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Hemp harvest

Eastern harvests first hemp crop
A milestone in the University’s soon-to-be-launched hemp cultivation program

Eastern Connecticut State University harvested its first hemp crop on Oct. 8, as students and faculty from the Biology Department trimmed the buds off 25 cannabis plants in the University’s...

Posted on October 08, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

Hulvey and Stravoravdis review data.

Biology duo publishes on antifungal resistance and boxwood blight

Eastern Connecticut State University alumnus Stefanos Stravoravdis ’20, and his faculty mentor, biology professor Jonathan Hulvey, have had their research published in the International...

Posted on September 03, 2021 by Molly Boucher

Sullivan and Arildsen

Biology students present at plant biology world summit

Biology majors Kate Arildsen ’22 and Catrina Sullivan ’22 presented research to the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) during its 2021 Virtual Worldwide Summit held July 19-23.

Posted on August 03, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Tomatoes

Connolly receives NASA space grant to breed micro tomatoes

Connolly is using funding from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium to conduct a research project called “Building an Open Source Micro Tomato Breeding Collaborative for Space and...

Posted on July 16, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Murdoch

Murdoch honored as QUBES faculty mentor

The Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis (QUBES) Project honored Barbara Murdoch, biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, as one of 16 college professors...

Posted on July 14, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

Torch Run

Campus Briefs

See the graduates of the class of 2021; Eastern named a 2021–22 'College of Distinction; SOAR welcomes Class of 2025: Murdoch honored as faculty mentor by QUBES; Police departments runs...

Posted on July 14, 2021

Hemp

Eastern to launch hemp cultivation program in fall 2021

Beginning this fall semester, Eastern Connecticut State University will offer one of Connecticut’s first hemp cultivation minors with an eye toward expansion as an interdisciplinary major in...

Posted on July 08, 2021 by Ed Osborn

Kate arildsen at microscope

Eastern Biology student wins conference grant
Arildsen's research focuses on plant genetics

Kate Arildsen '22 of Mansfield has received a grant to present at the American Society of Plant Biologists' virtual conference July 19-23. Arildsen's research focuses on a novel...

Posted on July 02, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Joanne Michelle Ocampo ’11 and Tunde Olatinwo ’12.

Biology alumni speak on COVID-19, urge vaccination

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Biology Department hosted “Moving Forward: The Pandemic Tales of Two Eastern Alumni,” on April 28. Moderated by Biology Professor Joshua...

Posted on April 30, 2021 by Molly Boucher

Barnard Scholars

Gomez-Stafford and Beazoglou named 2020-21 Barnard Scholars
2 graduating seniors poised for careers in genetic counseling and healthcare management

Two graduating seniors from Eastern Connecticut State University are recipients of the Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards this 2020-21 academic year. The award is the highest undergraduate...

Posted on April 08, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

Vijaykumar Veerappan, assistant professor of biology.

Professor Veerappan says genetics is art

Vijaykumar Veerappan, assistant professor of biology at Eastern Connecticut State University, gave new meaning to the phrase “Seeing is Believing” during his virtual presentation,...

Posted on April 06, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

NSF grant

National Science Foundation awards $650,000 to Eastern for Success Scholars program

Eastern Connecticut State University has been awarded a $649,957 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a scholarship program for lower-income students in pursuit of...

Posted on January 22, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

wetlands

Eastern’s Carmen Cid elected a vice president of Ecological Society of America

Carmen Cid, professor of biology and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University, has been working to improve the career success of women and minorities in...

Posted on November 30, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

COVID-19

‘Fatally Flawed?’ Amy Groth Authors COVID-19 Case Study

Answering a call for teaching tools related to the coronavirus pandemic, Biology Professor Amy Groth has authored a new case study called “Fatally Flawed? Early Genetic Testing for the...

Posted on May 05, 2020 by Michael Rouleau

Evelyn and Stefanos

2 Eastern Seniors Win CSCU Henry Barnard Distinguished Awards

Eastern Connecticut State University students Stefanos Stravoravdis '20 of Colchester and Evelyn Lemus Silva '20 of Burnsville, NC, have been named recipients of the 2020 Henry Barnard...

Posted on April 07, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

Shimwell

Eastern Biology Major Awarded for Novel Scorpion Research

Christopher Shimwell ’20, a biology major at Eastern Connecticut State University, received an excellence award from the Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) for his manuscript titled...

Posted on April 07, 2020 by Michael Rouleau

Stefanos Stravoravdis '20 and his mentor Biology Professor Jonathan Hulvey.

Biology Research Duo Publishes on Antifungal Resistance

New research into anti-fungal resistance, conducted by Eastern Connecticut State University student Stefanos Stravoravdis '20 of Colchester and mentored by Biology Professor Jonathan Hulvey,...

Posted on December 12, 2019 by Molly Boucher

Professor Patricia Szczys and Eastern student's Rachael Finch and Brittany Velikaneye pose for a photo together.

Szczys and Students Shine at Waterbird Society Meeting

Eastern’s Biology Department had a strong showing at the recent Waterbird Society meeting in Maryland this past November. Professor Patricia Szczys gave the opening plenary lecture and...

Posted on November 29, 2019 by Michael Rouleau

presenter

7 Students Present at COPLAC Conference in New Hampshire

Seven Eastern Connecticut State University students presented research projects at the Northeast regional conference for the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) on Nov. 8-9 at Keene...

Posted on November 12, 2019

President Elsa Núñez with the 12th class of Eastern Fellows: Cody Guarnieri ’09, Larry Smith ’77 and Justin Piro ’05.

3 Alumni Inducted into Eastern Fellows Program

Eastern Connecticut State University inducted its 12th class of distinguished alumni into the Eastern Fellows Program on Oct. 23. Cody Guarnieri ’09 is a lawyer and partner with the law firm...

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Michael Rouleau

Rachael Finch

Rachael Finch Studies Endangered Birds in Buzzards Bay

Rachael Finch, a biology major at Eastern Connecticut State University, has spent the past five weeks working with the endangered birds in Massachusetts’ Buzzards Bay. As the recipient of an...

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Michael Rouleau

EES in American West

Field Courses Bring Students to Bahamas, Western U.S., Italy

In the weeks following Commencement, three groups of Eastern students traveled to San Salvador Island in the Bahamas, Italy, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming to engage in exciting Global Field Courses.

Posted on June 06, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

Professors Davis and Graham Wrap up Spring Faculty Forum Series

Davis Presents on “An Elephant’s Eye View: Megafauna and Dominion in Southeast Asia.” Graham Discusses “The Roles of Evolving Landscapes, Ancient Waterways and Shifting...

Posted on May 07, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

Student researcher Samuel Pallis

Biology Students Present at Annual ECSC Conference

Fourteen biology students from Eastern presented independent research at the 73rd Annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) on April 6 at Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY. The students...

Posted on May 02, 2019

Eastern biology major explain the process of isolating bacteria.

Bio Department Hosts ‘Tiny Earth Day,’ Welcomes Local High School

The Biology Department hosted a mini-symposium on Earth Day, April 22, to showcase its ongoing work with the Tiny Earth project, an international network of young scientists who are combatting the...

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Michael Rouleau

Barnard Scholars pose for the camera with President Núñez

Eastern Seniors Win Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards

Eastern Connecticut State University students Haley Knox ’19 of Bristol and Jacob Dayton ’19 of Bolton have been named recipients of the 2019 Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award....

Posted on April 24, 2019 by Jordan Corey

Kurt Lucin Explains How Alzheimer’s Disease Might Progress

On April 3, Kurt Lucin, assistant professor of biology, continued the Faculty Scholars Forum with a discussion on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), a debilitating neurological disease that affects a...

Posted on April 10, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

Desert walk

Biology Students Study in Deserts of the Southwest

A group of Eastern students recently returned from the American Southwest after studying desert ecology in a global field course (GFC) with the biology department. The trip took place from March...

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Jordan Corey

Students Combat Antibiotic-Resistance Crisis via ‘Tiny Earth’

Eastern Connecticut State University is joining the push to mitigate one of the world’s most critical public health crises: antibiotic resistance. Through a new opportunity in the Biology...

Posted on November 09, 2018 by Michael Rouleau

Biology Students Named ASPB Scholar, Present in Texas

Roshani Budhathoki ’19 and Jacob Dayton ’19 had big Octobers as biology students at Eastern Connecticut State University. Budhathoki was named a 2018-19 ASPB-Conviron Scholar by the...

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Raven Dillon

Professors holds camel spider up to camera.

Eastern Receives Major NSF Grant to Study Camel Spiders

Eastern Connecticut State University is the recipient of a major grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund research on a little-known type of arachnid known as the camel spider. Led...

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Michael Rouleau

Students pose for the camera in Costa Rica.

Eastern’s Tropical Biology Field Course Reaches Milestone

The sun was setting on Costa Rica. The air was thick with humidity and adrenaline. The rain was coming down, and Nicholas Kukla, a biology student at Eastern Connecticut State University, was about...

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Jordan Corey

Students pose in the cloud forest reserve

Students Study within Jungles of Costa Rica

On May 20, 14 Eastern Biology students and professors Patricia Szczys and Matthew Graham traveled to Costa Rica to conduct research in that country’s tropical forests.

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Dwight Bachman

Jacob Dayton

Eastern Student is Connecticut’s only 2018 Goldwater Scholar

Eastern Connecticut State University student Jacob Dayton ’18, a biology major from Bolton, has been awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduates in STEM fields who intend...

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Ed Osborn

Eastern Students Win Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Awards

Eastern Connecticut State University students Nadia Balassone ’18 of East Hartford and Yuberki Delgadillo ’18 of Quaker Hill were named the recipients of the 2018 Henry Barnard...

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Anne Pappalardo

Professor Graham and Murdoch pose for the camera.

Eastern Professors Use NASA Grant to Research Antimicrobial Resistance

Matthew Graham, a biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is currently one of three university professors across Connecticut with a research grant from the NASA Connecticut Space...

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Jolene Potter

1978 Eastern Graduate Named to Major National Mental Health Post

Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., a 1978 graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 3 as the first Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and...

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Edward Osborn

Photo courtesy of Helena Delfino

Students Study Health Care in Ghana

Ten health sciences students from Eastern Connecticut State University returned from a study abroad trip in Ghana this August. The purpose of the two-week trip was to introduce students to the...

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Michael Rouleau

2 Biology Students Complete NASA CT Summer Fellowships

Two Eastern biology students were among six undergraduate students from universities across Connecticut to receive fellowships from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium this summer. Lauren...

Posted on August 05, 2017 by Michael Rouleau

Mariana Serrano ’18.

Mariana Serrano Receives Biomedical Scholarship Through Harvard University

Mariana Serrano ’18 of Waterbury, CT, received a $7,500 scholarship at the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) “Evening of Hope” reception at Harvard University on April 27....

Posted on June 19, 2017 by Edward Osborn

Eastern students pose in Costa Rica

Honors Students Study Environmental Conflict in Costa Rica

A group of honors students from Eastern Connecticut State University spent 10 days in Costa Rica in May 2017 for a field course that examined the country’s rich biodiversity and developing...

Posted on June 10, 2017 by Michael Rouleau

Biology students posing in the Bahamas

Students Study Tropical Biology in Bahamas

Twenty biology students from Eastern Connecticut State University traveled to the Bahamas in May 2017 to study an island’s tropical biology.

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Michael Rouleau

Top Eastern Students Win Barnard Awards

Elizabeth Del Buono ’17 of Southington and Kevin Connolly ’17 of Enfield, two students majoring in biology at Eastern Connecticut State University, have been named recipients of the...

Posted on April 10, 2017 by Dwight Bachman

Volunteers Needed for 2017 Special Olympics Swim Meet in Windham

The 38th Annual Windham Invitational Special Olympics Swim Meet is looking for 350 volunteers to help with its meet, to be held March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Windham High School.

Posted on February 28, 2017

Eastern Professor Awarded Grant; Students Receive Scholarships from NASA

Eastern Connecticut State University Professor Brendan Cunningham received a grant from the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) for his research project “The Efficient Use of...

Posted on January 05, 2017 by Anthony LaPenna

Eastern Professor Named President-Elect of National Association of Biology Teachers

Elizabeth Cowles, biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is the new president-elect of the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) as of Jan. 1, 2017. Comprised of 3,500...

Posted on January 03, 2017 by Michael Rouleau

Eastern Faculty Create ‘Democracy at Work’

With the 2016 presidential election drawing near, politics have taken center stage at Eastern Connecticut State University. In order to generate student discussion around the election, Eastern...

Posted on October 12, 2016 by Jolene Potter

World Class Scientist Plays Piano in Unique Lecture

Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), is also an accomplished jazz pianist. On April 11, he visited Eastern Connecticut State University to lecture and perform in a...

Posted on April 13, 2016 by Michael Rouleau

Antibiotic Resistance: An Eastern Professor Tackles a Global Problem

Among the world’s most pressing public health problems is antibiotic resistance, and Barbara Murdoch, a biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is dedicated to fighting it....

Posted on April 06, 2016 by Michael Rouleau

“The Snail Darter and the Dam” Author Speaks at Eastern

Zygmunt J. B Plater, author of “The Snail Darter and the Dam: How Pork Barrel Politics Endangered A Little Fish and Killed A River,” spoke at Eastern Connecticut State University on...

Posted on April 06, 2016 by Christine Rossomando

George Weinstock Discusses the Human Microbiome at Eastern

Pioneering scientist George Weinstock visited Eastern Connecticut State University on Jan. 27 to explain “The Human Microbiome: A New Frontier That Might Just Affect Everything.”...

Posted on February 01, 2016 by Michael Rouleau

Eastern Participates in Antibiotic Resistance Awareness Week

Biology and health sciences students at Eastern Connecticut State University participated in the first-ever World Antibiotic Awareness Week from Nov. 16–22. The campaign aims to increase...

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Michael Rouleau

Students Travel to American Deserts for Global Field Course

During the spring semester, a group of fourteen Eastern Connecticut State University biology students traveled to the Great Basin, Mojave and Sonoran deserts as part of a new global field course....

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Ryan King

Students Examine San Salvador Island’s Fauna for Global Field Course

Nineteen students from Eastern Connecticut State University recently traveled to San Salvador Island to study tropical biology. The trip focused on studying the history and development of the local...

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Ryan King

Students Magner and Patrizi Named Barnard Scholars

Research studies have shown that the biggest determinant of where people end up is not genetics or parental upbringing, but who their friends are. This year, Eastern Connecticut State...

Posted on April 13, 2015 by Michael Rouleau

Three Distinguished Alumni Named Eastern Fellows

Eastern Connecticut State University inducted three highly decorated alumni into the seventh class of the Eastern Fellows Program on March 4. As part of their induction, Brian Bohling ’83,...

Posted on March 05, 2015 by Michael Rouleau