciences. Featuring 35 speaking roles and 50 extras, the film is Fay’s directorial debut and took just 11 days to shoot on location in his hometown of Lynn, Massachusetts, in October 2019.

Gabriella Silva

Gabriella Silva '20 Heads to Fordham University School of Law

Gabriella Silva ‘20 is attending Fordham University School of Law, focusing on public interest law due to her strong desire to expand her knowledge in immigration law, criminal law, and economic development. Silva says her UHart professors have contributed enormously to her academic growth and ultimately helped her in deciding to attend law school at Fordham. 

 

Featured Events: Mock Classes

We want to offer prospective and accepted students a unique opportunity to virtually experience what it's like to be a student in our College of Arts and Sciences. You're invited to the following events—register in advance to secure a spot in the mock class of your choice. Feel free to participate in as many sessions as you'd like!

Mock Class about Hunger
Access to Food: The Social, Political, and Economic Dimensions of Hunger

Taught by Associate Professor of Economics, Jane Horvath

Tues., March 9, at 6:30 p.m.

What is hunger and why is it such a persistent problem? This interactive class will explore the social, political, and economic aspects of hunger and the different dimensions of hunger, and consider possible solutions to the problem of food insecurity. We’ll also explore how current events have impacted progress in addressing problems of hunger and food insecurity.

Mock Class about Digital Technology
The Power and Peril of Digital Technology
Taught by Applied Associate Professor of Communication, Adam Chiara

Wed., March 10, at 5:30 p.m.

Digital technology has transformed communication, society, and our daily lives. While many of these changes are enriching, it has also caused repercussions. We'll explore two evolving technologies, deep fake videos and facial recognition, and discover how they could threaten and/or benefit society.
psychology mock class
Family Therapy to Forensic Psychology: Choices and Challenges

Taught by Professor of Psychology, Tony Crespi

Thurs., March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

With society facing immense challenges including familial alcoholism, divorce, family dynamics, rising mass incarceration rates, the global pandemic, and social and economic inequities, this class will explore how individuals and psychologists begin to understand, process, and approach these issues.

Fighting a drug mock class
Fighting a Drug

Taught by Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, C. Wesley Younts

Mon., March 15, at 6:30 p.m.

In his Drugs and Society course, Associate Professor Younts's students examine the social context of drug use. This class includes an open discussion on a broad range of drugs, from prescription drugs to tobacco and alcohol, to narcotics. Younts will touch upon the history, cross-cultural differences, causal factors, and social consequences of the use of various drugs.  

Photography Mock Class
Storytelling Through Images

Taught by Assistant Professor of Cinema, Dakota Nanton

Wed., March 17 at 6 p.m. 

This class will explore the rules of composition to help you become a better photographer and filmmaker. What makes a good image? How can we use images to tell stories? Why do some capture our attention more than others? By exploring these questions, Assistant Professor Dakota Nanton will  challenge you to create your own images and provide practical, applicable skills to analyze and create more complex images.

Ad mock class
Behind the Ad – The Creative Brief as a Launch Point for Great Ad

Taught by Associate Professor of Communication, Kristin Comeforo

Wed., March 17 at 6 p.m.

Some ads make us laugh and some make us cry. Others leave us scratching our heads. Some are memorable, others forgettable. In this virtual session. Associate Professor Kristin Comeforo unlocks the key to creative success– The Creative Brief. After outlining this most important strategic document used by advertisers, you will brainstorm and share ideas for your own great ad!

Exploratory mock class
Exploratory? Undecided?

Taught by College of Arts and Sciences Dean, Katherine Black

Mon., March 22 at 6:30 p.m.

If you are undecided about your major, you are not alone! Many first-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences are undecided about their academic and career goals. The good news is you have until the end of your sophomore year to select a major area of study. Dean Black will explain how a strong support system combined with our First-Year Seminar, writing intensive courses, opportunities for research with professors, study abroad, and learning beyond the classroom experiences will help you explore your interests. 

Mock Science Classes

Hydrogen: The Next Great Fuel?

Taught by Professor of Chemistry, Andrew Craft

Wed., March 24 at 6 p.m. 

We hear a lot about solar and wind power replacing fossil fuels. But there are other attractive options to consider. One alternative to coal, oil and natural gas is hydrogen. What makes hydrogen so attractive as a source of energy and what, unfortunately, makes it not so great? We’ll talk about that and more.


Sweet Science: Extracting DNA from Fruit 

Taught by Assistant Professor of Biology, Andrew Koob

Wed., March 24 at 6 p.m.  

Just like humans and all living organisms, plants have DNA that contain the code for them to live, grow, and reproduce.  All you need is dish soap, salt, rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter–and a type of fruit that can be mashed up, such as strawberries, blueberries, bananas or kiwi. Once finished, you will have isolated thousands and millions of DNA molecules!


Color Perception and Art

Taught by Associate Professor of Physics and Department Chair, James McDonald

Wed., March 24 at 6 p.m.  

Drawing from his course, Science in Art, Associate Professor James McDonald will lead a discussion on how people perceive color and how different industries use color effectively.

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Associate Professor of Politics and Government Jilda Aliotta discusses the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on NBC Connecticut.

More News from the College of Arts and Sciences

Yavana Ganesh '20 Lands Dream Job. Read more

Olaleye Onikuyide '20 Receives John G. Lee Award. Read more. 

Assistant Professor of Communication Adam Chiara's TV interview about advances in technology that make it difficult to spot fake social media videos appears nationwide. Watch the story here

Associate Professor Katharine Owens elected to serve as president-elect of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences (AESS) Board, Read more.

Assistant Professor Abe Hefter has found a way to create an on-air studio with a virtual master control room "virtually." Read more

Cinema Students Host Online Film Festival, "Films in Isolation." Learn more

Biology and Chemistry Departments Donate PPE. Read more.

Inside the Press Box: UHart's Hands-On Sports Beat Course. Read more.

History Alumna Applies Research and Analytical Skills to Newman's Own Fellowship. Read more

Bonaparte Triplets Ready for Their Future. Read more

From Lab to Operating Room, Summer Experience Leads to Ideal Career Choice. Read more

Assistant Professor Adam Chiara's Op-ed Looks at How Changes at Facebook Can Impact Business. Read more

Associate Professor Katharine Owens Named Director of The Governor M. Jodi Rell Center for Public Service. Read more

Cinema and Digital Media and Journalism Students Film International Documentaries. Read more

New Minor in Data Science. Read more

Professors and Students are Researching the Role of Recovery Residences in the Opioid Problem in Northwest Connecticut. Read more.

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