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4 faculty authors publish new books

Four faculty members from Eastern Connecticut State University have recently published academic books spanning philosophy, Caribbean economics, the musicality of film and Latina leadership. The...

Posted on September 29, 2021 by Bobbi Brown, Molly Boucher, Dwight Bachman

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4 faculty, alumni behavior analysts publish physical activity studies

Three Eastern Connecticut State University alumni and one faculty member have been published in a special edition of the academic journal “Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice."...

Posted on September 29, 2021 by Molly Boucher

Christopher Vasillopulos

Vasillopulos and 'alter ego' author book on state of America

Christopher Vasillopulos, political science professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, has published a new book, “Aristotle’s Ghost: How Good Free Men Built Good Free...

Posted on September 22, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Tom Balcerski

Balcerski’s presidential presentations reach audiences nationwide

Thomas Balcerski, associate professor of history at Eastern, is a highly acclaimed presidential historian, CNN contributor and author of “Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan...

Posted on September 22, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Christine Garcia

Christine Garcia featured in 'Latina Leadership' book

A faculty member in Eastern Connecticut State University’s English Department Professor Christine Garcia, was featured in the book “Latina Leadership: Language and Literacy Education...

Posted on September 21, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

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Cochran publishes book on music in film

Eastern Connecticut State University music professor Timothy Cochran has recently published a book titled “Musical Sincerity and Transcendence in Film.” The book, which analyses the...

Posted on September 13, 2021 by Molly Boucher

Mark Fabrizi and David Stoloff

Fabrizi, Stoloff present at international 'Literature and Language' conference

David Stoloff and Mark Fabrizi of the Department of Education at Eastern Connecticut State University presented at the two-day virtual international conference “Literature and Language: A...

Posted on September 09, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

Oakley Napatree

New research: Storms, not sea level, drive shoreline change
Published article examines migration of Napatree Point, RI

New research by coastal geologist Bryan Oakley, a professor in the Environmental Earth Science Department at Eastern Connecticut State University, reveals that storminess is a greater driver of...

Posted on September 07, 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

Dennis Canterbury

Canterbury publishes book on development in Caribbean countries

Eastern Connecticut State University sociology professor Dennis Canterbury recently published a book that tackles capitalism, power and the imperial state within Caribbean countries. Tilted...

Posted on September 02, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

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Psychology faculty direct 6 research labs this fall

The faculty in Eastern Connecticut State University’s Psychological Science Department mentor undergraduate students in a range of research projects to provide hands-on application of...

Posted on August 20, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Vaccination

Psychology researchers look at vaccine hesitancy
Published article offers strategies to boost vaccination rates

A trio of researchers from the Psychological Science Department at Eastern Connecticut State University recently published a conceptual paper analyzing the behavior of “anti-vaxxers.”...

Posted on August 04, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

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

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Eastern’s Vitale authors ‘Nuclear Suburbs’
Book explains how Cold War technology propelled Pittsburgh renaissance

Patrick Vitale, assistant professor of geography at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently authored “Nuclear Suburbs: Cold War Technoscience and the Pittsburgh Renaissance.” The...

Posted on June 07, 2021 by Michael Rouleau

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3 Eastern faculty receive Board of Regents Faculty Awards

The Board of Regents (BOR) for Higher Education honored three faculty members from Eastern Connecticut State University in its annual Faculty Awards program for the 17 institutions in the...

Posted on May 05, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Baseball pitching research

Paul Canavan says baseball is ‘analytics in motion’

Imagine how many more no-hitters and strikeouts some of America’s most famous baseball pitchers — Bob Feller, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, Sandy Koufax, Randy Johnson and others —...

Posted on May 05, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

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

First-gen students

First-Generation Symposium highlights challenges and achievements of first-gen students

The struggles, misconceptions and success of first-generation college students and how universities can support them was the subject of Eastern Connecticut State University’s First-Generation...

Posted on March 31, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

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Campus Briefs

Music faculty perform in faculty recital; Eastern Theatre to present ‘Blood at the Root’; Eastern dominates LEC's weekly awards in 4 sports; Mama receives fellowship to work on new...

Posted on March 10, 2021

Dr. Mama

Storyteller Raouf Mama narrates poems that teach life lessons

Award-winning storyteller and best-selling author Raouf Mama, professor of English at Eastern Connecticut State University, presented “Journey and a Joining: A Reflection on the Tragedy and...

Posted on February 25, 2021 by Bobbi Brown

Elena Sada, associate professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University

Professor Elena Sada joins research team on dual language education

One day when Elena Sada, associate professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University, was in a store in a Connecticut town, her 6-year-old son said, “Mommy, don’t speak to...

Posted on February 16, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

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Carenen publishes book on history of U.S. and Middle East

Caitlin Carenen, professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University and assistant History Department chair, has published a new textbook titled “An Introductory History of the...

Posted on January 25, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

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Pakdil authors book on Six Sigma organizational method

Fatma Pakdil, professor of management at Eastern Connecticut State University, has published a new book titled “Six Sigma for Students: A Problem-Solving Methodology.”

Posted on January 13, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

Congress

Eastern's Balcerski emerges as media expert on presidential politics

The publication of History Professor Tom Balcerski's latest book coincided with the daily unfolding drama of the 2020 presidential election. Over the ensuing months Balcerski’s expertise...

Posted on January 06, 2021 by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern’s early childhood education center fills ‘virtual’ void for teacher prep programs

The Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) at Eastern Connecticut State University has emerged as an invaluable resource for the early childhood education field during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Posted on December 22, 2020 by Michael Rouleau

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Stanton's dissemination and implementation science research among best in field

Megan Stanton, assistant professor of social work at Eastern Connecticut State University and an expert on the science of dissemination and implementation, says there is a notorious lag between the...

Posted on December 18, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern’s Balough edits book on innovative folk musician

On Dec. 4, the Music Department at Eastern Connecticut State University celebrated the launch of “Distant Dreams: The Correspondence of Percy Grainger and Burnett Cross, 1946-1960,”...

Posted on December 07, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

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'What Makes a Toy Good?'

Eastern released a short video on Dec. 3 describing the best toys for young children based on 10 years of research through the Center for Early Childhood Education's (CECE) renowned TIMPANI...

Posted on December 04, 2020 by Michael Rouleau

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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

Assistant Professor of History, Scott Moore

Education and state loyalty in Habsburg, Austria

How do countries with diverse populations cultivate common national goals and values? On Nov. 12, Scott Moore, assistant professor of history, shared just how in his new book, “Teaching the...

Posted on November 17, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

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Research finds increase in car crashes with decrease in traffic during pandemic

Mitchell Doucette, assistant professor of health sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University, in collaboration with eight other researchers, has published new research on how Governor...

Posted on November 11, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

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New Institute for Data Analytics examines sickness, unemployment in era of COVID-19

Faculty researchers at Eastern Connecticut State University have launched a new, data-driven enterprise to analyze public health, economic and social issues in the state of Connecticut. The first...

Posted on July 08, 2020 by Michael Rouleau

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Miriam Chirico authors book on major American playwright

Miriam Chirico, English Professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, authored a new book, “The Theatre of Christopher Durang,” published by Bloomsbury Publishers. This release...

Posted on June 09, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern's Moorehead and Graham recognized for excellence in teaching, research

The Board of Regents of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System has named two faculty members at Eastern Connecticut State University as recipients of campus-level faculty awards for...

Posted on June 03, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

Mitch Doucette

New Doucette research: 'Firearms, Dementia, and the Clinician'

Five years ago, USA Today reported on a 75-year-old woman in Oregon who called the 911 dispatcher, begging for help after her husband of 57 years accidentally shot her in the stomach. Her husband,...

Posted on May 21, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

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‘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

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Miriam Chirico Presents New Book 'How to Teach a Play'

On March 11, Eastern faculty and staff packed the President’s Dining Room in Hurley Hall to hear English Professor Miriam Chirico describe the process of publishing her new book, “How...

Posted on March 19, 2020 by Dwight Bachman

Afarin Rhaminfar's exhibition “Women of Shahnameh” at Towson University’s Asian Arts and Culture Center Gallery

Afarin Rahmanifar Solo Exhibits at Towson University

Afarin Rahmanifar, professor of art and art history at Eastern Connecticut State University, is exhibiting her solo exhibition “Women of Shahnameh” at Towson University’s Asian...

Posted on March 04, 2020 by Molly Boucher

Kwangwon Lee

Professor Kwangwon Lee Shares His Eastern Experience at Indiana University

Assistant Professor of Education Kwangwon Lee recently spoke on a panel at his alma mater, Indiana University (IU) School of Education, about his journey as a young professor and his experiences...

Posted on February 20, 2020 by Michael Rouleau

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Eastern Reveals 2019 TIMPANI Toy Study Results

Eastern Connecticut State University's Center for Early Childhood Education announced on Dec. 9 that "Family Counters" by Learning Resources has been named the 2019 TIMPANI (Toys...

Posted on December 10, 2019 by Julia DeLapp

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Stoloff Presents at Global Education Conference

David Stoloff, professor of education at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently presented at the Global Education Conference.

Posted on November 21, 2019 by Molly Boucher

Vasillopulos

Vasillopulos Represents Eastern in Greece, China

Christopher Vasillopulos, professor of political science at Eastern Connecticut State University recently served on a higher education board in Greece and presented research in China.

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Molly Boucher

Kim Diver of Wesleyan University presents her presentations titled "Spatiotemporal Patterns of Reported Black Bear Sighting in Connecticut, 2007-1019."

GIS Professionals Converge on Eastern for GIS Day

Eastern Connecticut State University hosted Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day on Nov. 13. The event was held in the Student Center with approximately 140 attendees, including government...

Posted on November 15, 2019 by Molly Boucher

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Eastern Faculty Hold Music Recitals

Faculty musicians put on three performances in recent weeks as part of the Music Program’s Faculty Recital Series.

Posted on November 12, 2019 by Ed Osborn

Phyllis Lee

3 Faculty Present at On-Campus Research Forums

Faculty members Niti Pandey, David Naumec and Phyllis Lee recently presented on the whaling industry, Native American artifacts and Children's mental health at on-campus research forums.

Posted on November 06, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern Professor Publishes on Right-to-Carry Laws and Workplace Homicides

Mitchell Doucette, health sciences professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently authored a research paper in the American Journal of Public Health on the relationship between...

Posted on November 06, 2019

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Eastern’s Stefan Kamola Discusses New Book ‘Making Mongol History’

Eastern Connecticut State University History Professor Stefan Kamola gave a talk on his recent book “Making Mongol History: Rashid al-Din and the Jami’ al-Tawarikh” on Oct. 25,...

Posted on November 01, 2019 by Bobbi Brown

Eastern President Elsa Núñez honors Eastern's faculty scholarship.

Eastern Honors Faculty Scholarship and Creativity

Eastern Connecticut State University honored 57 faculty members on Oct. 23 at a special reception in the Art Gallery, celebrating their scholarship and creative achievements. The faculty guests...

Posted on October 23, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

Tom Balcerski

Balcerski Explores Relationship of Two 19th Century Politicians

As the nation heads towards the 2020 elections, observers have asked if America has ever elected a gay president. Some say yes. Others say no. Tom Balcerski, assistant professor of history at...

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

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Eastern’s Balcerski Book Explores Male Friendships Among Politicians

Tom Balcerski, assistant professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, has published a book titled “Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus...

Posted on September 10, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

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Psychology Researchers Publish on Human, Pigeon Suboptimal Choice

Eastern Connecticut State University Psychology Professor James Diller and recent graduate Malvina Pietrzykowski ’19 were published in Springer’s “Learning and Behavior...

Posted on September 06, 2019 by Vania Galicia

Sociology Professor Nicolas Simon and student Tara Nguyen presented at the annual Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction Conference this past August.

Student-Professor Duo Presents at Symbolic Interaction Conference

Eastern Connecticut State University Sociology Professor Nicolas Simon and student Tara Nguyen ’21 presented and organized a session at the 2019 annual Society for the Study of Symbolic...

Posted on August 27, 2019 by Vania Galicia

David Frye

David Frye Interviewed for ‘History Channel’ Documentary

History Professor David Frye sat down on July 26 for an interview with producers from Onza Entertainment, who flew in from Spain to get Frye’s perspective on geo-political forces impacting...

Posted on August 08, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

Allison Lundy

Allison Lundy Wins National Student-Faculty Research Award

Eastern Connecticut State University student Allison Lundy ’19 was the sole recipient of the Council on Undergraduate Research’s (CUR) 2019 Education Division Student-Faculty...

Posted on June 20, 2019 by Vania Galicia

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

The CREATE Conference.

CREATE Conference Highlights Student Research, Art

Displays of research and creativity dominated the Eastern Connecticut State University campus on April 12 for the annual CREATE conference. CREATE stands for “Celebrating Research Excellence...

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Michael Rouleau

Halladay

Halladay Discusses Gender Stereotypes on Confidence

Brianna Halladay, assistant professor of economics, addressed the topic “Perception Matters: The Role of Task Gender Stereotype on Confidence and Tournament Selection” at the Faculty...

Posted on March 27, 2019 by Dwight Bachman

Paul Canavan

Paul Canavan Presents at Sports Medicine Symposium

Paul Canavan, professor of health sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University, presented at the 31st Sports Medicine Symposium in Wisconsin on March 14. Canavan gave three presentations and...

Posted on March 25, 2019 by Raven Dillon

Mary Kenny

Eastern Professor Authors Book on Maroon Communities in Brazil

Mary Lorena Kenny, professor of anthropology at Eastern Connecticut State University, recently authored “Deeply Rooted in the Present: Heritage, Memory, and Identity in Brazilian...

Posted on February 14, 2019 by Jordan Corey

Kaylee DeFelice

Psychology Student-Professor Duo Co-Authors Research Paper

Eastern Connecticut State University alumna Kaylee DeFelice ’19 recently co-authored a paper with Psychology Professor James Diller titled “Intersectional Feminism and Behavior...

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Raven Dillon

Timpani toy of the year.

Eastern Announces Results of 2018 TIMPANI Toy Study

On Dec. 4, Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education announced that “Magz Clix” (previously known as “Bottle Clix”) by Magz® has...

Posted on December 04, 2018 by Ed Osborn

Eastern Holds Third Civic Action Conference

Eastern students have a reputation of service to community that goes back decades. But at the Third Annual Civic Action Conference on Nov. 14, it was demonstrated how much students actually learn...

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Dwight Bachman

Researchers at Eastern Analyze the Baseball Pitch

Health sciences researchers at Eastern Connecticut State University analyzed the biomechanics of the baseball pitch this past weekend, using pitchers from Eastern’s own baseball team as study...

Posted on October 18, 2018 by Michael Rouleau

Eastern Professor Recognized for Firearm Storage Research

Mitchell Doucette, an assistant professor in health sciences at Eastern Connecticut State University, was part of a research team recognized by the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) for...

Posted on October 17, 2018 by Jolene Potter

Eastern Unveils 2016 TIMPANI Toy Study Results

Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education announced on Dec. 12 that “Plus-Plus®,” a toy made by the Danish company Plus-Plus®, has been...

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Early Childhood Education announced on Dec. 12 that “Plus-Plus®,” a toy made by the Danish company Plus-Plus®, has been named the 2016 TIMPANI (Toys that Inspire Mindful Play and Nurture Imagination)

Three Eastern Faculty Researchers Featured in TV Documentaries

Three assistant professors at Eastern Connecticut State University had an unusual fall 2015 semester. Because of their academic expertise and research activities — and a little bit of luck...

Posted on December 29, 2015 by Michael Rouleau